Whatever the step is for you…take it. Thank you to @modernconnoisseur for this quote! #wordstoliveby #ayearinpictures #2014 #inspiration #life #quote (at la mia casa, just west of Europe)
Proud and honored to be a part of West Coaster magazine’s Ladies of Local Beer Issue & included with these other fabulous women on #beerstagram ! A big thank you to @westcoaster_socal & cheers to my fellow ladies! Follow these women! #craftbeer #california #sandiego #ayearinpictures #2014 (at The 3rd Corner)
Rosés whether still or sparkling make me giddy. From the south of France to Champagne to California, there isn’t a pink wine I don’t want to try. Scratch that. No White Zin. Unfortunately, this psychological game is still the uphill battle rosé has to fight. But the good news is, it gets better every year. Thankfully, far less people screw their nose and give me stink eye in a bar these days than used to. People are catching on to the magic of rosé, and yours truly breathes a sigh of relief. My preaching soapbox was getting rickety.
Like my motto for all Champagne & sparkling wine, I don’t believe you need a special reason or a celebration to pull out this beauty. Perfectly fabulous in both color and character, the Cuvée de Pompadour is the reason! Unbeatable for a spring afternoon or a Sunday brunch, this should be on your must try list for 2014.
Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de Pompadour: Vibrant & fresh notes of strawberries, cherries, peaches, lemon, & minerality. Beautifully balanced, which is to be expected from the house of Tattinger. My loyalty to them and Domaine Carneros remains steadfast. Pair with fruit & yogurt parfaits, light summer salads, and grilled salmon.
My #WineWednesday pick: the delicious Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour. Notes of strawberries, cherries, peaches, lemon, & rose petals. Oh yes! 58%Pinot Noir 42% Chardonnay. Go get it! #champagne #love #champagnechat #rose #ayearinpictures #2014 #bestoftheday #california #wine #carneros #france cc: @domainecarneros (at la mia casa, just west of Europe)
It’s time for The Flavor Project! This week’ entry comes from Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, California and their famous Egg & Bacon pizza: House-made bacon, soft egg, Swiss chard, caramelized onion, Pecorino Romano, Fontina, tomato sauce, & truffle oil. Divine! What will Dr. Bill pair with this decadent treat?? #craftbeer #flavorproject #foodie #pizza #Tuesday #sandiego #top100bars (at Blind Lady Ale House)
I love this girl! The lady of the day, Melanie. Fantastic event. #brewbies #craftbeer #beer #behappy #charity #california (at Brewbies Festival 2014)
Hands down, this is my new favorite whiskey cocktail! Growing up in North Carolina, picking blackberries off the vines around my Papaw’s farm, and with whiskey being my first spirit love, this cocktail is a nostalgic nod to my Southern upbringing.The Whiskey Smash was invented in 1862 by “Professor” Jerry Thomas, who by many, is considered the father of American mixology. Traditionally, the cocktail is Bourbon whiskey, mint, simple syrup, & lemon. Sounds delicious enough? Now just imagine with fresh, juicy blackberries muddled in. It’s a dream come true.
1.5 oz Bulleit Rye
handful of mint leaves
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ oz agave nectar
splash of club soda, if you like
Gently muddle blackberries with mint leaves, agave, & lemon juice. Fill your glass with ice. Top with Bulleit Rye. Give it one or two firm shakes, no need to get jiggy with it. Top with soda or serve as is. Garnish with a few mint leaves.
This week’s dose of The Flavor Project comes from Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder in Asheville, NC! I enjoyed their Charcuterie & Pickle Board, and would love to know what craft beer Dr. Bill would pair with these unique flavors…
Here’s the description: Pork terrine, chicken liver mousse, Colonel Newsom’s aged ham (think proscuitto), buttermilk cheese, grapefruit chutney, mustard aioli, and pickled beans, beets, & veggies.
"Ah charcuterie, my favorite! My pairing would be Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock, an amazing smoked beer from the town of Bamberg in Bavaria, Germany. The beer is amazing with anything pig, it literally smells like bacon! The natural sweetness in this German Lager will accommodate all the rich fattiness of the charcuterie and the smokiness of the beer will work well with the sharp acidity from the pickled veggies." — Dr. Bill, Master Pairings