Mount Hope Fusion
Red Wine of the Month
Written by Nicole Montrose.
At the beginning of last year (before 2020 showed its true colors), I visited Mount Hope in PA. One of the bottles I brought home was their Fusion wine. If you're a fan of fruit flavors, this is your wine. This is a very sweet wine. The berry and apple flavors are very powerful. It's heavy on the pallet. I think that's why I love it. I poured a glass as a dessert after dinner. I' not alone in loving this wine, it was the 2018 Silver and 2017 Bronze at PA Farm Show Wine Competition. If you're in the Manheim, PA area, stop by Mount Hope and pick up a bottle. Or 20.
Pinot Grigio 2019
White Wine of the Month
Written by Nicole Montrose.
A new year is a fresh start (at least when it comes to calendars). For our first white wine of 2021 we have the DOC rated 2019 Prophecy Pinot Grigio. The grapes that go into this wine are high altitude wine from the delle Venezie region. The aroma is very light with sightly sweet notes. On the pallet, the Pinot Grigio is dry and well balanced with citrus, mineral, and fruit flavors. This bottle will pair well with various meals; we enjoyed it with our New Years Eve dinner of crab. If you are looking for a lovely addition to our meal that won't break the bank and will be enjoyed by most, this is a great wine to pick up.
Cocktail of the month
It's a new year! While the problems of last year did not disappear with the changing of the calendar, we are starting 2021 off with hope. You know what pairs well with hope? The classic Bellini! Three ingrediants go into this brunch staple, but if you can't find or are on a budget that doesn't include crème de framboise, you can still enjoy the Bellini with just two ingredients. Happy New Year!
4.5 oz chilled Prosecco
1 oz white peach puree
.5 oz crème de framboise (raspberry liqueur)
In a pint glass, slowly pour the Prosecco into the peach puree. Drizzle in the crème de framboise. Pour into chilled flute.
Brew of the Month
Written by Nicole Montrose
I became familiar with Delirium when living in Europe, the best two years of my life (so far). While I believe this is a great tasting beer, I understand my taste buds may be influenced by nostalgia. However, Delirium Tremens was names "Best Beer in the World" in 2008 at the World Beer Championship in Chicago. So it's not just my taste buds that enjoy this brew.
This pale Belgian ale has a light malt taste with a slight spice. It has a warming quality to it that makes it a perfect companion to these cold days and nights. The aftertaste is long lasting, making it a beer that takes longer to drink.
We enjoyed ours from a bottle, but you can purchase Delirium in a can as well. The stand out white bottle and pink elephant do stand out on the shelves.
Mocktail of the Month
January is the month of resolutions. If you are doing an alcohol free January (or an alcohol free every month) this is a great mocktail to try. The fighter's reprieve has wonderfully complex flavors and a beautiful color. Start your new year alcohol-free without losing the fun!
2 oz fresh orange juice
.5 cherry preserves
.5 teaspoon barley malt syrup (molasses-like sweetener)
2 cracked black peppercorns
Directions: Fill a shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients. Shake well. Strain the drink into a chilled glass.