After Sunset in the Vineyard, hosted by Jeannie Carpenter for the Assistance League, I kept in touch with a few of our local winemakers. One, Roman Weiser, aka “Wine Bordeaux”, suggested an idea for my readers. Wade through our wine soaked journey below and send me your thoughts.
At this time of a year the newly made wine is already resting in barrels, but there is plenty of other fun stuff to do. For example the ‘chores’ like tasting barrel samples or racking (separating wine from the lees sediment). This is also the time to think about the name for our wines and design the label. Every wine has a story behind it and the label usually reflects just that. It’s like finding the right name for a newborn; home wine makers are funny that way.
Vineyards are getting ready for dormant stage. The leaves will soon fall and vine growers sharpen their pruners as this will be time to give our beloved vines a healthy ‘haircut’. And then we wait while continue racking the wines and taste them carefully to see if the oak is at bay and the wine continues healthy upbringing.
Eve, we are planning many new things and we will inform you about them as they crystallize.
In the mean time, I have suggestion for your column. This would involve local wine merchants, exciting reviews, great fun source of wine educations for your readers, promote local business and interest in wine in general … let me know if you are interested to hear more
To: Wine Bordeaux From: Eve
Peak into your cellar.
This little idea could be a fun theme for a weekly column don’t you think? Your readers would write in about the wines they believe people don’t have in their cellar with brief, geographic info about the region, description and maybe few tasting notes? Your readers will be surely compelled to write in and show off a little. This could be a great fun source of wine education as well! Good thinking Eve. Let’s give it a little test:
I think you don’t have any Alsatian wines… Am I right?
Alsace is located in North East of France, between the Vosges and the Rhine river. All wines planted are white. The grapes in Alsace are: Riesling (23% of Alsace wines), Pinot Blanc (20%), Gewurztraminer (18%), Tokay Pinot Gris (13%), Sylvaner (12%).
The best producers: Albert Mann, Zind Humbrecht, Barmes-Buecher among others. I love Albert Mann’s Riesling and Gewürztraminer. They are semisweet and oh so seductive!
OK, you are on – what wines do you think you have that I don’t?
From Eve to Wine Bordeaux:
No, I don’t have any Alsace in my cellar, I think, at the moment. But I’ve had them! Does that count?
I bet you don’t have the inaugural year of Agua Dulce’s (AD) champagne! I have a list…wait…ok so my husband has it hidden from me…don’t know why…but I know for a fact I have an 1986 Lynch Bages (LB)…the rest I’d have to look up. Gee talking to you is like talking to COC’s Wine Classic wine chair Jeff Jacobson.
From: Wine Bordeaux To: Eve
Very well! See, this was fun for us two – it surely will be fun for your readers. I am sure the idea can be taken bit further, to bring a little of competition into it!
LB 1986 scored well on Parker – 92 pts and it can be a good bottle to open now, and next 10 years. I have large collection of Bordeaux wines, they are my passion.
I didn’t even know AD makes sparkling wines (Champagne only comes from Champagne France)
Oh yes I do know Jeff Jacobson. We are friends. I always assist him pouring wines at the Wine Classic.
From Eve to Wine Bordeaux:
Yes, I know AD’s is a Sparkling, damn!
From: Wine Bordeaux To: Eve
“At TPC we are offering informal wine classes for anyone wishing to sharpen their understanding of wine. These classes are designed to inspire our passion for wine. Come as a couple and explore new wines and regions, or come as a group for a classy and decadent day out with wonderful company, panoramic views and gorgeous surroundings. Better yet, come alone and make new friends who share the same desire. Our classroom and Patio dining overlooks a majestic golf course with studded oak tree and rolling hills.”
February 7th, Wines of France, Part 1, covers Bordeaux, Alsace, Loire Valley and Champagne. February 21 France Part 2 covers Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Languedoc / Roussillon, Jura, Savoie and Jurançon.
March 7th Wines of Italy Part 1 covers Piedmont Friuli Venezia Guilia, Trentino–Alto Adige, Veneto, Valle d’ Aosta, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna. March 21st, Italy Part 2 covers Tuscany, Lombardy, Umbria, Sicily, Sardinia, Puglia, Abruzzo, La Marche and Lazio.
April 11th Wines of Spain Part 1 covers Rioja, Rueda, Galicia, Rias Baixas and Navarra. April 25th Wines of Spain Part 2 will cover Ribera del Duero, Penedez, Priorat, La Mancha and Jerez.
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Prerequisite: Students must be 21 years of age or older to enroll.
2 parts Cabana Cachaça
1 part triple sec
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part cranberry juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with lime.
Cranberry Spice (Created by Dominik Chrzaszcz)
1 oz Domaine de Canton
½ oz Cabernet Sauvignon
½ oz Chambord
2 oz Cranberry juice
Shake well with ice and strain into a martini glass. Use 3 cranberries for garnish on the rim of the glass.
Brazilian Pumpkin (Created by Tim Cooper)
1 ½ oz Cabana Cachaça
½ oz Navan
1 ½ oz Egg Nog
½ oz Spiced Cordial
Heaping spoon of pumpkin purée
Shake and strained into martini glass. Top with grated cinnamon.
Besides the above I asked Wine 101 readers to share some of their favorite Turkey Time cocktails:
Now that’s a silly question for a Wine Proprietor. Phifer Pavitt ‘Datenight’ Cabernet. Cheers,Suzanne Phifer Pavitthttp://www.phiferpavittwine.com/
Our family has long enjoyed Richard’s Red and Cranberry wine during our turkey feasts over the holidays. Both wines are products of Wilson Winery of Modoc, Indiana. Betsy & Roger Donley
Cranberry Margarita recipe 1 ½ oz Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila 1 oz Lime Juice 1 1/2 oz Triple Sec 1 ½ oz Sweet and Sour Mix 2 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Add ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Steve Roth , EMG (Ethnic Marketing Group, Inc),
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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the golf balls and two glasses of wine…
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into open spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everywhere else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.
The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things; your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.””The pebbles are the other things that matter; like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the golf balls or pebbles. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you”.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. Do one more run down the ski slope. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand”.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented.The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend.
“Share this with a friend. I just did.