Staff picks from Wendy
From her first cookbook at the age of five, Wendy Crispell's been a culinary wizard. Her Certified Specialist of Wine status from the Society of Wine Educators pairs perfectly with those Master/Professional Certificates from the Artisanal Cheese Center in Manhattan. Wendy’s tasting events have been featured in Time Out NY, Tasting Table, Edible Manhattan, Best Events Magazine, NY Daily News, NY Post and Wine Spectator Online.
And this holiday season, she’s moonlighting with us!
Here’s her take on Turkey Day pairings
Karlsson’s Gold Vodka (Sweden): I’m usually more of a whiskey girl, but… one sip of this vodka, made in small batches from a blend of golden new potatoes in Sweden changed my perception of clear spirits. Karlsson’s actually has a creamy texture and a hint of baked potato, it’s perfect for a stellar bloody Mary or in my favorite old school winter warmer, the bull shot. After Thanksgiving cocktails, fill your thermos with the leftovers for blustery holidays! Bull shot- 2 oz. Karlssons, 3 oz. warm beef broth, dash dry sherry, cracked pepper to taste, orange twist. Price: $34.99
Weingut Kunstler Riesling Estate Dry 2013 (Rheingau, Germany): The Künstler’s is a family wine estate dating back to 1648! With roots in the Czech Republic and Hungary, today they’re found in Hochheim, a town in Germany’s Rheingau. Gunter Künstler currently runs the family estate, crafting a range of amazingly different Rieslings – each with a distinct flavor profile owing to soil variation and micro climate. This trocken or drier style of Riesling has a subdued nose but bursting on the palate with a kaleidoscope of apricot, peach and orange blossom notes. Its crunchy acidity makes it a perfect starter for any evening! German Riesling is my first love in the world of wine, one sip of this will give you an insight into my lifelong obsession. Price: $24.99
Domaine Ludovic Bonnardot Maranges Sur le Bois 2012 (Burgundy, France): This is my go-to Pinot Noir from the Cote de Beaune, a fabulous value in the under $30 range. Ludovic Bonnardot started experimenting with natural winemaking as a teenager. He found he could drink a bit more using the strictly natural approach without any regrets the next morning. Considering this wine’s value, I think he’s done us all a great service! Flavors of bright cherry, forest floor and a tinge of rose petal make this the perfect wine to sip or savor. It pairs wonderfully with soft, stinky Camembert, cured meats and roast chicken… or turkey! Price: $26.99
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