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Local Libations: Simply Pommier

2011 February 18

By Brianna Bain

Howdy – Brianna here, taking a turn on Local Libations. After seeing Katherine’s  delicious Morocca N’ Roll Bread Pudding, I began a sugar fueled dessert drink brainstorm. Now, I am not an avid cocktail drinker or maker for that matter, in fact you are more likely to find me enjoying a simple drink like a whiskey, vodka on the rocks or tasty glass of wine. I decided to search for a simple drink that could still bring a sweet indulgent experience – I was drawn to the candy-like libations of the wine family. I made a call to Kat, one of our regular cocktail contributors here at the Relay, seeking her advice on selecting a wine for this week. Sharing my notions on  a sweet dessert wine – Kat serendipitously announced  that she had picked up a bottle of  J. Jenkins Pommier, a sweet apple wine from a San Diego County winery. It sounded perfect!

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J. Jenkins Winery is located on 10 acres beautiful Julian CA – a historic gold mining town about 1 hour east of San Diego.  J. Jenkins is charting experimental territory in the California wine industry; being some of the highest vineyards in the state, at 4,200 feet and enduring some of the coldest winters. The winery is a passion project for Jim Jenkins and his wife Jeanne who bought the land 8 years ago. Their 10 acres is not limited to just grapes, it is also home to a variety of apple trees, resulting in a broad selection of products including traditional reds and whites, as well as apple wines. Jenkins’ Pommier was just the drink I was imagining for this week. It is sweet, crisp and slightly warm with 17.5% alcohol by vol. The Pommier has a delightful apple flavor without being too syrup-y. I sipped mine solo but you could also use this apple wine as a companion to your favorite vanilla ice cream – a dessert for your dessert if you dare!


  • Barbara

    What incredibly luscious photographs. The way the trees and sky are relected upside down in the wine glass is glorious! I would like to sip this lovely wine while letting your images fill my eyes with their beauty. Thanks for recommending this wine and for delighting with your photography.

    • briannabain

      Thank you Barbara!

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  • Stephanie

    I agree…these are absolute gorgeous photos. I also enjoy great tasting wine. For me, I feel a painting coming on, imagining warm temperatures, relaxation, and a well crafted bottle of wine to share with a friend.

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