Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This titillating cocktail uses the New Jim Beam Red Stag. A Black Cherry infused bourbon that is excellent by itself or in a classic cocktail such as the Manhattan.
The Brass Buck:
3 parts Jim Beam Red Stag
4 parts Gingerale
Pour over ice in a high ball glass and get ready to buck.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The closest form the the eggnog we know today is from American colonial times where a egg based beverage was mixed with "grog" a term widely used for rum. this "egg-n-grog" eventually became the eggnog that we can now find stocking our refrigerators as soon as the thermometer drops.
Here is a recipe courtesy of Wirtz's Beverages master mixologist Drew Levinson...
Pumpkin Spice Eggnog
1 oz. Spiced Rum (Kilo Kai or Sailor Jerry)
½ oz. Courvoisier Exclusif Cognac (VS or VSOP works)
5 oz. Old Fashioned Eggnog, recipe follows
Dash Ground Pumpkin Spice (or Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur)
Shake ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled Wine Glass.
Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg on top.
Eggnog can be purchased at the grocery store or if you are feeling ambitious you can make your own fresh version!
Eggnog from scratch
12 jumbo eggs
½ lb. granulated sugar
1 qt. whole milk
1 qt. heavy cream lightly whipped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. cream of tartar
Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Beat yolks in a large bowl. Gradually add sugar. Beat until mixture thickens; stir in milk, & lightly whipped cream. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Fold whites into chilled mixture.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines were recognized for eco-friendly practices at four of their facilities. These include Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards, the DC&E Wines Carneros Bottling, and DC&E Paicines Operations. The four were honored by California’s Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) for implementing various practices to reduce their carbon footprint. Practices include a water reuse program at Beaulieu Vineyard and waste reduction efforts that have kept thousands of tons of waste out of landfills.
Diageo is no stranger to the WRAP award, as Beaulieu has received the award 17 times in the past. Here is an article from BrandsTell which breaks down these accomplishments and gives more specific numbers to show the power of Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines’ efforts.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
I say the word "traditional" in a very light sense; seeing that the true traditional wine making methods were sustainable before the dawn of the industrial revolution and especially after the second World War.
Today, however, many consumers are beginning to struggle on what these "green" terms truly mean. This is where Wirtz Beverage's Master Sommelier Thomas Burke began to help define these for a better understanding of just what is going on in the "new" production methods of wine.
I think everyone has heard that we, Americans especially, have become an extremely wasteful culture over the past few decades. CO2 emissions are on the center stage of a world debate along with trash consumption, chemical absorptions in the soil and water concerns throughout the country; this is where wine producers are beginning to take a stand.
It is surprising to learn that New Zealand is now at the forefront of the sustainability movement and the pressure comes from their internal wine industry and vineyards such as Craggy Range and not the government! There are now similar organizations set up throughout the wine industries of the United states ranging from Lodi, California all the way to Washington State. Yet, there is little government regulation to be found and it is unlikely in the near future.
So what are the differences between organic, bio dynamic and sustainability. Obviously, they are all closely related and intertwined. Organic is defined here by the USDA, basically no chemicals or additives are allowed in the agricultural process and in the wine process there are some limitations as well including the amount of sulfites to be used. Sustainably take this organic process one step further. The idea is to have the vineyard function as a whole, meaning no outside materials are needed for the production and maintenance of the farm. This may mean producing energy on site, using composting as a valuable fertilizer technique and a number of other methods.
Bio Dynamic viticulture uses the same ideals or organic viticulture. The seperation is the belief of using nature's harmonious relationships to help maintain the vineyard as a whole. from plant to plant and plant to animal relations. These relationships and ideals are further demonstrated in this pyramid...
The main questions consumers have is "Will this make my wine taste better?" This isn't necessarily the fact, but I can bet the environment will feel better.