In my teen years, I often traveled to wineries with my dad. While I wasn't old enough to sample the wines, I enjoyed seeing the historic buildings, the vineyards, and the inevitably old dog laying by a fireplace. Along the way, I picked up an appreciation for the science in the making of the wines, and the devotion of the creators.
I have a strong preference for white wines. When I read about the Brancott Estate Flight Song wine, I was captured by the descriptive flavors - they sounded like wines I would truly enjoy. The Pinot Grigio is described as an array of floral notes with nashi pear and sweet lemon, white peach and guava. The Sauvignon Blanc is described as a medley of pink grapefruit and passion fruit with ripe lemon. I received a bottle Pinot Grigio and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to sample.
I took the wines to my parents' house for a family gathering. My family is full of wine enthusiasts, and I wanted to see what everyone thought. They were hugely popular. My dad said that they were both crisp and refreshing, and he was particularly fond of the Sauvignon Blanc. My brother, Taylor, who also loved the Sauvignon Blanc, said that it tasted like dew on a spring day. The grapefruit flavor in the Sauvignon Blanc surprised me initially, but I quickly became fond of the unique citrus taste.
Brancott Estate was the world's first winery to plant and create a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - a style that has changed the country's wine industry. But here's the really amazing thing about these wines. They have 20% less calories than a typical glass of wine. The grapes are harvested earlier in the summer, when their sugar levels are naturally lower, which results in a lighter calorie wine.
This is perfect timing for me, as I have finally, after 8+ years, lost the last bit of weight I have carried since having the boys. I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I did this by being more careful about the amount of calories I consume each day. While I have always been devoted to staying fit, I was carrying a few extra pounds this whole time, and I never thought I'd see my pre-pregnancy weight again. It's been an exciting landmark for me, one that is important to me to maintain. Since losing the weight, there have been several occasions I would have enjoyed a glass of wine at the end of the day, but didn't because of the calories involved. But the Brancott Estate Flight Song wines are just 87 calories a glass. They fit right in with my healthy eating goals!
I know that some of my readers have set New Years resolutions about living a healthier lifestyle. Did you know that 75% of people break their resolutions after just one week? I'm hoping to maintain my new, slightly lower weight for 2015. I'd love to see my 40th birthday come this summer with no extra pounds. And I'm thrilled to know that I can treat myself to a glass of wine at the end of the day without having the guilt of sabotaging my calories for the day. Plus, I truly savored both of these wines, and they lack nothing in taste! My favorite was the Pinot Grigio, which isn't quite as bold as the Sauvignon Blanc, but I enjoyed the softer flavor.
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