Upshot Wine-Blend With Passion

It’s not often I get the opportunity to work with a brand that I’ve adored and enjoyed for 10+ years, so when Rodney Strong reached out wanting to partner for their new brand Upshot, I jumped at the chance, confident knowing it would be a wine I could stand by.

Upshot: The final or eventual positive outcome or conclusion of a discussion, action, or series of events. Upshot gave winemaker, Justin Seidenfeld, the path to be creative in blending these varietals into wines that represent his passion for winemaking, love of life and appreciation for living in the wine county. He admits he is fortunate to experience this culture each and every day. Continue reading “Upshot Wine-Blend With Passion”

Ehlers Estate

If I could go back in time and visit just one winery, I’d take myself back to the late 1800s when Bernard Ehlers’ curiosity of winemaking led him to purchase a small, dying vineyard located in Napa Valley’s much-admired St. Helena appellation. He eventually went on to replant his newly-acquired 10-acre vineyard, including an olive grove that still flourishes today, all the while completing construction of the stone barn, still standing, and enjoyed by many as the current wine tasting room. His wife continued to run the winery long after his death.

A century later, another husband and wife team saw the potential of the landscape. As French entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Jean and Sylviane Leducq began acquiring individual local vineyards as they came up for sale and replanted the most fitting clones and rootstock, with the help of renowned enologist, Jacques Boissenot. Over several decades Jean and Sylviane were able to create balanced and structured Bordeaux style wines, which they shared a passion and love for. By the turn of the century they had shaped an adjoining 42-acre estate, including the release of the very first vintage from the Leducqs’ new Ehlers Estate. Continue reading “Ehlers Estate”

Teachworth Winery

It is not often you get out of the hustle and bustle of Napa, while being smack dab in the Napa Valley. When it does happen, you know you’ve found a hidden gem. Teachworth Winery fits that criteria perfectly. A family owned and operated boutique estate winery in the Diamond Mountain District focusing on organically grown 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Secreted on Quail Mountain, an adjacent foothill of Diamond Mountain, Teachworth grows Cabernet Sauvignon from their two picturesque hillside vineyards, just south of Calistoga. Manzanita Hill, the lower vineyard, contains more vines and gets penetrating afternoon sun on its chalky slopes while Rattlesnake Ridge, the terraced upper portion has deeper soils and shifted exposure. Given the uniqueness of the two vineyards, it enhances the complexity of the wines you wouldn’t normally see from a vineyard so small. Continue reading “Teachworth Winery”

Brunello di Montalcino Anyone?

One of my goals for 2019 is to do more local wine events here in Utah so I was excited when I noticed Veneto, an authentic Italian restaurant, here in Salt Lake City was hosting a wine event focusing on Brunello di Montalcino!

Let me start with the restaurant itself and then I’ll move on to the wine. Owners Marco and Amy Stevanoni make you feel right at home from the moment you step into this quaint space. Not only is the food authentic but you truly feel like you are in a small European bistro surrounded by antique furniture, intricate details and an inviting setting you would expect from this culture. The menu offers year-round classic favorites and seasonal specialties from the Veneto region with most of the ingredients farmed locally.

There is no tipping in Veneto or at VENETO, adding to the relaxed environment of simply enjoying a delicious meal and quite possibly learning something new along the way. Their team is paid a professional salary and then they simply add a small “coperto” (“covered” in Italian) of $4 per guest to each check. Again, allowing their guest to focus on their dining experience instead of worrying about how much to tip at the end of the evening. Any tips above and beyond that are donated to The Danielle Byron Henry Migraine Foundation. Continue reading “Brunello di Montalcino Anyone?”

Smile Big Wine Lovers

I’ve decided not all electric toothbrushes are created equal. When Smile Brilliant reached out asking if I’d like to collaborate and try their electric toothbrush, I was hesitant. I already had an electric toothbrush that was working just fine, or so I thought. And if I’m being really honest, I figured after reviewing the toothbrush, I’d hand it over to my husband (it came with two electric toothbrush heads) as a late Christmas present. That has all changed, I’m keeping the toothbrush and I’ll tell you why.
My teeth have always been pretty white. But if you were to look closely, I have light “wine” lines on my front teeth. Although they are subtle, it’s always bothered me. I’ve tried all sorts of teeth whitening toothpastes, other remedies and even have fitted whitening trays from my dentist. From my experience, I haven’t always been diligent in following these steps or processes. Some of these remedies are time consuming and I simply push them to the wayside.
I’ve been using the cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush for a couple weeks now and I LOVE it! There are 5 brush modes; clean, white, massage, gum care and sensitive. After 30 seconds of brushing, it makes a brief pause so you know to move on to the next mode. My teeth aren’t sensitive so I didn’t use that style very often. My focus was on cleaning and whitening. I use those two the most. I found that the massage and gum care modes are similar. I do like the gum care option because it is something I don’t normally focus on when I’m brushing my teeth, so it’s nice that it has its own mode to remind you to give your gums some love. Most importantly, and what made me a believer in this specific toothbrush, is the fact that my teeth are whiter and my “wine” lines have faded!
I will be partnering with Smile Brilliant to giveaway $119 credit, good for an individual toothbrush
package. Click on this giveaway link to enter! Or if you are so excited to try it for yourself and want to
order it right away, click on this link to receive 20% off using the code: thebrookeblend20. Happy
brushing and cheers!
~B