Oh, no! It’s Thursday evening. You’re thirsty. And that bottle of chardonnay with the cute dog label that you want to serve at an impromptu dinner with friends is warm. Like hasn’t-even-glanced-in-the-direction-of-the-refrigerator warm. What do you do? I’m so glad you asked…
You zip it and chill it quick! Open the bottle, pour it into plastic zipper bag(s) and send them for a swim in the ice water. Before you can even reach for the wine glasses, your vino will be cold.
Funnel (or squeeze through a small hole in the baggie corner) the wine back into the bottle and you’re ready to pour as the hostess with the mostest or the host with the most. Cheers everyone, the weekend is only one
drink day away!
The Mutt Lynch chardonnay above is a great California wine for a great price. The no-frills winemaker lets the fruit shine through by aging in stainless steel barrels instead of oak barrels. This particular vintage (harvest year) shows a lovely nose of “peaches and cream and baked red apple”. To me, it’s lightly crisp and creamy at the same time. Great for a late summer meal when it’s not horribly hot and Fall is in the air.
Pairs well with bloomy rind cheese like Brie and Camembert, shellfish, white fish, light chicken dishes and pasta with vegetables. If you love wine and you love dogs, too, you might enjoy reading more about the Mutt Lynch Winery in Sonoma County, California. Me and my pooch visited last summer, loved the wine and the treats and had a barking good time watching the grapes come in from harvest.
Sadie Mae’s Dogtography
“Mommy took me to da winery pwace where the nice lady gave me treats. Lookin’ at all the funny food play was fun.”
-Sadie Mae, September 2011