Gin Cocktail Tasting Tonight

Hey, guys. Just a heads-up, for tonight’s cocktail tasting, we’ll be doing 3 gin-based drinks. The idea is that one will be classic, one will be modern and one will be weird, all in an effort to allow you to taste the wonderful world that gin has to offer. In light of that, the classic one is a Tom Collins, the modern one is a Cassis-Rhubarb Sidecar and the weird one is a Barbary Coast. We’ll be doing them all through dinner service, tonight, so come get some.

Steak & Shrimp Risotto

Hey guys.

I am at a loss for words, for some reason. It seldom happens to me, thankfully for the rest of the world, but even greatness takes a day off once and a while. So, let’s just get right to it, shall we?

The special this week is Steak & Shrimp Risotto with a White Wine Lemon Sauce. It’s been a long time since we’ve done risotto, because it’s a pain in the butt to make. Heather used to do it every once and a while, but even she didn’t do it often. So, you know, get it while you can.

Wednesday, we’ll be doing a cocktail tasting all through dinner service. We’ll do all gin cocktails, but give you a chance to experience how different gin can taste depending on what you do with it. I figure we’ll do one cocktail where we try to cover up the gin a bit, one that’s a lot more traditional to taste what gin historically has tasted like and one that’s a bit more experimental.

Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be a Syrah tasting. We’ll do 4 Syrah from 4 areas. And we’ll make sure to include the Rhone Valley in the list of wines. Rhone Valley Syrah is my jam. I may use a Syrah heavy blend if I feel like that’s the best way to taste from a specific region, but hopefully they’ll mostly be Syrah. Next week will be Burgundy, and with Pinot Noir being my favorite grape, I am gonna make it count. So just be on the lookout for next week’s tasting, because I’m gonna make it killer. Also, I have an idea for a deconstruction tasting in the next few weeks. Basically, we’ll taste a blend and then taste all the grapes that go into that blend, as well. It’s going to be a tough one to put together, because it’s always difficult to find single varietal wines in regions that focus on blends. I’m going to do my best, but it may take me a few weeks or more to get that put together. Assuming I can actually get it done, we’ll make it a special occasion. Anyway, remember, next week is a Burgundy Tasting!

We’ll see you soon, hopefully. Also, Elaine is back in town, so if you wanna hear her great stories of the cruise she just went on come on down.

Chipotle Encrusted Mahi-Mahi

Hello, everyone.

I have a literal butt-load of homework and our fridge went out and we have a couple of big parties tonight, so I have less than zero time to be messaging everyone. Everything’s back to normal this week, for better or for worse.

Special this week will be Chipotle Encrusted Mahi-Mahi with Cilantro Rice and a Lime Butter Sauce.

Tuesday, I supposed I don’t have time to do any specials, so let’s try again next week.

Wednesday, we’ll be doing a cocktail tasting. I’ll send you cocktails, tomorrow, so you guys can get a head start on if you’re interested.

Thursday’s Wine Tasting will be all South American wines. We’ll do one white and three reds. Ideally a more traditional blend, a weirder blend and a single varietal. I’ll give you more information later this week, but no matter what they are, they’ll be damn good.

I’m shocked I even typed as much as I did. Count your lucky stars.

I’ll see you soon.

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!