6 Bold White Wines for the Sweet Wine Lover

Today’s guest post is from Joanna from Motherhood and Merlot. I recently met Joanna online, as bloggers usually meet, and we connected right away. She created this really fabulous blog tribe that I’m part of and I’ve loved every minute of it! I also love her honest approach to motherhood, marriage and of course, wine! Since Joanna blogs about wine every Wednesday, she’s been inspiring me to expand my palate. I’m a sweet wine lover, through and through, and am always made fun of by the red wine drinkers in my family. Since I now drink beer, I know I’m capable of enjoying some good white wines that aren’t Moscato or Riesling, but I need some handholding so I can find the right ones. Who better than Joanna to show me (and those of you who are also sweet wine drinkers) which bold white wines to pick? Today I’ve invited Joanna to share with us six wines for the sweeter wine lover. She’s tried (and reviewed) tons of wines, so we don’t have to. 

Sit back, grab a glass, and enjoy Joanna’s post! 

I could not be more excited to guest poster here. Lisa is an exceptional writer and I know her readers are equally as phenomenal!

I love a good wine, white or red, it doesn’t matter to me! I review different wines weekly on my website. I do not claim to be any type of expert on the subject, just an avid wine drinker and lover.

Lisa mentioned to me that she usually leans more towards the lighter and sweeter whites when it comes to her wine of choice. So I thought I would bring you all a list of 6 wonderful white wines, ranging from the really sweet side and then venturing into the slightly bolder and less sweet side, so that maybe those of you that do lean towards the sweeter wines might find a few on this list that will expand your wine horizons. These are wines that I have tried and enjoyed, but don’t feel confined to just this list!

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6 Bold White Wines for the Sweet Wine Lover

  1. Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio: I love the Little Black Dress brand as a whole. Their wines are almost always good and they have a great price tag at around $11. This wine in particular will definitely cater to those of you that like your wine sweet. It carries mostly notes of apple and pear, but isn’t sweet to the point of a syrup-like consistency, as some sweet wines have. It is by far one of my favorite sweet whites. Another great one from this brand that leans more toward the tart notes while continuing to remain sweet is 2011 Little Black Dress Sauvignon Blanc. If you are trying to branch out from the really sweet whites (Riesling, Moscato), I would absolutely try one of these two!
  2. Thorny Rose Chardonnay: This is another wine that is more tart than sweet. With notes of green apple and citrus,  it is a wonderful wine to have with a light lunch or to sip on the patio with some friends. It is not your typical Chardonnay. It doesn’t come off as creamy or have too many oak flavors, but it is a unique and crisp wine that those who love lighter wines would enjoy.
  3. Green Fin Pinot Grigio: If you are in the mood for a cheap, sweet, but tasty wine, this will satisfy all of the above! At a price of just under $4, you can’t really beat the quality of this Pinot Grigio. Another one that has plenty of green apple notes mixed in with a light honey flavor for the added sweetness, this is a great pick for a weeknight dinner when you just want a decent glass of sweet white.
  4. 2012 Pacific Rim Dry Riesling: Dry and Riesling don’t usually go together… when you think of Riesling, the words “sweet” and maybe even “fruity” come to mind. But, if you want to try something new and not as dessert-like as some Rieslings can be, go on the hunt for a Dry Riesling like this one. It is crisp and contains much more citrus flavor than a normal Riesling.
  5. Bordeaux Chateau Olivier Chardonnay: If you are in the mood for an expensive wine, Bordeaux carries some world renowned and beautifully made wines.  These wines range in price depending on their territorial classification and their vintage and some can push over the $1,000 mark. But for the most part, the sweet wines in the Bordeaux array remain close to $30, and the flavor is never lacking. The Chateau Olivier is a Sauvignon Blanc that will not disappoint with flavors of citrus, lemon grass and melon, and a price tag of just over $30!
  6. Cupcake Chardonnay: This wine is for those that want to branch out from the sweeter wines and try something with a bit more depth in flavor. This Chardonnay has strong vanilla notes, but also carries a heavy amount of toasted oak. It is creamy, as Chardonnay should be. This one took me a little while to get used to, because to me the oak flavor is pretty bold. But, now I enjoy a glass of this when I want something less sweet. You can usually find this wine in a local grocery store for around $12.

Thank you all for letting me come join you over here! I would love to have you come visit me over at www.motherhoodandmerlot.com for a new wine post every Wednesday!Cheers

-Joanna from Motherhood and Merlot

Coffee Is My Spirit Animal

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Coffee is my spirit animal. If I were stranded on a desert island with one thing to drink, it would have to be coffee. It does more than just wake me up in the morning. It’s part of my morning ritual. I wake up and kiss C and I crawl out of bed just before the sun comes up to start brewing us some coffee. Since we started dating, I’ve noticed that he loves when we share our first cup of coffee together. We take turns making each other’s coffee and then bring it outside, where we sit in the crisp coolness of the morning air and drink together. DSC 0257 Coffee Is My Spirit Animal We talk about the things that we’ve seen lately that interest us, we share what we’re going to do during the day and when we’ve reached the bottom of our cups, it’s time to say goodbye as he goes to work and I go into my home office to write. There’s nothing I love more than a good cup of coffee with someone I love. Lately I’ve been trying Coffee-mate’s new Latin Flavors, Abuelita® Mexican Chocolate and La Lechera® Dulce de Leche. It’s impossible not to fall in love with these two flavors. DSC 0272 Coffee Is My Spirit Animal They’re amazing. Some of my closest friends are Latina. Over the many years we’ve known each other, we’ve gone to college together, celebrated weddings and quinceaneras together, had dozens of parties together and chatted about our lives over coffee. I’ve met their abuela’s and they’ve met mine. We’ve shared family recipes and tried each other’s cooking. Over the years, some of my friends have gotten married and started talking about having children. Parents have become ill. Little girls have grown into women. But the one constant is our friendship. Our moments together are sometimes further and further apart, so we celebrate each of them by having intimate heart-to-heart talks, talking about what matters most, and showing each other how much we care. Friendship and coffee go hand in hand. Over the years, some of my best memories have come from coffee dates with my best friends. It’s the one in our lives where we can go to unwind and talk about the things that worry us and what makes us happy. DSC 0262 1024x685 Coffee Is My Spirit Animal Thanks to Coffee-mate, today on the blog we’re giving away a special Coffee-mate Coffee Prize Pack including a custom designed coffee mug by Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica, coasters and 2 full-value Coffee-mate product coupons ($31 ARV).  Contest begins on September 1st and ends September 26th. The winner will be announced on September 30th and must claim their prize within 24 hours. 02e00df7223d52eef4cb9ed058cd13ed Coffee Is My Spirit Animal  

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What We Ate: Broccoli Chicken Casserole With Cheese

I recently went through a comfort food stage and was really craving a good ol’ American casserole. More than anything I wanted a simple broccoli recipe with cheese, so I found this recipe for a broccoli chicken casserole with cheese.

I changed the recipe up a little bit, adding more rice and less broccoli. Of course, I added more cheese. You don’t think I got these hips by skimming on the cheese, do you?

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The best part about this casserole is the bread crumbs, which you add melted butter to in order to create the crunchy crust. I probably ate half of the bread crumb mixture before I threw it in the oven. It’s okay, though. I added more.

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Isn’t this pretty? In order to make the casserole as simple as possible, I bought pre-cut chicken breasts from the store and cooked them up in a frying pan. Then I boiled up the broccoli (although I recommend chopping it up smaller than I did here. As you’re cooking the broccoli, you’ll want to cook the rice too. Depending on your preferences, you can add less rice and more veggies or more meat and less veggies.

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Once everything is cooked, you’ll want to spray your pan with nonstick spray and then add the chicken, rice, and broccoli. Mix it up. I added some cheese here and mixed it up again. Then I added some more cheese and mixed it again.

We love our cheese around here.

Stir the soup and milk in a bowl. Add more soup if needed. Hell, add more milk if you want. This dish should be creamy–the creamier the better. Pour the soup mixture over the rice, chicken, and broccoli and stir again. Add more cheese. Or don’t. But if you do, I won’t tell the vegans.

Top the casserole with more cheese and then stir the bread crumbs and butter in a bowl. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top. It won’t necessarily spread evenly, but you can do your best.

Or just do it a little sloppy, like you see I did here. It tastes the same, regardless.  IMG 5128 1024x594 What We Ate: Broccoli Chicken Casserole With Cheese

Broccoli Chicken Casserole
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Cook time
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 2½ cups cooked broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cup rice
  • 2 cans (10¾ ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  1. Place the broccoli, chicken, and rice into a 13 x 9 baking pan. Mix in some cheese, if preferred.
  2. Stir the soup and milk in a small bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the broccoli and chicken. Sprinkle with the cheese. Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the cheese.
  3. Bake at 450°F. for 20 minutes or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling.
This recipe can be modified to your taste and dietary needs. This recipe was adapted from Campbell's Chicken Broccoli Divan.