Saturday, October 17, 2015

Little Black Dress Wine *Holiday Gift Guide*

I received products for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts/opinions are my own!

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We took our name from the iconic little black dress that shares our sense of style: simply timeless, playfully elegant, and ready for anything at a moment’s notice. Little Black Dress makes friends easily and manages to turn a few heads along the way. It’s your go-to wine for any occasion that calls for good taste.

Get into a Little Black Dress wine, accessorized with fruit-forward aromas, hints of dazzle, an impeccable sense of balance and a body to die for. Great taste is your best accessory. Little Black Dress Wines cover every mood from spirited to sophisticated and turning heads along the way.The company got its name from the iconic little black dress, known to be simply timeliness, playful yet elegant and ready for anything at a moment's notice. With Grapes from California, Little Black Dress is a wine that is appealing to classic fashionably-minded women. Masterfully created by the talented winemaker Zidanelia Arcidiacono, the Little Black Dress family of wines (including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Divalicious Pink Pinot, Divalicious Red, Merlot, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Noir) are versatile and timeless.

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Little Black Dress Wines were kind enough to send me 3 different flavor wines for a review. Upon receiving my 3 bottles, I immediately was drawn to the labels. These labels are thick and textured featuring a pair of high heels and a coat hanger. I would imagine these would be perfect for gift-giving considering how elegant and classy the bottles appear. I never would have thought these are being sold for around $10 per bottle.

After removing the foil from the top of the bottle, this is what I found. I wasn't expecting these bottles to be corked so I ended up making a trip to the store to buy a cork-screw. The corks were very easy to remove and I was enjoying a nice glass of wine shortly after.

First up for review, Pinot Grigio 2013
84% Pinot Grigio, 10% Chardonnay, 4% Muscat, 2% Viognier
Get into a Little Black Dress Pinot Grigio, accessorized with aromas of apple, pear and lemongrass, zesty hints of tangerine and an impeccable sense of balance. The grapes are harvested throughout the month of September. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.

This wine tasted a little bitter on its own in my opinion. It's light-bodied and I could get more of the lemongrass flavor over the other flavors. It wasn't impossible to drink and I ended up finishing the bottle by pairing it with acidic foods, like salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, dishes with soy sauce bases, and fish served with lemon. I also tried this wine as a cocktail and also enjoyed it that way. Little Black Dress Wines has a great cocktail recipe called Vinopolitan. To make this drink you'll combine 4oz of Pinot Grigio, 1oz of cranberry juice, 1oz triple sec, 1/2 oz lime juice, and a lime wedge for garnish. In my opinion, this wine is delicious with food and served as a cocktail. I wouldn't choose to drink it on it's own.

Second up for review, Divalicious Pink Pinot 2013
75% Pinot Grigio, 13% Muscat, 10% Chardonnay, 2% Viognier
Real divas are anything but bashful. That’s what makes you Divalicious. Our Divalicious Pink Pinot allows you to take center stage with the effervescent Pinot Grigio base, bright aromas dazzled with strawberry and citrus and a finish that keeps your fans begging for more. The grapes are harvested during a two to three week period from the middle of August through September. The wine undergoes a cold maceration on the Pinot Grigio skins to attain a rich, salmon-pink color. Aged in 100% stainless steel prior to release.

 Not only does this wine have a cute salmon/pink coloring to it but, it's also delicious! It has a clean and refreshing feel to it. From this wine I got mostly a citrus flavoring along with a slight sweet strawberry hint. This Pink Pinot would taste best paired with salads, grilled fish and meats, and fresh cheese. Little Black Dress Wines even has a great cocktail suggestion for this wine called Diva Sangria. To make this delicious cocktail combine 2 bottles of Divalicious Pink Pinot, 1 apple sliced thinly, 1 peach sliced thinly, 1 pint of fresh berries, simple syrup to taste, fresh basil leaves for garnish, and club soda (which is optional). In my opinion, Divalicious Pink Pinot tastes amazing with food, as a cocktail, and all on its own. This is a great wine to have around the house for any occasion.

Last up for review, Pinot Noir 2013
98% Pinot Noir, 2% Other Complimentary Red Varietals
Get into a Little Black Dress Pinot Noir, accessorized with aromas of cherry and clove and soft floral notes, with a seductive finish of strawberry jam and pomegranate. The grapes are harvested throughout the month of September. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak barrel (approximately 33%) for 6 months.

This wine is an elegant and enticing choice when you’re in the mood for a light red wine. It has a beautiful bright red coloring and it has a wonderful smell of fresh cherries. There was something about the combination of the cherry and pomegranate flavoring that drew me in. Although this wine is light-bodied, it has full amazing flavoring. This Pinot Noir would taste best paired with chicken, roast beef or pork. Also try this drink as a cocktail called Cherry Shandy. To make this drink you'll combine 3oz Pinot Noir, 1oz lemonade, 1oz Chambord, and garnish with a cherry. In my opinion, Pinot Noir tastes amazing with food, as a cocktail, and all on its own.

I was very surprised to find out that these wines are only approx $10 per bottle, If you're looking to buy a bottle for yourself, the website has a store locator HERE.

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