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Slow Food Nations Festival in Denver

Denver, Colorado is the site of the large Slow Food Nations festival  taking place July 19-21, 2019. The theme for this year’s festival is Tradition Meets Innovation. The festival opens on July 19 with the Leader Summit and opening party. On July 20 and 21, Larimer Square in Denver is the location for the festival and the celebration continues with a Taste Marketplace, cooking demos, workshops, family pavilion and interactive food fun.

The Slow Food Nations Festival, which began in 2017, will include talks, workshops, tastings and special events.  Chefs and farmers will be among the many speakers.

According to the info on the Slow Food Nations website, “Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.”

While many events are free, some events require tickets which start at $40. The events list is too long to list but a sample of the free events includes:

  • Chef Cooking Club: Nightshades Edition
  • Black Cat Farm Dinner and Farm Tour
  • Indigenous Foodways and Lifeways
  • Authors signing: several authors will be signing
  • Slow Bees
  • Breakfast Bowls
  • Late Night by Land and Sea

A partial list of ticketed events include:

  • Slow Food Craft Beer Experience
  • Pickled Pintxos and Paella on the Patio
  • Colorado Fare Block Party
  • Meet Your Maker: Bee Squared Apiaries Honey
  • Fonio, The Ancient Miracle Grain
  • This is Cider
  • Craft Beer for Change
  • The Sweet Source of Craft Chocolate
  • Fermentation is Everywhere!

For more information about the Slow Food Nations Festival fun, visit the events page.

Cheers!
Kathy

A Fun, Summer Wine Tour in Utah

If you plan on traveling in Utah this summer, discover this unusual wine tasting tour with a bit of history. On Thursdays from July 11 thru August 29, 2019, wine enthusiasts can enjoy a very special wine tour, “Mines & Wines Tour.”

Mines & Wines Deer Valley VIP Tours are offered by the Fox School of Wine in Utah. The tour is three hours long. The price tag of $247 includes round trip transportation from The Lodges at Deer Valley.

The tour is described as starting at The Lodges at Deer Valleys Brass Tag restaurant that will offer information about the feud that was the impetus for starting mining in Park City. Afterwards a limobus takes participants to the Ontario Mine, Miner’s Hospital, First National Bank on Main Street, Silver King Consolidated HQ and the Red Light District.

The tour includes:

  • Vintage sparkling wine from Carneros, California
  • Premiere Cru Chablis from Chablis, Burgundy, France
  • A Rosé of Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • A boutique Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
  • A Gran Reserva Rioja from Rioja, Spain
  • A 20-year Tawny Port from Oporto, Portugal
  • Light, paired nibbles
  • Wine tote
  • Deer Valley gift
  • Appetizer

More information and a video are available online.

Cheers,
Kathy

Enjoy 4th of July Weekend at a Winery

Three Northern Virginia wineries are celebrating July 4th weekend with the Trifecta event. For the four-day holiday weekend, Pearmund Cellars, Vint Hill Craft Winery and Effingham Manor and Winery will be offering Trifecta. When visitors stop at one of the above wineries, they can purchase a pass for tastings for $20 that is good at all three wineries from July 4 through Sunday, July 7. At the final winery, participants will receive a souvenir wine glass.

According to a recent email from Pearmund Cellars, “Adding to the fun; the availability of the RED, AND BLUE MAKES GOLD three pack, featuring a recent Gold Medal Winning wine from each winery.”

Pearmund Cellars

At the Pearmund Cellars winery, visitors will receive hot dogs and burgers – while supplies last! Donations are requested for the Fauquier SPCA.

Effingham Manor in Virginia

Locations:

All three of these wineries are within the Washington metropolitan region making each one easy to reach.

 

  • Pearmund Cellars,  6190 Georgetown Rd, Broad Run, Virginia  20137
  • Effingham Manor and Winery, 14325 Trotters Ridge Pl, Nokesville, Virginia. 20181
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery, 7150 Lineweaver Rd, Warrenton, Virginia.  20187

Enjoy a long holiday weekend by taking your time to visit and relax at a winery in your local area.

Please drink in moderation and consider using a designated driver.

Cheers!
Kathy

Save the Dates: August 2 -3 and July 31 for Ohio Wines

Vineyards in Ohio

The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival takes place August 2 & 3, 2019 at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio. In 2019, the Ohio Wine Producers Association is celebrating the 25th year of the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

The festival includes wines from around the state, restaurant vendors, food trucks, crafts, artisans, wines from around the state, performing arts, live music and entertainment for children.

Several types of tickets are available:

Adult Sampler in Advance: $32
AdultSampler at the Gate: $37
Two-day Sampler: $47
Designated Driver: $14
Child (under 18) $3
Child under 3) Free

Tickets for the festival are available online.    

25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner – July 31, 2019   

On July 31, two days prior to the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, a special 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner takes place on Festival Field.  The dinner will recognized some of the best wines produced in Ohio. Featured wineries will be  wineries who helped to launch the festival 25 years ago. 

The dinner menu includes:

Aperitif: Featuring Reièm American Sparkling Wine, Meiers Wine Cellars

First  Course: Arugula Salad paired with Debonné Vineyards 2017 Grand River Valley Unoaked Chardonnay

Second Course: Crab Cake paired with Breitenbach Wine Cellars American Pinot Grigio

Third Course: Crispy Duck w/Lush Fig Sauce: matched with Ferrante Winery 2017 Grand River Valley Gewürztraminer and Heineman Winery Lake Erie White Riesling 

Fourth Course: Braised Short Rib/Polenta paired with Valley Vineyards Ohio River Valley Cabernet Franc and Firelands Winery 2015 Isle St. George Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert: Chocolate Covered Strawberries paired with Meier’s Winery #44 Cream Sherry

Tickets for this special dinner are $70 per person; $129 per couple. Tickets are available online. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

For more information about many of Ohio’s wineries check out Wine Trail Traveler’s Ohio winery reviews.

Cheers!
Kathy

A Special Winegrowers Festival in Switzerland

Switzerland is not particularly well known for winemaking. Perhaps one reason may be that most of the Swiss wine is enjoyed within the country rather than being exported outside of the country. Smaller vineyard acreage is also undoubtedly a reason.

Wine enthusiasts might enjoy discovering the Fête des Vignerons, a celebration of winegrowers in Switzerland, that occurs only once every generation or about every 20 years. The most recent festival was in 1999. The next festival takes place this summer in 2019 over a three week period. This year the Fête des Vignerons runs from July 18 to August 11. Tickets for the Fête des Vignerons are available online.

According to the Fête des Vignerons’ website, this special festival “is the first living Swiss tradition to have been recognized by UNESCO.” In 2016 the Fête des Vignerons was added to UNESCO’s  Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The festival dates back to 1797. 

Events at the Fête des Vignerons include a large show which has 20 scenes and represents the many aspects of the vineyard life. During the show a coronation of the most excellent winegrowers takes place. These winegrowers are chosen by the Confrérie des Vignerons (Brotherhood of Winegrowers.)

Thousands of actresses and actors take part in the show. All of them live locally. Imagine the excitement for the people of Vevey as they prepare for a large event that takes place only once every 20 years.

Fête des Vignerons takes place in the town of Vevey which is located in the Lavaux wine region of Switzerland. The Lavaux wine region is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The main grape variety growing in this region is Chasselas, a white grape.

If you will be visiting Switzerland this summer, try to attend the Fête des Vignerons; or if visiting Switzerland anytime be sure to discover the Swiss wines including Chasselas.

Cheers,
Kathy

Tasting of Madrid DO Wines in Washington, DC

Last week we attended the Vinos de Madrid DO wine tasting held at the Barcelona Wine Bar in Washington, DC. The seminar presentation was informative the presenter was enthusiastic about the red and white wines produced in the Madrid region. The descriptive wine seminar was followed by more wine tasting served with an array of tapas. Below is a pictorial description of the wine tasting event. For more information about the Vinos de Madrid DO wine tasting, check out Terry’s blog, Vinos de Madrid Open Tasting in Washington DC.

The combination of a seminar, wine tasting, and food bites made the Vinos de Madrid wine tasting a successful event for attendees and the wine producers.

Cheers,
Kathy

Vinos de Madrid DO Wine Seminar

 

Vinos de Madrid wines at Washington, DC tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few of the Madrid DO Wines

La Pájara

Valdovin

El Regajal

Puerta de Alcalá

Tejoneras

Tapas at Barcelona Wine Bar

Mouthwatering bites of beef

Charcuterie

Potato bites

Shrimp

 

20th Anniversary of Taste for Life

The 20th Anniversary of Taste for Life takes place on June 23, 2019 at Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino.

Toast an end to cancer while enjoying fine cuisine and wine.

This year’s special event includes live and silent auctions and live entertainment. The Taste of Life event will offer a variety of fun things including: the Secret Society Band, magician William Gross, Mystery Wine Pull and TapSnap Photo Booth. Mixolo will also be available.

If you cannot attend this year’s event, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society online.

Tickets for the June 23 event, are $85 for general admission and $150 for a VIP ticket. The “VIP Ticket includes exclusive pre-event with premium wine and light fare, held at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Horseshoe Casino from 1:00 – 2:00P.M.” Tickets are available online.

Cheers!
Kathy

Vinos de Madrid Open Tasting in Washington DC

Vinos de Madrid seminar at Barcelona Wine Bar in Washington DC

Earlier this week we had an invitation to attend a seminar tasting with wines from the Vinos de Madrid DO. The seminar was followed by a walk-around tasting. The venue was held at the Barcelona Wine Bar on 14th Street NW in Washington DC. We have attended several wine tasting at this restaurant all featuring Spanish wines. The restaurant does a wonderful job with tapas served during the walk-around tasting.

One of the purposes of the tastings and seminar was to introduce wine enthusiasts, distributors, importers and writers to Vinos de Madrid, an often undiscovered wine region in Spain. Many of the producers in this area are crafting premium wines at very reasonable prices. Gretchen Thomas, Vice President of Beverage at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group that owns Barcelona Wine Bar, conducted the seminar and tasting. 

Gretchen became interested in wine while attending culinary school in New York. She was instrumental in introducing Spanish wines to the Barcelona Wine Bar chain of restaurants in the country. During the presentation, we learned that the Spanish capital was moved around the country over the centuries. Wherever the capital was located, the surrounding area was agricultural, in order to meet the needs of the inhabitants. This occurred when the capital was moved to Madrid. The wine production from this immediate area had to be large to meet the needs of the people. Through the 1900s, the wine region had more of a bulk wine reputation than a fine wine status. During the past couple decades, though, fine wines are now produced by the wineries.

The Madrid wine region is divided into three sub-zones (Arganda del Rey, Navalcarnero, San Martin de Valdeiglesra), and a fourth zone (El Molar) will be created in the near future. The seminar focused on the Arganda del Rey zone east of Madrid, and the San Martin de Valdeiglesras zone west of Madrid. We discovered a few grape varieties that were new to us including Albillo Real and Malvar for the whites. We have tasted the red grapes varieties before. The most common varietal red grapes in the zones are Tempranillo and Garnacha. The Vinos de Madrid zones currently comprise of 8,391 hectares (20,734 acres) of wine grapes.

Nine wines tasted during the seminar on Vinos de Madrid.

The Seminar Tasting

Five wines caught my attention. For the white wines I liked the 2017 Navaherreros Blanco from Bodegas Bernabeleva. This yellow colored wine had a light green hue. The wine was a blend of Albillo Real and Macabeo. Mineral, flowers and citrus were noted on the aroma. The taste included honeysuckle, white roses, mineral and citrus. This wine had a velvety mouthfeel and was full bodied. The finish was crisp with layers of flavors.

There were several of the red wines that were notable. The 2009 Bodegas Nueva Valverde 750 was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This 14% alcohol wine was an opaque dark ruby color. Black fruits were on the aroma. The taste included blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries and baking spices. The wine was full bodied with kissing tannins (tannins that would pucker your lips as though you were going to kiss someone). The finish was fruity and spicy.

One of my favorite reds is the 2014 Felix Martinez Cepas Viejas Reserva is from the Vinos Jeromin portfolio.

The 2014 Felix Martinez Cepas Viejas Reserva is from the Vinos Jeromin portfolio of wines. The wine was predominantly Tempranillo. It had an opaque dark ruby color with a black hue. Black fruits and spices were noted on the aroma. The taste included black berries, raisins and spices. The full-bodied wine had kissing tannins. The finish was spicy and fruity.

The 2016 Seleccion Especial by El Regajal was a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. The wine had an opaque dark ruby color with a black hue. The 14.5% alcohol wine had dried jammy fruits on the aroma. The taste had a perceived sweetness with blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries and baking spices. The full-bodied wine had bold tannins. The finish was fruity with spice.

The Tierra Calma 2015 was crafted with 100% Garnacha. The 15.5% alcohol wine was an opaque dark ruby. Floral and black fruits were picked up on the aroma. The taste was reminiscent of violets, roses, blackberries and baking spices. The full-bodied wine had bold tannins. Fruit and spices were on the finish.

We enjoyed the wines during the seminar and the walk-around tasting. Many of the fine wines from the Vinos de Madrid offer a great value for wine enthusiasts.

Cheers,
Terry

Save the Date: August 17, 2019 for Kegs and Corks Fest

Bordeleau will attend Kegs and Corks Fest

The 8th Annual Kegs and Corks Fest, a festival of craft beer and Maryland wine takes place on August 17, 2019 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. 

The Kegs and Corks Fest will benefit the Special Olympics Maryland program that helps those with intellectual disabilities. Check out the Special Olympics Maryland website.

In attendance will be 15 Maryland wineries and 14 craft breweries. In addition 70 vendors are expected. 

Wineries Participating in Kegs and Corks Fest:

Janemark Winery & Vineyard
St. Michaels Winery
Great Frogs
Boordy Vineyards
The Urban Winery
The Winery at Olney
Knob Hall Winery
Linganore Wine Cellars
Dragonfly Vineyard & Winery
Far Eastern Shore Winery
Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery
Cove Point Winery
Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery
Great Shoals
il Dolce Winery

Breweries Attending the Festival:

Blue Point Brewing Company
Elysian Brewing
Kona Brewing Co.
Cisco Brewers Nantucket
Goose Island Beer Co.
Tröegs Independent Brewing
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Wicked Weed Brewing
Victory Brewing Company
Virtue Cider Bold Rock Hard Cider
Golden Road Brewing
Eastern Shore Brewing
O’Connor Brew Co.

Entertainment 

Three entertainment groups are scheduled including: The Amish Outlaws, J. Coursey Willis & The Stone Authors and the XPD Band & Show.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available online.

Early Bird tickets from June 1 to June 30: $32.50
Early Access Ticket (July 1 – August 16: $40
General Admission: $45
VIP Experience: $125
Groups (10 or more): $25 each
Military Ticket: $25 each with a maximum of two tickets)
Designated Driver: $20
Ages: 13 – 20. $20
Children 12 and under:  Free, with a paying adult

It should be noted that there are no children’s activities planned.

Mark your calendar for the Kegs and Corks Fest on August 17, 2019. Consider getting the tickets soon.

Cheers!
Kathy

White Wines at the Top Italian Wines Road Show in Washington, DC

Gambero Rosso wine tasting in Washington, DC

Earlier this week, June 3, 2019, Terry and I attended the Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Road Show in Washington, DC. In an earlier blog, Terry wrote about the event and described many of the red wines we tasted. The following is a brief description of the white wines that we enjoyed at the wine tasting as well as suggestions for future wine tastings.

The Italian white wines we tasted were from several of Italy’s wine regions including Marche, Lazio, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia, Emilia Romagna, and Abruzzo.

Gambero Rosso wine tasting in the US

The Offida Pecorino Pekò 2018 from La Canosa winery in the Marche region was  produced with the Pecorino grape. The Marche wine region is located along Italy’s border of the Adriatic Sea. The Offida Pecorino Pekò was a yellow color with a gold hue. The aroma was of tropical fruits. The full-bodied wine had notes of pineapple and mineral. The finish was fruity with some mineral. La Canosa suggests pairing this wine with fish and stuffed pasta in a white sauce. La Canosa produces white, red and sparkling wines.

Casale del Giglio produced the Anthium Bellone 2018. The winery is located in Italy’s Lazio region. In addition to producing wine, Casale del Giglio also produces grappa and olive oil. At the wine tasting it was noted that the vineyard is 100 meters from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The wine was a dark yellow color with a gold hue. The aroma was sweet reminding one of a dessert. The full-bodied wine had notes of peach. The finish was crisp and fruity.

We tasted three white/rosé wines from the Puglia region. Leone de Castris produced Five Roses 2018.  Five Roses wines have been produced since 1943. The number five reflects the fact that a number of generations of the Castris families have had five children. The Five Roses 2018 wine was a blend of primarily Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce.  The wine was 12.5% alcohol.The wine was a dark salmon color. The aroma had light berry fruit notes. The taste was of raspberries and strawberries. The finish was fruity with fruit yielding to dry and mineral.  The company, Leone de Castris, was started in 1665 by Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos.

From Sicily we tasted four white/rosé wines. The Aibibbo Dardinello 2018 from Assuli was produced with Muscat Alexandra. The wine was a yellow color. The aroma offered notes of flowers especially blossoms. The taste included notes of white peach, blossoms and honeysuckle. The finish was complex and offered a hint of salt. In addition to producing many wines, Assuli also produces extra virgin olive oil.

At the seminar on Monday, the only white wine from Sardinia region was the Alghero Torbato Terre Bianche Cuvée 161 2017. Sardinia is an island west of Italy. The wine was produced by Tenute Sella & Mosca. The wine was produced with the Torbato grape variety. Alghero refers to the village. The wine was a yellow color. The aroma was of yellow stone fruit. Peach notes were on the taste. The crisp finish offered fruit yielding to mineral. In 1899, Sella & Mosca was started by two adventurers, Mr. Sella and Mr. Mosca.

A white wine from the Emilia Romagna region was the Callas Malvasia 2015 produced by Monte Delle Vigne. The Emilia Romagna wine region is located in the northern area of Italy with a portion of it along the Adriatic Sea. The region is known for both white and red wine production. The Callas Malvasia 2015 was a light yellow color. The aroma was of flowers and herbs. The taste included notes of spices, flowers and herbs. The finish was crisp and sharp.

The Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Chiamami Quando Piove 2018 was produced in the Abruzzo wine region. Abruzzo is known for Trebbiano and Montepulciano grape varieties. Abruzzo is south of Marche. The producer was Valori. The wine was a salmon color. The aroma was of red berry fruit and the taste had notes of red raspberries. The finish was crisp and fruity.

Suggestions for Wine Tasting Presentations or Seminars

  • Delays happen, it’s almost inevitable but by keeping those waiting informed, people will be more patient.
  • Provide numbers for people as they arrive and wait in line. This keeps the line orderly.
  • Create a Power Point or Keynote presentation that can be shown during the seminar. It helps if people can view the information and makes a presentation more powerful. For example, the name of the grapes in the wine – so attendees can see the spellings. Also include alcohol content of each wine, the designation of origin, a map showing the geographic regions and food pairings for each wine. 

Despite a minimum of frustration, I was happy to attend a tasting of so many Italian wines. Another visit to Italy is now on my bucket list.

Many thanks to the Gambero Rosso for this wine tasting event.

Cheers!
Kathy 


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