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- Total Wine & More Wine Rec's (All under $20)
Alright friends, it's finally here! A breakdown of some of my favorite wines at Total Wine & More under$20!!! Let me know which ones you end up trying! Fave Wines $10-20 Borrasca Prosecco Docg ~ Can't go wrong with this cheap and crisp prosecco, perfect on its own but I personally love it mixed with Aperol! Bodegas Pinord Dibon Brute Reserve Cava ~ from Spain this one has apple and pear aromas and is crisp! If you know me, then you know I love Cava & this one is great on its own or as a mimosa! Whitehaven NZ Sauvignon Blanc ~ We all need a Sauvy B at home, this one will not disappoint! Perfect porch pounder, couch wine, and versatile with cheese, veggies, and seafood! SUN GODDESS SAUVIGNON BLANC - MARY J BLIGE,2019 ~ Italian Sauvy filled with tart granny smith apples and a touch of citrus. Pair with salty cheeses, chips, or seafood! 2018 St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc ~ I love this one because it is so well-balanced and refreshing! Pair this one like other SB's and go with some fish, poultry & cheese! Broadbent Vinho Verde ~ one of my absolute favorite Vinho Verdes & for the price you truly cannot beat this one!! Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay ~ an absolutely delicious option for a chardonnay, this one is medium bodied with the complex aromas of vanilla, honey & citrus with a nice buttery and nutty finish! Yum!! Cheese and cured meats all the way on this one! Dr Heidemanns Riesling QbA ~ okay this riesling is legit! It's so light and its fruitiness fits wonderfully with spicy food, whether thats hot cheetos or blackened mahi mahi tacos! Bourgrier Rose D'Anjou ~ French style rose is always a must! I like this one because it's more fruit-driven than most and pairs really nicely with spicy dishes. La Vieille Ferme Rose ~ If you've seen my TJ's wine guides you know that this is a staple general grocery store find. Summer water at its finest! MCBRIDE SISTERS BLACK GIRL MAGIC ROSE This Pinot Noir-based blush pink wine is filled with crisp fruit and acidity! Perfect with your chips and cheese out on the patio! CHATEAU D'ESCLANS THE PALM WHISPERING ANGELI gave this porch pounder a gold medal in a blind tasting, Nuff said. Diving Into Hampton Water Rose ~ Or another great name would be; Diving Into an AZ Summer?! This Rose is amazing! Drink it chilled, and straight out of an insulated Yeti Poolside! Strawberries & Cheez-Itz with this one! Yum! Susana Balbo Malbec, 2017 ~ This is an Argentinian wine that will not disappoint! It's intense yet clean, flavor would pair nicely with something fresh off the barbecue like steak or burgers! Chateau Musar Cuvee Jeune Red ~ you guys!! This wine comes from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon! It's fruity and refreshing & would go great with a cheese board, but I have to say its amazing paired with authentic Lebanese dishes like Hummus, Manakish and Rice Pilaf! Josh Cellars Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve ~ you guys!! This wine gives you the best of both worlds!! It's incredibly bold and packed with a blend of berries and spices! If you enjoy bourbon you are going to love the way this wine tastes & finishes! Try pairing it with rich cheeses and olives! Campo Viejo Rioja Tempranillo ~ Coming from the Rioja region of Spain this Tempranillo is a game changer, try it with a spicy taco dish or while curled up on the couch eating popcorn! Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Alright, I have to say the bottle is eye catching & the taste does not disappoint, honestly this one is super yummy and the fruit forwardness is nicely balanced, I'd suggest drinking this one with a steak, maybe even a perfectly cooked Filet Mignon?! Yes Please! Terrazas Los Andes Malbec Reserva ~ Another delicious wine from Argentina! Did you know that even though Argentinian Wines are considered New World, the country actually has 400 years of history in making wine? Anyway- this Malbec does not disappoint, especially after a long workday. Tenuta Di Renieri Chianti Classico, 2018 ~ Last but certainly not least, this Chianti hails from the famous Tuscany region of Italy! It's so smooth and easy to drink, refreshing but also bold, honestly, I say have one of these in your wine fridge regularly! Because it's sweet & bitter-- I'd suggest pairing it with your favorite pasta dish! Stay tuned for more wine recs, I will keep this guide as an ongoing list for you! 😉
- VDAY BITES AND BOOZE
Okay, I obviously have food and booze on my mind 24/7 but thought I would put together some extra fun creations in honor of the week of love. Perfect for your Galentines virtual get together or date night at home! Lot's of love, Sam ROSE DRUNKEN STRAWBERRIES INGREDIENTS: - Strawberries - wash and hull them before soaking in your wine - Rose wine of choice - my pick? "La Vielle Ferm" you do not need an expensive wine for this recipe, use your favorite porch pounder rose. ;) -Granulated Sugar STEPS: -Soak strawberries in a bowl with rose and refrigerate for at least 1 hour -Drain and pat dry -Roll in sugar YUM! PRETTY IN PINK MARTINI INGREDIENTS - 2 oz strawberry pink gin (Total Wine & More has "Beefeater") - 1 oz London Dry Gin - 2 tbs strawberry syrup -Squeeze of lemon juice -Splash of Berry La Croix STEPS - Put all ingredients except for the la Croix in a cocktail shaker with ice -Shake shake shake - Strain into a martini glass - Squeeze a little lemon juice on top with a splash of La Croix -Garnish with edible flowers and/or fresh strawberries GIANT COOKIE SKILLET INGREDIENTS - 1 cup butter - room temperature - 1/2 cup granulated sugar - 1 cup packed light brown sugar - 2 large eggs room temperature - 2 tsp vanilla extract - 2 tbsp milk - 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour - 1 tsp cornstarch - 1 tsp baking soda - 1/2 teaspoon table salt - 1 cup chocolate chunks - 1 cup festive sprinkles - 2 tsp coarse sea salt - Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for topping STEPS -Preheat oven to 325°F - Lightly grease oven-safe, 10-12" cast iron skillet (oven safe) - In mixer bowl with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy - Add in granulated sugar & brown sugar then beat on medium-high until light & fluffy - Beat in eggs, vanilla & milk at high speed until well mixed - Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed to be sure all is mixed in - Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and table salt at low speed until combined - Add 1/2 of the chocolate chunks and sprinkles, mix on low - Transfer 1/2 the cookie dough into the prepared skillet & press down into an even layer - Add sea salt - Top with remaining dough, pressing down again & then with remaining sprinkles and chocolate chunks - Bake for 25-30 minutes or until browned on the sides and lightly brown on top (I like my center nice and gooey) - Allow the cookie to cool slightly in the pan on a wire rack before serving - Serve with extra sea salt and sprinkles, oh and whipped cream or ice cream if desired! MY FAVE WINES FOR GALENTINES AND VDAY NV Masia Puigmolto Can Xa Brut Cava Ponzi Vineyards Rose and Sparkling Rose Gloria Ferrer Brut Rose GURRIERI GRILLO DOC SICILIA 2017 DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU SANCERRE "COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS" 2019 PETIT PEROU BROUILLY PISSE-VIEILLES 2018 WEATHERBORNE WINE CO. PINOT NOIR SANTA RITA HILLS 2014 For more wine rec's, check out my latest Trader Joe's Wine Guide, and follow along on my IG, @samanthasommelier xoxoxo Sam
- Serious About Wine? Here’s What to Consider When Starting Your Own Label
If you’re an avid lover of wine, then you may have toyed with the idea of starting your very own label once or twice. After all, now is an interesting time to get into the business, with people treating themselves to more wine while in lockdown. But a deep love for Cabernet isn’t the only thing you need to start a business — you need to be determined, hard-working, and meticulous in order to succeed. If you think you have what it takes, then read on: First thing’s first Before you start investing, it’s important to start with a name and some idea of how you want your business to operate. You wouldn’t want to go all-in with a name that’s already been taken, so check with your Secretary of State’s office. Try searching on social media to see if your potential name is available, too. From there, you can start writing up a business plan. It’s not the most exciting part of the process, but it is an integral one, as you’ll be using this plan for the entire time you will be operating. It should outline what your company aims to be, what your products are, how your business is organized and managed, as well as what projections you have for finances — all supported by research about the industry and your competitors. Compliance and paperwork Once you’ve got your name and business plan ironed out, it’s time to start thinking about legal requirements. If you are registering a limited liability company, then you’ll need to choose a registered agent, draft up a certificate of formation, and an operating agreement to start. Most states allow entrepreneurs to submit all these online, via mail, or in person, but fees will depend on your state, so be sure to inquire with your Secretary of State’s office, too. Next up are licensing and permits. The winemaking industry is heavily regulated, and you’ll need to apply for a permit to operate a winery, register with the FDA, and have your company approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. It’s a lot to think about, so it’s best to consult with a lawyer to avoid making any mistakes on compliance. The production process Here’s the fun part. For starters, you’ll need to think about your desired grapes and where you will source them from. This can make or break the final flavors and feel of your wine, so take your time searching. There’s also the matter of supplies like barrels, glass bottles, corks (or screw caps), and labeling to consider. Next, you also have to think about how exactly the wine will be made and bottled. You don’t actually have to have your own facility, as you can hire others who have mastered the art and science of winemaking to do it for you. This way, you can spend your time handling the many other aspects of running your business. If you want to make the wine yourself, then it’s important to understand that it will take some time to get comfortable and build up your experience in winemaking. Lastly, you’ll have to think about storage. Look for a reliable warehouse that can house your wine during the aging process and send your bottles where they need to go. Be sure to think about temperature control, insurance, and proper storage and handling so that your wine arrives at your customers’ dinner tables in great condition. Budget and funding At this point, it’s clear that breaking into the industry isn’t cheap, so you have to be meticulous about your budget and consider where you will get your funding. Not everyone is born into wealth, so after you’ve computed your startup costs — including employee payroll, equipment, and insurance — then you’ll have to think about how you’ll pay for them. Bank loans, business lines of credit, and investors are all options you can consider. Marketing and sales Last but not least, of course, is getting the word out! Today’s unique circumstances have brought about some interesting ways to build a community around wine, so there’s a ton of room to get creative. Do your research to find brokers and distributors in your area, and look into potential campaigns you can run on social media. If you need a little help with brand identity and customer engagement, then be sure to reach out. Starting your very own label isn’t the easiest of hills to climb, but it is very rewarding and definitely possible — especially with the right support.
- WINE | Samantha Sommelier
HOME ABOUT WINE CONSULTING BLOG SHOP More YOUR OPTIONS Whether your tasting is in-person or virtual, I have curated approachable and resourceful wine tasting materials to download and print to follow along with during the tasting! You will have lifetime access to these materials after our time together. I have made myself available seven days a week for virtual tastings to accommodate everyone the best that I can. Along with your sommelier tasting materials, I will curate a custom wine list that will make buying your wine simple regardless of where you live. Cheers! VIRTUAL TASTING WINE FrOm home My virtual wine tastings are held through Zoom, which is easily accessible online or via your phone with their app! I have several different types of virtual wine tasting experiences to choose from. Once everyone is signed up, I'll provide a link to everyone who will be on the call - so no matter where you and your friends are, everyone's tasting! I will send everyone professionally designed wine tasting grids, wine tasting mats, custom wine and food pairing guide, along with a wine 101 guide. You will have lifetime access to all of these materials! You will need to grab your wine. I will link you to specific wines to purchase in your specified budget online but also provide suggestions that you will be able to find at your local wine shop. I will send you more information on the wine suggestions once payment is received. Cost: $50/peRSON (3 PEOPLe or lESs) or $40/peRSON (4 PEOPLe or morE) 1 on 1 tasting is $75 Inquiring for a group of 15 or more people? Fill out the form as normal and mention it in the comments for info on discounted group rates! TIME: 1 hour BoOk Now SAm's WINE CLUB for the dedicated 10% off EVERY virtual wine tasting booking throughout the year Only $30 to add on any additional guest to your tasting of a group of 6 or more (usually $40) Complimentary tasting during your birthday month with a free bottle of wine sent to you (unlimited guest count) VIP weekly sommelier assistance via e-mail throughout the course of the month. I wiill respond between 8 am - 5 pm PST Monday - Friday. This includes custom wine suggestions catered toward your budget, palate, and zip code. AKA you have a personal Sommelier at your fingertips the entire year! Bonus food and wine guide with every tasting with specific wines catered toward your zip code and budget If you have booked two or more virtual wine tastings with me already, this membership pays for itself! As soon as I receive payment, your membership will be in full force! Cost: $300 BoOk Now IN-PeRSON TASTING anywhere, anytime An in-home, or really anywhere, wine tasting is an amazing experience for any occasion. I truly love being able to come into any space or event and work with new people to introduce and share my love of wine! My wine tasting experience that I share with you is truly an unforgettable experience and one that you and your friends and/or family won't be able to start talking about. My wine tastings are personally designed to be a fun and approachable way to enjoy, drink, and learn about wine, from anywhere! Taught and trained by some of the top Master Sommeliers in the world, I am able to bring all the wine knowledge you are eager to learn but in a laid back and comfortable setting. My tastings are the perfect addition to any special occasion or if you are just wanting to do something out of the ordinary with your friends. It's important to note that all of my wine tastings include my sommelier services, sommelier tasting materials and mats for each guest to follow along with and glassware! The service price does not include the cost of wine. Cost: starting at $350/hour (cost varIES BASED ON LOCATION & NO. OF GUESTS) TIME: 2 hour minimum BoOk Now The best way to describe my sommelier led virtual wine tastings is that they are fun, laidback, and approachable! Any level of wine enthusiast can benefit from a sommelier guided tasting with me. The fantastic thing about wine is there is always something new we can learn! I have been doing in-home private wine tastings since 2015 and took them virtually in 2018 to cater to more clients across the globe! WHETHeR you'rE new to wine or you HAVE A STEADY CORK COLlEction going, theRe's SOMETHING FoR YOU HeRe - SO GRAB A GlASs! FROM MY EXPERIENCE WITH SAMANTHA, I'VE FOUND TO BE ONE OF THE NEW BREEDS OF SOMMELIERS. SHE BRINGS A FRESH EXCITING VIEW ABOUT WINE AND EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH WINE. SHE MAKES LEARNING ABOUT WINE FUN! - Ron DiLauro
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- HOME | Samantha Sommelier
LeT'S TALK BRANDING I AM EXCITED TO HELP GUIDE YOU TO FIND A CLEAR PATH ON YOUR BRAND IDENTITY, AND ULTIMATELY FIND FULFILLMENT IN TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHILE BUILDING AN ENGAGED AUDIENCE. THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING ME TO HELP YOU ALONG SUCH A PERSONAL PROCESS! Let's Do It HOME ABOUT WINE CONSULTING BLOG SHOP More I AM A PHOENIX-BASED SOMMELIER, INFLUENCER, TV PERSONALITY AND ONLINE WINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT. I FOUND MY WINE PASSION EARLY, LAUNCHING MY IN-HOME WINE TASTING BUSINESS, "SAMANTHA SOMMELIER" AT THE AGE OF 23. A CALIFORNIA NATIVE, I FOUND MY WAY TO WINE WHILE STUDYING AT U OF A WHEN PARTICIPATING IN A SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING INTERNSHIP IN LONDON. AFTER GRADUATION, I MOVED TO PHOENIX, WHERE I WORKED SEVERAL JOBS. A BLOG I DID ON FOOD AND WINE FOR FUN MORPHED INTO ORGANIZING WINE TASTINGS FOR FRIENDS, THEN A REALIZATION THAT I WANTED TO STEER MY CAREER IN THAT DIRECTION. I DECIDED TO ATTEND A “WINE BOOT CAMP,” TAKING MY INTENSIFIED SOMMELIER TRAINING PROGRAM AT THE INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER OF CALIFORNIA, WHERE I RECEIVED MY LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATION THROUGH THE COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS. BACK IN PHOENIX, I OPTED TO WORK WITH PRIVATE CLIENTS IN THEIR HOMES, ZEROING IN ON MILLENNIALS WITH AN EASYGOING BFF APPROACH TO GUIDING GUESTS THROUGH WINE TASTINGS. MY MISSION IS TO MAKE WINE FUN AND APPROACHABLE FOR ANY LEVEL OF WINE ENTHUSIAST! ABOUT LeARN MORe AS SEEN ON FREE DOWNLOAD FrEe WINE 101 Guide Join my mailing list and instantly receive my Wine 101 Guide. This guide is perfect for figuring out the basics of wine pairings and at home tastings - so grab a bottle and read up! > I ACCEPT TERMS & CONDITIONS CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD VIRTUAL TASTING WINE WINE WINE IN-PeRSON TASTING SAM'S WINE CLUB TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH AND INVEST IN YOURSELF. IT"S ABOUT DAMN TIME! I AM EXCITED TO HELP GUIDE YOU TO FIND A CLEAR PATH ON YOUR BRAND IDENTITY, AND ULTIMATELY FIND FULFILLMENT IN TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHILE BUILDING AN ENGAGED AUDIENCE. THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING ME TO HELP YOU ALONG SUCH A PERSONAL PROCESS! SOCIAL CHANNEL TRAINING BRAND CONSULTS ON-CAMERA TRAINING CREATING PROFITABLE PARTNERSHIPS BRANDING EXPERTS LeARN MORe MY CURReNT FAVS Want to find the wine you'll love? Introducing Sippd, your new fave “AI-Powered Personal Sommelier" WIN E VDAY BITES AND BOOZE FOOD & RECIPES Serious About Wine? Here’s What to Consider When Starting Your Own Label BUSINES S FROM MY EXPERIENCE WITH SAMANTHA, I'VE FOUND TO BE ONE OF THE NEW BREEDS OF SOMMELIERS. SHE BRINGS A FRESH EXCITING VIEW ABOUT WINE AND EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH WINE. SHE MAKES LEARNING ABOUT WINE FUN. PLUS SHE HAS AN UNCANNY KNACK OF BEING ABLE TO APPROACH ALL FOLKS WITH VARIOUS EXPERIENCES WITH WINES. SHE CAN COMMUNICATE AND HELP THE NOVICE DRINKER AS WELL AS EDUCATE THE MORE EXPERIENCED WINE LOVER. PEOPLE LIKE SAMANTHA AND HER STYLE IS A BIG BOOST FOR THE WINE INDUSTRY. - Ron DiLauro ELeVATE YOUR BRAND I’VE HAD QUITE A FEW YEARS OF EXPERIENCE MYSELF WHEN IT COMES TO BUILDING A BRAND FROM THE GROUND UP. EVERYTHING I PREACH HAS BEEN PRACTICED, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT! NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE ON YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY, I’M READY AND WILLING TO HELP YOU ELEVATE YOUR BRAND AND YOUR BUSINESS. LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER! I'M ReADy THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORiTE THINGS ONE THING I LOVE MORE THAN WINE, IS SHOPPING. MY FAVORITE THINGS LIST IS SAM-APPROVED AND TESTED. FROM PARTNERSHIPS TO AMAZON GADGETS, THESE ARE ITEMS AND BRANDS THAT I LOVE AND BELIEVE IN. TAKe ME TO THE GOoDS 1/3