Now that the weather is warming up, I'm sure you are planning those get-togethers and girls nights. One thing that is essential with any of our get togethers is the wine.
Start planning your get together or brunch now.
Below please find a few key tips from Gary:
· “Be sure to visit your local Farmers Market. The beautiful colors and textures of the food will help to inspire ideas for menus as well color schemes, plating ideas, and design choices.”
· “Create a centerpiece using live plants that can be planted in your garden after the event or given to guests as parting gifts. It provides a great conversation topic and will keep your guests talking about your party.”
· “Don’t overdo the table décor. Sometimes less is more! Colorful ribbon wrapped around your table service and/or napkins is a great way to accent your table”
· “Use everyday household items like storage boxes hid under table clothes or linens to create multi-tiered platforms for your centerpieces.”
· “Have a great glass of wine ready at the door when your guests arrive. It will make them feel welcome, grounded and at ease.”
Sterling Vineyards 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir
From a legendary growing region, our 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir offers a dark red fruit profile graced with toasty oak complexity. Black cherry and rich toffee aromas open the nose, followed by brambly berry flavors. The sweet scent of forest floor and rich cherry cobbler weave through the smooth and supple palate. The finish is long and satisfying, with a spicy fruit intensity that extends toward a rewarding finale. Lamb, a dish perfect for spring-time occasions, will pair well with the inviting personality of this Pinot Noir. $18 SRP (HIRES Image)
Stellina di Notte Prosecco
Bubbles with oysters, smoked salmon, chicken salads, omelets and cheeses? Or just bubbles with friends? You don’t need a reason to uncork Stellina di Notte Prosecco. It’s a fun, affordable sparkling wine with delicate aromas of citrus, pear, melon, lemon and almonds. Elegant bubbles enliven the flavors, making them dance on the palate. The body is light, with a lovely balance between crisp acidity and a touch of sweetness. The hint of minerals in the finish is a classic quality of the Prosecco grape, which has been grown in the Tre Venezie region of Northern Italy since Roman times. Sales of Prosecco grew 23% in 2013 and has grown by 1/3 annually for the past five years$14.99 SRP, according to Nielsen. (HIRES Image)
Rose ‘N’ Blum Bubby Moscato Rosé
A pop of fresh strawberries and orange zest aromas open the Rose ‘N’ Blum Bubbly Moscato Rosé. Delightfully fun and playful, the wine dances with red fruit flavors and creamy, light bubbles. Subtle floral and stone fruit nuances add textural interest to the bright, bubbly palate. Festive and fanciful, the wine can be enjoyed on all occasions from picnics to parties. $18 SRP. (HIRES Image)
Luckily, when given the chance to review this wine, I had the perfect party planned for it. We featured this variety of wines at my soon-to-be sister in-law's bridal shower. There was a great turnout and the ladies loved each of the wines.
We are by no means a group of wine connoisseurs. Just a bunch of ladies that truly enjoy a great glass of wine. The crowd favorite was by far the Rose ‘N’ Blum Bubby Moscato Rosé. It was sweet and bubbly. I personally loved the Pinot Noir. The consensus was that most everyone liked the lighter, sweeter wines for casual drinking and the heavier, dry wines for meals.
They were a huge hit with our crowd and I encourage you to check them out. We managed to drink all 3 bottles of wine and had such a good time engaging in conversation and enjoying each other's company. I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to review these wines and share with my fellow bridal shower guests.
Disclaimer: I was provided a sample of this product for review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions here are my own.