A taste of New Zealand with Brancott Estate Flight Song #Sponsored #MC #FlightSong

Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation

#FlightSong #AD #Wine

By now you all know my deep love of wine.  Over the years I have concentrated heavily upon the California Wine Regions, but recently I heard about Brancott Estates Flight Song, and had to give it a go for a few reasons:

 I’ve been hearing GREAT things about the Australian and New Zealand Wine Regions.  

Brancott Estates is the first known wine developer of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc coming out of New Zealand.  Being a HUGE Sauvignon Blanc fan I had to try out their wine to truly taste the difference.

Upon my first glass being poured:

I soon smelled the wine.  Right away, it was a different fragrance from what I was use to from Sauvignon Blancs out of the California Wine Regions, but very pleasant.  Then, I took the first sip and could truly taste the difference. Hints of Grapefruit and Passionfruit with a hint of lemon lie in this wine making a very pleasant wine to drink during those hot summer days.

But what makes Flight Song unique compared to other Brancott Estate wines? These wines were crafted to be 20% lighter in calories making one feel less guilty over a glass of wine enjoyed at home.

Flight Song

Flight Song also has a Pinot Grigio varietal of wine that showcases hints of lemon, white peach, and guava creating quite the delicious flavor.

These wines are truly meant to be enjoyed outside on a summer day’s, or for a fun picnic out in the grass.


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May brings “Wishes in Wine Country” to Sonoma County!

Disclosure: I was told about this wonderful Wishes in Wine Country event taking place in the county I reside in and wanted to share the news as an avid supporter of Make a Wish Greater Bay Area.  

Grab your calendars and get ready as Wishes in Wine Country comes to Sonoma County on Saturday, May 17th.

For the past 15 years Make a Wish Foundation and Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards have worked together to bring you a fantastic event showcasing some of the areas best wine and food.

The scenic views of beautiful croquet lawns to surrounding vineyards make the “Wishes in Wine Country” a truly fantastic event that takes place at the Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyard to benefit Make a Wish Greater Bay Area.

Wine Grapes

This event can begin as early as Friday evening with the opening night reception taking place at Kosta Browne Winery in Sebastopol for Gold Level Ticket Holders.  Kosta Browne will be pouring their delicious wines for Make a Wish’s most generous donors and sponsors.  Attire: Cocktail Wear.

And then the festivities continue on Saturday with the Grand Tasting (2:30 to 5:30pm) on the beautiful grounds of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards.  This Grand Tasting will include over 40 of the best restaurants and wineries in the area.  Sit back, enjoy a glass of wine, sit underneath a cabana or take in a round of croquet all while raising money for Make a Wish Greater Bay Area.

Make a Wish Greater Bay Area

Restaurants included in this year’s Grand Tasting are: Dry Creek Kitchen, The Girl and the Fig, El Dorado Kitchen, 630 Park Steakhouse, AppleBaum, Daily Grill, John Ash & Co, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Tony’s, Viola and many more.

Wines being poured that evening include: Sonoma-Cutrer, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Carol Shelton Wines, Castello di Amorosa, Colagrossi Wines, De La Montanya Winery & Vineyards, Dutton Estate, and many more.

Attire: Croquet Whites

Sunset Dinner: 

And then continue the celebration with this one of a kind dinner to complete your Wine Country experience.

This dinner begins with an opening reception in the beautiful Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards terraces and then continues with a three course meal to follow from locally sourced food and wine pairing by Sonoma-Cutrer.

You’ll be able to bid on a variety of items including vacations, live TV shows, and other exclusive offerings during a short live auction then end the night dancing underneath the stars.

For more information about Wishes in Wine Country and to purchase tickets please visit the event page here.



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Tentacles: Octopuses, Squids, and Cuttlefishes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! #Tentacles

Disclosure: I was invited out to the preview of Tentacles at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  All opinions are my own.   And I truly loved this exhibit. 

Monterey-Bay-AquariumSomething truly beautiful opened up at the Monterey Bay Aquarium this past weekend with their “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”exhibit and I was very grateful to receive a preview beforehand.

This exhibit attempts to do something never done before by bringing together some of the most beautiful and amazing creatures together in one place.   As you walk through the exhibit you’ll see over 2 dozen species from different varietals of Octopuses to Cuttlefishes to one of the world’s smallest squids.

wunderpusThe exhibit also showcases a little bit of history including pieces of artworks, tattoos, and model replicas.  So, when coming to the Aquarium, stopping inside the Tentacles exhibit is now a complete must see.

A few highlights of the exhibit include:

The Octopus Varietals, and if you’re patient enough you may just catch them in movement:

red octopusThe Red Octopus

The Flapjack Octopus:

The Flapjack Octopuses are actual very unique creatures found at the bottom of the Monterey Bay Peninsula.  The Aquarium along with many years of research from their sister organization, “The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute,” have put this on display for the public to see for the very first time.


Live Interactive Display:

A favorite for many visiting the exhibit was the live interactive display where anyone visiting  could sit down and turn themselves into a tentacle creature.  At the end you even had the option to email the video to yourself.  A fun way to get involved with the exhibit.


Keep a Watch out for Feeding Times:

Keep a close eye on the schedule and you may just happen to catch an unique one of a kind feeding during the Tentacles exhibit.  I was fortunate and caught two including a live feeding of the Squids, and also a live feeding of one of the Octopuses.

This octopus was hiding all day, but was soon lured out by food:

octopus-feedingAnd many more surprises in store during your next visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Exhibit Opens: April 12th, 2014

Where: Monterey Bay Aquarium: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA

Admission: $39.95 adult; $34.95 senior (over 65) and student (13–17 or with college ID); $24.95 child (3–12) (2014 rates). Children under 3 are admitted free. Group rates are available with advance booking for parties of 20 or more

Information/ General information is available at www.montereybayaquarium.org or (831)

Advance tickets are available online or by calling (866) 963-9645.
tickets There is no service charge to print tickets at home or to pick them up on arrival. There is a small fee to receive tickets by mail. Local hotels also sell two-day tickets (at one-day prices) to their guests.

Hours: 9:30am to 6pm

 After visiting Tentacles be sure to stop by these other exhibits:

The Jellyfish Experience

The Sea Otters

Discover the Wonders of the Ocean

And Many Feeding Experiences throughout the day!

2014 marks the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 30th Anniversary.  Come celebrate with them.




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