Wine Wednesday – Chateau St. Croix 2008 Zinfandel (California)

Last night I had the pleasure of uncorking a wonderful 2008 Zinfandel from a local Wisconsin winery and vineyard, Chateau St. Croix. I don’t claim to be a wine expert by any means, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this pallet pleasing vino…

I have always had a fear of the Zinfandel — don’t get me wrong, I like it, but it always seemed too dry or perhaps even too heavy for my teeny-bopper taste buds. As I uncorked the bottle and caught my first whiff of the aroma permeating out of it, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The bottle’s description was right-on; the big, bold blackberry scent filled the air and made my mouth water in anticipation.

As I carefully aerated (through my new Vin-Aire instant aerator) the deep ruby colored liquid into my glass, I made sure to take note of all of the scents that complimented the heavy blackberry aroma, including notes of dried oak and a hint of black pepper. (Again – I’m a novice at this, so my ability to pick out every possible aromatic infusion is still developing — please bear with me.)  As if the aroma filling the air wasn’t enticing enough, a smile filled my face as I watched what I call the “legginess” of the wine in my glass as I swirled it around a few times. Taking it all in, the anticipation was there… Finally, it was time to take my first sip…

As I said earlier, I have always had a fear of the Zinfandel, and I can honestly say that as of this point, I am no longer afraid. The bold flavor filled my palate (and my nostrils), and I was pleasantly surprised! I would highly recommend this wine to anyone looking for a beautiful (yes, even the label is intriguing set against an earthy green bottle) red wine to add to their collection. And if you’re looking for a fun outing on these beautiful spring days, a trip to the local winery and vineyard would be a must-do on the bucket-list, as well!

For more information on the Chateau St. Croix winery and vineyard and/or their Zinfandel please visit their website:


Life… as I know it

Well as you can see from my lack of posts, LIFE has kept me pretty busy lately! My baby girl has started teething, so my nights have been interrupted with sad little cries, stinky diapers, and more boogies than I care to wipe in my sleep deprived state. And my now big girl is an all-out 3-year-old — full of sass and attitude — and a new found love for fighting me (and her dad) tooth-and-nail for her independence.

I love my girls to the moon and back, but sometimes I just want to sit them down and look them straight in the eye and tell them, “please be the sweet, adorable, smart, and lovely little angel I know are because  Mommy needs a break!” If only that would work…

Speaking of “mommy” — I have been keeping pretty busy myself. After some self-reflection, and a little added encouragement from my beautiful sister-in-law, I decided to take back my body and started a new eating/work-out routine. Well, it’s been a little over a week and I’ve already seen some results — I’ve lost 3 lbs and I feel great!

Well, in a nut-shell that’s been my life… perhaps not as exciting (or stressful) as it may seem to the outside viewer, but believe me, it’s kept me on my toes… and I wouldn’t change it for the world!