It’s been way too long since our last blog post and we miss our fellow wine lovers, foodies and fashionistas! We’re sorry for leaving you hanging, but 2015 has been a crazy year in its first 2 months. After a trip to Southern California for the holidays, we’ve been busy putting new ideas and exciting plans into action. We can’t wait for the cold weather to subside so we can get back out to some local wine, food and fashion events. As we also get ready to launch some new Spring merchandise, we are happy to be offering a Winter sale on your favorite 2014 items. Visit our online boutique and get your favorite “Winette” Fashion Top or a set of all four Winette Wine Charms. Hope you’ve all had a great start to 2015 too…Cheers!
While we all have different palates, we could always use some general guidelines to make sure our wine-loving guests are taken care of this holiday season. Here are some useful tips we thought worthy of sharing on finding the right wines for the right occasion and dish…
Knowing which wines to serve can be one small battle during the holidays, but more important is making sure we have enough wine to keep our guests happy. Whether you’re hosting a small Christmas dinner or a big New Year’s Eve bash, here is a quick and simple guide from Food & Wine to make sure you stock up on enough wine…
Wishing you all the happiest of holidays. Don’t forget to take advantage of our holiday sale and shop our online boutique for the wine lovers in your life. Cheers!
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We are beyond excited to announce that the Vino & Vintage line is now being carried at The Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio in Rockledge, PA (perfectly situated in Abington Township on the outskirts of Northeast Philly)! We recently revealed the brand new window display pictured above, courtesy of Aldo Art. If you would like to come in to try on one of our popular “Winette” fashion tops for women, please email us at email@example.com to make an appointment. We also carry wine charms, magnets, jewelry and wine glasses, just in time for some holiday shopping! We would be more than happy to create a beautiful holiday gift basket for the wine lover in your life.
Yoga and wine tasting has become a pretty popular outing in the past couple of years…and as fellow winettes and yogis it only seemed natural we get involved. For those of you who have not heard already, last year we collaborated with The Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio to bring you “Yoga in a Bottle.” This seasonal workshop-event draws in several local wine and yoga enthusiasts for 2 hours of one-of-a-kind relaxation. Pre-sale tickets are sold for only $25. This includes a guided gentle yoga class, along with simplified Wine 101 (provided by none other than yours truly), 5 wine tastings and light snacks. The event takes place every season on a Friday evening, making it the perfect way to end a long week and start the weekend right. Having just held our 5th one, the Fall edition of “Yoga in a Bottle” took place on Nov. 7th and it was a great time. The Winter workshop will be held some time in late January or early February, and we hope you will join us. As it grows in popularity, we may have to consider the several requests to make this a monthly event! You can get more information right here or by visiting The Twisted Monkey Yoga website and Facebook page.
Now that the weather is getting cooler, there’s nothing like curling up with a glass of red wine and some comfort food. Well, this Fall we are crazy for Chianti….and grilled cheese sandwiches! That’s right…we said grilled cheese. ;) After learning about the 2nd annual “Crazy for Chianti” program, we couldn’t resist joining the fun… just in time to celebrate the Sangiovese grape harvest throughout the Chianti region too! The program offered an online build your own grilled cheese and wine pairing contest, sponsored by Banfi Wine, Cabot Cheese and Mezzetta. Our concoction? Simply some bread, bacon and cheddar….you can’t go wrong. Even simpler? Trader Joe’s Quinoa bread with their Bacon Cheddar…awesome! Check out the 3 different Chianti styles we paired with our grilled cheeses….
Avg Price: $14
Winemaker’s Notes: Ruby red in color. Intense bouquet with notes of cherries, plums, and violets. Rich flavors of cherry and leather. Supple tannins and good acidity.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: We definitely captured the cherry and plum notes, as well as some blackberry. A bit on light side but enjoyed the smooth and classic flavors. Paired well with the bacon cheddar! Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.
Chianti Classico Riserva
Avg Price: $17-18
Winemaker’s Notes: Deep ruby in color. Rich bouquet of cherries, plums, and iris. Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes. Supple tannins, good acidity, and a lingering finish.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: A very well-balanced, smooth and classic Chianti. Cherry, vanilla and some violet on the nose. Fruity flavors with a bit of spice and oak. Great match for some crispy bacon and cheese. Our average rate was a 3.5 out of 5 on Vivino.
Avg Price: $8
Winemaker’s Notes: Ruby to deep garnet red in color, with characteristic intense aromas of violets and red cherry, Bolla Chianti is medium bodied with lively fruit flavors.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: A little deceiving on the nose at first. After a little breathing, cherry and violet scents came through. On the palate it was jammy with hints of pepper. Average Chianti…enjoyed the 2012 a bit more. We have a soft spot for Bolla Wines…always a good value for such affordable prices. Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.
In honor of Halloween and Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) weekend, we collected some of the best related internet funnies. Hope you’re having a fun and wine-filled weekend! Don’t forget to check out our Fall sale and start that holiday shopping early: Click Here. Cheers!
On Sunday, October 19th we attended the very 1st Bloody Mary Festival in Philly held at the popular piano bar Howl at the Moon. The event brought together some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants as they served up the best Bloody Marys on their menu. The morning of the festival we were asked to fill in as judges and we were more than happy to oblige. However, choosing the most creative as well as best bloody mary was no easy task….fun and tasty, but not easy. Everyone brought their A game on. After much debate and careful consideration we turned in our ballots. All guests were able to vote for their own favorite Bloody Mary for the coveted “People’s Choice” Award. Our votes and the majority were not too far off…
The Best Bloody Mary in Philadelphia goes to….
1st Place Winner: Jones!
2nd Place: Ela
3rd Place: Dog and Bull Brewhouse
The People’s Choice Award goes to….
Winner: Dog and Bull Brewhouse!
Runner up: Jones
While we loved all the bloodies mentioned above, we were a little surprised not to find Garces Trading Company on the list. We definitely agreed their Bloody Mary to be most creative, with best presentation and combination of flavors. Our top 3 picks….
The Bloody Mary Festival had its start this year in NYC and made its way to San Francisco and back over to the east coast in Philly. It was a great afternoon filled with live music, snacks and brunch bites, good people and great bloody mary’s. We are looking forward to see what the future holds for this unique and fun event. To keep up with future festival date and cities follow The Bloody Mary Liberation Party on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.