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Summer Fun

Keeping Summer fun and Relaxing
Ah … summertime. With the hot weather comes the usual round of outdoor activities — and that includes picnics, barbecues and backyard parties made better by the longer days and lingering sunlight. After all, you don’t want a drink that’s best served inside a dark, quiet bar. You need a drink that transports you to a shaded veranda overlooking the ocean, or a rooftop patio as the sun sets (Denver Bronco colored skies).

Speaking of fabulous summertime sipper, there’s no better drink than the Italian Aperol Spritz. It’s the perfect drink to sit outside and enjoy the warm Colorado summer nights with friends and family. Aperol is an apertif, bright orange in color. It has a unique taste with infusions of select ingredients including bitter and sweet oranges and many other herbs (including rhubarb) and roots in perfect proportions.

Excuse me but here is an even simpler Italian cocktail and it’s combined into one bottle. Hello party…let’s go party!!!

Everyone please meet the wonderful Giuseppe Cipriani Bellini from the Venzia Italy. The first Bellini created by Giuseppe Cipriani was at the legendary Harry’s Bar where many of the day’s famous guests flocked to for relaxation, comfort and what else good food and drink. The original recipe was a combination of gently stirring two parts Prosecco and one part fresh peach puree into a chilled flute. NOW you can enjoy this world famous cocktail, the hero of leisurely brunches and relaxing afternoon barbecues by simply chilling the bottle and popping the cork!

Have a great summer!
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We Are Going To France!!

As Colorado weather breaks into summer, few things beat a refreshing rosé or classic French white. It’s far too soon to make general pronouncements about France’s 2018 rose vintage. But if this is any indication of what’s to come, then hold on and enjoy a wild ride!

Moulin de Gassac, Guilhem Rose 2018, Organically Grown
As always, this is equal parts Syrah and Carignan, grown and harvested fresh just for rosé. After a few hours of fermentation, the juice is pressed off the black grape skins, giving it a just-right amount of color and structure while allowing the juice to retain all of its natural freshness and vibrancy.

It’s a beautifully transparent salmon pink that sparkles in sunshine. Aromas of fresh picked strawberries and crushed red fruits – raspberries and cherries – get a lift from floral accents and a hint of citrus rind. In the mouth, it’s bright and crisp but also fleshy and rich, with loads of ripe berry fruit, a burst of ripe and round watermelon and just a touch of mineral. It fills your mouth with flavor and fun before the tart berry and lightly citric acidity come up on the finish and make your mouth water, leaving you looking for a little bite to eat or another refreshing sip.

Chateau Mourgues du Gres, Galets Dores 2018
Mourgues du Grès is recognized as one of the very best estates in the Costières de Nimes in the Revue de Vin de France. The Rhône River is just a few miles away, and the vineyards are covered with galets, the same round flat stones that are famous in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyards have been certified organic by EcoCert since the 2011 vintage.

This wine is composed of Roussane 40%, Grenache Blanc 25%, Vermentino 20%, Marsanne 10% and Viognier 5% and is located on North-facing parcels make a “cool” terroir in the Mediterranean climate. The northern exposure is what provides the distinctive freshness and balance to the wine.

Light yellow with golden tints, the wine has citrus flavors mingled with floral aromas (orchid) and a mineral finish. The wine is crisp, fresh and full, the perfect balance between fruit and smooth texture. With its bouquet of white blossoms and citrus fruits, the “Galets Dorés” makes for an excellent aperitif on the patio.