Valentine’s Day is all about love an romance. This week on The Broadcast we touched on a few great gift ideas perfect for your sweetie. Here is a bit more about each product I touched on.
Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose – bubbles are always good and Laurent Perrier makes some of the best, true Champagne available. This one, 100% Pinot Noir made in the Saignee process (or of bleeding the grapes very slowly, or pressing) filled with strawberry and raspberry aromas accented rose oils and minerals. Supple texture with raspberry and blood orange flavors with bright minerality. $85 at Pogo’s
Adelsheim Vintage Series Pinot Noir – one of the founders of Willamette Valley, David Adelsheim, introduced his Vintage Series wines a few years ago to mark the very special wines from very select vintages, only produced when he and winemaker David Lett think the fruit is especially exceptional. Their Vintage 29 was the first, they are currently on vintage 31. Sent in a special vintage wood box, $180 via http://www.adelsheim.com
Ladera “S” Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – Pat and Ann Stotesbury purchased the Ladera winery high atop Howell Mountain in the 1990’s and underwent a detailed, and painstaking, renovation ensuring that each piece of the original structure remained intact, carefully outlining, numbering and detailing each piece to ensure that as the building was restored that everything would maintain its architectural integrity. They also set out to plant robust Cabernet Sauvignon in the volcanic soils of Howell Mountain, creating distinct and very special wines. This is their high end Howell Mountain Cabernet from their best fruit grown each year in their vineyards, and marked with the “S” after the founders last name. Gorgeous, hearty yet velvety smooth with black fruit, leather, spice and a touch of savory tobacco aromas. $175 via http://www.ladera.com
Garrison Brothers Texas Whiskey – made by the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas, based in Hye, Texas they consider themselves to be artisan distillers making vintage bourbon at the highest standards from a corn base, using American barrels (which they purposfully don’t fill to the top to help acellerate and enhance the maturation process) and pure, clean water. $80, now, finally, available at fine spirits stores throughout Texas
Lillet Blanc or Lillet Rose – Lillet is a brand of French aperitif wine. It is a blend of 85% Bordeaux wines and 15% macerated liqueurs, mostly citrus liqueurs from the peels of sweet oranges from Spain and Morocco and the peels of bitter green oranges from Haiti. $22, available at wine stores throughout
Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur – From Sicilian blood orange oil picked and processed within 24 hours of being removed from the tree to maintain their freshness, then blended with Italian lemon and a neutral spirit base, and lightly sweetened with natural sugar for a blanced citrus filled spirit bottled in a Murano inspired glass bottle. $34, available at spirits stores throughout Texas
2 parts Lillet Rosé
½ part Aperol
¼ part simple syrup
4-5 strawberry halves
4-5 quarter lemon wedges
Add strawberry halves and quarter lemon wedges to small tin of a shaker set, to build cocktail.
Add Aperol and simple syrup, and muddle the fruit. Add Lillet Rosé to small tin and top with ice.
Close shaker and shake vigorously. Empty entire contentsinto a wine glass.Serve with a strawberry
6 parts Solerno
1 part Aperol
Fill with soda water
Pour ingredients over ice in a tall glass, stir briefly to combine and chill. Garnish with a thinly sliced blood orange whee.l