Kenwood Merlot 2015
Red Wine of the Month
Kenwood Estate Vineyard is located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Their Merlot block is at the very top of the property, where the soil is rocky, dry and very low in fertility. As bad as that sounds the conditions are difficult for the vines, lowering their yield, and allowing them to produce exceptionally concentrated and flavorful fruit.
The wine is broad and finely textured, with forward flavors of raspberry, and hints of licorice. It has a supple finish moving easily and gracefully to a lengthy finish.
I have found this wine as low as $16.00 and as high as $34.00. Look around and find your best deal.
Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-dur Pape Blanc 2016
White Wine of the Month
I love this wine as my perfect cold weather, snuggle white wine. There are plenty of cold January nights to pop a bottle open and cuddle by the fire.
A gorgeous bouquet of stone fruits and notes of exotic spice. On the pallet. aa strong mineral backbone keeps it light and fresh. The finish and length are elegant and long.
Sadly for me a price point of about $50.00 makes it impossible for me to open a bottle nightly! Definitely a wine to savor when given the opportunity.
Spiked Rum Hot Chocolate
Cocktail of the Month
What are your plans to use all that left over hot chocolate and rum? We have a very tasty idea: combine them. How can you beet this tasty combination?
1 part Spiced Rum
3 parts milk
2-3 tablespoons dark hot chocolate
Pinch of sea salt
Heat the milk and then gradually mix with the hot chocolate powder until you've got a smooth rich hot chocolate.
Add the spiced rum and the pinch of salt and stir.
Serve in a tall mug and garnish with chocolate powder and marshmallows
Add a bit of a kick with chilli flakes if you are feeling whole assed!
Spiced Hot Apple Cider
Stay warm with this cozy drink. Not only will this drink keep you warm and taste great, but the aroma will make your entire home smell heavenly.
8 cups fresh apple cider or apple juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into slices
8 cinnamon stick
1 cup sweetened whipped cream
Heat the cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange slices in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture is hot, stirring occasionally. Strain the cider into a heatproof pitcher or individual mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipped cream, if desired.