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How to Pack a Perfect Spring Picnic

Amarose wine is designed for sharing, and there is no better place to share your wine than at a picnic. But while a picnic might sound like an easy and breezy way to spend a spring saturday, the uninformed picnic packer is in real danger of falling into a pit of unending despair in the form of an ill-packed picnic.You could make too many sandwiches, or not enough charcuterie. Your basket could fall apart en route if you don’t double check the structural integrity of the weave. A jaguar, lured by the scent of food, could attack and kill you and your friends as soon as you sit down. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s Amarose’s guide to packing the perfect spring picnic.

Stick to your shopping list!

Some people like to picnic with individual meals for each person, but I prefer a spread where everyone gets a little bit of everything. The problem this poses is that snacks are harder to quantify than individua meals, and so it’s pretty easy to walk out of the store having spent over a hundred dollars on every bag of nuts and wheel of cheese that looks yummy. Do not do this! Make a list beforehand, and do not deviate from it. It’s certainly better to have too much food than not enough, but both problems will be solved if you plan your shop properly.

Pack your spring picnic tight!

This is where your Tetris skills come in handy. Picnics are a mobile meal and so you’ll want it to fit in as few containers as possible. Imagine the embarrassment if you are forced to pack one basket worth of food into two baskets! A mortifying thought. I would not wish that on my worst enemy. Fill as much space with food as you can without cramming, and your picnic’s chances of success skyrocket.

Check the weather!

Spring is known for wind and rain on the days that it’s not sunny, so you’re going to want to keep an eye on the weather up until the hour of the picnic. The worst thing that can happen, except for jaguar incidents, is that the sky opens up on you, watering down your delicious Amarose and rending all of your delicious food soggy and ruined.  The weather can turn on a dime, so do everything you can to schedule for a date when the sun is out and the wind is down.

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Flowers and Wine

Spring has officially sprung, and while we are still in the April Showers phase of the equation, the promise of May Flowers is just around the corner. If you’re like me, you’ve spent 2023 so far promising yourself that this year WON’T be like last year, that you won’t wait until the last minute to make matching pairs out of your wines and your spring flowers and end up completely swamped with work. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Nothing goes together quite like flowers and wine, so here are three flowers and the wines that best accompany them.

Roses – Pinot Noir

Some might think that roses would be best matched with rosé, but that would be silly. Besides a similar name the two have almost nothing in common. Roses are a deep, romantic red, and as such must be matched with a red wine. Pinot noir is light and fruity for a red wine, perfectly matching both the deep red color of a rose and the sweet smell.

Daffodils – Chardonnay

There is no flower more light and playful than a daffodil. It’s the spring flower of spring flowers, bouncy and yellow with a fun trumpet-like petal structure. Daffodils have a lot in common with chardonnay. Both are light in color, both are associated with good times and warm weather, and both are pleasant, light, and easy to enjoy.

Tulips – Rosé

Tulips: a beautiful flower, multicolored, symmetrical, associated with springtime, beautiful meadows, and obliterating the early-modern Dutch economy in a fiasco so unfortunate and stupid that it helped cost the country a centuries-long developmental headstart on the rest of Europe, losing any chance of becoming top dog of the continent. But we’re not here to talk about the failings of tulips, we’re here to talk about how tulips are just like delicious, crisp rosé! The flowers and wine are fragrant, light, and refreshing, and most importantly often get overshadowed by their peers. Had enough of roses? Give tulips a try. Sick of white wine? Rosé might just be the beverage for you.

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Wine Prep: How to Drink Wine Like A Pro

There is a bell curve when it comes to wine enjoyment. On one end are those who know nothing about wine etiquette and thus drink freely and happily, perhaps not getting the most out of their wine but not knowing that anything is amiss. On the other end are those who are confident in their wine knowledge, who also drink freely and happily in the knowledge that they are doing everything right. The middle of this bell curve is an ungodly cesspool of stress. You know that there is a correct way to maximize the flavor of your wine, but are you doing it right? What if you did it wrong? You will never get those sips back. You’re not good enough for this. You should go back to drinking 5 dollar canned cocktails and never show your face in public again. If you have ever thought something like that while drinking wine, don’t worry! I’ve got the perfect guide for you to learn the ins and outs of wine prep.

Wine Temperature?

This rule is well known, but very important: Keep your red wines at room temperature, keep your white wines in the refrigerator! If you’ve every drank a hot soda or a lukewarm cup of coffee you know how much temperature can make or break a beverage. A white wine should be crisp and refreshing, and you can’t have a crisp and refreshing sip that isn’t chilled! It just can’t be done! Similarly, the complexity of a red wine just won’t come through if your tastebuds are too chilly. Even though rosé is made with red grapes, it should be chilled along with your white wine. Temperature is key to wine prep!

What is decanting?

Decanting your wine is an advanced technique known only to the most skilled wine enthusiasts. It’s also incredibly simple and easy, and you too can do if with the right container! Basically, the flavor of wine improves when given twenty or thirty minutes to ‘breathe.’ The problem is, simply uncorking a bottle and letting it sit isn’t going to make much of a difference. In order to maximize the amount of wine that makes contact with the air, it’s wise to pour your wine into a decanter, which is a broad jug that will allow the liquid to oxidize. If you don’t have a dedicated decanter, any broad container will do!

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Amarose: A Perfect Spring Wine?

Spring is finally here! Birds are chirping, buds are growing on trees, and it’s finally warm enough to go outside without contemplating the void. For some, spring is simply the transitionary month between winter and summer, but if you’re a lover of rosé spring means something else. Rosé can (and should!) be enjoyed year round, a fine pink glass of rosé drank in January isn’t nearly as delicious as that same glass in the beginning of April as you watch the world thaw. But what makes rosé the perfect spring wine? And why specifically is AMAROSE the best spring rosé? Let me walk you through it.

Rosé: A Perfect Spring Wine?

Red wine is an obvious choice for the winter months. Rich, complex, and warming, there’s really nothing better to sip by the fire as you wait out the cold. But during the spring, that rich complexity is going to feel sort of flat next to the yearly miracle of the world’s rebirth. Likewise, a glass of white wine is also going to feel off, it being more evocative of the languid laziness of summer. Enter rosé. Perfectly crisp! Not too sweet! Not too heavy! When you drink it, you can hear baby birds waking up! There’s really nothing to say about a springtime rosé except that it hits.

Amarose: A Perfect Rosé?

Many are saying this! As a Provence style rosé, Amarose is crisp, tart, and refreshing, with enough complexity to arouse your tastebuds while still being perfect for casual sipping on a spring picnic or an early in the season barbeque. It’s fruity notes and floral aromas are perfectly complimentary to spring’s warm breezes, budding greenery and rainstorms. It’s the perfect spring wine. If it is springtime and you are drinking a rosé, and that rosé is not Amarose, then you are are missing out on a universe of perfect springtime goodness. You might as well go back inside and close the shades until summer if you’re going to waste a season like that.

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John Wick Wine: The Top Pairings for Each Movie

If you’re headed to the movies this weekend, there’s a good chance you’re going to see John Wick: Chapter Four, the latest in the hit series of action movies where Keanu Reeve racks up triple-digit body counts while somehow pronouncing single or double word lines (‘Yeah,’ ‘Maybe not,’) with upwards of ten syllables each. But with each successive movie adding more and more twists to John Wick’s story, it might be a good idea to revisit the series before jumping into the fourth one. But if you’re going to do a movie marathon, what wine are you going to drink as you watch? Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a guide to which John Wick movie pairs best with which wine so your watch-through can go off without a hitch.

John Wick (2014): Rosé

The first John Wick is simple and sweet: John Wick’s dog gets killed by the mob, he retaliates by killing all of them. Movie over. You’ll want a wine that goes down just as smooth, and rosé is a great choice. The autumnal crispness of a good rosé will perfectly match the crispness with which John Wick double taps faceless bad guys with his signature pistol, and the light floral notes will accentuate the deep sadness you feel when John Wick thinks about his dead wife. (Maybe if you’re looking for a good rosé you can pick up a bottle of Amarose!)

Chapter 2: Petite Sirah

While the first John Wick is a trim, lean revenge story John Wick 2 ratchets up the melodrama, and so this John Wick wine will have to be equally rich and flavorful. In this one, John Wick gets caught up in a familial power struggle between a pair of siblings vying for a place in the ruling council of the international guild of assassins. Alluring glances, sexual tension, catholic imagery… What could pair better with that then a petite sirah? Petite Sirah is dark, full bodied, and rich, and every sip will immerse you further into the spooky politics of John Wick Chapter 2.

Chapter 3- Parabellum: Chardonnay

There is only one word that comes to mind when I think of John Wick breaking a rival’s neck on the spine of a library book, or throwing antique knives directly from a museum exhibit into an assailants chest, or racing a gang of evil bikers while bareback on a horse: Buttery. And what wine is more buttery than a chardonnay? Pour a glass of this popular white and enjoy how cool and smooth it is– just as cool and smooth as the final fight in the glass penthouse.

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Four Rare Wines to Expand Your Horizons

If you’re like me, your wine consumption goes in phases. Maybe one month you drink a lot of chardonnay, another month pinot noir, maybe three or four months for rosé. But what happens when you’ve exhausted all the different styles and varietals? You want to drink wine, but no specific wine calls to you. Don’t worry! The world of wine is vast, and the odds that you’ve tried every type of wine is low. There are a ton of rare, little-known wines out there just waiting to be tasted! Some are rare because they are harder to make, others because their tastes only appeal to a niche group. But all are worth trying, especially if the better known varietals aren’t quite scratching your itch. Here are our personal favorite varieties of rare wine!

Vinho Verde

Common knowledge dictates that wine comes in two colors: red and white. But what about green wine? Vinho verde, a cheap and delicious wine from Portugal, isn’t actually named for its color. While it can appear pale green in hue, the ‘verde’ in vinho verde actually refers to the wine’s age. Vinho verde takes about three to six months to mature, much shorter than most wines. While there is no one grape that is used to make vinho verde, producers tend towards whites like arinto and azal. Vinho verde is typically more tart and fruity than its more mature counterparts, and often bears slight carbonation.

Mavrodaphne

Mavrodaphne is a dark red wine from Greece, sometimes used by winemakers in the creation of fortified wines and ports. In its typical form, mavrodaphne is rich and sweet with notes of dark fruit and soft leather. Of the wines on this list mavrodaphne is one of the more rare, being produced in a very small area and with grapes that have relatively low yield.

Retsina

Do you love the smell of pine needles? Have you ever wanted to drink them? Then retsina is the wine for you. Like mavrodaphne, retsina hails from greece, where it originated from the practice of sealing wine jars with pine resin. As such, retsina derives its unique flavor not from the grapes themselves, but from resin added in the winemaking process. Retsinas are almost always white wines, and are often paired with strong, garlicky snacks and dishes.

Mencia

Mencia is an aromatic red wine similar to pinot noir, with notes of strawberry, cherry, and black licorice. It’s status as a rare wine is due to its limited production: Mencia is made only in the Iberian peninsula, in Spain and parts of Portugal. While it might be a little hard to find, it is a must-try for any red wine completionists!

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Amarose: Wine or Skin Tag Product?

If you have ever plugged the word ‘Amarose’ into a google search, then you probably have noticed that we share our name with a very dodgy looking brand of skin tag remover. There is no issue of legality here, don’t worry. Amarose wine serves a very different market than skin tag remover and so there isn’t much danger of us muscling in on each other’s territories. That said, if you’re looking to purchase an Amarose product and you only have money in your pocket for one, let me tell you why Amarose wine is by far the better option.

You Can’t Drink Skin Tag Remover!

When you take a sip of Amarose rosé, you’ll be shocked at how crisp and delicious it is. Notes of apricot and raspberry will dance on your tongue. You will be transported to a world of summer beach trips and spring picnics. When you drink Amarose skin tag remover, you will be shocked at how bad it tastes. Your vision will grow fuzzy and you might pass out. You will be transported to the ER, where doctors and nurses will say things like “why did you drink skin tag remover? Are you insane?” When it comes to drinkability, Amarose Wine is running circles around the competition.

Amarose Wine is Honest About What Grapes We Use

If you stop by the Amarose website, you’ll see that we tell you exactly which grapes we use and in exactly what proportions: 25% Cinsaut, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 25% Mourvèdre. The website for Amarose skin tag remover contains no information on grape content. Curious about how many grapes your product uses? What types of grapes? In what proportions are these grapes mixed? Amarose skin tag remover refuses to answer these questions. What are they hiding?

Where is Amarose Skin Tag Remover Made?

Amarose wine is the product of a boutique, family-operated winery based in Lodi California. The faces of Tim and Ally Covello, Amarose’s founders, are on our website for anyone to see. Who makes Amarose Skin Tag Remover? Beats me! For those of you who find yourself on the left side of the political spectrum, this skin product reeks of international CAPITALISTS! And if you’re on the right, this skin product reeks of INTERNATIONAL capitalists!

Clearly, there is only one option when it comes to Amarose. Unless you’re looking to deal with some skin tags. I cannot speak to Amarose wine’s efficacy in that area.

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Four Great Tactics to Manage your Amarose Stash

If you read this blog, I know what you’re doing right now. I know what your days are filled with. You sit at home, on your couch or on your bed, unable to move much due to the quantity of Amarose wine that takes up every inch of your house. Drinking Amarose is so fun. Buying Amarose is so fun. But you are just one person, and you only have so much room in your house to sustain your Amarose hobby. But what are you going to do, stop buying so much of it? Nonsense. Here are our tips and tricks for keeping your Amarose horde under control.

Bury your Amarose!

Bank robbers in the old west and old farmers in the great depression knew a valuable truth: If something it precious to you, you must bury it. Dig a big hole where you think no one will look and stick your excess Amarose inside. Make sure to cover it back up and mark where it is, because one day you’ll want that wine. Having multiple wine-holes is a good way to keep your assets from danger– If one of your holes is discovered, you’ll always have more!

Mail it to yourself!

Something I like to do when I have too much Amarose is to mass-ship it to yourself. This can be a little expensive, especially if you are sending wine in the quantity that I am, but having a portion of your stash clogging up the arteries of  the postal system at all times is a great way to declutter your house. Just bring a truckload to the post office and ship it in as many boxes as possible, all to fake addresses. In a week or so they will be returned to sender, and you can start the process all over again.

Swimming Pool of Amarose

Pouring hundreds of gallons of Amarose into a swimming pool might be expensive.  It might ruin the wine. It might not even make for a refreshing swim. But think of how cool it would look! Scrooge Mcduck did not keep all of his gold in a swimming pool because it was efficient. He did it because he could. You could become the Scrooge McDuck of rosé.

Share it With Friends!

If you’re looking to do something normal with your Amarose instead of something completely insane, you should just have a friend over and drink it with them! Heck, have several friends over! Amarose is made to be shared. Let the good times flow!

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What To Do With Your Old Wine

We’ve all been there: You buy a perfect glass of wine for a delicious meal, maybe a chardonnay paired with grilled swordfish or a meaty Zinfandel to enjoy with a spaghetti bolognese. You have a glass or maybe two and stick the rest back in your pantry or refrigerator to enjoy at a later date. But then you forget about it. And days go by. And when you finally remember, your delicious nectar has turned into something terrible: Old wine. Sour. Vinegary. Bad. A terrible shame, but not a total loss! While you might think the best course of action would be to pour the subprime beverage down the sink, the truth is that there is still a use for wine even when it loses its delicious flavor!

Cooking Wine

One of the easiest and most delicious uses for expired wine is as a cooking additive! The same rules with pairing apply to cooking, so white wines will work best as an ingredient in creamy and light concoctions, while a red is best in darker, meatier dishes. I never make a light chicken pasta without adding a splash of white wine to the sauce, and an awesome way to boost flavor in pot roasts or in chili is to supplement your beef broth with a glass or two of red wine. Just make sure to cook the sauce enough for the alcohol to burn off.

Boozy Fly Trap

If you’ve got a fruit fly infestation in your kitchen, expired wine can help you keep the buzzing down. Pour the wine into a bowl and cover the top with plastic wrap. Poke a few small holes in the plastic and watch as those bastard flies get trapped and drown. Unless you like the sight of dead bugs you might not want to use a glass bowl for this one.

Meat Marinade

Cooking isn’t the only thing expired wine is good for– It’s also a great marinade for meat. The acidity of the liquid tenderizes the meat over time, ensuring that if you prepare the marinade the night before the meat will be perfect by the time you’re ready to cook..

Looking for a wine to leave out so it gets old and stale? Well, don’t choose Amarose. You’ll drink the whole thing and the experiment will be ruined. Pick a nice red or white and let us know the results!

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Why Amarose Rosé is the Perfect Valentine Wine

Valentines Day is just around the corner, which means the amount of stress-related hospitalizations due to one’s inability to find the perfect Valentine wine are at an all-time high. We sympathize! Who among us has not poured over our entire wine rack in search of the right bottle? Who among us has not lost full heads of hair to the horrifying thought that your Valentines Day might be ruined by an imperfect wine? We are here to offer you some relief, and also confirm your suspicions: There is an objectively perfect Valentine wine. That wine is Amarose rosé. This is not a matter of taste, it is a matter of science. And in this post I shall prove it.

AMAROSE IS PINK

Amarose is beautiful to look at. It is paler than many rosés, and carries with it a slight orange tinge that calls to mind the summery crispness of its taste. But largely, Amarose is pink. This is important because Valentines Day is also pink. A white wine on valentines day would feel stale and sterile. A red is just too much. But Amarose rosé will match perfectly with the pink hearts and flowers that one associates with Valentines Day. This is simple science.

AMAROSE IS THE FLAVOR OF LOVE

A bold claim, I know. But for the past two years highly trained Amarose scientists have been hard at work synthesizing ‘love’ into a drinkable substance. We planned to infuse Amarose with the love-flavor to boost sales, but once we created it we realized that it tasted exactly like Amarose. We had already perfectly replicated the flavor of love! One of life’s little miracles, and more proof that Amarose is the perfect Valentines wine.

IT HAS LOVE IN THE NAME

Amarose. Ama-rose. Anyone who has taken high school Latin can tell you that ama- comes from amare, the Latin world for love. Ama has been preserved through the ages and retained its meaning, from the Spanish ‘amar’ to the Italian ‘amore’ to the English ‘amorous.’ Amarose is the rosé of love, and thus is the perfect Valentine wine for a perfect Valentines Day. Pick up a bottle today!

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