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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 http://www.startneo.info 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. www.startneo.info Additional questions? Call Ruthie at 216-521-2894 or email rkoenigsmark@yahoo.com.

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White Wines for Spring – TOWC Notes

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On a gorgeous Cleveland Spring evening, wine lovers gathered at The Olde Wine Cellar for an Ode to Spring, White Wines and Cupcakes on the deck of the wine shop. We were not disappointed with warm weather and a slowly setting sun. So what were we oohing and ahhing over on this beautiful evening with friends and strangers gathered to taste?

Wine and Cupcakes Selection

Brut D’Argent Blanc de Blancs

 Paired with White cake, custard and fresh strawberries with buttercream

How can one resist the urge to begin a tasting on one of the earliest warm days Cleveland has seen by sipping on some sparkling wine? We toasted to a new season with the very affordable and tasty Blac de Blancs from the Jura region on France.

This 100% Chardonnay has light effervescence, slight hints of crisp green apple and pear, a bit of mineral and some touches of buttered brioche at the finish.  Nice value.We paired this with the strawberry custard as a pleasing blend of light fruits. Champagne (or sparking, because even though French, this is not from the Champagne region) blends beautifully with fruits of all kinds. Think strawberry, apple, kiwi, peach… and of course you can easily add in the chocolate!

NV New Age Torrontes  – ArgentinaTorrontes Sauvignon Blanc blend

 Paired with Almond cake with roquefort icing

From one of Argentina’s most famous wineries – Bodega Valentin Bianchi, 90% Torrontes, 10% Sauvignon Blanc.

 Torrontes is the signature wine grape of Argentina. Aromas of fresh flowers and fruit, crisp, yet soft in the finish. Halfway through the fermentation process, the wine is centrifuged (spun) to halt fermentation, creating a slightly sweet, semi-sparkling wine. 9% ABV

The New Age is not your typical Torrontes, so if you are a huge fan, the effervescence may be a little shocking on your palate. That being said, for inexperienced wine drinkers, it is a great way to introduce your palate to a new grape. And if you like sparklings in general, you will probably find this to be a budget friendly one off from your usual bubbly.

Schloss Zell Mosel2007 Mosel Piersporter Michelsberg Kabinett Riesling – Germany

 Paired with Granny Smith Apple cake with Apple Cream Cheese and Caramel

Honestly, this cupcake could have paired with either the bubbly or the riesling. This wine and cupcake together just seemed like grandma’s apple strudel. Piesporter Michelsberg Kabinett is a very crisp moderately light bodied wine reminiscent of granny smith apples. The lively acidity results in a juicy clean palate feel that is ideal for a wide range of foods from cheese and appetizers to shellfish and meat.

There are so many variations on the theme when it comes to Riesling, this is your slightly off dry, slightly more acidity version. And it was a crowd favorite on our Spring evening!

2010 Tortoise Creek Wines Viognier – FranceViognier Tortoise Creek Winery France

Paired with Ginger Cake with Lemon Icing

 This Viognier, “Le Verger” is completely unoaked and therefore bright with lovely aromas of peaches, pears and honeysuckle that lead to a palate that is fresh and crisp but packed with fruit. Viognier can easily be paired with spiced dishes. I love a viognier with a sushi or fish. So I give you ginger and lemon… two of my favorite flavors with those dishes.

Viognier is meant to be consumed young, and typically will lose its perfume as it ages in the bottle, so don’t hold on to this one too long – not that you’d want to – its yummy (that’s a technical term), open it now!

2010 YardDog White Blend – Australia

Yard Dog White Blend South AustraliaPaired with Olive oil and sweet white wine cake with Basil Icing

55% Chardonnay, 18% Gewurztraminer, 15% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Viognier, and 3% Semillon. from South Eastern Australia.

 This wine is barreled in old oak and stainless steel, so that the oak mellows the edges of the wine, but does not impart huge amounts of oak flavor – and its aged for 2-5 years, depending on the varietal, then blended prior to bottling. This one will cellar for a few years, so be sure to give it some air before sipping.

 The YardDog made me think of fish, pork, chicken… white meat dinners on a summer day. So its paired with a sweetened cake (to balance the semillion and gewurtztriminer – traditionally sweeter wines) with basil icing – one of the herbs commonly used on summer white meat dishes.

2010 Dreaming Tree Chardonnay – CaliforniaDave Matthews Band wine label Chardonnay

 Paired with Fig cupcake with Brie

Steve Reeder partnered with Dave Matthews to create this wine. They wanted to bring the traditional Central Coast flavors of spice and big fruit to their Chardonnay. This wine was aged for 9 months in oak and stainless steel, so you will get American oak on the nose.. which will calm after getting some air.

 At 13.5 % this is not a heavy Chard, nor is it a fruit bomb… this is, with some air, a lovely dinner chardonnay.

 It reminds me of sipping white wine on the deck with fruit and cheese, so I give you fruit and cheese.

If these pairings sound like fun, join us for our next public tasting on April 28 – tickets are available for the East Side tasting at The Wine Spot. Or give me a call, and we can put together a private tasting for your friends, family, company or civic group! 


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!

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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:

RED WINE SAUCE

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

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!

WHITE WINE SAUCE

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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