Freixenet Spanish Cava And Watermelon- The Sparkling Wine Summer Cocktail

Few things shout out the coming of summer quite like the arrival of watermelon at your local supermarket. Refreshing and delicious, it’s the perfect fruit to eat by the pool and why not try experimenting with in your cocktails. Cool down this summer by the pool with Freixenet’s Sweet Sparkling Watermelon, featuring Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava.
1 watermelon
1 bottle of Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava
Cut 1/4th off the top off a seedless watermelon. Scoop out the fruit and purée. Put 2 tbsp in a wine glass, and top off with Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava. Pour the remaining purée back in the hollow watermelon to enjoy throughout the day.

Text recipe and images courtesy Freixenet.

 

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By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: Cocktails, Featured, Sip, Wine|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

“Judgment Of Paris” Colors Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar’s Celebration

This article appeared in October 2014 in Honestcooking.com Culinary Travel section

In May of 1976 while America was gearing up for a celebration of the bicentennial year of its revolution, across the globe another revolution was just beginning. A blind wine tasting, taking place in Paris (now known as “The Judgment of Paris“) was soon to become the singular event that changed the fortunes and the perception of the entire wine industry in California by unseating the supremacy of French wines. So extraordinary was the outcome for America that two bottles from Napa Valley, California (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chateau Montelena Chardonnay) are enshrined at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and The Smithsonian Institution has recognized it as “One of the 101 things that made America.”

True Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay aficionados the world over know this […]

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By |November 11th, 2014|Categories: Sip, Wine|Tags: , |2 Comments

AutoVino: Classic Cars Meet the Vines of California in Menlo Park

If you have an inkling to open a winery in this area be prepared to spend 4 to 5 million an acre, if you can find it at all in Woodside, California. Luis (Buff) Giurlani has one and is living the dream.

His Woodside Vineyards is one of the oldest, small vineyards in California. As Mr. Giurlani jokes, ” If we go by the land value here, this wine should be the most expensive in the world!”

“But wait” you say, “didn’t I read above that AutoVino is a state-of-the-art luxury car and fine wine storage facility?” Yes. Mr. Giurlani, part of a family olive oil import business in San Francisco, has a penchant for classic, and luxury cars. Trouble is he soon needed a place to store them. Not finding anything satisfactory, he built one.

Climate controlled, dust free and offering services […]

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Rodney Strong Wines Where Place Matters

Wandering the aisles of the local wine store, I sometimes wonder about the names of people on the labels. Are they real people? Who are they? What was their vision? Can their vision be tasted in this bottle?

I do know one who was very real. There was a Rodney Strong. Mr. Strong was the early visionary in Sonoma County who had the idea that this area and all of its micro-climates could bring forth world-class wine.

Today Rodney Strong Vineyards encompass two major brands Rodney Strong and Davis Bynum. Mr. Strong’s namesake company planted grapes of many varietals including Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the terroir of Alexander Valley. In Chalk Hill he was the first to plant Chardonnay vines in 1965. In the Russian River Valley much like Burgundy, France, he found the fog cooled climate perfect for […]

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By |August 4th, 2014|Categories: California, Sip, Sonoma, United States, Wine|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Sip and give at Southern Oregon’s Thanksgiving tastings

It's tradition here in wine country for vino lovers to visit wineries and participate in tastings over the Thanksgiving Holiday. This year give as you sip!

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