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2016 Cotes Du Rhone Appellation Cotes du Thone Contolee

Red Wine of the Month 

Popped the cork on this lovely wine last night, and definitely will be buying another.  Typically thought of as a baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the term Cotes du Rhone actually includes the outskirts of the major southern Rhone appellations as well as the fringes of well respected northern appellations. The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis. In these vineyards over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. 

 

You will find this wine is a deep dark red with a nose of black fruits marked by notes of spices. It is full-bodied and a bit racy. The tannins are rounded and present, the wine very well balanced. This is a wine my husband and I like to enjoy on its own, sitting by the fire. If you want to pair it with food it is fabulous with lamb, venison, and beef. At $15.00 a bottle I keep this on hand at all times. A favorite in our home!

$15.00 a bottle 

91 Points 

Blend - 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre 

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Generazione 

Alessandro 2018 White Blend

White Wine of the

The blends from these regions tend to be a bit racy, which I like. Who wants a boring blend? This wine brings aromas of citrus and Mediterranean air. It doesn’t disappoint me as it is racy and elegant. It encourages the mouth to water with lemon, pear and a tangy mineral typical of Etna.  The finish is crisp and clean, the length moderate. If you are looking for a different and exciting white blend, give this one a go.

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Bloody Mary

Cocktail of the Month

The joy of a new year has faded and now we need something to help with the hangover. February is all about that ruby red staple: The Bloody Mary. The go to drink for those recovering from the night before, we thought it was the perfect drink for February.

Ingredients: 

  • Ice 

  • 1.5 oz vodka 

  • 8 oz chilled tomato juice 

  • .25 oz fresh lemon 

  • .5 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, plus more to taste 

  • .5 teaspoon Tabasco, plus more to taste 

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 celery rib, 1 lemon wedge (garnish)

Directions: Fill a chilled glass with ice. Add the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire cause and Tabasco. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with the celery rib and lemon wage. 

Stowe Cider - Tuned Up

Brew of the Month

Winter is a time for hearty dishes and thick layers. That's why this Stowe cider is a great choice for February. It is a lighter choice for those who need a break from the heavy stouts or stronger cocktails. It's crisp and light, flavorful without being overwhelming or sickly sweet. If you're not a fan of cranberry, don't worry! The sweet apple and orange balance our the bitterness of the cranberry. In all, this cinder is well balanced on the pallet. I found that it didn't weigh me down after finishing the can or leave be completely buzzed. It was a pleasant addition to a night by the fireplace. 

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Mocktail of the Month

Orange, apple, and ginger come together to make this delicious mocktail. For the cold, dark month of February, this is a great way to enjoy those citrus flavors 

Ingredients

  • 1 orange wedge and sugar 

  • Ice 

  • 3 oz chilled apple cider 

  • 1.5 oz fresh orange juice 

  • 1 oz ginger gastrique* 

  • 3 dashes aromatic bitters (optional)

Directions

Moisten the outer rim of a chilled coupe with the orange wedge; coat in sugar. Fill shaker with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake thoroughly.Strain into glass and enjoy! 

Ginger Gastrique (makes about 8 oz): 

Bring 4 oz apple cider vinegar, 2 oz sherry vinegar, 2 oz water and half cup minced fresh ginger to a boil. Strain into heatproof jar. Let cool. Can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

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