...is an amazingly versatile ingredient. We first started using juice on occasions where we didn't have any wine available to cook with. Then we started using it to add a more balanced sweetness to dressings and marinades. The list grew from there as we realized that good juice adds its own flavor to a variety of dishes and drinks. It is an easy substitute for wine, mirin or sugar in many recipes. While we occasionally indulge in high-end, super delicious juices like this pinot noir juice from Navarro Vineyards, we find that good organic juices of any kind are great go-to ingredients. We like to use it in dressings, to deglaze a pan, or as a mixer in Amaya's favorite fancy summer drinks. This week's beverage starts with a glass of ice, a slice of frozen peach, a splash of citrus syrup and a couple of ounces of pinot noir grape juice topped with seltzer. She stirs everything together herself and sips it in the sunshine beside the pool. It's amazing how a small thing like a bespoke drink can make even the smallest of us feel special.