Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 30

Spirit Of The Week – Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin

Uncle Val says ” Eggs have no business dancing with stones.” Sounds like Uncle Val has had a few drinks or smokes…..lol. But, he does make a great gin with a nose of light juniper and cucumber. The cucumber aspect of this gin makes it perfect for a Bloody Mary, or some tonic and ice …

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May 29

Wine Of The Week – 2007 Artadi Rioja

One of the finest regions for wine in Spain is Rioja, noted for their blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes which produce a wine of high quality. Artadi has made good use of the fine climate and soil. The age is right for this to drink now AND for quite a few years if needed. …

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May 23

Spirit Of The Week – Arran Amarone Cask Finish Scotch

As my friend always says, “Peat is good for Pete “. Thank you for the insight, Pete but leave the funny stuff to the professionals… Speaking of professionals, this single malt Scotch from Arran is soft on the nose and has a little sea salt in the finish. A fruity grape element comes from the Amarone …

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May 21

Wine Of The Week- 2010 Chateau Fage

Ah, a wine from the Graves De Vayres region of Bordeaux… A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon producing a nice clean mineral nose followed by a hint of wet stones. It may not sound interesting but it is a classic from this area. Simple wine for easy times or a clambake with all the …

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May 16

Spirit Of The Week – Plymouth Gin

This true classic was first made in 1793 making it one of the oldest gins around. The dry finish and botanicals mixed with Juniper make this a must for all true martini drinkers. I must say, it did make a killer G+T with some Fevertree Tonic water and fresh lime! Start your summer of with …

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May 15

Wine Of The Week- 2010 Molly Dooker The Violinist

100% Verdelho – which happens to be Spanish – makes up this Australian beauty with ripe round flavors and a spicy citrus aroma. A Wine Advocate 90 rating is pretty good from this fine house called Molly Dooker (it means someone that is left-handed, by the way). Check out the process called ” Doing The …

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May 09

Drink Of The Week – Cucumber Mint Tequila Tonic

I now have 15 different Tequilas in my store, and summer is the perfect time to drink them! It’s getting sunny and warm and quenching one’s thirst is a top priority so lets get the ball rolling. What’s more refreshing than mint and cucumber? Cucumber Mint Tequila Tonic 2 cups chopped English cucumber 1/2 cup …

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May 07

2 Asian Spreads

Bright Green Edamame Dip 14 ounces edamame 2 ounces feta cheese 6 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 1/2 teaspoons salt In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook edamame until tender. Drain and cool. In a food processor, add all ingredients making a smooth creamy paste. Serve with crackers or vegetable …

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May 02

Cinco de Mayo Appetizer

You’ve got all your festive cocktails ready, now how about an appetizer to with them? Queso Panela con Oregano 1 lb queso panela ( or queso fresco or fresh mozzarella cheese ) 6 cloves garlic, crushed 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 cup corn oil 2 tablespoons ground oregano Place the cheese in a earthenware or …

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May 01

Cinco de Mayo Tequila Drinks

Cinco De Mayo is Saturday, May 5….and I can’t think of a better excuse for a party, can you? Stop into Vinomania and check out our selection of artisan tequila, and whip one of these tasty concoctions for your friends this weekend:   Bitter Smoke a mountain of crushed ice 1 oz Mezcal 1 oz …

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