I have been writing about Wines this summer, bottled, boxed, tools, accessories and serving ware, because wine and summer seem to go hand in hand. There are so many great wines available, actually something for every taste and budget. My focus has been great wines at ‘frugal’ prices. My preference in wine drinking is to find a great brand at a great price, open and enjoy. The brand that I have uncovered for you today is called Pepi! Each bottle retails for about $10 or less and the caps are simply twist off and serve which means serving is without effort. The Pepi wines are crafted from grapes that are grown in the cool, coastal vineyards of the Golden State and all of these grapes offer a refreshing, fruitful taste with a crisp finish. I personally don’t just drink wine to drink wine, I actually sip, taste, and enjoy. I want to challenge my tastes buds to pick up the flavors that might be in the wine, and I have been enjoying all the flavors that are bottled in these fine wines, but don’t look for huge price tags, just look for great taste with the Pepi brand wines. The white wines which I am about to share with you will make your summer parties great and keep the entertaining, easy, fun and very frugal. I paired my seafood and chicken easy-serve meals with these great wines and my guests were most satisfied.
I love preparing food for company as I pull out all the stops, but with 3 kids zooming around, and life getting ahead of me, I prefer to pull out all the stops and keep it simple yet sophisticated. One of my favorite meals to make for my guests is a pan sauteed shrimp with a Alfredo Sauce and sliced portabellas, served on a bed of linguine. I served this with a 2012 Pepi Pinot Grigio. If you have read my blogs, you know that white wines are not the wines that grace my glass, admittedly, I may just have been trying the wrong white wines because I thoroughly enjoyed the clean finish on this Pinot Grigio and the balance of flavor. The Pinot Grigio offered the an aroma of white flowers, pear drop and citrus. The palate is crisp, with a refreshing, clean finish. What this means to you, a not too sweet whine, that offers a delicious taste, and it compliments seafood dishes, while not tasting overly fruity. What I would not serve this with would be (tomato)sauce based foods or hard citrus tastes. I would absolutely serve this with appetizers, raw seafoods and cream sauces, again this is just my gauge on the appeal of the wine that I tasted.
The Sauvignon Blanc Story:
I love serving the following meal with Sauvignon Blanc because the Sauvignon Blanc offers a stronger acidic level that allows the pairing of stronger tasting foods. My meal consisted of a prepared Mesquite Smoked Salmon with a fresh-herb minced dressing(chive), a dandelion salad(with red onion) as well as a Penne Pasta embellished in a goat cheese/garlic/tomato fresco sauce. The Pepi Sauvignon Blanc really sparked the flavor of this meal. This wine is the perfect match for seafood or chicken and because Sauvignon Blancs are known to stand up to acidic foods and compliment fresh herbs the mesh and blend of my meal was perfect.
The convenience of the twist off lid, the price level of a name brand for under $10 and the overall quality of the wine get 2 wine glasses up making it a Pittsburgh Frugal Mom favorite! While I was not much of a white wine drinker, I have to say, Pepi Winery has a new fan of their White Wines! Makes sure to check with your local retailer for Pepi Wines.
DANDELION SALAD- * A side note: make sure your dandelion are small, without large leaves because they will be less ‘rough’ to chew and a bit less bitter.
*never drink and drive, party responsibly. This article is not suggesting drinking, it is just offering a wine option that has been reviewed. According to the Surgeon General women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause health problems.