Judy’s Valentine’s Day Picks
Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris Reserve
A mellow creamy and fruity wine with a rich core of complex peach, apricot fruit flavors balanced with citrus notes and a dry finish.
Alsace wines are ideal food partners because they combine great aromatic intensity with balanced firm structure. Enjoy with pork, poultry and fish.
DRAMBUIE (a word derived from Gaelic meaning the drink that satisfies).
This great liqueur of Scotland, made of Scotch and heather honey, is considered to be one of the top five world class formulations. It has a delicate flavor of herbs and heather honey and is perfect straight up or mixed.
- 1 ½ ounces Scotch
- ¾ ounce Drambuie
Add the Scotch and Drambuie into a mixing glass with ice.
Pierre Sparr Cremant d’Alsace Brut Reserve
Cremant D’Alsace is an appellation in France’s Alsace region that produces dry sparkling wines that must be aged for a minimum of nine months. The grapes allowed in these wines include Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling. The quality of the Cremant d’Alsace wines, which are made using the Methode Champenoise, are excellent in quality and offer amazing value.
Pierre Sparr Brut Reserve is creamy, well balanced sparkling wine with an exuberantly fresh dry finish.
Piper Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Brut
Light gold, expressive nose of ripe white fruits with a pleasant hint of almond. The French word Brut translates as “raw” and it indicates a wine bottled in its natural, raw state i.e. without a significant addition of sweetness. Champagne is incredibly versatile with food – so when in doubt, drink bubbly. Oysters, chocolate, and smoked salmon to name a few.
Champagne is one of the ultimate symbols of romance and luxury. The perfect Valentine’s gift for your other half. Gin and Champagne make a bubbly wonderful duo, which is why this classic cocktail is always a good idea. French 75 is a cocktail made from gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar.
Mix up a French 75 cocktail for your Valentine:
- Combine gin, syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top with champagne, and stir gently.
Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Maker’s Mark Bourbon – A rich golden amber colour with an enticing nose of butterscotch and vanilla bean; the palate is smooth with delectable toffee and milk chocolate flavor followed by a lightly spiced finish.
This infamous love day comes with a few givens – chocolates, roses and of course, cocktails.
Judy’s Valentine’s Delight Cocktail
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, bourbon, ruby port, Kahlua and heavy cream.
- Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
This delicious Belgian-style Witbier is brewed with malted barley, wheat and rolled oats, coriander, along with Valencia and navel orange peels are added to create a smooth and refreshing, unfiltered wheat beer.
On the nose you will find notes of banana, citrus, grass and spice; the palate is softly carbonated and medium bodied.
Try this beer garnished with an orange slice and enjoy with vegetable dishes, green salads or chicken. The perfect brew to pair with a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.