Raise your hand if you’re a mom, wife or human being who likes to drink wine? I mean, do you agree after a long day that begins at 6am and ends whenever your kids finally close their eyes, few things are better than a few minutes alone with light music and glass of perfectly aged wine? I’m a Reisling girl primarily, but every now and then a nice Chardonnay will make its way onto my wine rack. I believe life is about balance, and I often balance mine with wine. Here’s some of my favorite wine hacks and recipes.
That said, I’m also a giver — get ready for my “giveaway” — and I support great charities that contribute to those in need. Wine and charity are not often intertwined but One Hope Wine is changing that. Started almost ten years ago, it’s a vineyard in Napa Valley that has consistency sought to be part of the solution as a corporate entity that readily gives away much of its profits. To date, One Hope Wine has donated 1.8 million dollars to causes that have a social impact. Their commitment to me, the consumer, and to charitable organizations makes me want to partner with them to help change the world. The more wine I buy, the more people are helped.
More and more these days, I’m trying to create kitchen hacks, great drinks and even better meals with wine. So when challenged with the task of doing it with One Hope’s Chardonnay, I threw on my SuperWoman cape and jumped in the kitchen…with a glass of wine of course. Now first let me tell you that this Chardonnay is refreshing with a hint of fruity undertones. Most of the time, I’m skeptical of wine companies like these because sometimes they focus so much on the business model and little time on the quality of their wine. One Hope does not fall into this category because they are run by Mondavi who is arguably the most famous and influential last name in the American wine industry. Even better most of the wines are at a price point of $20 – great right?!
Kitchen Hack #1
Buy 3 bottles of your favorite wine. You’re going to make ice cubes out of one bottle. For every 1 cup of wine, you’re going to add one cup of either simple syrup or my favorite is Sugar In The Raw – Liquid Cane. Saves you time and it’s healthier. Mix in a large pitcher and fill your ice tray. Allow it to freeze overnight. Remember that alcohol doesn’t freeze completely so it will also seem softer than a typical ice cube.
Ever forget to chill your favorite bottle of wine. Or have your favorite bottle of wine sitting in the kitchen or the patio and it gets hot. Darn it! Well – you know that adding ice cubes to wine is the worst thing you can do in LIFE. So now you have sweet wine ice cubes that will make your wine taste even better. WIN!
Mommy Only Slushies
We all remember growing up going to your favorite corner store to get a slushie. And now as adults, everyone is into juicing. Well here’s the evening / adult version of this.
I’m a huge fan of my Vitamix blender and use it to make soups and now to make adult wine slushies. For every 2 glasses of wine, use one bag of frozen of raspberries or strawberries. Add one full tray of wine ice cubes. Blend and enjoy.
Try using your favorite white wine to make a remarkable Shrimp Scampi. CLICK HERE Here’s one of my most requested recipes.
Do you want to help too? I mean, all you have to do is order wine! Now, please do not overindulge in your drinking, but please buy generously. Below is the company’s website to learn more and a giveaway that I’m hosting for them. Never has “doing good” tasted better!