Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

November 21, 2014

: Thanksgiving dinner can be so heavy so you need something moderate to light in alcohol, with high acidity to balance all that richness, plus a touch of sweetness to go with the sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. Riesling is frequently bright with acidity and depending on the region low on alcohol side. Best know for aromas of green apple, lime, peach, grapefruit, honeysuckle, mineral, slate, floral notes and just a nice crisp refreshing palate to go with any Thanksgiving dinner.

: For those that don't know about Chablis you are about to dive into something wonderful. Made from the cooler parts of Chablis France this CHARDONNAY is drier and fresher made fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks or very lite oak aging vs. the long heavy oak aging of the Chardonnay's coming from Napa or Sonoma Valley. Chablis tend to be very fresh and vibrant with a wonderful light body and refreshing acidity perfect for any Thanksgiving dinner.

Pinot Noir
: Best known for growing in cool-climate areas Pinot Noir are the prefect food pairing wine, light in body but full of complexity. Pinot Noirs are the best good to wine when you don't know what you are having for dinner and perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. With aromas and a palate of strawberries, raspberries, cherries and plum along with some hints of cloves. A prefect balance between fruit, alcohol, acidity and tannins this is what you want to go with that turkey or ham.

Beaujolais Nouveau
: Made from the Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. Fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November also know as “Beaujolais Nouveau Day”. This purple-pink wine reflects it's youthfulness, bottle only 6-8 weeks after it is harvested. With very little tannins due to it's short fermentation time allows it to be dominated by such fruity ester flavors such as bananas, grapes, strawberries, fig and pears. Recommended to be slightly chilled at 55 F and another Thanksgiving favorite.


Winery Etiquette

October 5, 2012

I thought that it was about time to talk about Winery etiquette. So today I wanted to take the time to talk about what to do and what not to do when visiting a winery.

How do you do a wine tasting?

Tasting room staff members LOVE this question and are always more then glad to help show you the way. They are always thrilled to pass on what they know about wine and their winery to anyone that wants to listen and learn. Ask questions! As my old teachers use to say there are no st...
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Great wines under 15$

October 12, 2011
In today's economy we do have a lot of money to spend, but we still want to be able to kick back and enjoy a great bottle of wine from time to time. Today I am going to give you some great bottles to drink and all for under the price of 15$. 

Dominio De Eguren 2009 Protocolo - Made from Tempranillo grapes it is deep, ripe and minty on the nose. On the palate it is a power house of berry fruits and light hints of floral notes. This is a fantastic bottle at only 7 to 9$

Quinta de Cabriz, 2008 - M...
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SMV Winery Wine & Music Festival

June 2, 2011
Well it's that time a year again when wineries start holding big festivals.
This year I am very excited about Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards 
(SMV for Short) 
Wine & Music Festival (2011 Summer Concert Series) 
If you don't know about SMV Winery (because you should) it is a 
beautiful Winery/Vineyard right on the Montgomery/Frederick county 
line (Maryland) just outside of D.C. and a stones throw 
away from 
Frederick. This year SMV's summer concert series is on every first 
Saturday of the summer month...

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Wines of Australia

January 22, 2011
Today I would like to talk about wines coming from one of my favorite wine regions.


Oxford Landing: The Oxford Landing vineyard was established in 1958 on the banks of the majestic Murray River in South Australia. It's an idyllic place, distinguished by clear blue skies, rich red soil and is abundant in golden sunshine- the perfect environment for growing grapes with distinct fruit flavors. Oxford landing uses a cool ferment method so as not to lose these flavors that have been...
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Great wines, Great prices. Wines under $12

January 11, 2011
Here are some of my favorite wines that taste great and won't hurt the pocket.

Bridgeview Riesling: I fell in love with this Riesling from Oregon a couple
of years ago and never turned back. This bottle has wonderful Flavors of ripe apples, apricot nectar, and grapefruit with aromas of honeysuckle. Lively and crisp with refreshing acidity on the finish. Nice balance of sweetness to crispness. Very smooth. Pairs well with cheeses, fruits and salad.  

Apothic Red: 
A captivating blend of three d...
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Thanksgiving Zinfandels

November 18, 2010
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which brings up the great question.
What will you be drinking for Thanksgiving? For me this year I am going
to enjoy a nice Zinfandel.

Zinfandel's pair very well with turkey, cranberry sauce and of course
the stuffing. So the next question is which Zinfandel would be good
for your Thanksgiving dinner? Here are a few good choices.

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel -  Head-trained and dry farmed vines continue to be the source for Bogle’s Old Vine Zinfandel. The...
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Corte Alla Flora Wines

November 4, 2010
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Massimo Cragnotti from
Corte Alla Flora Winery. Massimo brought with him a couple of
great tasting wines that you should start to look out for in a
local shop near you.

Podere del Giuggiolo (White) - A very nice blend of 1/3 Chardonnay,
1/3 Sauvignon Blanc,
1/3 Incrocio Manzoni.This is done in 6 months
in stainless steel tanks, and aged for 6 months in the bottle. On the

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M + M = Meatloaf and Merlot

October 15, 2010
The other night I came home and starting thinking about what I
wanted to have for dinner. Once I had decided on making Meatloaf
for dinner the next question became, what do I want to drink that
would go with meatloaf. For me that night I had a very nice
bottle of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Merlot, vintage 2006.
(Maryland Vineyard) It was a prefect pair. Here are other
Merlot's that would go prefect with a meatloaf dinner.

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard: This Merlot is a fine example of what a
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Mulled Wine Time!

October 12, 2010
Fall is just around the corner which means it's time to get outside
Start a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and relax with a
nice warm glass of Mulled Spiced Wine. Here are a
couple of recipes for Mulled Spice Wine.

Recipe # 1.

2 bottles dry red wine
4 ounces port or brandy
12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 large orange, zested

Recipe # 2.

1 c. red wine
1/2 c. water
4 tbsp. mulling spices (i.e. cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)
1/2 c. dried cranberries
3/8 c. sugar
1/2 c. orange marmalade

Recipe # 3.

2 bottles ...
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