Captain Morgan has two specialty rums for the fall you can’t miss and they both come in collector bottles. The Cannon Blast is sweeter than the Captain Morgan Rum you are used to, with hints of maple and vanilla. It doesn’t need a lot of mixing. Just add in some soda – even plain seltzer – or juice to Cannon Blast. The company recommends cranberry juice for a Crannon Blast and I agree.
Jack-O-Blast is the perfect pumpkin accompaniment to your fall bar. I’m ready to continue it through the winter, leaving egg nog behind and sprinkling a little cinnamon and nutmeg on the chilled cordial. (It’s also going to keep me warm at night in coffee or hot chocolate.)
Winemaker Dave Phinney decided to prove that one winemaker could bring out three different wine regions by working a little different than most wineries. He decided to represent the actual location of the wine, rather than a specific grape or winery. The end result is three wines: AR, E, and F.
The AR represents Argentina and it is a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon it comes from the Uco Valley in Mendoza, just outside the Andes Mountains.
The E is from Spain (España). It mixes Grenache, Tempranillo, Carignan, and Monastrell and is from five different regions, but all taken from low-yielding old vines.
The F blends is Syrah, Grenache, and an assortment of Bordeaux varietals. These grapes came from three of Frances top regions, Bourdeaux, Rhone, and Roussillon.
I enjoyed the complexity of all these wines. It was not surprising that the A is my favorite, as I do tend to lean toward the fruitier, less dry Argentinian blends. The Spanish wine is a good accompaniment for nearly any dish as it’s subtle flavors will enhance a meal. The French will satisfy those looking for the pepper and spice of a dry wine, whether or not there’s a steak involved.