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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.

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

The next sip is yours...

Cheers!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Mama Mimosa


Toast Mom on Mother's Day with the Mama of all mimosas...

Take your traditional Mimosa recipe and add a delicate splash of an orange liquer topped with crushed raspberry ice - this Mimosa is not called the "Mama Mimosa" for nothing!


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:
Orange Juice (1 half gallon carton)
Champagne or Sparkling Wine ( 750 mL Bottle)
Orange Liquer
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Preparation:
Pour the carton of chilled orange juice into a 3 quart pitcher and then add the full bottle of chilled Champagne or sparkling wine. Next add 2 shots of orange liquer and stir the orange juice, Champagne and orange liquer until thoroughly mixed. Just before serving add the raspberry ice* to the pitcher and pour about 4 ounces of the mimosa mix into Champagne flutes or if you'd like to show off more of the raspberry ice pour the mimosa mix into regular wine glasses. * Raspberry ice - crumble fresh raspberries and place the crumbles into narrow ice cube trays, fill with water and freeze. Adds a very nice touch to any Mimosa... Cheers!



Recipe courtesy of About.com.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cheers to Earth Day!


April 22nd is Earth Day, toast with a glass of organic or biodynamic wines!


The good news is that organic wines are becoming much more widely available making it easy to discover the great taste and many benefits of "green wines" wherever you reside. These wines have come a long way in quality and acceptance, and that's great for the planet since grapes are among the most pesticide-laden produce.

So you can feel confident at a wine store or when dining out, here is a simple guide to what these emerging labels mean:

100% Organic carries the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic seal (the certifying agency must be listed) and indicates the wine is made from 100% organically grown ingredients and has been monitored throughout its entire production process. This wine can contain only naturally occurring sulfites (or sulfur dioxide, an antimicrobial substance) in less than 100 parts per million (ppm).

Organic also carries the USDA organic seal and indicates the wine has 95% organically grown ingredients (the other 5% must not be available organically). Again the certifying agency must be listed and the wine has the same sulfite requirements as 100% organic.

Made with Organic Grapes or Made with Organic Ingredients means the wine contains at least 70% organic ingredients. It can have artificial sulfites added, but it may not contain more than 100 ppm. (It does not have the USDA organic seal.)

Biodynamic is based on the precise observation and an attempt at balance of nature, a concept originated by the early 20th-century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. So, biodynamic wine is not only 100% organic, in addition, the grower has gone beyond to try to bring the farming process more closely in tune with nature. For instance, biodynamic wine growers may make their own compost and/or watch the stars and planets to time what they do.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Do you have a favorite organic or biodynamic wine? We'd love to hear from you!

Cheers!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Join us this Sunday at St. Regis Atlanta!

Sunday Wine Social
Feb. 13th from 4-6PM




Wine, Chocolate & Matchmaking
Looking to get lucky in love? Meet your own Headhunter for the Heart at our next Sunday Wine Social at St. Regis! Already in a relationship? Not to worry, snuggle up with your sweetie in front of the outdoor fireplace while enjoying a wine and chocolate tasting.

Plus, be among the first in Atlanta to sample Dexter Myers gourmet cookies loaded with chocolate, caramel and infused with strawberry flavor. It's the perfect pre-Valentine's Day soiree with your special someone or a group of friends!

RSVP today: http://winesocial.eventbrite.com

























HOT UPCOMING EVENT:









Sunday, Feb. 20th from 2-6PM
www.winejazz2.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Atlanta Winter Wine + Jazz Festival

Sip, savor and jam at the 2nd Annual Atlanta Winter Wine + Jazz Festival on Sunday, Feb. 20th at the historic Georgia Freight Depot! Explore your passion for great wine, food and live jazz music while supporting local businesses and nonprofit organizations. This event is a prelude to Atlanta Food & Wine Month (April 1-30) and the Atlanta Jazz Festival (May 28-30). MORE

Thursday, January 6, 2011

You're Invited: Sunday Wine Socials at St. Regis!

SIP. SAVOR. SOCIALIZE.

Sunday Wine Socials
Upcoming Events: Jan. 16, Feb. 13




Join us on select Sundays from 4-6pm in the St. Regis Wine Room for personalized tastings around the marble-topped sommelier counter! Learn about the subtleties of fine wine and its history and traditions as we sample artisan wines from around the globe.




The January event features a special preview of the Atlanta Winter Wine + Jazz Festival (coming Feb. 20th!) including a live performance and ticket giveaways. Plus, great door prizes from our partners at Taste of Atlanta, High Museum of Art and more!

Tickets & Info: http://www.winesocial.eventbrite.com

Hosted by Grape Crush Productions and Harry Constantinescu, Wine Director at the St. Regis.