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Starburst in Argentina

No more fake outs! This is a real, deal blog post. I have new proud respect for people who maintain blogs because I have a lot of ups and downs. It is only going to get worse because I am doing GRE prep and other junk. But I don’t have an enormous following and I just happy with the readers I have.

I finally took a break from chocolate pairing. Call it a NYE’s resolution, I am going to try my honest best to switch it up. And I even picked a vegan candy…Starbursts (can you believe I wrote Starbucks the first time?). I had no idea they were vegan but it’s not that surprising. I did not shy away from my love of Argentina and their delicious wines. Here we have a pretty decent pairing with what I consider a wonderful budget wine.

The Candy: Starburst

It's a burst! of...wait stars?

It’s a burst! of…wait stars?

The Wine: La Linda, Torrontés 2010


The Dream:

Something fruity and sweet just goes with white for me. I think you have to be careful balancing, but Torrontés struck a good balance. It’s not too sweet and I felt like it could strike the right balance. It’s also very tricky to pair a candy that has multiple flavors, so I really do just wing it. But I had a swagger in my step about this one.

Fruity and the Beast

Fruity and the Beast (?)

The Reality:

The  wine has prominent grape flavors and is smooth. There is a bit of tannins at the end . It’s overall very pleasant and light.

It is hard to bite and sip at the same time so it’s more of a chew for awhile and then sip. Let’s break it down by flavor.

Strawberry-Sam summarized this pretty well, “The wine helps the strawberry more than the strawberry helps the wine.” The strawberry is pretty underwhelming and the wine helps bring it out. The wine becomes SLIGHTLY bitter.

Lemon-Eh. Nothing really happens with this pairing. The lemon is lemon, the wine is the wine. But it’s not something I want to keep eating/sipping.

Cherry-The wine changed slightly but the cherry flavor keeps the added bitterness in check. The cherry flavor mixes delightfully  with the tannins and grape.

Orange-The wine tastes like if you mixed orange juice and medium quality champagne and suffice it to say I like it. A little too sweet at times but still pretty delightful.

Takeaway: Lemon overall is not the easiest to pair. A poor takeaway, but something to think about for my future.

Also, check out this really mature thing that I did with the foggy window.

Sam erased it

Sam erased it


Hoppy Inauguration


Hi all!

I know I’m behind but the pairing photos are on my phone and I intend on blogging tonight.

Until then here is a pic of the Inauguration IPA I enjoyed by Capital City Brewing Co.

Catch you later!

Host with the Most

I realize January is almost over, but I have a post on the way!

In the mean time, entertain your palette with the Hostess Wine Pairing Microguide post by pairing (now vintage) Hostess items with wine! A Hostess Cupcake with a Cabernet Sauvignon? Sign. Me. Up. Please! And HoHos and Port? I’m reading to binge on some Zebra cakes and call it a day.

English: A Hostess CupCake that has been split...