Holiday Wine Cocktails

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Holiday Wine Cocktails

Holiday Wine Cocktails

It’s quite likely that after a time-warping night around the globe, hopping in and out of chimneys, Santa and the missus like to unwind with a nice holiday cocktail—something sweet and fun to celebrate another successful year of joy-spreading and whatnot. As the holidays approach, and you feel like you’ve stopped at every gift shop from Malibu to Laguna, a little Christmas cheer in a glass might be in order for you, too.

Get creative in the cocktail kitchen with some of these cheery classics with a holiday twist.  You can wow your friends, or simply wow yourself with a gift that goes down easy. Each one features a wine-based ingredient that will add some magic to your mixing this season.

 

Winter Wonderland Cosmo

1 ½  parts vodka

¼  part orange liqueur

1 part white cranberry juice

¼ part Riesling

Cranberries for garnish

Shake with ice and double strain into a martini glass. Top with Riesling.

This cosmo concoction is a festive, slightly less sweet take on a staple bar drink. It’s so delicious, you might feel like you’re on the nice list. White cranberry juice adds milder flavor, and the cloudy while color makes this drink look like it’s frosted with a snowy glow.

 

Vieux Carre Christmas

3/4 part rye whiskey.

3/4 part Cognac or port wine (fortified red wine)

1/2 part sweet vermouth (fortified red wine)

¼ part Fernet Branca (or Mente, if you love peppermint)

1 tsp Bénédictine liqueur

1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

1 dash angostura bitters.

Peppermint Stick for garnish

The Vieux Carre is a challenging and rewarding drink, and we’re pushing it a little further with a festive splash of complex Fernet.

Dubious? Whiskey holds up to minty flavors surprisingly well.  This stiff whiskey drink will warm you up, and with the intensity of flavors packed into the bitters, vermouth and Fernet, notes of herb and spice mellowed by your favorite rye will help you have a merry little Christmas. Fernet definitely packs a punch, so experiment with how much you enjoy the flavor profile, and you can reduce the vermouth accordingly if you’d like to add more. Stir this one over ice and serve on the rocks.

 

Joyeux Noel ‘75

1 part gin

½ part lemon juice

2 parts champagne (or sparkling white wine)

3 dashes of rosemary infused-simple syrup

It’s like a French 75, but better. Make your fresh rosemary syrup by brining 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, and at least ¼ cup of rosemary leaves to a slow boil.  Simmer for a minute, then remove from heat to rest for about a half hour. Strain the leaves out.

Then, mix the gin, lemon, and syrup in a shaker of ice. Shake, shake, shake. Pour into a champagne flute and top with your favorite bubbly. Swap out the lemon garnish for a spring of rosemary. It’s aromatic and positively festive.
Experiment with your syrup to add some other interesting flavors, like sage or star anise, which are sure to dance like sugarplum fairies with the gin.

 

Cheers you and yours this holiday season!

 

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How Do You Drink Your Wine: Glass, Mug or Bottle?

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How Do You Drink Your Wine: Glass, Mug or Bottle?

Once upon a time, people drank wine out of flagons, horns, and even animal skin. Nowadays, we’ve almost all transitioned over to the wine glass. But let’s face it: not everyone is about the delicate stem and breakable glass, despite how much these qualities can aid in maximum enjoyment. At home, we’ve all got something we’ll drink wine out of when nobody is looking.

So, what does your preferred wine container say about you?

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Sweet, Spooky and Tasty Halloween Cocktail Recipes

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Sweet, Spooky and Tasty Halloween Cocktail Recipes

Halloween Inspired Cocktails

On the night when the spirits come out to play, it’s also important to have some devilishly good spirits to help you sip the night away. Halloween is the best time to play make-believe, but you should never be faking it when you’re signing up to be the bartender at your next spooky shindig. Instead, wow your ghoulish guests with these kitschy, yet delicious themed cocktails.

Ghoul-evardier

Mulled Wine

Witch’s Word

Lighted Jack-O-Lantern

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Be The Wine To Your Friends

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Be The Wine To Your Friends

The nature of drinking and eating lend to speaking from the heart, making new friends and enjoying the company of old friends. We let our guards down and we're open to all kinds of thoughts. The whole experience makes for a very heartfelt experience.

After the toughest of months America has had to face, let's give cheers to the people we turn to drink with in order to let loose, bond and reflect.

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It's Crush Season (Harvest Season)

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It's Crush Season (Harvest Season)

While harvest season mostly evokes images of a horn-of-plenty filled with squashes and autumn vegetables, it’s also a poignant time in the year of a winemaker when all the careful cultivation comes to an end.

After the warm, humid summer brings ripening to the vineyard (a time your wine enthusiast friends might call “veraison”), harvest season marks the transition from growing to mashing, fermenting and aging. Starting in September, wine growers north of the equator begin the process of de-graping the vines and getting ready for the fermentation and aging process that turns a sweet fleshy fruit into one of the worlds most beloved beverages: wine.

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Fall Into Style Guide

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Fall Into Style Guide

As always, we’re here for you as you prep your wardrobe for the cozy climes of autumn. This season, we’re taking a page from a high fashion eye in cinema with a style guide inspired by the wardrobe from Tom Ford’s adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man. This timeless, yet relevant fall look will give you all the sophistication you need with all the simplicity you desire. 

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5 Leading Ladies Who Love Wine (Almost) More Than You

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5 Leading Ladies Who Love Wine (Almost) More Than You

The “wino” has a long been invoked as an archetype to provide comic relief and often much needed wisdom that rises above the chaos of life like cork in a glass of wine. Nowadays, however, it's not just comedic characters who carry wine like a handbag. In addition to ladies who make us laugh, T.V. has brought some strong and even frightening femme fatales to the small screen.

Let’s highlight some all-time favorite wine-loving ladies.

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It's All Wine And Games

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It's All Wine And Games

Summertime is the best time to catch up on your tan, relax and brush up on your game-playing skills. Poolside, beachside or late night barbequing, here are some of our wine time favorites.

Forget that friend who's the ongoing Scrabble champ. Fellow wine-lovers, there's a game out there that you, too, can be obnoxiously good at it by wielding your wine knowledge and showing Little Miss Scrabble a thing or two. From wine-themed editions of classics to entirely novel ideas that actually incorporate wine into the game, you’ll be winning and wining with these incredible options.

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Win(e)ter is Coming: The Wines of Game of Thrones

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Win(e)ter is Coming: The Wines of Game of Thrones

Winter might be coming, but wine has been here for a long time, and it’s not going anywhere. If you’ve watched, like, 10 minutes of Game of Thrones, you’ll know that the Westerosi rival the French when it comes to per capita wine consumption. From Winterfell to Asshai, wine is consumed with fervor as a means of celebrating, forgetting and simply washing down really gross food.

The great fans of Game of Thrones have studied the books and pieced together a great deal of information about the wines fictionalized by author George R.R. Martin. And, much like in the real world, the folks in the Seven Kingdoms have some fierce feelings and snooty tastes when it comes to vino. If you caught that Ed Sheeran cameo, you’ll remember that even our little rough-and-tumble Arya Stark still choked a bit on some wine one of the Lannister infantrymen had made.

In general, most wine in the series comes from the south where climates are warmer and the soil is fertile.

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Wine Lexicon

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Wine Lexicon

Wine lovers love to let you know they love wine. And they do it in some of the most obnoxious ways, not least among which is using words that the average Joe has no reason to know the meaning of. It’s our duty as your vinophile zine to help you decode the lingo and perhaps even wield it yourself.

Study up on these wine words and phrases, and earn your enthusiast badge.

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Essential Elements to Wine Tasting

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Essential Elements to Wine Tasting

No need to hesitate at the idea of wine tasting or ordering when wine for your guests in a restaurant due to inexperience. Once you learn a standard ritual for wine tasting, you can handle the process anytime, anywhere, on your own with ease and confidence.

It's actually a simple wine tasting ritual allows the taster to analyze the wine as thoroughly or as casually as the taster prefers. The ritual for wine tasting is broken down into four basic elements, which include appearance or color, bouquet or aroma, taste and aftertaste.

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Vegetarian Dishes and the Wines that Love Them

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Vegetarian Dishes and the Wines that Love Them

For many, if the grill isn’t going, then something isn’t right with summer. We see your meat and raise you a garden-full of farm-to-table freshness that pairs perfectly with a curate selection of phenomenal California wines.

Check out these inspired vegetarian dishes that are filling and flavorful, as well as our recommended wines.

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Summer Wine and Dine Picnic Pairings

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Summer Wine and Dine Picnic Pairings

Back in spring, we gave you some practical tips for picnicking, including pairing and packing for the journey. Since then, the weather has only gotten better, and we’ve introduced some new wines that make for a perfect picnic libation. Check out these three picnic-perfect recipes and the wines that love them for your next outdoor dining excursion.

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Events in the Bu' - Malibu Wines

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Events in the Bu' - Malibu Wines

One of our favorite things is having folks cruise out to Malibu Hills to celebrate life’s simple pleasures, like sunshine and laughter. Whether there’s music playing or wine flowing, our little corner of the world off Mulholland Highway would love to be graced with your presence at one of our upcoming events this Summer, 2017.

Come out and stretch your muscles or your vocal chords with one of these fun Malibu Wines events!

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Tips To Travel Safely With Your Wine

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Tips To Travel Safely With Your Wine

Traveling with Wine

Imagine going off to wine country for the trip of your lifetime. Your week is soaked in shiraz and cabernet, dripping with pinot this and pinot that. You enjoy the Malibu sun and all the beauty the Pacific coast has to offer, and you even pick up a few bottles to take home. At the hotel, your bag full of trendy clothes stare back at you, and you realize just how much space a bottle of wine takes up.

It’s not fair to have to choose between leaving behind clothes or wine, so before you plan your vineyard vacation, brush up on these tips for making sure you can make it back home with those bottles in hand.

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Best Of Movie Quotes With WIne

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Best Of Movie Quotes With WIne

With temps on the rise, the best way to hide out and stay cool is the full blast of the movie theater AC, watching movies in reclining leather seats, drinking cabernet and eating things with goat cheese instead of slurping soda and eating popcorn like them old days. I’m partial to both versions, but I certainly did not mind a little sipping to accompany my silver screen experience.

Long before theaters allowed you this oh-so-joyous experience, films were making wine a focal point all on their own. To help you reminisce about some of the moments where wine stole the show in cinema, we’ve curated this list of quotables regarding your potables.

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Cheers to BBQ

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Cheers to BBQ

Who doesn't love barbeque? Chicken, ribs, pork, and even portabella mushrooms charred just a little with a sweet and smoky sauce is pure comfort food.  And, let’s not forget the sides—corn on the cob, potato salad, and slow cooked baked beans makes for the perfect summer feast.

Barbeque is a cuisine full of regional variation, allowing for great diversity in terms of flavors. The underlying commonality is a rich blend of spices, sweetness and maybe a little bit of tang. The notes of tomato and brown sugar most often form the base, unless, of course, you’re going for a tart mustard sauce. But, I digress…

To help you properly enjoy your grilled, smoked, roasted or baked barbeque dishes, we’ve picked out a few common barbeque flavor profiles and paired them up with the perfect varietal.

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Fashun Trends in the ‘Bu

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Fashun Trends in the ‘Bu

The Romper That One-Piece (For Him) 

If you haven't heard, male rompers are officially a thing this summer and the internet is going nuts over the new style for men. The garment dividing the nation might or might not actually be a romper but a urinal-friendly separate that just happens to match.  For those who do want the one-piece no hassle comfort of a romper but with options, there's the Kickstarter internet wonder project, RompHim.  Many other brands are going full-speed ahead as well.  A personal favorite is the Sheehan and Co. Summer Jumpsuit. Check out 5 Real Guys Who Put Rompers to the Test.  Umm, hello people, it's called Fashun. 

The Dad Hat

Trying to stay out of the hat this summer?  Go with the "Dad" Hat, The Kind-Of Weird, Kind-Of Cool Trend Infiltrating Our Closets. Swapping a flower crown for a simple logo dad hat seems to be the way to go. Perfect for keeping the sun off the skin, hiding the tell-tale signs of late-night parties, masquerading any bad-hair days and a great selfie prop, the baseball cap is essentially the perfect all-year-round accessory. Love Malibu Wines, love theirStanley cap by Branded Bills

 

 

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Celebrating National Wine Day

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Celebrating National Wine Day

The good things in life are worth celebrating. Don’t you agree?

So, when something brings people together, bolsters the economies of states and communities, inspires art, transcends history and is just really, really tasty, it deserves a day all to itself. On May 25, from Atlantic to Pacific, we celebrate National Wine Day.

As your resident wine fanatics, we’ve got some fantastic ways for you to celebrate, starting with expanding your wine horizons. And, if you're keeping it simple, just pour a glass of your favorite wine on May 25 to participate in National Wine Day

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