The Vine Arts Weekly! December 7th, 2013

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This is the first post in a series of installments letting you know what’s happening at Vine Arts and around YYC this week. We’ll bring you new products, upcoming tastings, our favourite dishes and more. We hope you enjoy!

Cocktail Idea: Vin Brulee (Taken from Imbibe Magazine)

Although a crock pot makes this no-fuss recipe that much simpler—toss everything into the pot, leave it on low until you’re ready for a tipple—this mulled wine is a cinch with or without. Filling your house with smells of spice and citrus, it’s impossible not to be full of holiday cheer with a batch of this wintry classic simmering away.

2 bottles red wine
375 ml. Lillet Blanc
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
pinch of black pepper
lemon and orange wheels
Tools: crock pot
Glass: punch glasses or mugs

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot on low heat and let the mixture sit overnight. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat until warmed through. When ready to serve, ladle into punch glasses or mugs and garnish.
To see the full article and to catch up on all their amazing cocktail ideas visit http://imbibemagazine.blogspot.ca/2013/12/25-days-of-christmas-cocktails-day-3.html

What’s New?

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We’re always on the hunt for new and interesting beers, wines, spirits, bitters and more. Here’s what’s new on the shelves this week:

  • We’ve got a new limited release from one of our favourite breweries, Lagunitas Brewing out of Petaluma, California. According to Lagunitas the Hairy Eyeball Ale is a “roasty, toasty, malty, hangover-halting beer. Especially formulated for when you wake up feelin’ like you need to shave your eyeballs to see the new day.”. A specially formulated hair of the dog beer certainly peaked our interest, and upon further inspection (aka opening a bottle to drink) this is indeed a rich, delicious ale that is a good alternative to morning mimosas or keeping a bottle of Jack on your bedside stand…not that we’ve ever tried that. $8.75 per 650ml.

 

  • Speaking of beer, we’ve just switched both of our growler taps! We are now offering 1.9 liter pours of both Deschutes River Ale ($19) and Laughing Dog Pale Ale ($18).

 

  • For fans of Okanagan Valley wines we just received two exceptional new Pinot Noirs from the good people at Meyer Family Vineyards. The 2011 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir offers exceptional value at $27 including tax and is sourced from vineyards in Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Kelowna. It is fresh and vibrant with bright notes of raspberry, black cherry and plums. For a real treat we were able to get our hands on a small amount of the Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir (we are the only retail store in Alberta to get any of this! Only 219 cases produced). The Reimer Vineyard, planted to 100% Pinot Noir, is located in South East Kelowna and produces exceptional fruit. The wine was bottled after spending 10 months in 100% French Oak (33% new) and delivers an explosive mix of rhubarb compote, bing cherry, fresh herbs and exotic spice. Some of the best Pinot Noir we’ve tasted to date from the Okanagan. Bravo Meyer!

 

  • This was also a hell of a week for spirits fans as we saw many new additions hit the shelves. From our friends at New Deal Distillery in Portland, Oregon we have two new spirits. The New Deal Number 1 Gin joins the Number 3 gin we already keep on our shelves. Where the Number 3 gin is best used for making delicious cocktails, the No.1 gin is a beautiful martini gin, best served shaken over ice with a dash of dry vermouth if you please. They call the No. 1 their “winter gin” and they use a special still set up to pull amazing flavour and colour from the organic Juniper they use. A fresh, citrus driven bottling that deserves a place on any gin lovers shelf ($46). We were also lucky enough to receive some of New Deal’s Mud Puddle Cocoa Nib Vodka. This is pure insanity, with a rich brown colour derived naturally from a maceration with fair trade cocoa nibs roasted right at the distillery (yeah we know…insert Portlandia joke here). You really have to try the Mud Puddle to understand just how amazing the translation of rich, deep, pure cocoa flavour is. For a list of cocktail recipe ideas check here.

 

  • For fans of barrel aged cocktails that have been able to get their fix due to the archaic laws here in Alberta preventing bartenders from using the process, we’ve got a special treat for you. HIgh West Distillers, based in Park City, Utah, have released a Barrel Aged Boulevardier. The Boulevardier cocktail was created by Erskine Gwynn and in this case is a blend of bourbon, Vya sweet vermouth and Gran Classico (a bitter amaro from Switzerland). Equal parts of those three ingredients are aged together in bourbon barrels to create a smooth, complex, ready to pour cocktail. Simply serve over ice and garnish with a twist of orange or a lemon zest. Dangerously easy and a great follow-up to the Barrel Aged Manhattan that we previously had on our shelves. $74.

Until next week!

Cheers,

The Vine Arts Team

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