Wine or Coffee? In California, a New Infusion Means Both

Coffee and wine lovers who have dreamed of the day when these two beverages could be successfully mixed are in luck this year: according to fashion and lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan, a Napa Valley vintner and coffee connoisseur has created a strain of wine-infused java.


The wine coffee infusion does not entail hybrid botany. The Molinari Private Reserve began experimenting with adding wine to the coffee roasting process last year. The result is a coffee beverage that smells like wine and tastes as if blueberries were added.


To get a stronger taste of wine, the vintners at Molinari suggest adding milk and letting the cup rest for a couple of minutes. The alcoholic content should not be a concern to coffee drinkers since it mostly evaporates during the roasting process. This means that coffee lovers will not get drunk with this new beverage.


According to the roasters at Molinari, the coffee beans are initially roasted to to a very dry consistency that calls for a process of hydration, which is accomplished with a red wine from their own preserve. The idea is to not overwhelm the coffee taste but to add the aroma and some of the taste.


The ground beans can be used to prepare coffee on a French press, drip coffeemaker, percolator, or espresso machine. Reports from the initial tastings suggest that one of the best ways to prepare this new blend is by means of a sweet latte; other reports indicate that iced coffee is not the best idea. In and of itself, this is not a particularly strong roast.


This new coffee concoction is available as an online retail purchase from Molinari Private Reserve website. A small satchel, about a quarter of a pound, costs $20. Some stores in the Napa Valley are also carrying this unique roast.


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