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Wine Tasting Tips That Will Make You The Talk Of The Table

Have you ever used the expression, “eye-candy” while admiring something, or someone? Have you ever falling in love at first glance? We sure have. Yet, if you’re like us, you’ve also discovered that what you see isn’t always what you get. That’s why it we recommend these simple, yet shrewd steps to discovering if that wine in your hand is a match made in heaven, or is its beauty only grape skin deep.

Does the look turn you on?
After you pour your glass of wine take a moment to set your gaze upon color. Hold it up to a white background, if you can’t get a good read on its color. Though the look won’t reveal everything, it does divulge a lot.

Let’s start with white wine.
Sometimes “white” really means “yellow”. If it’s light, and bright, an almost translucent yellow, it didn’t mingle for long with the grape skins. This is not at all a bad thing, just lets you know that the taste of the wine will most likely be crisp, lively and refreshing. On the contrary, is the wine’s a deeper, darker yellow, that usually means it was aged in an oak barrel, and will deliver a smoother, richer, fuller taste.

Now for red wine:
When it comes to wine, the laws of attraction are pretty universal. If it’s a light red wine, even potentially pinkish, it will most notably taste light, bright, and possibly a little tart. This lighter side of red, most likely means it wasn’t aged in oak. If the red wine has a deeper, darker shade, like burgundy, purple, or midnight, you can count on it to be bolder, richer, and full-bodied, and this is a tell tale sign that it’s been aged in an oak barrel, making it taste very mellow. These richer reds are the ideal match for carnivore lovers. That’s pretty much the color wheel for wines. Next up we swirl, sniff, sip, and savor.

The swirl.
Swirling your glass of wine helps you realize its true color, shows off it’s legs, and body, and introduces air to the wine, which releases complex aromas and reveals its true full flavors, actually making it taste even better. You can swirl your glass of wine by the stem, or by gently twirling it in circles on the table top. As an interesting factoid, never swirl bubbly wines, including champagnes, because of the bubbles.  

The sniff.
When it’s time to taste the wine, your nose is very knowing. So after you’ve swirled your wine glass, give it a good sniff. What fruits, flowers, herbs and spices did you smell? Some will be obvious, some subtle. Interesting to note, many wine lovers also like to sniff their wine before and after they swirl it , so they can experience just how much more of aroma is released by the swirl .

Now sip & savor.
Take the time to really taste the wine. Roll it ‘round with your mouth and tongue. Is it light and fruity, sweet or spicy? Is it rich and bold, heavy or dry? Maybe somewhere in between? What matters most is if your senses are excited and pleased by the taste the wine left behind. If so, it will be a beautiful relationship.

When you’re all done with your look, swirl, sniff, sip and savor of your Ménage à Trois wine , it’s always fun to go back and look at the tasting notes of your wine, and discover just how close your senses were to being correct.

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A Complete Wine S'mor-gasbord

Midnight

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A Complete Wine S'mor-gasbord

We’re half way through our week, and if you’re anything like us, you probably sat at work all day, diligently weighing the pangs versus the pleasures of being an adult. We don’t have any advice for how to get through the work day, but we do have a few suggestions for letting loose after you’re free.

If you didn’t already know, it’s National S’mores Day, and it’s definitely worth indulging in, for more than nostalgia sake. The supremely brilliant part is that you can now enjoy all the delights of childhood accompanied by wine. Have we convinced you to celebrate yet? You can use whatever chocolate you desire, but these perfect pairings just might be the push you need to grab the marshmallows :

California Red + Milk Chocolate Caramel – Let the luscious blend of our California Red seduce that uncomplicated milk chocolate into something a little more complex. This Ménage à Trois Sangria Zin and Merlot blend, with a touch of Cab Sauv versatility, promises simplicity when matched with a nibble of caramel, wrapped in milk chocolate. Now, put it between a graham cracker and a warm marshmallow. We’ll call this the “training wheels” of s’mores and wine pairings.

Silk + Dark Chocolate Raspberry – This dark, smooth blend brings the spice of a Malbec and the fruit forward spike of Pinot Noir. The dry presence of just a touch of Petite Sirah envelopes the berry center of any dark chocolate raspberry treat, and lights up the creaminess of the supremely toasted marshmallow. Now you’ve made it out of the schoolyard.

Midnight + Dark Chocolate Cherry – Who doesn’t like a little cherry infused dark chocolate? We’ll certainly take a square or two, especially if we can smother it in gooey marshmallow and sample it with a crispy, unadulterated graham cracker crunch. Since there’s so much to embrace, send it down with our Ménage à Trois Midnight. The staunch Merlot side will let you enjoy each flavor separately. Looks like you just graduated.

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Sweet Strawberry Mimosa: Love At First Sip

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"Sparks will fly when we’re together."

Sweet Strawberry Mimosa: Love At First Sip

Nothing brings more sparkle to brunch than our Sweet Strawberry Love Mimosa, made with Ménage à Trois Prosecco. 
Our fresh Italian Prosecco will tickle your fancy with its rising, sparkling bubbles, and floral fragrance, as its bright, green apple flavors dance upon your palate. Its flirty bursts of delicate effervescence will bring you stirring bliss no like other. At the same time, the addition of succulent sweet strawberries, and its tasteful tease of sugar, make every tempting sip as memorable as the spirited friends you indulge with it.  

This Sweet Strawberry Love Mimosa made with our Ménage à Trois Prosecco, is best enjoyed with fun-loving friends over breakfast, brunch, or paired with a fabulous fruit tart dessert.

Recipe Ingredients
1 c. chopped strawberries
1 tbsp. sugar
1 c. Ménage à Trois Prosecco, plus more for topping off flute
Sliced strawberries, for garnish

Recipe Directions
Blend strawberries and Ménage à Trois Prosecco in a blender, or food processor with sugar, until fully combined
Pour into champagne flutes and top with more bubbly.
Garnish with a strawberry slice and serve.

If the sound of this cocktail excites you to no end, explore our other Ménage à Trois, Matchmaker recipes. We’re pretty sure you’ll fall fiercely in love, a few times over.

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Mouth-Watering Watermelon & Feta Bites

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Mouth-Watering Watermelon & Feta Bites

It just wouldn’t be summer without sinking your teeth into a consummately ripe, succulent slice of watermelon. It’s sweet and sumptuous, dripping with life’s simple delights. Now, imagine biting into it and also tasting the lush savories of feta cheese, finished with a smooth balsamic glaze. Talk about a Menage a Trois!

In honor of National Watermelon Day, we’ve got a flawless recipe to experiment threely. The best part is it requires very little prep, which is sure to maximize your mingling pleasure. This Mediterranean inspired hors d’oeuvres travels by way of toothpick, so you can effortlessly share with all of your friends. Once you’ve got everything perfectly placed, serve it with our crisp California White and let your mouth water.

Ingredients:
- 2 cups cubed watermelon
- 1 (10-ounce) package Feta cheese, cut into cubes balsamic glaze

Instructions:
1. Assemble watermelon feta appetizer bites by layering a cube of watermelon, then feta cheese, and then topping it with another cube of watermelon onto a cocktail skewer or toothpick.
2. If making ahead of time, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until about 15-25 minutes before serving.
3. Just before serving, drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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Dare to Go Bold with our Red Wine in Your Next Recipe

Our Ménage à Trois California Red Blend complements all kinds of meat, poultry, game, fish, pasta and, dessert recipes. It’s also a bold, savvy choice for any chef or home cook to use as an ingredient in their favorite recipes. Plus, our Ménage à Trois red blend has just the right amount of sassiness for also creating deliciously tantalizing sauces — to pour over your main course, or use as a dipping sauce for your favorite fresh breads.

There’s no end to the enticing dishes you can create with our California Red Blend, and that can be attributed to its special three grape blend. The Zinfandel, brings blackberry and raspberry jam to the relationship, the Merlot, provides alluring red fruits, and the Cabernet Sauvignon seduces with its rich full-bodied flavor.

The next time you want to prepare some deliciously thrilling recipes with red wine in them, follow this link. http://menageatroiswines.com/matchmaker/california-red-wine

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There’s nothing more fun than discovering a refreshing and racy cocktail that heats things up while cooling you down during all your summer soirees, regardless of where you decide to play. That’s what the recipe for this Flirty Blanc Peach Bloody Mary is all about. The Ménage à Trois Sauvignon Blanc awakens your senses with teasing aromas of tropical fruits.
The ripe, luscious peaches pleasure your pallet – like only peaches can – while the taste of cilantro, tomatoes, and lime remind you why you fell in love with the Bloody Mary in the first place.

This easy, breezy, alluring recipe combines to bring you a fresh, fruit-forward cocktail that is as flirty and fun as it is delicious.

Recipe Ingredients
- 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro + more for garnish
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- (1 small peach, chopped – TBD)
- Sugar, to taste
- Fresh juice of 1 lime
- Ménage à Trois Sauvignon Blanc, chilled

Instructions
1. Muddle the cilantro, tomatoes, peach, and lime juice together with all the juices and sugar.
2. Pour this mixture through a large strainer into 2 large wine glasses – you want some of the fruit material to go in the glass, but not all the seeds and large skin pieces.
3. Top with cold Sauvignon Blanc and stir. Add ice and extra chopped cilantro.

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A word to the wise lions and lionesses out there: We know you enjoy some heavy petting … of your ego. Compassion, respect, and a little playfulness go a long way to tame that strange, wild soul of yours. However, you can’t expect to receive what you’re not willing to put out into the universe.

A recommendation to take your fiery side down a few degrees as we end another sultry summer: Listen a little more, and invite the shy signs to contribute a bit more to the conversation. As much as you thrive in red, don't forget to enjoy your calm, golden moments. Use that charm to mend some bridges, and stop growling at your most supportive partners. We can’t think of a better way to start your new friendships than by cracking open a chilly bottle of Chardonnay to share with a few lovely people you’ve been wanting to get to know.

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We get it: You’ve got a strong sense of what you like, and no one can change your mind. When it comes to wine, you’ve chosen sides, and you’ve pledged your loyalty to only indulge in white or red. We understand all of this, and still we wonder if you’ve ever considered what you’re missing out on. So we thought we’d impart a few rules of attraction.

Dear Red Wine Drinker,
There is nothing sexier than a big red that tastes as good as it swirls. You like it bold, with unbridled spice, and you think robust tannins are nice. Next time you go for a glass of your traditional choice, consider slipping into a few lighter options:

- Drop the Cabernet Sauvignon and make it a Sauvignon Blanc.
- Try a fun, fruity Rosé. It’s basically still a red!
- Sip some Moscato. Think of it as champagne – without all the bubbles.

Dear White Wine Drinker,
You’re the fun-loving type who enjoys something fruit-forward and a little sweet. You like to have a pool-side Passion Fruit Punch and enjoy frolicking under the sun. Before you go for the usual, next time make it a point to caress one of these reds in a stemless glass:

- Pinot Noir is a nice transition from white because it’s packed with different types of fruit.
- Just as we’ve suggested for our heavy red drinkers, try a Rosé. It’s got plenty of white notes, wrapped in a darker tint.
- Go all in and try the darker side of Zin or perhaps a Malbec. They’re a little stronger, but the fruit-forward taste is there. You might like the spice.

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A Tantalizing Take on the Infamous Mimosa

Prosecco

"Sparks will fly when we’re together."

A Tantalizing Take on the Infamous Mimosa

Weekends are a thing to behold, if for nothing other than the rousing affair that is brunch. A bold brunch, mind you, will bring you even greater pleasure when paired with a divine drink recipe. Sure, you could keep it classic with crowd-pleasing mimosas. But why, when there’s so much more to experiment with?

Pairing our Prosecco with the subtle sensation of a luscious vanilla bean ice cream will add a bit of soft texture to your mimosa and give it an overall bouncy new profile. Take a peek at this frisky twist on a classic from Bread Booze Bacon.

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Breakfast on a Night In

Prosecco

"Sparks will fly when we’re together."

Breakfast on a Night In

We’ve all been there. Dinnertime is approaching, yet for some odd reason you’re desiring breakfast delights: thick-cut bacon, scrambled eggs with cheese, and maybe even some stone-ground grits. You tell your significant other or friend of this craving, and the breakfast hunger spreads like wildfire. Soon, you’ll be naming off your favorites: pancakes and waffles, baked egg dishes and quiches, and a juicy slab of country ham is even thrown into the mix. And you come to the realization that you must have breakfast for dinner.

A few of our tricks can make this the most anticipated breakfast for dinner session you’ve ever concocted. So, before you get cracking, we’ve got a few pairing suggestions that are sure to satisfy.

Prosecco & Purple Confetti Pancakes
Recipe:
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
• 1/3 cup canola oil
• 3 eggs
• 2 1/3 cups milk
• 1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles
• 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
• 4 drops of red food coloring
• 4 drops of blue food coloring

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cake mix. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, mix together the cherry juice, food coloring, oil, eggs, and milk.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until everything is combined.
4. Fold in the sprinkles, which is the most important part.
5. Heat a griddle to about 275ºF (or medium heat). If you’re using a medium pan, set to medium heat. Spray the griddle or pan with non-stick cooking spray.
6. Ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle or pan, and cook the pancakes for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove pancake, set aside, and repeat until you’re all out of batter.

Chardonnay & Chorizo Burrito
Recipe:
• 4 10-inch flour tortillas
• 1 large baking potato, peeled, and cut into small cubes
• 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
• 12 ounces Mexican chorizo, casings removed
• 3 scallions, chop and use green section
• 6 large eggs
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ⅔ cup Mexican melting cheese, or desired cheese
• ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
• ¼ cup diced green peppers
• ½ cup salsa
• 1 avocado, halved, pitted, sliced

Directions:
1. Toss chopped potatoes into a bowl with 1 teaspoon oil and a pinch of salt. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in microwave and cook on high for 4 minutes. Remove plastic wrap.
2. Use a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Drop potatoes in skillet. Cook until potatoes are golden brown and slightly crisp. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. Set potatoes aside.
3. Dice ¼ cup green peppers and scallions.
4. Next, add chorizo and green peppers to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Break up meat and cook all the way through, about 5 minutes.
5. Add the scallions, stir well, and cook for another 30 seconds. Transfer chorizo to a bowl and set aside.
6. Clean or use a different skillet, and then pour in the olive oil on medium heat.
7. Whisk together the eggs in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the eggs to skillet and cook. Don’t forget to stir the eggs while they cook, until they’re softly scrambled. Immediately transfer eggs to a second bowl and set aside.
8. Warm tortillas in skillet until pliable, about 20 seconds.
9. Divvy up the potatoes, chorizo, eggs, cheese, cilantro, salsa, and avocado between the four warmed tortillas. Roll the tortillas into a burrito shape.

California Red & California Omelette
Recipe:
• 4 eggs
• ¼ cup milk
• ⅛ tsp salt
• 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
• ¼ cup diced tomatoes
• ¼ cup diced onion
• ¼ cup diced green pepper
• ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (can also use Swiss or Jack)
• Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Grease a large skillet with cooking spray, butter or oil and heat it over medium heat.
2. Blend or whisk eggs, milk and salt together until they are fully mixed. Approximately 1 minute by hand whisk, or 30 seconds in blender.
3. Dice the tomatoes, green peppers, and onions. Slice the avocado, then all vegetset aside.
4. Pour ½ of the egg batter into the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes.
5. Evenly sprinkle cheese, green peppers, tomatoes, and onion.
6. Allow 2 more minutes of cook time. Gently turn one side to ensure it’s firm and slightly brown.
7. Once firm, flip one side up and fold over.
8. Add a few slices of the avocado on top.
9. Top with extra cheese, tomatoes, onion and avocado slices for a finished look!
Makes 2 omelets

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