The Sipping Point Radio – 3/24: Get ready for the 30th Annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic

The Sipping Point Radio – 3/24: Get ready for the 30th Annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic

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Sips of the Week

Paul LaRochelle, General Manager of Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis joined us to taste some outstanding Cabernets and update us on the new Lexus GS and other exciting happenings for Lexus. Lexus is a sponsor of the 30th Annual Food & Wine Classic and has other special benefits for the wine loving owners. 1.      Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California $19.99 Winemaker’s notes: With beautifully married flavors and tannins, our Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months oak aging, further concentrated the wine’s vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, adding a hint of cocoa powder and a lingering toffee note on the finish. Critical acclaim: “This release represents a gigantic leap forward for Oberon in their basic Cabernet Sauvignon. Past releases have been so-so. This one’s terrific. Blended from vineyards all over the valley, it shows all the hallmarks of a Napa Cab you want. It’s dry, full-bodied and impressively ripe in blackberries, currants, licorice and oak, with a long, smooth finish.  Editors’ Choice.” 91 Points Wine Enthusiast 2.  Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Paso Robles, California $17.99 Winemaker’s notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Paso Robles Blends red and black fruit with pepper, cedar and bittersweet chocolate. Nice tannin backbone and and good length. Bordeaux character mingling with Paso Robles fuit.   No stems, no whole clusters at crusher. Pressed at dryness, malo-lactic completed after pressing. Critical acclaim: The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, unoaked wine bursting with dark red fruit, sweet flower, spices, leather and licorice. The Cabernet Sauvignon saw no oak at all; the richness comes just from the intensity of the fruit. This is one of the very finest wines being made from Paso Robles fruit, and I say that after having tasted over 500 wines from Paso recently. Frankly, it puts most of what is being made in Paso in this price point to shame. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. Score: 89. —Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate August 2011.

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Wine Sandwich

Ray Isle, Wine Editor Food & Wine Magazine joined us to talk about all the delicious events and happenings at the 30th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 15-17, 2012. Ray Isle is the executive wine editor of FOOD & WINE, where he oversees FOOD & WINE’s wine department, writes the magazine’s monthly wine column, Tasting Room, and directs the title’s spirits coverage. Ray regularly conducts wine-tasting seminars at epicurean events and appears as a wine and spirits expert on national television shows, including NBC’s Today and CBS’s The Early Show.

Upcoming Events

Meet me at Wells Discount Liquors on Monday, March 26 from 4-8 PM for thier Big Semi-Annual Sale…I’ll be tasting wine, helping you shop and signing books! Talbot Restaurant Week  runs from March 25-March 31, 2012.  Lunch $20.12, Dinner $30.12 The finale is a Black and White Ball on 3/31 for more info or to buy tickets visit

 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

Next Week

Next Week’s theme is all about great beers for Spring… Angela Richter from The World of Beer will share some of her favorite spring beers and Chef Dave Newman of Brewer’s Art will tell us how to create inspired beer pairings to kick off the season!

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