“The wines of Gérard Raphet are a Burgundy lover’s Burgundy. While the wine’s color in the glass is a delicate ruby, aromas and flavors surprise with their forceful intensity. This contrast often catches the uninitiated off guard, yet it is part of the attraction and seduction of these limited and highly sought-after wines.
Beavercreek’s Osaka Japanese Steakhouse will be hosting a wine dinner on Thursday, August 24th at 6pm. According to Vintner Select wine representative Michael Freeman, this dinner will showcase the textural and savory elements of Japanese cuisine with complimentary profiles of wine. The wines featured will be from the Malvirà estate.
This tiny property, located in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, is situated just across the Tànaro river from the more famous Barolo & Barbaresco zones in a less familiar locale called Roero.
The Malvirà estate serves as a family owned/operated Agriturismo, a working farm with a 13 room bed & breakfast that rests in the heart of their organically-farmed vineyard. For more information, check out their website www.malvira.com
The wines for our evening will provide a range of different styles & vintages, going as far back as a special cellar-release 2006, directly from the winery.
Here’s the menu:
Shrimp Tempura | lightly battered for a crisp crust
Sparkling Arneis ‘Rive Gauche’Spumante
Beef Negimaki | a traditional Japanese dish of thinly pounded beef wrapped round scallions with savory sauce
Barbera d’Alba ‘San Michele’ 2013
Hamachi Sushi | mild flavored Yellowtail tuna prepared as a gentle introduction to the world of sushi
Favorita Langhe Bianco, 2015
Katsu Fish | panko-crusted and pan fried white fish
Roero Arneis Vigna Trinità, 2014
Hibachi Filet of Beef | tender filet mignon prepared by the Hibachi chef
Langhe Rosso ‘San Guglielmo’ 2006
Osaka Japanese Steakhouse is located in an out lot at the Fairfield Commons at 2476 Commons Blvd.
The Wine Gallery Wine Shop and Bistro located downtown at 5 W. Monument is hosting a wine tasting and sale this evening, Saturday, June 24th, beginning at 6pm featuring 24 wines sweet to dry available for tasting. They will have whites, reds and pinks available with special pricing for case purchases. If you have any events coming up this summer or early fall that require wine, you won’t want miss this event. They will have cases of wine as low as $40 for 12 bottles. But with prices like this, they do not allow mixing of the cases.
You’ll also be able to enjoy all pizza’s, salads and appetizers at 1/2 off during the wine sale. Check our menu out at www.thewinegalleryandcafe.com
|Call 937-224-9463 to reserve a table this evening. Cheers!|
Dayton-area wine lovers know that the region has no shortage of tasting events throughout the year (or during any given week!), but one of the newest is poised to distinguish itself as the best setting for singles to meet new people who share a common interest.
Planned2Give will host its quarterly Grapes of Gratitude event Thursday, May 25, at the Normandy Banquet Center (507 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.), from 6 – 8 pm. The team-based, comepetitive wine tasting focuses on a different varietal each time; the winter installment featured merlot, while this week’s spring outing is timed to coincide with National Chardonnay Day.
“This has turned out to be a great event for singles,” Lisa Grigsby of Planned2Give said, “because of the relaxed environment and everyone already having one common thing to discuss and really get into the details. And it’s a perfect opportunity: at our last event, the participants were probably 80% singles, and 75% women, and the ages ranged from 21 to about 45-ish. Talk about great odds for a gentleman looking to meet a lady–this would be it.”
The casual, after-work event works by the “rule of three,” which requires teams of one to three participants to each bring three bottles of the same varietal. (For instance, three bottles of 2005 Lindemans Bin 65 chardonnay). For each team, two of the three bottles are bagged to hide the label, tagged, and then poured for tasting and ranking by each contestant during the course of the evening. Each team’s third bottle is set aside, unopened. At the end, the unopened third bottles are divided and taken home by the teams that brought the five highest ranking wines–except for the lowest ranked wine, which is returned to the team that brought it.
Worried about bringing the same wine as another team? Not a problem. Year, batch, temperature, length of time since the bottle was opened, and other factors can all affect the flavor and bring different rankings.
The “three for three” format used here is gaining popularity around the country among wine enthusiasts and novices alike, including Cincinnati’s Bacchanalia Society events. One of the goals of the event is to change perceptions and challenge biases people might have toward certain varietals.
“Last time,” said organizer Lisa Grigsby, “we had a lot of people who weren’t merlot fans, but by the end of the night, everyone had found one they liked, and then it was, ‘Wow, I never would’ve bought or ordered this, but now I know there’s one I really enjoy,’ and that’s because they got to try it without commitment. Everyone was surprised about the differences among the tastes and complexities of the wines.”
Teams can contain no more than three participants, so a group of four will be considered two teams, and must bring six bottles of the featured varietal to gain entry. However, said Grigsby, people needn’t worry if they plan to come alone.
“We had plenty of people who came by themselves as one single-person team. Only the person at the sign-in table knows who’s together and who’s not, so once you’re inside, no one has to know if you’re with a group or not. Everyone was very friendly. It’s very low-key and not snobby in any way. When we revealed the restults, a lot of people were surprised; one of the most expensive wines did not place in the top three, and one of the winners was a very inexpensive wine. The blind tasting takes that name brand association away, so it’s all about taste.”
Each Grapes event benefits a different local charity, and May’s proceeds will go to Wagtown, a new organization working toward the goal of making every city dog-friendly in the interest of creating stronger, more vibrant communities that attract people, spur economic growth, and foster loyalty.
“We try to support grassroots organizations,” said Jeff Jackson, Planned to Give co-owner, “smaller nonprofits where the attention can put new eyes on them and the money raised can really be impactful. Our last charity partner was Bogg Industries, which focuses on feeding the homeless all around the region through their Mobile Meals program. We raised enough money to feed 1,200 people, and that feels good. While we’re open to any charity, we’re really looking for the ones we can help expose. Wagtown’s ‘animal-friendly community’ concept really appealed to us, and they’re a new organization, so we wanted to showcase them in a meaningful way.”
Snacks will be on hand at the event, including pizza from Mack’s Tavern and chardonnay-infused sweets. The first half-hour of the evening encourages socializing and sampling the foods offered while event staff log and bag the various wines and register arriving guests. The early part of the evening will also include information about Wagtown, as well as presentation to Bogg Industries of the funds raised at the winter installment.
“It’s very casual,” Grigsby said. “People can come from work, come in jeans… There’s nothing formal about this event. It’s not an all-night commitment on a weeknight; it ends at 8 pm, though last time, a lot of groups ended up going somewhere for dinner afterward. It’s something different, something fun, a way to try a lot of wines on someone else’s dime, and then maybe get to take a bunch home.”
Tickets for participation in Grapes of Gratitude are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; advance tickets (with online handling fee) are available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-grapes-of-gratitude-tickets-34094527650 or you can pick them up at the nearby Arrow Wine store on 725, while you’re grabbing your 3 bottles of Chardonnay.
Competitive wine tasting comes to the Miami Valley this Thursday, Feb 23rd at 6pm. Grapes of Gratitude is a team wine tasting event created to allow local nonprofits to raise money while participants blindly taste an array of wines of the same varietal.
On Saturday, March 4th Christopher’s Restaurant will host another of its popular after hours wine tasting events. Featuring six selections from their new wine list paired with exquisite hors d’oeuvres prepared by their very creative catering department. This will be a casual, fun event with a party style atmosphere. It takes place after the restaurant closes for service, from 9:30-11:30 pm. Come for the whole event or drop in any time!
Tickets are available for $ $20 presale and $24 at the event at Christopher’s. Space is limited, so it is recommended to purchase in advance. Christopher’s, an eclectic neighborhood eatery known for offering culinary creations, comfort foods, homemade soups and desserts that is vegetarian friendly, is located at 2318 E Dorothy Lane, just west of The Greene.
An intimate 6 course dinner paired with 6 different wines with special guest, California wine maker Peter Stolpman. The menu is a collaboration from chefs Wiley, Elizabeth Valenti, Dave Rawson and Jenn DiSanto from the newly formed catering and events division SageCraft.
Reserved seating only and space is limited. Call SageCraft to reserve your space (937)296-0600. Price is $79.00 per person and includes all 6 courses, 6 wines and a few sweet treats to finish out the evening.
Sometimes you get a scoop that you are really not interested in hearing. Such is the case with a bummer of a tidbit we heard earlier this month
We had heard that Beavercreek’s Brunings Wine Cellar would be closing it’s doors in the near future. A call to the store confirmed that this evening, though an exact date has not been released.
oOwner Mike Yegerlehner announced this morning that this weekend will be the last for the wine store. They’ll be hosting their final round of drop in wine tastings tonight from 5-8pm and then Friday 4-8pm and the final one will be Saturday from 2-6pm. Be sure to stop by and raise a glass and toast all the good times they provided over the years and to Mike and the staff’s next chapter.
The store is located at 2476 Commons Blvd, just blocks from the Fairfield Commons Mall and they are open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 8pm.
The 2016 Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival will be a weekend to remember. With 90 wineries pouring over 400 wines, delicious food pairings by country, live music, and great company, it’s two extravagant evenings filled with the finest wines from around the world. Taking place at the Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s Fairfield on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, from 7:00 – 10:00pm, Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival will bring the Grand Hall to exuberant, flamboyant life.
There are 3 different tickets available:
Grand Tasting: Grand Tasting: With 90 wineries pouring over 400 wines, the Grand Tasting lets you enjoy delicious food pairings by country, live music, and great company. You’ll also take home a commemorative 2016 Winefest glass and Tasting Guide. Look for food pairings, samples of food presented by Jungle Jim’s International Market. There will be approximately 6 food pairing booths around the festival. However, samples will not be enough for a meal; they’re meant to help you enjoy the wines. $65
Those looking for a more in-depth experience can upgrade to Connoisseur. Along with all of the benefits of the Grand Tasting, you’ll gain access to a special Connoisseur Only area for a little rest and relaxation, where you’ll indulge in the International “Dinner by the Bite,” exclusive wine sampling, and have full access to the Oscar Bar. $125
The Non-Drinker Grand Tasting ticket is $25 and includes entrance to the event for one evening, food pairings, soda, water and coffee. $25
You can purchase your tickets online or at the door for this event. Handling charges on tickets increase your outlay to $69.23 for the grand tasting or $133.13 for the Connoisseur. Parking for the event in plentiful and free. Park in the area designated for The Oscar Event Center, which is close to the Holden Drive entrance to Jungle Jim’s International Market. You can also access the parking lots by coming in the gorilla entrance (which is the entrance with the digital sign) and turning right. The Oscar Event Center parking is on the right.
An integral, beneficial, and unique piece of the Wine Festival experience is our Buyer’s Club program, previously called Purchase Passport. By signing up before the show, you’re ready to enjoy the festival in the most in-depth way possible. Buyer’s Club members will receive a special, free tasting plate. Once you order your tickets, you’ll have access to sign up for Buyer’s Club. It’s the best possible way to experience the show. Once you sign up, it’s as easy as picking up your Buyer’s Club card at the festival, tasting from hundreds of wines, and ordering the ones you enjoy most. You tell us which location you usually shop, and we’ll make sure your order is ready to pick up the week after the festival.
In order to sign up for Buyer’s Club, you must purchase a ticket to the 2016 International Wine Festival. So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now!
Since 2007 Fleming’s Wine List has been recognized by Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards for having a wine lists that offer interesting selections, appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. The 2016 Award Winners were just announced and Fleming’s is just one of 53 Ohio restaurants that made the list.
They’re pouring the entire Fleming’s 100 over two nights for an expansive tasting experience.Take advantage of this unique opportunity to taste and compare varietals, flavors and styles. Savor the difference between California and Oregon Pinots. Sample Chardonnays side by side. Get introduced to those new reds from South Africa and Argentina. What if your favorite wine is one you’ve never tasted?
Saturday, July 16 5 pm–6:30pm
Saturday, August 20 at 5 pm–6:30on
$35 each night, includes passed hors d’oeuvres
Call Fleming’s at 937-320-9548 for reservations.