News and Notes

New Wine Arrivals

2 April 2010

Mark West 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes - Ruby colored pinot that’s so deep you can barely see through it. Aromas of cranberry, fleshy nectarine, plum, strawberries, cinnamon and nutmeg. Silky jam flavors of strawberries, juicy ripe cherries, and plum coat the tongue. Plenty of length and a lively acid balance.

Mark West 2005 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Grapes for this wine were carefully stored and then gently pressed to preserve natural fruit aromas and flavors during fermentation.  The wine was aged sur lies in French oak for approximately 14 months to impart rich notes and round out the texture of the wine.  Concentrated aromas of crisp apple, ripe pears, and dried apricots intermingle with oak notes of caramel and vanilla. Both by the glass >$10 Great values.

Chef Du Moo @ Superstition Farm

16 March 2010

Thank you, Casey, Christine, Jennifer, Bobbie, Kelly, Jeff, Kyle, Melrose and everybody else that made Chef Du Moo @ Superstition Farm happened. Thank you Foodies for your support  and dedication.  Next Farm to Fork event at the Farm is mid April .
 Check:  for details.
If anybody has any pictures of the event , please share.

Wines of the Week

5 March 2010

Here are some notes from Thursday March 4th 2010 afternoon tasting at my favorite Thursday spot:

Peter Paul 2006 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Serracino Vineyards . Deep red color almost black...sweet/candied fruits on the and ripe flavors, with lots of black fruit and spice...good balance, and easy drinking . Great with Pork Molise.

08 Rojo Mojo Shiraz La Mancha Spain Young Shiraz from central Spain? From the land of Don Quixote? Yes Shiraz is it. Fun little wine. Intense stewed cherry and blackberry fruit characters followed by tobacco, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves, big fruit blast with firm yet friendly tannins. Great Value @ $ 26.

Vinaceous 06 "Right Hand Red" McLaren Vale Australia

If you like MollyDooker you'll love this. The Shiraz brings some nice blueberry and dark fruit notes. The Grenache ads a nice smokey, savory complexity. The Tempranillo spices things up with crushed white and black peppercorns, and a slight touch of tar.

3 March 2010
Come spend the evening of Saturday March 13th with the Locavores & Foodies at the Superstition Farm.Celebrate the local winter bounty under the stars with a Romeo's Euro Cafe twist. In the next couple of day I'll keep you posted on the details.For tickets call your host.

26 February 2010
What a wonderful surprise yesterday. I met Teresa Slade with Az Wine Distributors. She tasted me on some wines from Arizona KEELING SCHAEFER Vineyards. Keeling Schaefer “07 Two Reds Grenache” & “07 Three Sisters Syrah”. If you have an opportunity to acquire them do it. Great tasting notes check out the web site.

Save the date: Saturday March 13th

23 February 2010

Save the date. Saturday March 13th. I'll keep you posted with details.

A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50 miles. The locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers's markets or even to produce their own food, with some arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locally grown food is an environmentally friendly means of obtaining food.

What Does Romeo Drink This Week?

19 February 2010

A lot of people ask me what I drink, so I've decided to start something like: What Does Romeo Drink This Week?

Great start, the week after Valentines Day and Mardi Gras: I spent part of Thursday getting my weekly wine "education" and polishing the bar stool with my butt at Darlene's.

Jo from Quench & Janna from K Vintners, Magnificent Wine Co. and Charles Smith Wines brought in some of their latest vintages:

2009 Charles & Charles Rose, 2007 Charles Smith "Chateau Smith" Cab and 2007 K Vintners "Morrison Lane" single vineyard Syrah (loved it). Would go great with Transylvanian Chicken.

So what do I drink this week?

Charles & Charles 2007 Red

Charles Bieler (of Three Thieves/Rebel Wine Co. and Bieler Père et Fils) and Charles Smith (of K Vintners, Magnificent Wine Co. and Charles Smith Wines) have teamed up to produce this fantastic red blend. Inky dark color, smooth in texture with dark cherry and berry fruit flavors. . This particular wine is 50% Syrah and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. I love this wine despite the very ugly label, a perfect example of the saying, "Do not judge a book by it's cover."

Mardi Gras

15 February 2010
Try this for tomorrow's Web surfing: "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

28 January 2010
What a story! A lot of people ask me about the Riedel vessels (glasses and decanters).I answer with another question: How much are you into wine? The other week I was very fortunate to meet GEORG JOSEF RIEDEL 10 th generation MAGICIAN. Very interesting lecture and presentation. He called it the seduction of the wine. The concept of perception of the intimate secret of wine, human nature dictates the choice in the quality (better for the people we love and want to impress).His vessels will not improve the quality of the wine only the way we perceive it. Since perception IS reality it changes YOUR reality. The sense of smell (the gateway to the soul) at least for wine, for other things may be the eyes, is primal, that is where the layered concept (head space) and the specific wine varietal make the determination for the size and shape of the vessel. It’s not what the glasses are made of or its thickness. The rest is history. YES, invest in the varietal specific glasses (you will save a lot of money on the wine). So let me summarize this for you, when it comes to wine there are some important things you should consider: 1. The company we drink with 2. The temperature the wine is served at 3. Color, flavor, texture of the wine 4. Varietal specific glasses

Cooking Demo Mesa Country Club

19 January 2010
Last Thursday,Janice and I had a wonderful time doing a cooking demo and wine pairing (Chateau Ste. Michelle).I did some foodie stuff of our menu: 1-Foccacia De La Provincia 2-Balsamic Steak Salad 3-Salmon La Scala 4-Pork Molise I want to thank Wayne Dohse (F&B Director) and Jan Bjune( Executive Chef)and their professional staff for the opportunity.

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