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Shameless Ways I’ve Spent My Valentine’s Day

Shameless Ways I’ve Spent My Valentine’s Day

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Although we may not want to admit it, all of us have done at least a couple of these things on the most loving (or annoying) holiday of the year; Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re going out with your boo or spending your Valentine’s Day with your true love, Stella Rosa wine, be sure to enjoy yourself and indulge in these guilty pleasures!

1. Ditched my diet and ate ice cream (our favorite is Halo Top Chocolate Almond Crunch)
2. Drank an entire bottle of Stella Rosa Black wine
3. Did way too much online shopping
4. Attempted to do yoga, but fell asleep instead
5. Mastered the “smokey eye” look
6. Knitted a sweater for my cat (or dog)
7. Posted something on social media that I will later regret
8. Handed out cartoon Valentine’s Day cards to my friends or coworkers (because are you ever too old to love SpongeBob SquarePants!?)
9. Called my best friend to dish about our love lives
10. Took down my Christmas decorations (finally!)
11. Cancelled my plans so I could stay in and binge-watch ‘Friends’ on Netflix
12. Ignored my text messages because I was busy creeping on my ex’s Instagram
13. Drank Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti wine straight out of the bottle
14. Memorized the words to ‘Baby Got Back’ (I blame this on binge-watching ‘Friends’)
15. Vowed to start running (tomorrow…or maybe the next day)

Champagne Cupcakes

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We’re big fans of sweets and we love having an excuse to bake, so today we’re bringing you delicious cupcakes made with Stella Rosa Brachetto wine that you can share with your friends and family (21+ only please) or feel free to enjoy them all to yourself! Hey – no judgment, we promise!
We opted for rose inspired treats that are ALMOST too pretty to eat. Follow the steps below to create your own Stella Rosa infused cupcakes and show us your lovely creations on social media by tagging #StellaRosa and #Stellabrate!

Ingredients:
• 1 box white cake mix (yields 24 cupcakes)
• 1 cup Stella Rosa Brachetto
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 3 eggs
• Buttercream frosting (or your favorite flavor)
• Baking cups
• Piping bags
• Star piping tip

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Blend cake mix, Stella Rosa wine, oil, and eggs in a large bowl at low speed until moistened for about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes more. Pour batter in cupcake pan and bake immediately for about 18-20 minutes.
3. Cupcakes are done when toothpick is inserted in center and comes out clean.
4. Cool cupcakes on wire rack for about 15 minutes before frosting with your favorite frosting flavor.

Stella Rosa Blind Wine Tasting Game

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We love games and we love when it even more when it involves wine, so gather a few bottles of your favorite Stella Rosa wine and challenge your friends to a Blind Wine Tasting! You only need a few items to host this event and with 13 different Stella Rosa flavors to choose from, you can certainly test everyone’s palate. Cover the bottles with bags, number them for your reference, and let the fun begin!

Supplies:

  • Stella Rosa wine (4 flavors minimum). Click here to see our collection.
  • Brown bags or fabric
  • Numbered cards
  • Our downloadable sheets for each contestant
  • Pens
  • Cheese and crackers to cleanse the palate

Download these sheets:

Step 1: Determine how many people are coming and how many bottles would be needed. If you’re hosting a large party, have your guests bring 2 bottles of Stella Rosa, one can be used for the game and one can go in a stash as the prize for the winner.
Step 2: Cover the bottles with material. Download Stella Rosa’s Blind Wine Tasting sheets to record the secret list of the number associated to the bottle
Step 3: Set out your cheese and cracker plates
Step 4: Hand out the Blind Wine Tasting sheets with pens to all your guests, and get to sipping!

The best way to show off your great hosting abilities is to show us pictures on our social media pages. We look forward to seeing how your Blind Wine Tasting turned out! Share with us on Facebook or Instagram and use #StellaRosa and #Stellabrate in your captions.

Stella Rosa wines are available through our online store and or click here to find your nearest retailer.

How To Create An Instagram-Worthy Charcuterie Board

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And the award for best wine goes to… Stella Rosa!

Award-winning wine is just what you want when you’re tuning in to all the awards shows like the Grammys, BAFTAs, and Oscars (to name a few). To go with your wine, put together a delectable charcuterie board. We’ve got the tips right here so you create the most eye-catching, Instagram-worthy spread.

Meat
2 ounces of a meat per person. Vary up flavors and textures like a hard salami, a smoked meat, something soft like pate, and something tangy like a pineapple sausage.

Cheese
Like with meat, offer a variety of textures and styles: sharp, creamy, funky, soft, etc. Cheeses from different regions work well too.

Bread & Crackers
Keep it simple so as to not overpower the flavors of your meats and cheeses. Crackers and toasted baguette slices do just fine.

Garnishes & Condiments
Here’s where you get to add more color to your board. What do you like (to eat or just for presentation)? Mustard, pickles, nuts, olives, figs, grapes, honey, jam, fennel salad, micro greens, etc.

Get creative! Put a little thought and strategy into this so you can get a good variety – and an Instagram and Snapchat-worthy board! But, don’t overthink it either because in the end, you’re munching on these with a glass of Stella Rosa wine and that’s the most important part!

Show off your charcuterie masterpiece by following us on Instagram and Twitter and using #StellaRosa and #Stellabrate in your caption.

Game Day Finger Foods

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Sundays are family days and by family days we mean gathering at one’s home, piling our plates with food, filling our cups with alcohol, and shouting at the television. We’re watching football of course! It’s important that the team we root for wins (obviously) but it’s nearly as important to have good food and drink to last the afternoon. Each week we try and change up our game day bites but as for our sips, we’re loyal to our tried-and-trues: Stella Rosa and Bodega Sangria. That being said, take a peek into what’s on our menus for the next few weeks!

The 7-Layer Dip That’s All Yours
Skip the large serving bowl and serve the 7-layer dip in individual ramekins. No more fighting for the bowl!

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
If you ask us, this is your serving of vegetables, so dip away! We particularly like Alton Brown’s recipe, which you can find here.


Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
This potato salad beats all others for so many reasons: 1 point for ‘creamy,’ 2 points for ‘with bacon,’ 3 points for the fact that this is Chrissy Teigen’s recipe! Get the recipe from her cookbook, Cravings.

Deviled Eggs
If anyone knows a mean deviled egg, it’s Giada De Laurentiis. Made to perfection, get the recipe by clicking here.

Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings
The name says it all – we’re sold. Get the recipe by clicking here! Oh, did we mention there’s Sriracha in the recipe? Perfect.

King Sliders
Sliders are the way to go, especially when you’ve got a ton of other food to snack on. The best bread: King’s Hawaiian. Slice each roll in half and give it a light toast, then pile on your typical fixings.

Chicken and Waffles Sliders
Whether you make waffles from scratch and fry your own chicken, or cook frozen waffles and pick up fried chicken from the store, these will be a hit. Don’t forget the maple syrup!


Island Ahi Tuna
Think poke. But loaded with the goods like mango, onion jalapeno, lime, chili, and so much more. We’re going straight to a woman who knows a little thing or two about preparing game day food – Ayesha Curry. Get this recipe in her book, The Seasoned Life.

DIY French Bread Pizza
Put out various pizza toppings like cheese, tomato sauce, olives, mushrooms, onions, pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, peppers, etc. You may need to cook some of these before hand. Then slice open some bread and let each person create his or her own mini pizzas. Pop these in the oven at 350* for about 8 minutes to let the cheese melt and bread crisp up a bit.


Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Take your basic dark chocolate dipped strawberries to the next game by piping on white frosting or melted white chocolate so that it looks like a football.

That should hold us over for the remainder of the football season but you can bet we’ve got these on hand for all other sports’ viewing parties! We’ve got enough food, but we always make sure to have more than enough Stella Rosa and Bodega Sangria! We’re ready to eat, drink, and watch the game!

31 Days of New Years Fun!

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Everyone’s got resolutions on the brain and we decided to pump it up. We’re putting a new spin on this tradition, setting you up with a 31-day guide that will make the most of this first month. Because a new year means a new you! The best part of this list? Each week comes with a Stella Rosa wine pairing, just to start you off on the right foot. Happy New Year!

Week 1: Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti – light, refreshing, apricot-honey and ready to accompany you in the right direction.

1. Each day learn 1 word in a new language, by the end of the month you’ll travel with more confidence
2. Smile at everyone you pass by today
3. Create a music playlist of all your favorite jams
4. 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 10 jumping-jacks, 10 sit-ups, repeat. Get moving and grooving
5. Make a thank you card for someone you don’t tell often enough how much you appreciate them
6. Give one of your afternoons to a nonprofit volunteer organization
7. Put aside 20 minutes this morning and free your mind. YouTube a guided meditation video to relieve stress, build confidence, or just to relax

Week 2: Stella Rosa Platinum: crisp, sweet, vanilla-filled and will put a bounce back into your step.

8. Revisit last year’s bucket list or start a new one, either way, get it in writing
9. Turn this to-do list into a nifty DIY project – just slide a designed sheet into a frame, and write on the glass with removable marker https://www.pinterest.com/pin/321655598365330368
10. Gather up all the excessive things you’ve been wanting to clear out and take it to a donation facility
11. Pick up a dummy book on a subject you want to get better at: learn a computer program, art, auto repairs, nutrition, etc.
12. Treat a stranger day and pick up the tab for the person behind you at the coffee shop
13. Practice eating less – use smaller plates, portion your food and don’t feel guilty
14. Meditation night, this time do a guided meditation for sleeping

Week 3: Stella Rosa Peach: energizing, spritzy and keeping you on the move.

15. Research a foreign land and write down all the cool spots you’ll have to hit
16. Kick back and lay back with your glass of wine, you deserve a break
17. Try a recipe you wouldn’t normally make and discover something you just might like http://greatist.com/health/twice-baked-broccoli-and-kale-stuffed-potatoes
18. Share some of your new found dish with your neighbor
19. Adult coloring zen day, yes you read that right because it’s as fun as when we were children
20. Venture out with a new hairstyle, color or YouTube a tutorial for a cool new look
21. Go vegetarian for the full day

Week 4: Stella Rosa Berry – fun, vivacious and berrylicious, this wine will give you a kick back on track.

22. Read – you’ll never finish a book if you never start
23. Spend time with family and friends, make it happen today
24. Spend time in one part of your home cleaning up old mail, papers, clothes, kitchenware or storage. You’ll be glad you did
25. Bake your favorite cake, make the occasion celebrating yourself!
26. Don’t be shy; try a spin class, painting, cooking, acting…anything is game
27. Make your own homemade wax-free candle – https://youtu.be/U29HxuJQie0
28. Host a game night with games you’ve never played before, we’re sure this will be a night of laughs so bring Stella Rosa along

Week 5: Stella Rosa Black: dangerously seductive just like you throughout this transformative journey.

29. Attack a difficult crossword puzzle or make one
30. Explore your hometown and go on a new hike (urban hikes allowed!)
31. Save the best for last – make a picture collage of all the great things you tasted, tried, experienced and achieved this memorable month!

There’s no denying anything is possible with Stella Rosa by your side. This has not only been a productive month but an exciting one! Stick with Stella in the upcoming months for more ideas, recipes and even giveaways. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date and to stay constantly motivated! #Stellabrate #StellaRosa

Feeling Thankful…And Hungry!

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Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It’s that special time of the year we get a break from our hectic schedules and can reconnect with friends and family while devouring our favorite comfort foods.

Although we love traditional favorites, the best Thanksgiving menu includes both classic family recipes and dishes with a modern twist. Feast your eyes on some of these Thanksgiving food and wine pairings featuring Maddalena Wines, San Simeon Wines, Stella Rosa, and Bodega Sangria!

Stuffing & Maddalena Pinot Grigio

A light white wine like Maddalena Pinot Grigio has the perfect flavor profile to elevate the rich and savory flavors in a buttery stuffing, allowing the strong array of spices and herbs to come through. When pairing wine with foods, it’s important to make sure that the flavors complement each other. Stuffing has such a distinct flavor that when selecting a wine to pair with it, we wanted to choose a wine with a delicate flavor, making Maddalena Pinot Grigio the perfect fit.

Classic Mashed Potatoes & Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato Rose

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This pairing had us at mashed potatoes! But to add some finesse to our childhood favorite, we added Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato Rose and fell in love all over again! Stella Rosa Imperiale Moscato Rose gives some pep to the mashed potatoes’ step with its notes of apricots and wildflower. The fizz in Imperiale Moscato Rose left us wanting more!

Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole & San Simeon Chardonnay

The bright fruit flavors of San Simeon Chardonnay pairs nicely with creamy sweet potato casserole. We made a salted pecan crust for our sweet potato casserole, bringing out even more of the toasty vanilla flavors in the wine.

Truffled Mac and Cheese & Stella Rosa Rosso

A hearty dish like Truffled Mac & Cheese requires a sturdy, distinct wine to pair with. And that perfect wine is Stella Rosa Rosso. It brightens up the nutty truffle flavors and mellows out the zingy cheesy goodness.

Glazed Maple Carrots & Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti

The most delicious and easiest way we like to eat our veggies is with Stella Rosa Moscato D’Asti! We used fresh carrots and marinated them in maple syrup and cinnamon until they were soft. Moscato D’Asti has notes of honey, pear, and apricot, creating a nectarous flavor combination.

Buttermilk Cornbread & Maddalena Muscat Canelli

The deliciousness of crumbly buttermilk cornbread paired with semi-sweet Maddalena Muscat Canelli is a flavor we are thankful for!  The mild sweetness of the cornbread and wine creates a smooth, delicious, and refreshing fusion of flavors.

Corn Pudding & Bodega Sangria

We couldn’t leave Bodega Sangria out of the Thanksgiving mix. Bodega Sangria cut the hearty creaminess of the corn pudding nicely, leaving room for our palate to taste our favorite sangria that bursts with notes of fresh citrus fruit and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Pie & Stella Rosa Peach

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Our Thanksgiving dinner was so delicious, we almost thought of skipping dessert, but we just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave out the classic Thanksgiving indulgence, pumpkin pie! When selecting a wine to pair with it, we began thinking of the robust pumpkin filling on the bed of flakey, buttery crust. Stella Rosa Peach brought out the nutty and slightly sweet flavors of the pumpkin and paired nicely with the creamy whipped topping.

Apple Pie & Stella Rosa Platinum

Okay, we know we already had pumpkin pie, but we figured, what’s Thanksgiving without apple pie!? And Thanksgiving is the time to indulge in our favorite foods, so we added one last pairing to our Thanksgiving menu: Apple Pie and Stella Rosa Platinum! Stella Rosa Platinum has a semi-sweet taste and wraps your palate in luscious notes of green apple and vanilla, the perfect complement for a slice of apple pie.

We have a lot to be thankful for, but most of all, we are thankful for all of you, our supporters! And because we are so thankful, we are giving away online promo codes for our wine! Follow Maddalena Wines, San Simeon Wines, Stella Rosa, and Bodega Sangria on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be the first to know about November and December’s giveaways and holiday specials!

 

Stellabrate America Quiz – ENDED

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Exercise your right to vote! The Stella Rosa campaign trail has taken two of our best wines to the top and now it’s time for you to determine which of the two will stand as your favorite wine brand’s leader. Take our fun quiz to find out which Stella Rosa candidate you should be supporting! (And enter yourself into our giveaway to win a $50 online promo code). Polls close November 11, 2016.

#SpookyStellaween Photo Contest – ENDED

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 Spook up your Stellaween by winning a $100 Visa gift card and a case of Stella Rosa! Contest ends 10/31/16. Click below to learn the contest details and rules!

#GoStellaRosa Photo Contest – ENDED

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We’re giving away various prizes until 10/31/16 – enter your photo of your Stella Rosa Aluminums and increase your chances to win! Click below to learn more details!

Expect The Unexpected With A Different Breed of Red Wine

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At Stella Rosa, we are all about being bold, innovative and standing out from the crowd. This belief started nearly 15 years ago when we introduced our delicious and refreshing semi-sweet sparkling wine to the world, proving that wine can be fun, unique and sexy. Since then, we have introduced a total of 10 amazing flavors to our L’Originale lineup as well as six Imperiale champagne-style wines. The Stella Rosa wine collection continues to grow and has won multiple gold medal awards.

Although Stella Rosa Rosso is known as the classic Stella Rosa flavor, it’s anything but an ordinary red wine. In the past, red wines were only known to be dry and flat, but the Rosso changed all of that. Stella Rosa Rosso is a lightly sparkling and sweet red wine, bursting with flavors of ripe strawberry and red berry. It is best served chilled and goes with savory cheese, spicy Italian cuisine, or decadent chocolate deserts. Stella Rosa Rosso can even be enjoyed all by itself. The Rosso is in a class of its own, standing out against ordinary red wines.

What’s best is that Stella Rosa Rosso is available at stores nationwide or at San Antonio Winery so you can enjoy the unique taste of Rosso sweet red wine today. So instead of getting ordinary red wine, dare to be different and grab a bottle of Stella Rosa Rosso. Let us know how much you love Stella Rosa Rosso by sharing a photo on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page, #StellaRosa. Visit our new site, stellarosawines.com for more info.

Moscato Like It’s Hot

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If you haven’t heard of Moscato, it’d be as unfortunate as not hearing that Snoop Dogg jam. Moscato wine is divine and that’s not a cliché. They’re bubbly, semi-sweet, fruity flavored and are so beautiful to look at, it’s true!

Most of us are used to popping the champagne for special evenings but it’s always nice to know about who’s new and different on the scene. Our 5-member band is rocking when it comes to pleasing the crowd. You’ll get all the points for presentation and for satisfaction. Not only will you be basking in compliments, you and your guests will be basking in the company of summer peach, apricot, wild flowers, orange blossom, bosc pear, and that’s just to name a few.

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Best of the Best: Moscato d’Asti

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Moscato d’Asti can be recognized on a menu with just a glimpse. But, do you really know the history behind this semi-sweet, white wine, and what makes it the best?

Moscato d’Asti originated in Asti, Italy, a province in the north-west. Though it is often considered a dessert wine, it has recently made its way onto the dinner wines menu. The light and crisp notes of Moscato d’Asti make it the perfect pairing for most salads and fish dishes, but, for sweet wine lovers, can be paired with anything.

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HAVE YOUR MOSCATO WINE AND CHEESE TONIGHT

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We are big fans of cheese and even bigger fans of wine, so naturally cheese and wine is one of our favorite combos.  Stella Rosa Moscato wines pair perfectly with cheese and today we are breaking down some of our favorite Stella Rosa Moscato wine and cheese combinations.

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Beyoncé and Stella Rosa? Sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day!

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Beyoncé is going on tour, the Super Bowl happened, and now it is time to focus on Valentine’s Day, or maybe Galentine’s Day, whichever you prefer.  Whether you are planning the perfect date, planning on being surprised by your partner, or figuring out what to do with your girls, Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to break out your favorite semi-sweet sparkling wine and some glasses.

Stella Rosa is the perfect wine for this weekend because it pairs great with multiple dishes, especially romantic dinners and chocolate dipped strawberries. Take an alternative route to Champagne this Valentine’s Day with America’s favorite semi-sweet sparkling wine, Stella Rosa.

Flavors range from Moscato, to fruity, to semi-sweet red wines. Pair your favorite semi-sweet sparkling wine with chocolates, strawberries, dinner, everything!

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