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Hi - We're the Grape Girls!

We've made it our mission to demystify the wine tasting experience, food pairing and selection process. We'll keep you posted on what's new and hot on the food and wine scene. We want to share our love of food, wine and travel with the world and can't wait for YOU to join us on our adventures.

Grape Crush Productions, Atlanta's premier food and wine event specialists, has been voted one of Atlanta's BEST businesses - every year since 2009 - for bringing the "tasting room" to living rooms, offices and venues across metro Atlanta.

We're the creators and producers of Atlanta Food & Wine Month, Atlanta Winter Wine + Jazz Festival, Buckhead Wine Festival, Chefs in the City , Organic Wine & Food Fair and other hot local events.

Be sure to fan us on Facebook and follow on Twitter for recent event pics, special offers and exclusive event invitations.

Remember, compromises are for relationships, NOT wine! :)

The next sip is yours...

Cheers!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Best Self Atlanta Magazine Contest - Vote for Kyla Cox!



Our fabulous founder and fearless leader, Kyla Cox, has been selected by Best Self Atlanta Magazine as a finalist for their 3rd Annual Over 40 and Fabulous contest. Please vote for her so that she can share her wonderful world of wine discovery in an upcoming issue! Click here to read her profile and cast your vote today. Don’t delay, the voting deadline is April 4th and winners are announced on April 12th.

The 10 nominees with the most votes will be featured in an upcoming issue and the overall winner will be featured on the cover of the magazine! We appreciate all your help in voting and spreading the word to cast a ballot for Kyla to share her “grape” story.

Alternate voting method: Not on Facebook? Email the name Kyla Cox to BestSelfContest@gmail.com to cast a vote. (Limit one vote per email address)

Cheers!


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SAVOR THE DATE:
2nd Annual Buckhead Wine Festival
Saturday, April 27th @Andrews Entertainment District
www.buckheadwinefest.com

Monday, February 4, 2013

For the Love of Wine - Valentine's Day Special Offer!





Book a private wine tasting party today and share your love of vino!

It’s that time again, when cupids arrows are flying and you want to step it up from flowers and a heart shaped box of chocolates or handing out boxes of conversation hearts at the office. Surprise someone special with an intimate couples tasting, make it a holiday everyone at the office can enjoy with a company tasting, or opt for a lively "ladies night in" - let the Grape Girls bring the fun to your home, office or venue of choice!

For those with a sweet tooth, make your event a wine and chocolate tasting, where along with wine education (and lots of sampling)
you'll indulge in assorted chocolate treats for a hands-on pairing lesson. Whether you’re planning an event for couples, friends, or employees, we're here to put together the perfect evening of passion – for wine that is!




A wine tasting is a perfect stand-alone event, or enhancement to any occasion. To make this month of love even sweeter, we're offering you a special rate when you book a wine and chocolate tasting during the month of February. Ready to get sipping? Just send an email to tastings@grapecrushevents.com with your preferred time, date, location and approximate number of guests.

Cheers!

UPCOMING EVENT: Revive those New Year resolutions with a wine tasting workout at our new Inside the Cellar wine seminar series beginning Feb. 20th!
For tickets and details, visit www.insidethecellar.eventbrite.com.





Monday, December 31, 2012

Best of Atlanta

Thanks for naming us one of Atlanta's BEST businesses- FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!!!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Wine Tips



For many people, the holiday season is a time jam-packed with activities and celebrations! Tree-decorating parties, family get-togethers, office parties, and that magical night of Christmas Eve.

To make sure your party guests are happy, it’s easiest to limit your wine selection to just two or three to alleviate confusion. A good all-around, popular white wine is a dry Riesling from Germany, the French region of Alsace, or the Finger Lakes region of New York. For a red, try a Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Oregon, or California.

However, if you want to start your holiday party with a bubbly, think about a Cava from Spain, a Prosecco from Italy, or a sparkler from California. These are good choices because they are light, crisp, and dry, they can successfully accompany many canapés and appetizers, and they don’t carry the price tag that Champagne from France does. For a drier style, look for the word “Brut” (dry) on the label. Want a little sweetness in your sparkler? An off-dry sparkler will say “Extra Dry” or “Extra Sec,” while “Sec” will indicate a slightly sweet wine, and “Demi-sec” is a sweet wine.

For a lot of families, their Christmas dinners are made up of many of the same dishes they celebrated with on Thanksgiving. For white wine lovers, options can include a dry to off-dry Riesling, an unoaked Chardonnay, a Gewürztraminer, Viognier, or Pinot Gris. A crisp, dry Rosé from the Tavel region of France’s Rhône Valley is an excellent food wine and pairs beautifully with baked ham and many of the side dishes at your Christmas dinner. For your red wine lovers, offer light- to medium-bodied wines such as Pinot Noir, Chianti Classico, or Beaujolais. Some families eat duck or goose as their Christmas dinner’s main course, and Pinot Noir goes especially well with these birds’ gamey qualities. For those who want a more full-bodied red, choose a Cabernet Franc, such as a Chinon from France’s Loire Valley, an Argentine Malbec, or a California Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

With dessert, be sure that the wine you serve is sweeter than the dessert , and that the weight of the wine matches the weight of the dessert. Many holiday desserts are made with chocolate, and a gorgeous wine that pairs deliciously with chocolate is Brachetto d’Acqui, a red Italian sparkler with a beautiful aroma of strawberries. Many fortified wines, such as tawny port, cream sherry, and Madeira, are fabulous with desserts.

And here’s something fun to sip on as you’re decorating your tree: mulled wine, a hot drink made with red wine (Merlot is an excellent choice), port, apple cider, oranges, apples, and spices! It’s also a tasty way to warm up when coming in from the cold!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hanukkah Wines


Q: Our family is celebrating Hanukkah. What makes a wine kosher, and how do we select a good kosher wine?

A: Wine is deeply rooted in the celebration of Hanukkah, and the wine consumed during Hanukkah must be kosher. Kosher wine follows the strict guideline of dietary laws called kashrut. Below is a brief description of what makes a wine kosher.

The techniques used to make kosher wine are the same as those used to produce other wines; however, it must be made with only kosher ingredients, and it cannot come into contact with anything that is not kosher. A Sabbath-observant Jewish man must be involved in the processing and handling of the wine from harvest to bottling. The grapes used to make the wine must have been handled by a Sabbath-observant Jewish man, and the equipment used must be rabbinically certified without previous contact with non-kosher products. A non-Jew is not allowed to touch any of the equipment or raw products, and a rabbi must bless the facility and its wine. In addition, the label on the bottle must also have a hechsher, which is a seal that indicates kosher approval. An example of a hechsher is the “OU” symbol representing the Orthodox Union.

Mevushal wine is a type of kosher wine in which an extra step is taken during its production. It is heated to 194 degrees Fahrenheit; it is then deemed clean, even if non-Jews have handled it. This is the type of kosher wine that is typically served in restaurants.

Many wineries are now making kosher wines, so it is easier today to find a wide variety of kosher choices. Choose wines from Israel, made in the regions of Golan Heights, Yarden, or Upper Galilee. If you prefer to go with domestic kosher wines, try Herzog Wine Cellars or Hagafen Cellars, both located in California, the Kedem Winery in New York, or Manischewitz, a popular brand of kosher wines made in New York.

Happy Hanukkah!

Grape Girl Debbie

Do you have a wine related question?
Mailto: info@GrapeCrushEvents.com


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Debbie Jones, CSW
Senior Wine Consultant

Since November 2010, Debbie Jones has been the Senior Wine Consultant for Grape Crush Productions. Debbie is an integral part to the development of our wine tasting programs and ensures all of our amazing volunteers are well educated on the wonderful wines that they help pour at our events. Whether at our private tastings or major community events, she's always eager to share her love for wine with others. An Atlanta native, she holds the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) credential from the Society of Wine Educators and has been actively involved for years in wine and food events throughout the city.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Now Casting (Chefs!) in Atlanta...


A new food competition show that celebrates delicious, regional food all across America is now casting in Atlanta!


Do you want to represent your city with your unique culinary creations?

Are you fiercely competitive and want to show off your cooking skills?

Do you have an outgoing personality that makes you stand out from the rest?


If you are an Executive Chef, Sous Chef, or Caterer in ATLANTA who thinks you have what it takes to be crowned Atlanta's Culinary King or Queen, then they want to hear from you!

To apply, please email citychefcasting@gmail.com with the following information:


Name
Location
Phone number
Your current occupation
A short bio of yourself including your culinary background and what makes your food represent your city
A current photo of yourself
Resume

Cheers,

(Thanks for the notice Adventurous Tastes!)

The Grape Girls
www.facebook.com/grapegirlsatlanta

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Delights

DID YOU KNOW? American wine drinkers consume more wine on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year! Please sip responsibly...







On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for Our blessings all year through,

For family we dearly love,

For good friends, old and new.


For sun to light and warm our days,

For stars that glow at night,

For trees of green and skies of blue,

And puffy clouds of white.


We’re grateful for our eyes that see

The beauty all around,

For arms to hug, and legs to walk,

And ears to hear each sound.


The list of all we’re grateful for

Would fill a great big book;

Our thankful hearts find new delights

Everywhere we look!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Grape Girls!
Please be safe and drink responsibly.

Cheers!