Hello Smiley’s and Wine Enthusiasts!
Today is a day of double delights because I will be featuring two wines in today’s blog post in honor of Cinco de Mayo and because it’s Taco Tuesday!
The first wine that I will be sharing with you is a White Wine Sangria by Eppa. This Sangria was a surprising treat that reminded me of Talenti’s Mango sorbet. The bouquet had notes of peach, white grape, mango popsicle and candy dancing throughout my senses. The wine is very sweet and quite refreshing. If you are a sweet wine lover, you would enjoy this wine. This wine is also versatile as you can add other ingredients to make this even more of a special treat.
Recipe: Berry Sangria
- You Will Need:
- 1 Bottle of Eppa White Sangria
- 1 Cup of Berries
- 1 Cup of Seltzer
- Mint Leaves (optional)
- Add Sangria and berries to a pitcher. Stir. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Then add seltzer and stir once more. Serve over ice and garnish with mint leaves.
The second wine that I will be sharing with you is a Red Wine Sangria by La Diosa Cellars. Notes of citrus and fruit punch danced across my palate and left me wanting more. I loved the delicate notes of sweetness, followed by the subtle crescendos of citrus. This reminded me of my favorite candy: Sweetarts. La Diosa Cellars, meaning: The Goddess, celebrates the talent of artists and their artistry and is a true gem and local favorite in the city of Lubbock, Tx.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and that your day is full of love, laughter and joy. Let me know your tasting notes on these wines in the comments below or on Instagram.
Until next time, Salu’d!
XOXO, Smiling Danny
To My Fellow Smileys and Wine Enthusiasts,
During this time of chaos and panic; let’s remember to support our local wineries and small businesses. So many businesses and families are being affected in ways that transcend the virus itself. So if you can, spend local and shop local. Below is a list of Texas wineries that are offering wine discounts, curbside service, free delivery, shipping services and virtual wine classes. Check out their websites to get additional information on the service(s) they are offering.
- Fall Creek Vineyards
- 18059 Farm to Market Road 1826; Driftwood, TX 78619
- Curbside Pick-up, Free Delivery (6+ bottles)
- Farmhouse Vineyard
- Reddy Vineyards
Fort Worth, TX
- Lost Oak Winery
- 8101 County Rd 802; Burleson, TX 76028
- Curbside Pick-up, Delivery, Virtual Tasting, Virtual Tour, Virtual Pairings
- Grape Creek Vineyards
- 10587 E US Highway 290; Fredricksburg, TX 78624
- 10% off discount (non-members), Free Shipping (3+ bottles), Online Ordering, 25% off Wine Club Membership, Wine Club Pick-up
- Heath Sparkling Wines
- 10591 E US, US 290; Fredricksburg, TX 78624
- 10% off discount (non-members), Free Shipping (3+ bottles), Online Ordering, Wine Club Pick-up
- Burklee Hill Vineyards
- English Newsom Cellars
New Braunfels, TX
San Antonio, TX
- High Street Wine Co.
- 302 Pearl Parkway; Unit 4; San Antonio, TX 78215
- Online Ordering, Curbside Pick-up, Delivery, Virtual Tastings, Virtual Classes
- Sister Creek Vineyards
I’m sure there are many more wineries that are offering services but these are the ones that I know of thus far. If you know of any more that you would like me to add, feel free to comment below or on Instagram.
Stay Safe and Salu’d!
XOXO, Smiling Danny
Hello Smiley’s and Wine Enthusiasts!
I thought I’d kick off the month with a simple and delicious wine recipe. And since we have been encouraged to stay home this month; this month’s posts will be filled with tastings from my wine stash. Bon Apetit!
You will need:
- 2 Cups of clean and sliced mushrooms (brown)
- 2 Cups of Dry Red wine. Add more if it doesn’t touch the top of the mushrooms. You want the wine to cover the mushrooms but you don’t want the mushrooms to drown in the wine.
Combine wine and mushrooms in a quart sized pot. Set temperature to high to bring to a rapid boil. Once boiling, drop temperature to low for 10 to 15 minutes until your liquid boils down.
Serve and enjoy.
This dish can be served alongside red or white meat. Tonight, the mushrooms were served alonside pot roast, roasted pork loin and grilled chicken. The accompanied sides were sauteed spinach and buttered red potatoes. Deeelicious!
The wine that I chose this evening was from Llano Estacado Winery. It was their 2013 Due Compaesani. This wine has notes of raisin and spice. It has full tannins and was enjoyed as a night cap. Because I have had this wine for a while, I thought it would be the perfect cooking wine.
Wine tip: the longer you have a wine, the tasting notes may change.
I hope you enjoyed this Wine Wednesday Recipe and I look forward to sharing more with you in the weeks ahead!
Salu’d, Smiling Danny
I’m so excited to announce that I will be at English Newsom’s upcoming Harvest Moon Festival. Stop by my station and try some of their NEW releases along with a few of my food pairing ideas. I know that you will not be disappointed as each pairing will leave you wanting more. In addition to the pairings, they will have a variety of activities and live entertainment for you to enjoy:
1-3 Kelly Hasty
3-5 Tatum Sheets
5-7 Steve Williams and Cary Banks
Cast Iron Grill: 1-4
Farm to Fork: 4-8
Grape Stomp, Pumpkin Painting, Costume Contest, Washer Tournament and More. The event will be concluded with a Haunted Cellars Tour.
Festival: 1pm – 7pm
Haunted Cellars Tour: 8pm to 10pm
**Saturday, October 26, 2019**
Location: English Newsom Cellars at CapRock Winery
408 E Woodrow Road, Lubbock, Texas.
Visit: http://www.englishnewsom.com for additional information on their Haunted Cellars Tour.
Can’t Wait to See You! XOXO, Smiling Danny
This Mother’s Day, I had the privilege of visiting English Newsom Cellars in Lubbock, Tx. Formerly known as Caprock Winery, English Newsom has made its own mark with wines produced there on the Estate and sourced from Hockley County. I truly loved my visit as the Sommelier’s, Production Manager, Wine Maker and English Family made me feel like a QUEEN. It was my very first visit and I wasn’t even a club member but they made me feel just as special.
I ended up doing a six taste wine tasting and hubby did also. We both got six different wines that way we could try twelve. After I requested the six taste, I immediately regretted it remembering that the last time I did that all the wines began tasting alike and my body felt awful. I didn’t say anything to the Sommelier because she already began our pour. What really impressed me with this tasting is that my body didn’t feel awful at all and I was able to pick up the notes on each individual wine. I was so surprised! I also enjoyed that these wines were not heavy on the Oak; I think that’s what usually makes my body feel crummy when doing more than four. I mentioned to the staff how I usually can’t taste more than four wines at a time but here I was able to pick up the notes on all twelve. They were so happy that I mentioned that because they work very hard to make sure that the Oak does not overpower the grape.
My two favorite wines were:
- Flirt: This is a Blush Table Wine rated Double Gold Best of Class by the San Francisco Chronicle. It has notes of Cotton Candy and Strawberry Sour Punch Straws.
- Spider Rock: This is a Cabernet aged in a bourbon barrel for five years. It’s a Port with Notes of German Chocolate Cake ( and I mean EVERY SINGLE LAYER- From the Coconut to the Chocolate, Pecans and Sweet Buttered Milk Icing (not buttermilk). It also has Notes of Raisin, Whisky and Bourbon.
**Both of these are Fan Favorites. Also Google Spider Rock Treasure, Haskell County.**
As you can see, I had a great time at English Newsom Cellars and of the twelve wines that we tasted, I can’t say that there was one that I didn’t enjoy and that is very rare. So, if you are ever in Lubbock, Texas stop by and tell’ em Smiling Danny sent you and shoot me a note sharing with me your experience.
Happy Mother’s Day, XOXO, Smiling Danny