2016 Papillon Crozes-Hermitage
The red wines from Hermitage in France’s northern Rhone Valley are often considered the best expression of Syrah in the world. Unfortunately there is a limited supply and the prices reflect that. What’s the discerning wine drinker to do? The answer is Crozes-Hermitage, the appellation that surrounds the famous Hermitage hill. The2016 Papillon Crozes-Hermitage from Gilles Robin is the perfect balance of richness and elegance. 100% Syrah, not overly heavy with a surprisingly mature bouquet. Perfect for matching with hearty stews on a cold winter night. $29.99
2009 Quinta do Noval Late Bottled Vintage Port
No vinous beverage warms one up quite like port. Quinta do Noval has been making Port for over 300 years. Aside from making the rarest and most expensive Port called Nacional from a very old vineyard, they are renowned for their late bottled vintage Ports or LBVs. Their 2009 Single Vineyard Unfiltered LBV is a singular value. Wine critic Robert Parker has called it “A tremendously fine LBV with superb concentration and intensity of flavor” and he awarded it 94 points. This is a great value for a premium Port, which drinks especially well at this time of year. $21.99
2013 Peachy Canyon Petite Sirah
Recent genetic studies have indisputably proven that Petite Sirah is actually the French grape Durif. Wines from Durif are pedestrian at best in their native country and at this point are almost non-existent. Durif has found its true home in California. Here in the warmer climate Petite Sirah produces a rich, deeply colored red that has often been used to fatten up other varietals, especially Zinfandel. Peachy Canyon sourced their Petite Sirah from several vineyards in Paso Robles and has made a wine that exhibits all of the richness, depth and almost smoky fruit of Petite Sirah. This is a wine for the heartiest of cuisines (roasted wolverine anyone?). $28.99
George T. Stagg, Jr. Bourbon
Produced by the iconic Buffalo Trace Distillery, this complex and warming sipper is bottled at 129.5 degrees F, and is big and bold with flavors of dark sweets, cinnamon spice and tobacco.
With a long and oaky finish and notes of spice, vanilla and dried fruits, add a bit of water, if desired, to soften the heat. $49.99
Earl Grey Hot Toddy (serves 2)
2 Earl Grey tea bags
1 ½ cups boiling water
1-2 oz. of your favorite bourbon (like Bulleit $25.99)
4 T. of fresh lemon juice
Put the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the water from the heat, add ing the tea bags and cover. Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes. After a few minutes, pour in the lemon juice. Add ½ - 1 ounce of the bourbon to two coffee mugs, pour the tea mixture over each, Garnish with a slice of lemon and snuggle up next to the fire.
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