Cocktails with Champagne: A New Way to Ring in a New Year

No one appreciates champagne like they used to. The bubbly wine was created, accidentally, in England in the 16th century. The process was developed over the next two centuries, first to get the bubbles on a regular basis, then to create a bottle with the strength to contain the pressure of the carbon dioxide in the wine. Once the bottles stopped exploding, this treat became a favorite in the French courts. The French leaned to the sweeter sec and demi-sec varieties, while the English preferred the drier bruts. The wealthy were the only people that could afford it initially, turning it into a … [Read more...]

Wine & Food Pairing Event Benefits Aullwood

The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a 4-course experience including an appetizer, soup, entrée, and dessert perfectly paired with wine to delight your senses. Come learn and taste these wines with guidance from a true wine expert and get ideas for your own holiday gatherings. Aullwood’s meats will be incorporated into the selections. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased directly from Ray’s. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Aullwood’s educational programs for regional children. … [Read more...]

Brunings Wine & Spinoza’s Launch Summer Series

This debut event kicks off a summer-long wine and pizza pairing series featuring special off-menu pizzas and unique wines available exclusively at Spinoza's (menu price by the glass or bottle) and at Brunings Wine Cellar (retail price by the bottle or 10% case discount). Pizza Feature for May/June: Steak & Mixed Mushroom Pizza with Gruyere & Fontina Cheese, sauteed mushroom mix, marinated Black Angus sirloin, caramelized onions, and Danish blue cheese with horseradish aioli & scallions after the bake. … [Read more...]

Dayton’s Premier Wine & Gourmet Food Festival is Sunday!

Twenty four years ago, when Vail Miller of Heidelberg and Mike Frank of Arrow Wine  thought up the event that has come to be known as Fleurs et Vin, it was to bring wine to the people in a way that wasn't stuffy and thus the Party in the Park began. Now moved on to the second generation of these influential families in the Dayton Drinking scene, the party continues to grow. This Sunday, May 17th at 1pm there will be over 300+ wines to sample under a huge tent in Welcome Park, which is behind UD Arena.  And we all know that the taste of wine can change when paired with food, so you'll have … [Read more...]

Oregon Pinot Noir Tasting at Arrow Wine Centerville Tonight

Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley of Oregon on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountain appellations. Patricia Green Cellars focus is to produce Pinot Noirs that show the distinct … [Read more...]

Tickets on Sale Saturday For Dayton’s Premier Wine & Gourmet Food Event!

The original “Party in the Park” was the brain child of two friends, Vail Miller Sr. of Heidelberg and Mike Frank of Arrow Wine.  With a mission of bringing wine out of just the wine cellars and  to the general public, the idea of a wine festival was born.  Now 24 years later, Fleurs et Vin is the most anticipated, talked about and attend wine event in the Miami Valley. On Sunday May 17 from 1- 4pm, wine connoisseurs and novices alike will sample the best wines from around the world while enjoying culinary treats from 20 of the top independent restaurants in the region. Last year there … [Read more...]

Bruning’s Wine Cellar to Host Wine Appreciation Series

Learn wine from an expert and get more out of each sip.  Do you want to learn to talk intelligently about wine, or start your own collection? Are you a serious wine lover looking to deepen your knowledge? Either way,  this five week series presented by Micheal Freeman of Vintner Select will cover wine tasting techniques, explore characteristics of different wine regions around the world and more.   The classes kick off on Monday, Feb 23rd from 6-8pm at Bruning's in Beavercreek and continue each Monday through March 23rd.  Cost for all five week course is $100 and includes wine tasting, … [Read more...]

Young and Rude – Beaujolais Nouveau Day

When discussing wine, age and date are critical factors in understanding the product you are enjoying. Under the town hall in the city of Bremen, Germany lies the Schatzkammer (treasury cellar). It has twelve large casks of wine stored there, named for the Apostles. One of the casks, the Judas cask of 1727, still has a wine in it that is very drinkable. The bulk of the 3,000 liter (793 gallons) cask is still the wine from that year, but it is periodically refreshed with younger wines. The wine inside is known as Rüdesheimer Apostelwein 1727, and it is the world’s oldest drinkable wine. It is … [Read more...]

California Cabernet Tasting at Arrow Wine

We will be pouring 6 California Cabernets 'Blind'. Guess which are which and receive a Special Prize! Cabernets to be tasted: 2011 Elizabeth Spencer, 2010 Trinchero Mario's Vineyard, 2008 Heitz Napa Valley, 2010 Simi Landslide, 2012 Beringer Knights Vineyard, 2010 Jordan $25.00 for the flight. No reservations necessary … [Read more...]

From Burgundy, with Love – National Chardonnay Day

Steven Spurrier did not set out to send the wine world into a great upheaval. He was an advocate of French wine, and always looking for ways to further that belief. He was so confident of the superiority of his beloved wines that he arranged a blind tasting versus the wines of California to prove it. Paris was selected as the site (of course), and judges from all over the country were brought in for the event. The Paris Wine Tasting was going to prove once and for all that French wine was superior to all other comers. The year was 1976, the same year the United States was celebrating its … [Read more...]