Why is this blog called Make Mine a Spritzer? I’m glad you asked. Ok, nobody asked, but here’s why . . .
For many years I worked in the wine industry. I know, poor me. My husband’s entire career has been – and continues to be – peddling the nectar of the gods. I won’t bore you with the amazing perks of his career choice. Suffice to say, life is good.
The only fly in the ointment … I’m just not wine-geek material. I tried. And, I tried some more. I like wine, I appreciate the science and artistry of viticulture and winemaking. I love the beauty of a vineyard and the aroma of a cellar as much as the next person. But, wine
geeks snobs beware, I just can’t take the culture of wine so seriously. In addition to this character flaw, I am, sadly, a cheap date light weight. In other words, half a glass in and I’m feeling pretty happy. Two glasses in and I’m certain to suffer a hangover the next day. Pathetic, right? All my efforts to build stamina in this area have failed spectacularly and I’ve had to resort to creative methods to keep up with my husband and friends who are made of stronger stuff.
I’ve found that mixing wine into a spritzer – heresy to serious wine folks – is a pleasant way to hang in there with the big kids. The downside … steeling oneself to the sneers and gasps of disbelief and disapproval of ones companions.
Ok, so, how does one mix a proper White Wine Spritzer. Wine
geeks snobs feel there’s nothing proper about a wine spritzer and that this is an affront to the art of winemaking. Do not attempt to order or mix a wine spritzer in the presence of a wine geek snob (unless you are extremely strong, confident and immune to peer pressure). Mixing a wine spritzer in the privacy of your own home – with like-minded people – is perhaps the ideal way to enjoy this refreshing and fun adult beverage. So let’s get started …
White Wine Spritzer – Serves 2
- 6-8 oz white wine. Any wine will do, but preferably a good quality bottle. I enjoy a dry Sauvignon Blanc.
- 6-8 oz sparkling water or Club Soda
- Lime slices for garnish (use any garnish that compliments the wine and/or makes you happy)
Combine equal parts wine and mixer. Pour into proper stemware (have some respect) and garnish with lime slices.
- It’s important that the wine and mixer be well chilled.
- If you feel uncomfortable drinking a spritzer in the company of wine
geekssnobs, simply omit the garnish and no one will be the wiser.
P.S. Since drafting this post devastating wildfires have torn through the Sonoma and Napa county wine regions and continue to rage. My heart breaks for friends, former neighbors and colleagues who have lost homes, possessions, businesses and jobs. It’s being reported that 12 people have lost their lives and that number is certain to increase. Countless people are without a home and staying in shelters, hotels, and with family and friends. Many wineries – and other businesses – have been lost or damaged but it’s too soon to know the full extent. The people of Sonoma and Napa counties are strong and resilient. They will rebuild and come back better than ever. Right now they need our prayers and our support. Here’s how to make a difference right now.