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JARDESCA ($30): is an interesting hybrid product from Sonoma County California. It starts out as a blend of 3 different white wines that are then fortified with 10 different botanicals. So it’s a wine at its core but reminds me of a spirit in its soul. Most importantly it’s versatile and delicious. Sipped on its own over ice JARDESCA is hugely aromatic. Aromas of white melon are joined by lots of herb notes. The palate has an inherent fruitiness to it that is buttressed by spice and herb. The long finish is clean, crisp, and refreshing. My knee jerk reaction was to return to the glass for one sip after another.
However where it really excels is as a blending component. The refreshing nature of JARDESCA makes it a really good and fun choice for a welcome beverage when you have friends over. Mix up a batch of something that appeals and serve it to friends and family as they walk in. I experimented with several options from the JARDESCA website, and found a lot of tasty options. The simplicity of the Strawberry Spritz was my favorite. The strawberry and mint additions scream Spring weather. The three founders of JARDESCA, whose backgrounds are in entertaining, food, and spirits, aimed specifically to create something that would serve as a refreshing first drink; the nailed it. Give it a shot!

Strawberry Spritz

3 parts JARDESCA over ice in a stemless wine or rocks glass
1 part Prosecco
2-3 slices of strawberry
A bruised mint leaf
Combine all the ingredients and stir

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