Beaches and Wine Food Styling

Wine and cheese photoA seaside retreat is a beautiful backdrop for food styling practice. I am surprised that I like playing with food as much as I do. I am still learning and trying to get the right angles down. If anyone has advice let me know! And parents, don’t discourage your children from playing with their food. It might come in handy one day!

I went with the classic wine plate for this shoot: goat cheese, Irish cheese, fruit, candied walnuts, and bread. I had to set up inside as the weather outside prevented any attempt at a picnic in the sand. I’m still holding out today will be nice to try another shoot.Cheese and fruit

The 2012 Bila-Haut Rose was a nice addition to the table and a great value. I picked it up before I left Texas for about $10. Bila-Haut exhibited a strong berry flavor with hints of orange and watermelon. Because it has so much bright acidity up front, I would describe it as that first moment you walk out on a sunny day. You have to cover your eyes for a moment, but then it feels good to lift your face and soak up the sun. It was light, crisp, and the dryness offset the sweetness of the cheese. I would buy this wine again for a day at the beach or a warm afternoon on the porch. The 2012 Bila-Haut would also pair well with grilled lobster or soft-shell crabs. Bila-Haut wine

I wish I had more time to play around at the beach, but today is my last day. Boo! Tomorrow I head back to Austin to see the hubs and fat cats. Gulf Shores restaurant recommendations are next!

Life’s a Beach

So, after a full 12 hours of driving I arrived in Gulf Shores, AL on Saturday evening. What did I do first? Head out to the beach! My life IS the beach for a whole week!Life on the beach

I have to admit I was very hesitant about vacationing in Alabama. I prefer international beach destinations and thought Gulf Shores was going to be a cheesy, Margaritaville beach experience. Most of my family have never been out of the country so our definitions are very different. While there are places in Gulf Shores that are annoyingly touristy, you can still find really great seafood and beautiful beach spots. Southerners are also extremely polite and my name ranges from sweetie and sugar to sweetheart and darlin’. I’m cool with the Southern charm 🙂 The rents did well!

I haven’t done much except lay on the beach, swim, and eat (three of my favorite things!) Food styling at the beach and restaurant recommendations are coming up the next few days! I will leave you with images of white sand beaches and emerald waters. Until tomorrow…Beach at Gulf Shores

WineDownAustin is going to Gulf Shores, AL!

Gulf Shores coast AL

Photo by Becky Vanhoose, step mom extraordinaire

This weekend I will travel to Gulf Shores, AL to spend a week on the coast with my Dad, step mom, sisters, BIL’s, and niece. This is a pretty big deal as we have not vacationed together since my siblings and I were kids. We all have very different lifestyles, personalities, beliefs, and outlooks about the world. However, this was one place the whole family could agree to go to stateside. We are all looking forward to the beach!

It sounds like there is plenty of sand, sun, and seafood which is great!  I’m going to be live blogging on the coast, visiting seafood markets, food markets, exploring sand dunes, and looking for fun places to hangout.

Check back or like WineDownAustin’s Facebook page for fun-in-the-sun photos, posts, beach cocktails, and perhaps another video!

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