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Socially Uncorked: Behind the Scenes with the February Challenege


Next month’s challenge is Socially Uncorked and this year we are doing more than just wine. Believe us when we tell you, it’s going to be like the Catalina Wine Mixer up in here each and everyday in February. We have everything from unique reds to champagne cocktails and even a spritzer inspired by one of the most popular libations during the last half of the nineteenth century.

Check out the month’s lineup here:

BY THE GLASS:

Watchdog Rock - Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

This highly rated cabernet sauvignon is full-bodied bursting with cassis, toast, molasses, mocha, nutmeg and wild blackberries integrated by muscular tannins and impeccable structure. Basically, it’s a damn good glass of red.

19 Crimes - Shiraz / Pinot Noir / Grenache / Cabernet Sauvignon, Southeastern Australia

The bright hues of dark berry fruits shine as the strong vanilla aroma rises from the glass. Flavors of chocolate and cedar spice are accomplices in a finish that is soft, fruity, and fresh. Basically, not trying this wine should be the 20th crime.

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS:

Kir Royale - Black Raspberry Liqueur, Champagne, Lemon Twist

The Kir Royale is a classic spin on an even more classic cocktail, the Kir. While the Kir is berry liqueur topped with, typically white, wine, the Kir Royale is berry liqueur topped with champagne. The Kir and Kir Royale are definitive staples among wine and champagne cocktails.

Upper East Side - American Honey Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Champagne, Cherry

The Upper East Side is a bubbly rendition of the classic Manhattan cocktail. The sweetness from the American honey and champagne are not overwhelming, but instead play to make a lighter derivation of the most classic of New York cocktails.

WINE COCKTAIL:

The Catalina Wine Spritzer: Peach Schnapps, Blackberries, Mint, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sierra Mist

We wanted to create a combination of a good Smash or Cobbler (classic cocktail with wine, sugar and fresh fruit) with the idea of a wine spritzer. The addition of the Sierra Mist lightens the mouth-feel and overall flavor of the cocktail. This addition is what makes it a spritzer.