(entries to the competition closed on 7 February 2013)
We're very excited to announce our Wine Cocktails competition is now open. If you've always fancied showing your mixing skills and have some original ideas about using wine in cocktail creation, this is for you. The winner gets to fly to Sicily to sample the bar culture in Palermo and the vineyards of the mighty Planeta. How do I enter? Simples! Go to www.imbibe.com/enotriacomp where you'll find an online form, and these six wines listed.
1. Yealands Black Label Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand Refreshing and racy with lemon and lime characters. 2. Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz, Victoria, Australia A rich and full-flavoured Aussie Shiraz with great structure. 3. Planeta La Segreta Rosso, Menfi, Italy Incredibly palate-friendly red with juicy red fruits, strawberries and spice. 4. Ferrari Maximum Rosé Brut, Trento, Italy Boasting fragrant berry fruits and balsamic notes, with luxurious bubbles. 5. Hopler Eiswein Pinot Noir, Burgenland, Austria Fabulous amber-coloured sweet wine with flavours of dates and caramel. 6. Leyda Chardonnay Reserva, Leyda Valley, Chile Fruit-driven, unoaked style with tropical fruit and an unctuous texture.
Choose two of the wines as the base for two cocktails - one using wine as the only alcohol in the drink, the other which can use spirits of your choice. Send the form in and we'll contact you to send you samples of the wines you've chosen - so that you can practice / experiment with your recipes. Then on February 26th the finalists will assemble at our Annual Tasting the Saatchi Gallery in London. You'll be given a slot in which to prepare both your cocktails under the eye of the judges - who include the legendary Peter Dorelli.
If you're looking for inspiration, here's a simple but very effective cocktail which our own mixologist Paul has been wowing customers with - the Shiraz Cobbler: Shiraz: Mount Langi Ghiran, Billi Billi Shiraz
75ml Shiraz 25ml Fresh Lime Juice 20ml Sugar Syrup 4 Mint Leaves 6 Basil Leaves 4 Black Cherries
Method: Muddle last 5 ingredients into glass, add crushed ice, add Shiraz and swizzle
Glass: Fish bowl red wine glass
Garnish: Sprig of mint and basil together, a black cherry and straw
Voilà! You can see some of the action, and what people thought of our last Wine Cocktail competition - in Edinburgh last July, here: (entries to the competition closed on 7 February 2013)