The Sipping Point Radio 12/31

The Sipping Point Radio 12/31

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Sips of the Week

Start your New Year off right with these two unique wines…Happy New Year’s from The Wine Coach. May 2012 be  your best vintage ever!

1. Yannis Assyrtiko 2010, Santorini, Greece ($15.99) Assyrtiko is one of Greece’s finest multi-purpose white grape varieties. It was first cultivated on the island of Santorini, where it has developed a unique character producing excellent AOC wines. Assyrtiko has the ability to maintain its acidity as it ripens. It yields a bone-dry wine that has citrus aromas mixed with an earthy, mineral aftertaste due to the volcanic soil of Santorini. In the last 25 years Assyrtiko has been planted throughout Greece including Macedonia and Attica where it expresses a milder and more fruity character. (Info provided by All About Greek Wine. Want to know more visit 2.  Bodega J. Chiappella Il Vecchio Portico, Canelones, Uruguay ($13.99) East of Argentina is Uruguay where the reds are mostly based on the Tannat a grape from Southwest France which is known for the wines of Madiran. Tannat has high content of antioxidants and is one of the healthiest of the red grapes. This wine is a blend of two grapes, Tannat (50%) the signature grape from Uruguay and Cabernet Sauvignon (50%). One sniff displays aromas of plums and cherry fruits with a touch of earth and oak. Il Vecchio Portico spends 10 months in new American and French oak barrels. Wile bign in structure this wine is surprisingly smooth and its acidity makes it a food friendly wine. These wines and more are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore or at a retailer near you.

Featured Guest

Amanda Crawford, Auction Director and Lead Specialist of Spectrum Wine Auctions hared with us the Wines Trends for 2012… Having just completed a high profile auction in Hong Kong Auction she told us what is hot and what is not in the world of wine investment and collecting.

Listener Question

Financial Advisor Valerie Campbell asks Amanda Crawford and I the best advice to give her clients who want to begin  investing in wine.

Wine Sandwich of the Week (aka Food Pairing)

Dave Zino, Executive Chef and culinary spokesperson for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, joined us to talk about healthy cooking with beef.  As part of the Consumer Marketing team, he works closely with the organization’s Culinary Innovations Group, providing guidance on new product concepts and recipe development. Dave was a contributor to the The Healthy Beef Cookbook and in November 2007. He shared three recipes with us T-Bone for 2, Porcini Mushrooms and Beef Bolognese and Beef and Heirloom Tomato Salad. These and more great recipes, videos and more can be found at

Tune in next week:

This week master mixologist Brendan Dorr from the B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore joins us with one of his signature cocktails to kick off 2012 and he’ll share his secrets to pairing cocktails with food. Expect 2 great Sips of the Week to update your wine rack for the New Year and so much more! Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection,  Santa Rita Winery and J. Brown Jewelers.