Moscato Flavored Lip Balm from Stella Rosa

Yes really, moscato flavored lip balm!

This fun find is from one of my favorite brands of moscato, Stella Rosa Wines of San Antonio Wines. These wine flavored lip balms smell fruity and delicious, a fun treat for your lips. Perfect gift for wine-lovers.

Made in the USA with Beeswax, Coconut Oil, and Grape Seed Oil.

6-Pack Set includes  each of the following flavors:
-Stella Rosa Berry
-Stella Rosa Peach
-Stella Rosa Pink- flavors of peach, honey and red berries
-Stella Rosa Moscato – flavors of peach and honey
-Stella Rosa Rosso- flavors of strawberry and red berries
-Stella Rosa Black – flavors of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry

Order your own here!

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Gervasi Vineyard, Tuscan Getaway in Canton Ohio

Gervasi pumpkin patch

Driving from Pittsburgh through the fields and farms of northern Ohio, you wouldn’t expect to run into a grand Italian getaway. Gervasi Vineyard is noting short of unexpected brilliance, a true destination complete with picturesque lake, winery, fine dining, casual dining, and onsite Tuscan villas. This winery embodies the known Italian quality, elicits sense of grandeur, and encourages you to indulge in the finer things. I’ve gushed about a previous trip to Gervasi beforehand, and my second trip for my 26th birthday did not disappoint.

On this October weekend the Gervasi property was exceptionally beautiful, amplified with the autumn leaves changing colors. I was pleased to find many pumpkin displays as we wandered the grounds.

Gervasi pumpkin patch

Gervasi pumpkin patch

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The gift shop called Marketplace featured festive seasonal items.

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Before our dinner at the bistro we enjoyed drinks and a delicious meat & cheese pairing at the Crush House. My BF tried a milk stout which was very rich with smooth chocolate flavor with a sweet milky balance – tasty! We learned that the GV craft beers are brewed in partnership with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.

Gervasi Chrush House meat and cheese plate

After our snack we wondered the grounds some more and headed to the main event, dinner at the Bistro. As I’ve raved before, this place is simply amazing. Seriously just check out these 360 tours on the Gervasi site to see more of the space. The grandeur starts with the front door and doesn’t diminish in any detail throughout the Bistro.

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The Brigante, a sweet red described as having an “assertive structure, complex berry flavors – ‘Bad Boy’ personality” was our wine of choice for the night. I’m surprised that I like this wine so much because its not just sweet, but has another layer of smokiness I didn’t think I’d like so much. It is delicious and we couldn’t help but take another bottle home with us.

Gervasi Brigante wine

For dinner we enjoyed a filet special with gorgonzola sauce and a seafood pasta dish. Both were of excellent quality and taste. The staff even treated me to a birthday dessert of vanilla bean gelato!

Delicious filet special from @gervasivineyard with gorgonzola cream sauce 😛 can't wait to share the rest of my trip! Stay tuned…

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It is hard for me to say if its the wine, the food, the scenery or the ambiance that keep me wanting more of Gervasi. I love it all. I cannot wait to return to Gervasi, hopefully I can make it for the holiday decor & maybe even finally stay in the villas! I would encourage anyone to check Gervasi winery out for themselves.

Even the drive home through the fields of Ohio is breathtaking

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or bring storms, but to add color to my sunset sky."

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A Weekend Adventure to Canton Ohio’s Gervasi Vineyard

One lazy weekend last May we had finished renovation and I was craving an adventure. I researched all kinds of weekend trips from the Pittsburgh from DC, Baltimore and Cleveland. It turns out it was going to be a wet and windy weekend in all of the locations, so I switched from outdoor adventures to indoor. I started looking at wineries discovering the most beautiful location in Canton Ohio. Gervasi Vineyard features lush grounds, vineyard, lake, villas, the casual Crush House dining and an Italian Bistro restaurant. And of course WINE!

This place was definitely worth the drive. It is so beautiful, even on a rainy cloudy day.

Gervasi Vineyard Bridge

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I was dumbfounded by how gorgeous the Bistro restaurant is. It seems to have been made with an apparent attention to detail. From the looks of it no cost was spared on the hardware, finishes or decor, really creating a lovely ambiance and lush feel. Here you know you are experiencing someplace special, it is a true treat.
Gervasi Vineyard Bistro

As lavish as the decor is you’d think the menu would be too right? It is! Full of rich, rustic Italian fare, so many delicious choices. Check out the menu here. The best part of all of this? It is affordable. I’m serious. A trip here is a lot cheaper than the usual upscale Italian in downtown Pittsburgh.

Just look at this Caesar salad presentation.

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To me, one of the best things about a visiting a winery is the fun of a wine flight.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Flight

Plenty of sweet wines for me to try. The Gervasi moscato even made my top 5 list.

Gervasi Vineyard Wine Selection

For my meal I had a delicately rich braised lamb in au jus + gnocchi dish with goat cheese & rosemary butter. It was delicious, within the top 10 meal of my lifetime.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Lamb Dinner

And a decadent tiramisu for dessert.

Gervasi Vineyard Braised Tiramisu

I even loved the gift shop. I found this unique necklace for $7 (originally about $35)! I also got a similar one in gold & black, also for $7!

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Well the reason I’m writing about this now is because my boyfriend is about to take me to Gervasi Vineyard again for my BIRTHDAY in just 2 weeks! Woohoo I am so excited. This place is amazing. I’d love to stay here someday, everytime I call it is booked </3. I’ll keep waiting to see the inside of those villas.

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My Top 5 Moscatos of the Moment

Everyone needs a little wine time. I prefer the sweet kind. If you’re new to sweeter wine my favorite is Moscato (obviously). Moscato is most known to be an Italian fruity white dessert wine, featuring peach, orange and or nectarine, with a slight fizz. Moscato wine is sweet, low in alcohol & easy to drink. There are so many fun variations of Moscato now with or without fizz. Next time you see a Moscato on the menu or at the store I encourage you to give it a try and let me know what you think.

My Top 5 Moscatos of the Moment

 

  1. Moscato by Cavit is just plain light and refreshing for enjoying at home on the couch after a long day.
  2. Villa Jolanda Moscato & Coconut is bubbly and a bit of a dry finish for such a sweet wine, more of a special occasion wine than a drink with dinner.
  3. Peach by local North Hills of Pittsburgh, Narcisi Winery, has a delicious flavor and is a tiny bit tart.
  4.  Moscato by Ohio’s Gervasi I think it is yummy, but it is very syrupy sweet. It is served in a tiny dessert wine glass at Gervasi.
  5. Mia Dolcea Moscato d’Asti bubbly is sweet and light, just what I like.

Now here are some of my favorite wine funnies & beautiful postings from the wonders of Instagram.

This. #emojis #wine #WednesdayFeelsLikeMonday

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✨TGIF✨ Who else is ready for a glass of wine ? 🍷🙋🏻📷 by the adorable @brunettewinebar #gglocalgems

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The weekend countdown is on and we're breaking out the bub. Cheers loves! | Photography: @annabellacharles

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OOPS 😉🍷 #MoscatoLife #wine

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Everyone needs a little sparkle in their lives, sparkling moscato that is! #🍾 #🍷 #winefest7Sgiveaway

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Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery

Deep Water Vineyard

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While vacationing in Charleston, SC we took an afternoon trip to the beautiful Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island. These are located on the same plantation and were originally started by the same family business. The winery came first when a retired couple ventured in growing grapes.

When we arrived we were greeted by a sign advising us to do the wine tasting before the liquor tasting at the distillery. IMG_4024

We joined the next wine tour and sampled 5 delicious wines while watching a video of how the winery was founded and developed. For $5.00, you can taste all 5 of the wines and receive a complimentary wine glass!

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IMG_4113We took a quick break before moving on to the distillery to wander around the farm and meet the animals. We met the resident cow. We were warned that she would head-butt us and she did.IMG_4061

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But the original reason we were there was to sample the Firefly Distillery concoctions.

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Everything was delicious. We spent a good bit of time talking to our barman whose brother and himself have worked for the company for awhile. He had just got back from working for the summer at the resort in the Bahamas affiliated with the distillery. The tasting was $6 per person and we even got to keep the glass! I purchased the Coconut Cake Liqueur and the Peach Moonshine and can’t wait to enjoy!

I was already feeling pretty good after the wine samples. I am known to be the biggest lush, plus I’ve only drank before 5 pm a handful of times in my life. So I was was really done after tasting the 6 Firefly samples of my choosing. Lets just say I had to nap before dinner! The trip to Wadmalaw Island was great fun & I would suggest anyone visiting Charleston to make the trip as well.

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