In looking at ideas for blog posts, and never running short when I have built in Facebook subjects to query…this time I asked friends on my “global” wine 101 fan page their thoughts on “traveling the airports with wine”:
DECADENCE, A Festival for all the senses, benefiting children with cancer will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 6pm-9pm at The Patios at Westfield Valencia Town Center in Santa Clarita, California. A joint effort between the All Corked Up wine bar, Bristol Farms, Westfield Valencia Town Center and the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, this will be a sinfully indulgent event.
Two of the greatest pairings known to humans—wine with chocolate and champagne with cheese will be expertly presented to the pleasure of those who come to experience the indulgent flavors, view the unveiling of the long anticipated shopping avenue, listen to melodic sounds of the surprise musical artists—all while helping to support children with cancer.
Restaurants housed at Westfield Valencia Town Center will provide food to complement the evening’s focus fare. Businesses will also be open for the guests shopping pleasure.
Proceeds will provide funding for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has for the last 15 years provided vital practical, emotional and direct financial support to local children diagnosed with cancer and their families, and has funded innovative pediatric cancer research.
Tickets will cost $75 per couple or $40 per person and will be available at All Corked Up, Bristol Farms Valencia, the Westfield Concierge at Westfield Valencia Town Center, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation offices or online at www.mhf.org.
For additional information or to purchase tickets to Decadence, visit the Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s website, www.mhf.org, or call (661) 250-4100.
Event will serve as the grand opening of the new mall expansion, The Patios
Pairing of wine and chocolate, champagne and cheese, Food, Live Music
Come Drink Laphroaig with Brand Ambassador Simon Brooking. And today, Simon has informed us, in addition to the list below, he’s bringing “a few older selections of Ardmore and Laphroaig that have been received extremely well.” Scotch drinkers, you don’t want to miss this fun early evening soiree. Chef Todd Barrie will tantalize your taste buds with delicious morsels perfect for malt sipping! All for the low low cost of $45! Come one, come all.
We’ll be pouring:
Ardmore 12 Year Old – $39.99
Laphroaig 10 Year Old – $35.99
Laphroaig Quarter Cask – $45.99
Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 Year Old – $65.99
Laphroaig 18 Year Old – $159.99
And the Very Difficult to Get…
Laphroaig 25 Year Old – $525.99
Nose: A touch of water releases the multitude of different flavors. The initial sherry sweetness is quickly followed by the time-honored Islay peat tang. After this opening burst of flavor, there is a smooth fruit ripeness that complements the tang of salt in the background.
Body: Rich, round and full.
Palate: The burst of peat that fills the mouth is quickly restrained by a sherry sweetness that slowly develops into spicy apple fruitiness.
Finish: Very long and warming, leaving a distinct tang of Islay.
Consumer Comment: “This whisky makes life worth living”
Special bottle pricing available at the tasting!
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We will only accept reservations by phone (no Email)
Cancellations must be 72 hours prior to event for transfer or refund.
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(Or words to that effect)
That is how Paul Wagner, my instructor, in my Cultural Appreciation of Wine class at Napa Valley College started his lecture.
Actually, he started class by reading a list of names provided by the admissions dept. of Napa Valley College, of students in the class that have yet to pay their lab fees. In fact, it would have been a shorter list had he just read off the names of the students that HAD paid their lab fees. But that is taking this blog in a whole ‘nother direction. Back to the topic at hand. Wine in Movies and Literature.
Here are some quotes of wine from literature:
Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Othello, II. iii. (315)
This bread I break was once the oat,
This wine upon a foreign tree
Plunged in its fruit;
Man in the day or wind at night
Laid the crops low, broke the grape’s joy.
Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
This bread I break
There’s nothing serious in mortality.
All is but toys; renown and grace is dead,
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Macbeth, II. iii. (100)
Days of wine and roses laugh and run away,
Like a child at play.
Johnny Mercer (1909-1976)
Days of Wine and Roses
Give me women, wine and snuff
Until I cry out ‘hold, enough!’
You may do so san objection
Till the day of resurrection;
For bless my beard then aye shall be
My beloved Trinity.
Women, Wine and Snuff
I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret.
John Cleese (Basil Fawlty)
Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.
Death in the Afternoon
These are just a very few of the great quotes of wine in literature. Wine is embedded in our literature. Some of the greatest passages written are built around wine. Consider “A Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. This is definitely worth a read around Halloween. I could just cut and paste the whole thing for you here, acting like I typed it, but I’m sure you, Gentle Reader, would see right through such a charade. So at midnight, when the full moon is evident, click on the following link and read it aloud to an audience in front of a flickering fireplace. Preferably, shine a flashlight up in your face of a bonus spooky effect. The story is about a man who lures a contemporary to his death, with a pipe of Amontillado, which is a variety of sherry that is darker than a fino sherry, but lighter than an oloroso.
Wine is also a leading actor, or at least a co-star, in film.
“Mondovino”. “A Walk in the Clouds”. “Sideways”. These are some of the more well known classics of cinema where wine plays a significant role. And who could forget Tampopo, released in 1985 and directed by Juzo Atami. This Japanese classic was featured in a previous blog I wrote. Trust me, it’s not only a great movie, but it will get all kinds of reactions from an audience.
(Note to self: Play Tampopo while having a blind wine tasting party.)
Another popular movie about wine are “Bottle Shock”. Carlo deVito reviewed the movie and says “Bottle Shock is the story of the Barretts pere’ & fils and their struggles to establish a quality, modern winery in a region that was then most famous for the jug style wines epitomized by Ernest & Julio Gallo and many others in the valley who made dark red sweet wines for wide consumption in that period.”
Think of other movies where wine is a central character. How about just about every James Bond flick? He had champagne flowing out of his ears.
One of my faves is “Silence of the Lambs”. Hanibal Lecter says “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
That’s more my speed.
Lets finish with something really fun.
In class, we listened to a classic reading by John Lithgow. John Lithgow is an incredibly talented actor. I personally think he is great as a serial killer on “Dexter”, which is on Showtime cable. The man can read a line, for sure.
The reading was “Taste”, by Roald Dahl, who also wrote “James and the Giant Peach”.
This is a very enjoyable listen. I suggest a glass of your favorite Claret, some nosh, and several very good friends.
Note to self: Listen to this with a good glass of port, in front of the fireplace, with no one around. But that’s just me.
Anthony Blackburn is a student at Napa Valley College in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department. He is also the Student Sales and Marketing Intern responsible for selling the wines made by the students in the student winery. www.napavalley.edu/winery
Well, Eve missed this one! I turned 40 and she was home with the cooties.
In honor of my birthday, I invited my friends and family to my Westridge home on Friday October 30th for a night of food and fun and, of course, wine. What I didn’t anticipate was that the bartender would custom blend a special drink in my honor, which he called “Carrie’s Birthday Beverage”. It was a grapefruit martini with a champagne floater. It was garnished with a cranberry sugar rim, fresh grapefruit and mint. It was amazing and everyone loved it and I never did drink any wine at my party. I’ve been unable to chase down the recipe, but I got you all the ingredients and I don’t think you can go wrong. So, mix it up!
A progressive dinner presentation was provided by An Affair Extraordinaire and included Butternut Squash Raviolis and Steak Diane over mashed potatoes. My favorite part of the evening and a memory I will cherish forever is when everyone joined together under the full moon and the stars and sang Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” to me. And, now my secret’s out. My name is really Caroline. This was all orchestrated by Jorge and Sandra Lopez, my dear friends from J&M Entertainment who also provided the casino, DJ and lighting for the evening.
About 100 guests showed up to celebrate, play casino games and dance. In lieu of gifts, my friends and family donated about $1500 to The Betty Ferguson Foundation. Marjanne Priest, the founder, Jane Bettencourt-Soto, the executive director, and Tera McHugh, Betty Ferguson’s vice president all joined in the celebration. The funds raised will be used to pay for a new Youth With a Voice Program Director.
Editor’s note (that’s me!) I found http://Dukeontherocks.com gave this recipe:
Pretty in Pink
1.5 oz Ciroc
.5 oz Lillet
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
.75 oz Simple Syrup
Top with Champagne
Served chilled in a sugar rimmed martini glass
Creating the cocktail
Shake all the ingredients (except Champagne) over ice and
strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with crushed pink peppercorns.
The perfect fall getaway awaits you in York County, PA! You’re invited to sip delicious vintages during UnCork York Wine Trail’s NEW event Wine Just Off The Vine event from November 20-22, 2009. The event will be held at 10 participating wineries from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn on the trees and breathtaking landscapes of the Dutch Country Roads region of Pennsylvania! Visit 10 wineries and learn how the winemaking process transpires from the grapes on the vine to the glass on your table! Your $10 ticket gets you exclusive, behind the scenes access to the wineries, a collectible UnCork York Wine Glass, and 10% discount at participating UnCork York wineries. Tickets are available online or can be purchased at participating wineries.
UnCork York also presents the signature Winemakers Dinners. Participating winemakers will provide insight into perfectly pairing wine with a delectable dinner. Local chefs will prepare fabulous dishes and the winemakers will be on hand to discuss why each wine was paired with the chef’s savory dishes.
The year-round UnCork York Wine Trail features 13 wineries in the York, Lancaster, Gettysburg and Harrisburg areas. Traveling the trail you’ll encounter French-style chateaus, sprawling vineyards, boutique tasting rooms and welcoming winemakers. For information on planning your UnCork York getaway, visit www.UnCorkYork.com or call 1-888-858-YORK.
Hi Eve – Hmmmm, idk if I should reveal my secrets. I just use Three Olives Bubble Vodka and seltzer water. Shaker w/ ice and serve. I don’t really even measure. Nothing special, but very yummy. I’ve also mixed w/ Fresca or Sprite. But better w/out the lemon flavor imo. There’s a ton of recipes online for it too. Ok, now I get to go wine tasting with you!!! =)
Chip Hammack Memorial Dinner
with ALL proceeds going to help cover Chip’s medical costs.
@ Upstairs 2
Monday, November 16th, 2009
Reception: 7:00 PM
Dinner: 7:30 PM
$200.00 All Inclusive
Payment by Cash or Check payable to Natasha Detmer
(Night of the event please)
Chip was one of the best of the best. An employee of the Wine House for over 10 years, Chip went on to a very successful carreer with K&L. We all remember him for his intelligence, warmth, and tremendous enthusiasm for wine, jazz, literature, intelligent talk, in fact for all of life. All of his many friends will miss him terribly. Join us for a multi-course meal featuring some of Chip’s favorite wines Paired with a special menu from Chef Todd Barrie.
Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Mumm De Cramant
Artisan Breads, Butter, Tapenade
Broiled Lobster Tails
White Truffle Honey Butter
1999 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet
Grilled Veal Chops
“Herbs of Provence”
Autumn Vegetable Ratatouille
2005 Fleur Cardinale
Pan Seared Filet Mignon
Sugar Snap Peas, Duck Fat Potatoes
Chanterelle Mushroom Sauce
Chocolate Ganache Torte
Call The Wine House
310-479-3731, Ext. 0 (Order Desk)
Payment by Check payable to Natasha Detmer or Cash, Night of the event please.
The 23rd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles brings together L.A.’s top tastemakers for an afternoon of food, wine, music and auctions to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. GCLA draws more than 500 people each year, and has raised more than $4.5 million for the foundation since its inception in 1987. The recently introduced “Go Green, Go Organic” theme promotes eco-conscious living and sustainability, utilizing organic foodstuffs and eco-friendly products throughout the festivities.
George & Ann Lopez
National Kidney Foundation spokesman George Lopez, a kidney disease survivor, and his wife and kidney donor Ann Lopez, will host the afternoon’s festivities as Honorary Chairs. “Usually I don’t eat, but when I eat, I eat GREEN!” quips George Lopez. The actor/comedian will host Great Chefs just a day before the premiere of his late night show “Lopez Tonight,” premiering on Nov. 9 at 11/10c on TBS.
The Great Chefs of LA “green carpet” will feature such celebrities as Andy Garcia, Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli, Amy Garcia, Paul Stanley, Deana Carter, Mark Rolston, Brook Burns and Jeff Davis. Other expected stars include Jane Lynch, Mark Sulling and Josh Sussman from Fox’s hit “Glee,” as well as Nicholas Braun and Kyle Kaplan from ABC’s “10 Things I Hate about You.” More than 650 supporters of the NKFSC and charitable foodies will also be in attendance.
Chefs of Honor Neal Fraser (Grace, BLD) and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill, Ciudad) lead a stellar lineup of top toques from Los Angeles. The Chefs of Honor will present awards to their fellow participating chefs to spotlight the use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Hostess Chef Candice Kumai, The Stiletto Chef of TLC’s “Cook Yourself Thin,” will serve as emcee for the event and auction.
Featured chefs include:
• Adam Horton, Saddlepeak Lodge
• Akasha Richmond, Akasha
• Andrea Cavaliere, Cecconi’s
• Benjamin Ford, Ford’s Filling Station
• Bob Lynn, La Grande Orange
• Brain Moyers, BLT Steak
• Calogero Drago, Celestino Ristorante & Panzanella
• Celestino Drago, Drago Restaurant, Enoteca Drago, Il Pastaio, Drago Centro
• Chris Moran, Events D’Elegance
• David Linville, Charlie’s Malibu
• Frank Leon, LaLoggia Ristorante & Bokado
• Keven Alan Lee, EAST Restaurant & Lounge
• Giacomino Drago, Il Pastaio
• Govind Armstrong, 8 oz.
• Jason Johnston, Dakota
• Jesse Perez, Fuego at Hotel Maya
• Jimmy Shaw, Loteria Grill
• Joachim Weritz, Moonshadows
• Jonathan Burrows, Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs
• Jorge Chicas, The Bazaar – SLS Hotel
• Josie Le Balch, Josie Restaurant
• Margarito Cid, Harry’s Oklahoma Style Smokehouse BBQ
• Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger, Border Grill & Ciudad Restaurants
• Michael Fiorelli, mar’sel
• Neal Fraser, Grace & BLD
• Paolo Sicuro, Via Alloro
• Roberto Maggioni, Lago
• Sam Marvin & Christopher Goossen, Bottega Louie Restaurant & Gourmet Market
• Simon Dolinky, BLVD 16 at Hotel Palomar
• Steven Fretz, XIV
• Tanino Drago, Tanino Ristorante & Panzanella Ristorante
• Yoji Tajima, SHU – Sushi House Unico
• Leyna’s Kitchen
• Barone Fine Winery
• Buttonwood Farm Winery
• Crossings, New Zealand
• Duckhorn Wine Company
• Frank Family Vineyards
• Golden State Wine Co.
• Grgich Hills Estate
• Jaffe Estate Wine
• Jack Wines
• Jocelyn Lonen Winery
• Kunde Estate Winery
• L’Aventure Winery
• Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
• Loring Wine Co.
• Quinta do Castro
• Regal Wine Co.
• Sterling Organics
• Trefethen Family Vineyards
• Vega Sicilia
• Villa Franttina
• Remy Cointreau USA
• Charles Heidsieck
• VeeV Açai Spirit
• Tequila Ocho
• RIGHT Gin
• Budweiser American Ale
• Bud Light Wheat
• Fireman’s Brew
• Leffe Blonde
• Michelob Ultra Light
• Michelob Amber Bock
• Shock Top Belgian White
• Stella Artois
• IZZE Beverage Company
• Lupicia Fresh Tea
• POM Wonderful
• Weaver’s Coffee & Tea
944 and Get Hip Get Green, an eco-conscious leader in producing stylish reusable bags, totes and water bottles, sponsor the GCLA “944 Get Hip Get Green” Lounge, outfitted with environmentally friendly lounge furniture provided by Girari Sustainable Furnishing. VeeV Açai Spirit, a leading distiller in promoting social responsibility in the beverage industry, will pour cocktails at the “Go Green Go Organic” Spirits Bar. Guests will use biodegradable utensils by Sysco’s Eco Company line.
Guests will receive Get Hip Get Green’s reusable gift totes stuffed with $250 worth of goodies from leading green and eco-friendly companies, including LaRocca Skincare, Healing Skin, Utter Cream, Eco-Panda, Herbal Water, Nelson J Salon, Alterna, OPI, Explorer’s Bounty, Celtic Sea Salt, Edward & Sons Trading Co., Pop Chips, Robert’s American Gourmet and Little Laura’s Sweets, among many others. Signed copies of Skinny Bastard, the latest book by Skinny Bitch authors Kim Barnouin and Rory Freedman, will also be included in the gift bags.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
12 to 3:30 p.m.
CBS Studio Center (map)
4024 Radford Dr.
Studio City, CA 91604
Featured items for this year’s live auction include a Maurice Lacroix Limited Edition 999 Watch, a private dinner party courtesy of Neal Fraser paired with wine from Frank Family Vineyards, a Border Grill Truck Party for 25, a La Loggia party for 25, two round-trip business class tickets on American Airlines to one of their European destinations, and a five-night stay at Aurelio-Lech, a brand new luxury ski lodge in Austria. The silent auction will include items such as a sports memorabilia, travel packages to international destinations and numerous wine and spirits packages.
FOR: NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION
OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Hey Folks – It’s another chance for a Fraschilla Family OTBN dinner. One of the few times my son in law was in town and not fighting fires we all had a chance to watch the Yanks and Angels go at it for Baseball’s ALC. Of course we were pulling for the Angels, but no matter what the outcome we knew the dinner, wine, and company would still make for a great evening…
So the night started with a mixed green and veggie salad topped with pancetta, feta, and a light raspberry balsamic dressing. We paired that with 2 nice starters of Estancia Pinot Grigio and Barrel 27 High On The Hog Viognier. The PG was crisp but loaded with nice citrus notes – Not sweet but with a rich fruit component not seen in most PG wines. The Barrel 27 was a lush monster Viognier. Often decadent Viogniers can seem flat or flabby on the finish but this was NOT one of those Viogniers! For the money (under $20) I think this is one of the best Viogniers you can find.
We moved on to our dinner of an American classic of NY Steaks Mesquite grilled medium rare to medium and topped with a peppercorn and red curry sauce. We paired the steaks with a side of roasted Asparagus topped by a dash of citrus cilantro cream sauce. With big red meat we looked for big red wine and we found some good stuff! We opened a 1997 Kenwood Artist Series Cab. Now in the past I have had mixed results from the 97 Cabs I have tried. Once declared the best vintage of the last 25 years many of the wines I tried have not impressed me as they passed 5 years and reached towards their 10 year mark.
My trepidation turned to joy however when we opened this 97 Cab. We were overjoyed to discover that the Kenwood Artist series is standing up beautifully! Rich with dark fruit and full of life this wine still has years left to age. The 2 bottles of the Kenwood 97 also showed better as they spent more time in the glass. I kept saying to myself – This is what a well aged Cab should drink like! Yes the Angels did blow the game for use but it still was another great dinner and wine shared with family – If only every night could be so special…
For those that care I still have this 97 Kenwood Cab left included as part of a 3-year vertical of 96 97 and 98 Cabs. Contact me for pricing. You do not have to wait years to enjoy these great Cabs. they are at their peak and will be all you will want from and aged Cab for at least the next year or two.
So now the question is: When is, and what the hell are you opening at your OTBN dinner???
All the best and remember
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