Star Wars Wine Bottle Stopper

by Nannette Eaton on May 4, 2017

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…” 
— Obi-Wan Kenobi

No Jedi mind-tricks here. Perhaps we may employ Wine Harlot mind-tricks, but we promise to use our palate for good, not evil. We may not have a lot of leftover wine, but we do love to make a statement, and getting or gifting a Star Wars Wine Bottle Closure is really making a statement — these are the stoppers you’re looking for!

Created by Mike Gaiss, an ex-Jim Henson sculptor and Will Vinton (Laika) fabricator/animator, who went rogue and created his own shop Zeitgaiss, these wine bottle fasteners will charm any Star Wars fanatic. Not a Star Wars fan? No worries. He also crafts Game of Thrones stoppers, and word on the street, winter is coming…



Villa Maria Twitter Tasting November 16, 2016

by Nannette Eaton on November 4, 2016


As the days grow shorter, the air gets a crispness that signifies the change from autumn into the holiday season, and our thoughts gravitate to our holiday celebrations — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years — what to cook and what wines to pair with the feasts and family.

Join Villa Maria on Twitter on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 5pm PST (8pm EST) to taste and talk about a pair of Villa Maria wines — the 2015 Private Bin Pinot Gris and the 2015 Private Bin Pinot Noir. The event will be moderated by Janet Fouts (@JFouts) and Villa Maria (@VillaMaria_Wine and @VillaMaria_USA) winemaker Helen Morrison (@Helen_wine) will be joining in from New Zealand to answer your wine questions and share the winemaking experience. There will be giveaways during the event, so don’t miss all the fun. Use the the hashtag #SipNZPinot to follow all the action.

Thanksgiving wine pairings can be tricky, as the diverse offerings on the table make pairing a challenge. After many years of experimentation, we’ve found that serving pinot noir and pinot gris at Thanksgiving is the perfect pairing. With Villa Maria, you’ll get a quality wine at a friendly under $20 price-point.

The Villa Maria story is one of absolute passion. Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions. Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough. The winery Sir George Fistonich started in 1961 is still family owned and stands as an icon of superior quality and innovation in New Zealand winemaking. In 2016, Drinks International named Villa Maria the most admired wine brand in New Zealand and among the top 10 most admired wine brands in the world.

Grab a bottle (or two!) and join us on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 5pm PST (8pm EST) to launch the start of the holiday season.

Photo credit: Villa Maria ©2016

Full disclosure per FTC Act 16, CFR 255 :: Compensation (that means paid!) is being provided for this announcement and for participating in the Twitter event.


Dirty + Rowdy at 18 Reasons

by Nannette Eaton on October 29, 2016

Now this is how to throw a winemaker dinner. And this how to make wine. Last night in the Mission at 18 Reasons, Dirty and Rowdy held their annual chicken dinner, and what a playful and irreverent evening it was. It started with a (very) welcome glass of sparkling which was paired with a retro-cool pimento spread and pecans. Wedge salad. And the mourvèdre. Paired with crisp fried chicken with collard greens, smoky beans and cornbread, it’s elevated comfort food. Here’s a few images of the dinner. The takeaway for everyone? Play with your food and have fun with your wine pairings.

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Halloween Candy Pairing

by Nannette Eaton on October 28, 2016

halloween-candy-pairing-tawny-port-fortified-wine-raisinetes-copyright-wineharlotsThe Wine Harlots Halloween ritual is booze, candy and a movie. (Which is our basic move every day of the year, too. Boring? No! Call us consistent.) Since the main caveat on dessert pairings is that the wine needs to be at least a sweet as the food. With candy, this eliminates most table wines from consideration. What really seems to pair well across the board with candy? Tawny. Whether you pick a Tawny port, or a fortified wine from around the world, Tawny rules. It paired really well with a Snickers bar, but ultimately, we chose a classic movie pairing, Raisinets. The milk chocolate and chewy raisins was a synergistic pairing. Tawny and Raisinets is what we’ll be enjoying with our double feature of girl-power Hocus Pocus and the always unsettling Halloween.

Photo credit: Nannette Eaton ©2016


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“Drinking Alone Under the Moon,” by Li Bo Among the flowers, a single jug of wine; I drink alone. No one close to me. I raise my cup, invite the bright moon; facing my shadow, together we make three. The moon doesn’t know how to drink; and my shadow can only follow my body. But […]

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