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Coravin Announces a New Innovation for Champagne and Sparkling Wines with Moët Hennessy

Upon the release of its much-anticipated Coravin Sparkling™ System, the global wine technology innovator has announced a strategic partnership with the luxury wine & spirits leader, Moët Hennessy, as the “Official Preservation Partner of Moët Hennessy Champagnes”, that will revolutionize by-the-glass consumption of Champagne and sparkling wines. Together, both partners will ensure its global distribution, focusing on restaurants, wine bars, and other establishments with on-premise consumption of fine drinks.

Coravin, Inc. is best known for its wine preservation system that extends the life of a bottle after a single glass service through the injection of inert gas. Until recently, it was only available for still wines but, after extensive testing in collaboration with the global Maisons of the Moët Hennessy Group – which include Dom Pérignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Moët & Chandon – Coravin Sparkling™ was created. It ensures the integrity of the finest bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine weeks after the first glass has been served.

“Coravin’s aim is to make fine wines and Champagne more accessible by facilitating by-the-glass options. As a relatively young company, to have the recognized world leader in Champagne and luxury sparkling wines not only support but adopt our technology is extraordinary,” said Christopher Ladd, Coravin CEO. 

After eight years in development, the Coravin Sparkling™ System is the first universal fit solution to preserve the effervescence and flavors of sparkling wine after single-glass service. Its Sparkling Stopper locks securely on any half-bottle, 750ml bottle or Magnum, while the Sparkling Charger injects carbon dioxide into the bottle after the wine is served, to prevent the bubbles from dissipating. 

Didier Mariotti, Cellar Master of Veuve Clicquot said, “The Coravin Sparkling System is able to wonderfully preserve the flavors and mouthfeel of our Champagne for two weeks. It is the first product of its kind to perform at this level.”  

Coravin Sparkling™ Wine Preservation System

The Coravin Sparkling System will also have an economic benefit for restaurants and bars by virtually eliminating the risk of waste, while making prestige Champagne more accessible to consumers. 

“Our mission is and always has been to craft great experiences for our consumers. The new Coravin system will enable more Champagne lovers to discover and enjoy exceptional bottles. Indeed, it will allow our gastronomy partners and the finest bars and clubs to offer our different Champagne brands and expressions by the glass while, over several days or weeks, keeping them fresh and sparkling.” – Philippe Schaus, President & CEO of Moët Hennessy.

“Creating this system has always been a dream. Now that we’ve brought it to fruition, I’m incredibly proud to partner with Moët Hennessy to expand the ways the world can experience and enjoy sparkling wines,” said Coravin Founder, Greg Lambrecht.

The Coravin Sparkling™ System is available internationally for at-home and professional use via Coravin’s global websites. For more information on Coravin, please visit www.coravin.com.

Small Bites & Dazzling Cocktails to bring in the New Year

The whirl wind holiday cocktail season is coming to a close and bringing in the New Year with tasty bites and stellar spirits is the perfect way to send 2012 on it’s way and welcome 2013.

Having great cuisine and cocktails for guests is always top priority, but as the last blast of the year and the first of the New Year, I really want to spend my time enjoying the company in my home.  So having bottles of bubbly, a few bottles of wine and premixed cocktails is a must so that I am not “behind the bar” all night.

I feel the same about the appetizers.  I don’t mind spending two days in the kitchen prior to the event to make sure I can enjoy mingling with my guests.  I haven’t nailed down my menu yet, however here are a few that are on the wish list.

Photo Credit: James Oseland for Saveur.com

Photo Credit: James Oseland for Saveur.com

This first appetizer is simple in both ingredients and preparation, yet full of flavor.  Guests will enjoy the creamy blue cheese spread and this recipe makes 32 gorgeous canapes.  Roquefort and Walnut Canapés ~ Saveur.com  The shopping list;  16  1⁄4″-thick white bread slices,  preferably Pepperidge Farm, Very Thin Sliced Bread, unsalted butter, softened cream cheese, brandy, dried mustard powder,  crumbled blue cheese, preferably Roquefort, Kosher salt, flat-leaf parsley leaves, walnut halves.

Photo Credit: Anna Summa for Saveur.com

Photo Credit: Anna Summa for Saveur.com

There are times when the key to a successful soiree is to enlist the assistance of a friend or two. When creating a starter that is served hot, having partners in crime is a fabulous convenience.  This next preview is a great appetizer, the recipe makes 24, however, to ensure your set up is complete and your finger foods are hot when your guests arrive, assemble your crew and deep fry in batches.  Crab Rangoons ~ Saveur.com (yes, again) Delicious ingredients for your shopping list are; Snow Crab or other crab meat, cream cheese, garlic, steak sauce, white pepper, peanut oil and wonton skins.

A cocktail or two, pre-mixed of course, to ensure you are mixing and mingling with the crowd instead of tending bar for the evening.

Photo Credit: William Abranowicz for Bon Appetit

Photo Credit: William Abranowicz for Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit’s French 75 serves 8 and will dazzle your guests.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup No-Cook Simple Syrup (see below)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Champagne
  • Lemon twists (for garnish)

Preparation

  • To make our No-Cook Simple Syrup, combine 2 cups each superfine sugar and water in an airtight container. Cover and shake until sugar dissolves. Makes 3 cups.
  • Stir gin, No-Cook Simple Syrup, and fresh lemon juice with ice in a medium pitcher for 10 seconds. Strain into Champagne flutes or coupe glasses.
  • Top with chilled Champagne (Prosecco or other sparkling wine works in a pinch). Garnish with lemon twists.

Photo Credit: Johnny Miller for Martha Stewart

Photo Credit: Johnny Miller for Martha Stewart

Another fantastic idea to keep you mixing in the crowd is a cocktail-punch.  Martha Stewart has two flavorful options that I am considering this year.

Elderflower-Champagne Punch ~ Martha Stewart.  Serves 8 – 10 with a simple ingredients list; lemon juice from 8 lemons, superfine sugar, 2 bottles Champagne or other sparkling wine, cranberry juice cocktail, elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain and lemon slices.

Photo:  Martha Stewart

Photo: Martha Stewart

Another gorgeous option is  Martha Stewarts Lemon Drop Champagne Punch.  The shopping list is simple; Lemons, Champagne, Vodka and Candied Lemon Peels.  There are several options on Martha Stewart’s site for cocktail punch, take some time and poke around.

It’s been an amazing 2012 ~ thank you all for following and reading what I post ~ it is so much more appreciated than you can possibly know. :)  Here is to a stellar 2013.   Happy New Year!!

An Intimate Dinner, a Toast or Two and a bit of Christmas Spirit(s)

The hustle and bustle of the season can knock you backwards and leave you craving some time to re-charge.  For me, this means locking the front door, turning off the porch light and basking in the glow of the quiet and candlelight.

Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Mustard SaucePhoto:  Martha Stewart

Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Mustard Sauce
Photo: Martha Stewart

A small family dinner or an intimate dinner for two is necessary to re-connect with loved ones and build communication.  Unwinding and spending time with the fam also means relaxation time for the family cook as well, so creating something delicious in the kitchen shouldn’t require your entire day spent at the stove.

Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Mustard Sauce ~ Martha Stewart.  With an ingredients list as simple as beef tenderloin, course salt, ground pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, beef stock, Dijon mustard, grainy mustard and butter, this is an absolute delight the family ( or just the two of you ) will enjoy.  The time spent prepping and presenting is minimal so while it is resting someone else in the fam is tossing the salad.  Find the recipe here…..

Photo: John Kernick for Food & Wine

Photo: John Kernick for Food & Wine

Beef Medallions with Bacon and Morels ~ Food & Wine.  Total time start to finish for this gem is 35 mins and the ingredients list promises flavors will dance in your mouth.  Bacon, beef teres majors, salt, ground pepper, vegetable oil, fresh morels, large scallions, Madeira, mushroom stock and butter.  Serves 4 and is as gorgeous as it is delicious.  Find the recipe here….

Bloody Mary ~ Liquor.com  While preparing dinner some jazzy Christmas tunes, a great glass of wine or a fabulous cocktail brings relaxation in to the kitchen on swift feet.  This is a simple and classic recipe with the perfect amount of “spicy” flavor.  Celery salt, lemon and lime wedges, vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, prepared horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper and smoked paprika.  Find the recipe here….

Photo:  Liquor.com

Photo: Liquor.com

Manhattan ~ Liquor.com  When I was a child I fell in love with the color of whiskey. I opened the bottle, and breathed in deeply, the aroma just about knocked me over.  It certainly did not have the same effect as the gorgeous, inviting amber color through the bottle.  Thankfully, as my tastes have matured, I have found a love for the fine spirit.  The Manhattan is one of my absolute fav cocktails and you can find the recipe here….

Last but not least, never underestimate the restorative powers of an intoxicating glass or three, of bubbles.  Open a bottle of Champagne or Sparkling wine and give a toast to the Holidays.  Merry Christmas Friends.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Cocktails to usher in the holiday season

Every year as the holidays approach, I become so excited at the thought of entertaining that it’s imperative I throw at least one pre-holiday cocktail soiree to usher in the season.  Tomorrow we will focus on appetizers for the bash, today the recipes presented are cocktails.

I have included a link to each recipe so that you can go in to each site and poke around a bit.  There are many good things to find on each one, and you might see an idea or three that will be an exact fit for your holiday party.

Mulled White-Wine Sangria
Martha Stewart

There are times a cocktail gathering requires a theme and there are times it needs to be a bit simpler with a sample or two for each guest.  For these moments a variety of flavors will delight every one in attendance.   The first recipe is Martha Stewart’s,  you will see at least one of hers here today.

Mulled White-Wine Sangria ~ Serves 12

With ingredients such as Orange-blossom honey, zest of two lemons plus the juice,  star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves, dry white wine, orange Muscat, apples, pears, and kumquats you know it’s going to be as gorgeous to look at, as it tastes.  Recipe….

Vin d’Orange
Francis Janisch for Food & Wiine

Food and Wine is a favorite site of mine that I peruse daily.  Their cocktail list has an international flair and you will find recipes of all nationalities to delight your taste buds.

Vin d’Orange ~ Serves 8

This little beauty is a simple wine cocktail that will be a delight for your guests.  The ingredient list is simple, chilled Orange Wine, ( link on site with this recipe) Simple Syrup.  This particular recipe will serve 8, pour in to a martini glass and garnish each with an elegant orange twist.  Recipe….

Champagne Mojitos
Quentin Macon for Food & Wine

Champagne Mojitos ~ Serves 12

I personally do not feel a gathering is complete unless there is Champagne and even though this recipe calls for only a splash per glass, it qualifies.  This can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator over night.  Add the splash of Champagne and mint sprigs upon serving.  Recipe….

The last on my list today is another of Martha’s gorgeous creations.  This sophisticated cocktail blends the apple and cognac flavors I so adore.

Cognac Sparklers
Martha Stewart

Cognac Sparklers

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce ( 2 tablespoons ) Cognac
  • 1 cup chilled hard sparkling apple cider
  • A few dashes biters

Directions

  1. Pour 1/2 ounce ( 1 tablespoon ) Cognac into each of 2 glass.  Top each with 1/2 cup chilled sparkling apple cider, and finish with a few dashes bitters.  Recipe….

Sensual Cocktails

Bitter Crush

Bitter Crush

This time of year, whether it is for Valentine’s Day or just a cozy snuggle session in front of a warm fire with your honey, a good seductive cocktail can really set the mood.  It’s difficult to choose what a “sexy” cocktail would be since we all have an affection for different flavors.  So, I am choosing a few of my favs that I feel fit well into the sensual niche.

Pop on over to Epicurious and be delighted in all you find there.  Seriously, it is an amazing site, you will find something about everything and if you are anything like me, set a time limit so that you will be able to move on to other things today.

Bitter Crush

Ingredients

  • Crushed Ice
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Aperol
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) white rum
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Garnish: 1 (1 1/2 inch long) lemon twist

Fill an 8 to 10 ounce highball glass with crushed ice.  Stir together Aperol, rum, lemon juice and bitters in a small glass measuring cup.  Add sugar to taste, stirring until sugar is dissolved then pour over ice.

This next one is Cherub’s Cup ~ It is gorgeous and both sweet and dry.

  • 1 part St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 parts vodka, citrus vodka or Hendricks Gin
  • 3/4 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 shot simple syrup
  • 1 part muddled strawberry
  • top with Brut Rose’ Sparkling Wine
  • strawberry for garnish
  1. Shake and strain over fresh rocks in a collins glass
  2. Top with Brut rose or Brut Champagne
  3. Garnish with a strawberry

What drew me in to this cocktail at first light was the color. A gorgeous cocktail, easy and sensual.

Emeril Lagasse Kir Royale

  • 12 ounces Champagne
  • 2 splashes creme de cassis

Divide the Champagne evenly between 2 flutes.  Slowly add the creme de cassis so that it settles at the bottom of each glass and serve immediately.

I have a fondness for whiskey and cherries so why not mix the two ~ my fav here on the list The Tennessee Cherry Cocktail

  • 6 fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry infused whiskey or whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa or chocolate coffee syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a 10-12 ounce old fashioned glass, muddle cherries, whiskey, syrup and vanilla with a fork.  Add ice.

As always, I encourage you to poke and prod around on the sites at the links provided.  You will find many other recipes, tips, tricks and cocktails that will want to bookmark for another day.   Come on over and see me on Facebook ~