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Our approach to wine has always been about the light-hearted and accessible enjoyment one gets with box wine. We’ve tried to gently push the message of how amazing box wine has become so that everyone can enjoy this often overlooked beverage. But even closer to our hearts is our value of sustainability. 

We’ve covered the subject of box wine and sustainability a couple of times before in our blogs. Still, it’s vital to us here at Wine Nook to continue to keep ourselves educated on the subject and work towards a better future. Recently we partnered with the National Forest Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, to make a promise to you: for every Nook you purchase, they will plant a tree. These trees will be planted in a National Forest in need of reforestation. You can read more about their projects — both past and upcoming — on their website here

We pledge to keep you updated on our ongoing efforts with the NFF and sustainability as a whole. Thank you for going on this journey with us.

 

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3 Summer-Inspired Cocktails Chosen for You! https://winenook.com/3-summer-inspired-cocktails/ https://winenook.com/3-summer-inspired-cocktails/#respond Sat, 03 Aug 2019 01:46:54 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=6499 The post 3 Summer-Inspired Cocktails Chosen for You! appeared first on Wine Nook.

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Y’all, this summer has been an absolute scorcher. I mean the kind where your hair is always tied up, makeup becomes optional, and you’re barefoot 90% of the time. There’s just something about extreme heat that makes you want to laze around, so nothing can compare to fruit-filled chilled cocktails to quench the heat. 

We’ve scoured the internet for cocktails we think embody summer and all it has to offer, to bring you these three drinks that are Wine Nook approved! Plus, all of these beverages were selected specifically to use in our fillable bags. Meaning: not sparkling and below 80-proof!

Pineapple Jalapeno Smash

Pineapple is the best fruit, and I will fight anyone who disagrees. So when we found this Pineapple Jalapeño Smash cocktail from Fork in the Kitchen, I was very excited. Vodka-based, it’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. If you’re feeling bold, this is definitely the recipe for you. Not to mention, this drink is a breeze to make!

Southern Bourbon Peach Tea

Even easier than the previous recipe is this party-pleaser. Transport yourself to the south with three of our favorite things packed into one cocktail: bourbon, iced tea, and peaches. This Southern Bourbon Peach Tea from Dazzling Daily Deals is a seriously simple combination that makes for a foolproof drink at your next BBQ, picnic, or block party.]

Blueberry Basil Margarita

Summer means margaritas! And because we love unique takes on classic recipes, we fell in love with this Blueberry Basil Margarita from Super Golden Bakes. This mixed drink is loaded with yummy flavors, including: blueberries, basil, agave, and lime. It’s a sweet twist on an old favorite that you’ll want to sip on all summer.

Let us know if you make any of these delicious cocktail recipes! We’ll be posting our attempts on Instagram over the next couple weeks. If you decide to make one of these recipes to use in your fillable bag, leave a comment and we’ll tell you just how to get the ratio right.

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4 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding https://winenook.com/4-ways-to-personalize-your-wedding/ https://winenook.com/4-ways-to-personalize-your-wedding/#respond Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:30:12 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=6282 The post 4 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding appeared first on Wine Nook.

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Wedding season is in full swing, and we’re all about helping you find those little touches that will help turn your impending nuptials into the beautiful day you’ve envisioned. Personalization is a great way to add unique and bold touches your wedding. The possibilities for personal touches are really endless because there are no rules on what can or can’t be part of your big day. So, like many wedded to be, we took to Pinterest for ideas. Here are four ideas to help you personalize your wedding:

4 Ways To Personalize Your Wedding

Signature Cocktails

One of the best ways to add a splash to your reception is to serve cocktails inspired by you and your fiance(é). Whether it’s the cocktail he’s made you for years, or the one your friends know you serve up best, a signature cocktail at your reception adds a fun and modern twist. Stay tuned in the weeks to come. We will be featuring some cocktail recipes we love. You may get inspired!

Wine Nook Wedding Bundle

Up the ante on serving your signature cocktails with our new personalized Wedding Bundle. Two Wine Nooks featuring the colors and personalization of your choosing. Plus, the bundle includes our new Fill and Chill Pack (two fillable bags and two branded ice packs) — your signature cocktails’ best friend. Check out the bundle page here.

Personalized Wine Glasses

Wine glasses with your touch can be DIY or buy. There are many fun and pretty techniques for adding flair to your wine glasses on Pinterest. Marbling, painting, glitter, and confetti are just some of the ways people DIY. If DIY isn’t your forte, engraved glasses like the ones we have on our site may make the perfect wedding accessory.

Personalized Snapchat Filter or Hashtag

Maybe it’s sorta pretentious, maybe it’s genius — it’s probably both. But having a personalized Snapchat filter or social media hashtag to commemorate one of the biggest occasions of your life seems all in good fun to me. Plus in the age of age of social media Memories, you’ll have a digital scrapbook to look back on in the coming years. If you do decide to go the hashtag route, keep it unique so it’s easier to find your pics at a later date!

 

This is just a sample of how you can add some personal flair to your wedding. If Pinterest is any indication, there are many more ways to add unique details. Just remember to save some money for the honeymoon.

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Enough with the FOMO, Indulge in the JOMO https://winenook.com/enough-with-the-fomo-indulge-in-the-jomo/ https://winenook.com/enough-with-the-fomo-indulge-in-the-jomo/#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:00:13 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=5922 The post Enough with the FOMO, Indulge in the JOMO appeared first on Wine Nook.

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The word is out about our new partnership with Barefoot Wine, and we couldn’t be more pumped. But this week we’re taking a break to really bask in the vibe of Summer. This week, it’s all about tapping into JOMO — the Joy of Missing Out. The Joy of Missing Out is exactly what it sounds like. Created by Barefoot, this idea is about the delight and satisfaction of staying-in. Who goes out on a Saturday night anymore anyway? Not going to Coachella is the new Coachella, remember?

Below we’ve created a list of some of our fave ways to spend the night-in:

5 Great Ways to Indulge in the JOMO

  1. My personal fave is to make an iced coffee (whether it’s 9 AM or 9 PM I’m down for one) and catch up on my fave shows. I’ve got my eyes on Big Little Lies and Stranger Things 3 alllll summer.
  2. If old movies are more your speed, snuggle up in your PJs, pour a glass of Rosé, and feast your eyes on the splendor that is a Cary Grant marathon.
  3. Self-care is a fantastic way to revel in the JOMO. Rip open a sheet mask, run a honey-oatmeal bath, and enjoy the bliss of being unplugged for just an evening.
  4. Reading! Whether you enjoy reading the traditional, e-book, or audiobook way, books are sure to transform a typical night of staying-in into something amazing.
  5. Finally, throw a Girls’ (or Guys’) Night In. You don’t have to party to have fun with your fave people. Scooch over on your couch, throw on a great movie, and enjoy each other’s company.

Feel Like Winning a Wine Nook?

How could you make your JOMO even better? Wine, obvi. With our Limited Edition Barefoot Box Wine Dispenser and any Barefoot on Tap wine you have the perfect couch buddies for your next night-in. Because Barefoot wants you to have the best staycation ever, if you head to their website now you can enter for the chance to win some amazing items for your next night-in (Wine Nook included).

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Blue Chardonnay: Look! What’s On Tap? https://winenook.com/blue-chardonnay/ https://winenook.com/blue-chardonnay/#respond Sat, 18 May 2019 13:30:53 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=5654 The post Blue Chardonnay: Look! What’s On Tap? appeared first on Wine Nook.

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We, like many others, fall prey to the allure of Instagram. We become enamored with the lives and aesthetics of Other People. These Other People with their seemingly perfect, breezy, jet-setting lifestyles that allow them to buy and try new things just because they can. They are the influencers who influence us to want new and exciting things for ourselves. How can we not? Their lives are blindingly impeccable.

This trap led us to try the elusive beast that is blue wine.

 

Blue.

Wine.

??????

I was confused too. But no, it’s very real and very blue. The particular variety we tried was from the brand Marques de Alcantara. It’s their ‘Azul Chardonnay’.

The Tasting 

Wine: Marques de Alcantara Azul Chardonnay

We went into this tasting eager to try the most instagrammable blue beverage to come out of the alcohol industry. And having seen it in person we can definitely attest to its beautiful blue color. Before uncorking, we were dreaming of fresh blueberry flavors and a bright Chardonnay.

But guys, it doesn’t live up to the hype. Like, at all.

The smell was candy-like? Though more like the old candy your Grandma has at the bottom of her purse. The taste wasn’t much better. There were no layers or complexity to the notes. Or note, I should say. As its flavor was singular. A sort-of almost apple quality that did not transport me to a resort in Mykonos like Instagram implied it would.

To be fair, we didn’t try the most popular blue wine brand out there: Gik. And with a quick glance at reviews it’s clear Gik is the superior baby blue wine of the field.

Take it from us, read the reviews before trying the latest Instagram hype.

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Barefoot Said Yes, and Other Exciting News https://winenook.com/barefoot-said-yes-and-other-exciting-news/ https://winenook.com/barefoot-said-yes-and-other-exciting-news/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 17:00:42 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=5540 The post Barefoot Said Yes, and Other Exciting News appeared first on Wine Nook.

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May 2019 Updates

Ohmigosh you guys, we’ve had a rewarding, exciting, whirlwind these past couple weeks, and we’re so excited to tell you what’s in store for Wine Nook these next several months.

For starters, we are beyond thrilled to announce that we have found our sole-mate. We’re dipping our toes in with Barefoot Wines! Ahem. Anyway, Barefoot (the #1 wine brand in the US) has branched out into the box wine market, and they’ve chosen Wine Nook to be their sole-mate.

Barefoot on Tap x Wine Nook is such a great combo because we love and value the same things. At our core, we believe enjoying wine should be a lighthearted and chill affair. Something fun and lively that brings people together. We think Barefoot shares this idea with us; their name is an ode to the free-spiritedness of being barefoot after all!

Also, in the first week of May we were featured on the NBC Today Show! Full stop. Yes, you read that correctly. Our Little Nooks were scouted for a Kentucky Derby party segment on Today with Hoda & Jenna. We want to give a special shoutout to Chassie Post for finding us and highlighting us in the segment. We were honored to be in such great company! If you want to watch the segment, you can find it here.

Next, we’re excited to have been featured on the Café Mom website as one of their 36 Stylish Ways to Up the Home Entertaining Game. This list has a ton of cute ways to help make your next party a total success, and we definitely agree Wine Nook could help you out in that department.

Keep your eyes on our blog for updates!

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Barefoot Moscato: Look! What’s On Tap? https://winenook.com/barefoot-moscato/ https://winenook.com/barefoot-moscato/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:30:18 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=5303 The post Barefoot Moscato: Look! What’s On Tap? appeared first on Wine Nook.

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You can probably tell that we’re just a teensy bit obsessed with the Barefoot on Tap wines that came out earlier this year as we’ve already tasted, reviewed, and thoroughly enjoyed their boxed incarnations of Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. Today’s tasting brings you a wine that conjures up images of easy brunches, summer picnics, and fluffy confections. Why, we’re talking about Moscato of course!

Straight from the source, Barefoot Wine says Moscato wines “typically feature the sugary flavors of peach, orange blossom and nectarine.” With this in mind, let’s get right to the tasting.

The Tasting 

Wine: Barefoot on Tap Moscato

The pour was fragrant and fruity, very indicative of Moscato wine. Though the smell was quite “grapey,” which isn’t a note you smell too often with wines — ironically enough.

For Kim, pears and peaches came through on both the smell and taste, but Cindy definitely tasted Honeycrisp apples. Despite our tasters not coming to a consensus on the flavor notes, they both agreed the wine was sweet, full-bodied, and tickled your nose! It doesn’t make your lips pucker at all, but it does wrap up with a slightly tart finish.

Once we read the box, we were surprised to realize the tart zip was from a citrus twist. Hey, we told you in our first wine tasting that we aren’t experts.

Final Thoughts?

Both of our tasters really enjoyed this wine. They also unanimously decided dessert was the best option for pairings. We’re dreaming of pairing this wine with New York cheesecake, shortbread cookies, or Key lime pie. For times’ sake though, we grabbed some chocolate covered pretzels from our local chocolatier. Needless to say, the Barefoot on Tap Moscato elevated the salty-yumminess of the already delicious snack. Naturally, that makes this wine our new best friend.

4.5/5 Taps

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Pour Haus Cabernet Sauvignon: Look! What’s on Tap? https://winenook.com/pour-haus-cab-sauv/ https://winenook.com/pour-haus-cab-sauv/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:00:41 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=5256 The post Pour Haus Cabernet Sauvignon: Look! What’s on Tap? appeared first on Wine Nook.

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When lunchtime rolled around on our last tasting day, we found ourselves craving pizza.

So like most responsible wine tasters, we thought with our stomachs, dialed — yes, dialed — the local pizza place, and then found a wine that might work well with our lunch choice. On tap for today? The Pour Haus Cabernet Sauvignon. You may remember us previously reviewing the Pour Haus Red Blend last November.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most popular wines. It’s typically full-bodied with high tannins. This wine is also often aged in oak, leading to a lessening of those strong tannins as well as imparting flavors like vanilla, tobacco, and spice.

Let’s see how the Pour Haus Cabernet Sauvignon tastes…

The Tasting 

Wine: Pour Haus Cabernet Sauvignon from California

Kim fell in love with the aroma: “I immediately noticed the aroma of my mom’s made-from-scratch cherry pie! A deep cherry aroma with a buttery yummy crust. I also thought I smelled fig.”

Cindy also caught wafts of dark cherry. Though she also distinctly smelled blackberry and some other slight musty aroma.

The taste itself reminded our tasters of baking too. Kim detected spicy notes, and threw out the word “cardamom” to describe these notes.

Also noteworthy? This wasn’t a “robust” cab, but rather medium-bodied — not overwhelming at all. It was very smooth for drinking — seems to be a pattern for Pour Haus!

Final Thoughts?

While typically full-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon are better with a food accompaniment, a medium-bodied Cab like this one from Pour Haus can be enjoyed on its own too! It would be great with a cheesy grilled burger (all the toppings included), light Italian food (it was amazing with our pizza), as well as something as simple as your favorite chips!

4.5 taps

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A Marvelous Maipe Malbec: Look! What’s on Tap? https://winenook.com/barefoot-pinot-grigio/ https://winenook.com/barefoot-pinot-grigio/#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:00:24 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=5141 The post A Marvelous Maipe Malbec: Look! What’s on Tap? appeared first on Wine Nook.

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If you are a fan of Malbec wine, you’re already enjoying one of the great red wines of the western hemisphere! Malbec is Argentina’s most popular wine export. Although the Malbec grape is still produced in France where it originated, the terroir in Argentina’s province of Mendoza, the high altitude if Mendoza’s wine growing regions, and meticulous cultivation techniques have resulted in an enormously popular varietal. In fact, the Malbec grape is the foundation of Argentina’s ascent to the world’s 5th largest wine producer.

If you are not yet a fan of Malbec, we invite you to discover – or rediscover –  this rich, dark, captivating wine. A great place to start is the Malbec produced by the Maipe winery. Maipe’s vineyards are some 3,000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Their winemakers craft wines that capture the true character of the Malbec grape. 

Perhaps the vineyards’ special terroir, the unique quality of Argentina’s Malbec vine clones, and the winemakers’ dedication to quality are responsible for this great wine. Or maybe there is a touch of magic bestowed by Maipe himself, the ancient Andean people’s lord of the winds! 

In any case, we are happy to report that Maipe Malbec is now available as a boxed wine.

We recently tasted the 2017 Maipe Malbec, and we highly recommend it to Malbec newcomers and old fans alike. It’s just marvelous!

Lunch: Bagel Sandwiches and kettle chips from the Bagel Exchange, a great local restaurant near us!

The Tasting 

Wine: Maipe Malbec from Argentina

Consensus: Deep purple color with glints of violet and magenta, and aromas of cherry, plum, strawberry and fig. Loads of dark cherry, warm spices and a perfectly subdued warm vanilla undertone on the tongue. Velvety tannins. Good length and a nice finish with a bare hint of white pepper. This a smooth, unpretentious, and eminently drinkable wine! Pair it with roasted red meats, pasta dishes and pizza. 

Cindy’s thoughts: Wonderful grape aroma upon unsealing and tapping the wine. Smooth with a spicy and slightly tart end. Black cherry taste. “It would be good with great stinky cheese!”

Kim’s thoughts: Reminded me of a brown sugar candy my Grandpa used to buy. I also noticed it was spicy and smooth, but not overly rich or big bodied. Slight tannins marked the finish. I also thought of dates. This wine reminded me of the date bars my Mom would make at Christmastime! Wonderfully simple finish. I would enjoy with a simple mozzarella/fresh basil/marinara pizza.

Final Thoughts?

We very much enjoyed this excellent example of Argentina’s marvelous Malbec!

4.5 taps


Thanks again to guest writer Russ Stevens!

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Barefoot Pinot Grigio: Look! What’s on Tap? https://winenook.com/barefoot-pinot-grigio2/ https://winenook.com/barefoot-pinot-grigio2/#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:00:08 +0000 http://winenook.com/?p=5014 The post Barefoot Pinot Grigio: Look! What’s on Tap? appeared first on Wine Nook.

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Flowers are budding, the sun lingers more as the days slide by, and the tendrils of summer’s touch are on their way. A toast to the season’s change is obviously in order, and what better wine to christen the leisurely spring days than with a glass of Pinot Grigio? This dry white wine is recognizable for its acidic fruit notes and refreshing flavor profile – which makes it perfect for this week’s tasting.

The Tasting 

The Pinot Grigio we decided to review comes from Barefoot on Tap, Barefoot Wine’s new premium boxed line. With spring on our minds and mexican food in our bellies, we poured ourselves a (previously chilled) glass from the tap. Upon the first pour, we were immediately struck by how aromatic this wine was! Its bouquet was juicy; it smelled like sitting under ripe grape vines on an August afternoon! There were also hints of crisp green apple. This wine was mouthwatering before we even took our first sip.

Speaking of that first sip, right away you notice how light and palate-pleasing this wine is. Fruit-forward with no tartness at all, it’s not as dry as your typical Pinot Grigio. This would be perfect for someone who is interested in trying wine for the first time. Nevertheless, seasoned wine lovers would also fall in love with its fruit laden flavor profile. This wine is practically begging to be drank by the pool. We give this wine 5 out of 5 taps. A definite recommend!

As for pairings? We felt like this wine would work well with pork and savory hors d’oeuvres.

Final Thoughts?

This wine is a fun, easy to drink wine – perfect for the warm months to come!

 


 

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