Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30

Spirit Of The Week – Averna

Italian bitters have been around for hundreds of years pleasing the palate of those in the know. In Sicily,  the Averna family has been perfecting bitters since 1868….not bad! These bitters are used before dinner mixed with soda water and a slice of orange or after dinner as a digestif. I love the Italian style …

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Apr 23

Wine Of The Week- 2010 Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

The north end of Napa is where the fruit for this wine is sourced, making it ripe with aromas of pineapple and pink grapefruit and the pure crisp palate makes this a refreshing compliment to salads, seafood and poultry. The Napa pedigree always shines through on these Sauvignon Blancs staying true to the grassy style. Price: …

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Apr 20

Spirit Of The Week- Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal

Chocolat Royal is the perfect name for this all natural cordial. Rich, deep cocoa flavor with a hint of caramel and a balanced sweetness to match. Blend with a little quality vodka and a splash of soda water for a before dinner cocktail or just serve it on the rocks for an after dinner pop. …

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Apr 19

Wine Of The Week- Jelu Pinot Noir

The 2008 Jelu Pinot Noir from Argentina is medium red in color and big on fruit and flavor. Blueberry and plum notes are evident in the nose of this rich red. The aspect of rich mineral notes plus a fresh acidity makes this the perfect wine for a summer cookout – try it with grilled …

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Apr 16

Crispy Eggplant Dippers

These spicy eggplants are a great and tasty app for any party. Crispy Eggplant Dippers Ingredients: 4 medium eggplant peeled and quartered 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 pepperoncini chopped salt to taste Directions 1   Place eggplant in a pot of salted water, bring pot to a boil. …

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Apr 11

Spirit Of The Week- Hirsch 20 year old whiskey

This spectacular 20 year old Illinois Whiskey was distilled from Bourbon Mash and left to age in used cooperage barrels. No one could foresee when the whiskey was stowed away on February 27, 1987 that those secret casks in Illinois would turn out to be this classic American treasure some two decades later. This is …

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Apr 09

Wine Of The Week- Johnson Family Cabernet

The 2009 Johnson Family Cabernet has always been one of my “go to” reds because of it’s balance and California fruit. Deep black cherries with a touch of cassis make the nose of this wine irresistible. The Napa pedigree shines through, and you could probably drink this wine for another five years. The price makes …

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Apr 06

Olive & Fig Tapenade

Fig & Olive Tapenade Ingredients: 1 cup chopped dried figs 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2/3 cup chopped Kalamata olives 2 cloves garlic salt and pepper to taste 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts 1 (8 ounce) package cream …

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Apr 05

Spirit Of The Week- High West Whiskey- Double Rye

Double Rye combines a feisty two year old and a saddle smooth sixteen year old to produce a double rye like no other. Caramel sweetness and woody vanilla richness calms the bite you usually get from some ryes. The taste profile of cinnamon, clove, anise and eucalyptus give depth to this winning spirit. If you …

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Apr 04

Wine Of The Week- Sauvion Vouvray and Ochoa Rosado

Easter and spring are here and it’s time to break out the refreshing wines! The Sauvion Vouvray made from Chenin Blanc grape has a medium dry finish, perfect for ham or pork loin with a fruit sauce. The acidity is balanced with just a touch of sweetness making it fine for the not-so-everyday drinkers. The …

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