Archive for May, 2010

May is the new September, but some enjoyed a nite of wine + chocolate they will surely remember!

In terms of busy calendars, I believe May does rival September.   Just sixteen happy people attended the tasting with Sonoma winemaker Fred Scherrer.  It was some evening;  informative, full of laughs, great food and beautiful wines.   The roots of this company are in chocolate, so all of the savory food had chocolate in it and was paired to the wines.  It may sound unusual, but it works!   We all loved the 2007 Sonoma Chard, very Meursault-like and extremely ageable.  This was paired with a lemon-zest and white chocolate ricotta spread in zucchini and prosciutto roulades.  Next was the 2004 Alexander Valley Zin, I have never been instructed to sample a Zin before the Pinots, so I was curious about this.  The wine was plummy, not jammy, no burn from high alcohol, but soft, not a spicy Zin. The winemaker knows best!   It was wonderful.  The two Pinots-both 06, one Russian River and one Sonoma again were very different from one another.  The Russian River sold out, Fred was signing bottles as keepsakes and this one went fast.  While the Sonoma was slighly earthy and lighter, and a great food wine, the RR is full-bodied packed with red and dark fruits and elegant.  These and the 05 Alexander Valley Cab more-or-less went with the rest of the chocolate-infused food.  The spicy-black bean burgers are mellowed by the addition of Belgian milk chocolate and a drop of sour cream and chunk of avocado.  Chocolate-glazed pork roast with cayenne and paprika is always a hit and actually, the unstuffed, stuffed mushrooms just had cream, red wine, parmesan cheese and pine nuts and went with the earthier Pinot nicely.  As always, hand-dipped strawberries and Bunches of Bliss (dark chocolate-covered grapes) were the finale. 

The  essence of the Scherrer family philosophy of taking great care of great fruit from stellar vineyards comes across when one samples these wines.  They are hand-crafted beauties.  Not only did we have fun, but from ticket sales alone the event generated $455 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends which benefits pediatric cancer research.  If you would like to help COF’s  visit http://NationwideChildrens.org/CircleofFriends    The 8th annual 5K Run for the Rainbow is on Friday June 18, 2010 and infromation is available on the site.

This was Fred’s first time in Ohio and he said he had a blast and is coming back!

What are you serving on Mother’s Day? Fine wine ideas to enhance your meal!

It is a pleasure to help people find the perfect gift, or to help plan, or tweak a menu for this upcoming and very important holiday!  In the gift category, we have seen lots of orders for dipped strawberries, bananas and bunches of bliss (grapes in dark chocolate), beautiful gift baskets and Mommy’s Time Out wines dipped in chocolate from http://blissinabottle.com.  Local and UPS Saturday delivery  are still options for getting a gift delivered. 

Many people are making  dinner at home and  all of us here enjoy helping pair wines to your menu.  We have been afforded some great in-store tastings by our distributors and once again have exciting new wines  to tell you about.   I have been accused of having wine ADD.  That isn’t entirely true, I just think that it is nice to mix it up and if you tend to stick to one varietal, my advice is that you try a new one from another region, or country.  This is particularly possible in both Sher-Bliss’ under $20 selections and in the Italian department where things change regularly.  I have been enjoying Italian whites with just about everything, the weather has been incredible and using seasonal ingredients and preparing food lightly, everything seems to work with these wines.  Two new ones are from Rio Maggio, a white with peaches and almonds and a full-bodied creamy texture and Rosso Piceno which is half Sangiovese and half Montepulciano.  The red is full-bodied, slightly earthy and spicy, but  with lots of berries, so I think this is one most red-wine drinkers would like.  My easy menu suggestion for these two-some grilled vegetables, cheese and smoked fish to start and then grill steaks and serve with a salad of hearts of palm, tomatoes, arugula and avocado.  Just the other day we sampled La Craie 2007 Vouvray and Domaine du Manor 2008 Muscadet with a tin of smoked oysters.  Talk about being momentarily transported (out of a strip mall).  These are both great wines with fish and shellfish.  I probably have to tell my family to read my blog as I  would be happy with any of the above, or picking up appetizers from Kihachi and enjoying the Nigl Sekt, a delicious sparkling of Gruner and Chardonnay. 

That’s my pairing, what is yours?

This #Mother’s Day, give #Mom the much needed time out that she deserves with #Wine + #Chocolate http://blissinabottle.com

If you are looking for that perfect gift for Mom, we have your ticket to success.  Mommy’s Time Out, has a red and a white wine under this label.  It is meant for Mom to enjoy.

Mommy’s Time Out White

The White is Garganega & Pinot Grigio. Delicate and fruity made from grapes harvested in the Delle Venezie region of northeastern Italy.  You can pair this wine with chicken and fish dishes, or simply sip it by itself.

Mommy’s Time Out Red

The Red is made from Primitivo grapes harvested in the Puglia region of Italy. This wine has fruity raspberry notes and hint of spice. This wine pairs well with light meats and full flavored pasta dishes.  Both wines are fresh, fruity and well-balanced and great for Mom’s deserved time out.

We’ve made Mommy’s Time Out even better at http://blissinabottle.com  where the bottle is dipped in the finest Belgian chocolate.

The price for this amazing gift is just $25.99 with an additional $16.00* flat rate for shipping within the continental U.S.

Give Mom a gift this Mother’s Day that you know she will enjoy.  The wine is great, the chocolate is perfect, and the name is too good to pass up.

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