Archive | April, 2016

The 2016 International Wine Competition

25 Apr

The International Wine Competition held March 18-20 at the Downtown Holiday Inn to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times had 3824 Wines entered which represented 916 Wineries – 26 countries!

I just wanted to point out and congratulate our local wineries and commend how well they did. We often do not realize what a prize we have right here in our backyard! The Finger Lakes may not have won “Best of Show”, however, 21 New York wines received Double Gold, 40 received Gold, 314 received Silver and 158 received Bronze.

One particular wine we would like to highlight is the Heron Hill Semi Sweet Riesling.  Out of 1275 white wines entered, this delicious Riesling took a Double Gold. A smooth wine with notes of pear and ripe melon joined with subtle aromas of white flowers and honey. It pairs well with New York State sharp cheddar cheeses or a creamy Brie along with peach chutney. Or serve it with a peach or pear sorbet for dessert.

We carry many of the Heron Hill wines with award winning taste that are easy on the wallet – enjoy!

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Rum’s Versatility

12 Apr

As we approach warmer weather, summer cocktails start making their seasonal way to our patios. Bikinis After DarkRum & Coke, and our beloved Daiquiris – all Rum based concoctions.

While reading “Market Watch”, specifically their “Mixology” article, they talk about the quality, variety and versatility of today’s rum market and how it has risen in the past two decades. “The amount of growth in rum’s diversity has been breathtaking,” says Carlton Grooms, director of operations for Papa’s Pilar Rum, a brand that launched in 2013 and pays tribute to Ernest Hemingway.

Just to tell the Papa’s Pilar Rum / Ernest Heming way connection – let’s check in to see what says….

“Ernest “Papa” Hemingway is among the greatest American authors of the 20th century. But he was much more than that. Hemingway’s passion for life was legendary, as was his international celebrity as an avid outdoorsman, adventurer and big game hunter. The Caribbean was his favorite playground and rum his spirit of choice. For generations of American men, Hemingway was a man to be emulated.”

Rum has images of pirate adventures and wild beach drinks with umbrellas and a tropical tiki bar. Rum cocktails can be light, tropical, layered or complex which also adds to their popularity.

With unaged and aged variants that range vastly in flavors and textures, there’s a rum for everybody and every cocktail. There are vegetal, citrus and crisp rums, dry, spicy, sweet or fruity – similar to how vodkas range in taste – Rums range in even more directions adding the very spicy to the mix.

Grooms adds, “Unlike Bourbon distillers, who are limited by laws regulating how the spirit must be made – rum producers have more freedom. With rum, there aren’t strict rules. As long as it’s made from sugarcane, it’s rum. From there, we’re free to use our own creativity.”

Different cocktail styles will vary depending on the taste preferences of the drinker. For a fruiter, tiki-style cocktail, try mixing some of the coconut or fruit flavored rums and add some pineapple juice.

Adapted from Diane Corcoran of Three Dots and a Dash

4 pineapple chunks, plus additional for garnish
1 ounce agricole rum
1 ounce dark Jamaican rum
1/2 ounce 151 proof rum
1 ounce orgeat (almond-flavored) syrup
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup

Lightly char pineapple under a broiler, just until slightly darkened.
Put one chunk in each glass, and muddle to release juices. Add crushed ice.
In a shaker, combine the rest of the ingredients over ice. Shake for 10 seconds.

Strain into the glasses. Garnish with additional pineapple.

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