Wines from the southern hemisphere are no strangers to wine lists today. Guests frequently opt for tried-and-true malbec from Mendoza, sauvignon blanc from Marlborough and shiraz from McLaren Vale. But venues looking to pump up their wine programs with new offerings might consider venturing off the beaten path. Here are some details on four southern hemisphere wine regions to watch, including producer recommendations and food pairing suggestions, and how to turn wine lovers on to these often less-familiar choices.
2 oz. IPA
1 oz. Scorpion Reposado mezcal
1/2 oz. Blood orange liqueur
¼ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. agave nectar
Combine IPA, mescal, blood orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave in a cocktail shaker. Stir out carbonation slightly before shaking, then strain into chilled martini glass. Top off with Hellfire shrub bitters.
Troy Clarke, director of food and beverage for the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge MA, created this beer cocktail.
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Peach Twisted is the newest addition to the Seagram’s Gin lineup. The product, which combines Seagram’s Gin with the flavor of fresh peach, joins the company’s grape, raspberry, apple, lime, orange and pineapple flavors in the portfolio. The 70-proof flavored gin is available for a suggested retail price of $11.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Somersby’s Apple Cider
Somersby Apple Cider, available as part of the Carlsberg portfolio, is now being imported into the U.S via Crown Imports. Since its introduction in 2008, Somersby has become the fastest-growing international cider brand and is currently available in 22 countries worldwide. Somersby Hard Apple Cider is gluten free and made from real apple juice and natural flavoring.
New Sauza Expressions
Sauza Tequila has debuted three new expressions: Tres Generaciones Plata Organic Tequila and Tres Generaciones Reposado Organic Tequila; and Casa Sauza XA, Edition Limitada. The two organic versions are made from hand-picked blue agave plants. The Plata ($34.99 suggested retail) features a slightly herbal nose with citrus notes, sweet flavors of cooked agave, and a slightly bitter and spicy finish. The Reposado ($37.99 suggested retail) shows agave notes of the nose, with hints of wood and spice, while featuring rich, well-balanced flavors of agave and figs. The Casa Sauza XA, Edition Limitada is the brand’s first extra anejo expression, and is available only as a limited edition. XA’s taste is highlighted by its fresh agave flavor and wood notes. Available in individually numbered bottles, XA’s suggested retail price is $150 for a 750-ml. bottle.
I learned several tricks of the bartending trade at the Boston Cocktail Summit last week-proper pouring, shaking, spirits tasting. One thing I didn’t expect to learn was how to make wine out of vodka. But Guillaume Jubien, a brand master for Grey Goose, in one session shared his secret recipe for making what he calls “Chateau Grey Goose.”
Making Whiskey Make Money
Cheers Magazine subscribers will have noted Michelle Paolillo Lockett’s story in the current issue, Mad for Whiskey, and may be contemplating a shift in strategy in order to capitalize on the brown spirit’s resurging popularity.
But sometimes making hay while the sun shines is as simple as executing the basics correctly. Like mixing a proper Manhattan.
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