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.
Even pacifists agree that cancer needs its butt kicked. More and more people realize how cancer affects family members, friends, co-workers etc. It’s hard to find someone that cancer hasn’t touched in one way or another. So we are asking you to help us Pick a Fight with Cancer.
This Thursday, May 5th at the Engineers Club of Dayton, Mike Nichols will be hosting the Pick a Fight with Cancer Wine tasting from 6 – 9 pm.
This great event is to celebrate those who have survived cancer, those angels cheering on from heaven and to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Mike Nichols states: “Wine tasting event honoring the FIGHTERS. What better venue to lead the charge to support blood cancer research than the historic Engineers Club of Dayton. This historic venue was founded by innovators such as Edward Deeds and Charles Kettering whose inventions changed our world. We ask you to join us for an evening of hope to help render this disease powerless. With every sunrise there is hope and a world of possibilities.”
Along with food and delicious wines to sample, craft beer will also join the party. Giveaways and auction items will attend as well to help round out this wonderful soirée. Dr. James Budde from the Rahn Dental Group has provided a zoom whitening gift for one of our attendees. Square One Salon has graciously donated an Aveda Gift basket, Elsa’s South will provide several treats, dance lessons from Arthur Murray, skin creams from Tel Aviv, Israel and gifts from Rodin and Fields have been donated as well.
Tickets are available at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pick-a-fight-with-cancer-tickets-22797351492 or if you would rather pay at the door, tickets are $30 for one person or $50 for couple (couple meaning significant other, family member or bring a friend!)
So come out, join us and the FIGHTERS as we celebrate their triumphs and lend our support in picking a fight with cancer!
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 status symbol for extravagance and a rare treat for the working class. Champagne and all of its sparkling white wine compatriots have become much more common since the beginning of the 20th century, but the effervescence of the liquid and the pop of the cork kept the drink in celebratory circles.
New Year’s Eve is here, and champagne corks will be exploding for the evening. Most people will just enjoy the bubbles and the flavor out of either a toasting flute or a coupé. Experts and extreme lovers of champagne will drink it out of a white wine glass, which combines many qualities of the flute and coupé. This is a fine way to enjoy any sparkling wine, but it is not the only way. There are many cocktails over the years that have been developed with champagne as a co-star to other flavors being created. The cocktail, and your tastes, should dictate the type of champagne you choose to add. The list of champagne cocktails is a long, long one, so I have selected a handful that include spirits people usually have on hand or are easy to find.
BOURBON – Seelbach Cocktail
The Seelbach is named after the Louisville, Kentucky hotel it was created in. Most cocktails ask for a dash or two of bitters. This one calls for multiple dashes of two different bitters. They help balance out the sweetness of the champagne and the Cointreau (orange liqueur).
1 oz. bourbon
1/2 oz. Orange liqueur (Cointreau is what the recipe suggests)
7 dashes Angostura bitters
7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Pour the orange liqueur, bourbon, and bitters into a mixing glass over ice. Stir, and then strain into a champagne flute. Fill with champagne and enjoy.
RUM – Sparkling Rum Punch (courtesy of My Recipes)
There are two great reasons to go with a punch when it comes to rum. First, from a traditional standpoint, rum is very common in classic punch drinks. Rum and brandy were very popular libations in the heyday of the punch in the late 18th century through the middle of the 19th century. Second, having a punch cocktail at a party allows guests to help themselves to something delicious as they arrive.
2 c. fresh, low pulp orange juice
.5 c. orange liqueur
.5 c. dark rum (Belle of Dayton has a 1775 Colonial Reserve that looks perfect)
2 750 mL bottles of chilled champagne
Blend the orange juice, orange liqueur, and rum into a medium bowl. Place in the refrigerator to chill and allow the flavors to marry for an hour. Before guests arrive, move the mixture into a larger bowl and add the champagne. Serve chilled.
GIN – French 75
The 75 mm field gun the French used at the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century was a massive anti-personnel weapon. It delivered a variety of ammunition to the enemies of France, from shrapnel filled explosive shells to canisters of toxic gas. When Harry’s New York Bar in Paris blended gin and champagne into one glass, many said the cocktail had the same kick as this powerful weapon. Like the versatile weapon this is named after, it can be made with gin or cognac.
.5 oz. lemon juice (about half a lemon)
.5 oz. simple syrup (1:1 mixture of sugar and water)
1.5 oz. gin
3 oz. champagne
Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin in a mixing glass over ice. Shake, and strain into a champagne flute. Add the champagne and enjoy!
TEQUILA – Lime Sparkler (courtesy of She Knows)
This is something like the marriage of Jesse James and Sandra Bullock: you are not sure how it happened or why it worked, but it did. For a while, at least. Fortunately, liquors stay together for a longer time. The tequila-lime-sweet combination is a classic, and the champagne adds an extra burst of flavor.
1 oz. blanco (silver) tequila
.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
.5 oz. agave nectar (you can use simple syrup, but the nectar adds some richness)
Combine the lime juice, agave nectar, and tequila in a mixing glass with ice. Shake, and strain into a champagne flute. Fill with champagne, and serve.
BEER – Black Velvet
When Prince Albert of England passed away in 1861, the country went into mourning. His wife, Queen Victoria, was inconsolable, and mourned the loss the rest of her life. At the time of his death, everything was draped in black. Clever bartenders at the time poured some Guinness into the champagne served at royal events, giving it the same black covering the rest of the décor had. It did not, however, make the people who drank it sad.
Stout (Guinness is the traditional selection, but any will do)
Fill the champagne flute half way with champagne. GENTLY float the stout on top of the champagne. If you pour too quickly, the champagne will foam up and over the edge of the glass.
VODKA – Sparkling Cosmopolitan (courtesy of Inspired Taste)
There is a wide variety of cocktails that incorporate vodka and champagne. Vodka is neutral enough to just add some kick to the cocktail and allow any other flavor, usually fruity, to shine through. This is another champagne concoction that modifies a base cocktail by adding some sparkle.
1.5 oz. vodka (Buckeye Vodka fans, this one’s for you!)
.5 oz. orange liqueur
.5 oz. cranberry juice
.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Pour the vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a mixing glass. Shake well, and strain into a champagne flute. Fill with champagne, and serve.
Whether you are christening a boat or celebrating a major event, champagne’s traditional hold on the celebration market is far from over. There will always be a thrill when the cork pops out and the bubbles start to fly. Keep the cork flying to a minimum, though. Shooting someone’s eye out is not the best way to start the new year. For them or for you. Cheers!
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.
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.