Chateau Rollan de By, 2011

Chateau, Rollan de By, Medoc, 2011 is dark garnet red. Earthy aromas of wet leaves, tobacco, cedar box and minerals dominate the nose. The Rollan de By opens up more on the palate. Strawberry, tart blackberry, and violets shine on the front of the palate. The earthy flavors on the nose return on the back of the palate. Tannins are present but no over powering and should mellow out nicely as this wine ages. The finish is long with mouth drying acidity to round out and balance the Rollan de By. The Rollan de By still needs time to settle … Continue reading Chateau Rollan de By, 2011

National Rum Day is August 16. Make it Spicy with Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is a straight-up, no nonsense, old-school rum. Back in the day, sailors used to smooth out their high-proof rum ration with spices, and we follow that same tradition. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was created in honor of American tattoo legend and Navy Vet, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum embodies the independent spirit and unapologetic attitude of the rum’s namesake who was noted for saying “My work speaks for itself.”  So whether you enjoy it in your favorite cocktail, or just served up on the rocks, celebrate National Rum Day in the most badass way … Continue reading National Rum Day is August 16. Make it Spicy with Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum

Viva National Tequila Day, July 24, 1017

Don’t put away your sombrero yet.  National Tequila Day is here and these inspired cocktails will kick up your spirits.  Ole! Paloma Americano 2 parts Q Grapefruit 1 part Milagro Tequila 1 part Cocchi Rosa ½ fresh lime juice ½ part fresh pink grapefruit juice Rim the side of a cocktail glass with flakey sea salt. Add lime and grapefruit juices to the bottom of a mixing glass. Muddle the strawberry, then add tequila and Cocchi and shake with ice. Double strain into the cocktail glass and top with Q Grapefruit.   Ancho Verde Margarita 1 part Ancho Reyes Verde 1 … Continue reading Viva National Tequila Day, July 24, 1017

Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014

Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014 is golden straw color in the glass. Aromas of summer peach, Bosc pear, orange blossom and hints of lemon zest excite the waiting palate. Flavors of wild flowers, peach. Tropical pineapple, lemon and oranges cry out for a summer in the backyard. Crisp acidity on the medium long finish leaves you mouth wanting more. Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014 is the perfect warm weather wine. Picture a night out in the backyard or deck with friends sharing grilled marinated vegetables, salty cheeses and even lighter salumi. Les Dauphin, Cotes … Continue reading Les Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone, Reserve, Blanc, 2014

Celebrate National Pina Colada Day, Monday July 10 with these specials

Ginger Pina Colada 1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 1 part cream of coconut ¼ part pineapple juice ¾ part homemade ginger syrup Add all ingredients to empty mixing glass and shake. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into highball or tiki glass and fill with ice. Garnish with candied ginger   Monkey Colada  Monkey Colada 2 parts Monkey Shoulder 2 parts Coco Lopez 3 parts pineapple juice ¾ part lime juice (Banana liqueur optional) 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters Pinch of salt Garnish with pineapple leaves, and a cherry Shake and strain into your favorite tiki glass, OR … Continue reading Celebrate National Pina Colada Day, Monday July 10 with these specials

Two Washington State Whites to stock up on the Summer, Charles Smith Wines

With the sun rising higher in the sky and the temperatures rising as well, it is time to break out the bottles of white wine to keep cool. Kung Fu Girl, Riesling, Charles Smith Wines, Ancient Lakes, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2015 is pale greyish gold in the glass. Fresh clean aromas of orange blossom, juicy white peach, mint leaves, and wild flowers all backed by minerals. The palate is alive with lemon and lime peels, white peach, and apricot balanced with mint and minerals. The Kung Fu Girl, Riesling has a sweet mid palate that is tempered by bright acidity … Continue reading Two Washington State Whites to stock up on the Summer, Charles Smith Wines

Mother’s Day & World Cocktail Day Two days to celebrate great drinks

World Cocktail Day is on Saturday May 13, Mother’s Day is Sunday May 14, two great reasons to mix up great cocktails this weekend. Drambuie’s The Underdog ¾ part Drambuie ¾ part Dry vermouth ½ part Amaro ¼ part Hendrick’s Gin Build and stir in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Drambuie is made from a delightful combination of scotch whisky, heather honey, herbs and spices. The Godzilla 1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka ½ part Passoa Passion Fruit Liqueur ½ part Blue Curacao 1 ½ parts Kiwi Perfect Puree ½ part Fresh Lemon ½ part Simple … Continue reading Mother’s Day & World Cocktail Day Two days to celebrate great drinks

Mulderbosch, Faithful Hound, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012

is named for a dog who waiter three long years waiting for his master who abandoned him outside a cottage to return. While the poor dog never saw his master again, the wine named for him is as great as his dedication. The Faithful Hound is dark garnet red in the glass. Aromas of red fruit and dark chocolate dominate the nose. Secondary aromas of earth and cigar box round out the nose. The palate is filled with tart strawberry and raspberry and backed with earth and minerals.   The Faithful Hound is a Bordeaux style blend, composed of 39% … Continue reading Mulderbosch, Faithful Hound, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012

Head to Zoo Miami May 6th for the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo

Sure Cinco de Mayo is on Friday this year, but beer lovers make sure to save your strength for the Sais do Mayo. This Saturday is the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo starting at 7pm and going until Midnight at Zoo Miami. There are 3 levels of tickets to take advantage of. For $80 you can get VIP tickets and that includes getting in an hour early so you can sample beers before the crowds show up. You also receive complimentary food, spirits samplings, and some commemorative swag. The Brew Master Ticket is $70 and also gets you in … Continue reading Head to Zoo Miami May 6th for the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo

Mezcal Cocktails to up your Cinco de Mayo drinks game.

Cinco de Mayo means plenty of tequila shots, usually not the best tequila.  Now is the time to step up your drinking game and time to enjoy Mezcal, tequila’s smokier cousin.  Mezcal adds a new dimension due to its earthy and smoky flavor profile.  Like tequila, mezcal mixes great with citrus juices, especially lime juice.  Below are some cocktails to up your game to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Juan to Juan 1 part Montelobos Mezcal 1 part Ancho Reyes Original ¾ part fresh lemon juice ½ part simple syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters Shake, serve in a coupe glass, garnish … Continue reading Mezcal Cocktails to up your Cinco de Mayo drinks game.