ONEHOPE Wine Winemakers

I have a spiel when I introduce ONEHOPE Wine to people and it includes words like “award winning,” “donation of profits,” and of course “Rob Mondavi, Jr.” Recently, I’ve had questions about where our wine comes from and how could it possibly compare to some of the other wines that they already drink…wines like Cakebread and Caymus. 

Surprise! Surprise! ONEHOPE Wine comes from our own vineyard in Napa. Yes, Rob Mondavi, Jr is one of our winemakers and collaborators, but we have two other winemakers who are well-known and might just make you pick up the phone to call me and get an order in! Did you know that Tony Coltrin and Oscar Rentaria are also ONEHOPE Winemakers? 

The ONEHOPE Vineyard is located in what’s commonly referred to as the Rutherford Bench amongst an American Viticultural Area named Rutherford, nestled in the heart of Napa Valley. The property is located amongst many of th most Iconic brands in the world including: Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Staglin and Cakebread. The well drained soil on our property consists of gravel, loam and sand with volcanic deposits, making it a perfect location for our 3 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 blocks of Sauvignon Blanc growing on the property. Oscar Renteria, whose family celebrates a rich tradition of vineyard management and winemaking, will be tending to, and improving the Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc blocks that were planted in 2007. Renter currently manages over 1,800 acres for 27 wineries.

As the son of Michael and Isabel Mondavi, Rob’s enthusiasm for wine took root more than 30 years ago. Growing up in Napa Valley, Rob’s earliest memories are of playing among the vines and barrels at Robert Mondavi Winery. Prior to attending the University of Santa Clara, Mondavi held a variety of positions in the family’s company. The first job he held was under Tony Coltrin where he learned all that a 12 year old could!

As a child growing up in St. Helena, Tony Colton worked and played in the vineyards. As he grew a little older, the grandfather of one of his closest friends took him under his wing and became his winemaking Mentor, it was this grandfather figure who suggested Tony work a harvest in a Winery so that they could share winemaking not only in the vineyard but in the winery also. It was Robert Mondavi Winery that Tony first started at. Coltrin is recognized for his winemaking efforts on the first vintages of Opus One as well as Robert Mondavi’s Fume Blanc.

Oscar Renteria is the CEO of Renter Vineyards, one of the most respected Vineyard Management companies in the United States. Oscar joined Renteria in 1989 after graduating from St. Mary’s College and in 1993 assumed proprietorship of Renteria where he worked in close collaboration with Rombauer, Frank Family Vineyards and the Michael Mondavi Family Estate. 

Ok my friends…now you know all the details on who is behind this impact-making wine that I keep raving about. What’s stopping you from buying some and hosting a wine tasting with your friends? You won’t regret it…I promise! 

Foodie Friday: Keto Friendly Girl’s Night In

January 1st I discovered and started Keto…it’s a new way of eating for me and basically reducing carbs drastically, but you increase your fat intake. It’s interesting to research and if you have the time, you should do so. I’ve fallen off the Keto wagon a few times, but have been doing really well. When you are on any kind of “diet” it’s hard to think of what you’ll cook for others and yourself and please everyone at the same time. I had my friend Paige over the other night and made us and the tiny humans dinner…let me tell you how fantastic it was!!!!

You know by now that I’m in love with ONEHOPE Wine and my go to Keto cookbook is Simply Keto by Suzanne Ryan. ONEHOPE comes out with a supplemental catalog every quarter that includes recipes which incorporate our kitchen products (olive oil, BBQ sauce, etc). This quarter’s supplement includes a great number of Keto friendly recipes and are easy to make! I made sure I had the ONEHOPE Kitchen Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, ONEHOPE Kitchen Raspberry Chipotle BBQ and ONEHOPE Cotes de Provence Rose on hand for a perfect girl’s evening in! 

On the menu…Roasted Acorn Squash Bowl, Cauliflower Crust Prosciutto & Arugula Pizzetta and Chocolate Avocado Pudding…oh and let’s not forget the wine! The tiny humans joined us, so they got to feast on pepperoni pizza and had their own place settings at the table of course! A girl’s night in can be and should be totally simple…girlfriends, food, and wine!

 

 

Roasted Acorn Squash Bowl
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Acorn Squash
  2. ONEHOPE Kitchen Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  3. Salt & Pepper
  4. 6 c Baby Arugula
  5. 8 oz Goat Cheese
Vinaigrette
  1. 1 1/2 T Fresh Mint (chopped)
  2. 1 1/2 T Fresh Oregano (chopped)
  3. 1/4 c Red Wine Vinegar
  4. 1/2 c ONEHOPE Kitchen Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
  5. 1 pinch Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut squash in half and remove seeds and strings. Brush cut ends liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay face down on baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, or until soft.
  4. Mix ingredients for vinaigrette in blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Transfer squash to serving plates. While still steaming, fill the cavities with crumbles of goat cheese and then baby arugula. Add vinaigrette to taste and toss, being sure to scrape squash flesh into salad as you toss. Enjoy immediately.
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Cauliflower Crust Prosciutto & Arugula Pizzetta
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Head Cauliflower
  2. 1 Egg
  3. 1 c Grated Parmesan (optional)
  4. 3/4 c Almond Flour
  5. 1 Garlic Clove (chopped)
  6. 1/2 t Italian Seasoning
  7. 1/2 t Salt
  8. 1/4 t Black Pepper
  9. 1/4 c ONEHOPE Kitchen Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
  10. 4 oz Prosciutto
  11. 2 c Arugula
  12. Sliced Parmesan (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a clean kitchen towel and tightly squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible.
  3. Mix cauliflower, egg, parmesan, almond flour, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper until mixture holds together when pinched.
  4. Line pizza tray with parchment paper; brush with oil. Form cauliflower mixture into a 12" circle on parchment. Spread it out to make thickness as even as possible.
  5. Bake cauliflower crust until golden brown and firm, rotating halfway through, 20-22 minutes.
  6. Remove crust form oven, let cool for 10-15 minutes, then spread ONEHOPE Kitchen Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce evenly over the crust. Layer prosciutto over sauce, set oven to broil, then place back inside until prosciutto is crisp. About 5-7 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, top with arugula and sliced parmesan.
  8. Slice, serve and celebrate with a glass of ONEHOPE Provence Rose.
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Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Serves 2
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  1. 1 Avocado, soft but not super ripe, halved and pitted
  2. 2 T heavy whipping cream
  3. 2 T Swerve confectioner's-style sweetener
  4. 1 heaping T unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1/2 t vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Scoop the flesh of the avocado into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Garnish with mint.
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Life: A Side Hustle

It seems the big buzz words of 2018 are “side hustle”. Wondering what that means? Seeing it more often? A side hustle is what is also known as a side business or a side gig. It’s something you do on the side, whether part-time or full-time. I work full-time in the corporate arena and my side hustle is ONEHOPE Wine. This means that I work full-time for my day job, work full-time as a mom and wife and on the side I’m building a business of my own. More and more men and women are finding side hustles that work for them. Is it time you find a side hustle?

Side hustles are stemming from direct sales or direct marketing companies and there are a TON of them. From clothes for women and children to health and wellness to makeup to fitness to tupperwear to kitchen supplies and all the way to wine. What’s something that interests you or that you have a passion for? Is there a product you’ve tried and thought, “Hey, I love this so much that I could totally sell it. I’d love to tell people about how great it’s been for me!”? 

Forbes did an article about side hustles last year and one of the big reasons people are starting them is to make extra money to cover credit card debt payments and student loans. You don’t have to change jobs or go to school to start a side hustle. You find something you believe in and know you could and want to invest your time in. On top of that…most side hustles have small start-up investments; from free and on upwards of $5K. 

My side hustle…It’s more than obvious that I love wine. I truly love it. I love a gorgeous label, I love popping the cork and giving it a sniff, pouring that first glass and giving it a good swirl, then sniff and then that first taste. Whether it’s a bottle I’ve tried and know what to expect, yet am still so happily surprised when it exceeds my expectations or it’s a brand new bottle that I’m experiencing for the first time…I love all of it. I love sharing a great bottle with friends and the simple clink of glasses as my husband and I wish each other ‘cheers’ on a Friday evening after having accomplished another work week and finally putting the tiny humans to bed. Finding a side hustle that had to do with wine was a dream come true. Finding a wine company that gives back to charities while you get a discount on your own wine and make money off the wine you sell? Oh that’s a no-brainer! The startup fee? $99 and that included 6 bottles of wine!

Personally, I’ve always been a go-getter. I enjoy keeping busy and working, so adding a side hustle makes sense to me. I also crave stability no matter what. Both my husband and I have been laid off while we’ve been together. It’s always a punch to the gut and makes you think what’s next? Will we find new jobs? What do we want to do next? A side hustle helps eliminate at least some of that worry. I also have a personal desire to be able to stand on my own two feet no matter what life throws at me. I enjoy the feeling of being an active participant in our household income and in contributing to our vacations, our savings account and everything that goes into having a family. I don’t want to be at the sideline watching my husband work hard to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. I want to be his teammate and for us to accomplish all of that and every single one of our financial goals together. 

If you could have a dream side hustle, what would it be? What’s a passion of yours? Could you turn that into a side hustle? Are you a stay-at-home mom who needs a bit more of a social life and would like to contribute to that vacation fund? Are you stuck in the corporate rat race and want to discover something that gives you more flexibility and could turn full-time? Maybe wine is the answer for you…to sell that is (and drink!) or maybe there’s another DS company out there that’s just for you. If you want to know more about my side hustle, drop me a note! Let’s chat and see if it’s right for you!

Wine: Girl Scout Cookies and Wine Pairing Tasting

It’s that time of year…the Girl Scout cookies have arrived and those adorable girls are soon to be everywhere with their boxes of deliciousness! So what do these cookies and ONEHOPE Wine have in common? The no-brainer answer to that is that they are both oh so good! Did you know that you can put cookies and wine together as a pairing to bring out the flavors in both?! We are going to do just that!

So besides both being great tasting, what else do the Girl Scout cookies and ONEHOPE wine have in common? They both do GOOD! We are raising money for a specific troop in San Jose. These do-gooders are in turn giving their profits to our local hospital to support their cancer patients. ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits and sales during this event will also benefit this Girl Scout Troop with an additional 10% of sales going to them! 

Let me know if you’d like to join us for this fun and tasty event! Interested in learning more about ONEHOPE, hosting a wine tasting or fundraiser or looking for a fun side hustle? Send me a message

Wine Wednesday: Miraval Provence Rosé

On Sunday we enjoyed our family day by hitting Half Moon Bay. If you haven’t been there before, it’s truly a small coastal community. On the two lane road in there are farms, Christmas tree farms, nurseries, flowers, a winery…it’s tree lined and just makes me smile. My favorite place is Sam’s Chowderhouse which is smack on the beach. They’re known for their lobster rolls (OMG) but I have a secret crush on their lobster ceviche which is to die for.

Anyway…let’s get to the wine that I had with all of my lobster. There were three rosé’s to choose from so I chose the middle…not too highly priced, not the lowest since I wasn’t familiar with any of the choices. It simply said Miraval Provence, so I knew at least it was from France. 

The color was a beautiful light pink, almost with a peachy hue. The taste…out of this world. I was loving it from the first sip. It was slightly fruity and not dry. I loved it. The Miraval Provence website states “A beautiful light pink color, fresh fruit aromas and refreshing acidity.” I was impressed, so next I had to use my awesome Google powers and find out where I could buy this wine. Oh but wait…who owns this winery??? Brad and Angelina!!! Holy cow you guys, you know your wine! It’s currently up for sale of course, but let’s hope whoever takes it over, ensures this wine continues to get made!

I found it online at TotalWine.com (which recently opened up just a few miles from me!) for under $19! This is a total find and I will be heading out to get some of my own…even though we are currently overflowing with wine and I need to start researching more wine racks!