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September 5, 2014 Posted by Josh in Wine

Falling for White Wines

Just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean you have to fall out of love with white wines. There are plenty of excellent dishes for the warmer weather that you can enjoy with white wines. We have an excellent selection of Italian and French varietals that pair great with seafood, pasta, and chicken based dishes.


You can enjoy a Verdicchio from Italy with Gnocchis, Chicken and Brocoli with Ziti, Seafood Salads, and Sage Fettucini. Colombard, a varietal mainly from France is great for Pork and Vegetable based dishes. Gavi from Piedmont in northern Italy is a great pairing with Roasted Veal and Tuna dishes. Vouvray from the Loire in France are made with the grape Chenin Blanc. Dry versions are a sophisticated choice with white fish, veal or chicken. Off-dry to sweet Vouvray has luscious freshness that makes it a great match with fruit served with cheese or even stronger flavored cheeses.


Gewürztraminer, a grape from the Alsace region in France pair with many foods. The style of the specific wine determines these pairings. Off dry Gewurztraminers go great with strongly aged and pungent cheeses. For sweet Gewurztraminers, like a late harvest Gewurztraminer, you’ll find it’s a lovely pair with fruity deserts, such as a peach, pear, or lychee dessert. We hope to see u stop in and ask the staff about these wines so that you can continue to enjoy and experience great white wines even in the colder weather seasons.


Recipes from behind the Bar with Ralph - Football Edition

Football season is right around the corner and when most people think of football Sundays and tailgating they think of beer. There are some pretty party drinks for the ladies and some hard core whiskey and brandy drinks for the guys. Each drink is designed to represent the city, mascot, or colors of your favorite team. Below are a few some samples of team drinks.


Philadelphia Eagles:

The Eagle
  • 1 ½ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. crème de violette
  • 1 oz. lemon          
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg white

  • Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a wine glass

Detroit Lions:

The Lions Paw
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort liqueur
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. raspberry wine

  • Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well blended. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of fruit.

Hakuna Ma’ Vodka

Vodka, the original water of royalty… Nowadays it’s just another drink. However, there are some exceptions to the same ol’ same. A lot of companies are doing whatever they can to achieve the upper hand in the market. Some over-distill; others play off the new ‘green’ craze sweeping the country and become ‘certified organic.’ Even within these realms, there are a few standouts, they are:
  • Blue Ice:

    This is potato vodka, distilled from 9.5 lbs. of Russet Burbank Potatoes, straight from Idaho. They use a four column distillation process and a five-stage filtration process which takes the product through charcoal, garnet, and crystal to name a few. Afterwards it’s cut to 80-proof using Rocky Mountain well water. The tasting notes for this particular spirit are a heavy body with a crisp, mild bite. Virtually no burn is present, just a slight warming sensation as it goes down. This bottle is shaped morbidly, like a tombstone, yet it has intricate icicle etchings on the back. This bottle is on sale here for $15.99-750 mL and $34.99-1.75 L.
  • Rain:

    This is 100% organic white corn vodka, good news for those who are Gluten-intolerant or looking for a healthy alternative drink. It is distilled 4 times and unlike most other organic vodkas, nothing else is made in the same still, it’s completely monogamous to Rain. The specifics for this refreshing drink are a slightly sweet smell, with a sweet and light flavor on the tongue. After crossing the palate, you notice a slight warming on its way down. Much like Blue Ice, it has virtually no burn. It is available in flavors as well and the prices for each are; $23.99 for the Original, $23.99 for the Honey Mango, and $21.99 for the Cucumber Lime. They are distinct in their bottle shape which mimics that of a raindrop, ironically.
  • Purity:

    This is probably the most exquisite gem out on the market right now. Purity takes Vodka distillation to a whole new level! It’s distilled 34 times from completely organic winter wheat and malted barley, after the initial distillation the proof is rated at 192. After adding deionized water to this, it is reduced down to a more manageable 80-proof. The 34-times distillation makes it almost water-like, yet it holds its taste. When first tasted it has creamy, yet spicy grain notes and almost has a vanilla bean or crème soda creaminess. After crossing the palate you get a slightly sweet grain taste with a crisp bite and pleasant warming. There is absolutely no burn associated with this product. The bottle fits the product by being crafted after the cuts of a diamond. You can purchase this here for $44.99-750 mL, or $76.99-1.75 L.
Come visit us and take a look at some of our other options, and especially the ones mentioned here. Thank you and we’ll see you here.

Recipes from behind the Bar with Ralph

Enjoy the final weeks of summer with one of these refreshing drinks.

Baileys Spiced Cake Martini

Mixing up this drink is literally a piece of cake. This drink is Hip to Sip and make your party extra scrumptious.

  • 2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream with a hint of Hazelnut Flavor
  • .5 oz. Smirnoff Spiced Cake Vodka
  • Nutmeg Powder

  Combine Baileys, Vodka, and ice in a shaker and shake up
Strain into a martini glass and sprinkle with nutmeg

Baileys Mudslide

As it turns out you can really have your cake and drink it too with this old favorite. Serve this creamy drink during cocktail hour or as a sweet after dinner indulgence.

  • 2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream with a Hint of Coffee Flavor
  • .5 oz. Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
  • .5 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Ice

Mix Baileys, Vodka, Godiva, and Ice in a blender until frothy
Swirl chocolate syrup around glass before pouring.

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