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Lil River Inn Wine Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2008-02-18 13:20:11 (4716 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Come join Lori and Richard at Little River Inn in New Iberia for their first wine tasting with Jeanie of Select Wines, Inc. Featured will be wines from California to compliment Little River's great seafood.

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Viva Italia at Cork & Bottle

Posted by perle0 on 2006-12-04 18:54:24 (7177 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Viva Italia at Long Last

"What’s it all about? Integrity--there simply is no quality in wine without integrity"
–-Jens Schmidt, Owner, Montecastelli Selections

This past summer, Jon and Laurie of Cork & Bottle made a trip to the Montecastelli Wine Fair in Tuscany to find some new discoveries (we know, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!). Montecastelli is a Tuscan-based company that works with Italian wineries focused on estate-grown wines made organically and biodynamically--in other words, wines that are painfully pure and true to region and type. Although the air conditioning was in short supply, the food was good and the wines were incredible.

Over 40 producers featuring about 300 wines were tasted over three days. The producers were charming (and some of them even spoke English); needless to say, the wines were amazing. Jon and Laurie left the fair just dying to get their new discoveries back to Cork & Bottle, and since July they’ve been waiting for them to show up. Waiting. For nearly 6 months. The good news is that the wines are starting to arrive and the nearly 6-month wait for these new discoveries did nothing to diminish the excitement about them. The following wines are some of the highlights of the trip; they are now in stock in both stores and available for purchase on-line.

Happy Shopping!

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Slimy Wet Dresses Made from Wine? Magnifique!

Posted by perle0 on 2007-03-19 14:30:22 (8311 views)

[News]
[Australia]
Yes, in case you were wondering when the armageddon would hit, here's a sign that it will soon arrive: seamless dresses created by fermenting wine. The only drawback: for now, you have to keep these garments wet, or they'll tear. That, and they look like they're made from exactly what they're made from: a bacteria-created film found collecting at the top of wine vats.

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Martin's Wine Events for October 2007

Posted by perle0 on 2007-09-17 13:25:34 (4815 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Martin's tasting events for fall include tastings of champagne, port, cognac, and Piedmont reds, as well as a tasting at the Mandeville location.

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A Memorable Wine Quest

Posted by perle0 on 2007-02-12 12:46:34 (4899 views)

[Editorial]
[Burgundy]
I'd like to draw your attention to a fine article in Slate, in which the author writes about his obsession with a high-end white burgundy and his quest to taste it one more time.

"This is a story about a bottle of wine. A very expensive but also very delicious bottle of wine—a wine that so captivated me when I first tasted it that I immediately resolved to taste it again. What followed was an almost two-year odyssey that tested the limits of my resourcefulness and perhaps also exposed the warping effect that wine has had on my brain."

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WYES Champagne Tasting Celebration in Covington

Posted by perle0 on 2008-04-29 14:43:08 (4322 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
WYES presents its 2nd annual...

CHAMPAGNE TASTING CELEBRATION

Saturday, May 31st
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Etoile Restaurant and Wine Bar
407 N. Columbia Street
Covington, LA

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Food and Wine Pairing of the Week by Swirl Wines

Posted by bevo vino on 2007-05-29 07:53:28 (4556 views)

[Editorial]
[Austria]
White Asparagus with Pistachio Polonaise Paired with Weingut Stadt Krems Sandgrube Gruner Veltliner

2005 Weingut Stadt Krems Sandgrube Gruner Veltliner: Weingut Stadt Krems is in a class by itself: the enterprise is owned by a municipality. Historically, Weingut Stadt Krems arose from two sources. The first source is the property of the Bürgerspitalstiftung--in 1210, Duke Leopold IV of Babenberg founded a public hospital in Krems and left important legacies to it, including vineyards. The second source was the generous bequest of the imperial Burggrave of Krems, Ulrich von Dachsberg, who presented the town with vineyards in 1452. With over 550 years of history, Weingut Stadt Krems is one of the oldest wine-producers in Austria, and even in the whole of Europe.

Until 1744, the Town Hall in the historical center of the city, which is over a thousand years old, accommodated the press house and the maturing cellar. They were then relocated to the cellar in the "Corporis Christi Brotherhood." In 1915, the city acquired a wine cellar in the town moat. The estate wines of the city have been pressed there ever since. No wines or grapes have ever been bought from outside vineyards.

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Martin Wine Cellar Offering Burgundy Futures

Posted by perle0 on 2007-04-03 00:03:28 (4521 views)

[News]
[New Orleans]
If it's Burgundy you're after, Martin's can help you to scratch that itch.
"Our Burgundy offer is early this year, but the excitement about the vintage was such we could not wait any longer. The wine press is already calling 2005 the greatest vintage in the modern era of Burgundy. Quantities however on many wines are very small, but our offer this year is more extensive than in the past. A salesperson at one of the stores will be happy to assist you in placing your order."

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Chocolate-Covered Wine for your Valentine

Posted by perle0 on 2006-02-09 18:33:42 (8208 views)

[News]
[USA]
Not sure what to get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Perhaps you want to consider that most inexplicabe combination of the traditional imaginable: a chocolate-covered bottle of Champagne.

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Martin Wine Cellar March and April 2008 Events

Posted by perle0 on 2008-03-04 17:39:20 (6056 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Get into Spring at Martin Wine Cellars in all its incarnations! Tastings feature South African wines, Italian growers, Once Upon A Vine XIV, food matching, California winemaker Paul Draper, Argentinian Malbec, and Spring tastings at the Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Mandeville locations.

Don't forget Martin's first annual reception–style tasting event in Baton Rouge Tour de Vin: an Affair of Exquisite Taste. Tour de Vin will be held June 22, 2008 from 4 – 7pm at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2008 at all locations.

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Reviewed: The 17th Annual NOWFE Grand Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2008-05-26 21:41:58 (6389 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Another year, another awesome Grand Tasting for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience! This year, the Grand Tasting was held in a huge new venue...the Superdome. The event organizers had tons of extra room to play around with, and it showed in many ways. I can't say if this was the biggest NOWFE Grand Tasting ever, but it sure felt like it!

The Grand Tasting is the culmination of a five-day wine and food blow-out, and this one rose to the very high standards New Orleans has for both wine and food. More than 175 wineries from all over the world were represented, pouring an estimated 1000 wines. 75 of New Orleans' best restaurants provided samples of their finest cuisine, to make sure nobody got too tipsy. (They failed on that account in some cases, but did not fail to provide taste temptations sure to lure attendees to their regular kitchens for more.) In addition, there was constant live music, a Louisiana seafood cook-off of New Orleans' finest chefs, and even Mardi Gras floats and a Second Line parade to close things out.

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Make Your Own "Hobo Wine"

Posted by perle0 on 2006-01-19 12:39:17 (9379 views)

[Fortified Wine]
[USA]
If you're into do-it-yourself--and more importantly, you need a large supply of alcoholic beverage and you don't really care what it tastes like--you can always brew up a batch of "hobo wine" in about two weeks using just water, fruit drink, sugar, and yeast. Mmmm, Chateau de Bob Minutemaid Brown 2006! A favorite of broke college boys everywhere.

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Long Meadow Ranch to Raise Heirloom Hogs

Posted by perle0 on 2006-06-27 16:15:13 (10180 views)

[News]
[Rutherford]
Yes, in honor of a program to preserve traditional hog breeds that are tasty and delicious--but not raised in today's factory farms--Long Meadow Ranch in Rutherford, CA, will be raising and breeding two Red Wattle hogs from piglets. This organic farm and winery will celebrate by participating in a benefit featuring tail-to-snout cuts of Red Wattle pork.

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Some CA Wineries Targets of Anti-Smog Measures

Posted by perle0 on 2005-10-16 01:35:37 (3795 views)

[News]
[California]
That glass of garnet-colored California merlot may caress the palate and delight the nose, but state officials say wineries also create a less agreeable byproduct: smog.

Now air-quality managers in California's San Joaquin Valley, where nearly two-thirds of domestic wine is produced, are cracking down. By year's end, local officials will propose the nation's first restrictions targeting pollution from winemaking.

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Florida Legalizes Wine Doggie Bag

Posted by perle0 on 2005-06-18 11:01:28 (7126 views)

[News]
[USA]
A new bill has been signed into Florida law allowing restaurant patrons to take home an unfinished bottle of wine rather than polish it off and then hit the road.

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