WHAT HAPPENS WHEN you take a floral, aromatic Viognier from Alexander Valley and stir it up with a botanical-flavored eau de vie? Jardesca. It's a new aperitif made in Sonoma that's entirely different from anything you've ever tasted.
It's not wine, exactly. And it's not a super-high alcohol eau de vie. It's a combination of both that's bright, citrusy, herby, peppery and really refreshing poured up with a little sparkling water or over ice.
The brainchild of Michael Sebastiani, Steve and Mike Sangiacomo and San Francisco-based master mixologist/bartender Duggan McDonnell, the spirit is bottled at Sonoma Valley Custom Wine facility on 8th Street East, in the old Viansa Winery.
A bottle is $28.99. Find it at K & L Wine Merchants and in some wine shops in San Francisco. It has yet to find it's way to the East Bay. www.jardesca.com