Affordable Summer Rosés and Objectively Delicious Cocktails

Chef Plum and Marysol Castro raise a glass of rosé with G. Patel, owner of Bottle Stop Wine & Spirits Superstore in Newtown. Photo: Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

It’s rosé season! $10 wines are likely getting you through the dog days of summer. Connecticut sommelier and self-described “Cork Dork” G. Patel shares the rosés you’ll want to drink right now.  While your favorite neighborhood restaurant was trying to figure out how to survive on take-out orders and curbside delivery, it’s likely business at your local package store was booming. Patel, who also owns several Bottle Stops throughout the state, gives us an insider’s perspective on the pandemic-related booze boom. And, Marysol Castro and Chef Plum talk to the owner of a Connecticut distillery about pivoting the business in order to become essential. Finally, John deBary, irreverent author of Drink What You Want, shares a few classic cocktail recipes and describes his work as co-founder of The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

Featured Guests:
G. Patel – Connecticut sommelier and owner of Bottle Stop Wine and Spirit Superstore in Newtown, CT., as well as four liquor stores throughout the state.
Bridget Schulten – Co-owner of Fifth State Distillery in Bridgeport, CT.
John deBary – Author of Drink What you Want and the co-founder of the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

John deBary, Photo by Gabi Porter
G. Patel, Photo by Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public
Bridget Schulten, with Rob Schulten, and son Sam at Fifth State Distillery, Photo by Joe Amon / Connecticut Public / NENC

Featured Wines:

M by Minuty Rosé Wine
Groiss Rosé Wine
Masottina Cuvée Rosé Wine

Drink What You Want by John deBaryCocktail Recipes:
Featured recipes this week are from Drink What You WantThe Subjective Guide to Making Objectively Delicious Cocktails  by John deBary

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