By Melissa Dowling
While Chile has been producing wine for centuries, the country has significantly ramped up the quality and variety of its winemaking in recent years. But Chilean winemakers have had their share of challenges, from learning how to cultivate some of the newer grape varietals to trying to shed Chile’s rap as a low-cost wine producer.
SCENE: Washington DC’s Hogo Takes on Tiki 2.0
By Kelly A. Magyarics
Tom Brown’s new D.C. bar is an authentic ode to Tiki. So don’t expect to see ticky-tacky kitsch in the form of thatched roofs or bamboo torches when you visit Hogo. The laid-back lounge is all about found art, the sense of the exotic, and, of course, rum.
1 ¼ part Grey Goose vodka
½ part Raspberry liqueur
3 Frozen honeydew melon balls
Fill a chilled Collins glass with ice and add vodka. Fill with lemonade to just below the rim. Float raspberry liqueur. Present with the melon balls on a cocktail pick.
This drink is the signature cocktail of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament.
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Francis Ford Coppola Winery has debuted its latest addition to the Sofia label: the 2012 Sofia Chardonnay from Monterey County. Sofia wines originated with the sparkling Blanc de Blancs, a gift from Coppola to his daughter Sofia. A blend of 75% chardonnay and 25% pinot blanc, the chardonnay displays excellent balance, a supple texture and bright flavors of crisp green apple, white peaches, juicy pears, spices and a hint of citrus, according to the company. The wine’s suggested retail price is $19.
Amore Frutti is a new entry in the popular moscato wine category. The frizante moscato comes in several fruit flavors–cherry, banana, mango pomegranate, strawberry and raspberry–and can be enjoyed chilled or mixed in cocktails. The moscato is available for a suggested retail price of $7.99 to 8.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Berentzen Wild Cherry
Berentzen has introduced Berentzen Wild Cherry to its lineup that includes Apple and Pear liqueurs. The light fruit liqueur is made with fresh, natural ingredients and can be enjoyed straight-up or mixed in cocktails, the company says. Berentzen Wild Cherry, which is 16% ABV, is available nationally for a suggested retail price of $19.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
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