Jan 18

 

10 oz. mixed dried fruit
1 l. red wine
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
nutmeg, freshly grated
zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp. honey
4 tbsp. rum

1. In a large skillet, combine 10 oz. mixed dried fruit with enough water to cover. 2. Bring to a light boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the fruit is tender. 3. Add 1 l. red wine, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, freshly grated nutmeg, and the zest of 1 orange. Bring to a boil again and cook for 15 minutes. 4. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and cloves. Add 2 tbsp. honey and 4 tbsp. rum and stir. 5. Serve the punch in preheated tempered glasses, distributing the pieces of fruit at the bottom of the glass first and covering with the punch. Garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired. Serves 6 to 8

 

Apr 28

Most people know that red and white wines are served in different glasses and that flutes are traditional for champagne. However, did you ever wonder why they are served in different shaped glasses? In order to truly appreciate wine, suitable stemware should be used. Here is an easy guide so that you will be able to enjoy each glass to its fullest!

white wine glass

White Wine: A white wine glass is usually tulip-shaped and is narrower than a red wine glass because whites do not need as much aeration. Younger and crisper whites do well in a narrower glass because it emphasizes its residual sugars and aromas. The shape also allows the wine to be directed towards the tip of the tongue. A mature wine requires more time to let the aromas develop; therefore it’s served in a glass with a wider opening. Also, with a wider opening the wine first hits the sides and back of the tongue. This highlights the rounder style of a mature white.
red wine glass Red Wine: Red wine glasses have a wide bowl so that there is proper aeration. The body must be large enough so that there is enough space between the surface of the wine and the glass. This lets the aromas develop and allows the complex bouquet to develop. Young reds are usually served in glasses similar to the ones that are used for mature whites. There are two basic glass shapes for mature and medium to full-bodied reds. First, what is commonly known as a Bordeaux glass, is used for ones with moderate acidity. Burgundy glasses, which are characterized by their slightly flared-rim, are for ones with high acidity.

rose' wine glass

Rosé Wine: Rosé wine should be served in a glass with a slightly flared rim, which allows the fruit flavors to hit the tip of the tongue, and will bring out the aroma of the wine. The glass should also have a long stem. This allows rosé, which is served chilled, to stay cool. Since rose wines can range from sweet and light to full-bodied and dry, the size and shape of the glass that they are served in can vary depending on the wine.

sparkling wine glass

Sparkling Wine: Sparkling wine is traditionally served in a flute. This type of glass is characterized by its tall, narrow shape, long stem and cone or tulip-shaped bowl. Its small surface area helps maintain the sparkling wine’s carbonation. The shape of the bowl highlights the bubbles as they move towards the surface. The long stem prevents the drink from warming-up.

dessert wine glass

Dessert Wine: Dessert wine is served in small wine glasses. This is because a dessert wine is sweet and is usually drunk in tiny sips and served in small amounts. The small size also allows for the wine to hit the back of the mouth and not become too overpowering. The glass’ short, but wide body and narrow opening helps to concentrate the aromas.