Here are some of the great ideas Ryan Brockington and I talked about for Mother’s Day on Martha Stewart Radio this week. I would love to get any of these Honey–Hint, Hint!
For Bubbly Moms: Cookies and Corks Sparkling Wine Pack with a bottle of Mumm Sparkling Brut Rose, Napa Valley
Cookies and Corks is the brain child of two friends who both had a passion for cookies and wine. They found there unique recipes for cookies many with savory elements paired nicely with the same wines they enjoyed at dinner. Some pairings include Apricot Sage cookies with Gewurztraminer, White Cheddar Rosemary cookies with Cabernet Sauvignon or Iced lemon cookies with Prosecco. There are three different Cookies and Corks to choose from white wine, red whine or sparkling wine and each has three different cookies. The box has a pairing chart to guide you when selecting the right wines. So grab a box of Cookies and Corks along with a bottle of matching wine and if you are lucky they’ll share them with you. Cookies and Corks packs retails about around $8 and are available at BevMo, Amazon.com and other fine retailers. For more details or to find out where to purchase visit: www.cookiesandcorks.com
Marlo Scott is the founder of the Sweet Revenge Wine Bar in NYC that pairs cupcakes, cookies and cakes with a range of imported wines and beers. This is a hip place where you can grab a bite to eat along with a perfectly paired libation and just breathe. On Wednesday’s show we tried the Sweet Revenge® Cupcakes made with Peanut Butter Cake, Ganache Filling with Peanut Butter Fudge Frosting. The smoothness of the Las Perdices Malbec balances out the sweetness of the cupcake…YUM! For more about Marlo Scott and the Sweet Revenge Wine Bar visit www.sweetrevengenyc.com
For Spicy Moms: Salazon Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Organic Cracked Black Pepper with 7 Deadly Zins by Michael David, Lodi, California
Salazon, which means “salted,” is the creation of Pete Truby. His passion for photography and salted chocolate spawned the creation of Salazon. The labels feature breathtaking photographs from around the world. Salazon salted dark chocolates are a dream come true if you love a sweet and salty combination. These small batch dark chocolates are organic, vegan and gluten free with three flavor options: salt, salt and pepper and salt and coffee.
The Salazon sea salt and pepper bar has the contrast of sweet and salty and the added spice of black pepper. This spicy dark chocolate needs a wine with ample fruit flavors and a touch of spice. So, naturally, Zinfandel is a great option. Look for a Zinfandel that has hints of pepper and spice to accent the cracked pepper in the chocolate, and enough concentration of fruit flavors to balance the sweetness of the chocolate. Salazon founder, Pete Truby, and his wife, Jennifer, suggest The 7 Deadly Zins or XYZin from California. For more info visit: www.salazonchoc.com