Saturday, October 13, 2012

Stuff I Love : Seaport White

 Since my husband and I are in Education, we couldn't go on our honeymoon right after our Fall wedding last year. We eventually did this past summer (more on later!) but the week after the wedding, we spent a long weekend in Mystic, CT on what can be dubbed our "mini-moon." It was fabulous. I'm sure I'll post more about it, bit by bit, (the beautiful Mystic Seaport, Olde Mistick Village, the best french toast on the planet at Mystic Diner, romantic candlelit dinner at Bravo Bravo, fish and chips at The Mystic Boathouse, the charming shops along West Main...I could go on and on.)

The best souvenir I took from our weekend in Mystic was a bottle of Seaport White from Stonington Vineyards in Stonington, CT.

Now I'm a wine drinker. Not a very sophisticated wine drinker but that's my drink of choice out on the town. Generally my favorites range from a $6.00 bottle of Beringer White Zinfandel to a $13.00 bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling (when I'm feeling really extravagant). I like white wine and I like it sweet. I'm not even going to get into "notes of charred raspberry on a willow branch" business because, frankly, I never understand it. I just know what I like.

You have to know that I'm a planner, and that vacation with me is an organized experience (be still my heart, Danny Tanner and your Clipboard of Fun). I'm not rigid but my husband and I are generally not lay-around type people when it comes to time away. So before our weekend away, I'd planned a list of fun activities to choose from. And so between a morning at Mystic Seaport and a late lunch at Mystic Pizza, we ventured to Stonington for a winery tour and tasting. It was very sophisticated, very honeymoonish, and I got to use my new last name on their mailing list sign up sheet.

Among the wines we tasted were their award-winning Seaport White. Their website says that it's "a Cayuga/Chardonnay blend that results in a refreshing, balanced, off-dry white wine." Sure. All I know its that it's a sweet-but-not-too-sweet table white and I prefer it served icy cold. I'm terrible at describing wines but since you already know I like White Zinfandel and Riesling, I can tell you it's less sweet that White Zin but lighter than Riesling. If that makes any sense at all to you. Whatever, it's really good. You should buy it!

It's priced at $10.99 a bottle and available for sale on their website. (They had also mentioned that while most wine shops don't stock it outside of CT, any store can get it for you. After bringing a bottle home, I went right back to their website and ordered a case which saves you a dollar or so a bottle.)

One wine website describes it: "This award-winning proprietary blend produces a refreshingly balanced easy-drinking, off-dry wine with a fruity nose. Chardonnay provides a complex nose, Vidal adds a pungent fruitiness. Simply put – a nice, sipping wine perfect for an afternoon picnic or an evening meal/aperitif."

I drank it on my couch in pink leopard print pajamas and scout socks while watching "The Devil Wears Prada" last night, so it's good for that, too. Cent'anni!

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