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So far Fleur Alvarez has created 19 blog entries.

What Are We Drinking Now? Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino

Fleur is beating the heat with a Cocchi Spritz. Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino This, my friends, is what you'd call a shoo-in. Once you experience the ease and delight that is a Cocchi Spritz, your summer drinking plans will be set. Ingredients • Ice • One Traverse City Premium Cocktail Cherry • 2 ounces Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino • 3-6 dashes Strong Water Black Walnut bitters • Strong Water Club Soda to top Savory and sultry tones of butterscotch, sarsaparilla, dried fig, rhubarb candy, and Seville orange will dance with effervescence. Savor & enjoy. Cocchi Storico Vermouth [...]

By | 2022-06-17T21:35:52+00:00 June 17th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Domaine Gueneau “Les Griottes” 2020 Sancerre

Fleur's Spring Fling! Domaine Gueneau "Les Griottes" 2020 Sancerre We're welcoming the Spring with a beautiful family dinner punctuated by a lovely Sancerre... ...a stunning combination: scented of mallowy vanilla orchid and soft cedar while presenting a palate of stark limestone and freshly cut thyme, finishing with razor sharp tones of underripe pineapple and green mango. This is gonna absolutely send you fawning! When our family wants comfort food we go all out, pairing our homemade pâte feuilletée-topped, Dijon-tarragon-roasted chicken pot pies with a grilled Italian spring vegetable salad. (*Afterall...Local asparagus season is nearly upon us!!!) Domaine Gueneau "Les Griottes" 2020 [...]

By | 2022-04-20T21:30:05+00:00 April 14th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Fleur’s Dry Martini January

Fleur's Dry Martini January FLIGHT OF THREE, featuring: Bear Creek Distillery Rye Vodka Leopold Bros Silver Tree Vodka St. George Terroir Gin Proudly a creature of whims, I've never been much for depriving my feral little heart of its cravings, making my January a very dry-martini one. And what could be better than one martini? Why, three, of course! This dynamite little lineup reminded me that life is too short, too beautiful, and, at times, too heartbreaking not to delight in every single little happiness. Our three featured martinis: 1. Smoked Rye Gimlet 2. Salty Dickens 3. Dirty Bleu [...]

By | 2022-01-26T20:26:53+00:00 January 25th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo

Fleur has THE wine for your holiday spaghetti dinners. (At least we HOPE there will be some holiday spaghetti dinners.) Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo Sometimes all everybody wants is Spaghetti!!! When you use Niman Ranch ground lamb to make the meatballs and pair those with Altius Farms arugula, homemade Arrabbiata sauce, perfectly cooked spaghetti, a baguette from Marczyk Fine Foods, and the ABSOLUTE LUSCIOUSNESS of Bellwether Farms Basket Ricotta...well, you've got yourself one HECKOFA Family Pasta Night! Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo's notes of cracked black pepper, cola, cured tobacco leaf, black geranium, and ripe bramble berries will send this family-style meal [...]

By | 2021-12-23T22:46:35+00:00 December 22nd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Bear Creek Distillery Spiced Rum

Fleur's Favorite Spiced Rum...EVER! Bear Creek Distillery Spiced Rum Waking up to the dim warming glow of our Denver winter's sky ignites my desire for that one thing... Bear Creek Distillery's Spiced Rum, Baby! And, oh my, how it will elevate all your snow-day vibes! Beautifully velvety and not at all typical: layers of cardamom, vanilla bean, palo santo, orange peel, and freshly grated nutmeg will mingle on your palate. It's the perfect pairing for my Valrhona Dark Chocolate Ganache Hot Chocolate...but you can pour this loveliness in all your December faves — eggnog, hot apple cider, spicy ginger [...]

By | 2021-12-17T21:31:11+00:00 December 15th, 2021|

Residual Sugar in Wine: Can We All Just Chill Out???

Residual Sugar in Wine: Can We All Just Chill Out??? By: Fleur Alvarez   Sugar...visions of bleach-white menacing little granules of PURE, PURE EVIL!? Sound about right? We certainly have learned to love hating the 12 atoms of carbon, 22 of hydrogen, and 11 of oxygen that compose our little molecular buddies we call sucrose...but, is our vilification just, or are we simply stickin’ these dudes with a bum rap? Venture on my plucky readers, in hopes that these soothing words will assuage your fears, demystify your concerns, and perhaps even comfort you to the point of embracing these absolutely [...]

By | 2021-11-30T21:13:55+00:00 November 30th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Matic Kerner

Birthday Breakfast Wine!?? Oh yeah, it's a thing! Matic Kerner 2020 What more could I ask for than the most stunning Slovenian Kerner for my birthday breakfast?...truly not much! This guy bestows aromas of old-fashioned Red Vines, Fairy Floss, and almond extract, giving way to the brightly sumptuous flavors of beeswax, kumquat, fleshy figs, and Queen Ann's Lace. What more could I ask for than the most stunning Slovenian Kerner for my birthday breakfast?...truly not much! This guy bestows aromas of old-fashioned Red Vines, Fairy Floss, and almond extract, giving way to the brightly sumptuous flavors of beeswax, kumquat, [...]

By | 2021-11-15T21:40:14+00:00 November 15th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Bear Creek Distillery’s Silver Rum

Fleur is sharing some of her most beloved flavors with all of us. Bear Creek Distillery Silver Rum - Straight Outta Denver A gorgeous fall has graced us with its brisk air, chilly nights, and sudden rain storms. Such a lovely setting deserves an equally lovely libation. During what is my most-loved of all the seasons, my heart yearns for the familiar flavors of my childhood. This little window into my soul will reveal what are some of my most treasured ingredients: fresh mint and lemon, tamarind, pomegranate molasses, and rose water. All of which will be gently held [...]

By | 2021-10-12T19:07:52+00:00 October 11th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? CLO Blanc & CLO Rouge de Saumur

Fleur is serving Saumur wine two ways. CLO Blanc de Saumur & CLO Rouge de Saumur - Loire Valley, France At my casa when we celebrate, we celebrate BIG! Our son asked for fancy hamburgers and french fries for his 12th birthday. Without hesitation we belted out "Challenge Accepted!" Of course, the chefs needed a little vino for the festivities, and when one wants red and the other wants white, ya gotta just go for both! CLO Blanc de Saumur: Aromatics of hot kettle corn and spiced apples invoke assumptions of sweetness...yet, this tricky little Chenin is anything but [...]

By | 2021-07-26T23:13:55+00:00 July 16th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019

Fleur is drinking Weissburgunder two ways. Brand Weissburgunder Pfalz 2019 What does a hot (that's sweaty-hot) girl do with a liter of natural German Weissburgunder? After being reunited with this luscious limestone-driven heartthrob, I was torn... Should I indulge in a decadent Monday night charcuterie dinner? Or would I create a spritely stone fruit Sangria blanca? You know me...Why not both??? Tart plum, white peach, kumquat, and delicate notes of Seville orange are laced together by this wine's tingling acidity and finish of wet stone — piquancy that matches perfectly with Cypress Grove's "Little Giant" bloomy-rind goat cheese, Divina [...]

By | 2021-06-24T20:00:24+00:00 June 24th, 2021|