Judy’s Fall Picks
McManis Petite Sirah
The McManis family has been farming in California’s northern interior for four generations. They produce a range of wine from grapes sourced from ten estate vineyards. McManis is known and loved for their big bold and intensely fruity wines. At McManis the grape benefits from the hotter, dry climate of the San Joaquin valley to achieve perfect ripeness.
Deep purple in the glass with pronounced aromas of very ripe blackberries, accompanied by mocha, caramel and vanilla. The berry aromas of the nose come through in the taste; the wine is very rich and mouth coating with lots of sweet vanilla and dark chocolate on the finish. Pairs nicely with ribs.
The original Belgian Wheat Beer. Almost 600 years ago in the Belgian village of Hoegaarden, a band of monks experimented by adding oddball botanicals from halfway around the world to their traditional wheat beer. Crafty before craft beer was such a big deal.
Hoegaarden is a top fermented white beer spiced with coriander and curacao orange peel. It has a heady, spicy nose with a soft and delightful sour/sweet taste. Hoegaarden gets its taste from three key factors. Firstly, it’s unfiltered – hence the milky or hazy appearance and thicker texture. The recipe is lower in hops and finally, it’s bottle conditioned. Bottle conditioned simply means the already fermented beer has a second round of yeast added to the bottle to create carbonation. It looks like it’ll go down creamy, but zingy carbonation and spicy citrus kick make for a dry finish.
Try pairing this Belgian beer with Salad with citrus dressing, Grilled White Fish, or Guacamole.
Ketel One Vodka
Ketel One is a liquor brand of the Nolet distillery in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Ketel One Vodka is distilled from 100% wheat in copper pot stills, filtered over loose charcoal, and rests in tile-lined tanks until ready. Ketel One is named after the original copper pot still.
Try mixing Ketel One Vodka into this simple cocktail recipe for a Bar Car:
- 2 oz. Ketel One Vodka, Splash of Martini Dry Vermouth and a splash of Olive Brine, 2 Olives and 1 Pearl Onion.
- Add a splash of dry vermouth into a glass. Swirl around to coat the bowl and dump access. Add vodka and olive brine into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with 2 olives and 1 pearl onion.
Oyster Bay Chardonnay
Oyster Bay Chardonnay truly captures the character of Marlborough with pure, incisive, ripe fruit flavours. A combination of barrel and tank fermentation and the stirring of yeast lees achieves maximum softness, integration and texture. This wine has concentrated aromas and flavours of ripe citrus and stone fruit balanced with subtle oak, and a creamy texture to finish. A sublime expression of fruit purity from Marlborough’s unique cool climate and soil.
Oyster Bay Chardonnay pairs perfectly with a caesar salad, oven roasted turkey, or seafood pasta.
Keith’s Red Amber Ale
Keith’s Red Amber Ale has sweet aromas, with notes of spice, herb, and fruit. It is an off dry, medium body ale that is dark amber in color with rich red overtones. This beer pairs perfectly with burgers, nuts, or pizza.
The holidays are a time to enjoy good food, and of course good beer. With a traditional roasted turkey, amber ales are perfect pairings. The browning during the brewing process is similar to the caramelizing that takes place in the oven while the turkey is roasting.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is made in Austin, Texas. A pure corn spirit, it is distilled six times in a pot still. This vodka offers aromas of tropical fruit and citrus; the palate is medium bodied and smooth with flavours of guava, passion fruit, and citrus followed by a soft finish.
Try mixing Tito’s Handmade Vodka in a “Harvey Wallbanger” cocktail. A Harvey Wallbanger is a fun and simple drink that was created in the 1950’s that became a smash hit in the 1970’s and has seen a recent revival.
- Pour vodka and orange juice into an ice filled collins glass.
- Float Galliano on top by pouring gently over the back of the spoon.