Diplomacy and hip-hop are two things that should always be celebrated. Let's get into some wines for both occasions. Angela Merkel Angela don't take no shit. Germany's Chancellor held the task of hosting the G20 Summit in her hometown of Hamburg last week. It's where the world's most powerful leaders come together to address pressing issues facing humanity...and witness the carnival sideshow that is Donald Trump. Chancellor Merkel, 1 of only 2 women participants in this year's summit, isn't shy about expressing displeasure. She rolls her eyes when things are "man-splained" and reminds the world how dumb it is to not invest in climate protection. So what do you (politely) slam on the table when seated next to Angela Merkel? If not a beer stein filled with Bavarian ale, you go with a classic bottle of Gewürztraminer. Gewürztraminer is an aromatic grape where lychee, pineapple, and apricot are the common, dominant flavors. The grape's proverbial roots are German but it has thrived among the foothills of the Alps, particularly within France and Italy. Let's aim for Domaine Zind-Humbrecht's 2014 vintage of this cold-climate wine. The winery is located in Alsace, technically in France, but the region sits right along the border with Germany. Gewürztraminer is also one of Alsace's four noble varieties produced, which means you're definitely getting the best version of the grape in this terroir. The Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer is a dry, easy drinker with more subtle notes than a typical "würz". This is probably due to the wine being grown on a completely organic and biodynamic vineyard - a serious plus for the environment. Make sure you tell Angela. JAY-Z Hova pulled back the curtains on 4:44, his first album in 4 years, a couple of weeks ago. The kicker: it was only released on TIDAL (JAY-Z's streaming music service) as a one-week exclusive to the frustration of many. The cut is now available on Apple Music and Amazon but still noticeably absent from Spotify. J is no stranger to throwing velvet ropes around product he's invested in. Surely you've heard of Armand de Brignac, a.k.a. Ace of Spades - a Champagne brand JAY-Z owns that will run you no less than $300 a pop. And you thought having to buy a TIDAL subscription is rough... If that price tag ain't cutting it for a Sunday afternoon on the patio with Hova, there are potential alternatives that will still impress his palate and your accountant. We'll roll with a bottle of Bellavista's Brut Cuvée Franciacorta - a divine Italian sparkling wine. Now when you're thinking bubbly Italian vino, Prosecco is probably what first comes to mind. However, Franciacorta - which comes from Lombardy in northern Italy - is, indeed, a closer relative to Champagne as its second round of fermentation happens in the bottle (Prosecco's happens in a tank). Bellavista's version of Franciacorta is 90% Chardonnay with 10% Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero (a.k.a. Pinot Noir). The result is a tasty, effervescent mouthful of citrus, vanilla, and bread - like Mama's homemade lemon cake. It's also 90% cheaper at roughly 30 bucks a bottle. No red rope necessary.
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Sommelier Recommended Halloween Candy & Wine Pairings It's that time of the year again where it's totally acceptable to dress up crazy, get college-kid wasted, and binge on "fun size" candy just because it's around. Whether you're stealing your favorite candies from your kid (or nephew) or indulging in the Halloween treats from work, here's a guide on what wines to pair with your Halloween sweets! Rice Krispy Treats and Domaine Pichot Vouvray 2015 $18 Chenin...Oh Chenin (Chenin Blanc is the grape in Vouvray) -- so beautiful, fresh, bootylicious, and perfumey! Domaine Pichot Vouvray has notes of honey, nectarine, green apple, ginger, and orange blossom with racing acidity and a luscious mouthfeel. This off-dry white wine pairs with the sweet gooey marshmallow flavor of the Rice Krispie without overpowering it. Milky Way Midnight and J.Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah 2014 $35 Tower Road Petite Sirah is loaded with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, mocha, caramel, and dark chocolate. This inky, full-bodied wine matches perfectly with the dark chocolate and caramel flavors of the milky way midnight. Both the candy and wine enhance the flavors of each other harmoniously. Candy Corn and Domaine Weinbach Vin D'Alsace Gewurtzraminer Altenbourg 2013 $40 Candy corn is known for its honey, marshmallow-like flavor. Almost any sweet or off-dry white wine would pair well with candy corn, but since Gewurtz doesn't get much playing time, let me introduce you...Gewurtztraminer has a honey character along with lychee, pineapple and spice. The candy corn-and-Gewurtztraminer combination instantly adds impressive complexity of flavors to an otherwise one-dimensional candy. Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins and Zynthesis Lodi Zinfandel 2013 $15 This is the PB&J effect! The fruit-driven, jammy zinfandel acts as the jelly/jam component in a PB&J. It just works! Salty and rich Reese's Peanut Butter with a Zynthesis Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel is a no-brainer pairing. You will be wildly surprised; you might even be convinced to pair this wine with your Goober sandwiches. Caramel Apple lollipops and Jacques Bourguignon Chablis 2013 $12 Easy one, green apple lollipops with caramel and a wine that has apple and lemon as its main fruit flavors - duh! This Chablis is a steal and will keep your mouth watering and thirsty for more. Chablis is a region in the north of Burgundy. For those that can do without the cougar-juice Chardonnay go for a Chablis. You're mouth will love you and the sommelier at the restaurant will want your lollipops! As your getting juiced up jam to our totally strange Halloween playlist in the background. Enjoy! Best $3 corkscrew with free shipping! Can't go wrong. Buy Now.
Ah, summer sixteen. For those of us with rotating seasons, hunting down swimwear can be a long-awaited event. With each passing season fashion brands are putting plenty of thought into their swim lines, revolutionizing swimsuits with innovative textiles, designs and prints for both men and women. Miami Swim Week offered up a plethora of swim brands - most independent, some from well known designers. For men, the 2016 show featuring swim styles that have evolved for the male body- presenting styles in speedos and trunks, both short and long. [caption id="attachment_3374" align="aligncenter" width="259"] Paul Smith's Peach Trunk Credit: Farfetch[/caption] As for women's styles the more things change, the more they stay the same.The one piece has enjoyed it's time in the sun for a quite a few seasons - and this season was especially delicious with Mara Hoffman presenting a halter one-piece with symmetrical cut outs. A style that is both nod to past trends but fully revitalized for today's enjoyment. [caption id="attachment_3375" align="aligncenter" width="233"] Mara Hoffman[/caption] And with summer brings so much to enjoy. The season bears fruit of all sorts - one in particular being white peach, a prime component in Charles Smith's 2014 Kung Fu Girl Riesling. Born in Washington State, Charles Smith is somewhat of a personality in wine, approaching the craft with straightforward, honest appeal that doesn't skimp on the quality, despite being affordable. There are 8 wine brands that Charles Smith has developed, each with its own specific purpose and personality to not only stand on its own but work well within the Charles Smith squad. The 2014 Riesling boasts lime leaves as well as the peach and the nose is delightful accompanied by a long, tantalizing finish that is tangy as well as mildly sweet. Rieslings are typically sweet, (or occasionally semi-dry like the Kung Fu Girl) originating from the Rhine region is Germany. For wherever you are this wine brings liveliness and zing that is perfect for summer days or nights. Swimwear, optional.
Music and Wine should be paired. We call this VINOMUSIC. The holiday season is officially here, and it calls for busy times. There is lots of planning involved in preparing food, rounding up family & friends, and making sure you attend to all those on your gift list. Our local radio stations are pumping out the Christmas tunes, and you have no problem with that, but how about a peppy, soulful tune that can get you through your holiday duties, with a nice glass of red in hand? Turn up 'Famous' by The Internet from their Grammy-nominated album Ego Death, and pour yourself a glass of Fritz Windisch Heimersheimer Rotenfels Dornfelder 2014. The German red wine is of a sweeter variety, carrying notes of cherries, red berries, and plum, with soft tannins, so no bite here! The sweet taste pairs well with the sweet falsetto vocals of The Internet's lead-singer Syd, who croons about wanting to make YOU famous, on the track. Sip slow, dance in a circle around the kitchen, and wrap those gifts up like the Boss that you are. Listen to 'Famous' here. Learn more about Fritz Windisch Heimersheimer Rotenfels Dornfelder 2014 here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFAwbEnR2lM
Here is Part 2 of this series covering notable wine regions from contributing author Cormac Reynolds: Baden, Germany Baden is known as one of Germany’s sunniest regions. Situated on the southwest border of Germany, in-between France and Switzerland, Baden is home to a wealth of vineyards that are nestled in-between a stunning backdrop of rolling hills, expansive forests and half-timbered villages. With its idyllic location and reputation for producing some of the world’s finest wines, this is a place where you can taste a wide range of distinctive wines that have been grown on basalt, loess souls and granite! Baden is surely a notable wine region due to it's reputation and unique location. Umbria, Italy For many of us, if we are asked to name a country notorious for it’s culinary delights and host of stunning wines, Italy instantly springs to mind. Am I right? Affecteonality known as the “Green Heart of Italy”, Umbria is a land that boasts green rolling hills and valleys, olive groves, and unspoiled vineyards that are responsible for a catalogue of fantastic wine lists that can be enjoyed in around the region. Umbria is definitely a notable wine region due to it's rolling hills and expansive catalogue. Walla Walla, USA Only a 50-minute flight from Seattle, Walla Walla in the USA is home to more than 120 wineries, and countless vineyards that are responsible for producing an international wine list enjoyed by thousands. With its wide appeal and idyllic scenery, Walla Walla is mostly known for its friendly, welcoming nature – accommodating tourists from all corners of the globe. If you decide to visit the area, make sure you head to Oregon – some of the world’s best and most visited vineyards can be found here. Umbria is undoubtedly a notable wine region due to it's friendly nature and cool environment. Contributing Author: Cormac Reynolds is a lover of fine wine and food. He has worked in the food industry for a number of years and has a great passion for wine. You can get in contact with him via twitter using his handle @brightoncormac