Avia- Pinot Noir- 2016 Slovenia

Red Wine of the Month

This pleasing ruby red wine, with a bright flowery nose and hints of strawberry, and cherry. It is distinctly fruity. But it’s light acidity gives give’s it a lovely harmonious character. It is medium body has a light finish in the traditional Burgundian style. What amazed me most of all is it’s price point. Generally, I prefer Pinot Noir at the higher end of the price point, but I purchased this little gem for $7.00! I will be serving this as my second aperitif option on Thanksgiving. In the meantime I will be purchasing a case of this!

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White Wine of the Month

Over the centuries winegrowers have terraced the steep slopes below the little village of Krasno to plant their vines. This unique land produces distinctly mineral authentic wines, full bodied with a long finish. 


It is a straw yellow color with golden hues. The aromas are gentle of ripe white fruit, spices and field flowers. No doubt this would be great with fish, and spicy white meats, but I intend to use it as one of my aperitif wines on Thanksgiving.  It runs on average $18.00 a bottle, but is just the sort of interesting white I am always looking for.

Apple Brandy

Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail 

What goes better with the holidays than apple pie? What about Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktails? This month, try a Spiced Apple Brandy Cocktail. It goes well with chilly nights, chats by the fireside, and almost any movie Hallmark can put out. 


  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 1/2 cup calvados also known as apple brandy

  • 1/2 cup ginger ale

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks for garnish


***Be sure to chill your martini glasses well in advance of serving.***

Combine the cider, calvados, ginger ale, cinnamon and nutmeg in a cocktail shaker and shake it all together thoroughly. Pour it into the two chilled glasses, garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick and serve immediately! Enjoy!

Mulled Cranberry Punch

Non-Alcoholic for Under 21 & Designated Drivers

Gathering around the holiday table can mean sitting down with a lot of alcohol. However, there are plenty of options for those not partaking in alcohol. From egg nog to cider, and this great punch will be a wonderful addition to your holiday table. It may be non-alcoholic, but everyone is going to want a glass!



  • 4 cups unfiltered cranberry juice 

  • 4 cups apple cider 

  • 1 cup maple syrup 

  • 1 cup honey 

  • 1 teaspoon grated clove or nutmeg 

  • 12 star anise pods 

  • Cinnamon sticks, orange slices or cranberries for garnish



 Put cranberry juice, cider, maple syrup, honey, clove and star anise into a large saucepot over medium heat. Cook until a slow simmer is just reached and the honey/maple syrup is dissolved. Ladle punch into heatproof glasses or mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and/or cranberries if desired.