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This wine deserves a mention.  It was one of the bottles at our wine club in September. The appealing thing about this wine at least to me is it is unoaked.  Yes it does make it a lighter flavored wine. And yes you do need to really think about what you want to serve with it so it is not overpowered.  That being said  I think you are better able to taste the flavors of green apple and citrus making it a lovely wine to sip alone.

It’s the Great Pumpkin

pumpkin-martini

It was the end of a long work week.  Martini Marge was in front of her cauldron otherwise known as a drink shaker. Now I am in no way implying that Martini Marge is a witch but she definitely has magical powers when it comes to mixing up a batch  of adult beverages.  After all, Marge was number one at her class at the Academy(the one that must not be named). If she is a witch then she is a very, very good witch.  Much better then the good witch from Wicked.

In honor of the month of October and the great pumpkin Marge has created what she is calling a Pumkin Martini and she has agreed to share her recipe.  So while all the boys and girls are trick or treating on Halloween the adults can whip up a batch of this adult beverage and enjoy the evening.  Let’s call it a treat!

2 shots absolut vodka

1 shot Hiram Walker pumpkin spice liquor

1 shot Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie cream liquor

Don’t forget the candy pumpkin as the garnish

Shake with ice until it is icy cold and well blended.  Drink up and enjoy!

witch-and-cauldron

Cosmos out of this world

Cosmos
We drink a lot of wine  when we get together but we certainly enjoy our cocktails.    Wine club as a whole feels the need to dedicate itself to being open to all wine and spirit drinks so we usually start off our meeting with a cocktail.   Marge is always shaking up a great cocktail and one of my favorites is her comso. If you were a Sex and the City Fan the Cosmo was Carrie Bradshaw’s drink of choice.    I did a google search and there are many variations to the cosmo but I personally like Marge’s recipe best.  Maybe it is because she puts a cherry in mine.  All I know is they are cold , smooth and the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
Marge agreed to share her recipe.  And let me tell you they are delish and strong.  Just the way we like them.
cosmos:
2 shots absolute vodka
one shot Cointreau
one shot sweet lime juice
one shot cranberry juice
garnish with lemon peel twist
or for Susan  a maraschino cherry!!!!
Cheers!

A Very Beachy Wine

Beach House Wine

Our very own Marge picked this Sauvignon Blanc  wine.  Her reasoning for  picking it out? Just because of the name and in honor of our Beach Lady Sharon.  Even though we were not drinking it st Sharon’s ” Happy Place” all of us agreed it was a great wine. I plan to pick up a couple of bottles just to remind me of summer.  I know there are several places in Maryland to buy this wine but I found mine at Total Wine.

It is a light citrus flavored wine but the citrus is not overwhelming and it has a hint of pineapple.  It is one I have on my list to buy again and again.

Since it is a light wine it goes well with fish and seafood. I also like it with grilled or roast chicken.

Red Red Wine

Tallying the scoreMartini Marge hosted  our wine club Meeting. She decided we would have  a red wine tasting.  There were some guidelines for picking the bottle each person could bring.

  1. The wine needed to be from any country other than the US.
  2. The price of the wine was set for $16 or under.  Each person needed to bring a wine that they had never tasted.
  3. It needed to be a red wine.

Bottles were wrapped so no one knew what they were drinking and who brought it.

Blind tasting

 

Each person had a card with 8 spots on it.  One for each of the wines.  Wines were graded using stars.  The worst the wine could be graded was a 1.  The best score was a 5.  There was a discussion about each wine.  Then the palate was cleansed.

The bottle of wine that came out on top, a lovely Chilean wine Casillero del diablo picked by Sharon.  We all were curious about why Sharon picked this particular wine.  Her answer; it was a red blend and she likes blends, it had the word diablo in the name and she was a bit  of a bad ass when she was in her teens and twenties.  She felt it fit her.  Go girl!

1st,2nd,3rd           sharon the winner

I found a little story about how the wine got it’s name: “In the closing years of the 19th century Don Melchor de Concha y Toro discovered that his most treasured wines had been pilfered from the “casillero” (cellar) beneath his family home. To discourage further theft, the enterprising Don spread a rumor that his deepest, darkest cellars were haunted by the devil.”

I also found the wine’s notes:

Casillero del Diablo Winemaker’s Red: The color is an intense, deep purple. Focused aromas of ripe black fruit, plum, and black cherry are apparent upfront, followed by dark chocolate notes. The palate has a velvety smooth and balanced texture, highlighting mild tannins with hints of toast and spice, and is followed by a long, satisfying finish.

By the way if you want to have some fun, watch this short “commercial” on the wine’s website.   Very intriguing.

 

Dazzling Diane’s Dynamite Dessert Martini

coffee martini

While wine club started out as wine, cheese and crackers only, it grew into something more.  This happened because we congregated right after work.  When you work in Home Health most of the time you don’t really get a lunch break.  You basically grab something and try to make it as healthy as possible.  Therefore, when you end your day you are running on empty so the food portion of the evening expanded a little.

While all of us generally serve something yummy as a main dish, Diane is definitely our dessert person.

Diane makes killer desserts so it was no surprise when she introduced the Coffee Martini to us.  I remember as if it was yesterday.  It has become a club favorite. Diane has agreed to share her recipe with us.

Here is the recipe:

2 shots vodka

1 shot of coffee

1 1/2 shot Bailey’s Irish creme

1 shot Kahlua

Try one you are so going to love it!  I speak from experience.

PS I must add Pam’s comment here “oddly enough, this martini will actually help you to sleep in spite of the coffee in it. Even a non-coffee drinker like me who doesn’t like vodka, loves this drink!”

 

It’s Time to Wine Down

Wine and craft

Every time we meet, we try to share a new wine.  Lately we have been trying reds. The wine that caused the biggest stir at our wine night was Truvee.  Truvee means to find in French. This wine has a very special meaning to the two women that created it.

I did a google search on this wine because I became interested in what was written on the label.  Two women created this wine. They initially grew up and lived thousands of miles apart.  One was in New Zealand and the other in California. They did not know of each others existence. Both independently developed their own appreciation for wine making.

Turns out they were sisters.  Their father’s dying wish was “to find” and unite his two daughters.  With the help of friends and family they finally met each other in 1999.

Together they crafted Truvee.  We sampled their red blend.  The grapes in the blend are Grenache and Syrah red. There are hints of blueberry, black berries and red cherry.  We all gave it two thumbs up. If you have tried it, let us know how you liked it.