Red Wine of the Month
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Marotti Campi Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico Superiore Luzano 2017
White Wine of the Month
The Marotti Campi estate was founded in 1886 by Cesare Marotti. It remains in the family, currently owned by Giovanni, Francesca, and Lorenzo Marotti Campi. They grow mostly Verdicchio and Lacrima grapes indigenous varietals of the area. Their acreage in Morro d’Alba is on hillsides facing the Adriatic sea in the heart of the Le Marche Region.
Their philosophy, “ our wines are 100% made from estate grown grapes to guarantee a truthful expression of this terroir. The style of our wines is aimed to show the real character of these unique indigenous varietals more than to ‘chase the fashion of the moment.”
Their passion for winemaking comes through in their wine. This 2017 Verdicchio has a light herb and citrus zest notes that accent the apricot, almond, and peat flavors. It is light to medium bodied with a silky mineral finish. I am putting this wine in my new favorites category. I am not alone in that thinking. Wine Spector gives it 90 points!
Clementine Whiskey Smash
Are people at work sniffing, coughing, or showing other signs of being sick? We have a way to help you stay healthy! Well. it has vitamin C and whiskey was considered a medicine, so maybe it will help. Anyway, try this lovely drink this month and let us know if you stay healthy!
3 clementines (plus more for garnish)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 shots whiskey
2 cinnamon sticks
Peel the clementines and separate them into segments.
Place the clementine segments in a jar or glass, and add the sugar. Mash the clementines very thoroughly; you want to release as much juice from them as possible. Fill two small glasses with ice, and pour a shot of whiskey into each glass. Strain the clementine mixture into the glasses, and serve with a cinnamon stick and more fresh clementine segments, if desired.
Non-alcoholic Drink of the Month
Elderberry seems to having a moment. It's almost everywhere, especially in the health aisle. Now, the Elderberry fizz may not be a "health" drink, but it certainly won't hurt to enjoy this simple, pretty, tasty drink. Great for dinner parties, a non-alcoholic Valentine's date, or a night in by the fire.
¼ cup elderberry syrup (substitute 100 percent elderberry juice for a less-sweet option)
½ lime, cut into 4 slices
8 oz. chilled sparkling water or sparkling fruit juice
Pour 2 tablespoons elderberry syrup or juice into each glass. Squeeze a slice of lime into each and fill with sparkling water or sparkling fruit juice. Garnish with remaining lime slices.