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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. Two Distinct Roses - As Summer Fades…Roses Needn’t

    Two Distinct Roses

    You wouldn’t know it by the temperature of late, but fall is approaching and summer will be just a memory.  It’s been great for Rose sales where several red wine diehards have found a chilled and refreshing alternative to their favorite room temperature “go to” for most of the year.

    So do we say farewell to the roses until next May and focus strictly on the reds? If many of us drink white wine all year as well as red, then why not rose?  In fact, think about food pairings where rose could be the perfect choice.  Thanksgiving could be a whole new experience for some folks.  Rose and turkey is a winner combination.

    There are several roses we have to choose from that come from various parts of the world. Often they are blends but I would like to mention two particular favorites that are single varietal wines. Chateau De La Deidiere is a rose from Provence and is made from 100% Grenache grapes. This wine comes in a lovely curvaceous

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  3. Vina Zorzal 2015 Garnacha: A Fresh,Vibrant Red from an Ancient World

    From the Navarro area in Spain formally known as the “basque” region comes this easy drinking, full bodied Garnacha is perfect pick for a last minute get together. This wine comes from vineyards dating back to when Spain was a colony of the Ancient Roman Empire. Benefiting from Atlantic and Mediterranean influences and cold winds from the Pyrenees, Vina Zorzal has excellent conditions for this type of wine.

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  4. La Mouliniere and Cote Mas Roses: To Mom from France with Love

    Some may think it is stereotypical to pick a Rose for a blog entry for Mother’s Day.  I beg to differ. The Roses that I’m writing about may be a variation of a shade of pink, but that does not mean these wines are syrupy and one dimensional. Guys, if you are listening. Not all women like Pink Moscato or White Zinfandel anymore than all men like Budweiser or Jack Daniels. These Roses are dry (often like Moms’sense of humor) but refreshing and full of flavor.

    Our May Double Up for a Buck event just began and we have two new Roses on the sale

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  5. Jaxon Keys Farmhouse Red 2012 - Mendocino County: Rich Land, Wine and Film

    Several years ago my wife and I visited Northern California where we spent time in San Francisco and points north. Most of our trip was spent in Mendocino County which I found to be geographically diverse and beautiful. There was coastline, hills, redwood forest, farms, scenic fishing villages, costal hamlets and several vineyards.

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  6. Wine for Easter 2016: Chateau de La Clapiere 2011 Provence Rouge Violette

    Wines for Easter

    Some years it helps to offer a selection of wines to write about for Easter because of the variety and complexity of the foods offered during this holiday weekend.

    This year I’ve decided to focus on only one wine and one main course for Easter dinner.  It’s no secret that I love bold red wines from the France, particularly from the Southern regions. Such a wine is Chateau de La Clapiere 2011 Provence Rouge Violette.  This delicious yet reasonably priced red blend is comprised of 50% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 15% Carignan.  Malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months in concrete tanks helps to give this wine a distinct long lasting richness and smooth tannins. The color is a deep ruby and there is a strong aroma of cherry and red raspberry preserves with highlights of honey, licorice and other spices. The Provence Rouge is full bodied, round and delightfully rich tasting.

    The wine is named after producer M.Henri Fabre’s great-grandmother

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  7. Wine and Films for Thanksgiving (Pt. 3): An Eclectic Mix

    Thanksgiving Wine and Film Pairings

    Here is my list of some favorite wines for Thanksgiving. Some of these are typical choices, while others may seem out in left field. All are interesting and worth your time. With a couple of exceptions, these wines will fall under $15.00 a bottle.

    WHITES

    1. Les Lys 2014 Vouvray - There are apricot, almond and slight honey notes complemented by a fair amount of acidity, yet this wine still is very creamy and has a round finish. It will be a crowd pleaser at Thanksgiving.
    2. Dom Lafage 2014 Centenaire Cotes du Roussane - A light straw colored blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussane, this wine is crisp and has peach and green apple notes with good minerality.
    3. Ressia 2014 Evien Bianco - This wine is very aromatic with intense flavors of peach, apricot, orange blossom, lychee (somewhat reminiscent of a Vouvray) and a hint of anise in the finish.
    4. Willm 2013 Gewurtztraminer - a bit creamy and juicy, with smoke, apple, melon, lime, and ginger flavors.
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  8. Bargain Beauties from France: Cote Mas Rouge Intense and Blanc Mediterranee

    Bargain Beauties from France

    Starting on October 1st we will be having our Fall Double Up for a Buck sale.  Several of your old favorites will be on the sale as well as some new comers, including some lovely wines from France.

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  9. Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca: A late Summer Delight

    Summer maybe be waning but let us not forget that there is about a month or so left before the true chill of Fall will arrive. Therefore, we should all carry on with our crisp, white wines that refresh us so much when the temps are climbing above 75 degrees or so.

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  10. L'Orangeraie Rose 2014: Orange is the New Red? White?

    Admittedly my title for this blog may sound like an exaggeration and yes, it is.  But maybe not for the hot summer months. Roses are catching on in Western New York and we of course at Premier, have plenty of them. They are bold diplomats who answer the call of those looking for something different from the wave of Red Blends and Pinot Grigios regularly consumed.

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