The Trending Wines of the Season

The Trending Wines of the Season

By Courtney Walsh, Foodable Contributor 

The winter quarter can undoubtedly be the most lucrative in terms of wine sales for both restaurants and retailers alike.

Whether purchasing wines to complement a holiday meal or to give as a gift, one thing’s for certain – tis the season for wine buying.  

Here, we take a look at some of the wine trends that are driving sales this season.

Endless Summer

Whoever put forth the false claim that rosé wine is meant only for summertime enjoyment was finally proven wrong this year. Americans are now discovering what the French have known for ages –that rosé wines can be enjoyed during any season and with a variety of meals. As such, rosé sales continue to soar with consumers expanding their consumption beyond traditional Provencal rosé to include their domestic counterparts as well.

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This Year's Trending Holiday Cocktails

This Year's Trending Holiday Cocktails

By Natalie Migliarini, Foodable Contributor

Themed cocktails are all the rage especially holiday cocktails. Bar programs aren’t just offering the typical winter favorites like hot toddy’s, eggnog, and Irish coffees. These favorites have been upgraded using elevated garnishes, ingredients, and unique glasses.  

Seattle

Sun Liquor Lounge in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle offers aged eggnog. This special holiday treat is available by the glass only on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The recipe was shared in 2012 with the Seattle Times by barman Erik Chapman and allows anyone to prepare the specialty.  

Sun Liquor Aged Eggnog  (Makes 3 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 3 pasteurized eggs
  • 1/8 and 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 ounces brandy or cognac
  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1.5 ounces molasses rum
  • 8 ounces whole milk
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • Nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Separate egg whites from yolks and place them in separate bowls. Beat the yolks with an electric mixer until pale yellow.
  2. Slowly add the 1/8 cup sugar. Mix for 30 seconds, then slowly add brandy, bourbon, rum and milk.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add a tablespoon of sugar and mix for 20 seconds.
  4. Add the egg white mixture to the yolk mixture.
  5. In separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form and add it to the egg mixture.
  6. Spoon contents together loosely and store in glass container in the back of the refrigerator, making sure it’s 45 degrees or colder.
  7. Don’t open or mix the jar. Let it sit for at least a week. Sun Liquor suggests aging closer to a month.
  8. When ready to serve, mix the eggnog with hand mixer and serve in chilled coupe. Top with a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg.
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Holiday menus are a great way to show off a chef’s creativity on traditional menu items. While several consider Thanksgiving a holiday to stay in and cook at home with the family, we’ve noticed a shift within the past few years in consumer behavior in relation to dining out on Turkey Day. Last year, data pulled from the Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI) showed 18.7 million consumers had mentioned eating out for at least one meal on Thanksgiving Day. Most of these consumers chose to eat their Thanksgiving meals at a casual dining place, with fast casual coming in second. The most active states for eating out on Turkey Day were (in order): New York, California, New Jersey, Florida and Virginia.

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10 Best Restaurants in LA for Thanksgiving

Foodable WebTV Network |  Photo Credit: Huffington Post

Foodable WebTV Network | Photo Credit: Huffington Post

We’re officially less than a week away from Thanksgiving, one of our favorite holidays. But some years, it’s nice to just kick back and have someone else do the cooking. Just carve us some turkey, fill us up with delicious sides and send us on our way to Tryptophan-ville already! If you don’t trust your mother-in-law’s cooking, perhaps it’s best to dine out on Turkey Day. 

Luckily for you, there are some great L.A. restaurants hosting turkey dinners that live up to the hype. Napa Valley Grille’s $49 per person three-course prix fixe menu includes autumn squash bisque with gingersnap gremolata. If you’re not a traditional "turkey person," head to Culina at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills – aside from a carving station, they’re serving up dim sum, eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, and other items.  Read More