Swirl, Sip & Savor
I often get the question of what constitutes a ‘sweet’ wine versus a ‘dry’ wine, and moreover, what do those labels or styles mean, from guests, family, friends, and random people. Therefore, I hope to shed light on the subject by sharing the official European Union and US system and MY interpretation and system I like to use when doing freelance wine education classes, wine tasting parties, and work at the winery .
I had the lovely experience of sipping a glorious Dry Rosé in January 2020 at the Libertè Lounge in the Sofitel Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. What was the occasion? Well, the reason for my visit on this cold, blustery night in the City of Brotherly Love was to conclude my WSET Level 3 studies upstairs on the 3rd floor with a three-hour tasting and theory exam, which was going to be beyond stressful and intense. I sat there at a high-top table with cushy pillows surrounding me on a plush leather half booth contemplating what to have for dinner.
Cabernet Franc may call France its home, but can we make great wines elsewhere. Where does Cabernet Franc grow best and thrive?
Cabernet Franc is a different animal and deserves recognition. If you were the parent of stars Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenere, you would be eccentric too. It has learned to survive and thrive just about anywhere and has existed a very long time.
October 10th marks "International Pinotage Day". In celebrating this unique and misunderstood grape, I offer a glimpse into it's history and factoids. The name Pinotage is a little bit misleading because it sounds so much like Pinot Noir. It is easy to assume they taste alike. Not true. In fact, the South African grape looks and tastes more like Shiraz even though Pinotage is technically related to Pinot Noir. So why haven’t we heard more about this deliciously dark grape? If you love a bold barbecue-friendly wine, Pinotage wine is worth checking out.
I am beyond excited that my book has officially landed on Amazon (click attached link) in paperback and kindle versions. The hardback version will appear on there shortly and i will receive my copies in the next few weeks.. If you are anxious to get a glimpse, you can read inside the book there. For those who are not able to receive a copy from me in person or by mail with signature and personalized message, please feel free to order a copy or copies.
Enjoy these fresh summer cocktails available along with many others at Lavish Lounge. These cocktails scream summer and are sooo good. We will have a collection of specialty martinis, margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris, and shooters. It looks very promising that we will re-open on June 20th with a new seasonal cocktail menu restrictions per NYS guidelines
2 oz. aged Jamaican rum
Let's have some fun and play a wine game! In looking at how grape varietals develop and form wine throughout the world, we have to consider terroir, climate, soil, region, microclimate, etc... Below are three tasting notes for the most popular and most planted grape varietal in the world - Cabernet Sauvignon. In thinking about those countries and regions, what type of Cab would you expect. One is for a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, France, one is from Aconcagua Valley, Chile and one is from Coonawarra, Australia .
The grapes that make a particular wine dictate the general structure of that wine and how it will respond to everything the winemaker and viticulturist does to it. If a wine is white, odds are that it came from white grapes; if it is red or pink, that’s because the wine came from red/black grapes. How did it smell? Herbal, Floral, Fruity, Earthy? Whichever, those aromas come mainly from the grapes.
As seen at Lavish Lounge Bar and Restaurant and events/parties by Raise Your Spirits, Inc., below is the cocktail menu used along with step-by-step instructions. Numbers next to ingredient are in ounces. Any questions, please let me know. Enjoy!
Irish Rum Swizzle
1.5 Irish Whiskey, ¾ Dry Vermouth, ¾ Lemon
½ Grenadine, mint sprig & cherry
Add ingredients, crushed ice, swizzle to froth, beer glass