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A knockout of a Shiraz

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyThis week we review PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, Loimer 2006 Lois Gruner Veltliner white table wine and 2005 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz.
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Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer 2006, $17.99 (at Costco Liquors)After writing all the wine reviews, I feel I should come clean, I am not much of a drinker. I like to drink a glass of wine and to have it around, but one usually satisfies my palette. However, every once in awhile there is a wine that I really want to drink, one that I can enjoy for two, three or more glasses, and the Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer 2006 is one of these rare wines.The wine originates in South Australia from the vineyards Shiraz vines in McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. Mollydooker means left hander in Australian slang, at least according to the company. The wine has a deep, dark color red bordering on purple. Bold flavors characterize the wine blackberries, a little melted chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of wood. Let the wine breathe for awhile to unleash the blackberry flavors. I drank this wine alone, but I would like to try it again with any number of flavorful meals. I will try it with something spicy either a rubbed meat or a fiery pasta a bold meal to go with a bold wine.I was glad I was at home when I opened (OK, unscrewed) the beverage because even though it was large, brazen and hits you early, it was still easy to drink. Pair the wine with good conversation. You can even start with the label, which features a cartoon drawing and is a conversation piece in itself. You can buy it at Costco for under $18. It is a great value for your dollar and you cant go wrong having a bottle in your collection to enjoy when the mood strikes. Jessica Slosberg, Daily CorrespondentPAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, $21.99 (at Costco Liquors)This brilliant crimson-hued liqueur is a combination of pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila. Though the bottle recommends serving it on the rocks, I found it was too sweet. Mix it with some vodka and club soda, though, and it serves up a perfect after-work cocktail. The tart pomegranate flavors shine and its much easier to pour, than to pick out those damn gem-like seeds. According to the PAMAs web site, http://www.pamaliqueur.com, the pomegranate has long been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and rebirth.It is believed that the pomegranate may have been the apple in the Garden of Eden … Another Greek myth tells how Hades, god of the underworld, seduced Persephone with a pomegranate, sealing its reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac.Sex appeal aside, the spirit is tasty.Jarrett Osborn, wine guru at Riverwalk Wine and Spirits, first tried the liqueur last fall when it first hit shelves when pomegranate was all the rage, he said.I tried it chilled, in the morning, of all things, he said, laughing. Its nice and smooth with big spicy pomegranate flavors and a floral bouquet, almost like roses. Its pretty crisp on the finish, but it packs a wallop, Osborn said. The liqueur comes in at 17 percent alcohol, which is the same as most cordials, Osborn said.The companys web site ( http://www.pamaliqueur.com) has recipes for a handful of drinks, including mimosas, margaritas and mojitos. Weve included their martini recipe below.PAMA Martini2 pz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur1 oz. Citrus VodkaSplash of cranberry juiceSplash of sour mixShake with ice, serve chilled in a large martini glass with lemon peel.There are even food recipes on the site and I, for one, am looking forward to slaving over the oven-roasted pork chops with sweet shallot and PAMA sauce. Caramie Schnell, Arts & Entertainment EditorLoimer 2005 Gruner Veltliner, $14.99 (at Costco Liquors)Ill be frank I chose this wine based entirely on the attractive, bright green label. Except for the word LOIMER in the middle, along with a yellow, turtle-looking character, the label is clean. Turns out, thats a good description for this white table wine, made from Gruner Veltliner the national grape of Austria. With slight white pepper flavors, this wine is a great diversion from the white standards like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.Gruner is really popular right now, especially in the wine bars in Portland, Seattle and Washington D.C., said Mickey Werner, winewiz at Alpine Wine and Spirits in West Vail. Its a nice alternative to pinot gris. It has big minerality, bone dry fruit, no oak. As a whole, this grape is Austrias push these days. And its a really tasty wine.The pale, straw yellow wine tastes almost fizzy on the tongue and is quite dry not at all sweet. Be sure to chill the wine before you break into this bottle; it really is much better cold. I paired the first glass with grilled Portabello mushrooms, zucchini, onions and red peppers, and a second glass at the end of the meal, alongside homemade peach cobbler.Yum. Caramie Schnell, Arts & Entertainment Editor


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