Archive | February, 2014

Shake It, Honey

22 Feb

Some days are all work and no play days. Some days are all play and no work days. Some are selfless, others selfish. Some are rainy. Or sunshiney. Some are a glass of excellent wine, white table cloths and little black dress days. Today was a margaritas-at-noon type of day.

Honey Lime Margarita

IMG_6372Ingredients

1 oz lime juice

1 oz silver tequila (I used Patrón, but whatever you have is fine)

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1/2 oz honey

1/2 oz water, club soda, lemon-lime soda, etc.

IMG_6395Method

Look, it’s a margaritas-at-noon type of day, throw the stuff (minus any fizzy component unless you want this to be a clean-up-the-kitchen type day too) in a shaker and shake. It’s not complicated, that’s the whole point, so don’t be too picky with the measurements. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, rim the glass with lime and coarse sea salt. I am of the half-rim persuasion, thanks to Earls, but do as you see fit. Fill that glass with crushed ice and strain in the deliciousness. Top with a splash of water or soda. Down the hatch, friend.

Tip: Do yourself a favour and make sure your honey is runny before putting it in the shaker and really shake, I mean, like shake what yo’momma gave ya, otherwise you’ll just end up with a blob of honey stuck to some ice cubes, which is not nearly as satisfying.

Cue Spring…

21 Feb

The wind has picked up again. Another cold snap is supposed to kick in tonight. I’m out of cute sweater dresses and I’m tired of boots.

It’s time for winter to be over. And since it appears it’s sticking around (much like #SochiProblems on Twitter), instead, I’ll be pretending the sun is setting over a beach instead of a snowdrift.

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I purchased this wine as part of the Joie de Vin promotion at the LCBO this month. The Lorentz family has been making wine since 1836 in Alsace, a region in the northeast of France along the Rhine river, near the German and Swiss border. Six generations of Lorentz have run the business and throughout the years their focus has been on creating refreshing, well-balanced and mostly dry wines that fit in seamlessly from apéritifs to the dinner table.

One of the first things that drew me to this particular bottle was the traditional label with a pretty yellow colour. Like I said, I’m hungry for spring and this wine symbolized just that. The next thing that drew my attention wasn’t traditional — the closure. Turns out Gustave Lorentz were one of the first producers in the region to adapt to screw cap. I’m all for the ease, resealability and freshness that screw caps provide, especially when it that ease and freshness carries through on the palate as this does.

IMG_6360The Gustave Lorentz 2012 Riesling Amethyste is light and clear in the glass, with citrus peel, honey, stone and floral aromas. It has serious acidity on the palate, but with enough lush and flavourful fruit to back it up. It channels images of enjoying a tarte flambée alsacienne (think the yummiest thin crust pizza ever topped with bacon and onion) while sitting on the patio in a quaint café while wearing a black and white stripped tank and cropped linen pants. That’s the joy of wine, it can transplant you to a completely different place with just a sip. Try it and see where you end up.

The Bill: $14.30 until March 2, $15.30 regularly

The Food: I’d love to try it with oysters. Thin crust pizza, paté, fish, goat cheese, sausages and sauerkraut would all work. 

The Verdict: I’d definitely buy it again, not only when I’m trying to force warmer weather.  I can see it being a riesling that even non-riesling lovers will enjoy, because of it’s acidity and austere quality. Plus, it presents good value.