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eRobertParker.com - Wine of the Day Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:09:15 GMT  

2013 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
2013 Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is a tight and tonic red wine with loads of fresh fruit and crisp acidity at the back. The wine is simple, clean and compact in structure. It would make a great pairing partner to pasta with a hearty meat sauce or breaded veal chops. It's your quintessential food wine. Altesino is an estate in dynamic motion. I had not been back in a number of years and the property has seen an impressive series of positive changes during my absence. Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini runs her historic property with deft precision and a careful eye for both aesthetics and quality. The yellow-rimmed botte in her cellar are a prime example of that feminine touch. When Elisabetta purchased the property in 2002 she had just emerged victorious from a bidding war with Château Margaux. The feisty Elisabetta who owns the adjacent Caparzo property tells me: "I just couldn't have French neighbors." Her aim in terms of winemaking is to stay true to Montalcino tradition. Because she owns vineyard parcels in the four quadrants of Montalcino, she has added blending flexibility to make the wines she wants by sourcing fruit with different ripeness from the various subzones. Importer(s): Leonardo LoCascio Selections (A Member of the Winebow Group), 31 West 27th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, (212) 255-9414, winebowgroup.com/our-companies/leonardo-locascio-selections/
Rating: 89  Estimated Cost: $17-$36

Spittoon Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:09:15 GMT  

Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo

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Its hot hot hot people! Like you needed me to tell you. Summer giving us one last little blast. Who needs the Caribbean or the South Pacific when good ol’ Blight has the weather and this book – Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo – gives us the info on “how to whip up […]

Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo Written by wine scribbler at Spittoon - Wine, Cocktails, Food and Travel

The post Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo appeared first on Spittoon

Its hot hot hot people! Like you needed me to tell you. Summer giving us one last little blast. Who needs the Caribbean or the South Pacific when good ol’ Blight has the weather and this book – Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo – gives us the info on “how to whip up new, mouthwatering tiki cocktails” at home.

From the Coconut Cucumber Mojito and the Honeydew Daiquiri to the Nutty Samoan and the Tahiti Spice Tikitini, these sexy, innovative drinks from Lynn Calvo, owner of Lynn’s Hula Hut in Montauk, New York, will take your tiki experience to the next level.
Lynn has come a long way from making lemonade to earn pocket money and has been bartending since before it was legal for her to drink in the US. She operated a mobile tiki bar and traveled the world before returning to her native Montauk and she is an expert on all things tiki. From this book you’ll learn all about; tiki culture; the essential bar tools and techniques; how to make your own irrestistible infusions, purees and syrups; the best drinks for your next tropical gathering; and décor tips to create the perfect setting. One sip of these amazing drinks will transport you instantly to a seaside hammock or a sandy beach and make you feel like a born islander.

There are a ton of interesting drinks to try and instructions on how to make some fantastic sounding purees to use in them – Smoked Pineapple and Sage Puree for example which goes into the intreguingly named Mexican Snake Charmer cocktail. Or you could make your own Pineapple Vanilla Vodka, as I did, to make the delicious Tahitian Lemon Drop and the longer Mellow Yellow cocktail.

Mellow Yellow Cocktail from Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo

Mellow Yellow Cocktail from Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo

Mellow Yellow Cocktail

60ml homemade pineapple #vodka
30ml pineapple juice
5ml lime juice
Fever Tree Ginger Ale

Fill a glass with ice, add vodka and both juices. Top with the ginger ale and garnish with a vanilla pod and pineapple.

Tahitian Lemon Drop Cocktail from Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo

Tahitian Lemon Drop Cocktail from Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo

Tahitian Lemon Drop Cocktail

45ml Pineapple Vanilla Vodka
45ml limoncello
10ml triple sec
15ml lemon juice

Decorate the glass rim with sugar. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into the glass. Add a slice of lemon if you have a whim to do so; else serve unadorned.

Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo calls for Tuaca (A premium amber-gold liqueur made with brandy, vanilla essence and citrus fruits and said to originate from a 16th century recipe by Lorenzo di Medici. Whisky Exchange) rather than limoncello but that is all I had.

Pineapple Vanilla Vodka

To make this flavoured vodka to use in the above two cocktails, steep a cut pineapple and a slit vanilla pod in a bottle of vodka for a week, at least. You could use tinned pineapple in natural juice rather than a fresh pineapple. It is what I did and tasted fine.

Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Clavo is available from Amazon for £11.30.

“One sip of these amazing drinks will transport you instantly to a seaside hammock or a sandy beach and make you feel like a born islander”

tiki with a twist

Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo Written by wine scribbler at Spittoon - Wine, Cocktails, Food and Travel


Ken's Wine Guide RSS Feed Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:09:15 GMT  

Sette Ponti "Poggio al Lupo" 2013 Italian (Tuscany) Red
This dark ruby colored Italian wine is a very versatile food wine. ...
Murphy Goode "The Fume" 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
This almost clear colored Sauvignon Blanc from California opens with a mild gooseberry bouquet with a hint of yellow pepper. ...
Jacobs Creek "Two Lands" 2013 Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)
This collaboration between Jacobs Creek and Ehren Jordan hit the mark on their first try with the 2013 Two Lands Shiraz and at this price point it is a great buy. ...

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WineSpectator.com: Daily Wine Picks Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:09:16 GMT  

D. KOURTAKIS Muscat Samos Kourtaki NV $14 (Wine Spectator)
A sweet Greek Muscat with a honeyed, creamy finish
CAPEZZANA Carmignano Villa di Capezzana 2012 $27 (Wine Spectator)
A dense, beefy Tuscan red
MARCO & VITTORIO ADRIANO Barbaresco Sanadaive 2012 $32 (Wine Spectator)
A big, rich, juicy Barbaresco

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Wine Library TV Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:09:17 GMT  

Episode 1,001
Five years later and on the 10 year anniversary of the first episode of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk is back! On this comeback episode of…

Five years later and on the 10 year anniversary of the first episode of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk is back! On this comeback episode of the show Gary tastes some super premium wines from California.


Good Wine Under $20 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:09:17 GMT  

Wine That Stands Up to Pesto
It's officially summer. Unofficially, it's basil season. Right now, I am overwhelmed with the stuff. Pictured to the left is one of my behemoth basil plants. Having a lot of basil isn't exactly a problem, I admit. Who doesn't love basil? But for wine lovers, basil can make for difficult pairings. This is one assertive herb, and you need a wine that isn't going to clash with it, nor do you want your wine to disappear on the palate.















My usual go-to wine when strong green, herbal notes are part of a dish is Sauvignon Blanc. But New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are often quite citrusy, and US Sauvignon Blancs can be too melony and soft for basil. So I opened a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc--and it was perfect with my linguine tossed with homemade pesto and topped with some heirloom cherry tomatoes.


The 2011 Viña Carmen Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva (available for $13-$15 in the market) is made from grapes grown in the Leyda Valley. It has vibrant aromas of grass, gooseberry, and that uniquely weird smell of boxwood that I often smell in Sauvignon Blancs from the southern hemisphere. This wine was green and leafy rather than citrusy, with a backbone of acidity that was neutral in flavor but kept your mouth watering for more. The midpalate was herbal, making me think 'this is what Cabernet Franc would taste like if it were white and not red.' Cool and refreshing, this stood up to the basil. If you have the wine with something less resolutely green, you may find that its assertiveness is a problem but if you have basil, this is a good wine to go with it--and it represents very good QPR.

Full Disclosure: I received a sample of this wine for possible review.

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