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Jingle All the Wine – Wine Pairings for the Holidays with Argaux

Tis the season… To drink some wine!!!  Some of the best parties of the year are during the holiday season.  Everyone is ready for a good stress free night of good food and good wine!  Today we teamed up with the ladies from Argaux to share wine pairings with our favorite Christmas songs!  How fun is that?!  Wow your guests with this fun list they created for our readers, and better yet you can purchase the set straight through them!  Another plus, each bottle is hand picked and amazing and under $35!

Photos by Riley Starr

Here’s a little bit from the ladies behind Argaux, Arden & Margaux…

Here at Argaux, when we think “Holiday Wine” we think versatility.  Whether you’re hosting a dinner party and need wine pairings or looking for a hostess gift, it’s important to have a variety of good quality, affordable wines to choose from.  In this case, we’ve paired some of our favorite holiday vines with some of our go-to holiday jingles!  

Pairing wine with music is a unique spin on your holiday party.  The right song can drastically change how each wine tastes in your glass and it’s an easy way to elevate your next party no matter what time of year…

Each wine is paired with a song based on the mood and personality the song and the wine convey.  High tone vs. low tone, brass instruments vs. the piano…  these sort of elements in any given song contribute to the way the song feels… or… the texture of the wine… see for yourself!

You can purchase the Beijos Holiday Pack here!!


How cute are these gift boxes?!  Who wouldn’t want the gift of wine?  I know I would!!  They really make a great gift for the holidays and would be such pretty presentation for your guests!

How cute is this set up?!  I think any guest would be excited to join this party!  Keep reading for a little more about each wine pairing…
 
NV Henri Goutorbe Champagne Rosé: I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas – Lake Street Dive 
Delightful • Jovial • Bubbles dancing on your tongue

This wine is striking. Pretty on the nose with layers of red fruit aromas and violets. On the palate this wine is velvety and energetic. 75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay. This champagne is refreshing and classic. The Goutorbe family had been producing estate-bottled champagne since the 1940’s. Today the family owns 25 hectares planted with pinot noir, chardonay and pinot meunier. 

2013 Château de Brézé Clos David: Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry 
Bright • Friendly • Classic  

This is the wine that turned her onto Chenin Blanc! Coming from arguably some of the best vineyards in Saumur, Château de Brézé was once coined Chenin de Brézé. These are wines that were once poured among the royal courts of Europe. Margaux and I were able to meet winemaker Arnaud Lambert in 2016.  Arnaud poured an outstanding lineup of still white and red in addition to Château de Brézé and Domaine de Saint Just Crémant de Loire.

What stood out the most during our visit was how Arnaud talked about the wines. When he talks about the wine he’s really talking about the geology of the land that makes up the clos of Brézé. I asked him how he knows when to pick the grapes for harvest. He told me, “When you start to make wine, you make wine to make wine.” For the past two years during harvest he has tasted the berries every day, twice a day, imagining what the wine will be.

2015 Wonderland Project White Queen Chardonnay: Santa Baby – Gwen Stefani
Familiar • Sultry

The Wonderland Project founded by sommelier Matt Ahern is filling a void. Finally, there’s a high quality chardonnay made from high quality fruit at an approachable cost. The White Queen was previously available at a mere few restaurants. Now, Argaux represents The White Queen and Two Kings Pinot Noir. Both are top selling wines year round!

2014 Amy & Peter Made This Pinot Noir: Baby It’s Cold Outside – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Baking Spice • Traditional • Cozy

Amy & Peter are the dynamic duo behind Black Sheep Finds, producing this Pinot Noir among other notable red blends under labels such as Hocus Pocus and Genuine Risk. Together they manage everything from harvest to managing their tasting room in the Wine Ghetto. There’s a beautiful balance to this wine. Think refreshing, classic pinot noir with a hint of spice.

2015 Salcheto Chianti Colli Senesi: Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong
Snazzy • Charming 

Part of being sustainable means being innovative. Salcheto, a winery based in Montepulciano, Tuscany, is making delicious wines all while respecting Mother Earth and the land their grapes come from. Not to mention, the value is incredible. What is “Natural” wine?

Essentially, a natural wine minimizes the carbon footprint by eliminating the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. The Salcheto vineyards are all certified organic and even more impressive…the winery is entirely powered by solar. You’ll notice a calculated label on each bottle illustrating the carbon footprint of the wine. 

2014 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel: Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley & Martina McBride 
Romantic • Comfortable • All-American 

This is a moderately jammy Zin with an herbal quality and fine-grained tannins. This wine pairs wonderfully with blue cheese and peppered beef tenderloin.

Now do these girls know what they’re talking about or what?!

Enjoy these wine pairings!!  Jingle all the wine!!

xx

Jacquelyn


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By on December 7, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, COCKTAILS, HOLIDAYS, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco – An Easy Fall Holiday Cocktail


This past weekend I was at the farmer’s market and stumbled upon a bounty of fresh figs. I grabbed a bunch and knew my Sunday was going to get a lot better trying out some new fig cocktails. You know how you spend Sunday cooking up yummy fall soups and dishes that smell your house up? Well, I spend mine taste testing cocktails. Someone’s gotta do it right? When I think of figs, I think thyme, fresh citrus, and some sweetness. The fig honey thyme prosecco to me is the perfect fall drink. It’s got all the feelings of warm and cozy with the thyme, fig, and honey. And, add in the fresh citrus, elderflower, and bubbly, and you just created a warm fall floral bubbly. 

I got a joke for you…

What happens when you add all the fall ingredients into one drink? 

It’s a figging good thyme!

Yeah… I’ll leave the joke/pun telling to Jacquelyn!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

I N G R E D I E N T S
serving: 2-4 

6 fresh figs, diced or 1 tablespoon fig preserves (but fresh is the best)
2 ounces elderflower liquor
juice of 1 lemon
2-4 tablespoons manuka honey, depending on your taste
one tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish 
prosecco, for topping

D I R E C T I O N S

Add the figs, elderflower liquor, lemon juice, honey, and thyme to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, gently push the figs down until they release their juices. Add ice. Place the top on the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into 2-3 glasses. 

 Top each glass with prosecco. And finally, garnish with figs and fresh thyme.

And… I made it super easy for you to get it all from the comfort of your cozy warm bed. Shop it all below! Just add your fresh product at checkout!

xx

Abby



















 

 

 

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By on November 8, 2017 in BEIJOS COCKTAILS, COCKTAILS, Fall cocktails

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Mummy’s Juice, A Bloody Halloween Drink


Halloween is just as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids. I love this time of the year. I know I probably say that about every holiday, but its true. Decorating the house, pumpkin carving, family costumes (or trying to get the family to do a group costume), and all the endless spooky food + cocktails. Plus, all the candy. Duh. 

 Are you throwing a Halloween party? Or you merely a parent on Halloween night? Regardless, any parent will require a cocktail or two to deal with the insanity of Halloween evening. It’s truly the only way to deal with youngsters on a pure sugar rush. Let’s get boo-zy, shall we? Of course responsibly! Mummy’s juice is what it sounds like. Every mummy needs her juice while trick or treating, this is one just has a little treat added to it. A bloody looking Halloween drink that is fun and still is a classic drink with no fuss. 

MUMMY’S JUICE

I N G R E D I E N T S

Red Vino (your favorite kind, I like Cab)
La Croix or Pellegrino (again, your favorite flavor)
Ice
Fresh Herbs
spooky glass for serving

D I R E C T I O N S 

This is a very simplistic drink that you can make prior and refill as needed. Serving it in a fun cup just seals the deal on it being Halloween. This recipe is for one serving.  

Fill your glass with wine half way. Then add a couple ice cubes. If this really bothers you, then happily omit. Add in about 1 shot of your sparkling juice. Garnish with a fresh herb. It makes it pretty, but also provides a fresh earthy taste to your drink. Then enjoy!

And, you can also serve this in a pitcher with dry ice, to create an extra spooky look. 


Happy Halloween!

Stay safe out there mummys!

 

xx
Abby

 

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By on October 31, 2017 in BEIJOS COCKTAILS, COCKTAILS, HALLOWEEN

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Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos With This Marigold Sangria

 


What a better way to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos then with a marigold sangria. Yesterday, we featured a Dia de Los Muertos bash for the littles, see it here. Today a little treat for the adults! The marigold flower is the traditional Day of the Dead flower; it is used with other brightly colored flowers to decorate during Dia de Los Muertos which takes place October 31 – November 1st.  I wanted to incorporate using marigold not only for decoration but also add it to the cocktail recipe itself. You can do this by infusing the sangria with marigold tea. Not only is this cocktail simple to make, but it is more fun to drink by adding dry ice! A great cocktail option for your upcoming Halloween bash as you can make as much as you like. All souls will enjoy sipping on this sangria!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka

MARIGOLD SANGRIA

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Marigold Tea
Red Sangria
Fresh Cut Citrus
(orange, lime, lemons)
Cinnamon Sticks
Fresh Orange Juice
 

D I R E C T I O N S

Now, there are so many ways to make sangria. Everyone has their choice of method and ingredients. Do you like it super sweet, or just a touch of sweetness? There is no wrong way of doing sangria. It’s a personal preference. For this particular sangria, I wanted it to be fresh in taste, and fast to make since I will be serving this for a crowd or a couple of friends. I used a pre-mixed Sangria, like this Slices Sangria. It’s one of my go-to’s. 

Start by pouring your sangria into a pitcher, and adding in all your fresh cut citrus and cinnamon stick. Oranges, lemons, and limes are my chosen fruit, especially the oranges. Then add two tea bags of the marigold tea. Let the mixture sit overnight. Finally, add about 1 cup of fresh orange juice to each bottle of sangria you use. Fresh juice is critical here! Taste your sangria before pouring.  Give it a little taste test in the morning, just a sip or two! Nothing crazy that early in the morning! If I feel I need more tea flavor or citrus, this is my chance to add more. 

Time to serve! Grab yourself a tray or merely serve on your kitchen island. It is a must to involve brightly colored flowers for your Day of the Dead cocktail. 

We all know I love a pretty garnish, so I put in a cinnamon stick in each glass and a couple of wedges of citrus and flowers…

I just love a loose flower mess…

Now for the best part, adding the dry ice. Please, please read and be informed of how to deal with dry ice. You have GOT to use the right gloves and tools to handle the dry ice. Here are some tips and directions for using dry ice.

T I P S

Protect yourself by dressing in a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toed shoes.
Pick up the dry ice with tongs.
Use a chisel to break off smaller pieces from the block.
Use the dry ice in a well-ventilated area.
Store dry ice in an insulated container that is not airtight.
Melt the ice when you are finished with it by pouring warm water over it.

D I R E C T I O N S

If you’re going to make your dry-ice beverages one drink at a time, you only need a tiny piece of the substance to create the desired effect. Drop them in right after you’ve poured and garnished the drink before you serve it to your guests. The dry ice will sink to the bottom of the glass and stay there, preventing the drinker from consuming it before it dissipates and the steam effect subsides.

Cheers!

 


So fun huh!! 



This marigold sangria is my favorite drink to make to date! 

xx

Abby

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By on October 26, 2017 in COCKTAILS, Fall cocktails, HALLOWEEN, THAT’S SO BEIJOS

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APPLE & BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

 



As soon as I feel a slight crisp in the wind, all the fall recipes come out to play. And by slight crisp, I mean its still 80 outside and that slight crisp wind is only in the early morning or late at night. And this week’s forecast is calling for 90’s. But, hey it’s California, we don’t really get a transitional season, it goes straight from hot to cold. I’m eager to start sipping on apple cider and mulled wines, but I feel a bit off doing it in my sandals and shorts. These warm cocktails will have to wait for the cold weather but till then its all about the apple-infused cocktails. Since it’s still pretty hot, this apple & blood orange margarita is ideal for the start of the fall season while we still have a little bit of heat left. 

 

A P P L E  &  B L O O D  O R A N G E   M A R G A R I T A

P R E P   5   M I N.     |     S E R V E S   1  D R I N K
 

I N G R E D I E N T S

1 1/2 – 2 oz. mezcal or silver tequila
2 oz apple cider
2 oz blood orange juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
1-2 tsp agave nectar
cinnamon sugar salt
slice of apple + dried blood orange slices for garnish
 
D I R E C T I O N S

In a small bowl, combine equal parts of cinnamon, sugar, and salt. 
Run a lime wedge around your glass, and rim with the sugar-cinnamon salt.

Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine mezcal, apple cider, blood orange and lime juice, and agave nectar. Shake it up! Finally, pour into the prepared glass and garnish with apple and blood orange slices.

FALL ENTERTAINING TIP:

This is a great cocktail that can be made in batches for Fall entertaining. Combine the mezcal, apple cider, blood orange, lime juice and agave in a pitcher and stir to combine. Keep chilled in the fridge. When it’s cocktail time, coat the rims of 4 glasses in salted cinnamon sugar. Add ice to each glass and pour the margaritas over the ice. Finally, garnish! 

Cheers! 

xx

Abby

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By on September 29, 2017 in BEIJOS COCKTAILS, COCKTAILS, Fall cocktails, RECIPES

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