The Sipping Point Radio 2/25: Axios Wines and The Food

The Sipping Point Radio 2/25: Axios Wines and The Food


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Sips of the Week

Gus Kalaris founder of Axios Wines joined us for the Sips of the Week and we tasted three of his fabulous wines!

Axios Wine

1.     2009 Kalaris Pinot Noir, West Sonoma Coast, California, $49.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Introducing the newest wine in the lineup from Axios Wines.  Ruby red in color with brilliant clarity. Perfectly balanced with intriguing softly scented aromas of Royal Anne cherries, dusty sweet raspberry and sandalwood. Velvety mouth feel with flavors of milk chocolate covered cherries, sweet fresh herbs & strawberry preserves, with an intense lengthy finish. VARIETALS:  100% Pinot Noir;  50% Pommard Clone & 50% Clone 115  COOPERAGE:  Sixty Gallon French Oak barrels for seventeen months. 2.     2005 Axios, Napa Valley, California $124.99  Winemaker’s Notes:Our seventh release of Axios is very special. It is a monumental wine of deep color and fruit, with unobtrusive tannins and oak. In other words, quintessential balance. As always, best hillside vineyards, farmed by us. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 2 years in 70% new French Oak then in bottle for an additional year. This is a wine as perfect as we could possibly produce. As a matter of fact, the next 3 vintages are stellar as well. Only a small portion of our Axios production makes our final blend. Only the very best of what we produce becomes a mere 750 cases of Axios. Robert Parker Rating 95 3.     2007 Worthy Napa Valley, California $29.99 Winemaker’s Notes:  Many people have spoken about the incredible value of Worthy. This again rings true for the 2007 vintage. This is a stellar value, no matter how you look at it. I WOULD PUT THIS INTO ANY ULTRA PREMIUM TASTING WITHOUT RESERVATION. The pedigree of this wine is unsurpassed in a wine at this price. Here are the details:  APPELLATION: 68% Oakville / 25% Rutherford Highlands / 7% Mt. St. George                VARIETALS:  68% Cabernet Sauvignon / 28% Merlot / 2% Cabernet Franc / 2% Malbec      COOPERAGE: Aged in 2/3 new French oak for 20 months. All “The Sips of the Week” are of course available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at

Wine Sandwich

We talk to Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg authors of The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine about this great book for people who love to cook and have the perfect wines paired with their meal. Find out more about Karen & Andrew here:

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 Dinner at 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 Oliver Senoussaoui from Breeze Restaurant of Loews Hotel abou this role in the Annapolis Food & Wine Festival on March 10th and then Pascale Bernasse from French Wine Explorers will talk about the 5 mistakes wine lovers make when booking a vacation… 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.