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Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

Brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe

Growing up, there’s nothing we enjoyed more than watching with than our mom creating delicious treats in our kitchen. It was with total adulation that we watched her every move and of course the gift of participating was priceless. We watched our mom make the best cakes, bread, drinks, and much more; as you can imagine, this fueled our love of creating. This is why when we were invited to brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe to bake bread, we were ecstatic.

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Although we were a little late, we jumped right into the breadmaking process with the approachable wines. The classic California wine company boasts easy-drinking wines with rich and lush fruit flavors. The entire breadmaking process brought back memories of helping our mom and how much fun we had creating delicious dishes in the kitchen.

Bread making Dough Rising

While we were waiting for our dough to rise and our delicious brunch by Chef Ashton Keefe, we learned quite a bit about Bread & Butter Wines. Throughout the day’s event, we enjoyed three of their varietals, Bread & Butter Chardonnay California, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir California, and their Rosé. The wines were wonderfully paired with the courses of our brunch.

Bread & Butter Rosé wine

Pre-brunch, and again with our starters, we started with the Bread & Butter Wines Rosé. This delightful rosé features generous aromas of fresh strawberry, green melon with hints of hibiscus and rose petal. Its rich texture is complemented with balanced acidity leading to a refreshing and supple finish. The event started with “welcome toasts” consisting of eggs and prosciutto toast and mushroom and ricotta toast. Our brunch featured Gem Lettuce Salad with Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon dressing; Harvest Panzanella with heirloom tomatoes, plums, fig, burrata and toasted bread; Vegetable Tart with eggplant, peas, parsley & eggs; Quiche with roasted zucchini and goat cheese with squash blossoms.

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The Chardonnay (shown above) opens with rich notes of vanilla bean and almond husk, reminiscent of a decadent crème brûlée. The creamy notes are balanced by a soft minerality and a hint of tropical fruit.  Those creamy notes continue to your palate where they are joined with bright acidity and well-integrated oak that leads into a long, creamy finish.

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The Cabernet Sauvignon expresses captivating aromas of mocha, ripe berries, violets, and blackcurrant with intertwining layers of subtle black pepper, toasted oak, and rich vanilla. This beautifully crafted Cabernet Sauvignon enters the palate with layers of ripe blackberry and chocolate-covered cherries. The round mouthfeel is accented by soft tannins and a little spice that weaves into a smooth, lingering finish.

Red Wine

The above Pinot Noir boasts juicy red fruit. Think cherries and raspberries with a touch of cassis. It features delicate hints of cedar and bay leaf to balance the sweetness of the fruit; this creates an enduring bouquet.  That luscious fruit bouquet continues onto the palate, where it’s joined by soft flavors of oak and savory notes. The rich mouthfeel is complemented by a long and beautifully smooth finish.

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For dessert, we had a Boozy Bread Pudding with Bread & Butter Chardonnay and berries. We love the idea of adding the heavy berry and subtle spice of the Cabernet as a component of this delicious dessert. As you can imagine, we were quite full after that hearty brunch and was excited to take our dough, along with a bottle of Bread & Butter Wines, home to bake in own ovens. Let’s just say, once we did, our fresh bread did not last very long.

Have you tried one or more of the Bread & Butter Wines? What are your thoughts on these easy-drinking California wines?

Fun Wine and Graffiti Artist Miguel Parades Get in a Tropical State of Wine

In all honesty, you don’t have to convince anyone that enjoying a glass or two of wine is fun but when the wine is housed in fun packaging, well that’s another story. If you currently live somewhere where winter is currently king and have friends or family who reside in or are vacationing somewhere tropical and posting photos, you’re probably really envious. We may not be able to grant you the wish of physically being somewhere warm, but we can get you there mentally with Friends Fun Wine. What makes Friends Fun Wine exceptional wines to enjoy during any snowstorm, frigid winter’s night or Wednesday? This pioneering range of low-alcohol, fresh and light wine-flavored beverages just launched its newest bottle design for their three most popular flavor pairings: Red Sangria, Strawberry Moscato, and Coconut Chardonnay.

Tapping into the ever-growing trend of unique, Instagrammable moments, the Miami-based Fun Wine (the brand is also inspired by the sunny city) worked with world-famous graffiti artist Miguel Parades to create one-of-kind bottles that immediately become keep-sakes and works-of-art. This range of flavored wine drinks is a great alternative to beer and the traditional formats of wine, allowing you to enjoy wine in a new and refreshing way. The Coconut Chardonnay boasts the smoothness of Chardonnay with the exotic flavors of coconut and the unexpected hint of pineapple undertones. It perfectly captures what Miami tastes like. The Strawberry Moscato celebrates the fruity refreshing taste of strawberry and the crisp aroma of a Rosé Moscato wine as it flirts with your taste buds. Last but not least, the Red Sangria is a fruity, flirty and inviting blend with distinct notes and characteristics of the ripe fruit juices used in its creation. It’s bold and refreshing, a perfect drink to get you in a warm weather state of mind.

Inspired by the electric Miami culture, World-Renowned Graffiti Artist Miguel Paredes, known for his explosive and bold design style, offering a perfect marriage of graffiti, landscape and pop art.

 “My sense of design and art has many parallels with the Friends Fun Wine brand,” said Mr. Paredes, Artist and Chief Design Officer of the company.“This bold product and what it offers to people around the world inspired me to create images that are both strong in their color and palette as well as encompassing evoking images and designs that appeal to people everywhere.” “We are thrilled to welcome Miguel to the team,” smiled Joe Peleg, “Bringing our unique brand to life through the art world is a way of connecting with our fans and consumers that crosses cultural boundaries and geographies. Miguel’s vision perfectly matches ours, and we are pleased with the reaction to our new bottle designs from our international business partners.”

Friends Fun Wine is available on five continents, The Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has about 50% of the alcohol and calorie content of traditional wines and contains 71-94 calories per serving. The Friends Fun Wine range is currently available in a 750 ml (25.36 oz.) bottle, with a 350 ml (11.5 oz.) version coming soon. Both feature an alcohol content of 5.5% Alc/Vol.

 

Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines | You Can Take it With You

Have you ever attended an event or party where the only alcohol they’re serving is exactly what you don’t drink? As Bloggers, we get invited to many things but a lot of the time it’s an alcohol-sponsored event, and if you’re like us, you do not like beer, whiskey, or gin. As lovers of wine, we were super excited to find out that something as wonderful as Zipz Wines exists. Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are amazing, premium, single-serve wines that you can enjoy indoors, outdoors and on the go, thanks to its innovative and non-traditional packaging.Zipz_AllVarietals

Zipz Wines is available in four varieties, a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Pinot Grigio, and a 2011 Merlot, all of which come individually wrapped and covered in a patented Clean Wrap™ that keeps the wine fresh and the glass clean, making Zipz perfect for enjoyment anywhere.

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You may be thinking, “but what about the taste?” well, all four wines are absolutely delicious. The Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruit with notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon grass with hints of hazelnut and cloves. This medium weight white wine boasts crisp citrus, melon, pear and crème Fraiche flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon delivers varying aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and vanilla with various layers of spice and a hint of herbs. A multi-layered, medium-bodied wine that boasts textures of ripe blackberry, mocha, toffee, and vanilla. The deep, rich, ruby-colored Merlot features warm cherry aromas, accented with notes of mocha, red licorice, sage and toffee with flavors of black cherries and plums that are balanced with caramel and toffee from the oak. Last but certainly not least, the clean and crisp Pinot Grigio gets a bit tropical with both aroma and flavor.Notes of mango, pear, orange spice, lemongrass, and pineapple perfectly compliment the  flavors of tropical fruit, apples, pears, and a nice orange citrus note that is balanced with minerality and a wonderful round finish.

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How portable are Zipz Wines and where did they go with us? We took it to our front porch, the racetrack, and a friend’s house, traveling with ease in our handbag with no fear of spillage. Another key note is you can securely reseal your Zipz wine to save it for later without spilling a drop or having your wine get stale. You can’t tilt a half full, regular glass of wine without losing the contents.

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Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are currently available in several states or you can just buy it online at Zipz Wine or Amazon.com. A case of Zipz Wines comes with 12 glasses and retails for $39.99, that’s less than $3.50 a glass. That alone is a reason to raise a glass and toast to this innovation and non-traditional creation.