Columbia Crest: Crowdsourced Cabernet

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Columbia Crest. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It is absolutely no secret that I love wine. There's just something about opening up a new bottle and taking that first sip. Wine comes in all colors and flavors, and I enjoy discovering what I like and what I don't. Though let's be honest...there's not much I don't like when it comes to wine!

Evan and I have been fortunate to visit many wineries over the last few years. It's become a hobby of ours -- finding new wineries, vineyards, bottles, etc. -- and it might be my favorite hobby. That said, I am by no means an expert, but I love learning about wine and discovering my own preferences. 

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Columbia Crest became the first winery to crowdsource a wine -- from start to finish. How cool is that? Starting in 2014, the winery let anyone become part of the decision-making process for the 2014 cabernet vintage (aka: Crowdsourced Cabernet). Harvest, irrigation, and blends were some of the choices determined by votes from regular people like you and me. Can you imagine me in charge of creating a new vintage. Yeah, I like the sound of that too!

Each week there is a new decision to be made, and people cast their votes online. Columbia Crest head winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca provides expert advice, and participants also have access to weather analytics and even timelapse photos of the grapes. It's super interactive for the online community.

Right now, the 2014 cabernet vintage is aging away in barrels. Now Columbia Crest is seeking its first-ever ECO: Executive Crowdsourcing Officer. (Um, hi...just pick me!)

The special person chosen as ECO will travel to Columbia Crest in Paterson, Washington, to represent the entire online crowdsourcing community. The ECO will work with the head winemaker to help develop the 2015 vintage. Guess what? YOU (yes, you!) can help select the new ECO! Simply cast your vote by August 24 --> click to vote at CrowdsourcedCabernet.com.

The new ECO will travel to the winery, receive a cash prize, and also be filmed to document the experiences for the crowdsourcing community. 

How fun would it be to drink a glass of wine that you actually helped create? Yes, please! Be sure to visit Columbia Crest to join this movement and also follow along via Twitter and the hashtag #CrowdsourcedCab.

Cheers, my friends! 


ipsy: august glam bag.

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My August Glam Bag from Ipsy arrived last week, and it's another great one! I always love seeing that metallic pink bubble mailer in my mailbox. Brightens my day!

ALSO! As of today (8/17/15) there is NO WAITLIST to sign up for Ipsy. Here's my referral link (which I'll get Ipsy points if you sign up via my link). Now is your chance to try it! $10/month; cancel whenever.

Initial reaction re: the August Glam Bag: LOVE (as in love!) the products, feeling meh about the bag. It's a plastic-y material, but I like the houndstooth print. It just doesn't seem as high quality as some bags from previous months. It for sure beats the bag from August 2014 though, which went straight into the trash. #truestory

La Fresh Group, Eco-Beauty Good Night. Night Cream // I received the day cream from La Fresh Group/Eco-Beauty a few months ago, and I really liked it. This is the night version (obviously), and I've already tried it. It's super absorbing, non-oily, and doesn't have an overpowering scent. I like the packaging because it's great for travel.

Glamour Dolls Eyeshadow in Sorcery // I absolutely love getting eyeshadow in my Glam Bags. When I do receive eyeshadow, it's usually a bronze/gold/tan/neutral color (which are MY colors, folks). The Glamour Dolls eyeshadow is really great. Super pigmented and long-lasting. I've worn it numerous times already and am impressed.

Hikari Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Salsa // I absolutely love this color! Here's the deal though, I haven't been able to try it. The inside cap that helps remove excess lip gloss from the brush when the brush is removed got stuck in the lid. When I twist off the cap/brush, the entire wand is loaded with lip gloss. It's a mess, really. Evan thinks he'll be able to fix it -- fingers crossed because it looks like a gorgeous color and great formula.

Beauty Without Cruelty Leave In Conditioner // I'm looking forward to trying this soon! I haven't tried it yet because I've been pulling my hair back into a ponytail on the regular (oh hi, early morning workouts, humidity, and just plain laziness). I want to initially try this when I plan to dry/straighten my hair to get a better idea of how it works. I shall report back!

OFRA Cosmetics Lip Liner in Wine // Here's an honest statement: I have no idea how to use lip liner. Like, I get that you're supposed line your lips with it...but...I'm so confused. This is a really pretty color that would be great for fall. I just need to figure out what I'm doing. Send help.

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