It’s cold outside which means there’s no better time to turn to warm spirits. Enter Robert Mondavi Private Selection and their recently released (and limited edition) Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s right: bourbon and wine, together at last.
Of course, as anyone who loves bourbon will tell you, bourbon makes everything better! So naturally, Robert Mondavi has teamed up with Alex Rad, Owner and Executive Chef of restaurant Smoque N’ Bones and whiskey bar, KOHL, to bring you some creative ways you can incorporate this sought-after spirit into your life.
“Bourbon is a fantastic spirit that lends itself perfectly in the kitchen. With its full and flavorsome profile, the much-loved spirit brings something new and unique to cooking and baking,” says Alex.
Chef Alex Rad’s top tips for cooking (and baking) with bourbon:
Add bourbon to any recipe to add a light but distinctive taste of wood, smoke, caramel and vanilla. Feeling festive yet?
The bourbon flavour profile is best enjoyed when paired with brown sugar, pecans, vanilla, chocolate, apples, pears and peaches.
Bourbon can be used in a number of different ways like in sauces, marinades, brines, and glazes, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Bourbon can also be used to add depth to baked goods such as cakes, pies, truffles, and cookies.
Adding bourbon to marinades for pork or brisket provides smoky sweetness, the perfect pairing to the rich, robust flavour of Robert Mondavi’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon. When paired with food, the distinct flavour profiles found in the wine are intensified, and give a smooth and longing finish to the palate.
No two bourbons are alike. Make sure you do your research, and look into the flavour profile of your spirit before determining if it will be complementary to the rest of your ingredients.
Of course, the easiest way to bring a little more bourbon into your life is to pair these cold nights with a glass of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon. The latest innovation from the Robert Mondavi family captures the pioneering spirit of Robert Mondavi himself, giving us an opportunity to experiment with flavours. This unique wine combines delicious notes of sweet vanilla, caramel and coffee, with classic aromas of black cherries and blackberries that are most commonly found in Cabernet Sauvignon.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon is now available at the LCBO for a limited time, for $20.95.