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Wine Tastings: Let’s Get This Party Started

Wine Tastings: Let’s Get This Party StartedLifestyle / Tastings
There’s a hush of anticipation over the room and then the sound of a popping cork and the clear chime of crystal upon crystal as glasses clink. A swirl, a sip and then comes the laughter. Where are we? At a wine tasting in the Napa or Sonoma Valley? No, we are in a suburban living room at a WineShop At Home wine tasting event. The Host of this evening’s party has invited 15 of their friends and family to enjoy what formerly was only available in wine country, but is now available in over 30 states in the U.S.

As your WineShop At Home as a Wine Consultant, I arrive at the Hosts’ home to guide you and your guests through five or six wines – beginning with a lighter, aperitif wine and working through to the bigger and bolder wines and then on to the sweeter dessert wine. You can enjoy providing a taste of the wine country to your guests and offering them an opportunity to purchase wines directly from the company’…

Hosting a Wine Tasting With Me is Fun & Simple

Hosting a Wine Tasting is Fun & SimpleLifestyle / Shop / Tastings / VineLife
You might be noticing some changes on the blog here! I have gone from strictly running and racing bloggie posts to more wine-related posts! 
Well that is because after the Magic Valley Weight Loss Challenge WIN, I had to do the adult thing and GET A JOB! I joined WineShop At Home as a Wine Consultant. What I do is give in home or in office wine tastings!
I can't say enough that I'm having so much fun. Serious! If you have been following the blog for a while, you may have noticed a bit more of a depressed tone abouts the majority of my posts. Things have changed and I have found something that I can do anywhere! Kind of like running! 
Let me tell you a bit about being a Host. As our Host, we offer you and up to 15 guests the opportunity to learn about and experience exclusive, artisan wines handcrafted by our winemaker and available nowhere else. Let us make your Wine Tasting effortless from the…

The 2015 Harvest Has Begun!

The 2015 Harvest Has Begun!Lifestyle / Winemaker's Journal
Unless you work at a winery or in a vineyard, and you hear this phrase in July, you’d probably wonder what’s wrong with this statement. Looking at the pictures below, one would think that harvest is already underway – green harvesting and leafing that is. Currently, we are in the middle of these two very critical vineyard operations that impact fruit quality.

During the growth stage, vines produce canopy and clusters, which mature through the stages of flowering, berry set and veraison. The amount of air flow during the time of flowering is critical because too much wind can damage the flowering clusters, leading to poor fruit set and decreased crop yield. Too little air flow during the grape maturation stage can foster mold and bacteria, damaging the fruit.

What is veraison? Veraison is originally a French term, meaning “the sunset of ripening.” Following fruit set, grape berries are green and hard to the touch…

The Best Summer Sangrias

The Best Summer Sangrias Nothing says summer quite like a tall pitcher of sweetly refreshing, delightfully fruity sangria. In the lead-up to our 2016 Dream Vacation to Barcelona, we’ve been craving this Spanish cocktail in all of its delicious forms. Perfect for BBQs, picnics, and parties, this easygoing drink has seemingly endless combinations. Experiment with different wines and fruit, or take note of a few of our favorite sangria recipes:

Orange & Pomegranate Sangria ¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 bottle red dry table wine
½ cup brandy
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 whole apple, sliced
1 whole orange, sliced
1 cup strawberries, sliced
WINE RECOMMENDATION:Table Red Wine, Broadmoore 2014 Red Trails
Add sugar and water to a small saucepan. Over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Cook until sugar is fully dissolved. Allow to cool. Add red wine, brandy, pomegranate juice, apples, oranges, and strawberries to a large pitcher. Add in cooled simple syrup to t…

Beef and Bok Choy Stir-Fry

Beef and Bok Choy Stir-Fry This delicious recipe for Beef and Bok Choy Stir-Fry pairs perfectly withtheTalmage Cellars “T” Cabernet Sauvignon. I love making stir frys because they are so quick and fast and with the abundance of fresh summer veggies, its perfect for any lunch or dinner!

Ingredients1/2Cup(s)Kitchen Basics® Unsalted Beef Stock2Tablespoon(s)Cornstarch2Tablespoon(s)Rice vinegar1Tablespoon(s)Honey1Tablespoon(s)Reduced sodium soy sauce1/2Teaspoon(s)McCormick Gourmet™ Ginger, Ground1/4Teaspoon(s)McCormick Gourmet™ Red Pepper, Crushed2Tablespoon(s)Vegetable oil1 1/4Pound(s)Boneless beef sirloin steak, cut in thin strips2Cloves garlic, finely chopped2Heads baby bok choy, coarsely chopped1Can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained1Cup(s)Fresh bean sprouts1/2Cup(s)Shredded carrot Wine PairingsTalmage Cellars T 2012 California Cabernet SauvignonDIRECTIONS: 1. Mix stock, cornstarch, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, ginger and red pepper in small bowl until smooth. Set aside.


Wine Pick of the Week - McKenna 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc

McKenna 2014 California Sauvignon BlancLifestyle / Shop / Tastings / Wine Club
Enjoy the Wine Pick of the Week, the McKenna 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc

This McKenna 2014 California Sauvignon Blanc stays true to the varietal, with a light white flower and citrus flavor combination. In the nose, are some notes of lychee, passion fruit, lime and grapefruit. The attack in the mouth has a light, toasted oak character. The mid-palate provides a delicate refreshingly cool acidity.

This Sauvignon Blanc is perfect to be enjoyed now and throughout the summer. Our McKenna 2014 Sauvignon Blanc should be enjoyed over the next 3 years.

Enjoy it with seafood, white grilled meat, vegetarian dishes, pasta dishes and semi-soft cheeses such as Swiss, Havarti or Monterey Jack. Or enjoy it with the featured recipe, Caraway-Dill Salmon with Roasted Potatoes, a perfect pairing.
Watch the Tasting Video:

Doesn't it sound tasty?! Do you enjoy drinking Sauvignon Blanc?

New SPARTAN RACE Events and Promos! Oh yea and a GIVEAWAY!

I have some great Spartan Race news to share with you!

First off, Spartan Race is back on NBC for Season 2!

Also there is a new race code made just for you and your team!

Recruit three friends and your next race is free.
We have more races than ever, in new locations. We also have new obstacles, new burpees, new finisher tees, new medals and new stories to tell. So when your friends hit you with excuses, you have the facts to hit them with.

Recruit three of your friends sign up, you’ll get your next race on us; completely free! Your friends will also get $20 off of their race. That means everyone wins.
We’ll see you and your team at the starting line. Use Code: TEAM


And because you are part of the Spartan Race faithful - I get to give away a free race entry to one lucky duck. Enter via Rafflecopter below! It's good for any any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US for the rest of 2015!

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was in the Newspaper

I was in the local newspaper for winning first place in the Magic Valley Weight Loss Challenge. The Times News is Twin Falls, Idaho local paper.

They were supposed to have a photographer come to the house and take my pic but he didn't show up. I didn't get to email them my picture so they used a stock photo for the article. You can go to the website and read the article HERE

or just read below because I just copied and pasted it below.

Jerome Woman Wins $10,000 Magic Valley Weight Loss ChallengeJuly 05, 2015 6:00 pm  •  TETONA DUNLAP
TWIN FALLS • In the beginning, there were 247.

Then 50.

And finally one was crowned the winner of the Magic Valley Weight Loss Challenge.
Tanya Savage was announced the winner in late June after six months of competition held by the YMCA.
The Jerome woman lost 68.6 pounds, equaling 35.07 percent of her body weight. The runner-up was Karla Martinez, of Jerome, who lost 106 pounds, 33.5 percent of her body weight. Savage a…

Basic Rules of Thumb for Wine Drinkers

Basic Rules of Thumb for Wine DrinkersApril 9, 2015 By The number one rule when it comes to drinking wine is that you find a wine you love and drink it on a regular basis. However, there are a few additional guidelines that will make drinking that favorite bottle even more enjoyable.
Red Wine is Not Meant to Be Consumed at Room Temperature Most houses are kept around 70-75 degrees but you want your red wine at 55-60 degrees or cool to the touch. If you put it in the fridge for twenty minutes before you drink it, you’ll have a much easier time picking up on the wine’s particular flavors and aromas.
White Wine is Not Meant to Be Consumed at a Frigidly Cold Temperature As for whites, the common misconception is that they need to be drunk straight out of the fridge. But when white wine gets too cold, it doesn’t taste like anything other than alcohol.
There are some exceptions. A bubbly or Sauvignon Blanc should be cold but a Chardonnay benefits from warming up a lit…


Welcome to The VinNote, a wine lifestyle e-Newsletter from WineShop At Home. We invite you to gather friends and family to savor and enjoy the simple pleasures of sharing wine and food, laughter and conversation.

Tanya Savage
Your Independent Wine Consultant
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The Best Summer Sangrias

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4 Tips for Hosting Summer Tastings
The sun is shining, the stove is “broken” and the hurried pace of life has calmed to a leisurely rhythm. Sticking close to home this summer? We’ve got the perfect staycation idea for you and your friends – a summer Wine Tasting! School’s out for the season – but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of socializing with those…

10 Reasons to Book Me for a Wine Tasting!

10 Reasons to Book Me for a Wine Tasting!
When it comes to wine, I know you have a lot of choices. I’ve made my career in the wine industry, so I want to be sure that you make the right choice when it comes to choosing a consultant for a wine tasting. That choice would be me, naturally!

Reason #10: When was the last time you had a fun night IN with your friends? Everyone gets excited about a night OUT, but there’s really nothing better than drinking wine with your friends and knowing you don’t have to drive home!

Reason #9: Where else can you get 6 great bottles of wine for just $29.95 (plus tax and shipping)? And just to be clear, I’m talking about G-R-E-A-T wine, not “bottom-of-the-shelf-guaranteed-headache” wine.

Reason #8: Laugh with your friends while I teach you how to “volatize your esters!” No, it doesn’t mean what you just imagined… I’m not that kind of wine lady!

Reason #7a, #7b & #7c: Wine. Cheese. Chocolate. You get the picture.

Reason #6:  You get to keep all th…

Top 3 Signs it’s Time for You to Host a Wine Tasting

The biggest resistance I get from people about hosting a wine tasting for their friends and family in their home is that “it’s too much of a hassle.” People get worried that they’ll have to make their house look perfect, find a sitter and do their hair.
Here’s the truth: nine times out of ten, the people who host wine tastings are gushing and thanking me at the end of the night. Why? Because despite all the worry (which, by the way, was totally unnecessary, because hosting a tasting is actually a cinch) they created an opportunity for people to connect.
And isn’t that what life is all about, anyway?
If you’re on the fence about hosting a tasting in your home, here are three signs that you really need to get off the fence and call me!
Sign #1: You Haven’t Seen Your Friends in a Long… Long… Time

The funny thing about being an adult is that you can go weeks, months or even years without seeing some of your closest friends. Of course, we don’t do this on purpose. Life just ha…