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Leslie Hallman
June 29, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

GIFFT Summer Berry Sangria

Ripe summer berries meld with our Pinot Grigio or Red Blend for a delicious (and patriotic!) sangria to share outside with family and friends this July 4th. Red or white? You choose!

Red Summer Berry Sangria

1 bottle GIFFT Red Blend
1 cup brandy
1 ½ cups cranberry juice
6 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 cups blueberries, rinsed
8 ounces raspberries, rinsed
6 ounces blackberries, rinsed
1 large apple, thinly sliced

Combine ingredients in large pitcher and place in fridge for four hours to allow flavors to develop. When ready to serve, pour over ice and garnish with additional fruit.


White Summer Berry Sangria 

1 bottle GIFFT Pinot Grigio 
1 bottle sparkling wine
4 ounces orange liqueur
2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed
1 cup fresh raspberries, rinsed
1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed, stemmed and hulled then sliced
3 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
1 cup apple juice
Ice for serving

Stir GIFFT Pinot Grigio, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and apple juice together in a large pitcher.  Refrigerate for 4 hours as the flavors develop. Just prior to serving, gradually stir in the sparkling wine and sliced apples.  Garnish with additional fruit if desired and serve immediately over ice.

Time Posted: Jun 29, 2018 at 1:47 PM
Leslie Hallman
May 25, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Watermelon & Blueberry Salad with Feta & Mint


8 cups diced watermelon
2 cups blueberries
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup mint leaves, cut into fine ribbons 
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large bowl, whisk together extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and diced red onion. Add the diced watermelon, blueberries, mint and feta cheese to bowl. Gently toss to coat. Garnish with additional mint leaves and feta cheese before serving.



Time Posted: May 25, 2018 at 3:46 PM
Leslie Hallman
May 18, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Kathie Lee Live from Windsor Castle! How and When to Watch the Royal Wedding

Kathie Lee and Hoda are headed for a jolly good time across the pond to report on the wedding of the year! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be broadcast live around the world, and although you’ll have the choice to tune in live for the action or catch a rerun in the not so early morning hours, you can do it up proper with our best royal wedding watch tips below!  

Tuning In
Besides the exchange of vows, you can tune in with the rest of the world to catch royal family member sightings, every unique hat & fascinator, and of course the reveal of THE DRESS! The wedding service begins on Saturday, May 19 at noon local time, although NBC’s coverage of the royal wedding begins at 4:30 am EST (1:30 pm PST for you West Coast night owls). Check your local listings for your NBC affiliate for coverage of the entire wedding day.

GIFFT Wines + Tea Sandwich Pairings
Snacks & beverages are a must throughout your watch party. We suggest pairing your favorite GIFFT wine with a classic tea sandwich for the ultimate British fare during your get-together. Serve with biscuits (aka cookies) on a decorative tiered tea tray that can be passed around to your guests or arranged on your buffet or coffee table. Here are a few tea sandwich pairing ideas to get you started!

- GIFFT Rosé + English Cucumber
- GIFFT Chardonnay + Smoked Salmon
- GIFFT Bountiful + Curried Chicken Salad
- GIFFT Pinot Grigio + Caprese & Artichoke
- GIFFT Red Blend + Roast Beef & Horseradish

Enjoy The Moment. It’s a GIFFT!
Spending time with those you love are one thing that make weddings so special. Share a bottle of your favorite GIFFT wine and enjoy a relaxing Saturday with friends and family. As Princess Diana said, “Family is the most important thing in the world.” We’re raising our glasses of Rosé today to love & family. Cheers!

Time Posted: May 18, 2018 at 3:06 PM
Leslie Hallman
January 3, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Temperature Controlled Shipping in January


Cheers to 2018! As we look forward to another wonderful year here at GIFFT Wines, we want to let you know how we'll be shipping orders to protect your wines from freezing temperatures happening throughout the country this winter.  

We are offering temperature-controlled shipping at no additional cost the month of January. We will be shipping temperature-controlled to all states except the following: 

New Mexico

We can ship temperature-controlled to any of the states above at no additional cost to you, please just let us know at the time you place your order and we're happy to assist!

This service works a little bit differently than standard ground. With this method, your order will travel in a temperature-controlled truck to a hub near you. As soon as your order is accepted by the carrier, you will receive an email with your tracking code. Total transit time will be approximately two to three weeks and you will receive your tracking code 1-5 days before delivery. 

We are so excited to be able to offer this service to you at no additional cost, knowing that your wines will arrive safe and sound to your door. If you have any questions or concerns about our temperature-controlled service, please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@gifftwines.com or 1-888-772-4343.

Time Posted: Jan 3, 2018 at 9:46 AM
Leslie Hallman
July 12, 2017 | Leslie Hallman

Drink Sustainable: Wind Turbine FAQ's

What is the purpose of the wind turbine?
The wind turbine will generate power for our winery operations using a clean, renewable source of energy.

How does a wind turbine work?
The wind turns the propeller-like blades around a rotor. the rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins the generator to create electricity.

How tall is the wind turbine?
The wind turbine’s blades reach 396 feet into the sky (nearly a 40-story building), and the centerline of the turbine’s hub is 264 feet above ground. On a clear day, the turbine can be seen for miles.

How much power is the wind turbine capable of creating?
The turbine will generate 4.5 million kilowatt hours yearly. this is the equivalent of powering 467 homes or using 7,300 barrels of oil. The wind turbine eliminates approximately 3,162 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

How fast do the blades turn?
The blades turn at a speed of 22 RPM (revolutions per minute).

What technology does the turbine use?
The wind turbine has five internal computers: one in each blade to monitor and adjust the rotation speed when necessary, one in the nacelle (which houses the generator), and one main computer in the tower base that communicates with all the other computers. This turbine has its own server at Foundation Windpower and is monitored continuously by GE.

Why did you choose a wind turbine over solar panels?
For our local conditions in Monterey County, turbines are more effective than solar. The wind turbine generates electricity at night, it doesn’t lose efficiency due to dust, and it doesn’t use valuable agricultural land or create the maintenance issues that rooftop installations create. It is the perfect power source for the inexhaustible winds of the Salinas Valley.

How much energy does the winery use and how much will the wind turbine offset?
The winery uses about 900,000 watts at peak (0.9MW) and the turbine will generate double this load.

How does this wind turbine fit into Scheid Family Wine’s commitment to sustainability?
Scheid Family Wines has always been committed to sustainability. All 4,000 acres of our estate vineyards in Monterey County are officially certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. 100% of our wastewater is recycled and all our grape must is composted and spread as nutrition in the vineyards. We use 100% drip irrigation and low impact farming methods. we even have 250+ owl boxes to control rodent populations naturally. installing this wind turbine is yet another facet of our desire to preserve the environment.

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2017 at 3:25 PM
Leslie Hallman
June 23, 2017 | Leslie Hallman

Food & Wine Pairing: Blackened Shrimp Salad & Cilantro-Lime Dressing with GIFFT Bountiful

Fire up the grill, slice those fresh summer vegetables and pour yourself a chilled glass of white wine—it’s summertime!

GIFFT Bountiful is a sweet white blend with bright fruit flavors and a tropical finish. Very light and refreshing, Bountiful pairs perfectly with this Blackened Shrimp Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing to serve while entertaining family or friends on the deck or patio!

Blackened Shrimp Salad & Cilantro-Lime Dressing with GIFFT Bountiful

Yield: 2 salads

Total Time: 20 minutes


8 ounces shrimp (approximately 12 shrimp), deveined & tails removed
2 tbsp. blackening seasoning
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups spring mix lettuce
½ cup grilled corn
½ cup heirloom cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, thinly sliced
Lime wedges to finish

Cilantro-Lime Dressing
½ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Juice & zest of 1 lime


Place shrimp in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the blackening seasoning over the shrimp and toss gently to coat each shrimp. Grill shrimp outside on a charcoal or gas grill, or inside using a grill pan. Grill shrimp on each side 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp is opaque. To assemble the salads, split the spring mix, as well as the grilled corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and avocado between two bowls. Top each salad with a serving of the blackened shrimp, and drizzle the cilantro-lime dressing over top to taste. You may garnish the salad with a few lime wedges if desired.


Dressing Instructions
You may use a food processor to pulse and combine your dressing, or whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.


Time Posted: Jun 23, 2017 at 12:44 PM
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