When I think of wine regions the last place that would come to mind was Arizona. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out that wineries are popping up all over Arizona and producing some great wine! A Napa vintner once told me that the best wines are those that must “struggle” while on the vines. This kept coming back to me as I read up on Arizona wine because if any vines are struggling it is those in the Arizona heat!! So does the adage hold true and Arizona Wine is pretty great? I went to my sister-in-law, western blogger, Elizabeth to find out. Elizabeth happens to live in the Arizona region where wineries are popping up so she recently visited a few and is here to give us the low down.
Clif Family Winery
Wine & Food Club
If you have frequented wine tasting regions a time or two you have probably heard the term “farm to table” many a time. The idea of food being grown RIGHT THERE, cooked, then brought to my table is my idea of heaven. One thing you may not know about me is I am fairly obsessed with what my family and I eat. I want wholesome, organic, non processed food as much as possible. When this obsession of mine can come into play with the wine I drink I am one happy girl. It was not until I came across Clif Family Winery that I found out my love for wine and wholesome foods can be combined in a wine club. Yes, it’s true!
In an attempt to eat healthier (you know, to balance out all the wine calories haha) we have been eating a lot of lean meats in our house. After about a week my husband and I were both pretty sick of boring old chicken so I have had to get pretty creative and come up with new recipes. This pounded chicken with a white veggie sauce that I made up as I went was a huge hit. We paired with a delicious Sicilian white to round out the perfect dinner.
By now most of you have probably caught on to my obsession with wine clubs. What better way to continually get your favorite wines shipped right to your door?! Back in October I discovered a different wine club that quickly became a favorite for many reasons. I do not look forward to a wine club shipment more than I do Vinfluence…I literally get giddy with anticipation the day I know UPS is to bring it to my door. I rarely (if ever?) right an entire blog post on one wine club but I truly believe that Vinfluence is so special that you all need to know about it.
A Heavenly Trio
Honey Mustard Chicken & Brussel Sprouts Recipe + A Wine Pairing
Anyone else have those days where you are sick of all your go-to recipes and need something new?! That was me yesterday! Sick and tired of all the same things, I was really wanting to try something new, sans a recipe, and just wing it. Wellllllll, let me tell you, this REALLY paid off. Not sure how I managed to do it but I created not one but TWO new, phenomenal recipes. When one hears brussel sprouts rarely do they think, “YES! My freakin’ favorite”, but try this recipe and I can guarantee even your little ones will be asking for more. Paired with a delicious honey mustard chicken and a Guthrie Family Chardonnay this meal could not have been anymore perfect. I hope you all enjoy this Honey Mustard Chicken & Brussel Sprouts Recipe as much as my family and I did.
President’s Day Sales
You know by now that I love nothing more than a good holiday sale! These are the days I stock up on clothes, home decor, and my drinking accessories at GREAT prices. I’ve linked some of the best percentages off store wide below along with some of my favorite finds during this weeks President’s Day Sales. I hope you all have a beautiful President’s Day and enjoy and take advantage of all the sales!
President’s Day Sales- FASHION
Lord & Taylor — Get 20% off regular, sale, and clearance items when you use the code SALE until Feb. 20.
Nordstrom — Take up to 40% off winter clearance items until Feb. 26.
Bloomingdales — Save up to 60% on select items at Bloomingdales.com until Feb. 20.
Barneys Warehouse — Presidents’ Day Sale! Take 30% off everything as well as 50% to 60% off cold-weather items at LastCall.com until Feb. 20!
H&M — President’s Day Sale! Shop their $5 deals and save up to 70% off women’s, men’s and kids items! Enjoy free shipping until Feb. 20 with code 7779!
President’s Day Sales – HOME
This pillow from Nordstrom is only $21 today! – Polka Dot Pillow
I’m sorry, say what?!?!?! A Nordstrom Duvet Cover for under $100?!?!?! – Tufted Duvet Cover
$145 OFF this UGG Throw Blanket – Here
Lastly, I just bought two of these beautiful mirrors for my new bathroom at nearly half off – here
Happy shopping my wine loving friends!
Stuffed Chicken Recipe
I love coming up with new recipes and recently I have been on a stuffed chicken kick. The best part about this meal is you can switch it up and use whatever flavors are tickling your fancy that day. For example: I have done feta and spinach, pepper jack cheese, bacon, and turkey, and most recently, broccoli and cheddar. I wanted to share this recipe with you because it was the perfect pairing with a nice Chardonnay from Moran Manor that I got from Vinfluence Wine Club.
You will need (for 2 servings):
2 chicken breasts
1.5 cups for cooked, drained, chopped broccoli florets
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs (plain or seasoned works)
Lets get started:
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Pour a glass of wine
3. On a cutting board, filet your chicken breasts down the middle. This should make one longer, thinner piece. Do not slice all the way through if you can.stuffed chicken recipe
4. Once halved, place half a cup of cheese on each breast on one end
5. Next, place 3/4 cup of broccoli on top of the cheese of each breast.
6. Roll the chicken up and put toothpicks through it in order to hold it together.stuffed chicken recipe
7. Season each breast with the garlic salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and sprinkle with bread crumbs.
8. Place in a greased baking dish and cook for 30-40 minutes
The Wine Pairing
I tend to lean towards the oaky, buttery Chardonnay’s but with food I prefer a cleaner, crispy Chardonnay. With this stuffed chicken recipe I went with the Moran Manor Tantrum Chardonnay. The elegant minerality of this wine really brought this stuffed chicken to life.
What are some of your favorite stuffed chicken combos? If anyone is interested in my spinach and feta or bacon and pepper jack stuffed chicken recipes, let me know. I would be happy to share.
Valentines Day Gift Ideas
Naturally, most of the Valentines Day gift ideas I’ve brainstormed for you all are wine related..duh!. But lets start with a little jewelry because lets be honest if there is one thing a women likes more than wine it’s jewelry.
How gorgeous is this Champagne Diamond necklace by Chan Luu? Click here to see this beauty.
Another perfect diamond necklace is this initial 14k pendant found here
My last jewelry pick are these gorgeous cubic zirconia earrings here
Wine Gift Ideas
Wine Club – I’ve said it before and I will say it again…one of the best gifts I ever received was a wine club. It is the gift that keeps on giving and one that any wine lover would LOVE. Vinfluence Wine Club is my current favorite. Taste artisan wines while helping out a variety of charities at the same time. What could be better?! For more wine club ideas, click here.
A Trip to Wine Country – One of the best gifts my husband can give me is some quality time with him. What better way to do that then take a little trip? And naturally, wine country is where I would love to go! Take your loved one on a romantic trip to wine country and you are sure to score some extra points haha. Click here for my guide on any trip to wine country.
If a wine club or a trip are a bit over the budget, how about a special bottle? My recommendations: Reid Family Vineyards, Clif Family, or Razi Winery. You cannot go wrong with anything from these three wineries. I recently visited these wineries and was astounded by the quality of wine produced. Treat your Valentines Day partner to something special!
I hope I have given you all some good Valentines Day gift ideas. Have some other great ideas? I’d love to hear them! CHEERS.
Guest Blogger – Part 2 – Italian Wine
Everyday I dream of the day where I will travel through Italy tasting all of its wines. With a baguette and divine cheese in hand, of course. When I began my blog and insta page a couple months ago one of the first people I began to follow was @thetuscantravelista. She shares the most gorgeous photos of Italy and its wines. Gives me major wanderlust! Anyways, when I began this guest blogger series of wines from around the world I KNEW I had to ask her to write one for me. I hope you enjoy this tour of the Almafi Coast and its Italian Wine as much as I did. Try and not be too jealous hehe.
How To Guide – What Wineries To Visit:
Recently I have had a lot of people ask me what wineries to visit when going on a wine tasting trip. Presumably, they are asking because they want to know where the good wine is. But for me choosing what wineries to visit is a lot more difficult and overwhelming than that. See, I want to get EVERYTHING out of these trips that I can. I want great wine, a great experience, decently priced tastings, beautiful views, and more. So I thought I would list for you everything I look for in a winery and why.