The Royal Wedding is tomorrow and there won’t be another for at least 20 years. If you haven’t realized, it’s a big deal and if you’re not celebrating tomorrow, you’re missing out! Our advice is to i) Get excited. ii) Get invited. iii) Prepare.
You may not have had time to think and have just realized that you need to bring something appropriate. Not to worry, we have you covered.
We’re going to focus on the bride. Because the wedding is about her (I don’t have time to argue – it is. It just is).
In her previous life, Meghan had a Blog called “The Tig” named after her favorite wine, Tignanello, a ‘Super Tuscan’ blend comprised of about 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cab Sauv, and 5% Cab Franc. The story goes that she tasted it and it was an ‘aha’ moment for her:
“Suddenly I understood what people meant by the body, legs, structure of wine. It was an ah-ha moment at its finest. For me, it became a “Tig” moment — a moment of getting it.”
The only problem here – Tignanello is pretty hard to find, and when you do find it, it ain’t cheap – running between $60 - $120 per bottle. Damn… Girl has fine tastes.
The good news is that Meghan isn’t partial to just one varietal. She has also mentioned that she loves Argentinian Malbec & Pinot Noir from Oregon. So why not go with these for your celebration.
Pinot Noir from Oregon is incredible for its price point. Being slightly north of CA, the grapes here don’t get as much warmth (which typically means more sugar, and therefore, more alcohol), which means the resulting wines display a more refined profile, giving space for the natural complexity and subtleties of this grape to speak. Fun & versatile, but remarkably balanced. A killer party wine. Here’s one that we seriously recommend:
Now onto Malbec. First off, you’re not over it. I promise. Yes, I agree it’s everywhere and it’s overplayed. If you’re like me, you rode that wave years ago, when mass production hit the market and with it came prices were too good to be true. Why pay over $12 a bottle? It’s like tacos – charge me over $5 and I’ll slap you…
However, the truth is that this grape is magical, if you’re willing to spend up. Mass production commoditized the taste of this grape into a spicy clunky wine, providing the only heaviest of hangovers. While this grape does embrace deep and concentrated flavors of cassis and pepper, buying up has allowed someone to come along with sandpaper and smooth out all those rough edges, allowing for a softer and elevated experience – something that you can drink all night long. Here’s one of our favorites from a family that’s been doing it for over 250 years:
Lastly, in an interview back in 2016 with Delish, Meghan stated:
"In the summer, though, when I'm out with my friends, it's rosé all day"
I don’t think I need to convince anybody why rosé is a smart choice for a day drinking celebration. I mean it’s rosé. However, I will tell you why our rosé is the perfect pairing for tomorrow’s celebration. Bobby Stuckey, a Master Sommelier (1 of only 250 in the world) found this beauty amongst the volcanic soils of Sicily, whilst bicycling through the country. He was searching for perfect wines. He believes he found one in the rosé. It is made from 100% Nero d’Avola grapes, which a is pretty unusual application for the grape… and its half price. So, it’s from the same country as Meghan’s favorite grape, its sourced by one of the best sommeliers in the world, and its cheap. Boom. Enjoy… in quantity:
I’ll admit I spent far too much time digging up archived articles about the royal couple and their wine preferences. However, during my research I did come across a drink on ‘The Tig’ that I think is worth resurfacing for this special occasion. It’s Meghan Markle’s take on a Pimm’s Cup and it looks AWESOME:
1. Stack a sprinkling of the cucumber/mint/celery/radish/lime into the glass. Fill glass with ice.
2. In a shaker, add a couple ounces of gin and a splash of the maraschino cherry liqueur.
Don’t be scared on the name of the latter – I personally loathe syrupy sweet drinks but this has just enough of a subtle sweetness that it really acts as more of a back note in the drink. Plus the maraschino cherry of it all reminds me of drinking Shirley temples as a little girl. My, have we grown up.
3. Shake the alcohols hard with ice.
4. Back to your glass – pour a two count of tonic and a three count of soda water.
I don’t gravitate to the taste of tonic so I always go heavier on the soda, but feel free to reverse the measurements of these two, or play around with it to taste.
5. Strain the gin and liqueur mixture into the two glasses, splitting equally. Finish each drink with a twist of the grapefruit over the top.
And there you go. Spend less time searching and more time sipping.
From the Siptip Team - Cheers!