Meet Ash, one of our resident foodies:
Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Bianca, one of our resident foodies:
Bianca is a Southern California sista living her dream in Los Angeles. Keeping up with trends is what she lives for and she chases everything fun, fab and happening! You’ll probably spot her checking out a new restaurant, at a concert, or chatting with an upcoming designer. She loves Coca-Cola in a can...not in a bottle.
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
A bold statement, such as “Italian’s Do it Better” will constantly be up for debate depending on ones personal experience (or influence from the queen of pop). However, all judgments aside -- if the ladies in the bathroom can’t stop talking about these euphoric nights with feisty, passionate Italians then by all means fill up my glass, because apparently it’s been half empty.
However, before riding the Italian train a word of caution is necessary for the inexperienced, as the Italian wine region can be as complex as its men. With styles that are diverse and abundant while remaining loud and expressive you’ll be in for challenge. It takes a good eye to accurately sift through labels, which can be categorized by region or grape variety. To find the true Italian gems a basic understanding of the sub-regions of this country are required to help you avoid an accidental encounter with a “wanna-be,” (think Jersey Shore) and fall in love with the real Italiano’s (Fabio Cannavaro #EnoughSaid).
Here’s the breakdown:
*Piedmont: Home to the regions of Barolo and Barbaresco where the Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes thrive
*Tuscany: Home to the familiar region of Chianti and its Sangiovese-based wines (winemakers are required to use at least 80% Sangiovese grape to produce Chianti)
*Veneto: Home to the regions of Valpolicella (province of Verona) and Soave where consistent, easy to drink wines made of Garganega, Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara can be found alongside the famous Amarone.
Look for these key regions and grape varieties to help guide you in the right direction when looking for an Italian wine. You’ll be sure to impress any fellow enthusiast by moving beyond the usual suspects of France and California.
Vixen’s Hot Date of the Week:
I’ve been smitten by the Casa Vinicola Zonin family that’s dominating the Italian vineyards like the ‘Good Fellas.’ Masterfully crafting wines for the past seven generations they are the “largest private vine growing and winemaking company in Italy” #GangterStatus. With vineyards located throughout seven regions of their country, the Zonin family has a reputation of crafting some of Italy’s finest wines (There’s nothing better than an Italian with experience under his belt). After a night spent with their appealingly full-flavored Tenuta Ca’ Bolani, Pinot Grigio, I’ll be sure to revisit this well-balanced and persistent Italian a few times over. #ItaliansDoItBetter #MadonnaWasRight