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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gnarly Head 2010 Old Vine Zin

I opened a bottle of Gnarly Head 2010 Old Vine Zin last night to pair with pasta and a red sauce. My first reaction was that it was not a Sonoma County Old Vine Zin nor a Temecula Zin. In fact, the wine tasted very similar to a Petite Sirah that I made with juice […]

Help Needed for Ice Wine Harvest

It’s not often one gets to help harvest grapes for making Ice Wine. However, Laurello Vineyards in Ohio is offering volunteers the chance to help pick grapes for Ice Wine. The harvest is scheduled for January 2 at 12Noon. The location is South Ridge Vineyard at 398 South Ridge Road East in Conneaut, OH. If […]

New Year’s Events at Wineries

While many wineries are closed for New Year’s Eve, others have planned special events. Below is a list of five wineries that will have special New Year’s events. It’s time to ring a New Year in! Be sure to call ahead in the case reservations are needed. Cheers! Kathy DelFosse Winery, Virginia Event: New Year’s […]

Holiday Wine Gift Basket Ideas

Are you still at a loss as to what Christmas gift for someone special on your holiday list? An article a couple of years ago is as relevant today as it was then. I wrote about gift basket ideas with specific suggestions. Ideas were included for food lovers, car enthusiasts, home beer or wine makers, […]

Hey IWINETC, How about Virginia?

I just looked at a list of of international tour operators and travel agents that will attend the International Wine Tourism Conference in January 2012 in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. I noticed a couple of the participants are from Virginia. Although I reside in neighboring Maryland, Virginia would make a wonderful host for a future International […]

Recipes for the Holidays

With this being the last weekend before Christmas, it may be the perfect time to bake cookies or at the very least develop a menu for when you have guests to your home. Even if you will be spending the holidays elsewhere, consider baking or cooking a special treat to greet your family and friends. […]

Wine Events this Weekend

Check these fun event and entertainment this weekend before Christmas! While at a winery remember to look for last minute Christmas gifts! Enjoy! Cheers! Kathy Friday, December 16 Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, OH Event: Tannenbaum Entertainment: Ron Sluga Website Information Winery at Perennial Vineyards, OH Entertainment: Bongo Joe & Little Steve Website Information  Saturday, December […]

Christmas Countdown: 10 Days: Mulled Wine for the Holidays

Christmas and holiday time is a great time of the year to fill your home with the scents of mulled wine. As long as you have a few simple items in your kitchen, you can easily make a mulled wine. Good ingredients to have on hand for making mulled wine include: red wine, sugar, spices […]

Holiday Wine Gift Basket Ideas

If you have a creative spark in you, consider making theme gift baskets for anyone who enjoys a glass of wine. Purchase baskets at your local arts and crafts store. Make sure they are large enough to hold a bottle or two of wine with room for more goodies. Add a couple of wineglasses, a […]

Countdown to Christmas: 11 days – Heirloom Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe

Enjoy this salad for everyday meals or perhaps with Christmas or New Year’s dinner. If you don’t have champagne vinaigrette on hand, check out some winery tasting rooms or specialty stores including Williams-Sonoma. Cheers! Kathy Heirloom Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette Serves 4 Ingredients 8 mixed heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut in wedges 3 shallots, […]

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