Torrontes Dolce 1591
La Rioja, Argentina
Sparkling Torrontes! Hooray! Torrontes quickly fought its way to the top of my favorite white wine varietals, so trying a sparkling version is trés exciting. This bottle has a fun purple rubber cork that contrasts with the simple, elegant label design, but I think that just makes it all the more amusing. This grape makes for a sweet, sparkling wine with rose, orange, vanilla, and cream flavors mixing together in the glass. The bubbles are fancifully large.
Torrontes Dolce 1591 is pleasant, but ultimately, it’s too sweet to make me enjoy it free of qualms.
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Socialite on Thin Ice
W XYZ Lounge, Aloft Hotel
It’s been way too long since I’ve done a cocktail review-—glad I could bring you a unique one this time! This is a mix of Crown Royal whiskey, espresso, triple sec, and cream. That ingredient list reminds me of many times that I’ve tried to mix up something from whatever I had on hand at home, usually with lackluster results—-but that doesn’t stop me from trying!
Initially, I thought the Socialite on Thin Ice would be the same result as my experiments-—okay, but full of ingredients that don’t really belong together. The cream did seem overwhelming, but as I sipped on, I realized that the W XYZ Lounge may have unlocked the secret to my cocktail failures. You need that cream for the other elements to swim around in without being too obnoxious. I think the espresso element does need more of a presence, but otherwise, it was surprisingly drinkable, especially if your palate feels adventurous.