I have long been fascinated with Spain. Not just the wines but the country and the culture. I am fortunate now to embark on a journey through La Rioja and beyond with the incomparable Jorge Ordonez Selections and you're invited!
Jorge Ordonez is truly a pioneer of the Spanish wine industry. In 2007 he said, "When nobody cared about Spanish wines, I was there." It's the truth.
So here's where we start. Three remarkable wines and a board of meat and cheese that served as Friday night dinner. Over the weeks to come we will go deeper... this is just a tease. Will you come with me?
Three price points, three styles, three stories. Separate posts on each coming this week!
Sierra Cantabria Unica 2016 | Vinedos Sierra Cantabria - D.O.Ca. Rioja
Codice 2018 | Dominio De Eguren - Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
El Puntido Gran Reserva 2007 | Vinedos de Paganos - D.O.Ca. Rioja
A gorgeous piece from one of my favorite food and beverage companies: Mixologist World. It is the perfect size and even has a drawer with four very sharp utensils. The entire piece is well-made and attractive. Use this link to order yours on Amazon for $40.
THE CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE:
From Frank's Bodega, a small, premium grocery store that opened in my neighborhood when the owner's original business of catering for performers visiting Red Rocks Amphiteater was decimated by COVID-related show cancelations. I love their selection of premium deliciousness!
Stay tuned for more! Until we can travel again, let's continue to discover the world through wine!
The holiday season of 2020 wasn't the norm, but I had a great time brightening it up with custom wine advent calendars for friends and family! I designed and built over 15 of these boxes of fun with themes ranging from Christmas, to Hanukkah, and even a couple birthdays. I learned a lot as I created each one, honing my technique and getting assembly time down from an hour each to about 20 minutes.
I love the way these came out and I’m so excited to offer them in Denver going forward! If you're looking for a fun gift idea birthdays, Valentine's Day, bachelorette, dinner party pairings, music or wine pairings, I've got you covered. Just shoot me an email at email@example.com to place your order!
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?!
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!
Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Pure Stemware Collection Bordeaux Red Wine Glass, 23-Ounce
👍🏼: Massive/dramatic bowl, sturdy enough to put in the dishwasher (HUGE plus for me), beautiful shape/style, statement-maker, excellent for bold, full-bodied wines.
👎🏼: This is my favorite red wine glass — only con is that they are big so can be a challenge to store and take up significant space in dishwasher.
💸: $66.99 / set of 6
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Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Pure Stemware Collection Sauvignon Blanc/Rose/Tasting, White Wine Glass, 13.8-Ounce
👍🏼: This is my favorite all-around wine glass, about half the size of the previous glass. I use it for both reds and whites. Easy to hold, easy to clean (also dishwasher safe), beautiful design, suitable for all occassions.
👎🏼: A little on the small side for a wine that really needs to spread out in the glass to breathe.
💸: $49.99 / set of 6
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Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Pure Stemware Collection Champagne Flute with Effervescence Points, 7.1-Ounce
👍🏼: Same beautiful design as the rest of the line and dishwasher safe. I love this glass for champagne cocktails!
👎🏼: Personally, I don’t love flutes for Champagne. I often enjoy a larger bowl as I love to swirl and stick my nose in the glass, which is tough to do with a flute. Yes, you lose bubbles faster this way, but just pour small and often!
💸: $81.99 / set of 6
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Jancis Robinson x Richard Brendon ‘The Wine Glass’
👍🏼: Food and Wine Magazine refers to this as “the only wine glass you’ll ever need to buy”. To a degree, I think this is true. The shape of this glass is both beautiful and practical, making a stellar vessel for every kind of wine. I particularly like these for special bottles of Champagne. The glass is paper-thin and gets you as up-close and personal as humanely possible with your wine.
👎🏼: This glass is extremely fragile and very expensive. The website states that they are dishwasher safe, and maybe they are if you use a gentle cycle and have nothing else in the washer with them, but I wouldn’t do it. I have broken at least three of them (while relatively sober). If your friends like to drink as much as mine do, I suggest setting these aside for more organized tasting moments.
💸: $112.00 / set of 2 or $320.00/set of 6 at richardbrendon.com
Modvera 20oz Red & White Stemless Wine Glass
👍🏼: Perfect for your daily after-work glass of whatever. Easy to clean and store. These also make for a nice water glass.
👎🏼: Some people really hate stemless glasses. I wouldn’t say I fully agree, but I use this style the least unless I’m having a party. White wines get warm when held in your hand, and the overall experience is not as good in my opinion. The convenience, however, is definitely worth something. For the category and price, I like these a lot.
💸: $23.95 / set of 6
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Govino 8 Ounce Dishwasher Safe Series Flute
👍🏼: If the previous glass is your echo dot, this is your rechargeable mini bluetooth speaker — the one you take to the park or pool or throw in the basket on your cruiser bike. These little guys are ultra lightweight and durable (made of crystal clear plastic). They are perfect for a little more elegance and style for outdoor settings. You will also find the regular tumblers on my Amazon gift guide!
👎🏼: These are, well, plastic!! They are not as nice as a real glass, but for obvious reasons. Also, although they are dishwasher-safe, you must make sure nothing metal is touching them or they can melt and distort their shape while in the machine.
💸: $24.95 /set of 4
So there you have it! What are some of your favorite wine glass options?! Which ones are you ordering??