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I don’t know about you but i feel like this year is moving much too fast. The month of July officially puts on a five month track to christmas. It’s simply too soon! But i suppose i’am getting ahead of myself.  With the summer months getting shorter and shorter July also means taking advantage of the many outdoors activities; beach time, barbecues, rooftop parties, picnics and the good ol’ USA celebration of Fourth of July! Never are we more patriotic than during this time of year.

I wanted to do my part in celebrating my patriotic duties by sharing two simple yummy and refreshing cocktail ideas, great for outdoor celebrations with friends and family.
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DARK HORSE CHARDONNAY – SANGRIA
A Bold wine with a big personality, this Chardonnay showcases bright flavors of fresh apple and pear layered with notes of toasted oaks, caramel and a creamy, full-bodied finish.  At under $10 a bottle, Dark Horse is an unexpected winner in the aisle.

I am sure there is a proper way of making a good sangria but i like to think that the rout i took works just as well.   I kept the ingredients simple and based solely on what i found in my refrigerator.

1 bottle of DARK HORSE CHARDONNAY
1 cans of Bare Foot Refresh Spritzer
2 cans of pineapple juice
1 cup of sliced strawberries
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of sliced pineapple

Mix all together in a pitcher and leave in the refrigerator for about an hour. This allow the liquid absorb the flavors of the fruit and make for a tastier sangria.  This was a great hit a recent family BBQ!

DSC_1599EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD CHARDONNAY
A perfect balanced, food-friendly wine from California’s central coast, this Chardonnay takes any occasion to the next level. Like a freshly picked springtime bouquet, Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay features aromas of lemon oil and white flowers with layers of white peach and apricot on the palate and notes of pineapple and brow spice. This is priced at just $14 a bottle.

You can also enjoy a crisp chilled fruit flavor chardonnay like the Edna Valley on its own.  This was by far my personal favorite — so much so I stocked a bottle away for myself to enjoy on the porch for those hot summers days ahead.

Happy 4th of July!!!

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