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August 12th is National Julienne Fries Day

I decided to start taking my own pictures (so I don’t have to worry about anybody trying to sue me over a picture) so I opted to also start enjoying the food for my National Food/Drink Pic of the Day!

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I love fries but, I don’t eat a lot of root vegetables… I know bummer right? Not for me. I try and stay away from Sugar, Grains and Root Vegetables… I’m Diabetes free so it seems to be working and I try to keep at it. We eat meat, most veggies, fruit and dairy. My husband and I want to live long so we only try and take a break from our regimen once in awhile.

Definition of JulienneSo in honor of National Julienne Fries Day, I came to Claim Jumper and ordered their Shoestring Fries (that I will only sample because I hate thin crunchy fries), Coconut Shrimp, Salad and since they don’t carry a White Port, for my wine I had to go with a White Melon Moscato Sangria… which is very good… and cheap because it’s Happy Hour from 4-6p Mon-Fri and all day on Sunday.

Oh yeah… here’s my White Port Sangria Recipe

2 cups of White Port
1 cup Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur
2 oranges
1 mango
1 Mason Jar

Cut Mango in half. Take out the seed and cut one half into cubes and blend other half into a Mango juice, it might be thick but that’s ok, just make sure the mango is ripe and sweet. Then cut oranges into circles.

Pour White Port, Patron, Mango juice and slices from 1 full Orange into a Mason Jar.

Let sit, preferably for a day or two and in Sun preferably or fridge.

When ready to serve… pour White Port Sangria into glasses and garnish with other orange slices (1 or 2 per glass)

Top with a cherry and enjoy!

You can add in white tea bags, grapes, raspberries or other things that suit your taste. If you create your own, share it with me!

By the way… your Non-Port choice would be a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.

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August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Day

August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Day!

@portwinediva's instagram national pic of the day

Who doesn’t love Chocolate? Well… I do know a few… honestly I have to have it a certain way in order to enjoy it. Either way it’s National Chocolate Chip Day and I’m going to tell you what wines to enjoy with it!

So of course I am going to start off with the Port Wines. This wouldn’t be the Port Wine Diva blog if I didn’t! So here we go…

Port Wine with Chocolate

Ruby Port

Bittersweet, Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Chocolate with Nuts.

Tawny Port

Milk*, White Chocolate and Chocolate with Nuts.

*This Chocolate is VERY sweet by itself… just thinking about the combo makes my teeth hurt)

White Port

Chocolate with Nuts, Chocolate with Fruit

Now it’s time to go into the specific Chocolates and what wines to pair them with

Bittersweet

Ruby Port – a red wine with powerful fruit like: plum, cherry & berries.

Cabernet Sauvignon – a rich red wine with red fruit mixed with spice.

Syrah/Shiraz – a red wine with blackberry, plum & pepper.

Banyuls – a sweet but not syrupy Southern French dessert wine.

Semi-Sweet

Ruby Port – a red wine with powerful plum, cherry & berry flavor.

Syrah/Shiraz – a red wine with blackberry, plum & pepper.

Banyuls – a sweet but not syrupy Southern French dessert wine.

Merlot – a lush red wine with plum, black cherry & caramel.

Milk Chocolate

Tawny Port – a sweet red wine with baking spice, almond & caramel.

Muscat – a sweet wine with spice, honey & fruit cocktail.

Tokaji – a sweet wine with dried raisins, cocoa, spice & coffee.

Madeira – a sweet wine with caramel, almonds & hazelnuts.

White Chocolate

Rose Port – Ruby Port (a red wine with powerful plum, cherry & berry flavor) that has been fermented in a similar manner to rose wine.

Tawny Port – a sweet red wine with baking spice, almond & caramel.

Rose Wine – a crisp blush pink wine with flavors of red berries.

Muscat – a sweet wine with spice, honey & fruit cocktail.

Tokaji – a sweet wine with dried raisins, cocoa, spice & coffee.

Chocolate with Fruit

Cabernet Sauvignon – a rich red wine with red fruit mixed with spice.

Madeira – a sweet wine with caramel, almonds & hazelnuts.

Sherry – a dry dessert wine that is zippy and nutty.

Ice Wine – a very sweet wine with flavors of apricot, peach & mango.

Chocolate with Nuts

Ruby Port – a red wine with powerful plum, cherry & berry flavor.

Tawny Port – a sweet red wine with baking spice, almond & caramel.

Cabernet Sauvignon – a rich red wine with red fruit mixed with spice.

Riesling – a sweet wine with peach & orange blossom.

Chocolate with Cream Cheese

This would involve an entirely different post if i weren’t just talking about Cream Cheese because wine and cheese is a topic all on it’s own… but, since I’m talking about Cream Cheese… here goes.

Tawny Port – a sweet red wine with baking spice, almond & caramel.

Ruby Port – a red wine with powerful plum, cherry & berry flavor.

Cabernet Sauvignon – a rich red wine with red fruit mixed with spice.

Riesling – a sweet wine with peach & orange blossom.

As an end note… I have written the word chocolate so many times… it feels misspelled to me now…

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