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Phil 2011/10/7

I don't get excited about Chardonnay very often, but I really dig this new addition to the Cline family!

Phil 2011/4/6

 

I am of the generation that once believed that tequila was only consumed in shots. In my old circle of friends, back in the day, when someone ordered a round of tequila shots... well... it was going to get weird. When I was a bartender, when a group would approach and order tequila shots I would automatically reach for the salt and lime wedges. The routine was familiar; Shots would be distributed, hands would be licked, salt would be shaken on moistened hand, shot would be slammed, eyes would widen, faces would contort until the lime was bitten to extinguish a fire in the mouth. Yes this was my experience with tequila until a few years back.  I was out with a group when a friend of a friend ordered "patron, neat". I looked at her, my eyebrows went up, and I said, "wow tequila shots, I'll have one with you". She smiled at me and said, "I'm not going to shoot it, I'm going to sip it, and I'd love it if you'd join me", I accepted the invitation.  When I received my portion of patron, “neat”, I asked the bartender for salt and lime. My new friend stopped the bartender saying, "That won't be necessary".

 

We made our way to a table and for the next few hours we chatted and sipped tequila.  We began with patron silver, and then we had a little reposado, then a portion of anjeo. With each serving I learned a bit more about liquor I once feared and now had grown to respect, and enjoy. It was an excellent evening and it didn’t get weird! Here is a link to an article I did that covers the history and technical aspects of tequila.

 

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Phil 2011/3/4

Follow the link below forthe latest video on our new youtube channel...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lde-EHVl20A

 

Phil 2011/2/16

Hey look we're on you tube!

 

Here is a link to our first video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZY9uyYouIA

Stay tuned for more fun and exciting video content from Cheers!

2011/2/16
Phil 2011/2/11

The “Dark and Stormy” one of our favorite cocktails

 

When it gets to be late winter I start dreaming of summer afternoons on the deck. In order to be ready for summer, I usually start making Dark and Stormys in February. This is one of my favorite summer sippers. It is a very simple drink to make and It's refreshing and interesting. Everyone I have introduced this drink to has thanked me. I do not substitute any ingredients on this recipe!

If you shop in Bloomington, you will find all the ingredients in aisle 7 on the top shelf.

Here’s the recipe:

 

In a highball glass with ice mix

2 oz Gosling's® Black Seal rum
8 oz ginger beer

Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Phil 2011/2/11

Altovinum Evodia Garnacha from Spain

 

This is a 100% Garnacha from the mountain village of Atea in the Calatayud region of Northeast Spain. This wine doesn't see any oak, which allows for the bold yet extremely bright fruit flavors to come out. It’s juicy, with flavors of red berries with really interesting spiciness and little to no tannin. Jessie and I had this one with Italian sausage sandwiches and it’s spice notes were a perfect pairing with the Giardineria peppers. This one would certainly pair nicely with some hard Spanish cheese and olives, a nice cut of beef or whatever you're whipping up this chilly weekend. You’ll find this in the Spanish section on the top shelf in Chanhassen, and in aisle 2 the Spanish aisle in Bloomington. This wine is only $9.99 but packs flavors of a much more expensive wine. Have a great weekend!

-Phil