“Everyone was raving about the cocktails, the wine, pretty much everything. Thank you for working so hard to make this so special. The bar looked so rad with the pumpkin and the dry ice. At one point someone said, “the bartender put burnt rosemary in my drink!!!!! i love it.” Thanks for paying attention to detail. We’re headed out on our honeymoon tomorrow but keep us abreast on your future endeavors.” – Best, Emily
Calderone/Festante Wedding Libations
The idea was presented to start with a champagne toast:
NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs is actually made in New Mexico of all places by a famous Champagne house and is surprisingly good. (W&S gives it a 90) The usual suspects in a Champagne style blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Apple, butter, toast, vanilla, cream, and maybe a pepper.
wine and beer
2011 Honoro Vera Garnacha
Easy drinking, on the sweeter side, not terribly complex but lush with a great nose.
2010 Vino Sfuso Montepulcino
Coming from the DOC of Abruzzo, high quality grapes and juice at a great price.
2011Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier
Honeysuckle from the Viognier, and green apple from the Chenin Blanc. Melon, crisp, floral.
20111 Julie Benau Picpoul de Pinet
Picpoul means ‘lip stinger’. Wine from the Languedoc usually used for blending. Green and gold hue, with a fuller body.
Weihenstephaner Vitus (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)
This is a killer deal on another world class beer. The Vitus has a lush, vibrant color, and really excellent carbonation. Most of the tasting notes report a banana flavor/nose.
working title “the Quincy Jones”
Recently in Poland I was really impressed by the flavors of early fall quince, and I wanted to do something with vodka for all the vodka drinkers out there and a bit spicy to match spicy tuna, pork burgers, and rosemary in the apps. I’m using a bit of cinnamon and allspice for a fall feel.
Groom’s CocktailManhattan Bar featuring Rittenhouse Rye, Bulliet Bourbon, and George Dickel Whiskey – Carpano Antica Vermouth, 3 month bespoke bourbon maraschino cherries
SoCal Soda (non-alcoholic cocktail)
Orange, ginger, maggies mint, soda – simple, light, crisp and refreshing. I went lighter on the ginger and added a little clove.