Label Love! One look at these ladies and I knew they were coming home with me. This “joven” Spanish wine is definitely my new favorite affordable red. Pick one up in place of the budget friendly Cupcake. (Info on tasting notes here).
Whine of the Weak at Grant Central Pizza, Grant Park, Atlanta.
This establishment recently caused a stir with a note prohibiting crying kids in the restaurant. How did they read my mind?! Grant Park is busting with young families, and the local joints seem to be crawling with feisty children. Now I’m not some grumpy old spinster. I’ll oooh and aaah at babies as much as any woman. What I am is a hard working lady that wants to enjoy a local meal with a glass of wine without all that whine. Thank you Grant Central Pizza for bringing back a controlled and relaxing dining environment.
Interpretations of the Sidecar, from Food & Wine magazine.
Me and some friends escaped to Dahlonega, GA to do a bit of wine tasting. Our first stop was Three Sisters winery. We chose the Vitner’s Tasting which included 6 wines, some paired with chocolates or cheetos (?!), and a souvenir wine glass - all for $15. My favorite wine by far was the Fat Boy Red. I regret not buying a bottle or two to bring home, so I’ll have to return soon! (Also, any place with a friendly cat roaming ‘round is good in my book).
Below is my submission to Pama Liqueur’s Home Bartender contest. It is a sort of combination of a mojito and sangria, with a pomegranate twist.
First, rim a stemless wine glass with pomegranate sugar (available at liquor stores).
+ 2 Lime wedges
+ 1 Lemon wedge
+ 3 sprigs mint
+ 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
+ 1/2 oz pomegranate seeds
+ 1 1/2 oz Pama Liqueur
+ 1/2 cup wine
With a sprig of mint and additional lemon and lemon circles.
My first candy project!
When I saw the recipe for Red Wine Lollipops by Sprinkle Bakes, I knew I had to do it for Valentine’s day. I went to Sur La Table to buy my supplies, and made a night of it. I used a Port dessert wine, and they came out candy-sweet delicious. Check out the recipe here.
Last but not least from my food and drink centric visit to Mexico City - a Kalimotxo (pronounced cali-moto). A Kalimotxo is a Spanish beverage consisting of 50% coke and 50% wine. It’s one of those easy recipes you have to travel 2000 miles just to ask yourself Why Didn’t I Think of That?
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I had driven by this wine shop a dozen times, always noticing it’s adorable facade. But yesterday I felt I had earned myself a treat, and pulled over. Now I have a new favorite place in the universe. Perrine’s Wine Shop in Atlanta has a perfectly organized selection of wines from around the globe. The staff were friendly, knowledgable and so helpful. After explaining my tastes, I was led to a bottle of South African Cabernet Sauvignon that turned out to be just what I was looking for. I encourage you to check out this jewel on Howell Mill Road!
Photo credit: Lush Lady