Wine Wednesday: Byington Chardonnay Wrights Station

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My husband is pretty damn good, but this Mother’s Day he outdid himself! He thought of everything I love and created a day that was all “Michelle”! Our special stop was to Byington Winery just outside of San Jose on your way to Santa Cruz. We had never been here and if you haven’t either, you definitely need to make a stop.

The road leading to Byington is narrow and wooded, so it’s a wonderful surprise to turn down a driveway onto a property with grassy hills and grape vines as far as you can see. We had a table reserved on “Wedding Hill” which you can obviously reserve to get married. It overlooks the vineyards on multiple sides and we were lucky enough to have a perfect sky blue day.

I had heard that Byington was known for their Chardonnay and they had three to choose from. I asked for something buttery and was given a tasting of their Chardonnay Wrights Station and I did not need to taste another variety…I was sold! OMG you guys…this was a perfect buttery Chardonnay! Peaches, caramel, and toasted almond flavors make this a bottle you will want more than one of. It retails for $30 but if you are a wine club member, you receive a 20%-30% discount. I bought a bottle of Sparkling Rose to bring home and I can’t wait to try it! 

If you are in the area, please do yourself a favor and visit Byington…and let me know so I can join you!

Tipsy Tuesday: High Tea

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Seaspice‘s expert mixologist Attila Kocksis wanted to give teatime an elevated experience with his newest creation, the High Tea

Beautiful in its presentation, this posh cocktail uses Earl Grey tea, Cardamon infused Bombay Gin, simple syrup and lemon juice to create a smoothly refreshing zing – pinky lifting optional.

High Tea
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Ingredients
  1. Infuse Bombay Gin with Earl Grey Tea leaves and Carmadon
  2. 1.5 oz infused Gin
  3. .75 oz of simple syrup
  4. .5 oz of fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients in tin.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Pour in a cardamon -brown sugar rimmed martini glass garnished with a lemon twist.
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Thirsty Thursday: Spritz Cocktails

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The Spritz has made a strong comeback and of course Mediterranean dining destination Villa Azur are way ahead of the demand by introducing FOUR new spritz cocktails.

Take a gander at the mouthwatering collection below…you might need a bib!

Skip dessert and order a Bon Bon St Germain Spritzwhich uses St Germain liqueur, lemon juice, strawberry puree, prosecco and cotton candy, for a sweet buzz ($16).

All hail the Queen Mary’s mix of fresh papaya, lemon juice, Moet rose and Mancino Rosso vermouth, as it creates royally refreshing notes ($19).

Italian Spritz’s taste of Aperol, prosecco, olive juice soda, and orange and green olive garnishes transports drinkers to the Italian Riviera ($14).

Summer vibes in a glass, the Mykonos Spritz keeps it cool with its formula of Skynos Mastiha, lemon juice, fresh basil, orange, and prosecco ($14). 

 

 

 

Bon Bon St. Germain Spritz
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz St Germain
  2. 3/4 lemon juice
  3. 1 oz strawberry purree
Instructions
  1. Shake well strained into a wine glass top off with Prosecco, garnish with cotton candy.
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Queen Mary
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cubes of fresh papaya
  2. 3/4 oz lemon juice
  3. 1 oz Mancino Rosso Sweet Vermouth
Instructions
  1. Shake well, strained into a wine glass, top with ice and Moet Rose.
  2. Garnish with dry lemon wheel and papaya seeds.
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Italian Spritz
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  1. 2 oz Aperol
  2. Splash of olive juice
  3. 3 parts of Prosseco
  4. 1 part soda water
Instructions
  1. Prepare everything in a wine glass.
  2. Garnish with orange wedge and olives.
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Mykonos Spritz
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  1. 1 1/2 Skynos Mastiha
  2. 3 orange wedges
  3. 3 leaves of basil
  4. 1 oz lime juice
Instructions
  1. Muddles the oranges and basil, 1 oz of lime juice, shake well and doble strained into a wine glass, top off with prosecco garnish with a basil leaf.
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Wine Wednesday: Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée Brut 2007

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As promised last week, here’s the other bottle of bubbly we enjoyed at our happy hour with friends! I’ve tried a number of varieties from Gloria Ferrer lately and none of them have disappointed me. The Royal Cuvée Brut 2007 is a combination of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes.

The combination of varieties give this a citrus, apple and honey taste that comes with bubbles! How fantastic does that sound?! Well, it is fantastic! 

From the winery, “A showcase for our estate vineyard, Gloria Ferrer has been perfecting the Royal Cuvée since we served the first vintage to the king and queen of Spain in 1987. The blend that came together from the 2007 growing season benefited from high cluster-counts and long hang time. That touch of extra ripeness makes the 2007 Royal Cuvée a particularly profound statement about the quality of fruit being grown on our Carneros estate.”

From the winemaker, “The wine opens with green apple, citrus and honey on the nose. This continues into the mouth adding black cherry and brioche with Asian pear. The mouse is fine textured and creamy. Light mineral character and Meyer lemon continue into a long crisp finish.”

This wine is aged over 7 years which means it’s worth the wait, but you didn’t even know you’ve had to wait this long to get it. Retailing at around $25, this bottle is sure to add to your party or date night! 

Tipsy Tuesday: Ron Barceló Classic Daiquiri

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This Mother’s Day, mom would probably love to relax and sip a fabulous cocktail. All you need is this classic straightforward cocktail, Ron Barceló’s Classic Daiquiri.   

A balanced combination of sweet and sour notes, the drink mixes lime, sugar and Barceló Gran Añejo Rum

Cheers to an original!

Ron Barceló Classic Daiquiri
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ oz. Barceló Gran Añejo Rum
  2. Juice of 1 Whole Lime
  3. 1 Teaspoon Sugar
Instructions
  1. In a shaker with ice, combine ingredients, shake well and strain into a martini glass or serve over ice in a rocks glass.
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