A well-trained and mysteriously financed gang of marauding thieves invaded Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma in the dark of night and ruthlessly plundered prized wine grapes for heretofore unexplained purposes. The theft became even more bizarre when it became obvious that particular varieties in selected vineyards became the target of these curious raids.
(No, not really.)
A chef in Sonoma engaged in a conspiracy with two Dry Creek Valley grape growers to unmask one of the best kept secrets of wine country living. With great cunning they laid the plans to boldly reveal the far limits of fruity aromas and flavors possible only to those who live amongst the world’s best vineyards. Their plans recently came to fruition (sorry) with a new brand, Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixers.
(Closer, but not quite.)
The chef and the grape growers are real, but altruistic more than nefarious in their attempts to showcase the essential quality of fruit from grapes grown for fine wine. They’re doing it with Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixer.
If you’ve lived amongst the vineyards and enjoyed the bounty of the land, you know about verjus. It’s simple (as most great things are): the unfermented juice of grapes captured fresh in the bottle. Verjus is marvelous for cocktails (even the non-alcoholic ones, or perhaps especially for those) and adding flavor and aroma to your dishes.
|Quick, Easy, Taaty! Stolen Fruit Blood Orange
Muscat, Ron Zacapa 23yo Solera Rum, sparkling
water, orange bitters and ice.
The Stolen Fruit trio decided to make the magic of verjus more readily available to the public by selecting choice single-variety grape juice from aromatic winegrapes---Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Grenache, Zinfandel---and judiciously blending the verjus in various recipes using other fruits, herbs, and spices.
The results are fruity explosions of flavor useful for drinking or cooking.
You can enjoy Stolen Fruit quite simply by splashing a couple of ounces in a tall glass and topping with seltzer or soda for an exotic range of flavor-driven non-alcoholic sippers. Or you can go that one step further and add your favorite spirits, wines, beers, or ciders to the mix. Finally, Stolen Fruit could easily become your standby for easy-peasy fruit vinaigrettes for all those fresh summery salads
Stolen Fruit comes in five enticing renditions, each showcasing a particular variety combined with companionable additions. The ingredient list alone makes the mouth water in anticipation.
|A Garden of Earthly Delights
Stolen Fruit Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon with
Encanto Peruvian Pisco.
A slap in the face ginger spice (Please, sir,
may I have aother>) with the soft caress of
The Flavor Range:
|Stolen Fruit Hibiscus Grenache, Boulard Calvados VSOP, La
Croix Pamplemousse Sparkling Water, and AZLab Sunshine
Orange Bitters for a fruity explosion of flavor.
Even though Stolen Fruit is labeled as a “cocktail mixer”---and does a fine job of that---it performs to perfection as a sauce ingredient or base for different foods.
Consider, for starters, stir fried shrimp with Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon; a rich meaty grilled steak with the Fig-Grains of Paradise Zin (and admit it, just the thought of those together makes you hungry); grilled chicken or roasted pork with Hibiscus-Grenache; Blood Orange Muscat with duck, or as a salmon glaze; as an appetizer with mild cheeses, or a glaze with char-grilled prawns and scallops. The possibilities are endless.
You can find Stolen Fruit at their website here. They have recipes galore, lots of good usage suggestions, and a handy order page that makes selecting and shipping easy.
Read the full Elixir Vitae article here: http://violentfermentation.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-sweetest-fruit-is-stolen-fruit.html