For our friends in Pennsylvania, be sure to check out the PLCB stores in the next two days. The PA Liquor Control Board is trying a sale for the first time ever! For two days (Thursday and Friday Feb 13, 14), four sparklers will be offered at 25% off their retail price. I hope that … Continue reading First ever PLCB sale!
Recently, I found myself in need of a rose bubbly to serve at a French-themed dinner. Champagne is always my first choice for bubbly, but cost considerations led me to the PLCB Chairman’s Selection section of our local State Store, where I noticed a beautiful rose colored non-vintage Loire Valley French Sparkler the C Greffe … Continue reading C Greffe Brut Rose NV Sparkler from Loire Valley, France
After much consideration and preparation – we have finalized the sparkling wines for the Grapenuts Holiday Big Bubbly Blowout at Braddock’s American Brasserie (at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel downtown Pittsburgh, Tuesday December 6, 6-9pm) – the list is below. As a special enticement, the foods will be paired to the sparklers, the bubbles will be flowing … Continue reading Grapenuts Holiday Big Bubbly Blowout at Braddock’s American Brasserie – it’s official!
A perfectly nice bubbly at a fantastic price! What makes this bottle interesting to me is a combination of what it is and what it is not… So let’s start with what it is not: it is not Champagne, but at only $7.99 it is not priced like Champagne which would typically cost $35 for … Continue reading Screaming good deal – Zardetto Private Cuvee NV Italy
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
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
One look at the bell-shaped bottle of Codorniu Brut Reserva Cuvee Raventos NV, and you are led to believe this is a sophisticated sparkler. Indeed the appearance is one of a more expensive product than the sale price of $9.99 in Pennsylvania State Stores. At first pour, the Cava’s color is light and golden with … Continue reading Codorniu Brut Reserva Cuvee Raventos NV
This was good fun with a dynamic crew of nice folk! A private dinner through “Off the Grid” (http://www.off-the-grid.ws/) – a small group of food and wine lovers who, every month or so, get together with a broad-minded chef who is willing to close a restaurant to the public and create a fun evening with … Continue reading Off the Grid Dinner with South American food and wines!
Spanish Wine and Cheese combinations I was fortunate to be invited again to participate in a river cruise built specifically around the pairing of wines and cheeses, this time Spanish wines and cheeses. The event was promoted by Grapenuts (www.grapenuts.org), a group in which I have been involved for many years with John Mahood, and David Bennett, … Continue reading Spanish Wine and Cheese, great combinations!