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LORENZO'S WINE CELLAR A Pair of Wine Cocktails for the Holidays by LARRY RUSSO


I HAVE BEEN an advocate of wine cocktails for years…duly impressed with the old adage “Never mix grain (liquor) with the grape.” (The foreboding consequence…a monstrous hangover). There is no documented scientific evidence to support this postulation; but since wine cocktails taste great anyway, why take a chance? Wine cocktails have recently been adopted by trendy bartenders from Seattle to NYC. Some wine characteristic to take advantage of: use white wine, to provide acidity and botratized (late harvest sweet wines ) to add fruit flavors and floral aromas. A wine-forward cocktail provides fruit flavor and body, a much better choice than adding sugar. Now for the recipes…My own favorite (probably because it is so easy to mix) is: a Perfect Brandy Manhattan. “Begin with a mixing decanter: add ice, mix in equal parts sweet vermouth, dry vermouth and Cognac. (My own preference is to substitute Armanac for Cognac, to give you more bounce for your buck.) If you fancy a slight apple flavor, use Calvados in place of Cognac. Now, do your best anti-James Bond imitation and stir (do not shake) the mixture. Pour your creation into a suitable Manhattan glass and garnish with Marachino cherries and an orange peel. Mmmmm! To avoid being tabbed “parochial,” because after all I was born in Manhattan…here is a worthy recipe from San Antonio bartender Ben Krick (This one requires a lot more effort). Ben Krick’s “Pamplona” (red wine, coke, sherry) was inspired by the “Kalimotxo,” a popular Basque mix of red wine and coke. To maximize the diverse flavors of the Pamplona, it is best served at room temperature. Ingredients: one lemon peel, one ounce dry sherry, two ounces Oloroso Sherry and a red wine reduction, which you will create using the enclosed recipe. To make the red wine reduction, you will need 12 ounces of Coke and 6 ounces of Tempranillo wine. Reduce the ingredients separately in two small saucepans. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid thickens slightly, allow to cool. You should have three parts reduced Coke to one part reduced wine. Now stir them together. In a mixing glass stir in all ingredients,


(except the lemon peel). Strain into a small wine glass. Twist the lemon peel over the drink’s surface to dispense the lemon oil, then drape the peel over the edge of the glass to garnish… (I told you it wasn’t easy!).


Wine of the Month


THIS MONTH’S WINE selection is a 2014 “Inter” Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. (“Inter” translates from Latin to: Traveling the road.) I


have often expressed the opinion that the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world comes from Napa Valley…this wine only fortifies that opinion. “Inter” is an outstanding Cab, a true value for the price. It is rich in cherry and blackberry notes with some “mocha” overtones. Slightly floral aromas and a smooth-as-silk


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