06 Apr 2010

J’adore Mi Amour

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Love is in the air and will surely be surrounding you on your wedding day! Looking for a fun way to carry on the theme of love? The Breakers Master Sommelier (and Wedding Blog by The Breakers expert!), Virginia Philip recommends choosing romatic wines for your guests! She has compiled a list of sensational recommendations for wines with a play on words for “Amour“ or “Love”:

Iron Horse “Wedding Cuvée”, Sonoma, California, N/V
Iron Horse Sparkling Wines have been served at the White House for five consecutive presidential administrations, beginning with the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meeting in Geneva on November 20, 1985, which led to the end of the Cold War. This cuvée is Iron Horse’s Blanc de Noirs, made from predominantly Pinot Noir. It has a beautiful, pale-peach hue. Joy Sterling, winery owner says, “Rich and creamy, like pure strawberries and cream, this is without doubt the most romantic of our Sparklings. It is dangerously easy to drink.” A favorite for many, Iron Horse is probably best known for this cuvée.

Alma Rosa Pinot Gris, Santa Barbara County, California, 2007
Richard Sanford has been practicing sustainable farm growing for the last 28 years at several different wineries, he is known for creating high quality wines and setting a benchmark for organic farming, sustainable agriculture methods, and environment-friendly commerce. Alma Rosa was created in 2005 and this wine is medium bodied with notes of white flowers and peaches. On the palate there are flavors of granny smith apple, lemon zest completed by a hint of minerality and a refreshing acidity

Hartford Court “Four Hearts Vineyard” Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2006
Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1993 and they specialize in single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Old Vine Zinfandel. “Four Hearts Vineyards” Chardonnay is located in the four key regions that form the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA; the Middle Reach, Laguna Ridge, Green Valley and the Santa Rosa Bench. The soil is a mixture of ash and lava from ancient volcanoes plus alluvial gravel from rivers and streams. This full- bodied Chardonnay has overtones of ripe apricot, hazelnut and almonds with notes of mineral on the well-balanced finish.

Watts “Dos Amores” Meritage, Lodi, California, 2003
Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc, these estate grown grapes are primarily from Los Robles Vineyard, named for the ancient oak trees preserved among the vines and situated on rolling hills of old red clay. Full bodied with notes of blackberry, black cherry and plum, the wine has a hint of chocolate and spice on the finish.

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Planning a destination wedding may seem like hard work, but creative and innovative Michelle Rago gave Wedding Blog by The Breakers some great tips on how to make planning a destination wedding easy-peasy!
Michelle’s tips:
“When planning a destination wedding my strongest advice is to always have a backup plan. This might seem like common sense but most couples are so married to one vision they often don’t create a back up plan for fear it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Pick an alternate place for the ceremony and cocktails if they are outdoors in case of inclement weather. Have the language in place should you have to communicate a change in venue at the last minute. Having a back up plan will give you a much greater sense of security so you can relax and enjoy all your hard work!”
It’s as simple as that ladies, just take it from the expert. Relax, take a deep breath and enjoy your big day!

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Google has just launched their brand new wedding templates! These simple and user-friendly templates are ideal for helping you get organized for your wedding day (and because they are always online – you can access them from anywhere!). From keeping track of your guest list and seating chart, to choosing a venue, these templates will allow all of you bride-to-be’s to stay on top of your planning.

The best part about these little lifesavers? Style Me Pretty has teamed up with Google to include some invaluable advice from some of the greatest experts in the wedding industry on these templates. The Breakers’ very own Director of Catering and Banquet Operations (and Wedding Blog by The Breakers expert!), Joan Bever, has been asked to join in on the fun! Check out the venue doc where Joan features some phenomenal tips on working with your venue.

Get started now and let Goggle’s simplicity, simplify your wedding planning!

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Working on your bridal registry, but not quite sure where to start? Our Master Sommelier and Wine Director, Virginia Philip is here to help Wedding Blog by The Breakers readers!

Virgina says, “Bridal Registries can be mind- boggling and selecting appropriate glassware can be even more challenging! When registering for your glassware, keep in mind who your guests are, and also when and why you may use specific glassware.”

Here she lists three gorgeous styles of glassware, and what each may be used for:

1. Riedel – this is the true wine connoisseur’s glass. It is a must for those who appreciate a great glass of wine. While not as ornate as Waterford, the glass is designed clear so that the color nuances can be seen, the optimal aroma can be achieved when smelling the wine. The shape of the glass is well thought out to enhance the taste profile.

Price point for the Vinum Collection: $18-$30 per stem and come in several different “Grape Varietal Designated” shapes.

2. Tiffany – these glasses are very simple yet elegant. They can be used for everyday drinking, as well as more formal affairs. While the shape in not specifically designed for specific glassware, the glass is designed for red versus white wines.

Price point: $15 and up, per stem.

3. Waterford – for the elegant dinner table, these glasses are a must. Usually the entire line of glassware is requested such as water, wine, champagne, bar etc… Perfect for the holidays and impressionable to guests, they should not be used for wine tasting style dinners.

Price point: $50 per stem and up, per stem.

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