Monday, June 30, 2014

FOODIE TUESDAY: Four Fab CK Mondavi Wines For Your 4th And Beyond #CKMondaviHeroes #CleverGirls #Sponsored #recipe

Here at ChiIL Mama we love to chill out with a great bottle of white or red wine and CK Mondavi has long been one of our top picks for quality and affordability. Did you know CK Mondavi is THE perfect 4th of July wine. Not only is it the only wine in the under $10 price point that's 100% American made & grown, but a percentage of sales goes to supporting veterans!

With Independence day on the horizon and a long weekend of relaxing ahead, we're stocked up and ready for fun with four fine CK Mondavi wines. We're particularly jazzed to be one of the first to try Blonde Five, which will be available to the public in August.

Looking for a tasty pairing for your 4th of July grilling fun? 

Marc Mondavi’s Monster Burger 

Crimp the edges well, grill to perfection and serve with my CK Mondavi Zinfandel.

Marc says: I find that if I’m going to enjoy a burger cooked on my grill, I want one that is chock full of flavor. I’ve found this recipe passes my test for a hearty, tasty burger.

Serves Six
3 lbs. hamburger meat of your preference
2 tsp. oregano
1 medium sized onion chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
½ lb. cheese of your choice
1 egg beaten
½ cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl except the cheese. Take a little less than ¼ lb. of the mixture, roll it in your hand and flatten as you would a regular burger, but thinner. Place three to six cheese chunks in the center. Prepare the top of the burger the same way and place over the first burger. 

Thanks to CK Mondavi for shipping us:
- Chardonnay 
- Blonde Five
- Cabernet Sauvignon 
- Scarlet Five 

Here at ChiIL Mama, we're confirmed fans of red wines and CK Mondavi's Scarlet Five rocks with hints of black cherries and plums and the best attributes of FIVE reds: 

CK Mondavi's Cab Sav is another long time fav of ours.

Chose your favorite:
With these reds and whites you won't be blue!

The new girl in town:

Blonde Five is delicious enough to turn heads from the red. I'm a former red head... blue/black haired for a year... and now back to natural blonde, so I'm partial to blonde. 

This Blonde Five wine is smart and succulent with notes of pear, baked apple, honey, lemon, & honeysuckle! CK Mondavi's suggested pairings (grilled shrimp, spicy chicken and mild cheeses) are are all top picks of ours too. Yum!

We dig the twist tops. 
Here in Chi, IL we celebrate the 4th of July and summer in general with loads of free outdoor fireworks displays, free concerts in every genre imaginable and outdoor picnics. And CK Mondavi wine goes great with the great outdoors! Even if you're not so great about remembering the cork screw! 


Our readers love to make a difference and support worthwhile causes, so we frequently run local philanthropic opportunities under HELP LOCALLY and national and even international opportunities under HELP OUT.  We're happy to introduce you to 

  • A percentage of each bottle sold between May - August is donated to Intrepid Fallen Heroes (up to $50,000).
  • Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), is an organization that supports the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.
  • Funded entirely by public donations, IFHF serves U.S. military personnel wounded or killed in service to our nation and their families. For more information, visit
We're all about honoring our vets. In fact, one of our oldest friends (literally) is Cliff, a Marine and a WWII veteran. We just celebrated his 93rd birthday last week, on June 26th, with an outdoor party. How do you celebrate your special milestones? 

Did you know:
      • CK Mondavi is run by the legendary Napa Valley wine icon, Peter Mondavi Sr., a World War II veteran.
      • Owner Marc Mondavi was born on the 4th of July and 2014 marks his 60th birthday.
Celebrate July 4th and beyond with CK Mondavi reds and whites so delicious and affordable, they'll banish the high priced wine blues!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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