As mentioned in the previous piece on Australian White Wine suggestions – below are some suggestions for currently available Australian Red Wine. With Australia Day (on January 26th, the Australian equivalent of the US 4th of July) right around the corner we can all get ready with some great grilled foods (from an outdoor grill … Continue reading Celebrate Australia Day with Australian Red Wines
Australia Day: Australia’s national holiday (sort of like the Aussie 4th of July). Since Australia is celebrating its being a country, I thought I would celebrate the country’s wines… For the past decade or so, Australian wines have gained popularity around the world. However, in recent years the economic downturn, Australian currency strength and keen … Continue reading Celebrate Australia Day with Australian White Wines
On a recent trip to Ohio, I visited two very well run wine stores with vastly different personalities. The first shop, in the beautiful early 1800s era town of Worthington, Ohio which serves as a northern suburb of Columbus, is called House Wine (http://www.housewine.biz/). This shop was planned while owner Donnie was in business school, … Continue reading Two Ohio Wine Shops – House Wine and Colonial Wine and Beverage
Just back from another fun Wine and Cheese Cruise – had some very interesting wine and cheese combinations with a diverse and interesting group of people. The Spanish Cava and Fluer Verte was a wonderful surprise and the Shiraz and King Island “Roaring 40s” Blue was stunning. As the saying goes: “What grows together goes … Continue reading Wine and Cheese – Great Combinations!
Having recently returned from a visit to beautiful Portugal, we thought the best way to give our good friends a taste of our trip was to share food and wine like what we tasted in Portugal! A highlight of our travels was a visit to the Esporao winery, situated in the beautiful golden rolling hills … Continue reading Portuguese Wine Dinner (Featuring Esporao and others)
We love seeking the best sparklers for our holiday party at the Renaissance Hotel (530p-9p) in downtown Pittsburgh, what fun we will have with this bubbly line up from around the world! This event is open to the public, all are welcome! Especially for us, Chef Brian Volmrich (formerly of the Inn at Little Washington) … Continue reading Grapenuts Bubbly Blowout Dec 1st 2010
Some Australian growers led by De Bortoli (http://www.debortoli.com.au/) have suggested a November 30 ‘revolution’ – to promote dry styles of rose. Having recently spent some time in southern France where dry rose is widely available, it is a style that I very much enjoy. So if we want to join the “Rose Revolution”, we should all try … Continue reading Dry Rose “Revolution” ?? Sure!
Here are some notes on the wines we tasted prior to Quantum Theatre’s (http://www.quantumtheatre.com/) brilliant production of “When the rain stops falling” – we tasted some complex wines to match up with the complex production! Wishing Tree Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 – West Australia – Sourced from Western Australia vineyards just outside of Perth (largest city … Continue reading Four Interesting Australian Wines: Two Chards and Two Shiraz
Below are three wines that will be featured by-the-glass at next week’s Braddock’s American Brasserie Tuesday Tasting for only $5 per glass (located at the Renaissance Hotel downtown Pittsburgh). I will review and discuss new wines every Tuesday – all people and opinions are welcome – should be fun! Gloria Ferrer’s Sonoma Brut NV is a … Continue reading Three wines for Jack’s Tuesday November 16th Tasting at Braddock’s
This Kabinett class German Riesling (we will discuss German wine classifications at a later time), in an attractive tall bottle, with an equally attractive price, should be on your list when seeking a food-friendly wine to share with wine-lovers and others who are typically not enthusiastic for wine. The nose shows strong apple citrus elements … Continue reading Franz Reinhart Bernkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling Kabinett 2009