Off Duty Mommy: Wines to Unwind With

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Sometimes… Wine is Just Necessary

There are many occasions for drinking wine – when you want to unwind with friends, have a celebration, or simply need to take the edge off after a really difficult day. Whatever the occasion, buying a bottle of wine doesn’t have to be an overwhelming or expensive experience. You don’t have to know anything about tannins or be able to identify the taste of “hints of tobacco leaf” in the flavor (whatever that means). I have a few of my favorites that I would like to share with you. I think they are delicious and hope you enjoy them as well. As you can see by my list, the ones you choose do not have to be expensive.

White wine

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White wine is great for sharing with friends. If you are planning a casual cocktail party with light hors d’oeuvres, or if you are having some kind of outdoor get together, serving a crisp white wine is a great. My favorite is Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc, which retails for $10 or less.

Red Wine

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A nice rich full-bodied red wine is perfect for an evening dinner party or a cozy winter chance by the fire. J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect wine for this. It also happens to be my favorite wine EVER. I always bring this one to get-togethers and my friends all end up loving it as well. This California red wine is full-bodied and oaky in flavor and retails for under $18.

Sparkling Wine

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Sparkling wines are festive and celebratory. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a reason to celebrate. You can find really great and inexpensive sparkling wines for under $20. Something I have noticed is that Champagne tends to be really pricy, while sparkling wines such as Prosecco or Cava are a lot less expensive. One that I really like is called Deligeroy, which is a sparkling wine from France. Because it is not from the Champagne region of France, it cannot be called Champagne.

Rosé

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Rosé – what’s more fun than pink wine? It just makes you happy to look at it! Contrary to popular belief, rosé does not have to be incredibly sweet. You can get a nice dry and crisp rosé if you don’t care for a more fruity flavored wine. A to Z Wineworks Rose from Oregon fits the bill and retails for under $20. Deligeroy makes a great sparkling rosé as well.

Whatever the occasion, you can let loose with any of these delicious options without breaking the bank. With each bottle costing $20 or less, you can treat yourself without any guilt.
 
 
Meet The Bella Behind the Blog: Kristen Farley is a mother of three and a domestic goddess. She is a former teacher who enjoys spending lots of time with her kids, healthy eating, volunteering at school, and mommy blogging for the masses.

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