Recipe: Summer Fruit with White Merlot

 

Recipe: Summer Fruit with White Merlot

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Serves: 8 cups

Summer fruit salad gets a sweet boost with the addition of a White Merlot sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Water 2 Wine White Merlot (or your favorite sweet wine)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 8 cups mixed fresh fruit (berries, melon, and peaches are a great combination)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Dice fruit and place in refrigerator to cool.
  2. Mix wine and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Chill.
  3. While sauce and fruit cool, chop mint.
  4. Pour sauce over fruit and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with mint.
  5. Serve immediately or chill for several hours to allow flavors to meld. Fruit may soften while chilling.

 

WINE 101: Sulfites

Check out any commercially-produced bottle of wine, and it will say “Contains sulfites.” Water 2 Wine wines are all low in sulfites, but what, exactly, are they?

Wikipedia defines sulfites as, “compounds that contain the sulfite ion [SO3]” and notes that sulfites “naturally occur in some foods and the human body. They are also used as regulated food additives.” Continue reading

Wine of the Month: Piedemont King Barolo

Water 2 Wine’s award-winning* Select Series Piedmont King Italian Barolo is a great wine for blustery winter nights. Best served slightly warmed, 65-85 degrees, this wine from the Nebbiolo grape is one of the darkest, driest, biggest, and toughest of all red wines. Dry, rich in flavor and deep in color, with a rounded oak aroma that lingers on the finish. Piedmont King pairs with flavorful foods like corned beef, smoked brisket, or robust pasta sauces.

Stop in for your complimentary glass any time in April. Also try Piedmont King in this awesome recipe for risotto.

Wine of the Month: Argentine Torrontes

Water 2 Wine is proud to introduce our limited-edition Argentine Torrontes. Available only for a short time, this delicate and lush wine is sure to become a favorite. Enticing aromas of peach, orange, and fresh flowers pull you in to vibrant acidity and plenty of body. Though fruity and floral, this wine is surprisingly dry, making it a perfect aperitif or after dinner drink. Torrontes pairs well with strong-flavored foods like Thai, Mexican, or other spicy cuisines, or richly flavored foods like roasted nuts and intense cheeses. The versatility of this wine makes it fabulous for a picnic or a spread of appetizers.

Stop in for a complimentary glass of our featured wine any time during December.

3 Creative Uses for Leftover Wine

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Leftover wine is not usually something I am faced with, but when it does happen, say, after a party or when I really don’t like the wine I’ve chosen, my frugal nature insists that I find a use for the wine, rather than dump it down the drain. Usually, I find a way to cook with the wine; red meat loves a red wine marinade, and chicken and pasta are amazing with white wine sauce. Rarely, though, I just can’t finish a bottle before it’s too skunky to drink, so I’ve found a few fun uses for the leftovers.

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Wine of the Month: Chianti

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When you think of Italian wine, you probably think of the classic Chianti, complete with its straw-wrapped basket. Chianti refers to any wine produced from the Chianti region of Italy in central Tuscany. Classic Chianti wines are a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Malvasia Bianca grapes, though today Chianti must contain at least 80% Sangiovese grapes, and can contain up to 100% of that varietal.

Our Select Series Chianti is sturdy and robust, with tangy undertones and a slight spicy bite. It is light-bodied and dry, with medium oak flavors and fruity notes of cherries and blackberries. It pairs well with many Italian foods, especially cuisine native to Tuscany. Try it with a hearty risotto made with salty Pecorino Romano, osso bucco, or a thick-cut steak. It’s also great with an antipasto plate or a cheese burger.

Other wines similar in style to Chianti include Rosso Fortissimo (Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot), Super Tuscan (Cabernet, Merlot, and Sangiovese), and Tempranillo (a varietal popular in Spain). Chianti is a good introductory red for lovers of white or rose wines.

Recipe: Larry’s New Year’s Eve Scallops

You know Larry loves wine, but did you also know he’s a whiz in the kitchen? Check out thislarry ringing out customer lovely recipe for scallops he created this year for a special New Year’s Eve celebration.  He served this with Fettuccine and homemade Alfredo and a Ceasar salad. Don’t forget to serve the rest of the Pinot Gris with your meal. This is an excellent pairing! Continue reading