You can all thank BevMo for pulling me out of my blogging black hole. I always say that I am more productive when I drink wine and in this case, the wine actually inspired not only writing but crafting. So without even tasting this wine, I was a fan. Let’s see if it will convince me to go to the gym later.
When you get an email from BevMo offering you the opportunity to taste a new wine, the answer is easy. However when that new wine basically has glitter in it, you jump for joy and you can’t get your wine-loving hands on it fast enough. There are a few things I love during the holiday season, one of which are things that sparkle and the other is sparkling wine which I guess kind of falls into the ‘things that sparkle’ category. Combine the two and you’ve just made my day. It’s pretty much Christmas morning in a bottle. It’s party season and that means you get a free glitter pass, meaning you can wear it (please not as eyeshadow), decorate with it, and now drink it. A wine that sparkles literally with gold flecks, deserve an equally awesome and gilded glass. So before I tasted this glittery wine I decided to get my DIY on. The wine includes edible gold leaf so it seemed natural to add a little gold leaf to a few glasses to welcome this wine in style.
I opted to use two Champagne flutes that we received as a wedding favor that came complete with the couple’s names and wedding date. I figured they could get a new life with a little gold leaf and it was perfect since I only had two of them. The dollar store also has single glasses for a buck that would be perfect for a project like this. Before you start let me warn you that working with gold leaf is maybe the most frustrating process ever. It rips easily, sticks to your fingers, doesn’t do exactly what you want and makes a bit of a mess. So pour yourself a glass of wine and try to accept that this shiny paper is going to make you wish you never started this craft.
- Champagne flutes or any wine glasses
- Gold Leaf (I used two sheets for this project)
- Mod Podge
- A small paint brush
- Painter’s tape
My design plan was fairly easy since I wanted to cover up the couple’s names (Sorry Grady and Chantel!) but you could do smaller stripes, a chevron pattern, if you have way more patience than I have, or any design your mind can dream up. I like to keep things simple so one thick line made the cut. Press firmly on the tape and try to make sure it is as straight as possible. Good luck with that.
Paint a thin layer of mod podge over the surface. Try to avoid getting it on the tape or it will be harder to remove it when it dries.
Start adding your gold leaf. Remember that it will tear and rip and if you have OCD or perfectionist tendencies, you’ll need to take a few deep breaths and realize you can just do multiple layers. Press gently to get it to stick. Drink some of your wine. Again, try to avoid having it overlap the tape (almost impossible to do FYI) or it can be a pain when you remove the tape.
Do the same exact thing on the base or wherever else you want to add a little bit of gold. Once you have it on the way you like it, let it dry. Then apply a few more coats of mod podge over any gold leaf to give the glass a little more durability. This still won’t be a dishwasher-safe glass but it will at least stand up to use. Let each coat dry before you apply the next. When it is completely dry, carefully remove the tape. You may need to press on the edge with your finger while you slowly remove the tape.
Voila! Fill those suckers up with wine and enjoy! For an easier version of this, just get gold spray paint and spray paint the areas instead.
Let’s talk wine
Ok, gold glitter wine is awesome but how does it taste? Do you feel like you are drinking backwash every time a gold fleck hits your tongue? Do the gold flecks get stuck in your teeth? Let’s investigate…
Would I buy this wine again especially if I was actually paying for it?
Yes! Going in I knew this Grande Cuvée had won several awards so I had high hopes that the glitzy package wasn’t going to be the only thing good about it. It’s crisp, dry, and has just the right amount of fizz. Sparkling wine is one of my favorite wines to drink and this one would go perfect with anything from sitting at home watching Dateline on a Friday night (don’t judge me) to ringing in the new year. It will add a little touch of elegance to any situation. It would be ideal for a girl’s night out or a romantic celebration. My husband even approved and he isn’t a huge fan of sparkling wines. Crazy, I know. Sparkling wines and Champagnes tend to be reserved for celebrations so whenever I have a glass it always makes the day a little more special, add gold to it and you can make any Monday the best day ever.
What does it taste like?
It has crisp fruit flavors like apple and pear. It almost has a tangy vibe to it which makes it easy to sip and pair with tasty holiday canapes. Try it with Brie cheese and prosciutto.
The chunks of gold… be honest
You don’t even notice the chunks. They just flow right down your throat along with the bubbly wine. They look lovely in the glass and make me feel fancy so win, win.
Want a taste?
For my Arizona friends, you can get your chance to taste this sparkly and sparkling wine for free at BevMo’s Scottsdale location on Sunday, December 15th. For more information, go here. XXIV Karat wines has a Rose in the works and hopefully more delicious and sparkly wine to come! Cross your fingers that the rose isn’t sweet.