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Posts Tagged ‘Romantic Napa Valley’

Heavenly Hibiscus Royale cocktail

Part 1: Elegant, chic and reminiscent of 1950’s glamorous affair, champagne (or in this case, sparkling wine via Napa Valley) cocktails instantly makes your Bridal Shower Brunch a special soiree. Tie the venue, cuisine and personality of the bride-to-be with your designated luscious libation.

For example, if the couple is honeymooning in Hawaii the Hibiscus Royale is unique tribute to the getaway. Or if rose colours adorn the upcoming nuptials then that cocktail can showcase the tone of the upcoming festivities. Whatever way you go with your cocktail choosing, one thing is for sure, don’t miss the opportunity to pop a bottle of bubbles and cling your champagne flutes together in celebration of the soon-to-be-bride.

Below are some of my favourite sparkling cocktail recipes provided by Domaine Chandon, a Napa Valley Winery and one of the most romantic wineries featured in my book Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples. Chandon has brilliantly put together beautiful descriptors and charming concoctions that showcase their award-wining sparkling wines.

The Chandon Hibiscus Royale

Throughout history, flowers in winter have always been a luxury. This sparkling cocktail, made with edible hibiscus petals, lends a note of extravagance to any party. Hibiscus has been used to make herb teas for thousands of years, and is safe to mix with foods and beverages. A drop of rose water adds an extra floral note.

Ingredients

1 Hibiscus flower (wild hibiscus flowers in syrup). Made by the Wild Hibiscus Flower Company of Australia; available at Whole Foods.
½ tbsp syrup from the jar of wild hibiscus flowers
1 small drop of rose water
Chandon Blanc de Noirs

Instructions
Combine Hibiscus flower, syrup and rose water in a Champagne flute. Top with Chandon Blanc de Noirs and serve immediately. Suggested glassware: Champagne flute.

About Autumn

For more on Autumn Millhouse and her book Romantic Napa Valley, An Insider’s Guide for Couples, click here.  Autumn Millhouse is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in wine, food and romantic getaways. She is also an international trekker who has wined and dined across the globe from Barcelona to Beijing . A self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic” and author of Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, Autumn also has a bi-monthly column called Love Vines published in Napa Valley Life Magazine. She resides in Napa Valley where she cultivates her wine and food relationships with top chefs, winemakers and a slew of other foodies. Besides, sniffing, swirling and sipping wine daily, Autumn is currently working on her next travel book Romantic Sonoma Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples.

 

La Quinta Resort & Spa: Palm Springs Baby!

Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and one is gold. Remember that song? It’s a popular song that most 8 year old Brownies sang as they held hands in completion of each Girl Scout meeting. As a twenty-something not much has changed. Girlfriends are an important fabric of each woman’s life. They keep our secrets, encourage us and if you’re lucky be our maid of honor. So before you take that walk down the aisle and start your new life, reconnect with your old one and solidify the bonds that will keep you and your best friends tied together as best friends, forever.

Here are my favorite Girlfriend Getaways where pampering, lounging, partying and bonding are mandatory.

Palm Springs

La Quinta Resort & Spa – A desert resort, known as a Hollywood hideaway that has most recently appeared in People Magazine and Life & Style Weekly with Gwen Stefani chilling by the pool, embodies old-world glamour. With dozens of palm tree adorned pools, world-class tennis courts, on-site shopping and a variety of outstanding dining establishments; you will never need the leave the resort. Lounge pool side, take pottery classes or hit the golf range with your best gals for a guaranteed sunshine filled escape. www.laquintaresort.com

Las Vegas

Wynn & Encore – There is no other place I will stay in Las Vegas after being spoiled at these two sister properties. Situated on the strip, across the street from one of the best shopping malls in town, this resort is the cream of the crop in terms of class, style and certain trouble for the more mature crowd. They offer the ultimate party experience at XS Nightclub, boast a topless European pool and house four-star dining restaurants where you can savor to-die-for French fare and still watch an awe-inspiring lightshow set against a giant waterfall. The gambling is pretty cool too. www.encorelasvegas.com

Napa Valley Wine Country

Avia Hotel – This contemporary boutique hotel sits in the center of all the wine tasting and fine-dining action that the area offers. Iron Chef Morimoto (Food Network Star) just opened a new restaurant around the corner and innovative Japanese cuisine. And in downtown Napa there are over 20 tasting rooms so there is no need to hire a driver; just walk (or bike) and sip. Pick up lunch at Oxbow Market Place on the Napa River and savor the true star in town, the wine, in the wine capital of the world. www.aviahotels.com

About Autumn

For more on Autumn Millhouse and her book Romantic Napa Valley, An Insider’s Guide for Couples, click here. Autumn Millhouse is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in wine, food and romantic getaways. She is also an international trekker who has wined and dined across the globe from Barcelona to Beijing . A self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic” and author of Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, Autumn also has a bi-monthly column called Love Vines published in Napa Valley Life Magazine. She resides in Napa Valley where she cultivates her wine and food relationships with top chefs, winemakers and a slew of other foodies. Besides, sniffing, swirling and sipping wine daily, Autumn is currently working on her next travel book Romantic Sonoma Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples.

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