Whole Foods Wine Sale + Food Pairings!

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Who loves a great wine sale? We sure do! Whole Foods Market is holding an awesome wine sale ONE DAY only-Friday, September 8th. For that one day only, you will get 30% off any 6 or more bottles purchase (excluding wines with prices ending in .98). We have partnered with our favorite grocery store to share with you some of our wine sale recommendations as well as some great food pairings so you can make the most of this great sale. 

Everyone also knows we LOVEEE wine tasting. Be sure to stop by the store this week for some of exactly that! There will be wine tasting going on Aug. 29th & 30th (4pm-7pm). This will is a great way to try out some of the wines on sale before purchasing them. And if you do find something you love we suggest pre-ordering to ensure you get the wines you want. Plus you will receive a coupon for 50% off your olive bar purchases when you come to pickup your wines on the 8th! We know we'll be heading over to our local Whole Foods to sample before we buy!

xxx Ivy & Eve

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**Sale excludes Three Wishes & wines ending in .98 cents.**

Here are just a few wines we sampled that will be included in the wine sale: 

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AVA Grace Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc / 2016 / CA / $9.99 each

Tasting notes: Pale straw color, notes of grapefruit, grass, and melon. Crisp.

Pairing: We love to pair Sauvignon Blancs with briny things like olives and oysters (YUM!). 

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Le Galantin Bandol Rosé / 2016 / France / $22.99 each

Tasting notes: Light salmon color, notes of rose, strawberries, summer fruits, with a slight minerality. Dry.

Pairing: We tend to pair dry rosé with goat cheese, prosciutto and other cured meats, and our ultimate favorite...pizza!!

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Lan Reserva Rioja Tempranillo / 2010 / Spain / $14.99

Tasting notes: Inky color, notes of subtle spices, jammy, black berry, black cherry, and slight tobacco. Light tannins.

Pairing: We love to pair our favorite Spanish red with a great Spanish sheep's cheese like a Manchego! We suggest the Mitica 3-month aged Manchego alongside some 34° Crisps crackers (Ivy's absolute fave) and Guayeco Guava Paste all from Whole Foods! This is seriously the ultimate single bite!

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Domaine Allimant-Laugner Sparkiling Rosè / Nonvintage / France / $21.99

Tasting notes: Pale peach color, notes of strawberries and cream and lightly toasted brioche. Small, tight bubbles and nice acidity. 

Pairing: We would totally love to nosh on some brie and baguette with this sparkling rosé, but we could also see this pairing perfectly with brunch (eggs benedict anyone?!?) or even enjoying sans food poolside!

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Do you have any Whole Foods wine recommendations or food pairing suggestions? Let us know!

Rosé Punch

Rosé season has arrived! WOOHOO!!! We are so happy to be enjoying the sunshine and warmth of summer after such a wet winter here in California. With rosé season upon us, we wanted to create a tasty cocktail worthy of sipping poolside. This rosé punch is just that: light, refreshing, and low in alcohol compared to other cocktails. It's the perfect drink for your #roséallday festivities!!! 

Ingredients:

  • 3 bottles Rosé- We used Gruet Rosé
  • 3 cups lemonade (freshly squeezed or just not from concentrate)
  • 3 cups citrus flavored sparkling water- We used La Croix Grapefruit
  • 3 grapefruits
  • 3 lemons
  • Ice
  • Edible flowers for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Squeeze 2 grapefruits and 2 lemons. Slice the last grapefruit and lemon into thin slices for garnishing glasses and adding to the punchbowl. 
  2. In a large punch bowl or drink dispenser add the rosé, lemonade, grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Stir.
  3. Add grapefruit and lemon slices.
  4. Fill the punch bowl or drink dispenser most of the rest of the way with ice and stir. 
  5. Add the sparkling water and gently stir. 
  6. Top the punchbowl with edible flowers and serve. 
  7. Enjoy!
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Staves and Steel

Last Saturday, April 8th, Cima Collina Winery threw their second annual Staves & Steel party. This  gathering - held at their warehouse winery in Marina, CA - offers a unique experience featuring new release artisan wines, barrel tastings, and of course delicious food! 

This year was this first year we had the opportunity to attend the event, and we had such a great time! It was also our Mom's birthday and we couldn't think of a better way to begin her birthday celebration than to start at this awesome party! This event had live music by the band the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble, who were so fun and lively, and the local ate3one food truck which provided delicious bites available for purchase. We ordered the shrimp taco and two pork sliders...YUM! 

An awesome part about attending the event was the discounted prices off the wines for sale: 10% off any bottle, 15% off cases, and 25% off everything if you were a club member. We loved their "mystery case" deal which was filled with an assortment of wines: some reserve wines, some new wines, and some older wines too. Not to mention you were getting the case for basically half off the retail value!

Our personal favorite part of the event was tasting wines from the barrel. Barrel tastings give you the opportunity to try wines that are still aging and gives you a completely unique sneak peek of the wine to come! They had two wines to taste, the first was their 2016 Argyle Petit Syrah and the second was a 2016 Chalome Petit Syrah. It's crazy how different they tasted! The 2016 Argyle was totally drinkable now, where the 2016 Chalome tasted very young. We spoke to the winemaker, and she said that while the Argyle tasted great now, the Chalome is a much more complex wine and will turn into the more superb wine in the long run. 

In the end, we purchased a few bottles of their newly released Rosé Pét-Nat. A Pét-Nat is a naturally bubbly wine, similar to a sparkling rosé. We highly recommend this one on a warm summer's day, or for a Sunday brunch party. The color and taste will win over anyone! 

If you want to hear more about Cima Collina, check out our previous post here!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Ivy & Eve Champagne-rita

Last weekend we were having a family get-together to watch some Sunday Night Football. We were having Mexican food and wanted to try and make a bubbly cocktail to go with the feast. Right then and there, the Ivy & Eve Champagne-rita was born.

At first we were apprehensive about mixing sparkling wine with anything, let alone tequila! We shuddered at the thought of wasting sparkling wine, in the event that the concoction was awful tasting. Luckily, we ended up LOVING it so much we are making it a signature Ivy & Eve cocktail from now on (we knew it was good when Ivy, who cringes at the thought of a shot of tequila, sipped on hers rather quickly). We hope you try it out and let us know what you think!

Tip: Sip slowly as this has quite a bit of alcohol (about 1/2 a glass of champers and 1 shot of tequila). 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Makes one drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a lime
  • 2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 shot (1.5 oz.) tequila
  • Ice
  • Champagne or other brut sparkling wine

Directions:

  1. In a tall glass, juice 1/2 of a lime and add the agave syrup, tequila, and a few ice cubes. Stir until cold. 
  2. Pour the mixture into a champagne flute.
  3. Top with Champagne of your favorite bottle of bubbles.
  4. Garnish with a twist of lime.
  5. Enjoy!

Top 5 Sparkling Wines to Toast the New Year

This year, we are hosting a small New Years Eve party for some of our friends and family. We will be snacking on tasty Italian antipasti, making wood-fired pizzas, and sipping tasty drinks throughout the night. The most important task on our party planning list is finding the perfect bubbles to celebrate with! Here is a quick round-up of our favorite affordable sparkling wines that will go well with any dish you serve this NYE. 

1. Domain Chandon Sparkling Wine- $15

Check out this fun video from our friends at Winc for some fun sparkling wine trivia that will surely amaze your party guests!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Cranberry-Rosemary Champagne Cocktail

The holidays go with champagne like Christmas goes with Santa. So naturally we drink champagne during the holidays...a lot. With all of the festivities surrounding the season, it is one of the busiest times for everyone, so many parties to attend and to host. We decided to create a holiday cocktail that is simple, festive, and almost entirely effortless. This drink combines our favorite drink champagne, festive cranberries, (we recommend making our Sugar Dusted Cranberries, but plain works too), rosemary (basically the tasty version of a Christmas tree), a splash of simple syrup or bitters. Put them together and you get a drink that will simply WOW your guests and leave you time to actually enjoy your party! You're welcome. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Ingredients:

  • Cranberries 2-3 for each cocktail (see how to make these pretty & tasty Sugar Dusted Cranberries HERE)
  • Sprigs of rosemary 1 for each cocktail (length depends on champagne glass 3-4" should work)
  • 1 bottle of Champagne
  • Simple syrup left over from the Sugar Dusted Cranberries (optional)
  •  Your favorite bottle of bitters (optional)

Directions:

  1. Remove leaves off the bottom half of the rosemary sprigs.
  2. Slowly poke the stem through each cranberry one at a time.
  3. Pour champagne in glass. (add simple syrup from the Sugar Dusted Cranberries recipe for a touch of sweetness and/or a dash of bitters)
  4. Place cranberry-rosemary garnish on each glass.
  5. Serve!

Cheers!

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

We love sweet things and cotton candy has always been one of our favorite treats to buy at fairs and carnivals as kids. 

We have seen similar cocktail on Pinterest and always wanted to try but we could NEVER seem to find cotton candy in our hometown. So when we happened to find a shop that sold the real deal, we bought some for our carnival themed Halloween party we decided we must take full advantage of the opportunity. 

Our recipe is different to others in that they all let you dip the cotton candy into the glass of champagne, where we pour the champagne on top of the cotton candy. This recipe is much quicker to make then our Autumn Champagne Cocktail recipe since it only has two ingredients. Surprisingly, we found that the cotton candy did not make the cocktail super sweet. If you want it to be sweeter, just keep adding more cotton candy! The cotton candy melts within seconds so be sure to serve it in front of your guests so they can see the magic. We loved the bright color we got from the blue cotton candy but feel free to test out all the different colors! We are definitely planning to make for our next girls night or brunch.

xxx Ivy & Eve

Makes 4 cocktails.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of brut champagne
  • 1 bag of cotton candy

Directions:

  1. Place a small pinch of cotton candy in glass.
  2. Pour bubbly in glass over cotton candy
  3. Enjoy!

Autumn Champagne Cocktail

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We love champagne, and by now you probably know we LOVE autumn, so what better than combine two things we can't live without! We love drinking champagne on its own but sometimes it's fun to spruce it up a bit and make a champagne cocktail. With all the autumn festivities going on, we started brainstorming cocktail ideas. Quickly, we narrowed it down to something with champagne and then decided to pair it with the quintessential fall apple cider. We are pretty happy with the results and it takes 5 minutes or less to make! This cocktail is perfect for any fall gathering and screams to be served during Thanksgiving dinner. 

Makes 6 cocktails

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Drizzle the caramel sauce on champagne flute rim.

  2. Turn over the flute and roll the rim in the brown sugar.

  3. Pour about 1.5 oz (one shot) of apple cider into the champagne flutes.

  4. Pop that champagne!

  5. Pour champagne into flutes, fill to brim.

Cheers!

Red Wine Sangria

Sangria is one of our all time favorite drinks. It's cool and refreshing and has yummy fruit snacks to munch on while you enjoy it. We have put together one of our favorite red wine sangria recipes for you using Pacificana Zinfandel from our second Winc shipment (we will be reviewing it shortly). We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Ingredients:

1 bottle of chilled red wine, like this Pacificana Zinfandel from Winc

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 cup orange juice

1 cup club soda

1 orange (cut into thin round slices)

1/2 Meyer lemon (cut into thin round slices)

1/2 lime (cut into thin round slices)

1 apple (sliced into 1/2 inch chunks

10 Maraschino cherries

2 tablespoons Maraschino cherry juice

Directions:

  1. Slice and dice fruit and place all in a pitcher.
  2. Pour orange juice and brandy into the pitcher, mix, and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 15 or more minutes.
  3. Add club soda and wine into the pitcher and mix.
  4. Place pitcher back in refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes or more. (optional step)
  5. Add ice cubes to serving glasses and scoop out sangria fruit as you pour.
  6. Serve! 

Cheers!

Winc: Wine Subscription Service Review & Free Bottle Code!

We love to get mail. Who doesn't? We also love wine. Also, who doesn't? We recently wondered why we had not tried out one of the many wine subscription services, we really had no good explanation. We are members of many Carmel Valley wine clubs and get most of our wine locally but we rarely try wines that aren't local let alone produced outside of California. We decided that trying out a wine subscription would be a great way to try something new, and have the excitement of waiting for the mail to arrive as well!

First up on our quest to find the best wine subscription service is Winc (formerly known as Club W). 

Winc is a L.A. based start-up winery who's mission is to provide the world with stellar wines at reasonable prices. Working directly with vineyards and winemakers, and distributing directly to the consumer (us), they keep prices down so we get these wines at a great price!

To get started, you sign up and take a quick quiz to identify your palate profile. Then they suggest several wines for you based on your profile and you can either keep the selections or pick from the ever changing range of wines on offer.  

We ended up selecting our own wines, some of them were matched to us from our profile, and some were not. We were SO excited to get the package...we actually ran right out to the delivery man when he came. The package includes the wines and cards with a description and a recipe to pair with each bottle. You can also get these recipes on the Winc website. 

First up: 

2015 Copycat Barbera

Paso Robles, CA

We adore this label! A cat in a triceratops costume, what could be cuter?! We thought the wine was very light for the color of wine and had no lingering finish. It tasted of red cherry and raspberry with a touch of herbs. Overall we would drink it again but we wouldn't go out of our way to purchase it. 

2015 Cocomero Rosé of Barbera

California

The label is fun and definitely eye catching. It grabs our attention but it also makes us a bit weary since fun girly labels tend to be on the sweet side. In this case it was not sweet. This was definitely a darker rosé in color. The flavor matched the color, it was a very flavorful rosé. It really tasted like drinking a bowl of fruit salad (a lot of things going on). Overall we thought it wasn't that great of a rosé. We like our rosés on the lighter side with less complexity. 

2015 Wildest Dreams White Blend

Central Coast, CA

We really love the labeling on this wine. Ivy also like the name because it reminds her of Taylor Swifts song "Wildest Dreams". The label is definitely "trendy' and has a really cute heart stamped on the top and bottom of the cork. The wine itself was our favorite of the four. We liked its crisp acidity, and that it was pretty dry. Their were flavors of peach and honeysuckle with a little bit of lemon. We could see ourselves drinking this with our nectarine and burrata salad or even a thin crust veggie pizza. It's a great all around white wine. 

2015 PYT Malvasia Bianca Pétillant Naturel (called Pét-Nat for short) 

Paso Robles, CA

This wine style has recently become popular in the wine industry although its one of the oldest ways to make sparkling wine. The reason its becoming more readily available is for two reasons, the first being sparkling wine is becoming really popular to all wine consumers, second being this is the simplest and most cost effective way to make a sparkling wine (more on this at a later time). 

Being sparkling wine lovers we decided we should give it a try and see what the rage is all about. The label itself is pretty and would stand out well on a shelf. When we opened it, as warned on Winc, the bottle fizzed out the top of the bottle all over our hands and counter. We quickly poured it into our glasses. The color of the wine was straw yellow and hazy because there's no filtering involved. The taste was a little tart with a lot of melon, honey, and lychee flavors. While this isn't our typical favorite sparkling wine we thought it was fun and festive to drink.  We are looking forward to trying a few more Pét-Nats in the near future. 

Overall we thought this wine shipment was good, we will likely try it again once more to see if we find wines that better fit our personal preferences. We would recommend this wine subscription to new wine drinkers or people looking to try something different. We wish they would give a bit more background on where they source their grapes from. One of the wines just said it was sourced from California. Bonus: Winc definitely wins for having the cutest wine branding. 

If you are interested in trying Winc out for yourself use our code to get a free bottle of wine with your shipment (worth $13!). 

Use the code: https://www.clubw.com/iqabcrvz0wi

xxx Ivy & Eve

The Drink of Summer 2016: Frosé

You may have noticed a certain pink drink popping up on social media...no we don't mean the Pink Drink from Starbucks (although that one is delicious!) we mean Frosé!

Frosé is a slushy like drink made of...you guessed it, ROSÉ! As soon as we saw a photo of this magical beverage, we knew we had to try it. We haven't seen it on any drink menu near us so we looked at some recipes online and the recipes vary a lot. We picked up a bunch of strawberries from the farmers market so we thought why not add that to the mix? This recipe would also be great to make cheeky alcoholic popsicles as well. Enjoy!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Ingredients

1 bottle rosé

3 oz. sweet vermouth

1 cup strawberries

Agave syrup to taste (optional)

Mint to garnish

Directions

  1. Cut the tops off the strawberries.
  2. Place the strawberries in a blender (or food processor) and puree.
  3. Strain the strawberries using a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Use the back of a spoon to push the puree through without pushing the seeds through. 
  4. Pour the bottle of rosé through the strainer to help get the last bit of puree through the strainer and discard the leftover seeds and pulp.
  5. If there are some seeds and pulp in the bowl you can strain once more.
  6. Add the sweet vermouth and stir.
  7. Taste test to see if you would like to add any agave syrup and add if you would like. 
  8. Pour the liquid into a large glass dish or several ice cube trays and place in freezer until frozen (depends on the dish you use but this should take around 4-6 hours)
  9. Once frozen, break up the frozen mixture with a spoon  and place in a blender. 
  10. Blend until smooth, pour into glasses, garnish with a strawberry and some mint and a straw.
  11. Serve immediately!

Joyce Vineyards Winery Party

For the past few months we have been anticipating the opening of our nearest and dearest local winery's new tasting location; Joyce Vineyards Winery Tasting Room in Salinas! (Ivy's boyfriend happens to be the assistant winemaker here!) Although it's location is not as convenient for us as their Carmel Valley tasting room which we told you about here, the new location is at their winery! This location is awesome because it gives the enophile's and devoted club members a chance to peer into the making of delicious wine. Although it would not be our first time visiting the winery, we were still very excited to see the changes they had made to the facility since the last time we visited. As soon as the date was announced for the 'Open House', we marked our calendars and crossed off each day in anticipation. The open house was free for club members and $40 for nonmembers. This ticket included 3 glasses of wine, and unlimited food. What a great deal! 

The location of the winery is in a warehouse in Salinas, California. From the outside you would never know there was wine nearby. When we stepped inside the winery's large processing room, there was a long table for people to stand and eat with additional tables around the edge of the room. Along the sides were barrels full of wine and stainless steel tanks ready for this years harvest. Within the big room there were two wine tasting bars set up. Each bar was pouring something different. One area poured the reds, the other poured special estate wines under a canopy of moody bistro lights. Off to the left was a room which is going to be the new tasting room. This bar was pouring white wines. In this room they also featured Buzz Light Beer from a wine barrel keg in the wall by Alvarado Street Brewing, which happens to have their brewing facility and new tasting bar open just down the street.

 The food at the event was amazing! Hawaiian food truck Pono served seaweed salad, manapaul (steamed pork bun), Kalua pork sliders, and pork or shrimp tacos! Catering company Tasty Solutions, with Chef Marc Jones served up the best tri-tip sandwiches, grilled corn on the cob, quinoa salad, and a large assortment of other delicious grilled veggies. Plus he served the most heavenly blueberry bread pudding cobbler with stone fruit and blueberries topped with a lavender chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Seriously delicious!

Outside, they had our friend and local artist Casey Frazier playing tunes for everyone sitting outside enjoying the wine. They also had a cornhole game set up for people to play in the sunshine! 

The event brought in over 250 people from around the area. This new winery tasting location plans to be officially up and running for weekends and special events sometime after this years harvest. There is a lot to be done at Joyce Vineyards between now and then. They not only have harvest just around the corner but they also are moving their Carmel Valley tasting room to another location down the street. Definitely keep an eye on this winery. They have big and exciting changes coming soon! Be sure to follow them on Facebook for the most up-to-date info on the upcoming changes and events! 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Brothers Todd (left) and Nick (Right [Ivy's wonderful boyfriend]) pouring a selection of red wines offered at Joyce.

Brothers Todd (left) and Nick (Right [Ivy's wonderful boyfriend]) pouring a selection of red wines offered at Joyce.

Looking towards the estate wines tasting corner among the barrels

Looking towards the estate wines tasting corner among the barrels

Music in the sunshine

Music in the sunshine

The entrance to the winery

The entrance to the winery

The DELICIOUS cobbler!

The DELICIOUS cobbler!

Seaweed salad and pork bun...and lots of wine!

Seaweed salad and pork bun...and lots of wine!

Tri-tip, grilled veggies and grilled corn

Tri-tip, grilled veggies and grilled corn

Inside the winery

Inside the winery

Awesome chalk map and beer on tap (left)

Awesome chalk map and beer on tap (left)

Biscuit Roses de Reims- Cookies You Dip in Champagne!

During our recent trip to Reims (see full post here), the champagne capital of the world, we passed Maison Fossier, who's windows were filled with adorable tins and bags filled with rectangular pink biscuits. Naturally we had to go inside the shop to see what these little pink biscuits were all about. Walking in, we were immediately surrounded by the warmth and delicate sweet scent of sugar and vanilla. Best of all - there was PINK everywhere! We sampled one of these pink beauties and with one bite we were in love! They have the texture of an un-soaked lady finger and are subtly sweet with a touch of vanilla. A perfect accompaniment for champagne.

These biscuits were invented in the 1690’s by bakers in Reims who wanted to make something that could be made to use the heat of their ovens between baking batches of bread. The shop, Maison Fossier, has been making Biscuit Roses de Reims since it opened in 1756 and now can be found throughout France and around the world. These biscuits were even served during the Coronation of Louis XVI at Reims, and Maison Fossier became the biscuit maker for the royal family.

You are supposed to serve these biscuits with champagne (preferably champagne from Reims) and they are made to be dipped into the champagne to bring out the subtle flavors of the cookies. Of course, you don't have to try to sell us on anything that involves champagne so we bought a few tins as gifts and a bag for us to enjoy on our trip. Once we were home, we missed having these cute and crunchy biscuits and decided to make them ourselves. We found the original recipe on the official website for France so we decided not to alter it much because if it is on the official website for France, it must be the good.

xxx Ivy & Eve

Adapted from the recipe on France.fr.

Makes about 45 cookies.

Ingredients:

4 large eggs at room temperature (separate the yolks from the whites)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup cornstarch

1 tsp baking powder

6-8 drops of red food coloring (depending on how pink you want them)

Powdered (confectioner's) sugar for dusting the cookies

Pastry bag with 1/4-inch smooth tip

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Mix the yolks, sugar and vanilla in a bowl using a hand blender with a whisk attachment, on increasing speeds over a period of 5-6 minutes. Beat in 2 of the egg whites for another 2 minutes. Beat in the remaining 2 egg whites and the food coloring for an additional 5 minutes until the mixture begins to form stiff peaks.
  2. Sift the flour, cornstarch and baking powder into the bowl, folding in gently with a spatula. You want a final result that is smooth and uniform  in color. Scrape it into the pastry bag.
  3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick baking spray. Squeeze out strips of the mixture that are 1/4-inch wide (about as wide as your finger) and about 3 inches long and 1/4-1/2 inches apart. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and bake for 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (You don't want the biscuits to start browning though, or else they won't be pink!) Take the biscuits out, sprinkle them with more powdered sugar and place them back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. 
  4.  When you take them out, quickly cut the edges of the biscuits so that you have even rectangles. Do this before they cool, or else they become rather difficult to cut. If they cool before you finish, you can place them back in the oven for a few minutes to soften. If once they cool, they aren't completely crunchy, you can always but them back in the oven at 200°F and dry them out for about 20 minutes. 
  5.  Serve with champagne, dip, and enjoy!
Our dog Pearl and cat Fatty Pants loved them too! 

Our dog Pearl and cat Fatty Pants loved them too! 

DIY "Cheers" Cocktail Napkins + Printable!

We decided we wanted to add a little glamour to our bar cart and upgrade to linen cocktail napkins. They make any event seem fancier, plus they are good for the environment since you won't have to throw them away! Eve came up with the cute idea to make our own stencils with "cheers" printed in different languages on each napkin. 

Cheers around the world:

Cheers: English, means "good wishes"

Skál: Icelandic, equivalent to "cheers" or "good health"

Sláinte: Irish Gaelic & Scottish Gaelic, translates to "health"

Kanpai: Japanese translates to "dry glass"

 Prost: German & Austrian, in latin the translation for prost means "may it be good/beneficial for you!"

 Saluti: Italian, translates in english to "regards"

xxx Ivy & Eve

Materials:

Linen cocktail napkins - 6"x6" (we bought ours here)

Fabric paint (choose any color your heart desires!)

X-acto knife

Sponge brush

Cardboard

Newspaper

Our paper stencil (here

Directions:

  1. Print out our paper stencil HERE!
  2. Cut out each card (follow the black lines)
  3. Once you have 6 separate cards use the x-acto knife to carefully cut out each letter.
  4. Prepare an area for painting with newspaper 
  5. Place stencil on the napkin where you want the word printed
  6. Sponge fabric paint lightly till each letter has been filled in with paint, be careful not to move the stencil while painting.
  7. Let dry for 48-72 hours.
  8. Hand wash recommended to prevent fading.

Cheers ! Skál ! Sláinte ! Kanpai ! Prost ! Saluti !

Santa Lucia Highlands Gala

The Santa Lucia Highlands Gala (also called the SLH Gala) is an event put on each year that showcases 40 plus local wines grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA (American Viticultural Area...fancy talk for a grape growing region). On top of premier wines, the event has small bites of some of the best local flavors. This year the event was held at Mer Soleil Winery and Vineyard. Surrounded by vineyards and sunshine, it was the perfect setting for a wine party! This event is really unique because only wineries that produce wines from grapes grown in the SLH are invited. You can taste anything from dry Rieslings to bold Syrahs. Some of our favorite wineries attended such as Morgan Winery, Joyce VineyardsBoekenoogen, and Scheid Vineyards. We found a few new favorites along the way though. The Odonata winery had a very dry riesling which was fun to try. While we were talking to the winemaker Denis, he mentioned having a sparkling wine down the road at his wine tasting room and winery. So naturally we stopped in for a glass on our way home, and left with two bottles. Oops! Here is a link to their online shop

As for the small bites, options ranged from a huge cheese table presented by the local Star Market grocery store, to waffles with fresh sweet corn topped with lobster from Chef Soerke from Basil. Just delicous! If you needed a break from the wine you could stop at the Bar Cart Cocktails Co. table where Katie was serving chilled herbal tea made from ingredients picked on the Apex Vineyard in the SLH. 

On our way home we stopped at Joyce winery to regroup with friends. We caught a glimpse of their new tasting room (scheduled to open this summer) and jumped in a few tanks before heading home. Shout out to our dear friend J for hooking us up with tickets to this event! It was fab!

xxx Ivy & Eve

What a view!!!

What a view!!!

YUMM from Chef Todd at Tarpy's

YUMM from Chef Todd at Tarpy's

Delicious Noodles from Shiho at Ocean Sushi

Delicious Noodles from Shiho at Ocean Sushi

Eve used to work at a tasting room so when Morgan needed a helping hand, she gladly stepped in! Photo by: Morgan Winery

Eve used to work at a tasting room so when Morgan needed a helping hand, she gladly stepped in! Photo by: Morgan Winery

Katie from Bar Cart Cocktails Co. pouring some of her tasty tea!

Katie from Bar Cart Cocktails Co. pouring some of her tasty tea!

Goofing off at Joyce! :)

Goofing off at Joyce! :)

Rosé Roundup + Free May Calendar!

May is just one of those "happy " months. The weather is warming, the flowers are in full bloom, and the days are getting longer. When the days get warmer and longer, we love to come home after work and enjoy a glass of rosé together on our patio. Rosé has become very popular in the past few years. Many wineries have come out with crisp, dry, and minerally rosés which we LOVE! If you haven't tried rosé yet, we dare you to test some of our favorites! 

To go along with our pretty pink drink, we have paired some of our favorite rosy fashion favorites. Ivy designed the tote, and we can't wait until we get the samples in! 

Ivy also made the adorable and FREE printable calendar. We both have one pinned at our desks at work to remind us that life is better when seen through rosé colored glasses. Print it out and enjoy!

xxx Ivy & Eve

FUNraising For a Good Cause!

A few weeks ago we attended a fundraiser at the beautiful and historic Holman Ranch. This event helps the community put on a safe and alcohol free party for the graduating seniors on graduation night - known to everyone as "Sober Grad". It was a great event and all of the funds raised will go to make sure that the high school grads celebrate their special day in a safe fun place.  The Holman Ranch hacienda plays host to many fabulous weddings, and you can see why after looking at these photos! The event featured close to a dozen local restaurants serving up their favorite dishes, along with Holman Ranch wines. There was also live music and dancing and a large silent auction. We bid on 3-day passes to the Laguna Seca Grand Prix and won! It was such a fun night spent with our parents, sampling the local fares, sipping on some tasty wines and all for a good cause! Take a look at the pictures below of our favorite bites.

xxx Ivy & Eve

They served two of our favorite Holman Wines, the Kelly's Press - Pinot Noir and the Pinot Gris. 

Incase you were still hungry after eating the chefs' dishes you could stop by and sample from the giant charcuterie table!

Chef Greg and Katie from Will's Fargo served yummy goat cheese and spicy strawberry jam crostini and a delicious pate. 

The desert bar included bubbly of course!

Chef Kenneth from Quail Lodge served Scottish cranachan.

Bernardus Lodge Chef Cal served up some a lovely chilled green gazpacho with yogurt and Carmel Valley olive oil.

Bubbles and Bites: Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2016

For the past nine years, Pebble Beach plays host to over 100 top chefs and 250 wineries at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine, making it the West Coast’s premier food and wine event. Over four days, there are countless events such as cooking demos, wine tastings, and dinning events. We had the good fortune of getting tickets for Sunday’s top two events, The Big Bottle Bubbles champagne seminar, and the Lexus Grand Tasting. 

We started off at the Inn at Spanish Bay for our Big Bottle Bubbles seminar at the early hour of 10:00 AM. Held in the Grand Ballroom at the Inn, we arrived stylishly late (some confusion about the location on our part) and sat down to a beautiful spread of nine champagnes to taste! We quickly knew we were with hundreds of like minded folk when the host of the seminar opened the talk with saying that 10:00 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to be drinking nine glasses of champagne because: 

“Champagne is breakfast in a glass.” - Kim Beto

All of the champagnes we tasted were from magnum bottles, which is 1.5 liters (equivalent to 2 regular 750ml bottles). This size is preferred for aging by many winemakers and sommeliers. This seminar was super fun and we learned so much that we will be doing a longer post on all the great info we got from our sommelier hosts. So stay tuned! We also found our new favorite champagne, Lanson, which happens to be one of the oldest champagne houses. More on this also to come!

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After the seminar, we headed straight to the Lexus Grand Tasting.  We met our wonderful parents at the door, and began our 3 hour culinary adventure! With over 300 wines to sample and 30 top west coast chefs’ bites to try, we made a game plan to stick with bubbles and sample as many bites as possible. Limiting ourselves to one type of wine helped us to not ruin our palate by switching from reds to whites constantly. Plus, we love bubbles (obviously).  If we go back next year, we will definitely go for both days! It was impossible to try everything in the 3 hours. Next year is the 10th anniversary and we are sure it will be an event not to be missed!

Here are a few fun facts we learned at the events:

  • Over 1 ton of butter was purchased for this 4 day event.

  • One sommelier suggests drinking champagne with In-N-Out burgers. 

  • Chocolate covered chicharrones are now our favorite bar snack thanks to Tarpy's chef Todd Fisher.

Be sure to check out our outfit details over on the Style page up now here!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Pop Fizz Clink Repeat: DIY Champagne Flutes

Its FriYAY, time for a restorative glass of champagne!

We received these cute confetti glasses a few months back and take them out any time we pop open a bottle of bubbly. The only down side of these glasses is that we only have two! So we decided to make similarly festive flutes to go along with them whenever we have gatherings. Its super easy to make your own and we suggest you run out and get the supplies (only two things!) you need for this fun and glitzy craft! Once you make these babies, you will be inviting everyone over for a restorative glass of champagne! 

xxx Ivy & Eve

P.S. We got our favorite motto from our only reality tv guilty pleasure, Made In Chelsea. Mark Frances is our spirit animal. :)

Above: Marc Frances preaches the good word of Saint Dom (Perignon)

Above: Marc Frances preaches the good word of Saint Dom (Perignon)

Materials:

Champagne flutes (we purchased ours at Bevmo)

Gold glass paint marker (available at most craft stores, here is the one we used)

Steps:

  1. Clean flute surfaces with glass cleaner.
  2. Shake glass paint marker well.
  3. Write on flutes: "Pop", "Fizz", "Clink", "Repeat".
  4. Allow glasses to dry in a ventilated area for 8 hours.
  5. Once dry, bake in oven at 375° F for 40 minutes in non-preheated oven.
  6. Let flutes cool in open oven.
  7. You are now ready for a restorative glass of champagne! 

Note: glasses are dishwasher safe.

Easter Bunny Approved: Wines and More

Our family always hosts Easter Sunday at our house. This included egg dying, Easter dinner, and of course, the Easter egg hunt. We used to have a lot of land, perfect for epic Easter egg hunt. As kids, we strategized and created alliances amongst ourselves in order to find the Golden Egg. Our Golden egg was usually filled with some sort of tasty treat, and money. This egg hunt was the event that dictated the rest of the day. All of the Dads would hide eggs for what seemed like hours and they were so good at it, we used to find old eggs years later! Now that we are older, we definitely still love the easter egg hunt, but we also have a greater appreciation for the gathering of family, near and far, to celebrate faith, food, and fun. 

This year, we have been tasked with our regular rolls of easter egg dying, and picking out the wines for our Easter feast. We happily took on these rolls and wanted to share both with you all! 

First off, easter egg dying. This year we cut it a little short and forgot to purchase the box kit for dying easter eggs. We googled how to do it with food dye, vinegar, and water, and it was SO simple we wondered why we ever bothered buying the kit. 

Ingredients per color:

  1. Half cup boiling water

  2. 1 teaspoon vinegar 

  3. Food Coloring

  4. Temporary tattoos (optional) we used Flash Tattoos 

We used this website to help create the colors we wanted, or just experiment and make your own! We dyed our eggs and let them sit and dry. Then we applied the temporary tattoos. You simply sponge them on the egg with warm water as you would on yourself.

Ta da!

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Once we checked that off our list, we headed to the magical land of Bevmo. If you are lucky enough to have one of these in your town you should definitely invest some time shopping there. Be sure to sign up for a Bevmo card for super great deals, like their 5 cent wine sale. We selected four options for our Easter dinner to suit everyones tastes, and each goes well with a traditional easter dish.

Wine Details:

Bubbly Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs | Rose Gerard Bertrand Sauvageonne Ro | Pinot Noir Morgan | Cabernet Sauvignon Souverain

We picked bubbly to start off our Easter celebrations, we have mimosas in the morning and continue with bubbly throughout the day. We picked a bubbly that is crisp and zesty, and pairs well with the richness of deviled eggs. Bubbles also go great with chocolate, as we're sure you already know! Rosé is another great wine to have on your Easter table because its pretty and festive. A dry rosé pairs well with the Easter's centerpiece ham since it has light tannins and flavors work well with the saltiness of the dish. If you celebrate with red wine drinkers, pinot noir works equally well with ham. Lastly, if you have lamb on your table we suggest a full bodied red, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon. Lamb's strong flavors need an equally bold wine to pair with it. 

Before you rush off to prepare for Sundays festivities, here is some easter basket inspiration. We made these just incase the Easter Bunny forgets to bring the bubbly!

Happy Easter!

xxx Ivy & Eve