For the past several years I have organized a holiday happy hour for friends and colleagues (especially ‘Grapenuts’ and the private dinner group http://www.off-the-grid.ws). The ‘Big Bubbly Blowout’ has been a favorite event of mine, but this year, my professional work would not allow me to spend the time required to create another fantastic holiday … Continue reading Holiday Bubbly Recommendations!
As the season moves toward autumn with holidays on the horizon, I am often asked by friends and colleagues to suggest a ‘party wine’ – something inexpensive, but good. These are often mutually exclusive terms, but occasionally a wine pops onto our radar that warrants making a note…. The 2012 Le Campuget Blanc is one … Continue reading Screaming Good Deal – Chateau de Campuget, Le Campuget Blanc 2012
Our Bordeaux tasting/dinner at e2 (www.e2pgh.com) was certainly tasty and instructive – so we are moving forward to our next region where we will dive into some interesting wines of the Rhone region. We will taste and discuss the wines as a group, and then finish with a dinner to see how they stand up … Continue reading Next up: Rhone Tasting!
As our seasons migrate from light-hearted Summer to more serious Autumn – I thought the seasonal change warranted a slightly more serious approach to our tasting programs. While my wine-enthusiast friends in http://www.off-the-grid.ws and Grapenuts will surely let me know if I am wrong, I have gone ahead and scheduled three ‘more serious’ tastings. What … Continue reading Bordeaux tasting dinner – Right vs Left Bank
Another beautiful evening was spent with the nice folks at Marty’s Market – Regina and her Chef Steve and their entire crew made us feel welcome yet again with some great food. And as always, the mixture of food, wine, and energized people made for a memorable experience. Especially nice to see some new faces … Continue reading Australian Wine and Food (and Cheese) at Marty’s Market
We are all excited about our wine and menu for our upcoming “OTG Women Wine Dinner” http://www.off-the-grid.ws . Graciously hosted at e2 (www.e2pgh.com ) by chef/owner Kate Romane – the combination of tasty menu and delicious wines caused this event to sell out quickly. Menu and wine accompaniment are as follows: 1st Course: anti pasta … Continue reading Women Wine Dinner
As we look forward to our Wednesday June 26 “Grapenuts Famous Five n Dime Happy Hour” (and “Jack-Challenge” at Dave Desimone’s Bridge Ten Brasserie, excitement is building as the choices are high value and quite tasty – I think they will all be quite popular. Added to this event is a special drawing to compete … Continue reading Grapenuts Famous Five n Dime – All French/Bridge Ten Brasserie/”Jack-Challenge”
This is my ‘go-to’ Rose for this summer! Walking through our local wine store (all of them run by the State of Pennsylvania in our home state), one can see many Rose choices, some may be less expensive than the $10.99 cost of this wine, but one sip of this one and my palate was … Continue reading Jean Luc Colombo “Cape Bleue” Rose Provence 2012 – Screaming Good Deal !!!
Although Raw/Vegan is not my usual fare, we were excited to work with Chef Hillary Zozula at EDEN http://www.edenpitt.com and create a four course, four wine dinner for our “Off the Grid” http://www.off-the-grid.ws dinner group. Because the food is raw, but occasionally quite rich, I tried to identify wines with some element of acidity (without … Continue reading Raw/Vegan Wine dinner at EDEN
Another Wine and Cheese event at Marty’s Market (http://martysmarket.com/), another sold out crowd – even had an active waitlist for this event! Given the tasty wine and cheese line-up combined with Marty’s Market’s gracious accommodation; I am not surprised this was a popular event. The friendly and engaging atmosphere was typified by the quick offer … Continue reading Wine and Cheese Iberian Style – Tasty Stuff!