(March 9th, change your clocks!)
You can make it!
We are on the Spring countdown here at Smith & Vine, with only 12 days to go! YEAH!! All this talk of spring and warmer weather is getting us in the mood to drink a little white wine this weekend, Austrian whites, and one of our favorite producers is Anton Bauer.
The Bauer family winery is in its fourth generation. Since 1992, Anton Bauer has been responsible for managing the winery, and his wines are true to the terroir. These wines reflect the soil, the climate, and the grape variety. You can't ask for more from this amazing producer! Usher in Spring with us at Smith & Vine and enjoy some lovely Austrian white wines....
Saturday, March 8th
100 % Gruner Vetliner
Wagram, Osterreich, Austria
Anton Bauer and Leth
are both Available
Smith & Vine
March certainly came roaring in like a lion, but this weekend we will get a much needed break from the wicked cold that we've had to endure. Temperatures may reach 50 degrees, which is down right balmy compared to recent days, so maybe we should dust off some lighter style red wines to get us more accustomed to the approaching heat wave.
Tami, Frappato is a fresh, fruity red from rising star Arianna Occhipinti, who released her first wine in 2004, when she was 21. In Sicily, Frappato, pronounced frah-pa-to, is usually used to lighten inky Nero d'Avola, but Occhipinti makes a pure Frappato with the freshness and liveliness of a good Beaujolais under her secondary Tamí label. We love its spunky notes of black cherry and other dark berries accented with lavender and spices. She's committed to natural winemaking and farms her vineyards in eastern Sicily biodynamically.
You should try this one...WE INSIST!!
Spring Reds from Italy
Friday, March 7th
La Mondianese 2012
Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Cocktail of the Week
Ides of March
1 1/2 ounces Michters Bourbon
1 oz. Aperol
3/4 ounce blood orange syrup* (recipe below)
1/4 ounce lemon juice
lemon twist for garnish
There are so many things to love about this cocktail! First, it is very accessible and requires no extraordinary ingredients that may be difficult to find. Second, it is easy to mix up. Third, the sweetness of the blood orange syrup and Michters is offset wonderfully by the bitter orange in Aperol and the tartness of fresh lemon juice.
Blood Orange Syrup
2 cups blood orange juice
6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon grated blood orange peel
Stir all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil until syrup is reduced to 1 cup, about 20 minutes. Refrigerate. Use within a few days of making.