Friday, December 16, 2016

Discover Sonoma Wines For The Holidays

This holiday season, for those looking for wine to serve at a holiday meal or purchase as a gift for the hostess/ host this holiday season, we ask that you consider one of our favorites- Sonoma Wines.
The wines are great for the holidays and from nearby Sonoma County, California.  ( As you may know, we're staying just over the border in Arizona for the winter !)

These wines serve as the perfect holiday present, bringing together loved ones and adding unique flavors to every holiday feast – available at a range of price points. 

Below is a sample of wines that are available for purchase nationally, both in stores and online through their respective websites.

·         Clos du Bois – Clos du Bois- 2014 Clos du Bois California Chardonnay ($15.00)
Brilliant silver straw yellow in color. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complemented by toasty oak, spice, and cream. The silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright, juicy flavors of ripe apple and pear. The finish is long and fresh.

La Crema – La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($23.00)
The texture and bright notes of spice and apple in this Chardonnay are perfectly suited to the moist richness of a roast turkey and pair beautifully with many complementary dishes.

·         Gundlach Bundschu Winery – 2015 Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer ($25.00)
This dry, crowd-pleasing Gewürz is an excellent accompaniment to a traditional holiday meal.

·         Chateau St. Jean Winery and Vineyard   Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Vineyard Pinot Blanc ($25.00) This incredibly food-friendly wine offers a rich texture, delicious lemon crème flavors and bright acidity that help cut through some of the richness of the Holiday meal.  

·         Migration Wines – 2014 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($32.00)
Excellent acidity keeps this wine bright and fresh, accentuating the flavors and making it a fantastic wine to pair with turkey.

·         Gloria Ferrer – Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée, 2007 – Carneros ($37.00)
To make the holidays truly sparkle, Royal Cuvée’s prestige cuvee is layered with complexity to pair beautifully with a wide variety of appetizers.

·         Ravenswood Zinfandel – 2013 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel ($18.50)
This wine is warm and flavorful, enveloping the senses with blueberry, blackberry, natural vanilla, and baking spice flavors.

·         Carol Shelton Wines – 2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel ($19.00)
Carol’s Old Vine Zinfandel is a great red wine for any dinner party and pairs with a wide variety of foods with its complex and lush flavor.

·         Folie à Deux  – Folie à Deux Zinfandel 2013 ($20.00)
The rich flavors of the holiday season call for this decadent Zinfandel that can hold its own next to roasted turkey, rack of lamb and pasta Bolognese.

·         Murphy Goode Winery  Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel ($21.00)
This juicy Zinfandel, with soft tannins and fresh, ripe flavors of black raspberry, black cherry and blackberry jam would be a winning pair with just about anything coming off the grill or smoker.

·         Decoy Wines  – 2014 Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($25.00)
This versatile wine features soft, velvety tannins and pure berry flavors make that can work with an array of holiday mains and side dishes.

·         Kendall - Jackson Wine – Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir ($26.00)
The lush fruit flavors of berry pie, wild strawberries and earth in this wine are delicious when paired with a traditional turkey and fresh cranberry sauce.

·         Matanzas Creek Winery – Matanzas Creek 2012 Merlot Sonoma County ($28.00)
With great balance and depth of flavor, this wine makes an elegant complement to the richer foods on the table.

·         Pedroncelli Winery – Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon ($36.00)
This wine pairs wonderfully with winter stews, braised beef or pork, prime rib, roasted Portobello mushroom or wild rice casserole.

·         The Calling Wine – The Calling 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($37.00)    
This Pinot Noir is premium enough to gift to wine lovers and approachable enough to serve to friends and family at home.

·         Rodney Strong Vineyards – 2013 Rodney Strong Symmetry ($55.00)
The harmonious red Meritage blend consists of five traditional Bordeaux varieties.

·         Sojourn Cellars – 2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir ($59.00)
This smooth nectar provides an ideal pair with turkey and many sides that accompany traditional feasts.

·         Guarachi Family Wines – Guarachi Sun Chase Pinot Noir 2014 ($75.00)
The Sun Chase Pinot Noir is a luxury wine, ready to dazzle at any dinner party with a floral nose, tremendous fruit, fine tannins and lively acidity.

Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths- Amazing for Holiday Traveling!

Looking to stay fresh for holiday traveling? Pick up Summer Eve's cleansing cloths- to stash in your purse while traveling  this holiday season. Always be prepared girls! 

I love Summer's Eve products- keeping you "fresh" when you need it. Freshen up during your period, before and after that plane ride, etc. They're pH- balanced and work with your body's natural chemistry. 

I love the fact that they are dermotologist AND gynocologist tested for their gentleness.

So we know what your picking up on your next shopping trip right?

This Holiday Season, Create A Waste Free Wonderland

This Holiday season, Recyclebank, the incentives and behavior change platform focused on waste, wants to gift you these 10 tips that will surely help you green your Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Festivus, anything! From tidying up and decorating to baking and shopping, these tips have everything you need to get into the sustainable spirit and create a waste-less winter wonderland.

1.  Choose a really green Christmas tree (we’re not just talking color). 

These days, there’s an overwhelming number of Christmas tree options. You can cut one down on your own, buy a plastic one that’s ready to go, or try out a live tree in your home. There are many options, each with its own environmental pros and cons. For example, a live tree is great because it allows you to replant it when you’re done, but it takes up a lot more space than a cut tree. A plastic tree can be a good choice if you plan to reuse it for many years to come — however, plastic trees are not recyclable, which means that plastic will end up in a landfill. A locally-cut pine tree cuts down on travel-related greenhouse gas emissions, but removing cut trees can drain nutrients from soil. Weighing these pros and cons when developing your family’s traditions can make sure your tree is the greenest option for you.

2. Be even wiser when getting rid of your chosen tree. 

As we said above, if your plastic tree is beyond being “spruced” up, it unfortunately cannot be recycled. But, if you’re just upgrading and your old plastic tree is still in good shape, consider donating it to a local homeless shelter or other community organization. For real cut trees, many cities have drop-off locations and/or curbside pickup programs, and they’ll “recycle” them for you, by turning them into mulch, using them to rebuild sand dunes, or for erosion control.

3. Find a new use for old or broken ornaments. 

Whether you’re decorating the tree or putting it away, ornaments are never safe from destruction! Amidst overexcited children, unstable branches, and worn out ornament boxes, there are endless ways for ornaments to crack and crumble under the holiday stress. Glass ornaments are the most prone to this, and unfortunately, they aren't recyclable. So when it all comes crashing down, get out your DIY upcycling gear and create a new ornament from the debris (literally). If any ornaments survive a bit longer than you’d want, consider donating them!

4. Recycle holiday lights.

From Christmas’ red and green to Hanukkah’s blue and white, don’t just trash your lights when they stop twinkling. When one broken light spoils the whole string, there are companies like that offer special mail-in recycling programs. When buying replacements for those recycled strings, choose LEDs — they save energy, and when one bulb burns out, the others stay lit (so you can replace a single bulb instead of starting all over again).
5. Make meals and treats at home. 

Whether it’s cookies for Santa, rugelach for Hanukkah, sweet potatoes for Kwanzaa, or any other goodies you’re whipping up for the holidays, keep in mind ways to cut down on your kitchen waste: Buying ingredients in bulk and making holiday meals from scratch help cut down on all the unnecessary packaging that can come from store-bought items. And, if you use reusable baking mats, you can also eliminate parchment paper waste!

6. Give experiences, not stuff. 

Giving an experience over stuff has a lot of benefits: If you buy yourself a ticket, it’s like giving yourself a gift, too (which is definitely a win), you get to watch your gift recipient enjoy their gift in real-time, and you can make memories that will last for many holidays to come. Coupon sites like Groupon are our favorite ways to brainstorm experiences and save money — they offer tons of discounts on fun classes, shows, and other local events that you and your friends and family could experience together!

7. Shop sustainably. 

If you’re not sold on the whole experience idea, at least cut down on the waste generated from the physical gifts you buy. When you’re out on the town shopping, be sure to bring your own reusable bags to carry your presents home. If you forget a bag, don’t fret! Just be sure to reuse or recycle that plastic or paper bag as much as possible — with a little upcycling it could even double as a giftwrap option! Also, many stores will wrap your goodies in bubble wrap if they are somewhat fragile — if you’re not planning to mail the gift over long distances, consider skipping that step to cut down on plastic.

8. Pare down the packaging. 

If you’ve fully embraced the 21st century and do most of your shopping online, try your best to order from a single place and all at one time to avoid unnecessary extra cardboard boxes and plastic bags/fillers, and to cut down on the amount of gas used in travel to get your gifts to you. If you have lots of stockings to stuff, consider buying those little treats and goodies in bulk to save on even more packaging. If you do end up with tons of packaging, do your best to recycle it all, since most of it (especially cardboard boxes) can be easily recycled or reused.

9. Wrap it up (sustainably). 

When it comes time to wrap your gift, there are four common options to choose from: Wrapping paper, gift bag, gift box, or a bow. When it comes to paper, try to reuse scrap paper you already have, or get creative with some old newspapers or magazines. For gift boxes and bags, see if you can use boxes and bags you already have on hand, like those you might have gotten when ordering the gifts themselves, or ones you’ve saved from a gift you previously received. As for bows, reuse any string, ribbon, or twine that you have around the house (if you're anything like us, you probably have a lot of leftovers saved from old DIY projects). After the gift-giving is done, be sure to save any reusable giftwrap to use next season.
10. Don’t trash that candle wax. 

You're bound to burn through a bunch of candles during the holiday season. Whether you’ve lit candles on a holiday dinner table, decorated your windowsills with candles, or celebrated a more secular holiday (tradition states that Hanukkah candle wax should not be repurposed), there are tons of ways to reuse the melted, leftover wax. You can use it to create a DIY fire starter, to melt into new candles, or to help fix sticky zippers.