Posts Tagged ‘Wine’
Picnic season is nearly upon us. One of my favorite easy "date nights" with my husband is to walk with the family to a nearby park, set up a picnic blanket, and enjoy dinner and conversation and a glass of wine as the girls play on the playground. It's nice to get a little bit of romance and quiet adult time, even when we don't have a babysitter.
- Heavy Duty Pliers (I use lineman's pliers)
- Thick bamboo skewer
- Floral grapevine wire
- hot glue gun
- silk flowers (optional)
First, cut a 30" length of the grapevine wire (available in the craft department of major craft stores). Bend 8 to 9 inches back over itself, and twist to create a double-strong length of wire at one end. Leave about an inch of the wire sticking out like a tail. Wrap the single-thickness portion of the wire tightly around the bamboo skewer, starting at the non-pointy end (you want to leave the pointy end free to push into the grass).
Coil the double-thickness portion of wire into an open C shape that gets wider as it spirals upwards so the wine glass can sit nicely in it.
The wire should be pretty secure already, but I give it a little extra permanence with my hot glue gun. Embellish with a few silk flowers, if desired.
These wine glass holders take only a few minutes to make, and are such a wonderful tool to use on a picnic. What's your favorite way to bring a little romance to an average evening?
My way, Nicole, is for my husband and I to ask each other what made our day special and really listen.
The fourth and final Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Challenge has just begun, and if you love wine and entertaining, you will love this challenge because it's Host's Choice!
For this challenge, entrants are free to design their own wine tasting for guests (21 years of age or older) featuring any four of the Sterling Vintner’s Collection wines. Your job is to host a traditional wine and cheese tasting or get creative and design your own unique tasting experience for friends.
You can use video, photos, and text and tell us all about what you did. The more creative the better...
And remember, the winners of each of the four contest rounds will be flown to NYC to compete in the finale coming up in early December, and the grand prize winner will receive $25,000 plus two trips to California, and be crowned Sterling's Ultimate Host!
Get pairing!! This contest began on October 29, 2012 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on November 12, 2012. Head to the Sterling Ultimate Host Facebook page for all the details.
Challenge 3 for the search for the Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host is all about the music!
The goal here is to create the ultimate "party playlist." It can be a dance party soundtrack, a dinner party soundtrack, or a romantic soundtrack for an evening for two. Just let the music guide you...
To enter, build an entire evening using your music as inspiration. How would you pair your decor, food and Sterling wine with the right playlist? Please share your parties using video, photos, and/or a text descriptions. I can't wait to see what you do and the songs you choose.
Remember, the grand prize winner will receive $25,000 in cash plus a trip to Sterling Vineyards in Napa, CA and trip to the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival. Seriously, these prizes are insane, plus you get a trip to NYC to compete in the finale (and meet Padma). There is really no reason not to enter!!
To learn more and get all the details, head to the Sterling Vineyards Facebook page.
The second Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Challenge has just begun, and if you love pairing wine and desserts, this challenge is for you!
To enter, just invite friends, family, or a significant other over (all guests must be at least 21) for an evening of sweet treats and wines from Sterling's Napa Valley collection.
How creative and exciting can you make your pairings? What would you pair with an oaky Chardonnay or a robust Cab? I can't wait to see (yep, I'm one of the judges)...
Document what you do with video or photos and tell us all about it. The more mouth-watering and interesting the better...
And remember, the winners of each of the four contest rounds will be flown to NYC to compete in the finale, and the winner will receive $25,000 plus other great prizes, and be crowned Sterling's Ultimate Host!
Get pairing!! Contest 2 ends October 9th. Head to the Sterling Ultimate Host Facebook page for all the details.