House of Rémy Martin’s Cognac Louis XIII is made of an assemblage of 1,200 eaux-de-vie of which some are more than one hundred years old. The cellar masters involved in the process have to keep consistency so your palate enjoys the same taste from one bottle to another — especially since they are selling a $2,200 Cognac.
Tasting Notes: Made from the Nerello Mascalese grape, a red varietal indigenous to Sicily, the 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé is a refreshing wine ideal for hot summer days. On the nose, it displays fragrant red berry and rose petal aromas. Crisp and dry on the palate, it reveals mouth-filling cherry and raspberry flavors.
Tasting Notes: “Sideways” the movie was a big boon to Santa Barbara wine country, and perhaps no one benefited from its success more than Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini of The Hitching Post II restaurant and winery. Despite total production having grown to 15,000 cases per year, Hitching Post wines are still not easy to find. The winery’s youngest Pinot Noir offering, the 2010 Hometown is sourced from vineyards in Los Alamos, Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills. It is a fresh and fruity wine featuring dark cherry flavors with a hint of spice.
Food Pairings: Grilled artichokes, flat iron steak, smoked salmon
Bacon, bacon everywhere: in your ice cream, chocolate and your Brussels sprouts; restaurants just can’t seem to stay away from that part of the pork. But what’s a bacon-lover trying to live the vegetarian lifestyle to do? Try Mama Walker’s new Maple Bacon liqueur, brought to you by the Pernod Ricard group. Far from the exotic Pernod and Ricard spirits with roots in France, the multinational decided to create three liqueurs with American comfort breakfast foods in mind. Like the Blueberry Pancake and Glazed Donut versions, Maple Bacon is totally vegan.