10.03.2013

Wine & Dine



In our house, one of our favorite things to do is have friends and family over. Whether it's for an annual Thanksgiving party, to play the best card game out there, for a football game, or to just indulge in our favorite wines and catch up....we love spending time with the people we care about in the comfort of our own home (especially when the temps are cooler!).

As most of you know, I was adopted and have four sets of families. If anyone knows what a unique family arrangement is (a positive one at that!), it's me.

I feel blessed to have such a large, unique family in my life. Family is so important. I'm also a firm believer that your family doesn't have to be blood related...you hand pick some of your family and those would be the friends you choose to have in your life! Most of my friends I consider to be my family. I've had friends who I've known most of my life (and some who I randomly met via blog world) and we've been through it all together... that is family to me.


I recently had the opportunity to try a couple of the Gallo Family Vineyards wines (who else enjoys trying budget friendly wines? Gallo wines are only $5.00! Can't beat that): the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Chardonnay.

I also learned that they are a family-owned winery, which made me a big fan of them right off the bat.

 
 

I'm not normally a chardonnay type of gal (I prefer red most of the time), but I really like this one. It wasn't dry at all.

Gallo Family Vineyards just launched their pretty cool interactive microsite, called Crest Creator, that offers a way for you to create, share, and download personalized family crests for all the people you consider to be family.

So, what is this Crest Creator all about?

Basically, there are 17 different templates you can choose from and you can share them to your facebook or twitter or even download them for family events. Another perk is that because of the partnership that Gallo has with Zazzle.com, your crest can be printed for purchase on a variety of objects.

Think fun family gifts here! Labels for wine bottles for Christmas, invitations, coffee mugs (love this idea), luggage bags, t-shirts, housewarming party gifts, etc.

Here is the one I made, for example...

You should not be surprised that our family crest consists of our dog, traveling, pictures, and good food (among other things). You can create your own Family Crest by visiting CrestCreator.com.
"We designed the Crest Creator to be something fun that pays homage to families, however they’re defined,” said Stephanie Gallo, third-generation Gallo family member and Vice President of Marketing at Gallo Family Vineyards, “It’s our way of saying thanks and celebrating all the families who have invited us to the table for the past 80 years.”


Now for the good stuff!

If you would like to be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card, ask yourself "What is your definition of Family?" and leave your answer below in the comments! 

CHEERS TO THAT :)

 
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105 comments

  1. Is it legal for me to enter this?! LOL

    To answer your question, my definitely of family is you, Billy and Rocky moving to Texas so we can be one big Howard-Krysh residence. Kind of like sister wives, but we don't share our husbands. Only our dogs and fine wine. ;)

    Mwhahahahahahahaaaaa love you! Hope Cali is treating you well!

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  2. Family are those people that are always there for you, love you no matter what and always support you and your decisions!

    tarasmith0625@gmail.com
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  3. Family is love! Its all the people in your life that bring you laughter and happiness!

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  4. My definition of family is anyone (or thing...dog, horse, etc.) who is there for you when you need them to celebrate the good and cheer you up when you're feeling low!

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  5. I love Gallo wine, except it's seriously 12 dollars in Canada. Which is pretty standard for wine, but annoying when I cross the border and realise I'm getting ripped off! :P

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  6. To me family means loyalty and a feeling of belonging.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  7. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/385806272412389378

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  8. Totally agree family doesn't have to be blood :)

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  9. family are people who love and support each other

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  10. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/385827555665645568

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  11. The definition of family to me is the people who are close to you and love and support you.

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  12. I think that wherever you find your happy place to be, that is where your family is also.

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  14. Whoever loves and supports you, laughs and cries with you, mourns & celebrates with you. That's family :)

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  15. Family to me means being able to go months without seeing someone, but picking up right where you left off when you are together!!

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  16. Family to me doesn't always mean legit blood family. My family consists of people who I know I can trust and count on. Family includes people that make me laugh and are easy to talk to.

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  17. Family are people who support you, love you, make you laugh, and are always there for you. My family is definitely weird but I still love them. :) I would love this gift card!

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  18. I believe that family are those people who see the best in you at all times, love you unconditionally and always support your decisions.

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  19. Family is your inner circle, whether it be blood, or friendship. They are the ones who no matter what, and no matter how long, will be there anytime you need them, and vice versa. There are no questions, no rules or guidelines, it is pure unconditional love and respect that bonds a true family. I am lucky enough to have a very large family, many by blood, but many others by love...

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  20. Family to me are those who love you no matter who what when or where you are. My family lives over 500 miles away but it's like I never miss a day when I'm with them or away from them. This also includes closest friends who you can always be yourself with and you know will always be there for you just like you will for them. :) Enjoy your trip to San Diego chica!! xoxox

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  21. Thank you for this post on family and wine! :) perfect reading for my family and i! Hahaha :)My deifinition of family are those people who love you unconditionally, no matter how close or you may live from them or how often you get to see them. Family is the people you can share everything with! I am very blessed to have a large family with a twin sister, half sisters and plenty of nieces and nephews! ♥♥♥
    Kmcmains@yahoo.com

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  22. family is someone who is always there for you- who will love you no matter what- :)

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  23. tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/385886011424653312

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  24. People who are there for you through thick and thin, they stand by your side and loving, supportive and kind!

    amypugmire@live.com

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  25. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/385892231552311297

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  26. my family is all those who are loving and supporting. they are great!

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  27. My definition of family is anyone who would be there for you no matter what, they don't have to be blood!

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  28. your family are those people who you have to love, no matter what :)

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  29. Family are the people you can't imagine living without.

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  30. Family is LOVE.... Whoever you love, whoever makes you happy, whoever makes you smile, whoever makes your heart feel full.
    If there's anything I've learned as a foster mom, it's that family most definitely isn't ONLY the one you're born into-- but it's whoever brings all of these other things to you that make your life feel complete. :)

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  31. https://twitter.com/furandfostermom/status/386090245109723136

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  32. I always think of the Sex and the City quote, "The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don't. But, in the end, they're the people you always come home to. Sometimes it's the family you're born into and sometimes it's the one you make for yourself." It seriously sums up anything I could hope to say myself :)

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  33. Family - the people you can't live with and you can't live without!

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  34. Family is the people you depend on in good times and bad. They are your cheerleaders, your therapist, and sometimes your enemy. It's not necessarily who you were born with, you can acquire them along the way!

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  35. I tweeted!! https://twitter.com/dmtesch07/status/386139458107473921

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  36. Family loves unconditionally, the people you can be yourself around, and the people you turn to when you're having a bad (or good) day. Always supportive. Family 'gets' me. I don't know what I'd do without them!

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  37. Family = LOVE....support, care, concern, laughing, crying, those you truly share the ins and the outs, and the ups and the downs of life with! :)

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  38. Family are people who are there for you in good times and bad and support you in your decisions. People you love and can count on.

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  39. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/386583917483941888

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  40. To me, family means people in my life who accept and love me for who I am.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  41. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/386721723610976256

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  42. Family is the group of people who you choose to surround yourself with, blood relation or not.

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  43. Accepting and loving unconditionally.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  44. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/387206438365302784
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  45. Family are those that you can't go a day without thinking about

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  46. My definition of family: Love, Support, and Perseverence. Even in the worst of times, these are the people who gather around you and support you when you think you can't push any further.

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  47. People who are connected to you in a deep way

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  48. My definition of family is closeness and support. People you can go to when times get tough and always have someone who will care and listen to you.
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  49. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/387684000724029440
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  50. My definition of family is people that love, cherish, care and think of each other. People that feel they belong together and want to proceed through life in each other’s presence.
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  51. Tweeted
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  52. I'd define family as the people who are there to love and support one another through thick and thin :)

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  53. My definition of family are the people who are there no matter what :)

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  54. People who will be there for you no matter what and love you unconditional.
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  55. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/388456221369303040
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  56. My definition of family is that they are the people who love you and support you unconditionally, whether related by blood or otherwise.

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  57. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/388715116444655616

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  58. family does not always mean blood

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  59. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/389125479736684544

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  60. Family means unconditional love and support and trust.
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  61. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/389230242507673600
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  62. Omg, I'm adopted too! I just connected with my bio-parents a couple years ago. I'm very close to my bio-mom but Bio-Dad is in Georgia (we're in Florida) so I haven't connected with him yet. Anywhoozle, l loved this post.

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  63. "Family" isn't always definired by being related by blood. It's the people who stand by you, love you, and want the best for you always.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  64. Family are the people who are always there through bad times and good times

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  65. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/389897030337699840

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  66. Family is the people that love and support you always!

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  67. my favorite people in the world!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  68. I posted a tweet: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/390647334272393216

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  69. Family is anyone who I really love! If they're there for you, listen to you and love you it doesn't matter if they're blood!

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  70. Family to me is my favorites in my life. The people that will be there no matter what!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  71. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/390994444687659008
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  72. family means those who are with you no matter what! family is love. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  73. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/391761713848004608 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  74. My definition is the people in your life who you can always count on and be yourself with.

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  75. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/392304826857431041

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  76. To me, family means the people that love you, whether they are related to you or not! Anyone you hold close in your heart!

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  77. https://twitter.com/KTcupcake11/status/392328473949118464

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  78. Family is love! And that is all! Thanks for a chance to win!!!! kmassman gmail

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  79. Family is the group of people who you love and are supported by, whether related by blood or not!

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  80. My definition of family is a group of people that love and support each other. Someone that I want to spend more time with everyday.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  81. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/393457867396632576
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  82. Family - that bond that means unconditional love and support for each other, no matter the miles apart or the distance of time.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. The people in my life who accept & love me for who I am.
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  84. tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/393645618058362880
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  85. Family to me is unconditional love, happiness, and security when you need it the most.

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  86. Family to me is unconditional love.

    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  87. Family is loyalty and kindness--people you can rely on no matter what and people that you just can not live your life without!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  88. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/394255326561583104

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  89. Family to me means unconditional love - no matter what! Alh2313@yahoo.com

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  90. Close friends and blood relatives who support and love unconditionally.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  91. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/395232696554622976

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  92. family are the folks you share your life with, folks you can count on in a pinch
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  93. tweet https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/395634676250841088 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  94. Family is unconditional love!

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  95. https://mobile.twitter.com/electricstar/status/395716871431131136?p=v

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  96. For me personally, it is my husband and my 6 house cats! :-D

    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  97. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/395835948144922625
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  98. My definition of family is people that you love and can be yourself with.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  99. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/395940023188484096
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  100. My definition of family is people that are there for you no matter what.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  101. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/395972742438068224

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  102. Loyalty and Love! We are always there for each other.


    clarkmurdock @ yahoo dot com

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  103. My family is those that I love and put their happiness before my own. The ones that I would die for.

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  104. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/395989036763865088

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