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?”

Bottle Barn-Where Wine Country Buys Wine

Bottle Barn. Where have you been all my life? Located in the heart of Sonoma County, with nearly 30 years’ experience, this is the place to buy high quality, affordable wines in a seamless manner. Conveniently located in the wine country, Bottle Barn has trusted relationships with local producers, big and small, so you know you are getting an exceptional selection with fair prices in mind.

You can now purchase these great wines online! You can shop by the bottle or purchase a themed six pack (with free shipping) ranging from domestic wines to a Spanish exploration, a taste of France, tour of Italy or sparkling wines. Some pretty fun options to choose from. There are also “barnburners” each week so keep an eye out for those deals.

It gets better! As part of the online site, they have created Wine Country Forward where 1% of all purchases will be donated to local organizations. We all know California has been through a great deal of devastation the last couple of years. This is an opportunity to help the Santa Rosa community rebuild and grow stronger and you get something out of it too, wine. 😉

Check them out online. I’m confident you’ll find something to entice your palate. AND, use discount code BROOKE10 to get 10% off your first purchase! You can also follow them on Instagram, @btlbarn. With the holidays just around the corner, literally, the timing is perfect to find your favorite wines to share with the people you love. Cheers!


DrinkAde-Celebrate and Feel Great!

Finally, a hangover prevention drink I can stand by! I’ve tried similar remedies from other companies and they either give me the jitters or get my heart racing. With DrinkAde I honestly don’t get those side effects. Hear me out…
DrinkAde is a healthier formula that helps to neutralize toxins, restore vital nutrients, and re-hydrate the body. Celebrate and still feel great!

There is a prevention option you can take before drinking, with no added caffeine or a boost option to take before or after which includes caffeine and Double B-12. It only contains 5 calories, plus sugar free and gluten free. Many of the other brands out there contain over 40 calories! DrinkAde uses natural ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea extract and B vitamins. The berry and limeade flavors are delicious, no gag reflexes here. 😉 Use discount code THEBROOKEBLEND at checkout to receive 25% off! Continue reading “DrinkAde-Celebrate and Feel Great!”

Mingling with Mexican Wines

Had a great trip to Puerto Vallarta last weekend and made it a point to try some Mexican wines while there. Continuing to expand that palate of mine. It’s been a lot of fun to get out of my comfort zone…not always the best wines, but an enjoyable experience for sure.

I was pleasantly surprised at a couple of the wines I tried. When I think of Mexico, wine does not come to mind. When I got home, I even tried to see if my wine/liquor store in Utah carried any Mexican wines and unfortunately, they do not. I’ll keep searching.  Continue reading “Mingling with Mexican Wines”

Bring On The Barolo

One of my goals for this year is to expand my palate and try new wines. I know what I like…Napa Cabernets!! But, with over 1300 varietals out there in this big world of ours, I feel like I’m missing out and have a lot to learn. If there is one area I’d like to be a continuous learner in, it is within the world of wines!

Last week I attended a webinar on Barolo wines. I gained a lot of knowledge, although I know I’m just scratching the surface when it comes to this. Barolo is a northern Italian region of Piedmont. Known for being distinctive and described as one of Italy’s greatest wines.

Barolo is produced exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo’s meaning is fog. A late ripening grape, harvesting early to middle of October. The vines need to be above fog level to ripen. Minimum 800+ feet although the best vineyards are between 1200-1500 feet. Minimum aging is 38 months with at least 18 months in wood. To be considered a Reserve, the minimum aging is 62 months. The wines are released in their 4th year or 6th year if it’s a Reserve. Continue reading “Bring On The Barolo”