Intrinsic 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Wine of the Month
One red I will be drinking this holiday season is the Intrinsic 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. This Washington wine has the aromas of blueberry jam, pomegranate and a hint of chocolate. It has a unique texture of a rustic wine, yet is silky at the same time. The finish is savory and moderate with a fineness not always found in a $20.00 bottle of cab. I love this wine on its own, but what makes it an excexcellentelent holiday choice is that it pairs well with grilled lamb beef, and pork as well as being excellent with any vegitable dish. What makes this cab special is of course the quality of fruit as well as fabulous wine making skills. Four per cent of this wine is made of Cabernet Franc (the father grape of Cabernet Sauvignon), the other 96% is Cabernet Sauvignon. This combination takes a bit of the bite away, and creates added silkiness.
This is one of my favorite Washington reds. I highly recommend it. Give it a try and — as always - I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Chablis Francine et Oliver Savary 2015
White Wine of the Month
I love a good Chablis but a good Chablis can be quite pricey. I am always thrilled to find one at a price point, and this is one of those.
This wine has the minerality unique to Chablis Grown in villages of Maligny, just north of Chablis, Oliver and Francine Savary have been vignerons since 1984.
It is a beautiful white gold color with green hues, and crystal clear. It has a soft, ripe, and fruity aroma. On the palate it is powerful with a beautiful mineral footprint that enhances the fruit. The balance and finish are a perfect fit with the wines softness.
You should be able to find this wine in the $25 range, but this holiday season I have found it as low as $20.
Cocktail of the Month - Grinch - 11%
Midori was introduced to the United States in 1978 at Studio 54 in New York City, by the cast, crew, and producers of Saturday Night Fever. It is a very sweet liqueur manufactured by Suntory, originating in Japan. Until 1987 it was strictly made in Japan, but now is also manufactured in the United States, Mexico, and France.
Midori is made from two fresh melons, Yubari and Musk, which are sourced exclusively in Japan. They are similar to cantaloupe melons and are a traditional Japanese gift during the summer. Midori is the Japanese word for "green." The taste is clean, with a concentrated in-your-face melon flavor. If the sweetness is too much, use it in a sour drink mix, balancing the sweetness out. Give it a try in this months featured cocktails.
4 parts Midori
1 part lemon juice
2 dashes sugar syrup
Fill shaker with ice. Pur 2 dashes sugar syrup, 1 part lemon juice, 4 parts Midori, into a shaker. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a candy cane or cocktail cherry.
For Designated Driver & Under 21
The holidays can be a hard time to avoid alcoholic drinks. If you're at a party where someone is making gin cocktails, just have them leave out the gin and add more club soda.
1 lime, cut in rounds or wedges
sugar, to rim cocktail glass
ice cubes, as needed
8-10 cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted and finely chopped
1/2 ounce simple syrup (recipe below)
1-ounce fresh lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
club soda or seltzer, chilled
2 cherries, for garnish
Run a piece of lime on the rim of the cocktail glass and then dip rim in sugar. Add several ice cubes. Add the chopped cherries, simple syrup, lime juice, gin, bitters, and stir. Top with club soda or seltzer and garnish with lime slice and more cherries.