Wine Wednesday: Wine Tasting Party

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Last weekend we opened up our home to have a wine tasting with small bites. We had such a wonderful time with friends tasting wines and working together to create an impact…while taking advantage of ONEHOPE’s Black Friday special! 

For the wines we had Sparkling Brut, Demi-Sec Pomegranate (sparkling), Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Pinot Noir, and Red Blend. This represents only a handful of all of the wines that ONEHOPE has to offer, but it also gave a lot of variety so that there was definitely something for everyone. 

In addition to a regular wine and cheese pairing, I put out cashews and small chocolate truffles. I’m one who likes to ensure there’s always enough food and wine, so I also made Spicy-Sweet Cranberry Meatballs, Cranberry, Pecan and Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Bites and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with a Garlic Cheese Spread. 

This is the perfect time of year to host your own wine tasting party. It’s fun for everyone and is a great opportunity to give back!

Cranberry, Pecan and Goat Cheese Sweet Potato bites
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb sweet potatoes, about 2 inches in diameter, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  2. 2 1/2 tsp EVOO
  3. 4 oz softened goat cheese
  4. 2 T milk
  5. 1 t rosemary, finely chopped
  6. 1/4 c toasted pecans
  7. 1/2 c dried cranberries
  8. honey to drizzle
Instructions
  1. Arrange rack in middle of oven; preheat to 425 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes with EVOO. Arrange in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes on each side, or until tender.
  2. Using a whisk or a mixer with a whisk attachment, whip goat cheese, milk and rosemary until smooth and fluffy. Spoon approximately 1/2 t goat cheese mixture onto each sweet potato round. Top with toasted pecans and cranberries. Drizzle with honey. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Spicy-Sweet Cranberry Balls
Yields 36
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 lb ground pork
  3. 1/2 c dried cranberries, minced
  4. 1/4 panko bread crumbs
  5. 1 t fresh ginger, grated
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  8. 2 T canola oil
  9. Sauce
  10. whole cranberry sauce
  11. 2 T balsamic vinegar
  12. 1/2 c water
  13. 1/4 hoisin sauce
  14. 1/4 c ketchup
  15. 1 T brown sugar
  16. 2 T soy sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beer, pork, cranberries, panko bread crumbs, ginger, garlic and legs. Roll into 36 golf-ball-sized meatballs. Heat canola oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, cook meatballs 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove meatballs from pan; pour off excess fat. Return pan to medium high heat. Add sauce ingredients, stirring to combine; bring to a simmer. Add meatballs, stirring gently to coat with sauce. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes or until meatballs are done, stirring occasionally. Serve with toothpicks.
Notes
  1. I made these earlier in the day and kept them warm in my slow cooker.
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Wine Wednesday: Wine Tasting Open House Invitation

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I’ve been talking a lot about wine tasting and ONEHOPE Wine and have decided to host an Open House Wine Tasting for all of you awesome readers in the Bay Area! We’re going to Swirl, Smell and Sip our way through Sparkling Brut, Rose, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and so much more! We’ll also have small bites to go with the wine.

As if a wine tasting isn’t reason enough to come over and enjoy wine that goes to a great cause, it’s also going to be during our Black Friday weekend long sale! This will be your chance to try before you buy! 

We’re currently looking at which charity we want to work with for this wine tasting. There are so many to choose from and that mean a lot to Ted and I, so we want to make sure we choose one that is the best fit for us. As the host of the wine tasting, you get to choose a nonprofit to have 10% of sales donated to. 

If you’re in the Bay Area on Friday, November 24th from 4pm-6pm, we invite you to stop by and have some wine. (message me for the address)

Finally Friday: Rum’stache Cocktail

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It’s that time of year we ditch the ribbons and sport beards and mustaches instead in support of men’s healthRon Barceló honors the month with its deliciously foamy cocktail, The Doctor.

Created by Villa Azur, the cocktail is Barceló licensed to give imbibers a #Rumstache while keeping taste buds buzzing with its combination of Barceló Imperial, Licor 43, Ginger Licor, and expresso shot, cinnamon and coffee foam.

Rum'stache
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. Barceló Imperial Rum
  2. 1/2 oz. Licor 43
  3. 1/2 oz. Ginger Licor
  4. 1 Espresso Shot
  5. Cinnamon and Coffee Foam
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with the espresso shot, served it in a mug, topped it with cinnamon and coffee foam. Garnish cinnamon sticks and golden chocolate flakes.
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Wine Wednesday: Cherry Blossom Cocktail

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We, at ONEHOPE Wine, want to help educate thousands of women on their risks and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer via our cause partner OCRFA!

This month our Reserve Rose’ Pack is on SALE! 3 Reserve bottles for$59 (valued at $74) plus free shipping!Rose’ wine has become increasingly more popular as a go to wine. Our Reserve Rose’ is fabulous just as a glass, but you can also create amazing cocktails with it as well! Check out our Cherry Blossom Cocktail!

Cherry Blossom Cocktail
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Ingredients
  1. Chilled One Hope Wine Rosé
  2. Cherry Herring Liquor (or any cherry liquor you prefer, can’t find cherry, use another berry liquor)
  3. Cherry blossom sprig for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill your cup with Rosé and then top off with a splash of cherry liquor. Garnish with a cherry blossom sprig.
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Tasting Tuesday: How to Host a Wine Tasting

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In the past week I’ve hosted 3 Wine Tastings, both in my home and at outside venues. Have you hosted one? Are you scared about what it would take? I’m here to tell you it’s super simple and I can help you…I’ll even come over to do the tasting for you and do the setup!

My tastings are with ONEHOPE Wine and normally 6 to 12 bottles per tasting. They can be all white, all red, a combination of them…it’s totally up to you and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. On Friday I hosted a tasting in my home featuring our Rosés which benefit breast cancer clinical trials. I created a gorgeous tablescape using my favorite purple petal taffeta linens topped with a few gold circular placemats I picked up at Target for $3. Light some candles and have your tasting glasses ready! I frame some wording about each wine as well…the tasting notes, type of wine and the cause impact it has from ONEHOPE (meaning what cause benefits from the purchase of the bottle). 

Friends come over and I explain ONEHOPE, the wine, the cause impact it provides and then we’ll chat about the tasting notes. I prefer to taste the wine before reading the winemaker’s notes so that I can define what I taste in the wine. It’s truly as simple as that. Add some cheese to go with each wine or special food pairings to jazz things up. I can help you with that too! 

If you’re in the Bay Area and would like to host a tasting with me, I’d love to work with you on planning one! I have extra special pricing for the wine for your tasting and 10% of whatever is sold during your event will go to a nonprofit of YOUR choice! It’s called drinking for a cause and making an impact…where else can you do that and have so much fun while doing it?! Swirl, smell and sip!