You know I love a good happy hour as much as anybody, but most of the time, I prefer to enjoy a drink in the comfort of my home, or sip a glass of wine discreetly while grilling at the beach. Even if you find a really cheap happy hour, it’s never going to be as affordable as a bottle of wine.
There are plenty of great white wines to be had for under $10, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a state that sells wine in the grocery store, they’re extremely convenient to pick up for a weekend dinner party or a Wednesday night that needs a dose of calm. Here are some of our favorites in no particular order. I’m not a wine expert. I just like what I like.
Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio is crisp and refreshing. I find it works well with food and isn’t too sweet.
Menage a Trois Moscato is one of Geoff’s favorites. It’s definitely sweet and best for sipping after dinner. I’ll admit that I prefer moscato with ice. I find it calms the syrupy quality that moscato can sometimes have.
Barefoot Refresh Crisp White is the perfect pool or beach side sipper. It’s a little bit bubbly, a little bit sweet, quite crisp and completely refreshing. It seems to have a low alcohol content, so you won’t be stumbling about after a few glasses.
Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice when you need a large bottle of wine. It’s still just under $10 and pleases most any palate.
Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is on the green side, which I really like, especially in warm weather.
Chateau St. Michelle Riesling is possibly my favorite wine. It’s made not far from where I grew up, so it has a sentimental attachment for me. Plus, rieslings are just the right level of sweet for my taste. Not too syrupy, not too dry. It works well with food or on its own.
I almost never buy a wine that costs more than $10. They’re not always great, but they’re rarely that bad. These are all wines I would gladly drink again and again. Feel free to bring a bottle.
What are your favorite summer wines? What will you be drinking at your Labor Day celebration?
August has worn me out, you guys. It’s been non-stop working with plenty of weekending thrown in. I’m desperately in need of this long weekend. Let’s make it happen.
Let’s start off with my favorite thing, eating. We were supposed to take it easy on the eating out this month, and I guess we did cut down a little bit, but we still managed to enjoy some turkey burgers at Islands, a wicked strong cocktail at Hula Grill, some overpriced hummus at the Moana Surfrider’s Beach Bar, and a super cheesy pizza at Harbor Pub & Pizza.
We’re about to dig in to Season 2 of Falling Skies. Season 1 started off insteresting but slow, but by the end of the season, there were enough plot twists to make you dizzy. In that “I’m completely hooked” kind of way. I’m hoping life will slow down just a touch so we can jump into the next episodes.
I read Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. It’s a collection of short stories about various Indian families who have put down roots in America. Lahiri’s writing is elegant and evocative. The first story was about a woman who had recently lost her mother, and I found it a bit difficult to get through, which should be considered praise. It definitely stirred up a lot of emotions. Then I was humming along enjoying the ride, and she managed to hit me in the face with a baseball bat in the last five pages. That’s an ending that will stay with me for a long time.
The internet’s got me dreaming of blowing up one of my photos and making my own Giant Tiled Photo Art to hang in my kitchen a la A Beautiful Mess, though I doubt I could ever make it look that cute. Foodie with Family is killing me with Cheesy Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Eggrolls. Since I can’t escape Asian food in Hawaii, I might as well join in with an American version. And I sort of want to turn my house into a mall cookie stand and make these Homemade Dinky Doozies from Annie’s Eats. So good.
We also attended the Greek Fest this year, and I ate loukoumades, and then promptly had to talk myself out of eating more loukoumades because they’re basically heaven.
Now for the stuff you thought was awesome. You’re dreaming of fall and pumpkins and getting into Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake. You’re probably also trying to avoid the lingering heat by checking out Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel No Bake Cookies. And you really love Labor Day, and why wouldn’t you . Be sure to eat all the food ever and get A Dozen Awesome Labor Day Recipes.
I hope it’s about to cool off in your part of the world. September is the calm before the holiday storm. Live it!
The weather in Hawaii is beautiful. It never gets above 90 degrees. And while 85 may be beautiful at the beach, 85 in the kitchen is not so awesome. I’ve always had trouble with any recipe that involves rolling out dough, cutting and transporting it to a pan. Disaster almost always ensues. Butter melts quickly at 85 degrees. Everything falls apart. But today I’m feeling triumphant. I finally found a sugar cookie recipe that works.
This recipe comes from Canadian cake goddess, Sweetapolita. It’s pretty much the perfect sugar cookie. They’re soft but sturdy and full of flavor. They taste great all by themselves, no frosting or glaze needed, but because they hold their shape so well when baked, they’re prime for decorating.
The key is to keep everything well chilled. This dough goes in and out of the refrigerator or freezer three times. Make the dough. Chill it. Roll the dough. Chill it. Cut the dough. Chill it in the freezer. Having your cookie dough nice and cold when it goes into the oven prevents spreading so that fancy lion you cut still looks like a lion instead of some pathetic blob when you take it out of the oven. It takes a bit of time, but the results are so worth it. They work even in a warm kitchen. I’m so relieved to finally have a reliable sugar cookie recipe that works in Hawaii.
Maybe I should finally learn how to decorate sugar cookies now that I have a no-fail recipe. It’s about to get awesome.