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September 22, 2021 | Robin McBride

Must Mix Fall Wine Cocktails

Hello Fall! We’re passing up the Pumpkin Spice this year and diving right into our go-to wine cocktails. Hand crafted by our Head Winemaker, Amy Butler, we’re giving you our McBride Sisters twist on your favorite classics with recipes, an easy way to order the wines & storing tips if you don’t finish the whole bottle. 

The Oakland 75

Oakland is where it’s at! That’s why we're giving you our take on the classic French 75, with our very own twist. You can enjoy a French 75 to replace your go-to mimosa or enjoy it after your meal, as a dessert of sorts. That’s how we like it. According to Liquor.com, “The French 75 is named for the fast-firing 75 millimeter field gun that was utilized by the French during World War One.” 

Grab our McBride Sisters Collection Sparkling Brut Rosé to add some fruity, creaminess to the cocktail — conveniently available with our McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Zinfandel for your Red Wine Margarita below. One stop shop for the wines to mix up these special drinks! Get the wines here. 

Red Wine Margarita 

Margarita’s may be our drink of choice all year around, but pour over some full-bodied Zinfandel to give your classic Marg a bit of spice and ripe fruit. You may not ever go back to your classic. Salt on the rim is optional, we used our favorite coup glasses to make it fancy but any glass will do! Developed by Amy, we are just now realizing how well this woman can make a wine cocktail. Recipes that use red wine are our Fall favorites.

Grab our McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Zinfandel to spice up your Red Wine Margarita here — available in the perfect four bottle bundle with our McBride Sisters Collection Sparkling Brut Rosé for all of your fall cocktail needs! Shop now.

Opened Wine: How To Store It?

For some people (not always us!), you can end up with a pretty full opened bottle of wine after mixing up cocktails. Below are our top 5 storing tips for your open bottles so they don’t go to waste and are fresh to drink the next day. 

  • Make sure to keep the cork of screw off cap just in case you don’t have a wine storage cork. We’d recommend having these affordable, Repour rubber wine stoppers on hand for your still wines. 
  • For your bubbles, you’ll have a very hard time getting the original cork back in. Make sure to stock up on these sparkling wine stoppers from Cuisinart, before the holiday season.
  • Put all re-corked or wines with a stopper into the fridge after opening. For red wine, you can pull it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before drinking to let it warm back up. 

How long to wait before you drink your opened wine?

  • Red Wine can be stored in the fridge for up 5 days or so. We’d highly recommend drinking within 1-3 because the longer the wine is in the fridge you’ll lose some of the delicious fruit notes and rich flavors. 
  • We’d recommend storing White Wine in the fridge for up to 3 days but drinking within 1-2 as it will lose the aromas fairly quickly. 
  • For Sparkling Wine, it can really only last in the fridge for 1-2 days max before losing all of the delicious carbonation. We’d recommend always drinking the next day to keep the quality high. 

Getting into the holiday season already? Find our favorite festive cocktails for the holiday season here. For all of you who love to host a holiday party, find our Holiday Table Presentations Do's And Don'ts here. 




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