Vino 301’s 5th Year Anniversary
Happy Anniversary to us! It’s our 5th year anniversary. Thank you for supporting us over the past five years. We have had a great time creating memories with you. We appreciate you and look forward to sharing more laughs, more adventures and a lot of wine. We have new activities planned for you this year.
Giving Back To Our Community
Vino 301 offered discounted tours or events to demonstrate our appreciation in prior years to celebrate our anniversary. This year we are celebrating our anniversary differently. We appreciate you more than ever. We are grateful for you uplifting us, so we want to uplift others. Vino 301 is showing our gratitude by giving back. A dollar from each regional wine tour, Chocolate and Wine tour, and Wine, Beer & Spirits tour ticket sold will be used to purchase food for The Bowie Interfaith Pantry and Emergency Aid Fund this year. The Bowie Pantry provides emergency food and financial aid to residents in Prince George’s County. From Vino 301’s the beginning, we have always expressed our passion for supporting local vintners, farmers and businesses and we are sharing our passion by assisting our community. If you wish to donate food or funds to the Bowie Pantry, visit Bowie Pantry website.
We have a lot instore for you this first half of the year. More wine packages, and tour experiences!!!
February – We are celebrating National Drink Wine Day on February 18. It is a real holiday. This holiday celebrates wine drinkers and everything that is good about wine. It is only right that we observe this national holiday at a wine bar. Vino 301 Wine Concierge is hosting a social at Red, Red Wine Bar(Annapolis, MD) on February 18 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Join us and enjoy wine flights and light hors d’oeuvres. More information, click here.
March – March is Maryland Wine Month. Vino 301 is pairing cheese with Maryland wine. Wine and Cheese tour is a new specialty tour. We partnered with Romano Vineyard and Winery and P.A. Bowen Farmstead. Romano’s finest wines will be paired with P.A. Bowen Farmstead (Brandywine, MD) award-winning raw milk artisan cheeses. This wine tour will take you to Romano Vineyard for the cheese pairing. Your next destination will take you to one of southern Prince George’s County local vineyards (Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, JaneMark Winery &Vineyard, or Gemeny Winery & Vineyard). More information, click here
April – The girls are out of here! Girlfriends Getaway takes you to Inn Boonsboro (Boonsboro, MD). Spend the weekend at famed novelist, Nora Roberts, bed and breakfast. Girlfriends Getaway is a weekend adventure that includes two-night stay at the Inn Boonsboro, wine tour with lunch, evening happy hours, yoga class, and much more. Stay tuned for more information.
May – Shopping is blooming in May. Sip and Shop is an afternoon of sampling selected fine wines, enjoying delectable appetizers and shopping. W by Worth clothing, high-quality women’s fashions, will be on display for a fun shopping spree – hassle-free with personalized service. More details are coming.
June – Vino 301 is headed for the water in June. We partnered with Atlantic Kayak Company. Take a Twilight Kayak tour along the Mattawoman Creek. There’s nothing more relaxing and engaging than spending time on the water. Leave the crowded streets and bike paths behind, and go on a kayak adventure! Top off your evening with a wine and cheese pairing. More details are coming.
Thank you again for five wonderful years. See you along the wine trails.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle and Still Drink Wine
Wine has several health benefits. A few rewards are that it contains antioxidants, flavonoids that promote heart health, it slows the aging process, and it decreases your chances of getting chronic diseases. If wine is so great why do many modern diets discourage you from consuming wine? Perhaps, dieters over indulge and dietitian recommend removing it rather than encouraging moderation. Dietitians consider wine as having “empty” calories and those calories could be better used elsewhere. Nonsense! Wine can give you a weight lost boost. According to researchers, red wine contains a chemical called ellagic acid. Ellagic acid slows the growth of existing fat cells and prevents the growth of new ones. So, do not give up your wine. You can incorporate healthy simple tactics in your every life so you can continue to enjoy wine. Here are a few approaches on how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and still drink wine.
Use a Smaller Wine Glass
My wine glasses are huge. They could be mistaken for portable wine tanks. Easily, these glasses could hold 20 ounces. I wanted to do my part in ending global warming. So, I bought them to conserve energy by only pour myself one glass of a wine a day. (Anything to help a cause.) However, these glasses are not recommended to sustaining a balance diet. It sounds crazy, but the size of your wine glass influences how much wine you pour. Experts suggest drinking a maximum of 5 to 6 ounces of wine daily. When you pour 5 ounces in a 20-ounce glass it looks like a drop in the bucket. You tend to pour more because it appears to be smaller than it looks. But, when you pour 5 ounces in an 8-ounce glass it looks like a lot of wine. Remember: the smaller the glass the bigger the pour appears.
Count Your Ounces
A glass of wine at a restaurant is at least 40 percent more than your at home pour. The average restaurant serves between 9 to 11 ounces. You have exceeded your daily allowance with one glass of wine when you dine out. Most people have two glasses of wine when they dine out. That is 18 ounces or over half a bottle of wine. You can avoid this by asking for a half of pour. Most places are happy to accommodate you.
Avoid Drinking on an Empty Stomach
Would you have the fastest time for arriving at home from work to pouring yourself a glass of wine? Would you be gold medalist? I would medal every time! I would set Olympic records. This is a practice many people do. They pour themselves a glass of wine while they are unwinding down from the work day. They may have a glass when they are preparing dinner. Experts discourage drinking before you eat. Your appetite increases when you drink on an empty stomach. Alcohol is an appetite stimulant. You will eat more and make poor food choices when you drink 30 minutes before eating. Saving your wine for your meal. You can also try pre-planning your food options. Have healthy snacks like fresh fruit, popcorn, or hummus available while you are preparing your dinner or to snack on after a long day.
When you are tipsy you underestimate your food consumption and overeat. Avoid this by drinking water. Drinking water increase that full feeling. Drink a glass of water between glasses of wine. You should drink at least 8 to 12-ounces. This will also have an effect on your blood alcohol level. Your blood alcohol level will gradually increase, instead of rapidly escalating. Water will not prevent you from getting drunk, but it will slow the process.
Try these few actions and, you will see a difference in your lifestyle.