Hosting a #Hallowine Party on #Halloween ? Try wines @MercerEstates @santacristina46 + more🍷

Happy Halloween everyone! This past weekend, I thought it would be fun to combine my love for wine and good times by hosting a HalloWINE tasting party! Costumes were optional but having an open mind to trying new wines was a must. Thank you to the wineries who provided free samples to facilitate and share my review with you. 

THE INVITE–

I sent a simple text with the above graphic to my wine loving girlfriends to come out and enjoy. I picked up some fun Halloween decor from Dollar Tree and Walmart, like these “Don’t Be A Basic Witch” cocktail napkins for just .99 cents !

THE WINES —

  • Barrymore by Caramel Road Pinot Grigio 2015 (SRP: $13.99)
  • Barrymore by Caramel Road RosĂ© of Pinot Noir 2016 (SRP: $17.99)

Carmel Road winery partnered up with Drew Barrymore {Yes, THAT Drew Barrymore} to produce some delightful light and crisp wines known as Barrymore Wines. We tried their Rosé and Pinot Grigio. On their website, Drew speaks of growing up in California with some of her fondest memories were around the table.
The Pinot Grigio (with flavors of lemon drop, Asian pear, honeydew melon alongside the “wet stone” minerality) was fantastic with a mixed greens salad and vinagrette dressing. The RosĂ© (with flavors of fresh red fruits, notes of peach and apricot with floral and light citrus aromas) went perfect with spicy shrimp cocktail. It was perfectly balanced; not sweet and not dry. This wine was an instant hit with everyone there. Final thoughts: Barrymore Wines by Carmel Road are a match made in vineyard heaven!

#SobeSavvySips HalloWINE Tasting 2017

  •  Santa Cristina 2015 Rossa Toscana IGT (SRP: $13.00)

Four cheese ravioli with red sauce was served with Santa Cristina 2015 Rosso Toscana IGT. This Italian wine is a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. Soft and approachable, the Rosso (with flavors of cherries,plums and notes of spice) is the perfect everyday house wine! I can’t wait to try it with fall-inspired dishes like Slow Cooked Pork Loin with Apples and Prunes.

  • Mercer Estates 2015 Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills Reserve
  • Mercer Estates 2014 Syrah Horse Heaven Hills 

Two wines from the popular Washington State winery, Mercer Wine Estates, also was shared amongst my girlfriends {and my hubby who was our official somellier for the evening !} I thought a deep,dark mysterious red wine such as their RESERVE Syrah and a “Shining” {..get it} white wine like RESERVE Chardonnay would be great with our Halloween theme.

We could not wait to see what mysterious wine our HalloWine Sommelier would present & pour next!

Hubby served up the Chardonnay (with aromas of lemon cream pie, caramel apple and toasted butterscotch) while we had some crackers, cream cheese and speciality jams. This wine had the right amount of oak and butter, which went well with this party snack. Angus meatballs paired well with this Syrah (with aromas of blueberry preserves and complex notes such as tea tree,coffee,sage,rosemary). Wine often changes on the palate when paired with food and this wine is deep and dark. It has many complex layers to enjoy. If you enjoy a red with great body and weight, this is one to enjoy!

  • Mommy’s Time Out Prosecco 
  • Mommy’s Time Out Moscato      (SRP for both $9.99)

It was wonderful learning about and tasting some amazing wines. Sharing it with my husband and a couple of friends made this intimate HalloWINE gathering even more special! However, today on Halloween, after getting my lil one in her costume and going trick or treating, this Mom plans to have a moment to relax by myself with Mommy’s Time Out Wine. I’m gonna grab a few pieces of chocolate from our daughter’s trick or treat stash, and pour me a glass of either Mommy’s Time Out Moscato or Mommy’s Time Out Prosecco. All of their wines are made from grapes grown in Italy and have fresh, fruity, well balanced undertones. 

For more information on any of these wines, please visit:

Mommy’s Time Out www.mommystimeoutwine.com

Mercer Estates          www.MercerWine.com                  Facebook: MERCERESTATES             Twitter: @MercerEstates

Santa Cristina         www.Santacristina.wine

Barrymore by Caramel Road www.barrymorewines.com

Remember, these wines are not just good for Halloween but for enjoying anytime! 

Do you plan to enjoy some HalloWINE this Halloween? What are you doing to celebrate? 

Cheers🍷 and Happy Halloween !! 

#SobeSavvy Recaps #SaveHalloween #Party4Equality @SAVELGBT #Halloween2014 #Party

IMG_1581.JPG

SAVE Dade 20th Annual Halloween Ball: Once Upon a Midnight Scary happened on Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:00pm – 3:00am. This year’s event was held at Downtown Miami’s spectacular Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, truly one of South Florida’s premiere event spaces.

Sponsor Bacardi supplied their repertoire of brands including Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire at double the bars of last year’s event. On top of it all, this year’s VIP section was set up inside the building’s spooky vacant bank vault complete with OPEN BAR, and for everyone else there will be undead “bank tellers” serving up your favorite drinks! AND, TRACY YOUNG was back by popular demand this year spinning your favorite dance and electronic tunes with the assist from retro-flavored DJ Bill James along with three DJs new to the Halloween Ball: Alex Ramos, Carlos Rojas, and Maximus 3000!

In 2014 we’ve given it all for equality, and that goes for the Halloween Ball, too. Revamped and reloaded — here is my photo recap of this Spooktacular Event!

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

SAVE Dade Halloween Ball Recap!

cover

SAVE Dade’s 19th Annual Halloween Ball “ARMAGEDDON” held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Saturday, October 26, 2013 as predicted was a very fun night!
With DJ Tracey Young spinning the dance beats, plus open bar all night, what could go wrong?! Even the alien invaders had to agree SAVE Dade’s Halloween Ball was the place to be!

VIPs attended a COCKTAIL RECEPTION and SAVE Dade Young Guardian’s LUMINARY AWARDS from 8-10pm. SAVE Dade’s Young Guardians Society honored young community leaders with the SAVE Dade Luminary Award for their commitment and dedication to equality and LGBT advocacy. Admission Included: PREMIUM OPEN BAR, Hors d’oeuvres, special surprise performances, premium parking and admission to the HALLOWEEN BALL at +10:00 p.m.

Armageddon the HALLOWEEN BALL, Starring TRACY YOUNG Featuring Tiffany Fantasia, DJ Bill James, DJ FR8-DO kicked off at 10p.m when the Invaders arrived! Guests enjoyed an evening of OPEN BAR, dancing until 3am, special performances, and a themed costume contest with over $1,000 in cash and prizes.

Here is my photo recap of the event ! Enjoy!
“Lovely” Leslie Heigh -Follow @IJust_LoveThis
SobeSavvy.com “Social Butterfly News for South Beach and Beyond!”

cover2

cover3

cover4

cover5

cover6

cover7

cover8

cover9

cover10

DSCN0005

DSCN0004

DSCN0008

DSCN0051

cover11

cover12

cover13

cover14
cover15

cover16
cover17

cover18

DSCN0084

cover19

cover20

cover21