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New York City Wine Expo #callingallwinelovers

18 Feb

NY Wine Expo

Calling all wine lovers!  It’s the 6th annual New York City Wine Expo and we are patiently awaiting it’s arrival on March 1st – 3rd at the Javits Center to try some of the best wines from all around the world!  I am partnering up with the NYC Wine Expo and am able to extend $15 off tickets for Friday or Saturday (offer below).  I will also be reporting back to you LIVE from the expo to share the experience if you are unable to attend.  Please be sure to check out the fun and watch out for more communication this week on the exciting events and seminars surrounding the Expo!

Winepug Offer
$15 off Friday or Saturday when you use “WineBlog” when buying tickets here: http://newyorkwineexpotickets.eventbrite.com/

Social Media Links for New York Wine Expo
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Pinterest: pinterest.com/newyorkwineexpo/
Twitter: twitter.com/newyorkwineexpo
Facebook: facebook.com/newyorkwineexpo

#WW – A Refreshing Ipsum Rueda 2010

23 May

Jump into Winepug Wednesday with Ipsum Rueda 2010 for a fresh, crisp apple, and authentic taste that ‘speaks for itself’, literally (Ipsum means ‘itself’ in Latin)! Ole Imports {here} sent me this bottle to try and I just had to share it with great friends and pair this light and refreshing wine with a Spring dish, Arugula with Balsamic Glazed Chicken and Asiago Salad, which we got from The Kitchen Poet {here}.

Now, onto the wine…Because this wine was created ‘un-oaked’ you really taste the authentic flavor of the grapes (85% Verdejo, 15% Viura) and the bright citrus flavors that burst in your mouth. I’m sure you can imagine how this tasted with the Asiago cheese from the salad – delish! Not only does it have all the great bright and flowery flavors we all love, it also has a lot of minerality which gives a balanced mixture with its vibrant flavors and yes, has a very smooth finish. Another great deal at $10 per bottle (can’t beat it). I wasn’t able to find it in NYC but I hope you do elsewhere and enjoy as much as we did!

For more info on the wine {here}

Il Baretto – The Wine Rundown!

8 Feb

Nestled between ‘dealership row’ on 11th Ave, lay a casual yet authentic wine bar straight out of Italia overlooking De Witt Clinton Park. Who would’ve thought in the midst of Mercedes Benz and BMW you’d come across such a hidden gem of a wine bar.  From the same owner of the delicious Italian meal Il Melograno, Il Baretto is an undercover gem that is “off the beaten path” where small plates of assorted cheeses, creative panini’s and generous selection of meats and fruits can be sampled and tasted with their magnificent array of Italian wines.

It was a cold night in Hell’s Kitchen and my fiancé and I decided to experiment and venture away from our standard Italian favorites, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Chianti Classico and submerged ourselves into a new, taste inspiring red wine from Sicily, Santa Anastasia Nero D’Avola.  A reasonably priced bottle $34 and glass $10, moving out of our confort zone was a wise choice as we tasted a burst of flavor with smooth tannins that went well with our small bites!  It was a very classic style of Italian wine yet had a modern touch which made it very well structured and easier to drink than some of the heavier Italian wines.

So if you’re ever in the neighborhood looking for a causal wine bar that will take you out of the City and into the heart of Sicily’s northern coastline, Il Barretto is your gem!

Enjoy!

Saving the best for last….

Rioja – Pepper, Spice and All Things Nice!

16 Aug

With a unique portfolio of over 100 Spanish wines, Ole Imports has taken pride in their journey to find and represent fine wines through key fundamental elements of: terroir, quality fruit, exceptional wine making and priceless value.  I was lucky enough to try some of their finest sought after wines from the Rioja region and hosted a Rioja Wine Tasting Event on my dear friend’s wonderful terrace under a remarkable sunset looking over the city that never sleeps, New York City.  By the end of the night lips were purple, all were dancing, and everyone was completely happy! My, what an effect an exploration into the Rioja world has!

I set up the tasting with a variety of cheeses to pair, wine crackers to cleanse the palate, and some carrots and hummus to munch on.   The tasting went from light to dark and I started off with a bubbly to get everyone in the mood! Since many of us had not experienced wines from this region, I decided not to do a blind tasting but walk everyone through the tasting process and education of each wine.

So please, step inside this magnificent region of spice and submerge yourself into what you are about to read.  I advise you to grab a glass of Rioja yourself and enjoy!

RIOJA WINE TASTING EVENT

Wine #1 Casteller Cava Brut N/V
Grape: Parellada, Macabeo, Xarello
Tasting Notes: Dry, clean and crisp, citrus, hints of green apple
Quotes: “Smoother than other sparkling wines, not too sweet or too bubbly, very drinkable and delicious!”, “Smells like a fun CELEBRATION”, “REFRESHING”, “Great drinking sparkling wine!”

Wine # 2 Bodegas El Indiano El Brozal Blanco 2009 (Single Vineyard)
Grape: Tempranillo, Granacha
Tasting Notes: Biodynamic wine with great tannic structure, dry, and filled w/ spice.
Quotes: “Acidic/Bitter”, “Unexpectedly tart” “Could be good wine for Sangria”, “Buttered Popcorn taste?”

Wine #3 Cortijo Rioja Blanco 2010
Grape: Viura
Tasting Notes: Sweet on the palate, nectar flavors
Quotes: “Delicious, fruity yet light” “Great Value”, “Appley”, “Color is similar to a sugar cookie” “Fruity with a twist, LOVE”, “Great with cheddar cheese”

Wine #4 Cortijo Rioja Rosado 2010
Grape: Tempranillo, Granacha
Tasting Notes: Citrus, full of fruits, a bit tannic, very delicious and refreshing
Quotes: “Bold berries”, “Amazing taste”, “Might be great for Sangria”, “Very refreshing for summer or spring!”

Wine #5 Don Sancho Londono 2008 ‘Calma’
Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano
Tasting Notes: peppery, dark cherry, mocha, tannins for a strong finish
Quotes: “Best wine of the tasting”, “Tastes a bit licoricey”, “Amazing with goat cheese”, “A classic Spanish wine”, “Relaxing and great to sip on”, “Peppery and spicy”

Wine #6 Bodegas El Indiano El Brozal 2009 (Single Vineyard)
Grape: Tempranillo, Syrah
Tasting Notes: Spice, peppery, tannin that grips the finish
Quotes: “Very rich”, “My favorite”, “Big and bold, “Love this one, this is what I think of when I think of Rioja”, “Deep Finish”, “This was amazing with the dark chocolate”

            

Wow, that was intense! As you can see lots of spice, pepper, citrus, and drinking wines capture some of the Rioja region.  A very lovely night of tasting fine wines from Ole Imports turned all of these wonderful ladies in to regulars.  I am already getting questions about the wines we tasted and where to find them to buy for house warming gifts! 

Thank you Ole Imports and thank you to my wine lovers for participating in this fabulous tasting!

Celebrate National Wine Day!

25 May

It’s National Wine Day and it’s a sunny one in New York City!  So, how are you celebrating today? Red, white, rose, sparkling, bubbly, fortified?  Whatever you do, I hope it’s outside in the SUN!  You tell me!

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