2018-08-01 / Wine Notes

Uncork & Remix

Robert D. Richards, CSW

We all know them: People who profess they don’t like wine and would much rather have a cocktail. If only there were a way to join them in sipping a cocktail without having to give up wine in the process? Well, there is. The answer is simple and quite tasty: the wine cocktail.

Craft cocktails are having a serious moment at bars and restaurants across the country. Wine can be the perfect ingredient in a refreshing cocktail. Consider, for instance, the Aperol Spritz. It’s as easy as one, two, three: 1 ounce club soda, 2 ounces of Aperol, 3 ounces of Prosecco (the ubiquitous Italian sparkler). Add some ice and an orange slice. That’s all you need to create a fizzy concoction that’s sure to bring a smile to your face and an order for seconds shortly thereafter.

Sparkling rosés are a mainstay in several cocktails, including the Rosé Margarita. Let’s skip the by-the-glass recipe and go straight to the pitcher (you’re not going to stop at one). And one is the operative number: 1 cup tequila, 1 cup simple syrup, 1 cup lime juice and one bottle of sparkling rosé. Stir in some ice and garnish with lime slices.

What is brunch without a Mimosa? This simple classic cocktail features a dry sparkling white wine, like Spanish cava, in equal parts to orange juice – fresh squeezed is best. Fill a champagne flute halfway with the wine, top the second half with orange juice and enjoy. Easy to make and easier to drink.

For a wine cocktail that’s clearly not for breakfast, try a Cherry Spritz. Combine the Italian herbal digestif amaro (about 2 ounces) with Lambrusco (3 ounces) and add a spritz of cherry soda. Put a cherry on top and you’re good to go. •SCM

Ruffino Prosecco
(#3810, $12.99)
Apples, pears and intense bubbles mark this Italian import.
Bonny Doon Vin Gris
de Cigare Rosé Central Coast 2015

(#32079, $13.59)
This subtle wine from Santa Cruz provides notes of strawberry and a hint of minerals.
Kim Crawford Rosé
(#2474, $14.99)
This New Zealand producer comes through with a crisp and dry rosé that showcases berries and some tropical notes.

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