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Fit Vine Wine – A Review

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I love wine.  I am no expert, but I love wine.  Did I mention I love wine?  However, I hate consuming all the sugar that comes with it and I hate feeling blah and foggy and ravenous the day after having a little too much wine.  Red or white. Doesn’t matter, I always get the same ugghhhh feeling the next morning (hello mid thirties!).

So leave it to me to scope out Fit Vine Wine.  Guys, it’s awesome.  AGAIN, I AM NOT A WINE EXPERT. But I know what tastes good.  I have ordered two cases so far.  I get six Sauvignon Blanc and six Cabernet.  I think they are both delicious.

A little about the company direct from their website:

How Did FitVine Come About?
FitVine Wine was born when three friends discovered that they could make amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. Our team is always on the go, whether we’re doing CrossFit, cycling, running, skiing, paddle boarding, or just enjoying the outdoors. We set about combining our love for wine and fitness with an ethic for sustainability. Our proprietary process delivers high-quality great tasting wine with less sugar, calories and carbohydrates.

Our Fermentation Process
To create wines that are both clean and rich in flavor and mouthfeel, we put our wines thorough malolactic fermentation and perform dry fermentation with no residual sugar levels. In doing this, per 5oz glass, both the Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc have 90 calories & 3g of carbohydrates at 13.4% alcohol. The Cabernet & Pinot Noir have 95 calories & 3.4g of carbohydrates at 13.9% alcohol. The remaining sugar is that which is naturally found in the alcohol which is less than 1.5g per liter.  Furthermore our fermentation process is extended 10-15 days in order to optimize pH levels. Our proprietary process allows us to extract more color and tannins. Finally we filter all of our wines with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads.
Our wines contain sulfites at less than 35 ppm (parts per million). Additionally, at primary fermentation, the SO2 (sulfur dioxide) content is kept at a low level.

Our Grapes
We are very picky when selecting our grapes. We choose only the highest quality grapes from small farmers who focus on quality, not quantity. Our story doesn’t include fancy chateaus or barrels hewed from the limbs of majestic oaks. We’re OK with that and we think you will be too. Because the most important part of any story is what you take away from it and at FitVine, we took away residual sugars, excessive sulfites and needless additives. Just great tasting wine with fewer calories and carbs. If you’re trying to be more conscious about what you’re putting into your body and looking for a wine that champions your active lifestyle – drink clean. Drink FitVine – end of story.

What Does All This Mean
It means that we take the extra time and effort to create wines that are clean and you can take comfort in knowing exactly what you are and are not putting in your body. This is the way that wine is meant to be made: without all the additives, sugars, and impurities that can wreak havoc on our bodies. And the results are in that our wines can have all the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol as “regular wine”.  We have received high marks from customers and reviewers, whom are thrilled to have discovered FitVine Wine.

I have only ordered through the website which is easy BUT it is an inconvenience to have to sign for it upon arrival (hello, sleeping 9 month old baby, three dogs and the doorbell).  Some Whole Foods Markets are starting to carry FVW so if you’re close to one that does, go get a bottle case and try it for yourself.  Check here to see if they are at your local store.  (Central VA peeps, they have FVW at WF in Charlottesville and RVA!)

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If you don’t believe me, read the reviews.  There are HUNDREDS of them and nearly all positive.  That is what had me order it first, well that and the idea of less sugar, chemicals, and crap in my vino.

They have free shipping when you order a case so it’s sort of a no brainer.  You can mix and match which is great too. They give you a 60 day money back guarantee (that you won’t need) but if that helps some of you pull the trigger, so be it.

Let me know what you think! Cheers to the summer of no hangovers!

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Lynchburg Community Market Spotlight: Shirley Carwile

This is worthy of reposting!  Go see Shirley on Saturday for all your holiday needs.  

Every year for Christmas I like to get something local for my neighbors, friends, and family (and something that could work as a hostess gift at holiday parties).  Last year I got some beautiful honey from the market and attached a tag listing ways that Douglas and I like to use local honey in our kitchen (salad dressings, marinades, on a cracker with cheese, etc).  This year I was talking to the blondes looking for a new idea and Tiffany suggested I contact Shirley Carwile at the Lynchburg Community Market.

So I did!

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And she’s the sweetest.  At her booth you can find jams, jellies, relishes, salsa, baked goods, even crafts and towels! She has been making these delicious creations for forty five years and selling at the market for twenty eight!  Incredible!  Go check her out, buy some jam, and learn more of her story. She was farm raised, has almost always had her own garden, and believes everyone should be able to have locally grown and home canned food. Her favorite thing about being at the market is the people!

Shirley is just one of many fantastic vendors you can meet and buy from at our awesome community market.  Go each week to try something new! Bread, cheese, produce, fruit, canned goods, sweets, chicken, eggs, anything you can think of!  Please support local farmers and creators whenever you can!

Thanks Shirley and the Lynchburg Community Market!  I know my people will be thrilled with their goodies from you this year!

xo,

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Talking Shop…

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This isn’t the “cleanest” post…you’ve been warned.

But I sort of have this obsession with coffee shops lately.  I am SO curious (nosy) and intrigued by what people order at their local coffee shop.  I asked some of my friends what they order and got some really delicious sounding responses. Alaya Sexton who owns my gym with her husband Chad isn’t a huge coffee drinker but when she does indulge at Joe Beans in Lynchburg she likes hers with a lot of cream and adds coconut flavoring.  I tried this recently and IT IS SO GOOD.  Chad on the other hand LOVES coffee and just takes his with a splash of cream.

Tiffany is a fancy at home coffee drinker.  She uses organic beans from Fresh Market and grinds them fresh every morning (#goals). She takes hers with a little organic whole milk or unsweetened almond or coconut milk.  Mary makes a tasty coffee drink at home on mornings where she needs something to fill her up for a while.  This is her concoction: Trager Brothers Coffee thrown into the Vitamix with a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of organic cold pressed coconut oil, full fat coconut milk, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of turmeric!  They put me to shame!

Let me also say I have never been a huge Starbucks fan. Ever. BUT. The one down the street from my house has a drive through. I have a newborn. Enough said.  I also go to Joe Beans!  The staff is super friendly and helpful when I want to try something new (which is often).

I look forward to my coffee shop outing a few mornings a week. This emerging addiction has required some research however. Like with anything that I am consuming on a regular basis, I want it to be somewhat decent for me and know what’s in it.

At Starbucks I get a grande (or “medium” as my husband would say), iced (this may change with the weather), decaf (ughhhhh), soy (bear with me), single (I like it milky), latte. Why soy you ask? It’s the only organic product they have and it’s easier on me and my EBF son than dairy. It is sweetened which is not my preference so I never add syrup or sugar. I get decaf for now while I am nursing just in case but that will change one day.

Now, to eat! Hold the phone. The new Caramelized Banana and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal is unbelievable. AND not without the calories, crap, and sugar either. BUT it’s my treat once or twice a month. It is so good. Other mornings I grab a Kind bar at checkout or get the Classic Oatmeal.

My friend Jen taught me a trick. You can get your oatmeal prepared with steamed milk as opposed to hot water! AMAZING. My recommendation would be to get the Classic Oatmeal with steamed soy milk and add half the dried fruit (it is sweetened), all the nuts, NONE of the brown sugar, and a heavy dash of cinnamon (I learned the half fruit tip from Tiffany).

At Joe Beans I get a decaf soy milk latte with coconut flavoring (thanks to Alaya!).  They also have Umpqua Oats that make for a good quick on the go breakfast.

You may not care what I get BUT I am dying to know what and how you order!  Any coffee shop tips you can share with me?

xo,

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Have You Heard Of…

 

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I just discovered it and find it to be so cool/cute/creative, I had to share.  Raddish is a cooking club for kids with a monthly delivery full of all kinds of goodies!  You don’t get ingredients, which is awesome because the box is not time sensitive. Instead, each box has three illustrated recipe cards, three skill cards, a project to complete in the kitchen (such as making a solar oven!), a kitchen tool (think measuring cups or something kid safe), and some digital extras!  An example of a digital extra is below…a grocery store scavenger hunt!

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All the recipes are fun to shop for, exciting to prepare and get your kids in the kitchen with fresh ingredients… this club is a total win. Check it out here and let me know what you think.  AND if you love it as much as I do, use code BLONDES5 to save $5 off a six or twelve month membership!  (just in time for Christmas!) THANKS RADDISH!

Happy November,

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