Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Cheap Summer Sipper That Pairs Well With Steaks? YES!

I love reds, but when it’s 100 degrees out, they’re too heavy. I don’t want to be stuck with a fruity white or a rose all season…and now I don’t have to. Beautiful reddish-purple color in this young wine. Nose of blackberry and strawberry. But this is more complex than I thought. Blackberry, dark cherry, cloves, black pepper, a hint of black olive, leather, and chocolate on the finish. Worked with my steak, but yet still perfect to sip on it’s own. This is a summer must have!


Summer Cheap Wine Tour: 2007 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc

POURED: about 1 month ago

2007 E. Guigal Blanc White Rhone Blend (Cotes du Rhone, France)

2007 E. Guigal Blanc White Rhone Blend

You don’t have to be French to enjoy this one! If you’ve ever woken up on a crisp, spring morning and smelled freshly blooming flowers, than you’ll be able to appreciate this floral shop in a glass. White flowers on the nose, then delicious apricots on the tongue with a nice minerality.  Medium bodied, crisp acidity, and a nice fresh finish with a few herbal notes.


Beautiful blend of 50% Viognier (I’m becoming a HUGE fan of Viognier blends) with the rest made up from Rousanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc grapes.  I’d pair this up with some curry dishes usually, but for summer purposes out on the back deck, I’d pour it with grilled pork or scallops.  You can find this one for between $12-14 dollars.


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Corked Cowgirl’s Summer Cheap Wine Tour

Summer is in full swing.  Most of my redneck friends will be cracking open a cheap, American beer and complaining that it’s warm and doesn’t really have much flavor, but it’s cold and does the trick after being out in the heat all day.  My other friends will think they are being a bit more refined and will pour a ‘lovely’ glass of something from a box in shades of cotton candy pink with a rancid smell and an equally bad flavor.  The common theme with all of them as they swill what I consider to be a step up from arsenic is that it is cheap and easy.

Really?  That’s IT?  That’s the only criteria for making a selection that affects nearly all of your senses?  Is your self-esteem so low that you don’t want BETTER for yourself?  You didn’t pick out your spouse or significant other SOLELY because they were cheap and easy, did you? (I suggest you answer with a resounding NO if you want to stay out of the doghouse).  Then why should your choice of beverage be any different.

And so, my friends, thus began the Corked Cowgirl’s mission to save my friends and family from themselves, and prove that you don’t have to give up QUALITY to get a cheap and easy slice of satisfaction.  My goal is to break the ‘boxed wine’ addiction, one sipper at a time, and prove that ANYone and EVERYone can and SHOULD be able to enjoy a nice glass of wine in any setting or situation.

We begin with the Summer Cheap Wine Tour.  Call it a primer of finding great, refreshing, wines to pair up with your relaxed party atmosphere.  Wines you don’t have to overthink. Wines that make you feel good.  Most importantly…wines you can find yourself for under $20.  You, (yes even YOU) can pick out a wine to impress friends, please the masses (and most importantly their taste buds), and do it without breaking the bank or being a Master Sommelier…and I can help you do it.  Nothing snooty or complicated here.  Just good old fashioned summer enjoyment…in a bottle.

So kick back, put your feet up, and hold up your glass…it’s time to get pouring.

Cheers!Get your Summer on!

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Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Summer Cheap Wine Tour


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