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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wine Tasting - Fun with Sparkling Wines

"A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her."

Salutations and expressions of good health to everyone!  May all news come to you this day in the form of good word.  May you hold your greed well and pass along a bit of this good word to another.

No, not exactly another wine tasting.  Time for something off of the beaten wine lover's path.

Bosca Verdi Spumante
Drillaud Crème de Violette

Bosca Verdi Spumante
Grand Imperial Orange Liqueur

This is a trick that we learned from James, one of the wine managers at Total Wine & More on Colonial Drive, Orlando.  It was during last year's champagne class that James introduced us to mixing sparkling wines with a splash of liqueur.  On that day James transformed into "salesman extraordinaire"!  Besides the usual class purchases, he sold us a bottle of violet, orange, cassis, hazelnut, and praline pecan liqueurs.

Instantly, both Tiffany and I fell in love with the practice of mixing up the wine to add a new twist.  Not every wine is capable of doing so but most work quite well.  It's simply a matter of matching the sparkling wine with the proper amount of liqueur.  Yeah... fun mad scientist type stuff.

This past Sunday, Tiffany and I found the Bosca Verdi Spumante to be a most perfect candidate wine for liqueur mixing.  Not only did we enjoy a glass of Bosca Verdi Spumante by itself but we enjoyed one with a splash of violet and another with a splash of orange liqueur.

Tiffany and I don't socialize much.  You know... It's the dagger and bad movie image thang.  But... If you hold frequent parties, why not consider some quality sparkling wines and a selection of flavored liqueurs to add a pleasant twist to the fun 'n frolic?  Me?  No... I'm not sharing my wine with anyone!   Grrr...

Hi-dee hi-dee sparkling-white-wines-and-mixers-play-very-well-together-ho my friend.

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