Spring is here & so is my craving for crisp white wine! One of the things I told myself after my little battle with cancer was that I would never drink another bad wine. Well, this Bending Branch Winery 2017 Vermentino Sonoma, Los Carneros is one you need to try. The vermentino grape is popular in Italy with minerality & high acidity that cleanses your palate. This also makes it a great wine to enjoy with fish, or a light salad. I like to drink this wine while chillin’ in my Queen of Love chairs on my back porch! My hubs calls these chairs “our thrones.”
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Qui, cher! It’s Mardi Gras & I’m channeling Arnaud’s with this CARNIVAL COLADA. And, since its Fat Tuesday, I’m enjoying this La Panaderia Kings Cake Rosca with my cocktail! I love that the official colors of Mardi Gras stand for Justice ~ Power ~ Faith. By the way, this cocktail is on the healthy side. It is made with unsweetened almond milk, pineapple juice, coconut rum & Suncore butterfly pea flower super powder for the pretty purple color.
Moonstruck Margarita comin’ atcha, just in time for your Oscar Party! This stunning Blood Orange Margarita (with a twist) is perfect for your awards night party or anytime for that matter! And, who doesn’t love a movie themed cocktail!
Ok, I’m gonna make Valentines Day easy for y’all. Get your honey a beautiful bottle of wine & tell them you want to spend the evening with him/her ~ just the two of you! BAM! DONE! So, here ya go! My #1 VALENTINES DAY WINE RECOMMENDATION ~ This wine right here. This vino is outstanding & if you haven’t tried the Bending Branch tannat wines you are missing out!!!! Located in Comfort, Texas, it is a stone’s throw from San Antonio, Texas. What are waiting for?! Get out there this weekend & get ready for Valentines Day!
From the Bending Branch Website: This robust Tannat is rich in spicy aromas and complex layers of tart cherry, dark berries, smoke, and leather. Cryo-Maceration extracts substantially more color, tannin and flavor from the skins of red grapes, producing this opulent powerhouse. James Suckling gave a rating of 90 points, and stated it is…. “A big wine that delivers complexity in a riper, heroic style. Brambly red berries and bracken with attractive oak spice on the nose. The palate rolls out a plush mouthful of ripe plum flavor. Concentrated and long. Drink now or hold.” It won GOLD at the 2018 Lone Star International Wine Competition.
I’m so glad the sun came out today. I needed that perk up. We’ve got brisket & ribs on the smoker & a fist of this good stuff to sip on. This beautiful 82 proof whiskey emits the scents of vanilla, oak & pear, and the flavors of honey butter, banana, caramel & coffee. Needed this smooth little friend, this weekend. Served over a giant ice cube & used the dried citrus I made a week or so ago for the garnish.
I’m loving this FIZZY CHERRY BOURBON SMASH in this tall glass. When I saw fresh sweet cherries at the grocery store, I just knew I was gonna make this! Muddle 2 TBS sugar, 8 pitted cherries & the juice of one lime in a shaker. Add 4 ounces of your favorite bourbon, 4 ounces of cherry juice & some ice and shake. Strain into 2 tall glasses & top with ice & club soda. Garnish w/some cherries with the stem on. Makes 2 drinks. Cheers!
I love this festive margarita! Making this classic with cranberry juice is just was the holiday season needs!
Shaken, not stirred. Instead of wine Wednesday, how about shaking it up, literally?! This take on a classic cocktail is just right for Thanksgiving. And, since you probably have some apple cider in the fridge, why not imbibe in this loveliness! Cheers!
Bending Branch Winery Souzão 2015, Siverspoons Vineyard ~ We served this wine with smoked brisket, potato salad and salad, last weekend. This wine delivers a light fresh flavor.
Portuguese native Souzão, a “teinturier” grape of black skin and red flesh, has long been a favorite of hot weather climates. The blue and black berry fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, and spicy white pepper are balanced against notes of smoke and earthy rhubarb. It is complex, multilayered, and a versatile food partner.
We are so excited about these three red wines from Bending Branch Winery, in Comfort, Texas. This award winning winery sources the finest grapes from Texas to the Napa Valley. Their tasting room was recently rated one of the best by a USA Today poll. With music most weekends, a knowledgeable staff and gorgeous grounds it is worth the short drive from San Antonio to visit. Oh, and their wine is devine!
- 2014 Old Vine Petite Sirah, Shell Creek Vineyard ~ A rich deep wine with flavors of dark cherry & blackberry
- 2010 Newsom Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Restrained tannins & bright fruit offer a elegance & rich texture
- Tannat RF/EM Bella Collins Vineyards ~ The regular fermentation & extended maceration make for a smooth sip that includes cherry & smoky blackberry, and the aromas of tobacco