April 4, 2013

proof vodka, Highway 12, Vol. 127

Okay now – winter be gone! With the recent release of California Wines at the LCBO, we are anticipating summer weather more than ever. We want patios and lakeside gatherings. The inspiration for today’s Thursty Thursday cocktail comes from California – its lush vineyards to be specific.

California Cosmo 1 1/4 oz proof vodka • 1/2 oz cointreau • 2 oz red grape juice • red grapes

Add proof vodka, Cointreau and grape juice to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a grape.

Not only do we produce our own spirits, but proof brands is also agent to some other great products, such as The Highwayman, Proprietary Red, 2010 by Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery. The Highwayman was just released this week at the LCBO.

Founded in 2003, Highway 12 Winery was inspired by the vision and pioneering spirit of so many before us. Our Highway 12 wines are rooted in their legacy and we offer them proudly in recognition of the heritage and responsibilities we’ve assumed.

Winemaker, Michael Sebastiani has spent his life in these vineyards and his adult life making wine. He is the 3rd generation of this famous California winemaking family. His is a labor of love and tradition and the medals and critical recognition our wines receive attest to his skills and dedication.


The Highwayman The proprietary blend of Cabernet Franc (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) and Merlot (20%). The composition of this ‘Bordeaux-influenced’ wine showcases vibrant berry notes that may way for a rich, lush experience. The core varietals of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon work like a symphony when blended together. You’ll find a dense core and firm, yet inviting tannins with a velvety-soft finish leaving an elegant impression.

We are so lucky to have this wine because we are the only place outside of California to get it. Only 900 cases were produced. It should retail for $80, but because of a winery error, it retails at the LCBO for $27.95. Pick it up now, as it will sell out soon. (www.highway12winery.com) (LCBO #: 0319186)

Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 6 degrees
Sunday: Cloudy with showers and a high of 13 degrees

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