Has 2020 inspired you to try something new? A new hobby or pastime to enjoy during this time at home? For me, it has been exploring the world of mixology and creating special, unique, and creative cocktails at home. I have been pulling inspiration from favorite Classic Cocktails, and putting my own unique spin on my creations.
Making cocktails is so much like cooking! Trial and error coupled with gaining a deep understanding of the endless ingredients available. Like cooking, cocktail construction requires a few key tools. Sure, you can improvise and use measuring cups instead of a jigger, a jar instead of a shaker, a whisk instead of a muddler. But, as the passion took hold for me over the past couple of months I decided I needed to get a little more serious. That said, I don’t have limitless space, or a bar, or a massive budget…
Then I discovered this amazing at-home bar kit from Mixology and Craft. I am obsessed! Check out the brief unboxing video below to see what's inside and stay tuned for lots of fun new cocktail creations featuring these lovely tools. My goal is to make all of my cocktails delicious, creative, original, and EASY TO MAKE!
Need one of these kits for your own home? Find it on my holiday gift by clicking this link!!
What kinds of cocktail recipes do you guys want to see next?!
I’m back in holiday cocktail mode! I’ve dreamed up this easy and delicious collision of herbal and fruit flavors for you guys. Delightful citrus aromas from the Yuzu Gin are balanced beautifully by the easy-to-make thyme 🌱 simple syrup. The addition of pomegranate juice and seeds bumps up the fruit notes and provides a gorgeous, festive color. A float of dry Prosecco integrates the flavors and textures just like your favorite holiday wrapping paper!
A wine glass is like a speaker...
Music sounds better coming out of amazing speakers. The experience of wine is better when tasted from amazing glasses. This isn’t to say there’s no place or necessity for a small portable bluetooth, or even headphones at times, but depending on your situation, the right glassware can really elevate the enjoyment of wine.
There are a million wine glass options out there, and I haven’t tried them all. What I have here for you today is a selection of glasses that I personally use every week. I’ve selected them for their excellent quality and value; and because they make the experience of drinking wine better for me.
All of these except the last one are available for order through my @Amazon holiday gift buying guide. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GUIDE!
Need a new party trick for the season? I’ve got you covered in just over three minutes!
Grab a bottle of bubbly and try for yourself. I’m here to set you up for success! When you make it happen, share your videos on your feed and be sure to tag @thewineship on Instagram. If you have questions or need help, shoot me a DM or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are two of my favorite beginner saber options from Amazon! Both are affordable and do the trick beautifully!
Have some fun y’all! Happy Holidays!
Thanksgiving week is upon us! We've teamed up with one of Denver's very most beloved eateries, Restaurant Olivia, to help create this lovely gift pack of three outstanding wines for the holiday season. As most people know by now, Denver restaurants were closed to in-person dining this past Friday (check out this article from 5280). With fewer options for keeping our once-thriving restaurant scene intact savvy restauranteurs, like the folks at Olivia, are looking for innovative ways to offer their customers new options.
Welcome to The Wine Ship 2020 Thanksgiving Wine Buying Guide! My intention is to introduce you to remarkable wines that pair beautifully with the holiday spread. Thanksgiving looks a lot different in 2020. We may not find ourselves surrounded by the same circumstances we are accustomed to this year, but we will definitely have some wonderful wines to brighten our spirits! Perhaps this year we find ourselves more grateful than ever before.
Each of the 23 bottles in this guide was hand-selected for its outstanding quality, flavors, and pairing versatility. We begin—as all of the best parties do—with bubbles, then to “bright” or high-acid white wines, then on to classic Chardonnay, Rosé, Italy (it has a special place with the menu), Pinot Noir, and finally to Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ll even find a couple irresistible bonus wines in the mix. I’ve added links to some of my favorite Denver retailers to help you track down the wines, but please respond to this email directly for help ordering.
At the end of the guide, you will find access to a virtual showdown pairing experience I created with fellow Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, Nathan Frye. This provides an opportunity for you to experience multiple ways to approach pairing the courses of your feast.
B U B B L E S
The best days are spent with happy people, drinking wine, and smiling even when the year has been a tough one. Sean and Nicole Minor GET IT!!!
It’s officially fuzzy sweater and cozy beverage season. I had so much fun making mulled wine in the crockpot over the weekend! A few of you asked for the recipe, so here you go!
How-To Prepare Arrosticini Abruzzesi, Plus the Perfect Pairing with Zaccagnini Rosé and Montepulciano d'Abbruzo
Join me for a new experience in food and wine pairing! I'm making arrosticini abruzzesi, a traditional Italian street food, for the first time. I'm pairing this delicious nosh with the beautiful Rosé and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Zaccagnini Wines
It’s time for another Happy Hour offering: Bobbing for Apples! This is one of my absolute favorite Fall cocktails, and the perfect complement to the flavors in the whisky.
75 seconds to tell you about my CAB CRUSH!!! Most fine retailers in CO carry this guy. If you’re thirsty DM me where you live and I’ll find you a store. If you’re in Denver I’ll take care of you personally! Cheers!
Today I'm offering a little cocktail tutorial using one of my very favorite sakés: Tozai Snow Maiden Nigori
This fresh, fruity drink is super refreshing and so easy to make at home! Try it as we soak up these sunny days before winter strikes and I need to find a new way to enjoy this gorgeous cloudy saké!
Give it a try and let me know what you think! Kanpai!!!
Thank you so much to the team at Peak Beverage for having me as a guest on their #BoozyBanter program! I love talking wine, and Myles is one of the best in the biz. We are gearing up for next week's #CaliforniaRoadTrip, a live virtual experience featuring the gents behind Valravn, Stolpman, and Frank Family wines LIVE all in one spot.
A quick intro to one of my favorite new wines for Fall! I discovered this last week while visiting Buena Vista Winery, California’s oldest premium winery. Check it out!
September is California Wine Month, and we are celebrating with another very special wine experience. Join us via Zoom for a virtual road trip through wine country featuring three remarkable California wine industry leaders as they share their stories and their wines —LIVE! Select any of the wonderful wines from these producers to enjoy during the event! Visit our Find A Retailer page to locate the wines and the local retailers who carry them.
The Zoom will begin at 6:00pm MST with a special homage to the Golden State while everyone gets settled. Presentations will begin at 6:15pm. We will begin our road trip in Napa Valley with Todd Graff of Frank Family Vineyards, journey to Sonoma County to spend time with Baron Ziegler of Valravn Wines, and finally head south to Ballard Canyon to meet Peter Stolpman of Stolpman Vineyards.
Get to know the people, places, and wines that make California so special. Invite your fellow wine lovers to join along, too! In addition, as an act of solidarity toward our beloved wine producers and our own neighbors here at home, we are encouraging donations to help support people in both Colorado and California that are effected by these devastating fires.
I'm so excited to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite California wine producers, Todd Graff of Frank Family Vineyards in Napa Valley California.
Discover the remarkable lineup from this iconic Napa winery, and make sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6:00pm MST! That's when we'll be taking you on a virtual road trip through California wine country LIVE! You'll learn even more from Todd, as well as Baron Ziegler of Valravn wines in Sonoma, and Peter Stolpman of Stolpman Vineyards in Ballard Canyon!
Cheers and have a wonderful weekend! Register for the event www.maverickwine.com/californiaroadtrip. If you miss it, check back on YouTube after the event for the video from the event! Cheers
Join me and South American wine expert, Lizzy Butler, for a three-part virtual journey through the breathtaking wine regions of Chile and Argentina! We begin with a little Chile and Argentina 101 in Part 1.
In Part 2, we head to the gorgeous coastal vineyards of Leyda Valley in Chile to discover the remarkable wines of Boya and then to Colchagua Valley to Casa Silva to experience the heart of Chilean Carmenere.
Finally, we conclude our journey in Part 3 with a visit to the world-famous Argentine region of Mendoza with two amazing female producers. We begin with Jimena Lopez at Bodini wines, and then move to visit Laura Catena's homage to her Italian roots with La Posta.
Thank you for joining in on this unique experience!! Salud!
Check out the recording of our Live Zoom for this special event featuring three remarkable wine industry luminaries as they share their stories, and their wines, LIVE from their wineries around the world! Choose any of their wonderful wines from a participating retailer to enjoy during the event.
We will travel from New Zealand to Argentina to Napa Valley on a spectacular journey through the wines as we come to know the powerful female producers responsible for them! Invite the powerful woman wine-lovers in your life to join along, too!
“I won’t stop until every serious collector has a wine in their cellar from Argentina”
Biggest gratitude to this remarkable woman for sharing your energy, knowledge, and wines with us here in Colorado. Thank you to the Cru at @vine_connections for connecting me with Laura and so many remarkable producers. Muchas Gracias!
Living legend, Terry Theise, chats with me on how to begin your journey through wine education. Has anyone done this format of immersion?! I want to dive into it! I have tasted so many amazing wines over the years but I, like so many of us, haven't allowed myself the simple form of focus and commitment Terry suggests.
I am working on a schedule for any of you to join along with me as I get started one variety at a time! But where to begin....?
JCB returns and he's teaching me to saber bubbly! We've got an epic lineup of summer sparklers including: JCB No. 21, Charles de Fere 'Jean-Louis', and LVE Rosé from JCB and John Legend. I managed a hat trick! May have put a bit of a dent in my work day, but totally worth it!
As for food pairing, JCB recommends a healthy dose of delicious fried chicken and croque madame, plus I learn that I can pour the slightly sweeter versions over ice without angering the Champagne gods.
Cheers to summertime smiles, sabering in general, and the always FABULOUS Jean-Charles Boisset!
Meet winemaker Matt Dees! I just got the chance to (virtually) and it was one of my favorite interviews yet! We paired music with four of Matt’s really ridiculously good tasting wines.
You guys are going to love this lineup! We even made you a special #Spotify playlist to pair with the wines!
Here's a helpful little nugget of info for you on one of my favorite gape varieties: Pinot Noir. Check out the 90 second crash course now live on my IGTV!
A few to try if you need inspo:
🍇Sparkling Pinot Nero from Le Monde
🍇Rosé of Pinot from The Pinot Project
🍇French Pinot from Comtesse Marion
🍇Oregon Pinot from Averaen Wines
🍇Chilean Pinot (killer value) from Don Rodolfo
Check these out and let me know what you think! Ready to learn more? Check out the video below for a little crash course in Pinot!