Japanese Whisky & Brazilian Wines

Okay folks back for another round of yummy goodness……Today’s topic…Japanese Whisky and some delicious organic amazing Brazilian Wines.

First the wines….there is a brand called Miolo. They have a variety of different flavor options from the inexpensive and delicious to the mid-range price and delicious and even some sparkles thrown in.  I HAVE YET TO FIND ONE THAT IS NOT JUST AMAZING ON IT’S OWN!!!

The sparkles first….by just my own private taste, I am not a super fan of the sparkles.  Yet if I had to pick one, Miolo would be in this list.  They have a Rose, Demi Sec (my personal favorite) and Brut.  The Rose is touched with just a hint of sweetness and finishes rather dry.  In the summertime, add some frozen strawberries or even mango to this bottle and it becomes a crowd pleaser in a short minute.  The Demi Sec is for those sweeter wine lovers.  For your next party, purchase a bottle of the Demi Sec, add Diet Ginger Ale and boom one amazing party punch.  For an added twist add some frozen pineapple slices.  Yes you must use diet Ginger Ale, but you can also use Ginger Beer as well, either one will add to the depths of flavors you are going to get.  Now the Brut, combine with OJ for your favorite Mimosa or drink on it’s own.  Delicious dry but not overly dry.

Now another Brazilian wine called Alisios, also from the Miolo wine group…..OMG, they have a pinot grigio/riesling blend that is the perfect aperitif to any meal.  It pairs well with cheeses and then even heavier meats like steak or chicken.  However my favorite of this group is a tempranillo….not over powering, but has an earthiness that lends itself not only for drinking, but marination as well.  A steak is what I have used this mostly with, but experiment on your own, but with the steak, I use about 1 cup, give or take in my ziplock bag, add some shallots and onions, maybe some thyme or rosemary and garlic powder, a dab of Worcestershire to add a little more bite, salt and pepper and let that baby sit overnight.  It is best the longer you let it sit.  The meat soaks up this goodness of flavors.  Throw it on the grill, which is best in my opinion and enjoy.  The wine itself is fantastic as well.  Easy to drink, not overpowering, just a nice, reasonably priced bottle of wine.

Now onto a real treat.  A new Japanese whisky called Shin Ju.  All I truly can say is WOW…..I find it better than Suntory or even Yamazaky.  Both of those are tasty, but way out of my price range, Shin Ju usually retails for about $49.00 and worth every bit of it.  It is smooth.  One cube in a rocks glass and it is heaven.  It has a bit of vanilla on the nose and then you taste this goodness and OMG you are just transported to a night in front of the fireplace with a good book or maybe sitting on the deck watching night approach.  This is a whisky for all seasons.  Now I am not a big fan of whisky at dinner, but I do have folks ask about that, so hey, this is one that would go well with some of the heavier meals of chicken or rockfish maybe and certainly steaks or venison.  You want the meal to be complimentary with each other in the food you are eating and what you are drinking.  Now because of the inexpensiveness of this one, I will actually use this in a glaze made of the whisky, some honey (just a little) and some spices and glaze a ham with this…..yum….you can also drizzle some of this goodness on sweet potatoes in the oven.  Yes it is that good and versatile.

I know you can pick these up at Ridgely Wines and Spirits on York Road.  So don’t take my word for it, pick up a bottle and experiment today.  You will certainly not be sorry you did. Cheers



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