Sunday, May 17, 2015

Vino of Life

These flowers, regardless of color, seem to be quite popular.
My Mothers Day flowers are still looking fresh,just like the first day
I got them.

The color of this one reminds me or Rose wines which seem to
be quite popular with the young people today, especially in summer.
They go with almost any food and as aperitif.

This wine is made out of many kinds of grapes but mostly red.
They become rose because they take out the skins and solids
out of the juice after just a few hours or days.
Italy is well known for their wines .Italians  hardly drink any water.

I personally like to make sangria using a bottle of red wine, 1 lemon,orange and lime, sliced in wedges, 2 tbs sugar , some orange juice or lemonade, 2 shots of triple sec
1 cup of raspberries or strawberries, 1 can of diced pineapples with juice,4 cups ginger ale.
It makes for a nice punch for guests.

You also have your choice between dry and sweet rose.

Some grape varieties include Grenache,Clairette (an ancient grape),

Chambourin because of natural acids and their resistence to fungal diseases
Muscat grapes, Aglianico grapes date back to 735 bc Greece.

Monastrell grapes are high in alcohol and tannins and like limestone.

Cali wines include Charles and Charles Rose Mulderbosch Rose, V. Sattui Gamay Rouge

Other nice ones include Chateau Sainte Marguerite,
Estandon 2012 and Chateau du Galoupet.

Grape vines invite bees and other insects because of their sweetness.
I have a few large pots with vines of both red and white grapes but
if I were to have a field of grapes I would also include  a few bee hives and some
cups for the other insects to get high on . My Dad put beer in cups outside and it took
 care of all the bugs  that came to eat his vegetables. They came in droves and died happy.

If you have all these vines, collecting nice fresh leaves to roll with rice and meat
makes for a delicious meal. These leaves can be slightly parboiled and frozen
or salted in jars.

Mmmmm got myself into the wine mood. I mostly stick to Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
 but one cocktail goes down well.

You need to mash two strawberries in a pitcher Add ice
Add 3 oz of rose, 1 oz of strawberry vodka, 1 oz fresh grapefruit
and any other syrup per taste, a little bit of sunshine and a warm breeze
as finishing touches and then sit and enjoy a good book while your hubby does a nice BBQ.


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