Celebrating GALentine’s Day

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We’ve all heard of Valentines day, where couples celebrate their love for each. But when do you celebrate you girl friends that are there for you always? Now, you can show how much you love & appreciate your girlfriends on Galentines Day, February 13th. 

Amy Poeler’s character Leslie Knope created GALentine’s Day on Parks & Rec. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/02/each-day-is-galentines-day/516408/

Galentines is a day to celebrate all your close girl friends!  Once a fictional, funny girl power holiday in the terrifically funny sitcom Parks & Rec is now a true bonafide holiday. 

How better to explain it than in the woman herself words, “Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas!” says Leslie Knope.

Sometimes … life imitates art! Amy Poeler’s character created this holiday in the sitcom. Now, it is celebrated by girlfriends annually. (Galentine’s Day: How a Beloved Fiction Became a Beloved Tradition shared by The Atlantic.)

Read more about it as featured in the University of Connecticut’s campus news in 2018. Article by Lauren Brown – Happy Galentine’s Day! http://dailycampus.com/stories/2018/2/13/happy-galentines-day

What should you do for Galentine’s Day? 

Why not treat yo’self & your girls to some wine time! (insert treat yo’self gif) 

Now.. how to select the perfect wines for your best gal pals. Have no fear CKJY is here with your fool proof wine guide! 

Are you gal pals modern & sophisticated? – Do you love to catch up about your busy lives over lunch? – Do many of your outfits have neutral colors?  

Celebrating your friends for all the right rieslings no better way to celebrate than with white wine.

White Wine Recommendations for GALentine’s Day –

RieslSauvignon Blanc – Delicious!

Sauvignon Blanc – This fruit-forward wine shows great intensity as it is poured into the glass, with hints of grapefruit, pear, honeysuckle, and citrus blossoms to name a few. A little sur lies aging adds a little weight to the mid-palate without sacrificing the refreshing crispness form entry to long, lingering finish. Added flavors of honeydew melon and mineral notes are evident on the palate.

Riesling – “Off dry and fruit forward with a beautifully balanced acidity. Hints of white peach and honeydew melon with brief notes of clover honey and citrus.

Our 2015 Riesling presents ripe white peach and honeydew melon aromas. Off dry, silky and slightly tropical, this is a wonderful, satiny display of the Columbia Gorge terrior.  It has excellent acidity and as a result, is a terrific food wine. In fact, Riesling is the most versatile of food wines and pairs superbly with a wide array of dishes from spicy to sweet. Try it with our Gina’s Spicy Chili-Ginger BBQ Shrimp Skewers for which a recipe card is provided with every purchase.”

Definitely a white wine that is worthy of sharing with your girlfriends!


Rose’ 

Do your girlfriends like to stop & smell the roses? – ? – Do they love going to the park?
If you answered yes to these questions, Rose’ the day away your girl friends. Rose’s are pretty and complex just like you! Two great Rose’s to consider are….   


Sweet  White Wine- Wooden Valley – Rosetta (White Gamay) Beautiful and unique, with this wine you are sure to have a good time. The beautiful floral & fruity notes are the perfect addition to any celebration. 

The first thing you notice about this wine is its vibrant pink, right? Perfect to share with your girlfriends! Not just the sight is pleasing but the flavor is lovely too! Medium fruitiness and flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and watermelon make this wine very accessible. Name the celebration and this Wooden Valley Winery wine will pair with it.

Our friends, the McKahn family, crafts a lovely Rosé wine worth mentioning.

McKahn Family Cellars creates a Rosé  Grenache with aromas of strawberry, passion fruit, and subtle notes of grapefruit. The palate has a more stone fruit orientation of apricot and white peach. This is a light bodied wine with a toned acid structure and medium finish.

Red Wine Recommendations for GALentine’s Day –

Are your girl friends relaxed and easy going? – Do you love getting together to watch a movie or catch up on your favorite show together? – Are your friends always there to comfort you?

Just like your friendship, red wine just gets better with age! Great bottles of wine for you and girls to unwind with.

For a $20.00 bottle of wine, this Pinot Noir is very accomplished. Eola Hill’s Pinot Noir has won many awards. https://shop.eolahillswinery.com/2014-oregon-pinot-noir-p537.aspx

Pinot Noir – From the Eola Hills Winery website – “Given the easy hand on the Oak regime, the intensity of this vintage of Pinot noir is incredible. The mouth-filling, elegant tannins are solely derived from the grapes themselves. The high percentage component of Eola-Amity Hills fruit out of Oregon’s Willamette Valley gives an earthy and dark fruit character that’s intense, but not heavy on the palate.”

The Lanza family crafts lovely drinkable wines from the grapes they grow in the Suisun Valley.

Merlot –  Wooden Valley Winery‘s Merlot is lovely! Cherry and cocoa aromas, along with plums, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, and black pepper spice notes on the palate define this satisfying wine.  it’s light to medium bodied with a toasted almond finish.  Drink now or lay down for a special occasion because it’s very age-worthy.  This very flexible wine can be paired with pizza, pasta dishes with tomato-based sauces, grilled chicken and roasted ham.

Delicious Central Valley California Winery wine for $18.00
Learn more by clicking this image.

Syrah – Cardella Winery creates some lovely award winning wines here in California’s Central Valley. Learn more about them by clicking here Cardella Winery.

Celebrate Life with Your Girlfriends!

Life’s better when you are not bottled up! So gather all your girl friends and pop some corks to celebrate one of life’s greatest gifts.. friendship. Whether you celebrate on Feb. 13th or not, celebrate!

Wine is a favorite treat of the ladies on our team. We think you and your girlfriends will enjoy sharing one of the bottles we mentioned. Cheers! In the spirit of Leslie Knope, our team wishes you “Happy Galentines!!”

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