Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Brunch Tips

There’s something about the air on a warm spring day that makes us want to get outside and enjoy brunch. The thought of hosting a brunch at home may be intimidating for some, but renowned celebrity event producer Gary Levitt has teamed up with Sterling Vineyards to share some simple tips to ensure your boozy brunch is a picture-perfect success.

Here are a few key tips from Gary:

·         “Be sure to visit your local Farmers Market.  The beautiful colors and textures of the food will help to inspire ideas for menus as well color schemes, plating ideas, and design choices.”
·         “Create a centerpiece using live plants that can be planted in your garden after the event or given to guests as parting gifts.  It provides a great conversation topic and will keep your guests talking about your party.”
·         “Don’t overdo the table décor. Sometimes less is more! Colorful ribbon wrapped around your table service and/or napkins is a great way to accent your table”
·         “Use everyday household items like storage boxes hid under table clothes or linens to create multi-tiered platforms for your centerpieces.”

·         “Have a great glass of wine ready at the door when your guests arrive.  It will make them feel welcome, grounded and at ease.”

Below are a few libation recommendations that are delicious, refreshing-tasting – including Pino Noir, a delightful Prosecco and a bubbly moscato rosé.

Sterling Vineyards 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir

From a legendary growing region, our 2011 Carneros Pinot Noir offers a dark red fruit profile graced with toasty oak complexity. Black cherry and rich toffee aromas open the nose, followed by brambly berry flavors. The sweet scent of forest floor and rich cherry cobbler weave through the smooth and supple palate. The finish is long and satisfying, with a spicy fruit intensity that extends toward a rewarding finale. Lamb, a dish perfect for spring-time occasions, will pair well with the inviting personality of this Pinot Noir. $18 SRP
Stellina di Notte Prosecco

Bubbles with oysters, smoked salmon, chicken salads, omelets and cheeses? Or just bubbles with friends? You don’t need a reason to uncork Stellina di Notte Prosecco. It’s a fun, affordable sparkling wine with delicate aromas of citrus, pear, melon, lemon and almonds. Elegant bubbles enliven the flavors, making them dance on the palate. The body is light, with a lovely balance between crisp acidity and a touch of sweetness. The hint of minerals in the finish is a classic quality of the Prosecco grape, which has been grown in the Tre Venezie region of Northern Italy since Roman times. Sales of Prosecco grew 23% in 2013 and has grown by 1/3 annually for the past five years$14.99 SRP, according to Nielsen.
Rose ‘N’ Blum Bubby Moscato Rosé

A pop of fresh strawberries and orange zest aromas open the Rose ‘N’ Blum Bubbly Moscato Rosé. Delightfully fun and playful, the wine dances with red fruit flavors and creamy, light bubbles. Subtle floral and stone fruit nuances add textural interest to the bright, bubbly palate. Festive and fanciful, the wine can be enjoyed on all occasions from picnics to parties. $18 SRP.

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