The best liquor for the coldness of weathers

Imagine yourself travelling all the way from New York to the North Pole because you haven’t been there in your entire life. Can you survive the extreme cold the North Pole offers?

Yes, there is still the sun to warm you during your adventure. You have the everything you need: A warm fire that takes a while to light up, your layered suit of coat and gloves, and an igloo to complete your extreme winter experience.

You go inside your cozy igloo and do some book reading to past the time. Feeling thirsty, you reach for some good stuff. And you see, “Red Wine”. Really, red wine? You might tell yourself that you have brought the wrong bottle. Before you get your glass of apple cider or honey instead, convince yourself you have brought the right wine bottle after all.

Did you know that red wines are also great for winter? Not only it partners will with a good meal, it also gives you that awesomely smooth experience that will leave you breathless. Here are some of the best red wines that will go well with your winter holidays:

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates from Canada’s Okanagan Valley to Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley.

Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

The style and flavor profile of wines made from Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown with moderate climates. Syrah or “Shiraz” is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine.

Syrah is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of licorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions the acidity and tannin levels of Syrah allow the wines produced to have favorable aging potential.

The taste of Zinfadel depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas and in wines made from the earlier-ripening Primitivo clone.

Of course, red wine is best served with the right food combination like your famous holiday meatloaf or roasted chicken. When you visit your favorite wine shop for the best winter liquor to combat the endless cold, be sure to pick up one of these great red wine selections. Not only it will give you the best benefit for your heart health, it can be a great companion for winter.

If you are up for great wine offerings and discounts of over 30% this fall, please do visit our wine shop for endless selections of some of the best red wines, gin and other liquors. Head over to columbiawineco.com and start shopping for the best wine today!

Sources: en.wikipedia.org

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Halloween Drinks

Halloween is an excuse to get a little weird and take our imaginations to limit. It is also one of the best times to create truly unique cocktails. Some are more gimmick than taste, but the novelty is part of the fun with this holiday. It’s our favorite time of year. Here are some Halloween drink ideas to get you through the season.

1. Jack-O-Lantern

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A popular name for Halloween drinks, a number of recipes have taken on the Jack-O-Lantern moniker over the years. Yet, few are as simple or as eye-catching as this one.

Cognac, Grand Marnier, and orange juice create the perfect, simple drink for Halloween. It’s topped with a hint of ginger ale to rev up your taste buds, but ​it’s the Halloween-worthy garnish that takes it from ordinary to extraordinary.

2. Candy Corn Cocktail

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Many attempts have been made to recreate the taste of candy corn in a glass. They may not get it exact, but it sure is fun trying.

Candy Corn Cocktail – You’ll have fun preparing this recipe. It infuses kettle corn into a bottle of gin and pairs that with Moscato wine and homemade grenadine.

3. Halloween Hypnotist

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Are you hosting a fancier party or just want to show off your new cocktail glasses? Any of these quick and stunning martinis will do. Of course, it’s Halloween, so there’s always a trick or treat involved.

Halloween Hypnotist – A drink with a haunting, eerie blue glow. What more could you want for a Halloween party? It’s both easy and fruity, just don’t forget the glow stick.

4. Candy Apple Cocktail

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Apples are the fruit of fall and you can never get enough, especially on Halloween. From spiked cider drinks to sweet caramel apple goodness, these cocktails are winners.

Candy Apple Cocktail – A bit of moonshine in your sparkling cider?This drink might not be what you expect from moonshine and that is a very good thing.

5. El Diablo

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Low and slow. If that’s the way you want to roll, these tequila and whiskey lowballs are ideal. They’re packed with attention-grabbing flavor, just the thing you need for a memorable night.

El Diablo – Packed with the flavors of tequila and ginger beer, this is a devilish little drink that will spark the Halloween spirit in anyone.

Top 3 amazing food recipes for this fall

We all know that good food comes from the heart, nature and soul. Marco Pierre White quoted in most of his televisions shows, “Mother Nature is the true artists and our job as cooks is allow her to shine.” Before the advent of technology and the internet came, there was the simple cook book from grandma’s best secret recipes.

In the old days, mothers and want-to-be-cooks go to the book store and buy cook books. A cook book is a cook’s food bible where you choose your favorite dish, carefully read the ingredients needed to be gathered and religiously follow the process on how it’s cooked.

Today, there are tons of recipes you can watch on video streaming sites such as YouTube. It’s all easy today to be the best house chefs that a mother or even a father can love. Matching your favorite wine for your dish is sometimes challenging.

Fall is here and you might wonder what food is best for the climate. Luckily, we have something to share that will help you get that five-star dining experience that you don’t have to go to a fancy diner. We have found some of the best recipes for this fall that you can prepare on your own at home.

These easy-to-do recipes are a guaranteed best match with your best red or sparkling wines. You will surely have the ultimate dining experience minus all the expenses to eat at a fancy restaurant or diner:

  1. Beef Stew VI (as found on http://allrecipes.com/recipe/25678/beef-stew-vi)

 

  1. Brasato al Barolo – Braised Chuck Roast in Red Wine (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/246417/brasato-al-barolo—braised-chuck-roast-in-red-wine) 

 

  1. Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13477/double-layer-pumpkin-cheesecake)

We recommend getting the as much of the ingredients as stated on the recipe as you can. If you are clever enough to find a substitute, do so by all means. It’s always up to your cooking and dedication to cook the best meal for the wonderful dinner.

If you want more recipes to cook aside from the recommended list we’ve put up above, just head on to allrecipes.com as it has tons of exciting and excellent recipes that you can cook on your own.

And if you haven’t bought the best wine that partners well with these recipes, don’t worry. Head over to columbiawineco.com and start your online purchase now. We’re always here to help with your wine needs!

Fall Wine Trends This 2017

Every year, there are new trends in wine selections. Many people especially the current generation having to worry about health and food choices. Believe it or not, consumers of wine and liquor are more well-informed and are more careful in choosing their wine compared to the last years. People today want to enjoy their wine while knowing their calorie intake count. They are more worried on their body weight than the simplest enjoyment of wine-drinking.

Research show that more and more people are into organic wine or even your average red wine because they are after the health benefits. When the internet didn’t exist in the consumer market, people would depend on others about the type of wine which is the best. Now, with a click of a button and Google searches, getting to know that best top-selling wine is just sitting there to make a decision.

Then there’s the existing online store where you can order the wine you wish and pay with your credit card then wait for delivery. More than ¾ (if not most of the entire population) of people are influenced by social media and reviews about a particular wine product. As the years go by, wine businesses will continue to be stronger despite the weather.

Luckily this fall, there are a lot of amazing hot wine selections that people prefers buying especially the coming colder weather. Demands for wine-matching climates such as Red wines and Sparkling wines will continue over the years as they keep on getting better and better. Expect one of these three best wine selections to be best-sellers for this year’s fall and colder temperatures.

Apothic Red has a bold blend of primarily Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It leaves a lasting impression of flavor and texture on the palate. Zinfandel offers bold dark fruit flavors and spicy notes, complemented by the soft mouthfeel of Merlot.

 

Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label is one of the most famous Champagnes in the world. The well-known “Yellow Label” represents quality to so many people.

 

Domino Merlot has a soft nose of plum and dark berry fruits with oak and spice nuances. On the palate the wine remains true to our style with fruit forward flavors of cherry with a hint of vanilla and toasty notes. The finish is smooth and well-balanced making this Merlot supple and easy to drink. Try this wine with roast pork or hearty meat and pasta dishes.

As new wine trends come in the following years, there will be more innovations in wine shopping and new products will emerge. Let’s just hope that the supply of some of the world’s best wines will not be an issue as more and more people will continue to look what’s great.

Does Music Make You Drunker

Ever wonder if music could make you more drunk? There’s a reason those bars out there keep playing rapid hits over and over again. The next time you order a drink, ask yourself if you’re ordering it because your favorite Drake song is playing, or because you’re just plain old thirsty.

It’s common knowledge among bar owners that talkers don’t do as much drinking as their silent counterparts. When you’re talking you’re not drinking. And when you’re not drinking, you’re not spending money. Simple enough. But is it true?

Here’s a quote from the NY Times:

In 1985, a study by Fairfield University in Connecticut reported that people ate faster when background music was sped up, from 3.83 to 4.4 bites per minute. Nicolas Gueguen, a professor of behavioral sciences at the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France, reported in the October 2008 edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research that higher volumes led beer drinkers in a bar to imbibe more. When the bar’s music was 72 decibels, people ordered an average of 2.6 drinks and took 14.5 minutes to finish one. But when the volume was turned up to 88 decibels, customers ordered an average of 3.4 drinks and took 11.5 minutes to finish each one.

That’s a pretty massive increase. And it’s sort of logical, too, right? You’re less likely to sit there nursing a whiskey when there’s fast and loud music booming through the place than you would be listening to a country ballad or something.

3 Fall Cocktail Recipes

1. Hot Apple Pie 

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What You Need: Tuaca, hot apple cider, cinnamon stick, whipped cream

2. Pumpkin Martini 

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What You Need: vanilla vodka, pumpkin liqueur or syrup, vanilla vodka, whipped cream, cinnamon stick

3. Irish Coffee 

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What You Need: Irish whiskey, hot coffee, brown sugar, whipped cream

Mixed Drinks From Around The World

Want to see how the rest of the world tastes? Check out our list of mixed drinks from around the world.

  1. Singapore: Singapore Sling

Made from gin, Cherry Heering, Cointreau liqueur, Bénédictine, a dash of bitters, pineapple juice, lime juice and grenadine.

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  1. Turkey: Raki (also known as “Lion’s Milk”)

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Made from twice-distilled grapes and aniseed.

  1. Ethiopia: Tej

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Made from white wine, water, honey and gesho (a kind of buckthorn).

4. Iceland: Brennivin (also known as “Black Death”)

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Unsweetened schnapps, caraway seeds, cumin, anglica and other herbs.

5. Peru and Chile: Pisco Sour

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The Peruvian version includes Pisco, lime juice, syrup, egg white and Angostura bitters. The Chilean version includes Pisco, lemon juice and sugar.