Wine Lover Gift Guide

Last Minute Gift Ideas For The Holidays

If you are anything like me, you are still not finished Christmas shopping. With a little over a week to go, never fear, there is still time and I am here to make your life a little easier as you wrap up your holiday shopping. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite wine related items, perfect for any wine lover out there. You can click on any of the images below to purchase directly. Cheers and happy shopping! Continue reading “Wine Lover Gift Guide”

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!


Weekend Getaway-Napa and Sonoma

Have I mentioned these wine country trips never get old?? I fell in love with the Napa/Sonoma area 13 years ago when I experienced it for the first time on my honeymoon. I didn’t know much about wine at the time but I knew for certain I was love stricken and would be back. We’ve made the trip at least once a year since then.

Day One started with a stop at Imagery Winery in Glen Ellen. We’ve been members at this winery for quite a few years. They are dedicated to crafting rare wines from uncommon varietals and character-rich vineyards. Imagery is not afraid to spotlight interesting varietals that can often be immersed into big blends. Their Tempranillo and Viognier are a couple of my favorites! Enjoy a visit to their beautiful grounds, while savoring the unique wines and appreciating the art collection within the winery. Continue reading “Weekend Getaway-Napa and Sonoma”

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!”

Rainstorm Wines

I love when I am pleasantly surprised by a wine. That recently happened when I tried Rainstorm Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir. I must admit, I drink more California Pinots versus Oregon Pinots. So I was excited to explore this specific Pinot and the characteristics that make it unique.

What makes this wine special is the fact that it is sourced 50% from the Willamette Valley, where milder temperatures produce grapes of great complexity and high acidity, naturally creating an elegant wine and 50% from the Umpqua Valley where temps produce grapes rich, deep and fruity character. A perfect balance! Continue reading “Rainstorm Wines”