#Uncorked – Tomasello Winery

Welcome to our first installment of #Uncorked with Cocktails + Drapes. The #uncorked series will be an review of wineries, breweries, distilleries, & libation related events throughout the Tri-State area. The opinions stated here are the unbiased opinions of the Cocktails + Drapes team and aren’t sponsored posts. Want to be featured, send us an email with your information and we’ll make it happen.

So let’s jump right in, shall we? First up is Tomasello Winery located in Hammonton, NJ (in between Atlantic City & Philadelphia). They are a family owned and operated winery that was founded in 1933 by Frank Tomasello. The Hammonton, NJ location is the original location built by Frank  and is one of New Jersey’s largest wineries. Tomasello offers over 40 different wines, so there’s definitely something there for everyone

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We were invited to attend a preview of their new after work event called, Bistro ’33. The Deevah was of course late…because we were lost, but we weren’t missing out on this event! First off, the facility is GORGEOUS!! I wish I got a better shot of the staircase, but I had one too many glasses and forgot. We, my assistant and I, were greeted by their social media manager, Dana, and handed our portfolio and escorted in to be seated. We were serves a 4 course meal with 5 different wines to pair with our meals. We were even given two signature cocktails for the event. We were definitely impressed and enjoyed every moment of it.  So a little about Bistro ’33, it’s your weekday after work wine down…or turn up…it all depends on you. They will offer the best cocktails and Tomasellos award winning wine. Each night will be a themed night, like Taco Tuesday – Ladies Night Wednesday – Burger Bar Thursday. Bistro ’33 has already started and is running throughout the month of June, so hopefully you’ll check them out! Now let’s get into our experience, check out the photos below.

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Signature cocktail #1 Champagne Margarita

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Signature Cocktail # 2 Hazelnut Raspberry Martini

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The start of the wine & dine!

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Our first course, Shrimp Cocktail…the cocktail sauce was amazing! This paired well with the Tomasello Chardonnay Reserve

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2nd courseSiracha buffalo chicken (pairs well with the Tomasello American Ranier Rose),  jumbo sea scallops with lemongrass sauce (pairs well with the Tomasello OCP Pinot Grigio), & fried bocconcini mozzarella with marinara (pairs well with the Tomasello 2012 OCP Syrah)

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3rd course – Carrot ginger soup (pairs well with the Tomasello 2013 OCP Chardonnay Reserve) & Caesar Salad (pairs well with the Tomasello 2012 OCP Syrah)

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4th course:  Filet Mignon Bordelaise Grand Marnier heirloom carrots (both pair well with Plamaris 2012 Cabernet Sauvingnon Reserve), lobster mac & cheese (pairs well with the Tomasello OCP Pinot Grigio), & Bourbon Glazed Sea Bass (pairs well with the Tomasello 2012 OCP Syrah or Palmaris 2013 OCP Chardonnay Reserve)

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The menu

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The grape farm

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More of the farm

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Overall we had a great time at Tomasello’s and look forward to returning. We left with several bottles of wine, including their amazing Riesling and Ranier white wine. If you’re ever in the area be sure to stop by and visit them at 225 White Horse Pike Hammonton, NJ 08037. Also be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

 

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Color of the Month – Emerald

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Happy June, darlings! Summer is here and what better way to usher in summer than with this months color, Emerald. What a beautiful and under used royal color! There’s something soo exquisite about this color and it pains me to see it soo under used. Never the less, I am here to reintroduce and usher this color into your home.

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The Art of the Bar Cart

I love a great bar cart. Below are a few that I have decor crushes on.

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Creating a great bar cart isn’t hard at all, and the best part of it is that there’s plenty of room to allow your own personal touches show. Below are some staples that every bar cart should have.

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Now once you have your bar cart staples, you want to now add a touch of your own personality to the cart using the items shown below. Be sure to have fun with it after all it’s an expression of your style!

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And there you have it! Your bar cart is ready and so are you, darling! Be sure to let us know in the comments how you feel about bar cart styling and if you’ll be adding one to your decor styling! And if you decide to use our tips, drop us a line with a photo to be featured here on our site and other social media pages.

Until next week, cheers darlings!

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Wine & Style – Prosecco

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Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in Italy, near Venice. It’s made from Glera, or Prosecco, grapes. Honestly, prosecco is simply a cheaper version of champagne. So if you have champage tastes, but beer money…prosecco is the way to go, the average bottle costs about $12…sure does beat spending $40+ on champage.

Cotton Candy Champagne

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Cotton candy brings back soo many memories for me…it reminds me of carnivals and summertime. I’ve seen this cocktail at many bridal showers and thought why not give it a shot…or two!
Before I get into the ingredients and instructions, I do recommend that you use a dry* champage or sparkling wine since the cotton candy is simply sugar.

Ingredients
Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Strawberry rum
Cotton Candy (we used strawberry)

Place a piece, or as much as you want, of cotton candy into your champage flute. Add a shot of rum, and fill the rest of the glass with champage. Now, enjoy darling!

Will you be trying this cocktail, darling? If so, let us know below in the comments.

Until next time…cheers darlings! 💋 🍷

*dry- term used to describe unsweetened wine or champage.

Gender friendly style – Black & White

Decor and style isn’t just for women, men like it too. I’m often contacted by guys who want to make their space stylish, yet masculine without being harsh or overly feminine. So I’ve decided to create a series of “gender friendly” design sets that both men and women will like.
Up first is this lovely black and white themed living room. Black and white is such a  classic look, that anyone can pull it off. Here are some tips towards creating your gender friendly space:
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1. Start with a color that will work well with other colors and serve as your background to build on.
2. Next, understand that opposites attract, if your room is a masculine one (dark floors, dark walls, cement walls) soften it up a bit with vases, mirrors, flowers, & light fixtures.
3. Finally, try mixing and matching textures and patterns. If you have a concrete floor, add a fluffy rug to soften the area. If you have smooth leather chairs, throw a nice pillow on them to add a bit of style to the room.

 

Make It Fab -Custom Wood Spoons

These aren’t your grandmothers wooden spoons…well they can be, but don’t let me get you into trouble, darlings. Here’s a quick and easy way to add some color and flair to your kitchen. Take some wooden utensils, IKEA ( I love that store) has inexpensive bamboo ones, now add some painters tape below the area you will paint. Paint the tip of the utensils bright vibrant colors (feel free to mix and match or add designs) with acrylic paint. Allow to to dry and then seal the paint with a spray of glossy or matte acrylic sealer. Remove the painters tape when fully dried and display. To clean, hand wash and hand dry. I do not recommend placing in the dishwasher. Be sure to share your creations with us at Deevah@cocktailsanddrapes.com

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Raise your glass!

Many people don’t care what kind of glass they drink their wine from, but not you darling! You have style, so of course, you know how important it is to have the correct type of glass when enjoying wine. The proper wine glass will afford you the opportunity to taste all of the flavors of the wine. The proper wine glass will also allow you enjoy the full aroma of the wine.

Now if you are a beginner to wine drinking, I recommend that that you keep it simple with your glass collection and purchase at least 2-4 red wine glasses, 2-4 white wine glasses, and 2-4 champagne flutes. That’s it. No need to go out and purchase a ton of glasses. Keep it simple, sexy, & fabulous.

Wine & Style – Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the most coveted red wines in the world…heck there’s even a song about it (Well not really, but really.). Pinot Noir is native to the Burgundy region of France and also known as Red Burgundy. One reason Pinot Noir is so coveted is because it’s grapes are really hard to grow, resulting in great bottles of Pinot being hard to find outside of France. Pinot has the aroma and flavor notes of cherries, raspberries, cranberries, mushrooms, & an earthy taste. Your Pinot should be light red in color, with a light body flavor. Since this wine is highly coveted be ready to pay at the least $20 for a good bottle.

 

 

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Coffee Table Alternatives

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Oh how I LOVE alternative decorating, ordinary is soo boring! You don’t always have to go with the traditional styling for a coffee table. Try something less expected like a vintage trunk, an upholstered bench,  garden stools, African drums, or a knitted/square pouf (both happen to be coming to domesticDEEVAH this fall). The possibilities are endless, so have fun with it darling!
 
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