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Union Wine Co., Underwood Rosé in a Can

The Wine of the Week: Underwood Rosé

by Annette Tomei

My new mission…

to taste things I’ve never tasted before – either because I’m a snob, I can’t afford it, or it’s just a little too weird. I’ll let you know what I thought, and then you can decide for yourself if you will make the splurge, or take the leap into the strange but potentially delicious unknown!

NV, Union Wine Co., Underwood Rosé Wine in a Can, Oregon

Underwood Rosé in a canIt’s summer where I am – time to hit the beach/park/pool. And also time to find the best beverage to transport, chill, and dispose of (in an environmentally-considerate manner) easily.

It’s a Beer – It’s a Cider – It’s a Wine?

It seems like the can is the new thing in casual wine, and casual is the new thing in wine. Of course, it fits perfectly into your old college “beer cozy” or a tote bag. It requires no special tools, and comes in a single-serving portion… sort of. Please note: 375 ml is the same as a fancier half bottle (2-3 portions), and 12% ABV is about twice the alcohol content of most beverages in similar containers. So, please enjoy responsibly.

So, How Does it Taste

I tasted this wine both from a glass and straight from the can. Though not sparkling, it has some pleasant, mild effervescence. Initial aromas of pink grapefruit, nectarines, and watermelon carry through on the palate. This wine has plenty of acidity, but it was more creamy than mouthwatering. When tasting from a glass, the flavor was powerful up front but finished quickly with a bone-dry, hollow white pepper aroma. Tasting from the can, the fruit flavors were riper and more consistent, and lasted through the juicy finish. Lesson learned: it comes in its own sippy-cup, why dirty a glass?

This wine will pair nicely with the easy-going foods you will most likely see in similar surroundings – guacamole, hummus, kale salads, fresh goat cheeses, charcuterie, and other nibbles.

The Verdict

For a summer refresher, it’s good. At $7/can, I would much rather buy the same wine in bottle form – Union Wine Company also offers Underwood Oregon Rosé, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris for approximately $14/750 ml bottle. Also available in cans: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, The Bubbles, and Rosé Bubbles.

Annette is a food and beverage educator and consultant. She is also a professional chef who frequently contributes delicious recipes to EatSomethingSexy.com. She can be found at ChefAnnetteTomei.com

The Best Valentine’s Day Chocolate EVER

Valentine's Day Chocolate from Artisanne Chocolatier | Eat Something Sexy

Raising the bar on the sensuality of chocolate

We like to think that when it comes to chocolate, we at EatSomethingSexy have seen it all. So we get incredibly excited when we find something new. And we could hardly believe our luck when we spotted a super sensual work of art on Facebook… and it was made of chocolate! We think our find just might be the best Valentine’s Day Chocolate ever.

Hand-crafted by an artist

Made by Artisanne Chocolatier, these sensual chocolate kisses fill our hearts with love–the love for artistic, chocolatey goodness. They’re made from a 61% dark chocolate shell, molded into the shape of a perfect smile. The chocolate is airbrushed by hand with garnet cocoa butter to perfect the look of a perfectly kissable, lipstick-painted mouth. Chocolatier Artisanne Chocolatier Hand-painted Lips | Eat Something SexyAnne Boulley is the artist behind these and many other confectionary surprises. She explained to us that she fills each chocolate with freeze-dried, organic raspberries and a milk chocolate ganache. These are truly in a different league from any boxed Valentine’s Day chocolate we’ve found.

Now, of course, what you see on Facebook is not always what you get. But since Artisanne ships nationwide, we were able to taste for ourselves. And we can confirm that these chocolate kisses are exciting to eat as they are to view. The candy shell is wafer thin, filled with the perfect balance of soft, sweet ganache and tart, tangy red raspberry. If your lover is into sweet stuff, this seriously is the best chocolate message you could send the one you love.

The chocolates are sold in boxes of seven Raspberry Kisses for $12. To order online, visit Artisanne.

The Aphrodisiac of All-Natural White Truffle Oil | Eat Something Sexy

Oregon White Truffle Oil | EatSomethingSexy.com

The aroma of white truffle oil is a gateway to romance

Some say truffles are the ultimate aphrodisiac for women. Not only are they delicious little nuggets of luxury, the scent of truffles replicates that of a male pheromone. Read more

Black Truffle Mustard–the best mustard you’ll ever taste

Maille Chablis and Black Truffle MustardWe’re mad for Maille. The French company is the king of Dijon as far as we’re concerned. But their Chablis and Black Truffle Mustard just takes things to a whole new level.

The mustard, presented in a black stoneware jar, features a pungent Chablis wine-infused Dijon mustard. That would be enough on its own, it really would. But Maille went for full-blown decadence by adding flecks of black winter truffle. The flavor is intense. Now you might think that the tang of mustard would overpower the black truffle. But no. From the moment you lift off the cork stopper, the aromas of truffle alert your senses that this is no ordinary mustard. It will upgrade your turkey or ham sandwich into something so chic. Maille recommends adding it to mashed potatoes or risotto but we say, just eat it with a spoon!

True, at $43 a pot, it might be the most expensive mustard you ever purchase. But trust us when we tell you, the experience of black truffle mustard is worth every penny!

For more information or to purchase, visit the Maille website.

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Bacon Toothpaste: bacon before bed?

bacon toothpasteFull disclosure: it’s a little weird! A few members of the staff think I’m insane for featuring this but, hey, bacon is big. That’s why I want to feature  Mr. Bacon’s Bacon Toothpaste from Archie McPhee & Co. Read more