Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mimosa Candle - Giveaway from Rewined!

I learned about a very cool company called Rewined last year when they partnered with Root: 1 Wine offering a free limited edition Carmenere candle with the purchase of a bottle of Root: 1 Wine .  You can read more about my review of the Cabernet I purchased here.   Needless to say, I loved my Carmenere candle!  It burned nicely and the smell was intoxicating.  I placed it in a main hallway and the aroma filled our home. 

Rewined is a pretty cool company with a great story.  The company was established about 5 years ago when a guy in a restaurant watched so many wine bottles get discarded and had an idea.  He wanted to repurpose those bottles into candles with scents that mimicked the tasting notes of wine!   Adam Festch, a.k.a. "boss man", is the one who came up with this brilliant idea.  The word of these candles began to spread and now there is an entire team of candle makers based in Charleston, SC.

Each of the candles is carefully hand crafted starting with cutting every bottle by hand and then filling them with a premium natural soy wax fragranced to give the aromas similar to what you would find in your favorite wines. 

Earlier this spring, I was pretty excited to hear about Rewined's Mimosa candle, one of the four seasonal candles they offer every year.  Once again, I have this strategically placed in the middle of my home.  The fresh scent of freshly squeezed oranges coupled with their champagne effervescence is so light and perfect for the season. 

You'll want to check out all of the variety of candles Rewined offers and add some to your shopping basket.  Rewined also sells candles in many retail stores - you can find those listed on their site as well. 

I'm SO excited to giveaway a Mimosa candle from Rewined to one lucky fan!  To enter the giveaway,  I'd love a "Like" from you on my Facebook page, that will get you an entry.  Already a Facebook fan or looking for a second entry?  Then check out Rewined's shop here and then click on "Post a Comment" below telling me what Rewined candle scent sounds amazing to you!    Giveaway starts today and ends 4/28/14 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  Note: If you do "Post a Comment", you'll need to do that in this blog post then enter your name in the field within the giveaway tool.

In addition to the giveaway, Rewined is offering free shipping to my readers to orders that include a Mimosa candle through the end of April.  This candle will make a perfect gift for Mother's Day - head on over to their site and use the secret code rewinedmimosabubbly to take advantage of the free shipping offer.  Enter the code on the shopping cart page before checkout.  Note: you do not have to create an account to use the code.

Good luck and cheers!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kalamata Tomato Bruschetta - Even for the Olive Haters

My little one's preschool is celebrating Week of the Young Child! and today's theme was "Teacher's Matter Celebration".  I was happy to participate in this and provide the teachers with a tasty and healthy snack! 

I wanted to make a traditional bruschetta - with a twist - and remembered I had some Kalamata olives in my fridge and thought those would add a nice salty flavor to the tomato mixture.  People are either olive lovers or olive haters.  I think that even the haters might enjoy this dish!  They are diced small, like the tomatoes!

This is a great dish to serve to a crowd and very easy to prepare.  Thanks to those teachers who have taught both of my sons at this preschool over the years!

Kalamata Bruschetta
Serves 10-12

2 French baguettes, sliced
Olive Oil
Chiffonade of 12-15 basil leaves
8 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced small
1 cup Kalamata olives diced small (same size as the tomatoes)
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Place the sliced baguette in a single layer on a cookie sheet and drizzle each slice with a small amount of olive oil.  Bake in the oven until slightly golden and crunchy.

In a large bowl combine the basil leaves, tomatoes, garlic, and olives.  Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, stir to combine.  Add pepper to taste.

Serve the tomato mixture in a bowl alongside the toasted bread.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod - Chardonnay

Many years ago, like in 2005, my parents visited Cape Cod.  While they were there, they made their way to Truro Vineyards and enjoyed a delightful experience there. While there, my parents bought The Hubby and I a very unique bottle of wine. 

They visited us that year for Christmas with said bottle and happily gave it to us as a gift under the tree.  This was a beautiful bottle of Chardonnay that was part of Truro Vineyard’s Lighthouse Series.  What does this mean?  Well – take a look at the photo.  Isn’t it cool?  It is in the shape of a lighthouse - it doesn't get more Cape Cod than that!  According to their website, “These wines represent a bit of a departure from the traditional wine, in large part because we put them into beautiful and colorful lighthouse shaped bottles. Sent to us from Italy, these bottles not only house wonderful wines, but are kept as keepsakes and souvenirs by tourists all over the world.”

What my parents didn’t know, was that they would learn on Christmas Day that I was expecting our first child.  So, needless to say we hung onto the bottle of wine and saved it for another day.  There it stayed in our wine refrigerator for over 8 years.  We kept shuffling it around when new wine arrived – but wanted to save it. 
With the weather warming up here in the Valley of the Sun, I have officially made the switch from reds to whites.  Finally, I said to The Hubby, “Let’s open this and drink it”.  And we did.  And it was delicious.  Wow.  Like, really amazing.  It was rich, buttery, and full of all kinds of yummy Chardonnay flavor. 

Truro Vineyards still bottles Chardonnay, but not in the Lighthouse Series.  They have reserved that series for three of their sweeter wines.  After speaking with the Truro, I also learned that they are launching a distillery and will be ready to start selling Twenty Boat Spiced Rum in May.  This won’t be shipped yet, but available if you visit the vineyard.
I hope you’ll take a look at their website,, and check out their beautiful photos and wines. 

Do you have special or unique wines that you are “saving”?  I’d love to hear about them!