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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wine Tasting - Conde de Caralt Cava Brut & The Spirit of New Orleans Praline Pecan Liqueur

"When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality."
Greetings, salutations and harmonious wishes of good tidings to you from me in Central Florida!  May you be blessed with a most wonderful day.

Oh no!  Not yet another wine tasting post Chucky?  Say it ain't so Chucky!  "It's so my friend."  This one is another white wine mixer blog post.  Pecan praline liqueur mixes so might fine.

Why all of the Wine Tasting posts lately?  I apologize but I don't really have much in food blogs to post.  Right now Tiffany and I are in the midst of "Operation Freezers" where we promise ourselves to stop making fresh dishes and concentrate on cleaning out two truly over-packed freezers.  I am truly embarrassed because I could feed an army of 1,000 for over a week with what's in our two freezers (exaggeration).  But ~ there is hardly room for even a single frozen pea to be stored in either of two freezers!

You won't be seeing any made-from-scratch cooking posts for awhile my friend.  But, in the meantime allow me to share some wine posts, okay?

Chucky's Point Score:  88
Tiffany's Point Score:  91

Conde de Caralt Cava Brut
The Spirit of New Orleans Praline Pecan Liqueur

Wine: Conde de Caralt Cava Brut
Appellation:  Torrelavit, Spain
Grape Varietal(s):  Cava
Retail Price:  $8.99 @ Total Wine & More
Vintage:  unknown
Producer:   Sevisa
Alcohol:  11.5%
Calories:   81 per 4 ounces

Wine:  The Spirit of New Orleans Praline Pecan Liqueur
Appellation:  Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
Grape Varietal(s):  not applicable
Retail Price:  $13.99 @ Total Wine & More
Vintage:  unknown
Producer:   Sazerac Co.
Alcohol:  21.0%
Calories:   > 104 per 4 ounces

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Notes

Chucky's Notes:  "Takes a good bubbly and makes it exceptional.  Love the pecan praline liqueur!  Refreshing from first sip to last.  What an excellent mixer!"

Tiffany's Tasting Notes

Tiffany's Notes:  "Wow!  I'm in love!  The sweetness of the pecan praline really compliments the dryness of this cava brut!  This combination really  packs a punch of flavors!  Love how the flavors linger in my mouth!  Can't wait to have another glass.   :)"

The Conde de Caralt Cava Brut label doesn't provided any information but the Praline Pecan Liqueur simply reads as follows:

"Pralines have been a New Orleans tradition since the French first brought the candy to the Crescent City in the 18th century.  Pralines remain today the essential confection identified with the city.  In fact, you could say, they are part of the soul of New Orleans.  Historically, these rich brown sugar and pecan treats were sold by Creole praline ladies in the French Quarter who carried them in baskets perched upon their heads, as they strolled through the Vieux Carré, singing their tuneful sales pitch.  'Praw-LEENS, frais praw-LEENS!'

The original Praline Pecan Liqueur captures that rich praline flavor ~ 'The Spirit of New Orleans'.  Sip Praline with your coffee after a meal on the patio, or make a Nutty Russian with it.  Praline is also an ideal ingredient for desserts or just served over ice cream ~ then close your eyes and listen for the tuneful cry of the praline lady, 'Praw-LEENS, frais praw-LEENS!' 

Check our website for tasty drink and dessert recipes."

Tiffany and I have experimented with orange liqueur, violet liqueur, creme de cassis liqueur, Frangelico (hazelnut) liqueur, and this pecan praline liqueur.  All were exceptional mixers but The Spirit of New Orleans Praline Pecan Liqueur simply had something over and beyond the others.  If you love wine and love pecan pralines, you would be doing yourself an injustice not trying the combination my friend!

Hi-dee hi-dee ya'll-need-to-try-this-pecan-praline-stuff-ho my friend.


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  2. Thanks Jasmine! Tiffany and I are blushing. Psst... between you and us; uncorking, tasting and sharing our thoughts about bottles of vino isn't too difficult. (hehe)

    Cheers my fine friend!