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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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This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

Hi, Friends! Katie from Butterlust here, sharing my first Kendall-Jackson-inspired recipe of the year. It’s been way too long, and boy does it feel good to be back! Today’s recipe is bright, citrusy and simple — the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

It’s the time of year when light, fresh white wines seems to be forgotten and neglected, replaced by the warmth and body of big, bold reds. And understandably so. When it’s frigidly cold outside, wine-lovers the world over might argue that there’s little that’s more comforting than wrapping yourself up in a cozy blanket and a generous pour of Cabernet Sauvignon. (Good thing Kendall-Jackson makes a few great ones, too!)

But, I’m here today to represent the seasonably forgotten Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the perfect mate to these lemony blondies, and the perfect pick-me-up when you’re looking for a little less cozy and a little more pep during the gloomy winter months.

Not to be lumped into the category of average lemon desserts, these blondies are intensely chewy, best served ever-so-slightly underbaked so they retain a gooey, dough-like center, and studded with golden, fragrant Meyer lemon zest. Thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, Meyer lemons have a lighter acidity and more complex, floral flavor than a regular lemon. I love using them in place of their more commonplace cousin this time of year, in everything from tea to pasta to dessert.

This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

In this case, the buoyant freshness of the Meyer lemon plays perfectly with the citrus notes in K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc, retaining just enough comforting chew via classic blondie texture, but with enough sunny punch to chase away those winter blues. Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon Blodies
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Serves: 9-12 blondies
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1½ tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 8x8-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, lightly grease and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside
  3. In another large bowl, combine the brown sugar and Meyer lemon zest and use your fingers to massage the zest into the sugar. This will help to boost the lemony flavor in your blondies.
  4. Add the melted butter to the sugar mixture and stir until combined. Add in the eggs and Meyer lemon juice and mix well.
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients until just combined; do not over mix.
  6. Add dough to your prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until firm and golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar then cut into squares and serve with K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc.

This meyer lemon blondie recipe is bright, citrusy and simple -- the perfect dessert for quickly and deliciously pulling you out of even the most dreary of winter funks.

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Hi, Friends! Katie from Butterlust here, sharing my...

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

I have an easy DIY project for you today–stamped clay coasters! These are really fun to make, and can be customized with different colors of clay, additional sayings, etc. I think they’d be a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends–they’re simple and pretty, don’t require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

To make these, you will need:

  1. Oven-bake clay
  2. A rolling pin
  3. Alphabet stamps
  4. An existing coaster (for size)
  5. An Xacto knife
  6. An oven

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!With your hands, make a ball of clay. Then roll it out with your rolling pin until it’s about a quarter inch thick. Set your existing coaster on top to use as a template, then cut away the excess clay with an Xacto knife.

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Carefully stamp out the letters for your first phrase. I would recommend practicing on the excess clay first, to get the pressure right. I pressed too hard the first time and had to re-roll my coaster out.

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Repeat the process for the remaining coasters. I made three to start with, and picked a few short sayings: drinks on me, the good stuff, and cheers! You could also personalize these with your family’s names, so each person has their own coaster and drinks never get mixed up.

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Lastly, bake your coasters according to the directions on the package (I did 275 degrees for 30 minutes). Once they cool off, they’re ready to use!

These #DIY Stamped Clay Coasters are a great project to make with a bunch of girlfriends--they're simple and pretty, don't require any special skills, and the results are instantly gratifying!

Hope you like these! What sayings would you stamp your coasters with?

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This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

Hello, hello! Lauren Kelp here from your favorite thoughtful entertaining website. If you’ve been following along on any of our posts over here on the lovely Kendall-Jackson blog, you know that we love to entertain. We love any excuse for a good dinner party, relish an easy recipe that allows us to spend more time with friends, and have a particular penchant for throwing fabulous get-togethers that won’t break the bank.

We love dinner parties so much that we decided to travel around the country & host fun pop-up dinners for people doing cool things in their community. Imagine hosting a get-together for your best friends just because! Well, my friend, I am here to convince you that this weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

Summertime is basically here & everyone is itching to sit outside, drink wine on the porch with friends, and have a lazy evening chatting and catching up. What could possibly sound better than that? Why not get everyone together and have this fun hang out at your place?

STEP ONE: PICK A THEME

When hosting a family-style dinner party, or even a dinner party for a larger crowd, it’s best to pick a theme and stick with it. You can go local & choose to only use ingredients that are seasonal, or maybe something more broad like ‘Italian’ food – either way, it helps keep you on track and if people want to bring something, you’ve got guidelines to work with.

The key is to find dishes that yield a lot & don’t have you slaving away in the kitchen. I love a big hearty salad, a nice cold pasta dish that you can make earlier in the day, and a great meat dish that cooks itself while you’re hanging out. If you are tight for space, try out a meat dish that requires a crockpot (like pulled pork!) instead of the grill.

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

STEP TWO: SEND OUT INVITES

Now it’s time to get serious! You’ve got your menu hashed out, now it’s time to pick a date & gather up some friends. If you are looking to host 5-10 people, I think a group text is great. Anything bigger than that requires an email, a fun e-vite, or (call me crazy) a Facebook event.

I love a big dinner party (we host 40 people regularly!) but when you start to get upwards of 15 people it’s nice to get have an easy way to monitor RSVPs (easy way of getting a good head-count) plus the added bonus of having your invite populate straight to your guests calendar is a major win.

PRO TIP: Depending on your guests, someone out of your group will ask what they can bring. You can either address this question in your email/text/Facebook event, such as:

We need people to bring these things, sign up if you want:

2 Appetizers

Fresh bread

Dessert

 

Another option is to tell your guests you are serving a family-style dinner with an Italian theme, so encourage everyone to bring their favorite bottle of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc or Kendall-Jackson AVANT Red Blend.

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

STEP THREE: SET THE TABLE

This should come as no surprise, but setting the table is my favorite part! Plus, it’s fantastically easy when you are hosting a family-style dinner. Find wherever you are going to have your meal (porch, dinner table, etc.) and set your table around the serving dishes.

Grab the best serving dishes for your menu (big bowl for pasta, tray for your corn on the cob, etc.) and place them down the center of your table like a runner. Now, once’ you’ve got your platters down, you can set the rest of the table. This ensures there is enough space for food & allows for people to easily pass dishes and get seconds.

Place some candles or flower buds in little gaps to fill in the holes & add some texture to the table, put a water carafe or two on the table so people can serve themselves, and most importantly, open a few bottles of wine and have them sitting on the table. This, just like the food, allows people to serve themselves and try new wines!

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

Okay, my friends – what do you think? Inspired to throw a family-style gathering this weekend? The make-ahead menu is simple, your friends help with the clean up, and everyone goes home happy – it’s the makings for a perfect summertime get together!

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.


photography by Josh Ulmer

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Hello, hello! Lauren Kelp here from your favorite...

This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

Hi again K-J readers! It’s Molly Madfis from Almost Makes Perfect sharing a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party!

Providing menus for your dinner party seems like such a small gesture, but it makes such a big difference in terms of making your party memorable and special. It’s especially impactful on a big holiday dinner when there’s a lot being served.

When I was on my honeymoon in Tulum, Mexico, we loved the way menus were served on a wooden board with rubber bands, making it easy to switch out the menus, but the boards and rubber bands seemed like something you could store away and use all the time.

So I shared this very simple menu DIY over on my blog which you can check out here!

This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIYThis Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

And as for those menus you see, I designed it as a free editable printable for you guys! In order for the menu to be super versatile for you, I didn’t add a border or crop marks. You can simply cut it to size for your wood boards, whichever size they may be (or use without the wood at all!).

This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIYThis Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

All you have to do is download the PDF right here.

Open it in preview (or another PDF reader) and you can simply type into the spots where I designated text areas. If you have less text than in the template, just delete the example text.

Then print it onto standard sized 8.5 x 11” paper or card stock and trim to the size you want!

This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

 

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Hi again K-J readers! It’s Molly Madfis from Almost...

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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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