Looking for some red wines that will pair beautifully with your holiday dishes and parties? Here are a few selections for you.
Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva 2009
An elegant wine with balsamic and spicy notes followed by raspberry, plum, and vanilla flavors. Franco Espanolas, which is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year, is one of Rioja’s most prestigious and historic wineries. The Reserva is aged for 20 months in wood and then 24 months in bottle.
Angelini Estate Pergola Rosso
With only 3 Pergola Rosso wines available in the US, this is a very unique bottle of wine. Pergola Rosso is an indigenous grape from Italy’s Marche region. This wine exhibits notes of rose petals and lavender and flavors of wild cherry and strawberries; serve with slight chill.
Finca El Encinal Crianza 2011
From the Ribera del Duero, El Encinal Crianza is a harmonious and elegant wine. Its red fruit, cedar, and spice bouquet and flavors of black cherry, plum, and raisin notes make it a wonderful choice for holiday meals.
Sonoma Cider – the award-winning certified organic and sulfite/sulfate free brand in the exploding hard cider category has developed some festive cocktails using their unique ciders.
Please see cocktails recipes below
The Tree Topper
.5oz Luxardo Bitter
.5oz cranberry simple syrup
5oz The Hatchet
1 sprig of rosemary
1 star anise, whole
Ensure the cider is very cold before serving. Pour Luxardo and cranberry simple syrup into champagne flute and top with cider. Garnish with rosemary-anise tree garnish.
For the garnish: Cut rosemary sprigs so that they sit 1" below the rim of the glass. Ensure you trim off the top of the rosemary sprig that is green and soft (cut down to the rigid part). Remove one or two points from the star anise to expose the center circle. Using a push pin or small nail create a hole to insert the rosemary sprig into. Be gentle and don’t go past the center of the star anise when making the hole or it will break.
Cranberry simple syrup
2 1/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (8 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a simmer over medium. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cranberries are tender but haven't burst, 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard cranberries.
Cran Master Sage
1.5oz St. George Botanivore Gin
.75 oz cranberry simple syrup
4 sage leaves
.5 oz honey syrup
4oz The Hatchet
Muddle sage with all ingredients but cider. Shake with ice for 15 seconds and strain into glass. Top with 4 oz cider and then fill glass with ice. Garnish with sage leaf and cranberries on a pick.
The Extreme magic Opener opens aluminum cans, glass bottles, and the four most common sizes of plastic bottle caps. From soups to beer and pet food, it you to access your food and drinks in an instant.
For those with limited arm strength or arthritis, the Extreme magic Opener features an ergonomic handle - it’s even easy for kids to use! www.magicopener.com
David Rio exhibited at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Show in Seattle, Washington, where its Tea Frost Premium Tea Frappe line won Best New Product in the Specialty Prepared Tea or Chai Beverage and Beverage Mix Category. Tea Frost was also voted as SCAA 2015's People's Choice Winner for Best New Product, in the Specialty Prepared Tea or Chai Beverage and Beverage Mix category.
David Rio was founded in 1996 by the husband and wife team, Scott (David) Lowe and Rio Miura. Today, David Rio products are available in cafes, restaurants, and specialty retail stores in over 45 countries around the globe.
As part of the company's mission to bring awareness to endangered species, David Rio is a strong and dedicated supporter of animal welfare, and each year, donates a percentage of the profits from sales of its signature Tiger Spice Chai® to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). IFAW's initiatives further David Rio's commitment to protect endangered tigers and elephants around the world.
All chai varieties in our Endangered Species line are named after endangered or at risk animals.
David Rio Endangered Species line includes: Tiger Spice Chai®, Tiger Spice Chai® Decaffeinated, Elephant Vanilla™, Tortoise Green Tea™, Toucan Mango™, Maple Moose™, Orca Spice™ Sugar-Free and Flamingo Vanilla™ Sugar-Free.
THE MESSENGER documentary about the demise of the world’s Song Bird population will be hitting theaters in December.
Winner of Best Conservation Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, The Messenger will be Opening in New York at Cinema Village and Columbus at Gateway Film Center - Friday, December 4, 2015 and Opening in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monicas - Friday, December 11, 2015 and then over 30 additional theatrical engagements. http://songbirdsos.com/screenings/
"A must-see movie for anybody who values the natural world or wonders about its relationship to humans." ~ John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Synopsis: "For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it."
Family-owned Ozery Bakery marries convenience and health with their Morning Rounds and Snacking Rounds. Filled with real fruit and only the healthiest grains, these buns are completely free of artificial preservatives, GMO's and ingredients. They can be topped with butter, jams or cream cheese. When you pop them in the toaster, they smell freshly baked!
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Gunter Wilhelm’s new line of cutlery and cookware debuts this Fall and includes:
Premier ProCook Series
Kaibae (www.gokaibae.com), produces organic, non-GMO baobab superfood powder from Northern Ghana. Kaibae’s baobab powder is USDA-certified organic, vegan, and gluten-free, which provides an incredible array of health benefits. A Baobab fruit contains six times more Vitamin C than an orange, twice as much calcium than a glass of milk, four times the potassium of a banana, six times the antioxidants of berries, and twelve times the dietary fiber of an apple. You can mix it with water or fruit juice. Enjoy!
Available Nationwide starting in December via Gathr Screenings
Available on iTunes, VOD, Netflix, DVD March 2016
Directed by Daryl Wein
Written by Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones (Breaking Upwards, Lola Versus)
Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones (currently starring on CBS hit show Life in Pieces), Victor Garber (Argo), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Anthony Edwards (ER), Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club) & Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon)
Synopsis: Consumed is a narrative dramatic thriller set in the complex world of GMOs. The story is anchored by a working-class, single Mother on a hunt to uncover the cause of her son's mysterious illness. Interwoven are the stories of an Organic farmer, the CEO of a biotechnology corporation, and two Scientists on the verge of a major discovery.