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Downton Abbey Cocktails – What To Sip While Watching!

Downton Abbey Cocktails - What To Sip While Watching!

The highly anticipated premier of Downton Abbey’s fourth season is tomorrow night, Sunday January 5th.  In celebration, we thought we’d share some special ways to sip along while soaking in all the drama! DOWNTON ABBEY COCKTAILS 1. Royal-Tea Cocktail Recipe Photo Courtesy of: © Beefeater Gin Royal Tea Cocktail Recipe from Beefeater Gin Ingredients: 2 parts Beefeater Gin 2 parts brewed and chilled Earl Gray Tea Squeeze of lemon juice Spoonful of sugar lime wheels […]

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Holiday Sangria Recipe and Gift Idea

Holiday Sangria Recipe and Gift Idea

Homemade gifts from the heart are some of my favorite to gift. Make up a few batches of this festive Holiday Sangria, wrap it up and give them as favors, hostess gifts or stocking stuffers (I’d love to find this in my stocking!) Or display it as the focal point of your “help-yourself-bar” at your holiday gatherings. Holiday Sangria Ingredients ½ cup fresh cranberries 2 cinnamon sticks 1 granny smith apple, washed and sliced 1 […]

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Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Presents the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival!

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Presents the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival!

  Disclosure: Caesars Entertainment is a generous sponsor of the #JerseyLove Social Media For Social Good Trip. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City will proudly present the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival’s fifth annual celebration, beginning Thursday, July 25, with events taking place throughout the weekend.The four-day culinary and spirits festival, will feature a star-studded roster of the world’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities, including Robert Irvine, Rocco DiSpirito and The Neelys, and more.  […]

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5 Must-Have Wine Apps!

5 Must-Have Wine Apps!

Below are five apps that offer a complete guide to enjoying wine, from deciding which bottle to buy to making sure not to overdo it. The list comes from Nick Clunn, an award-winning journalist who has worked for several websites and daily newspapers, including The Record in New Jersey.  Nick teaches journalism as an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University.   You can follow him @NickClunn. Cheers Nick and thanks for the great information – original […]

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Mother’s Day Sangria Punch – VOGA Wine

Mother's Day Sangria Punch  - VOGA Wine

Here’s a great cocktail for Mother’s Day Brunch.  I love all the fresh fruit in this recipe, it makes for a pretty presentation and a delicious cocktail for Mother’s Day.   Plus it’s the perfect cocktail for hosting a larger crowd because you don’t need to mix individual cocktails and cutting the wine is always a budget-friendly.  CHEERS MOM! Mom’s Sangria 1 Bottle of VOGA Italia Moscato Wine 12 oz passion fruit nectar or juice […]

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Quintessa Estate – Wine Sisterhood Gathering Napa #WineSister

Quintessa Estate - Wine Sisterhood Gathering Napa #WineSister

“The Story behind the Labels – Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013. We will always remember and cherish the time we spent at Wine Sisterhood Gathering in Napa.  There are too many people and places to detail in one post, so we are excited to announce a six-week series – “The Story behind the Labels – Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013. Picking up where we left off in our book, Plan To Party, in our Wine Country Crush Party […]

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Raymond Vineyards – Wine Sisterhood Gathering Napa #WineSister

Raymond Vineyards - Wine Sisterhood Gathering Napa #WineSister

Disclosure:  Party Bluprints Inc. was hosted by the Wine Sisterhood for this experience.  The opinions are expressly out own. Named the 2012 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast – image of the “Theater of Nature” Raymond Vineyards “The Story behind the Labels – Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013″. We will always remember and cherish the time we spent at Wine Sisterhood Gathering in Napa.  There are too many people and places to detail in one […]

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Chappellet Wine Tour – Wine Sisterhood Gathering Napa #WineSister

Chappellet Wine Tour - Wine Sisterhood Gathering Napa #WineSister

Disclosure:  Party Bluprints Inc. was hosted by the Wine Sisterhood for this event.  The opinions in this post are expressly our own. “The Story behind the Labels – Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013″. We will always remember and cherish the time we spent at Wine Sisterhood Gathering in Napa.  There are too many people and places to detail in one post, so we are excited to announce a six-week series – “The Story behind the Labels – […]

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Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013 Napa

Wine Sisterhood Gathering 2013 Napa

Post and images by Elizabeth Dawn and I were honored to be two of the 50 Wine Sisters (there were also 3 Wine Misters) in attendance at the 2013 Wine Sisterhood Gathering in Napa earlier this month. We love Napa, food & wine, a good party and we knew we would love sharing it all with our Wine Sisters! The 2013 Wine Sisterhood Gathering was such a rich experience on so many different levels. We […]

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Perfect Pink Sparkling Wines For Valentine’s Day

Perfect Pink Sparkling Wines For Valentine's Day

Looking for something special for Valentine’s Day?  Pink Sparkling Wine is a great choice.  The bubbles and hint of color look like Valentine’s Day in a glass! A few years ago, our resident wine expert, Kirk Sprenger turned us on to thinking pink for Valentine’s Day.  In his words, “Valentine’s Day is the day of romance. And, for that, what’s better than something pretty in pink? Perhaps one of the wine world’s largest misnomers is that […]

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Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Winner!

Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Winner!

Take inspiration from the four finalist of Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Competition and host a party of your own in 2013! Last week, Elizabeth I attended finale event for the 2nd annual Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Competition.  The event was judged and hosted by Padma Lakshmi and Sterling Vineyards.  Four fabulously talented finalists, chosen from hundreds of entrants in the contest, were brought to NYC to showcase how they would host a the ultimate party.  […]

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Interview With Padma Lakshmi – Sterling Ultimate Host Search!

Interview With Padma Lakshmi - Sterling Ultimate Host Search!

Last week Elizabeth and I had the opportunity to sit down with Padma Lakshmi to learn more about her search for the “Ultimate Host”.  The contest, sponsored by Sterling Vineyards, kicked off Sept 6th and will end with a finale and crowning of the winner this December.  We will be attending the finale and can’t wait to see who wins this year! Calling all hosts – it’s your chance to be nationally celebrated and WIN […]

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The Coolest Boxed Wine For Your Party!

The Coolest Boxed Wine For Your Party!

    Boxed wine is not just for squares anymore. Ok, I stole that line from another site and you didn’t hear it from me first.   However, I want to share some of the best boxed wines, I recently have had the opportunity to taste. We all know by now, that boxed wines have come a long way and some very notable wineries are opting for this packaging.   Those that formerly bottled only in […]

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Moscato is Making News!

Moscato is seriously trending this year and if you haven’t tried it, the holidays are a good time.  Everyone from Hip Hop artists to hosts in the know are singing its praises and serving it at their tables.  Sales for Moscato are up 91% this year!   So why is Moscato so hot?  Here are just a few of the reasons… the frizzante style is perfect for celebratory events and the holidays. it’s simply perfect […]

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Best Boxed Wine For the Buck May Save Your Summer Party!

Summer parties are some of the best memories I have of my childhood and are also what keep me going during the dark, icy cold days of January and February.  However, they do present some challenges for home entertainers.  Two in particular come from moving the party outside.  We tend to invite more people to our outdoor parties than those we host indoors, making them more expensive.  In addition, when we host outside on patios […]

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Bring on the Beaujolais! – Friday’s Featured Cocktail is Wine

Bring on the Beaujolais! - Friday's Featured Cocktail is Wine

“Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”, “The New Beaujolais has arrived!” At exactly one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, Beaujolais is released for immediate shipment worldwide, about 65 million bottles! The fanfare surrounding this wine’s trek from tiny villages in France to your table is due to the fact it’s the first wine of the season in the northern hemisphere. Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the gamay grape, grown in the […]

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The “Must-Have” Wine for the Holidays is Moscato 2010 from Jacob’s Creek

This summer, Elizabeth and I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Bernard Hickin, chef winemaker for Jacob’s Creek,  tasting, learning and falling in love with several of his wines!  As guests, we were very excited to be among the 1st to taste the Australian powerhouse’s newest wine, 2010 Moscato, which will be available nationwide in a few weeks! We are very excited to share this wine with you because we believe Jacob’s Creek […]

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Hot NEW Product for Keeping Wine Cool!

Yes, this is my new favorite product for summer entertaining: The Ravi Wine Chiller!  It saves you time, money and stress when you entertain so you can chill just like your wine! The Ravi Wine Chiller can chill wine from room temperature to its ideal serving temperature in an instant – and that just made serving wine for your summer parties and BBQs simple! Now you don’t have to waste precious real estate in your […]

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Tips for Tasting Wine Like a Pro.

I love wine and this time of year my crush on it gets even more intense. September to October is harvest season in wine country, and is known as the Crush. I was very fortunate to visit Napa during the crush. It’s an amazing time to be there and you can feel the excitement in the air as wine growers, producers, tasters and masters begin the process of creating the new year’s wine. A new […]

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Wine Pairing for Surf & Turf

Wine Pairing for Surf & Turf

Summer usually means at least one great Surf and Turf BBQ or maybe you treat yourself to this special meal while on vacation. Either way, picking the right wine to compliment your meal is important. We went to our resident wine expert to find out which wine works best with land and sea! Here is what he said . . . “Comments from Kirk” – Kirk Sprenger is a wine expert and proprietor of Chappaqua […]

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Best Green Wines

Best Green Wines

Written for Partybluprints.com By: Kirk Sprenger Kirk Sprenger is a wine expert and proprietor of Chappaqua Wine & Spirits in Chappaqua, NY. Kirk provides his expert opinion and advice on our wine selections, and, in many cases, advises us on wine selections, pairings, and rules. Best “Green” Wines With today’s blitz of “think green”, it is only fitting that the wine industry would follow suit. Though organic wines have been around for decades, they are […]

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“Wine” lots about the Economy, but Drink it for Less!

You hear it, read it and see it everyday – “We are in a Recession!” and everyone is watching what they spend . We all need to cut back where we can, but spending less, doesn’t mean we have to give up quality or enjoy life less! In the world of wine this takes some savvy shopping and a lot of homework – or just trying some of the picks below to see what you […]

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