Experience the Elegance of Bubbles with Ferrari Perle 2007 Brut Sparking Chardonnay from Trento region of Italy

May everyday sparkle for you especially during the holidays!


Pour an elegant Italian sparkling wine for every celebration!

Everyday should be a celebration, especially during the holiday season. All my guests are greeted with a cool, crisp glass of bubbly to begin any celebration with sparkle!  And, you don’t have to pour a French champagne to celebrate!

Ferrari Perle 2007 is an elegant and complex sparkling Chardonnay produced by the Lunelli family vineyards on the slopes of the Trentino mountains. Italy produces some of the countries most prestigious chardonnay grapes in the areas most suited to the production of Trentodoc making them true sparkling wines from the mountains of Italy. The altitude consistently influences the acidity of the grapes during the period between ripening and harvest creating an elegant sparkling wine with aromatic richness of extraordinary expressiveness.

Read here to see what wine experts are saying about Ferrari and awards they’ve received.

Pairing with Food

Here are two dishes that paired well with this fabulous sparkling wine. My friends were thrilled!

With the first sip, you will experience the aromas and round, rich flavors of crisp apples, peaches, almonds and citrus bursting from the fine bubbles. Your mouth will water from the natural acidity of the chardonnay grapes and the toasty aromas resulting from the long ageing on the yeasts.

The complex flavors and mouthwatering citrusy acidity are a perfect match with many fresh shellfish dishes. Enjoy each sip with a each bite of fresh lump crabmeat and the piquant flavors of capers, tart champagne vinaigrette with a touch of fresh mint leaves atop a buttery toasted crostini. Bring on the Ferrari Perle 2007 to pair with this spicy Thai dish with succulent mussels and shrimp in a warm and spicy coconut and red curry broth.

Or, just pour two glasses and share with someone you love. They will love you back!


Buttery Crostini’s with Fresh Lump Crab Meat, Champagne Vinaigrette, with Fresh Mint, Parsley and Capers


Bobby Flay’s  Thai Red Curry Mussels 




Cheers to you! 




12 2014

A New Experience in Sipping Tequila: Reserva 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado Herradura Tequila

Scotch Cask Finished Tequila for the Tequila Connoisseurs in your life!


This is part of Herradura’s small-batch exclusive series, of which no more than 14,000 bottles are produced. The 2014 edition is an 80 proof reposado finished for two months in whiskey barrels from the Highland and Islay regions of Scotland.

In October 2014, Casa Herradura released another prestigious tequila to give us yet another traditional yet very innovative sipping tequila like no other, Reserva Scotch Cask Finish Reposado.  A reposado tequila is a type of tequila that has been aged in oak for a period of two to twelve months. But what sets this one apart from other reposados is the double-barreling. They take the barreling a step a little further and the result is one of the finest sipping tequilas you’ll taste.

The balance and complexity of the flavors and aromas are the result of double-barreling in American oak casks for 11 months then 3 months in single malt Scotch Casks from prestigious northern highland Scotch.

With every sip, I was mesmerized by the aromas and flavors of toasted malt, cooked agave, smoke, Tahitian vanilla, butter, honey, caramel, warm cinnamon and nutmeg spice.


I was invited for an evening of sensory pairings of Herradura Tequila Collection with a gourmet meal and chocolate with Chef Jake Strang at the 1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel. The evening was filled with learning about and experiencing the differences in  Herradura Silver, Reposado and the newly released Scotch Cask Finish Reposado.


 Pairings are not just for wine!

Pairing  salted chocolate caramel with tequila a delicious surprise. The Añejo helps to enhance the chocolate’s sweetness, and the chocolate enhances the toasted, nutty notes of the Añejo.

Dinner and dessert pairings with these lovely sipping tequilas are a great way to discover how the complex flavors and aromas of the tequila and the flavors of the food complement and highlight each other.

Executive Chef Jake Strang created an unbelievably fabulous dinner to pair with the Herradura Tequilas. Crispy Smoked Scottish Cod Brandade with Ancho and Avocado Relish with Herradura Silver. Lamb Loin Encrusted with earthy Chorizo, Plantain cake and Piquillo Gastrique was a great match with the Herradura Resposado Tequila.

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The ultimate pairing of the evening was the Sticky Toffee Flan with House-made Caramel with a nutty,crunchy Pepita Tuile with the Reserve 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Resposado. This was definitely a WOW moment!

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These are the Nashville stores that sell Herradura 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado:

Bud’s Liquors
Cheers Wine & Liquor
Highway 64 Liquor Store
Interstate Wine & Spirits
Main Street Liquors
Midtown Wine & Spirits
Parkway Wine & Spirits


12 2014

Get into the Christmas Spirit at Natchez Hills Vineyard Christmas Dinner Concert on Saturday, December 6, 2014

A celebratory Natchez Hills Vineyard Christmas Dinner Concert will be presented by Natchez Hills Vineyard on Saturday, December 6, 2014

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 This Musical Christmas Event will be held at the vineyard’s 4,000 sq ft Event Hall located on the property at 109 Overhead Bridge Rd

(off Hwy 412), Hampshire TN 38461.


  •  Tickets for the Christmas Dinner Concert are $25 and are available for purchase securely online at www.natchezhills.com
  • Or, call 931-285-2500.
  • All Seating is reserved and limited to 100.
  • Dinner is included in the ticket price.
  • Old-world, handcrafted, Natchez Hills Vineyard wine may be purchased, by the bottle, in the Tasting Room and beer and soda will also be available for purchase by ticket holders.
  • Parking is complimentary and plentiful.

The Events:  Kids on Stage Choir and Singer/Songwriter Jill Brooks

 Hills Vineyard is proud to host the Kids on Stage Choir from Mt Pleasant Middle School who will open the evening with selected holiday songs.

The Kids On Stage Foundation (KOS) of Maury County is a nonprofit organization which was founded in 1999 by Jim Barrier and is patterned after Kids On Stage Foundation, Inc. in Williamson County, founded by Aubrey Preston in 1996.

KOS Foundation of Maury County was founded in an effort to make a difference in the Mt. Pleasant and Maury County community.

The goal of Kids on Stage is to provide an arts-based curriculum that focuses on visual, performing and technical arts through process, performance and production, thus empowering students to be self-disciplined and lifelong learners, with a well-rounded appreciation of the arts.

Jill will mix her favorite Christmas songs with her best original compositions as listeners are taken on a journey through song.

The evening will conclude with a special pairing of the Kids on Stage Choir and Jill Brooks as they share traditional holiday favorites with the listeners.

The concert is intimately staged, to give each ticket holder a personal experience.

Media Contact: Melissa Shedd: 931.285.2500



11 2014

Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka from North Carolina is The “Best Yam Vodka” on Earth Which Makes The Best Moscow Mule on Earth!

Covington’s Sweet Potato Vodka from North Carolina is America’s Vodka. Actually, it makes every cocktail the best!


Vodkas around the world should take notice! There’s a new vodka on the horizon distilled from sweet potatoes and it is exquisite! Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka is a beautiful reflection of our proud Southern heritage and the fruits or sweet potatoes from North Carolina. Covington is actually the name of the species of sweet potatoes that make the vodka.

The wildly popular 2014 Music City Food and Wine Festival in Nashville hosts many new products on the market, especially artisan spirits. The Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato sign caught my eye and I couldn’t resist finding out more because I am passionate about artisan small batch spirits that reflect the local farmers, especially in the South.

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On the left is Mary Rich, PR and Marketing. The gentleman in the photo is Jimmy Burch’s son, Jared Burch and on the right is Elizabeth Revell, who helps with the Vodka brand and helps run Burch Farms. The owners are Jimmy Burch and Bobby Ham, who live in eastern North Carolina. They have a 7000 acre farm in Faison, NC, on the way to Wilmington, just off of I-40 where the famed, Covington Sweet Potatoes are grown.

How I drink sweet potato vodka….

Lately, I have enjoyed creating cocktails with vodka because that’s what I like! Little did I know that this gourmet vodka from North Carolina would kick my Moscow Mules in the beautiful Oggi Moscow Mule Copper Mugs way up at to the top of my cocktail list. Or, a couple of splashes over ice is another way to enjoy it. I can’t say that I have enjoyed that experience with other vodkas. You don’t even need an olive to enjoy the velvety mouthfeel and delicate creamy flavors. Keep a chilled bottle of this exceptional vodka so you can share an authentic flavor of the South with your friends.

Listed below is my favorite Moscow Mule recipe. Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato Vodka adds a rich, balanced layers of flavor that pair well with a exceptional  Bundaberg Ginger Beer that has big flavors of fresh spicy ginger and lots of bubbles. I do like to add freshly made ginger syrup to give it yet another layer of flavor and because I love ginger! A splash of fresh lime juice and mint leaves  completes this recipe for a refreshing vodka cocktail.



The Best Moscow Mule on Earth!
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
  • Ingredients
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • Fresh, homemade Ginger Syrup (optional but I really love this addition)
  • 2 ounces Covington Gourmet Sweet Potato vodka
  • 4 to 6 ounces Bundaberg Ginger Beer
  1. In a saucepan, simmer 1 C water, 1 C sugar and 4 or 5 slices of fresh ginger until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cool in pan and then place is a sealed container.
  3. Squeeze lime into a copper mug and drop in half lime.
  4. Fill the copper much halfway with crushed ice,
  5. Pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer and a good slash of ginger syrup.
  6. Stir and serve with a lime slice and fresh mint.



11 2014