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Wine Review: Cookie Cellars Biscotti

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

Included in my last shipment was an excellent red wine blend, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Cookie Cellars BiscottiThis Cookie Cellars Biscotti red wine blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Zinfandel, 25% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Franc and offers dark red-fruit characters like plum, strawberry, cherry and blueberry in the nose.

Later, we are transported into a rich aromatic world of smoky bacon and toasted oak. From a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, the wine provides a fair amount of tannins in the attack, but this sweet red still has a pleasant smoothness to it.

It is a medium-bodied wine that should be enjoyed lightly chilled with Mexican food, mildly-spiced Asian food, meatloaf or chocolate desserts.

This red fits right into my wheelhouse because it's so well rounded, it's smooth in a stand alone glass, it's smooth with a meal, it's smooth with dessert.  If you have meatloaf planned for dinner for example, this is a smart choice and there's no worries about what wine to serve for dessert because the Cookie Cellars Biscotti has that covered too - great with brownies and a peanut butter frosting!   Yes, a smoked meatloaf and brownies were on the menu when I had the girlfriend over for dinner on Monday night and c'mon, a wine with an element of smoky bacon in it?  Can you say, "Perfect Pairing?"  Yes, yes you can.....

The Cookie Cellars Biscotti is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Fact White Wine

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

Included in my last shipment for a hosting party was an excellent off-dry white wine, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Fact White WineThis California White Wine blend of 65% Chenin Blanc, 25% French Colombard and 10% Chardonnay exudes aromas of lemon, apple, pear and lychee.

The attack in the mouth is quite round for an off-dry wine. There are no sharp angles and the wine is balanced all the way to the finish. In the mid-palate, there is citrus and acidity. This balanced Fact White Wine is very straightforward, fresh and will pair very well with many type of dishes.

Enjoy it with grilled fish, crab cakes, scallops or chicken salad.

I like this wine because it's not too dry and it has a sweetness to it in the finish.  Another plus is it's versatility, just look at the pairing suggestions from grilled fish to chicken salad, from fine dining to casual meal.  If you're doing wine and cheese, you can go high end with Brie or goat cheese, or you can keep it simple with some good cheddar.  This wine is a great pick for a go-to white for almost any occasion. 

The Fact White Wine is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Table Rose' Wine

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

Included in my last shipment for a hosting party was an excellent rose', here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Table Rose' WineOur sweet Table Rosé is a blush wine mainly made with white varietals as its base. The golden rose color suggests the three white varietals that were the origin of the final blend.

The light peach hue is obtained by blending a few gallons of red wine with white wine. This wine starts with citrus characters such as lemon and lime along with sweet fragrances of honey, pear and ripe apple. This wine is round and lush in the attack and there is a short to medium intensity in the mouthfeel. Straightforward, sweet citrus characters is what it’s all about for this blush rosé.

The round finish will pair well with many dishes such as fish, pasta, turkey or chicken.

No wine rack or cooler is complete without a Rose' in it and the Table Rose' Wine is a palate pleaser. The sweet citrus notes from nose to finish is very enjoyable and the beauty about a good Rose' is that it's so versatile.  It easily pairs with a number of main dishes, as well as being a great pick for the classic charcuterie board.

The Table Rose' Wine is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Royal Mama Queenie's Blend

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

Included in my last shipment for a hosting party was an excellent red, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Royal Mama Queenie's BlendThis is a new brand for us, that honors all of the mamas out there. This sweet red wine blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah and 5% Petit Verdot offers raspberry, strawberry and blackberry aromas in the attack.

There are some toasted oak characters and then a few seconds later, brown sugar notes in the finish. It has a fruity, round and tannic attack. Primarily composed of Cabernet, this wine offers layers of tannins in the mid-palate all the way to the finish. We added some complexity with a round, sweet finish.

This voluptuous red wine has great balance and power and will pair well with gourmet pizza, meatloaf, quiche or pasta dishes, like lasagna or frittata.

Out of the five fantastic wines sampled at my hosting party, this one was the consensus favorite.  You get those fruits from nose to finish and it's that finish that really makes this wine sing when those toasted oak and and brown sugar notes kick in.  I have also tried the Royal Mama Mimi's Blend, also very good, WineShop has knocked it out of the park with this new brand.

The Royal Mama Queenie's Blend is another MUST TRY and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Drink Review: Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey.  It is without question the best chilled shot in a flavored whiskey I've ever had.

BSBToday's tasting, is BSB, Brown Sugar Bourbon made by the Heritage Distilling Co.

Here's the description from the Heritage website: 

BSB® - Brown Sugar Bourbon tastes both sweet and indulgent, featuring strong notes of cinnamon and brown sugar that create a classic whiskey warmth.  

Experience why BSB® was named the “World’s Best Flavoured Whisky” 2 years in a row by Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards 2018 & 2019.

That's saying something right there, earning that kind of accolade.  And one year voted best could be a bit of a fluke - a distiller smartly taking advantage of a flavor profile trend - but voted best two years running?  Nope, not just a trend.  This whiskey is for real and the best flavored whiskey vote from Whiskey Magazine isn't the only source of awards either.  Check out the list here.

As always, I tried this whiskey neat, on the rocks and in a chilled shot.  It's very good any way served.  Brown sugar and cinnamon are a fantastic pairing and you get those notes as soon as you open the bottle.  The warm finish is long lasting and reminds you of having french toast for breakfast.  It is on the sweet side in a good way which makes for a fine sipping whiskey and I would put it in the dessert whiskey category.  Heritage has a few drink recipes and other suggestions on their website.  Spiked BSB Whipped Cream anyone? 

I paid $19.99 for a 750ml bottle and the BSB Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage is DEFINITELY worthy of a repeat buy, I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's reasonably priced and quite tasty.  Find a place for it in your liquor cabinet.

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

My neighborhood liquor store has been offering this in the sample size to see if it's popular enough to put on the shelves, and it's been selling like hotcakes!  TIP:  Taking advantage of those sample size offerings is a fantastic way to find out if you like a particular liquor enough to buy a full size bottle.  Samples typically cost between $1 and $3.  If you find you don't like something in the sample size, there's no full size bottle buyer's remorse.


Dinner planning made easy with WineShop At Home

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at HomeFood is my passion and sharing it is my pleasure.  It’s no secret that cooking and grilling are a very big part of my leisure time life, that I thoroughly enjoy slicing, dicing, flipping and ultimately, seeing the smiles on peoples’ faces when they take a bite of what I’ve created.

Partnering with that passion is a new experience, WineShop At Home.  It couldn’t be a better fit.  C’mon, we’re talking food pairings and wine!  What's not to like, right?.....  And what WineShop At Home provides is an awesome wine delivery plan.  You pick out the kinds of wine you like from the comfort of your home and everything gets delivered direct to your door.  Included with those shipments are food pairing suggestions along with some fantastic recipes!  Seriously, what WineShop At Home has made it so very easy for you to do, is sip and cook!  You don’t have to be a wine expert, a grill master or a 5 star restaurant chef to put together some truly great food and wine combinations!

Wines are perfectly paired by WineShop At Home with cheese, meat, dessert and entrée suggestions – it’s all there for you in every carefully packed and shipped delivery box from the Napa Valley.  Think about that.  How many times have you tried to put a meal together for a date or a casual dinner party and you weren’t quite sure what wine to have with the meal, or when it came to serving dessert thinking, "Does the same wine served with the main dish work with the sweetness of the dessert?"  And then there's, "Do I serve a red or a white wine with this?"

WineShop At Home makes it all extremely easy for you with beautiful and colorful food paring suggestions and recipe cards.  They include pro tips like chill the wine or don’t chill, what appetizers are good with a particular wine and of course, the entrée all laid out in easy to follow recipe directions.  And bonus – the recipe cards are keepers!  Save the cards because you’ll be making these dishes again, they’re THAT good!  Meal planning couldn’t be easier, just grab a few items from your pantry or pick up a few items from the grocery store and viola! A great meal complimented by great wine!

Like I said, you don’t have to be a grill master, a 5 star restaurant chef or a wine aficionado to appreciate what you get shipped so conveniently and direct to your door.  WineShop At Home is so informative with what they deliver, all you have to do is read a bit to create a truly great wine & dine experience!  Incredible wine and meal options are at your fingertips in every box!

WineShop At Home delivers Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from the WineShop at Home, website, it's a true statement.  

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!


Wine Review: Credia 2018 Riesling

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

Included in my first order was an excellent Riesling, here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Credia RieslingOur Credia 2018 Riesling (cred-ee-aah reez-ling) has rich aromas of passion fruit, papaya, mango and ripe pineapple.  This white wine is light, sweet and very round.

If you like white wines that are a bit on the sweeter side, you'll really enjoy this one.  The fruit aromas teasingly slap you in the face and the taste pleasantly lingers on the tongue.  What I like about this wine is that it's so well-balanced.  It's not overly sweet making it a truly versatile Riesling, pairing well with savory dishes, a Charcuterie board and desserts!  Meal suggestions include dishes such as coconut shrimp, scallops or pork tenderloin. 

The Credia 2018 Riesling is a great add to your wine selection and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  This is a repeat order for me and another nice little bonus you get with every shipment from WineShop at Home includes food pairing suggestions and recipes for each wine ordered, like Springtime Salmon and Pasta Primavera.  Does that sound fantastic or what?!

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 

 


Steak 'n Shake Launches New Seasonal Specials

The Original Steakburger Restaurant Unveils Two Brand New Items, Returns Old Favorite

Steak n ShakeINDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Steak ‘n Shake, the originator of the premium burger and shake industry, announces the roll-out of three new menu items. Available starting today and for a limited-time-only, specials include a Pork Belly Steakburger™, a Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milkshake, and a Cotton Candy Milkshake.

While the traditional rites of spring have changed this year for all Americans as a result of social distancing, we can still get outside as the weather warms up and enjoy all that we do have, including Steak ‘n Shake’s new seasonal specials. Designed to satisfy the appetite for fire-grilled barbecue and ice-cold summer treats packed full of nostalgia -- all cooked and blended to perfection and using only the highest-quality ingredients -- all of our new specials are available for drive thru, take out or delivery. In addition, as part of our ongoing “We’re All Essential” initiative, enjoy half-priced milkshakes Monday – Friday from 2-5 pm and free fries at our drive thru.

Image003"We’ve been making our classic Steakburgers since 1934, but we’re always on the hunt for creative ways to wow our guests with new and unique flavors,” said Rich Scanlan, SVP of Operations, Steak ‘n Shake. “Our culinary team nailed it by adding the luxurious taste of pork belly to our premium patties for this brand-new addition to our lineup – it’s literally a juicy burst of deliciousness with each bite, at a price point that belies the quality.”

Below is a full description of each of mouthwatering special:

  • The Pork Belly Steakburger™- The best of backyard barbecue, without all the hassle. A 100% beef Double Steakburger™ generously topped with crispy, glazed, thick-cut pork belly, caramelized onions, American cheese, and drizzled with a savory maple bourbon sauce.
  • Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milkshake – An old favorite returns! This duo brings back childhood memories of hurriedly slurping down melting ice cream cones. Our homemade specialty milkshake is blended to perfection with black raspberry syrup and ultra-rich chocolate chips. Complete with whipped cream, an extra sprinkle of chocolate chips, and a cherry on top!
  • Cotton Candy Milkshake - Because nothing says summer quite like cotton candy, we’ve figured out a way to put it in milkshake form with our brand-new specialty flavor! All ages can enjoy the sweetness of our cotton candy milkshake, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Seasonal menu additions and “We’re All Essential” offers are only available for a limited time at participating locations. To find a location near you or for additional information on Steak 'n Shake's new menu, visit: www.steaknshake.com.

About Steak ‘n Shake Inc.

A beloved American classic, Steak ‘n Shake pioneered the concept of premium burgers and milk shakes. Founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois, Steak ‘n Shake is known for its hand-crafted, premium STEAKburgers and homemade milkSHAKES. With over 600 locations across the United States and globally, Steak ‘n Shake is the recipient of numerous awards, including Nation’s Restaurant News Golden Chain Award and #1 Voted Milkshake by Zagat.  Steak ‘n Shake Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc. For more information, please visit www.steaknshake.com or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @steaknshake.


FREE FRIES FOR ALL

Steak ‘n Shake Continues “We’re All Essential” Program with

Free French Fries with Every Order

Indianapolis, IN. – Steak ‘n Shake today announced that all customers can enjoy a complimentary order of French fries as part of the company’s “We’re All Essential” campaign.

The “We’re All Essential” initiative, originally launched on March 26th, was developed to recognize and support those working in essential industries, as well as to support ALL Americans during these challenging times. Effective immediately at all participating Steak ‘n Shake restaurants across America, customers who visit the drive-thru can request a free order of fries, as our way of thanking every single American who continues to play their part in restoring America.

“In such challenging times, we would like to do our part for our communities by giving out free fries to all,” said Sardar Biglari, CEO of Steak ‘n Shake.

In addition, Steak ‘n Shake is continuing to offer the following deals for all Americans during these challenging days:

  • Family 4 Pack Meal Deal,” includes 4 Double ‘n Cheese Steakburgers, 4 Small Fries and 4 Sodas, feeding a family of 4 for only $19.99. Available every day by drive-thru or take-out only.
  • “Half-Price Happy Hour,” offering half-price on all milk shakes and drinks. Have fun with the kids over an indulgent afternoon treat while enjoying one of our 23 Classic or Specialty Homemade Milkshakes for half price. Available Monday – Friday, 2 – 5 PM by drive-thru or take-out only.

Customers can check on current hours of their local restaurant, revised as a result of the current health crisis, at www.steaknshake.com by clicking on “Find a Location.”

Steak ‘n Shake is committed to protecting the health of our customers and employees. For more information about safety and sanitation protocols at Steak ‘n Shake restaurants, visit www.steaknshake.com/covid-19.


Drink Review: Crown Royal Salted Caramel Whiskey - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Crown Royal Salted CaramelBlended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, WAS Yukon Jack Jacapple.  Key word 'was', as the Jacapple was recently bested by Skrewball Peanut Butter flavored whiskey, it ROCKS!

Today, the flavored whiskey is a sampling of Crown Royal Salted Caramel.

Read the full review at:  www.bacheloronthecheap.com