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he month of May is brimming with
opportunities to celebrate, providing
ample reason to pop a cork with friends
and family in salute to the season. With
an international heritage that spans cultures
all across the globe, wine can be easily and
perfectly paired with each of the diverse
celebrations scheduled this May.
Starting on day one, families of German
descent will kick off May with a wine cocktail
known as Maiwein, a traditional German
beverage made with white wine and the herb
Waldmeister, also known as Sweet Woodruff.
This combination creates a light, refreshing
herbal libation that is perfect for spring. If this is
not already a family tradition, recipes can easily be
found online to get your May Day festivities started.
On National Teacher’s Day, consider giving more than just an
apple this year. While it may be inappropriate to show up at an
elementary, middle, or high school toting a bottle of Napa’s finest,
some teachers might be delighted to find a gift card to one of our
local wine stores tucked discreetly in an envelope which has been
dropped off by a friendly parent.
Cinco de Mayo is not just for
Casa Madero
, the
oldest winery in all of the Americas,
is located in Mexico’s Parras
Valley, and they make a delicious
Chardonnay for about $18. This
dry white wine is loaded with pure
tropical fruit notes and is very easy-
drinking. The winery sits at the
site of an old Jesuit mission that
helped to spread
vitis vinifera
throughout the New World.
Election Day on May 6th requires
Champagne for all. As Winston Churchill
said, “I could not live without Champagne.
In victory, I deserve it. In defeat, I need it.” If
you are feeling victorious, splurge on bubbles from
Churchill’s favorite Champagne House,
Pol Roger.
They even created a Prestige Cuvée to pay homage
to him. The 2004 vintage is available for a little over
$200 for those feeling victorious.
Perfect Pairings
Month of May
By Sandra Crittenden
MAY 2017 |