Wine you drink when…you’re leaning on your girlfriends!

Hello fellow winos,

It’s been a long time since my last post and here’s why: I travelled all summer, prepped for going back to work, and stood up for my pal, Hungry in Calgary, while she got married to a fantastic man. But now, I’m back and ready to talk wine.

It’s been a rough-turned-inspiring week in this wino’s house. Turns out, my summer romance fizzled come fall and that was a blow. Luckily for me, I have some pretty amazing ladies in my life who got me through my blues. And, what pairs better with heartache than red wine? So, here is my ode to my favourite beverage….

Thank you, red wine, for being the perfect addition to a weekday dinner with a best pal. Merchants in Marda Loop was a great setting for some laughs, some sips, and some great conversation with one of my best. Merchants boasts a lovely happy hour that includes wine, beer and cocktails, as well as some tantalizing appies! All I had open at home was a white wine (waste not, want not!), so it felt great to sip on their house red. I don’t know about you, but I’m hard pressed to find anything else quite so satisfying to drink. For those of you that have similar (read: embarrassingly little) alcohol tolerance while driving, they also make an amazing Shirley Temple for beverage #2.

As a follow up purchase that evening, I found the perfect escort home: a mini bottle of a favourite big red of mine – J. Lohr Paso Robles Cab Sauv. It paired well with New Girl re-runs and the prepping of this blog post!

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Continuing on with my theme of the week, I headed north to YEG to visit a university friend and had a great weekend! A highlight was the amazing Italian food at Parlour. I gorged myself on cauliflower fritto and boozey lemonade for the starter and carried right onto Red Rooster Merlot for my creamy Fettuccine Alfredo entrée. You know I love to support BC wines, so this was an easy choice!

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It was an easy-sipping choice and paired well with great conversation and many laughs!

So, here’s to you, red wine, for being the timeless accessory to fun nights out and cozy nights in!

Happy sipping, winos!

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