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Yes Way Rosé! 2016 Summer Water Rosé Wine Review

2016 Summer Water Rosé Wine Review

Yes Way Rosé

I like it then I tasted it and I LOVE it!

Summer Water Rosé is a dry rosé that reflects the pink-tinted dream world of many.
The wine is perfectly crisp lighthearted, and destined for a good time.
Drink chilled with the ones you love, is what they say on the back label.

Summer Water is more than the rosé of the season, it’s a state
of mind – every drop full of pink-tinted possibility. This dry
rosé reflects the pale pink dream world of our partners, Yes
Way Rosé. It’s perfectly crisp, lighthearted and destined for
a good time. The grapes for this Central Coast Grenache and
Syrah blend were sourced primarily from cool climate areas
like Monterey and Santa Barbara County, and were picked at
21-23 brix for a high natural acidity that makes the wine ideal
for summer drinking. To ensure as little extraction from the skins
as possible, we used the direct press method, retaining the
delicate fruit aromas and pale color rosé is known for. The final
blend is a composition of many small fermentations, each treated
individually with care; the result is a lean and refreshing rosé with
notes of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white peach.

Central Coast Napa Valley

12.3% Alc. by Vol.

Contains Sulfites

This was a Yes Way Rosé and Winc collaboration project

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Top 3 Tequila Gifts This Christmas

Casamigos Blanco Tequila Co-Owned by actor George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber, this blanco is smooth and light. The aromas are restrained, but on the palate look for mild agave sweetness backed by lemon zest, ginger and white pepper sparks, plus a candied lemon-peel note on the gentle exit. 92 points $39.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Muchote Reposado Premium Tequila, is made by Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, in Los Altos, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The Vivanco family have been agaveros, growing agave for five generations. The Vivanco 800 acre Los Altos farms are known for rich red clay soil that produce a softer/sweeter tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is a single estate tequila, made from 100% Weber Blue tequilana agave. A great gift as scarcity adds value, known as the most awarded reposado tequila and a great tequila for a great price. 94 Points $29.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Casa Noble 2 Year Anejo Tequila is our most refined Tequila, this exquisite Tequila is matured in French White Oak barrels for two years and extra aged to perfection. This limited production spirit exhibits a deep golden tone, has an exceptional bouquet and body, and ranks among the finest distilled spirits in the world. It is beautifully contained in an artisan purple glass decanter. 94 Points $48.99 from Hi Time Wine

   
   

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Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California

Plan B Wine Cellars 2011 Mourvendre Review

Plan B Wine Cellars, has a 2011 Mourvendre from Happy Canyon in Santa Barbara, California. The 2011 Mourvedre works well on it’s own or with just about anything, it’s my new go to wine. If you ask the winery they will say that the cool and wet growing season led to them reducing the crop load a bit and opening up the vine canopy to encourage light and air circulation around the fruit. The result is a wine that is a bit more fruit driven with plum and spice with the familiar smoky earthiness that they are known for. You could save this bottle but temptations will be there as it drinks well today. If you go to Santa Barbara, California wine trail, Plan B is a winery in an industrial part of of town yet they do everything right so make sure you stop by. Janis, wife and co-owner of Plan B is enjoyable and husband, Marlow knows his craft. You will be taken back with all the wine barrels yet realize after you start tasting that they need to supply the demand. They have an elegant wine bar that is both comfortable and educational. Marlow said that they chose this over retirement, Plan B. Marlow and Janis are taking Plan B and creating amazing wines, a must have is the Plan B 2011 Mourvedre.

Awards
Artisan Awards Plan B 2011 Mourvedre Gold Medal Winner 2014

Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California
Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California

Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California
Plan B Wine Cellars Santa Barbara California

Artisan Awards www.artisanawards.com
Artisan Awards www.artisanawards.com

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AnestasiA Vodka An Award Winning Spirit

AnestasiA Vodka Review

AnestasiA Vodka is and award winning spirit, it’s the essence of two all-natural, all-American ingredients. First is the sweet corn sourced from northwestern farms, and second is the exceptionally pure water of the Cascade Mountains. The waters of this range flow through riverbeds of lava rock, and thereby avoid picking the sediment—metallic salts such as magnesium and calcium—present in most water sources. In fact, our waters contain 90% less of these compounds than your average drinking water. This makes our water remarkably ‘soft’, and results in Anestasia vodka’s naturally derived purity.

Once harvested, our corn grains are mixed with fermenting sugars and yeast—then distilled five times. This distillate is then blended down with our uniquely pure water before being filtered a further five times through crushed lava rock, neutral charcoal, and Arkansas-derived quartz crystal. This filtration process removes any remaining impurities, often including the congeners which can cause hangovers. The final result is fresh, easy-to-drink vodka that is both lightly weighted and very smooth.

Our whole process, from the grains we use to the naturally purified water, is an embodiment of the American artisan experience. This vodka serves as an homage to a longstanding American tradition—the domestic creation of handcrafted quality—as well as a beacon for a new generation of innovative American luxury.

AnestasiA Vodka was created to demonstrate that luxury spirits can be crafted in the United States. In 2007, founder Yuliya Mamontova started with the singular goal of producing the best vodka possible. Growing up in a European family of vodka producers, Yuliya learned firsthand the distillation, fermentation, and packaging expertise passed from generation to generation. In homage to her family’s traditions, AnestasiA is produced in small batches by skilled artisans using select all natural ingredients. We believe in domestic craftsmanship and ingenuity.

Our process begins in Bend, Oregon, handcrafted on a 24-acre farm. Knowing how important water is to the vodka distillation process and ultimately to the taste of a finished product, as vodka is 60% water, we chose to produce our vodka in the Northwest. Their water sources are consistently clean, and those that flow from Bend’s Cascade Mountains, exceptionally pure. The unusually low concentration of calcium carbonate in the region’s water supply ensures our vodka has a smooth, silk-like finish, and can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Our vodka purity embodies the pristine wilderness that surrounds our distillery.

We are a family-owned and family-operated business. Our commitment to superior taste, domestic production, and modern sustainability remains unwavering as we continue to focus our efforts on the quality of our product and work to rekindle the American spirit of producing luxury goods domestically.

Awards
WSWA Gold Medal Winner 2014
Craft Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner 2013
MicroLiquor Triple Gold Medal Winner 2012
NY World Spirits Competition Silver Medal Winner 2013
Beverage Testing Institute 94 Points

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French Toast Crunch Cereal

French Toast Crunch and Miss Cleo Are Back

Retro cereal French Toast Crunch back, General Mills just reintroduced French Toast Crunch, a popular cereal that was around for a decade, mid 90’s- mid 2000’s. It’s back and will soon be on the breakfast table of both hip kids and hipsters. Mom’s and hipster girlfriend’s don’t wait for him to ask, just surprise him and pick up a box next time your at the supermarket.

French Toast Crunch is a General Mills product, it falls in line with a donut or sugar cereal for nutrition value. Tastes like french toast, with a maple flavor and looks like mini pieces of French toast. For a weekend treat that will make just about anyone happy, this is your go to cereal.

If you were listening to NPR today you heard Miss Cleo announce the return of French Toast Crunch. Marketing at it’s best, bringing back two of my favorite things at the same time I’m in breakfast heaven, Miss Cleo and French Toast Crunch are back!!!!

French Toast Crunch Cereal
French Toast Crunch Cereal
French Toast Crunch Cereal Miss Cleo
French Toast Crunch Cereal Miss Cleo

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Shipping Container Home

Container Home Build & Design

When building a Container Home from a shipping container there are many things you must consider. Safety first, you’re probably going to have friends and family living in your container. This professional container builder has 14 years experience, he reveals his secrets and teaches you:
-How to build a beautifully designed home using shipping containers.
-What costly mistakes you must avoid so your project doesn’t collapse like a house of cards!
-The fastest way to get your project complete and livable.
-Where money can be saved and where you need to invest those savings for the best results.
-The cheapest way to build a container home from start to finish.
The many benefits of Container Homes, about 5 years ago the interest in shipping container homes sky rocketed. This is because people a realizing the huge benefits to this method:
-Afford-ability. Building a container home is extremely cost effective. If you’ve already looked into the cost of new or second hand container you obviously know what I mean.
-Design. You can easily modify shipping container to create a modern sleek look.
-Strength. Shipping containers are build extremely strong with few weak points making them a great starting point.
-Time. Because the majority of the home is already built you can have a complete home built in record time.
-Unique. Even though container homes are on the rise they are still unique and will stand out from every other home.
-Green. Recycling an old shipping container and using it to build with is a great green idea and many other will see the important example you’re setting. Here is a simple DIY guide to building a Container Home

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SUP, What Should I Buy and Why?

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport, and finally the competition between producers has leveled the inflated price to an affordable one. Stand Up Paddleboard or SUP for short, is a ton of fun and a great core workout. As consumers test the waters getting into the sport of SUP, I must give some helpful advice. Buy a quality board and a quality paddle from someone who not only makes boards, who also is on the water paddling, using the product he’s selling every day of the year. My dad always said “don’t give advice if you don’t do it, and when you make a purchase buy from someone who uses the product they are selling.”

Ever surf Zuma Beach? Vacationers or locals, when your in California head to Malibu and hook up with Tony “Radfish” Stearns. He is not only the maker of Radfish Stand Up Paddle Boards some of the best/lightest SUP boards made, he is one of the best SUP riders in the industry. If you want to see for yourself take a look at his YouTube channel #radfishmalibu and subscribe. You can take SUP lessons, purchase a SUP or upgrade your SUP to one of his carbon fiber/Kevlar custom shaped boards and carbon fiber paddles.

I’m the guy who always wanted a SUP yet it always seemed too expensive. I called Tony Radfish and started out with a few private lessons, it was everything I had imagined and more, awesome! Radfish is right on Zuma Beach in Malibu, one minute after you park your on a Radfish SUP in the water. Tony Radfish is a well known local he has been surfing the Malibu waves for over four decades he knows where to be on any given day. Known for his experience, professionalism, and winning many competitions in both surfing and SUP. This is a five star operation in every aspect, customer service, ocean safety and any other concerns you may have. If you want a wetsuit he has them available, if you ding your board he does repairs.

I purchased a Radfish SUP and I have used it everyday since. It is so much fun it doesn’t feel like a workout, yet I have lost 20 pounds. If you purchased a board and paddle like the one I purchased from Radfish in a store it would be three times as much. I recently upgraded my paddle to a Radfish Carbon Fiber Paddle, and I recommend everyone do the same. If your looking for a Stand Up Paddleboard take a look at Radfish, the best boards at wholesale prices. Tony Radfish makes them himself and sells wholesale directly to the public. Contact him for the best deal, mention that you heard about him from the Secret Blogger and your deal will be so much sweeter.

Contact information for Radfish is;
Phone: (310) 433-1767 call for appointment
Hours: Everyday Sunrise – Sunset
Email: radfishmalibu@gmail.com
Location: Zuma Beach Malibu, CA
Website: radfishmalibu.com
Instagram: #radfishmalibu
LinkedIn: #radfishmalibu

*I did take all the photos except for the girl rider & Tony Radfish on the water.
Radfish Rider

Radfish SUP

Tony Radfish

Tony Radfish Truck

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Oprah Winfrey Chai Tea Review

I’m a fan of Oprah Winfrey, but if I go to Starbucks I always have a black coffee.

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea or as they call it at Starbucks “Oprah Chai”, it is a hit and sales wise- people will by anything that Oprah puts her name on. Those were the selling points I was told at Starbucks so I decided to give it a try. It was served hot yet I recommend when you try it for the first time to try it iced, unless you make it at home then I recommend hot (you can customize it to your liking).

Howard Schultz is a marketing genius, I do see many more stars signature menu items in the near future within Starbucks Corporation. This is real not just an endorsement, Oprah Winfrey not only blends and drinks chai tea daily she helped in the blending of Oprah Chai. Oprah Winfrey said, “My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savory and spicy chai, with its deep flavor, has long been a favorite of mine.”

Teaming up with Starbucks and Teavana all proceeds of the signature Teavana Oprah Chai Tea will go to charities that help youth education. Charities like Pathways to College www.pathwaystocollege.info US Dream Academy www.usdreamacademy.org Girls Inc. www.girlsinc.org National CARES Mentoring Movement www.caresmentoring.org and Opera Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation www.owla.co.za if you take a look at the websites you can see just how much is getting accomplished. Oprah Chai has also lead to Steep Your Soul www.oprah.com/app/steep-your-soul.html a must see very powerful, inspiring videos with great guests.

Tasting Oprah’s Chai for the first time you should imagine that you are sitting in a coffee/tea shop in India. I would say close your eyes and don’t think of anything be Zen, opening your mind to a new positive experience. It will be bold something Starbucks is known for in the way they make there most popular coffee, Pike Place Roast. You will taste hints from the base/flavor profile black pepper, chicory, cardamom, clove, ginger and South African red rooibos. It truly is the perfect blend, a bit more flavor coming from the black pepper and ginger, not too gingery yet brings out a nice spice aftertaste. When you make Oprah Chai at home the pleasant spice will fill the room a really enjoyable aroma.

Back to my usual black coffee order at Starbucks, maybe Oprah Chai is that much needed change they say “variety is the spice of life” (life is more interesting when it changes often and you have many different experience).
Opera Chai Sign 1

Oprah Chai 1

Oprah Chai 14

Oprah Chai Iced 1

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