12 Drinks of Christmas #12 CalNaturale Wines — Affordable & Tasty!

It’s your first day back from the holidays and you are having quite the day. The email and projects are stacked up. Now that you are realizing what you are facing, you might want to think about the end of the day and what you might want to have in the frig for treats when you get home. After all, the back-to-work thing has got to have stressed you out.

Here’s an easy, affordable treat to give yourself at the end of today that will be a good “natural” wine (medal winning wines) paired with natural “good for you” appetizers.

CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the first and only California wines made from certified organically-grown grapes (farmed without the use of any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers) and available in environmentally-friendly Tetra Pak packaging.

CalNaturale wine is an affordable indulgence that provides great taste and high quality in a portable, environmentally-friendly package and available in two flavors:
· A tasty crowd pleaser, CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon delivers the rich and intriguing flavors of berry fruits and the intense aromas of spicy black currants, with a hint of French oak.

· CalNaturale Chardonnay is a refreshing premium wine crafted from Mendocino grapes that shows clear and vibrant fruit with a hint of vanilla from lightly toasted oak.

CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wine is available in two sizes, 500 ML and 1 liter cartons, and sold for $6.99 and $12.99, respectively. CalNaturale wine is available in natural food stores, including Whole Foods Markets in selected regions across the country. Want to order some? visit www.calnaturale.com.

Want a more complex drink? Here’s another drink: Cal Naturale Sangria
Ingredients:
1 Carton of red CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon wine*
½ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
1 Navel orange, halved and sliced
1 Granny smith apple, cored and thinly sliced into wedges
1 ½ Tbsp pure maple syrup
3 cups seltzer, chilled
1 Cup ginger ale, chilled
Ice

Preparation:
In a pitcher, combine the wine, pomegranate seeds, orange, apple and maple syrup; refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Stir in the seltzer and ginger ale. Serve over ice.

The food treats are easy:
Kashi’s Heart to Heart Roasted Garlic Crackers will add some zip to anything. Add in some cheese, some hummus (see below) and some veggies and it’s a no-brainer dinner in my book.

Don’t forget the Tribe All-Natural Hummus.. and this one is spicy red pepper or get the tomato and veggie version. Color is good for anti-oxidants and you need them NOW!

Now if you got this far, here’s the bonus. CONTEST!! You can win two packages of Cabernet Savignon and 2 packages of the Chardonnay from CalNaturale IF you live in California!! These are 1 Liter packages each so it gives you an opportunity to test the wines out on your own and also to share at dinner or a casual get-together.
How to enter? Hit my facebook page www.facebook.com/LAStoryblog or www.facebook.com/stevie.wilson

Twitter.com/LAStory

Simply post a comment or a tweet that you want to win the wine– and your facebook page or twitter id has to prove that you are a California resident. All winners must be over the age of 21!! I will require some proof!!
So if you aren’t over 21, have your parents, cousins, grandparents, relatives enter the contest! All entries must be California residents!! Contest ends on 1/25/2011 at 12 noon PT.

Stevie Wilson, LA-Story.com

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