The Bachelor Fantasy League – Update

Scoreboard! Scoreboard! Just kidding. I am a good sport so I will not rub it in my husband’sFantasy face that his “All Star Team” (his words not mine) is down to one person. I will admit that Raven is a strong contender but I like her too much for her to end up with Nick so I am hoping  she goes home next week.

How is your team doing? I will be honest that girls I thought would be around for the long hall went home early and vice versa. This has been a season of Nick doing a lot of crying so I am looking forward to Bachelorette 2017.

 

Mike’s Team – 7 Points

1) Danielle L (CA)

2) Liz (NV)

3) Lacey (NY)

4) Angela (SC)

5) Michelle (CA)

6) Whitney (MN)

7) Astrid (FL)

8) Jasmine B. (WA)

9) Raven (AR)

10) Dominique (CA)

11) Olivia (AK)

12) Ida Marie (TX)

13) Alexis (NJ)

14) Jasmine G. (CA)

15) Josephine (CA)

 

Krisilee’s Team – 43 Points

1) Kristina (KY)

2) Brittany (CA)

3) Corinne (FL)

4) Elizabeth (TX)

5) Sarah (CA)

6) Danielle M. (TN)

7) Susannah (CA)

8) Hailey (Canada)

9) Lauren (FL)

10) Christen (OK)

11) Jaimie (LA)

12) Taylor (WA)

13) Vanessa (Canada)

14) Rachel (TX)

15) Briana (UT)

 

Grab a glass of wine and let’s play!

 

Cheers.

Traveling Murphy

 

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What Sparkling Wine Pairs with the Big Game Appetizer

Can you believe we are a day away from the Super Bowl? The grocery stores are packed with everyone trying to decide what appetizers to serve at their party tomorrow and I think this post will help. Pick the sparkling wine from Illinois Sparkling Co. you want to toast the night with and then decide what appetizers you are serving based on the drink selection.

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These delicious pairings were put together by the Illinois Sparkling Co. team. Thanks!

 

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Winter Wine Events

If you are anything like me, even the thought of snow has you dreaming of grabbing your favorite hoodie and snuggling up on the couch with endless episodes on Netflix. This year I am trying to crush my winter blues (and fear of driving in the snow) but it is going to take some strong wine influence. After a little research I found that the Illinois wine industry has provided quite a few great excuses to ditch the couch…

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Winter Passport Program – Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
January 14-February 28, 2017
Right now restaurants all across the state of Illinois are preparing to start Restaurant Weeks showcasing their dishes. This Winter Passport Program is exactly the same but rather than focusing on dishes it is introducing visitors to wineries and wine specials on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
WebsiteFacebook Event Page

Vonjakobville Tropical Festival
January 28, 2017 ~ 2:00-6:00pm
I am not sure about you but in January I start to crave some sunlight so this wine fest seems like the perfect “getaway”. Dress for a tropical vacation because the delicious wine and live music from The Boat Drunks are going to take you away.

Von Jakob Winery & Brewery, 230 Hwy 127, Alto Pass, IL
Website 
 – Facebook Event Page

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Utica Winter Wine Walk
February 11, 2017 ~ 11:00am-5:00pm
This event sold out last year! Walk the picturesque town of Utica while you sample wine from over eight different Illinois wineries. The Utica Winter Wine Walk is the perfect excuse for a girls’ weekend or grab your Valentine for an early celebration.

North Utica, 208 S. Clark Street, North Utica, IL
Website
 – Facebook Event Page

Winter Wine Festival
February 27, 2017
It is not every day you can listen to live music while sipping on local wine and meet the winemakers who have drawn thousands of tourists to our state.

Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL
Website
  – Facebook Event Page

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Wine Lovers’ Weekend
March 24-26, 2017
I had the privilege of attending this weekend celebration last year. The WLW committee is not playing games with that name. There is wine paired meals all weekend, vineyard tours and cooking classes. I recommend you purchase your tickets for the Grand Tasting and then figure out what other events you want to do.

Galena, Illinois
Website
 – Facebook Event Page

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So grab your tickets and kick the winter blues out the door! A little snow should not be stopping you from a fun night or weekend drinking Illinois wine. Share your photos on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

 

* Please make sure you have a designated driver or call an Uber! No one should drink and drive.

 

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My New Brunch Spot – Lodi Tap House

Happy Weekend! When I think about weekends the first thing that comes to mind is what I will be enjoying for brunch. My newest spot to meet friends at is the Lodi Tap House in Maple Park. The menu is limited but everything we tried was delicious.

Breakfast is served on weekends from  8:00am-11:00am.

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I recommend the pancakes! I only had one because of all the other food that comes with the Egg Special but I could have enjoyed at least one more pancake.

 

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Have a mug of coffee with your meal or join the Mug Club and enjoy some craft beer. (I recommend a stout beer with brunch.) The Lodi Tap House has 11 craft beers on tap and Coors Light.

 

Lodi Tap House
309 Main Street, Maple Park
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A Week of Wine Pairings

Starting on Saturday there will be a flurry of wine pairing events. Everything from Grape Nutz Seminar paired with the delicious food from Ginger & Soul finishing off the week with a mini three course wine pairing at Prairie State Winery.

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Grape Nutz Wine Time Seminar ($35)
Saturday, January 14th ~ 6:30pm-8:00pm
Ginger & Soul
131 E. Hydraulic, Unit C, Yorkville
Learn all about pairing wines that are perfect for warming you up during the winter with delicious food tastings from the Ginger & Soul team. More information.
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An Adventure in Reds ($65)
Tuesday, January 17th ~ 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (all locations)
Enjoy four courses paired perfectly with red wine. This will be my second dinner pairing at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and I know I am in for a treat. They are experts at pairing the wine to the food and they make the events so much fun you will want to keep coming back. More information.
Facebook Event Page

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Supper Club and Signature with Wine Pairing ($80)
Wednesday, January 18th ~ 6:30pm-8:30pm
Acquaviva Winery
47W614 IL-38, Maple Park
Five course dinner paired with Acquaviva’s very own wine. If you have never toured Acquaviva Winery you will feel like you are taking a trip to one of Italy’s famous vineyards. More information.
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Wine Seminar: Dave Phinney’s “Locations” – 90+ Point Lineup ($30)
Thursday, January 19th ~ 6:00pm-8:30pm
Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room
227 S. Third Street, Geneva
Explore 90+ Point wines from around the world while learning how why the location the wines come from affect the taste of the wine. More information.
Facebook Event Page – Website

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January Food & Wine Pairing ($17)
Saturday, January 21st ~ Noon-7:00pm
Prairie State Winery
222 W. Main Street, Genoa
Spinach Pesto Bruschetta, Savory Eggplant Parmesan, and Crème Brulée will be paired with three Prairie State wines. Tasting times available all day so make a reservation! More information.
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These wine pairing oppurtunities are in every price range and wine lover level. Sit down for a full meal pairing wine and food or go to a fun educational event where you can learn why the wine pairs but also enjoy it with friends. So grab some tickets and make sure to share your photos with me Facebook and Instagram.

Cheers my friends!
Traveling Murphy

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The Bachelor Fantasy League – Updates

The Bachelor 2017 is officially off to a crazy start. Last season I quickly found myself paying up weekly prizes to my husband as my players were sent home three to four at a Fantasytime. Premiere night 2017 ended with me as the big winner. I won the weekly pool and more important I won the “First Impression Rose”. So what do I win for all of these challenges? The prize we have for the weekly pool is that the winner gets to plan our date night for the week. Looks like we have a night of wine and cheese ahead of us. The prize for the “First Impression Rose” has me so excited, Mike has to detail my car. If you have ever seen the inside of my car this will make sense.

Even if you have not yet picked your teams there is still time. We have a couple weeks of rose ceremonies and tears coming up so get in the game! (Here is the link so you can pick your team.)

 

Mike’s Team – 80 Points

1) Danielle L (CA)

2) Liz (NV)

3) Lacey (NY)

4) Angela (SC)

5) Michelle (CA)

6) Whitney (MN)

7) Astrid (FL)

8) Jasmine B. (WA)

9) Raven (AR)

10) Dominique (CA)

11) Olivia (AK)

12) Ida Marie (TX)

13) Alexis (NJ)

14) Jasmine G. (CA)

15) Josephine (CA)

 

Krisilee’s Team – 103 Points

1) Kristina (KY)

2) Brittany (CA)

3) Corinne (FL)

4) Elizabeth (TX)

5) Sarah (CA)

6) Danielle M. (TN)

7) Susannah (CA)

8) Hailey (Canada)

9) Lauren (FL)

10) Christen (OK)

11) Jaimie (LA)

12) Taylor (WA)

13) Vanessa (Canada)

14) Rachel (TX)

15) Briana (UT)

 

Mike lost by 23 points!!! I am going to gloat now because I think his top girls will make a strong team for at least a couple more episodes. So grab a glass of wine and let’s play!

 

Cheers.
Traveling Murphy

 

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The Bachelor Fantasy League – 2017 Picks

The Bachelor 2017 airs tomorrow night! For us in the Murphy house tonight is almost as exciting as Christmas Eve since we had to pick our teams for The Bachelor. We always pick Fantasyour teams the night before the season airs, using only the photos posted on the official website and their job titles. This makes preview night exciting since we have no idea who is showing up in a dumb costume or who is the crazy person that season. (Here is the link so you can pick your team.)

We take turns picking our players with the winner of last season picking first. With no further ado here are our picks.

Mike’s Team

1) Danielle L (CA)

2) Liz (NV)

3) Lacey (NY)

4) Angela (SC)

5) Michelle (CA)

6) Whitney (MN)

7) Astrid (FL)

8) Jasmine B. (WA)

9) Raven (AR)

10) Dominique (CA)

11) Olivia (AK)

12) Ida Marie (TX)

13) Alexis (NJ)

14) Jasmine G. (CA)

15) Josephine (CA)

 

Krisilee’s Team

1) Kristina (KY)

2) Brittany (CA)

3) Corinne (FL)

4) Elizabeth (TX)

5) Sarah (CA)

6) Danielle M. (TN)

7) Susannah (CA)

8) Hailey (Canada)

9) Lauren (FL)

10) Christen (OK)

11) Jaimie (LA)

12) Taylor (WA)

13) Vanessa (Canada)

14) Rachel (TX)

15) Briana (UT)

 

How do you think we did? Please share your picks so we can play along. Happy viewing.

 

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