Cline 2016 Ancient Vines Zinfandel
Red Wine of the Month
Zinfandel is known as “California’s grape” as the state is the only area in the world with large plantings of this varietal. Unlike the widely planted grapes of California that are mostly of French origin, Zinfandel actually calls Croatia home.
Do not confuse this with the lower-quality, semisweet blush wines called “White Zinfandel”. My husband and I were visiting a winery when we first heard: “Friends don’t let friends drink white Zinfandel!” The grape we are talking about produces powerful and rich red wines. They are frequently aged in American oak and have flavors of blackberry jam, spice, and toasted coconut.
The Cline Winery is a small family business using ancient vines that date back to the 1800s, and uses sustainable farming. They are located in the Contra Costa County, a part of Sonoma. This deep red wine has great legs and smells of pepper and a bit of liquorice, and cinnamon. I don’t really get toasted coconut, but maybe you will. It is definitely full bodied with strong tannin, balanced and a nice long finish. This wine has an earthiness to it and would go well with mushroom dishes, and pork. It is best not to age past three years.
Villa Wolf 2016 Gewurtztraminer Pfalz Germany
White Wine of the Month
A fine example of why scrabble is challenging to play in Germany.
Villa Wolfe was founded in 1756 and highly regarded for more than two centuries. It lapsed a bit in the late 20th century until Ernst Loosen came to the rescue, purchasing it in 1996. He has returned the vineyard to its former glory.
Do not let the screw cap throw you; this is an 89 point wine. You will first notice that this pale wine smells of spring blossoms, and pink grapefruit. The aroma screams out, “taste me!” When you do taste, you will find this wine is feather light and off-dry. It’s very refreshing with a delicate taste of peach and tangerine. You may be a bit surprised to find it zesty and outright fun. It has a lovely finesse, excellent balance, and reasonable length. It is a wine to drink any time. If you want to serve with a meal it would be fabulous with anything spicy. What will this delightful wine cost you? You should be able to find it around $13.00.
Even if you have convinced yourself you are a “red” wine drinker, go pick this up. Okay, you finished reading, now go get it!
Spirit of the Month - Zombie - 9%
Rum was first produced during colonial times in the Caribbean. At the time, the Caribbean was the center of sugar production in the world. Making sugar created a byproduct: dark, slightly sweet syrup called molasses. British colonists on the island of Barbados decided to mix molasses with water, ferment it, and then distill it. Rum was born! Once the drink of pirates and sailors, rum eventually became one the most important drinks in the American colonies. Rum is still produced today from molasses and, to a much lesser degree, from pure sugarcane sap.
1part white rum
1 dash Angostura
1 part gold rum
1 part lime juice
1 part pineapple juice (or orange juice)
1/2 parts overproof rum
1 part dark rum
Ice (crushed or cubed)
Fill up a glass with ice. Fill up a shaker with ice. Pour 1 part pineapple (or orange) juice, 1 part gold rum, dash Angostura, 1 part white rum into the shaker. Shake well. Strain into glass. Garnish with cherry, pineapple or orange wedge.
For Designated Drivers & under 21
What you will need:
4 8 oz glasses
1 32 oz pitcher
Water or simple syrup
Ingredients for Punch:
16 oz of ginger ale
8 oz of lime kool aid
4 tbsp. Raspberry Torrani syrup
1 can Sprite
Pour 16oz of Ginger Ale in first, approximately ½ way full. Now add in the 8oz of Lime Kool-Aid. Stir to combine.
Prepare the glasses: Pour the green sanding sugar into one bowl In the other bowl add simple syrup or water to ¼ way full of liquid. Dip each glass in the simple syrup or water. Now dip the glass in the sanding sugar twisting it so all of the edges are covered in green sugar. Gently fill each glass 1/2 full with ice. Pour in the punch ONLY filling it ¾ of the way full.
Fill the syringe ½ way full with Sprite. Add the Raspberry syrup to the syringe making it ¾ of the way full. Place the syringe in the beverage
Do not push the red syrup in it - allow your guests to do it themselves.
Have a SPOOK-tacular time!