Chianti Superiore, Tuscany, Italy  - Banfi 2016

Red Wine of the Month

This Italian wine has aromas of black berries, and dark spice.  It’s perfectly balance, with a short crispness, and finesse. On the palate there is a bit of clove, as well as plum. The tannins are very light, with a respectable length. This Tuscany, DOCG wine is price perfect at about $12.00 a bottle. I believe it would be lovely with pasta or poultry. Don’t hold on to this bottle too long. It is a drink now, type of wine.

Salmon Run Chardonnay-Riesling

White Wine of the Month

This charming blend is from the Finger Lakes region of New York (you know, the place our tour is going this month!). Pale straw in color, Salmon Run Chardonnay Riesling, exudes luscious aromas of plum, melon, citrus, and hazelnut on its abundant nose. The aromas of melon and citrus linger on the palate, well balanced with acidity. This wine exhibits a light-to-medium body, transitioning to a grassy earth finish.  

This wine generally runs between $9.99 and $12.00. 

Kentucky Burbon 

Cocktail of the Month: Mint Julep

It's time for the Kentucky Derby! Put on your biggest, most extravegant hat, look absolutely dapper, and get yourself the classic: Mint Julep. Made with burbon and mint, this drink became the official drink of the race in 1983. But please, don't wait until Derby Day to mix up a batch; we encourage you to enjoy this fresh mix throughout the summer! 


1 oz. Bourbon

1 oz. simple syrup

4 mint leaves

1 c. crushed ice

1 sprig of fresh mint for garnish

Directions: ​

  1. Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of the julep cup with sugar or syrup, so the essential oils of the mint are released. 

  2. Add ice to three quarters of the cup and pour in half of the bourbon. 

  3. Stir ice and bourbon together to chill the cup. 

  4. Top the cup off with the remainder of the crushed ice and bourbon. 

  5. Continue to stir until the cup begins to freeze on the outside. 

  6. Set the julep cup aside while it continues to freeze over. 

  7. Garnish with mint sprig and enjoy. 

Vanilla Rosemary Lemonade

Non-alcoholic Drink

Derby Day may be know for it's Mint Juleps, but we have a refreshing alternitive for those not interested in an alcoholic beverage. For a taste of summer sun, mix up this Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade! This is perfect for watching the races, a picnic with friends and family, or just enjoying the warmth of summer. 

Marcia requests that you do NOT serve it in a mason jar of any kind. However, the rest of us say. "You do you." 


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, split

  • 3 small fresh rosemary sprigs

  • 3 cups water

  • 3 cups fresh lemon juice (about 26 to 30 lemons)*

  • Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs, lemon slices (optional)


Combine sugar, vanilla bean, 3 small fresh rosemary sprigs, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 30 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in fresh lemon juice. Cover and chill 3 to 48 hours. Stir just before serving over ice. Garnish, if desired.