Famiglia Cotarella, Sodale, Merlot, Lazio, Italy, 2015

is dark garnet red with purple highlights. The nose starts out with blackberry and tart strawberry backed by a flinty minerality. Black cherry is a constant running through the nose. The palate is filled with tart dark fruits that please the mouth. Tannins run from the front to back of the mouth but are smooth. Dry slate is present on the finish with mouth cleaning acidity that lead to a long finish and leave you looking for the next sip.   The Famiglia Cotarella, Sodale, Merlot begs for a rich beef stew with crushed tomatoes and root vegetables. A crusty … Continue reading Famiglia Cotarella, Sodale, Merlot, Lazio, Italy, 2015

Another Pumpkin Beer to look for. Spooky, Blue Mountain Brewing

Spooky, Blue Mountain Brewing, Arrington, VA, 8.2% abv. is brewed with pumpkin and cocoa nibs and aged in Bourbon barrels. The Spooky has a dark amber/ pumpkin hue with a quickly receding tan head. The cocoa nibs hit the nose first backed by dark roasted malt blended with caramel. Slight hints of smoke blend with spiced notes to round out the nose and prepare the palate for what is about to come. The palate is filled with sweet caramel up front with roasted malt. Hints of bourbon follow leading to a long finish with a drying pumpkin taste and effect. … Continue reading Another Pumpkin Beer to look for. Spooky, Blue Mountain Brewing

It’s Pumpkin Beer Season Hardywood, Reserve Series, Farmhouse Pumpkin

Hardywood, Reserve Series, Farmhouse Pumpkin, Richmond, VA 8.5%abv. is dark pumpkin orange color with a light tan head in the glass. The aromas remind one of a crisp fall afternoon, with fresh baked pumpkin pie spiced with cinnamon, clove and allspice. The palate is filled with those baking spices backed with smooth pumpkin running through the palate. There also some nice acidity that leads to a nice long finish.   Hardywood, Reserve Series, Farmhouse Pumpkin would be a great compliment to accompany Thanksgiving dinner. It works with roasted turkey with a rich gravy, sausage spiked stuffing and creamy mashed sweet … Continue reading It’s Pumpkin Beer Season Hardywood, Reserve Series, Farmhouse Pumpkin

Peach season means it is Bellini Time

Peach season is in full swing and that means it is time to make Bellinis.  Invented and made famous by Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy.  The Bellini is the ultimate romantic drink to sip during the summer.  Seasonal has been the catchphrase for using the best foods of the season, so here is the perfect summer drink to enjoy.  Here is how to prepare the perfect Bellini. 3 each    white or yellow peeled peaches 1/2 cup  simple syrup* 1 bottle  cold Prosecco Combine peeled peaches and simple syrup in a blender and blend until pureed.  Fill a half a … Continue reading Peach season means it is Bellini Time

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