Vouvray Brut Le Bouchet
Loire Valley, France
This sparkling wine (someday, I’m going to buck tradition and just start calling them all champagne, but that day is not today) is made from 100% chenin blanc grapes. It’s light in texture and full of tight bubbles. Sweetness is rampant among the kiwi, grapefruit, and almond notes.
For a delicate sparkling wine, you could do a lot worse than le Bouchet.
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Rockfish Grill, Durham
This cocktail—I hesitate to call it a margarita, though I think it was under that heading in the restaurant’s drink list—is made with Milagro silver tequila, Licor 43, and red grapefruit, orange, and lime juices. A paloma, I’ve just learned, is a popular Mexican cocktail made with tequila, grapefruit soda (or juice and club soda) and lime.
I really enjoy the flavors: the grapefruit, Licor 43, and tequila complement each other very well—even heavenly so. The grapefruit does lend sourness, but the sweetness of the orange really mellows it out as the drink lingers on your tongue. It’s close to a mai tai in flavor, but this is a good drink in its own right. It makes me smile when I take a sip.