Carol Kaufmann

Writer, Editor, Wine Merchant

The Chardonnay Mom Recommends Wines for Trying Times July 28, 2020

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The Chardonnay Mom, vol. 6 | Carol Kaufmann | July 28, 2020

Hello Wine Fans,

Due to our global pandemic, we’ve been keeping to ourselves and staying away from crowds, navigating the blistering heat wave and resigning ourselves to online everything. No visits to our usual beach haunt and trips to see the grandparents.

This has presented a few challenges that I suspect you might also share. Whatever your situation, no worries. I have a wine for that.

FOR WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT

2017 Solar Del Alma Malbec $36

Unfortunately, we found out the hard way what balm will soothe an unexpected outage when a vicious summer storm tore through our neighborhood leaving a cluster of houses in the dark and without AC in suffocating heat. I randomly grabbed a bottle (left) from the blacked-out basement – and oh, what a gift. Bursts of berries with that clean, spicy tang on the back. Not heavy and fine to drink in summer. Laughter through tears.

2017 Solar Del Alma

FOR A TUESDAY THAT SHOULD BE A FRIDAY

Bookbinder’s Apprentice, First Edition $16

High-end red blend for a Tuesday night price. All the great grapes are represented: Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet, Syrah, and Barbera. Goes great with burgers and BBQ.

WHEN DREAMING OF ITALY

2018 Che Fico Pinot Grigio Reserve $29

2019 Che Fico Pinot Grigio $22

NV Rivamonte Prosecco $22

It pierces my wandering soul that we are forbidden from entering most every country on the planet, particularly Italy, which I love with a white-hot passion. And I have a soft spot for the Veneto region, which produces grapes that makes even the simplest wines divine.

WHEN YOU NEED TO BE APART FROM OTHER HUMANS

2018 Oso Pardo Tempranillo $25

When you’ve just had Just. About. Enough, grab yourself a bottle of this spicy Spanish red (left), a brick of cheese, a slab of salami, and prepare for siesta, as our friends in Spain do…after you’ve had enough sips to escort you gently into slumber.

2018 Oso Pardo Tempranillo

WHEN ZOOMING WITH LONG-LOST FRIENDS

2018 Soleil. Vent. Ȃme. Sémillon $25

Crisp and soft. Pairs with any light food. This wine’s name means sun, wind, and soul – and when reunited with old friends, what more does one need?

WHEN ZOOMING WITH CO-WORKERS AT HAPPY HOUR

2017 Middle Jane Zinfandel $32

Go big and hearty to get through a potentially loaded call. We workers have been home a lllloooonnnnngggg time—and once encouraged to unwind and let loose, anything can happen. But this bold wine with berries at the front and nice spice on the end is strong enough to see you through.

In fact, let me just say  – ALL the Middle Jane wines are outstanding. And they have a great story. Every girl in this winemakers’ family has the middle name of “Jane” after a great-great grandmother who was strong, swore when necessary, worked hard, and always wore lipstick. Giving the girls’ a common name reminds them all to be more like Jane.

WHEN YOU CAN’T BE BOTHERED WITH A CORKSCREW

Cans!  $19 – 25 (for four)

Delicious options that are SO EASY TO OPEN. Effervescent and refreshing spritzers. And in BPA-free containers.

Order any and all wines HERE.

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SALE! SALE! SALE!

Oh, my! These will not last and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Grab ‘em now!

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PRO TIP:

If you like wine, and drink it on a regular basis, the easiest (and most cost-effective) thing you can do is sign up for Scout Circle. Seriously. Figure out how much wine you drink a month (or every other month or every quarter) and let our sommelier CEO pick out a selection for you. I, for example, get six bottles of white/red/rose bottles a month for $139. That’s big discount from your basic a la carte purchase! No shipping. No fees.

And if you don’t like a wine, we’ll give you a wine credit so you can get another bottle.

ANOTHER PRO TIP:

TCM hates to pay shipping. Hates it. So, when I order wine for myself, I always pair it with a gift set because IT WILL SHIP FOR FREE. I love free. And I love the two wines in the Celebrate the Everyday Mix ($49). My beloved creamy and luscious Gallivant Chardonnay and the clean and berry-tasting Dove Hunt Dog Cabernet Sauvignon. Both easily drinkable year-round, perfect for small gatherings, and ideal for nights on the patio.

Put it in your cart, add whatever else you’d like, and it all ships for free. FREE!

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©2020 Carol Kaufmann

About me:

My name is Carol Kaufmann.

My teenage son presented me with a burst of inspiration when he sarcastically called me “a Chardonnay mam” one night at dinner. Why should that be an insult? I thought. Why disparage that seriously versatile, glorious grape? Right then, I decided I would proudly take on that title and promote Chardonnay one glass at a time.

And all the other delicious wines out there.

I’m now an executive consultant for Scout & Cellar, a wine company based in Texas that sources and creates Clean-Crafted™ wines from small farms and family-owned vineyards. I joined the team because these wines are delicious, made responsibly without all the chemicals, pesticides, additives, and sweeteners used frequently in other mass-produced wines, and can be consumed by many who have health issues. (Please check with your doctor). Oh, and they’re keto- and paleo-friendly and have 40% fewer calories than most other wines.

I’m also a full-time author/writer/editor; wife and mom of two teenagers, three rescue cats, and a very opinionated bulldog (see below); and native Kentuckian. I love books, travel, my friends and neighbors, wine (of course), and current hometown of Alexandria, Virginia.

 

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