Sparkling red made from Bonarda. Sour cherry and earth with soft, easy bubbles and a nice firm finish. Definitely a patio pounder...You've been warned.
Altesse, Nicolas Gonin '10
Medium-bodied, with quince, pear, fresh pea shoots, and lemon zest. This wine really opens up, with beautiful white pepper on the finish. Tastes like spring. Drink with anything green.
5 Year Medium Dry Madeira, H&H
Mostly Tinta Negra Mole with some Verdelho. Orange zest, dates, and hazelnut. Sweet, but not cloying, and a fresh zippy finish. H&H is the only producer on the island to own their own vineyards.
Pacharan is a traditional Basque sloe berry-infused liqueur. This one is rich with anise and makes a great digestif. Serve chilled or over ice.
Speierling Cider, Weidmann & Groh '13
From Franken, Germany. Speierling is a rare indigenous fruit in the same family as apples and pears, but here, all we can taste is pear juice. Restrained, with delicate bubbles, wood, and creamy texture. Lovely acidity. Drink with pork.