South of the Border wines for Thanksgiving

Everyone knows Miami is a fun city. We all drive Ferraris, go clubbing all night and date super-models. Northerners flock here in the winter to defrost. In the winter there are as many New York and Chicago accents as there are Latin American accents. Miami is also known as the closest Latin American city to the USA.   So it should come as no surprise that wines of South America are prevalent on many restaurant wine lists. These wines also belong on the Thanksgiving table.   The Rutini family from Argentina has been on the forefront of quality wine for generations. … Continue reading South of the Border wines for Thanksgiving

Cocktails for your Thanksgiving Feast

Hot Tully Ingredients: 1 part Tullamore D.E.W. Original ¼ part simple syrup ¼ part fresh lemon juice 3 parts hot water Method: First, warm a mug with hot water, then discard and combine ingredients above. For a bit of bite, add some fresh ginger and garnish with lemon and a cinnamon stick. Stir before serving. Cold Turkey at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is getting into the holiday spirit! Property Chef Mixologist, Mariena Mercer, has created an array of seasonally themed cocktails for guests to enjoy when The Ice Rink reopens for its fifth consecutive … Continue reading Cocktails for your Thanksgiving Feast

Emilio Moro, 2014 for your Thanksgiving Table

One of the great things and tough things about choosing wine for Thanksgiving is pairing a meal with diverse flavors and having the wine match them.   Sweet, salty, sour flavors mingling with aromas from the food set on the table that have your mouth watering before your first taste of goodness. A well-structured wine is in order, some up front fruit to blend with the sweet side dishes. Full mouths feel to match the richness of a country ham or bronzed turkey. Crisp acidity to cut through the rich gravy. Just enough tannin to create a long finish and leaving … Continue reading Emilio Moro, 2014 for your Thanksgiving Table

Old World wines to enjoy on Turkey Day

The great thing about Thanksgiving is that it truly is an all American holiday. A celebration with the Pilgrims, the first immigrants and Native Americans who taught the Pilgrims how to survive the cold New World winters. According to historians their dinner was different than what we eat today, and they probably drank beer brewed with the abundant pumpkins that are harvested in the fall, but the idea of friends and families still carries on to this day. Sure beer and apple cider are still served today at Thanksgiving, but so are a variety of wines that pair with the … Continue reading Old World wines to enjoy on Turkey Day

Rum, the perfect spirit for Thanksgiving

Dark, Stormy, & Cidery 3 oz chilled Q Ginger Beer 2 oz dark rum, ½ oz fresh lime juice 1 oz chilled apple cider 1 apple slice 1 lime wedge Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and lime juice and shake well. Pour the Q Ginger Beer into an ice-filled collins glass and then top with apple cider and then the shaken rum. Garnish with an apple slide and a lime wedge. Try to balance the lime wedge on the apple slice like a sinking ship.  It gets easier on the third drink. Gin & Tonic Thyme … Continue reading Rum, the perfect spirit for Thanksgiving

Bronco Wines introduces Helix packaging system

The United State’s largest vineyard owner, Bronco Wines has just introduced the most important wine packaging innovation to the United States. The Helix total packaging solution is a unique cork and wine stopper in one. The Helix cork is designed so it can be unscrewed from the bottle, no corkscrew needed. Need to re-cork the bottle? The inside of the bottle is threaded so the Helix cork can be screwed back in to form a tight seal between cork and glass, no extra stopper needed. The Helix cork system is a collaboration between Bronco Wines, cork company Amorim and glass … Continue reading Bronco Wines introduces Helix packaging system

The Wines of Avignonesi

Tuscan winery Avignonesi was founded in Italy’s Montepulciano region in 1974. Always known for producing high quality wines, the winery was bought in 2009 by silent partner Virginie Saverys. She took on the project to convert Avignonesi to organic and biodynamic farming practices. By adopting these farming practices Avignonesi is ensuring their vineyards will be sustainable for many years to come. While biodynamic farming practices may employ some strange practices, biodynamic farming ensures that the land is taken care now and for generations to come. Avignonesi, Rosso di Montepulciano, DOC, 2013 is ruby red in the glass. The nose is … Continue reading The Wines of Avignonesi