(YOUNTVILLE CA) - This Easter, as the buds break on the vines and spring to life in Napa Valley, Chandon brings a fresh take on your Easter celebration (for the over 21 crowd, of course). Consider a new tradition by including colorful Chandon 187s of Brut Classic and Chandon Rosé in your Easter baskets and fill in the gaps with your favorite dark and milk chocolates.
Remember that the darker the chocolate, the more full-bodied you’ll want your sparkling wine to be. Try Rosé with dark chocolate and raspberries and then move to Chandon Riche to compliment white chocolate dipped apricots.
Whatever you do, make sure to have plenty of Chandon on hand for your Easter bash. Three Chandon cocktails that match the wonderful colors of spring are the Chandon Luscious Peach, the Chandon Easter Parade, and the Chandon Cucumber Peel. The colors and tastes of these sparkling drinks will tell your guests that spring has sprung!
Chandon Luscious Peach:
2½ oz Chandon Extra-Dry Riche
¼ cup of fresh peach
½ oz simple syrup (or pomegranate syrup)
5-7 mint leaves (for a little spice, add 2 grinds of fresh pepper instead of mint)
Muddle the peach with the syrup and the mint or pepper in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with Chandon Extra-Dry Riche and stir. Garnish with a peach wedge or a sprig of mint.
Chandon Easter Parade:
Ingredients for 1 cocktail
1 scoop good raspberry sorbet
1 sprig fresh thyme
Scoop sorbet into glass. Place thyme sprig into the center of it as a garnish. Fill glass with Chandon Rosé and enjoy immediately.
Chandon Cucumber Peel:
2½ oz Chandon Brut Classic
2 inches of raw cucumber with peel
½ oz simple syrup
5–7 spearmint leaves
Muddle cucumber with mint leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with Chandon Brut Classic and stir. Garnish with a slice of cucumber or a sprig of mint.
For more cocktail recipes and entertaining ideas visit http://chandon.com/entertaining/hosting.html to start planning your party, and for more reasons to celebrate everyday visit http://www.chandon.com/365/chandon-365.ics to download Chandon’s 365 Reasons to Celebrate calendar to your desktop or go to www.facebook.com/chandon and click on the 365 tab.
About Domaine Chandon
Founded in 1973, Domaine Chandon was the first American sparkling wine venture established by a French Champagne house (Moët & Chandon). Chandon crafts a range of sparkling wines that reflect California’s vibrant regional character yet remain true to the practices of méthode traditionnelle. A leader in viticulture as well as winemaking, Domaine Chandon is at the forefront of sustainable farming practices and continues to replenish, control, and in many cases restore the natural habitat. Domaine Chandon’s acclaimed fine dining restaurant étoile received a star rating in the 2010 Michelin Guide. The winery was selected “Winery of the Year 2005” by the California Tourism Association.