Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summertime Wine Cocktails ~ Vodka, Whiskey & Beer!

It's Summertime!  Time for cool refreshing cocktails.  We decided to take some of our favorites, and give them a wine twist.  This time, adding a little TX Vodka and TX Whiskey!  Part 3 of 3

Cranberry Sparkling Cocktail 


Cranberry juice always makes a great cocktail, as does vodka. We found this Yummly recipe which included champagne and vodka in the mix and had to try it!  As we learned when we made the Bellini, champagne substitute is wine with club soda.  For this cool treat we combined:

  • 2 parts cranberry juice

Served over ice, and topped with club soda (or sprite if you like it sweeter) and this one is simple, refreshing and delicious!




Wine and Whiskey

Since we had brought out the "liquor" in the form of vodka, we wanted to see what wine and whisky would be like.
In full experimental mode we tried this Liquor.com recipe blending:


We were not sure what the end result would taste like, and after pouring over ice and serving, we were delighted it was delicious!  Tip, mix the honey and whiskey together at room temperature or above, to make sure the honey completely dissolves.

Wine Alternative ~ TX Beer




And, if wine nor any of these drinks in this 3 part summer wine cocktail series are your thing, remember, Texas makes great beer!
We loved the Revolver Brewing Blood & Honey and Real Ale Brewing Company's Firemans #4.

Enjoy your summer, lift your glass, and *cheers* to Texas!

Three part Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Being wine enthusiasts our beverage experience includes knowledge of wine, making of sangria and sipping of other tasty drinking. We knew we needed to keep the recipes simple without too many ingredients, for ease of prep.  A little web surfing got us some great inspiration for these tasty treats.

The Texas players here are
This summer, get out there, try some things, and Go Texan!  *cheers*

~ Lost Oak Indulged



Friday, July 10, 2015

Summertime Wine Cocktails ~ Belinnis and Mimosas!

It's Summertime!  Time for cool refreshing cocktails.  We decided to take some of our favorites, and give them a wine twist.  Part 2 of 3

Peach Bellini

Inspired by the delicious peaches in season right now and fond memories of the original Bellini drink, we decided to give a Wine-y Bellini a try!  The Bellini is a popular sparkling wine cocktail and a perfect way to make your favorite wine a little peachy.


Have a champagne recipe but no champagne?  Use wine with club soda for the fizzy champagne feel. Like your Bellini's a little sweeter?  Use Blanc du Bois Semi-Sweet as your wine or Sprite as your fizz.
We think this recipe could be even better if we got out a blender and pureed some peach into it.  Or even poured the whole mix into the blender with ice to make a frozen Bellini.  mmmmm

While sipping on the Bellini, we decided that the same mix of wine and club soda over Oak Farms Dairy orange juice would make a really delicious mimosa....

Enjoy your sangria in whichever form you have it, and stay tuned for the next installment of Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Part 2 of a 3 part Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Being wine enthusiasts our beverage experience includes knowledge of wine, making of sangria and sipping of other tasty drinking. We knew we needed to keep the recipes simple without too many ingredients, for ease of prep.  A little web surfing got us some great inspiration for these tasty treats.

The Texas players here are
This summer, get out there, try some things, and Go Texan!  *cheers*
~ Lost Oak Indulged


Friday, July 3, 2015

Summertime Wine Cocktails ~ Sangria-On-The-Go!

It's Summertime!  Time for cool refreshing cocktails.  We decided to take some of our favorites, and give them a wine twist.  Part 1 of 3...  here we go!

Sacred Sangria ~ On the Go!

We started with what we know and love, Lost Oak Winery's Sacred Sangria (served every Thursday, paired with live music on the patio in the spring and summer.)  But, what about when you are not at the winery, or it's not Thursday?  Don't deny yourself!  You can easily have Sacred-Sangria-On-the-Go! We are pro's at how to make Sangria in bulk (recipe on Facebook).  Here is what we did for single serves.

  • 1 small to-go sized bottle of Oak Farms orange juice
  • 1 small to-go sized bottle of lemonade 
  • 1 small to-go sized bottle of Sprite (or club soda)
  • 1 bottle of Lost Oak Winery Dolce Rouge

We mixed equal parts of the OJ and lemonade over ice, added the wine and topped off with Sprite.  Don't like it so sweet? Use Club Soda instead of the Sprite.  The great thing about this quick recipe is you can make it totally to taste!  Add more or less wine/juice/or soda.

Have leftover sangria or want to cool it down even more?  We found these amazing Sangria Slushies we are dying to try.

Sangria on a stick?  Yep!  Pour your leftover sangria into a popsicle mold with some fruit, and enjoy a few hours later.

Want white sangria?  Don't forget Pear Sangria from our March blog.

Enjoy your sangria in whichever form you have it, and stay tuned for the next installment of Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!



Part 1 of a 3 part Summer Wine Cocktails ~ Go Texan!

Being wine enthusiasts our beverage experience includes knowledge of wine, making of sangria and sipping of other tasty drinking. We knew we needed to keep the recipes simple without too many ingredients, for ease of prep.  A little web surfing got us some great inspiration for these tasty treats.

The Texas players here are
This summer, get out there, try some things, and Go Texan!  *cheers*
~ Lost Oak Indulged


Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Perfect Outdoor Party ~ Turning Lemons into Lemonade


The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the temperature is perfect while you, your friends and family enjoy the perfect vineyard party.

While this is a spot-on description for much of the year in Texas, Mother Nature has a sense of humor and enjoys throwing some curve balls! Take, for example, Monsoon May 2015 in Texas!

To help you bat at these curve balls, we have come up with a few tips that will help you plan your next outdoor event!

Logistics & Layout
When touring a venue, take pictures.  You can refer back to them when trying to figure out placement and setup. Think about your guests and the best flow for them. If things are too spread out,  Granny many never find the cake because her scooter won’t get there!
Guest Comfort
Let’s be real. It is hot in Texas, especially in the summer. When hosting an outdoor event, make sure they always have something to drink. I know you’re thinking they will have plenty of WINE! And yes, you want them to enjoy the wine but water is very important.  It is nice to provide water bottles throughout your entire event to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

Amenities
In the summertime, provide your guests with bug repellent and sunscreen. Most guests wouldn’t think to bring this to a party so you think of it for them! Don’t get caught trying to enjoy beautiful outdoor scenery while getting snacked on by mosquitoes. In the cooler months (or cooler 2 weeks we get in the Texas winter) blankets are a nice touch!

Keep an Eye on the Sky
Always keep an eye on the weather…. and then watch it some more as it changes by the minute in Texas! Keep in mind you may have to revert to plan B (or plan C or back to plan A) if the weather doesn’t play nice. Your event can still happen it just may not be the exact way you had planned.  It will still be perfect and full of happy memories with the right planning and attitude!   Remember... HAVE FUN!



And Then Plan for More Rain
And then when it does rain make the best of the situation! Focus on the positive and the happiness of the occasion; if you happen to have a little stream running through the middle of your tent… well… have boat races!

*cheers*
Ashley Babatov, Lost Oak Winery Event Coordinator (Who has happily experienced with our awesome guests every imaginable outdoor Texas wedding and party scenario, and made great memories along the way!)



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wine Poached Salmon

Our friends at Queer in the Kitchen are at it again, cooking up a delicious yet healthy dish with Vintage Lane Wine's Willow White.

With summertime swimsuit season around the corner, Kyle has come up with a dish with amazing flavor, paired with wine we love... best of all it's guilt-free.

He says "While our personal trainers prefer we eat boiled chicken breasts seasoned with nothing but a dash of self-hatred, we opted to continue our partnership with Lost Oak Winery and poach this salmon in their delicious Vintage Lane Willow White wine. Considering we're actively dreaming about various forms of fried chicken, we feel confident in putting this fish in the ‘healthy’ category."  (read the full witty blog here).

Wine Poached Salmon
serves 4 to 6

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine (we used Vintage Lane Willow White)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped, optional


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place salmon in a shallow baking dish, such as a 13×9. You may need to cut your filet to get it to all lay in a flat, single layer. Drizzle olive oil over fish and season with salt and pepper.

In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except chives and mix well. Pour over salmon. Place on center rack of preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until salmon is cooked to desired doneness and flakes easily with a fork.

Garnish with chives and serve.


Inspired?  Get to your local store to pick up salmon and of course Vintage Lane Wine.  Sold at a store near you or order online.

Cheers!
- Lost Oak Indulged






Drunk Mushrooms


After savoring a few amazing wine-infused dinners (wine infused both in the meal and with the meal) with our friends at Queer in the Kitchen, we decided we needed to see what delicious creations they would come up with using Lost Oak and Vintage Lane wines.  We provided the wine, and they delivered mouth-watering dishes!  Here is the first, a drunken mushroom side dish.  Tastes delicious and only uses a little of your award-winning Dawson Red, so there is plenty for you to drink...  or "pair with your meal."

Wine in hand, this is where they started:  "There we were, free wine in hand, and we couldn't JUST drink it. Being obligated to actually make a recipe out of it was not as fun as watching it magically disappear through the straw of a used Styrofoam Whataburger cup.  But we did, and came up with this recipe. It only uses ¼ cup of your precious nectar so the rest is ALL YOURS."
Read the rest of their delicious blog filled with clever wit here.

Drunk Mushrooms
serves 6-8

3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup shallots, finely chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced (about 1½ tablespoons)
16 to 24 ounces assorted mushrooms (we used cremini, baby bella and white), sliced or whole, depending on preference
¼ cup Vintage Lane Dawson Red wine (or red wine of your choice)
¼ cup beef flavored broth
½ cup chives, finely chopped
juice of half a lemon, (about 2 tablespoons)
salt and ground black pepper




In a large skillet over medium heat melt butter till just beginning to brown. Add shallots and garlic and sauté until fragrant, 45 seconds or so. Add in wine and broth and bring mixture to a simmer.
Add in mushrooms and toss well to coat. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cover and continue simmering until liquid has reduced some. (Keep an eye on your mushrooms for this step, you don’t want them to get soggy or mushy.) Remove from heat and let stand uncovered for 10 minutes.
Strain liquid from mushrooms using a colander and return to pan. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste and toss in lemon juice and chives. Serve hot.

Run to the a store near you which sells Dawson Red clutching your shopping list and make this easy dish now!  The mushrooms and the remainder of the bottle of your Dawson Red will pair perfectly with your main course, whether it is a delicious steak, or just the rest of the bottle!

Cheers!
~ Lost Oak Indulged

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How I Live Better With Yoga

To celebrate Earth Day 2015 we asked Holley who leads Yoga in the Vineyard every Tues and Thursday morning at Lost Oak Winery's vineyard lawn to tell share with us the many benefits of yoga.  Thank you Holley!

Yoga has made a huge impact on American culture in recent years.  The image of the perfect yogi is prolific in advertisements and marketing, so much so that we all have this image in our minds of an ideal "yoga body." And while it's true that a consistent yoga practice can be an important part of our journey to look and feel healthier, “looking good" is not the main benefit of yoga. So, I want you to take that image and turn it inside out, because honestly, it's what's inside that counts.  There are multiple ways that consistent yoga practices can and will help you handle stress gracefully, age beautifully and feel your best....

Yoga Prevents Joint Breakdown
Taking your joints through their full range of motion, especially motions you normally don't experience in your daily life, provides them with fresh nutrients and actually prevents degenerative arthritis.

Yoga Protects Your Spine
Your spinal discs need movement! That is how they get their nutrients. Yoga plus a healthy diet and proper hydration are your keys to a young & happy spine.

Yoga Busts Stress 
We build tension during our yoga practice so that we can learn how to deal with tension in our daily lives. By training your body to handle stress and tension in appropriate ways we can mitigate the deleterious effects of stress on our bodies. Yoga has been proven to lower cortisol levels & blood pressure as well as relieve depression and anxiety.

Eliminates "Monkey Mind"
Constantly being wrapped up in, worried about, or preoccupied with "the next thing" is one symptom of what I call "Monkey Mind." Because yoga trains you & your mind to be present and to stay focused on the task at hand, we can prevent a lot of unnecessary drama in our lives and destroy "monkey mind" with a regular & balanced practice. Being able to effectively give your all to each moment in your life can improve your self esteem.

These are just a few of the ways yoga effects total well being, from the inside out.

~ Namaste ~

Unwind in the vines at Lost Oak Winery, Burleson TX every Tues and Thurs at 9:00 am with Holley. Located at 2116 FM 731, Burleson TX 76028

Holley has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for 2.  All classes are taught in a fun, relaxed, vinyasa flow style that is appropriate for all fitness levels & body types. Duration is 45 - 60 minutes and includes a brief relaxation/meditation period. Bring water, a mat & an open mind. Wineries main gates are closed in the mornings so please use the side on entrance located on CR 802. Check in the the Lost Oak Nature & Bike & Hike Trail for latest details and weather updates.


Thursday evenings head over to Lost Oak Winery for Sangria and live music.  
Concerts and other fun events on the weekends. 

Cheers from Lost Oak Fit!