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Tuesday’s Tasting – Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere

Another Tuesday Tasting and yes, another bottle of Italian wine. We can’t believe it ourselves, but it’s such a great value and highly rated wine we just had to talk about it. Today’s bottle, a 2009 Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere got 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 91 points and a Top 100 (#69) pick from the Wine Spectator and it’s only $24.99! A great wedding wine at that price.

“The 2009 Le Sughere di Frassinello is simply dazzling in this vintage. Expressive floral notes are woven throughout a fabric of vibrant dark fruit in this intense, supple red. Racy and expressive from start to finish, the wine impresses for its fabulous harmony and ripe, explosive finish. Le Sughere is best described as the estate’s second label. It is a 50% Sangioveto, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 12 months in French oak, 50% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.” — 93 Points, Antonio Galloni for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Get it at Wally’s Wine in West LA while it lasts.

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Custom Wedding Cocktails

Fancy cocktails are making appearances at more than just your local hipster bar, custom cocktail companies looking to create that perfect signature drink for the bride and groom’s special day are popping up all over the US. It can add that personal touch and, along with the ceremony and ensuing dinner/dance party, make that cocktail reception something to remember.
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Just Engaged? Here is a list of things you should do next…

Well, Valentine’s Day has come and gone! How many marriage proposals were there? I bet there were quite a few!! If you find yourself engaged this February 15th, here are a few helpful tips on what you should do now…

  1. Don’t panic!!! Once you announce your engagement you will be bombarded with questions. First, everyone will want to know how he proposed. Then, everyone will want to know when is the big day? Don’t stress! Take some time to celebrate your engagement and don’t worry about answering everyone’s questions. It’s perfectly acceptable to tell them you don’t know yet and that you are just enjoying the moment!
     
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Tuesday’s Tasting…

Happy Valentine’s Day!! This isn’t really a “Valentine’s” post… but I do love wine and Valentine’s Day is about love after all so I think it’s perfectly acceptable for today. Also, for those of you who know me, it might seem a little strange for my first wine post to be about a non-California wine. We do love our California wines here at the Mitchell residence. But this Ciabot Berton Barbera D’Alba Fisetta from Piemonte, Italy is one of our new favorites. Read More…

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DIY Valentine’s Day – 52 Reasons I Love You

Valentine’s Day is coming! You can’t escape it. It is the day for you to profess your love and celebrate it by going out to dinner or spending a romantic night in. It is the perfect opportunity to exchange gifts and cards with thoughtful words of love that you’ll want to read over and over. Whatever gift you are giving to your “someone special,” just keep in mind that it does not have to be expensive. Some of the most memorable and personal gifts are often those creative and handmade! One of my favorite handmade gift ideas is this “52 Reasons I Love You” from PaperVine.

“52 REASONS I LOVE YOU”

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Happy New Year!

Yes, I know its February! I’m a little late to the game but I think I’m finally ready to say goodbye to 2011. Well, maybe I’m not completely ready to let it go but I don’t really have a choice, do I? Who can blame me for wanting to hold on to one of the most amazing years of my life! 2011… The year I married my best friend and love of my life! The year my youngest son became a teenager and my oldest son turned 21!! The year I started Love & Elegance and coordinated my first two weddings. Also the year we got Winston, the cutest Frenchie on the planet! I made some new friends… reconnected with old friends… had some pretty amazing and unforgettable dinners and drank a lot of great wine! Good times indeed! Read More…

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