When we think of wine, we think of relaxation, popcorn, movies, books, quiet time, and parties. But how often do we think of painting? Maybe the idea seems contradictory to some of us. Too much wine can dull the senses, but it can also put one into a state of clarity suggests theguardian. It’s widely known that just one glass of wine can positively alter a person’s state of consciousness. Because wine carries more blood to the brain, it becomes stimulated and cognition is heightened.
Alexander Pope wrote, “drink is the feast of reason and the flow of soul.” “Galileo Galilei, not only the well-known scientist of his age but a painter as well once said, “wine is sunlight held together by water.” In the days of old, it was not uncommon to take wine over water. The possibility of taking a sip or two (or more) while painting one of his most known pieces of the moon in 1609 is certainly a realistic notion. And finally, Plato said, “when a man drinks wine at dinner, he begins to be better pleased with himself.” Art isn’t always about the finished product of course. It’s about all the things in-between. Besides, there’s always impressionism. If your friends ask “what is it?” Just smile cooly and say “it’s a bird silly!” Who knows, maybe that painting will end up on your wall…neatly framed, complete with color matting. A remnant of a magnificent and magical evening, a memento, an…heirloom?
But.. wait…you weren’t prepared for this!
You’re not even sure you have all the colors…
“So what!” Some of the most inspirational artwork in the world is graced by the of infusion of wine. Let your creativity shine. Do a landscape in hues of blues or greens. Make a portrait of your beloved dog…or cat. Take a crack at some still art. Be spontaneous, and paint a piece of a dream that stuck with you.
The sky’s the limit.
After hearing about a fabulous way to get together and drink wine, Rosella’s decided to host it’s very own Paint & Sip party! We got such a fantastic turnout of people, that we’re aimed at doing this again in the spring. The experience captured in the photo gallery below shows the party… but not the ukulele after-party, which was a lot of fun too! We would like to give a big shout out to Ashley Mendes, for the wonderful instruction. We’re certain our fun-lovin’ crowd gave her a run for her money (evidenced by the sound system we had to hook up just so she could be heard over our ruckus crew). Check back here for our next event, we’ll be sure to post the details ahead of time fo you to RSVP. You can also like us on Facebook to receive these updates.
It’s always nice to be the one to open that first bottle of wine, gracefully poised with party-goers looking on in quiet expectation. A certain hush comes over the crowd and all eyes are on you… “The gatekeeper” of promised fun and adventure. A resounding POP seems to come from every angle of the room, then growing smiles and claps from all around. It’s a job well done!
Yes, there’s always that one time where it just didn’t go quite right. The corkscrew lever didn’t quite lift, or the drill burrowed its little self into the side of the cork instead. So, you try again. Only now, the cork of that beautiful fine wine has been expertly lodged or shall we say “bottlenecked” between you and a certain coolness of the evening.
It may be time to re-think that corkscrew from years past.
But, “which wine opener is the best?” You might ask. Well, we’re happy to share our key secret that works pretty well for us. The truth is (aside from the really poorly made wine openers) it’s all in which one works best for YOU! Everybody does everything a little differently; an opener will work better for one than another. That said, here are a few of our favorite wine openers you might want to try.
- Brookstone Connoisseur’s Wine Opener – Ergonomic friendly.
- Waring Pro Professional Cordless Electric Wine Opener – Compact, cordless, and lightweight.
- Xtrend Professional Rabbit Wine Opener – Durable stainless steel.
- Waiters Corkscrew – Most common and compact, for being on the go.
We know all about feeling adventurous, which is why we’re going to share a not so secret, little secret with you. When you’re not enjoying a great glass of wine from a winery you already know and love, you’re quite possibly standing in the grocery store aisle looking at various labels. It’s okay, we’re not offended. We recognize and encourage a healthy dose of curiosity. … from time to time.
Let’s face the facts though, because many more of us hoard the bottles we know to be good, and do not often stray from our personal collection of “rare and exquisite” finds. Why should we chance a dull and distasteful pairing with our carefully prepared dinner? The herbs have melted into the butter just right. The blissful aroma of a meal, well prepared, is in the air. There’s no way we’re going to pervert our table with an untested pour. …at least most of the time.
Well, for the adventurer and those wanting to avoid catastrophe, here’s the not-so-secret we recently discovered.
Meet the Vivino Wine Scanner app!
Applications like Vivino will allow you to scan a bottle of wine and write a review. You can keep a running list of the wines you’ve reviewed, as well as explore wines that others have reviewed. Perhaps you’re thinking about exploring a type of wine within a specific price range. The app allows you to filter your search of wines by price, rating, food pairing, grape, vintage, and more.
Can you believe it!?!
We were intrigued by the article “How Technology Is Transforming the Wine Industry” by Daniel Burrus, (Technology Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author) which we found at the Huffington Post website. We loved that Burrus was looking for the positive spin on tech in today’s world. Awesome that it also pertains to our industry.
Upon further exploration of the tech, we also found “Best wine label scanning apps 2015” by Richard Hemming MW, (Contributor) at the Jancis Robinson website, where we discovered that the Vivino app was one of many a person could use to feed the adventurer within, while helping them prevent a mob of unhappy party goers. Hemming, in this follow-up article referenced above, does a very good job of providing highlights and app recommendations. Vivino was one of two he suggested for use.
While these apps are great for the adventurer, they’re also great for the strong, consistent personality types who like to know what they’re getting themselves into before buying their wine, or haphazardly taste testing at an otherwise well thoughtout dinner party. Who cares about the “red vs white” debate at the table, if they both suck! Your consistent and even-keeled friend will begrudgingly defend you (the adventurer) for only a short time while the guests lose their frickin’ mind. After that, you’re on your own and you’ll be wishing you had stuck to what you know to be exquisite, or at the very least make a mental note to download the app later.
Remember, when you’re headed off to the pantry to make amends with your guests by grabbing a bottle of Rosella’s – we’d love a review on whatever adventurous, calm-the calamity app you’re now using, and we thank you in advance.