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Wine & Spirits

by Editorial Staff--South Jersey Magazine
Mixology Monthly
The whiskey sour is a popular drink for all seasons—and one that is particularly easy to make at home. One part simple syrup and one part lemon juice—the building blocks of any sour mix—combined with two parts whiskey of your choice. Simple enough. But Ori Geshury, head of development, training and research for Cherry Hill’s Mixology Wine Institute, uses brown sugar for a fresh take on the classic.

Whiskey Sour
1/2 oz. brown sugar simple syrup
(combine one part brown sugar and one part boiling water in a saucepan and allow to cool)
1/2 oz. Meyer lemon juice
1 oz. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
Shake, and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Try This
A mobile sommelier right in the palm of your hand? That’s the best way to describe Hello Vino, a free app available through iTunes and the Android Market that will turn even a novice into a seasoned wine enthusiast. Users can get instant recommendations based on food pairings, occasions, taste preferences, areas of origin and more. Find out more at

Drink Up
With so many different options out there, it’s hard to know exactly what glassware is right for serving guests at home. Stem or no stem? Crystal or glass? We asked David Moore of Moore Brothers Wine Company for some advice.

“When choosing a good, basic wine glass, we always look for an egg-shaped bowl—the bottom will be wider than the opening, focusing the aromas of the wine. In our experience, this gives us a good glass for whites, reds or, yes, even sparkling wines. We like a size that holds about 16 oz., but would generally only fill at most, one-third of the glass with wine. This gives us room to swirl and smell the wine. Glasses such as these need not be expensive: usually around $10 or less. I particularly like to have this size with a relatively short stem so that I may use the dishwasher after a large get-together.”

Did You Know?
Sundays and Mondays are BYOB with no corkage fee all day at Yokohama in Maple Shade. 300 S. Lenola Rd., Maple Shade, (856) 608-8812

Feeling Festive
Oenophiles and hop heads can satisfy their thirst at two upcoming area festivals. First, on April 1, Traino’s Wine and Spirits presents its Fifth Annual Wine and Beer Festival, complete with more than 300 wines and 75 different kinds of beer. Guests can also sample single-malt Scotch and food from DiBruno Bros. and other vendors. This year’s event has a new home—Indian Spring Country Club in Marlton—and tickets are $60. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, visit or call (856) 983-0056. Also taking place that weekend is this year’s installment of the Atlantic City Beer Festival at the Convention Center. More than 75 craft brewers from around the world will be on hand offering ticketholders the opportunity to sample plenty of suds. The event features food, live entertainment and guest speakers. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. For more information, visit

Happy Hour
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar serves up a five-six-seven (five choices for $6 ‘til 7 p.m.) happy hour that is worth your attention. Each night, from 5 to 7 p.m., guests can choose from five cocktails, five glasses of wine and five appetizers for $6 each. And don’t expect well liquor or chicken wings here. Instead, think low-calorie and vintage cocktails, along with tenderloin carpaccio and roasted mushroom ravioli. 500 Route 73 N., Marlton, (856) 988-1351

Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 12 (March, 2011).
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