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
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”
Cordier’s Chateau Andron 2009 has a lot going for it. It is from the highly respected Medoc region within Bordeaux AND this vintage is considered by many to be one of the best in memory! Bordeaux wines are some of the most famous in the world, and pricing can be very high – indeed some … Continue reading Cordier Chateau Andron Medoc 2009 Bordeaux
Restaurant wine lists are often intimidating and expensive. Coupled with a the often snooty Sommelier, the common American restaurant wine experience can easily result in a fast order of beer or mixed drink just to avoid the difficulty and expense of ordering a bottle of wine. Recently I have been on the hunt for value … Continue reading Casbah and Chateau des Leotins 2009 = Great Restaurant Value
Affordable Bordeaux actually exists! This would seem a surprise during the current era when huge media attention is given to the steep annual price increases – driven, to a great extent, by Asian wealth discovering a taste for the most significant Bordeaux wines. However, while it is true France’s most famous wine region produces some … Continue reading Affordable Bordeaux in Pennsylvania!!!
Special Taste and Learn Wine Tasting this week at Braddock’s – Six Reds and Five Whites all offered by the glass only this Tuesday – each wine is distinct and different and each has a story that you can learn about and taste! White wines: Ca’Stella Friuli Pinot Grigio – Dona Ermelinda Palmela – Muros Antigos … Continue reading Taste and Learn Wine Tasting
Braddock’s American Brasserie at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel has agreed to carry these wines just for our tastings each Tuesday of June from 530pm-730pm – check out the great and interesting variety of European Wines! Tuesday June 7 – These two wines were just featured in the wine spectator as “Best Values” in the Wine … Continue reading June Tuesday Tastings – great European Variety!
The Bordeaux region of Graves is located south and east of the best known Bordeaux regions. Graves soils include a great deal of ice-age glacial alluvial gravels, so much so as to prompt the region to named after them. It is said that the Graves gravel and clay soils influence the robustness of wines made … Continue reading Chateau Tour de Rodet Graves 2009 Bordeaux
In anticipation of great attendance for this Wednesday’s 5-7pm French Happy Hour at Brasserie 33 – we have chosen four high quality wines to go with the authentic French Happy Hour Menu – here they are: White Chateau Richard Bergerac White Domaine Philemon Gaillac Red Domaine Guicharde Cotes du Rhone Red Chateau Gobert Bordeaux Continue reading Wines for French Happy Hour this Wednesday 16Mar11
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