Jul
03

red, white, and blue sangria

Oh HEYyyyy Holiday Weekend, is that you approaching?
YOU, the one weekend that has everyone out spending all of their money on unnecessary red, white, and blue garb JUST FOR FUN!! Do you even KNOW how long I have been searching for a pair of red shorts to wear on the 4th?? 

Anyway, I love this time of year. Friends, family, cabins, lakes, fireworks, grilled eats, watermelon, being outdoors – it’s all so good. I’ve taken the entire week off work for some solo enjoyment and relaxation – as far as I’m concerned, the Holiday Weekend is already here – my “weekend” just happens to be longer than most. Ha! 

red, white, and blue sangria

To get in the spirit of red, white, and blue, I’ll probably get out my American Flag Shorts, have my nails polished in red, blue, and glitter (!!), AND I’ve got an entire batch of red, white, and blue sangria waiting for me, calling my name. I’m thinking this first batch will disappear by the end of the day and the second batch will makes it’s way to the cabin in the mountains this weekend. We’ll see what happens :)

red, white, and blue sangria

red, white, & blue sangria
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Ingredients
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the strawberries, blueberries, and white wine. Allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator and stir in the agave nectar.
  3. Serve chilled, and when serving, fill the glasses ¾ full with the fruit & wine mixture and top off with a splash or two of sparkling water.

red, white, and blue sangria

Love

Crista


Apr
17

Arrington Vineyards

While everyone thought we were in Nashville Honky-Tonkin, Laura & I were with my buddy Jack in “Nashville’s Wine Country” – Arrington Vineyards, which is located just 20-30 miles outside of Nash and owned by country music artist, Kix Brooks.

After delivering a much anticipated vegan smoked cheesecake to the Bluegrass Tour Bus, Jack offered to take us downtown Franklin, TN for lunch and shopping then surprised us with an impulsive trip to the winery! Nice guy, right? He sure does play the role of a “tour guide” exceedingly.

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

As much wine as I drink, you’d think that I’d have visited more than two wineries in my lifetime… but I haven’t. The first winery I ever visited was in Hawaii, unfortunately I don’t remember much of the experience.

At Arrington, I learned that there is a lot I could learn about different wines and wine-making and I was definitely inspired to visit more wineries, more often.

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

A BEAUTIFUL Saturday afternoon spent outdoors with a bottle of red wine and relaxation was MUCH needed (we were exhausted from Friday night activities). We literally sat outside for an hour or two meditatively taking advantage of the fresh, crisp air – it was so good.

My only regret is that we were not prepared with a blanket to lay on and a cute little picnic lunch. Next time, for sure.

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

We got to do a wine tasting with Josh (he was a gem!) – there were several bottles of wine I would have purchased had I not been traveling. I DID, however, purchase a bottle of Blackberry Dessert wine (YUM!). I haven’t cracked it open yet, I would like to use it as an ingredient in a dessert…. I just haven’t figured out what that dessert is yet. I think Jack mentioned that he uses a few of the wines in his smoked cheesecakes. Regardless, I’m waiting for a “special” day or event. 

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

Jack’s favorite band was playing at the winery the afternoon we were there. I regret not remembering the name of the band. We would have probably stayed at the winery all day long had we not been anxious to take a nap and get back to the Honky Tonks…..

Love

Crista