French Wine & Cheese for The Holidays!

Hi guys, happy December! I am definitely a bit late to the game in terms of holiday planning, but luckily I was able to throw my party shoes on and get things together to create a nice holiday spread for my friends and family last weekend. For our selection we decide to go more french this year and choose a selection of George Duboeuf and Légende wines along with some incredible Ile de France cheese. It was nice to branch outside our normal California comfort zone and we found all of these french wines and cheeses to be extremely delightful!

Seaspice, Miami


Happy November guys! Back in October we were lucky enough to get a huge extension of Miami Spice month. We can partially thank Hurricane Irma for that, but needless to say we took full advantage. One of the last spice meals we enjoyed was at none other than Seaspice. Seaspice is located in a very cool industrial area on the river in Miami. It has a panorama style dining area that opens up right onto the water and you can literally watch ships pass by you while you dine. Here’s a look at a few of our selections!

Miami Spice Menu:

Watercress Salad – Roasted corn, cucumber vinaigrette, myoga ginger

Gruyere Cheese Soufflé – Tomato jam / basil oil

Tuna Poke – Watermelon/ dragon fruit / chili ponzu / hijiki

Pan Seared Local Red Snapper Filet – Cauliflower / Marcona almonds / blistered grapes, Agra dolce sauce

Peaches and Champagne – Caramelized peaches / champagne sabayon / almond cake

Overall I would go back here in HEARTBEAT for dinner. The food was amazing, the view was even better, and the service was top notch.

Greyhounds with Absolut Elyx

Hi guys! Today I wanted to talk a little bit about me time, and a few ways I like to spoil myself. I’ve had a job since I was 16 years old. I worked full time through college and have always put a lot of emphasis on my career. I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the years as to how I balance everything I do, and what keeps me going. Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret today! I love to spoil myself. Not in major ways, don’t get me wrong here. I’m not going out and buying a new Louis Vuitton handbag every time I need a pick me up. It’s the little things that count for me.

When it comes to spoiling myself these days, one of my favorite things is to get out of work and pick up a few of my favorite cocktail making supplies. Normally I keep a few bottles of wine on hand, but there’s something about a fresh cocktail that makes you feel special! My go to? A greyhound made with Absolut Elyx. In today’s case, even better. I was lucky enough to team up with Absolut to share with you their incredible single estate copper crafted luxury vodka, Elyx! Now if you know me, you know how much I love copper anything. So you can just imagine my reaction when I received these stunning pieces of stemware in the mail! It’s the ultimate luxury.

What makes Absolut Elyx different than the rest? One word, copper. For the perfect raw spirit for Exyx, the Absolut distillers use maximum contact with copper in a process called copper catalyzation. It’s pretty interesting! Even cooler than that is the use of a vintage copper still from 1921 which is hand operated to make this fine spirit. I have to say, I’ve been drinking Absolut Vodka for a long time, but am now so glad to have more insight into the brand. Absolut even donates a week’s worth of safe drinking water to those in need through a partnership with Water for People, for every bottle sold in the US. If this isn’t an amazing reason to go out today and treat yourself to a bottle I don’t know what is! Also you’ll want to head on over to the entire Elyx Boutique to check out how you can get some of this stunning copper stemware for yourself!

(This post is sponsored by Pernod Ricard, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own)

Fall Ready with Wines of Garnacha/Grenache

For those of you who know me personally (or even follow me on Instagram), you know what a HUGE wine lover I am. I spent the majority of my 20’s on Napas doorstep and am happy to say that I took full advantage of everything that incredible part of our country has to offer. In the past I’ve had the pleasure of introducing you to a few different new wineries and vintages, and today I’m excited to announce that I’m here to do that again!

Wines of Garnache/Grenache are the topic of discussion today. I will admit, this was uncharted territory for me as far as wines go. Which made it all the more exciting! Garnache/Grenache is the grape you never knew you knew. These French and Spanish Garnacha/Grenache varietals were fun to get to know and I’ll definitely be seeking out more of them now that I know what to look for. I started with the 4 selections above, which ranged from red, white and rose. To go along with our tasting adventure we also decided on a makeshift penne dish that ended up with sautéed spinach, andouille sausage, garlic chips, and shaved parmesan.

European quality Garnacha/Grenache wines are not typically paired with any specific type of cuisine or dish. Just because they have such an incredible range of grapes and flavors. The grapes are grown in various regions througout Spain and France, and truly encompass the European Union’s quality standards and Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).

Over the next week I’ll be sharing a look at a few more pairings we came up with to really highlight each of these fantastic wines. In the mood to try this out yourself? Here’s a quick pairing overview that will help!

  • Red Varietal — Light: poultry or pork, salmon or trout, barbecue foods.
  • Red Varietal — Full-Bodied: meats, grilled foods, memorable meals.
  • Red Blend — Light: grilled foods, works both with meat & fish.
  • Red Blend — Full-Bodied:  grilled foods, spicy, flavored foods, slow‐cooked Daubes, Boeuf Bourguignon, lamb shoulder, game. Spices: thyme, tarragon, garlic, chives & fennel.
  • White/Blanc/Gris: summer truffles, salad, barbecue, white fish with lemon, Al fresco dining.
  • Rosé (Dry): versatile with food: salads, including raw tomatoes, vinaigrettes; fish: especially salmon, and seafood; light meats: paprika‐spiced chorizo; particularly good with spicy, Thai, Vietnamese & Chinese food.
  • Fortified Garnacha/Grenache —- White: exotic salad, avocado with shrimp, pizzas with cream and 3 cheeses, blue cheese.
  • Fortified Garnacha/Grenache — Fruity — Red: roasted black fruits with dark chocolate, blue cheese.
  • Fortified Garnacha/Grenache —- Oxidized White, Amber: foie gras, tendorii, Beijing duck, tajines, goat cheese, dry and blue cheese, sesame ice cream, nougatine.
  • Fortified Garnacha/Grenache — Oxidized — Red Tawny: rabbit terrine with onion marmalade, roasted figs, dried fruits, roasted or caramelized almonds/nuts.
  • Rancio Garnacha/Grenache — Amber mainly: salty anchovies, morels, truffle, salty ham, dry cheese, dried fruits.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram also for a behind the scenes look at the first sip of each bottle in my Instagram Stories and if you do try any of these wines out make sure to let me know! I would love to know what you think about each varietal 🙂