A Little Whiskey Never Hurt Anyone!

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So, I’ve been a little lax in my blog writing duties lately. I think winter blahs have gotten the best of me, but spring is just around the corner, right? RIGHT?? In any case, I thought I’d put together a few mini-trips and other wine activities from the last month just to keep you up to date.

  • I made my first visit to Casa Larga Vineyards as a Wine Club Member since joining the club in February. T.R., our son Tyler, and I enjoyed a very extensive tasting with Dan at the tasting bar. Dan has to be one of the best tasting bar hosts in the Finger Lakes! His enthusiasm, knowledge and friendly personality are second to none. We tasted from the standard tasting list, as well as the limited edition tasting list. Reds, whites, dry, sweet … all different price ranges. With the current sale going on, along with my Wine Club discounts, I walked away with 4 bottles of wine for around $30! Can’t say enough about this beautiful winery!

  • The three of us also made a trip to Marketview Liquor in Henrietta, where Tyler’s girlfriend, Sydney, was offering a free tasting of flavored whiskeys by Stillhouse. I am not a whiskey drinker, but boy, were they good! I tried the Spiced Cherry and the Chocolate Mint, and was quite surprised by both. T.R. bought the Peach Tea whiskey, which was also tasty. We may see both of these show up in a Tiki Bar drink later this year!

   Sheldrake Point was also offering a free tasting of a few of their wines that night. Their Rosé is one of the best in the Finger Lakes. I also enjoyed their Gamay Noir, a nice light red.

  • I’ve been in and out of my favorite Canandaigua liquor store a lot lately as well, looking to restock my shelves, while trying to stay within the $10-$12 range. I found a nice sauvignon blanc that I hadn’t tried before, Viejo Feo, from Chile, and liked it so well I didn’t share! On sale for $8.99. Yummy! Another great value at Ryan’s is the Eco Domani Pinot Grigio … light and refreshing. $13.99 each, but if you buy two bottles, it’s $7.50 each. Guess what? I think I need two! I also thought I should balance those with a nice red. A favorite of mine is Bogle Petite Syrah. A little over $10 a bottle, but worth it.

Anyway, spring is indeed coming, and with it a whole bunch of tasting adventures. Please stay tuned to see what we find along the trail, and feel free to comment or ask questions about any of my posts. We love to hear from you! Until next time, keep smiling!

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