2 oz. Virginia Distilling Company’s Courage & Conviction Whiskey
3/4 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Luxardo Cherry for garnish
Pour whiskey along with vermouth and a few dashed into glass with a measure of ice. Use long handed cocktail spoon to give it a stir until chilled. Pour into martini glass or vintage-style cocktail coup. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry and voila! (DO NOT SHAKE! Shaking this cocktail will only water it down, and you want to tast the Courage & Conviction with every sip!)
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2019 Goldschmidt Vineyards Chelsea Merlot, Dry Creek Valley
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Made in tandem by Nick and his middle daughter, Katherine, this very popular Cabernet Sauvignon has become a close family tradition over the years. The 2018 vintage marks a transition to an incredible new vineyard called Stonemason Hill. Located in Alexander Valley, this aptly-named site has large rocks leading up to a stone-walled terrace. Complex and elegant, this vineyard’s beautiful gravel loam soil with mature vines—many over thirty years old—is ideally suited for the style and winemaking techniques which have made this wine so successful for us. A proprietary name rather than a single-vineyard wine, the Katherine Cabernet is perfect for casual dining and discerning tasters looking for an elegant drop with loads of personality and style.
2018 Goldschmidt Vineyards Hilary Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville
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