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Stop pouring leftover wine down the drain! Put it on your face!

With the holiday season upon us, there are going to be plenty of occasions to enjoy a glass of red wine with friends and family. If you are hosting the party, it will be inevitable that you will be left with multiple partially consumed bottles. Of course, the easy option would be, to simply pour it down the sink and recycle the bottles. And why not, tidying up is a pain and who doesn’t want to get it done as quickly as humanly possible, right! Well, I have recently learnt that this delicious tasting drink, has more to it than meets the eye. Believe it or not, there are several reasons why you should keep the wine and continue to enjoy all of its benefits.

Listen up ladies, there is no reason to spend your money going to spas. Instead, relax in your own home and have one of the best facial treatments ever, and here’s the reason why! The antioxidants that give red wine its grandeur, believe it or not, are equally as beneficial for your skin. The resveratrol and exfoliating tartaric acid soften, disinfect, and regenerate your skin, leaving it looking smoother and helps with the anti-aging process. It doesn’t end there, use it as a toner or simply dump the red wine into your bath water and soak the night away. Be as generous as you possibly can. Your skin will thank you later, feeling super soft and glowing afterwards.

Let’s move onto the kitchen. Do you want to serve a delicious steak for dinner and impress your family? This is where red wine is super impressive. By marinating your steak for about six hours, you can actually reduce the cancer causing compounds which are formed when frying or grilling your meat. And by reducing I mean almost nullify it completely, by a whopping 90 percent! Don’t forget to add in your usual herbs and spices too. The end result, your meat will not only taste more flavorful, be more tender, but will be more juicy too.

Still on the kitchen front, want a natural cleaner to kill unwanted bacteria on your fruit and vegetables! The alcohol in the wine will remove impurities far better than just water. It has even been reported to destroy bacteria like e.Coli and salmonella. Make a spray bottle of this and have it handy in your kitchen.

Obviously garden fertilizer is next on the list, right!! It is never too late to give your compost heap a helping hand. Red wine has made it very simple and easy. Wine acts as a compost “starter,” by spurring the bacteria in the compost to get to work. In gratitude, your garden will flourish in spendour.

Lastly, as this is the season to be jolly an‘all and with the weather getting remarkably colder, why not make your own mulled wine. Mulled wine, pronounced “mold”, which of course you knew all along, is a drink which is served hot and complemented with spices. It’s guaranteed to warm you from the inside out…just perfect for Christmas. If you haven’t tried it, don’t worry the recipe is simple.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1orange, sliced and seeded
  • 12cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 bottle red wine

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the orange, sugar, water, and spices in a large stainless steel or enameled pot.
  2. Slowly bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat, add the wine, and slowly reheat but do not boil.
  4. Serve warm in mugs.
  5. Serves 8.

 

Cheers!!

Photo via artifactgirl

 

 

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The Perfect Pairs: Port, Chocolate And Cheese

Looking for a great way to end a successful dinner party? Provide your guests with something sweet to finish the deal like a nice port paired with chocolate or cheese. Here are a few helpful suggestions so you ace dessert.

Which Cheeses Can Be Paired With Port?

Port is complemented best by a soft cheese that holds a lot of bold flavor. A go-to pairing is a vintage port with a crumbly blue cheese. Stilton is one that has been used a lot for similar pairings and always gets the job done nicely.

Which Chocolates Can Be Paired With Port?

While wine and chocolate aren’t normally known to go well together, port is a complete game changer because it’s sweet and fruity. Vintage ports work well with a variety of decadent sweets including truffles and dark chocolate. And to make things even sweeter, try chocolate-covered fruits.

Untitled-2Have you tasted our 2006 Agua Dulce Winery Reserve Syrah Port? Aged over seven years our Syrah Port is the wine that commemorates those once in a lifetime occasions, as well as the wine that lifts up an everyday moment into a moment to be remembered.

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DIY Crafts

Unique gift ideas made from wine corks

For the wine lover on your list, make them something they really will appreciate. Collect a bunch of wine corks (you know you have plenty of opened wine bottles!) and create something fun to give your friends and family this holiday season.

Holiday Wine Cork Wreath

A pretty wreath can say a lot in a home, especially during the holidays. Make your own with wine corks attached to a sturdy base (foam, bamboo, etc) then sprinkle it with red holly berries and lush greenery to give it that holiday cheer.

 

Fancy Wine Stoppers

What is every wine lover always looking for? A wine stopper! Instead of letting them plug up a nice cabaret with just any old stopper, make one that is unique and worth their vino. Get some fancy knobs at a craft store and attach it to a cork for a quick and easy gift that keeps on giving.

Votive Holders

Set the mood with pretty handmade candle holders that are ideal for a hostess gift at the next holiday party. Place the wine corks around the candle (securing them with base) then wrap a festive bow around it for added color.

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Cheers

The Best Wine & Cheese Pairings

Are you looking to serve wine and cheese at your next holiday soiree? Or maybe you want to dabble into something yummy tonight while staying in with a movie. Either way, you’ll need to know which cheeses pair best with which wines.

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Because of its acidity, there are a variety of cheeses that pair nicely with rose including goat cheese, feta and rocchetta. The flavors of each cheese will be emphasized without losing the juiciness of the grapes in the wine.

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There are many different white wines to pair with cheeses so it can seem hard to determine which one works the best. Brie holds its own when paired with Chardonnay while Gruyere complements Sauvignon Blanc deliciously. The possibilities here are endless!

Photo: www.artisanalcheese.com

Cheese-Red-Wine-Pomegranate-and-Grapes-600x337 Red 

Hard cheeses go well with most red wines. Gouda is lovely when paired with Merlot, while Cheddar works well with Cabernet. But if you’re looking for something to go with Parmesan, stick with a nice Chianti.

 

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How to Serve Wine at Your Holiday Parties

Planning to host a holiday party this season? You’ll need to brush up on your wine skills. Here’s a few simple things to remember while serving vino at this year’s party.

Offer a Variety of Grapes

Be sure you have both red and white wines at your party to favor everyones tastes. A bubbly is also nice to start things off with a celebratory toast and a port is perfect for dessert.

Stock Up On Bottles

The last you want to do is run out of wine during your party so be sure you have enough bottles to keep you guests buzzing and happy. A great way to ensure you have enough to drink is to ask your guests to bring a bottle with them.

Serve The Right Stemware 

An intimate party can call for fancier glasses you only use on special occasions, but for a larger, rowdier crowd keep things simple. Traditional long-stemmed wine glasses work well and they don’t have to cost too much either. Many cheaper glasses are thicker and won’t break as easy if they get nicked or dropped.

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Wedding, Wine Tips

Unique Flower Decor Ideas for a Vineyard Wedding

A vineyard wedding is gorgeous in itself, creating so many natural picturesque opportunities. The sun setting along the hills while your guests sip on incredible wine and appetizers is fantastic, you can enhance this natural beauty even more by adding flowers. Here are some ideas to inspire your floral set up…

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Recipes

Make your summer sizzle with these refreshing cocktail recipes

507f23847af6131519bce3e4a8119fd7Pineapple Coolers. Recipe here

12th-man-kiwi-blueberry-mojito-cocktailKiwi Blueberry Mojito. Recipe here

lemon-drops2Lemon Drops. Recipe here

d3e90054b1a2a7bb7d8d637447fc12e3My Three Sons – gluten free.  Add white wine to this for a delicious treat. Recipe here

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Shirley Temple. Recipe here

Tell us your favorite summer drink in the comments below. Cheers!

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