This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson AVANT, but all opinions are mine.

I have never been the “type of person” to keep up with different styles of dining, much less with what kind of wines were being served at the tables where I was breaking bread with my friends and family.

Ever since I started working with Kendall-Jackson AVANT, earlier this year, that has started to change.

I’m still not an expert on Houston’s hot and happening dining scene – with new and trendy restaurants opening up all of the time – but I am much more inclined to accept an invitation to a trendy new spot these days. I can also say I now know the difference between at least a couple of wine flavors. Yes, me, the girl who only seven years ago discovered Sauvignon Blanc!

It all started when Kendall-Jackson reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying out their new line of wines, AVANT. I figured I could broaden my knowledge of vino, so I said yes.

A couple of days later, three varieties of AVANT wine arrived at the house. We gradually began to taste each and I decided my preferred flavor is the Red Blend. You can actually taste all of the fresh ingredients that were used to create Red Blend. It’s pretty crisp and clean too.

I also learned at the local events hosted by Kendall-Jackson AVANT, that the wine-maker takes great pride in the smooth and fresh flavors of their products. Now, I’m not sure if what I am about to share is an industry secret, or a known fact among wine-makers, but it was new information for me. According to my very reliable sources – the makers of this wine – in general, wines have a better taste when the grapes that go into making them have been grown in terrains where they are made to struggle into maturity. It gives them character, so to speak. Which is also why Kendall-Jackson AVANT uses ingredients from the climate and hill countries of Sonoma, Napa, and Santa Barbara.

Not too shabby, huh?

Well, the last few months of being a Kendall-Jackson AVANT influencer have been a lot of fun! We’ve been to a couple of events, where we had the chance to invite our friends to come along too. The treatment we have received has been especially gracious. The locales were pretty cool too! You all already know, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hang out with my friends and family!The bottles of AVANT wine being served throughout the night were the icing on the cake.

Here are a few of the pictures from our events:

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Really quick and just for kicks, Kendall-Jackson AVANT is vinted and bottled with 100% certified wind energy.