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Red, White & Brew: The perfect spring drinks

Jeff Anderson & Tim Consadine
Boone’s Wine & Spirits
JNSQ ("Je ne sais quoi") produces wines from Justin Vineyards in California.
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Editor’s note: The Red, White and Brew weekly feature will highlight drinks from local liquor stores.

Spring is here, and it’s time to drink rose and sauvignon blanc wines. Here are two great picks from some of our new roses and sauvignon blancs at Boone’s in Eagle.

Brand new to the market from Justin Vineyards in California is the JNSQ lineup (“Je ne sais quoi”). The bottles are beautiful, and the wine is even better. The sauvignon blanc is a well-balanced, bright and complex wine with hints of citrus, apple, pear and melon. Floral on the nose with savory notes, this soft and delicious white wine is perfect for brunch or relaxing on a warm night on the deck with friends.

The Rose Cru is absolutely delicious and perfect for sharing with friends. Made from grenache, pinot gris, syrah and viognier grapes that are sourced from select blocks in the finest vineyards on California’s central coast: This rose is a star. It’s bright salmon color boasts flavors of strawberry, red cherry and apple with white and purple flowers on the nose. This is a complex yet soft and easy drinking rose that is a suitable pairing with just about any food at any time of the day — exactly what a great rose should be.

Both of these wines are the perfect gift to make Mom happy for Easter Brunch or on Mother’s Day. Pick up either for $25.99 at Boone’s Wine & Spirits.

Gin Weather

Not a wine person? No problem because warmer weather is gin weather. And we have a great local choice for you — 39 North Spirits. From right here in Eagle, 39 North has recently released a gin that will make the perfect martini or gin and tonic.

While this gin fits the parameters of a London dry gin, they consider it more of a “New American” style. This well-rounded gin contains 23 different botanicals. They also use Osha root which is native to the Rocky Mountains and Northern Mexico. Osha root has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries.

The 39 North Gin has a very floral nose, with notes of chamomile, spearmint, elderflower, lavender and lemongrass. The body has a pleasantly oily texture from citrus botanicals. When you taste it, the botanicals really come through with a hint of pepper mid-palate from the Grains of Paradise. The finish is dry without being tannic.

We think this gin is perfect to enjoy outside in the warmer weather in whatever cocktail you choose. Grab 39 North Gin for $31.99 (regularly $34.99). Boone’s also carries 39 North Vodka for $25.99 (regularly $28.99) and its Spiced Whiskey for $34.99 (regularly $39.99). Best of all, you can come taste these great spirits on Friday, April 12, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Cheers to a beautiful Colorado spring. We’ll see you soon.