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Friday Wine Tasting… 90+ Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine of the week
90 + Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 32
$15.99

Super excited for Friday Wine Tasting today!  What a week of snow, sleet, ice and messy weather we have had here in Connecticut (and most of the country)!  It is the perfect weather for curling up on the couch in front of the fire with a bottle of wine, which is exactly what we did the other night (well minus the fire).  Husband brought home this wine from the wine store and was intrigued by the concept of the wines. They are able to source some of the best wines from wineries all over the world and bottle them for the consumer at such great prices, because they are a virtual winery.  This is a label you will want to try!  Cheers to the weekend!

About the Wine: This lot is a perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. We sourced this wine from a world class vineyard located at an elevation of 2,000 ft on the Sonoma Valley side of Mount Veeder. The steep, southern-facing slopes consist of soils called the Sonoma Volcanics, these soils result in small, concentrated flavored grapes with pure flavors and a pronounced sense of place. This is a special occasion, weekend wine that now you can enjoy any day!

Taste: This wine offers rich flavors of cassis and mocha enhanced by smoky notes. The velvety mouthfeel and long, elegant finish add style to this classic Cabernet Sauvignon, which is perfect for pairing with herb-crusted roasted rack of lamb, grilled rib eye steak and hearty cheeses. Fire up the grill and open a bottle!

From the Winery:
The wines we purchase must have a pedigree of 90 or higher ratings, best buy or gold medal accolades from a respected wine authority or publication.

Other companies with a similar concept are usually buying the winery’s excess or distressed wine. We are buying a winery’s best and most highly rated finished wine, which they would normally sell under their own label. Wineries are willing to work with us because they either produced more than they need or sales have slowed. In return, they are promised complete anonymity, which we take very seriously.

The wines of 90+Cellars are great values because we are a virtual winery, we don’t own any land or bottling facility. In fact, the source wineries bottle and label our wines for us. We simply search out world class wine, negotiate a great price and then pass the savings on to our customers.

While we don’t necessarily advocate buying wines based on their ratings (because everyone’s personal taste is different), we think only selecting wines that are well-structured enough to earn a 90+ rating in the first place is a great place to start. When you purchase a 90+ Cellars wine, you’re getting premium quality at value pricing–a great way to win over sophisticated wine buyers on a budget.

90+ Cellars is now sold in over 20 states.

Inspiration from Anywhere: The Zebra


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This week we are inspired by the wild, exotic stripes of a zebra, which can be found in the home, in fashion, or at your event. And we thought we would give a little sneak peak as to how that zebra inspiration is coming to life on our new site that is currently in the works.

We sat down last week with Alex of (a)squared studio to talk about the initial round of designs for our new website.  And while we loved the clean, modern, fresh look of the site it was important to us to keep some of the “branding” details we have on our existing site.  One of which is the zebra pattern.  Taking that pattern and blending it into the site in a modern way we decided to try it as the background for the landing page in a tonal grey!  Perfection!  We have just about nailed the design, now we just need to build the pages that will live on the new site.  Alex tells us 7 to 8 weeks and we will be live!  So until then we are obsessing about all things zebra and excited to share with you a little clipping of our new site:

Do It Yourself Wedding Guide… Martha Stewart and Style Me Pretty


Style Me Pretty has teamed up with Martha Stewart Weddings for a special offer to all of their readers.  Martha Stewart Weddings is offering a one year magazine subscription for $12. That is a a savings of 49% off the newsstand price. Sign us up! Not only that, but there happens to be a fabulous DIY Guide from Martha Stewart Weddings and Style Me Pretty available instantly online when you sign up for a magazine subscription, and we are featured!  If only I would have known my hands were going to be featured with Martha Stewart I would have made sure to have gotten a manicure.

Wedding Wednesday: Pauline and Michael’s “When Pigs Fly” Mystic Wedding






Venue: Private Residence, Mystic, CT
Mood/Details: This past summer I had the pleasure of working with one of the coolest couples. Their wedding was a weekend celebration of family and friends and full of FUN!!! The festivities started Friday night at the Mystic Aquarium and continued into Saturday as guests arrived to a tented affair on the couple’s property in Mystic. Definitely not a traditional wedding, but one I know guests are still talking about, especially all of the kids! For the reception we brought in 2 inflatable bounce houses, a balloon artist, an airbrush tattoo company, Rock Band Stations were set up in various locations, Movies played under the stars of the blue tent, ping pong, pinatas, games of corn hole, and a Photobooth. The energy flying around the yard was infectious and guests danced and partied well into the evening on one of the nicest nights of the summer.

Collaboration:
Photography:Anna Sawin Photography
Photobooth: Mystic Photobooth Company
Lighting and Sound:Power Posse
Catering: Coastal Gourmet
Flowers: Hana Floral
Sperry Tents
Ace Security
Country Portables
Innovative Inflatables
Airbrush Tattoos by Dawn
Smiles By Sandy Balloon Artist
Cask & Keg

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