While cozying up to a warm fireplace and sipping on some quality vino tinto, we decided to share some hot picks for seasonal sippin’. Some selections also suggest trips to wine country because, really… what’s better than getting up close and personal with le grape or le whiskey?
A perfect “100/100” – that is, a 100 proof, 100% rye whiskey, aged for at least 10 years in new American oak barrels! It first launched in 2010 by Raj Bahkta and has received extraordinary critical acclaim for having the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age and hitting what its legendary Master Distiller Dave Pickerell calls “the sweet spot” in all three categories and is the ultimate ‘farm-to-bar’ experience for discerning-but-playful palates. And, yes, there are actual pigs involved. WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey is available at the suggested retail price of $69.99 for a 750ml bottle.
Antica Terra, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, will release its first three 2010s – which was a seriously extraordinary year – in April, including the shockingly bold and brilliant Erratica (rosé, $50). As with all Antica Terra wines, these are extremely limited production (i.e. only 147 cases of Erratica made). Those ‘in the know’ and on the Antica Terra mailing list can pre-order their VIP allocation in February. Last year the rosé sold out in a week! Antica Terra, an innovative Oregon winery, guided by the aesthetically oriented, former Sine Qua Non apprentice Maggie Harrison, is pleased to announce the April 1, 2012 release of its 2010 Pinot Noir ($50, 750ml), 2010 Botanica ($75, 750ml) and 2010 Erratica ($50, 750ml). www.anticaterra.com
March in Mendoza
Last but not least, March in Mendoza includes wine harvest celebrations with La Morada de Los Andes and a Gourmet Horse Trek across the Andes with Andres Rosberg, President of the Argentine Sommelier Association and Chef from Butterfly in Bariloche. This just might be one of Mendoza’s best wine country trips.
La Morada de Los Andes is a residential investment community project nestled among the vines of Los Arbolitos Vineyard in Argentina’s Uca Valley, the country’s premium grape-growing region with a landscape graced with golden dawns, violet mountain sunsets and a billion stars lighting the night sky. Located at the foot of the Andes 56 miles from the city of Mendoza, the Uco Valley is often hailed as the “next Napa valley” and welcomes an increasing number of visitors to the tasting rooms of its premium wineries, fine restaurants, art galleries and countless other pleasures of the ultimate wine country experience. Only 100 minutes by plane from Buenos Aires (with 11 flights per day), this is the perfect environment to relax and regenerate, the weather is mild, mountain-crisp, full of light and invigorating with an average of more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Every home site is positioned to take advantage of the stunning beauty of the surrounding vineyards and mountains, while maintaining privacy and tranquility.