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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Beak & Skiff - Autumn and Apples

    Apple Season

    Next Thursday marks the beginning of fall. Summer temperatures aside, there are definite earmarks that the season is upon us. Out in the hills, leaves are slowly beginning to turn and shadows are gaining length as the sun departs earlier in the evenings. Pumpkins are appearing on roadsides and apples are more prevalent at the grocer’s. Apples and autumn are inseparable. Crisp bites of Cortland and Macintosh apples, fresh, sweet cider and spice laden apple pies are all strong associations with fall.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Standout New York Wines (Part 1): Randolph O'Neill

    Standout NY Wines

    For the next few weeks, I will be featuring a series on select wines from New York State Wineries that I believe merit special attention.  The wineries are located in the Finger Lakes Niagara regions. The focus will be on specific dry reds and dry to semi-dry whites (particularly Rieslings) that I would encourage wine lovers to try. I would also recommend they visit these wineries over the Summer or Fall.

    Just a few weeks ago I had my first sip of Randolph O’Neill wines. I was very impressed with the four wines I tasted, but there were two that held my attention the most. The 2014 Cabernet Franc was delicious. In fact I was stunned that such a recent vintage could taste so complex and not finish with the annoying green pepper notes that often exist in the finish of young Cabernet Francs. This wine had all the earmarks of an outstanding Cab Franc with gorgeous dark berry and currant flavors, black pepper and spice notes.  Acidity is good but not overpowering as are the tannins. The 2014 Riesling tastes like a high end German wine with a good structure and strong notes of green apple, peach, lime and petrol. This wine should be a must this Father’s Day weekend.

    Randolph O’Neill Vineyard run by owner and winemaker Kelley O’Neill is a small production winery on the west side of Cayuga Lake.  Releasing their first wine in late 2015, the winery currently offers single vineyard Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and dry Rosé wines.  All grapes used to produce the wines are estate grown on the two acre vineyard.  For several years, their grapes have been used by other wineries , including several  award winning Rieslings produced at Silver Thread Vineyard.

    O’Neill’s previously worked for Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars and Silver Thread Vineyard.  He also worked in retail wine sales in Ithaca, NY. O’Neill’s success is based on a balanced strategy which is to meet customer demand yet remain small enough to keep “a high level of attention to detail in both the grape growing and winemaking processes.”

    As of now there is no formal tasting room, but if you are interested in tasting and visiting the production facility at 6965 State Route 89 in Ovid.  Contact Kelley O’Neill at [email protected] or call (607) 351-8890.

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  8. La Cana 2014 Albarino: A Wine to Drink in May When it Feels like July

    With temperatures climbing into the mid-eighties and humidity on the rise, this holiday weekend   practically guarantees you’ll be peeling your shirt from your back as you exit the car. Generally, as a wine drinker, you’d be reaching for a Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or even a Vinho Verde but you are having a small gathering of friends instead of a large party and you need something a bit more elegant.

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  9. Southtowns Takeout and Wine: Hoaks (Hamburg) Fish Fry and Bubbly?

    Southtowns Takeout and Wine

    Okay, I admit it. When I go to Hoaks out on the lake, I usually order a simple lager or pilsner beer with my fish fry (still my favorite since childhood) because it is such a classic match. But (duh) I do like my  wine and I was pondering what would I pair with a fish fry take-out at home?

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  10. A New Year’s Bubbly with a Grant and Hepburn Classic – Chassenay d’Arce Premier Brut Cuvee

    If you are someone who is looking for a quieter, smaller, more intimate New Years Eve that doesn’t involve loud crowds and boy bands, I have a suggestion.  Why not have a few friends over and enjoy some champagne with traditional appetizers, and watch a classic film to boot?

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