Cheers to a New Year

By Corey Poole

New Years is right around the corner and whether you’re drinking to celebrate the upcoming year or forget the last one, there’s never a lack of choices.

Let’s face it, there are a lot of people who are completely unhappy with 2016 and are ready for it to finally be over. We lost a lot of talented people including Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Prince, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael, Florence Henderson, Leon Russell and Alan Rickman. Harry Potter and Star Wars fans are devastated.

Let’s not even get into the Presidential Election. There’s plenty of other headline stories that made 2016 a year to hate including the Disney gator attack, the death of Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Orlando nightclub shooting, the Bastille Day terrorist attack in France, police shootings across the country and many more.

As a journalist I try to stay up-to-date on everything that happens in our country and international events abroad. With the amount of negativity in our news feeds, I thought it would be appropriate to offer up some libation suggestions in case you’re looking to try something new to ring in 2017.

For those of you, like myself, who aren’t champagne fans here’s a few options:

My personal favorite, this Cabernet Sauvignon is big and bold in style. With the motto “Devour Life,” this wine offers intense, dark fruit aromas and a deep inky color. Be prepared for stained lips and tongue. Not to be gruesome, but its color and thickness can be likened to blood.

A plush, velvety mouthfeel frames rich flavors of dark berries, coffee, mocha and toasted oak, all backed by a distinctive smoothness and a lingering, silky finish.

19 Crimes:
A friend of mine introduced me to this Red Blends a few nights ago. Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of at least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by “transportation” began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick.

This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built. It bears the same traits as those banished to Australia. Defiant by nature, bold in character. Always uncompromising. It’s a taste you’ll never forget.

Kung Fu Girl Riesling:
While I’m not a fan of white wines, this Riesling stood out to me. I first tried it while on vacation in California two summers ago with my children and my parents. My father and I picked a random bottle of wine off the menu at a restaurant. We were looking for something to compliment the superb clam chowder the restaurant served. When I traveled down south to see my family for Thanksgiving this year, my father had a bottle of Kung Fu Girl Riesling for us to share.

This wine has flavors of white stone fruit, white peach and apricot with a cool and delicious aroma. Think Fuji apple, shiro plum, lime leaves, with a very long, minerally finish.