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They say that there is strength in numbers, and as I made my way through my divorce last year, I found that to be true. We go through so many things in our lives: college, getting great jobs, lay offs, marriages, childbirth, losing children, divorces, starting businesses, buying houses...life is full of tragedies and triumphs, and I have found the secret to success in life: a great group of girlfriends! We women are amazing, resilient creatures, and at the end of the day, it's so nice to sit back, grab your girls and celebrate this thing we call LIFE over a glass of wine (or two). I was recently invited to participate in an event with Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most awarded winery, and I am so excited to share my thoughts with you!
If you know me, then you know that I rarely say no to a nice glass of wine, especially when I can sip it with my girlfriends on the beach on a beautiful, sunny day!
I had two of my girlfriends join me and we paid a visit to Miami Beach to set the atmosphere for the night. This is what it's all about, ladies. Having fun together, going on adventures, going to visit each other and exploring new cities together - and ending the fun with a glass of wine to celebrate it all!
My friend Haley was visiting from Texas and of course we had to begin the evening with our toes in the sand! Being from Houston, this was her first visit to Miami, and the Villa Maria event on the beach was the perfect way to celebrate our little girlfriend's getaway!
So what was the Villa Maria event all about? Wine. Friends. Sunshine. Laughter - a lot of laughter, especially once the Improv Troupe showed up!
I am a new fan of Villa Maria, as the company was built on a philosophy of entrepreneurship, bravery and discovery. Bravery? Discovery? Yes, please - that's what our lives are all about!
How have I not heard about this fabulous brand before now? You may not have either, and I am so glad that you're reading this, so that we can change that! Founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich, on just one acre of land that he leased from his father, he's grown to 9 key brands and 120 products across 60 markets. While Villa Maria winery is in New Zealand, you can grab a bottle pretty much around the world. Click here to find Villa Maria near you!
I began with a sampling of the Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc, which has a fresh, light fruity flavor. It is a vibrant, crisp sparkling wine with hints of melon and lime - perfect for an evening on the beach!
As much as I liked it, the Villa Maria Rose was my favorite! What can I say? I do love a good rose!
Villa Maria Rose is made from a combination of vineyard parcels from throughout the east coast of New Zealand. The diversity of soil profiles and climates of each region provided fruit with unique and complementary flavour characteristics to contribute to the finished wine. It works for me - so much so that I may have to order some for our next girlfriend's getaway weekend! I love drink red wine with dinner in the evening, but Rose is my go-to during the hot sunny days here in Miami.
Of course, Villa Maria isn't limited to Bubbly and Rose! They offer several BIN varietals, including a Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc. There is also a Stellar Collection that includes a Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and a Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon. The Reserve Collection features a Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot Noir.
Whatever your taste in wine, Villa Maria has a bottle for you! So go ahead, open a bottle of Villa Maria Wine and open another world and get a taste of New Zealand as well...
Open Another World™ With Villa Maria
You can enter to win a trip for yourself and a guest that includes round trip airfare from the U.S. to New Zealand, traveling for 7-days and 6-nights between the North and South Islands, as well as the opportunity to visit and experience New Zealand's most awarded winery, Villa Maria Wine Estates!
Enter at VillaMaria.com now, because the opportunity ends September 30th! Good luck!
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Sweepstakes starts on 6/1/2017 at 12:00 PM ET and ends on 9/30/2017 at 11:59:59 PM ET. See Official Rules for entry instructions, how to participate without a purchase, prize details, odds of winning, etc. Open only to legal residents of the 50 US/DC. 21 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this wine free from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Villa Maria as part of their Open Another World campaign. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.