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Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Event

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Event

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine! A Sparkling Wine Event With WineGuyMike.
Join WineGuyMike for an evening of fun tasting new Sparkling wines. Delicious dessert appetizers presented by Scratch Catering LLC. Mike will feature dessert appetizers with a flight of 5 incredible Sparkling Wines.

Tonights Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Flight

LOUISE DE GRENELLE CUVÉE IVOIRE

LOUISE DE GRENELLE CUVÉE IVOIRE

LA MASCHERA PROSECCO EXTRA DRY

LA MASCHERA PROSECCO EXTRA DRY

JEAN CHARLES CREMANT BRUT

JEAN CHARLES CREMANT BRUT

GRUET BRUT ROSÉ

GRUET BRUT ROSÉ

GRAN GESTA CAVA BRUT RESERVA

GRAN GESTA CAVA BRUT RESERVA

Don’t miss the best Valentine Event in Missoula!

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine

February 09, 2017 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at Katie O’Keefe’s 2100 Stephens Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801

Tickets for this popular event are $25.00 and will be sold in advance. Space is limited and must be reserved no later than 02/06/2017.  

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From my table to yours,

Valentine's Day Wine Selections from WineGuyMike™ and the NBC Montana Today Team

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and Fresh 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

Social Media links;

Today’s Podcast; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/02/12/wine-guy-mike-for-february-12/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment with Valentine’s Day wines; http://www.nbcmontana.com/video/30455384/index.html

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebook; WineGuyMike please “like”

Twitter; @WineGuyMike please follow me

Sponsors      

Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to find your holiday wine located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana.

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and the pressure is on, what to do.  There are two choices, dining out or staying at home for a nice evening.  No matter what your decision is Valentine’s Day involves three things, Food, Wine, and dessert.

Special occasions, in this case, Valentine’s Day is one time when you want the evening to be perfect so it is important to think about what wine you are going to enjoy with your meal.  I have a few easy suggestions on how to approach this decision making process.

Choosing a wine for your romantic Valentine’s dinner can be difficult in the sense of what wine will you and your dinner guest both enjoy.  If you are dining out I recommend choosing a restaurant, like Ciao Mambo in Missoula, that has a nice wine list and offers many selections of both red and white wines by the glass.  If your are like my wife and I she typically enjoys a dinner that pairs well with a white wine while I tend to enjoy dinners that dictate red wine.

For today’s special occasion I’m recommending seven wines today that are fabulous and inexpensive.  The red and white wines are super wines and are well rounded and forgiving enough to pair with a myriad of Valentine dinners.  The Rose´ is a very food friendly wine that will pair with any entree you may be serving.

When I think about wine and food recommendations I always consider Old World wines that are made to enjoy with food or New World wines that are made in an Old World style.

It’s important to remember to pace yourself so that you enjoy this special evening.  All of the Old World  wines selections I’m recommending today are lower in alcohol content.  This allows the wines not to be too big or bold as not to compete with your meal.  In other words these wines are great companions for tonight’s dinner.

The Wine List

Chateau Coustaut Graves Blanc $13.99 A blend of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle.  A great white Bordeaux wine.

Nose – grapefruit tones with notes of kiwi and ripe gooseberries

Palate – grassy flavors with nice acidity

Finish – long elegant finish, nice mineral 

L’Ecole No 41 – $10.99 Fresh, tart, crisp, with nice fruit from the New World of Walla Walla.  This is a great food friendly white wine.

Nose – perfumed honeysuckle and orange blossom aromas

Palate – flavors of apple, apricot, grapefruit, and crisp minerality

Finish – slight spiciness, hint of honey, slight fruitiness

Anselmi San Vincenzo

In the annals of winemaking, Roberto Anselmi is a legend, a charismatic motorbike-riding rebel whose uncompromising quality-over-quantity approach has helped redefine the image of north Italian white wines.

Since taking over management of his family’s winery in the Soave district of northeast Italy’s Veneto region two decades ago, Anselmi has been motivated by an emotional and professional commitment to tapping the unrealized potential of the wines he grew up with. This has entailed a significant parting of ways with traditional vineyard and winemaking practices that have historically characterized the Soave district, and given birth to a new generation of north Italian white wines of unprecedented quality, character and finesse.

Anselmi San Vincenzo$11.99 The Anselmi San Vincenzo is 80% Garganega, 10% Chardonnay, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc.

Nose – scents of minerals, lemon/lime, apricot and yellow apples

Palate – honeydew melon, pear, yellow flowers, citrus, dry, lush

Finish – nice lingering finish of fruit and citrus

Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes Tradition Rose 2010 – $9.99 Syrah 70%, Grenache Noir 30%.  The wine’s color is an intense peony pink.

Nose – scents of small red fruits such as raspberries or blackcurrants

Palate – perfect balance of acidity and fruit

Finish – nice finish, a little strawberry and raspberry

E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Red – $15.99 This is a beautiful wine shimmers in the glass and is inexpensive.  50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvèdre. 

Nose – red- and blackcurrant, cherry, dried flowers and tobacco, with powerful spice and black olive accents

Palate – ample, not to full, nice berry,spice, earth, great tannin

Finish – long finish, fruit and white pepper

Delas Cotes du Ventoux $9.99 The color is a deep ruby red, 80%Grenache 20% Syrah. With it’s predominately berry-fruit bouquet, this wine shows the full aromatic power of these two fine grape varieties.

Nose – red and black berries, fresh fruit, and just a hint of spice

Palate – medium body, bountiful fruit

Finish – long finish, fruit

Saracco Moscato D’Asti

Saracco Moscato D’Asti $15.99 This wine is perfect as refreshing aperitif or a light finish to a meal, incredibly light and floral sparkling wine

Nose – Perfume of fresh peach, pear and aromatic white flowers

Palate – light effervescence, great balance of fruit and acid, not too sweet

Finish – elegant finish with a hint of candied fruit

Paolo Saracco keeps tight control of the harvest to ensure a perfect acid balance to the natural sweetness of this grape.  A slight sparkle is traditional for Moscato d’Asti, it lifts the fruit and guarantees a wine that is light and refreshing.

The original Saracco logo had a portrait of a wolf because Luigi Saracco was known in the village of Castiglione Tinella as il Lupo or, The Wolf.  He got the name when he was a young man.  He would come home hungry after a hard day of work in the vineyards.  If dinner wasn’t ready as soon has he arrived, he would walk around outside the house.  He couldn’t stand being inside the house smelling the aromas and not be able to eat and he was too hungry to socialize. When the other villagers saw him pacing around smelling the air, they said “Look, there’s Saracco, the wolf.”

Every Saracco after Luigi has been known as “Lupetto” or son of the wolf.  Paolo decided to change his labels to reflect the delicate quality of his wines, but in his heart, and in his village, he is still known as “Lupetto”.

Check out Liquid Planet for today’s wine recommendations, this will give you a great head start for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.  From my table to yours Happy Valentine’s Day, I’ll see you on the radio.

"from my table to yours"

"from my table to yours"

A Simple Approach to Valentine's Day Wine Selections This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show©

Check out the radio show on The Trail 103.3FM and Fresh 104.5FM.  The live stream feed is online at www.trail1033.com where you can click on “Listen Live”.  The WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© airs on both radio stations Sunday mornings at 10:00AM MST.

Social Media links;

Today’s Podcast; http://trail1033.podbean.com/2012/02/12/wine-guy-mike-for-february-12/

NBC Montana Today TV Segment with Christmas wines; http://www.nbcmontana.com/video/30063511/index.html

YouTube; My YouTube channel of course is WineGuyMike™ or the actual URL link: http://www.youtube.com/user/WineGuyMike?feature=mhum

Facebook; WineGuyMike please “like”

Twitter; @WineGuyMike please follow me

Sponsors      

Ciao Mambo, “Eat Like You Mean It”, located in Missoula on The Hip Strip.  Find them online at www.CiaoMambo.com

Sleep City Missoula  www.SleepCity.com

Liquid Planet “Best of Beverage” and a great place to find your holiday wine located in the heart of downtown Missoula.

Georges Distributing in Helena, Montana.

Good Sunday morning and welcome back to the WineGuyMike show.  It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and the pressure is on, what to do.  There are two choices, dining out or staying at home for a nice evening.  No matter what your decision is Valentine’s Day involves three things, Food, Wine, and dessert.

Special occasions, in this case, Valentine’s Day is one time when you want the evening to be perfect so it is important to think about what wine you are going to enjoy with your meal.  This week I have a few easy suggestions on how to approach this decision making process.

Choosing a wine for your romantic Valentine’s dinner can be difficult in the sense of what wine will you and your dinner guest both enjoy.  If you are dining out I recommend choosing a restaurant, like Ciao Mambo in Missoula, that has a nice wine list and offers many selections of both red and white wines by the glass.  If your are like my wife and I she typically enjoys a dinner that pairs well with a white wine while I tend to enjoy dinners that dictate red wine.

If you are dining in and planning a nice dinner at home consider the menu, this way you can purchase your wine ahead of time.  Retail shelves get decimated on Valentine’s Day so by planning ahead you won’t need to be one of the last minute frantic wine shoppers.

On special occasions it is normal to step up the price you are willing to pay for wine.  I’m going to recommend three wines today that are fabulous.  The red and white wines are super wines and are well rounded and forgiving enough to pair with a myriad of Valentine dinners.

When I think about wine and food recommendations I always consider Old World wines that are made to enjoy with food or New World wines that are made in an Old World style.

Guigal is synonymous with the Côte-Rôtie area, for bringing this great wine region to prominence.  Guigal vinifies 1/3 of the total appellation, and unquestionably holding the finest sites in this tiny, special area.  The incredible Syrah from this area, co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, has tremendously balanced concentration, depth and finesse. 

Côte-Rôtie is situated in the northernmost region of the Rhône Valley.  The Syrah (96%) vine is planted on steep terraced hillsides which catch and focus the sun’s heat, giving the region its reputation and name: “roasted slope.” A small percentage of Viognier (4%) is interplanted with the Syrah, and the two are harvested and fermented together, giving the wine more elegance and lightness.

The wines are red, made with Syrah grapes and up to 20% Viognier, a white grape used for its aroma.  According to appellation rules, Syrah and Viognier must be fermented at the same time, a process known as cofermentation.  Côte-Rôtie wine typically exhibits an almost paradoxical combination of meat aromas (including bacon) and floral aromas.  However, even Côte-Rôtie from 100% Syrah can smell floral.

Marcel Guigal purchases grapes from small growers to supplement his own vineyards, harvesting late to achieve perfect ripeness. He ages each vintage in barrique (20% new barrels) for 24-30 months, and bottles the wines without fining or filtration.  The Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Guigal refers to the fact that grapes from the two areas of Côte-Rôtie are used, from the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde.  The historical legend is that long ago a lord deeded the Côte Brune to his dark-haired daughter and the Côte Blonde to his blond daughter.  The soils of the Côte Brune are indeed darker, containing more iron and some clay, and the paler Côte Blonde soils have more sand and limestone. 

Guigal’s Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde is a wine of finesse and complexity that ages beautifully, developing aromas and flavors of black pepper, spice, licorice, and game.  The color of this wine is a beautiful deep ruby. This youthfully clenched, focused wine really stains the palate and has a long firm finish of mineral, candied flowers and blackberry.  It is one of the great wines of the world.

Anselmi San Vincenzo

In the annals of winemaking, Roberto Anselmi is a legend, a charismatic motorbike-riding rebel whose uncompromising quality-over-quantity approach has helped redefine the image of north Italian white wines.

Since taking over management of his family’s winery in the Soave district of northeast Italy’s Veneto region two decades ago, Anselmi has been motivated by an emotional and professional commitment to tapping the unrealized potential of the wines he grew up with. This has entailed a significant parting of ways with traditional vineyard and winemaking practices that have historically characterized the Soave district, and given birth to a new generation of north Italian white wines of unprecedented quality, character and finesse.

The Anselmi San Vincenzo is 80% Garganega, 10% Chardonnay, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc.  In the glass the color is light straw while the bouquet of this Northern Italian gem is crisp and pure, with scents of minerals, lemon/lime, apricot and yellow apples.  On the palate the mouthfeel is medium-bodied, dry and fresh, with notes of citrus fruit.  This is a delightful white wine selection from the Soave region.

Saracco Moscato D’Asti

Perfume of fresh peach, pear and aromatic white flowers.  A gentle sparkle brightens the fruit and a tingle of sweetness hints of candied fruits.  This wine is perfect as refreshing aperitif or a light finish to a meal.  Saracco has perfected the balance of acid and residual sugar to make an incredibly light and floral sparkling wine.

Paolo Saracco keeps tight control of the harvest to ensure a perfect acid balance to the natural sweetness of this grape.  A slight sparkle is traditional for Moscato d’Asti, it lifts the fruit and guarantees a wine that is light and refreshing.

The original Saracco logo had a portrait of a wolf because Luigi Saracco was known in the village of Castiglione Tinella as il Lupo or, The Wolf.  He got the name when he was a young man.  He would come home hungry after a hard day of work in the vineyards.  If dinner wasn’t ready as soon has he arrived, he would walk around outside the house.  He couldn’t stand being inside the house smelling the aromas and not be able to eat and he was too hungry to socialize. When the other villagers saw him pacing around smelling the air, they said “Look, there’s Saracco, the wolf.”

Every Saracco after Luigi has been known as “Lupetto” or son of the wolf.  Paolo decided to change his labels to reflect the delicate quality of his wines, but in his heart, and in his village, he is still known as “Lupetto”.

Check out Liquid Planet for today’s wine recommendations, this will give you a great head start for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.  From my table to yours Happy Valentine’s Day, I’ll see you on the radio.

"from my table to yours"

"from my table to yours"

Styring Vineyards "WIT" Reserve 2006 paired with Red Velvet Cupcakes from Cupcake Jones in Portland, Oregon

Red Velvet Cupcakes from the worlds finest cupcakery, Cupcake Jones. They are located in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon.  Not only does Cupcake Jones bake the most scrumptious cupcakes you’ve ever had in your life they too are invovled in local community events.  More supportive than any other business I’ve seen.  So today I’m pairing an incredible Pinot Noir from Styring Vineyards, located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, with Red Velvet cupcakes from Cupcake Jones.  Truly it is worth a vacation to Oregon just to visit this cupcakery and the Willamette Valley wine region.  Be sure to say hello to Molly the Wine Dog at Styring Vineyards if you’re out that way.

velvet painting
•red velvet cocoa cake filled with vanilla bean pastry cream and iced with cream cheese icing topped with a candied edible rose petal
Cupcake Jones Red Velvet minis in the background and Mimosa minis in the foreground.

Cupcake Jones Red Velvet minis in the background and Mimosa minis in the foreground.

Now how about this incredible wine to go with the I’m going to rock your world Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Styring Vineyards:

Artisan wines with hand-crafted authenticity you can taste.  That’s because, Styring Vineyards produces small lots, carefully nurtured from vine to barrel to bottle, that reflect the authentic nature of the fruit, exacting standards, and the character of our Willamette Valley growing region.

At Styring Vineyards, they believe in crafting artisan wines that we enjoy drinking.  That means carefully grown fruit, handled with care, and coaxed into wine that expresses the unique character of the grape, the terroir, and ourselves.  This is typified by our small case production from limited varietals that love the Willamette Valley of Oregon as much as they do.  Pinot Noir, their Passion:

Their Ribbon Ridge AVA is uniquely suited to grow some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world.  They carefully crop the fruit, a time-honored tradition, to yield Pinot Noir of exceptional quality.  After careful fermentation, gentle handling, and up to two years in French Oak barrels, this wine is a rich with characteristic structure – blackberry and black cherry fruit up front and soft, full tannins on the finish.  Offered in both Reserve and Barrel Select varieties.

Their Wine:

Styring Vineyards "WIT" Reserve 2006 Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Styring Vineyards "WIT" Reserve 2006 Ridgecrest Vineyards Ribbon Ridge AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Wine Tasting Notes:

This Pinot Noir is crafted from fruit from Ridgecrest Vineyard, one of the oldest on Ribbon Ridge.  This wine has an enticing nose, vibrant with red and dark berry flavors.  It’s a dense, full structured wine with saturated color. New oak imparts richness and vivacious vanilla layers.  A long, lingering finish.  This complex wine had just begun to show its potential.

All that there is left to say is Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you, from my table to yours.

WineGuyMike

Wine and Chocolate #2, It's National Heart Health Month

This post about chocolate and its health benefits is from my colleague FoodGirlShannon.   FGS works as a nutritionist and dietician, she will be contributing and sharing her knowledge with us on the WineGuyMike blog on a fairly regular basis.  FoodGirlShannon like WineGuyMike is also committed to this “Eat well, live well” all with a good glass of wine of course. 

Please join me in welcoming FoodGirlShannon and her absolute wealth of information she is sharing with us.   Today she writes about one of our favorite foods, chocolate. YUM, and I will be pairing it with wines this week.  Thanks for participating with us and have a great Valentine’s Week. 

FoodGirlShannon asks;  what kind of chocolate should you buy for it to have the health benefits you dream of when you think of dark chocolate?

Health benefits of chocolate are that it may help prevent high blood pressure, it may improve hearth health, and it provides antioxidants.  In order to ensure we are buying the “right kind of chocolate” for those possible health benefits its best to look for the following chocolate with the following ingredients: 

  • 70% dark chocolate
  • cocoa butter
  • cocoa liquor
  • sugar or cane juice
  • diary-free
  • cocoa powder
  • thick, tight wrapper
  • glossy, dark or smooth texture
  • and of course its best to buy Fair Trade

Leave the following bars on the shelf when thinking heart health: 

  • “Milk Chocolate”
  • Partially hydrogenated oil
  • natural or artificial color
  • corn syrup
  • milk, milk fat, or lactose
  • dutch processed or alkalized
  • thin wrapper or exposed to light
  • blotchy, streaky or rough texture
  • conventional (no distinction)

Thanks FoodGirlShannon, I’ll do my best now to pair a nice budget minded wine with your chocolate recommendations. 

Wine Pairing: Maysara 2007 Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 

Momtazi Vineyard, McMinnville A.V.A. in Oregon

Maysara Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2007 Momtazi Vineyard, McMinnville A.V.A. in Oregon

Maysara Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2007 Momtazi Vineyard, McMinnville A.V.A. in Oregon

TASTING NOTES

The 2007 Estate Cuvée sets a classic tone with its passionate garnet red hue. The bouquet is an experience of floral expression as well as red cherries and fresh raspberries accompanied by an immense layer of spices ranging from nutmeg to white-pepper on the finish. While approachable now, the acidity within this wine will reward one’s cellar for years to come. Enjoy!

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS -&- FRUIT SOURCE

The 2007 Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir marks our first Demeter Certified Biodynamic ® wine. The fruit for this year’s Estate Cuvée was harvested September 28 through October 12, 2007. The 2007 Estate Cuvée is a blend representing a colonial selection of Momtazi Vineyard. The Pommardclone Pinot Noir was hand selected exclusively from the oldest block of our estate, planted at one of our lower elevations. It is matched well with the more vibrant Dijon clones 113, 114, 115, and 777 found in our upper estate. These predominately 10-year old vines are planted on basalt-based marine sedimentary and volcanic soils, some of the oldest to be found in Oregon.

Following harvest, 100% of the fruit was de-stemmed and cold soaked for several days. Fermentation was completed with indigenes yeast from each individual block on the Momtazi Estate. There is 30% new French oak in the Estate Cuvée.

VINEYARD AND WINEMAKING PRINCIPLES

At Maysara Winery & Momtazi Vineyard, we are committed to capturing the complete expression of our land and conveying it to you through superior quality in every bottle. We practice only low-impact, holistic farming methods in our Demeter Certified Biodynamic® vineyard. We are confident these principles are the best way to capture the true essence of the soil in our fruit and ensure the health of our vines and the unique accent of our terroir for generations. This philosophy is carried into the cellar, where Demeter Certified Biodynamic® winemaking practices produce wines with intensity, sophistication and elegance while maintaining a purity of both fruit and earth.Try this Pinot Noir with your Valentine’s Chocolate, I recommend it. From our table to yours.

WineGuyMike and FoodGirlShannon