This sweet (but not too sweet), clear liqueur, Kümmel liqueur is flavored with caraway seeds, cumin and fennel and dates back to the mid-19th century when it delighted British, Dutch, German and Russian elite who loved it for both its aromatic and purportedly medicinal characteristics. Today it remains unchanged and very worth discovering. Refined, elegant and delicious, it is a distinctive spirit that’s excellent all by itself and lends itself to creative cocktail creations. Go to www.CombierUSA.com.
Like many European wineries, Fonseca was founded in the 19th century – 1822 – when Manoel Pedro Guiumaraens purchased Fonseca & Monteiro and began producing complex Porto wines. His great-great grandson, Bruce, continued the tradition until ’55, and today, his son, David Guimaraens, carries on, offering two 100-point wines in his very first vintage.
BIN No. 27 is made with the exception grapes in the Cima Corgo and is rich with a nose of blackberry and cassis.
We tend to think of Porto in connection with cooler days or celebratory occasions, but the fact is that it is worth drinking any time because it is delicious! This port is blended from reserve wines chosen for intense color and fruit characteristics and is aged four years in neutral wood vats.
Drink it with a nice Cheddar or dark chocolate or berry-based desserts. The port is 20 percent alcohol and made with Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tionto Cão and Tinta Amarela. With a suggested retail price of $19.95, it represents great value on a restaurant by the glass list.