Malibu Wine Safari: My Explorer Tour Experience

Malibu Wine Safari: My Explorer Tour Experience

Wine tasting, feeding exotic animals, and taking in some of the most gorgeous views in Malibu are all things to expect while on the Malibu Wine Safari Explorer Tour. Doug and I recently visited the Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in Malibu, and I’m excited to share my honest opinion with you about our experience!

The Wines of Game of Thrones: Trader Joe’s Edition

The Wines of Game of Thrones: Trader Joe’s Edition

If there’s any show I feel like I need to drink wine with, it’s Game of Thrones. Tyrion Lannister stole my heart when he said “Everything is better with some wine in the belly” in season 1, episode 1. The amount of wine consumed in this show is pretty impressive, and Tyrion takes the cake as biggest wineo, hands down.

While watching this masterful series, I became very curious about what kind of wines the characters were drinking, and wanted to drink along with them. Although I knew the show was fantasy, it amazed me that the Arbor wines and Dornish Sour Reds that are sipped by Daenerys and Cersei were also entirely made up. So that got me thinking…

Wouldn’t it be awesome to bring the wines in the fantasy world of Game of Thrones to life?

And wouldn’t it be even more awesome if you could find the real-world equivalents to the wines of Westeros at Trader Joe’s?

With some help from the brilliant minds at VinePair , Vivino, VineGeek and some of my own creative interpretations, I’m doing just that! Here are my real world wine recommendations to drink Arbor Gold, Arbor Red, Dornish Sour Red, Dornish Strongwine and Sweet Reds from Highgarden like the characters in Game of Thrones, all of which you can get at your local Trader Joe’s.

If you’re planning on hosting a Game of Thrones watch party, impress your guests by serving these Westerosi wine doppelgängers.

Portugal Inspired Summer Style + Vinho Verde (The Perfect Day Drinking Wine)

Portugal Inspired Summer Style + Vinho Verde (The Perfect Day Drinking Wine)

In the 1950’s a beautiful, intelligent female pharmacist from Lisbon, Portugal became pen pals with a handsome, sweet man in Tampa, Florida. They wrote each other back and forth for a few months, and eventually started to form a strong friendship. So strong that the man invited the woman to take a holiday to visit him in Tampa so they could meet in person.

The day finally came when the two met, and sparks flew! After a few weeks of hanging out, he asked her to marry him, and she never looked back.

They got married, and shortly after they had a baby girl named Maria. That baby was my mom!

I’ve never had a chance to visit Portugal, but I live vicariously through stories like this one that my mom has told me over the years (this one is my favorite). I’ve always been very proud of my Portuguese heritage (as well as my German and African American heritage), and even took Portuguese in college to learn the language. So when I saw this shirt, I knew I had to have it!

Verão Em Porto is Portuguese and translates to “Summer in Porto” (it should really say Verão no Porto, but oh well). Porto is a coastal city in Northwest Portugal, only about an hour and a half south of the Minho wine region where Vinho Verde wines are produced.

4 Wines You Need To Try This Summer

4 Wines You Need To Try This Summer

Summer and wine go hand in hand. What’s better than a chilled white or blush wine to give you life on a hot summer day?

If you told me a few years ago that white and rosé wines would be my favorite wines to drink today, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. I drank Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Zinfandel almost exclusively. Chardonnay and champagne were acceptable, but I really never understood the appeal of white wines until recently.

As my palette developed, and I started to eat a plant-based diet, white wines slowly became my go-to. The light, fruity drinks are perfect for summer, and they won’t stain your white and bright outfits 🙂

Bring one of these four wines to your next summer gathering, and you’ll be the star of the party!

Pairing Rosé with Chambray

Pairing Rosé with Chambray

Close your eyes and imagine yourself lounging on your patio with a few girlfriends, chatting it up with good food, and a glass of wine in your hand. What kind of wine did you envision yourself with? Was it rosé? If yes, keep reading. If no, keep reading.

Rosé and I had a complicated relationship for the last several years. When I was growing up, my mom’s drink of choice was Sutter Homes White Zinfandel. We always had a bottle in the fridge, and so of course I had a sip every now and then when no one was looking. I remember thinking it tasted like strawberry Kool-Aid, and couldn’t wait until I was allowed to drink it!