Debbie’s Summer Picks

St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel

St Francis Old Vine Zinfandel is an award-winning wine from the 2017 PEI Festival of Wines. This Old Vine Zin benefited from a growing season which saw a wealth of sunshine with consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit to develop full, rich ripe flavors with incredible balance. It was aged for 16 months in 100% French oak. It is a wine with great structure, concentrated flavors and a long luscious finish. The abv is high at 15.2% but balanced with flavors of mixed berries, tobacco leaf and warm spices.

The St Francis is medium-full bodied with spicy berry and pepper flavors and pairs beautifully with BBQ or braised meats. It partners particularly well with hard and richly flavored cows and sheep cheese or Spanish Manchego. For a quick and flavorful summer meal try our Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri and a bottle of this old vine Zinfandel.

Summer is the season of weddings and choosing a gift for the couple that has everything can be a challenge. A Discovery of Wine is a personal and interesting gift choice for both the novice and more experienced wine aficionado. A collection of a few intriguing wines with pairing notes and cellaring potential would be a memorable gift for the newlyweds. St Francis Zinfandel is a great bottle to start with.

Upstreet Go Devil

Summer is the thirsty season here on PEI, a perfect time to enjoy a delicious, refreshing ale from Upstreet Craft Brewery. Go Devil is an American IPA with an abv of 6.66% and 42 IBU. This devilish IPA has juicy tropical, pine and citrus notes. Using only a single malt gives the beer a dry finish that allows the hops to really shine.

IPAs have a great affinity for spice and light fruit notes. The bitterness has a cooling effect and though they flame the heat of a spicy dish it lightens up on the finish. Mexican dishes mixes light and dark flavors like cilantro, refined beans and chilies which are a great pairing with Go Devil’s sweet and citrus combination.

Debbie’s Southern 75 Cocktail


  • 6 oz. Go Devil IPA
  • 2oz Bourbon
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup


  • Pour beer into chilled Collins glass.
  • In a cocktail shaker combine bourbon, lemon juice& simple syrup with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the beer and garnish with a lemon twist.

Black Fly Vodka Citrus

Black Fly Vodka and Tequila Mixed Drinks are made with real pure juices,7% spirits and lightly sweetened with cane sugar. They are low in sweetness compared to other Ready to Drink Beverages and are balanced and refreshing. PEI Liquor offers 5 assorted flavors of this unique summertime beverage.

Black Fly bottles are light weight, resealable and recyclable which make them a fantastic choice for pool parties, sailing adventures or hikes along the coast. The producers have even made the mouth of the bottle wide enough to slip in some ice during those sizzling days of summer.

Black Fly beverages are already pre-mixed but get creative and use some interesting glassware and garnishes to bring some splash to these summer beverages. For a great pre-dinner refreshment fill a champagne flute 2/3 full of any Black Fly beverage, top with sparkling wine and add seasonal fruit. It’s a great drink to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Black Fly Mimosa

  • Fill a champagne flute 2/3 full of your favorite Black Fly Beverage
  • Top with sparkling wine
  • Add seasonal fruit