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Selection Sunday demands Craft Brew and Cupcakes

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There was Beer and Cupcakes at Market Garden Brewery on Sunday, March 11. We had a rockin’ time. Here are the notes. I sat with Andy Tveekrem to get information about his beers. If any of these notes are incorrect – this is my fault – and not his.

The Ohio City Room

Friar Power Belgian Tripel with a Saffron and orange cake, topped with Cardamom icing.

This strong light golden ale is the product of belgian history. Originally produced by monks – they developed the distinctive yeast that gives the belgian tripel its ester profile. (Volatile flavor compound naturally created in fermentation. Often fruity, flowery or spicy.) At 8%, the alcohol can sneak up on you. This is Andy’s stealth beer.

The profile of this beer – very floral, slightly bitter, with a lovely citrus kick is paired with the complementary subtle flavors of saffron and cardamom – with a little orange to draw out the citrus.

Pearl Street Wheat with an Almond cake, topped with lemon/orange icing.

The phenolics (Flavor and aroma of smoke, or cloves; caused by wild yeast or bacteria) from the yeasts in this Hefeweisen are nutmeg and clove. Its slightly tart or acidic – the banana nose is characteristic of the yeasts as well. The beer is brewed with about a 65% wheat base in addition to malted barley. This makes for a sweeter beer – but lower alchohol than the first, coming in at 5.5%.

We are pairing this one with almond – in complement to the banana (think banana bread) and the lemon/orange icing is a nod to the tradition of serving this beer with a lemon or orange slice.

Boss Amber Lager with a roasted garlic cake and sundried tomato icing.

Possibly the beer from Market Garden that is most suited for food due to the toasted malt. This one would pair with any roasted meat dish. Its fermented colder and slower than ales – for about six weeks. Andy utilizes a Vienna Malt for this traditional Vienna Lager. A great Session beer, it comes in at 5% – a perfect example of how to make a good lager. This is probably my favorite.

Obviously the roasted garlic and sundried tomato come together to give you a sweet treat reminiscent of your Sunday dinner of roast chicken – without trying to create a meat cupcake!

 

 

This beer is named after Andy – the “Striking Viking” – an American Pale Ale produced with Cascade hops and English yeasts. These yeast typically produce a butter or butterscotch flavor. And he uses a crystal malt for color and body. This one comes in at 5.5% – another easy drinker.

We bring creaminess to this pairing with white chocolate to sooth the hops, and bacon and jalapeno demonstrate an easy pairing with burgers or spicy foods.

Wallace Tavern Scotch Ale with a Five Flavor Cake and Salted Caramel icing.

This beer is named for George Wallace, a Scottish settler to Cleveland from 1806. He owned a Distillery and brewery in the area, and later moved to Brandywine. So this is an homage to Cleveland’s beer history. This ale’s malts are actively caramelized utilizing a prolonged boil. The strong heavy malt is balanced by the addition of other flavors to reduce bitterness. Typically the Scots would use heather or other wild ingredients, though Andy doesn’t hold THAT closely to the tradition. He utilizes a slightly higher alcohol percentage (between 6.5 and 7% depending on the batch) to balance the malt – so that the caramel becomes noticeable in the flavor and neutralizes much of the bitterness.

The obvious pairing on this beer is salted caramel, one of my favorite flavors – we added in the five flavor cake to show the diversity of pairing possibilities. A traditional southern dessert, this has lemon, butter, rum, coconut and vanilla in the cake. Any rich saucy dish would pair up nicely with the Wallace Tavern.

Forest City Brown Ale with a nutty carrot cake and cream cheese icing.

This beer is named after Cleveland’s moniker – back when it was all about the lumber here. This brown ale is born from the roasted flavors of a coffee malt which literally can be roasted like coffee beans, providing the brewmaster with differing degrees of flavor to work with. This English style beer is bold and expressive, coming in at 5.8% – and is Andy’s favorite.

When I first tasted this beer, all I could think about was roasted vegetables. Pair this one up with any roasted veg – like a lasagna. The pasta will sooth the bitterness on the finish. We give you a nutty carrot cake with cream cheese to attain the desired affect.

A Cookie and a Cupcake made these incredible treats. Visit them in Tremont. 

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Spring Joy in White Wines on the West Side

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Its #WineandCupcakes with a spring in its step!

We’ll be tasting White Wines in March. Thursday, March 22 – at 6:30pm.

The Olde Wine Cellar in Olmsted Falls welcomes us back as our wine partner for an enchanting trip through France, Germany, Italy, Spain and California. We’ll start with a French champagne and end in California with Dave Matthews’ take on Chardonnay – and it will be a world tour in between.

Its Wine and Cupcakes for Spring!

We are pairing our six beautiful white wines with six specially created gourmet mini-cupcakes. A bite or two of a unique creation to enhance and complement the wines!

Six incredible courses, in a great setting – The Olde Wine Cellar is a cozy venue – and if its pretty enough, we’ll be sipping on the covered and heated patio.

Ticket prices include all fees, taxes and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance because our bakers at A Cookie and A Cupcake in Tremont need to know how many of these beauties to make!

Join us for a Joyful Spring Evening.

MissWineOH and The Olde Wine Cellar at our finest Pairing Adventure!

Eventbrite - Spring Joy in White Wine and Cupcakes!

A Night at the Races

And the Winner is: @morgan_jody! (that was tough!) Thanks for reading –

and I hope you come out to support this great cause! 

One thing I don’t do enough is volunteer. Way back when MissWineOH was a crazy HR lady, I worked for a company that was all up in the volunteer effort. Building playgrounds, rehabbing gardens, painting houses. We got into it full on, taking an army of employee volunteers and just getting it done for organizations or individuals who needed some assistance. I really enjoyed that aspect of my job, and it prompted me to volunteer for other things in my spare time.

Once I was no longer employed there, my volunteer efforts dropped off, as building a business required more and more of my time. One of my goals this year is to find opportunities to give back to this great Cleveland community that has been so generous to me as I’ve built MissWineOH.

One of the organizations that caught my attention is HandsOn Northeast Ohio. I became aware of this group, which is an agent for community collaborations, organizing volunteers for non-profits and causes that need them. MrWineOH works with a person who is actively involved with HandsOn – and we have decided that this is a group we want to give some time, energy and resources to.

From the HandsOn website:

“We make it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. Participants are screened and trained to ensure a capable, informed direct service volunteer force, and through this network of individuals, we build the capacity of area nonprofits, schools and municipal agencies.”

HandsOn Northeast Ohio has a fundraiser racing in on Saturday, March 3 at  OLA/St. Joseph Center located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland at 2436 W.14th Street. This is their 5th anniversary of strengthening our community through citizen-managed volunteerism.

Enjoy an evening out with family, friends and colleagues while betting on video recorded horse races. They will provide dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks and entertainment and you come and gamble for a good cause; to support HandsOn Northeast Ohio’s mission to engage Northeast Ohio individuals and organizations in volunteer opportunities that meet community needs, strengthen community involvement, and build capacity of local non-profit organizations.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Your ticket gets you dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks and entertainment, and allows you to bet on the evening’s 10 video races.

Ten horses run in each race; you can bet as much as you want on as many horses as you want in as many races as you want.

If you’re trying to rake in even more cash, you can “buy” a horse, and name it. $25 enters your horse in one race; if your horse wins, you take home $50! Horses must be purchased by February 24th  (purchase online). Make sure you give your horse a good name!!

MissWineOH is giving away two tickets to this event.

MrWineOH and I will be attending, and we’ve purchased 2 additional tickets to show our support.

That doesn’t mean you have to sit with us – just that no one gave us the tickets!

To enter to win, leave a comment below naming your favorite wine, and a NEO charity you volunteer for, or would like to. (add their link!)

Random drawing from all entries will be held on Sunday, February 20 – and winner will be notified by email, and announced here.

AND – if you don’t win, please consider purchasing tickets, advertising in their program, or donating to the cause.

We’d love to hang out with some MissWineOH readers and play the ponies.

Its a Beer and Cupcakes Kind of Day!

You knew it had to happen!

You knew that sooner or later, Northeast Ohio’s most innovative Chief Tasting Officer, MissWineOH, and our number one destination for craft beers, Market Garden Brewery would come together to create the most unique and exciting pairing event of 2012. The wait is over.

On March 11th, you’re invited to join us in Ohio City to take part in the introduction of Cleveland’s newest pairing experience – Beer and Cupcakes!

This is sure to be a pairing adventure that will excite everyone from Cleveland’s avid craft beer aficionados to MissWineOH’s oenophile friends. A carefully chosen selection of Market Garden’s handcrafted brews will be paired with sinfully seductive gourmet mini-cupcakes to create Cleveland’s most unique and refreshing pairing experience.

From Pearl Street Wheat to Forest City Brown Ale, we’ll be pairing Brew Master Andy Tveekrem’s amazing craft brews with unique, one-of-a-kind flavors in mini-cupcakes.

You’ll even get a preview of the latest and greatest yet to be named Belgian Triple.

Cupcake recipes will be designed and developed specifically for this event by MissWineOH and will be lovingly baked by Cleveland’s favorite, A Cookie and A Cupcake in Tremont. This is sure to be the most unique and enjoyable pairing event of this New Year. Don’t wait to buy your tickets!

For the price of your ticket you will get 6 beers and 6 perfectly paired mini-cupcakes, and perhaps a special guest. This is a formal tasting, so we start promptly at 3pm in order to keep everyone on the same track. The tasting will run approximately 2 hours.

Register for Beer and Cupcakes in Cleveland, OH  on Eventbrite

What’s a Wine Lover to do for Valentine’s Day

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I’m not a fan of going out on Valentine’s Day. Too many people, prices are hiked, and there’s SO MUCH PRESSURE  – I’d rather make a great meal at home and pull out on of those “special occasion” wines – but not everyone loves the kitchen like I do.

So, another way to celebrate is to do something fun around that day – instead of fighting the insanity.

Gone Crazy sign

Pick your favorite restaurant (or one you haven’t tried, but heard great things about!)  – and make a reservation (or just pop in and grab a table in the bar) Order several appetizers to share between the two of you. There are always special menus being created around this time, so don’t be afraid to try something new or unique! Then pick a slightly more expensive bottle of wine than you normally would. You’ll come out in the end spending about what you would for dinner, but you’ve experienced your evening in a tapas and wine fashion. The new experience will light that spark that you can carry into the rest of your evening.

Cheesy Romance Image

We all look like this, right?

Another way to do something different is to call your favorite restaurant and place an order for carry out. Once you’ve set the stage for a romantic evening at home, picking up a great bottle and then your favorite foods from the restaurant, all you have left to do is relax and enjoy the company of your favorite person. (and a little clean up later)

Dinner by the fire

There are always things happening around the city that might entice the wine lover in you.

Here are some wine events happening around Cleveland this week and next!

Winestyles in Fairview Park has their Wine and Chocolates Tasting on February 9 and again on February 11. Reservations are recommended. $10 for 6 wines, but its $5 if you spend $10 while you are there on wine/accessories.

Little Italy Wines will be pouring Italian wines from @TuscanyCLE from 5-9pm on Friday, February 10. $5 for 4 wines.

And the newest wine shop in Cleveland, The Wine Spot, will be having their St. Valentine’s Day Massacre from 4-7pm. With bubbly, wine, seasonal craft beer and fine chocolates from Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates – for $12 per person – and reservations are NOT required there.

If you are up for a bit MORE adventure – take a drive to Lake Erie Wine Country, just north of Erie, PA. From February 17-19, the more than 23 wineries in the area will have their Wine and Chocolate Weekend. Enjoy wine & delicious food samples at each of their 23 wineries for $35 per person. ($20 for DDs) While all wineries will have the chocolates out, many will be serving other savory dishes with their wines.  Tickets include a LEWC wineglass, a gift, a recipe booklet and a $5 voucher good toward wine at any winery or food at designated restaurants. Even if you don’t hit all 23 in the weekend. Even a few will make it worth the trip. More information: Lake Erie Wine Country.

Whatever you decide to do, just put a little thought into what your partner would like.

It works every time.

What do you do (or NOT do) for Valentine’s Day? Leave some ideas in comments!

Tiny Bubbles, in my wine….

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pardon the Don Ho flashbacks….

Mr WineOH and I headed over to Lago for a Bubbles tasting with a Northeast Ohio wine group. What better way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon than sipping on some bubbles and meeting new friends!

Our hosts were Mindy and Alice from WineTrends, an Ohio distributor – so all of the sparklings we tasted are available in the Cleveland Metro area. John from Lago was gracious enough to open the doors early for the group – and provide us with appetizers. This restaurant specializes in northern italian cuisine and has a nice by the glass list. They also have a lovely patio with live music on warm days.

Now, on the the Bubbles!

zardetto prosecco label We started with Zardetto Prosecco – this one is aged in stainless steel.  Any sparklings produced in Italy after 2009 must be from Prosecco to be CALLED Prosecco, otherwise, it is called Glara –  much like the limitations placed on french wines, including Champagne. See more about that here.

The Zardetto is 95% Prosecco and 5% Chardonnay – we found crisp acidity and green apple flavors. Its floral on the nose, and soft on the palate. We got to this one a bit warm, which presented as flat. This one is bone dry, compared to other proseccos you’ll find. At $12.99 – I place it high on the QPR scale.

Loosen Sparkling Riesling label Dr. L Dr. L Sparkling Riesling was next on the menu – 100% pure Riesling from one of the most accessible German producers. The Dr. L is another stainless steel sparkling, called “Sekt” in Germany and is produced using the Charmat method. The secondary fermentation is done in a pressurized tank, producing smaller, longer-lasting bubbles; as opposed to Methode Champenoise, where secondary fermentation is in the bottle. If you are curious about this process, read more here.

The Dr. L was definitely bubble heavy, almost too heavy on my palate. Even the finish had a strong effervescence. I got stone fruit on the nose, and some banana on the palate. It is an interesting and affordable sparkling at $11.99.

Laetitia Pink Sparkling labelWe then headed to the Arroyo Grande Valley in California, tasting Laetitia Brut Rosé – this one is produced in small batch tanks – medium bubbles and elegant fruit, mostly strawberry – showing off the Pinot Noir base, and a niggle (that’s a technical term) of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. If you like pink bubbles, you’ll like this one, as it’s an easy sipper, though I could see it an easy pairing with chicken or fish. Selling at $19.99, I’d put it midrange on the QPR scale.

Taltarni Brut Tache label Next on the trip was Victoria,  Australia, with Taltarni Brut Taché. Made from 54% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier – this sparkling is elegant, floral and has just the right amount of bubbles for me. according to the winemaker’s notes, the pink hue is achieved by adding a hint of red wine liqueur to the finished wine at disgorgement. Strawberry and floral on the nose, I got less of the Pinot Noir in this one. The mouthfeel was luscious and the complex yeast characters typical of well made sparklings were obvious. At a local price of $29.99, its a bit lower on the QPR scale, but I found it online for around $23. I think its worth that price.

We had to spend some time with the French bubbles of course, which means the prices get well…. pricey!

ayala zero dosage brut champagne

The Ayala Brut Zero Dosage was the first of the French champagnes, and is a lesson in how champagne is made. Champagne spends many months, sometimes years maturing in bottle on its yeast lees.  At the end of this time, the wine is ‘disgorged’, meaning the yeast lees are removed.  A final ‘dosage’ – a wine/sugar solution – is added immediately afterwards, which gives the wine the level of dryness/sweetness required by the cellar master.

This is a zero dosage champagne and with no residual sugar, an extremely dry wine.

40% pinot noir; 40% chardonnay; 20% pinot meunier – a delicate effervescence, distinct fruitiness and a long finish.

This was my favorite of the tasting… but as MamaWineOH would remind me. I can walk into a store and fall in love with the most expensive item, without looking at the pricetags.

This champagne retails at $49.99.

champagne j lassalle

The Champagne J Lassalle was the grower champagne of the event. It is grown and produced by three women at this family owned Champagne house in Chigny-Les-Roses in the heart of the Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France. This is a Kermit Lynch import selection, and one of impeccable taste. A blend of 60/40 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it is a distinctive Premier Cru Champagne. Fruity and soft, dry and beautifully structured with a long finish – a champagne to truly sip and enjoy. This bottle would work perfectly for any special occasion and is available from fine wine merchants in Cleveland. It retails for $49.99.

The tasting was lovely, and bubbles are a great way to spend an afternoon. I love Lago Restaurant in Tremont – but there was not a lot of thought put into the pairings on the appetizers. One of the apps was heavy onion – which can do some serious damage to the palate, particularly when tasting the delicate flavors in champagne.

The price was right at $30 for this tasting. I’d just as soon have had a bit of brie and crackers to nibble with the bubbles though.

Ohio Blogging Association – February Meeting

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 The February Meeting of the Ohio Blogging Association will be a tasting at

Wine and Design in Tremont

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

7pm.

Wine and Design

751 Starkweather Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

6 affordable wines will be poured and there will be light appetizers while each wine is discussed and additional wine/blogging tips shared.

Miss WineOH will also answer the mystery of  “do wine bloggers really get free wine?”

Cost for this meeting will be $15,

and should be paid in advance.

You may pay using Paypal to misswineoh@gmail.com

Greg and Dan at Wine and Design have generously donated their space for the meeting, so please give them Twitter love to @wineanddesignOH and blog love before and after the meeting!

Wines poured the night of the meeting will be available for purchase, as well as great wine accessories and of course the beautiful design elements from the “Design” side of Wine and Design.

(Miss WineOH has no affiliation with this business, other than being a fan of local small business and buying a LOT of wine there!)

If you have questions about the wine tasting,  or need to make other payment arrangements,

please email Tammy Colson at the Miss WineOH address.

There will be a non-alcoholic option available (soda/tea) – please RSVP for this option. The charge will be $5.

If you have OBA questions, please contact the OBA folks.

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We look forward to seeing you on February 21st at 7pm!

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