Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Ready for Mother's Day? Some Ideas for you!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Mother ~ Mom ~ Madre ~ Momma ~ Mum ~ Mommy ~ Ma ~ Grandmas too!

This is the perfect time to remind all of the Moms in your life that they STAND above the rest!

Show them the appreciation and special acknowledgment on their big day!

Fun Fact: Sunday, May 13th, 2018 will be the 104th Mother's Day since it became a National Holiday! 

What do you give to someone that takes care of so many?
How do you express your love, respect, and honor even more on Mother's Day?

Honestly, most moms just want to see you, hug you or hear from you!

Quality Time is a big hit with moms!! Near or Far

Thoughtful gestures that last a lifetime:

Phone or video call 
Handmade cards or gifts
Pictures of old or new
Song or poem
Hugs and Kisses

Breakfast in Bed
Brunch or lunch together
Walk, hike, bike ride or something active when possible
Arrange a visit to her favorite spot or a special view
A peaceful drive
Picnic planned by you (See below for hints)

If you want to give a gift...
Has she been dropping any hints? 

Our Top 10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas:

Bath Salts

Any thoughtful gesture tells your wonderful mother that you love her!
 Homemade photo books or calendars, coffee mugs, new wine glasses, books, framed photos will also fill her heart! 

If you can arrange it, design the perfect PICNIC for the mom in your life!

Picnics are awesome for many reasons!

It removes you from the typical home or restaurant distractions.
It's an adventure together and a memory made.
On Mother's Day, a picnic is a gesture that this special time was created for her.

Where to picnic?

Any place that is close to her heart.
A park or playground, a beach or spot in the woods.
Your front or backyard will also do!
If the weather is rough, no worries! Create space in your home to allow this to happen!

Picnic Ideas for You:

Choose foods that are easy to prepare and pack.
Keep it light and simple!
Remember to bring your camera to capture the smiles and love that you created!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate or a small version of her favorite dessert

Having the right picnic basket will make your experience perfect every time!
When you can grab your picnic basket and it is already equipped with a blanket, utensils, napkins, wine glasses and a wine opener ~ it's priceless.
Check out our selection of picnic baskets and wine totes that will allow you and your family years of memories!

May the sky reveal something as magical as this as you celebrate Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day from Sharing the Wine!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 HS Graduation Time is Here! Keep it Simple!

As every May rolls around, spring weather is enjoyed, weddings start to show up on your calendar, and the inevitable High School Graduation season captures your heart if you know someone embarking on this transition of new beginnings and purpose.
Traditionally speaking, your loved one will soon be walking with their class, eager to take selfies with their cap and gown with their similarly dressed besties and overpost the excitement of this big moment.
We can only hope that they can focus long enough to feel their sense of accomplishment, along with that of their peers, with the Pomp and Circumstance melody playing like a broken record. 
As students and faculty talk at length and speak of the class of 2018, may each graduate really listen and take time to breathe, appreciate and respect all that this moment entails.
This is a powerful and pivotal day that each student has been waiting for according to their own agenda, of course.
Some graduates think they have their life planned out while some just want to "get out on their own". It is all good.
A meaningful graduation ceremony is there for anyone to embrace its significance.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

There is too much pressure on kids today. 
This group of high school graduates has had to deal with unbelievable circumstances such as bullying, social media and an array of scary situations in school settings. 
All of this added on top of being a teenager, trying to learn who they are and express their view on life, these kids have faced challenges we will never understand. 
Each individual ultimately has their own journey, but we as loved ones must stay engaged by encouraging a healthy way to walk through life.

"The Greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." - Denis Waitley

Unfortunately, entitlement is rampant. It's an obstacle that we all face.
Graduates have little to no clue what reality will be like.
Being available to offer them advice in the moments that are coming will be priceless.
Encouraging them to live with joy and passion in their heart and to see the good in every person and situation is invaluable. Lessons will be learned.
Being able to handle stress and having respect will lead them to success.

If you enjoy country music or not, Tim McGraw's song Humble and Kind is a nice wish for all 2018 graduating classes.

Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

"It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." - J.K. Rowling
At this point, the preparation for the celebration is almost done.
The senior pictures have been done, printed and announcements sent out.
Caps and gowns were paid for months ago.
The graduation celebration your loved one will have has been planned with love.
Now for the Graduation Party!
You may be hosting or helping with a grad party, and whatever you are planning, keep it simple!
The memories and emotions that will be shared with family and friends will dominate over the decorations and fancy food.
The graduate will be honored and this time is to enjoy the celebration as this is what will be remembered!

Simple Tips for Grad Party:

Pictures, Chalkboards, Balloons, Poster Boards with baby pics all the way up to senior year, a few personalized or school colored mugs, use a basket from the house for cards.
School colored napkins and plates will bring a lot of character, no need to try to hang annoying streamers and decor that can fall down.
Create your own "photo booth" with designating an area with a few props from your home. Keep a camera near so you will be able to take quick photos with everyone who stops by! It will easy to print them from one camera into a photo book for a precious keepsake. 
Borrow or rent a chocolate fountain, you will then need less cake or cupcakes.
Serve food that will be easy to monitor, fix and refill.
Juice boxes for kids, maybe a homemade punch.
Beer and wine for adults. 

Congratulations on your Graduate!

Let Sharing the Wine help with your serving needs!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Super Bowl Food Ideas - Whether You Like Football or Not

Super Bowl 52 
means celebration to most and borderline annoyance to some.

Regardless of the attachment to the two teams, the commercials seem to bring intrigue to a level of their own. The halftime show with JT should be entertaining.
Through the years we have all been shaped and molded watching the playoffs wondering who will end up in the Big Game. The emotions of it all, the let downs and miracle moments, the insanity and craze that is everywhere, we really have created our own memory cells all around the pigskin. 
Bets have been placed and are still happening on various levels. 
Our bet this year is that New England will actually score in the first quarter. 
While the Eagles and Patriots bring it to the amazing U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, our thought process is now turning towards food and drinks for the Big Game.

If you are hosting or attending a party with friends and family, being prepared with food and beverages is important so you don't have to waste time in the kitchen.
Even if you choose to watch the big game in the privacy of your own home, might as well make it an enjoyable night, regardless of the outcome.
Here are some of our favorite and delicious ideas for Super Bowl Night, and yes, it is this Sunday!

Tortilla Soup for a Football Watching Group
Saute a large onion (chopped) and 4-5 garlic cloves (minced) in a good Tablespoon of olive oil
(Optional: add a chopped jalapeno or poblano chile (seeded))
Add 12 Cups of Chicken Broth, the juice of one lime and 1 Large Can of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
Next add 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Add 2 pounds of shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great here too)
Bring to a boil then down to a simmer for 20 minutes 

Serve with sides of cilantro, sour cream, diced avocados, lime wedges, shredded cheese (Mexican blend or cheddar) and your favorite tortilla chips or strips

8-10 Layer Dip :)
Who doesn't love a delicious mixture to dip your chips into?
Simple to make, easier to eat!
Use any dish or multiple dishes that has sides.
Open up two cans of refried beans (original or black beans) - you can use them cold or heat them on the stove first - either way, add 1-2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning (1 can, 1 Tbsp or 2 cans, 2 Tbsp)
Spread the refried beans into the dishes first.
Then layer with:
guacamole, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese (Mexican blend works great), diced fresh tomatoes, sliced black olives, chopped cilantro and diced green onions and/or jalapenos.
Serve with favorite tortilla chips and even those yummy, sturdy vegetables

Easy Buffalo Chicken Sliders (12-24)
Pick up a Rotisserie chicken or two and shred it (4-8 cups)
Add your favorite wing sauce (1-2 cups)
We recommend Wing Time, but pick one you enjoy and the heat you desire.
Mix the chicken and the wing sauce to your desired consistency.
Grab a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper or use a 9x13 pan (greased with butter)
Take your slider buns (12-24) and place all the "bottoms" of the buns on the sheet or pan.
Cover the bottoms with your favorite sliced cheese (Pepper jack for extra kick or mozzarella keeps it simple)
Next place your buffalo chicken mixture on top of the cheese, as much as you like really
You can add jalapenos or onion slices
Next place the "tops" of the slider buns on
Melt a Tablespoon or two of butter and brush each bun top with it
Place in the oven at 375 degrees for 12-18 minutes until cheese is melted and the tops of the slider buns are toasted enough (check often)
Serve with bleu cheese or ranch dressing on the side as this is can be dipped into or easily drizzled on.
Serve with celery and carrots sticks, and plenty of napkins.

These dishes can be very filling and satisfying!

Wonderful sides to have out with these are:
Veggie Trays
Dips and Hummus

Oh and don't forget the wine!!

Wine for a group - Feel good about getting a Bota Box!
These are not only a great deal, but actually a quality wine in a box!

Prefer Bottled Wine? We suggest an off-dry sparkling wine (such as a Moscato d'Asti or a Lambrusco)and you can't go wrong with a Zinfandel or a Pinot Noir!
The key to most hot and spicy foods is to serve your wine chilled, even your reds!

Have a FUN and SAFE Super Bowl Sunday - no matter where you are or who you're with!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Wine and Gift Ideas

Transition time!

As Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend ends, the buzz of Christmas is now full force!
Out come the decorations, the tree is up and lights are glowing!
Stockings are hung and the Christmas list has just become serious.

Somehow in our busy schedules, we are able to turn on the focus factor for the preparation of our Christmas traditions. (Most of us anyway)
Props to those who write a Christmas letter and have a photo ready to go, and cheers to us who are lucky enough to buy a few cards and find addresses to boot.
Prioritizing the gifts you need to send in the mail, as you are making a list and surely checking it more than twice!
The Christmas dinner plans are already in your thoughts, whether you are traveling or hosting, your mental lists have begun.
Christmas parties for work or home, some have school programs and team parties to fit in as well!
The planning and shopping, the wrapping and hiding!
Oh, my!

Gift giving is rewarding and we do this all year.
There's something about Christmas time to feel extra cheer.
For those "hard to buy for" on your long list,
we have some ideas we hope don't get missed!

From friends and neighbors to teachers and in-laws.
White elephant and colleagues to coaches and a boss.
Wine is a gift that you can confidently give,
 as one can drink it or serve it or simply regift.

When it comes to giving wine, you may be lucky enough to know your recipient's preferred wine.
If you know the type or color, here are some ideas:

If it's red - Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Chilean wine would be appreciated.

If it's rose - Grenache Rose, Pinot Noir Rose, or a Sangiovese Rose will certainly delight.

If it's white - Riesling, Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc will satisfy.

If it's sparkling - Cava, Cremant or a comfortable Prosecco will make them smile.

You can always gift wine that you personally enjoy ~ makes for simple shopping, yet includes a thoughtful touch.
Another wine buying tip: If points are listed for a bottle of wine, best quality choices are 85 points and higher.

Along with wine comes many wine accessories.
Some wine accessories are necessary, while some make wine time just a little more special.

Anything "wine" has become a popular gift all year round.

If shopping for wine seems intimidating, gifting a wine accessory is the perfect alternative.

Wine glasses and wine openers to wine totes and cheese boards make wonderful gifts as well. 

Happy Christmas Shopping From Sharing the Wine!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Tips and Wine Ideas

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton

Thanksgiving is a time for gatherings and reflection.

A perfect time to slow down and be present with family and friends, or even spending time with strangers.

Yours may involve travel or the preparation for guests to join you.

Traditions are honored and created.

We would like to help you simplify your wine list for Thanksgiving since it is almost here! 

There is enough happening during this time leading up to your big Thanksgiving celebration.
The last load you need to carry is the stress of which wines will you bring or serve on this holiday?
Whether you are a host or a guest, we think you will find our recommended list a breath of fresh air as the days are flying by.
These wines are chosen for their compatibility with the flavors of a traditional turkey feast.

Thanksgiving Wine List:

Pinot Noir ~ Look for Oregon wines first

Sweet Riesling 


Dry Rose

Carmenere ~ Chile

Pinot Gris 


If serving or enjoying a vegetarian meal with Tofurkey, we recommend a California Pinot Noir, a Syrah or the versatile Riesling.

A Few Tips for a Smooth Thanksgiving Day:

Keep your white and rose wines chilled, and your reds cool.

Appetizers - if football is on or not!
Simplify and update your necessary serving trays.

Instead of canned yams, try a healthier sweet potato side dish:

(Recipe is for 8-10 people)

Dice up 4-5 Large Yams or Sweet Potatoes
Butter the inside of a 9 x 13 glass pan.
Add half of the diced sweet potato or yams.
Add 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries.
Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional).
Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, and cinnamon.
Melt 4 Tablespoons of real butter with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and drizzle over.
Add the remaining half of yams or potatoes.
Repeat layering with another 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.
Sprinkle more sea salt, black pepper, and cinnamon on top.
Melt 2-3 more Tablespoons of real butter and finish by adding this to the top layer.
Bake at 375 degrees for 75-90 minutes (depending on altitude).
Stir often. If potatoes or yams seem dry at all, add more butter.
You can add more pecans, raisins, cranberries.
Delicious side dish for Thanksgiving!

Designate wine stemware with wine charms or a variety of wine glasses to eliminate guest confusion.

Relax, enjoy, and be grateful!

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

Happy Thanksgiving to You 
From Sharing the Wine!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Building Your Wine Glass Collection

Building Your Wine Glass Collection

If you are enjoying wine then you already have some collection of wine glasses.

Is it time to spice up your wine glasses with more variety?

A variety of wine glasses exists for a reason and your experience and perspective clearly adds to the choices in your collection.

Overthinking in this category is very common.

It is, of course, personal preference in what you like to collect to use or collect to display.

But the historic idea of drinking specific wine from its proper glass remains strong for many wine lovers.

A wine glass is designed to help visualize your chosen grapes, smell their intended aromas, and maximize the wine's flavors and purposeful taste.

Red wine glasses are going to have larger bowls to better swirl and allow you to stick your nose right into the glass.
Depending on your favorite red wines, your wine glass collection may include a variety of red wine glasses only.  
We recommend a set of Bordeaux wine glasses. You will appreciate these for your Merlot and Cabernets, and enjoy the versatility of these wine glasses with your Rieslings, Prosecco and dry whites too.
We think you will fall in love with a big bowled wine glass for your other favorite reds with a set of either Burgundy or Pinot Noir wine glasses. 
These are also versatile for Chardonnay lovers.

Stemmed wine glasses are still popular as they look sophisticated, you can keep the heat of your hand and fingerprints away from the bowl. Most vintage or collector's wine glasses are stemmed.
Non-traditional stemless wine glasses continue to grow in popularity for many reasons. They are much harder to knock over, they require less storage space, and you can find the same bowl size benefits for red and white wine.

If you are a lover of white wine, your choice can be simplified as a standard white wine glass will do just fine. 
White wine glasses have smaller shaped bowls and stand shorter than red wine glasses, but are highly versatile to use for other red, rose, sparkling and even dessert wines as well.
Those who enjoy more Sauvignon blanc or Rieslings will find white wine glasses with a smaller bowl will do.
Full-bodied wines like Viognier and Chardonnay will taste much better in a large bowled vessel.

Vintage glasses are absolutely gorgeous, but keep in mind that if they're made of metal, color, stains, or etchings, that may affect your tasting experience due to an impaired visibility of the wine. 

If a glass of champagne is about to be poured, what comes to mind is the flute of course, but there much are better options!  

You can appreciate your bubbly even more with a champagne wine glass, or simply use a white wine glass for maximum enjoyment of the intriguing celebratory sparkling wine. 

Our recommendation for collecting champagne flutes - you could easily skip these - unless their slim look is appealing to your eye. 
You know how often you serve sparkling wine or champagne.
A champagne glass in a tulip or coupe style will be a wonderful addition to your collection as well as enhance your palate's enjoyment.
Or use your white wine glasses you already have and save space and money.

Versatile wine glasses are appreciated.
Red, white, rose or sparkling...your wine glass does matter.
Experience your favorite wines in standard wine or specific wine glasses. 
You will appreciate the differences.

Building your own wine glass collection is part of the wine journey.


Friday, October 27, 2017

50 Reasons to Drink Wine This Week

50 Reasons to Drink Wine This Week!
(The good, the bad and the ugly reasons)

It's Friday.
World Series is happening!
We don't HAVE to travel this weekend.
Plenty of wine on hand...it's calling.
Youngest just turned four...yeah! Goodbye to the threes!
Camper is winterized and tucked away for winter.
Must celebrate nature's gorgeous fall sunrises and sunsets!
Hockey Season! Thank you, NHL!
Teenager #2 is applying for a job.
New Will and Grace episodes to catch up on.

Continuing education hours complete.
No calls from the dean or principal this week!
Friends and family are healthy.
Just raked 12 large bags of fallen leaves.
The oldest child just turned 18.
Car needs repairs again.
Neverending laundry.
October is flying by.
Office drama.

The shoe rack has gotten smaller.
The weather took a 48-degree turn and it is COLD!
NFL makes us drink.
Christmas is less than 2 months away!
Stepping on legos.
Monday is around the corner.
Constant dishes.
Need to refill the 'good' beer.
Someone ate the last of the cookies.

Must clean the garage.
Wine is just grapes, which are fruit, and we must have more fruit.
Washing hockey gear.
Goes perfectly when playing dinosaurs, blocks, hide and seek, cars or trains.
It's easier than working out.
We are thirsty.
Opening a bottle is always fun.
Four main light bulbs burned out in less than 24 hours.
The house might be haunted.

Found lost favorite hoodie.
Paper cuts.
That first sip makes everything all better!
Discovered spilled fingernail polish.
More leaves are falling.
Deadlines were met.
Too many emails.
And the best reason to drink wine this week:  Because we can!!

Enjoy your weekend!