We’ll spend this Wine Wednesday with a few wines, mixed drinks & wine spritzers to kick off the summertime weather! Be prepared for fab food, wine and gal time! Plus, bring a new friend along and get two chances to win one of the give-a-ways from The Suite Spa and Girls Gone Grape.
For the Cherry lovers of the world, this just might be your summer drink of choice! Think of your grandmother’s cherry pie of old; not the cherries out of a can, but handpicked, sprinkled with love creating a tart, yet sweet masterpiece for your tastebuds! Now, there are a lot of cherry wines on the market you can try with this recipe, but for us…it’s only Balistreri Vineyards Colorado Cherry wine that perfects this summertime beverage!
2 parts Balistreri Colorado Cherry Wine
1 part club soda or 7-Up
1-2 lemon slices for garnish and flavor
Pour the cherry wine and soda over ice in a highball glass, squeeze lemon and stir! Voila! A simple, yet refreshing summertime drink.
Why Balistreri Vineyards Cherry Wine? Because it’s barrel aging adds character to this cherry wine; Almond, spice and strawberry aromas with cinnamon and cherry flavors highlight this wine. Find in your local liquor store or order directly from them!
Let us know what you think!
Congratulations to our friends at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their 2010 Cabernet Franc Gold Medal that was awarded Best of Class at the 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition!
I’d like to introduce you to Leigh Triner of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Red Cat Wines in the Finger Lake Wine Region of New York! The Finger Lake Wine Region boasts a microclimate the locals believe lends to the quality wines that are found throughout the region. Leigh (Hazlitt) Triner shares that belief but also feels it’s the estate vineyards and the families who blend generations of viticulture with today’s world that gives the area an edge. Triner, along with her brother Doug, are the sixth generation of Hazlitt’s growing grapes and orchard fruit on the land their family purchased back in 1852. While the winery was established in 1985 by her parents Jerry and Elaine Hazlitt, Leigh, then 10, grew up learning from scratch every step in the process from the vineyards to the bottle. Triner spent her youth working part-time tending bar in the family business and remembers people asking her to get her parents or someone else because she was just a kid. Yet, the young Hazlitt knew her way around the family horseshoe-shaped bar in the tasting room and in those days, being a family business meant she could serve customers.
Triner’s story is one of family and passion combined together. To read the rest of the article and hear how Red Cat became known in the region, follow the link over to winetable and enjoy the rest of the article.
Women are positioning themselves in greater and greater numbers for wine industry careers that only a few years ago were still quite dominated—in many cases, almost solely—by men. One such role is that of a Sommelier and while women still are in the minority in this field, women such as Rachel Voorhees are breaking the barriers to share their passion for wine with the world. Voorhees, a Court of Masters Certified Sommelier based out of the San Francisco Bay Area is a case in point. This wife, mother and daughter credits her passion and palette for wine from her father, an avid wine collector since her childhood, and her love of the kitchen from her mother and grandmother, who taught her everything tastes better when it comes from mom’s table.
Back in March, Voorhees spent a few minutes sharing her thoughts about women and wine and some of her favorite pairings. take a few minutes to read the full article over at WineTable.com by following this link>>> Then visit her links and pick up a recipe or two!
Generations Wine and Martini Bar in Loveland, Colo., is a place geared toward women who make the going-out decisions. Its genesis was a woman who made her own decisions. Walk through the doors of Generations Wine and Martini Bar and you’re likely to find Owner Erin Borsdorf behind the bar mixing martinis or in the kitchen helping with trademark dishes like the Bacon-Wrapped Dates. Erin is a women who’s taken her passions for life and followed them without looking back.
Erin took time out of her busy schedule to share her thoughts about women and wine and her journey to opening her own restaurant. To read the rest of this article over at WineTable.com, be sure to follow this link>>>> Then tell us what your favorite martini is!
One of our favorite places to shop for cheese is the family owned business in Longmont, CO, called “Cheese Importers Gourmet Warehouse.” While they’ve been in business since 1976, they’ve recently moved into the renovated 1931 building that once housed Longmont’s original power building. One would never know this location once housed five diesel-powered electricity-generating engines as you’re transported into a market that captures all your senses. This post is about cheese, but needless to say, Cheese Importers has far more than cheese for you to indulge in…
The “cheese Street” as it’s known is an adventure all it’s own. The winter coats hanging by the entrance into the cheese cooler, which encompasses a large portion of the building, should alert you that this is no ordinary cheese shopping experience. Once inside there are olives, meats and cheeses from around the world waiting to be experienced. On any given day, you’ll find samples through out “Cheese Street” to tempt your taste buds; Spain, France, Italy, England, Greece, Switzerland, Norway, Australia, Holland and of course, the USA are represented. Not sure what kind of cheese you’re looking for? The knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help you with your journey around the room understanding the various types of cheese available. WARNING: this is not a quick stop at the market, this is a journey through the cheeses of the world. It’s not for the faint of heart! Picking the right cheese to go with your wine is a delight at this market, but is no easy task with choices galore.
- Select an assortment of cheeses based on type, texture, color, and taste.
- Assuming a selection of 3-5 cheeses, figure an ounce per cheese per person; basically a pound of each cheese will comfortably serve 14-16 people.
- Serve Cheese at room temperature. Take it out of refrigerator at least an hour before serving.
- Cover the cheese with parchment, wax paper, or a damp cloth to keep it from drying out.
- Accompany the cheeses with olives, nuts, chutney, fruit pastes, or dried fruits.
- Decorate the assortment with fresh herbs, salad leaves. vine leaves, or dried flowers.
We’re excited be heading to The Finger Lake’s Wine Festival this summer in New York. So, excited in fact that we’ve reached out to several of the amazing women in wine who call the area home! One such woman is the fabulous Marti Macinski of Standing Stone Vineyards. Macinski, Co-Owner/Winemaker of Standing Stone Vineyards is on a mission to move into the history of the future, with the great vineyards of the world, while bringing deserved recognition to the new world-class wines of New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Twenty years ago people may have laughed at the thought of the Finger Lakes defining itself through its Rieslings and Gewürztraminers, but not Marti. She and her husband, Tom, had an unwavering belief and vision in the historic vineyards they purchased in 1991 and knew what they tasted in the terroir. Tying it altogether to create wines that Wine Spectator has consistently ranked highly since their first crush in 1993 only proved to others what the Macinskis already knew: that they have some of the best dirt to grow grapes. You can hear the smile in Marti’s voice as she shares candidly that their big egos and belief in assured success drove them forward.
To read the rest of this interview over at WineTable.com and learn more about Marti and Standing stone, I invite you to follow this link>>>>> Enjoy!