Beth's News, June 29, 2018

WINE
The Italian beauties I speak of are wines,of course. I discovered the wines of Marotti Campi-
Marotti Campi 2016 "Luzano" VerdicchioVerdicchio is a very old indigenous varietal and is the pride of Marche’s enology, being recognized as one of the most important Italian white wines.It is extremely versatile and can be processed in various ways to produce fresh young wines to full bodied reserves that can age for years developing a great complexity.This one has a nice straw yellow color with light green reflections .Aromas of fresh herbs, broom and wildflowers, chamomile with typical hints of almond lead to a dry, savory, mineral white wine with hints of green apple and a pleasant almond finish.It's a beautiful wine to serve with seafood or pasta salads. On sale for $14.99.
Marotti Campi RosatoThis rose is the color of rose petals and smells like a stroll through the garden with aromas of roses, violets, and geranium. Fresh and fruity on the palate, soft and balanced by the crisp acidity. It's delightful! On sale for $12.99.
Marotti Campi "Orgiolo" Lacrima Di Morro D' AlbaIt’s a rather complicated and long name, but believe me, you will remember this wine once you taste it. By the way, don’t get mixed up with Alba, Piedmont, the hometown of wonderful wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brachetto! Morro d’Alba is a town in the province of Ancona, Marche. Lacrima means “tear” in Italian. The name comes from the fact that the skin of the grape breaks when it’s ripe, releasing the juice of the pulp as if it was tears. The wine made with these grapes has a unique aroma. The color is deep ruby red with characteristic purple shades. It has a distinctive aroma of flowers such as roses and violets, small berries, with a delicate hint of spices.On the tongue it is smooth and fresh, with a balanced tannin presence. It almost reminds of a young wine, but with more complexity. Only $19.99.
One of my favorite whites is on a deep sale right now-Albastrele White Cabernet Sauvignon is on sale for only $8.99-you should try this one while it's open on Friday because you may want to stock up at this price!It's a beautiful Moldovan white with a lot of character-no wimpy white wine here!It's bold and balanced The nose is intense and delightful, with notes of sweet fruits and honey – white nectarine, white pear, white apple, mango, pineapple, white cherry, white mulberry and early may honey – all of this mixed together and served as a fresh summer scent. This leads to a medium-dry wine with some hints of residual sugar, moderate alcohol and moderate acidity.The wine has a long finish and a velvety-crisp aftertaste, it tastes noble, fresh and zesty at the same time. I love it!
These will be open from 2-6pm this Friday-stop in and see me!
RECIPEChipotle-Maple Chicken ThighsIngredients
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paparika
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedges (optional)
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, brown sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, chili powder and black pepper. Sprinkle and pat mixture evenly on both sides of chicken thighs. Chill, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine ketchup, maple syrup, molasses, chipotle peppers, Worcestershire sauce and the remaining 1 teaspoon dry mustard and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Arrange chicken on a lightly oiled grill rack, cover grill, and cook 4 minutes. Flip and cook 4 minutes more. Stir lime juice into sauce. Brush chicken with some of the sauce, flip and cook 1 minute. Brush sauce on the second side, flip and cook 1 minute more, or until done. Remove from grill; let rest 5 minutes. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing, if desired.
BEER
Hooray -Calvert Brewing is in the house this Friday from 4-7pm for a "Two+ Two" tasting.That's two beers on tap and two beers in cans- all open for tasting and on sale! We will feature Maple Milk Stout and "The Queen Speaks" - a mango belgian triple on tap and Crazy Daisy and Mortal in cans. What a great beer tasting! Hope you can make it!
Buy Your Friend a Drink!!!We have a fun, new way to share your favorite beverage with a friend. Buy them anything from a miniature of rum to a six-pack of beer, and we will put it in a bag with their name on it then put their name on the "buy your friend a drink" board up front. It's a fun way to surprise a friend. We already have a board full of names-see if you are on it next time you visit. We have already surprised a few folks!
Have a safe and very happy weekend everyone, and if you ever have any suggestions or comments for us, don't be shy, we want to know-good or bad.Beth
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