Tour of Marques de Riscal

Since we were staying at Marques de Riscal (yay Starwood points!), we couldn’t miss out on their tour.  It’s a beautiful setting in the small town of Elciego, with the dramatic Gehry-designed building hard to miss as you arrive. The intro video wasn’t working, se we launched right into exploring the vineyards and the cellar. They produce 94% Tempranillo here and 60% of it is exported. … Continue reading Tour of Marques de Riscal

12 Days of Holiday Cocktails: Cranberry Cocktails

so cute!  I can always count on Martha… Ingredients 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries 1 cup pure maple syrup 2 cups dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped Thin strips of zest from 1/2 lemon 2 teaspoons pink peppercorns, crushed Pinch of coarse salt 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2 cups seltzer Directions … Continue reading 12 Days of Holiday Cocktails: Cranberry Cocktails

Pitcher of the Week: Cherry-Berry Sangria

so many berries, so little time! Hit your farmers market this week and load up to make this week’s delicious pitcher, Cherry-Berry Sangria: 1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine 2 cups cherry-pomegranate juice 1/2 lb cherries, pitted and halved  (fresh or frozen) 1 cup strawberry, quartered 3/4 cup blueberries 2 tablespoons superfine sugar  (optional) 1 (12 ounce) can carbonated lemon-lime beverage, cold Directions: In … Continue reading Pitcher of the Week: Cherry-Berry Sangria