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Wine Down and Chill is Getting Dirty

This article was originally published on November 22, 2019 at https://gritdaily.com/wine-down-and-chill-is-getting-dirty/



Ready to wine down and chill? Then join us here each Friday to find food, movie, wine and music recommendations that are paired in a theme. Read on for an easy, no-recipe-required fabulous dinner paired with an affordable wine, some music, and a viewing suggestion. We’re here to help you sit back, wine down and chill.


Gossipers love airing other people’s dirty laundry. In fact, whole industries have formed up around it from entertainment media to reality TV. And, the term is associated with the illicit activities of financial market abuse. Specifically, money laundering. That’s a topic not fit for wine down and chill so we’ll park it there.  


Of course, there’s the reality of laundry. You know, that much-dreaded chore of schlepping dirty clothes to a public laundromat or into the depths of the basement to go through the arduous task of making them clean. It’s hard to imagine the physical act of long ago when people had to hand-wash and scrub their clothes in a local river or lake. Horrid!

Today’s theme of dirty laundry is a helluva lot more fun: it involves wine.


When dirty beats clean

Hush White is a blended white wine with a nice aromatic combination of pears, lemons, honey and herbs. Perfect for a wine down and chill evening by the fire. The finish is also effervescent which is a nice nod and prelude to the holidays (and bubbles) that will be here before we know it. The cool nights and long hot days in the valley where the Summerland vineyards are located bring a crispness and freshness (via the acidity) to the wine. As is typical for most blends, each varietal is fermented independently then blended by the vintner in balanced proportions which vary year to year.

This blend contains Sauvignon Blanc, a varietal that originated in Bordeaux, France and was named “sauvage” as it was previously a wild form prior to being broadly cultivated worldwide. It is recognized for a “grassy” taste and is the likely culprit bringing the herbal notes to this wine. Riesling, which is a varietal we have featured only once in more than nine months’ worth of wine down and chill articles, imparts sweetness and the pear notes that we’re tasting. Gewurztraminer, the grape varietal that nobody can spell, adds some sweetness and fruity notes to the blend. This slightly pink-skinned grape grows well in cooler climates and has been popularized in Germany and Canada in particular.


A couple dirty, little secrets

This is the sad part of today’s article. Hush White is only available in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Fortunately, I know peeps and can source it!

Here at Grit Daily, we have readers residing there and many of our readers travel, so it made sense to recommend. If you’re looking for a non-Napa wine country destination, check out the Okanagan Valley in BC. While you’re there, do stop at the Dirty Laundry winery who ranks on Trip Advisor as a must-see destination with a multitude of fun events during the wine season.


At 8,830 acres, the region is Canada’s second-largest wine-growing area and is home to 185 wineries. Go ahead, make your jokes and poke fun at how winter is the only season in Canada, I’m used to hearing it. However, people may not realize that daytime temperatures in Okanagan Valley frequently exceed 100°F but has cool nights which maintains the wonderful acidity in the grapes. And, the area gets two more hours of sunlight each day versus Napa Valley.


Now, are you still going to make jokes?!

I like it dirty

My martinis, that is. Extra olive juice and olives, please! Today’s dinner dish (Dirty Rice) is simple and you can get as dirty as you want.


Five ingredients and five steps

One, make rice. Any kind, wild, brown, white, golden, whatever suits your fancy. Or make a blend just like the folks at the Dirty Laundry winery did!


Two, fry up some onions and garlic as every self-respecting dish requires, pretty much regardless of ethnic origin.


Three, fry up crumbled beef, pork, chicken, turkey or fake meat. The choice is yours.


Four, spice it up with cajun seasoning and thyme. Or, my go-to-favorite, Old Bay Seasoning.


Five, if you want to add some vegetables, fresh green peas are perfect.


Pour yourself a glass, ideally use one that’s clean – nothing tastes good in a dirty glass. Don’t you hate that when a restaurant serves you a glass of wine and there is some other chic’s dried lipstick stain on it?! Okay, let’s do this. Time to wine down and chill.


Laundering dirty money


The Laundromat, directed by Steven Soderbergh, has been criticized for being choppy (a fair critique) but it takes an off-beat and hence the interesting approach to filming it. Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas star as cheeky attorneys who profit handsomely from the shell company game that they play on behalf of their wealthy clients. Sharon Stone is nearly unrecognizable as a Las Vegas realtor.


Meryl Streep convinces us that she’s a bit dippy but she’s secretly trying to shake down a money-laundering scheme loosely based on the Panama Papers which leaked nearly 12 million documents citing illegal money laundering across hundreds of thousands of shell companies.  No surprise, with Streep being the activist that she is, the movie ends with a powerful PSA slash in-your-face message regarding American politics.


Fill ‘er up. It’s time to wine down and chill before the bustle of the holidays is fully upon us.


Cheers!


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