03 Nov

Cubs Win Series – Celebrate with wine and cheese!

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The holidays are a time for celebrating with wine and cheese.

Now that Halloween has come and gone, and the Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions, we can concentrate on the important last two months of the year:  otherwise known as the holiday season. It’s wine and cheese time.

Whether you find yourself hosting an election night party or relaxing after an exhausting day of shopping for gifts, you’ll want to have the best wine paired up with the right cheese. And that may require a little bit of ingenuity.

While there are no written rules to matching wines and cheese – it comes down to personal preference – there are some factors to consider that could impact your decision. The fragrance or taste of the wine will help determine whether a mild or strong cheese is best. The right wine will enhance the flavor of the cheese.

As conveyed by WineCoolerDirect’s Erin Doman: “Even though it is a centuries-old tradition, matching cheese and wine together can still be a challenging and intimidating task. If done correctly, a perfect match can be an exquisite experience.”

It may seem a bit daunting at first, but choosing a wine that pairs evenly with cheese can actually be quite fun. You’ll be an expert in no time.

In a recent column, Doman selects her favorite 18 pairings, which includes a Moscato paired with Muenster or Pepper Jack. “Both of these cheeses have spicy flavors and work best with sweet wine. Moscato is an off-dry and light-bodied white wine that is known for its orange blossom and lemon zest notes, as well as having aromatic flavors.”

Enjoy MIA ROSA’s delicious Moscato this month and receive a discount on purchase when signing up to the company’s newsletter. Whatever wine you choose, don’t forget to pick the right companion cheese!

20 Sep

Chocolate Meets Moscato

Moscato and Chocolate

If it’s Wednesday, it must be time for a piece of really good chocolate and a glass of our favorite moscato. Or is that Thursday? Ok, any day will do when it comes to our choice for best “go-to” food and wine.

Wine expert Stacy Slinkard of About.com knows a thing or two about chocolate and wine. There are subtle differences in taste that make the pairing of wines and chocolate a culinary art form. Like fine wine, chocolates run the gamut from sweet and semi-sweet to mellow, smooth, bodacious and downright bitter.

To some, it may seem like an odd pairing. To others, like us, chasing down a tasty chunk of white chocolate with a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling MIA ROSA Moscato sounds like the ultimate in decadent luxury. There may even be some health benefits, which only add to the guilt-free experience.

White chocolate and moscato work well because, as told by wine bloggerr Vic Poulos via The Dark Chocolate Bakery: “White chocolates are generally lighter and more buttery in their flavoring. This makes white chocolate an ideal match for a sherry or a moscato. A moscato offers nice, subtle sweet bubbles. An orange muscat can also be fun to try with white chocolate. These wines will pick up the creaminess of the chocolates and the orange muscat in particular will pick up fruit tones.”

If nothing else, these ideas for mixing chocolate and wine present a multitude of choices. A little variety is always a good thing.

And ultimately, you decide what’s best!

22 Jul

Cool Off With Champagne Punch – MIA ROSA Style!

Are you loving summer but tired of these extra hot temperatures that seem to linger like a bad date?

Are you like us, thinking that ‘triple digit’ temps should only be reserved for heating up the barbecue, not the sidewalk?

Punch Pure Wow

We’re here to help!

Thanks to our friends at Pure Wow, we offer you the ultimate cooling-off summer punch recipe! This drink is sure to make you forget about why your cousins didn’t invite you over to swim in their pool last weekend. Let’s create our own little chill paradise.

The Pure Wow recipe suggests adding your favorite  champagne to mix in with the punch. We say: why not our favorite MIA ROSA semi-sparkling Moscato or Dolce Rosso!

You’re going to like the way this tastes! Stay cool, friends.

Cheers!

MAKES 6 TO 8 SERVINGS
Start to Finish: 25 minutes

Ingredients

⅓ cup sugar

⅓ cup water

¾ cup lime juice, preferably freshly squeezed

½ cup vodka

2 cups tonic water

2 cups raspberries

1 lime, sliced

1 bottle Champagne or sparkling white wine

Directions

1. In a small pot, bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Stir to make sure the sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature.

2. In a large pitcher, stir the cooled simple syrup with the lime juice, vodka and tonic water to combine. Stir in the raspberries and lime slices.

3. Just before you’re ready to serve, add the champagne (or MIA ROSA) of your choice. Serve chilled.

01 Jul

The MIA ROSA Ice Cream Float is Here!

Summer has officially arrived and, if the pundits are right, it’s going to be a scorcher.

So, of course, you’ll want to stay hydrated. But, you may also develop a bigger appetite given all that pool lounging you’ll be doing. MIA ROSA would like to help.ws

Why not whip up a Semi-Sweet, Semi-Sparkling MIA ROSA red wine ice cream float? It’ll change your entire perspective on life!

But, beware; your friends and family will want one. Maybe two. Follow the instructions below. It’s simple, yet simply amazing!

MIA ROSA Ice Cream Float

27 May

Network After Work

Network After Work

MIA ROSA was there recently to Network After Work, when over 350 entrepreneurs from such diverse business backgrounds as entertainment, film, accounting, marketing, law, and health gathered in Downtown Los Angeles for the latest edition of the national networking organization’s get together. And what a night it was – outdoors on the patio of the DoubleTree Hotel, overlooking DTLA’s beautiful, expanding urban skyline.

Network After Work is America’s premier face-to-face business networking company with monthly mixer events in over 60 cities catering to nearly 1,000,000 members. Attendees make valuable connections with other members of their business community while enjoying different exciting venues including clubs, restaurants, hotels, and special event locations. 

Network After Work launched in 2009 and has become the largest and fastest growing organization of its kind. Each event attracts a diverse mix of up to several hundred professionals from all industries and career levels. It all takes place on a weekday right after work in a fun and relaxed atmosphere conducive to making connections.

Fabulous photos courtesy of 3 cubed studios.

MIA Rosa Wine

Networking

06 May

A Generous Appreciation for Moms Everywhere

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A toast to Mom!

Mothers have a rich history and should be celebrated.  Whether known by millions or just the immediate family, Moms deserve credit and respect for accomplishments big and small.

Mothers should be appreciated every day for all they do, though that’s often overlooked. And, so, the second Sunday in May seems as good a time as any in which to officially salute great Moms in history, including our own.

Some very cool facts about Mother’s Day – per The History Channel:

  • Don’t forget to call Mom, especially on May 8! More phone calls are made on this holiday than any other day of the year. Mother’s Day calls often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.
  • It took the inspiration of one Anna Jarvis – coupled with the financial backing of Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker- to create the first officially recognized Mother’s Day celebration back in 1908. Jarvis came up with the idea as a way to honor her late Mom, Anna Jarvis.
  • The first Mother’s Day event was held in Grafton, West Virginia at a Methodist Church. On the same day, thousands of people in Philadelphia came out for the first Mother’s Day event at one of the Wanamaker Department Stores.
  • In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.

A few famous Moms who changed the course of history:

  • Vesta Stoudt: With two sons in the Navy during World War II, Stoudt worked in an ammunition plant. She had an idea to use cloth tape to seal boxes of ammo so that it would be easy to open but also keep the box dry and, thus, keep soldiers safe. Stoudt sent a letter directly to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, asking that the military consider her invention. Surprisingly, Stoudt heard back within a few weeks, with the Navy saying it was going to “fast track” her idea. This was the beginning of what we now know as Duct Tape.
  • Harriet Tubman:  A former slave, Tubman became a leading abolitionist during the American Civil War. She helped free more than 60 slaves via the famed Underground Railroad, and later served as a spy for the American Army. Just last month, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Tubman’s image will be placed on the center of the new $20 bill.
  • Benazir Bhutto: A pioneer in the fight for women’s rights worldwide, Bhutto was the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. Bhutto was instrumental in ending military dictatorship in her home country and fought for women’s rights and serves on a daily basis. She was assassinated via a suicide attack in 2007.
  • Angelina Jolie: In addition to being among the highest paid actors in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie is a passionate mother on many levels. She and husband Brad Pitt not only have three biological children, they also have adopted three others from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. Per History.com, Jolie “has been a special envoy and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and has received both Global Humanitarian and Citizen of the World awards. She also holds the record for the largest donation the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has ever received from a private individual, one million dollars.” Pretty impressive.

For more insight into famous Moms throughout history, click here. Or here.

Or, just wish someone you love a very Happy Mother’s Day!

21 Apr

LGBT Film Festival at USC: A Showcase for Emerging Talent

MIA ROSA was thrilled to throw its support behind the recent 9th Annual Don Thompson LGBT Film Festival at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Presented as a fundraiser by former USC Film students, DTFF featured an exceptional array of features and documentaries.

USC Film Festival

The film fest celebrates the work of USC’s emerging LGBT and ally filmmakers. Started eight years ago as a small scholarship fundraiser by the running group LA Frontrunners, the festival has blossomed into a dynamic USC Lambda signature event.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Don Thompson Scholarship in Cinematic Arts, which is given to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the USC School of Cinematic Arts who demonstrates a commitment to advancing LGBT issues through creative work, scholarship, and/or community engagement.

LGBT Film Festival

MIA ROSA salutes all the participants and supporters of the annual event. Guest jurors this year included writers Timothy Dowling (Pixels, Role Models, Just Go With It) and Mikki del Monaco (Huffington Post, Director; Alto).

21 Apr

As Weather Warms, Moscato Keeps Us Cool

MoscatoWhen spring weather suddenly feels like the middle of summer, we know it’s time to lather up the sunscreen and chill the Moscato wine.

There’s nothing better and more relaxing than a chilled (57-60 degrees), low alcohol (5 percent), semi-sparkling, semi-sweet Moscato to lighten up the day or weekend.

According to the wine education site, Wine Folly, the Muscat grape may be one of the oldest cultivated varieties in the world. It’s enjoying a trendy renaissance and often suggested to pair with not only desserts but tasty spicy and savory foods.

Moscato is known for its sweet flavors of peach, orange blossom and nectarine. It satisfies chilled on its town, over ice or as the base for a brunch mimosa cocktail. Moscato and its Dolce Rosso red sibling are easy-to-drink, refreshing and never fussy.

To learn more about Moscato, check out winefolly.com and The Wine.

21 Apr

Quit Your Day Job!

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Angel investors (l-r) Sarah Prevette, Lauren Maillian, Randi Zuckerberg and Ido Leffler.

MIA ROSA loves entrepreneurs! We’re very excited for the upcoming premier of a new reality show on Oxygen called “Quit Your Day Job.” One of the show’s angel investors is Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi, who says she partnered with the show because she wants to see more women own their own business.

31 Mar

Are Millennials Driving the Wine Business?

Millennials Driving the Wine Business

It’s no secret Americans love their wine. But, what might be a revelation is Millennials driving the wine business more than any other generational group.

Why is that? A variety of factors, ranging from availability and quality, to drinkability and price, are convincing more and more Millennials to choose wine over other alcoholic beverages. Millennials represent a quarter of the U.S. population and, according to many experts, the future of the wine consumption market.

As reported by Katie Murar of the Medill News Service, a recent study by the Wine Market Council found that 42 percent of all wine drunk in the U.S. in 2015 was by Millennials, 13 percent higher than 2014. The report found that Millennials are also apt to choose from a wider variety of wines than other generations. Among their favorites: Malbec, Moscato, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Transformation of the Industry

An equally in-depth Market Watch piece on Millennials driving the wine business and its growth in many areas reinforces what is transforming the industry. Although Baby Boomers still command 50 percent of the market, Millennials are the overall bigger group and making bigger gains in terms of wine consumption. They also drink more wine at any one sitting, averaging 3.1 glasses.

These are ‘High Frequency Wine Drinkers‘ – as characterized by the Wine Market Council – and they drink wine several times a week. READ MORE

 

 

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