Sip Sip Hooray!

Sip Sip Hooray!

Sip Sip Hooray!

E & J. Gallo Winery

It’s spring break time! Many of you will be packing up and escaping to warmer weather and relaxing scenery. Great friends, great conversation and anything on the grill has been long overdue. And there is no better way to celebrate your spring escape, than to sip on your favorite wine or cocktail while drowsily floating around on a pool raft. E. & J. Gallo Winery offers a total of 90 brands including sparkling wines and distilled spirits that fit the bill for creating a frosty sipper while erasing frosty weather out of your mind. In 1933, Ernest and Julio Gallo had a vision to create a brand of quality, affordable wines that hardworking men and women could afford. The brothers founded Gallo Family wines in Sonoma, California and as a result of three generations of family members, who still actively work in the business, they rose to become one of the highest acclaimed wine companies in the world.

Barefoot Wine has become one of their most beloved wine brands.   Wine is not to be taken too seriously and the Barefoot name conveys its humble beginning in the garage of California winemaker, Davis Bynum.   Davis created the Bynum Burgundy by crushing grapes with his own bare feet.  The wine’s unconventional name and persona encourage casual wine drinking as opposed to keeping it only for formal social occasions. Currently the Barefoot Wine collection includes more than 30 wines, with their own distinct personalities.   Barefoot Bubbly was introduced for special occasion celebrations and is now the official bubbly of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, NY.   And most recently, Barefoot Refresh, a light spritzer, was launched to offer versatility for taking to the beach or bringing to a backyard barbecue.

Prosecco is also a perfect sparkling drink to enjoy in the sunshine.   La Marca Prosecco is an E. & J. Gallo brand that is less bubbly than most sparkling wines.   It’s light and fruity with just enough fizz to keep it lively.   Pair this with fruits and deserts – perfect for brunch on the patio or deck. Try this refreshing treat;

Candied Sapphire

3 oz. La Marca

1½ oz. Camarena Silver Tequila

1½ oz. pineapple juice

½ oz. agave nectar

Lime and pineapple wedges

Pour all ingredients into a glass and stir. Add ice, then garnish with lime or pineapple.

It may not be well known that E. & J. Gallo not only has some of the best wines in the world, but a highly acclaimed vodka brand called New Amsterdam Vodka.   It’s a smooth vodka that is ideal for mixing a delicious cocktail or enjoying straight.   The process involves distilling the highest quality grains 5-times and then filter 3, which is what makes it one of the best vodkas available.   Flavors like Peach, Raspberry, Mango and Coconut offer endless opportunities for concocting creative cocktails to enjoy while soaking up the warm sun!

Raspberry Mule

1 oz raspberry vodka

5 oz ginger beer

1 splash lime juice

Pour the raspberry vodka into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Fill with ginger beer, add a splash of lime juice, and serve.

You can taste these E. & J. Gallo brands and more at Tasty Expo, May 19-20 at the Overland Park Convention Center.   Don’t miss their fun, interactive stage presentations and get plenty of ideas and cocktail recipes to kick off your summer season!