Cats and Dogs and La Criox

Last weekend was an adventure to say the least. My coworker found a stray dog roaming the area around our office and since he was without a collar, she took him to a local animal shelter to see if he had a microchip. He didn’t, so she brought him to the office of course. I immediately fell in love. I’m not the biggest dog person (maybe you can tell that from the title of my blog) but he was the sweetest, most chill dog I had ever met. I discussed it with my husband and we decided to take him home and see how he did with cats. I was prepared for my cats to absolutely freak out, what I was not prepared for was for him to freak out as well. He is terrified of cats and takes it out with aggressive behavior towards them. I couldn’t let him off the leash for the less than 24 hours we had him in the house. I also hardly slept in that 24 hours.

We decided we couldn’t keep the pup because the cats are our first priority, they have been with us for five+ years. Luckily someone else at work wants to take him and she is sans cats so I think he’ll be a happy dog. Tell you what though, if you want to get publicly shamed, say you're adopting a dog and then admit that it wasn't the right decision and you're not going through with it. You wouldn’t believe the amount of people who threw me shade for not keeping the dog. I understand that it takes time for animals to adjust to one another, but I draw the line at aggressive behavior. Also, me calling the behavior "aggressive" is not a diss to the dog, it's an acknowledgement that he's lived a hard life and needs someone with the expertise to train him. People are judgmental as fuck. 

Therefore, I was desperately in need of some good wine. I was too lazy to drive the extra five minutes to my wine shop so I stopped at the liquor store that is on my way home and has a pretty decent wine selection. Welp, their credit card machine was down so I went with plan c, the liquor store by my house that sucks. Here’s the good thing, Underwood wine can be found at most liquor stores and it’s great. I picked up a can of the Pinot Gris because I was in a can sort of mood. Like I’ve said before, it’s hard to smell wine out of cans unless that bouquet is super fragrant. But if you sniff hard enough, you can smell notes of lemongrass. On the palate it tastes like slate and lime blossoms-- super mineral and tart.

This is one of my go-to pool wines. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s cool, crisp and as refreshing as a wine can be. It is so hot outside and I really wish I was at the pool right now but I’ll settle for being inside my air conditioned house listening to Rihanna and flipping off all of the shit talkers in my head. What is it with people giving unsolicited advice? I am just preparing myself because I can only imagine how much worse it gets when you have kids. Whatever man, you can’t make everyone happy. At the end of the day I made the decision that was best for me and guess what, there are people lining up to adopt this pup! People who are way more suited to train a dog than I am. I'm sorry that this was more of a venting sesh than a wine post but I really needed to let off some steam and I don't have therapy until Wednesday. Anyway, I think I’ll stick to what I know-- cats and wine (and La Croix).

The Best Wines to Sneak into Your Local Pool This Summer

I’m not sure about you, but I love drinking poolside. It’s one of my favorite summertime activities after porch-sitting. I happen to belong to the local Jewish Community Center and while their pool is slightly overrun with children at all times, it’s a pool. I’ve never checked on the alcohol policy but I’m guessing it is something along the lines of “don’t BYOB”. But I’ve never been great with following rules, so I usually bring something inconspicuous that I can enjoy while I reread Freedom for the first time in seven years. You’ll notice everything I’ve chosen is canned because you can easily pretend you’re sipping soda or sparkling water-- throw that thing in a koozie and claim it’s a new La Croix flavor. You can find all of these at wine shops and liquor stores alike. Also, I didn’t take photos of these at the pool because I’m trying to be stealth, dude!

Frico Frizzante by Scarpetta

The first thing I thought when I saw the Frico Frizzante was “cute”. At just 8 ounces and with clever minimalist packaging (basically just a pig’s ass), it’s super sweet. It is also affordable at around $10 for a 4 pack. If you are a wine novice like me, you might have thought Frizzante was the varietal the first time you stumbled upon one (my first was the Gia Frizzante a few years ago). It actually just means that it is a “gently sparkling” wine. The Frico Frizzante is a blend of a shit ton of stuff: 50% Trebbiano, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Glera, or so a website I found says. It is super light and herbaceous with notes of fresh cut grass. It basically reminds me of a steamy summer evening having just mowed the lawn (not that I mow or do much domestic labor, but still). I find that I really like blends in cans. I like them already and drink plenty of blends out of bottles, but there’s always something interesting and funky about them that just tastes good in a can, preferably by the pool listening to new Fleet Foxes. Warning: you’ll want to drink the whole four pack in one sitting and I won’t judge you if you do. Not one bit.  

Edit: my can warmed up a bit because I’ve been enjoying it for a while and it’s still good! You get more body at a higher temperature-- the Chardonnay really shines through (and I’m a reformed Chardonnay nay-sayer). You probably shouldn’t be serving this ice-cold anyway since it’s not a shitty lite beer.  

Alloy Wine Works Everyday Rosé  

This wine was gifted to me by my friend Adrienne (she purchased it at a wine shop, but I know I’ve seen it at the liquor store) when she and her husband, Daniel, came over for dinner the other night (see the Shakshuka + Young Vines post). The first thing I thought was, “sweet! Free wine!” but then I thought, “oh, I could review this!” One of the things I love most about Alloy’s wines is their super unpretentious tasting notes on the back of their cans. This one straight up says “Sour Patch Kids” and I seriously dig that. This rosé is kind of dry but incredibly fruity, tasting like strawberries and ripe melon that you scooped into the most perfect little balls (I’ve never done that, but it looks immensely gratifying). I really want to know the varietals used to make this rosé because it has so much body. I know this used to be called Grenache Rosé rather than Everyday Rosé so I’m curious if they still use Grenache (I believe it’s actually a blend now). Whatever the grapes used, this shit is good. Not only is this great poolside but I can imagine it would be nice at the drive in. My aforementioned friends Adrienne and Daniel want to take us to the local drive in because they promised it makes for great people-watching and usually the movies aren’t too terrible. This tallboy of rosé would be perfect to sneak in and pair with some Sour Patch Kids.

Underwood Pinot Noir

This is one of the more ubiquitous wine in cans you will see. I love Underwood and I like the fact that you can find it in wine shops and grocery/liquor stores alike. Union Wine Co., who produces Underwood, seeks to be approachable in its take on wine. Its trademark is, “pinkies down”. They also have videos on their website poking fun at the old school and hipster winos alike. I dig it. I don’t think anything in life should be taken too seriously, wine included.  Underwood is also affordable at just around $6 for a can and about $14 for a bottle. The first time I had their wine in a can was at a pool in the mid-summer a few years ago. It was hot, but my pinot was chilled and it was the fucking best. Laying in the sun + drinking wine can get you pretty tipsy, but I was walking distance from home so it was chill. My palate has refined ever so slightly in the last few years, but the Underwood is still so good. This is a fruit-forward Pinot Noir, with big berries popping on your tongue. It particularly reminds me of bing cherries, which I associate with summer and my dad because I remember him eating them a lot with me in the summers as a kid. There is also a vanilla cola quality to this wine, like Vanilla Coke, which I’m not sure still exists but should. It’s solid. Pick this up at your next wine/liquor store haul.

So there you go, three wines that can be enjoyed poolside or on your couch binge watching The Keepers. Whatever floats your boat, my friend.