Notorious Pink Rosé

Once regarded as an unsophisticated drink for those just wanting to drink something sweet, in recent years Rosé has enjoyed a surge in popularity. According to a report by Nielsen, in the past year Rosé sales in the U.S. climbed 53% by volume to $258 million. While Americans may have once viewed Rosé as a summer drink, in countries like France it is enjoyed year-round, and that may be becoming the case in the U.S. Coming to the forefront is the French-made Notorious Pink, which breaks the rules of Rosé and turns a traditionally dry, summer wine into a tasteful, everyday pour. Made from 100% Grenache from the South of France, grapes from the oldest vines are bled using the saignée method, while those from younger vines are pressed. Pale pink in color, it exudes floral orange blossom aromas and on the palate exudes flavors of melons, raspberries, sweet cherry and finishes with a hint of spice and stewed apples. Notorious Pink has won Double Gold Medal Top Fifty Rosé 2015, five Gold Medals and two “Judges favorite,” in addition to a myriad of silver and bronze medals in regional competitions, as well as in Paris.

Dharma Bar

In 2016, the sale of nutrition bars alone accounted for an estimated $2.2 billion in the U.S. and recent studies show that 9 out of 10 millennials (ages 18-35) are choosing to eat a healthy snack in place of a meal at least once a week.  While some provide health benefits at the cost of taste, some others emphasize taste, but are little more than a candy bar in disguise. Enter James Ricciuti, a restauranteur, endurance athlete and chef of 35 years, who was passionate about creating nutritional energy bars with good flavor and great texture that are easily digested and do far more than just satisfy hunger, and founded the organic, vegan, kosher and gluten free Dharma Bars. I’m happy to report the ingredients are all healthful real food items with no unrecognizable words or unpronounceable chemicals in the list. In fact, the only ingredients used in the bars are organic almonds, dates, cocoa, coconut, cherries, rice protein, hemp protein, vanilla bean and cinnamon. The Bars come in three flavors—Vanilla Coconut Almond, Chocolate Almond Date and Cocoa Hemp Cherry—and after sampling them I can attest that they are indeed very tasteful, appetite satisfying and healthy nutrition bars that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. 

Fireman’s Brew

Who doesn’t love a fireman, and who doesn’t love beer? How about beer made by firemen? The brewery was created by two Los Angeles-based firefighters who in December, 2000 after extinguishing a brushfire sought to create premium ales and lagers that would quench their thirsts after an exhausting day on the firelines. The motto is “Extinguish Your Thirst,” and after sampling them I can verify they are quite easy drinking thirst quenchers. The Blonde Beer is a 5% ABV pilsner lager with just enough hops to balance; Redhead a 5.5% ABV red amber ale with a toasty malt base and caramel notes; the brand new IPA, a 6.5% ABV 53 IBU West-coast IPA with a blend of Cascade, Columbus, Chinook and Galena hops; and for a more potent drink, the Brunette weighing in at 8% ABV is a traditional-style German doublebock, which although bringing bold flavors, is still easy-drinking. The company is committed to giving back to the firefighter community and a percentage of proceeds from every product sold is donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.