Bring sugar and water to a slow boil and dissolve all sugar. Turn down to a summer. Peel and crush the ginger and add it to the saucepan. Slowly simmer for 10-20 minutes. Filter and allow to cool before use.
Hailing out of Los Angeles is Secret Squirrel Cold Brew in portable form. Balanced, but lacks flavor development. A bit thin in the mouth, some nutty elements, a bit of malt, maybe chocolate. Wish there was more depth and finish.
If this is wrong than I really do not want to be right. We’re sampling a plethora of Priorat for an upcoming tasting next month and if this is an average example we can’t wait until we get to the good stuff. 70% Grenache and 30% Cariñena, it shimmers with transcendence and possesses a feminine quality like the best burgundies. Easy fruit and a little morning forest floor.
Ridiculously delicious. A little thicker and more velvety than the Willamette Valley pinots that we love, but this is so very enjoyable. Bright cherry fruit that you don’t have to work for, wet to the tongue, a touch of oak, faint tobacco, and a touch of fresh cracked pepper. Very well balanced. Could drink this all night.
Picked one up to see what all the hype is about. Blue Bottle cold brew blended with Clover Dairy milk just north of here in Petaluma, CA. It’s really silky on the tongue but in our opinion a far cry from fresh cold brew. Lacks the depth and complexity of a fresh cup, maybe it’s the cardboard that magically sucks up some of the mystery.
Saint Frank off of Polk in San Francisco offers their in-house roasted espresso with Fever Tree tonic over ice. Skeptical at first I decided to give it a go, and it has quickly turned into my favorite summer pick-me-up.
We’ve tried it with a bunch of premium tonics and found that Fever Tree or Fentiman’s work best. Q Tonic, not so much - with espresso anyways.
This is one of those bottles where if you’re patient it will reward you. Petite Sirah is like Cab Francs for us, they’re good anytime. Not as big and overpowering as Cab Sauvs, and not as gentle as Pinots. Pick up a bottle, sit on it and enjoy.