Tag Archives: Wine Tasting

The Christiane Chronicles: Stop swirling your Champagne, you idiot

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Rant Buzz Killers Swirling a glass of wine with a flick of the wrist can tell you a lot about what you’re drinking. The movement oxygenates the wine, releasing some volatile compounds that interfere with its true aroma. Raising the wine to eye level to look at its “legs” (the tears descending inside the glass) gives you an idea of its viscosity and alcohol strength. But the sight of anyone performing these acts with a glass of bubbly makes me hysterical. So you like to smash bubbles? You want to kill something that is alive?!?!? Champagnes and other sparkling wines ...

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How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

Source: Washingtonian Food

“As a winemaker, as soon as I see someone spitting in the tasting room, they get a ton more respect from me,” says Jordan Harris of Tarara Winery in Leesburg. “It’s a sure tell that the person is either in the trade, very responsible, more interested in taste than a buzz, or has been tasting […]

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How to Sound Smart About Local Wine

Source: Washingtonian Food

Keep an Open Palate Rkatsiteli. This white-wine varietal from the country of Georgia was introduced to our area by winemaker Dennis Horton. Its wine drinks like a Spanish Albariño. Petit Verdot. A red blending grape that also does well on its own, producing full-bodied wines that pair nicely with steaks. Merlot. “Merlot is treated much […]

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Want to Educate Yourself About Wine? These Wineries Can Help.

Source: Washingtonian Food

These wineries offer short classes that are also fun experiences. Breaux Vineyards’ Virginia School of Wine offers classes targeted at both serious oenophile (“The Anatomy of a Wine Barrel”) and novice (“Drink That With This: Wine Pairings”). $15 to $55; reservations at breauxvineyards.com/events. Fabbioli Cellars offers seated tastings that are more in depth than a […]

Want to Educate Yourself About Wine? These Wineries Can Help.” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Nick Elmi Is Opening a Bar

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Last May Nick Elmi went to work on securing a liquor license and expanding into the former coffee shop that is next door to his Laurel. The initial plan was to add some seating and install a bar. But here we are more than seven months later and that hasn’t happened.

So when we caught up with Elmi at Philly Cooks, we asked him what was up. Elmi, whose Laurel has been named the top restaurant in the city for the past two years, has decided not to mess up the good thing he has going ...

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CACAO – Atlanta’s Premier Upscale Chocolate Company

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

Let’s talk chocolate, shall we? Cacao, Specifically. But not just any chocolate – no offense to the Hershey’s, Nestle’s and Mars of the world – specially curated chocolate; the best of the best, the robust in flavor, the smooth in finish, the chocolate you’ll find when you step through the doors of Cacao Atlanta Chocolate […]

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Euphoria Greenville Food and Wine Festival, 10th Anniversary – Part 2

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

The last day of Euphoria Food, Wine and Music festival is truly one of the best. If you are going to Euphoria, I hope you plan on staying for the Sunday Funday. If you haven’t read part 1 of my review for Euphoria Food, Wine and music festival, you should read it now. Jazz Brunch […]

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Euphoria Greenville Food and Wine Festival 10th Anniversary! Part 1

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

Fall is right around the corner – my favorite time of year. And my favorite food festival is coming up next month. Euphoria Greenville takes place September 17 – 20th. If you have never been before, just go for one day and I promise you’ll fall in love as I did. Here’s my recap of […]

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Summertime Wine: Events at Jet Wine Bar

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

jet-wine-bar-logo-homeJet Wine Bar kicks off its summer wine event series this week.

This Wednesday. July 1st, explore your favorite summertime wine, Rosé, with a wine tasting. Tasting includes 4 rosés and basic winemaking info. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm and tickets are on sale now for $22.

The next event of the series, “Uncork California,” continues on Wednesday August 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. As the name suggests, guests will taste several wines from the prolific wine making state. You’ll also be instructed on the basics and history of California vino..

The series ends with “Grapeography” ...

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Uncorked Is Back, And Now With a Twist

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

uncorked-940Even if you know exactly what wine you like to drink, the selection at Fine Wine & Good Spirits can be daunting. Solution: join Philadelphia magazine on Tuesday, July 28th for Uncorked, a wine tasting event under the Shambles at Headhouse.

Uncorked is your chance to try many of the wines offered at Fine Wine & Good Spirits while enjoying live music, outdoor games, and local vendors. With over 200 wines to taste, find out what you like best (if you want to purchase any, there will be an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at your disposal). And when all that tasting gets overwhelming, ...

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Wine Tasting Class at Amada

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

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Amada” basically translates to “beloved” or “sweetheart,” so it’s very fitting that Amada is hosting a class for people to learn all about my sweetheart: wine. On Sunday, Apr. 26 from 2:30-3:30 pm, Alexandra Cherniavsky (Amada’s Sommelier) is teaching a wine tasting class.

The class will feature wines intended to perk you up after a dreary winter, so you can expect sparkling wine from Raventos i Blanc, a rosé from Amestoi, and other bright, white wines. Also, light tapas will be served, and the whole thing only costs $25, which is a pretty good deal for wine and ...

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Chefs, Shrooms at Champs at STK Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

STK Midtown Atlanta date

STK’s swanky bar

Chefs Mark Alba of STK Atlanta, Nick Leahy of Saltyard, and Timothy Magee and Joseph Ramaglia of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails are joining forces for one night for “Chefs, Shrooms and Champs” – celebrating everyone’s favorite fungi, mushrooms. The event takes place tomorrow, so hurry up and get your tickets!

What: Mushroom entrees, Live DJ, Open Bar and more

Where: STK Atlanta

When: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-9:30

Cost: $100 per person

The night includes 8 different dishes.  A live DJ and an open bar showcasing STK’s signature cocktails and a a sampling of Veuve Cliquot. There will be dedicated tasting stations throughout the Bistro where you ...

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Del Frisco’s Grille, Buckhead, Atlanta Review

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

Located at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Buckhead, just about 10 steps across the hotel entrance is Del Frisco’s Grille. Never having been, I likened it to a Capital Grille, based solely on the menu. However, it is more like the Capital Grille’s younger brother, with it’s more modern style and loud music.

I tried the Kilt Lifter cocktail, and it was exceptional. Made with gin, St. Germain, elderflower, and a splash of Tabasco, it was a perfect balance of a stiff drink with a botanical flair if that makes sense. I don’t recommend drinking on an empty stomach. Where they ...

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Sommelier Saturdays at Del Frisco’s Grille

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

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Wine education at Del Frisco’s Grille in Buckhead

 

When I dined at Del Frisco’s Grille last month, in addition to an incredible meal, I saw a familiar face: Buddy Smith. Buddy used to work over at the Captial Grille and I saw him almost every time I dined there. Now he’s bringing his wine expertise to Del Frisco’s.

Who: Wine Enthusiasts
What: Wine tasting and education
Where: Del Frisco’s Grille
When: Last Saturday of every month, 3-5 pm.
Cost: $35

This would make a perfect first date for wine lovers. You can make your reservations by visiting DelFriscosGrille.com or ...

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SPTR Is Hosting A Pop-Up Austrian Wine Tasting

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

On Thursday, February 26, South Philadelphia Tap Room is hosting a pop-up tasting menu with Austrian winemaker Markus Huber. Chef de cuisine Mark Regan is taking over the kitchen and will be creating a special menu to reflect the traditional flavors of an Austrian Heuriger (a wine bar, more or less).

For those of you totally into your Austrian wines, the bottles being uncorked are a Hugo Sparkling Rose, Huber Gelber Muskateller, Huber Gruner Veltliner Obere Steigen, Huber Riesling Engelberg and Hugo Red Blend. All of them will be available in tasting portions.

And just to stay topical, along with ...

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Euphoria Greenville Food Festival 2014 #yeahThatGreenville

Source: Atlanta Restaurant Blog

Euphoria Food Wine and Music Festival is back for another year. It happens September 18 -21, In case you didn’t know, I freaking LOVE Euphoria Greenville. Greenville is a small city, with a huge foodie scene. Each year in the fall, Euphoria Festival takes over the downtown for an obscene amount of food, frolicking and festivities.

I took way too many pictures last year to share in a single post, so just watch the video:

If you are a foodie, enjoy all different kinds of music, and like learning and tasting new wines, then the VIP pass is for ...

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