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WineShop at Home: Shop our NEW line of special occasion wines

 

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EVERY DAY IS WORTH CELEBRATING!

SHOP OUR NEW TALMAGE CELLARS OCCASION WINES

Our new Talmage Cellars Occasion Wines are perfect for gift-giving and celebrations! Simply select a label and a varietal or mix and match to create a special bundle for your friends, family, clients, employees or to have on-hand for impromptu gifts. Available labels: Congrats, Happy Birthday, Cheers, Thank You and XOXO. Available wines: Chardonnay, Sweet T Red Wine, Semi-Seco Sparkling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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GLO VINEYARDS & BROADMOORE ESTATES

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Red Trails

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White Trails

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Ciao for now, light summer whites and pinks. We’re starting to dream about wines that are lush and rich to usher us into the new season. Wines to pair with the comforting foods we’re looking forward to. Read on for fall recipes and pairings you’ll want to try right away!

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WINE MYTHOLOGY

The wine business is full of stories and mythology. For example, you may have read sensational stories about radioactive wine, clean wine or headache-free wine. WineShop At Home Winemaker, Alex Reble, shares common wine myths & misconceptions in this month's Winemaker's Journal entry.

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SEPTEMBER HOT DEAL

WINE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

This sweet and charming Wine Charm Bracelet is included with your Wine Club Member purchase of 6+ bottles this September only!*

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10 WINE COCKTAILS

(THAT ARE BETTER THAN A PSL)

There’s more to wine cocktails than summer sangrias and there's more to autumn than PSLs. This fall, try these chic creations that will lift your spirits. See your glass as half full. Then fill it up again.

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Fuzzy's Taco Shop Introduces a NEW TACO: The Citrus Heat Mahi Taco

Citrus Heat Mahi Taco_1Fuzzy's Taco Shop has brought back a fan favorite to bring some heat just in time for the cooler weather. The Citrus Heat Mahi Taco is now available at Fuzzy's and is a must-try! 
 
The new Citrus Heat Mahi Taco features grilled or tempura Mahi on a soft corn tortilla with garlic sauce, a zesty orange honey habanero sauce (made with Fuzzy's Taco Shop Habanero Butt Burnin' Sauce) and a crunchy cabbage slaw with jalapenos and red bell peppers, topped with a Fuzzy Dusted grilled pineapple.
 
Pick one up at your local Fuzzy's Taco Shop. Find a location near you here: https://www.fuzzystacoshop.com/locations/
 

Wine Review: Tatu Estates Orange Muscat

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI joined a wine club a few months back and I am SO glad I did!  Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and a recent shipment included another REALLY NICE sweet white.   Here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Tatu Estates Orange MuscatOrange Muscat is one of the forty siblings in the Muscat family.

As you would expect, citrus dominates in the mouth. These are natural esters formed during fermentation. Tatu Estates 2019 Orange Muscat also showcases some floral fragrances, like daffodil and rose in the attack. The aromatic palate quickly extends to lime, lemon, apple and pear. Toward the end, stonefruit characters like nectarine and peach appear. There is a clear sweetness in the attack and a round mouthfeel. This wine is refreshing with a crisp acidity. This Orange Muscat has good length and overall, is very easy and pleasant to enjoy.

Hints of mandarin and orange in the finish will pair well with egg bites, pasta with seafood or light desserts.

If you like Moscato wines, you'll LOVE this Orange Muscat!  It truly is VERY easy to enjoy, be it a stand alone glass or paired with seafood or light desserts.  You get all those fruit notes and that refreshing, crisp sweetness in every sip.  My Ladyfriend and I enjoyed this wine so much, I've already ordered more. There was no dwelling at all on this one, as in, "Hmmmm, what should I get?"....  It's most definitely a REPEAT BUY!

Palate pleasing, the Tatu Estates Orange Muscat is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a FANTASTIC sweet white!

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Suburban Fracas Melee

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and a recent shipment included a REALLY NICE sweet white.   Here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Surburban Fracas MeleeOur Suburban Fracas Melee is a sweet white wine blend made from a clash of 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Symphony and 3% Muscat of Alexandria.

It is not often that Sauvignon Blanc encounters Symphony. The result is a turbulent, flavorful wine displaying aromas of pear, apple and grapefruit. The fragrances are very intense in the most revealing way possible. There are also mineral undertones that lead to a bright finish. The sweetness coats the mouth for a rich mid-palate and flavorful finish. Intense fruit notes are also present in the mouthfeel with pineapple, lychee and some bergamot candy characteristics.

Enjoy this sweet Melee with a cheese platter, sweet and sour pork, pasta with seafood or light desserts. 

WineShop at Home never ceases to amaze me with how good their wines truly are.  You know how sometimes you go to the liquor store, select a bottle of wine, something you've never had before and after having a glass determine you wouldn't buy it again?  There's no buyer's remorse with WineShop at Home and this sweet Melee really delivers on the flavor!  Like their other blends, this wine is yet another example of what puts WineShop at Home over the top and a big notch above their competitors - THEIR WINE BLENDS ROCK! The wine maker, Alexandre Reble, knows how to blend grapes like no other! He truly is a master and his wine creations in my humble opinion are second to none. I've been a Wine Club member with WineShop for several months now, and I have NOT had a bottle of wine I wouldn't re-order. My Ladyfriend and I enjoyed this fantastic sweet white blend with a simple, light dessert of vanilla ice cream topped with some fruit and it was STELLAR!

Palate pleasing, the Suburban Fracas Melee is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a FANTASTIC sweet white!

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Albion Chardonnay

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and a recent shipment included a REALLY good Chardonnay from the Albion label.  Here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

 

Albion ChardonnayThis 2019 Albion Chardonnay was made from a single vineyard located in the northwest area of Lodi.

The terroir has lower fertility and ideal winegrowing soils, ranging from heavier clay-based soils to well-drained stony soils. This stainless steel tank-aged Chardonnay received a precise oak treatment to enhance its flavors and its ageing potential. Aged on its own lees for six months, this wine has a powerful, rich nose offering citrus and fruit characters like lemon, grapefruit, lime, apricot and pear. The oak addition brings notes of fresh meringue, tobacco leaves and crème caramel. The sur lies method enhances the mouthfeel with a round attack, length and a medium to intense finish. Along with some minerality, a nice hint of acidity perks up at the very end.

Enjoy it with grilled fish, scallops, or a cheese platter.

The grapes for this wine are grown in the Lodi wine region, which is located 100 miles east of San Franciso near the San Joaquin River Delta.  A major winegrape growing region since the 1850's, annual yields from Lodi comprises 20% of California's total wine grape production, more than Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley.  In other words, when you're drinking a wine made with Lodi grapes, it's no ordinary wine!

My Ladyfriend and I enjoyed this wine with some Asian Chicken topped with a Vanilla Apricot Sauce and that pairing made for a phenomenal meal!  The fruity characters of the wine was a PERFECT match with the chicken and that sauce - it was another dose of YUM!

Palate pleasing, the Albion Chardonnay from Lodi is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a FANTASTIC Chardonnay!

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Suburban Fracas Reprobate

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and my last shipment included a red called "Surburban Fracas Reporbate" here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Surburban Fracas ReprobateOur Suburban Fracas Reprobate red blend of 35% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Franc, 20% Tannat, 12% Barbera, 5% Ruby Cabernet, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Syrah displays a massive nose of blueberry, blackberry and cherry.

This is a young, inviting red wine. Some of these characters are also displayed in the mouth. However, the dominant factor is the tannins. Layers of tannins develop nicely in the mouth. All seven varietals comprised in this blend are known for bringing color and body to wine. The mid-palate and finish provide some relief with the presence of residual sugar. Later, we have light toasted oak notes in the finish.

This wine is very dynamic and will pair well with a wide range of dishes like grilled steak, pork carnitas tacos or crispy potato cakes with Cheddar and scallions.

This wine is yet another example of what puts WineShop at Home over the top and a big notch above their competitors - THEIR WINE BLENDS ROCK!  The wine maker, Alexandre Reble, knows how to blend grapes like no other! He truly is a master and his wine creations in my humble opinion are second to none.  I've been a Wine Club member with WineShop for several months now, and I have NOT had a bottle of wine I wouldn't re-order.  My girlfriend and I enjoyed this fantastic red blend with the suggested pork carnitas tacos and it was STELLAR!

Palate pleasing, the Surburban Fracas Reprobate is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Fact Chardonnay

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and my last shipment included a Chardonnay called "Fact" here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Fact ChardonnayOur Fact 2017 Chardonnay offers fragrant aromatics of pear, apple and lemon in the attack.

Oak characters, notes of brown sugar and cider follow. This is quite a display for this Californian Chardonnay. These characteristics also appear in the mouth, making it very luscious and full. This wine is round with a hint of minerality. It is very smooth and compact in the mid-palate and the oak flavors caress the palate all the way to the finish.

Serve it chilled at around 50° Fahrenheit with creamy pasta, rice dishes, seafood, grilled fish or a cheese platter.

That description is spot on!  A good Chardonnay delivers on all those aromatic and flavor notes and what Fact has bottled deserves to be on your table. My girlfriend and I enjoyed this wine with some tasty shrimp and coconut rice, an excellent pairing!  WineShop at Home has a true knack for blending grapes and crafting wines with fantastic, intense flavors! 

Palate pleasing, the Fact Chardonnay is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Winner, Winner, Pork Belly Sandwich Dinner at Prost!

By Mike Thayer

Prost Pork BellyThe chefs at Prost have come up with yet another winner, winner, special sandwich dinner!

Called “Der Anton” it’s a FANTASTIC sandwich featuring pork belly, built on a hoagie bun topped with mayo, arugula, a homemade rhubarb chutney and a spicy chili sauce.  Served with Prost's OUTSTANDING fries and a pasta salad, this meal totally shoots past the high mark on the satisfaction meter.

Inspiration leads to creation

What makes this sandwich extra special is that it was inspired by the late celebrity chef Anthony Bordain and his love for pork belly.  What Prost has done here in honoring him has resulted in the creation of a sandwich Masterpiece!  The pork belly - the most deliciously tempting pork-related item known to man, as Bordain might say - was prepared perfectly, and that spicy chili sauce combined with that rhubarb chutney just puts this sandwich over the top!  Those ingredients alone put on a piece of cardboard would taste great!  Balancing out the spicy/sweet notes is that cooling pasta salad and did I mention how OUTSTANDING Prost fries are?

Prost Pork Belly2
Mmmmmm, pork belly... and that sauce!  It's another dose of YUM!

The Prost kitchen continues to raise the bar in pairing GREAT flavors together!  The "Der Anton" needs to be made a permanent menu item and that spicy chili sauce/rhubard chutney deserves to be bottled that's how good it is!   This sandwich special gets 5 out of 5 stars, it's another dose of YUM and a MUST try!

Prost is located at:  2721 E. Central Ave., #101, Wichita, KS. 67214

Phone:  316-260-3220

 

 


Wine Review: Albion California Cuvée Rouge

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and my last shipment included a red wine called "Cuvée Rouge" here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Albion Cuvee RougeThis wine is a winemaking first for WineShop At Home. It is the first time we blended a significant amount of Pinot Noir in a dry red blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Pinot Noir.

This Albion Cuvée Rouge has a very complex palate of aromas in the nose with plum, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry in the attack, followed by concentrated characters of jammy red fruit compote. The Cab Franc and the Pinot Noir elegantly mingle without a dominant influence from the toasted oak. The Cab Franc brings some intensity, good length and mouthfeel to the attack. Structure, power and acidity are all necessary ingredients for good red blends. The Pinot Noir influence results in dry fruit flavors and a juicy finish.

This generous, elegant, dry red wine will pair well with dishes like grilled chicken, pork chops or meatloaf.

Elegant indeed!  My girlfriend and I enjoyed this wine with the classic flavors of a Sunday meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and roasted vegetables.  This wine is an example of why I like WineShop at Home so much, I'm not into dry wines like a Merlot and the winemaker at WineShop at Home has a true knack for blending grapes and crafting wines with fantastic, intense flavors!  This red blend is fantastic!

Palate pleasing, the Albion Cuvée Rouge is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!