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Hampton Water Rose Wine: For Gifting & Year-Round Drinking

With its fresh, lively flavor and light-to-medium body, rosé has historically been a warm-weather wine. But many Americans have taken to drinking it year-round, and Hampton Water, marketed by Jesse Bongiovi, Jon Bon Jovi’s son, and partner Ali Thomas, has become a popular brand.

  • It debuted in 2017, and been rated 90 points from the Wine Spectator for four straight years.
  • Earlier this year, Hampton Water received a Gold Medal at the Best Wine of the World competition, where 190,000 wine professionals and wine lovers from 115 countries cast their votes online*.
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    Hampton Water is a French wine, grown and produced in the region of Languedoc, on the southeast coast of France.

    But given an American name and cachet, sales have been great!
     
     
    THE STORY

    The story is that Jon Bon Jovi was in the Hamptons with his son and Mr. Thomas one evening, and offered them some rosé.

    “You’re drinking ‘Hampton Water,’” Mr. Bongiovi told his father, referencing an ongoing joke that rosé is the water of the Hamptons.

    Bon Jovi latched on to the name “Hampton Water,” and…fast forward…

    Bongiovi and Thomas found a vintner and importer, designed the label, and put together the brand.

    And why not? The volume of still rosé wines in the U.S. has increased by 118% from 2015 to 2020, while wine volume overall has grown only 1.5% during the same time period.

    It’s a great time to make rosé!

    In the south of France, dry rosé wine is the all-occasion wine—no surprise, since Provence, Languedoc’s neighbor, is the world base of dry rosé production. There, vin rosé is paired with all the foods, all year round.

    In fact, dry French rosé outsells white wine in France!

    Hampton Water is from a classic French blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Syrah grapes.

    We found the style to be medium-bodied, with aromas of cherry and strawberry and touches of citrus and minerality.

    Consider it as a gift for a rosé lover, a Hamptons lover, and of course, a Jon Bon Jovi lover. We’re certain that more than a few people hit the trifecta here.

    Here’s a store locator.

    Plan a celebration: National Rosé Day is the second Saturday in June.
     
     
    > WHAT IS ROSÉ WINE & ROSÉ WINE TERMS

    > HOW TO HOST A ROSÉ TASTING

    > ROSÉ FOOD PAIRINGS
     
     
    ROSÉ RECIPES

  • Frozen Rose Cocktails: Frose
  • Rosé Sangria Recipe
  • Affordable Sparkling Rosé
  • Frozen Rosé Cocktails
  • More Frosé Cocktails
  • Pink Foods For A Pink Party
  • Rosé Ice Pops
  • Rosé Milkshakes
  • Rosé Sangria With Stone Fruits
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    *In the second phase of voting, the 50 most voted wines in each category are judged in person by professionals.

     


    [1] Rosé is now a year-round wine in the U.S. (both photos © Hampton Water | Facebook).


    [2] Rosé on a cold day? Why not!


    [3] Dive into a glass, anytime.


    [4] Enjoy a casual sip at sunset…


    [5] …Or fancy, with oysters.

     

     
     

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    Christmas Cookie Recipes For National Cookie Day

    December 4th is National Cookie Day, and it’s also the time when happy bakers are whipping up dozens of Christmas cookies. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite recipes, below. But first…
     
     
    THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES

    Modern Christmas cookies can trace their history to recipes from medieval northern European biscuits (cookies), when many “modern” ingredients became available for the first time: almonds, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, ginger, mace, molasses, and nutmeg, along with dried fruits from southern climates, such as apricots, citron, and dates.

    These ingredients were still costly, and only for Christmas would many families be able to afford to bake with them. This led to special Christmas cookies. Unlike pies or cakes, cookies had a long shelf life and could be easily given as gifts to friends and neighbors.

    This led to the creation of spiced butter cookies as well as gingerbread, krumkake, lebkuchen, pepparkakor, pfeffernüsse, and springerle.

    Decorating the cookies with icing began in the 1600s, when bakers used a mixture of sugar and egg whites to top the cookies. The cooled frosting looked like ice.

    While gingerbread cookies existed, the first gingerbread men were created in the royal kitchens of Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603), who had the cookie molded into the shapes of her favorite courtiers.

    Christmas Cookies In The U.S.

    The earliest examples of Christmas cookies in the U.S. were brought by German settlers in Pennsylvania (the “Pennsylvania Dutch” in the 1700s. But it wasn’t until the period between 1871 and 1906 that import laws made cookie cutters from Germany widely available, including those with holiday images that were designed to hang on Christmas trees [source].

    While holiday cookies are often cut into the shape of angels, candy canes, Christmas trees, holly leaves, reindeer, stars, and other seasonal themes, some are conventional round cookies or bars in holiday flavors (eggnog, cardamom-spice, gingerbread, peppermint, etc.).
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF COOKIES

    > THE 8 DIFFERRENT TYPES OF COOKIES
     
    > A GLOSSARY OF COOKIES

     
     
    CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES

    Not all of these are shaped like stars or spiced like gingerbread, but they represent holiday traditions in the U.S. Check out:

  • Chocolate Tangerine Cutouts & Molten Lava Cookies
  • Christmas Tree Brownies & Peanut Butter Cups
  • Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Crisp Ginger Snaps
  • Eight Special Recipes: Apple Cider Buttons, Almond Butter Buckeyes, Pistachio Biscochitos, Wintermint Wafers, Bananas Foster Bars, Gold Rush Bars, Chocolate Butter Pecans, and Mount Rainier Macaroons
  • Espresso Chocolate Squares & Island Sea Turtles
  • Fennel Pistachio Cookies & Rosemary Blue Cheese Ice Box Cookies
  • Gingerbread Cup Rim Cookies
  • Ginger Cookies
  • Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies
  • Holiday Meringue Cookies
  • Iced Chocolate Mint Cookies With Holiday Sprinkles
  • Iced Peppermint Butter Cookies
  • Melted Snowmen, Reindeer Heads & Santa Bellies
  • No Bake Oreo White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
  • Penguin Oreos
  • Peppermint Nanaimo Bars
  • Pfeffernüsse, German Spice Christmas Cookies
  • Snowman Cookie Tower
  • Spice Cookies: Lemongrass Snowballs & Salted Ginger Crisps
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    Happy Baking!

     

    Christmas Tree Brownies
    [1] Christmas tree brownies. Here’s the recipe (photo © Orange Glad | Facebook).

    Snowman Cake
    [2] Stacked snowman cookie. Here’s the recipe (photo © Lila Loa).


    [ ] Chocolate mint Christmas cookies. Here’s the recipe (photo © Wisconsin Dairy)

    Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Tree
    [ ] Peanut butter cup Christmas tree. Here’s the recipe (photo © Delish).


    [ ] Iced peppermint butter cookies. Here’s the recipe (photo © Wisconsin Dairy).

     

     
     

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    Eggnog Cream Pie Recipe & More Eggnog Recipes For Christmas & New Year’s


    [1] Creamy eggnog pie. The recipe is below (photo © Taste Of Home).


    [2] Store-bought eggnog can be found in conventional versions as well as with plant milks (photo © Kemps).


    [3] Eggnog French toast. Here’s the recipe (photo © Driscolls).

    Spiced Eggnog Cheesecake
    [4] Spiced eggnog cheesecake. Here’s the recipe (photo © Charlie Palmer Holidays).

    Eggnog Martini
    [5] How about an eggnog Martini? Here’s the recipe (photo © Cedar Mill Liquor).

     

    December 24th is National Eggnog Day, but we didn’t want to wait until then to share this recipe and many more below. “Eggnog on a plate” is what Florence Shaw calls her creamy eggnog pie. It delivers the rich, wonderful flavor of a glass of eggnog. And it’s so easy to make, especially if you purchase the eggnog and the pie crust. There is no alcohol in this recipe, just some rum extract.

    Spell it egg nog or eggnog, whether you’re drinking it or enjoying this eggnog pie, eggnog cheesecake, eggnog fudge, eggnog French toast, or any of these recipes, you’re in for a treat.

    > The History Of Eggnog
     
     
    RECIPE: EGGNOG PIE
     
    Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • Ground cinnamon or nutmeg, optional
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    Preparation

    1. SPRINKLE the gelatin over the water in a small bowl; let stand 1 minute.

    2. COMBINE in a saucepan, the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the eggnog until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the gelatin until dissolved.

    3. REMOVE from the heat and cool to room temperature. Stir in the extracts; fold in the whipped cream. Pour into the crust.

    4. REFRIGERATE until firm. If desired, dust the pie with cinnamon or nutmeg.
     

    MORE EGGNOG RECIPES

  • Chocolate Eggnog Recipe
  • Classic Eggnog Recipe
  • Coconut Eggnog
  • Cranberry Eggnog Recipe
  • Eggnog Martini Recipe
  • Eggnog White Russian Recipe
  • Flaming Eggnog Recipe
  • Low Calorie Eggnog Recipes
  • Pumpkin Eggnog
  • Spiced Chocolate Eggnog
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    EGGNOG-FLAVORED FOOD RECIPES

  • Eggnog Crumble Bars Recipe
  • Eggnog French Toast Recipe
  • Eggnog Gingerbread Mini Cheesecakes Recipe
  • Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe
  • Eggnog Mini Bundt Cakes Recipe
  • Eggnog Panettone Ice Cream Cake Recipe
  • Eggnog Panna Cotta Recipe
  • Eggnog Streusel Bars Recipe
  • Eggnog Truffles Recipe
  • Eggnog Whipped Cream Recipe
  • Eggnog Wreath Cookies Recipe
  • Spiced Eggnog Cheesecake
  • White Chocolate Eggnog Fudge Recipe
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    > DECEMBER 24TH IS NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY

     

     

     

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    Tea Gift: A Premium Tea Of The Month Club

    Tea has grown in popularity, and you may come across a number of tea-of-the-month subscriptions. But none will deliver better tea than this sone from In Pursuit Of Tea, an acclaimed purveyor of fine tea.

    But a benefit with this subscription is: The fine tea is available in tea bags. (With other tea-of-the-month clubs, it’s loose tea, which not everyone wants to deal with.)

    Each month, a box of the finest teabags—12 bags—will arrive. The 12 months of tea highlight the flavors, fragrances, and leaf types that make each type of tea unique:

  • Black tea
  • Green
  • Oolong Tea
  • Herbal Tea
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    Whether for yourself or as a gift, these teas will bring delight, cup after cup.

    Sign up for your subscription here.
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF TEA
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF TEA BAGS
     
     
    > THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEA

     


    [1] Gourmet tea for people who prefer tea bags to loose tea (photos © In Pursuit Of Tea).


    [2] Each month, a box of 12 tea bags arrives.

     

     
     

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    Watercolor Snacks: How To Paint Your Favorite Foods


    [1] A book for anyone who wants to paint food (photos #1, #3, #4 © Rocky Nook).


    [2] Create lovely watercolors of your favorite foods (photo Pinterest).

     

    Here’s an interesting gift for a food lover who’s artistic, or who wants to try being so. Watercolor Snacks: Inspiring Lessons for Sketching and Painting Your Favorite Foods, says it all.

    Author Volta Voloshin-Smith has a large fan base of students who take her watercolor painting classes online and in person.

    The first-ever watercolor food guide, this book makes it easy to create watercolor paintings of your favorite foods.

    It’s for food lovers, beginning artists, experienced painters ready to explore a fun new subject (food!), and anyone who wants to explore the world of watercolors through easy exercises.

    Here are comments from a fan who purchased the book:

    “Painting can be a bit intimidating, but this book makes it fun! Great for a beginner or any artist—the step-by-step instructions have you painted pancakes and pizzas with confidence.

    “The book features detailed tutorials on many popular foods, including boba tea, avocado Toast, ramen, donuts, croissants, and popcorn.

    “The tutorials include fully illustrated steps and a key to the needed paint colors.

    “(Also love that the food tutorials are organized by meals!)”

    [Source: Amazon]

    There are how-to lessons for 30 foods from breakfast to dessert.

    Are you ready to create beautiful, delicious-looking paintings?

    Get the book here.

     


     

     

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