|It’s never going to be my intention to speak ill of or against a product I sell as that may only serve to disenfranchise an otherwise happy and good customer.|
Having said that, let me tell you about the time one of my sales rep’s brought in a bottle of Dewar’s and a bottle of Famous Grouse for a side-by-side taste test.
It was explained to me how Dewar’s is not sold in Scotland and, by contrast, Famous Grouse is the everyman scotch in Scotland. But it wasn’t until I actually tasted them – one then the other – that I appreciated what a superior scotch Famous Grouse is. And at a better price than the Dewar’s!
All of that as prelude to a quick review of a new product on the market: The Black Grouse. Having first tasted it this past weekend, all I can say is “Oh my!” It was delicious! Smooth, smokey and rich in flavor, this has to be one of finest blended scotches in the market. Named to compete with the likes of Johnnie Walker Black, the Black Grouse is a delicious and price-superior blended scotch in a beautiful package. An excellent, new and unusual gift for the holidays or any special occasion.
Or maybe you’d just like to up-level your scotch-drinking experience without breaking the bank. Sandy loves this!
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $27.99
Okay, so probably not so secret anymore. Diane cuts hair at Jim’s Barber Shop in the plaza next to Cranberry Liquors. She kept coming in this summer and purchasing an odd assortment of ingredients — enough so I asked her exactly what she was doing with them.
Diane explained herself by describing several friends-and-family events where she made this awesome sangria. Here now, submitted for your approval, is the heretofore unpublished recipe for Diane’s Secret Sangria.
2 oranges, sliced
2 lemons, sliced
2 limes, sliced
1 small jar, maraschino cherries
1 4-liter jug of Carlo Rossi Burgundy (Red)
1 4-liter jug of Carlo Rossi Chablis (White)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1-1/3 cups orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups Triple Sec
2 cups Gran Gala Orange Liqueur
1 liter Polar Orange Dry Soda
Mix all of the ingredients above (except for the orange soda) and put in the fridge overnight.
Just before serving, add the liter of Polar Soda. Serve in a festive punch bowl or pitcher and have a pair of tongs at the ready to retrieve fruit for individual servings. Enjoy!
|With the colder weather, Saturday barbecues are definitely fewer and farther between. That said, a few hamburgers made there way to the Weber this evening. A nice bottle of Kaesler Stonehorse GSM fills the bill for wine with this meal.|
The 2006 Stonehorse GSM from the Barossa valley is composed of 45% Grenache, 44% Shiraz, and 11% Mourvedre and was aged for 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it has an attractive nose of cedar, spice box, earth notes, and black cherry. This leads to a forward, easygoing wine with savory red and blue fruit flavors, plenty of spice, and a silky finish. Drink this outstanding value over the next eight years.
This wine packs a punch that will stand up to all the fixings you might put on that hamburger.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $14.99
A serious wine but one that can absolutely be enjoyed with casual drinking. Not to sound like some pretentious wine snob but you can taste hints of tobacco, cherry and a touch of vanilla. This puppy fills the mouth with all kinds of flavor.
Even with an alcohol content of 14.5 this wine is anything but hot. A very mellow drinker that paired well with filet and creamed spinach. All kinds of complexities that work well with red meat as you would expect from a good cab. A very good bottle worthy of your consideration.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $37.99
OK – maybe like some of you, I’ve been scared away from cheap pinot’s since I watched that foolish “Sideways” movie (if you haven’t seen it but like “middle-aged, time-to-act-like-adults” movies, its for you – if you don’t like whiney, “I’m 45 and my life stinks movies”, save your five bucks).
|Getting over the fear of Pinot’s that cost less than $50 is easy with 3 Girls. Sometimes you just want to have something different than a cab or merlot or zin, and this one fits the bill rather nicely. From Oak Ridge Winery, the oldest operating vineyard in Lodi California, this pinot noir is an easy drinking wine that can be paired nicely with a lot of the fall comfort food dishes (meatloaf, medium spicy chili, pot roast, etc.) we enjoy as the weather gets cooler. It doesn’t fill your mouth the way a big California cab does nor is it as complex as a zinfandel, but it does have a lot of flavor.|
So in short, more interesting than a merlot but not something that you need to wrestle with over a T-Bone. I give 3 Girls Pinot Noir a big thumbs up and worth picking up the next time your in the store.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $14.99.
I don’t consider myself a cigar afficionado but I do know what I like: A smooth-smoking, light to medium bodied cigar that doesn’t take all day to smoke, doesn’t need to be re-lit unless of course I really neglect it. Ideally, it exhibits characteristics like a consistent flavor as it burns down, a fine ash that holds on until you flick your wrist to shed it and a pleasant smoke in case you ever get the option to smoke in the house (Christmas, in my house).
The AVO XO Intermezzo Tubos is a very easy-going cigar. I have a predilection for cigars from the Dominican Republic and the AVO typifies the important characteristics (see above).
Like beer, wine, scotch and bourbon, there is something for everyone. Including the beginner. When someone comes into the store and he or she is grabbing a fistful of Macanudo’s because that’s what beginners or itinerant cigar smokers smoke, I readily suggest the AVO. It’s a step up and a step away from the norm.
A light, polite, tasty-without-being-overwhelming cigar.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $11.99