Trivento Argentina Reserve Malbec Mendoza 2018
Official Wine of Major League Soccer
Malbec is a purple grape native to south west France, but made iconic in Argentina. The 2018 Trivento Reserve Malbec has scored 88 points and is a fabulous value at an average of $11.99 a bottle. This is Trivento’s entry level Malbec, producing some 8.5 million bottles a year. Inky dark color, aromas of plum and black raspberry make this wine inviting, sparking anticipation of the taste to come. On the palate I find straight forward, fruit driven flavor mingling with vanilla from the six months in French oak barrels. The tannins are robust, well balanced, and moderate length.
Of course this wine will pair well with a thick juicy steak, or prime rib, but today I discovered a new favorite pairing. I purchased from Concetta’s Chocolates (north Scituate), handmade dark chocolate, with sea salt and pepper. This chocolate, and Malbec is a match made in heaven! OK, a match made in Argentina and North Scituate. I don’t really care. I just want more.
Peteina Attikhe - Retsina of Attiki - Kourtaki
White Wine of the Month
We really haven’t spoken much about Greek wine, but of course it has been around for thousands of years, and influenced the Romans with their wine making. The ancients had many Gods and Goddesses including one specifically for wine, Dionysus, God of grape making, the harvest, and wine. Dionysus is also the Patron of fertility and theatre. I guess even thousands of years ago alcohol was sometimes known to lead to drama and babies!
Retsina is a Greek white wine. It has been made for over 2,000 years and will taste like no other white you have tried. It’s unique flavor is said to have originated from the practice of sealing wine vessels, particularly Amphorae, with Aleppo pine resin. In ancient times before the invention of glass bottles, oxygen caused wine to spoil quickly, pine resin helped to keep air out. In modern times pine resin is not necessary, but in order to keep the ancient flavor true to the wine Aleppo pine is added to the must during fermentation, producing the distinctive resonated style.
If you are interested in trying an ancient wine, give this one a try. Serve it well chilled, and a roasted chicken with rosemary, or grilled fish with lemon will pair well.
Cocktail of the Month: Toblerone - 12%
Frangelico often finds itself in many cocktails, but is rarely the star. But we are here to tell you that it is 100% worth being included in your home bar - and not just as a background note. The hazelnut flavor is smooth making it perfect to have on it's own. But that's not why you're here! You're here for a recipe. Try out this Toblerone recipe during March and share your thoughts with us!
1 oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
1 oz Coffee liqueur
1 oz Irish cream
2 oz fresh cream
1 tbsp honey
Blend with ice and serve in a tall glass. Want to be fancy? Garnish with chocolate flakes and optionally chocolate topping drizzled down the inside of the glass. Or just add chocolate sprinkles to the top.
Italian Cream Soda
Non-alcoholic Drink Options
Need some spring in your life? The colors in these cream sodas will chase away those winter blues and get you ready for spring.
How to make your own flavor syrup:
1 cup fruit
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
Bring to a boil and continue cooking until fruit has lost its texture. Strain liquid into a bowl and discard fruit. Put liquid back in pan and add 1/3 cup of sugar. Boil until the sugar dissolves. Remove from stove and let cool.
How to make Italian Cream Soda:
3 tbsp flavor syrup
1 tbsp heavy cream
Sparkling mineral water
Add the syrup to a glass then fill the glass 3/4 full of chopped ice. Slowly pour in the sparkling water until the glass is almost full. Add the heavy cream to the top of the drink. Mix to drink.