Name: Jennifer Stinnett
Kids: None yet
Works: Jennifer's Review (JenniferReviews.com)
Favorite part about being a mom: I look forward to saying, "Because I said so!"
Least favorite part about being a mom: I don't help my friends with poopy diapers
Famous for: Being the single, fun, yet slightly off center girlfriend of all my mommy friends!
There is a new gadget out there from France that is creating quite the buzz. Ha ... actually it may be a literal buzz!
The Fill'er up wine tank! Yep, you've seen the single serve wine dispensers before or maybe you've even seen the bottle vending machines .... but this one is even more interesting.
(Photo Credit: reserves-precieuses.fr )
The site is in french and while I get some words, the important ones are it's economical, eco-friendly and practical. So much for my french classes in school ....
How it works? Bring in your sealable container, select your "grade" of wine, fill up your container and print the receipt with your bill to take to the cashier. The "grades" of wine are: White, Red and Rose. Super easy ... and I don't see a size limit to the container!!
Sadly, this product is only in France for now ... it may be some time before we see these pop up in our area ... but then ... you never know....
Cheers to french entrepreneurs!
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I thought computers were supposed to make our lives easier. Has that happened for you yet?
In an age when we are always on the go and wearing different hats, it's tough to remember who you are each day. Are you the cook? The accountant? The maid? The wife? The mom? ha ... that's right, you're all of them and more.
Have I got the perfect wine for THAT crash day!
Roogle Shiraz from south eastern Australia imported by The Grateful Palate Imports and it's parent company R Wines.
Yep, on the bottle is a picture of something out of a Harry Potter series. It's a creature that fell between a Kangaroo and an Eagle. Do Kangaroos and Eagles even reside in the same geographic areas??
I have a feeling that this wine MAY simbolize the coming together of an Australian wine with an American importer. That's just my theory.
I think this would be a great wine for all mom's over 21 at the next Harry Potter themed party you attend. If you do bring this, let me know how it goes over with everyone.
For the taste ... not bad for a wine under $10 a bottle. I picked this up at my local grocery store for $8.99. I would encourage you to open it and let it air for a bit. The wine has a initial "bite" but I found the next day, it was smooth and good to go! I detected a bit of blueberry taste to this wine along with a nice berry taste. The tartness is something you'll notice and that's why I recommend letting it air a bit before trying.
For the price, this is a stunning wine to try and I don't think you'll regret it. If you are looking for a sweet wine, this may not be one for you. However, this just may be that great evening break you take to try a nice warm full-bodied wine to help you remember ... you're the best!
Cheers to Roogle!
P.S. -- I had a guest blogger the other day who has been a mom, an investigative reporter and a town justice. I'm honored to have her do a guest post on Jennifer's Review. At 73, she's my wisest guest blogger! Stop by and check out her post! Rye and her wash day wine
I'm so happy - this year I became an Aunt for the first time. Auntie Jennifer, that's me!
This past weekend I made the trip to see my little nephew again -- I can't stay away long because he's just too cute. He smiles all the time and ... of course ... is the BEST baby ever! (slightly biased)
So to celebrate the cutie little guy - I thought it only fitting to bring some wine to share with the family.
What to choose ... what to choose ...
I decided to go with Cupcake Vineyards Pinot Grigio. Why? Because cupcakes are cute little mini-cakes and my nephew is a cute little mini-person. I think it fits.
(... and people come to me for educated, well thought out wine discussions ... ha!)
Cupcake Vineyards is located in Monterey County, California. That's where the cool weather allows Cupcake Vineyard to grow some great grapes for their wines. The wines are distributed by Underdog Wine Merchants who have a great talent for finding some special wines to share. I know ... I've tried a few of them!
OH! ... and a little bit about the Winemaker ... after being an Aviator in the Australian Royal Navy, Adam Richardson "jumped ship" and took a second career as a winemaker. They have a picture of him on their site, you can thank me later; cute nephew, cute wine label, cute winemaker ... see how I'm pulling all this together?!
The taste is fabulous and when it's chilled right, has a pear and pineapple taste that's so refreshing. It's a great wine for a hot summer night AND of course, a great wine to celebrate new life in the family with!
Cheers to new babies!
I had to share this with everyone ... there is some good advice in this freaky 70's wine commercial.... "after all, taste is the best way to know if you like a wine" .... .
Ahhh ..... we've come a long way baby! Wait ... isn't that another 70's commercial?
I love wines and I love wines that donate to a cause. Mostly I love this because it means I'm multi-tasking ... doing good ..... drinking something good .... that always works for me!
Here are 5 budget wines that donate to a cause:
1. Mad Housewife Wine - White Zinfandel: Every case sold of this wine, Mad Housewife Cellars makes a donation to breast cancer research. Awesome! I'm buying cases because .... "It's for a cause!" I'm not sure that will fly with my pocket book ... but it would make some great Christmas time hostess gifts!
2. Little Black Dress Wines (link removed for LBD linking policy): Whoa!! Love the little black dress reference with these wines! I also love the fact that they support a charity called "Clothes off our back". Clothes off our back is a chartiable organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing celebrity clothing items. Yes, they are doing a celebrity little black dress auction! They also auction off those big "swag bags" that celebrities get for being ... well ... being celebrities. All donated to a cause. Pretty swanky stuff!
3. Cleavage Creek Cellars: This wine was started by Budge Brown, who lost his wife to breast cancer in 2005. Taking a bad thing and turning into a good one, Budge started a unique line of wines. Every year the faces on the labels are real breast cancer survivors. You can read the bios of the women of Cleavage Creek wines on the site. Each year, new women are chosen AND 10% of the the gross dollar on these wine purchases go back to cancer reasearch. To date - Budge has donated $72,300 according to his site. Cheers to cleavage!
4. Paul Newman's Own Wine: Remember Paul Newman ... you probably know his salad dressings and other organic goodies - but just before his passing he also launched a wine label. Newman's Own Wines. All the net proceeds and royalties from these wines go to the Newman's Own Foundation which sponsors "Hole in the Wall Camps" which is a camp for seriously ill children. I have to say ... I miss good people like Paul Newman.
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5. Charity Wines.com: This is a unique label. This company allows superstar athletes to create their own wine label to help with fundraising efforts of their favorite charities. Sadly, I don't see a Green Bay Packer taking advantage of this one yet ... maybe if it was beer, it'd be a different story! You will see hockey players, wrestlers, football and baseball athletes utilizing this for their charities. I kindof like this idea! Not sure which one I'd pick up though!
So there you have it ... just a few wines you might think of picking up the next time you need to multi-task! Do you know of any others? I'd love to hear about them!
In my intro post earlier I mentioned that I love boxed wine... the thing is, most people think of Franzia wine for boxed wine. Franzia wine is one of the most popular selling boxed wines out there .... founded by Teresa Franzia who planted her first vines back in 1906. (Girl Power!) Since then, while most people may make fun of the boxed wine stigma ... there are some really good wines in a box out there!
My current favorite is Bota Box Wine. Mostly, I like it because it's box is truly 100% recyclable and the bag inside is BPA free. This makes me like this wine even more ... the taste is good for an every day wine. To me, it's a rise above Franzia and the box is around $20. That may seem high, however consider that this box holds as much as 4 bottles of wine. That makes my budget.
However, would you bring a boxed wine to a party?
Since I talk the talk about boxed wine .... I knew some day I was going to have to walk the walk. That day came a few months ago. I was invited to a private concert in someone's home with Julia Brown and Charlie Cheney. Yep, celebrities .... and I was bringing my boxed wine! I was torn between ... "Is this gonna work?" to ... "Well... I don't know THAT many people here and may not see most of them again anyway".
I brought the Bota Box. It sat on the counter. I then asked the waiter that was hired for the event to "pop that box open". Without blinking an eye, he did .... I had my boxed wine.... all it took was for one person to start and then others tried it. Of course I had to tell them it was 100% recyclable ...
No one kicked me out ... and a fun time was had by all. So there you have it ... you CAN bring boxed wine to a party. I DID!
Picture proof all was well ....
(Photo L to R: Charlie Cheney, Jennifer Stinnett and Julia Brown)