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Wine and Cupcakes – East Side Tasting

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We’ll be at the Wine Spot on November 8, 2012 for a seasonal East Side tasting.

MissWineOH will be on hand to pour 4 wines, each with a gourmet mini-cupcake chosen specifically for your palate pleasure. A white, a rose, and two beautiful reds will be served – each with a morsel of flavor to delight your taste buds.

It will be an educational and social event for the connoisseur or wine newbie. We’ll discuss wine pairing for the holiday season and suggest a few wines to complement your seasonal needs.

The beautifully appointed Wine Spot will be our venue. With the incredible art from local talent, a superior selection of wine and beer, and some of the most knowledgeable wine folks in the area at your service.

We’ll be pouring from 6-8pm.

Eventbrite - Wine and Cupcakes at Wine Spot

If you want to guarantee your spot, buy your tickets in advance. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Ticket prices include all taxes, fees and gratuity.


Sip into the Holidays – Charity Wine Event

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stART Neo Presents….The 5th annual Sip Into the Holidays…. The Benefit will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012, from 7-10pm, at Wobblefoot Gallery Mars Avenue, Lakewood. The Auction and Chinese Raffle will showcase local artists’ work of custom painted glassware, themed gift baskets and other artist created holiday items all to benefit Lakewood Commission’s mission of providing quality programming and support for Lakewood’s Senior Citizens.

This year’s theme, Happy Christmahanukwanzaa celebrates our community diversity! The world is one big melting pot, and that’s never made more clear than during the holidays. If you find yourself saying, “Merry Chr— er, happy, uh, holidays…” more than a few times a week during the holiday season, join us in celebrating diversity and toasting Christmahanukwanzaa!

We have a couple of additions to our event this year. First, we will be raffling off an instant wine cellar. This collection of approximately 24 (or more – it’s still “pouring” in at press time!) bottles will kick start a robust wine cellar or complement your existing collection. The 2012 Instant Wine Cellar will feature velvety Cabernets, lush Chardonnays, giddy Sparkling Wines and interesting varietals from Ohio and beyond. We offer many thanks to the families who contributed to this extraordinary collection, which celebrates the collaborative spirit of our Community. Raffle tickets will be $10 a piece for this raffle, and they will be sold before and during the Event. If you are unable to attend the event, you can stop by Wobblefoot Gallery after November 15th to buy a raffle ticket.

Also, the evening of the event will be complemented with a wine tasting presented by MissWineOH, the wine events and education company, who be on hand as we taste 5 great wines. The Chief Tasting Officer will share the details of how to pick a great wine for any occasion. Two whites, a Rose and two Reds will be poured for us.

Established in 1978, the Lakewood Commission of Aging’s mission is to support programs and activities that enhance the lives of older adults by enabling them to live productively and with dignity in our community. Proceeds raised from this event will help underwrite the costs of many programs the Lakewood Division of Aging offers Lakewood Senior Citizens.

All donors of raffle and auction items will receive recognition in the event program. Tickets for the event will be $20 presale or $25 day of the event. We plan to sell out this year so buy your tickets today! You can buy your tickets and instant wine cellar raffle tickets at Wobblefoot Gallery or purchase event tickets online at by selecting the Donation button.

One of the missions of stArtNeo is to give back to the community by working with nonprofits and artists to support national and local charities by generating awareness through fundraising events. Additional questions? Call Ruthie at 216-521-2894 or email

What do I do with Leftover Wine?

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Though some of us rarely have leftover wine in our house, even MissWineOH occasionally has a bottle she’s opened and either just not loved, or didn’t finish.

Since I’m a bit obsessive about not wasting things, I’m looking for ways to use wines that end up open in my refrigerator – and it hurts my wine loving heart to pour them out.

So here are a couple of ideas for ways to use that wine:


This is an “easy” sauce, not going to win any awards – but will pair great with whatever meat you are serving.


  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme  or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme


After preparing your protein, remove meat or chicken from the pan leaving the residual fat that it was cooked in. Add the chicken stock and red wine and reduce over high heat by half (1/4 cup). Whisk in the butter, mustard, thyme and serve.

If you still have leftover wine after you’ve made your sauce – I suggest freezing the wine in ice cube trays to be used in a recipe. I freeze them, and then pop the cubes out into a container or baggie for easy storage in the freezer. Just pull out as many as you need. Usually 1/4 cup of wine is 2 cubes in MissWineOH’s house!


This is a bulk sauce, unlike the red wine above.

Makes 5 to 6 cups

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup dry white wine
4 cups chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (see note)

Pour the olive oil into a 4- to 5-quart saucepan over medium heat, then add the flour and stir with a wire whisk until all the flour is dissolved and the mixture looks like a paste. Reduce the heat and slowly add the wine; the mixture will start to thicken quickly. Continue to stir and remove from the heat, if necessary, until all the wine has been mixed in. Slowly pour in the chicken broth while you continue to stir. Simmer, uncovered, for approximately 1 hour, or until the taste of alcohol is no longer present in the sauce. Freeze in containers of various sizes, including some in an ice-cube tray to allow easy small additions to sauces. It can stay in the freezer for 6 months or more.

NOTE: Be sparing with the salt and pepper. It’s better to underseason this sauce, because you will season it again in the sauté pan.

NOTE: If this (or any) sauce ever has lumps caused by undissolved flour, just pass the sauce through a sieve or a mesh strainer. It will come out lump-free.

Recipe from Silvia Bianco’s Simply Sauté: Fast, Easy, and Healthy Italian Cooking — All in One Pan (Marlowe & Company; December 2003; $16.95/trade paperback)

How do you use leftover wine? Do you buy wine specifically for cooking? Share your tips, tricks and hints in the comments below.

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