Ten Tidbits for Tuesday

sommHey, if radio stations can have triple-play Thursdays and rock block weekends, why can’t a wine blog have an occasional “Tidbits” day?

So, here we go with “Ten Tidbits for Tuesday”…

  1. The best known casino resorts in Reno probably would be the Atlantis, Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. All serve good food (Eldorado, in particular), but if it’s steak you seek, follow the locals to the Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse inside the Bonanza Casino. There, USDA Prime graded beef is aged 28 days to ensure maximum flavor and tenderness, while the signature prime rib is roasted for up to 14 hours. A “Best of Nevada” pick six years running by Nevada magazine, Cactus Creek also has an excellent wine list and hosts occasional wine dinners. More: http://www.bonanzacasino.com/cactus-creek-prime-steakhouse/
  1. “Somm: Into the Bottle” gained rave reviews at film festivals throughout 2015. It’s now available on DVD, and you can read more about it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/somm-into-the-bottle/id1056419828
  1. 17.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the maximum temperature at which grapes may be legally picked for making ice wine in Canada.
  1. In the early years of the post-apartheid era, Stellenbosch was the wine region that attracted the most attention in South Africa. Now, Swartland is being rediscovered and embraced for its lesser known grape varieties that are being made into exciting wines. To learn more about Swartland, go to: http://www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/wine-estates/swartland.php
  1. It’s never too early to start making holiday plans, especially in an area where the number of hotel/motel rooms is limited. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the people of Yountville, Calif., kick off the holiday season by transforming their town into a magical winter wonderland using thousands of tiny twinkling lights. Leading up to the 5:30 p.m. town lighting, Santa arrives with sirens and flashing lights on a big hook and ladder fire truck, and carolers in period costume stroll around the community center. Also, Yountville’s award-winning restaurants offer tasty bites, and more than two dozen wineries pour samples of Napa Valley wines. It’s a great way to spend the Thanksgiving weekend. The Yountville website has not yet been updated with the 2016 information, but you can get the basics by reading more about the 2015 event: https://www.yountville.com/event/27th-annual-festival-of-lights/
  1. I agree 100 percent with renowned British wine critic, writer and auctioneer Michael Broadbent, who once observed: “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”
  1. Although there are many, many variables, a standard acre of grapevines will produce 3,985 bottles of wine.
  1. Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles, Calif., has opened a kitchen and is now offering hands-on cooking classes and other special events. Coming up: a “Pop-Up Dinner/Cioppino Night on March 18. Info: 805-239-2233.
  1. East Coast foodies know something that West Coast foodies may not: Providence, R.I., is home to a thriving culinary scene. Visitors to our smallest state’s largest city can get a quick (and tasty) tutorial on the top local restaurants by taking a three-hour tour led by chef and cookbook author Cindy Salvato. The tour, typically held on Saturday mornings, focuses on the Federal Hill neighborhood, which is known as Providence’s “Little Italy.” More: http://www.savoringrhodeisland.com
  1. Just outside Mendoza, Argentina’s winegrowing capital, the Cavas Wine Lodge offers a unique escape for wine lovers. In addition to sampling the estate-grown vintages and noshing on Argentine rib-eye with chimichurri sauce, guests can soak in the sun vineyard-side, play golf, take a wine bath or indulge in a grape-seed exfoliation. Accommodations are in adobe-toned casitas. More: http://www.cavaswinelodge.com
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