Archive for September, 2010

Expanded selection of French, Italian, aromatic whites, and $20 and under, and remerchandising by flavor for your sipping and food pairing ease

     I just read a great article on restaurant wine lists which got me pondering how Sher-Bliss is arranged once again.  While we work with customers in both determining what they like and sharing our knowledge, it would probably be nice to be able to pop in and select from a certain flavor area what you will most enjoy.   Shopping should be fun and you should get to try new things in your desired pricepoint with some assurance they will hit your palate right.  So, with that in mind if an Italian varietal you never heard of was placed in the crisp, or aromatic white section would you be more apt to try it than from the Italian section? Don’t worry….for people who shop for specific Italian wines (Barolos. Brunellos, Amarones, etc), and specific regions in Burgundy and Bordeaux, you can still feel at home since we will have those guys stick together in the ‘old’ Italian section.

     Whatever your taste, want or need is always feel free to ask questions.  Our staff is lucky in that our distributors, and the winemakers and importers they bring to town, afford us a great tasting education, complete with maps with elevations and climate.  We love to share what we have learned and because we get to taste so much wine, we don’t rely upon scores by others.

     As always,  is we want you to feel comfortable trying new wines…if we have your flavor profile figures, you need not fear those Italian varietals you have not heard of…chances are you will fall in love and kick your cab to the curb for a while.  If wine isn’t your thing and you want to indulge your sweet tooth,  you may want to investigate the great ports, banyuls and dessert wines that go perfectly with our signature Belgian chocolates. 

     The end result of this re-do is an expanded selection of Italian reds, Whites from California, Washington, Oregon, Germany and Austria, and both reds and whites from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone.   Many of you are avid cooks and entertain quite a bit, so from a food-pairing point of view the new layout should be more helpful.   The popular $20 and under section will continue to keep tried and true favorites and have new offers.

 

Your thoughts are always welcome!

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Another festive holiday is about to begin. Try Sangr-ukkah, a twist on Sangria, to be enjoyed in a Sukkah!

With the many meals to come as people celebrate Sukkot, we have developed the perfect recipe to please a crowd, celebrate the harvest and it’s actually lighter than many drink options.

1 750ml bottle medium-bodied Kosher red wine, chilled, we suggest Alfasi or Lanzur , both from Chile and priced around $10 per bottle.2 cups Club Soda, chilled1 11-oz can Mandarin oranges in light syrup-drained, syrup reserved.

Grilled fruit (recipe follows)

Ice

Fill glasses with ice.  Pour wine into a pitcher, or punch bowl.  This is pretty, so glass is nice.  Add Club Soda, mandarin oranges and grilled fruit.  Add reserved syrup from oranges to taste and serve.  Makes 8-10 servings.

Grilled Fruit

Fresh pineapple cubes from ½ of a pineapple

2 peaches, sliced

2 apples, sliced

2 pears, sliced

Combine:

¼ cup honey

¼ cup maple syrup

1 Tbl. Cider vinegar

¼ tsp. ea. Cayenne pepper, cumin, and cloves

1 Cinnamon stick.

Marinate fruit for one hour-spray grill pan with cooking spray, and grill fruit over a medium to low heat for approximately 15 minutes, basting and stirring often.

Let cool before adding to rest of the ingredients, can be made a day ahead.

An evening of Wine, Chocolate and Magic this Thursday at Sher-Bliss to benefit Buddy Up a 501 (c) 3 Charitable organization

Reservations are still available for this Thursday’s wine tasting from 7-9pm at Sher-Bliss featuring French wines from Gerard Bertrand Imports.  We welcome Mark Fine to Columbus who will condut his  wonderful portfolio and perform magic.  Guests will also enjoy light appetizers and a chocolate class and will leave with confections they have crafted themselves. 

Buddy Up is commited to the fitness and fun of children and adults with Down Syndrome. To learn more visit their site www.buddyuptennis.com

To RSVP call 614-428-WINE (9463) Cost to attend is $50/pp ($35 pp goes directly to Buddy Up)

New Albany Walking Club Private Label Wines are here at Sher-Bliss just in time for the Walking Classic Sunday, September 12, 2010

100% Napa fruit went into the New Albany Walking Club’s own Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay bottling.  These fine wines are available for purchase today and tomorrow, Saturday September 11, 2010 at the McCoy Centre for the Arts in New Albany and ongoing at Sher-Bliss Wine & Chocolates.  Just $14.99 per bottle and a portion of the proceeds donated to the NAWC.  10% case discounts available.  Also available from dipped in premium Belgian chocolate at http://blissinabottle.com

Zucchini, Ricotta, Figs, Prosciutto and White Chocolate star in This Week News’ Recipe of the Week from Sher-Bliss Wine & Chocolate Shop!

http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/food/stories/2010/09/08/rolled-zucchini.html?sid=104

 

Rolled zucchini.

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Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 zucchini, sliced thin length-wise
  • 2 3 oz. packages, prosciutto
  • 8 oz ricotta
  • 3 Tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp. melted white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup figs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of arugula or spinach

Procedure

Use mandolin to slice or steam zucchini for approx. 4 min to make it easier to work with.

Mix ricotta with lemon zest and quickly stir in melted white chocolate.

Lay zucchini on top of individual pieces of plastic wrap, top with slice of prosciutto, spread up to two tablespoons of ricotta mixture on top. Sprinkle with chopped figs.

Place 2 arugula leaves together on the same short side of zucchini. Roll up and refrigerate so filling becomes firm and easy to slice.

Slice in half when ready to serve and put on platter with arugula leaves facing up.

Serve this delicious appetizer with an aromatic white wine, something crisp and  acidic, but with some weight such as Tangent’s Ecclestone 2007 White Blend.


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