The Chardonnay Mom Breaths a Sigh of Relief, Goes to Beach

The Chardonnay Mom, vol. 9| Carol Kaufmann | August 26, 2020

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My friend Lili told me she hadn’t had red wine, which she loves, in 20 years.

Sad. Lili is a multi-lingual lawyer by day as well as a fellow mom-in-the-trenches, neighbor, wife, and tell-it-like-it-is friend. She has three kids, one of whom she just transported to college halfway across the country, only to turn around a few days later to evacuate her due to fast-approaching hurricanes. She’s also a three-time breast cancer survivor, who has rebounded better than ever, and boldly seeks to live her life with hope and purpose. I adore her.

If anyone deserves a nice glass of wine at the end of the day, it’s Lili.

But Lili hasn’t been able to drink wine for two solid decades. The last time she had a glass of red, she got a terrible migraine and was out of commission the whole next day. Understandably, she doesn’t want to risk that again.

So when I began bringing Scout & Cellar wine to my neck of the woods, I cautiously suggested, “Lili, I think you can drink this wine.” My dear college friend Kris was in the same boat, eschewing wine due to migraines. She gave S&C whites, reds, and rosés a shot, and is now on her third delivery, so I thought Lili, too, could drink it. Lili was curious, but leery. She came over and she gingerly sipped a Dove Hunt Dog rosé. I held my breath.

And felt perfectly fine the next day. Emboldened by the experience, she came to the patio again, along with friends we’ve known since our kids were in pre-school Gina and Caty Gee, another red wine sufferer. I poured a Fieldhouse Red blend, and Lili loved it so much she had another generous pour.

The next day I was terrified. What if the red wine brought back her migraines? Around 10:30 during the work day, I’m staring at my phone debating whether to call her, when her name appears.

Lili’s wine – with Caty Gee in the background

“I FEEL GREAT!” she screams into the phone. “Do you have any more?”

I know of stories of folks who have various conditions – autoimmune diseases, a doctor-ordered diet of no gluten, dairy, and sugar, GERD, and various allergies (such as Caty Gee and me) who can drink Scout & Cellar wines. But when your cancer-surviving friend who has so much on her plate already, dips her toe back into Wineville…you do NOT want anything going wrong.

And it didn’t. I owe (yet another) debt of gratitude to the folks at Scout & Cellar who source from farmers making wine without additives, pesticides, and sweeteners, lab test it twice to make sure, and have figured out how to get it to people throughout the country during COVID. I know that, in the grand scheme of things, having a glass of wine is a small thing, but on some days, having that freedom is the best thing ever.

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What I’m Pairing: Wines and Vacation

Our family of four finally managed to get out of the four walls we’ve been in since March and replant ourselves on an island in North Carolina that does a damn fine job of social distancing, even without a pandemic. The beaches are wide and deep, and while you can see people, they’re way more than six feet away. We’ve also reunited with dear friends who’ve also been isolated in their house for way too long, and have enjoyed dinners around the same table, epic Texas Hold’em games, and laughter – tons of it. (Fun fact: our friend’s family has a vineyard in Paso Robles so we also talk about wine…a lot). For such an occasion, I chose my wine carefully.

Here’s what I brought:

The wines that traveled to Bald Head Island, NC.

Beach time: 2019 The Greeter Chardonnay. We love going to the beach when everyone else is leaving – right around sunset, and sipping this friendly and crisp white—also from Paso Robles—is smile-inducing, just like Pip the winery dog on the label.

Shrimp Fest: The family favorite meal consists of Zatarain’s-infused peel-n-eat shrimp, farm tomatoes with mozzarella/basil/pesto, a big garden salad, and garlic bread. My big buttery love the 2017 Gallivant Chardonnay and for our red fans, 2019 Oso Pardo Tempranillo compliment it perfectly.

Burgers and DogsMiddle Jane Zinfandel. With its fruit and spice, would also pair well with BBQ.

Pizza:.2018 Che Fico red wine. A Cab/Merlot blend from Tuscany that recalls easy wines that you’d get at a small Italian trattoria.

Hearty Salads: We love a great Mediterranean salad with spinach, orzo, almonds, dried fruit, and chicken. The smooth and fragrant Che Fico Pinot Grigio is a great compliment.

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What to Else to Drink

Scout & Cellar is offering a red and white box set for the ridiculous price of $49 with free shipping (a la carte price $70+). It includes the 2019 Fieldhouse 301 Chardonnay and the 2019 Fieldhouse 301 Red Blend. Fieldhouse is one of my favorite Chards (citrusy, yet smooooooth and vanilla-y and the longer you leave it out the better it gets) and I love all of our red blends (this one is berry/jammy with some herbiness on the backend). The two bottles come in a nice box and make a great gift. Given our weird world, everyone needs a gift.

Did I mention it’s $49, with free shipping?

Bookbinder’s Apprentice, 1st edition. I’ve said this before but GET THIS WINE! Made by the high-end Napa winemaker Bookbinder, this light red blend gives you berries up front, herbs on the back, and jam all the way through. It’s delicious, it’s drinkable daily, and it’s only $16. I’m getting a case, and using my 10% coupon for being a Scout Circle member.

Not a Circle member? If you drink at least four bottles of wine a month, this is the best deal around. $89. (Of course, you can get more and choose the frequency). Free shipping always! Look here.

Scout Circle – the best deal around. Always ships for free and offers access to exclusive wines.

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Need a side gig? Maybe a new job? Or do you simply love wine and want to try new kinds? Want to support an organization during COVID? And maybe write a newsletter😊? Consultants have many reasons for joining the Scout & Cellar team. If YOU are interested, give me a shout at thechardonnaymom@gmail.com.

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A Big Fat Hug

Thank you, my wine fans! Because of your support, I continue to donate to José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that feeds fresh meals to hungry people around the country and keeps restaurants open doing so. This week, I earmarked a donation to specifically help their efforts in with the northern California fires. So many of our wines come from California and I shudder to think what our farmers are dealing with.

#chefsforamerica

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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 mom” one night at dinner. Why should that be an insult? I thought. Why is a Chardonnay mom a bad thing? Chardonnay is a delicious, highly versatile, and glorious grape. Being a Chardonnay mom should mean a woman who wears many hats: a family gal, a hard worker, a passionate devotee to great conversation and gathering of friends. 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 frequently used 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, two 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.

CK and 70 pounds of attitude.

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The Chardonnay Mom Enters the Dog Days

The Chardonnay Mom, vol. 8| Carol Kaufmann | August 14, 2020

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August is now waning and the start of school is on the horizon. For us here in Virginia, this September will look like no other. Gone are the days of scrambling in the car to get to school on time,dog in tow (below). At my house each morning, two bleary-eyed teenagers will mosey over to their computers to begin class. A stone’s throw away, the hubs and I will also be staring into our screens in the comfort of tees and shorts. And we’ll all exist within the same four walls, sharing the same internet connection, until….?

My own Mardi Gras helps take the kids to school, in what seems like a different century.

The golden lining of forced family togetherness is that we do have more time for family dinners, and more time to think about what to eat (and sip). I’ve also noticed that, since friends and neighbors seem to have fewer commitments, it’s easier to spend quality time with one or two friends, or a small group, and deepen the relationships. And though I’m still knee deep in books to take me away from the Time of Covid, I’m also eating up television series. Has there ever been such quality programming on TV? If we can’t go to the movies, nor stray far from home, I’m grateful that we have so many choices on the tube. Once school starts, this all might become a trifle more difficult so I’m trying to pack it all in now.

What I’m pairing

WATCH: Billions (ShowTime, Amazon Prime). The hubs and I just finished up five seasons/55 episodes of Billions, the drama featuring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti (he of the ultimate wine movie Sideways), who portray a hedge fund king and a US attorney in a fight-to-the-death game of wits, power moves, and influence. These are two Emmy-great actors at the top of their game, supported by a secondary cast that’s just as strong. Oh, and Giamatti’s wife on the show (played by the perfectly cast Maggie Siff) works for the hedge fund as a “performance coach.” It’s just delicious.

& PAIR: Go big and bold. In Billions world, hedge funders and blue bloods can spend upwards of $1,000 on a bottle of wine (see the fantastic and cringe-worthy scene involving a 2010 Château Haut-Brion in the penultimate episode) but you don’t have to go that far to get a great bottle. Pair this show—or steak or truffle pasta—with 2018 Bookbinder, 3rd edition Cabernet Sauvignon, made by the Napa winery of the same name. Deep, rich, with a touch of eucalyptus on the back end. $58. If you don’t want to fork over the 58, the 2018 Middle Jane Reserve Cabernet is offers of bit more of the jammy side of earthy and bold Cabs. $38

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WATCH: The Office Nearly everyone I’ve talked to is watching some season of The Office, and I think I know why. For one, we adults look at the typical office setting of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company and think, How quaint! Remember when we used to work in offices? The pranks are fun, the dialog often painful, but the imperfect characters ultimately find love and family in the most unlikely place (except Toby, poor guy).

& PAIR: You want a wine that comforting, yet also entertaining.I’d go with the Gallivant Rosé, a Zinfandel/Syrah blend. Strawberries burst initially, followed by a smooth, refreshing finish. $22. Or if you’re in a red kind of mood, grab the fruity and bold Middle Jane red, a blend of the Dolcetto and Negroamaro grapes $38.

READ: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Black twin sisters who have skin so light they can pass for White, grow up in an unusual community in the South, run away when they’re teenagers, and separate shortly after. One sister lives as a Black woman, the other chooses to be White, keeping the secret from her husband and daughter. Like most twins, their fates are inexorably intertwined. I could tell you more, but do I need to? These pages turn themselves.

& PAIR: To compliment the two characters who fully embrace completely different identifies, I suggest you do the same with your wine. Let’s take the fruity and crisp as well as a bold and earthy.

Citrus bursts and tropical fruity Hushkeeper Pinot Gris $25, and the plummy and spicy 2017 Fieldhouse Cabernet Sauvignon $32.

READ: The New Chardonnay by Heather Cabot

This in-depth look of how marijuana insiders turned pot into a mainstream consumable in the health, gourmet, and self-care industries is not only absorbing but was written by one of my closet friends. Because I know how she works, I know this book is the real deal – full of people you won’t forget, painstaking research, and nearly-impossible-to-get stories.

Plus, the title? How could I not read this?

& PAIR: 2018 Fieldhouse (I’m sure you’re not surprised) Chardonnay. A down-to-earth Chard that’s smooth and creamy without big oak flavor. $35. Of course, I’ll always recommend Gallivant ($25) to my butter-loving, soul Chard sisters.

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Need more recommendations? Email me: thechardonnaymom@gmail.com

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What I’m Drinking

Special offers this month

It’s August, Scout & Cellar birthday month. (Age 3 to be exact). To celebrate, we’re offering a red and white box set for the ridiculous price of $49 with free shipping (a la carte price $70+). It includes the 2019 Fieldhouse 301 Chardonnay and the 2019 Fieldhouse 301 Red Blend. Fieldhouse is one of my favorite Chardys (citrusy, yet smooooooth and vanilla-y) and I love all of our red blends (this one is berry/jammy with some herbiness on the backend). The two bottles come in a nice box and make a great gift (and given our weird world, everyone needs a gift). Did I mention it’s $49, with free shipping?

Like bubbles? Like rosé? We’re debuting our new Ticklebumps Rosé this month. Made from Carignan grapes on California’s North Coast, this fuchsia-colored sparkling wine evokes cherries and strawberries, and finishes smoooooth. Why the name Ticklebumps, you might wonder? The CEO’s daughter (when a toddler) would shout “ticklebumps!” in delight when her stroller rolled over the sidewalk bumps near an intersection. (Fun fact: a family friend of our invented those😊). $29

Bookbinders ApprenticeBookbinder’s Apprentice, 1st edition (above) Oh, my, oh, my. GET THIS WINE! Made by a high-end winemaker (see Billions above), this light red blend gives you berries up front, herbs on the back, and jam all the way through. It’s delicious, it’s drinkable daily, and it’s only $16. I’m getting a case, and using my 10% coupon for being a Scout Circle member.

Not a Circle member? If you drink at least four bottles of wine a month, this is the best deal around. $89. (Of course, you can get more and choose the frequency). Free shipping always! Look here.

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Who else likes wine?

I also hope you’re enjoying The Chardonnay Mom, regular musings about wine, wine pairings, books, and life, written by yours truly. If you know of anyone who’d like to subscribe, you can send them here to sign up directly.

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Other Bits and Pieces

Need a side gig? Or maybe a job? Love wine and want to try new kinds?

Want to support an organization during COVID? And maybe write a newsletter😊?

Consultants have many reasons for joining the Scout & Cellar team. If YOU are interested, give me a shout at thechardonnaymom@gmail.com.

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A Big Fat Hug

Thank you, my wine fans! Because of your support, I’ve donated $875 to José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that feeds fresh meals to hungry people around the country and keeps restaurants open doing so. As long as this global pandemic continues and y’all buy wine, I’ll support José! #chefsforamerica

Buy all wine here.

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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 mom” 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, two rescue cats (Abby is pictured below), and a very opinionated bulldog named Mardi Gras (see above); and native Kentuckian. I love books, travel, my friends and neighbors, wine (of course), and current hometown of Alexandria, Virginia.