California 2018 Must-Visit Spots Continued...

Following our time in San Francisco, we ventured up to our favorite area of wine country. The Russian River Valley and the bustling little wine town of Healdsburg, CA.

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These places are home to some of the finest Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The team J always greets us with the most hospitable vibes and has a high understanding of geology and the interaction with soil, climate, rootstock, and clone, every step of the way from farming the grapes, to making the wine, to enjoying it.

Everything seems to be meticulously reviewed and continually improved. As a certified sustainable winery, J Winery's Pinot Gris makes our #2 must-visit vineyard while on the west coast! 

New Recipe: California Heat Punch 

Whatever is good for the soul, do that.

This past holiday season we spent time documenting our trip to California to visit friends and family. As well as, some of our favorite winemakers, restaurants & bars in San Francisco, Healdsburg, Big Sur & Los Angeles. This week we'll be sharing our west coast wine, cocktail, and restaurant recs! First on the list is this delicious warming sparkling wine & vodka punch! Cheers to a tasteful 2018🍹

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Recipe: California Heat Punch 

9 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
3 ounces pear liqueur
4 1⁄2 ounces lemon juice
4 1⁄2 ounces Honey Syrup*
1 1⁄2 ounces allspice dram
6 ounces California sparkling wine
6 ounces seltzer water
Lemon peel, peeled from one whole lemon

Preparation:
Add all ingredients in punch bowl over large block ice. Stir vigorously and top with sparkling wine and seltzer. Garnish with fresh sliced pears, lemon wheels spiked with cloves, whole star anise & freshly grated cinnamon. *Honey syrup = 3 parts honey to 1 part hot water.

It's Cinco O'Clock Somewhere

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It's cinco o'clock somewhere! Which means you should grab your favorite tequila (our's is Casamigos) & make our margarita stat!⠀

1 single shot agave nectar⠀
Juice of one lime⠀
Juice of 1/2 orange⠀
1.5 single shot of tequila⠀

Add agave, lime and orange juice in a shaker, mix well. Add tequila, mix again and strain over ice. Add salt and lime wedge.