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Edna Valley Vineyard  Buttery Chardonnay Edna Valley Vineyard Buttery Chardonnay

As we continue adjusting to our “new normal,” it is important that we find ways to relax and de-stress. Enjoying a glass of wine is still one of life’s simple pleasures, and Edna Valley Vineyard’s new Buttery Chardonnay will transition beautifully from summer into fall. Rich and creamy layers of vanilla and buttercream are balanced with bright flavors of baked apple, pear and pineapple. Pair with comfort foods such as chicken pot pie, crab cakes, mac n‘cheese and fettuccine Alfredo.

Maison No 9 Rosé
Maison No. 9 Rosé is Grammy-nominated artist Post Malone’s latest project. This refreshing French rosé was inspired by his love of Mediterranean life and was named after his favorite tarot card, the Nine of Swords. It took multiple trips and tasting of over 100 rosé blends until he found the perfect one. Strawberry, pear and tropical fruit flavors lead to a crisp, dry finish. Perfect for grilling on a cool Vegas night.

Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel
Opolo is a premier winery in Paso Robles that was created in 1999 when two neighbors, Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols, bottled their first vintage. The name Opolo is a nod to Quinn’s Serbian heritage and stems from a wine discovered on the Dalmatian Coast. This dynamic duo now owns and farms nearly 300 acres of vines on the east and west side of Paso Robles. With diverse landscapes and high-quality grapes, Opolo produces magnificent wines while practicing only sustainable methods in both the winery and vineyard operations. The Summit Creek Zinfandel is big and full bodied with plenty of dark berry fruit, toasted oak and hints of vanilla. Delicious with barbecued anything!

Diplomatico Exclusiva Rum
This highly awarded rum from Venezuela is distilled from molasses in copper pot stills, then is aged in small oak casks for an average of 12 years before being bottled. Diplomatico Exclusiva is definitely one of my favorite rums for sipping. It is rich and complex with hints of chocolate, caramelized banana, cinnamon, ginger, and orange zest. The finish is spicy, warm and sweet … kind of like yours truly.

The Whistler Beekeepers Select Irish Honey Whiskey
The Whistler hails from the family-owned Boann Distillery, which can be found in Ireland’s Boyne Valley. This premium Irish Whiskey & Honey Liqueur is crafted in small batches using Ireland’s finest whiskey and is infused with honey harvested from the family orchard’s hives. Intense aromas of honeycomb, vanilla and almond are followed by flavors of smoked caramel, toffee, and peppery notes with an incredibly smooth finish. It’s no surprise that The Whistler was recently named “Best Irish Honey” at The World Liqueur Awards 2020. Pick up a bottle and taste it for yourself!

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