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Akarua Pinot Rose AKA the best Rose I ever drank

akarua pinotAkarua Pinot Rose AKA the best Rose I ever drank

Just got an email about the Akarua Pinot Rose release which is today! I was so excited I had to share it with you. I want a case but can’t quite justify the spend…

Most likely, it won’t be sent to the Bay of Plenty liquor stores (where I am) as there is only a small quantity of it. So I should really buy some. Just  a couple of bottles, no harm in that is there?

It’s like summer in a bottle, this stuff. Mmmmm, I can taste it now. I should buy some. I really should. Early Christmas present perhaps? Teehee!

S-s-s-stuff!

oh how I love a good weekend!!

I’ll keep this weekend round-up brief:

Sleep ins
Sunshine
Skype Calls
Salmon
Seeing friends
Samoa photos
Sauvignon Blanc
Stewing over a personal dilemma
Sexy time (sorry if that’s TMI – I don’t really care…)
Snotty noses
Supermarket shopping

and last, but never least: Sandwiches!!!

I made caramelised onions for a BBQ Scott and I went to yesterday – they were for “fancy hotdogs” which just means a sausage that isn’t made from MRM (and hopefully led a happy life) in a cut up French roll bun, with any sauce you like, garlic and herb butter, grated cheese and caramelised onions.

There was plenty left over (as I ALWAYS make too much) and after the late BBQ lunch had settled and our tummies were grumbling again, we were at the supermarket trying to decide what to have for dinner. Which in itself was PAINFUL, I was tired and dehydrated from sun and cider and nothing seemed appealing after the big lunch. But we knew we had to make a decision or we’d get home and have to come straight back. I didn’t feel like cooking and decided a frozen pizza wasn’t gonna cut the mustard.

So, we got a bakery loaf of focaccia and some brie cheese to accompany other sandwichy type things we already had in the trolley.

Long story short…after a regular sandwich of avocado, brie and iceberg lettuce, eyeing up Scott’s toasted cheese and ham number, I decided something toasted would be tastier for my second round. I made a pan fried toasted sandwich with brie and caramelised onions and a touch of the garlic and herb butter on the outside of the bread to prevent sticking. AH MA GAHD! Suuuuch a good toasted sandwich! The brie wasn’t completely melted, but it was on it’s way, the onions were warmed through and added the tiniest of hints of sweetness to the salty cheese and I ALWAYS enjoy a bit of garlic. Should’ve taken a photo…but it was gone too soon for me to think I might write about it the next day.

Try it; it’s wonderful. This would make a perfect appetiser (if cut into smaller, two bite pieces) or just an indulgent late night snack (think Nigella Lawson). Or, with a glass of pinot gris or a creamy chardonnay, you might just like to have yourself a wee sandwich party.

Akarua wines

Someone searched for “akarua meaning” and landed on my page which got me excited and curious. I also googled “akarua meaning” and what came up didn’t really offer much of an explanation. Well, not in the first page of the search results anyway – I rarely go any further than the first page.

The meaning of Aka – is “vine” in Maori and the meaning of rua is “two” in maori. So, the Akarua winery got their name from combing the two words. When they started out, they only had two vines hence the “rua” part of the name.

Check out their website and if you’re ever in the Central Otago region, go to their cellar door and taste some of the yummiest wines you’ll find in New Zealand. The lady we had our tasting with, was great to chat with, knew HEAPS about the history of the vineyard and winery and about wine in general. She’d also owned a cafe in nearby Cromwell so knew a lot about food matching. Which, I think, is VERY important! As great as a glass of sav and a ciggy is, wine and food go much better together. Oh, and she also coined the phrase “mid week wine” when referring to one of the pinot gris’ that day, which I loved!

A toast to summer – may you come quicker than you did last year

The weekend saw me catching up with some very good friends and sampling some alcoholic delights over laughs and shared memories.

I enjoy being well hydrated so I usually have about three different beverages close to me if I’m at home doing nothing, or at work (writing my blog). Those beverages usually consist of: water, herbal tea and a coffee that’s gone a little cold. Or if I’m drinking wine it’s: water, wine and herbal tea.

This weekend I actually slacked on the water drinking as it was taken over by the next three yummy, “I wish it was summer” beverages (in no particular order):

First: Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris (I feel like I’ve talked about this before?)

It’s fresh and fruity but not too sweet like my usual choice, Sauvignon Blanc’s, tend to be. I find them sharp and punchy compared to the quiet, understated characteristics of the Pinot Gris’ I’ve been sampling of late.

http://www.mtdifficulty.co.nz/wineshop/Mt-Difficulty-Bannockburn/Mt-Difficulty-Pinot-Gris-2011-p1554.html

Second: Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer

As a kid my dad brewed ginger beer in the garage and we got “disciplined” with the long plastic spoon he’d stir his brews with. You’d think this would’ve scarred me but it didn’t. Thank god! Because I LOVE ginger beer. The favourite has to be Pheonix Organics Ginger Beer as it tastes the closest to dad’s brew. So you can only imagine my delight at the discovery of an adult version of a ginger beer! oooohhhh….aahhhhhhh….

YUM!

Third: Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider

I first sampled this “party in your mouth” beverage in London’s 2010 summer. It was served over a mountain of ice, in a tall glass with muddled mint, a couple of slices of strawberry and a wedge of lime squeezed in. It’s amazingly refreshing, not overly sweet or sickening. Right now in NZ, cider is making a surge in popularity thanks to the likes of the apple and pear ciders that have become readily available from old faithful’s: Mac’s and Monteith’s as well as Old Mout Cider. I predict this’ll be summers next hottest thing; cider is the new body-con cut out swimsuit.

It’s as cool as cider on a hot day (yeah, I went there): http://www.rekorderlig.com/nz/#/flavours/
STOP THE PRESS!!! This just in: as I was looking for the above picture, I discovered you can make strawberry and lime cider CUPCAKES!!! *drool*

Recipe HERE

Here’s to the countdown to summer, weekends with good friends and trying new things to drink during both – cheers, good health, salute, prost!

How many blog posts can a blog poster post if a blog poster could post blogs?

Tongue twisters are fun!
My title was adapted from the classic “wood chuck” tongue twister.

I also like:

Yellow lolly, red lolly
and
You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York

BUT…Since starting this blog I’m all like “ooh I should blog about this!” and “ooh I should blog about that”. So much enthusiasm! But do I saturate the market now, or leave you all hanging for a couple of weeks until the next one?

I don’t know the etiquette. If i’m going to be constant I might as well on bloody Facebook! I’ll calm down in a couple of days, I swear.

Just wanted to share a couple of things I am stoked on right now:

Yoga – just got back into it. Bikram once a week in a “koha class”. “Koha” meaning a gift (in Maori)or offering in exchange for something. The proceeds are donated to a charity each month. 100% of the proceeds. And also this website: http://www.doyogawithme.com/

Lots of awesome FREE videos to do in the privacy of your own home. I did a power class the other day (by accident) and am still feeling it today. Which is awesome because in spite of my efforts with 3kg dumbells, my bingo wings are not shifting. So, to feel the burn two days after yoga makes me mucho happio!

The other is wine!!! I am generally fairly stoked on wine but more so after a couple of weekends ago, a posse of pals came to Queenstown for some quality Jenna face time. Yay!

We visited a couple of wineries in the Central Otago region and it was so much fun! I loved the taster ladies, I loved the wine and I loved seeing the first daffodils of spring along the way. The stand outs of the day were a Chardonnay from Mt Difficulty Wines and a Pinot Rose from Akarua. The latter smacks of strawberry and leads me perfectly to a recipe I saw on the ultra cool (secretly would love to be her friend) Lani Says blog: http://wine.about.com/od/howwineismade/r/Strawberrysangr.htm

Summer is on it’s way even though the season fairy only just landed on spring. I can feel it. I can smell it. The days are getting longer, the mornings are getting lighter and the idea of strawberry sangria with Pinot Rose somewhere near a beach excites me quiiiite a bit.

Will try and not post anything for the rest of the day. If it’s too much, let me know. If it’s not enough, tell me! Feedback is helpful 🙂