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Wineritas Anyone?!

Posted on February 22, 2019 in Recipes, Wine Musings

How perfect is it that National Margarita Day is on a Friday?! This recipe is so easy and so delicious, let’s make it a good one and keep this recipe going all weekend long!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Golden Jubilee
6oz Frozen Limeade Concentrate
1/2 cup Orange Juice
3 cups ice
limes wedges
orange slices

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Blend wine, limeade and orange juice until well combined
2. Slowly add in ice and blend to a slushy consistency
3. Rub margarita glass with lime and dust with salt
4. Fill each glass and garnish with orange and lime slices

Happy National Margarita Day!

– Cheers!

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10 Things Golden Retrievers Can Teach Us About Wine Tasting

Posted on February 20, 2019 in Wine 101
  1. People, people, people! Goldens light up and smile when they see people. A day wine tasting is about the connections with friends and family, not just good wine. So, like a golden, love others unconditionally and, if need be, quickly forgive a friend if they get mad at you (a wet kiss is optional).
  2. Sniff, lick and move on: Drink the kind of wines you like. Be alright with that. If someone wants you to drink something totally different, maybe give it a lick/taste and then kindly decline. To give our retriever some medicine we put a small pill in her dinner. She would eat everything and leave just the pill in the bowl. Now THAT is a good palate.
  3. Take short sniffs. Why do dogs do this? We humans take big, long sniffs. Dog’s noses have 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. We have about 6 million. Try taking 2-3 quick sniffs of a glass of wine and see if you can detect more aromas. You’d be surprised.
  4. Take a nap. Could this be the secret of contentment for dogs? After a busy day of wine tasting, a nap can recharge your batteries. A recent study says a 20-30-minute nap is the perfect length.
  5. Drink water: Dogs seem to lap up a lot of water. When you drink wine, the rule of thumb is to drink a 12-ounce bottle of water for every glass of wine. You will enjoy the day (and the next morning) much more when you are hydrated.
  6. Lie down in the shade when you can. There’s something about finding a spot of grass in the cool shade. Don’t rush from place to place. Maybe just chill out at one location for a bit.
  7. Wear your dog tags. Bring your I.D. to each place. Don’t leave your wallet or purse in the car (break-ins happen). And if you drank too much and get lost, someone can check your “tags” and call someone for you.
  8. Let someone feed you. When wine tasting, enjoy a lunch at a nearby restaurant. Let someone do the cooking and serve you!
  9. Don’t drive. Dogs love to be a passenger. If you have been drinking, get an Uber or have a designated driver. This way you don’t end up in the dog pound. If you are the passenger, maybe stick your head out the window a little bit. Why not?
  10. Leave your worries at home for the day: Dogs aren’t anxious about tomorrow, or what they will eat, or where they will sleep. Dogs exist in the now.
  11. Don’t just go to the inside of tasting rooms. Walk through a vineyard and look at the vines, the soil, the birds. Take it all in. Breathe. Chasing rabbits or digging for gophers is optional.

– Mick Wilson

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Rosé Cotton Candy Cocktail

Posted on February 13, 2019 in Wine Musings

Ladies we have the perfect cocktail to enjoy with your Galentines’! So Fun & So Delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • Bottle of Vodka
  • Bottle of Rosé Sparkling Wine
  • Lemons
  • Pink Cotton Candy
  • Edible Glitter
  • Ice
  • Shaker

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Fill 1/4 of the Shaker with Ice
  • Pour 1 shot of Vodka and a Half shot of Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice in the Shaker.

SHAKE IT UP!

  • Pour vodka / lemon mix into the Champagne Flute (not the ice)
  • Add some Cotton Candy Fluff to the top of your flute
  • Sprinkle edible glitter on the Cotton Candy
  • Pour the Rosé Sparkling over the Cotton Candy until your glass is full!
  • Cheers and Enjoy!

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Cherry Heart Pies

Posted on January 30, 2019 in Wine Musings

These Cherry Heart Pies are such a fun and easy Valentine’s Day Dessert for your sweetheart or to even pass out as Valentine’s! We’ve also paired these with some of our wines at the bottom so let’s get to it!

CHERRY HEART PIES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 11 oz Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • White Sparkling Sugar or Powdered Sugar
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using a 3 to 4″ heart shaped cookie cutter, you should get 8-10 pies from 1 box of crusts.
  3. Cut as many shapes as you can get rerolling scraps as needed.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Mix together egg and milk to make an egg wash.
  6. Place half of the hearts on prepared pan(s).
  7. Use egg wash to wet the edges of the hearts.
  8. Place a small amount of the pie filling in the center of each.
  9. Make a small x cut in the center of the remaining half of the hearts.
  • Place an x heart on top of each filled heart and press and crimp edges.
  • Brush sealed pie with egg wash and dust with sparkling sugar.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes until crust is browned.
  • Allow to cool.

White Wine Pairing: 2017 Moscato

Red Wine Pairing: Barbera-Mourvedre

Also starting February 1st our Valentine’s Special is back! Purchase a bottle of Rosé Sparkling Wine & Decadencia for a great price of only $30!!

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Storing Wine At Home

Posted on January 24, 2019 in Wine 101, Wine Musings

Believe it or not there is a right and wrong way of storing your wine! Wine is a very delicate thing that can easily be turned into vinegar… ew no thank you!

So you want to save your wine for a special occasion or a rainy day, here are the do’s and don’ts of storing wine at home.

Temperature control is super important. At the correct temp between 50 – 58 degrees your wines will be happily resting for as long as you’d like. If you don’t have a cool and dark wine nook or wine fridge, you can always keep them in your closet. Attics, garages, and above the washing machine are all off limits. Don’t keep your wine in the kitchen unless you have a wine fridge (away from the dishwasher). We say this because too much temperature fluctuation can cause your wine to become cooked and also speed up the aging process.

You always want to store bottles on their sides. If they are screw cap then you don’t have to worry about that, because the purpose is to keep the cork from drying out. If the cork gets dried out, too much air can get into the bottle and lead to oxidization. Once wine oxidizes there’s nothing you can really do to save it.

Follow these tips and you’ll never have to worry about your wine going bad, whether you’re opening a bottle for tonight’s dinner, next week, or a few years down the line.

Cheers!

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