Bordeaux Tasting Tonight

I’m really sorry for not putting out the tasting notes, yesterday, like I usually do. It’s just been a crazy week. I’m still working on our Fall Night To Remember Dinner Menu and also the wine pairing to go with it. But, after much delaying, here are the tasting notes for tonight’s 7:00pm Bordeaux Tasting. As you’ll notice, besides the usual/delicious red Bordeaux, we’re also going to taste a 2011 Sauternes that is really excellent. So kind of a cool little finish. A little panache!

Gnocchi and Bordeaux Tasting

Sorry that I’m a little late, guys.

I have two exams this week, so I don’t have time for pleasantries. I have a copy of the Fall Night To Remember Dinner Menu, but I won’t send it out until tomorrow, when I get a little more time.

This week’s special will be Gnocchi with Chicken and Shrimp, grilled onions, peppers, artichokes tossed in a lemon basil butter.

Wednesday’s cocktail specials will be Dealer’s Choice. I’ll make a snap judgement about you and then make you a drink that I think fits your personality. Or just a good drink. Either way.

Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be all Bordeaux. It’s a stressful week and I wanted wine that comforts me. It’s damn good, but also treats me right. It’s the me of wines.

I’ll have more information tomorrow.

Tonight’s Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Hey, guys.

I know I already sent out the tasting notes for tonight’s wine tasting (starts at 7:00pm.) but I figured I’d send them out again as a reminder as well as a picture of the wines, themselves. Now, I know I had already hooked you guys with the tasting notes, but I’ll be damned if random pictures of wine bottles don’t get people all jazzed up to do some wine tasting. I think it’s because when people see the labels, they can instantly discern whether the wine is going to be good or not. That’s why packaging is so important. Who cares about the wine inside, as long as the bottles look good. That’s my motto for my entire life, and it’s not steered me wrong, yet. Except for all the times it has….

See you, tonight!

Napa Valley Wine Tasting Notes and Wednesday Cocktail Tasting

So, firstly, I have attached the Napa Valley wine tasting notes for tomorrow’s wine tasting at 7:00pm. It turned out pretty killer. It’s not what I normally enjoy, stylistically, but the wines ended up being great. I even have a few famous wines in there. I especially wanted to do Chateau Montelena because of the movie Bottle Shock. Mom absolutely loves that movie and has been telling everyone about it, so I figured we’d get together and taste the wine that caused the entire movie to exist in the first place.

Also, tonight’s cocktail tasting will feature a Limoncello Collins, a Rhuby Daquiri and a Cucumber Margarita. The Limoncello Collins, especially, looks weird. But I love limoncello, so I’m gonna guess that it’s good.

Red Snapper and Napa Wines

Hello ladies and gentlemen

It’s your favorite exhausted bartender and as always, I’m feeling…exhausted. Anyway, we’re starting to prep for the coming Fall season, so we’re discussing the menu for the wine dinner in early November and an 80’s-themed murder mystery dinner, as well as a few other things. I’ll keep you guys posted, but we always like to do more events in the Fall/Winter, mostly because people will actually come to them, then! Just giving you a pre-heads up.

The special for this week is blackened & seared red snapper topped with jumbo shrimp and served with a lemon butter. Oh, snap!

Wednesday’s cocktail specials will be a Limoncello Collins, a Rhuby Daquiri and a Cucumber Margarita.

Thursday’s wine tasting may interest some you. We’re doing all Napa Valley wines. And I’m breaking habit a bit and doing a few wines with some name recognition, as well. I guess you could say that I’m selling out. 13 year-old me would be very disappointed. Either way, we’re doing (I believe) a chardonnay, a merlot, a red blend and a cabernet sauvignon. And they’ll all be good.

I also attached a message from Elaine for all you Bizzi’s Wine Cellar Members. Be sure to give that a look if it applies to you. —->  Bizzi’s Cellar Update

See you, soon.

Wine Tasting Notes

Here are the tasting notes for Thursday’s South African wine tasting. Things turned out really well. I’m especially excited about the semillon. Honestly, though, this is going to be one of those tastings where everyone has a different favorite wine. I’m curious to hear what people think. Usually I have a pretty good idea of what is going to be received well, and what is more for wine geeks. This one, I’m completely in the dark.

Also, the cocktail tasting for tonight will feature Pear Mojitos, Salty Birds and Spicy Palomas. Come get out of the heat.

Chicken-Fried Quail and South African Wines

Hey, everyone!

Hope all is well for you. We have a fun week in store for you. We have a quirky special and a quirky wine tasting. Before I get into all of that, I do want to give people a heads-up that after I do inventory this weekend, I’m going to run a short-lived bottle special starting (hopefully) next week. Basically, everything I only have single bottles of (and there is a ton) I’ll offer at a reduced cost, just to move it out the door. After tastings and events and just random situations, I end up with a bunch of leftover wine that’s not going on the list, but it’s way too much to handsell to people, so this is the best idea I could think of. I’ll make a list and send it out and then as things come off, I’ll post an updated version. Ideally, I’ll just send out the updated list in a quick message, daily. But, again, we’ll play it by ear.

The special this week is Buttermilk-Fried Quail with Jalapeño Gravy. If you’ve ever had the fried angus or the fried pork, here, you’ll know how good they are. So we figured it’d be interesting to just start frying everything within reach. Quail was one of those things, and so we offer it all week.

Wednesday’s Cocktail Tasting will feature Pear Mojitos, Salty Birds (tastes better than it sounds) and Spicy Palomas. The whole thing has a beach vibe. At least you can pretend that you’re on vacation.

Thursday’s Wine Tasting is gonna be a weird one, but a good one. I’ve wanted to do South African wines for a while, but 1. I wasn’t sure people would be interested. After last week’s Champagne tasting, I’m less concerned about that. And 2. I couldn’t find the right wines to do on the tasting. Well, I think I’ve found them. I’ll send out the specifics and the tasting notes tomorrow. But it should be strange, fun and good.

As far as I know, I don’t have any other information to provide you, which is good because this message is getting really long. I know that we’re planning other events and things, but I don’t have any hard details on that so it’ll have to wait.

See you, soon.

Champagne Tasting on Thursday

V and I switched days, so I actually have time to do the tasting notes for Thursday’s wine tastings the day before. As a result, I can send the notes out for everyone the day before. I’m not sure if it makes a difference for anyone, but I thought it sounded like a good idea. Anyway, included are the tasting notes and a picture of the wines themselves. I’m excited. We’ve never done a Champagne tasting, as far as I can remember. They’re all true Champagnes and they’re all good. If this goes well, I can do another one with some weirder Champagne, to appeal to the geeky wine people. But we’ll take it one step at a time, and hope that people turn out for this one. Thursday at 7:00pm.

Also, the cocktail tasting tonight will be a Sunshine, a Rosita and a Blueberry Mojito. Just throwing that out there.

Seared Scallops and Champagne

Hey, guys.

Crazy week with school. Actually, every week is going to be a crazy week with school. And I’m not even working very hard at it! (Which is a whole other problem)

The special this week is FINALLY Seared Scallops with a Lemon Buerre Blanc and a bed of Wilted Spinach. For everyone that’s been asking for scallops, you got your wish.

Wednesday’s Cocktail Specials will be a Sunshine, a Rosita and a Blueberry Mojito.

Thursday’s wine tasting will be a Champagne Tasting! We’ve never done this before! They’re all going to be true Champagnes as well, none of that off-brand swill. In all seriousness, though, we’ve really never done a Champagne tasting because I didn’t know if people would be interested. I think it’s fascinating and a really cool idea, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does. I hope you guys are interested and show up, but if not I understand.

See you soon.

German Tasting, Tonight

So, I initially set out to do a German tasting that was a wider range of grapes from Germany. And yet somehow I ended up doing 4 Rieslings. Sometimes things just shake out kinda weird. That being said, there’s actually a pretty good variation on the Rieslings, themselves. From dry to sweet and from Mosel to Rheingau, it’s a little bit of everything. I didn’t do any of the dessert style Rieslings, like auslese and trockenbeerenauslese and stuff like that, but this is a good cross-section of non-dessert style drinking wine from Germany.

Now, if only I could get Dirk to come in and do a few German wine tastings with us. Maybe he’ll come in October when we do our Oktoberfest food, beer and wine. Cross your fingers.