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My Trip to Italy and New Italian Wines!

The ancient Greeks called Italy Oenotria, the land of wine.

This past May I did something a little different and traveled solo to Italy for a friend’s birthday. After a long trip I was happy to find a cool cafe just a couple blocks away from the train station in Rome and treated myself to a great arugula, speck, and cheese pizza along with some espresso! I read, recharged my electronics and took in the sights.   After a couple of days of sightseeing locally in Pisa and Lucca the wine travels began in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.   First stop was Felsina.  Maybe two hours away.  I did miss much of the landscape as I had no coffee and took my catnaps every time we ugly Americans were on tbe bus.  I told everyone I am spoiled as Tuscany and Columbus look exactly alike.  I carry Felsina wines  and love them.  The  winery is really magnificent and  state of the art.  Closest with such sleek modern architecture to Quintessa.  The wines are very elegant and a great representation of the land.  Of course the reds are stellar and the Chardonnay is one of my favorites ever.  The main house has been undergoing a redo to keep it authentic, this is what the owners use, all else is new.  There is a still a consecrated church where weddings, owners niece, etc occur.  Great spot for a destination wedding!

The tour guide and I, Elena, talked about combining our resources and doing something tour-related.   She is a bit younger, has an art history degree and used to own an art gallery in Florence but with two young girls said the travel was too much.   Always thinking…
We then went to Montepulciano, had a tour and lunch, lovely but bigger production than I carry.  I had the pasta with  hare as I figured I should.   Bit gamey, but when in Rome…
I would really like to return there and to Montalcino, an hour away, with my family.  First stop in Montalcino was amazing, Il Palazzone.  The  Ex CEO of Time Warner owns it .  A Scottish woman, Laura Gray, is the winemaker.  She hired an agriculture expert to run the property and married him!  She has been there sixteen years, and has three red haired, Italian children!    Her wines were incredible and I can get them in Ohio without preordering!   Her olive oil too, awesome.  Gorgeous infinity pool by owners little place, he has no wifi in his!
Mostly sends his most inner helpers, driver, assistant, etc to use it!
Last place in Brunello was huge production.  Again state of the art and Grandma gave the tour. Her kids are younger and there were very little ones running around.  Saw a lot of that in Italy, young working Moms and Grandma as the daily caretaker.  She made a cookie type biscuit only mildly sweet which I am working on figuring amounts for each ingredient.  Red wine, sugar, flour and olive oil.  Stracchettelli maybe? I remember a store made version by stella doro, no comparison,  but similar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A  highlight of my trip was going to Greve in Chianti to Villa Calcinaia.  I have been carrying their wines since their first days in Ohio. Before I went on the trip my distributor contacted Sebastiono, whom I had met here in the states and knew as “The Count”.  After some interesting travels to get to  Greve in Chianti, I met Melanie who runs the wine tasting room and sampled their lovely wines, both those I carry, some new to the states and sadly, some we cannot get here.  Then, I was taken to see the estate and meet up with the Count.  The property is breathtaking with 22 acres planted with more than 50 year old vines.  I think there are thirty other acres planted.  I still do not know what this flower is the Count called it fake Verbena.

I stayed in the cutest hotel, had a phenomenol meal, the pasta was called Pici? Clean plate for me!  The next day, I purchased several different salamis and cheeses before setting out for Florence.  That night, back at Casa Bini we chilled the wine from Villa Calcinaia, both a rose and a red done in an open fermentor and unfiltered.  I never had anything like it! We enjoyed them with the salami and cheese from the heart of Tuscany.  Others made the rest and one of the best dinners of the trip, crespelles with spinach and prosciutto and a big pasta with meatballs and…Tiramisu.   It was a great way to end my memorable trip in Italy. I cannot wait to go back!

White Chocolate: Perfect for Summertime!

With the heat of the summer upon us, here at Sher Bliss we are offering customers a variety of white chocolate-covered wines and treats! White chocolate is the only kind of chocolate that can really stand up to summer scorchers, and paired with a refreshing wine, what more could you ask for! Another benefit of white chocolate is that it contains no caffeine, which means it can be enjoyed even by those who are caffeine sensitive, or kids!

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80% Canella Prosecco and 20% blood orange juice and pulp straight from sultry Sicily. Packed with Vitamin C, low on calories and purely delicious!

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This Senda 66 Tempranillo is a wine with an intense dark purple coloring. The nose is grape, blueberry jam, vanilla and a hint of smoke. A medium bodied, smooth fruit forward wine. Pairs perfectly with our delicious white chocolate!

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And the piece de resistance: a white chocolate-covered Margarita! What could be more perfect than a Margarita, some white chocolate, and kicking your feet up on your back porch in the summer sun!

Not pictured we have another wine that works well with white chocolate for the summer, our Espresso cabernet with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Call 614-428-WINE (9463) to place your order today!

Pelotonia and Sher Bliss Team Up for a Good Cause!

In an effort to support the Pelotonia efforts, Sher-Bliss is collaborating in two different ways to raise money and awareness. The goal, to end cancer, can be achieved with our help and yours!

Your Peloton can host a private party at Sher-Bliss and approximately half of the fee to attend will go to your group!  All budgets are accommodated and menus are customized for you. These are one of a kind wine tasting and chocolate-making classes and 5% of the evening sales go to Pelotonia.

If you are unable to participate in Pelotonia’s bike race, here is another chance to donate! Purchase a dipped gatorade for yourself, your rider, or as party favors and 66% of the proceeds will be donated to Pelotonia and funding cancer research. Chocolate-covered bottles will be $12 each, so don’t hesitate to get a refreshingly sweet drink to support the efforts against cancer!

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This Week: New French Wines, Just In!

This past January, I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic, exclusive barrel wine tasting in Cincinnati, Ohio. This tasting offered a selection of very “Chateauneuf” wines from various villages in the Southern Rhone region of France. I have chosen a few of my favorite wines from this tasting to share with you. This is a very exclusive buy with limited quantities to which I committed. Let us know if you would like us to put a special bottle aside for you!

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  • Domaine Boisson Cotes du Rhone Cairanne Villages Blanc 2010: “Always rich and full-bodied, this wine from the South has mineral undertones.”- winemaker notes. $21.99/bottle.
  • Domaine Boisson Cotes du Rhone 2010: “Identified by pure fruit and a lovely equilibrium. This is a fruity wine, which goes down easily, revealing ripe red fruit flavours of strawberry and cherry, heightened by a touch of liquorice.”- winemakers notes. $14.99/bottle.
  • Domaine Boisson Cotes du  Rhone Cairanne Villages 2010: “Offers copious amounts of strawberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with underbrush/foresty/earthy notes, pepper and spice box.”-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. $21.99/bottle.
  • Domain Olivier Hillaire Cotes-du-Rhone Veilles Vignes 2010: “A pleasant, straightforward, Grenache-dominated wine that is best drunk over the next 2-3 years.”- Robert Parker. $17.99/bottle.
  • Mas de Boislauzon Cotes-du-Rhone Villages 2010: “One of the finest of the area. Lots of plum, balsamic, cassis, and black cherry jam aromas,  followed by a lavishly fruity, silky texture. A winner!”- Robert Parker. $19.99/bottle.
  • Domaine de la Cote de l’Ange Cotes du Rhone 2010: “2010 appears to be this domaine’s strongest vintage since the brillian 2007s!”-Robert Parker. $19.99/bottle.
  • Domaine de la Cote de l’Ange Chatueauneuf-du-Pape 2010: “Exhibits a dark/ruby/purple color as well as deep, dark raspberry fruit intermixed with lavender, incense and camphor notes.”- Robert Parker.  $46.99/bottle.
  • Bosquet des Papes Cotes du Rhone 2010: “80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault- a lovely smooth soft wine for drinking now. “-winemaker notes. $19.99 per bottle.
  • Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Cotes du Rhone 2010: “A real pleasure bomb, with loads of fruit (black cherries and raspberries), the delicious, mid-weight 2010 is everything a wine from the generic appellation should be.”- Robert Parker. $15.99 per bottle.

Call (614) 428- WINE(9463) to place your order today!

Summer Wine Tasting Schedule

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As the weather warms up, so does our tasting room! Between the months of June and August, Sher Bliss will be hosting a number of events just for you! The dates listed are our scheduled events, but don’t forget that our tasting room will be available for private parties as well. Mark your calendars and be sure to make a reservation now to come in and get a little taste of our international wine selection!

Call 428-WINE (9463) to RSVP! Prepaid reservations only.

– Friday, July 13th: Join us for a tasting with Martines wines! This is the first female importer with a fabulous selection, including Ports and still wines of Drew Nierpoort. Begins at 6:30pm and finishes by 8pm! $20 per person.

Friday, July 20th: Come have a small taste of Tuscany! This event includes appetizers and a passport to create your own flight from Felsinz, Coltibuono, and Villa Calinaia’s portfolio’s. Wineries that Cheryl got to tour while recently in Italy! Begins at 6:30 and finishes by 8pm! $25 per person.

Saturday, July 21st: Food and Wine 101. You can’t change the bottle, but you change the food that goes with the bottle. We will show you  how! The event will begin at 6 and will finished by 7:30 pm. $20 per person.

Friday, July 27th: Advanced Chocolate and Wine. Come join us for a chocolate and wine tasting including chocolate rimmed glasses, delicious chocolate fondue, and 4 wine pairings to choose from. You are able to chose from a variety of red, white, and sweet wines. Begins at 7 and we will be done by 8:30pm. $20 per person.

– Friday, August 24th: We have paired up with Dill’s Greenhouse for this one! From two of our favorite wines, we will be sampling some lovely tomatoes paired with various wines. The tomato crops promise to be absolutely fabulous this year, you won’t want to miss this tasting, complete with serving ideas! The event will begin at 6:30pm and finish by 8pm. $20 per person.

Spring Wine Tasting- June 22nd

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Not feeling as “stress-free” as you would have liked this summer? Come join Sher Bliss for a relaxing Wine 101 wine and food tasting June 22nd!  The event will begin at 6:30pm and finish up at 8.

 $20/person.

Call 428-WINE(9463) to RSVP!

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Planning on Hosting a Party?

Sher Bliss Wine & Chocolate and Friendship Circle Columbus are partnering to raise funds and awareness by participating in the NYC marathon this November. We welcome you to host your chocolate-making, wine tasting, or after work gathering at Sher Bliss between May and September 2012 and the cost of your party, exclusive of alcohol, will be a tax deductible contribution to The Friendship Circle. We’ll do the work- you get the tax deduction! Call (614) 428-WINE (9463) for more details!

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Visit this website to learn more about our partner, Friendship Circle Columbus:

http://www.friendscolumbus.com/  


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