Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

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Wine Favz, Kestrel Vintners

Hi friends,

Join me as I discover some fabulous wines and add them to my list of Wine favorites. I’m out searching for the next amazing winery to feature for the Friendsfavz Web Show here in Woodinville and am finding some delicious wines to share with you.  This week, I’m featuring  Kestrel Vintners 2011 Mourvedre .

I popped over to my neighbors David and Diane’s house to have them join me in tasting the Mourvedre. It’s always fun to share a new wine with friends and get their impressions.

David began our wine adventure with talking about the Mourvedre grape. He knows much more about wines than I do and has quite the wine collection. I am no wine expert, but I’m excited to learn more about wine, the grapes and especially becoming more sophisticated at tasting!

David was saying that the Mouvedre grape, a Rhone varietal, is generally blended with other grapes,which is the case with, the 2011 Mourvedre by Kestrel Vintners. It is 86%  Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 4% Syrah.

After talking about the different aspects of the wine and the process of making it, we checked in with the wine notes to see if any of our guesses about the aromas and flavors of the wine were correct, and we were happy to learn that they were! (Well, at least a few of them.)

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To me, wine labels are works of art and tell a little about the personality of the winery. The label on the 2011 Mourvedre has a Kestrel (a type of falcon) stamped in the center surrounded by a very interesting description of the maker’s philosophy on wine. David commented that the Kestrel on the label, can be recognized by its distinctive feather. Diane liked the label because it reminds her of an old classic book. This made me think that this wine would be a perfect one to sip while sitting in a stately library, reading a classic novel.

The color – as you can see from the photo – is a deep garnet with a nice clarity. As we hovered over the glass to enjoy the aromas, David detected a scent of spicy cherry. The wine notes say you will notice an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors. It had such appealing aromas that you could almost drink them in.

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On to the taste! The first word that came to my mind was, “smooth”. Diane described the wine as rich in cherry and hints of other red berries. She brought out a wine tasting kit that had different aromas and we tried to identify some of the undertones of the wine. David mentioned that the Mourvedre has a smooth soft finish and a nice balance of flavors. We were all noting that this is a wine that could either stand on its own or would go great with food.

What a fun way to get together with friends and explore a new wine! We loved the 2011 Mourvedre and would highly recommend it to our friends.

A summary of the Winemaker notes:

The color is deep garnet with black undertones. In the aroma and on the pallet you will find an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors and floral elements such as red currant, cherry, rose-petals, dried herbs, cardamom and mulling spice.

Please find the full wine notes at Kestrel Vintners

I hope you all have a chance to try the 2011 Mourvedre and enjoy it with some friends!

When you visit the Kestrel Vintners tasting room in Woodinville, make sure you tell them that you saw their wine on Friendsfavz

Cheers my friends, Karen

*Save the date: Friendsfavz Web Show filming event at Kestrel Vintners in Woodinville, on Thursday June 25th at 6pm. Come join in the fun and be a part of the live audience! See you there!

Do you have a favorite wine we should consider for our Wine Favz? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing what are your favorites.

Find out more about Kestrel Vintners at

Website –  kestrelwines.com 

Twitter – @kestrelwines

Facebook – Kestrel Vintners

Friendsfavz Coffee Hour Friday, April 17th

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Friendsfavz Coffee Hour Friday, April 17th

Laura Wentworth of Elle W hair Design and Makeup and Co-owner of Hair Studio164 will be with us this Friday, April 17th at 9:30 at Brew in Bothell for our Friendsfavz Coffee Hour. I hope you can join us for an uplifting social hour with some fantastic women.

She will be giving us some Tips on Photographic Makeup for Women over 40! Do you ever wonder what you should be highlighting? Should you use shimmer in your shadows? To contour or not? These are a few of the questions she will be addressing along with answering some of your questions. 1402986_793071907405673_4470120518584457150_o

Laura has a passion for helping women feel and look beautiful. She is considered an expert in formal styling with an emphasis on Bridal work. I am so excited for you to meet her at our Coffee Hour.

You can find her at
http://www.ellewhair.com/

Come Feel Beautiful with us here at Friendsfavz! Karen

Friendsfavz Coffee Hour with Guest Carol Ryan

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Friendsfavz Coffee Hour with Guest Carol Ryan

Hi friends,

If you love lattes, cappuccinos, mochas or anything with coffee, we have a special Friendsfavz Coffee Hour for you! Come join us once a month at Brew of Bothell , located in picturesque downtown Bothell.

Join a fun and uplifting community of friends!  We will be bringing in some favorite authors, artists, beauty, health, clothing, coaching and other special guests to share their talents with us. Friendsfavz is the place to be!

Our featured guest at our first Coffee Hour:

Carol Ryan of Carol Ryan Consulting gives us a peek into her Vibrant Visioning Workshops that she has developed to help you make your visions a reality. I love her passion for helping people discover their unique qualities. She is truly empowering and possesses such insight to identifying your passions and bringing them to reality.

If you would like to connect with Carol Ryan and her Vibrant Visioning workshops you can find her at carolryanconsulting.com . Make sure you mention you saw her on Friendsfavz Coffee Hour!

Join us next time on Friendsfavz Coffee Hour on April 17th, 2015 at Brew Coffee in Bothell at 9:30 am. Or find the video on friendsfavz.com.

Come feel beautiful with us, here at friendsfavz! Karen

Special thanks to:

Brew of Bothell for hosting our Coffee Hour

Stephanie Richter for swag

Friendsfavz Web Show Coffee Hour!

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Friendsfavz Web Show Coffee Hour!

Friendsfavz Coffee Hour!

Come and connect with a positive and uplifting group of women for a Coffee Hour. We will have time to socialize and meet some wonderful new friends. I will be bringing in some of my friends and share their talents with you.

Image 1Can you name your top 5 Passions? Knowing what brings you the greatest joy and sense of purpose is at the Heart of Carol’s Vibrant Visioning Workshop.

Vibrant Visioning founder Carol Ryan will give you a taste of her workshop during the upcoming Friendsfavz Coffee Hour. In 15 minutes, we will explore what makes us happy and whole, and guests will leave with a worksheet to explore their passions. We will filming Carol’s interview for the Friendsfavz Web Show featured on YouTube.

Carol will be giving away a one hour coaching session to one of the lucky ladies in attendance!

Hope to see you on Friday March 13th at 10am at Brew Coffee in Bothell!

Come feel beautiful with us at Friendsfavz! Karen

HOTflash Designs, Interview with Cheryl King and Cindy DuVall

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HOTflash Designs, Interview with Cheryl King and Cindy DuVall

My special guest this week on Friendsfavz Web Show is Cheryl King and Cindy DuVall from HOTflash Designs.

Cheryl and Cindy are going to share their story of how a friendship over several decades blossomed into a creative project of their two art forms. Cheryl’s oil paintings and Cindy’s glass art are uniquely combined to create breathtaking visions of one-of-a-kind wall sculptures.

So why feature HOTflash Designs?

I believe art should evoke a feeling deep inside you. When Cheryl showed me their piece with the wolf eyes surrounded by creative expressions of glass, the eyes bore deep into my soul and I fell in love with this concept. She showed me a second piece with a woman standing on a path with cascading shimmers of glass accenting the colors in the painting. I knew immediately I had to share these intriguing art sculptures with you.

You can enjoy all of Cheryl and Cindy’s current sculptures at HOTflashdesigns.biz

Here’s a peek into how they create these striking images!

Thank you for watching, commenting and sharing!

Look forward to sharing Jenn’s Tips and Tricks with You on our next episode of friendsfavz Web Show. Come feel beautiful with us here at freindsfavz!

Karen

Credits and Thank you’s:

The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and Market Vineyards for hosting friendsfavz Web Show filming!

2Fore Pictures  for filming

To all our businesses who donated gifts to give to our audience! A huge thank you!

The Refinery Salon in Edmonds Wa

Stephanie Richter Mary Kay, Independent Beauty Consultant

The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Market Vineyards 

HOTflash Designs at http://www.hotflashdesigns.biz/ 

friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

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friendsfavz Web Show, featuring Market Vineyards

This weeks Episode brings us to Market Vineyards in the heart of Woodinville’s Hollywood Winery District. We had the privilege to taste three of Market Vineyards current releases and have Rhonda from their Woodinville tasting room give us the highlights on these fabulous wines.

We tasted, Market Vineyards Liquidity White, Arbitrage Cabernet and my personal favorite Dividend Syrah.

I met Rhonda at Market Vineyards several months ago and she and Terri, the tasting room manager, have been so warm and welcoming to me. Over the last couple of months that I have been popping into their Woodinville tasting room I have found myself intrigued by Rhonda’s depth of knowledge and passion in their wines.

Feel free to stop by Market Vineyards Woodinville tasting room and pick up the wines so you can taste along as Rhonda describes the character of each wine. Make sure you tell them Karen from friendsfavz referred you!

A special thank you to Market Vineyards and The Bistro at Hollywood schoolhouse for hosting our live taping of friendsfavz Web Show!

Thank you to 2Fore Pictures  for filming friendsfavz Web Show!

The Refinery Salon, Stephanie Richter, Market Vineyards, The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse and HotFlash Designs were so generous in providing gifts for drawings for our audience. The ladies were super excited to win!

I look forward to meeting more of our friends at our next live filming of friendsfavz Web Show! We will keep you posted as to our next live event.

Come feel beautiful with us here at friendsfavz! Karen

**Episode 6 will feature HotFlash Designs

friendsfavz Web Show with The Bistro

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friendsfavz Web Show with The Bistro

Season 1 Episode 4

Welcome back for our next series of friendsfavz Web Show. On this episode we will meet Jackie from The Bistro at the Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville Wa.

I came upon this charming little Bistro when I was out wine tasting and needed a place to stop for some nourishment. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety on their menu, but most of all I fell in love with the atmosphere and their friendly staff. I have since brought several different groups of girlfriends to have lunch while out wine tasting, as The Bistro is right in the heart of the Woodinville Wine Country.

The Bistro was the host site to our second live filming with our studio audience and I must say it was a smashing good time. We sampled some of the foods from The Bistro, had wine tastings from Market Vineyards and visited with Cheryl and Cindy from HotFlash Designs.

To top of the evening we had drawings for gifts from each presenter as well as gifts given by The Refinery Salon and Stephanie Richter’s Mary Kay Business. We had many happy ladies who had their name drawn for a gift basket, a gift card to The Bistro, an original art piece by HotFlash Designs and so many more fun gifts.

I hope you will share this with your girlfriends as more likes on Facebook, twitter, and You Tube are always appreciated and creates a lot of excitement.

Look forward to sharing Market Vineyards with you on our next episode of friendsfavz Web Show!

Come feel beautiful with us here at friendsfavz! Karen