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?