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Win a Trip for 2 to Pelee Island’s Winery!

Register to win a trip to Pelee Island for 2 adults!
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Want to visit the winery on Pelee Island? Take a chance and register to win a trip for 2 adults on July 10-12, 2013. The drawing is May 15 so be sure to register before then! Come by between May 1-3 for a preview – sample some Pelee Island wines!

You must have a valid US Passport. Includes accommodations and ferry ride. More details in store. This is one of our favorite wineries; every ecosystem in Canada is represented in this, Canada’s most southern land mass. Pelee Island has one of the longest growing seasons and is one of Canada’s oldest grape-growing regions and is a most unique microclimate. Two German winemakers employ their skilled training and modern technology and get credit for the award-winning, high quality wines produced at the winery today. For more info about Pelee Island, visit their site here.

At Sher Bliss, we stock many of the Pelee wines.  The extremely popular Sweet Merlot and Pinot Grigio belie their names as neither is truly sweet and the Merlot actually finishes dry. The Pinot Grigio is not dull and watery, but light and crisp. For the true wine enthusiast there is a Gamay Noir Zweigelt, an unusual juicy wine with a spicy finish, and two distinctly different Pinot Noirs and a Cab Franc.

Wed, May 1 – Fri, May 3

Come in and sample these wines during regular store hours. Samples priced from $2.50 per two ounce pour.

Call 614-428-9463 for more info.

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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!

Spring Wine Tasting Schedule

As the weather warms up, so does our tasting room! This Spring season, Sher-Bliss will be hosting quite a few events for you. Make a reservation now to come in and enjoy our international wine selection! The dates listed are scheduled events, but don’t forget that our tasting room is available for personal parties as well! Call 428-WINE (9463) to RSVP. Prepaid reservations only

  • March 22 7:30-8:30 Kosher Wine Tasting

 

  • April 3-6 anytime during normal store hours from $1.00 per taste, sample Passover and Easter wines to suit your menu.
  • April 20 Sake! 7-8:30 PM $15 per person with Julia from Vintage.
  • April 27 Orin Swift Superstars…and friends $15 per person; Luke from Vanguard facilitating.
  • April 28 Goose Island Beer Company 4-5:30 PM $15 per person, or 2 for $25 includes chocolate and cheese pairings; meet Sara, our brewery representative.

 

  • May 4 Roses and Barolos, 6-7:30 PM $20 per person, once again believing there is something for everyone! Hosted by Winess LLC.
  • May 10 7-8:30 PM $20 per person; this one is with the amusing and informative Jackie from Glazers for an interactive and educational component tasting. Call it Food & Wine 101!
  • May 24 7-8:30 PM, $15 per person; explore Verdicchio, the white wine that mimics red

 

  • June 1st 7-9:00 PM $15 per person; sample the wines of Oregon.
  • June 15 $15 per person; obscure white wine tasting

#Rockmill Brewery Tasting at Sher Bliss Wine & Chocolate

Matt Barbee of Rockmill BreweryRockmill Brewery tasting with Matt Barbee

Sher-Bliss Wine & Chocolates was so happy to welcome Matthew Barbee of Rockmill Brewery for a sampling of his Belgian-style, Organic ales produced in nearby Lancaster, Ohio.  Guests were charmed by Matt’s undeniable pride and expertise in what he has

accomplished.  Everyone greatly enjoyed the chocolate and cheese paired to each of the four beers.  The combinations were all great, but the standouts were the Italian glaceed lemon peel dipped in white chocolate and a liberal smattering of Himalayan sea salt with the Witbier, the Dubbel paired to white cheddar with milk chocolate shavings and dark almond bark were not surprisingly delicious, and the Tripel with a triple crème bleu was one of those “what’s not to like dah-ling?”

We will do this again, but the suitcase box from Rockmill beautifully displays all four beers and the chocolates can be made and packaged

Chocolate and cheese pairings

Chocolate and cheese pairings

for your at-home pleasure, or gift-giving.

Private events at Sher-Bliss Wine & Chocolates are….sher bliss!

Wine-tasting

What happens at Sher-Bliss stays at Sher-Bliss…unless you tell us otherwise.  This group provided pics so others can learn what fun abounds here!  These ladies had a blast at a winetasting, chocolate-making birthday celebration.  Guests chose four wines paired with chocolates, enjoyed appetizers of chocolate black bean burger sliders, blueberry-sea-salted watermelon and chocolate-dipped fruits.  We then turned them loose with a melter full of tempered dark, Belgian chocolate, dippables, enrobeables and candy molds.  I have been doing this for a long time and this was a talented bunch of chocolatiers.

Organic Wine-Tasting with Tony Coturri

Sher-Bliss Wine & Chocolates was lucky to be one of Tony’s 3 stops while visiting Ohio.  He is a leading personality in organic wine production in this country and produces food-friendly and delicious wines.   The Zin, Merlot and Albarello pair well with chocolate.  For more information visit blisssinabottle.com

Ohio Wine Distributor Loves to Open Bliss in a Bottle, Chocolate Dipped Wine Bottle by Sher-Bliss

Wade Graham, sales manager for Bowling Green Beverage shows everyone how to “undo”  Peter Spann Chard-Viognier featured on blissinabottle.com.


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