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.
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.