Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Move Over Diamonds...

...Rubis are this girl's best friend! Rarely would I speak in opposition of the legendary bombshell Marilyn Monroe or her tribute to the diamond... that was until I met Louis Barthelemy's Rubis Brut Rose Champagne. The Rubis (French for Ruby) is one of the rarest and most precious of jewels so it seemed quite fitting to name Barthelemy's cuvee after it. This Rubis is composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is elegant and refined with a feminine pink hue. Rich aromas of cherries, red currants and cocoa will seduce you. Of course this would please palates at any time of the day but I'm dreaming of  Barthelemy's Rubis and a cocoa dusted dark chocolate truffle.

Wondering where to find this beautiful Champagne? Join me Thursday, February 7 at Protocol Wine Studio for "Ardor in the Bubbles", a Communal Table tasting to taste this and many others. It will  not be for the weak of heart with fine examples of Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta, Cremant and Sparkling wine. Hearts will be aflutter with our surprise reception wine: the soon-to-be hottest varietal in the wine arena today followed by a Saber Exhibition to kick off the night.

6:30pm – 8:00pm pst
Limited seating $20 per person
Email to RSVP : PoisedPalate@gmail.com

4186 Sorrento Valley Blvd Suite H
San Diego Ca 92121
Twinkle lights on in full force to light your way!

Can't make it but need this Champagne? Email me @ PoisedPalate@gmail.com


Friday, January 18, 2013

Retreat to the Broken Shed...

Those of us who love vodka probably already have our "go to" brand but I'm always in interested to try others. So, of course when a vodka from New Zealand was brought to my attention I was intrigued.

More intriguing yet is this vodka is made from some of the purest water in the world from the sparsely populated Southern Alps. It is distilled with Whey, which they call milk honey.

It all began in 2009, in a small lake town in the mountains of New Zealand's Southern Alps when Broken Shed Vodka was born to Mark O'Brien, Mark Simmonds and Steve Turner. The name itself comes from its inception in the Broken Shed belonging to Mark O'Brien. These days the Shed is no longer used for crafting and producing their vodka and is now used for tasting events.

First I tried it on the rocks. What impressed me was the true purity in the taste; like a white tea with a kiss of sweetness. It can easily be sipped alone but, as I am lover of martinis I gave it a test taste with a recipe provided to me by Broken Shed...the Broken Basil.

Broken Basil Martini

2 Parts Broken Shed Vodka
Generous Amount of  Crushed Bail Leaves
1 Full Basil Leaf
1 Part Passion-fruit Juice
1 Part Apple Juice

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the full basil leaf. Spring isn't here yet, but this cocktail makes you think it isn't far from now!

It is becoming more available in the US and at the $30-35 USD price, for this quality, I am indeed impressed. Get yourself a bottle today!