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The Holiday Spirit is a Phantom: BOGLE PHANTOM 2015

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I’m not Jewish, but my husband is and, as is the case with holidays both secular and religious, it often falls upon the woman to create the traditions…which in my house means food.Potato-Latkes-300x257

So it has come to pass that I, the non-Jew, have become an expert at making latkes. I think that the crisp potato pancakes are the one thing that Hanukkah has over Christmas.

At our annual latke fry on Sunday, I grated both sweet and Yukon gold potatoes and served them with applesauce and sour cream, of course, but also with a hearty bowl of Portuguese kale soup and a romaine-free salad.

The soup is robust and smoky with chorizo and kielbasa, kidney beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and kale. But it cries out for a substantial red wine to elevate it from peasant food to festive holiday fare.

IMG_1318Bogle Phantom 2015 is just that wine.

 

Don’t be intimidated by the label that proclaims “mysterious and hauntingly seductive.” This is a very approachable blend  (44% Petite Sirah, 44% Zinfandel, 10% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon) that pairs well with comforting winter dishes like beef stew, pork loin and…my kale soup.

The girls and I opened it before dinner, let it breathe a bit and sampled it while pondering the New York Times crossword puzzle. Then we set the kitchen table and poured some for everyone.

It’s smooth but bodacious, yet it doesn’t overwhelm the tongue with tannins. This will become the winter house wine here on Bartlett Avenue.  Even my daughter (a millennial!) who tends to gravitate toward pinot noirs gave this wine high marks. It’s loaded with subtle flavors and it drinks like a high priced bottle. Good thing we had two.

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P.S. I made “Craft Beer Menorahs” for the “kids” and picked up some really interesting local brews to wish them all “Hoppy Holidays!”

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10 Holiday Gifts You’ll Love

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The holiday season is officially here!!  Are you in search of a great gift this holiday season?!  We’re guessing you’re saying “um, yes of course… please help.” Don’t worry, we’re here to help with these 10 great gift ideas. Not seeing a gift idea you love? Head into Mystic Wine Shoppe and let our team of experts help you pick out the right gift.

 

10 Holiday Gifts You’ll Love

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1.Jim Beam Red Sox limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon Gift Basket: This is the perfect gift basket for the Red Sox fan in your life! Not a Jim Beam fan, come and create your own custom gift basket!

 

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2. Ken Forester Wines: Two great wines out of South Africa –

  • The Gypsy: The character is somewhat ‘wild’ a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus. Great for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter.
  • The FMC: The pinnacle of what we consider to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal – an icon chenin, a challenge to the world!  Rich, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey.

 

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3. A Midwinter Nights Dram: A limited engagement with only 4 left!!  This is a delicious blend of straight rye whiskeys.

 

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4. Patron Tequila Mini Gift Pack: The perfect stocking stuffer!

 

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5. Caymus Vineyards Wines: Calling all cab lovers!!!

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine serves up a bevy of berry aromas and flavors. Its layered and rounded palate make it a delectable choice with a thick and mouthwatering grilled ribeye.
  • Caymus Special Edition: A truly legendary wine, Caymus Special Selection is a wine that Cab lovers simply can’t get enough of. Introduced more than 30 years ago, Special Selection is a vivid expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. Starting with the foundation of their Rutherford estate vineyard and then securing contracts for long-term farming control of vineyards across the valley, Caymus has been able to solidify the extraordinary character and over-the-top quality of this very special wine vintage after vintage.

 

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6. Willett Rye Whiskey: A special release!!! Even a quick nosing reveals that Rye nose of grassy, herbal goodness with a sweetness that follows it. The palate is well balanced with a herbal mintiness, intertwined with a sweetness that dances on your tongue until it exits with a spiciness. This is a great utility whiskey to drink neat, make an Old Fashioned, or hold up to a rock.

 

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7. The Dalmore 18: Dalmore’s trademark style is luscious notes of orange, chocolate and spices, and the 18-Year-Old bottling is a terrific example. Aged in both bourbon and sherry casks, it has seductive notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and candied orange on the nose, followed by a full-bodied, spicy palate of cinnamon and stewed fruit. Recently reduced to just $174

 

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8. Opus One Wine: The essence of time is expressed in Opus One by the character of each vintage. Place, often defined as terroir, represents the geography, the climate and the essential human element which is captured in the wine’s balance between power and finesse, structure and texture.

 

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9. French Wines: Not sure which wine to choose, how about three delicious French wines… you can’t go wrong with any of these wines.

  • Terres Brulées Cornas Syrah: A deep ruby-black with purple hints. Blackcurrant, dark cherries and blackberries, with spices, licorice and cocoa on the nose. A very rich mouth-feel with flavors of black fruit, jam, vanilla, spice and mineral notes. This wine has firm tannins and a long lasting finish.
  • Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem: he Occultum Lapidem displays great dark garnet-red color in the glass. The nose is laden with aromas of black fruits, pepper, leather and graphite with hints of shrubs. On the palate, the fleshy quality of the wine is apparent straightaway from the attack. Rich and dense, the wine finishes with a balance of fruit and delicate tannins.
  • Prémices: A pure, elegant style, with an alluring raspberry puree note leading the way, while light blood orange, red currant and plum fruit flavors follow close behind. Nuances of incense, mulling spices and rooibos tea flitter throughout. The finish is silky and persistent.

 

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10. Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon: This full-bodied wine has beautiful complexity, with flowers, sandalwood and subtle currants, a dense centre palate and a long finish. Purity in cabernet sauvignon. Drinks great now or you can cellar it
for 10 years.

 

We hope to see you soon at Mystic Wine Shoppe! Let us know what you think about this years gift guide!

 

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All About Dalmore

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The Dalmore 18

Do you know someone who loves whisky? Are you struggling to find the
right gift for someone as the holidays are just around the corner? The
Dalmore 18 is an excellent whisky that has been aged in both bourbon and
sherry casks. This whisky is a perfect example of Dalmore’s trademark IMG_3347 2
style with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and orange, followed by a
hint of cinnamon and citrus fruit. The Dalmore 18 is a well balanced and
smooth whisky that is a perfect gift for friends and/or family. Relax
and sit by the fire while enjoying the delicious flavor Dalmore has to
offer.

The Dalmore Cigar Malt

Are you looking for a smooth whisky that will have you craving for more?
The Dalmore Cigar Malt has been aged in three types of casks; bourbon,
sherry, and cabernet sauvignon. There are cinnamon, vanilla, and red
fruit aromas with finishing notes of orange, dark chocolate and spices.
This rich tasting whisky has just the right amount of smokiness and
pairs perfectly with a fine cigar.

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Cocktail of The Month: Spiked Hot Cocoa

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The days are getting colder, leaves are falling and carving pumpkins is on everyone’s to-do list… fall is officially here!  We’re not sure about you, but we love this time of year!  If you’re looking for a warming cocktail to enjoy this fall, try our Spiked Hot Cocoa. It’s delicious and easy to make.

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We used The Irishman Irish Cream to make this cocktail and it didn’t disappoint.  You could also replace with Bailey’s Irish Cream and possibly add some Kahlúa (yum).

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounch of  The Irishman Irish Cream
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Handful of Marshmallows (or more if you’re really crazy.. :))

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Directions: Combine all ingredients and enjoy! We suggest grabbing some fun Halloween decor to create a fun and festive evening!!

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Do you love making themed cocktails? Tell us, what is your favorite?

Stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe and grab all your cocktail needs!

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4th of July Vodka Spritzer

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As 4th of July quickly approaches we’re getting more excited for all the upcoming celebrations.  We’re not sure about you, but we have a lot of great cookouts and parties posted on our calendar.  If you’re hosting a celebration you know it can fun, but also a lot of work!  We designed this cocktail with the hostess in mind… easy, refreshing and delicious!

Enjoy this month’s bonus cocktail – 

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of vodka (we love Titos or Grey Groose for this cocktail)
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • Soda water

Directions: Mix together and enjoy (easy, right?!)

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What is your go-to 4th of July cocktail?  We also found these tasty cocktails that certainly look tasty, but are nowhere as easy to mix-up.

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Cheers and happy 4th of July!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Not sure what to get the special Dad in your life for Father’s Day?  From fine wines to high-end Whiskey to everything in-between we’ve got you covered at Mystic Wine Shoppe. Check out our gift guide below –

Collections:

Johnnie Walker Collection Pack

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Bourbon Whiskey:

Jim Beam Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

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Rhetoric Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Willet Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Scotch:

The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

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Irish Whiskey:

Writers Tears & Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey

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Tequila:

Milagro Silver and DonJulio Tequila

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Sombra Mezcal

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Rum:

Mount Gay Origin Series

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Rye Whiskey:

WhistlePig – The Boss Hog

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 Fine Wines:

We carry an array of fine wines… stop in to learn more about all we offer.

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Gift Baskets:

Hit the easy button and grab one of our pre-made baskets –

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Our Team wishes all the Dad’s out there a very happy Father’s Day!

Mystic Wine Shoppe
 

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Shrimp & Grits with Kim Crawford Rosé

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This food and wine pairing are making our mouth water! This is the perfect recipe for your Mother’s Day celebrations and/or spring lunches.

roseKim Crawford Rosé Tasting Notes:  Rosé wines come in a range of colors and can be made from a variety of red grapes.  This particular one is a beautiful deep salmon color that immediately draws the eye.  Part of the reason it has such a rich, sunset shade is that it is made from a combination of Merlot and Malbec grapes, which is a bit unusual.  But the marriage of the two is quite successful.  The nose will immediately tell you it is from New Zealand – it has a grapefruit, almost grassy smell that reminds you of Sauvignon Blanc.  But once you taste it, all thoughts of a disguised white wine fall away.  It is crisp and dry but so fruity that you might think it has some sweetness to it.   You can savor the strawberry and melon flavors of summer while lingering over the mineral and green apple finish.  Serve very chilled next to classic Southern Shrimp and Grits!

 

Shrimp and Grits – an all time Southern Classic

  • Grits:  
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
    • 3/4 cup half-and-half
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup regular grits
    • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • To Make: Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until thickened. Add Cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients. Keep warm.
  • Shrimp
    • 3 bacon slices
    • 1 pound medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
    • Flat leaf parsley for garnish
  •  To Make: Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
    • Sprinkle shrimp with pepper and salt; dredge in flour.
    • Sauté mushrooms in hot drippings in skillet 5 minutes or until tender. Add green onions, and sauté 2 minutes. Add shrimp and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp are lightly brown. Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce, and cook 2 more minutes, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet.
  • Serve shrimp mixture over hot cheese grits. Top with crumbled bacon and add a sprig of parley.

 

Top photo by: Meca

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Irish Beer, Here!

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St. Patrick’s Day is THIS weekend and let’s face it, drinking delicious stouts, ales and lagers of Ireland is a tradition.  With flavorful beer brands such as Ohara’s, Killian’s, Smithwicks, Murphy’s, and Guinness there is no shortage of festive Irish beers to choose from.  Stop by Mystic Wine Shoppe and grab a few delicious Irish Beers to sample at your St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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Not feeling the Irish beer? How about some Irish Whiskey!

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Still not seeing green? Here are a few cocktail recipes that will get you in the spirit.

Have a safe holiday weekend everyone! Your friends at Mystic Wine Shoppe 🙂