Middle Sister Wines

I started this blog in August 2009 as an outlet, a voice if you will. I had just lost my full middle-sister-20150602-wine-bottlestime status at my job of 10 years and I was angry, actually I was pissed. My husband and I had just married in May and I already felt like a burden, like I wasn’t pulling my own weight. I knew I wouldn’t make money as a blogger but I needed something to do with my extra time.
I enjoyed wine and figured I could learn more about it and share my experiences at the same time. I wasn’t sure if anyone was reading my words but I kept at it and in just a few months I received an email from a PR firm, asking if I would like to sample Cakebread Cabernet. My response, Hell Yeah! And so it began, I knew someone was reading and liking what they saw.

Over the years I’ve changed positions at my paying gig, sometimes I had more time than others to spend on my blog but there was definitely a decrease in posts.

Fast forward to August 2015, I began working full time again and find I have less time to spend on my blog. Oh I still drink the wine and I still take notes but carving out the time to put my words out for the rest of you to read has been a challenge. But, I vow to try to do better and to up my posts to if not weekly at the very minimum bi-weekly. So, without further ado, onto this week’s wines, and there are several.
Back in June I received a variety of samples for Middle Sister Wines. I had tried one or two years ago but have to say, I had no idea there were so many labels. Some how every time I pick up a bottle I hear, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.”

Surfer Chick Sauvignon Blanc
Peach and citrus aromas and just a hint of minerality. Tropical mango and white peach flavors with a touch of sweet honey in the finish. An easy drinking summer wine.
Varietal – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation – California
Alcohol – 13.5%
RS – 0.63%
TA g/100mL – 0.58
pH – 3.36
Aged – steel

Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon
Bing cherry and jam aromas. Flavors were unusual as I detected cinnamon apple with a finish of cardamom and anise. I found the flavors wonderful; it was like fall in a glass. Maybe I was just ready for fall to arrive.
Varietal – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation – California
Alcohol – 13.7%
RS – 0.40%
TA g/100mL – 0.56
pH – 3.63
Aged – 18 months in French oak

Wild One Malbec
Rustic and woody dark berry aromas. Fresh off the vine blackberry, a touch of Bing cherry and a hint of vanilla in the finish. It was a bit one dimensional but still easy drinking.
We paired this one with handmade pizzas. One a simple Margherita topped with fresh from the garden tomatoes, basil from our garden and Trader Joe’s mozzarella. The other made with fresh eggplant, Andouille sausage and Kalamata olives.
Varietal – 100% Malbec
Appellation – Mendoza, Argentina
Alcohol – 12.7%
RS – 0.05%
TA g/100mL – 0.63
pH – 3.51
Fermentation – Aged 5 months in French barrels

Goodie Two Shoes Pinot Noir
Aromas of cherry and leather. Bright juicy plum and red fruit flavors with a hint of fig in the finish. Light bodied and low tannins. I’m very picky about Pinot Noir and I have to say, I didn’t hate this one. That’s saying a lot coming from me.
Varietal – 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation – California
Alcohol – 13.5%
RS – 0.50%
TA g/100mL – 0.59
pH – 3.65

Time really does fly, I just renewed my winechicksguide.com domain for another year. When people ask, “How many followers do you have?” My response is always “I don’t really know. I don’t keep track.”
Them: “Really? Take a guess.”
Me: “Seriously. It’s not something that’s important to me. I don’t do this to see how many followers I can get.”
Maybe that makes me a bad blogger but that’s just me. I’m not in it for the attention. I’m in it for me.
Cheers!

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About Kellie Stargaard

Wine blogger
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