Wine Cocktail – White Porto Mojito
Tis’ the season…to add some pizzazz to your holiday party! If you’re already feeling eggnog’d out just thinking about the holidays, and want to celebrate with something other than regular wine, try this delicious White Porto Mojito. This wine cocktail is easy to make and budget friendly. Use soda water or Perrier for a less sweet cocktail.
Recipe for about 13 people.
- Fill a large pitcher halfway with ice.
- Pour in a bottle of Taylor Fladgate White Porto.
- Slice a lemon and put the pieces in the pitcher.
- Tear up 1 or 2 sprig of mint and put in the pitcher.
- Add a 1 L bottle of tonic water.
- Stir for about 10 seconds.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon and mint. (pomegranate seeds would look very festive)
FaLaLa… Tis’ the season of festive parties. Wine will be served, and what to do with the left over?
HOW TO KEEP AN OPEN BOTTLE OF WINE?
I am asked the question, frequently. Left over wine has never been an issue in my house. A Bacchus commandment “Thou shall finish an open bottle of wine”. In the event that you have some wine left at the end of your party, here are some tips on how to seal your open bottle and where to store it to get an extra day out of your left over.
White wines will last 1 or 2 days depending of the style.
Red wines will last about 3 days depending of the style.
Full-bodied wines will retain flavour and freshness better than lighter wines.
Younger wines will retain flavour better than older wines.
Refrigerate, left over wine, will help to preserve its lifespan. You should refrigerate white and red. Don’t forget to pull out red wine about 30-40 minutes before serving.
Reduce the amount of oxygen in the bottle by putting left over into a smaller bottle. Use an air tight closure, it helps slow down oxidation.
Try a wine saver gadget. The 2 most popular ones are:
1 – VACUVIN ( a vacuum sealer ) from $18.00 to $22.00
2 – PRIVATE PRESERVATIVE ( gas) from $16.00 to $20.00
FREEZING LEFT OVER WINE
How about freezing left over wine? The experiment had good results according to the ‘Shopping Bag’ and a few other web sites. The wine tasted as good as the one day left over wine. They said that the wine tasted fine. Unfortunately, they don’t talk about the type of container used for the experiment. Have fun doing your own experiment, and let me know the result.
COOKING WITH LEFT OVER WINE
Using a bit of wine in sauces and stews enhance flavours. In restaurants, we use cheap wine for simmering dishes such as lamb shanks, and we use quality wine for sauces. I always have a bit of left over white and red in my fridge. The left over will last about 2 months. You can freeze wine in an ice tray. It is really practical, you take only as many cubes as you need. You can keep chicken and beef broth the same way.
Wine Of the Month
History Of Region
Naousa (or Náoussa) is a town in the hills of Macedonia, northern Greece. In 1971 it became Greece’s very first wine region to be given its own official appellation title, and served as a model for the Greek appellation system.During the 19th Century, Naousa wine was found in well-to-do households across Europe as local producers were able to get around the high taxes and bans on winemaking imposed in much of mainland Greece by the ruling Ottomans. However, an outbreak of phylloxera in the early 20th Century led to many of Naousa’s vineyards being ripped out. In the 1960s, vines were replanted with phylloxera-resistant rootstocks, and more-modern viticulture and winemaking techniques saw a resurgence of Naousa wines. The arrival of the Naoussa appellation (a PDO) in 1971 precipitated significant improvements in both viticulture and winemaking.
Xynomavro is a dark-skinned grape variety widely planted in northern Greece and, to a lesser extent, the Macedonian Republic.The variety is highly regarded in its native Greece as the finest red wine the country has to offer. With its characteristically high tannin and acidity, Xynomavro is structurally one of the biggest red wines in the Mediterranean, and indeed Europe.
(Info via wine-searcher.com)
The Boutari wine is a good entry level to Naoussa wine style. It offers rich aromas. Medium to full-bodied with ripe red fruit, spices and soft tannins in the finish. Pair with barbecue, ripe yellow cheeses, sausages, smoked cold cuts, pasta with spicy red sauce.
Shelf price $17.49 ($2off at BCLDB until Nov 26). Available at selected private stores.
Wine Of The Month – Hayes Ranch Red Blend
Founded in 1883, Wente Family Estates is the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country, owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family.
The Hayes Family was a true California ranching family whose livelihood depended on the land. The Wente Family Estates winemaking team carries on the Hayes family tradition by crafting bright, delicious wines from premier California vineyards.Harvested from select vineyards in California, whose topography, soils and climate provide optimal growing conditions.
Hayes red blend tasting notes: Medium-bodied and fruity on the palate with blackberries, tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, dark chocolates and pepper.
Aailable at EverythingWine stores, The Strath in Victoria, and other selected private stores.
Artisan Bistro in Broadmeed, Victoria also offers this red.
Shelf Price:$15.49 (price may vary)
Feteasca Alba Jidvei Sec – The Wine Of The Week
The Feteasca Alba wine is ideal to be enjoyed at any occasion, especially with friends and family at home or in the city with barbecue food and picnic. This wine is full-bodied, fresh and has aromatic characters.
Feteasca Alba Grape
This is an ancient Romanian grape with more than 2000 years of history. The Feteasca Alba (White Maiden in English) is grown especially in Banat, Moldova and Transilvania. The wines are either dry or semi-dry, with a balanced alcohol content (11.5-12%), good acidity, and feature a velvety, natural finesse. It is the most popular Romanian grape variety, over 23000 hectares of land being cultivated with it.
Jidvei is the most famous Romanian producer of premium dry and medium dry white wines. Based in the heart of Transylvania, Jidvei’s vineyards spread on more than 2500 hectares alongside the Tarnave River, which gives its wines their Denomination of Controlled Origin. Situated at an altitude between 300 and 500 meters above sea level, most of the plantations have a Southern exposition, thus the sun rays and chalky soil, make up the perfect conditions for vine-growing.
Area Of Production: Romania, D.O.C Tarnave
In the heart of Transylvania, at Jidvei, there is an ancient castle, built between 1570 and 1580, that became the symbol of some of the best Romanian D.O.C (Denomination of Controlled Origin) white wines.
Shelf price: $12.49 + tax – Available at BC Gov’t liquor stores.
Wine is one of the best things to have happened to mankind and nowadays, wine making in nothing less than an art in countries like France, Spain, Italy and U.S, who also happen to be the largest wine producers in the world. So, if you like attending wine testing events to give your palate a distinct and royal taste from the varieties of wines available then let’s explore the top five countries all around the world that have mastered finesse in wines and are popular for their refined wines all over the globe.
Italy is famous for a lot of things and this includes wine too! The famed Chianti wine comes from Tuscany, Italy where it is made from a conventional method of crushing grapes with feet and wine is put into underground cellars made from rocks. Tuscany also lets out many wine tours for wine lovers and you can sometime plan a short visit to the grape vines there and immerse yourself in this quaint wine paradise.
The French destination Bordeaux is the one to explore for wine tasting and touring. Table wines from Bordeaux are really famous and the town itself is replete with Gothic church structures and tripping to chateaus is the way to experience wine ecstasy. It is one of the best places that produce finest wines from France to making it an ideal compliment to your family meals and parties!
Spain’s Catalonia and Barcelona are the regions that produce amazing white wines and sparkling cava. Barcelona is actually Catalonia’s capital and is blessed with a wonderful combination of modern and ancient aura. Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes found here are dominating ingredients in red wine while Macabeo and Parellada are used in white wine. Hence, both red wine and white wine are finely created in these two Spanish regions and if you are ever looking to witness the whole making process, plan a wine tour to Catalonia and Barcelona for sure.
When looking for the best wine places in United States, Finger Lakes is surely the perfect one to begin with. It is the largest wine making destination and is located in New York. Around 100+ wineries are situated in Finger Lakes and offer a range of varieties from Chardonnay to Vidal Blank. For wine touring, start with New York Wine & Culinary Center and then explore the special wine trails of Cayuga and Seneca. There are also farmhouses located at this upstate side of New York and a whole trail of wineries are just waiting to be found around this splendid region. The relishing wine tasting and a quaintly backdrop will surely make your trip worth remembering!
Making its entry in the list of largest wine producers, Argentina has emerged as one of the superior wine making countries in the last decade. The popular of all are the incredible Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Mendoza is the wine destination to go for in Argentina and is well-known for wineries offering sample tasting tours. But pre-booking is inherently important if you are tripping to Mendoza and you can also visit the Vines of Mendoza for a brief introduction to the wine locations that can be found here.
Therefore, these stunning regions from all around the world have made our ideas of finest wines as truly possible. These are the places to add in your bucket list especially for wine connoisseurs and if you are on a spree to taste the best wines in the world.
Being a scrumptious foodie herself, Emily writes about her food experiences and on international cuisine related topics like Mexican candies to keep her audience updated about latest food happenings.
Wine Of The week
Régnié is an appellation for red wines in northern Beaujolais, France, covering land immediately east of the village of Beaujeu. Once a part of the Beaujolais Villages appellation, years of lobbying by the region’s growers saw the area confirmed in 1988 as the tenth Beaujolais cru. Régnié wines are some of the lightest of the Beaujolais crus, and are sweet-scented and structured, with refined tannins.
La Maison des Bulliats is a small family run vineyard producing Régnié, a delightfully light, fruity and well structured red from the Gamay grape variety. This Beaujolais offers fragrant aromas and flavours of cherry, raspberry and a hint of spice. The original vines of the region were planted by the Roman governor Reginus from which the cru and local village derive their names. This Grand cru is a terrific food wine. Pair with turkey, ham, or soft cheese. Suggestions: Serve cool at 14-15°C on opening.
Shelf Price: $19.99 + tax
Available at BC liquor stores, EverythingWine, and other private stores.
CANTINE SALVALAI – MONILE VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO 2010 – ITALY
Deep ruby red colour. The nose is of ripe fruit, jam cherries and sweet spices. A big mouthful of intense fruit characters, raisin, spices, smoke, and a hint of earthiness with a good finish. A great food wine. Pair with meat & pasta dishes, grilled or stewed red meat, it can also be served with moderately aged cheese, and game.
At the end of the first fermentation , the wine used to make Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, is placed in contact with the marc and dried grape juice of the same variety already used to make Amarone. Such contact leds to a second fermentation lasting 6 to 12 days and gives the wine extra fragrance, color, alcohol content and body. After Malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for about 10- 12 months. in Slavonian oak barrels (80%) and French oak tonneaux (20%), before being left to refine in bottles for another 6 months.
Shelf Price: $24.09 + tax
Available at selected private wine stores.
Wine Of The Week