Columbus Summer Wine Festival, August 24


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Chateau Tebeau to participate in August wine festival

The 2019 Columbus Summer Wine Festival takes place Saturday, August 24 at the Columbus Commons. It is important to note that this event will benefit CD102.5 for the Kids, a children’s charity.

The wine festival includes a number of features including food trucks, artisan exhibits, live music and specialty food times.

The wineries featured at the Columbus Summer Wine Festival will include: Camelot Cellars, Susec Chalet & Winery, Via Vecchia Winery, The Winery at Versailles, Herrenhaus Elflien, Wishmaker House Winery, Uprising Meadowworks, Lincoln Way Vineyards, Dutch Creek Winery, Buckeye Winery, Bent Ladder, Plum Run Winery, Chateau Tebeau Vineyard & Winery, Its Your Winery, Old Mason Winery, Alexandre Lamone Wine, Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery, Gillig Winery, WeinBau Elflein, Vinberige Vineyard

Tickets are available online.

Cheers!
Kathy

Tips and Hints for Summer Wines


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With the heat and humidity settling in on the mid-Atlantic region during July, it’s time to consider the possible wine options. Consider the tips listed below for your summer wine selections.

  • Low alcohol wines are preferable during the heat.
  • If you are choosing a white wine to pair with a summer salad try to stay away from heavily oaked wines.
  • Rosés with their beautiful pink color often have fruity notes of red raspberries or strawberries. Rosé wines can be especially delightful during the warm summer months.
  • Red wine lovers may enjoy Pinot Noir wines.
  • Want to keep your wines cool while enjoying them in a glass? Freeze grapes, pitted cherries, red raspberries or peach slices. Add the appropriate fruit to your wine glass.
  • Traveling with wine? During hot weather do not keep wine in your car. Temperatures of cars can get exceedingly hot and the wine you treasure will be …

Annual New York City Wine & Food Festival


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NYCWFF takes place in October!

The New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) takes place each October. The 2019 NYCWFF is scheduled for Thursday, October 10 thru Sunday October 13. This fun festival benefits No Kid Hungary and the Food Bank for New York City with 100 percent of the net proceeds helping the two charity organizations.

The NYCWFF consists of numerous events in New York including:  pier parties, intimate dinners, culinary demonstrations, brunches, lunches, fitness, hands-on classes and more.

For the 2019 NYCWFF new events have been added to the array of fun. Look for Elvis Duran’s Taste of New York, A Night at José Andrés’ Mercado Little Spain, Fit & Feast, Macaron Master Class, Dumplings Around the World, Master Class with Sullivan Street Bakery, D?, Cookie Dough Confections Master Class,  Oktoberfest, Titans of BBQ, Goldbelly Sweets ’n Beats, Tiki Showdown, Pie Master Class, …

Events at Selected Wineries from July 11 – 17, 2019


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Orfila Vineyards and Winery in California

Check out these events at selected wineries in various states. The events are scheduled to take place between today, July 11 and Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Visiting wineries or attending an event at a winery can be a very enjoyable experience. Whether your interest involves music, trivia, succulent plants, or comedy, you are likely to discover an event you will like.

Cheers!
Kathy

Thursday, July 11

Orfila Vineyards and Winery, California
Event: Trivia Night
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Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery in Virginia

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Virginia
Event: Ladies Night
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The Winery at Perennial Vineyards, Ohio
Event: Live Music
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Friday, July 12

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland
Event: Friday Night, Wine Night
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Orfila Vineyards and Winery, California
Event: Tunes on the Terrace
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Painted Stave Distilling, Delaware
Event: S’mores Night
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Potomac Point Vineyard & …

Slow Food Nations Festival in Denver


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Denver, Colorado is the site of the large Slow Food Nations festival  taking place July 19-21, 2019. The theme for this year’s festival is Tradition Meets Innovation. The festival opens on July 19 with the Leader Summit and opening party. On July 20 and 21, Larimer Square in Denver is the location for the festival and the celebration continues with a Taste Marketplace, cooking demos, workshops, family pavilion and interactive food fun.

The Slow Food Nations Festival, which began in 2017, will include talks, workshops, tastings and special events.  Chefs and farmers will be among the many speakers.

According to the info on the Slow Food Nations website, “Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes …

A Fun, Summer Wine Tour in Utah


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If you plan on traveling in Utah this summer, discover this unusual wine tasting tour with a bit of history. On Thursdays from July 11 thru August 29, 2019, wine enthusiasts can enjoy a very special wine tour, “Mines & Wines Tour.”

Mines & Wines Deer Valley VIP Tours are offered by the Fox School of Wine in Utah. The tour is three hours long. The price tag of $247 includes round trip transportation from The Lodges at Deer Valley.

The tour is described as starting at The Lodges at Deer Valleys Brass Tag restaurant that will offer information about the feud that was the impetus for starting mining in Park City. Afterwards a limobus takes participants to the Ontario Mine, Miner’s Hospital, First National Bank on Main Street, Silver King Consolidated HQ and the Red Light District.

The tour includes:

  • Vintage sparkling wine from Carneros, California
  • Premiere Cru …

Enjoy 4th of July Weekend at a Winery


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Three Northern Virginia wineries are celebrating July 4th weekend with the Trifecta event. For the four-day holiday weekend, Pearmund Cellars, Vint Hill Craft Winery and Effingham Manor and Winery will be offering Trifecta. When visitors stop at one of the above wineries, they can purchase a pass for tastings for $20 that is good at all three wineries from July 4 through Sunday, July 7. At the final winery, participants will receive a souvenir wine glass.

According to a recent email from Pearmund Cellars, “Adding to the fun; the availability of the RED, AND BLUE MAKES GOLD three pack, featuring a recent Gold Medal Winning wine from each winery.”

Pearmund Cellars

At the Pearmund Cellars winery, visitors will receive hot dogs and burgers – while supplies last! Donations are requested for the Fauquier SPCA.

Effingham Manor in Virginia

Locations:

All three of these wineries are within the Washington metropolitan …

Save the Dates: August 2 -3 and July 31 for Ohio Wines


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Vineyards in Ohio

The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival takes place August 2 & 3, 2019 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio. In 2019, the Ohio Wine Producers Association is celebrating the 25th year of the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

The festival includes wines from around the state, restaurant vendors, food trucks, crafts, artisans, wines from around the state, performing arts, live music and entertainment for children.

Several types of tickets are available:

Adult Sampler in Advance: $32
AdultSampler at the Gate: $37
Two-day Sampler: $47
Designated Driver: $14
Child (under 18) $3
Child under 3) Free

Tickets for the festival are available online.    

25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner – July 31, 2019   

On July 31, two days prior to the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, a special 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner takes place on Festival Field.  The dinner will recognized some of the best wines …

A Special Winegrowers Festival in Switzerland


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Switzerland is not particularly well known for winemaking. Perhaps one reason may be that most of the Swiss wine is enjoyed within the country rather than being exported outside of the country. Smaller vineyard acreage is also undoubtedly a reason.

Wine enthusiasts might enjoy discovering the Fête des Vignerons, a celebration of winegrowers in Switzerland, that occurs only once every generation or about every 20 years. The most recent festival was in 1999. The next festival takes place this summer in 2019 over a three week period. This year the Fête des Vignerons runs from July 18 to August 11. Tickets for the Fête des Vignerons are available online.

According to the Fête des Vignerons’ website, this special festival “is the first living Swiss tradition to have been recognized by UNESCO.” In 2016 the Fête des Vignerons was added to UNESCO’s  Representative List of the Intangible Cultural …

Tasting of Madrid DO Wines in Washington, DC


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Last week we attended the Vinos de Madrid DO wine tasting held at the Barcelona Wine Bar in Washington, DC. The seminar presentation was informative the presenter was enthusiastic about the red and white wines produced in the Madrid region. The descriptive wine seminar was followed by more wine tasting served with an array of tapas. Below is a pictorial description of the wine tasting event. For more information about the Vinos de Madrid DO wine tasting, check out Terry’s blog, Vinos de Madrid Open Tasting in Washington DC.

The combination of a seminar, wine tasting, and food bites made the Vinos de Madrid wine tasting a successful event for attendees and the wine producers.

Cheers,
Kathy

Vinos de Madrid DO Wine Seminar

 

Vinos de Madrid wines at Washington, DC tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few of the Madrid DO Wines

La Pájara

Valdovin

El Regajal

20th Anniversary of Taste for Life


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The 20th Anniversary of Taste for Life takes place on June 23, 2019 at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino.

Toast an end to cancer while enjoying fine cuisine and wine.

This year’s special event includes live and silent auctions and live entertainment. The Taste of Life event will offer a variety of fun things including: the Secret Society Band, magician William Gross, Mystery Wine Pull and TapSnap Photo Booth. Mixolo will also be available.

If you cannot attend this year’s event, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society online.

Tickets for the June 23 event, are $85 for general admission and $150 for a VIP ticket. The “VIP Ticket includes exclusive pre-event with premium wine and light fare, held at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Horseshoe Casino from 1:00 – 2:00P.M.” Tickets are available online.

Cheers!
Kathy

Save the Date: August 17, 2019 for Kegs and Corks Fest


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Bordeleau will attend Kegs and Corks Fest

The 8th Annual Kegs and Corks Fest, a festival of craft beer and Maryland wine takes place on August 17, 2019 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. 

The Kegs and Corks Fest will benefit the Special Olympics Maryland program that helps those with intellectual disabilities. Check out the Special Olympics Maryland website.

In attendance will be 15 Maryland wineries and 14 craft breweries. In addition 70 vendors are expected. 

Wineries Participating in Kegs and Corks Fest:

Janemark Winery & Vineyard
St. Michaels Winery
Great Frogs
Boordy Vineyards
The Urban Winery
The Winery at Olney
Knob Hall Winery
Linganore Wine Cellars
Dragonfly Vineyard & Winery
Far Eastern Shore Winery
Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery
Cove Point Winery
Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery
Great Shoals
il Dolce Winery

Breweries Attending the Festival:

Blue Point Brewing Company
Elysian Brewing
Kona Brewing Co.
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White Wines at the Top Italian Wines Road Show in Washington, DC


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Gambero Rosso wine tasting in Washington, DC

Earlier this week, June 3, 2019, Terry and I attended the Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Road Show in Washington, DC. In an earlier blog, Terry wrote about the event and described many of the red wines we tasted. The following is a brief description of the white wines that we enjoyed at the wine tasting as well as suggestions for future wine tastings.

The Italian white wines we tasted were from several of Italy’s wine regions including Marche, Lazio, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia, Emilia Romagna, and Abruzzo.

Gambero Rosso wine tasting in the US

The Offida Pecorino Pekò 2018 from La Canosa winery in the Marche region was  produced with the Pecorino grape. The Marche wine region is located along Italy’s border of the Adriatic Sea. The Offida Pecorino Pekò was a yellow color with a gold hue. The aroma was …

Top Italian Wines Road Show in 2019


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Italian vineyards

On Monday, June 3, 2019, Gambero Rosso representing more than 60 wineries will be at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.  Gambero Rosso will showcase 200 plus wines  for the Top Italian Wines Road Show.

Prior to the Top Italian Wines Road Show, some attendees will attend a Masterclass seminar. The Lorenzo Ruggeri, International Editor of Gambero Rosso, and Giuseppe Carrus, vice editor of Vini d’Italia 2019 will guide this special seminar.

The wine tasting includes a special ceremony that will be the awarding of the top Italian restaurants in town. These are awarded using the Gambero Rosso ranking procedures.

The wines available for tasting at the Italian embassy will be from:

Agricole Gussalli Beretta
Andreola
Assuli
Bellavista
Bortolomiol
Borgo Conventi
Ca’ Rugate
Canevel Spumanti
Cantina Tollo
Cantine Due Palme
Casale del Giglio
Colle Massari
Contadi Castaldi
Coppi
Cottanera
Cusumano
Enrico Serafino
Famiglia Cecchi
Famiglia Cottini …

2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Seminar


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2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup Case Seminar

Last week we traveled to southwestern Virginia to attend the 2019 Governor’s Cup Wine seminar. The featured event included the top 12 winning wines chosen from some of the larger Virginia wine producers. 

Our travel plans included visiting four boutique wineries in the region. This included Whitebarrel Winery which was also the location of the satellite wine seminar. We also visited Spinning Jenny Vineyard which recently opened in the spring of 2019. Next we stopped at The New River Vineyard and Winery, another small winery that offers a large deck for enjoying a glass of wine. On Monday we enjoyed a personalized wine tasting at JBR Vineyards. The last winery to visit was Whitebarrel Winery where we arrived early to interview the owners before the seminar was to start. Next month we will post online articles about each of these boutique Virginia wineries.

Five Recipes for Memorial Day


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Recipe ideas for Memorial Day

Are you looking for that special recipe for Memorial Day? Check out the recipes below. The last recipe is for a Sangria that I really enjoy!

Cheers!
Kathy

Russell’s Blue Cheese-Zinfandel Burgers

Ingredients

2 lb ground beef
1 c bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
1  c McNab Ridge Winery’s 2004 Zinfandel or other dry red wine
2 T Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce
1 t garlic powder
1 t ground black pepper

Directions

1. Mix all ingredients together lightly.  If the mixture seems too wet, add more crumbs; if it seems too dry, add more wine.
2. Form into 4 or 5 patties.
3. Grill the burgers to desired doneness, and serve on toasted buns.
4. Offer a choice of toppings, including crumbled blue cheese, avocado wedges, onion slices, lettuce, and tomatoes.

Of course, serve with a glass or two of the same wine.

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Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival June 2019


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Peller Estates to participate in wine and culinary event in June 2019

The Niagara Homegrown Festival  takes place the weekends of June 15-16 and June 22-23, 2019.

Wine enthusiasts and any adults who want to learn about wine will enjoy touring the Niagara wine region during two weekends in June. Visit

Ticket holders have a choice of a wide range of wineries to visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake and 20 Valley  renowned wine regions. Discover Pass tickets are good for eight wine and culinary experiences. Tickets are also available for Designated Driver’s. Visit the online ticket site.

2019 Participating  20 Valley Wineries Specials

  • 13th Street Winery: Smoked Cherrywood Pulled Pork Taco with Cherry BBQ Sauce and Summer Slaw
  • Alvento Winery: Pairing of  West Wind wine with a Chinese spring roll.
  • Creekside Estate Winery: Summer bites  of grilled haloumi, marinated olives, hummus, peperonata and tzatziki
  • Fielding Estate Winery: Pairing Rosè …

A Tóth Ferenc Wine from Eger, Hungary


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Egri Csillag, a white wine from Hungary

Late yesterday afternoon, we enjoyed a white wine from Tóth Ferenc, a winery in the Eger wine region of Hungary. The Egri Csillag 2018 was 13% alchol. The light yellow colored wine offered floral and tropical aroma notes. The taste included peaches, citrus, daisies and honeysuckle. The finish was crisp and the aftertaste had a hint of minerality.

The Egri Csillag 2018 was a blend produced with Hungarian grape varieties and international grapes. The blend included Hárslevel?, Királyleányka, Leányka, Olaszrizling, Ottonel Muskotály and Sauvignon Blanc. Egri Csillag is a white blend of wines, a white wine answer to the regions’ Egri Bikavér (Bull’s Blood), a red blend.

We enjoyed our glass of wine on a small deck while relaxing after working in the gardens with planting flowers as well as attempting to rid ourselves of bamboo encroaching on our vegetable garden and lawn. By …

Virginia Governor’s Cup 2019 Seminar Next Week


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Paradise Springs

2019 is the 36th year for the Virginia Governor’s Cup. Each year Virginia wineries are provided with the opportunity to submit their wines to the Virginia Wineries Association Governor’s Cup® Competition. 

The submitted wines go through four preliminary tastings in Washington, D.C. Then the finalists move on to the final wine tastings in Richmond Virginia. The top winner of the Governor’s  Cup is chosen from the top 12 best wines submitted. In 2019, Horton Vineyards won the Governor’s Cup with their 2016 Petit Manseng. 

 

All 12 top-rated wines are used for marketing the wines of Virginia by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office.

One of the marketing events includes a  Governor’s Cup Case Seminar that takes place May 21, 2019. The main seminar will take place at King Family Vineyards where all the winemakers will be available to talk about their wines …

Mother’s Day is Tomorrow!


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Celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow!

Mother’s Day is important for mothers, grandmothers and step-mothers. Over the years I have written about Mother’s Day ideas. Many of the blogs are about recipes that you can create to show someone special that you really care. However some of the blogs are about visiting a winery with your mom or possible gift ideas.

In one blog I wrote: “For those who live hours away perhaps on the opposite coast, other wine related ideas include sending a gift basket with a bottle of wine, a box of candy with chocolate filled with wine/Port, or perhaps something as simple as a wine bottle opener that is easy to use. 

Mothers who enjoy spending time in the kitchen may like a special olive oil. Some olive oils are available with an infusion of fruit.”

Check out some of these Mother’s Day blogs on the Wine …