Why You Should Bring a “Memory Wine” to Thanksgiving

When I drink any Ceja wine I am automatically transported back to their winery and recall the incredible memories made there.  These “wine memories” include spending time with great friends, possibly playing bocce and/or learning to dance salsa, enjoying authentic, delectable Mexican food, and sipping on delicious wine.  I always get a warm feeling (not just from the alcohol ;)) when I drink Ceja wine because of the amazing memories created at their winery with my good friend and her family.

Wine is more than enjoying each bottle’s delicious flavors. It is about the experience and the memories created while we drink it. Whether it is the memory of your winery trip or of the great night you had with friends when you opened that bottle, wine evokes memories of friendship, family, love, and excitement.

As we quickly approach Thanksgiving  I have been thinking about which wines I want to bring to dinner. Instead of picking up a random Pinot Noir or Beaujolais at the package store, I am going to be bringing one of my favorite “memory wines”. A memory wine automatically makes me think about how thankful I am for the people who are in my life. A good vibe to start off Thanksgiving, right? Memory wines put me in a great mood and help to create more awesome memories.  Also, bringing a memory wine can help you take on almost any awkward family situation. Happy vibes are in the glass no matter how weird and uncomfortable things may get! 😉

So let’s re-cap – Why Should You Bring a Memory Wine to Thanksgiving?

  1. The wine creates thankful vibes
  2. The wine creates happy vibes
  3. The wine always helps in awkward situations (in moderation of course ;))
  4. The wine usually creates more awesome memories

And if you can’t think of a good memory wine to bring, pick up a bottle of Ceja Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir. It is one of my ALL TIME favorite Pinot Noirs.  Wonderful “aromas of wild berry, pretty plum, cola and earthy raspberry. The palate is smooth and richly flavored with a mix of savory dark berry, blackberry, mineral and sage flavors.” A seriously delicious and complex Pinot Noir. It will be a tasty show stopper and there are always great memories surrounding Ceja wines.

This Thanksgiving I hope you make more happy memories with your family, friends, and the wines you share. Happy Thanksgiving!

Visit Ceja:

(pictured above some of the Ceja family – check out more photos on their Instagram)

Ceja Vineyards– Ceja Vineyards is an ultra premium Latino owned Carneros winery. The family originally started working in the vineyards as grape pickers. Over time they were able to purchase their own property and start their own winery. The Ceja’s have a tasting room located between Sonoma and Napa with a Brewery attached. The wines are all absolutely incredible. Make sure to try the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Red Blends.

Tasting Room Hours: Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday from 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Tastings: Walk Ins Welcome

Tasting Fee: $20.00 to taste 5 wines

Location: 22989 Burndale Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476

#ZinDay 2017

On National Zinfandel Day (11/15/17) I enjoyed the Lamborn Family Vineyards 2013 Howell Mountain Zinfandel.

This Zin is special to me because when I purchased this all of the proceeds from my purchase went towards the victims of the Northern California fires. Support those affected by buying & drinking California wines!

Tasting Notes: Deep, dark color, full bodied, notes of blueberry, black berry, and wine cave on the nose, with a deliciously complex mouthfeel full of pepper, spice, raspberry, and fig on the finish. A solid celebration Zinfandel.

 Get Social: #NapaStrong #SonomaStrong #WineCountryStrong #ZinDay

Purchase: Zinfandel

How to Prep for International Merlot Day {11-7-17} *Sponsored*

Why Merlot? Why NOT Merlot?!

Ever since the movie Sideways, Merlot has gotten a bad rep. Merlot is one of the most delicious and versatile wine varieties out there. Awesome berry flavors, super smooth with a “liquid” cashmere like quality, and pairing great with most foods. What is there not to love about Merlot?

Since International Merlot Day is coming up,  I’ve been looking for a Merlot to enjoy/celebrate with. I was recently introduced to a Merlot from Washington State called The Velvet Devil from Charles Smith Winery…. and I’m pretty obsessed with it. First off, the grapes are sourced from 7 different vineyards, in different growing regions, with different soils throughout Washington State. That means there are a lot of different flavors and terroirs being blended together. So cool!!! The “wine dirt nerd” in me is freaking out!

The wine is ruby-garnet in color with aromas of ripe black fruit, raspberries, blueberries, and a hint of violets. {Yay for a little earthiness and fruit!} The wine was medium bodied with soft, supple tannins at the finish. An easy drinking and delicious wine for a great price, at only $12.99.

I would suggest pairing this wine with red meats, heavy tomato based dishes, and roasted vegetables. Although, I will say I enjoyed this wine with truffle burrata and it was an out of this world combination. The fruitiness and earthy combo made for a delicious pairing.

So… “How to Prep for International Merlot Day”

  1. Pick up a bottle of delicious Merlot
  2. Grab your friends
  3. Open the bottle
  4. Pour that vino
  5. And Enjoy! 😉

International Merlot Day: 11-7-17

Wine: The Velvet Devil

Vintage: 2015

AVA: Washington State

Cost: $12.99



UPDATED: How You Can Help People Affected by the California Fires

As many of you have heard devastating fires are ripping through Northern California. Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, and Solano County (Suisun Valley) have all been affected. Currently friends are evacuating to safety. In this time of sadness and chaos it is difficult being so far away from friends and my west coast family. It limits us to what we can do to help.  I will personally be making donations.  If you are inclined to help I suggest you donate to these relief organizations as the funds will go directly to those affected by these terrible fires.

Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/napafirerelief  

Sonoma County Resilience Fund: http://www.sonomacf.org/sonoma-county-resilience-fund/

Red Cross Northern California: http://www.redcross.org/local/california/northern-california-coastal/chapters/california-northwest

Buy Wine: Lamborn Family Vineyards  will be donating 100% of their profits of their 2013 Zinfandel with 100% of profits being donated to the Napa Valley/Sonoma County relief effort. https://www.lamborn.com/Order-Wine

The fires are still raging out West. They keep evacuating people to safety and the air quality is the worst in the country. Please donate if you can. Even $5.00 helps….

Read more about the fires here –> via CNN

Pictured below are my SSU friends – all affected by the fires currently raging out west…. looking forward to the day when these fires are no longer….

Women Winemakers of CT Featured in the CT Beverage Journal

I feel so honored to be part of such a talented, intelligent, kind, and hard working group of women. Thank you to the CT Beverage Journal for including us in this month’s issue. #GirlsMakeWineToo