LLC: Luxury Louis XIII Cognac

by Sophie Gayot

 

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.

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Tasca d’Almerita 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé – Wine of the Week Review

Tasca d'Almerita 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé
Tasca d’Almerita 2012 Regaleali Le Rosé

Price: $15

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Sicily, Italy

Varietal: 100 percent Nerello Mascalese

Alcohol: 12 percent


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.


Food Pairings: Tuna, salmon, poultry, pork, pasta


For more information, visit www.tascadalmerita.it/en/home

Tasca d’Almerita wines are imported by Winebow

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Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir – Wine of the Week Review

Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir
Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir

Price: $28

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Barbara County, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


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


For more information, visit www.hitchingpost2.com/HPWinery.html

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Mama Walker’s Breakfast-Inspired Liqueurs – Review

Mama Walker's Maple Bacon liqueur
Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon liqueur


Pernod Ricard Launches Quirky Spirits


by Alain Gayot


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.

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Music Meets Moonlight at Wente’s Summer Concerts

Country singer Martina McBride performs at  Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California
Country singer Martina McBride performs at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California


It’s concert season again at Wente Vineyards, where the 27th annual summer series of exciting alfresco shows is now under way.

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