Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting, Tonight!

To anyone who forgot or didn’t know in the first place, we are doing an all Cabernet Sauvignon wine tasting tonight at 7:00pm. I have attached the tasting notes and scores to this message so you guys could get an idea of what we’re doing and you don’t have to come in blind. I found 4 very different Cabs from 4 very different countries that all fit what I was looking for and kept a certain level of quality that I needed. I think it turned out quite nicely, personally. I’ll stop blowing smoke, now.

Just take a look at the tasting notes and decide for yourself. If you want to come in, it’s tonight at 7:00pm. Plus we’re totally doing 80’s music all week! Bowie, Tears for Fears, U2, Duran Duran, Queen, etc. It’s upbeat and awesome. It makes me feel old and young at the same time. See you, tonight!

Welcome back, Cotter (Bizzi’s)!

Guess who’s back, back again? Bizzi’s back, tell yo friends.

We’re back from our weeklong closure and hopefully ready to rock (I can’t lie, we’re not even close to ready to rock. We’re dragging so badly. It always happens, and we don’t really feel normal until week 2 of being back). So, let’s do this! You know you missed us, how could you not? Come in for your Bizzi’s fix.

Tuesday, we’re not doing anything special, because we’re having enough trouble just getting up the energy to open for regular dinner service. Plus we’re gonna be slammed.

Wednesday, you can order 2 glasses of any bottle on our menu (under $200, with a cork) for half the price of the bottle. If you’ve been itching to try a wine on our list, this would be the time.

Thursday, we’re doing an all Cabernet Sauvignon tasting. So Cabs from around the world. Obviously the US will be represented, but I’d like to try to let people taste a South African Cab and maybe an Australian Cab, as well. We’ll see how it goes. Either way, I’ll send everyone the tasting notes tomorrow or early Thursday.

I don’t know if there’s any Bizzi’s Cellar news because Elaine is in Ireland, surely drinking heavily, and out of pocket. Let’s just assume that’s a “no”.

Hopefully we see you this week.

Bizzi’s

We will be closed the first week of July

Just a friendly reminder to everyone that we will be closed the first week of July, for our annual vacation/deep-cleaning and general shenanigans. From Tuesday, July 2nd to Saturday, July 7th we will be doing a combination of working on ways to improve Bizzi’s, scrubbing down the restaurant, getting a chance to spend time with our families and, most importantly, drinking.

We will re-open for normal business hours on Tuesday, July 9th at 11:30am. It’ll be like we were never even gone. Don’t try to fight back the tears, we know you’ll be missing us dearly, but we have to have this week of off-time, so that we don’t snap and go postal. You’ll thank us in the long run. Besides, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Have a fun (and more importantly SAFE) 4th of July week.
We’ll see you soon.

Don’t you forget about me!

Don’t forget, we’re closed all of next week, so if you want your Bizzi’s fix, you gotta come in today or tomorrow. I don’t wanna bug you, but I don’t want you guys to miss out on the awesomeness that is me! It’s dangerous to go more than a week without your regular dose of Michael. So just keep that in mind. It’s just common sense.

Tonight’s Wine Tasting

Don’t forget, tonight’s wine tasting will be all American wines as a celebration of Independence Day. The wines are each a great example of a classic wine from a famous region in the United States. I wanted to get wines that truly represented what we think of when we think of American wine. The tasting notes are included in this, so feel free to take a look.

One caveat, due to a mix-up I got less quantity than I was expecting so I can only do 12 tastings of the wines that are included in the tasting sheet. If you’re coming, it’d be a good idea to call and let us know. I think you’ll want to try it.

Pre-July 4th Week

Hey, guys!

Is everyone super hyped up for next week? I know you guys don’t get the full week off like we do, but I know you get at least a day off to rock. Plus, this is a week that basically encourages you to get drunk and lounge in the pool. It’s tailor-made for people like us. It’s still not as awesome as Thanksgiving or Christmas, where you can get drunk and eat awesome food/get presents and it’s not 110 degrees outside, but never let perfect be the enemy of good. It’ll be a cold day in a Texas July when I look a gift horse in the mouth. Anyway….
As much as we love you guys, we don’t wanna get stuck with mountains of wasted food. So, we won’t be doing a food special this week and our menu will be a little limited (not a ton). I will get it posted on the facebook and website so everyone can take a look at it, but it’s not anything crazy. Also, it’s got a few things on there that we don’t normally sell, like Quail and Duck and Pork Belly. You guys remember when we did Quail? It was pretty awesome. Anyway, we’ll be doing it this week, so come scratch the itch.
Tuesday night, I’m doing a cocktail tasting featuring 3 cocktails made with Sparkling Wine: Sparkling Lavender Lemonade, Classic French 75 and a Kir Royale.
Wednesday night, you can get any wine on our list (under $200) by the glass (minimum 2 glasses). Meaning you can try a glass of just about anything we carry. It’s a good way to branch out and try new things.
Thursday’s Wine Tasting will feature American Wines in celebration of Independence Day! You’re looking at a good Oregon Pinot Noir, California Cabernet, Washington Blend, etc. Since it’s a celebration, I’ll make sure to do a good job. The wines lately have all been amazing, and I’ll try to live up to that standard. Let’s see if America can kick Europe’s (wine) butt, just like it did in France in 1976! (Which is weird because that was the bicentennial. I never noticed that)
We are closed all next week, so get your Bizzi’s fix in. A week is a long time to gaze upon me and my awesomeness. Too long for most people. So don’t make it any harder on yourself than it has to be.

Tonight’s Wine Tasting

We’re gonna have some fun, tonight. Instead of just doing a standard wine tasting, we’re going to do a blind tasting. All the wines will be secret and I will give everyone a tasting grid (a tool to help work out the specific wine). They’re all normal varietals, so I’m not trying to throw a curveball at you guys. Honestly, I just thought this seemed like a fun idea and I was hoping you guys would agree. So come in, give it your best shot and see what happens. Because if you win, you get a prize. The person who guesses the most wines correctly will get a free bottle of wine. Second place will get a free dessert. Everyone else will get to look on with envy. See you, tonight!

Lobster Tail Gnocchi and Blind Tasting

Hey, guys!

I have a few cool things going on for this week, so I feel like I can get right to it. Pretend I said something pithy and you had a hearty laugh out loud (or an LOL as the kids these days say). Perhaps you’re even rolling on the floor laughing (ROFL). Whatever the case, I’m sure whatever it is that you imagined I said was sharp and incredibly quick-witted. You’re welcome.

The special this week is lobster tail gnocchi, with chunks of lobster tail, gnocchi, mushrooms and garlic all tossed with a lemon butter tomato sauce. It’s a mouthful to say, but also fortunately to eat.

Tonight, I’m not doing anything special because it took me so long to get this email out that it’s too late for me to do anything super cool. It’s fine, I forgive you.

Wednesday night, I’m doing half off half bottles. So if you want to drink a half bottle of wine, pick one (under $200 and gotta be a cork, obviously) and I’ll crack it open. If there’s something you just need to try and it’s not by the glass, this is a good way to taste it. That’s what I do.

Thursday’s Wine Tasting is gonna be fun. Instead of doing a different theme, we’re doing a different structure. I have 4 wines for the tasting, but nobody will know what the wines are. I will provide everyone with four different blind-tasting wines and the Guild of Sommeliers blind-tasting worksheets and you guys will try to guess what each wine is. The 1st prize winner gets a bottle of wine. Second place gets to watch on with envy. All four of the wines are “fair game” which means I’m not doing anything super weird. They’re normal grapes/blends. They’re still going to be amazing wines, so just look at it as a chance to do the same wine tasting we always do, but maybe walk away with a free bottle of good wine on top of it. I’ll send out more details tomorrow or Thursday, but I’m excited.

I hope to see you guys, soon!

Special Appetizers for the Weekend

Tonight and tomorrow, we’ll be offering two special appetizers; Lobster Empanadas and Mushroom Arancini, both for $10. Plus, if you get one of those appetizers, you can pair it with an Oochie Walley (I did not name it!) for $7, as well.  I think they’ll go together quite nicely.

See you this weekend!

Tonight’s Wine Tasting

Just a reminder, the tasting tonight is the Anniversary Tasting for everyone who didn’t get to try it. And I guess also people who did! Here are the notes.