Some refreshing cocktails to celebrate Memorial Day, the official start to Summer

Memorial Day starts off the traditional start to summer.  Fire up the grill for family cook outs, pools opening up and don’t forget plenty of sunscreen.  Also remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free to have these freedoms. Here are some delicious cocktails to help kick off the summer and keep cool this weekend and for the rest of the hot summer coming up.   Sailor Jerry Lemonade 2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Top with lemonade Serve on the rocks or in a pitcher for large groups. — Ginger Monkey … Continue reading Some refreshing cocktails to celebrate Memorial Day, the official start to Summer

Need a present for mom? Try these cocktails

SJ Bloody Mary 45ml Sailor Jerry 90ml tomato juice 15ml lemon juice 0ml worestershire sauce Tabasco to taste Salt and pepper to taste 10ml dry sherry HOW TO MAKE Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher (or for one, a large glass) and stir. Pour into ice filled glasses. Get creative with your garnish!   Flor de Caña Pina Colada 2.5 parts FDC 7 Rum 3 parts pineapple juice 1 part coconut cream Method: Combine the FDC 7, pineapple juice and coconut cream in a blender. Add cup of crushed ice and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a … Continue reading Need a present for mom? Try these cocktails

The Dog Father, Imperial Stout, Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, ID

The Dog Father, Imperial Stout, Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, ID10.85 abv, is opaque dark brown with a fluffy dark tan head. The powerful nose releases vanilla, dark cocoa, double espresso with a handful of sweet caramel and baking spices. The palate reflects much of the nose, especially the dark chocolate and espresso. The vanilla and baking spices follow close behind with a touch of sweetness and acidity on the finish. The Dog Father, Imperial Stout has a big rich mouth feel and a long pleasing finish. It is the perfect beer to sip on a chilly evening sitting outside with … Continue reading The Dog Father, Imperial Stout, Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, ID

Early Mountain, Petit Manseng, 2015

Early Mountain, Petit Manseng, Madison, VA, 2015 is deep golden yellow in the glass.  Deep aromas of tropical fruits such as pineapple, chirimoya as well as tangerine.  The palate explodes and the tongue tingles with all of the rich tropical fruits that follow the nose to the mouth.  The Early Mountain, Petit Manseng has a rich mouthfeel and crisp acidity runs through the palate creating a long finish. Petit Manseng is a native of Southwestern France in the region around Jura in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains.  It’s thick skin makes it a hearty grape that can endure harsh weather.  … Continue reading Early Mountain, Petit Manseng, 2015

A wine to search for. Ben Marco, Expresivo, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013

Ben Marco, Expresivo, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013 is deep purple in the glass. Fruit forward aromas of cassis, blackberry, and blueberry backed by a strong sense of minerals. The palate reflects the dark fruits from the nose. As the wine moves through the mid palate the minerals join the fruit and medium tannins emerge lending some acidity.   The Ben Marco Expresivo’s finish has rich flavors of dark cacao join the party in the mouth. The finish is long with nice acidity making the mouth crave another sip. Expresivo is a blend of 65% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc, and … Continue reading A wine to search for. Ben Marco, Expresivo, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013

Italian wines for Easter dinner

Pasqua, the Italian word for Easter, in years past homemade wine would have shared the table with the banquet made by Italian grandmas (nonnas). Now a days home made wine is less of a tradition as it once was, so the tables are set with store bought bottles, nothing wrong with that. What wines would the drink though? The Italian table is still flush with delicious food that requires plenty of wine to pair with all of the dishes. In the past it might have been jugs of home made red wine, but now red, white and even sparkling adorn … Continue reading Italian wines for Easter dinner

Triple Crossing Brewing, Richmond, VA Falcon Heavy

Triple Crossing Brewery, Richmond, VA Falcon Heavy, 8%abv is cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy white head.   The Falcon Heavy is a double IPA version of Triple Crossings popular Falcon Smash. The hoppy aroma of citrus and cut grass is strong and welcome to what is about happen when the ale reaches your tongue. The head quickly fades and leaves a fine lace clinging to the inside of the glass. The Falcon Heavy is tangy to start with the hop heavy first sip. A slight maltiness cuts through the hops and the beer has a creamy texture. Nice acidity runs … Continue reading Triple Crossing Brewing, Richmond, VA Falcon Heavy

Open That Bottle Night, February 24, 2018

Open that bottle night is not official holiday, yet. But for wine lovers it is a reason to open that special bottle that you’ve been laying down for that special occasion. We all own that one bottle, waiting for the special occasion that never seems to happen. Former “Wall Street Journal” wine writers Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher started “Open That Bottle Night” in February 2000. They started that night for people to have a reason to, well, open that special bottle. This year “Open That Bottle Night” is February 24th, 2018. So this Saturday pick out that bottle … Continue reading Open That Bottle Night, February 24, 2018

Zonin Rosé equals Love Italian Style for St. Valentines Day!

With St. Valentine’s Day quickly approaching the time to decide what to drink is coming even faster. Bubbles are a natural choice. Pink bubbles are even more romantic. Italian pink bubbles are even more of a romantic St. Valentine’s drink. Zonin has come up with the perfect pink bubbly to celebrate this year. Zonin Rosé is the perfect way to start and enjoy St. Valentines Day with the one you love. Made with 100% Nerello Mascalese grapes from Sicily. Light salmon pink in color sets the mood for excellent bubbles on the way. The nose has light white flowers up … Continue reading Zonin Rosé equals Love Italian Style for St. Valentines Day!

Upper Shirley Cellars, Tannat, 2015, Charlottesville, Virginia

Upper Shirley Cellars, Tannat, Charlottesville, VA, 2015 is dark ruby red with purple highlights. The nose highlights dark brooding fruit up front. Tart red cherry and minerals back up those dark fruits in the beginning. The palate explodes with tart cherry, wild strawberry, and blackberry up front. Firm tannins also go from first sip straight through the palate to the finish. The mouth feel is full and some nice acidity comes through on the finish to round out the palate. Upper Shirley Cellars, Tannat is no wimpy wine and could easily age for another 5-8 years and its tannins should … Continue reading Upper Shirley Cellars, Tannat, 2015, Charlottesville, Virginia