News and Notes
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 nose...rich 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 â€œ07 Two Reds Grenacheâ€ & â€œ07 Three Sisters Syrahâ€. If you have an opportunity to acquire them do it. Great tasting notes check out the web site.
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 PÃ¨re 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."
15 February 2010
Try this for tomorrow's Web surfing: http://www.zydecoonline.com/dev/index.php "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. Itâ€™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.
Upcoming Wine Dinners
8 January 2010
We've posted the dates for the next few wine dinners, including menus and preview pictures for January and February. Note that February's dinner is on a Tuesday, rather than a Monday, so that the wine maker can attend. Let us know if you can attend. We look forward to seeing you!
Wine notes from Thursday at Darlene ( Vine Expressions)
8 January 2010
Here are some notes from Thursday's wholesale tasting: Matt - Republic 2007 MontGras Quatro Chile An elegant but powerful wine. Entering mouth you can feel sweet, soft and round tannins. At mid mouth we can feel its weight and power, showing as a wine with good structure. At the end, where we can still remember the black fruit, leave a bit more but in a less shy way its path through French oak. Romeo LIKE. Look for it on our menu. Eric- Megawine 2005 Kiamie, Kuvee â€œPaso Roblesâ€ Vineyard Sources: Halter Ranch Vineyard, DeBro Vineyard, Hopkins Vineyard, Beckwith Vineyard; Westside Paso Robles. The vineyard sources used in this blend are all from the Paso Robles Westside, a region well-known for its calcareous soils which are more closely akin to the premium winegrowing areas of Europe than those commonly found in California. Produced entirely from small-lot fermentations, the wine received a full month of maceration prior to pressing, followed by eighteen to twenty months of barrel aging comprising 40% new oak from premier French and Hungarian cooperage houses. The Kiamie Red KuvÃ©e Blend emphasizes neither its Bordeaux nor its RhÃ´ne components, but rather reflects the balance and synergy of all its elements, creating a wine style defined by the blend of its unique fruit. This wine possesses a core of rich fruit enveloped by smooth tannins, providing enough structure to allow up to a decade of cellaring. Romeo- Great notes, private library Salute
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