- July 2nd Tour de France wine flight ~ 5 wines, includes an appetizer for 1 & a dessert for 1.
- July 5th Nici Henderson, regional manager for Michael David Wines we are pouring 6 wines with cheese and fruit.
- July 9 Spanish Fiesta wine flight ~ 5 wines, includes an appetizer for 1 & dessert.
- July 13 Summer Wines Tasting ~ cheese & fruit
- July 16 Beautiful Blends Wine Flight ~includes appetizer & dessert for 1
- July 20 Blind Tasting cheese & fruit various snacks.
- July 23 Joyce's picks Wine Flight appetizer & dessert for 1 included.
- July 27 Party Pleasers wine tasting snacks served.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen, NY, bills itself as being “on the cutting edge of tradition.” Its history dates back to the 1950s when the Stamps family purchased on farm on Seneca Lake and began commercial grape production. Today the winery has 75 acres of vineyards including vinifera, French-American hybrids and native labrusca. Lakewood produces fine quality wines that have caught the attention of national wine experts as well as wines for playful sipping on the patio.
During our previous two trips to the Finger Lakes, we had missed Lakewood. This was due in part of poor time management – it’s easy to lose track of time in the many tasting rooms. We had a quick trip to Rhinebeck, NY, and on the way back made a short detour to Seneca Lake. Our first stop was Lakewood. It was a great choice.
The sky was bright and blue with the sun gleaming down on the beautiful winery grounds, which features picnic tables with picturesque views of Seneca. We stepped inside to a bustling tasting room with a long tasting bar that seemed to go on forever.
Next up was the 2008 Dry Riesling. The Finger Lakes is known for its spectacular Riesling and we couldn't wait to sample Lakewood’s well-regarded version. It didn’t disappoint. The aroma of limes wafted from the glass. The flavors are bright with fruit undertones and a crisp finish. This was our favorite white and we purchased a bottle of this.
The Long Stem White 2008 is a blend of Cayuga and Vidal Blanc. At under $8, it is intended as a casual white sipper. It’s perfectly good in that role, but is a bit of a clunker compared to the more elegant wines like the Pinot Gris or Dry Riesling.
We rounded out our tasting of white wines with the 2007 Gewürztraminer. This is a well balanced, mellow Gerwurz that was named as a top wine pick by the New York Times. The floral notes accent the wine, but do not overwhelm. A very nice food wine.
Leading off for the reds was the 2008 Crystallus. Tasting Team members Wine Chick and Sax Man turned us on to this great wine blend of Lemberger (84%), Pinot Noir (8%) and Cabernet Franc (8%). This has a great jammy bouquet and an earthy finish with a dash of pepper. This is a winner at just under $17.
The Long Stem Red is an interesting blend of four French-American hybrids.This is worth a whirl at only $8.99.
Our favorite red was the 2008 Cabernet Franc. It has a heady aroma of blackberry, tea and green pepper. It has smoky flavor notes with dark berry traces. Green Dragon said she got the flavor of asparagus. (I cut her off the wine samples after that.) Seriously, this was a great wine and we bagged a bottle before we left.
Lakewood is a great wine experience, blending scenic lake vistas and friendly, professional staff serving memorable wine.
- Riesling Rocks Finger Lakes Wine Country In April and May (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
- Celebrating Riesling Month: Dr. L Prevails In Blind Tasting (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
- Influence Wines 2010 Riesling (lenndevours.com)
- Hahn Pinot Gris 2009 (wineloversofwestlake.wordpress.com)
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, scheduled August 5 and 6 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, is the premier wine event in Ohio. The event showcases Ohio wineries and is packed with entertainment, gourmet food, crafts, exhibits and – did we mention wine?
To help us celebrate Ohio Wine Month, Toledo Wines and Vines and the Ohio Wine Producers Association are offering you a very special discount on tickets. By ordering your tickets by using a special promotional code, you can purchase your tickets for $19 instead of the regular advance ticket price of $25 or the $27 price at the gate.
To take advantage of this deal, order your tickets here. In the information box, type in this special discount code: TWV2011.
This is fun in the sun at its best. Unwind and uncork at Vintage Ohio 2011.
- Time To Celebrate: June is Ohio Wine Month (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
- History of Lake Erie Wineries Told in New Book (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
- 2008 South River Vineyard Trinity, Grand River Valley (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Image of Michael Pozzan Winery via Snooth
The Andersons, Talmadge Road. Wine Tasting. 6-8 PM. Wines you have never had, but should know. 1. El Coto Rose, 2. Quinta das Maias Branco, 3. Crios Torrontes, 4. Venta Morales Tempranillo, 5. Dandelion Shiraz, 6. Sotorrondero, 7. Matloch Ames Bell Mountain Ranch Red, 8. Soil to Soul Riesling. Nominal fee per sample.
Corks Wine and Liquor, Promenade Plaza, 27250 Crossroads Pkwy., Rossford – (419) 872-6800. 6-9 PM. Super Funtime Blind Wine Tasting Extravaganza. These are my favorite tastings! They are so fun, action-packed, and extremely educational! Let's see what you're made of! Six wines, six guesses, and a heckuva of a good time.
Friday, July 1
The Andersons, Woodville Mall. 1-3 PM. Saturday wine tasting: The Best Way to Learn About Wine is to Taste It. We kick off the 4th of July weekend with some tasty American wines, perfect for sipping or as a terrific accompaniment to grilled foods. We finish with a lightly sweet wine from Ohio’s own Breitenbach winery. 1. Menage Rose, 2. Joel Gott Chardonnay, 3. Michael Pozzan Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 4. Breitenbach Blueberry Wine. $3.00 per flight or nominal fee per sample.
Walt Churchill's Market, 26625 Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg, (419) 872-6900. 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Nominal fee per sample or by the flight.
AREA WINE BARS
- Tres Belle Wine and Martini Lounge, (419) 874-4555, 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg (Levis Commons).
- Vino 100 Wine Bar & Restaurant, (419) 866-8466, Promenade West, 3355 Briarfield Blvd, Suite C, Maumee.
- Zinful Wine Bar & Restaurant, (419) 878-9463, 7541 Dutch Road, Waterville.
- Influence Wines 2010 Riesling (lenndevours.com)
- Looking For A Great Ohio Wine? Try These Winners (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
- Ohio Wineries Earn The Ohio Quality Wine Designation (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Image of Venge Vineyards via Snooth
Nils Venge, legendary winemaker from Napa Valley, will be the guest of honor at a special wine event at TREO, 5703 Main St., Sylvania, (419) 882-2266. The event is scheduled Wednesday, July 13, beginning at 6:00 PM.
Venge is the only American winery ever to receive a perfect 100 score from Robert Parker for his 1985 Reserve Cabernet.
The gala evening starts at 6PM with cocktails and appetizers, followed immediately by a four-course dinner paired with four of Venge's outstanding wines. See below for details about the entrées.
For wine enthusiasts, this is a perfect opportunity to spend an evening with one of California's most distinguished winemakers, Tickets are $160 per person. The event is black tie optional. To RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-882-2266.
Venge Wine Dinner Menu
Poached Salmon: Chilled North Atlantic Salmon poached in White Wine and Herbs; served over bitter greens with Salmon Roe, Onions, Capers and Hard-Boiled Eggs
Beef Carpaccio: Prime Cut Beef Tenderloin sliced thin, accompanied by fresh Arugula, drizzled with White Balsamic Vinaigrette and served with Capers and Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Curried Seafood: Lobster, Sea Scallops, Fresh Halibut and Jumbo Shrimp simmered with traditional Indian spices, Roma tomatoes and a hint of Coconut Milk; served with Basmati Rice
Roasted Veal Medallions: Herb Rubbed Veal Medallions Roasted with Garlic & Vegetables, accompanied by a reduction of Balsamic Vinegars; served with Pommes d'Auphinois and Grilled Asparagus
Monday, June 27, 2011
The Culinary Institute of America and Markham Vineyards have paired up to introduce a new line-up of wines to compliment the many different flavors and cuisines of today. Markham and CIA are Napa Valley icons that date back to the late 1800’s.
Markham is the fourth oldest continuously operated winery in Napa Valley and Greystone was constructed in 1889 as a cooperative winery and cellar. Since 1995, Greystone’s stone building has served as the West Coast campus for the CIA.
We were happy to get our hands on a just released bottle of the 2010 Greystone Cellars Chardonnay. Tasting team members Wine Chick and Sax Man logged the following report.
We just shared a wonderful 2010 Chardonnay from Greystone Cellars in California. It is a pale gold color, tart caramel apple nose, and has some minerality with notes of green apple and pear. Not too oaky for those who like steel-barreled but smooth and crisp. We paired it with lobster and crab legs -- a great dinner! I believe it would be nice with any shellfish or mild fish, or just as a good drinking wine.
The Greystone Cellars label also offers a a Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, both 2009 vintages. The retail price is a very wallet-friendly $10.99 and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the wines will benefit The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, which is a not-for-profit college turning out some of the top chefs in the country.
Check out the crazy looking corkscrew on the label!
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a free sample.
- Niagara's Search for Cold Climate Chardonnay Mastery (toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com)
- Loving Unoaked Chardonnay (hvwinegoddess.blogspot.com)
- 2008 Fisher Vineyards Unity Chardonnay (blogwinecellar.com)