Who wants wine?!

To wrap up the “Love Yourself” month, we will be talking about wine and dessert! A great way to love ourselves is to “Indulge More.” I thought it would be fun to open a few bottles of organic wine and try some new desserts. When trying to get healthy, most of us are told to restrict drinking alcohol and eating sweets. The truth is that we shouldn’t restrict ourselves because we will want whatever it is we are craving even more. Instead, indulge more in moderation. Check out this article by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Jenna Braddock, that talks about eating in moderation. Allow yourself a glass of wine or a brownie every now and then. You will still be able to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

I invited a few friends over to my place for organic wine tasting! We tried one organic white wine and two organic red wines. I had my friends rate the wines on a scale from 1-5, with 1 being the least favored and 5 being the highest favored wine. I bought all three of these wines at Total Wine and they were very affordable.

Total Wine has an organic wine section and I highly recommend checking it out. Drinking organic wine protects us from ingesting any harsh chemicals that can potentially be in regular wine since the grapes are organically grown, which typically excludes the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. To learn more about the benefits of drinking organic wine, click here.

The first wine we tried was a white wine from Italy called Falerio. It is a 2015 Saldini Pilastro organic wine. The tasting notes on the bottle stated that this wine is a medium bodied wine with citrus notes and layers of ripe pear with a long and elegant finish. I am not a white wine drinker but I did feel that this wine was very smooth and refreshing. I did not have the bottle chilled and we felt that it would have tasted better cold. This wine would pair really well with seafood and chocolate. The average score that we rated for this wine was a 3 because it had a slightly earthy taste and was a bit dry for our liking.

The second wine we tried was a red wine from Italy called TerreAmore. It is a 2015 Nero D’Avola Terre Siciliane organic wine. This wine is medium bodied with a slight bitterness. This wine was just okay by itself. I felt that dessert, specifically chocolate brought out the flavor of this wine a lot more. The average score for this wine was a 3 because the taste took some getting used to as it was slightly bitter.

The third wine we tried was a red wine from California called Releaf. This wine is a red blend with 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 6% Shiraz. The tasting notes on the bottle described that this wine has intense flavors of blackberry, cassis and vanilla spice. This wine pairs well with red meat, vegetarian dishes or by itself. This was the favorite wine of the night scoring a 4 out of 5 points. This full bodied wine is most certainly a spicy wine but it was actually very smooth going down. You can really taste the vanilla spice in the aftertaste and it would pair great with red meat. This was my personal favorite.

Overall, we felt that organic wine tasted a lot different than regular wine. All three bottles had more of an earthy taste and the flavors were not as bold as in some regular wines. We don’t drink organic wine on the regular so I felt that maybe we just needed to get used to the taste. Other than that, they tasted fairly good and I felt that we were supporting organic farming, which is something I am passionate about!

I paired the wines with three homemade desserts; No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Brownies, Chocolate-Blueberry S’mores and Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Click on the names of each of the desserts and it will take you to the Recipes section for more details about each one!

The apple slices went really well with the white wine as the peanut butter brought out the fruitiness of the wine and made it less dry. I felt that the No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Brownies went well with all three wines and the S’mores went well with the 2015 Nero D’Avola Terre Siciliane wine.

We had such a blast trying the wine and desserts. It was such a fun experience! Indulging more is about embracing what you love and allowing yourself to have fun. It’s okay to eat dessert and drink wine. Listen to your body and stop when you need to stop. You can love yourself more by allowing yourself to let go sometimes. If we live with restricted diets, it can hurt us in the end. Eat and drink mindfully and I can guarantee that you will be happier. Indulge more!

Be bold to live free, xo Aimée

“Every once in a while a girl has to indulge herself.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

P.S. March is National Nutrition Month so we will be focusing on FOOD! Get ready to learn more about nutrition and the importance of eating healthy. See you back again next week!