So it seems I’m not the only one who’s loving the spritzer. The folks at Bon Affair are taking a similar approach to re-introducing this oft-considered boring and outdated drink by creating a sleekly branded bottled version. It seems they are currently offering a Sauvignon Blanc and a Syrah version both at around 6.5% ABV; which of course is less than wine, but a little higher than most commercial beers. I myself have not tried a bottle but I’m a sucker for good imagery. How about you all: have you had the chance to sample a little Bon Affair?
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Last night we celebrated a wonderful weekend with a bottle of this sparkling Rosé. The bottle was 90% Glera (fairly typical grape for Prosecco) and 10% Pinot Noir which is where that fantastic color and flavor profile comes from. It was delicious on it’s own but even better with a little lemon, via some Wine Spritzer inspiration…
That’s right. I’m officially bringing back the spritzer. Actually, maybe it can’t be considered “brought back” if it was never here in the first place. But you’ll remember last year I gave away my little secret and now I’m here to tell you definitively, that despite the fact that you almost certainly think of your grandmother when you think of spritzers, you are seriously missing out on some damn good summer drinking if you ignore the possibilities.
Here’s the thing: I’m not telling you to abandon all other alternatives and only drink seltzerfied (should be a word) wine. I’m just telling you the concept of the spritzer is basic and open to a world of manipulation. Maybe we just need a new name for it? Any ideas (fill out the form below to be eligible for this week’s giveaway)…
I’ve been working on a few basic recipes to share (I plan on posting next week with a few other summer-centric drinking details) but in the mean time, the idea is simple. I’d actually suggest you grab a bottle of solid rosé and start there. The slightly more complex wine holds up to the splash of seltzer fantastically and makes for a perfect mid-day cocktail. And I say cocktail, because that’s where the fun can begin. You know all of those simple syrups you’ve been making? Infusing herbs, spices, and more? These are great for wine based drinks as well; perfect for the ultimate refresher from the summer heat.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a wine post hasn’t it? Well it’s been for good reason. Nobler wine contributor, Adam and I, along with another good friend Josh have been busy working on an exciting venture called VinePair. VinePair removes the anxiety of choice in the wine purchasing selection and is launching later this summer in the New York City area for delivery service. I’ll share more as the details come but wanted to share some other exciting news in the meantime…
As part of the VinePair experience, we have developed a series of wine tasting events with our first tasting scheduled for June 16th. This won’t be your typical tasting, that’s for sure so check out more details and buy your ticket (space is limited) at our Eventbrite page here:
Despite impressive arguments by myself and Mark, it looks like Adam and his wine won out for Valentines Day. Don’t tell him I told you this, but I actually had some wine, and no whiskey so it looks like I didn’t help my own cause. But anyway, I’m glad you all enjoyed our debate and hope you all had a great fake holiday.
As for some other news, the Night Cap NYC tickets are moving and there aren’t many left at this point. I know we’re still a few weeks out but if you want to make sure you can join us for another unforgettable tasting, grab your tickets today. Otherwise have a great weekend and enjoy the extra day (if you have it).
Here at the Nobler we have some pretty strong opinions. But unlike what has become so typical around the country on Valentines Day, you won’t hear us bash this Hallmark Holiday. Yeah we get it. There are a lot of stupid details surrounding this so called love-fest that make it quite easy to hate on: the ridiculous gift expectations, the inherent competition of who has the best boyfriend, and worst of all, the pre-fixed dinner menus that are disappointing and overpriced all contribute to the growing counter-movement against Valentines Day. But we say screw it. Embrace the day, give a little love to your friends, family, or significant other but no matter what you do, it most certainly should involve some booze.
But what booze to choose? Remember I mentioned those strong opinions…
A Nobler Debate: What should you drink on Valentines Day?
(Disclaimer: Adult topics discussed below)
Wine, Defended by Adam – I can’t believe we are even discussing this on the Nobler today…wine is and forever will be the only choice for V-Day. Why? Because wine makes you think of sex, case closed. Seriously, do you ever see characters in a movie slugging beer or whiskey and then doing the deed? No. Why? Because beer makes you feel fat, and whiskey can give people performance issues…Wine on the other hand makes you feel sexy. On V-Day, give me a glass of champagne any day, and lets head to the bedroom.
Beer, Defended by Mark – Ok, so it’d be a little absurd to try to claim that there’s a beverage out there that’s more romantic than wine, but that doesn’t mean a case can’t be made for beer on Valentine’s Day. And the crux of that case is this: Its goddamned cold on February 14th. When it comes to Humans v. The Elements, for thousands of years our ace in the hole has been hearth and home. Meat sizzling on a roaring fire, animal skins and piled blankets, and a tall, belly-warming, vitamin-rich, life-sustaining flagon of ale. Add to these the most primal of all human activities and I’d say you’re doing it right. Save the wine and whiskey for the spring thaw. For now let’s get warm, full, and naked.
Whiskey, Defended by Ricky – Mark makes a convincing argument but my animal skins are at the dry cleaner. As for Adam, I’m not so sure what “performance issues” he is alluding to, but that’s for another conversation. And yeah, I get it: wine is romantic, sensual, etc. But it’s also a bit of a sleeping aid. So sure, share some wine and head to the bedroom… for a wonderful night of sleep. Not so much with whiskey because with whiskey you have no idea what’s coming. And that’s exactly what the perfect Valentines Day should be like. Make a few strong whiskey sours and I guarantee sparks will fly. Maybe those sparks are in the form of some whiskey rage, but hey, at least you can you say your night was exciting.