Monthly Archives: April 2009

Washington Winery Unveils Concert Schedule

    Each summer, Chateau Ste. Michelle hosts some of the most popular concerts in the Pacific Northwest, featuring renowned musicians in an idyllic setting.

     Tickets for the 2009 concert season went on sale April 25. Here’s the lineup…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Wine Takes Center-Stage in New York City

    Wine & Spirits Magazine will host its first New York event, Top of the List, on Tuesday, June 2.

     More than 100 wineries will pour the top wines served in America’s
best restaurants, paired with specialties from some of NYC’s most
esteemed chefs.

     The tasting will take place at City Winery, the new live music
space that holds the distinction of being Manhattan’s only winery.

     A series of intimate, seated retrospective tastings will take
place throughout the day. The event will commence with a keynote panel
discussion led…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

'Rising Stars' on Napa/Sonoma Dining Scene Honored

    New York City’s, the award-winning online culinary
magazine, is including Napa/Sonoma on its four-city U.S. tour in 2009
with a series of June events to engage both the public and the culinary

     On Wednesday, June 17, will present its Rising Stars
Revue at Napa Valley’s Charles Krug Winery, a walk-around tasting gala
for the public featuring the Napa/Sonoma “Rising Stars” and their
signature dishes, cocktails and wine pairings.

     Rising Stars is a national award that recognizes up-and-coming
chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from around the
country. Rising Star candidates are nominated for consideration by the

Posted in Wine Buzz

'Wine Country' Is Calling from Coast to Coast

    It’s time to stop talking about taking a wine-related trip and to do something about it!

     All this week here on, we’ll be bringing you
ideas on where to go and what to do in the wonderful world of wine
during the coming months.

     On Tuesday, we’ll tell you about a very special event in June….

Posted in Editor's Journal

A Special Recipe for 2

    When you want a special dish to serve with a special red wine such
as Cabernet Sauvignon or a rich Rhone blend, try this recipe.

     As its name indicates, it makes 2 servings.

Cote de Boeuf for Two

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Yes, You Can Have Oak-Aged Chardonnay With Dinner

    A rich soup calls for a rich wine, and no white wine is richer than an oak-aged Chardonnay.

     This recipe, from The Casual Vineyard Table, makes 4 servings.

Chilled Zucchini Soup With White Truffle Oil

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Feast for the Senses in New Orleans

    When the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience was conceived 18
years ago, its founders had enlisted only 40 or so oenophiles and
colleagues from the wine industry to showcase their wines at the debut

     Today, the NOWFE is nationally recognized as one the most
prestigious festivals of its kind and features more than 175 wineries
and 1,000 wines over the five-day event, which now raises $125,000-plus
annually for local charities.

     Plans for the 2009 event, scheduled for May 19-23, are shaping up…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Savor the Flavors of the Santa Lucia Highlands

    The Wine Artisans of the Santa Lucia Highlands, an alliance of the
appellation’s winegrowers and the wineries that rely on the district’s
world-class fruit, have announced the final pouring line-up for their
3rd annual gala tasting, taking place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May
16 at Hahn Estates.

     This “Highlands’ Fling” celebration will be a strolling wine
tasting on the grounds of the scenic Hahn property. The event will
feature the most prized vintages and special reserves of the S.L.H.’s

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Getting to Know Portugal's Douro Valley

    There’s no better way to appreciate Portugal’s Douro Valley
winegrowing region than by taking a day cruise on the Douro River.

     The Douro Valley is a magnificent sight, and the farther inland
one floats, away from the cities, the more “wild” the countryside
becomes. At seemingly every curve, a new vineyard terrace or olive
grove comes into view. Almond trees also are abundant.

     Of course, the river also serves an important purpose in terms of
commerce: With so many quintas along its banks, it provides…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Shrimp & Peppers Over Fettucine

A delicious spring entree.  Shrimp and Peppers over Fettuccine.  This recipe makes 2 servings, and is best enjoyed with a glass of white wine…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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