Wine Wednesday: Wine Tasting Open House Invitation

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)

Wine Wednesday: Cherry Blossom Cocktail

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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  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
  1. Fill your cup with Rosé and then top off with a splash of cherry liquor. Garnish with a cherry blossom sprig.

Tasting Tuesday: How to Host a Wine Tasting

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!

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!