Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017 Wilyabrup

Red Wine of the Month 

This blend is made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot from the Margaret River region in Australia. As soon as I tasted this wine I knew it was from the Margaret River. It is the essence of the Margaret River with its elegant perfume of cherries and currants woven in with dried herbs, flowers, and tobacco leaf. On the palate the tannins are firm, and fine. The harmony of the aromas and the perfectly balanced tastes brings me to a serene and beautiful place. This is a wine you can lay down. It is best to drink between 2022-2040. At $40.00 a bottle my husband and I pop this cork on special occasions. I hope you enjoy!


Big Salt 2019 Oregon

White Wine of the Month 

This is a white blend of very high quality, with a ranking of 92 points. It is a blend of Muscat, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. You will find aromas of pear blossoms, ginger and I get a bit of kumquat. Those aromas lead you to a lively palate of citrus, a dash of sea salt, and a drying minerality. It is extremely well balanced, excellent finesse and a moderate length. I love this very unique white blend, and encourage you to give it a try. At $18.00 a bottle this 92 point wine is a wonderful deal.


Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

Cocktail of the Month

Everything in October is Pumpkin themed... And we love it! Here's a fun cocktail to try this autumn. 


  • 2 ounces ginger vodka

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

  • 1 ounce pumpkin puree

  • 1 splash honey syrup

  • Garnish: ginger slice


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the ginger vodka, lime juice, pumpkin puree, and honey syrup. Shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a long slice of ginger.

Ginger vodka is not a very common flavor, so you might not be able to find it at the local liquor store. If you can't find it, you can always make ginger vodka at home. It's an easy infusion that should take one week, or a little longer depending on your flavor preference. Honey syrup (aka honey water) is nothing more than watered-down honey, which makes the sweetener a little easier to mix into cold drinks. The easiest way to make it is to mix equal parts of honey and water until you get an even consistency. You can adjust this to taste; some recipes call for a 3 parts honey to 1 part water.


Hocus Pocus Punch

Nonalcoholic Drink of the Month 

Who loves the movie Hocus Pocus? We do. Here's a recipe right out of Winnifreds book: 


  • 6 Cups Apple Cider

  • 2 Cups Cranberry Juice

  • 2 (12 oz) Cans Orange Seltzer 

  • 1/4 cup Maraschino Cherry Juice 

  • 2 Oranges, Sliced 

  • 2 Apples, Sliced 

  • 1 Cup Ginger Ale


Combine the apple cider, cranberry juice, orange seltzer, ginger ale, and maraschino cherry juice in a pitcher or large bowl. Add the cherries, orange slices, and apple slices. Stir and serve!