Thirsty Thursday: Not Your #Basic Pumpkin Spice

It’s no secret that right behind my love for wine, is my love for PUMPKIN! I go nuts for all things flavored pumpkin…no, seriously I do! Ron Barceló has come out with a Pumpkin Spice Dominican Coffee recipe…OMG, yes please! 

t’s #basic knowledge that we’re pits deep in Pumpkin Spice season, so Ron Barceló broke away from the generic mold to create the Pumpkin Spiced Dominican Coffee.  

Combining Ron Barceló Añejo, hot coffee, pumpkin purée and demerara syrup, the buzzy coffee will keep even the most #basic warm this fall! In case you’re wondering what demerara syrup is…it’s a simple syrup made with demerara sugar instead of white sugar. It’s darker than dark brown sugar and has a more caramelized flavoring to it. You can buy it pre-made or simply use equal parts sugar and water!

Pumpkin Spiced Dominican Coffee

Pumpkin Spiced Dominican Coffee
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  1. 1.5 oz Ron Barceló Añejo
  2. .5 oz Demerara syrup
  3. .5 oz pumpkin purée
  4. 4 oz hot coffee
  1. Build all ingredients in an Irish coffee glass
  2. Top with unsweetened whipped cream
  3. Garnish with star anise

Thirsty Thursday: The Storm Is Coming

While it’s passed for some and on its way for others, it’s safe to say one storm survival kit item to stock up on is BarcelóRum to make those nerve calming whistles wetter. 

Combining Ron Barceló Añejo, muddled blackberries, lemon, simple syrup, agua fava and one rosemary sprig, this delicious cocktail will prove to be storm proof.

The Storm Is Coming
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  1. Muddle 3 blackberries
  2. one rosemary sprig
  3. 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  4. 1/2 ounce lemon
  5. 1 ounce agua fava
  6. 2 Ounces Barceló Añejo
  1. Dry shake for 10 seconds, add ice shake for 30 seconds until foam appears
  2. Strain into coupe
  3. Garnish with blackberry skewered onto a rosemary sprig and a line of peauchyed butters

My Simplified Sunday: viaONEHOPE Wine

Have you seen those gorgeous wine bottles covered in glitter? Have you wondered what all of that is about? I certainly have…those bottles are so stinkin pretty! And how about the wine inside the pretty bottle…is it one of those things where the label is pretty but the contents are eh?

Last week I became a Cause Entrepreneur for viaONEHOPE wine (CEO for short!). I went in blind…I’d never tried the wine, but decided to dive right in. I’ve learned so much this week about this amazing company and although I’m thrilled to be a part of this team now, I wish I’d found them sooner! They have a vineyard in Napa and for those wines, Rob Mondavi Jr is the co-winemaker. Mondavi you say? Hello? That wine is awesome, so I knew ONEHOPE was going to be good. My expectations were high!

Thursday night my case of wine arrived and included a gold glitter bottle! Friday night I popped open the Reserve Chardonnay and couldn’t have been happier. It had apple and pear flavors and was perfectly crisp. Saturday, I hosted a Sip & Shop and featured the Fume Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. I can tell you that myself and every single person who tried the wines were beyond impressed! 

Let me get to the amazingness of this company…every single bottle has a cause attached to it. From breast cancer awareness to pet adoptions to planting trees to healthcare for families in need…portions of all profits go towards these causes to better the world we live in. As if that’s not enough, you can host a tasting and select your own non-profit that is near and dear to you and 10% of whatever is purchased during your tasting event will go to the charity of your choice. Drink for a cause!!! 

Bottles range from $19-$125 ($250 for the Limited Edition, 10 year anniversary Cab!). Our wine club launches today also!!! I belong to a number of wine clubs and this is a great deal for some fabulous wine…6 bottles for $129 or 12 bottles for $199! 

If you’re in the Bay Area and want to host a tasting, let me know! October is #DrinkPink month and I’m so excited to focus on women’s health and featuring our Rose and Chardonnay. If you’d like to shop our wines, you can find it at My Simplified Wine. Follow my FaceBook page or check out my Instagram and let me know what you think!

Thirsty Thursday: Dunkertons Cider

I have to be honest…the only cider I’ve ever tried was Martinelli’s Apple Cider. We have some good friends from the UK who always have cider but I never thought to try it. I’ve always stuck to my wine. On top of never trying it, I had no idea there were different types as well! Winesellers, Ltd introduced me to Dunkertons Organic Cider and I got to try their 3 varieties, Black Box Cider, Perry, and Dry Cider.

First up was the Perry Cider…this reminded me of a regular apple cider but with a hint of pear. It was so good! It’s not super bubbly like a traditional apple cider, but has the perfect amount of effervescence to make it enjoyable. I loved the pear and apple flavors that played off each other. The pears are Perry pears and some of the trees they are harvested from are over 300 years old. It is a golden color and slightly hazy. From the Cider Maker, ” The taste is buttery and biscuity with notes of peaches plus a touch of farmyard. A creamy mouthfeel with a good balance between initial sweetness and the dryness of the finish.”

My next cider to try was the Black Fox Cider. This is a cloudier cider and tastes unfiltered. It wasn’t my favorite simply because of the unfiltered taste, but my friend, Sarah enjoyed it very much! The name comes from the lush rolling countryside of North West Herefordshire where stories tell of an animal which has evaded capture by farmer and huntsman alike; a Black Fox. From the Cider Maker; “Fragrant notes of apple pie fillings and honey aromas. This is deliciously robust with a mouth full of lively sweet and sour flavors of green apples, honeycomb and fresh lemon.”

Last, but certainly not least, I tried the Dry Cider which is a drier, crispier blended cider. It’s sharp, crisp and to the point…I loved it! It felt light enough to enjoy without weighing you down like a beer normally does. From the Cider Marker, “moderately strong aromas of cotton candy, toffee, bubblegum and hints of a farmhouse/blue cheese character to ground it. Flavors bring tannins from the bittersweet to the fore with freshly picked apples, honey and wisps of smoke playing a strong support.” Don’t let that description fool you…cotton candy and blue cheese don’t sound too enticing, do they? It doesn’t taste like a wedge salad at the county fair by any means! It’s good stuff, I promise!

If you haven’t tried a cider, these are some great ones to test your tastebuds on!


Wine Wednesday: EXEM Bordeaux Blanc 2015

EXEM is an abbreviation of “exemplar” and Bordeaux is a city in the southwest of France. Wines produced in this region are referred to as Bordeaux and mainly are red varietals. My friends at Winesellers, Ltd sent me this amazing bottle and I was absolutely intrigued the fact that it was a white Bordeaux! I couldn’t wait to try it!

This Bordeaux is a blend of 60% Sauvignon and 40% Sémillon. Both varieties are normally dry, sweet wines. This bottle was crisp and not overly sweet. It was perfect for a warm afternoon by the pool and also for these never-ending warm evenings too!

From the winemaker, “The EXEM Bordeaux White has aromas of citrus, grapefruit, gooseberry and lime along with honey, passion fruit and honeysuckle floral notes. Expect flavors of baked apples and pears similar to crème brûlée, orange zest, and figs.” This may sound super fruity, but trust me, it’s not overly sweet. If you like a Sauvignon Blanc, then you are sure to love this!

It retails for under $20 which is always a steal for a good wine in my opinion!