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Working from Nine to Wine!


Hey! Hey! Hey!


How’s your week going?


Can you believe it’s June already?!

I feel like every time I blink another month passes me by! LOL.


I know I missed two entries in June, and there’s no excuses! So, please, forgive me! As some of you now, I am working on my third book, and trying to get it completed has been quite a task!


But I am excited to be back on track, and I’ll make sure to keep you guys updated!


But let’s get down to business, shall we?!

If you’ve been following my entries from the beginning, you’ll recall I tried 19 Crimes Chardonnay and absolutely hated it.

There has yet to be Chardonnay I came across that I truly enjoyed. Until now.


TrailStone 2018 Chardonnay is one of the wines I received in my second FirstLeaf box, and I won’t lie, I wasn’t looking forward to tasting.


Chardonnay’s in the past have always been really bitter and dry to me, and I wasn’t looking forward to drinking that again. But, for the sake of my blog, it needed to be done.


So, I chilled the bad boy for about an hour and a half while I cooked my dinner.


I wasn’t too disappointed about wasting it though, if I didn’t like it, I knew my wife would finish my glass off if I couldn’t. Now, usually I smell my wine and do a sip before eating, and then a sip after. But, since I went into this with a negative mind frame, I didn’t bother. I ate, and took a huge gulp from my glass.


And I LOVED IT!


I was completely caught off guard at the cool, crisp taste of this wine. It wasn’t bitter at all, nor was it sweet. It had a pleasant citrusy taste and fragrance to it, and was nothing like any chardonnay I have ever tried before in my life.

So, I discovered TrailStone is actually made in Washington, and is considered a warm climate Chardonnay. I wrote an entry before on how different temperatures affect the taste of wines, and I’m assuming all my life I must have been drinking Chardonnay’s from cooler temperatures.


It’s the only thing that makes sense to me right now, LOL.


TrailStone also has hints of green mango, papaya, and pineapple, which totally explained the citrusy taste.


And though it’s said to pair well with roasted pork and red snapper, we had it with dirty rice and fried chicken, LOL. And it was delicious.


I am very excited that after many, many years, I finally came across a Chardonnay I actually enjoyed. I am going to be on the hunt for other warm climate chardonnay’s to test this theory of mine, and of course I’ll keep you guys updated.


Have you ever tried this wine?

Let me know what you think.


Know of any other warm climate wines I should try? Drop those suggestions below.


I am GOING to stay on top of things and make sure I post my next wine entry in two weeks! I haven’t locked down what to read for this month, but if you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll know soon enough!

As always, thank you so much for joining my today. Look forward to speaking with you guys soon!

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