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New Years Joy: Wine and Scotch

Here are two pairings to start the New Year off in style.

The Wine Pairing

The Chocolate:

The Jackie {36% Milk} – Caramelized Milk Chocolate with Fleur de Sel, available as a chocolate bar and as a Petite Jackie, in a bite.   I

The Wine:

La Tordera Gabry Rosé Spumante Brut, from the same region in Italy as Prosecco – Valdobbiadene.  A super cool blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Incrocio Manzoni 13.0.25 (a hybrid of Raboso & Moscato D’Amburgo).  Aromas of strawberries, raspberries red delicious apples, floral notes with hints of red pepper.  A balanced palate, that is fresh with flavours of strawberry, blood orange, and red apple.  A subtle sweetness (9 g/l dosage) that is balanced with crisp acidity.


These are sweet and salty goodness.  The slight sweetness of the wine balances with the sweetness of the Jackie.  The crisp acidity in the wine, and the Fleur de Sel in the chocolate, keep the pairing fresh and lively.  The red fruit of the wine brings out the fruitiness of the chocolate.  A great hostess gift for News Year’s, or any celebration you attend this year, as well as Sunday brunch, and to accompany your charcuterie platter.

The Whisky Pairing

The Chocolate:

Spiced Apple Caramel (available between October and January) is made from apple juice with spices, enrobed in dark chocolate.

The Whisky:

The BenRiach 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wonderful Speyside Whisky, fruity and delicious.  Aromas of baked apple, vanilla, ginger, dried apricots with hints of citrus, tangerine and caramel.  Fresh and lively on the palate, warm and toasty.  Flavours of oak spice, apple, dried apricot with hints of peach and lemon zest.  The finish is long, with barley that is wrapped in caramel.


These are a pairing of balance: the weight of the caramel, balances the weight of the alcohol.  Both have key notes of apple, with spices and caramel.  This is a wonderful pairing to warm you on a cold winter’s night, bring along on your next ski trip, share with friends after a New Year’s fondue.

Yours in Wine (and Whisky),


The Fairy Booze Mother

La Tordera Gabry Rosé Spumante Brut is available at Jasper Wine Market (11452 Jasper Ave) or search online for a store near you (in Alberta) liquorconnect.com.

BenRiach 10 year old is readily available in Edmonton at retail stores with good Whisky walls: Chateau Louis, Vines of Riverbend and Keg N Cork.  Find in Sherwood Park at Wine and Beyond Emerald Hills or search online for a store near you (in Alberta) liquorconnect.com.

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