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STOLEN FRUIT COCKTAIL MIXERS
by CHEF PETER BROWN and DRY CREEK VALLEY AVA WINEGROWERS DOUG & SUSAN PROVISOR
July 2016 Issue | Vol. 4, No. 14                              Made with ingredients "stolen" from the vineyard.













 
 
 
 

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STOLEN FRUIT Cocktail Mixers | by Chef Peter Brown and Doug & Susan Provisor | No-alcohol mixers made with ingredients “stolen” from the vineyard. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit. What about stolen fruit? In the case of Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixers, three friends—Chef Peter Brown and winegrowers Susan and Doug Provisor—tested, tasted, and mixed to come up with one elegant line of no-alcohol mixers. “There’s verjus,” said Doug Provisor about the product’s ingredients, “grape concentrate and dried grape skins. In each case, but mainly the verjus, we sort of look at it like we are taking these components from the winemaker and using it as something different. So it’s a little playful riff on that.” The idea for Stolen Fruit came about during dinner at Brown’s home. Brown cracked open a bottle of Navarro Vineyards non-alcoholic grape juice, which everyone “enjoyed immensely.” They wondered about creating their own product. The Provisors have grown grapes in Sonoma Valley’s Dry Creek Valley AVA for over 20 years. Brown has worked in top restaurants on both coasts and Hawaii, traveled the world over as a private chef, and has extensive experience developing high quality, consistent food products with national distribution. “The Navarro grape juice,” Provisor said, “as much as we loved it, we determined that it was simply too sweet to really be at the dining table.” Too sweet became a reoccurring hurdle during their research. The difficulty came with obtaining the right balance of acid, sugar, and varietal characteristics. Verjus made the difference.