Toques et Clocher Cremant de Limoux
Off-the beaten path but essentially it’s a classic Champagne method sparkling with a twist due to the fact that it’s from the opposite corner of France than Champagne (SW vs NE) and the inclusion of the unique, slightly briney Mauzac grape which adds a note of salinity and sharpens the minerality. It’s cool, crisp, refreshing, with bracing acidity and piercing, yet enticing stone fruit flavors.
2016 Ronchi di Cialla Ribolla Gialla - Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy
Ribolla Gialla enjoys cult status as one of the most revered, yet obscure, white wine varietals on the planet. A classic Ribolla Gialla that’s vinified and aged in stainless steel to preserve the purity and freshness of the fruit. Clean and crisp with distinctive minerality, as well as subtle floral, perfumey notes. Pairs wonderfully with fresh water fish or antipasti.
2015 Nicolas Reau Anjou Rouge Pompois - Loire Valley, France
A perfect, versatile, autumn red - drinking it makes me think of sweater weather and the leaves changing. It’s ripe with mouthwatering, juicy cherry flavors, yet still lean with a hint of green and white pepper. It’s supple, smooth and easy sipping yet incredibly complex with a long, firm tannic finish.
2013 Berthaut-Gerbet Vosne-Romanee - Burgundy, France
This wine is from the village of Vosne-Romanee, a stone’s throw from some of the most legendary vineyards in the world - Echezeaux, La Tache, Richebourg and Romanee-Conti! Pinot Noir is a fickle, thin-skinned, difficult and vulnerable varietal that inspires more poetry and soliloquies than any other varietal, and for good reason. When done right, it’s a stunning, enticing wine that lures you into the glass rather than pronouncing itself by jumping out of the glass. In short, it’s seductive, not preening for attention.
2014 Poema Alvarinho Reserva Sobre Lias - Moncao-Melgaco, Minho, Portugal
This Alvarinho drinks as nicely as a good poem makes you feel. It is balanced with minerality, acidity, and green apple and citrusy notes. Pleasantly aromatic, with texture and complexity while still refreshing. Absolutely delicious!
2014 Domaine de la Chevalerie, Diptyque Incroyable - Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France
A classic Loire Cab Franc, and one of the best values at this price. I love this wine for it's herbaceous, bell pepper aromas and lively palate of raspberries and tart cherries. Appropriately named Diptyque Incroyable; it is truly a gem.
Maestro Dobel Tequila Reposado - Jalisco, Mexico
This tequila is a unique, 100% Agave blend of reposado, anejo, and extra anejo tequilas. The golden color is filtered out but the smoothness and complexity of aged tequila remains. I'd sip on this – but it would also be great in a Paloma.
Yoshida Tedorigawa ‘Chrysanthemum Meadow’ Yamahai Daiginjo Sake - Ishikawa, Japan
This sake is super delicate, aromatic and floral. I would prefer to drink this without food. But if I did, it would have to be raw, light and vegetal, or of course, sashimi.
2016 Domaine Yohan Lardy, Fleurie Le Vivier - Burgundy, France
I've recently been on a bit of a Beaujolais kick lately. This one is a little more structured and higher in tannins and body than what you would expect from a classic Beaujolais - but I am a sucker for the floral violet nose, and how food-friendly it is.
High West Double Rye Whiskey - Park City, UT
Definitely a sipper - not one you'd drown in a lot of ingredients. It's a well-balanced rye in terms of smokiness on the nose and smooth mouthfeel as the sweetness of the corn calms the spiciness down.
Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon - Brooklyn, NY
This bourbon is great. A go to for me because it provides the sweet warmth that you want from a corn-based bourbon but also has finishes with that smoked earthiness you want from a good scotch. Good for introducing bourbon loves to scotch and vice versa.
Santa Pedrera Joven Mezcal - Oaxaca, Mexico
Velvety smooth sips of smoked vanilla and sweet and grassy agave. I can't describe in words the enjoyment I get from the vanilla element in this Mescal...it never needs to be part of a cocktail. With an ice cube and and an orange peel I see this as being a great nightcap for friends sitting around a campfire (or fireplace).
Kikori Rice Whiskey - Kumamoto, Japan
100% rice, Gluten Free, and gold in color. I really like this whiskey because it has aromas and flavors similar to sake but with a slight whiskey spiciness. At 82 proof it is quite smooth and is good with an ice cube. Try it as a substitute for sake with sushi and you will not be disappointed.