2015 La Graviere Entre -Deux-Mers

Here we are lovely friends, moving forward with our second wine from Barrique’s Wall of 100. La Graviere Entre-Deux-Mers is a wine produced by Chateau La Graviere out of the Bordeaux region. It is 55% Semillon, 35% Sauvignon, and 10% Muscabelle. It’s vintage is 2015 and it rings in at 13%. This wine was $9.99 and certainly worth its price. Steven and I both are quite fond of Bordeaux wines, and this one did not disappoint. We tasted this wine on May 3rd, 2017 in the comfort of our apartment, and this time did not pair it with any food (sometimes simply enjoying the wine itself is enough). 

Steven and I agreed on all aspects of this wine, so let’s jump right in. 

The color depth was pale, the color hue was yellow, and the clarity was clear. The aroma intensity was moderate and the development had some age. The aromas we smelled were tree fruits including pear, apple, and peach.

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Leek and Potato Soup

Steven and I have decided to work our way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child. This is not to say we intend on doing every single recipe, but rather choosing recipes from each chapter. We decided to start with chapter one “Soup” and delved into the “Leek and Potato Soup” recipe as a fabulous start to our journey.

It was extremely easy and cheap to make, and works as a great base for what could be a much heartier soup. This soup is by no means thick or substantial on its own, but could certainly be made the star of a meal with a few quick additions such as cubed ham or more vegetables. 

I would definitely say this soup is great for dunking bread and/or crackers into, and has a desirable taste as is. I do not mean to underestimate this soup, as it is full of flavor, but I do mean to make the point it is not a rich and thick soup, as you would be severely disappointed if that is what you were looking for.

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2015 William Hill Chardonnay

Hey Friends!

Steven and I have decided to work our way through Barriques’ wall of 100 wines, and here is our first review; 2015 William Hill Chardonnay.

We tasted this wine on April 16th, 2017 while chilling at our apartment and listening to some favorable tunes. This wine is produced by William Hill Estate and is from the state of California. Its vintage is 2015 and it rings in at 13.8% alcohol content. 

Steven and I both agreed its color depth was pale, its color hue was yellow, and its clarity was clear. When it came to aroma intensity we felt it was low, as the aroma really did not stand out much to us. There was a slight scent, but that was all. Some of the aromas we did smell include tree fruits such as pear, apricot, and apple, as well as the flower honeysuckle. 

When it came to the discussion of dry vs. sweet, both of us agreed this wine was medium sweet. It was definitely not a wine that dried your mouth out, but it certainly was not over sweet either.  Steven and I both felt the body was light while the acidity was fresh. We also agreed there was no sign (taste) of tannin and the balance was fair. Where we finally disagreed is when it came to flavor intensity. I (Jeanie) thought it was moderate while Steven thought it was low. We are allowed to disagree, as we are adults, so we did. Some of the flavors we tasted include honey, fig, pear, and apple.  We both agreed the finish was medium (4-5 out of >8) meaning the taste of the wine stayed on our tongues for a moderate amount of time.

In conclusion we both decided this wine is, “not shitty”, “not oaky”, “buttery = 1/5”, and “doesn’t induce vomiting”. I guess you could take this all to mean this wine was edible, but not the greatest wine we’ve ever tasted. All in all we gave it 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Also, in case you are curious, we happened to pair this wine with Pink Lady Apples, and it was perfect. They paired very well together.

So, go out, try this wine…or don’t…maybe try another wine. You do you. Adulting is awesome.

Cheers!

XOXO

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Banana Cookie Butter Bars

Hey friends!

So many exciting things are going on right now…

I am in the process of planning out a sleeve (tattoo…baking themed obviously).

Steven and I made it to 6 months of marriage (slightly over), so that’s a big deal, right?!

We are planning for the future (more good news…#makeittooneyear).sam_2056

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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Review (Hello September 1st…Bring On All Things Pumpkin!)

Ahhhhh!!! *Sigh* 

Can you believe it’s already one of the best days of the year?! In case you haven’t seen all the foreshadowing on social media I’ll bring you up to speed. September 1st is the day it is FINALLY socially acceptable to start consuming ALL things pumpkin (And no, not pumpkin bleach…hahahaha…not funny…whoever thought of that should seriously think about who they are as a person, and then consume something pumpkin. Perhaps they’ll rethink their stupid gif).

Back to my happy place…pumpkin patches, hot pumpkin spice latte, warm pumpkin spice cookies, and then home to an oh so refreshing pumpkin beer. *Sigh*

Which brings me to today’s post. I thought I’d enlighten you with a mixture of my favorite things on this first day of September. Thus, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale; one of the best pumpkin beers out there. 

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Isn’t that a gorgeous looking beer? Yes, yes it is. It pours a beautiful orange with a nice layer of foam on top. The pumpkin flavor isn’t too overpowering or fake tasting, but rather smooth and subtle. The pumpkin pie spices and brown sugar smoothly dance over your tongue leaving you reminiscing about pumpkin pie and fond memories.

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Yum Yum Fest 2016 (And a New Look!)

Hey Friends!

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I’m kicking off the new look and name of Brown Bottle Baker (previously Brown Bottle Baking) with a review of our local Yum Yum Fest; 2016 edition.

This fest is a definite must for anyone living in the Madison area, and anyone who has or (sadly) hasn’t ever been lucky enough to experience the amazing foodie scene we have here in good ol’ Mad-Town. Seriously. Madison houses some of the greatest chefs around, and what’s even more fabulous is how they work together to benefit their home base and community. Beyond doing events such as this one, most of the restaurants featured source the majority of their ingredients locally. Now if that isn’t good ol’ Wisco love I don’t know what is.

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12 Days of Holiday Treats: Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

The halfway point is always the point in which I think to myself, “I just might be able to make this happen again!”

I am really trying to mix up the types of treats I am presenting to you, as not everyone wants sugar cookies and gingerbread men. Sometimes, people want mini muffins!

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Adorable, sweet (but not too sweet) and dotted with chocolate (the best!) these muffins are bite sized and definitely a crowd pleaser. And even better, I was able to bake all 48 at once thanks in part to my wonderful 48 mini muffin tin I snatched (well, I payed of course) from Target a few years back from the clearance section…Heyy-o!!!

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12 Days of Holiday Treats: Pumpkin Spice Blondie Cookie Bars

Well we are almost halfway through this Holiday adventure, and I don’t know about you, but I’m sure enjoying myself.

Yesterday we went to Target and per usual checked out the clearance backing rack…good idea. Steven picked up a package of Pumpkin Spice Chips…SCORE! I had looked for them in October with no luck, and now they were on sale! I definitely considered myself one lucky lady.

I went right home and proceeded to bake these super tasty bars.

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These pumpkin spice chips are SO delicious and the bars would make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.

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12 Days of Holiday Treats: Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow, that nostalgic treat that brings us all back to elementary school snack time and cartons of cold milk.

I am pretty certain the idea of Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies for some of you) does not need to be sold to anyone. Sugar coated chocolate and peanut butter covered Chex? Sign me right up!

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And I get to shake the shit out of a bag until the insides are evenly coated with powdered sugar?

Right on! AmIright?!

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