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.

Seared Asian Shrimp with Peach Cilantro Chile Glaze and Coconut Rice

Hey, guys.

School starts tomorrow, so I have basically no time for socializing. I mean, usually I don’t have any desire to socialize, but now I have a legitimate reason. So, on to it, then!
The special this week is Seared Asian Shrimp with a Peach Cilantro Chile Glaze and Coconut Rice.
Wednesday’s Cocktail specials will be Cranberry Orange Curacao Sparklers, Peach Cosmopolitans and Raspberry Lemoncello Grapparitas. Fruity and light.
Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be all German Wines. So I’m thinking a Riesling, a Gewurtztraminer, a Pinot Noir and a wildcard. I’ll send you guys the specifics, but it’s gonna be perfect for summer. And don’t worry about the sweetness, I’ll make sure that the wines are enjoyable for everyone.
Bizzi’s Cellar Wine Club tasting will be on Saturday, September 14th at 4:00pm. So you have about a month for that. Still, it’s nice to get back in the swing of things.
Wish me luck at school, I’ll need it.

Tuscany Italy Wine Tasting, Tonight

Tonight’s wine tasting is all Tuscan wines from Italy. I ended up doing a Chianti, a Super Tuscan and 2 Brunello di Montalcinos. Where else are you gonna get to try 2 Brunello di Montalcinos on a wine tasting?!

Surf & Turf & Surf….& Turf…..

Hey, guys.

Late start, because we’re setting up for an anniversary party later tonight. I’m going with a joke about how hot it is outside, because that’s incredibly easy/lazy. Boy, it sure is hot outside, huh? It would feel much nicer if it wasn’t so hot! Nailed it.

The special this week will be Surf & Turf with Filet, topped with Lobster and Shrimp cooked with Truffle Garlic Butter. (Random capitalization is amazing) Apparently, today is National Filet Mignon Day. I didn’t believe Rob when he said that was a thing, but it turns out he wasn’t bull….horsing around. So come celebrate this holiday that I didn’t know existed until just now. It’s very important to me.

Tuesday is tonight, and apparently we’re already celebrating it.

Wednesday’s cocktail tasting will be a Spiked Lemonade, a Pina Colada and Fancy Mimosas. I figure it’s the only possible booze that anyone will be willing to drink in 100 degree heat.

Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be all Tuscan Wines. So look out for Brunello and Super Tuscans and all that jazz. It’s gonna be totally radical like getting a Flock of Seagulls haircut while watching The Facts of Life and listening to Rick Astley. So bitchin’.

That’s all I got. Wish us luck!

Rioja Tasting, Tonight.

Tonight’s wine tasting will feature all wines from Rioja, Spain. I chose 1 white rioja, 1 reserva and 2 gran reserva. I have included the tasting notes, and while I sometimes feel like putting the scores on the notes is tacky, I did it anyway. It’s always fun to do something slightly outside the mainstream like Rioja, and I think tonight will be no different. The wines will be excellent and the company will be so-so, as always. See you tonight.

Steak & Shrimp Diablo

Hey guys.

I know this is becoming a reoccurring theme, but I’m late again, with this message. Unlike usual, where I’m late because I wasted a bunch of time screwing around, this time I’m late because we were really busy this morning and I’m just now even getting the chance to stop and take a second. Just in time to write this message and then get right back into dinner service. Plus, I have a final, tonight. So, you know, go me….

The special tonight is Steak & Shrimp Diablo. We used to do this on our menu for a bit, and we had a few people ask us if they could have it, so we figured we’d run it out for a special so people can get it, again.

Tuesday is today. And that’s it.

Wednesday, we’ll be doing a cocktail tasting featuring a Peach-Champagne Sparkler, a Strawberry Basil Mojito and Pineapple Margaritas. Thus continuing our run of summer cocktails to shield you from the sun (or make you not care about it, I guess).

Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be all Rioja. I thought about doing strictly Spanish wines, in a general sense, but this is gonna be more fun. Everybody loves Rioja, and I’ll find some noticeably different ones. I believe I’m going to do 1 White Rioja and 3 Red Rioja. And with the Red Rioja, I will try to find some with different grape combinations and different aging levels and all that jazz. As always, I’ll let everyone know more details later, but Thursday’s wine tasting is ALL RIOJA WINES.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go scream into the void and then get back to work.


Tonight’s Burgundy Tasting!

It’s finally happening! I’d post a gif if I knew how! I have attached the tasting notes for the Burgundy tasting tonight. And, as you can see, I managed to get a wine from the best Cru in Beaujolais and then 3 Premier Cru Burgundy to top it off. This is seriously a monster of a tasting and I’m seriously freaking excited about it. I’ve wanted to do this for so long and it finally worked out better than I could’ve hoped. I hope people make it out to the tasting tonight, because I want to keep doing tastings like this. This is the first time in a while that I’ve been genuinely excited about a tasting. Not that I don’t love the wines I do on other tastings, but Burgundy is really special to me and it’s really tough to do good ones on a tasting.  But I’m taking the risk and hopefully it pays off for everyone. Anyway, BURGUNDY TASTING TONIGHT! NOTES BELOW!

Cocktail Tasting

Don’t forget that we’re doing a cocktail tasting tonight featuring a Spiked Raspberry Lemonade, a Blackberry Cucumber Gimlet and Jalapeno Rose Palomas. Perfect for summer, especially when it’s 100 degrees (feels like 108) outside, like a stupid place would be.

Pan Seared Quail with Shaved Truffle Potatoes

Hello, sorry I’m late. I’ve been working on the wine tasting for Thursday night. Once I confirm which ones will actually show up and which ones are pipe-dreams, I will let everyone know. Again, and I know I’ve been repeating myself, but you’re gonna want to come to this one. Outside of that, I may need all of you to message my Macroeconomics and Spanish professors en masse, because instead of studying for two different exams that are tomorrow, I have been looking at wines and doing the weekly message. Probably does not bode well for my future schooling. But maybe if you guys let them know how crucial it was that I get this message and tasting done, because otherwise people wouldn’t have gotten to read my message until tomorrow night and they also wouldn’t have been able to drink as fancy a level of burgundy on Thursday. Really important stuff, obviously.

The special this week is Pan Seared Quail with Shaved Truffle Potatoes & Creamed Spinach and a Green Chili Tomato Sauce. We haven’t done a Quail special in a long time, and I know there’s a lot of y’all that love it. Remember all the different types of Quail we’ve done throughout the years. It’s one of the few things I get nostalgic over. Reminds me of Heather.

Tuesday’ we’re doing nothing special because I said so.

Wednesday we’re doing a cocktail tasting, this time in the spirit of summer. I figured we’d use some berries and citrus and light/floral flavors. The things that work well despite it being 130 degrees outside. So, in light of that, the cocktail tasting will feature a Spiked Raspberry Lemonade, a Blackberry Cucumber Gimlet and Jalapeno Rose Palomas. I doubt it’ll truly do anything about the heat, but maybe you’ll be so drunk that you don’t care that it’s miserable outside.

Thursday’s wine tasting, as promised, will be Burgundy. I told you that you’d really want to come to this one. I don’t usually do tastings that are Pinot Noir dominant because some of the people that come to our tastings aren’t fans of pinot, so I try not to do too many and irritate them. I’m a very considerate person, despite what my wife, family, friends, acquaintances and strangers on the internet say. I will send out the specific tasting notes when I get a hard confirmation on specific wines, but just know that I will make damn sure that all of these wines are good. Burgundy is special to me, and I don’t get to do them often enough for my liking, so I’m gonna make it count. You should come in. And if you don’t make it, we’ll all make sure to tell you just how great it was and how much you missed.

I’ve rambled on long enough, and Mom is all the way across the room, so it’s not even worth finding out if she has anything to say in the message. Let’s just call it a day.

(“It’s a day”)