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Sangria Summer

The perfect Summer cocktail? Sangria of course!  Finding the right blend of wine, fruit and other ingredients can be tricky. A couple of Summers ago we shared some of our red and white Sangria recipe tips. (To read post: Click Here) However, this helpful guide from Wine Enthusiast Magazine breaks down The Anatomy of Sangria so you can easily create your own personal recipe. Experimenting is the best part! What’s in your Sangria? Cheers!

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Spice It Up!

wpid-picsart_1405118793299_wm.jpgWe may be in the middle of a hot Summer, but that’s no reason to prevent ourselves from indulging in some red wine. Even better, why not make it some red spiced wine?! We were recently given the opportunity to sample SPICED Wine from Spicy Vines. While mulled wine may be something commonly found during the holidays, Spicy Vines introduces us to a new kind of wine inspired by ancient traditions that can be enjoyed any time of year. We also happen to love their sexy website and photos. ;)

SPICED Wine is a blend of California Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Grenache, combined with Brandy and infused with fruit and spices that are good for you!  Best of all, it is made with all-natural and local ingredients using green and sustainable practices.

The bottle’s instructions recommend sipping it as is from a wine glass, or warming it up and serving it in a mug. As soon as we opened the bottle, the aromas of clove and nutmeg won us over. At first sip, we also noticed notes of fruit and pepper and found it surprisingly smooth. We then warmed up the wine to compare. Immediately we were overwhelmed with feelings of Thanksgiving, craving turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. While we both agreed we preferred the wine at room temperature, the traces of orange and other fruits gave us an even better idea for the future….Spiced Wine Sangria! We’ll let you know how that turns out. ;)

For more info and to get your own bottle of Spiced Wine, visit the Spicy Vines Website, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


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BBQ Wine Pairings

Hope you all had a great Independence Day! In honor of BBQ and Picnic season, we thought we’d share this super helpful guide from Vinepair to make your Summer Wine Pairings are a piece of cake. Cheers!

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Summer of Sauvignon Blanc

This year, May 16th marked the 5th annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day. It also meant kicking Summer off a little early and making the big red to white switch. We toasted the day with a Sauv Blanc from Los Vascos, which we wrote about in our wine reviews last month. (To read: Click Here.) Thanks to Pasternak Wine Imports, this past month we’ve also been enjoying some of their other 2013 selections.


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Domain de la Perriere Sancerre
Loire Valley, France
Vintage: 2013
SRP: $24.99

Winemaker’s Notes: The Sancerre Blanc Domaine de la Perrière is a dry white wine with a pale bright straw color. The wine is rich and full in the mouth and shows white peaches, apricots and exotic fruits aromas. The finish brings all the purity and the minerality with good length.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: A classic Sauvignon Blanc…Crisp but smooth at the same time. A bit more citrus than expected or we would have liked, but overall a good wine. Paired well with our cheese plate varieties and was refreshing. We rated it a 3.5 out of 5 on Vivino.

La Petite Perriere
Loire Valley, France
Vintage: 2013
SRP: $12.99

Winemaker’s Notes: La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely intense and pale gold color. On the nose, there is an explosion of very ripe, yellow and exotic fruit aromas. Clean and refreshing on the palate with notes of melon and a mineral frame. This wine can be enjoyed young but will also age well for 1-2 years after bottling.

Our Thoughts and Pairings: This classic Sauv Blanc was the favorite of the group. It was crisp and smooth, refreshing and full of expected and surprising aromas and flavors…strong notes of pear with floral aromas. We enjoyed it with some soft cheeses, bread and a refreshing Summer salad. We rated it 4 out of 5 stars on Vivino.

Marlborough, New Zealand
Vintage: 2013
SRP: $14.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc style is bright, forward and direct. Vivaciously crisp, it showcases grapefruit, guava, lemongrass, and tropical fruit flavors that linger through the finish.

Our Thoughts and Pairings:  The second favorite in the group, this Sauv Blanc was very crisp, but smooth. While we noted plenty of grapefruit and light citrus, the floral and sweet notes made for a well-balanced wine. We enjoyed it all on its own. We scored it 4 out of 5 stars on Vivino.

To find a retailer near you, visit the Pasternak Wine Website. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Cheers to Summer!

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New Wine Charms!

Introducing our new signature heart-shaped “Winette” Wine Charm set!


Our wine charms are now officially available for purchase on our website!

Get the set of all four “Winettes” for your next Ladies’ Night Out.

They make great bridal, bachelorette and birthday party favors and gifts.

Choose between our new signature heart-shape or the more classic, rectangular-shape…


All Vino & Vintage “Winette” items are on sale for the Summer…plus free shipping!

Stay tuned for matching “Winette” Wine Glasses coming soon!

To visit our online boutique: CLICK HERE


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Summer Sale and Wine Magnets!

Our Summer Sale is on! Take 15% off our “Winette” Fashion Tops and accessories for Women and get FREE SHIPPING!

Just added….

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The Winette Magnet Set!

Get all 4 of our Winettes and display them proudly on your fridge, filing cabinet or other metal surface. These make great Bridal Shower, Bachelorette or Birthday Party favors or gift additions. All four magnets come in a Damask Organza (black & white) Party Favor Bag. Regular price is $6.99. Get them on sale today for $5.95! If you’re looking to purchase 10 sets or more, email us at vinoandvintage@gmail.com for special pricing.

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~Vino & Vintage

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Vino & Vintage Wine Charms


(L-R) Pinot Princess, Cabernet Queen, Merlot Mama and Chardonnay Chick. Which “Winette” are you?

In case you hadn’t heard, we are getting ready to launch our Vino & Vintage “Winette” Wine Charm Collection to go along with our fashion tops. Here is a sneak peak at one of the styles and sets of all four of the “Winettes.” You will soon be able to order all four on our website or get your favorite “Winette” charm with a matching wine glass…don’t forget your matching shirt! We have magnets, jewelry and gift sets coming soon as well…so stay tuned! These make great Bridal, Bachelorette and Birthday party gifts! To inquire about wholesale prices, contact us at vinoandvintage@gmail.com. Cheers!

To visit our online boutique: Click Here



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