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Sangiovese (Red): Di Majo Norante

I’m a sucker for red wine (especially Sangiovese), and Di Majo Norante is a truly special pick! Oaky and moderately tannic, breathe in the rich aromas of red cherries, currants, and hints of leather.

For the price, Sangiovese doesn’t get better than this bottle. Di Majo Norante is my go-to wine for flavor-packed, assertive dishes. I’m a firm believer that great wines do not need to be pricey, and this wine is certainly a testament to this notion!

Italy

~$9.99

 

Pairing Suggestions

  • Grilled meat
  • Sausage
  • Cheese
  • Fresh/roasted tomato
  • Some pasta (especially tomato-based)
  • Lasagna
  • Pizza

 

Ratings

  • TastefullyGrace: 90
  • Wine Advocate: 90
  • Wine Enthusiast: n/a
  • Wine Spectator: n/a

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Rosé: La Vieille Ferme 2015

Stop and smell the rosé! La Vieille Ferme is an incredible bang for your buck. Breath in the aromas of fresh cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. Even smell floral hints of roses and the sweetness of white chocolate.

This rosé is dry and is perfect to accompany most every summer dish in the books! Enjoy chilled with your favorite summer dishes…or a glass alone never hurt either!

France 

$7.99

*Stick with a recent vintage. Rosés are not meant to be aged!

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Pairing Suggestions

  • Grilled seafood (i.e. tuna, salmon)
  • Salads
  • Shellfish
  • Bruschetta
  • Charcuterie
  • Sausage
  • Light pastas (i.e. olive oil based)
  • The list goes on and on…

 

Ratings

  • TastefullyGrace: 88
  • Wine Spectator: unrated
  • Wine Advocate: unrated
  • Wine Enthusiast: 84

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Albariño (White): Castell de Raimat

 

This white wine is unbeatable. If you’re looking for an alternative to pedestrian Chardonnay, this white wine will make you want to sing from the rooftops!

Albariño is dry, with notes of melon and citrus like grapefruit. Very aromatic, Albariño has a light mineral edge and has good acidity, making it perfect for a variety of summer favorites.

Spain

Price: ~$11.99

Pairing Suggestions

  • Fish, especially cod, other white fish, shrimp, and crab (shellfish)
  • Pastas (tomato-based or not)
  • Salad (this wine is acidic enough to stand up to dressing!)
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Poultry

Ratings

  • TastefullyGrace: 88/100
  • Wine Spectator: unrated
  • Wine Advocate: unrated
  • Wine Enthusiast: unrated

 

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Blackberry Mint Julep

This blackberry mint julep is a “berry” refreshing cocktail to keep your summer cool! Tart, fresh blackberries and a splash of club soda, mixed with a dash of maple syrup, brings out the rich caramel and vanilla notes of bourbon. Add a few sprigs of aromatic mint for an extra summery flare!

Use the flavors of summer to cool off a hot summer night with family and friends.

Serves one: for one high-ball glass

The Ingredients

50 ml (1 nip) of good quality bourbon (use less for those who like their cocktails less potent!)

10 blackberries, washed

3 sprigs fresh mint, washed

1/2 cup club soda

2 teaspoons maple syrup

Ice cubes

The Steps

Add 9 blackberries and 2 sprigs of mint to a high-ball glass. With the back of a fork, crush the blackberries and mint until the blackberries are smashed into a pulp. Let sit in glass for 20 minutes to give the mint time to release its flavor! Remove mint leaves after 20 minutes.

In another high-ball glass, add ice cubes, club soda, and bourbon. Stir with spoon. Add 2 teaspoons of maple syrup.

Add smashed blackberries and their juices. I particularly enjoy the richer taste and added texture from both the blackberries’ juices and their pulp. But if you prefer to strain the blackberries and only use their juices, feel free as well! Stir to combine.

Garnish with mint leaf and blackberry. Tip: make a slit in blackberry with a paring knife and wedge on side of glass. That way, the berry stays put on the glass and doesn’t slip into the drink!

Enjoy sipping this eye-catching and tastebud-pleasing summer refresher!

The Steps with Pictures

Add 9 blackberries and 2 sprigs of mint to a high-ball glass. With the back of a fork, crush the blackberries and mint until the blackberries are smashed into a pulp. Let sit in glass for 20 minutes to give the mint time to release its flavor! Remove mint leaves after 20 minutes.

In another high-ball glass, add ice cubes, club soda, and bourbon. Stir with spoon. Add 2 teaspoons of maple syrup.

Add smashed blackberries and their juices. I particularly like the richer taste and added texture from adding both the blackberries’ juices and their pulp. But if you prefer to strain the blackberries and only use their juices, feel free as well! Stir to combine.

Garnish with mint leaf and blackberry. Tip: make a slit in blackberry with a paring knife and wedge on side of glass. That way, the berry stays put on the glass and doesn’t slip into the drink!

Enjoy sipping this eye-catching and tastebud-pleasing summer refresher!

 

 

 

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