Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé 2019

Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé 2019

$13.88, Macadoodle’s

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé is the most wonderful wine to ever touch my taste buds, of course after Dom Perignon (but does that really count since that’s champagne??). This rosé is so perfectly balanced & delicate–ideal for a warm summer day on the patio, at the pool, or by the beach. I have tried both cheap & pricier rosé, & I must say this one takes the cake for sure! $14-ish is a wonderful price for the quality of wine. Gerard Bertrand knew what he was doing when he made this rosé–5 stars, Gerard!!!

Blake stopped in Macadoodle’s for a cigar and picked up this amazing rosé for me, & needless to say I’ll be going back for more! I enjoy the m o d e r n & simple labeling, but what I like most about it is its transparency so that the color of the wine can really be appreciated without bold label colors drawing the eye away from what’s really important. Gris Blanc translates to “grey white” in French–a perfect & subtle name to go along with the label color scheme & paleness of the rosé. The color of this rosé is absolutely stunning!

This Gris Blanc Rosé hails from the South of France & is made from Grenache grapes, which is my absolute favorite type of rosé. It has fresh & subtle aromas of berries & hardly any florals. Drinking this rosé tastes like the most beautiful sunny day. Your palate will adore Gris Blanc’s light bodied, crisp, dry taste followed by a smooth finish. The flavor intensity is on the lighter side & pairs great with just about anything; this rosé is also amazing on it’s own. It appears the grapes went through shorter maceration time to give the rosé a delicate taste & appearance, which I definitely appreciate.

Perfectly balanced & refreshing–this rosé is WORTH picking up a couple bottles when you can find it! It’s fresh, fruity, sophisticated taste will seriously leave you wanting more. My next task–go buy more!!! As always, don’t forget to stop & smell the rosé. Cheers!

xo, Han

The Bachelor Episode 2

The Bachelor Episode 2

*** S P O I L E R A L E R T ***

Helloooooo, Bachelor Nation!

WOW. So much drama. OVER CHAMPAGNE! Last night’s episode was the 2nd in Peter’s season of The Bachelor & can I just say I swear these producers are just grasping for straws here???? For me, this episode didn’t do a whole lot besides make me loathe Kelsey. Per my Insta story poll, it seems one is either Team Kelsey or Team Hannah Ann . . . we’ll get into that later.

Let’s Talk About Hannah B.

This is the dirt we were all waiting for ALL WEEK! I think we can all agree that Hannah B put Peter in a really tough position by even coming to him on the show & talking about her lingering feelings for him . . . I have to say that is not fair. Peter is there at the mansion to meet new women and find his wife, not be Hannah’s third option (ugh, even though I loveee her!). I laughed when she looked him dead in the eye & said, “Let’s go catch a flight!” Honestly though, I thought he might. I think Peter is really having a hard time with how Hannah is feeling because he’s not totally over her, but GOOD FOR YOU PETER for retracting your invitation for her to join the mansion. *claps*

I loved watching the solo interviews of some of the girls in the house during the Hannah B portion of the show. They totallyyy have a right to be upset–even though it’s Hannah B, it’s ALSO Peter’s ex . . . which makes for an uncomfortable situation among all parties involved.

My thoughts after finishing the Hannah B portion of the show are that maybe Peter isn’t ready to be the bachelor. He obviously isn’t over her, or his face wouldn’t have been in her neck & he wouldn’t have hesitated with her so much. I’m not really sure if he can fully emotionally invest in a new girl right now when she’s still so fresh in his mind, & to be frank it seems down right UNFAIR to the new girls that are putting their heart on the line for him. Also, cancelling the group date wasn’t cool, but I also get why he did that. It wasn’t exactly his choice for Hannah B to show up & have that intense convo (or was it???).

The After Party (to the group date that never happened)

I don’t want an apology from Peter about how the day went. I want to SEE him get over Hannah B & actually put some time into these new girls! Okkkk I was floored (yet again) at how these girls were eating into Peter while talking to him one on one about Hannah showing up & taking up all their time. Honestly . . . I’d be pissed too.

Mykenna & Peter were V I B I N G during this time & I’m here for it. Sydney. That story. I’ve heard almost the exact same season on like every other season of The Bachelor & The Bachelorette. I really like her, but I think that story about how she grew up is the only reason she got the rose.

#CHAMPAGNEGATE

Oh. My. LAWWWDDDD!

I literally cannot stand Kelsey. Like with a passion. Sorry (not sorry) y’all, I’m team Hannah Ann, & not just because we have the same name. I genuinely don’t think that Hannah Ann knew that champagne was Kelsey’s that was set out by the fire.

1–Kelsey told some of the girls after Hannah Ann was already with Peter (so she couldn’t have found out that way). 2–The producers had multiple bottles of champagne set out in different locations outside, so how was she supposed to know that one by the fire was any different than the others???

This is where the producers SET UP some drama because there wasn’t any to be had anywhere else. At this point (uhhh reminder, we’re only in episode 2) the producers are just stirring the pot because these girls are boring!!!!!

Kelsey’s idea to share the bottle of champagne she got for her birthday with Peter was super sweet, but how upset she got over it just seemed soooo unreasonable to me. If you’re Team Kelsey you’re gonna hate me (idc), but this girl is C R A Y!!!!! Literally she is the Luke P of the season. Yeah, I went there. All of her meltdowns were so childish & ummmm was she wasted????

All I have to say about the stand-in bottle of champagne blowing up in her face . . . I N S T A N T K A R M A! (Here’s the video again for your amusement.)

Rose Ceremony Night

Lexi really stood out to me when she spoke to Peter tonight before the rose ceremony because she was being so understanding about his situation.

The gift Peter got for Madison–cute or weird??? Seriously, consider a real life situation where you go on a couple dates with a guy (one was to meet his family . . .) and then on your third date he gives you a photo of you & his family. Yeah, weird. Honestly, I would be happy at this point if Madison was the winner!!

Roses

  • Mykenna
  • Victoria P
  • Natasha
  • Jasmine
  • Sarah
  • Lexi
  • Hannah Ann
  • Alexa
  • Tammy
  • Alayah
  • Deandra
  • Victoria F
  • Shiann
  • Kierra
  • Savannah
  • Kelsey

So since The Bachelor is obviously in need of some drama, they’re keeping Kelsey around. Hopefully she doesn’t last a whole lot longer, but who else would play the villan?

Group Date

Date Carrrddddd! Alexa, Mykenna, Natasha, Deandra, Lexi, Victoria F, Kelsey & Hannah Ann got the group date card.

This group date was pretty freakin sweet. I wouldn’t even care if I won–just give me all those Revolve clothes!

Okay I could NOT stop wondering the whole time . . . are all these girls the same size??? How can they just pick anything out in this store & it’ll magically fit & be runway ready?

Omg can we just talk about Hannah Ann showing up on the runway in a wedding dress? Dead! DECEASED!!! That was ballsy.

Ugh I feel so bad for Victoria F. She’s seriously so gorgeous & not a trouble maker and all I want is for her to be happy. *cries* That outfit she came out in on the runway . . . HOT DAMN VICTORIA!! I don’t think she should be so upset about “Peter not seeing her” because girl, he saw you! Outfit & kiss combined?? Spicyyyy! It’s kind of b.s. that Victoria F. didn’t win the fashion show against Hannah Ann . . . we were all rooting for her, weren’t we?

One thing I couldn’t help but notice was that every time one of the girls was upset, Kelsey ran straight to them to try to comfort them. Kind of like she was trying to create allies. Coincidence? I think not.

End of the Episode

I am so happy that Victoria F got the rose at the end of the group date!!! She seriously deserves it.

Kelsey’s conversation with Peter was fake af. It was so funny because when he asked her if they could talk she was like am I in trouble? Usually if you have to ask it’s a yes! Hopefully in the next couple episodes he can see through the act she puts on for him. She keeps saying that she’s “over” the champagne incident, but obvs not because she ended the episode in the bathroom. Again.

High note: DEMI IS BACK NEXT WEEK!!! And it looks like there’s some hazing going on. I’m living for this . . . can’t wait! ‘Til next week!

xo, Han

The Bachelor Episode 1

The Bachelor Episode 1

*** S P O I L E R A L E R T ***

Hellooooo, Bachelor Nation!

So last night’s first episode of Peter’s season has me thirsty for next week’s episode. I am living for the drama on this season (okay, not really but you get what I’m saying)! Some relationships between girls in the house are already a little cray & it’s only gonna get crazier. YAY!

We all knew from the teasers that Hannah Brown would show up on this season of The Bachelor, but I don’t think anyone saw what was really coming at the end of the episode. I was FLOORED when Hannah B confessed that she made mistakes & still has feelings for Peter. I about lost my mind when he didn’t back off & invited her to join the house! WHAT!!! I def have mixed feelings about this–I wish Hannah & Peter would’ve just ended up together from the get-go, but I also feel like she wouldn’t even be competition against the other girls…she’s just the grand prize. So, we’ll see what she does next week!

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Let’s Meet the Girls

In The Running

These are the gals got a rose on last night’s episode, along with my first impressions after watching their entrance & interactions throughout the episode.

  • Alayah: family oriented, authentic, letter from her grandma seemed a little thirsty
  • Sydney: she threw a little shade at Hannah B in her entrance…& Hannah B’s my girl
  • Hannah Ann: cute & sweet, Peter seemed to really like her, she was the first one Peter willingly kissed, my pick for the first impression rose
  • Sarah: confident, real
  • Lauren: cautiously optimistic, Peter seems to like her
  • Victoria P: goofy, fun, lighthearted, sweet, daring
  • Mykenna: head over heels for Peter
  • Kelsey: maybe a little shy
  • Madison: sweet, confident, dominant
  • Tammy: funny, straight forward
  • Shiann: fun, maybe a bit insecure
  • Courtney: potentially trashy, wants to be cool
  • Lexi: she showed up in a red convertible. Yep, that’s it. That’s the tweet.
  • Deandra: who tf shows up as a windmill?? Awk since he banged Hannah B in that windmill….
  • Jasmine: Peter was so confused when he couldn’t understand a damn thing she was saying
  • Victoria F: dry sense of humor, not so confident, I thought she was going to be elimated
  • Savannah: the blindfolded kiss was not my styler, pretty bold, stole the first kiss from Peter (was he even into it???)
  • Kelley: nervous laugher, carefree
  • Natasha: weird, maybe a little kinky?, crazy eyes, probably the worst first impression for me
  • Kiarra: how did she fit in a freakin suitcase?
  • Alexa: debby downer

Eliminated

  • Maurissa: potentially possessive, fun
  • Eunice: flight attendant, confident
  • Jade: flight attendant
  • Megan: flight attendant
  • Kylie: bringing the condoms was trashyyy
  • Katrina: wtf was up with the picture of her hairless pussy cat?? Honestly like wtf I was so uncomfortable until I saw it was legit her hairless cat.
  • Jenna: showed up with an emotional support cow, awkward. Everyone who thought that cow was a horse needs to go. Now.
  • Avonlea: cheesyyyy

First Group Date

Since Peter is a pilot (duh!) the flight school group date is adorable. But Peter is showing no mercy with this first group date! I am literally so surprised only one girl threw up on that horrible spinning contraption. And I thought Hannah B picked some crazy group dates!

First Date

I loved watching the obstacle course!!! Low key mad that Kelley got the first date because she cheated & still got the sunset flight with Peter. But I guess the battle for love can’t always be fair, right? All the girls were SO jealous when she got back from spending the entire day with Peter, but who the heck wouldn’t be! We’ll see if the house can be a little less petty with Kelley next Monday.

First One-On-One Date

Peter has some BALLS! Taking a girl to his parents’ vow renewals on the FIRST DATE?! That’s some risky behavior in my opinion, but makes for some amazing drama.

That being said, this date was so sickeningly sweet. I think I would be terrified to meet the parents so soon…during their vow renewals…ON TELEVISION! At the end of the date when Madison & Peter got to sit down & chat together I feel like she was really saying all the right things, but I’m questioning if it was sincere or if she is just playing the game. I love Madison & I’m rooting for her–I also feel like the producers may be trying to frame their relationship for other reasons though.

Final Thoughts

Overall I’m diggin‘ this season of The Bachelor so far. The girls were wasted the first night, like a million kisses have already happened & Peter has some intense drama going on with Hannah B coming into the picture. I’m so pumped to see if Hannah B ends up ruining this season for all the women there (kinda hoping so, sorry not sorry). After this episode only my final 3 picks for the end of the season are Victoria P, Hannah Ann, & Madison. Who knows, this may change next week! Who are your top 3? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

I’m never really excited for Mondays, but IS IT MONDAY YET?! I’m ready for more Pilot Pete. ‘Til next week!

XO, Han

BRECA Rosé 2018

BRECA Rosé 2018

$13, Top Ten Wines

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Breca Rosé is the most confusing rosé I’ve tasted thus far since I’m typically into French rosé. What really drew me in to this rosé was the sophisticated packaging. Looks like rosé, but tastes almost like chardonnay (when compared to all the other rosés I’ve ever sipped on). Don’t get me wrong, I love a good buttery chardonnay, but when you expect one thing & get another it’s always a bit shocking. If you like the taste of a typical rosé, this may not be the one for you! But hey, for $13 it’s worth a shot!

I picked up this history-rich wine at one of my fave spots in Columbia, MO, Top Ten Wines. Everything about Top Ten Wines is so my vibe! Low lighting sets the mood & the walls of this quaint little place are lined with every kind of wine you could dream of. Columbia is pretty much your typical college town (M-I-Z!), so you can image the bar scene–what I love about Top Ten Wines is that the typical patron is someone out of college that is there to have a meaningful, intelligent conversation with their cell phone tucked out of sight (crazy, right?). I can’t wait to try more of the rosé they carry!

Breca hails from Calatayud, Spain (a little northeast of Madrid) & is 100% Grenache from the oldest clone of Garnacha in the entire world. It is definitely on the dry side & has bold notes of watermelon & vanilla. Immediately upon opening the bottle it smelled strongly of florals–I’m not super into florally wines which is why this may not be at the top of my list. Overall, I give BRECA 3/5 stars. I may buy another bottle in the future, but it def isn’t my go-to.

If you’re a chardonnay gal (or dude) looking to branch out into rosé this may be your perf gateway to the rosé life! Cheers!

xo, Han

ROSÉ-VOUS? Rosé 2018

ROSÉ-VOUS? Rosé 2018

$4.99, Aldi

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you ever tasted something that tastes like a sunny beach day with your very best friend (okay unless you hate the beach, then wherever your dream vacay is!)? Well, this is it! I thought I had a favorite that stood out against all the rest, but California Roots rosé has some S E R I O U S competition with ROSÉ-VOUS? rosé–it is perfectly delicious & smooth. Since this rosé was only $4.99, I was a little skeptical at how good it would taste & its overall quality, but dang it’s good!

During my last Aldi haul this bottle’s aesthetics drew me in quickly. I immediately fell in love with the color of the wine & the label / info on the back quickly convinced me to give it a try. This is the first time I have ever seen this rosé at Aldi, so I’m not sure how long it’ll stick around.

ROSÉ-VOUS? hails from the Languedoc South of France & is 70% Syrah / 30% Grenache. Syrah is a dark-skinned red grape that is very floral-y in its youth, & Grenache is a red wine grape that is extremely versatile. Grenache-based rosé is a signature wine style of south France & is common among Côtes de Provence wines. Grenache’s ABV can be as high as 15% because it is grown in very hot environments; most rosé has an ABV of 11-13%.

This fresh, fragrant rosé is medium-bodied & dry with sweet notes of strawberry & berries. ROSÉ-VOUS? is definitely more delicate than some of the other rosé wines I’ve tried, & it’s easy on the palate. I have to say this rosé has the most delicious aroma of any rosé whose bottle I’ve popped! It is clear in appearance & there has a great flavor intensity. The quality of this rosé is definitely unmatched in my opinion for the price point. Overall, I rate ROSÉ-VOUS? 5 / 5. No matter where you are in your rosé tasting journey, this dense rosé will be your new fave!

Fruity & fabulous–this rosé will not let you down. This is definitely something I want to stock up on before Aldi doesn’t carry it anymore. I know you will too!

xo, Han

Chloe Rosé 2018

Chloe Rosé 2018

$9.68, Sam’s Club

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was immediately drawn to this cute little label on this sleek bottle of rosé I came across at Sam’s Club. Of course they make you walk past the wine section to get to the the deli (smart product placement!). At $9.68, I thought it was a super affordable price for a brand of rosé that isn’t as mass-produced as a wine such a barefoot.

Chloe hails from the sunny central coast of California & the vintage is from 2018. The name came from an ancient work meaning “blooming,” according to the bottle. Being the color of the wine was a little darker (due to longer maceration of the grape skin) than I typically like to sip on, I figured I’d give Chloe the benefit of the doubt. Upon opening the bottle it had a strong floral aroma and was clear in appearance. This rosé is definitely more structured than its counterparts I’ve reviewed thus far & is dry with a distinct aftertaste of rose petals. Sam’s Club’s site describes this rosé as “delicate,” but I venture to say there’s nothing delicate about it–Chloe is a full-bodied & bold rosé. Chloe isn’t quite the quality of taste I look for when purchasing a bottle of rosé. Overall, I rate Chloe 3 / 5. Bold rosé’s not really my thing, but I’ve had far worse!

I hate to admit it, but I did it & fell for the cute bottle & ended up with a rosé I wasn’t in love with. If a rosé with some personality is your thing, go for it! If you enjoy rosé that’s not so in-your-face you may wanna pass on this one. While it’s not bad enough to dump it down the drain, I won’t be making this purchase again.

xo, Han

California Roots Rosé 2018

California Roots Rosé 2018

$5.00, Target

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the absolute best rosé for the price & quality. To those just joining the rosé party, this could be your new fave! At $5.00, California Roots Rosé is a steal. California Roots Rosé is my staple rosé! The quality for the price seriously CANNOT be beat.

Who doesn’t make a Target run every once in awhile . . . by that I mean every other day! It seems like several times a week I’m in need of something I’m out of at home, and Target is the only store on my way home from the gym in the morning (convenient, right?!). Whether I’m stocking up for a girl’s night in or buy something tried & true, I have a secret for you! One thing you may not know about Target is that when you buy 6 or more bottles of wine (yes, you can mix & match) you get 10% off your wine purchase, & it’s automatically taken off at the register.

Some of you have already turned your nose up to the thought of buying 6 bottles of wine at once, but let me tell you — if you will eventually drink it anyway, why not save 10%??? Seriously, tell me why you don’t want to save money on wine you’ll drink anyway!

This perfect rosé hails from the golden state of California, & like I said this is my go-to. California Roots is the rosé I have on hand 365 days of the year. Compared to some of the more expensive rosés I’ve tried, this one reigns superior (if you don’t believe me, try it!). California Roots Rosé’s aroma is very berry & fresh. This rosé is clearer than the La Rue Côtes de Provence and has even less of a chemically taste (& the La Rue Côtes de Provence was good!). My favorite rosé (California Roots, duh!) is dry without tasting bitter or cobwebby, as I like to describe some horribly dry wines. Medium-bodied describes this wine perfectly, & I love it’s color. This rosé is refreshing & one that you can have a couple glasses of without feeling like you’re getting a “sugar rush.” If you read my last Rosé Review you’ll know how picky I am about my rosé color, & consider this wine to be my baseline. I have yet to find any other rosé (or any type of wine for that matter) that can touch the quality of California Roots Rosé for the low price of $5.00. Overall, this is a 5/5 rosé.

Next time you’re popping in for a Target run (yes, I’m talking to YOU), pick up a bottle of California Roots Rosé along with that mascara, top & earrings you didn’t stop in for. 😉 Seriously though, you WILL NOT regret it. I would l o v e to hear what you think of my all-time favorite rosé!

xo, Han

La Rue Cotês de Provence Rosé 2018

La Rue Cotês de Provence Rosé 2018

$7.99, Aldi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Not ready for summer to be over yet? It’s always summer when you’re sippin’ La Rue Côtes de Provence! If you’re late to the rosé party this is the perf starter. At $7.99 what do you have to lose (besides literally $7.99, but you’re going to fall in love with it!)?

I’m an Aldi regular–I won’t let anyone take my designated quarter from me! This is a rosé that Aldi used to carry & they brought it back in the spring. If you L O V E this wine like I do, you’ll def want to stock up because in year’s past Aldi restricted the number of bottles you could buy because their stock was so limited.

This fruity, delicate rosé hails from France & is truly one of the better rosé wines I have found, especially for its quality & price point. Its taste is smooth and not “artificial” tasting. The aroma of La Rue Côtes de Provence smells of fresh berries and its appearance is clear. It falls a little more on the dry side than some of the sweeter rosés I’ve come across, but remains lively & crisp. Aldi’s site describes this wine as “full-bodied,” but I would have to disagree & call it medium-bodied. I prefer to chill this wine in a wine cooler as opposed to the refrigerator–it is more flavorful when it’s not ice-cold. Overall, I rate La Rue Côtes de Provence 4 / 5, all things considered.

I may be a little picky with my rosé preferences, but I typically look for a rosé with a lighter color–I usually like the way they taste better in comparison to the darker rosés. La Rue Côtes de Provence has nearly the perfect color I prefer!

Pop in Aldi & grab a bottle of this amazing rosé & get pumped up for Bachelor in Paradise (yeah, I know you secretly love to with BIP)! ‘Til next time, cheers!

xo, Han