Usually when we think of taking a Ferrari for a test drive we look for our driving gloves. But those in the wine world know in this case, it’s a historic winery that has been in operation since 1902. This 12.5% ABV Italian sparkling wine is made from Trentino’s terroir with 100% Chardonnay grapes cultivated on the slopes of the mountains in northern Italy’s Trentino region, picked by hand between the end of August and the beginning of September. As with many good things, it takes time to perfect and spends at least 24 months on the yeasts. It’s definitely worth the wait, as it presents a nose of ripe Golden Delicious apples and wild flowers and flavors of ripe fruit and hints of crusty bread. The winemakers suggest it is perfect served as an aperitif or with lighter dishes, especially seafood. The Ferrari winery has collected several accolades, including earning the distinction of “Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year” at The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships and as “European Winery of the Year” at the Wine Star Awards by Wine Enthusiast.
Ska Modus Hoperandi Bierschnapps
What if beer married schnapps? Well, that’s now possible, and exactly what the Palisade, CO-based Peach Street Distillers have done with this collaboration with its sister company: the Durango, CO-based Ska Brewing. “Bier Schnapps crafted in the German tradition is simply beer that has been distilled to varying degrees of alcohol content,” says Peach Street Distillers Co-Founder Bill Graham. This 82 proof rendition was distilled with Ska’s Modus Hoperandi IPA and aged for about a year in bourbon barrels. Ska Brewing and Peach Street Distillers have long been sister companies, but this collaboration of brewers and distillers co-opting a final bottled spirit is a first. “We brewed Modus Hoperandi IPA pretty much top to bottom,” chuckles Ska Head Brewer Kurt Randall, “This is Modus, in its most concentrated form.” Although most of us think of schnapps as minty and sweet, after one sip you’ll realize this drink is more relatable as a whiskey. Hops are definitely in the nose and the flavor is the combination of a hoppy beer and a hybrid spirit with a unique taste that is both bitter and sweet with an intriguing spicy mouthfeel.
ChocZero Keto Chocolate Bark
Recent studies have shown that chocolate has positive health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and being an antioxidant superfood, but added sugar can nullify the positive aspects. Coming to the rescue is the ChocZero Keto Chocolate Bark, which are sweetened with monk fruit with no sugar added, and are gluten, soy and sugar alcohol free. ChocZero’s cocoa beans are sourced from some of South America’s finest, they use real Madagascar vanilla beans and use only the most premium of GMO free ingredients. Six flavors include 100% stone-ground dark chocolate almond, 100% stone-ground dark chocolate hazelnut, 100% stone-ground dark chocolate coconut, 100% stone-ground milk chocolate almond, 100% stone-ground milk chocolate hazelnut and 100% stone-ground milk chocolate coconut. I sampled the Almond and Hazelnut dark chocolate varieties and can attest that they are delicious and taste every bit as good as sugar-added versions. Since they come in at a respectable count of 120 calories and 15g of carbs balanced by 13g of dietary fiber (as dietary fiber is not digestible, subtract it from total carbs for the net carbs) for a net carb count of only 2, you don’t have to feel too guilty about indulging.