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White Wine

  1. Mothers' Day and Prosecco Cocktails 2017

    Mother's Day Prosecco

    Although Prosecco has been around a long time, its popularity has grown in the last couple of years. It is viable alternative to more expensive champagnes and sparkling wines and is a "go to" item for holidays and special occasions. It is no wonder that Prosecco is a natural for Mothers' Day. You can toast mom or make Momosas for the Mother's Day brunch. Alternatively, you can also make delicious cocktails and punches as well. Here are a few examples.

    Bellini

    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 3 (16-ounce) bags frozen peaches, thawed
    • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
    • 4 to 6 (750-ml) bottles Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
    • Orange peel twists, for garnish

    Stir the sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.

    Puree the peaches and orange peel in a blender with 1 1/2 cups of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed

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  2. Easter Wines for 2017

    Easter Wines 2017
    Easter Sadness

    Easter is upon us and this year I thought it would be fun to offer a few more choices in different categories. Hopefully you will see a few surprises.

    WHITES

    1. Vouvray: Les Lys Vouvray 2015

    Made from 100% Chenin Blanc this is an off-dry white with notes of delicate perfume, stone fruit and tropical fruit, a hint of almond, and a pleasant dose of honey. It has low acidity and a soft, round finish. This wine pairs well with sweet and salty honey-glazed ham with a side of scalloped potatoes.

    2. Riesling: Boundary Breaks Ovid Line North 2014

    The nose on this Finger Lakes Riesling offers scents of honey, wax, and peach. This off-dry Riesling has fine texture and pleasant, lingering flavors and is very well balanced. This wine can easily take on not just salty-sweet ham, but smoked kielbasa, hard boiled eggs and horseradish.

    3. Pinot Gris: Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2014

    The Willm Pinot Gris has a golden color with a very faint pink hue along the edges. This wine is juicy with pear, apple and peach notes with a bit of citrus and honey accents to compliment this off-dry white. A great option from the usual whites and can pair well with traditional Easter foods or seafood dishes if so desired.

    REDS

    1. Pinot Noir: Castle Rock Kristy RSV 2014

    This Monterey Pinot Noir is somewhat earthy, but more about fruit and spice. Notes of black cherry, plum, vanilla spice and toasted cedar will draw you in and further flavors of chocolate and strawberry with hints of cinnamon will make this a treat whether you are having lamb, duck or Cornish Game Hen for Easter dinner.

    2. Grenache: Domaine Lafage Nicolas 2013

    This is a great value wine with wonderful notes of black raspberry, licorice and crushed violets. It is medium to full bodied and tannins are presents are present but not overbearing. This 100% Grenache is from Languedoc-Roussillon, France. This is perfect for those who opt for Leg of Lamb or Crown Roast for Easter dinner.

    ROSES

    1. Honoro Vera Rose

    This medium-bodied Tempranillo/Syrah dry rose has crisp acidity and is very refreshing. The palate is full of cherry, strawberry

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  3. Christmas Wine and Spirits Paired with Holiday Classic Viewing

    Christmas Wine and Spirit Pairings

    This holiday season I have opted to repeat my blog from last year because the films obviously remain classics and the pairings still apply.

    It is the busy season at Premier, so I am just doing one large blog for the Holidays. I have listed 10 of my favorite Christmas movies with one bonus film many of you probably have never seen or heard of, but should take a look at. For each movie I have suggested a wine or spirit to go along with your viewing pleasure.

    1. A Christmas Carol (1951): My favorite all-time Christmas movie with the incomparable Alistair Sim. It’s full of dark, brooding, Victorian London along with cheery snowy street scenes and lovely carols. A figgy and nutty Tawny Port like Niepoort Ten Year is just the thing to sip along with a slice of Christmas cake or pudding as you view this ideal Christmas movie.

    2. A Christmas Carol (1984): My second favorite version of Dickens’ classic with wonderful sets and a cynical yet wry Scrooge played by George C. Scott. Pair with Plantation’s Pineapple Rum from an old recipe mentioned by Mr. Dickens himself in Pickwick Papers. For his version, add boiling water and three lumps of Sugar.

    3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): Has there ever been a better Christmas cartoon? Even with all the 3-D and CGI effects of recent holiday programs and films, nothing comes close to this honest and heartfelt classic. Pair with Noble Tree 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is delicious and let’s face it; in the end Charlie Brown’s “noble” little tree is the star of the show. Enjoy with a Christmas roast beef.

    4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): Like all great Christmas classics, this story has a distinctly dark tone throughout much of the film, yet in the end there is light in the friendship and charity of others. Pair this with appropriately named Angel’s Landing Pinot Noir and be sure to toast Clarence for earning his wings.

    5. The Bishop’s Wife (1947): Who could portray a more suave and charming Angel than Cary Grant? Nobody. Grant’s Dudley is the polar opposite of the bumbling, childlike Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life. Dudley is so smooth he not only hits on a Bishops wife, he can also keep a bottle of Sherry full for an eternity. Speaking of sherry, try a glass of Savory James Cream Sherry with Christmas cookies while watching the movie.

    6. Miracle on 34th Street (1947): This is a great Christmas movie that should only be viewed in black and white (skip the washed out colorized version) which does justice to the beautiful hustle and bustle of New York in the 1940’s. Pair this film with a Tom and Jerry, the perfect nostalgic holiday drink that’s warm, frothy, sweet, spicy with a bit of a kick from the Brandy. Just the thing to warm you up after a long day of shopping. Any decent Brandy will do.

    7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): A Christmas comedy that hits all the important notes from weird relatives, Christmas tree hunting, shopping, Christmas dinner and probably the best Christmas light scene ever filmed. Pairing this film with Egg Nog in Reindeer Glasses is a no brainer. If you don’t feel like making your own Egg Nog, Evan Williams Bourbon dominated Nog will work in a pinch. Squirrel!!!!!

    8. Holiday Affair (1949): This re-discovered Christmas film has been getting a cult fo

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  4. Wines and Film for Thanksgiving 2016

    Wines for Thanksgiving

    Here is my list of some favorite wines for Thanksgiving. Most of these are old favorites, and all are interesting and worth your time. With a couple of exceptions, these wines will fall under $15.00 a bottle.

    1. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 / 750 ml.: A good vintage with a deep, dark, plum color and juicy, ripe flavors with a smooth finish. This light refreshing red should be served slightly chilled and works nicely the day after Thanksgiving when you build that monster of a turkey sandwich.

    2. The Borell-Diehl 2014 Gewurztraminer Kabinett Pfalz: This wine should be of particular interest to you if you like some sweet with your spice. This wine is very aromatic, with rose, grapefruit, lychee, coriander. With ginger, citrus and golden apple notes on the mouth, this wine will be a winner for complex Thanksgiving flavors.

    3. Domaine L’Enclos Moelleux 2015: This is a lovely, bargain-priced French

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  5. Les Argelieres Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - Double Up Halloween Treats

    This Sunday is the last day for our Double Up for a Buck.  So now is the time to stock up for your Halloween party.  New to our sale are two very well made French wines: Les Argelieres Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Both of these wines will run you $8.00 per bottle with our sale which is a great deal for good French wine.

    The Chardonnay is well balanced with notes of apple, pear, a hint of pineapple and creamy vanilla pudding.  There is just enough oak to give it heft for enjoying with cream laden dishes such as corn and potato chowder.  The Pinot Noir is a bit heavier and darker than many of the traditional French Burgundies, but make no mistake, this is not a jammy fruit bomb either. This Pinot has very good balance with plenty of lively raspberry, cherry fruit with slight birch beer and wet earth notes.  Try this with sweet and spicy Sloppy Joes for a solid Halloween pairing.

    Get here soon to take advantage of this sale because it ends on Sunday.

    Last year I put a scary movie quote quiz in my Halloween blog. This year I’m doing another with brand new questions.

    1. I see dead people.

    2. I’m your biggest fan!

    3. They’re here!

    4. You will die in seven days.

    5. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep!

    6. Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead.

    7. Look at me Damien, it’s all for you!

    8. When the music stops, you’ll see him in the mirror standing behind you.

    9. They’re all going t o laugh at you.

    10. I think you’re the cause of all this. I think you’re evil! Evil!

    A. The Conjuring

    B. Carrie

    C. The Others

    D. Nightmare on Elm Street

    E. The Sixth Sense

    F. Misery

    G. The Birds

    H. The Omen

    I. Poltergeist

    J. The Ring

     

    Happy Halloween!

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  6. Statti Lamezia 2015 Greco Bianco - Still Hot...Still Summer...Still Cool, Crisp Whites

    We are headed for another record breaking month of high temperatures before August is out.  Refreshing is still key when it comes to drinking wine right now.  Therefore, what better place to go than the Calabria (toe of Italy) region where they know what hot is to find a cool, crisp, white wine.

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  7. Vivanco 2015 White Rioja - Another Delicious Break from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio

    The first thing you will notice when you spot the Vivanco White Rioja is the unusual shaped bottle. Slightly squatty with a wider lip on the neck, the bottle has a distinct historical look which is not surprising since it was inspired from an original eighteenth-century bottle from the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine. The next thing you will notice is the type and region; a white wine from Rioja with Tempranillo in it.  Intrigued?  Good!

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  8. Standout New York Wines (Part 4): Keuka Spring Vineyards

    Standout NY Wineries

    From a region famous for well made wines going back several decades, Keuka Springs Vineyards has been making great wines for thirty years. Under the direction of the Wiltberger family, Keuka Springs is producing outstanding from a wide variety of grapes. 

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  9. Standout New York Wines (Part 3): Arrowhead Spring Winery

    Standout NY Wineries

    Arrowhead Spring is another excellent winery that opted to journey down “the road not taken” that so many New York wineries have feared to venture.  Arrowhead has successfully created wines that for many years were not associated with New York, like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and even Syrah.  As with other wineries that have dared to follow this route, Arrowhead Spring has low yields which help to increase the flavor intensity of their wines.

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  10. Standout New York Wines (Part 2): Eveningside Vineyards

    Standout NY Wineries

    Up on the Niagara Escarpment region, in Cambria, NY lies Eveningside Vineyards, a winery known for small production, well made European style wines. Opened in 2004 by winemaker Randy Biehl and his wife Karen, the winery slowly grew while keeping its production reasonable by not being all things to all customers. Their focus has been on dry reds, Chardonnays and Rieslings and for this reason they have achieved success, respect and admiration throughout the state with wine lovers and wine producers alike.

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