Thursday, December 13, 2018

Wrap Up Gift Shopping


Wishing you Holidays full of cheer!   Stop by and pick up one of our fine spirits, upscale liquors, or excellent wines to wind down your gift list.

For the season,  we also have a nice selection of gift sets, and even some top shelf stocking stuffers!  Here are some ideas:  (click to enlarge)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pete's Thanksgiving Recommendations

Getting the feast ready?   Here are a few wine selections to compliment a great Thanksgiving meal.

Champagne is festive and goes well with most dishes and definitely desserts!

Try this one:

Etoile Brut Domaine Chandon:  Tiny bubbles elevate an attractive bouquet of ginger and brown spice. Appealing baked apple, honey and cinnamon flavors meld seamlessly with nutty caramel flavors gained from extended sur lie aging. The creamy and seamless structure combined with balanced acidity carries these flavors through the lingering finish. 

This new rose' we have would fit nicely with smoked turkey, ham, and most any holiday food. Lagrein Rose'

Speaking of dessert:  this looks fantastic!  A shortcut would be to purchase a jar of lemon curd.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Liqueur Cabinet: Halloween Treats Edition

Stir up some fun!

Zombie Alarm

2 parts Rum or Orange flavored Rum
1 part Triple Sec Liqueur
2 1/2 parts Pineapple juice
Drizzle of Grenadine 
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker
Shake and strain into a glass

Creepy & dramatic but easy

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Liqueur Cabinet: A Series of Libations featuring Madison Cellars liqueur selections; Part 5


Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water. Many have tried to guess the number of ingredients: some say there are 20 or 60, but others list the ingredients at 80. To this day, alcohol and water are the only known ingredients of its special and secret recipe. Its vibrant red colour, intense aroma and distinctive bitter taste make it extremely versatile, and the perfect base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world.(website)


1 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. vermouth rosso
cocktail glass

  1. Add the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well with cracked ice.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Liqueur Cabinet: A Series of Libations featuring Madison Cellars liqueur selections; Part 4


the legacy of Absinthe

A Brief History 

• The first generation of Pernod®, an absinthe, was created in 1792 by a French physician who used the formula as a medicinal remedy for his patients.(Ed. note like so many)

• Henri-Louis Pernod acquired the absinthe formula and founded Pernod-Fils, an absinthe manufacturing company, eventually renaming the drink Pernod.

• The original Pernod consisted of 65-75% alcohol and the notorious hallucinogen, absinthe “Arthemisia Absinthium,” which gave Pernod a distinct reputation around the world. 

• After the imposition of a French ban on wormwood due to its hallucinogenic effects in 1915, the absinthe formula was modified, resulting in Pernod as we know it today – a 40% alcohol (80 proof) anise-flavored spirit. Its distinctive flavor is created through a combination of star anise and fennel and 14 aromatic herbs including camomile, coriander and veronica.

• Pernod is now distributed in over 170 countries, ranking among the top selling anise-flavored spirits in the world.

Cooking With Pernod

• Not only has Pernod become an internationally popular aperitif, but it is also commonly used as a zesty cooking ingredient in kitchens throughout the world.

• It is known to enhance vegetables, flavor any dish with a subtle hint of herb, or lend the perfect combination of sweetness and spice to dessert.

• In France, the vast majority of aniseed spirits are in fact “Pastis,” which is a complex, yet subtle aniseed and licorice combination, produced through maceration. Pernod is made through distillation and contains only a hint of licorice, which provides a lighter taste that makes it extremely versatile for cooking.

• Pernod is used by chefs worldwide for its ability to flavor the meal without overpowering its natural taste.

• It is best added at the end of the cooking process to yield the best flavor.

Pernod Product Description:

Pernod is a versatile, anise-flavored spirit that has been used in cocktails and cuisine for more than 200 years.  This premium liqueur is imported from France and its natural flavor is derived from a distilled blend of aromatic herbs - 40% Alc./Vol.

Tasting Notes:
Brilliant yellow color with radiant clarity.

Nose: The nose reveals waves of anise, fresh garden herbs, carnations, fennel and licorice.

Taste: The exotic bouquet, when tasted neat, is potent and bittersweet. With the addition of water, it turns milky-opaque and has a long, licorice-like finish.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Moselle River Valley - wine region of Germany

Mid Summer dreams

The vine-dresser

Vines must be trimmed for production.

Vineyards are great for touring

Poem in Old German with sentiment "it's work to grow the grapes but easy to get the wine in your glass and forget your troubles"
Even steeper vineyards are to be found

Festival in Trier
Glassware in use with deposit .50 euro!