vinodorado goes to school

vinodorado goes to school

vinodorado goes to school

i bet if you’re like my friends you think “wine professions…. phewww, you guys have the life, drinking wine all day”.

well i’m here to tell you thats NOT entirely true….

look, look, i have proof!!!!!! yes, speaking for my fellow somms, wine buyers, consultants, importers, exporters, wine sales reps, retail wine shop owners, etc we are totes LEGIT and professional not just elevated winos…

anywayzzzzz my most recent exploits found myself sitting pretty at the #astorcentor (fyi totes amaze facilities) ready to learn all about #bulgarian wines presented by European Wine Treasures (sidenote: i first became acquainted with bulgarian wine through a classmate of mine in #bordeaux whose fam had a winery in bulgaria and i must say its pretty fascinating stuff) i suggest checking it out!!!!

wine profis get a spit sink!!!

wine profis get a spit sink!!!

check out this pic above at the astor center each station was outfitted with its own individual sink for spitting. now thats super fancy, most of the time we just get a spit bucket, the reason being…. drumroll pls…. cause we spit!!!!

SPIT!!!! yes, if there is one thing i notice its that everyone assumes that we just fly through tasting all these wines and then go on with our day. believe me if we all did that, orders would not go through, chaos would ensue in other words we would be in big trouble  just like in any other biz.

everyone paying attention to our bulgarian master class

everyone paying attention to our bulgarian master class

ok ok this isn’t to say that we don’t cut loose every once in a while….. (lolz)

any comments, or even better stories from the wine trade??!! even crazy ones…. pls let me know super interested to hear back in the comments below!!!


from vino with love

1 love 1 wine

celebrate v-day with Coca i Fitó

celebrate v-day with Coca i Fitó


in a few days it’ll be valentines day. maybe you’ve planned to see

1. endless love or a winters tale with your lover

2. maybeeeee you’ve got an ultra super duper hot first date!!!!!

3. you’re gonna pop the question!!!!!!!

4. or just maybe you are participating, performing, or attending a V-day event such as the vagina monologues. taking a stand against violence against women.

buuuut, if you totes hate valentines day & plan on ignoring its existence

i say NO WAY JOSE!!!! yes, valentines day is a completely commercial holiday having said that i still suggest you participate in it!!!!!!!


yes!!! look all those people who go to those cheesy movies add to the success of countless stylists, movie bloggers, etc those who participate in vagina monologues are actively helping women in need, and lets not forget restos esp. the ones that struggle during the week are happy to get booked up.

am i forgetting something?????

ah yea this is a wine blog right???!!!!

how should you celebrate valentines day? with WINE of course!

so if you are kinda on the fence about the holiday, or don’t have anyone to celebrate with here are some gorgeous wines that i would totes sip down.

such a darling label "flores de callejo"

such a darling label “flores de callejo”

here’s why these are good picks;

1. just look at these labels they are so gorgeous and dainty and make you feel so lovey dovey anyway

2. the flowers on the label hit 2 birds with 1 stone

3. red red wiiiiine (yea you know the song) something about rich reds make you feel oh so sumptuous.

4. spanish wines that are elegant like the coca i fitó and the flores de callejo have that silky decadent mouth feel that will leave you feeling toasty and pampered.

5. finally i think there is something to be said about grabbing a bottle on one of the most “romantic” days of the year and giving yourself some true time and loving. thats right, a time to say “hey its just me and i’m gonna love the heck out of myself”

remember being happy starts with you. celebrate yourself no matter what your relationship status & sipping on something delicious in the mean time will have you soaking in the moment.

so what do you think? how do you plan on spending the day? any good ideas on self love? HAPPY VALENTINES DAY everyone!!!!

from vino with love

tis the #season for #fancywine #packaging

dressed up wines by vinodorado

dressed up wines by vinodorado


so by now we are all in a holiday frenzy…. the office parties have passed but we’re still thinking about what to wear for X-MAS and most importantly for NYE.

wine bottles don’t have to think about that….or do they????

whaaaaaat???? you gave me a naked wine bottle during the holiday season!!!! uuuggghhh i just can’t accept that #champagne anymore. lolz ok, so no one actually thinks like that (i hope).

but what do you think about the endless array of special holiday packaging that some wine houses and pretty much all champagne houses come up with each year? one of my favs was #perrier-jouët mainly because its festive with the gold and all but also because the light green reminds me of spring. plus if you want to regift it at another point in time, the packaging doesn’t scream christmas.

i also noticed they added a little button for opening, cute but lets not kid ourselves nothing out of this world.

lil button to open up!

lil button to open up!

all in all i guess i’m for holiday packaging, special edition wraps, boxes, and box sets but i wish there was something more, maybe not so generic. if you already have a special bottle you’re looking forward to gifting, don’t forget about bottle stock covered here in an older post. they have great wine themed cards, wrapping paper, and cool wine accessories perfect for gifting!!!

or there’s always the “the essential scratch and sniff guide to becoming a wine expert” a really fun book, (i reviewed here) that’s sure to make a great stocking stuffer for wine aficionados and noobs alike.

so what do you think???? are you a fan of holiday packaging??? do you look forward to all the special/limited edition labels/boxes/sets?? let me know i would love to hear all about it!!!


from vino with love

wine tastings…what to wear??!!!

caroline's bangs & frames are adorbs

caroline’s bangs & frames are adorbs

so lets face it wine world is not the fashion world. but honestly some people really dump up the trade shows no offense. on the other hand there are some truly awesome folks that are stepping up the game.

now remember it’s pretty tricky to figure out what to wear at these things for a few reasons;

1. the is wine everywhere & you are bound to get some on you

2. its work & so sometimes those fab shoes that looked so good on in the mirror won’t cut it after an hour or two of making the rounds

3. bright lips smudge up your glass big time…eewwww gross

4. clutches are a no no as you will need one free hand for writing, shaking hands etc the other hand falls casualty to holding the glass permanently

5. this last one is not yet proven but kinda from personal experience type thing. i feel that if you look a). too cutie or b). too daring people tend not to take you as seriously. this last one is changing a loooot & mostly applies to observations made at tastings in germany not so much the case in nyc

here are a few examples of people who i thought got the balance just right, and still managed to be comfy, professional & original.

vinodorado prowein style

anja keeps it chic with her structured coat & elegant french twist

vinodorado prowein the humble winemaker

marion ebner of weingut ebner-ebenauer

the pr queen of austria, dorli makes a statement in a yellow suede number

the pr queen of austria, dorli makes a statement in a yellow suede number

i love this couple!

i love this couple!

from vino with love