Author Archives: Stacy Cook

About Stacy Cook

Stacy Cook, co-founder of VeroVine.com, is a results driven, business development professional with more than 20 years experience in the digital marketing world. A unique combination of entrepreneurial spirit, programming expertise, marketing genius, creativity, vision and people skills has enabled Stacy to garner experience in a multitude of digital organizations. His emphasis has been in early-stage start-ups and he has been programming, managing and developing new ways of "using" computers since his high school days in Lexington, Kentucky. Stacy was a Computer Lab Administrator for the University of Kentucky's MLK Microlabs AND ran his own website development/management firm while still in high school. While earning his BS in Telecommunications at UK, he became a New Media Developer at Mikrotek ISP; performed Internet Development for Host Communications/Total Sports, the NCAA AND was Vice President of Development for iHigh.com, a venture-funded start-up providing real-time sports statistics to media and internet users. Since graduating, Stacy founded Edit-X in Denver, Colorado. At that time, Edit-X was THE most innovative software on the market, combining CMS and Ecommerce in a single software package. Edit-X became known as the most trusted resource for advanced online business development and has played crucial roles in a multitude of other internet businesses, including the largest privately held online dating sites and companies. Successful management of the online dating businesses gave Stacy access to tens of millions of dollars of new clients and marketing work, propelling Stacy and his company into the Fortune 500 world. After moving from Kentucky to Denver, Colorado and on to Miami, Florida, Stacy decided Vero Beach was the ideal spot to plant his feet and grow his family. He has lived in Vero since 2011 and he and his wife, Meghan, welcomed a new baby girl in October 2014. When not coding; marketing; chasing children: Ava, 9, Colin 7, Aden 7 & Myla 2; or promoting Vero Beach via VeroVine.com; Stacy enjoys the Arts, dabbles in photography, enjoys Vero's nightlife with his wife, dreams of snowboarding and runs his family all over the Treasure Coast exploring the new & cool.

It’s the Little Things at Varietals and More

We recently attended a true luxury event right here in Vero Beach called the Vero Beach Food, Wine, and Music hosted by Fe Domenech. You might have heard about Andre Bocelli’s son, Matteo Bocelli’s appearance, he performed and created a magical moment in time. You can view part of the performance here on YouTube. It was located in Riverside Park for some of the best weather we have seen all year. It was a 4-day event of lavish food, fine wines, and the most AMAZING music.

Another one of the superstars of this event, of course, was Varietals and More. Meet Rob Wayne owner of this local wine shop, purveyor of worldly cheeses, fancy delectables and an expert of wine and food.

 “I believe there is a wine for every moment.” – Rob Wayne

It is amazing how much he can tell you about every glass. We told him to keep it short but he can go on and on and on. We look forward to future tastings and a good start for us is joining the wine club. Stay tuned as we plan to continue posts like this and report on our findings. We had the luxury of meeting Rob and conducted an impromptu tasting at the event and here is what Rob had to say…

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What you have in your glass is a French sparkling wine aged in the barrel from France. It is 100% Chardonnay hence the name Blanc de Blanc. It is made in a traditional French champagne style meaning the wine is aged separately in the barrel then it is re-fermented in the bottle of for a classic bubble on the good.


Janeil

Les Hauts de Janeil. The Janel is a Grenache Sauvignon from the south of France in the long. Languedoc-Roussillon the region it is a style of wine that would be very reminiscence to a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio and it is a very crisp clean style of wine a very citrusy zesty racy wonderful for a porch poolside barbecue also wonderful for a seafood salad and a grilled chicken dishes it’s a wonderful life.

Tasting note EYE : Pale yellow robe with golden glints. NOSE : Complex nose marrying notes of flowers, truffles, brioche and oak… MOUTH : The mouth is well-balanced with lots of volume but also a hint of acidity on the finish, giving the wine length.


Alanera

The Alanera Rosso is from the Veneto region. It is a wine that is made in a classic Amarone style. Another principal grape being Corvina which is semi-dried before pressing then fermented, then aged in the barrel for up to 18 months and then bottled. It gives you real rich fruit flavor, like a dried plum, a little bit of the reason and it is just a wonderful wine. Pairs with wild game, hard cheeses, and meats.



Little Things

All right so we’re four glasses in! The Little Things is aged 12 months in Barrel.  A Cabernet out of South Australia and is a rich, fruity, like dark cherry and dark blackberry, the aromas. You have very soft tannins and structure. Great for wonderful grilled meats at a barbecue. I would pair this without a doubt with a beautiful ribeye steak with some grilled mushrooms and sautéed onions. 

You can purchase these and other fine wines at… be sure to introduce yourself to Rob and ask about the wine club. It’s the latest craze in Vero.

 

Varietals and More

www.varietalsandmore.com

(772) 217-2780
 
54 Royal Palm Pointe
Vero Beach, Fl 32960
 
Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm 
Friday 10am – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Closed Sunday

100% Irma-fied The Vero Beach Marketing Summit

Vero Beach, Florida – October 13th – Vero Beach Marketing, the premier mobile, web development and marketing company in Florida’s Treasure Coast, located in lovely Vero Beach, Indian River County, is holding the first ever local two-day marketing summit on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

The event was previously scheduled for early September and was postponed due to the massive storm.

Learn how to creatively expand your audience with captivating messaging to accelerate your business through digital marketing.

The Summit will be an interactive session with seven prominent speakers whose expertise ranges from creating your business plan, business coaching, branding, social media platforms, monetization strategies, website design, messaging development, podcasting, video production and photography.

Four social medial platforms you need to promote your business will be discussed in detail: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google and don’t forget Google Analytics (a Google service that tracks and reports website traffic).

You will come away from the Summit with a keen awareness of what type of marketing your business really needs to spread awareness; thus generating leads and sales. Most important of all is how to track it. The day one session is designed to build your digital media marketing plan. Day two will give you the information and tools to execute that plan.

The Summit will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Vero Beach, 611 20th Street, 32960. Saturday’s session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday’s session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Breakfast will be provided by Baci Trattoria and Wild Thyme catering and lunch will be provided by the Barefoot Cafe and The Patio Seafood Tavern. To wrap up each day there will be two business networking happy hours with wine and beer provided by Walking Tree Brewery.

Bring 50+ business cards and your laptop or tablet. Seating is limited. Registration is only $397 for full two day summit. Single day tickets are $227 and individual tracks are $25 and $50 each for customized tickets.

To register please access this link: http://vbsummit.com

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Contact: Thomas Hardy
www.verocommunique.com
hardythomast@gmail.com

Vero Beach Marketing provides focused and targeted marketing efforts, which will produce measurable, positive results while being cost-effective and most efficient in spending. Companies can train their teams on a variety of digital media platforms and strategies through the Vero Beach Marketing class scheduled offerings or custom private sessions. In order to customize the marketing funnels to your exact needs, Vero Beach Marketing also offers mobile responsive web development for a full website offering or custom landing page design, programming and development.

Best Holiday Decor Photo Contest Winners

I don’t know about you but the holidays are a lot of fun and a time of year that I personally go all out. This contest was a chance to show off all of our effort and amazing decorating skills.  I especially liked the beach trash tree aka Trashmess Tree. Everyone please thank Elite Holiday Decor as our top sponsor they ensured the success of this contest and also offered up $250 in holiday decorations for one of our lucky winners!

Don’t forget, every month we have a new contest. This month is one of our most popular, Vero’s Beach Lifestyle Photo Contest. Already 150+ photos have been submitted in just 4 days. Please be sure to check it out and vote your favorites.

1st Place prize is an original Highwaymen painting! The raffle prize is valued at $644 and every single photo submitted has a chance to win. Happy New Year Vero Beach and check out our 2016 Year in Review video and Year Review of Food 2016 video. And now on to our awesome winners!!


1st Place


Under The Sea Christmas by Krysta Marquis

Votes: 302   |   Views: 981

Value: $505

Felicity Images: A photo session with Nellie Quiros at Felicity Images, and a custom photo app with your favorite twenty images., valued at: $350. Sea Turtle Real Estate: $100.00 gift certificate to Varietals and More, valued at: $100. The Buggy Bunch: Two (2) 2017 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $30. Baci Trattoria: 1 Gift Certificate, valued at: $25.


2nd Place


RE/MAX Crown Christmas Reflections by Alexandria Huf

Votes: 152   |   Views: 88

Value: $399
Signature Art Gallery of Vero
: A 16″ x 20″ print on HD Aluminum (Metal) or Canvas., valued at: $150. Community Veterinary Clinic: A (one time) yearly pet wellness exam which includes all vaccines and a heartworm test., valued at: $100. Riverside Theatre Comedy Zone: Four Tickets to any Comedy Show, valued at: $64. Eminence Hair Design: 1 Gift Certificate for a Mens or Womens Haircut (Sebastian), valued at: $55. The Buggy Bunch: Two (2) 2017 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $30.


3rd Place


Wonderland by Teresa

Votes: 88   |   Views: 1,046

Value: $150

Vero Beach Karate Association: One Month of Karate Lessons, Includes Uniform, valued at: $120. The Buggy Bunch: Two (2) 2017 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $30.


4th Place


The Bromeliad Tree by Fran Anderson

Votes: 84   |   Views: 59

Value: $30

The Buggy Bunch
: Two (2) 2017 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $30.


Raffle


Bubble Lights & Snowflakes by Ashley Kennedy

Votes: 31   |   Views: 39

Value: $634
Elite Holiday Decor
: A single $250 Gift Certificate., valued at: $250. Plank Pilates: Three (3) half hour (30 minute) sessions. , valued at: $150. Chaney’s House O’ Flowers: 1 Custom Bouquet of Flowers Delivered, valued at: $75. The Amber Ribbon: .925 Sterling Silver & Opal on an 18″ Sterling Silver chain. , valued at: $69. Main Street Vero Beach: A City Scapes Drawing, Unframed, valued at: $35. The Buggy Bunch: Two (2) 2017 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $30. Carmine & Lucia’s: Your choice of a 200ml bottle one each of an oil and a vinegar., valued at: $25.


Most Creative


Styro, The Floatman by Linda Curtiss

Votes: 124   |   Views: 668


Value:
$55

The Buggy Bunch: Two (2) 2017 Buggy Bunch Discount Cards, valued at: $30. Chive: 1 Gift Certificate, valued at: $25.