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  • K-J AVANT Chardonnay
     
    K-J Avant Chardonnay
    Fresh / Crisp / Clean

    Crisp, bright and sleek, Kendall-Jackson AVANT Chardonnay is cold-fermented to retain green apple and lemon drop flavors.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Fresh, crisp, fruit-driven
    Goes well with:
    Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, grilled shrimp
  • New
    K-J Avant Red Blend
    Rich / Silky / Smooth

    Enticing aromas of ripe raspberry and bold black cherry are complemented by hints of spice and dark chocolate to deliver a smooth and lingering finish.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Fruit forward taste of plum, ripe raspberry and pomegranate with hints of vanilla and cocoa
    Goes well with:
    Fondue, prosciutto wrapped dates, sweet and savory flatbread pizza
  • K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc
    New
    K-J Avant Sauvignon Blanc
    Bright / Fresh / Vibrant

    Handcrafted and cold-fermented in stainless steel to preserve the grape's alluring, fruit-forward aromatics layered with notes of lemongrass and subtle minerality.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Light-bodied with distinguished flavors of vibrant lime and passion fruit
    Goes well with:
    Feta cheese, spring salad, fish tacos

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Easy Entertaining: Crostini Party Station

As if you didn’t have enough things on your plate, you also have to cook for a crowd, oh yah, and you gotta entertain, no biggy, right? Wrong! We can all go into serious panic mode when it comes to feeding a party, hence, I always like to take the less-crazy-but-still-delicious route.

When you are hosting a soirée the last thing you want to do is spend time making sure everyone's eating, instead you actually want to spend time enjoying your friends' company, so I have the perfect solution for ya, an oldie but goodie: a crostini party sEasy Entertaining: Crostini Party Station

When you are hosting a soirée the last thing you want to do is spend time making sure everyone’s eating, instead you actually want to spend time enjoying your friends’ company, so I have the perfect solution for ya, an oldie but goodie: a crostini party station!

Crostini are a holiday staple, and even though they are a classic, people tend to overcomplicate them. I say, stick to the classics and add one sassy option, that way you’ll please everyone.

Same rule of keeping it classic and simple applies to the drinks station which should have your favourite reds, whites, and perhaps one cocktail option. Having these three options will ensure everyone gets a drink and you will avoid any “oh umm…I only drink…” type of situations. If you need any wine recommendations you can check out previous posts for inspiration.

Easy Entertaining: Crostini Party StationCrostini are a holiday staple, and even though they are a classic, people tend to overcomplicate them. I say, stick to the classics and add one sassy option, that way you'll please everyone.

And to make things even easier for you, here are three crostini recipes paired up with some delicious wine:

  1. Rosemary Cream Cheese and Roasted Carrot. Flavour profile: herby, savoury, earthy. Pairs perfect with Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, which has citrus and fruity notes. Great together!
  2. Feta, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Peppered Walnuts. Flavour profile: spicy, sweet, and nutty. My wine recommendation is Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as it’s bold with the perfect acidity.
  3. Mustard, Salami, and Gherkins. Flavour profile: salty, rich, and spicy. This one needs a wine that refreshes your palate, hence I chose K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc, which is super fresh and easy to drink (so smooth!).

Now all you gotta do is get your crostini ready and you’re good to entertain! Find all the recipes below:

Easy Entertaining: Crostini Party Station
 
Ingredients
  • 2 french baguettes
  • ½ cup plain cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 bunch carrots
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon crushed peppercorns
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup grainy mustard
  • 150g sliced salami (any kind you like)
  • ¼ cup gherkins, sliced in half
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup feta cheese, cubed
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
  • A few red chillies, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven t0 350F. Cut the baguette in half lengthwise and then cut into crostini-sized pieces. Brush bread pieces with olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes until crunchy and golden brown. Remove and set aside. Leave the oven on.
  2. Combine the cream cheese and rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Brush the carrots with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and put on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl mix the walnuts, crushed peppercorns, and honey. Season with a touch of salt and bake for 15 minutes until walnuts are toasted. Careful not to burn them.
  5. ROSEMARY CREAM CHEESE AND ROASTED CARROT: spread the rosemary cream cheese on the crostini, place a piece of the roasted carrot on top along with some chilli slices, season with cracked pepper.
  6. FETA, SUN DRIED TOMATOES, and PEPPERED WALNUTS: place a few sun dried tomatoes on the crostini, add feta cubes, top with peppered walnuts and a some slices of spring onion.
  7. MUSTARD, SALAMI, AND GHERKINS: spread about 1 teaspoon of grainy mustard on each crostini, place the salami on top, add a few sliced of gherkin. Season with pepper (no salt needed as salami is salty already).

Don’t forget to enjoy the party! Happy Holiday season to y’all :)

Easy Entertaining: Crostini Party Station

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Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to #DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia.

I remember just three or four years ago, it was easy to find lots of cheap, tacky Christmas sweaters at your local thrift store. Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it’s a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I’m not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that’s supposed to be “ugly,” I decided to DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia. After all, what’s more likely to win you a contest than a little bribery, in the form of wine?

Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia. You will need:

  • A plain sweater with sleeves that are about the same diameter as a bottle of wine (you could even use a tall, thick sock).
  • A variety of small Christmas-y items: gift bows, pom poms, ornaments, etc.
  • Scissors, a needle, thread, and yarn.

Lay your wine bottle on top of one sleeve, leaving the cuff at the top. With your scissors, cut the sleeve off at a straight line, so the cut edge is parallel to the cuff. 

Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to #DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia.

Turn the sleeve inside out and stitch it up with some yarn (matching or contrasting).

Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to #DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia.

Flip the sleeve back so the finished side is out. Stitch on a mix of your mini Christmas decorations, using matching thread.

Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to #DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia.

Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to #DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia.

Slip the wine bottle in and flip the cuff down, so just the top of the bottle is showing. Tie a thick, chunky piece of yarn around the neck, to secure it.

Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to #DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia.

Voila! Your wine bottle is all decked out in an ugly Christmas sweater. Now, all you have to do is make yourself a matching sweater, by stitching similar items onto a plain sweater you already own.

Now, with ugly Christmas sweater contests becoming a common tradition around the holidays, it's a lot harder to find cheap options. And since I'm not particularly excited about spending $25 on a sweater that's supposed to be "ugly," I decided to #DIY one this year! To take my outfit to the next level, I also made a sweater sleeve for a bottle of wine and bedazzled it with matching Christmas paraphernalia.

The other nice thing about adding your own Christmas embellishments to a plain sweater is that once the holidays are over, you can remove them all, so you don’t end up with a sweater that you’ll never wear again.

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Kendall-Jackson’s 2015 Sustainability Initiatives – A Year in Review

2015 was a challenging year for growing grapes and making wine in California. We experienced major climate-driven events from rising global temperatures to the continuation of the four year drought that has gripped the state. Nearly every growing stage of the grapevine occurred sooner, leading to a record-breaking early harvest.

Despite these conditions, grape quality was markedly high in our 2015 crop, and our winemaking team is excited about the quality of the 2015 vintage wines. Even with the scarcity of resources in the way of water availability, our cellar teams were still able to devise creative ways to turn the drought into an opportunity for innovation.

2015 truly highlighted the exceptional pursuit of winemaking innovation led by all of the teams responsible for producing the high quality Kendall-Jackson wines our customers have come to expect from each vintage. With exciting projects ahead of us in 2016, here are some of the highlights we accomplished last year:

Wind Turbine

Energy –

  • We announced our collaboration with Tesla Energy as one of the first wine industry collaborators and largest user of their stationary energy storage technology with 4.2 MW of capacity installed across 6 of our wineries in Sonoma, Napa, and Monterey Counties
  • We installed 4.3MW of Solar Photovoltaic solar systems on our Wineries, offsetting over 40% of our annual electricity consumption with clean, renewable energy
  • We purchased 41k mWh of Renewable Energy Certificates to offset 100% of our companywide operations electricity usage and another 30% on behalf of all of our employees’ home usage

Sonoma County Reservoir

Water –  

  • Kendall-Jackson was named the Environmental Leader’s 2015 Project of the Year for our automated barrel wash water recycling unit developed by our K-J Monterey Winery Team
  • We were the first winery in the industry to deploy a waterless UV sanitation technology called BlueMorph and a microfog tank sanitation technology called Aurratech. These two new technologies have the capability to help us save 1.5 million gallons of water each year when fully deployed!
  • In partnership with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), California Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and Trout Unlimited, we participated in a Voluntary Drought Initiative to release 7.2 acre-feet of water from one of our vineyard reservoirs into Green Valley Creek in support of Coho salmon habitat. To help our rural neighbors participate in this conservation initiative, we also donated $40k to Trout Unlimited’s Flows for Fish Program which places storage tanks along key Russian River watershed tributaries to reduce the reliance on pumping water.

As a result of our efforts to conserve water resources in our wineries, we reduced our total companywide water use by 17% in 2015 from 2014. These accomplishments have paved the way for our 2016 projects, and we already have our sleeves rolled up and some great projects in the hopper. Stay tuned throughout the year to stay up to date on our journey towards a more sustainable future for generations to come.

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This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

I love fancy restaurants and romantic dinners as much as the next girl, but I’ve never been a big fan of going out on Valentine’s Day. It just feels a little forced to me. But I do like using the 14th as an excuse to do something special with my husband… we just usually celebrate at home! This year, I thought it would be fun to put together a Valentine’s Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIYThis year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIYThis year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

My favorite part is this backdrop I created with a bunch of red and white envelopes. I arranged the red envelopes into a heart and tucked a short love note in each one.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

Then, I got a bunch of red and pink desserts and placed them on different cake stands and bowls. To save time, I just got store-bought goodies and personalized them a little for Valentine’s Day. I mixed some kettle corn with pink and red M&Ms, and added little Sweethearts on top of pink sugar cookies. I also arranged some grocery store flowers into a quick bouquet.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

For drinks, I chose Kendall-Jackson AVANT Red Blend. It has notes of raspberry, black cherry, spice and dark chocolate–which makes it perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert table.

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

Lastly, I hung a couple “XO” balloons to finish off the decor!

This year, skip the restaurant crowds and put together a Valentine's Day dessert table to surprise him when he walks in the door. #DIY

I’m really happy with how the dessert table turned out, and it was all so easy to put together. The envelope backdrop took me less than five minutes (just taping envelopes up on the wall), and could be easily adapted with different shapes, letters, or numbers for other celebrations. And all the desserts were so yummy! If you’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home this year, consider adding a dessert table to make your evening that much sweeter.

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K-J Avant: Committed to Sustainability

We are honored to be recognized for our sustainability efforts. We are a member of the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) Green Power Leadership Club and a past recipient of the prestigious Green Power Leadership Award for our performance in energy conservation and renewable energy use. Other recipients included Intel, Google and the City of San Francisco.

Renewable Energy

Each bottle of Kendall-Jackson AVANT wine is vinted and bottled with 100% certified wind energy. Learn more about our sustainability efforts at KJ.com/Sustainability

K-J AVANT. The Right Wine for Right Now.

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