Val’s September Blog

That rain at the end of August was so nice! Much needed too. Temperatures cooled off for a bit. With Labor Day coming, forecast looks great. Warmer but not too hot. We will be able to enjoy the traditional grilling (please, no open fires!). School had started but we can afford one more long weekend of play. We will talk about wines and a beer to finish the day off in a perfect way.


Red Wine: Since we mentioned grilling, we need to find a bigger and bolder red wine to go with it. Look no further than Walla Walla Bing Bang Red Blend. It’s exactly what the name tells you. Bing for the cherry notes from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in it. And Bang for its richness, flavor and aftertaste. It was born in Washington and raised to be a friend of the sausage, the brat(wurst) or the soy burger you’ll be enjoying. The price tag is moderate compared to its quality – only $14.99 a bottle. Yet another great value from the Northwest!


White Wine: Sauvignon Blancs are not always very acidic and citrusy. From Dry Creek Valley in California, located between Lake Sonoma and the Russian River, they tend to be rich and nuanced. Warm days and cool, foggy nights help produce balanced wines with fresh acidity. Willowbrook Sauvignon Blanc has tropical aromas on the nose that lead to a citrusy and clean palate. Finish is not bone dry which makes it a great pair for variety of foods. It’s been a while since I’ve been impressed with a Sauvignon Blanc so much. It is also rated 97 points and is only $16.99 on the shelf. Come and try one!


Beer: Don’t get me wrong, seltzers are great on a hot summer day. But let’s find something else that is as easy drinking and refreshing as them. Ska Brewing’s Mexican Logger is just that! Brewed for more than 20 years now, it has been a staple for them. Light, crisp, thirst-quenching. It is the perfect Mexican Lager! A winner of many awards, it is sure to please your taste buds as well. Another great reason to try it – it will be on sale for the month of September for only $8.49 a 6 pack. Enjoy and Happy Labor Day everyone!