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Gina Velez
 
December 21, 2017 | Gina Velez

DIY Cork Wreaths

Christmas time is here, and the big day is right around the corner. Before it ends, however, we had one last craft that we needed to get out of our system: a cork wreath! Easy to make and even easier to accumulate corks for, this DIY friendly craft is something you can make alone or with friends while sipping on a glass of wine. Follow our step by step guide to learn how we created our very own Milliaire Winery & Black Sheep Vintners Cork Wreath.

Step 1: Cut out a piece of cardboard to the size you desire. 

Step 2: Grab that hot glue gun, lay out your corks and get to gluing. Don’t forget to plan out the width between each cork and map out a rough estimation of the design before gluing- it will help the rest of the process.

Step 3: After finishing one row of corks going one way, finish it off with a layer going the opposite direction. The different layers help to break up the continuity and make for a more intriguing design.

Step 4: We ended up gluing a few corks to the top of the wreath where wanted to hang it. We drilled out a hole in the middle of one of them and fed a string through it. We also added champagne corks to the middle of the wreath for added pizzazz.

Step 5: Let glue dry, add a bow over an area you might not be too fond of if you’re a perfectionist and remember: art is forgiveness! 

 Voila! You have a custom made cork wreath!

Time Posted: Dec 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Gina Velez
 
December 6, 2017 | Gina Velez

Milliaire Zinfandel Port Brownies

Happy Holidays friends of Milliaire! We are so grateful to spend this time of year celebrating with all of you as we come together to enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures: wine! We often buzz through our daily lives, barely stopping for a few moments to pause and enjoy the gift that is the present moment. Enjoying wine, moreover during the holidays, is the perfect way to pause, reflect and relish the relationships of those closest to us. The only thing that’s better than drinking wine is simultaneously implementing it into delightful dishes. #tipandsip

 

This week we are so excited to share our own twist on a classic, easy recipe: Milliaire Zinfandel Port Brownies with Cranberry Port Sauce all topped off with ice cream. To share or not to share, that is entirely your decision but all we can do is guarantee deliciousness! So, go ahead, #tipandsip and enjoy! 

Milliaire Zinfandel Port Infused Brownies

Brownies:

  • 1 Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Milliaire Zinfandel Port
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable or Coconut Oil
  • 1 Egg

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Combine and whisk Port, vegetable oil and egg together in large bowl. Gradually stir in brownie mix. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake for 45 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

Cranberry Port Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cup Cranberries
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Milliaire Zinfandel Port
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Orange zested and squeezed

In medium saucepan, bring Port and Sugar to boiling. Zest orange and squeeze juice into liquid. Add thoroughly washed cranberries and boil until skins pop. Remove from heat and let cool, about 1 hour.

Ice Cream

  • 1 pint of your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream

Place 1 scoop of ice cream on top of brownie. Smother with cranberry port sauce and enjoy!

 

Don’t forget to #tipandsip! 

Cheers!!

-Gina

Time Posted: Dec 6, 2017 at 6:00 AM
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