Party Like It’s 1787

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Party Like It’s 1787

Party Like It’s 1787

Every four years, our Constitution affords us an opportunity for things to get utterly ridiculous. Amidst heated debates, Facebook feuds and ideological divisions between the best of friends, we forget that every election is a reason to celebrate another season of vigorous debate.

Here’s the deal: as my mom would say, “I don’t give a hill of beans what side you’re on.” But I sure do like to celebrate democracy and I think this year, especially, deserves some lightheartedness. Celebrate like it’s 1787 (that’s when the Constitution was signed!) and have your friends from both sides of the aisle over for a debate watch party, complete with wine, appetizers and all the donkey and elephant paraphernalia you can find. 

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Thirst Down For Wine And Football

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Thirst Down For Wine And Football

The Perfect Play for Getting Wine a First Down 

Football season has arrived. It’s the season of dips and beer, of jerseys and face paint and, my personal favorite, yelling at the TV screen. With college game days and the big leagues nearly every night of the week these days, football is something of an omnipresent staple in our lives from August to January.

Unfortunately, for us wine buffs, traditional “football culture” with its kegs and bags of chips hasn’t really made a place for wine. This season, whether you’re cheering on your alma mater or rooting for the pros, it’s time to move wine off the sidelines and into the scrimmage.

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Pairing Perfection: Wine and Chocolate Truffles

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Pairing Perfection: Wine and Chocolate Truffles

In terms of things that just go together, wine and chocolate are one of the most luxe and absolutely lovely pairings out there, due largely to the enormous variation in both of these indulgences. Wine and chocolate both play with this concept of “bittersweet,” wrapping a thousand flavors into a single bit or sip.

From our tasting rooms to beautiful outdoor experiences, we firmly believe that indulgence is deserved, whether it be in nature, wine, chocolate or all of the above. In homage to our favorite sippables and sweets, we’ve paired wine with some simple and delicious chocolate truffle recipes for a perfectly wonderful way to end the day. 

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Fall Veggies and WIne Pairings

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Fall Veggies and WIne Pairings

We’re just weeks out from the official start of fall, which means a whole new wardrobe, pantry and wine list are in order. As the days grow shorter and shorter, we’ll retire our sauvignon blancs, pinot grigios and some of the lighter rosés in favor of pinot noirs, viogniers and cabernets. And while, we’re at it, we’ll stock up on those harvest vegetables for filling and fresh dinner deliciousness. If you’re putting together your own cornucopia this fall, consider these scrumptious fall vegetables (and the vino to pair with them!). 

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Winederlust - Six Super Fun Experiences Wine Lovers Must Try

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Winederlust - Six Super Fun Experiences Wine Lovers Must Try

Wouldn’t it be great if wine could be a part of anything? If life’s humdrum and monotony could be punctuated with sweet sips of rosé and chardonnay?

Across the globe, winemakers and wine lovers alike are finding creative ways to bring wine into fun and relaxing experiences. After all, there’s not much that can’t be made better with a glass in hand.

If you’re a wine lover, a world traveler or just an explorer at heart, start your “Bucket List a la Vin” and kick it off with us by checking out these six fantastic wine-infused experiences at Malibu Wines. 

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Rosé is Here to Stay

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Rosé is Here to Stay

"You know the line: “What’s in a word? A rosé by any other name would taste just as great.”

So maybe that wasn’t exactly the line, but I’m pretty sure that’s what Shakespeare meant to say. While I might have taken some liberties with our Elizabethan friend’s famous quip, I take none when I say that the “in-between” blend of dry, pink wine has wine marketers scratching their heads at its expedient rise in the United States.

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September Nears and Harvest Reappears

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September Nears and Harvest Reappears

For most people September means summer is over and it’s time to get back into the swing of “real” life.  The fall months are upon us, most students are back to school and the weather is changing. At Saddlerock Ranch, in Malibu, it means grape harvest is in full swing and its showtime!

It’s truly the culmination of all the tedious and labor-intensive work over the last year. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are the first varietal to come in and shortly after, the Syrah grapes for sparkling. Deciding when to pick your grapes (harvest) is a lengthy process that can take up to two months to complete. One might think you just taste the grapes and if they’re to your liking, you pick. If only it were that easy!

First, you need to establish your winemaking profile. Do you want sweet wine? Red or white? A heavy oak influence? More mineral flavors? It is all up to the winemaker and what product they are trying to produce.  The Semler Estate wines for example have a sandy loam soil that makes their vines vigorous and therefore their wines aromatic with crisp tannins, going for bold structure with an easy complexity. How will this translate into their vineyard picks? Easy peasy.

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Make It An Endless Summer

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Make It An Endless Summer

Keep Cool. Look Cool. Be Cool.

Troye Sivan’s “Cool” as been my summer jam lately, especially since the heat has reached it’s peak across the nation. But the summer sun is hard to resist, especially on the seemingly endless cloud-free days. But I don’t just want to feel cool, I want to look cool, and that’s exactly what these hot and trendy items help me do.

Take a look at these summer staples that can be found at the Malibu Family Wines store when you pay us a visit. 

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From Grape To Glass To Canvas

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From Grape To Glass To Canvas

Artist Feature: Lisa Semler

From grape to glass, the winemaking process is an ode to nature and artistry, and at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California, we’ve found that art and wine are among the best pairings we can think of.

Lisa Semler, wife of Ronnie Semler, also known as lady of the ranch, explores and express a love of art, wine and nature in her stunning original works which are created on the property in her private art studio. 

As anyone keen to the spirit of Malibu will tell you, it’s the myriad natural settings that offer so much inspiration to the artist’s soul. Semler finds a particularly strong connection with her surroundings, often engaging nature as her muse.

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Red Wine Berry Compote

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Red Wine Berry Compote

’m the case study for the dessert stomach. I eat dinner as the socially acceptable prerequisite for eating dessert.

Personally, I’m a fan of desserts featuring fruit. I love the fresh, clean, palette cleansing sensation of rich berries in a flaky pastry, or atop some creamy, cold vanilla ice cream.

My favorite is when these berry desserts serve as a vehicle for the rich, spicy notes of a bold cabernet. I’m going to share a simple step-by-step recipe that will make sweet use of your favorite vino in red wine berry compote. In this recipe, fruit sugars, alcohol sugars, and just plain old sugar caramelize lightly in a fruit sauce bursting with complex notes of berry, vanilla and the unique profile of a wine of your choosing. 

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DIY - Wine Cork Craftiness

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DIY - Wine Cork Craftiness

If your family is big on wine, corks might be saved or tossed out en masse. What we suggest is you start saving Tuesday’s dinner, corks from the big summer party, corks from that rom com night alone, corks from Sunday picnics. 

For what? Well, that massive jar overflowing with corks on your kitchen island can be undoubtedly aesthetic, but even better, put those cork memories to good use.

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Farm-to-Table First Steps

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Farm-to-Table First Steps

If you haven’t been to a farm-to-table restaurant or dinner party yet, it probably won’t be long before you cross paths with this “of the earth” style of dining. If you want to be the trendsetter we know you are, check out these tips to create a farm-to-table feast of your own.

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Wine Tech: App Review of Vivino

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Wine Tech: App Review of Vivino

What do Barnes & Noble and a wine store have in common? They’re both places where I want to try everything I see. The potential thrill of opening a new book and experiencing a journey full of emotion isn’t so different from uncorking a bottle of wine and meandering through the notes of a given varietal. Both places, however, leave me in a bit of a conundrum: I’ve got a thousand choices when I generally only need to walk out with a couple of items.

For books, I’ve come to trust things like Goodreads. For wine, I’ve come across this novel little mobile application called Vivino. Like all technology, it’s got its bugs and user experience challenges, but it offers those seeking to expand their wine-drinking horizons something of an informed opinion off which to make their choices. Here’s our review…(nope, they’re not paying us to say this!)

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Summer Nights Under the Stars

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Summer Nights Under the Stars

Did you blush when Danny Zuko sheepishly pulled off his ring and offered it to Sandra Dee? Does it make you swoon to think of a romantic date at a drive-in theater, watching movies under the stars with your sweetheart? Greased up hair and cheesy grin aside, I think that guy was on to something.

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Sangria: Your Summer Wine Superstar

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Sangria: Your Summer Wine Superstar

Nothing spells summer quite like some oh-so-refreshing sangria. Hailing from the Iberian peninsula, this beverage of fruit steeped in red wine is a sweet and complex drink that is as beautiful as it is tasty. Easy to make and delicious to drink, there’s sure to be a sangria recipe to appease any palette.

Since this drink emerged in ancient times, it has evolved tremendously to appeal to wine drinkers of all kinds, offering a refreshing experience with flavors that cool anyone down when the sun is hot.

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Let’s Get Hitched in the Great Outdoors

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Let’s Get Hitched in the Great Outdoors

Stunning wedding venues that embrace California’s natural beauty

Are you at ‘that age’ where the friends you took algebra with are starting to get married? And, your social channels are flooded with photos of couples and more couples. 

July's always that month where white dresses are filling up Instagram feeds in abundance and the warm summer sunshine brings west coast weather to a prime. Can anyone really blame the lovebirds for wanting to celebrate matrimony at the height of summer?

California has the unique advantage of spanning more latitudes than any other state in the union. Because of this, it captures a wide range of geographies, climates and stunning natural landscapes that make it a hotspot for outdoor weddings.

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Red, White and Barbeque

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Red, White and Barbeque

Cocktails, beer and summer punches abound when folks take to the grills on Independence Day. Enjoy some great national dish ideas as part of your Fourth of July menu with varietal pairings that will raise the bar on your barbeque and fireworks

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Four Easy Reads for Your Wine-brary

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Four Easy Reads for Your Wine-brary

One of the greatest joys of being a wine drinker is the experience of learning about the nuances of different regions and varietals, and sharing that knowledge with those you love. For many who enjoy drinking wine, it becomes something of a lifestyle that is woven throughout cooking, home décor and travel. The most enthusiastic wine drinkers will even find that it makes for a great conversation piece.

From the splendid colors to the stunning landscapes, the wine aesthetic offers much for the home environment, but like anything good in a bottle, it’s best when shared. We’ve curated a selection of outstanding table-top books on wine that make the perfect centerpiece for your coffee table or bar area, while offering friends, family and guests an engaging and informative look at the fundamentals of viniculture.

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Splendid Outdoor Soirees

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Splendid Outdoor Soirees

Long evenings call for your best in entertaining. Dinner parties and cocktail hours alike can take a sun-kissed breath of fresh air as you move your dining experiences outdoors for the summer.

From experience, we know our local Malibu dinner parties always call for something out of the ordinary, and we’ve got some simple tips to make summer swanky. From reimagining your seating to jazzing up a classic dip, you’ll have the solstice party that will be on everyone’s lips until winter.

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California Must Listen Tunes

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California Must Listen Tunes

Get outside as soon as possible. Roll your windows down and take a ride down PCH. Crank a few of these odes to California and thank your lucky stars if you get to call California your home. 

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