Parents.com Mom-melier' Rates Target's new $5 Wines
In case you haven't heard, Target, the go to spot for the fancy set on a budget (that'd be us!), recently released what will be their newest mom-fan craze: A collection of five different $5 wines (no, tht's not a typo) called California Roots. Like we need any more reason to drop coin there! But at five bucks a pop, these wines won't break the bank. So the next question is, are they any good?
I'm Megan, a New York City mom to Huck, age 3, and Griffin, age 1, by day; wine pusher at Dirty French in the Ludlow Hotel by night; and Parents Magazine's resident Mom-melier. I'm here to give you a run down of these delicious wines along with some real-life mommy pairing options.
For starters let's do a quick self-survey. How many parents' meals consist of the leftovers on your kids' plate? It's a running joke in our house that when my husband asks what I had for lunch, I respond with, "What I eat every day for lunch honey, the leftover crust of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich." I'm only half-joking, so really, let's pair these wines with foods actual moms eat.
California Roots — Pinot Grigio
ON THE NOSE: You know that blissful 30 minutes of the week when your kitchen is actually clean and the aroma of that beautiful lemon-fresh cleaner is subtly wafting through your home? That's what this smells like. Lemon zest, pineapples, summertime.
ON THE PALATE: Sweet with a crisp dry finish and huge pop of acid. This wine also is slightly effervescent. That's right ladies: little bubbles. It's practically champagne.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Slightly oxidized apple slices. You know when you cut up an apple and your kid only eats two slices? Drink this wine with the rest.
California Roots — Moscoto
ON THE NOSE: Like a floral perfume the fancy ladies in church wear.
ON THE PALATE: This wine is sweet. Really sweet. Creamy and delicious. But sweet.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Half-eaten chicken nuggets. The sweetness of the wine pairs beautiful with a deep-fried, breaded chicken nugget freshly reheated in the microwave.
California Roots — Chardonnay
ON THE NOSE: It's like a freshly opened box of vanilla wafers.
ON THE PALATE: This is a good Chardonnay; it's everything you think of when you think California Chardonnay. Vanilla notes, a little buttery, with a slight hint of caramel from the oak.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Goldfish crackers. The yeasty, bready golden cheese crackers pair perfectly with this low-acid, smooth, rich-bodied wine.
California Roots — Cabernet
ON THE NOSE: Cherry Lip Balm
ON THE PALATE: Juicy red fruit with a touch of pepper, which adds a little spice. This wine is jammy and alcohol-forward.
PAIRS WELL WITH: The leftover crust of a PB&J. The slight spiciness of the Cab cuts nicely with the sweet and buttery PB&J crust your kid refuses to eat.
California Roots — Red Blend
ON THE NOSE: It's reminiscent of the leather you smell walking into the handbag section at Bloomingdales.
ON THE PALATE: This is a dang good one. My favorite out of all of them. I did not see this wine coming. It's full-bodied, with cherry notes up front and a slight tannic finish.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Macaroni and Cheese. This wine can lift a lowly bowl of cold leftover Mac & Cheese to a respectable meal.
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Babywearing Week With BabyBjorn: Baby Carrier One Air
BabyBjorn’s new Be You collection of carriers is an ode to being the parent that you are and not fitting into any one box! As they say, “The Be You collection is our shout-out to you as a parent. We want you and your child to feel free to live as unique individuals and make your own choices in life.” We love that! The Be You collection features BabyBjorn’s popular Baby Carrier One and One Air in cotton and mesh in several stunning new colors – stay tuned for more colors and styles later this week!
The BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One Air features 4 (!!) different ergonomic positions for your little one. There is a special facing-in carrying position for newborns to allow you to carry your baby high up on your chest and close to your heart. This provides you with eye contact and all-important closeness, while allowing you to supervise your baby’s breathing. After about four months, it’s time to start using the lower height position. For added comfort, you can adjust the width of the leg openings in the facing-in position. From five months onwards, you can fold the head support down and carry your baby in a front-facing position, or switch between the facing-in and front-facing position. At this age, your baby’s neck, hips and spine are sufficiently developed for him or her to be carried in this position. Most babies delight in discovering the world while safely resting against mom or dad’s chest. With your toddler facing in, swivel the whole baby carrier from front to back. The shoulder straps will remain on your body like a closed loop, ensuring that your toddler is secure during the process. Simple, safe and comfortable – all in one easy movement.
Did you know BabyBjorn developed this carrier in close collaboration with pediatricians? It’s true. BabyBjorn works with leading pediatricians, midwives and child psychologists. Their medical expertise is extremely important to BabyBjorn and they never launch a product without their approval! This carrier is acknowledged as a a hip-healthy baby carrier by International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Plus, all fabrics used in this product are gentle against your baby’s skin and safe to chew or suck on. They have been tested and approved in accordance with Oeko-Tex ® Standard 100 Class I. This means that the textiles are free from health-hazardous substances and allergens.
So, why does Megan love the Carrier One Air from the Be You collection for HER? Megan said, “This carrier is super soft and great for my not so little baby. Chasing my kids around NYC and running up and down subway steps all day makes this carrier a lot more convenient than a stroller.” The BabyBjorn Carrier One Air is ideal for urban mamas, moms of multiple kids, and especially travel – it’s super comfortable and lightweight so you won’t get too hot carrying a little one around all day.