Handcraft Wines #handcraftheroes #sponsored

Screen Shot 2013-09-01 at 10.32.54 PMCheryl Indelicato is a third generation California vintner.  She is also a former Registered Nurse and has witnessed the horrors of cancer. When she began her own wine portfolio, she knew she’d be giving back.  In 2012, Cheryl launched the HandCraft Artisan Collection of wines with a commitment of donating $100,000 toward breast cancer research, prevention and awareness.  Cheryl has now teamed up with Susan G. Komen 3Day National Spokesperson, Dr Sheri Phillips, to create the HandCraft Heroes campaign on Facebook. This initiative seeks to honor those individuals who share their time, talent, resources, and by their actions, inspire others to seek early detection for breast cancer as well as those who support patients who are ill and undergoing treatment.  HandCraft Heroes will run through September 30, 2013.  Nominees will be evaluated by an independent team of judges chaired by Dr. Sheri Phillips, board certified physician, breast cancer survivor and Susan G. Komen 3Day National Spokesperson. Three winners will be selected to become HandCraft Heroes and will be honored at a private inspirational retreat hosted by Dr. Sheri and Cheryl in Monterey, California in February 2014. In addition, Cheryl will donate $2000 to the pink charity of each winner’s choice.  Winners will be announced during Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 15th, 2013.

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HandCraft Artisan Collection wines celebrate the California home and Italian heritage of Cheryl. She gives classic grape varieties her own personal touch by adding a playful dash of Italian and heritage varietals as a nod to the vineyard-to-barrel ?eld selections that found their place daily at the Italian table when she was growing up. The result is distinctive, fruit-forward wines that are easy to enjoy and share with others.


Grapes for this white wine blend come from both warm and cool climates in California. It is a 2012 vintage and you will definitely smell aromas of bright citrus, honeysuckle, peach, apricot and
green apple. You will taste melon, nectarine and peach with a touch of lemon zest. I really liked this wine. I found that it would probably go well with pretty much everything. I did a small tasting with friends, and we all agreed this was a pretty great wine.


Fruit for Inspiration Red is sourced from Northern and Central California viticultural regions with climates ranging from Mediterranean to coastal. This is a full-bodied and juicy red wine blend. Rich aromas of spice, blackberry and plum rise will be enjoyed from this wine. You will taste a hint of vanilla and a touch of sweetness. This wine would be perfect to sip on a cold winter’s night or alongside some good old fashioned BBQ. My tastetasters and I also thought it would be a great dessert wine also.

Both these wines were great, and I would recommend both of them. I also love that this company does give back and what better cause than breast cancer.

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 16 oz carrots
  • 6 potatoes, cubed
  1. Place carrots and potatoes in the slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, combine all of dried spices. Rub the spice mixture all over the bird, inside and out. Place the bird breast-side down into the crockpot on top of the carrots and potatoes.
  3. Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours.


Skillet Chicken Pot Pie



Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp dried thyme leaves
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots (its about 4 medium carrots)
  • 2 cups frozen potatoes O'Brien
  • 1 jar chicken gravy
  • 1 can Pillsbury Golden Layers refrigerated buttermilk or original flaky biscuits
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  1. In a skillet, heat oil. Add chicken, sprinkle with salt, ½ tsp thyme, and the pepper. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently until chicken is browned.
  2. Move chicken to 1 side of the skillet. Add the carrots and potatoes; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in gravy and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the vegetables are tender.
  3. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, heat the over to 400 degrees. Separate dough into ten biscuits. Cut each into quarters and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle garlic powder and the remaining teaspoon on thyme over the dough. Toss to coat. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and cook 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Scatter over top of cooked chicken mixture before serving.