ziggy_wine_galWhy wine? Why not?

Most misunderstood wine: There is not one answer here… Merlot is a good start though.

Guilty pleasure(s): Caviar & grower Champagne. Simple pizza and extraordinary wines with cellar age.

Latest obsession: Discovering unique herbs and edible flowers to plant in my cocktail garden.

One thing about wine I wish I’d learned sooner: White wines with age on them can be great. Make room in your cellar to age whites!

If I weren’t in wine, I’d be: Sad

Something I’d love to do, but it scares me: Parachuting 

My dream wine party guest: Keith Richards, Dave Mathews, Sting

Death row wine: Boxed White Zinfandel. If I’m going to have a scheduled death, I might as well drink a deathly wine. 


Ziggy Eschliman, known to most simply as The Wine Gal or The Contessa of Cocktails, is a speaker, radio personality, consultant, and wine writer. She has a passion for making wine hip, fun and accessible. As Ziggy puts it, “Wine has been around for centuries; the mystery is so over. It’s time to get past the stuffiness and clichés. They’re simply a turn off to many would-be wine drinkers.” Follow her on Facebook or on her blog at Ziggy the Wine Gal.

Cupid’s Arrow of Redemption

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Cupid’s Arrow of Redemption Cocktail Recipe Ingredients: 2oz Redemption High Rye Bourbon 1/2 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice 1/2 oz Fresh Meyer Lemon Juice 1/2 oz Ginger Root Simple Syrup 4 dashes Aztec Chocolate Bitters (Fee Bros) 2 dashes Orange Bitters (Regan’s) 1 egg white Garnish: 3 dashes Barrel Aged Bitters (Peychauds) Blood Orange Peel… Read more »