Louis M. Foppiano of Foppiano Winery

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Louis M. Foppiano will be here pouring his world-famous wines at Wine Gourmet on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 5-7 pm.

Foppiano Winery is the oldest family-owned winery in Sonoma County, California.  Founded by the disenchanted gold miner, John Foppiano, in 1896, Louis is the 4th generation.  Lou made his mark on the Foppiano Wall of Fame with his visionary placement of Petite Sirah in the vineyard in the mid-80’s.   He believed this Rhone variety was and is good for California.

He also founded PS I Love You (Petite Sirah, I Love You), a non-profit group that advocates growers of Petite Sirah in the USA.  In addition, he created a second label named Riverside to capture the value market and he streamlined the Foppiano label exclusively to  red wines.

Wines we will enjoy Tuesday evening:

  • Lot 96 – a blend of Zinfindel, Petite Sirah and other red grape varietals
  • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2005 Petite Sirah
  • 2006 Pinot Noir
  • 2003 Petite Sirah Reserve
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Published in: on September 21, 2009 at 7:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Front Deck Sippin’

View from my seat

View from my seat

Hello from OBX!  This is your humble wine shop owner, Kimberly, checking in on her mini vaca!

From my vantage point, I can see the Atlantic Ocean and smell the briny air.  I chose Montinore Borealis (an eclectic blend of Muller-Thurgau, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris) to sip and savor while I soak in this tranquil view.

Where to eat tonight?  Please advise.  Blue Moon Beach Grill and Owen’s are my top suggestions so far.

Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beach Wine 2009

Kimberly and her Beach Wines 2009

Kimberly & Beach Wines 2009

OK, so most of you have come and gone from the Beach.  I get that!  I, on the other hand, did not get to go this summer.   In fact, I have been so busy or so distracted (or both!)  that I haven’t been to the beach since 2006!

So, a serendipitious set of circumstances occured recently and I find myself preparing for a few sun-soaked days at the Outer Banks.  As I always do when given a chance to relax and kick back with friends and family, I daydream about the menu.   Visions of shrimp, scallops, oysters, mussels, and fish dance through my head.

And what to drink with each of them?  Oh boy, that’s my favorite part!  As you can see from the picture I have quite the selection:  a dry rose, a Portuguese Vinho Verde, a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, a California Pinot Noir (or two!), a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, an amazing blend of yummy white wine grapes in a package aptly named Borealis, and others.

I’m sure you will agree that food is such an integral part of the overall enjoyment of a vacation.  For the next few days, I’ll post my latest gastronomic experiences and I want you to join in and post your favorite wine/seafood experience.

Sails Away, fellow Winelovers!

– Kimberly, Lead Wine Sampler of Wine Gourmet

Published in: on September 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Viva Sangria!

Sangria Tasting on Thursday, Sept 10, 5-8 pm

Sangria Tasting on Thursday, Sept 10, 5-8 pm

Sangria is a host’s best friend.  Made properly, Sangria is tasty, food-friendly and a perfect quaffer for guests “not into wine.”  

Sangria originated in Spain. The word Sangria comes from the Spanish word, sangre meaning blood. The drink gets its name from the red color of the wine used in a traditional sangria recipe. The drink is also made with white wine which is called sangria blanco.

Sangria is basically a mix of wine, juices, soda water and fruit. Any young red wine can be used in a traditional recipe. 

Tried and True Tips:

1.         Good, quality ingredients are important in this drink. Wine is the dominant ingredient, so care is taken to use a good wine.

2.         It’s important to allow time for the liquid to blend with the fruit.  A few hours or even overnight in the refrigerator will enhance the flavor.

3.         Add soda and ice just before serving. 

4.         Use a Spanish Rioja to get the authentic flavor of red Sangria.  Here are a few wines we think are perfect – Protocolo Tinto $8.99 and Cortijo III Rioja $10.99

Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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