Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January Round Up: Drinks

Winter brews, red wines and hot cocktails top the list this month!
From the Wine Bottega on Hanover Street a Gianna Bonarda Vivace 2007 which is a mildly tannic, slightly sparkling frizzante from the Oltrepò Pavese region of Lombardia, Italy. And how cute is the St. Bernard on the label? A regular old Beethoven if you ask me! I love shopping at the Wine Bottega because they seek out an unusual selection of wines from around the world. This Italian bottle had my interest peaked this month. From Hanover Street Liquors a Jade Mountain Merlot.
I find this Merlot to be a well balanced approachable wine with a rich texture that bodes well for wintertime sipping. It features flavors of dark cherry and plum that mingle with hints of exotic Asian spices and cinnamon. (Note the BCAE wine topper from BFB Launch Swag bag!) Harpoon Winter Warmer is a dark copper ale that is smooth and medium bodied spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It is a staple six pack in my winter rotation along with Brooklyn Brewery Winter Ale. Released in 2009 this beer influenced by Scottish ales boasts sweet malty flavors balanced by brisk hops and rich notes of bread. My goodness my Guinness! No explanation necessary. Except maybe this post. Pretty Things created a seasonal winter brew and named it Our Finest Regards giving thanks to those who love and support great beer and their project. Described as an English Barleywine this beer is seriously unique and intensly flavorful. It tastes of sweet flavors like caramel and malted milk balls, intermingled with juicy fruits. It finishes with a mild bitterness that balances the initial sweet flavors. It's definitley the type of beer where you can drink one (large bottle) and be done (buzzed / full). A new favorite this month includes the Hot Toddy.
The soul warming whiskey and green tea based cocktail deserved a post all it's own.And last but not least, be sure to check out my guest post on Travel Wine Dine where I shared my recipe for a Hot Buttered Rum!
What are you drinking to stay warm this winter?

12 comments:

  1. I love Pretty Things but I haven't tried their seasonal brew. It sounds wonderful!

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  2. You've been a busy lady :) Pretty Things is one of my bar favorites, if it's available. I'm also a huge fan of barleywine in the winter - so warm and SO strong! (In fact, Cambridge Brewing Co. is have a barleywine festival tonight woot!)

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  3. Will you come over sometime and have a beer sampling night? We are constantly picking up lots of interesting beers and I'd love a drinking partner!

    P.S. All wine bottle labels should have cute dogs on them!

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  4. Great post! You are my go-to for fun cocktails and new wines and beers to try. I definitely want to make the hot buttered rum!

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  5. The hot buttered rum has to be my fave out of all of these. Very seasonal!

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  6. cute bottles! i am drinking red wine haha :)

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  7. Whiskey and green tea huh? Both are faves of mine. (It's the Canadian in me). Sadly whiskey had to go off the list b/c of the gluten. Bugger! I would like to try that!!

    Wine it is!

    xo,
    C

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  8. I love this!! Barleywines have made a healthy appearance in my life this winter.

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  9. Love all the fun things you've been drinking and great idea to put them all in a roundup!

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  10. that italian bottle of wine has such a cute label! i love your little drink recap :) mine would certainly contain plenty of cocktails!

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  11. Great post Daisy. I'm right there with you on the hot toddy's!

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  12. Each boozy picture you posted made me want that drink ... which I suppose is slightly wrong, since it's about 7a. It IS Friday though. ;) I have put Pretty Things on my list to try (how have I missed them?!). Have a great weekend!

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