September 29, 2009
September 28, 2009
- Step #1: In the morning, grab the above listed items.
- Step #2: Grab a mixing bowl.
- Step #3: Throw all the items in and hand toss.
- Step #4: Let it sit for most of the day so it can soak in the flavors.
- Step #5: Done!
September 18, 2009
- Chosen from some of the best soil, the Bald Eagle selections are great options for those looking to get true California quality at a modest price. For under $10 a bottle, you’ll get all the finesse of a standard cabernet – ripe currants, hints of spice, and a toasted oak finish complete with a tiny bite, but overall well-balanced structure.
Pairing Suggestion: London Broil
Retails For: $8.99/bottle
Where to Buy: Sherry-Lehman
September 17, 2009
Goats Do Roam Red 2005
This South African primarily Shiraz-based blend tastes as purple as the deep color it holds. Its definitely a fruit-driven blend, with hints of blackberry, but also combines with a nice peppery undertone. It has a strong nose and a silky finish.
Pairing Suggestion: Tender Braised Beef
Retails For: $8.99
Where to Buy: Wine.com
September 16, 2009
The Aussies may do things backwards, but it clearly does wonders for their winemaking. In addition to the Kangaroo, Australia is known for the Penguin… Little Penguin that is. Like many reds, this Merlot has a potent berry aroma which parlay into an overall taste complete with dark fruits, like blackberries, blueberries and spice that will leave a long finish on the palette.
Pairing Suggestion: Berkshire Pulled Pork Sandwich
Retails For: $11.99
Where to Buy: BevMo
September 15, 2009
When it comes to fantasy football pools, if you're anything like me, you probably chose your players based of their team colors and mascots. Fact is, there are always “those” people who choose winning picks this way, so its only natural we apply that same strategy with wine at times, too!
Forget variety, region and vintage… some of us simply like to classify our wines based off the furry little animal present on the label. And whether you consider it a marketing gimmick, clever packaging ploy or just a “furry” frenzy, the critter craze is still running rampant.
So, what's a Critter Wine?
- Definition of a “Critter Wine”: A mass-market wine bearing a cutsy animal-related name that tend not to matter to the affluent (cough, pretentious, cough) wine consumer (well, with the exception maybe of the $1,500 Screaming Eagle).
Fact of the matter is that sales of these barking dogs, cuddly cats, and pretty lil’ birds have prompted an entire new category of wine…and this week, we’re helping you choose the best budget-friendly of pets worth bringing home (hey, you know how much we like themes!)
- Perhaps the “Alpha” critter and most ubiquitous critter wine on the market, this kangaroo has become an icon representing a wine which has never lacked great flavor. Medium-bodied, this Shiraz is perfectly balanced. It boasts a variety of berry aromas – you’ll likely taste some cherry and strawberry, but nothing too fruity. The underpinnings of both spice and vanilla help to even out the overall taste.
Pairing Suggestion: Chicken Cordon Bleu
Retails For: $6.99/bottle
Where to Buy: Jericho Wines
September 12, 2009
Celebrate St. Supery's 20th Anniversary
When: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Where: St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery
Time: 2 - 5 pm
- Dance like it's 1989 to live music by fasttimes80s
- Friendly competitions include wine varietal identification, petanque ball target toss and the popular ring toss
- Dress to express
Taste a range of Napa Valley estate wines all paired with food popular in the 80s
For those of you South of the Mason Dixon, be sure to check out the following events in your area (this WinoBee is aiming to be at the Alexandria F&W Festival - leave a comment if you're planning to as well!)
Alexandria Virginia Food & Wine Festival -- Alexandria VA
This weekend-long festival consists of 50+ events, including Vintner Dinners in numerous restaurants, the King Street Sip ‘n Stroll, tastings of Virginia ’s locally grown wine, and tasty food seminars in grand tasting ballrooms at the Old Town Alexandria Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Hotels
- When: Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11
- Time: 11:00am to 6:00pm.
- Cost: Admission is $35 online, ($45 at door)
- For more, visit: www.oldtownwinefestival.com
Harvest Celebration Festival-- Oak Grove , VA
This year Ingleside Vineyards will celebrate its 29th Harvest. Visitors can view winemaking demonstrations, stomp grapes and tour the vineyards.
- When:Saturday, October 17, 2009
- Cost: Admission is $15 (reservations recommended). Admission includes music, tours, tastings and a free souvenir glass
- For more, visit: www.inglesidevineyards.com