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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!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clo Wine Bar - Where Tasting Meets Technology



Clo Wine Bar in NYC's Time Warner Center is the most high-tech wine bar in the world.

The people at Clo believe wine isn't just a beverage - it's an experience. The flagship location is an edgy, sleek, and vibrant space combining cutting-edge 21st century style with the intimacy and inviting ambiance of a wine cellar. Clo boasts stunning views of Columbus Circle and Central Park and is surrounded by world class restaurants - Per Se, Masa and Porterhouse.

Since opening in 2008, guests have flocked to this energetic space to interact and experiment with wine in a whole new way. A unique eno-tasting system is at the heart of Clo. A modern dispensing technology showcases more than 100 wine selections creating the opportunity for guests to sample, explore and enjoy 4 oz. tasting pours of a broad spectrum of wines from around the world. Featuring tables with interactive, wine-serving touch screen computers, customers can select vino by region, flavor, body, color and year until they get the perfect glass of wine. All the wine is self-service and stored under glass in a temperature-controlled wine preservation system.

Clo successfully integrates curation, education, technology and value to provide the customer with a truly unique wine experience. They also share a common goal with the Grape Girls - to make the world of wine engaging and accessible to everyone.

Clo Wine Bar
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
212.823.9898

Monday, July 27, 2009

Join us for Wine Over Water on Sept. 26th!


WINE OVER WATER 2009
-Wine Tasting Day Trip-


Join the Grape Girls for a "grape escape" to Wine Over Water - Tennessee's premier wine-tasting festival! Early bird $99 rate ends on August 3, 2009.

Stroll Chattanooga's historic Walnut Street Bridge spanning the scenic Tennessee River – one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges – while sampling wines from over 100 world wineries. The annual festival features top wineries, live music, restaurant tastings and more!

This "Grape Escape" includes:


  • Central metro Atlanta meet-up location and secure parking
  • Complimentary glass of wine at check-in
  • Luxury, air-conditioned transportation to and from the event with snacks
  • A sampling of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines from around the globe
  • Commemorative wine goblet
  • Sample fare from area restaurants serving "tastes" on the bridge - restaurant fare is not included in the ticket price - taste tickets are available at the event
  • and much more!

Singles, couples and all levels of wine enthusiasts are welcome. Grape Guru wine club members receive an extra $10 OFF!

Departure Time: Meet at 2PM for check-in, depart at 2:30PM
Festival Info: 5-8PM
Return Time: Approximately 10PM
Departure and Return Location: You will receive detailed instructions prior to the trip
Bring: Cash for restaurant taste tickets and other festival activities (Wine tasting is included in the cost of the trip)
Wear: Comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate casual attire

Click here for more information, or visit http://www.winetrip.eventbrite.com/.

Cheers!

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2009


July 27 - August 9, 2009
Atlanta's most anticipated week is bigger, better and the perfect opportunity to explore Atlanta's culture thru its food! Many restaurants are offering special dining promotions of three-course dinners for $25.00 per person, plus tax and tip. Click here to read more.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Host a Home Wine Tasting Party!



The Grape Girls are bringing the tasting room to your living room...


Hosting a private wine tasting is easy - and so much fun!

With the help of our wine consultants, you can turn your living room into a private winery. Simply invite your friends and family and we'll do all the work. At the wine tasting, you and your guests will enjoy sampling exclusive limited-production wines not available in stores. And did we mention the rewards? Just for opening your home you will also receive special discounts on wine, special host gifts, and seasonal recipes.


When you host a private home tasting, you'll discover our fabulous selection of wines, catch-up with friends and family, and experience for yourself a taste of wine country living right at home!


Wine tasting parties are great for:

Anniversary and Birthday celebrations
Girls/Guys "Night In"
Showers
Weddings
Any excuse to get together with family and friends!

Benefits of hosting a home wine tasting party:

A fun and easy way to entertain friends
Access to handcrafted wines not available in stores
Free shipping on case orders placed at your Tasting for you and your guests
Online invitation system - Invite your a guests and view responses online
Learn helpful tips on wine and food pairing
Have fun sampling wines in a comfortable setting before you buy
Convenient home delivery of orders to each guest

Hosting an at home wine tasting is simple:

Contact the Grape Girls to reserve a date
Invite your friends
Provide simple appetizers
Relax and enjoy the Tasting!

We provide the wine glasses and suggestions for cheese and chocolate pairings.

SPECIAL OFFER: Take advantage of our special rates and host a wine tasting party for up to 16 guests for only $59! Contact us for info and pricing on larger wine tastings and fundraisers.

SPA PARTY ADD-ON: We have partnered with Spa Parties Atlanta, the leader in mobile spa services. You can add on a spa party (facials, massages, reflexology and more) at the time of your booking!

This is the most economical way to entertain-at-home and enjoy a unique experience.

Contact us today, send an email to info@GrapeCrushEvents.com with "Wine Tasting" in the subject heading. We are booking now for August and September!

Home wine tasting parties - edutainment at its best with recession buster prices!

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Day Atlanta Turned Pink!



On July 15th, the Grape Girls hosted the cast members of Legally Blonde The Musical at a special meet and greet at Bloomingdale's Lenox Square.




The event supported Girl Talk - an Atlanta, GA based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with chapters in 21 states reaching over 30,000 girls.

The event, produced by Atlanta Party Starters, featured hand treatments from Spa Parties Atlanta, a wine tasting led by the Grape Girls, refreshments from Chocolate Pink Cafe and Vitamin Water and of course fashion and beauty makeovers. Six lucky winners received tickets to the July 16th performance including the newly crowned "Delta Nu Queen and Princess" from the pink carpet fashion throwdown!



Click here to view more event photos. Click here to read the full article.

Legally Blonde the Musical continues at the Fox Theatre thru July 19, 2009.


Click here for tickets and details.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Meet the cast of "Legally Blonde the Musical" on July 15!


It's shaping up to be a grape summer!

The Grape Girls host Legally Blonde the Musical cast members Cortney Wolfson, Rhiannon Hansen, Crystal Joy and Lauren Ashley Zakrin at a very special appearance at Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square on Wednesday, July 15.

The party will take place on the second floor in the Y.E.S. Department from 5-7 pm and will include a visit by the “ladies of Delta Nu” who will teach the famous Bend & Snap. There will be contests, store specials, and even a pink carpet! For more details: www.pink.eventbrite.com. The event is free and open to the public, but with a special Pink Power Pass for only $10 you get extra goodies, spa services and wine tasting - and a part of the proceeds will benefit Girl Talk.

Theater of the Stars presents Legally Blonde the Musical, the hit broadway show, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from July 14-19. Tickets are available for all 8 performances of the musical at Ticketmaster.

Event RSVP required: www.pink.eventbrite.com

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Special Announcement: Vino & Spa Party Launch!




Atlanta's leading event marketing company and mobile spa service team up to offer luxurious wine tasting and spa parties!

Grape Crush Productions and Spa Parties Atlanta today announced a partnership designed to give Atlantans a new way to party -and save! Merging the Napa Valley wine tasting experience with rejuvenating spa services, the new Vino & Spa packages are the ultimate entertain-at-home option.


The growing entertain-at-home consumer is looking for a "wow factor" and unique entertaining ideas for home parties.
Vino & Spa parties are an ideal way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers, girls/guys "night in", or provide an excuse to get together with friends and family.

In addition to home parties, the Vino & Spa packages are perfect for corporate and nonprofit events, employee or client appreciation events, pre-function activities, fundraisers, art show openings and retail events.


For more information, click here to read the press release or contact us via email at info@GrapeCrushEvents.com.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Do you think "inside the box"?


Did you have a problem when wine bottles started using synthetic corks, then they started using screw off tops...well now we are going back to wine in a box! And why...because the cost is attractive--some as low as $4 for the equivalent of a standard 750-milliliter bottle--and the wine is actually good!


Here are some of the latest that have gone to "wine inside the box":





It looks like the white wines are doing better than the reds right now in boxes but only time will tell for our red wine drinkers :)

Three Atlanta Chefs Journey to Sin City


Bravo TV's Top Chef, the #1 food show on cable, has announced its sixth season - and the competition will be sinfully delicious!





Top Chef: Las Vegas, premiers Wednesday, August 26th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


The new chef'testants take on Sin City this season to see if they have what it takes to become Top Chef.

Three of the hopefuls are from Atlanta - Kevin Gillespie from Woodfire Grill, Hector Santiago from Pura Vida, and Eli Kirshtein from Eno.

Top Chef offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series features seventeen aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef."

Will one of Atlanta's own make the cut, or will all three be asked to pack up their knives and go home? Stay tuned!


NOTE: Be sure to take our latest blog poll and cast your vote for favorite "Foodie TV" challenge series.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Red, Wine & Blue


Have you read our June 28th blog posting on finding the right wine? Well, try the recipe below to dazzle your friends and family with your new favorite at this weekend's BBQ!




WINE COCKTAIL SPRITZER:

Ingredients
2 teaspoons sugar
1 orange, sliced
A good shot brandy
5 to 6 ounces of YOUR favorite wine
Splash lemon-lime club soda



Directions
Add sugar, 2 orange slices and a good shot of brandy to a cocktail shaker. Muddle together until the sugar is dissolved. Add ice cubes to the shaker along with the wine. Shake and strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of lemon-lime club soda. Garnish with an orange slice.

Share this recipe with your friends and family, or take all the credit for it yourself!

Cheers and Happy 4th of July!

Please be safe and drink responsibly.