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Wine Poster Art w/ Burnt Edges

It has been a while since Wolfy’s birthday, but I still have another project to show you.  I already made one wine poster for Wolfy, but I had another in mind.  I used the same idea behind the other, but added a few new twists.

This art piece was going to have two posters; one dealing with types of white wine, the other dealing with types of red.

To give the posters a more vintage feeling, I started burning the edges.

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It is a pretty simple process.  Use a lighter and run the edge of the flame on the border of the of the poster.  Do this over the sink, just in case the flame gets away from you, but normally the flame will burn out, or you will be able to blow it out before it goes too far.

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Here is the white wine poster once the edges have been burnt.

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And the red wine one, before I knocked off the ash.  I think it makes it look like something that was found in an old abandoned building somewhere.

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After the board was cut to size and sanded, I started painting it.

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Instead of black, this time I went with red.  It is actually left over paint from the front door.

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Again, I placed the posters onto the wet paint and made sure to press them down well.

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I did mess up slightly and get red paint on the posters, but it doesn’t really bother me.  I feel like it works with the colors and tones of the posters anyway.

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Once it was dry, I applied several coats of spray polyurethane.  Then, it was time to hang it on the wall.

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Overall, we are both very happy with it.

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Wine Down Wednesday – Apothic White Winemaker’s Blend

Apothic White Winemaker’s Blend

Apothic White is an approachable blend that combines Chardonnay, Riesling, and Moscato to create a luscious, vibrant wine in the bold style of Apothic.  Intense flavors of peach, pineapple, honey, and vanilla spice make this smooth white blend unforgettable.

Manda’s Notes:

  • Bright fruity nose
  • Sweet tropical fruit flavors
  • Good blend of the 3 grapes
  • Maybe a touch too much alcohol for the 3 grapes
  • Longer lingering fruity finish
  • Will buy another bottle

Wolfy’s Notes:

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Wine Down Wednesday – Wyldewood Cellars Traminette

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Wyldewood Cellars Traminette

Score: 17.75

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Manda’s Notes:

  • Sweet
  • Fruity
  • Tangy with a good balance
  • Lack of the typical Traminette “Sizzle”

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Good, clear golden color
  • Fruity, Gewurztraminer nose
  • Well balanced, slightly tart flavor
  • Soft, smooth finish

Overall, this wine doesn’t have the typical flavor Traminettes have, which for lack of a better term, Wolfy and I refer to as a “Sizzle”.  This floral note isn’t something I like, so this is the best Traminette I’ve ever had.  I highly recommend trying it, especially if you like Rieslings on the slightly sweeter side.

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We paired this wine with our Chicken “Scampi”.

Have you tried this wine?  Do you like Traminette?  Or, do you prefer its parental varieties?

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Wine Down Wednesday – Baroda Founders Chardonnay

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Baroda Founders Chardonnay

Price: $20

Score: 13

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Manda’s Notes:

  • Yeasty
  • Heavy
  • Oaky but tart
  • Slightly smoky

Wolfy’s Notes:

  • Bright, sparkling gold color
  • Soft
  • Yeasty
  • Tart
  • Beer-y
  • Light Finish

Overall, not our favorite Chardonnay.  If you like beer, you will most likely enjoy this wine more than we did.

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If you have tried this wine, let us know your opinion.

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Wine Down Wednesday – Villa Jolanda Moscato and Peach

Welcome to Wine Down Wednesday where Our Wolf Den will be reviewing and offering some of our opinions on the wines we are drinking.  As this is our first “Wine Down Review” I want to go a little bit more in depth to discuss the format of these posts.

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All wines that are given a review are scored using the UC Davis 20 Point Scale.  As this can be subjective and this is only a hobby for us the scores will be averaged between what Wolfy scored and what I scored.  We will not be disclosing any of the finer details in why we scored them the way we did.

Please note that just because a wine received a low score doesn’t mean it is a bad wine.  There may be some flaw, something not quite balanced, something in the clarity but that doesn’t mean the wine isn’t very enjoyable.  What you want to pay more attention to is our overall impressions.  Would we finish the glass, finish the bottle, would we buy this wine again?

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The first wine is one we brought home from our trip to Virginia.  We purchased it at Williamsburg Pottery mostly because of the bottle.  I wanted to melt the unique design.  Don’t judge that we still buy wine for the bottles, we have found some very good ones we may have never tried that way.

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Villa Jolanda Moscato & Peach

Price: Right around $11

Score: 13.25

Manda’s Tasting Notes:

  • Lots of peach in the nose
  • Almost overwhelming peach taste
  • Slightly acidic
  • Over all a very enjoyable wine great for a hot day spent with friends on the deck

Wolfy’s Tasting Notes:

  • Pleasant, enjoyable sparkling peach
  • Moscato taste overwhelmed

Overall, we finished the bottled that night watching TV.  Very enjoyable and would buy again.

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I challenge you: find this wine, share it with friends, and let me know your opinion.

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