As if we needed a reason – I strongly suggest that everyone celebrate the astonishing joy of a good glass of wine on the holiday designated to celebrate the wondrous fermented juice we call wine! Seriously though, while not a holiday on par with the 4th of July, National Drink Wine Day is worth recognizing … Continue reading February 18th is National Drink Wine Day – Seriously!
Some people complain that ‘there is a holiday for everything’ nowadays – but I think a holiday and a celebration is a wonderful thing – any time at all. In this case, a group called the Grenache Symposium (their mission: promote grenache-based wines) has declared September 24 to be “International Grenache Day”. My response: Let’s … Continue reading Happy Grenache Day to you all !!!
It is that time of year again! Mega-Volunteer Ted Liberti and his Central PA Colleagues have put together what looks like another fantastic Wine Festival to benefit WPSU in State College. I checked the list of “who’s pouring” (link below) and among the broad variety of over 250 wines, I noticed a number of interesting … Continue reading 2011 Penn State Wine Festival – Sunday September 25 1pm-5pm
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
Just a quick note about this week’s Tuesday Tasting at Braddock’s (http://www.braddocksrestaurant.com/events/) – we have two high quality Californian wines to taste at a fantastically priced $5 per glass – hope to see you there! White: Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2008 Red: Honig Napa Cabernet 2006 Continue reading Tuesday Tasting at Braddock’s 15Mar11
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
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)
A full river boat on a hot evening turned into a cool event. Local Argentine Caterer “La Mendocina Catering” (http://www.lamendocina.com/) provided flavorful food including grilled vegetables, antipasto and owner Monica Aveni-Ranii’s signature (awesome in my opinion) Argentine Empanadas. The attendees were all passionate about wine and gave great feedback, splitting their favorites evenly between the … Continue reading South American wine and Argentine Food River Cruise