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SPIRITS OF THE GAME By AZ Golf Insider Staff

< Grip it and sip it With the utmost respect to Arnie, John Daly’s variation on the Arnold Palmer — one part lemonade, one part iced tea with a splash of vodka — may be a bit more fun. The drink initially made popular at Turkey Creek Golf Course in Merrillville, Ind., now includes a tasty springtime variation made with Bourbon and mint in lieu of vodka and is aptly named the Southern-Style John Daly. Good call. Shake up a few of these up with your group after a round and, regardless of scores, everyone will feel like a winner. Use a mid-range Bourbon such as Maker’s Mark since you’re blending with other ingredients.

$25 •

> Blonde beauty Taste the season — even Sonoma County — in a glass of Trione’s glorious 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Your foursome will appreciate winemaker Scot Covington’s philosophy of creating great wines in small batches, and in the case of this new release, strict adherence to a three- year barrel aging program and allowing the wine to fully express itself unfiltered. Mounds of citrus, melon and creamy apple pie Chardonnay goodness bursts from the glass. Host a cheese party after your next outing and pour this springtime beauty.

Trione’s 115-acre River Road Ranch produces some of the finest fruit in California’s Russian River Valley.

$36 •

> Thirst quencher Who says rosé wines cannot be serious? For generations, the French have produced delicious, sophisticated dry-style pink wines ideally suited as a seasonal pour — especially when the mercury approaches 100. And with Arizona’s spring heat now officially on, Toad Hollow Vineyards of Healdsburg, Calif., has just the antidote. The venerable Sonoma County producer recently celebrated the 20th

vintage of its Dry Rosé of Pinot

Noir, which offers classic strawberry-cherry, even juicy watermelon, impressions in a crisp, mouth-watering package.

$15 •

Where to buy These selections and others are available at fine wine and spirits retailers like Total Wine & More, BevMo and AJ’s Fine Foods Valley-wide.

14 | AZ GOLF Insider | SPRING 2016 Dig this wine

When the sun goes down on a another glorious Phoenix spring day, grills ignite. And you’ll need a sturdy red to stand up to those steaks you’re about to fire up. Consider pouring a top-shelf California Cabernet Sauvignon-based red blend from Miner Family Winery of Napa Valley. The 2012 Stagecoach Cab packs tons of black cherry and licorice flavors in a firm yet lush tannin package. Winemakers Gary Brookman and Stacy Vogel combine Old World techniques with modern technology to make some of the most elegant and expressive wines in the Oakville district. Drop a couple ribeyes on the table and decant this.

$75 •


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