I wish I could take the credit for this discovery from WineX Magazine. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant! If you want a taste of the grape at work without having alcohol on your breath, here is the perfect solution. Check out the Jelly Bean Wine Bar for some tasty "wine" recipes. Here are a few of my own creations:>
Imagine this - - it's 3:30 pm, you're still at the office, but want to start happy hour early. You're thinking about how soothing a hearty Merlot from Washington state would be. Combine the following Jelly Belly flavors (Note that the same recipe can be used for French Merlots):
Cherry + Plum + BlackBerry + Dr. Pepper + Licorice + Bertie Botts Dirt + 1/2 Buttered Toast
If you only know about over-oaked, over manipulated Merlots from California and haven't a clue about full bodied Washington Merlots and the rich soil the grapes are grown in, then you will like this recipe:
French Vanilla + Chocolate Pudding + Cherry + Plum + Raspberry + Strawberry + Dr. Pepper + two - Buttered Toast. Wait - make that three Buttered Toast and wash it down with a glass of water.