Monday, September 19, 2016

Roxy's #CheapDate with Riunite Lambrusco

Tonight’s wine is Riunite. (Ree You Nee Tee? I think that's how it's pronounced. This is why I read rather than talking to people. Too many ways to pronounce things.) 

I noticed Riunite had a lot of social media on their bottle so I figured I would check them out in case I liked it so I could tag them. Or avoid tagging them if I hated it. LOL.

Legit, THIS is what comes up when you input the twitter address on the back of the bottle.

Something tells me they didn’t spend much cash on their marketing budget.

At least it looks like their INSTAGRAM is okay.

Screw on cap. Good for people who may have already pre-partied a bit. Or those of us who are re-modeling our house and have absolutely no upper body strength left after painting four DAMN ROOMS.  I fall into the later category. I abhor painting. And I’m not good at it.

This wine is 8 percent alcohol. I think the last one I tried was a little less. At least this stands a chance of getting me a little warm and toasty even if it’s bad.

**Sober Roxy here. The previous wine actually had more alcohol in it, but tasted like it didn't. Maybe reds just hit me harder for some reason? Or I forgot to eat before this review. Either way, the previous review actually had more alcohol but tasted like it didn't. Interesting....Back to slightly buzzed Roxy**

The label says Riunite is a “Soft, Lively, Red Wine”. Soft…hmmm. We may be in for more flavored water.

I think I remember ordering this wine when I was at an Olive Garden with my mom. It was one of the first times I was out to eat after I turned 21, and had NO idea what to order. I think they had this labeled as their house wine. Pretty sure even back then it was 4 or 5 bucks a glass. Little did I know I could have had a whole bottle for that price.


Yes, I sniffed the bottle. It has a little punch to the smell. Which is good. This won’t be water wine. Pretty sharp taste in the back of my sinuses. Not quite "medicine injected with a needle sharp"…more like "hit in the head with a cough drop" sharp. One of those sweet cough drops that don’t really do anything. Basically, it's got something in it that makes me think of those Luden's Cherry drops I used to pretend to have a sore throat to get.

As I poured the wine a few bubbles formed along the sides of the glass. Nice deep red color. The smell I got from sniffing the bottle is pretty much gone though, now that it’s in the glass. Of course that could be because I stuffed my schnoz in the mouth of a bottle and inhaled alcohol, effectively killing off some of my cells that smell things, but we won’t go there.

At this point in the process Hubby walks by and shakes his head. He's not scolding me for drinking wine. (drinking wine is kind of my thing) But that I didn’t try the Boone’s Farm yet. That’s the $3 bright pink bottle. (I'll be asking which booze to try on Twitter for future reviews. Follow me @RoxyMews) 

I ask him why he cares what I'm drinking. He tells me that Boone's will be funnier. I’m now slightly scared of the Boone’s Farm. Why will it be funnier? And more importantly why is my husband amused by my suffering?

This calls for drinking wine.


I DEFINITELY had this in college. I can almost smell the steak house restaurants and not quite Italian restaurants that I frequented during that time. (Back when I had money because I was borrowing student loans rather than paying them off.)

It’s almost carbonated. I can feel the bubbles against my tongue. Not unpleasant, but definitely not as smooth as I usually like. This is a sweet wine, but it’s not skimpy on the flavor. It tastes like deep red berries that are pulled just a little early so they have a nice bite to them.

I like this! Woo Hoo!

I better pour some more in my glass just to make sure. Yup. Really like this one.

This I would buy again. And this comes in a big momma bottle too. If you and your wino friends are looking for something to split, you can get a big bottle and only drink half to make it sound better the next day when you say you only had a half a bottle.

I should make sure I still like this. You know…for science. *pours more in my glass*

This is when I realize I should have eaten first. Off to scrounge for left-overs. But seriously, this is a pretty cheap wine, especially if you buy it on sale, in a big jug, or as part of Kroger’s 15% off of 6 bottles deal.


I'd buy this one again. This has a sweet taste, went down easy, and has some flavor to it. This was an easy wine that most of us who enjoy a sweet red wine will tolerate/enjoy. It barely hit the #cheapdate limit at $6 for the bottle, but it's cheaper per glass if you buy the big momma bottle. 

This is a wine for the power drinker.

So...have you had this one? Do you like sweet reds? Most importantly, which wine should I try next?


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Monday, September 5, 2016

When Meet Cutes Go Bad

photo credit: Monta tanto, tanto monta via photopin (license)
I wrote a story about a matchmaker, and she paired two people who were perfect for each other.

The end.

Okay, nobody would pay for that story. So I put in a few obstacles, one of which was, the first client was convinced the matchmaker was a con, and so rejected every match she suggested. Including His Perfect Match.

Yay! But now I was faced with my matchmaker having to bring two bickering clients together.

Did I mention this is a romantic comedy? So I had to find funny ways for her to bring her clients together.

How about invite one to dinner and "accidentally" invite the other too? Yup, nobody'd see that coming. Not from a mile away. Or even outer space. Uh huh.

So in the middle of the night a brilliant idea came to me, as brilliant ideas are wont to do. I scribbled it down on the Post-it pad I keep by the bed for such brilliant middle-of-the-night notions. Waking the next morning excited, I read my wild scribble: "Porn movie setup."
Scantily-clad woman sashays to door. Sings, "Who is it?"
"Pizza delivery, ma'am."
Throws open door, revealing cute guy with closed box over groin. "Here's your pizza!" Pops box lid to foot-long hotdog ringed by hot mozz.
 At this point, I decided to put the story away for another day. Or year, the way my schedule is going, lol.

Read a story that came together well instead! Mind Mates now available.

When a powerful wizard prince comes out of hiding to save his sister, he is forced to team with a pretty shifter—one with ugly, dangerous powers of her own. As vengeful enemies close in, a forbidden attraction flaming between them, the two race to find a mysterious key.

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