St Patrick’s Day Sparkling Lemon Mint Julep

March 9, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. But before you grab that traditional Irish beer, why not try a festive cocktail? This version of a mint julep includes sparkling wine (we used Brotherhood Winery’s Sparkling Riesling) and homemade lemon simple syrup. Don’t forget the mint julep!

Thousand Islands Winery Honey Harbor Mead

February 28, 2018

Expand your repertoire and branch out from grape wine to it’s older sister, mead. Honey wine, as it is also referred to, is made around the world, and in New York State. This version from Thousand Island Winery is a sweet style made with just water, honey and yeast. Pale in the glass, the aromas of citrus, clover and honey predominate. The body is light and although sweet, is comparable to a semi-sweet Riesling. Try this with spicy foods and you may become a fan of this ‘nectar of the gods’.

2015 Altovinum Evodia

February 8, 2018

From Eric Solomon comes this Garnacha variety from Aragon, Spain.  Hand harvested and aged in French oak this is a dark jammy wine with powerful notes of blueberry, oak, vanilla on the nose and a moderate body with gobs of jam with a good balance between fruit and acidity.  Some cocoa powder too.  Went super well with Manchego cheese and medium intensity Gruyere.  This wine was under $10 and a great value.

Miles Wine Cellars Treasure

February 2, 2018

The Finger Lakes are known for making excellent dessert style wines, but usually with white grapes. One look at this port style bottle and you know that this is a different type of dessert wine. Miles Cellars delights any port lover with this ruby styled version made with Lemberger grapes. Cherries, cassis, coffee and chocolate predominate on the nose. The mouth is similar to the nose, with a viscous and smooth texture. One sip is not enough so its worth seeking out your own bottle to take the chill out of the house.