Staff Picks: What to Drink This Week
Things our staff thinks you should drink.
Abstinence Blood Orange Non-Alcoholic Aperitif - $21.99
It's the coldest part of the year, and I still crave a good spritz cocktail, even if it's just out of spite. But since I am only on week three of Dry January I need my spritz to be the zero-proof variety. Never fear — Abstinence Aperitif is here! Based out of South Africa, Abstinence is an NA "booze" line that we recently brought into the shop for the folks that are joining me for Dry January, and the "sober curious". The Blood Orange Aperitif drinks a lot like Campari, with dominant citrus tones and a spicy, bitter finish from African Wormwood and Cinchona bark. Serve with some bubbly water or tonic water and an orange wedge.
2020 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Chardonnay - $25.99
Once again we are caught in a frigid winter spell, too cold to venture out of the comfort of our warm blankets. On nights like these, I don't even want to go out for groceries — it's popcorn for dinner! But popcorn just isn't the same without a great film and a glass of Cali Chardonnay. I always like to have a bottle of the Au Bon Climat Chardonnay on hand for frosty nights; this organic delight is texturally weighty with plenty of popcorn-pairing butteriness, along with notes of baking spice, lemon curd, and pear.
Melville Estate Syrah 2017 - $45.99
The Melville Syrah 2017 vintage is drinking beautifully right now! This cool climate Syrah made from entirely estate-grown fruit is impeccably balanced and elegant. The nose shows a complex blue fruit profile with notes of pepper and Chinese five spice. The palate displays balance and medium bodied tannins with black raspberry fruit and savory spices. Overall the wine exhibits great focus and energy and should be consumed within the next year, as I believe it's ready for prime time. Drink this great wine with a rack of lamb seasoned with rosemary and roasted vegetables.
Far North Solvieg Gin - $35.99
Heading towards northwest Minnesota, just before you hit Canada, lies a farm to bottle distillery aptly named Far North. Rediscover their first release, Solveig Gin, named after a Scandinavian woman's name meaning sun and strength. This is a gin for those looking to explore gin anew, or think they don't like gin. Even the white, frosted bottle screams Minnesota with a simple Scandinavian design, evoking simplicity inside the bottle and out. Opening with notes of citrus, lavender and hints of pine needles. The palatte is silky, offering depth to the floral notes with savory thyme and corriander, finishing with light juniper freshness. Perfect for your next Gin and Tonic.