jackie yale
new york, 10128, United States

Al Dente asked me a while back about some of my favorite wines. While we were in South Africa for a wedding in the Franschoek wine region we visited a vineyard called De Trafford. While I am not at all a wine expert, I know what I like - and we like almost everything that we tasted. It is a small production vineyard run by a husband and wife who are very hands on. It was the only vineyard where we actually met the owners, who are avid mountain climbers as well - and spent a few hours tasting and learning about their wines. They have a straw wine that it a sweet dessert wine that was different than any other dessert wine. They also have a great Chenin Blanc and Cabernet. The prices are very reasonable for the quality. It is hard to find, so if you need to find a distributor, call Bryce at Boutique Wine Collection - 914-954-6583 to find out where to order.

If you really want to get things rocking you can kick the party off with a good bottle of tequila followed by Sangrita chasers.

Sounds like a great party. I would add Guacamole and White Trash Toffee to round out the menu.

I am having a summer bbq for 20-30 people and will be serving the summer flank steak in fajitas with salsa verde. We are having mojitos and margaritas for cocktails. Any recommendations for other entrees to add to our menu?

Nice wine shop recommendation. What are some of your favorite wines? I’m always looking for new leads on good bottles.