I lucked into Cadenhead's. Staring at their board of scotch whiskies, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Instead of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, it was Rachel and the Whisky Shop. I was in awe and yet overwhelmed. I was paralyzed by the choices and requested help. In my second stroke of luck that day, Mark Davidson, the Manager of Cadenhead's, assisted me. Mark was one of the most informative scotch experts I have met. He spent almost an hour with me explaining the different styles and distilleries and I felt like we barely scratched the surface (as that is just what we did). Seriously, I could have talked to him all day and it left me with an overwhelming desire to return to Scotland, if only to spend more time with Mark. Check out Mark's Scotch site at www.jollytopertastings.co.uk.
If you’re planning a Mad Men-style party to welcome Don, Roger and Betty back this season, establish the mood with episodes of Mad Men (with the sound off) running on televisions strategically located in your party space. Your favorite Mad Men characters will virtually be guests at your affair!
f you want to break out of your wine rut and try something fun for Easter, we have the wines for you. And, don't feel like you can only drink these wines for Easter. Feel free to drink them all year. These wines aren't your standard fare but they are fun, flirty and funky. These wines are approachable - they don't need to age in your cellar (or your dark closet) for a few years or decades to be at their best. You can grab them at the wine shop and drink them the minute you get home. In other words, low maintenance.
While it's usually the children that get to indulge in this sweet, candy-filled holiday, we know that you need something to keep a smile on your face, too!
We don't want to commit sacrilege but we have the perfect wine for both Passover and Easter or maybe a joint celebration if you reside in a household that celebrates both. But, we will warn you that these may not be the wines for your Passover if you want Kosher wines. But, trust us. Whether you have never heard of Gruner, may have heard it in passing or consider yourself a Grunerphile, this wine will make the perfect perfect accompaniment to matzo ball soup, roast chicken, ham or turkey. We know, we have tried them out.
Three Olives latest flavor should taste VERY familiar to most of us. If the name didn’t give it away, the bright and colorful “O’s” on the label should do the trick. It's Froot Loop flavored vodka and although it sounds crazy, so did just about every other flavor of vodka that has become a staple behind the bar (think whipped cream, marshmallow, sweet tea). Three Olives themselves describe Loopy as “A dastardly delicious medley of tropical fruit and imported English vodka”. Dastardly delicious might just be the understatement of the year. From the tropical red berries to the strong scent of citrus, this one hits all the right notes to create a tasty vodka and completely emulate the taste/aroma of a fresh bowl of Froot Loops in the morning. Don't worry, we wont think less of you if you break out the milk with this one but if your pour it in a bowl and try drinking it with a spoon, consider yourself judged.
Easter is around the corner and you might be asking yourself what wines to serve to accompany Easter dinner. We know that a number of you maybe serving ham and chicken. There is no better combination than pork with Pinot, and it goes pretty well with chicken as well. We say Pinot, we are talking about the major players in the Pinot family, which includes the famed Pinot Noir, the sublime Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris in some circles, and the elusive Pinot Blanc. Notice that these are the main players in the family. Like the popular playboy, Pinot Noir gets around, resulting in a number of mutations and crosses with other grapes. It certainly keeps it interesting.
Nero d'Avola is the main red grape grown in Sicily. It's generally dense and jammy with dark red fruits. If you like Syrah, you might be a fan of Nero d'Avola. However, this wine can run the gamut. The Archeo version is a very light version of Nero d'Avola. If it were a little lighter, it would be a borderline rose. However, the Archeo is highly drinkable and enjoyable. It's an affordable every day wine! Salute!
To celebrate Passover, we have come up with a list of some of our favorite Kosher wines to help you celebrate. You might be bowled over when you see favorite and Kosher wine in the same sentence, but it's true. There is so much more to the world of Kosher wine than what you might think. For most people, Kosher wine is syrupy sweet wines that are synonymous with Manischewitz and Kedem, which interestingly enough, aren't usually Kosher for passover as they are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. But, fear not. There are some amazing Kosher wines that are also Kosher for Passover coming out of Israel and France. In addition to the ones listed below, do some research and seek out other Kosher wines you like.
When the flavored Martini craze hit in the late 1990's, early 2000s, I was pretty excited. I really love Jolly Ranchers and the flavored schnapps reminded me of Jolly Ranchers. In fact, I used to joke that a Watermelon or Apple Martini was a Jolly Rancher for adults. Even thought the flavored Martini craze is supposedly now passe, I still love a good Watermelon or Apple Martini. We recommend you make up a pitcher to help the adults celebrate Easter. Here is our tasting note for the Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps: