Alvarez De Toledo -Menica Roble 2015

Red Wine of the Month

This Spanish red wine is made from 100% Mencia grapes, in the region of Castile Y Leon, one of the oldest wine regions in Europe. The variety is found primarily in the northwestern part of the country, planted on over 22,000 acres. Spain has over 500 years of wine growing history and some of the most exceptional wines at excellent price points. The Alvarez De Toledo family has been harvesting grapes, and producing wine since the 1400’s. You will find their vineyards along the “gold Mile” considered the best soil in the country. 


After harvesting, the grapes ferment in a temperature controlled stainless steel vat for 12 days. They use the pumping over technique to facilitate extra tannin and color before barrel contact. 


You will find this wine to be fruity in aroma. On the palate it is silky, with tastes of plum and currant, and a bit of oaky menthol. I love the bright acidity, and edgy tannins. It has elegance and harmonious complexity, leading into a bold finish. 


90 points and under $10.00. If you haven’t tried this, what are you waiting for?

Villa Jolanda Moscato &


White Wine of the Month

Review Written by Guest Taster Nicole Montrose.

We made it through March! Hello April flowers and backyard oasis! Even if you don't have a backyard or flowers blooming, you can enjoy this delicate summer flavor. 

This Moscato achieves exactly what I like in a fruit flavored wine: refined taste without being over the top. On the palate, it's crisp and clean; there is just the subtlest hints of pineapple. It's in the aroma that the pineapple shines. That aroma is soft, like a memory, not overpowering like a perfumed candle.

Sipping a glass of Moscato and pineapple get's me in the mood for summer gatherings (gathering will be allowed soon, right?). It's also affordable: $10 or less at our local store, Wines and More. Villa Jolanda has other flavors such as mango, peach, and coconut. In all transparency, I was not a fan of the coconut. I am looking forward to popping a bottle of the peach and mango soon! 


Elderflower Liquor

Cocktail of the Month: Elderflower-Scotch Sour

As the temperature warms we get to enjoy the delicate sight and smell of new flowers. There's no better time to enjoy the delicate flavors of elderflower! For the following drink, using light scotch will add an aroma of heather that will enhance your spring-time experience.


  • 2 oz blended Scotch

  • 3/4 ounce of elderflower liqueur

  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 oz honey syrup (that’s honey dissolved in an equal part of hot water)

  • 1 egg white

  • Lemon Wheel for garnish


In a cocktail shaker without ice, combine blended Scotch, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice, a quarter-ounce of honey syrup, and one egg white. Shake all that up without ice to aerate it — that’s called a “dry shake” — and then add ice and shake again for a “wet shake,” to chill it down. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin lemon wheel.

Rosemary & Grapefruit Mocktail 

Non-alcoholic Option

This isn't a quick drink to make, but we promise it's worth it!

Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

For the Drink:

  • 2 cups fresh pink grapefruit juice

  • 1/4 cup of the rosemary simple syrup

  • 4 cups sparkling water


In a small sauce pan on the stove, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup into a heat safe container. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary and let steep for at least one hour. The syrup will keep in the refrigerator for ten days.

Add 1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit into a serving glass. Add 1 Tablespoon (1/2 oz) of rosemary simple syrup. Stir. Fill the remainder of the glass with sparkling water (about 1 cup). Garnish with rosemary sprig. Served chilled.