Monday, October 19, 2015

Tuscan charm combined with Sonoma style at Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace

What do you get when you combine Tuscan charm and Sonoma style? Simple - you get Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace. With over 100 years of family winemaking experience in the Sonoma Valley, Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace combines unique, California-Italian (Cal-Itlal) wines with mouthwatering gourmet Italian foods. After all, experiencing wine is all about wine and food - pairing great wine with great food.


When you shop for wine at Viansa Winery (look for the "Exclusive Wines" list that is under the "Shopping Guide" on the left side of the screen) you can select from wine lists that include reds, whites, wines under $25, wine packs and wine specials. For the Italian wine lover, many of the varietals should look familiar - straight from Tuscany. For those newer to Italian wines, don't worry as there are detailed notes for each wine along with suggestions for great food pairings.



With Viansa's distinctive wine bottles, trying a different and unique wine is fun. Plus, you can get 10% off a mixed case without any coupon - the perfect way to really sample all of the great wines from Viansa. Just keep adding wine selections to your shopping cart and the discount will be applied when you checkout. If a case is too much, just spend over $50 and receive $10 off your order. Make sure to enter "TRYWINE" in the promotion code box when you check out. Have a question on something? No problem, since you can ask the winemaker by using the form at the bottom of the detailed wine notes page.
The Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace fact sheet:
Wine Shipped To: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

No shipping to your state? Try wine.com, Taylor & Norton, Prime Wine, The Wine Messenger, Signature Wines or BevMo
Shipping Options: Standard (7-10 days), express shipping available
Shipment tracking? Not via the website. You can call or e-mail Viansa as to the status of an order
Discount Program? Yes - The Tuscan Club. By joining you are entitled to 25% off all purchases of wines, 10% savings on gourmet and gift basket selections, first option on the most exclusive wines and member-only wine tastings. Choose from three different options of the Tuscan Club: wine only, wine and food and food only memberships
Price Range: Around $25. Cheaper for Tuscan Club members. Wine library and wine futures include wines around $50 to $100 for the most exclusive wines
Case Discounts? Yes - 10% off mixed cases (not valid with any other offer)
Wine Clubs? Yes - The Tuscan Club with four different wine only membership choices and two different wine and gourmet food options
Wine Gifts and Accessories? Yes - Cal-Ital food and wine combinations. Collectable wooden boxes and gift certificates available
Search Wine by: Wine lists, color and price
Ratings: No
Wine Lists: Reds, whites, wines under $25 and wine specials. Gourmet food lists, too
Picture of wine bottle or label? Yes - a great help with Viansa's unique and colorful wine bottles
Winemaker's notes? Yes - including suggestions for food pairings and "Ask the Winemaker a Question" option
Payment Options: Major credit cards
Customer Service? Yes - e-mail and toll free phone support
Exchanges or Returns? Yes - 30 days from receipt of you order
Newsletter? Yes


You can continue shopping for super gourmet food and wine gifts at Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace (look for "Gourmet Foods" and "Elegant Gifts & Baskets" under the "Shopping Guide" list on the left side of the screen). For any wine gift, be sure to select the distinctive and collectable wooden gift boxes that will be sure to add that special touch to your gift. Also, there are irresistible gift baskets that combine Cal-Itlal wine with classic Italian food. If you are looking for something quick try the "Quick Gifts" and within minutes you will have found a great gift. The gourmet food list contains wonderful olive oils, pasta sauces, spices, dressings and pesto spreads. Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace have taken the time to pair great food to compliment their Italian wine varietals.
The Tuscan Club is the perfect way to have unforgettable wine and food delivered to you every month. As an added bonus, Tuscan wine club members receive 25% off wine purchases and 10% off gourmet food orders. When you want to share your wine and food discovery with others, you will receive 10% off gift baskets. All of this on top of the already special wines included with your membership. You can choose from wine only, wine and food and food only memberships to suit your taste. Here's more of what you get:
  • A complimentary copy of Viansa's Tuscan magazine, which includes recipes, wine information and entertaining ideas.
  • First selection of Viansa's most in-demand wines via "Wine Futures" (check out some of these wines while you are there - you will see just how fantastic they are).
  • Invitations to members-only wine tastings and dinner events. Should you decide to travel to Sonoma, you will also receive savings on luxury lodging in the Viansa guest cottage - the only way to experience Sonoma.
  • Private winery tours and tastings.
Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace is truly a different experience than other online wine shops. Here you will be rewarded for trying more unique and special wines while enjoying wonderful food. You won't be able to find Viansa's award winning wine and foods in stores - they are available only online or at their Sonoma Valley winery. Take a trip to Tuscany via Sonoma and enjoy food and wine the way they were meant to be - unforgettable.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Create custom wine labels for a one of a kind wine or gift giving experience at Signature Wines

Looking for a unique wine gift or planning a special event? Maybe you want to create an unforgettable feeling for something personal in your life. Nothing can do all of this more than a personalized bottle of wine from Signature Wines. This online wine store has perfected creating custom wine labels for any event.

Start in their "Personalized Wine Labels" section of the store, where you can choose from some of the following categories and themes for pre-designed labels:


  • "Special Occasions" including labels for anniversaries, birthdays, retirement, house warming, graduation and reunions.
  • "Holidays" including New Years, Valentines, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and seasonal labels.
  • "Events" including labels for dinner parties, music and dance.
  • "Weddings" including labels for engagements and traditional and modern themes.
  • "Professional" including labels for corporate gifts and events.
  • "Coat-of-Arms" - search for your last name in their extensive database and add your family crest or coat-of-arms
  • "Featured" including new and popular labels.


This is just a small sample of the pre-designed labels available at Signature Wines. Be sure to check all of the pre-designed labels at Signature Wines, as they are adding new labels every month.

Once you choose a label you like, the easy-to-follow Signature Wines online label designer allows you to personalize up to four lines of text and thirty characters per line for each pre-designed label. As you type your message in the areas provided on the screen, you will instantly see how your message will look on the wine label. You can also change type style for a different look and feel. Not a professional writer? Don't worry, Signature Wines has you covered with some sample messages for each label.

Do you have a special picture or image that would be perfect? You can upload it online as long as it is .jpg or .jpeg format and at least 800 x 800 pixels. Although Signature Wines charges $25 for this service, they will keep your custom label on archive for future use at no additional charge. Also, the Signature Wines design team will e-mail you your label design for approval prior to printing.

For an even more unique wine shopping experience, check out the "Collectible Labels" section of the wine store. Here you can find wine labels from some of the most well known and specialized universities (too many to list here), Elvis Presley, Ducks Unlimited and the Sierra Club. We did notice that when buying wine in this part of the wine store, any personalized wine labels you have created in the "Personalized Wine Labels" section of the store will not be in your shopping cart. While a bit of an inconvenience, it is over shadowed by the wonderful collectible themes. Also, you can support a great cause or your alumni association while enjoying a distinct wine!
The Signature Wine fact sheet:
Wine Shipped To: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

No shipping to your state? Try wine.com, Taylor & Norton, Prime Wine, Viansa Winery and Italian Marketplace, The Wine Messenger or BevMo
Shipping Options: Standard and express shipping available (second day air and overnight)
Shipment tracking? No - but you can request a shipment tracking number via e-mail
Discount Program? No
Price Range: Personalized wine label and two bottles of wine around $20-$40
Case Discounts? Yes - 10% off a case. Also, 25% off shipping on two or more cases of wine, 35% off shipping on five or more cases of wine and 50% off 10 or more cases of wine
Wine Clubs? Yes - Sunset Magazine, Elvis Presley, All Recipes and Ducks Unlimited
Wine Gifts and Accessories? Yes
Search Wine by: Signature Wines is more about choosing a personalized wine label
Ratings: No
Wine Lists: Signature Wines is more about choosing a personalized wine label
Picture of wine bottle or label? Create your own personalized labels and see how it looks on the wine bottle
Winemaker's notes? Yes
Payment Options: Major credit cards
Customer Service? Yes - e-mail and toll free phone support
Exchanges or Returns? Yes - 30 days from purchase date
Newsletter? Yes


Four great wine club themes await you at Signature Wines including themes from the editors of Sunset Magazine - experts in exploring foods and wines of the West. Another favorite is the Allrecipes wine club which includes premium wines with detailed tasting notes and recommended food pairings. Currently, if you join the Allrecipes wine club, you will receive an extra bottle of wine with your first shipment, the Allrecipes cookbook and an engraved corkscrew - free!

Signature Wines has taken the time to select the perfect wines to go along with your personalized wine labels. They have partnered with many world-renowned wineries and are the exclusive wine merchant for The Blackridge Canyon label which selects the best grapes from all over California. There's more, including wine notes for every wine available at Signature Wines and fast shipping (send them an e-mail to get the tracking number).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thanksgiving Wine Picks From 7 of L.A.'s Best Wine Shops

Categories: Holidays, Wine, Wine & Food Pairing Whether it's bubbles to get you started, a serious wine to go with the main event, or something sweet to pair with pie (seriously, dessert wine was made to pair with pie — think about it: who wants Sauternes with cake?), there's much to Choose Red, White or Mixed, all of which feature two bottles of three different types of wines chosen for their Thanksgiving-worthiness. …. 20 Worst Bands Ever: The Complete List. …
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Christmas Gift Idea: California Wine Club Membership

The first wine club I ever joined was, at the time, Malibu's only winery. Every month, Brian and I looked forward to our wine shipment. When we moved to South America, we cancelled our membership and haven't I typically drink red wine, and usually only drink white during summer. I'm not a big sweet wine fan either, so I wasn't sure I'd like the Edelzwicker since the bottle described it as a dry Riesling. ca-wine-club-white However, I absolutely 

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wine and Food: Making a Perfect Match – the World

“The old adage of white wine with fish and red wine with meat is true and false,” he says. This will be true 80-90 percent of the time, but … that describe the wine should describe the food. For example, wines containing cherry flavors would go with something juicy such as a barbecue, since cherries are sweet and juicy. … When looking to pair wine with meat, Owen recommends asking what you are pairing it with and what cut of meat is it. He says a rib eye with lots of fat, richness and … …

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Favourite Wines From a-Z at the Vancouver International Wine …

Time Estate Winery Chardonnay, 2011, BC, Canada – Light pear aroma. Medium plus body, round and soft in the mouth. Medium acidity. Pears with a hint of sweet spice on the palate. Waterbrook Melange White, 2012 , … Red Wines. Altos Las Hormigas, Malbec Terroir, 2010, Argentina – Ripe cassis and spice aromas. Medium plus body, dry on the palate. Blackberry and raspberry, with some minerality and soft tannins. Domaine Bousquet … …

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Monday, March 17, 2014

A Dinner With Pierre Miodownick of Netofa Winery, the Most Prolific …

When you look at Netofa, in many ways, it a winery built on Pierre's terms, no wines made for marketing, no wines made for the needs of the syrup slurping, sweet tooth toking public that are ravaging the kosher wine world. … old world, they are not always a home run, but while many of the wines stay in the ballpark, they ALL demand your attention simply for their quality and clear focus on what I hope the kosher wine world will one day crave. 2012 Domain Netofa red … …

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