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So far Fleur Alvarez has created 11 blog entries.

What Are We Drinking Now? Owen Roe’s Sinister Hand

Fleur is spookifying your wine drinking with this Sinister Hand. Fleur's Favorite Familiar: Owen Roe's "Sinister Hand" - Washington Welcome October with this hauntingly gorgeous Rhône blend from Columbia Valley, Washington. Sinister Hand will satiate all of your cold-weather cravings with its deep tones of Chelan cherries, Mission figs, and black currants, providing a long, indulgent finish of mahogany with hints of blood orange. Pair with super-dark chocolates, marzipans, and spicy cinnamon candies this spooky season! Owen Roe's "Sinister Hand" - Washington $29.99/btl

By | 2022-10-18T20:19:20+00:00 October 17th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Fleur’s Pizza Party Wines

Fleur answers your Pizza/Wine questions with a two wine response! Fleur's Pizza Party Wines: Villa Sparina Gavi & Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato Well looky here! I have found the answer to every pizza/wine question you've ever pondered. These two beautiful farmhouse bottles are just the thing to turn any pizza night into a Fancy-Pants Pizza Party. The Gavi gives aromas of green unopened lilies spilling into flavors of baked apricots and citrus peel, with a long linger of tart lemongrass and subtle hints of rosemary. Then the Barbera pulls you in with black plums and purple violets, giving way [...]

By | 2022-08-23T20:33:24+00:00 August 19th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Fleur’s July Sage & Blackberry Fizz

Fleur's July Sage & Blackberry Fizz will help you chill out this summer! Leopold Bros Blackberry Liqueur & Denver Distillery Sweet Potato Vodka My Oh My, is it hot! And you know I've got the perfect bevy to cool ya down. Leopold Bros makes it super-simple to elevate your cocktail to "Maximum Fancy" with their luscious Blackberry Liqueur — add that to the pristine canvas of Denver Distillery's Sweet Potato Vodka and you are in business, Baby! Take a gander at the recipe below. Fleur's Blackberry Fizz • ice & frozen blackberries • 1/2 ounce Sage Simple • 1/2 ounce [...]

By | 2022-07-25T21:48:27+00:00 July 22nd, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino

Fleur is beating the heat with a Cocchi Spritz. Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino This, my friends, is what you'd call a shoo-in. Once you experience the ease and delight that is a Cocchi Spritz, your summer drinking plans will be set. Ingredients • Ice • One Traverse City Premium Cocktail Cherry • 2 ounces Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino • 3-6 dashes Strong Water Black Walnut bitters • Strong Water Club Soda to top Savory and sultry tones of butterscotch, sarsaparilla, dried fig, rhubarb candy, and Seville orange will dance with effervescence. Savor & enjoy. Cocchi Storico Vermouth di [...]

By | 2022-06-17T21:51:16+00:00 June 17th, 2022|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Domaine Gueneau “Les Griottes” 2020 Sancerre

Fleur's Spring Fling! Domaine Gueneau "Les Griottes" 2020 Sancerre We're welcoming the Spring with a beautiful family dinner punctuated by a lovely Sancerre... ...a stunning combination: scented of mallowy vanilla orchid and soft cedar while presenting a palate of stark limestone and freshly cut thyme, finishing with razor sharp tones of underripe pineapple and green mango. This is gonna absolutely send you fawning! When our family wants comfort food we go all out, pairing our homemade pâte feuilletée-topped, Dijon-tarragon-roasted chicken pot pies with a grilled Italian spring vegetable salad. (*Afterall...Local asparagus season is nearly upon us!!!) Domaine Gueneau "Les Griottes" [...]

By | 2022-04-20T22:03:25+00:00 April 14th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Fleur’s Dry Martini January

Fleur's Dry Martini January FLIGHT OF THREE, featuring: Bear Creek Distillery Rye Vodka Leopold Bros Silver Tree Vodka St. George Terroir Gin Proudly a creature of whims, I've never been much for depriving my feral little heart of its cravings, making my January a very dry-martini one. And what could be better than one martini? Why, three, of course! This dynamite little lineup reminded me that life is too short, too beautiful, and, at times, too heartbreaking not to delight in every single little happiness. Our three featured martinis: 1. Smoked Rye Gimlet 2. Salty Dickens 3. Dirty Bleu Martini [...]

By | 2022-01-26T20:37:12+00:00 January 25th, 2022|

What Are We Drinking Now? Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo

Fleur has THE wine for your holiday spaghetti dinners. (At least we HOPE there will be some holiday spaghetti dinners.) Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo Sometimes all everybody wants is Spaghetti!!! When you use Niman Ranch ground lamb to make the meatballs and pair those with Altius Farms arugula, homemade Arrabbiata sauce, perfectly cooked spaghetti, a baguette from Marczyk Fine Foods, and the ABSOLUTE LUSCIOUSNESS of Bellwether Farms Basket Ricotta...well, you've got yourself one HECKOFA Family Pasta Night! Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo's notes of cracked black pepper, cola, cured tobacco leaf, black geranium, and ripe bramble berries will send this family-style meal over [...]

By | 2021-12-23T22:54:01+00:00 December 22nd, 2021|

What Are We Drinking Now? Bear Creek Distillery Spiced Rum

Fleur's Favorite Spiced Rum...EVER! Bear Creek Distillery Spiced Rum Waking up to the dim warming glow of our Denver winter's sky ignites my desire for that one thing... Bear Creek Distillery's Spiced Rum, Baby! And, oh my, how it will elevate all your snow-day vibes! Beautifully velvety and not at all typical: layers of cardamom, vanilla bean, palo santo, orange peel, and freshly grated nutmeg will mingle on your palate. It's the perfect pairing for my Valrhona Dark Chocolate Ganache Hot Chocolate...but you can pour this loveliness in all your December faves — eggnog, hot apple cider, spicy ginger beer, [...]

By | 2021-12-17T21:34:11+00:00 December 15th, 2021|

Residual Sugar in Wine: Can We All Just Chill Out???

Residual Sugar in Wine: Can We All Just Chill Out??? By: Fleur Alvarez   Sugar...visions of bleach-white menacing little granules of PURE, PURE EVIL!? Sound about right? We certainly have learned to love hating the 12 atoms of carbon, 22 of hydrogen, and 11 of oxygen that compose our little molecular buddies we call sucrose...but, is our vilification just, or are we simply stickin’ these dudes with a bum rap? Venture on my plucky readers, in hopes that these soothing words will assuage your fears, demystify your concerns, and perhaps even comfort you to the point of embracing these [...]

By | 2021-11-30T21:38:53+00:00 November 30th, 2021|

What *Else* Are We Drinking Now? Matic Kerner

Birthday Breakfast Wine!?? Oh yeah, it's a thing! Matic Kerner 2020 What more could I ask for than the most stunning Slovenian Kerner for my birthday breakfast?...truly not much! This guy bestows aromas of old-fashioned Red Vines, Fairy Floss, and almond extract, giving way to the brightly sumptuous flavors of beeswax, kumquat, fleshy figs, and Queen Ann's Lace. Get really decadent with your food pairings, my lovelies: buttered morels, seared foie, fig jam & triple cream brie, roasted rabbit, spiced lamb, grilled pears, cayenne honey popcorn, and ALL the pâtés. Prepare to become OBSESSED! Matic Kerner 2020 Friends & Family: [...]

By | 2021-11-15T21:47:16+00:00 November 15th, 2021|