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May is well known for the Kentucky Derby, and the Kentucky Derby calls for at least one mint julep. Here in wine country, we replace the bourbon in the mint julep with Chardonnay. This cocktail is just as refreshing as it is unique and perfect for sipping on a warm, sunny day.

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    Serves 1

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    Difficulty Level Easy


    4 ounces Sonoma-Cutrer Coast Chardonnay

    1 ounce sweet vermouth

    1 ounce Madeira wine

    2 drops pure vanilla extract

    1 ounce brown sugar simple syrup

    1 dash Angostura Bitters

    fresh mint to garnish


    1. Combine all but the mint in a cocktail shaker with a generous amount of ice. Stir, don’t shake. No Julep glass here, we prefer wine glasses! Fill halfway with crushed ice and strain cocktail into the glass. Garnish with mint. Enjoy responsibly.

    2. Brown sugar simple syrup: Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon water and heat until fully incorporated. Allow to cool.

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    Sonoma-Cutrer’s top priority is always to protect the health and wellness of our guests and employees. Our team has been actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, especially as it relates to Sonoma County, CA. We have decided to suspend all tours and tastings at Sonoma-Cutrer beginning March 14, 2020.

    As we all navigate through this dynamic situation, our goal is to further minimize risk to our valued guests, employees and the potential spread of the virus to their families and communities. While we expect this disruption to our tours and tastings to be temporary, our closure will remain in place until this health emergency subsides and officials declare it safe to resume normal activity. 

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