Call me mellow yellow

Saturday, October 6, 2012 Permalink

It’s after 5pm on Friday here in Oz as I sit down to write this post. I have a gazillion (at least) half-written blog posts for Diet Schmiet, but I decided to pull a draft out of my Debbish folder instead. After all, I want to talk about something which contributes to my healthy lifestyle: champagne. (Okay, well… if we’re being politically correct, I mean sparkling wine… but it just doesn’t have the same decadent connotations does it?)

Regular readers of this blog and / or Debbish, or anyone who has – in fact – had anything to do with me, will know I am fond of my champagne (note I am defaulting to the politically incorrect name… WOTEVA!)

In fact, you’ve probably seen several tweets a week in which I mention retiring to the bath with a book and some champers after work, or impatiently waiting for 5pm on a weekend. So  you possibly have visions of me sitting around scoffing Moet & Chandon or Bollinger or Veuve Cliquot or the like.

Well, I hate to disappoint you but like most of the world, I very rarely drink anything that indulgent. Rather, unless it’s some amazingly special occasion, my fave champagne is a Tasmanian drop called Jansz. But, most of the time I talk or tweet about drinking champagne I’m drinking something FAR healthier. Well, sort of.

Yellowglen is an Aussie winery which has been around since 1971, unpopping its first bubbly in 1975.

Over the past 40 years the winery has produced an ever-changing variety of bubbles. Nowadays it caters for a range of tastes and budgets: from the cheap and cheerful ‘Yellow’ or ‘Pink’ which is available for about $10 a bottle; to the Pinot Noir Chardonnay and Cremant etc for  about $15, and its Perle range for $20+.

But, five years ago they were one of the first Aussie wineries to cater for (ahem) weight-challenged or health-conscious Aussies who still love their tipple. Yellowglen Jewel, is available in Pink or Yellow for the same price as the originals BUT comes with 30% less calories and 40% less alcohol.

And… that’s actually what I buy and drink unless I’m with others or have a reason to buy something pricier. Sure, it’s not Moet or even its stablemate and one of my other ‘regulars’ (the YG Pinot Noir Chardonnay) but if I get carried away and drink an entire bottle, I’ve really only had the equivalent of 3.6 drinks, rather than almost double that.

On top of that – and this is where it gets embarrassing… yes, I am a heathen – I tend to dilute champers with soda water (not – obviously if I was drinking Moet etc, but almost anything else – yes!).

It means that I can sip on my champers for AGES – which is how I make it through half a book or more while quaffing in the bath. (Without drowning or stumbling over the side of the bath when I finish.) Plus the soda on top of the bubbly champagne means I’m pretty full and drink / eat less than I might usually. It is – quite frankly – the perfect drink for a weight-challenged gal like myself… and even more so as we head into summer!

Are you a fan of the bubbly? 

 

This is not a sponsored post. There has been no compensation or other incentive offered to write a favorable review or any freebies provided. All opinions expressed in this space are mine, written with the objective of giving readers my personal opinion on the (ahem) oft-used product. Although if Yellowglen would like to give me some free bottles of champagne I would happily accept with nary a qualm!


12 Comments
  • Jo Tracey
    October 6, 2012

    wow, I’ve never tried Jewel, but will be! I’m just lately doing the soda mix. I found that my pre dinner white wine had been turning into 2 or 3. Now, I mix with soda & still have 2 or 3, but the equivalent of 1. For a boundary challenged, wine loving Pisces girl like myself it works. Indulge, I say… Although hubby did buy me a bottle of bolly (sweetie) to be opened when that elusive book contract is signed. 🙂

    • Debbish
      October 6, 2012

      Oh yes… I love nice bubbles for special occasions. Jewel is definitely my ‘go-to’ tipple! A whole bottle is about 300 calories or so (I think!).

      Deb

  • Char
    October 6, 2012

    I’m a boring wowser. I just haven’t really found any alcohol that I like and I think it’s because I don’t like the alcohol taste. I swear I’d be a much more relaxed person if I drank more.

    • Debbish
      October 6, 2012

      Char, I wish I DIDN’T like it so much!

      I don’t drink spirits or beer I have to admit (beer, cos I’m coeliac mainly!).

      Deb

  • Annaleis Topham
    October 6, 2012

    I like the Jewel Pink – and you can get it in those little bottles (which have a ‘proper’ name so its easy to take places if your driving and don’t want a whole bottle…who am I kidding that doesn’t happen that often!!!!

    • Debbish
      October 6, 2012

      Hee hee… you can buy 3-packs of the piccolos also! Though it’s usually cheaper to buy the 750ml bottle in that case!

      Deb

  • Kerryn Woods (@kerrynwoods)
    October 6, 2012

    We once popped into the Yellowglen winery near Ballarat and I tasted every single one of their entire range. Yum! I wasn’t driving…

    I’m a bit fond of the Vintage Cremante myself.

    • Debbish
      October 8, 2012

      Ohhh… how lovely! I had some of the Pinot Noir Chardonnay on the weekend!

  • Laura @ Joyful Shimmy
    October 7, 2012

    I am certainly a fan of champagne and all things sparkling. It’s actually my personal drink of choice when I go out- one because it’s low in calories in comparison to those mixed sugary drinks and it makes me feel abundant. I have to say one of my experiment in my own journey is what would life look like if I eat real foods and surprisingly it is more satisfying than the “fake kind” who knew.

    I haven’t had Yellowglen but i will sure will try it out.

    • Debbish
      October 7, 2012

      Hi Laura and yes, I’m a fan of champagne for similar reasons. (It’s a bit more embarrassing to dilute with soda water in public though I have done it when with close friends who won’t think me strange!) Not sure where you are (Australia / o/s) but if Yellowglen is available, I’d definitely try it.

      Deb

  • KCLAnderson (Karen)
    October 8, 2012

    I have never really liked champaign. I don’t dislike it, but I’d never choose it.

    • Debbish
      October 8, 2012

      I probably like red wine more (though it depends, of course) but champagne is perfect for the hot weather we have here! Plus it feels festive and celebratory!

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