Stone fruit season is in full production, and Hudson Greens & Goods is ready and has a steady supply of local organic peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines just to name a few. This season they have decided to carry only fruit from their most local suppliers. Bera Ranch of Winters (you’ll recognize them from the Napa Farmers’ Market) and Tenbrink Farms of Suisun Valley. They receive less product more often by utilizing these great growers refreshing their supply on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Watch for your favorite varieties, only in season and only at Hudson Greens & Goods.

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Whatever you have planned, BBQ with friends and family, picnic, or just a quiet night in, the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant has the essentials to make your Holiday a delicious one.
Some fairly new items in stock are the Friend in Cheese Co. mini jams and jellys. A fantastic company out of Santa Cruz who source their fruit and other ingredients for their products from local, organic producers. These little jars are a great accompaniment for all cheeses. The salted watermelon jelly pairs particularly well with bries, triple cremes, and other soft decadent cheeses. Aside from the many accoutrements and rare artisanal cheese beauties found at the Cheese Merchant, do not overlook the many limited production wines and craft brews as well. Just in from southern California’s Stone Brewing Co., Enjoy By 7/4, a freshly hopped double IPA (small production and limited availability, so get it while you can!). Don’t forget about the wines! After all it is the the Oxbow Cheese and WINE Merchant. There are some fabulous roses in stock, from France to our own backyard, as well as other great white wines that will be perfect for this summertime weather. Stop by the shop and don’t hesitate to ask a staff member either behind the cheese counter or in the wine retail section if you have questions or need any suggestions for you holiday and summertime needs. Cheers!

It’s June, which means sunshine, summer reading lists and fresh, beautiful vegetables. At Oxbow, you can pack the one-two punch and pick up some veggies at our Hudson Greens & Goods, then pop over to Bookmine to pick up this amazing cookbook for kids, The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes that are Simple to Make. Let the kids be curious about what goes into their bodies with the funny and informative Can I Eat That,? a fact-filled book for kids that can encourage them to be a little adventurous!

Grand California: A Divine Sipper, A Perfect Summer Mixer

Napa Valley Distillery’s Grand California (pronounced Gran Cal-i-for-nigh-ay) – their version of Grand Marnier – is an all-natural orange flavored aged California brandy with a touch of sweetness. Upon release it rapidly became their top-selling spirit, and for good reason – it’s stellar for sipping and mixing all year long.

Necessity may be the mother of all invention; however, out-of-the-box thinking, creativity and perseverance for difference is NVD’s motto. Their Grand California spirit is a hybrid cross-bred libation conceived by Proprietor Arthur Hartunian, which began taking shape when he created their now infamous Brandy Cordial. Combined with their expertise infusing Meyer lemon zest in Brandy to craft their award-winning Meyer Lemon Liqueur, they took the next logical step – infusing hand-peeled California heirloom orange zest in their Bourbon barrel-aged Brandy. They then add a kiss of all-natural sugar which highlights and harmonizes the elegant orange and Brandy flavors.

The resulting spirit exemplifies everything for which Napa Valley Distillery stands – innovative, hand-made, small-batch, all-natural spirits that taste more flavorful and amazing than those made by larger global brands – nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

But seriously, as you will experience for yourself, Grand California is delightfully rich in flavor and character as well as bright, and sensual with a fabulously charming candied orange finish – a divine sipper, a perfect mixer.

Cadillac Margarita
Ingredients
1.5 oz premium Reposado Tequila
1 oz Napa Valley Distillery Grand California
.75 oz fresh lime juice

Garnish
Salt for rimming
Lime wheel

Preparation
Rim a cocktail glass with salt and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Cheers!

Whole Spice will be offering a 20% discount the last three days of the month! Stock up June 28-30 on all your favorite BBQ rubs, like Napa Valley Rub, Harissa Spice, and Chipotle Honey Rub!

Here’s a Whole Spice recipe for grilled corn on the cob:

Harissa Spiced Grilled Corn (with husks)
Mix 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. Whole Spice Harissa spice with 1 Tbs. mayonnaise for each ear of corn.
Pull back the corn husks, but do not tear them off.
Brush the ears with the Harissa mixture and replace the husks.
Grill until the husks are crispy.

A great cocktail is transcendent. It is a timeless testament to its creator and a benchmark from which all alcoholic beverages can be judged. The Manhattan is a rye or bourbon lover’s dream and embodies the spirit of America. A perfect blend of spirits, sweet vermouth, and bitters, the Manhattan has a striking aroma, which fans of the drink recognize immediately. As the first drink to make use of vermouth as a component, the Manhattan truly is the Grandfather of American Cocktails.

The history of the Manhattan has a fairly convincing story behind it, only because it is so often repeated. As the story goes, the drink was made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother at the Manhattan Club in the 1870’s where it was thoroughly enjoyed and became quite popular. However, the story has been picked apart and it seems it may not be true. The reality is that the Manhattan was probably one of the five borough cocktails (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queen’s and the Staten Island cocktail) made to represent the neighborhoods of New York City.

So you might be wondering why Napa Valley Distillery chose to alter the recipe of a classic American cocktail. They have a few good reasons. First, many Pre-Prohibition cocktails that now feature rye or bourbon once featured brandy. Secondly, brandy is one of their favorite things in this wide world. Lastly, as Americans they love to innovate, improve and try new things, so they thought, “What the hell, let’s give it a whirl!” They think you’ll love it as much as they do. Don’t forget the cherry!

Simply want to swing by and pick up the perfect Manhattan gift set? NVD has you covered!

The Manhattan Gift Set
Let’s hear it for New York! The timeless Americana cocktail that has been perfected with the traditional maraschino cherry. Send the gift of age-perfected drink that takes less than a New York minute to make. Don your best top hat, plop a cherry, pour the drink, and settle in your lounge chair by the fire before the frost can nip your nose. You’ll be king of the hill when you give the gift with the namesake of the world’s most famous island. Each gift set includes one bottle of NVD’s Brandy Manhattan Cocktail, and a 12oz jar of Luxardo Premium Maraschino Cherries.

Also available to order online.

Ca’ Momi Enoteca is now a Birreria, too! Three brand-new heartcrafted organic beers are now available on tap for $6/glass, $20/pitcher. Due Ruote (“two wheels” in Italian) is a refreshing summer-friendly lager named for Ca’ Momi’s owners’ love of motorcycles; Beppa is a sassy, spicy, and citrusy IPA named for their first dog; Cinquecento is a German style wheat named for the owners first car, the sporty Fiat 500. Swing by the Enoteca’s new daily happy hour from 4-6pm to try a glass of house-brewed Ca’ Momi beer or house wine for just $5!

C CASA’s June Enchilada Plate Special is inspired by the fresh corn that is starting to come into the Farmers’ Markets. Spinach and corn mingle with black beans and four-cheese blend in a house-made corn tortilla that is topped with mixed greens, Pico de Gallo and avocado lime crema. Filling out the plate is the infamous C Caesar salad and a decadent little Mexican chocolate brownie bite with caramel drizzle. This is quite a plate full for $13!