Sweeten up your Fall Season!

Sweeten up your Fall season with 2 delicious new offerings from Winexpert…. Après dessert wines!

Chocolate – Raspberry dessert wine

Warm cherries and plums are supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry and luscious chocolate. Balanced sweetness with a lingering raspberry finish.
17.5% alc

Vanilla – Bourbon dessert wine

This decadent dessert wine is elevated with warm vanilla and smooth sweet bourbon aromas and flavour.
17.5% alc

Available this October ONLY.

Contact us for price and Reserve yours now!
cheers@glasshalffull.ca
905-339-1603

Refreshing Beer Cocktail

Sounds funny, but this beverage is so refreshing and thirst-quenching! Just what you all need to sip on while you’re rooting for your favourite team!

This is the perfect cocktail for fancy beer drinking. Start with a little rum, add some fresh citrus juices and simple syrup.  Then top it all off with ice cold beer. Stick a straw in it and you are good to go!
Try this cocktail with lemon juice and also with lime juice. Both are very good — the lime is a bit sweeter.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Ounce rum
  • 1 lemon, juiced (lime is really delicious also)
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 Ounce simple syrup (it’s easy – directions follow)
  • 4 Ounces beer
  • ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill a 16 ounce glass with ice
Add rum, simple syrup*, lemon and orange juices
Top with beer

To make simple syrup, heat equal parts sugar and water in saucepan over medium high heat. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking for a couple more minutes. Cool. Store in covered container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Original article from: www.therecipewench.com

Why do you age red wine – but not white wine?


The aging of wine, typically red wine, to improve its quality, depth, and character is an element to wine that distinguishes it from other consumable goods/drinks.

The aging of wine also augments wine’s cherished mystique.

Something grand is happening inside that barrel, or bottle, that’s beyond the control of meddling human hands. You make the best wine you possibly can, and wait to see the results.

It’s a thrilling (and nerve-racking!) process!

As wine ages, it’s youthful characteristics gradually change, become paler in color, and muted in astringency.

The ‘rougher’ tannins of a young robust wine slowly soften for a smoother, rounder mouthfeel in its maturity.

The color intensity and opacity of red wine also dramatically change, taking on more amber and orange hues, shedding its inky purple and red vibrancy of youth.

Such changes occur in aging wine due to the phenolic compounds producing various chemical reactions.

Such compound reactions aggregate molecules to bind together, eventually creating larger particles in the wine, which then separate and form visible sediment, a clear sign of an aged wine. The sediment is then most often separated from the rest of the drinkable wine via decanting.

And aging red wine but not white is more the rule of thumb than an absolute statement.

Chardonnay for example, is a white wine whose oaky palette and character is defined by its barrel aging. And there are some sweet whites and fortified wines that also are designed to age well, although honestly, this is rare to come by.

But yes, the majority of white wines – given their fragility and lower antioxidant content – are produced to be consumed as they are released into the market.

But here’s the zinger..  Even most commercial red wines fall into this category today.

As a matter of fact, very few wines of any variety possess the potential to improve with further aging. According to Jancis Robinson, a Master of Wine, only the top 10% of all red wines and top 5% of all white wines have this ability! Plus, only 1% of all wines can improve beyond a decade of aging.

Generally speaking, the vast majority of wines on the market today begin losing vibrancy in color and aromatic bouquet between 6 – 24 months in the bottle, depending on the wine varietal being stored.

The rule of thumb is simple, though: the lower a wine’s pH level, the higher the capacity for improving with age.

Plus, higher phenolic density in a wine, which usually distinguishes reds from whites, will also improve chances for successful aging.


Original article by: Melinda
From: enjoyhopewellvalleywines.com/wine-faq.html 

August Wine Specials


For the month of August we’re offering specials on the following Winexpert wines.
 
Classic 4-week
Red: Shiraz California
 
Reserve 6-week
White Riesling, California
Red: Pinot Noir, Chile

Bonus Special:
Barrel-Aged Niagara Chardonnay
30 750ml bottles
NR Chardonnay is available in 15 750 ml bottles

Contact us for sale prices and to reserve!
cheers@glasshalffull.ca

Cheers!

Canada Day Cocktail

Why is this drink called a Shuggie? Your guess is as good as ours, but we’re certain you and your guests will love this rum-based cocktail infused with rhubarb, ginger, lime and Thai basil flavours.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 strawberries
  • 6 small/medium basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz Gosling’s dark rum
  • 1/2 oz Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz rhubarb syrup
  • soda

INSTRUCTIONS

In a martini shaker, add strawberries and basil and muddle.

Add ice, rum, ginger liqueur, lime juice and rhubarb syrup. Shake and strain into glass with ice and top with soda.

Garnish with fresh lime wedge and strawberry.

Yields: 1 serving


Original article by: Food Network Canada
From: www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/shuggie/

Everything’s Coming Up Rosé – Sangria


Natasha David, co-owner of Nitecap in New York City, creates this sophisticated sangria by combining rosé wine with pleasantly bitter Aperol and delicate, floral hibiscus tea.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces chilled dry rosé
  • 4 ounces Lillet rosé
  • 4 ounces chilled brewed hibiscus tea
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 4 ounces chilled club soda
  • Grapefruit wheel halves, lemon wheels and slice strawberries, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

In a pitcher or punch bowl, combine the rosé, Lillet, tea, lemon juice, Simple Syrup and Aperol. Fill the pitcher with ice and stir well. Stir in the club soda and garnish with the fruit. Serve in chilled wineglasses. 

Yields: 4-6 servings


Original article by: Natasha David
From: www.foodandwine.com/recipes/everythings-coming-rose

June Wine Specials

For the month of June we’re offering specials on the following Winexpert wines… 

Classic 4-week

Classic Red – Merlot, Chile
A dry medium bodied wine

Classic White – Gewurtz, California
An off-dry light to medium bodied wine

Reserve 6-week

Reserve Red – VCDR (Vieux Château du Roi), France
A dry medium to full bodied wine

Reserve White – Traminer Riesling, Australia
Off dry light medium bodied

 

Bonus Special:
Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

We will now be offering a NEW Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Hills, Australia to replace the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Contact us for sale prices and to reserve!
cheers@glasshalffull.ca

Cheers!

 

Q & A – Beer

Question
Whats the difference between a lager and an ale?

Answer
Ales are fermented using a top-fermenting yeast. They are fermented at warmer temperatures and are usually more full bodied beers. 

Lagers use bottom fermenting yeast and ferment at cooler temperatures over a longer period of time. Lagers are usually lighter bodied and more refreshing.

May Wine Specials


For the month of May, we’re offering specials on the following Winexpert wines… 
 
Classic 4-week   
White: Riesling, Washington 
Red: Pinot Noir, California                   
 
Reserve 6-week
Rosé : Grenache Rosé, Australia 
Red: Carmenère, Chile 
 
Contact us for sale price and to reserve!
cheers@glasshalffull.ca or 
 

Moscato Sangria

This easy moscato sangria is so easy to make with only 4 ingredients: moscato wine, lemon lime soda, vodka and strawberries. Swap sparkling water or club soda if you prefer it less sweet, or customize it by adding more of your favorite fruits. We like peaches and watermelon, too! Either way, it’s a party favorite, and it’s perfect for bridal and baby showers or a backyard bbq.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 750-ml bottle pink moscato wine
  • 1/2 cup strawberry flavored vodka
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda (or club soda)
  • 610 large strawberries, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine and vodka. Add strawberries and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Just before serving, add the lemon-lime soda.
  3. Serve over ice.

Yields: 6 servings


Original article by: Melissa Belanger
From: simplywhisked.com/pink-strawberry-sangria