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In The Pink

Get into the mood for love with pretty wines. Couples in the first blush of love can indulge in a variety of pink-hued wines. First introduced in France about a century ago, pink champagne gets it s hue because the juice of the grapes remains in contact with the skin for a short time during fermentation.

For normal champagne, the juice and the skin of the grapes do not come into the contact during the fermentation process. But like ordinary bubblies, it should be served slightly chilled and drunk from a flute glass. Pink champagne have a crisp yet delicate taste with hints of fruits and light spice. It goes well with food such as oyster, caviar and even red meat. It is usually associated with romance because of its beautiful blush. Hence it is a popular choice for couples, particularly on Valentine's Day.

Party Wine And Beer Chart

Realising you've run out of drinks can instantly dampen any party. Use this chart (from the book Wine For Women: A Guide To Buying, Pairing And Sharing Wine, by Leslie Sbrocco) as a guide to how much wine and beer to stock for your upcoming

Type Of Party Champagne/Sparkling Wine Beer Red Wine White Wine
Brunch for 8 3 bottles of sparkling wine   2 bottles
(try a lighter-styled red like a Beaujolais or Chinon from France)
2 bottles
(try a Pinot Grigio or Riesling from Germany)
Dinner for 12 3 bottles of champagne or sparkling wine 2 six-packs 3 bottles
(try a Merlot or Pinot Noir from California)
3 bottles
(go for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand)
Cocktail for 25   2 to 4 six -packs 12 bottles (try an Australian Shiraz) 6 bottles
(go for a toasty Californian or Chilean Chardonnay)

Cheap Bottle Of Wine Translate Into Copious Amounts Of Sweet Cocktail

Waste not, want riot, so the saying goes. Such an adage of economy applies to much of life, including alcohol. If you have a spare bottle of red or white that is too cheap to knock back on its own and too extravagant to pour down the sink, you can do the next best thing - shake it up into a bargain-basement cocktail. With supermarket-friendly mixers like fruit juices, these six cocktails promise to save you wine, time and money.

Cocktail Name Ingredients Method
Ly Velvet 60ml Red Wine
45ml Lychee Liqueur
15ml Lime Juice
Mix wine, liqueur and lime juice in a large glass. Pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Serve in a martini glass with lychees.
Wine Cooler
73ml white wine
75ml pineapple juice
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
Soda water
Dissolve sugar in pineapple juice. Add wine and stir well. Serve in a tall frosty glass or with ice. Top up the glass with soda water.
2 large glasses of white wine
2 shots lemon vodka
2 shots peach schnapps
1 shot lemon juice
1 shot lime juice
1 cup peach puree
1 cup apple, lemon, lime, peach slices
Mix wine, vodka, peach schnapps and peach puree in a jug with the fruit slices 12 hours before serving. Chill and add ice cubes, fruit juice and lemonade before serving.
Vinto Terrino 20ml red wine
3 slices of lime
Top up with 7-Up
Squeeze lime slices for fresh juice. Add to wine and stir well. Top up with 7-Up. Serve in a frosted Pilsner glass or with ice.
Oscarino 60ml red wine
30m1 grenadine syrup
Top with 7-Up
Pour wine in a large glass and add grenadine syrup. Mix well and top up the drink with 7-Up. Serve in a hurricane glass with ice.
Sangria 1 bottle red wine
1 cup pineapple cubes and juice
1 cup orange cubes
1 bottle ginger ale
1 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Orange juice to top up
Mix well the wine, p ineapple cubes, orange cubes, ginger ale, apple, le mon and orange juice. Refrigerate overnight. Serve from a large pitcher led with ice.

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