The Sipping Point Radio 2/11

by Laurie on February 11, 2012

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Sips of the Week

Stephen Johnston, General Manager of the Fairfax at Embassy Row joined me to taste the Sips of the Week each from a winery that will be hosting a wine dinner at his 2100Prime Restuarant during the Capital Wine Festival that takes place until March 28, 2012. Looking for a great idea for Valentine’s Day check out the special menu at 2100Prime.

1.      2008 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon $29.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Our good friends in Burgundy are always excited when they can get the elusive aroma and flavor of toasted hazelnuts in their Chardonnays. In this example of the Nuthouse Chardonnay we have captured just that. Those hazelnuts are complimented by a toasted marshmallow, ripe cantaloupe, and Bosc pear on the nose. Look for the ripe white peach, melon and a generous splash of fresh nutmeg and clove oak spice. The wine finishes with a long cut pear and mineral thread that is so indicative of the cool climate in which it was grown.

1.      2009 B.R. Cohn Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast $19.99

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2009 Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon reflects a blending of grapes grown from select North Coast vineyards. This combination offers full, rich flavors of berry, cassis and black cherry with hints of vanilla in the background. Aging with French oak adds complexity and depth, resulting in a high quality Cabernet Sauvignon with great value. I hope you enjoy this wine as much as my family and I do.

All “The Sips of the Week” are of course available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Featured Interview

Doni Belau Founder of Girls Guide to Paris talked to us about the Wine Bar Trends in Paris. She shared that many are focusing on natural wines, lesser known regions and offer delicious menus that may change every day. These are some of the wine bars she mentioned:

Saturne http://girlsguidetoparis.com/archives/saturne/

Le Verre Vole http://girlsguidetoparis.com/archives/le-verre-vole-2/

Spring http://www.barbraaustin.com/tag/spring-boutique/

Frenchie http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/07/frenchie-wine-bar-paris-france/

Vivant http://girlsguidetoparis.com/archives/vivant/

Les Papilles http://www.lespapillesparis.fr/

Wine Sandwich

Chef Daniel Bruce, Founder of the Capital Wine festival joined us to talk about how he plans the wine dinner menus for the Capital Wine Festival along with tips for perfect pairings at home. Chef Daniel is Executive Chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel a five star diamond hotel at Rowes Wharf in Boston, MA.

Not to Miss Events

Feb 26th, 3-6PM Wine Expo at Harford Community CollegeThe Annual Wine Expo, hosted by the HCC Alumni & Friends Association and Wine World Beer & Spirits, is an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts and a chocolate fountain from Bomboy’s Home Made Candy. The best part is the opportunity to sample over 200 fine wines from around the world from 35 vendors! It’s also a wonderful opportunity to network with Harford County businesses and members of the community. This crowd-pleasing event sells out to a crowd of more than 500 people. Consider a sponsorship and showcase your business at this prestigious annual event.

Feb 26 6-9 PM Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild presents Rye’s Up Against Cystic Fibrosis@ B&O American Brasserie…Enjoy samples of Bulleit Rye elixirs handcrafted by BBG members as well as beer, wine and small bites from local restaurants including B&O American Brasserie, Woodberry Kitchen, and Ten Ten. Listen to live music and bid on fabulous silent auction items.

March 8th 6:30-9:30PM Romancing the Riviera Wine Dinnerat Westin in Annapolis…Travel the Riviera course by course with Exec Chef James Barrett and Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach. Only $65pp all inclusive and you’ll learn more about the upcoming cruise Laurie is hosting in July.

Wine and Dine with Laurie & Michael:

In partnership with Crystal Cruises and French Wine Explorers, Michael and I will be hosting a group during the Romancing the Riviera Cruise July 25-August 6, 2012 on board the breathtaking Crystal Serenity. We’ll sail our way from Lisbon to Rome with stops in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona Palomos, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome. Along the way we’ll have exclusive activities for our group that center on our shared love of food and wine. Crystal Cruises is now an all inclusive cruise ship which means your fare includes everything–food, wine, cabin and YES, wine and alcohol are included!! Learn more by clicking here

Tune in next week:

Next week we’ll talk to Gus Kalaris from Axios Wines and Karen Page & Andrew Dorenenburg authors of the Food Lover’s Guide to Wine … and so much more!

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

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