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Wine and Cupcakes – the West Side Story…

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS DATE DUE TO PROBLEMS AT THE VENUE AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED! 

 

 

 

Our wonderful bakers will provide us with perfectly paired mini-cupcakes to accompany the tasting of our wines, and yours truly, the Chief Tasting Officer for Miss WineOH will be your host for the evening.

All wines will be available at retail cost following the event for take-home purchases.

You will be served 6 premium wines (a mix of white, red and rose) and 6 paired savory cupcakes. Bring your friends, bring your honey, makes it a “girls night out” – this is a great Fall indulgence in a beautiful private room at the Wine Bar.

The price includes all wines and cupcakes, small palate cleansers, taxes and gratuity.
$40 per person.

 

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We Might Have Lost our WITS, but We Found Excellent Wine

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MissWineOH and company were asked to participate in the #WITS2012 Twitter Tasting event in conjunction with WineTwits, so we piled onto the rooftop deck with much anticipation. When the wines arrived, we were ready to pair, taste and tweet about four wines from California.

Wente 2010 Morning Fog Charndonnay was the first wine of the evening. This was paired with a romaine lettuce salad that I first experienced at Hillebrand in Niagara this past weekend. I don’t think I did Chef Dodd’s dish any justice, but it was pretty darn tasty. You can find my recipe here.

The Morning Fog lifted the dish to a beautiful profile with green apple on the nose, and soft citrus notes as it eased into a finish. As y’all know, I am not a fan of the oaky chardonnay, and it was obvious the oak was judiciously used to provide a light buttery medium mouthfeel. At $12.99, (slightly higher in Ohio) this will be a versatile crowd pleaser, as it paired seamlessly with the romaine, prosciutto, crab salad and caeser in the dish. 

Our second wine comes from Hahn Family Wines and home to my favorite wine banned in Alabama (Cycles Gladiator) – the 2011 Pinot Noir quickly became a crowd favorite. With strong berry and cherry flavors on the nose, with a hint of black currant, this pinot finishes with notes of marshmallow. I will attribute that to the winemakers use of caramelized oak on the wine. I am not at all saying the wine is sweet, though your tastebuds may argue with that point initially. The structure of the tannins and medium mouthfeel hold up well with a variety of dishes. We served a Cardamom Salmon spread over plain bagel chips (recipe here) and had trouble pulling away from this pairing to move on to the next wine!

Our third wine was the Garnet 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir paired with a Black Quinoa and Spinich with Basil Pesto. Garnet Vineyards has been making cool climate pinots since 1983, and the current winemaker Allison Crowe joined the tasting to give us her insights into the wine. While the Hahn pinot was overwhelmingly the favorite of our guests, I truly enjoyed the subtlety of this wine. Strawberry and Vanilla with a smooth enticing spice finish off with elegant oak and “drink right now” tannins that makes this CArneros Pinot Noir a go to red around MissWineOH headquarters. This wine is on the higher end of our wine buying for dinner, at $19.99 (and is not available in Ohio) but go get this wine, I loved it. The quinoa dish got lost in the structure of this wine, so the recommendation is to add a pork tenderloin or for a vegetarian twist, a well seasoned tofu, on top of the quinoa. You can find the recipe here.

The last wine was a bit of a struggle for us. Franciscan Estate sent us their 2008 Magnificat, a Mertiage blend. I had opened this a bit ahead, and aerated each glass, but it seemed either very tight in the bottle or slight off. After multiple aerations (and a later decanting) it was sadly determined that the wine was corked. We paired this complex red with a well seasoned Meatballs and Marinara, and those came out beautifully. That recipe is here. I’m not one to give up on a wine, so I’ll be looking for a bottle in the area to try. We’ll let you know how that works out. Based on the comments from tasters in the twitterverse, I’ll recommend this wine. The 2007 is listed at $50.00 per bottle, so a special occasion/cellar wine for us.

Many thanks to the wineries, our MissWineOH who participated on a school night, and the folks at Wine Twits for organizing it all.

Have you tried these wines? Or the recipes? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Sipping!

#Writers Note# The four wines for this tasting were received as samples courtesy of the wineries and WineTwits. Thank you for letting us participate.

Spanish Wine Experience

We’re going to celebrate all that is Spanish wine the week after Thanksgiving. Pairing 6 well crafted but affordable wines with an international array of cheeses selected from West Side Market. Returning to the beautiful back room at Market Avenue Wine Bar, we’ll begin our Wine Experience at 730pm on November 29. (Tuesday)

These are the wines we’ll be pairing:

2010 Zios Albarino
2010 Perfum de vi Blanc – vaventosi blanc
2010 Borsao Macabeo

2008 Triton, Castilla y Leon Tempranillo
2008 Clos de Noi – negre samso
2009 Verasol mcsJ

The price includes all wines and cheese appetizers, palate cleansers, taxes and gratuity.
$35 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

All wines will be available for retail purchase following the event.

Wining at Holiday Tables

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Visible Voice Books and MissWineOH are teaming up on November 18 at 7pm to offer Wining at Holiday Tables – a unique pairing experience where you will be presented with 4 wines to taste and 2 perfectly paired mini-tarts to enjoy with them.

Our wines will include:

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc

Domaine Lapalu Beaujolais Villages

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge

D’Arenburg Stump Jump

This culinary treat will provide tasters with examples of how to pair multiple wines with all the holiday meals you have to tackle, without breaking the bank.

As with #wineandcupcakes tastings, the tarts will be prepared by a local baker and creatively paired to enhance and compliment the wines.

The BonBon Bakeshop will be providing our mini-tarts. We have some incredible flavor combinations for our four wines. True savory tarts which will perfectly compliment the holiday table.

All taxes and gratuity are included in the price of admission. There are only 30 tickets available, so please purchase in advance. There is no guarantee of at the door tickets being available.

All wines served will be available for retail purchase.

Just click on the link below to purchase your $20 ticket now!

We look forward to seeing you on November 18.

Wine and Cupcakes – City Beverage tasting notes

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We had a great evening in the tasting room at City Beverage in Winston-Salem. Spencer from CityBev was pouring, and I was passing cupcakes – the lively crowd had plenty of opinions on what the best wine and cupcake pairings were. This is what we served:

2010 Bourgeois Cuvee Stephi Chardonnay  paired with blueberry cake and cream cheese icing

A custom project made in partnership with Thierry Rodriguez in Veyran, Languedoc. The domaine is comprised exclusively of older Chardonnay vines (20+ yrs old). Cuvee Stephi practices sustainable farming.

A: Green and citrus aromas, including lemon on the nose, with a hint of spice.

P: Medium-bodied, tropical and citrus flavors, and a clean, refreshing finish.

Unoaked – Aged for 8 months in stainless steel tanks with 3 months on its lees.

retail price $13.99

This pairing juxtaposes the citrus flavors in the wine with blueberry and balances the acidity with cream cheese.

Picture compliments of Meg Cline

2010 Valdesil Montenovo Godello paired with vanilla bean cake & strawberry balsamic icing

100% Godello – one of the oldest grapes on the Iberian Peninsula

Valedorros, Spain

C: Extremely pale like ginger ale.

A: apple, pear, honey, citrus,

P: green apple, grape juice, and a tart finish that lingers with caramel-honey notes.

Some heat early on and lots of acidity.

13% abv

Stainless steel fermented – this wine should be consumed within 18mos of bottling.

Retail Price $9.99

The chilled Godello reminds me of one of the crisper viogniers – so we paired the   vanilla bean to mimic oak while complimenting the acidity with the strawberry balsamic icing.

2010 Big Fire Rose paired with a saffron cake with cardamom icing

R. Stuart & Co – Oregon

Umpqua appellation

blend of 80% syrah and 20% pinot gris

Sustainable farming

Harvested exactly a year ago,

Aged for 1 month in 7yo french oak barrels so you get very little of the oak in the wine

11.5% abv

559 cases produced

.5% RS

Pescatarian friendly due to filtering techniques.

Retail Price: $15.99

The winemaker calls this his “big fruit bowl” – but I get a wine that just blends seamlessly with some spice, thus the saffron and cardamom, a typical indian spice pairing. I’d love to put this wine with Thai food as well.

2009 Dante Pinot Noir paired with roasted garlic cake with smoked gouda icing

From Michael Pozzan Winery

90% California, 10% Carneros

100% Pinot Noir

Aged 6 months

C: brilliant garnet

A: romas of sour cherry, dried orange peel, a hint of clove over a back drop of earthy leather.

P: rich and supple, spice and finishes with a balanced touch of cocoa and coffee.

Cases Produced:5000

Enjoy until 2012 – I recommend this wine as a drink now. Particularly at the price of $13.99

I usually pair a bacon cupcake with pinot – I highly recommend it. After all, everything is better with bacon. However, Camino is a vegetarian bakery… so, we got creative with some of the spices and flavors you find in bacon appetizers. Roasted garlic and smoked gouda are perfect compliments to the smokiness you find in a pinot noir.

2009 Periano Estate Merlot paired with a dark chocolate cake with currant icing

Lodi, CA

Peirano Estate Vineyards’ Merlot is produced from 6 different clones, or sub-varieties, of Merlot grown on the estate, including two rare French clones (#181 and #314), as well as the very rare Italian clone #9. Peirano Estate was the first commercial winery to grow and produce wine from these rare Merlot clones.

Aged for 12 months in all French oak barrels, of which less than 20% was new oak.

A: rich ripe cherries, blackberries with vanilla

P: cherry, plum, cocoa and cinnamon

I’m also fond of “The Others”, Immortal Zin and “The Unknown” – these wines are great every day drinkers.

Retail: $11.99

The chocolate and berry hints in the wine are enhanced by chocolate base, while the tannin and cinnamon are complimented by the currant.

2008 Domaine Janasse Cotes du Rhone  paired with chocolate spice cake with cinnamon icing (vegan)

This winery and vineyard covers 122 acres of vineyards distributed among different appellations : Châteauneuf du Pâpe, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Village, Vin de Pays de la Principauté d’Orange and Vin de table.

Grape variety : 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 15% Carignan, 5% Cinsault – stem removal : 80% – maceration : 12 to 15 days – elevage : 6 to 9 months in vat

Tasting :

P: strawberry, black cherry , a tinge of minerality and spices

60 000 to 80 000 bottles per year.

GSM, or Cotes du Rhone blends love spice. So we put a chocolate spice with some cinnamon for this wine. GSM also does well with harvest fruit dishes, and is a great thanksgiving complement.

As every year, the 3rd Thursday of November is the release date for the 2010 vintage of Primeur Côtes du Rhône. You may be familiiar with Beaujolais Nouveaux releases, this is similar – and the wines of this region are great for holiday meals.

I hope you enjoy the tasting notes, and if you are in Winston-Salem, head to City Beverage to get some of these wines. This event could not have been successful without the help of Paul Jones, location scout and operations guy extraordinaire. You should follow him on twitter. and the folks at Camino Bakery were extremely friendly – and they do vegetarian in a creative way. Thank you for everything!

Attendees, what were your favorites? If you like what you saw here, join us for the next #WineandCupcakes tasting! And we’ll be heading back to City Beverage for an all new event in February. Hope to see you there!

Wine and Cupcakes – a pairing adventure

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Here are the tasting notes and pairings for the wines from Wine and Cupcakes at Market Avenue Wine Bar in Cleveland from Octover 13, 2011. Many thanks to Market Avenue, Joy and Nicholas for their help and great service, and A Cookie and A Cupcake in Tremont for the awesome cupcakes. Thanks for letting me get really creative! Retail prices listed are prices for purchase at Market Avenue. Stop in for a glass, and take home a bottle.

2010 Golem Riesling with a lemon cake and strawberry balsamic vinegar icing.

Australian – Clare Valley

.1% RSV

12% alcohol

Harvested March 6

Fermented in All stainless steel, so there’s no oak at all.

C: Pale yellow

A: Peach and Lime

P: Bright fresh fruit with juicy lime and lemon rind flavors as well as ripe tropical fruits

350 cases

retail price $17

This pairing accentuates the citrus flavors in the wine, while the strawberry balsamic provides a sweet tart that balances out the residual sugar. If there was more RS, you’d want to go sweeter with your flavor.

2010 Louis Laurant Vouvray paired with almond cake and roquefort icing

100% chenin blanc

France – Loire Valley

The villages of Vouvray and Montlouis are the largest appellations in the region and make only white wines from Chenin blanc.

C: Light yellow straw color.

Medium bodied.

A: Aromas of apples and pears.

Well balanced acidity.

Retail Price $12

Chenin blanc’s typical notes of stone fruit complement the nuttiness of the almond and pairs with the creaminess of the cheese in the icing.

2009 The Velvet Devil Merlot paired with cherry chocolate and salted caramel icing

Washington – Columbia Valley

90.6% Merlot, 9.4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol:13.5%

Fermented in stainless steel, French oak aged.

C; Bright violet-red color extends to primary aromatics revealing

A: Milk chocolate, wild blackberry, baking spice, rose oil

P: chocolate covered cherries and suggestions of smoke and cedar.

Release Date: September 2010

Retail Price $13

The chocolate and berry hints in the wine are enhanced by the cherry chocolate base, while the tannin is balanced by the salted caramel.

2009 Bella Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir paired with white and maple bacon icing

Meiomi owner and winemaker, Joseph Wagner follows a long family tradition of farming and making wine that spans well over 100 years.  His Grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, the namesake for the Belle Glos Pinot Noirs, was co-founder of Caymus Vineyards along with her husband, Charlie and son, Chuck, in 1972.

For this vintage, 47% sourced from Sonoma County grapes; 34% from Santa Barbara County and 19% from Monterey County.

9 months in French oak barrels – 60 percent new

C: Bright, deep garnet color.

A: Aromas of blackberries and cedar. A greatly layered palette abundant in flavor and texture.

P: Palate flavors of bright cherry, cola, dried leaves undertoned with vanilla and oak.

Release date: November 2010

Retail Price: $18

Nothing pairs better with a pinot noir than bacon. Add some sweetness with the maple and you have a perfect blend of flavors to pair with the oaky vanilla in the flavor of the wine.

 2005 Norman The Vocation paired with dark chocolate and cinnamon icing

50% Syrah 40% Grenache 10% Mourvedre

Appellation: Paso Robles

Alcohol: 15.0%

RS: .20%
Barrel Aging: 16 months in 50% new French oak
Cases Produced:525

Enjoy now or cellar age until 2016

A: aromas of ripe cherry, perfume and strawberry with nuances of cocoa and nutmug.

Medium-bodied

The cocoa and nutmeg blend seamlessly with the dark chocolate and savory cinnamon.

Retail: $23

Join us for the next Wine and Cupcakes experience in January, or one of our other events to be on sale soon. Check the Calendar of Events for details.

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