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The Sipping Point Radio: Wine and Food

Laurie Forster

Join Laurie Forster, award-winning author for show that is sure to be a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stuffy world of wine. Get practical info on wine, beer spirits and more. Listen as Laurie chats with winemakers, chefs, brewers & more. For the entire show tune in Saturdays, 12:00 PM ET at wbal.com.

Episodes

Chloe Wines – Georgetta Dane
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Chloe Wines – Georgetta Dane

Chloe Wine Cgeorgettadaneollection creates affordable wines that are classic, balanced and all wrapped up in a bow. The winemaker behind Chloe Wines in none other than Georgetta Dane. Georgetta’s path to Chloe Wines started in her home country of Romania and involved her husband’s night out at the pub with his buddies. Listen to her journey to the US and now as Lead Winemaker at Chloe Wine Collection. Her story is inspirational for us all!

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Interview: Rosé for Summer – Wines of Provence
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Interview: Rosé for Summer – Wines of Provence

The 6 colors for Provence Rose Wines. photo credit: WinesofProvence.com

The 6 colors for Provence Rosé Wines. photo credit: WinesofProvence.com

Summer is officially here on Monday, so break out the Rosé!

Great Rosé wines are wonderful any time of year but especially in the warmer months. If there is a mecca for pink wines than it would be in Provence, France. No other wine region is so tied to the wonderful soft pink hues Rosé lovers have come to love. In fact the Rosé Research Center along with the Provence Wine Council has created spectrum of color for Rosé from around the world. They have found that 6 of these colors best represent the beautiful wines made in the Provence wine region of France. In today’s show, Laurie talks to David Keck MS, sommelier at Camerata at Paulie’s Wine Bar in Houston, TX about the wines of Provence and they taste 4 great examples of what is produced in the region.

Uncork your favorite Rosé and have a listen!

Interview: Jean Trimbach of Maison F.E. Trimbach in Alsace
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Interview: Jean Trimbach of Maison F.E. Trimbach in Alsace

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jean Trimbach of Maison F.E. Trimbach in Alsace, France at Bistrot Lepic in Washington, DC. During our IMG_3802interview (audio below) we talked about the history of this famed wine estate, the style of his wines and why he believes these wine should be on your dinner table.

Jean is part of the 12th generation of Trimbachs to make wine from these classified vineyards since 1626. Pierre Trimbach (Jean’s brother) is the winemaker who focuses his effort on making wine in the tradition that was handed down to him from generation to generation. Following our interview I got taste through the line of wines which focus heavily on Riesling (40% or production) but also includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.

Two outstanding wines are made that regularly garner praise from critics and wine collectors alike. The first is the Clos Ste. Hune which some call the DRC of Alsace and the Cuvee Frederic Emile which is made from Grand Cru vineyards. Blessed with ideal wine growing climate Alsace is drier than Burgundy or Champagne with only 550mm of rain per year.

Jean commented at lunch that he sees lots of growth potential for his brand in the US as well as Asia. Jean Said, “Asian food and Trimbach is Rock & Roll!” Well if Trimbach is Rock & Roll I say turn up the volume and enjoy these world class wines!

Don’t Miss Out on The Sipping Point Podcast!
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Don’t Miss Out on The Sipping Point Podcast!

We are switching platforms for The Sipping Point and in order to itunes-1400-artcontinue listening you’ll need to do ONE thing…right now!

Go to the iTunes store and find The Sipping Point podcast…click Subscribe. That’s right even if you are already subscribed you’ll need to do it again so you don’t miss any of our great upcoming interviews with Jean Trimbach, David Keck of Camerata Wine Bar in Houston and more!!

Interview: Jordan Winery – Lisa Mattson
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Interview: Jordan Winery – Lisa Mattson

The-Exes-in-My-Glass-dating-memoir-book-cover-1-663x1024Lisa Mattson is the marketing brains behind Jordan Winery’s award winning BLOG, spirited wine videos and their popular club newsletter. These are just a few of the things she does to keep their winery top of mind when you are shopping for a great Cabernet or Chardonnay.

In her spare time Lisa has written a dating memoir for all of you that love to curl up with a glass of wine and a book. Entitled The Exes in My Glass: How I Refined My Taste in Men & Alcohol this book chronicles Lisa’s journey from Midwestern girl to a power player in the wine marketing industry. Laurie talks to Lisa about Jordan Winery, her journey in writing the book and of course they taste Jordan Cab and Chardonnay along the way!

Mimi Nye from Chateau Ste Michelle
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Mimi Nye from Chateau Ste Michelle

Ste. Michelle's Canoe Ridge Vineyard manager Mimi Nye, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Vineyard manager Mimi Nye, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Mimi Nye has been growing grapes at Chateau Ste Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills wine region in Washington state.

Originally a city girl, Mimi’s path to viticulture was a winding one but now she is known as one if its top viticulturists. For over 30 years Mimi has been farming grapes in Horse Heaven Hills and she shares with Laurie what makes this region so well suited for wine!

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Head High Wines with Sam Spencer
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Head High Wines with Sam Spencer

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Laurie tastes and talks with Sam Spencer, one of the partners that created Head High Winery in the Sonoma Coast appellation of California. Sam Spencer comes to Head High Wines with a long and distinguished career as a winegrower, wine-industry consultant, and vineyard developer for the past two decades on California’s North Coast. After studying viticulture at the University of California at Davis, Sam got his start as wine director of a bustling wine bar in San Francisco. He went on to build multiple wine brands from the soil up. Sam, a father of two, is a lifelong sailor and surfer and an avid cyclist and skier.

Wines Tasted:

Head High Red Blend 2013

Head High Pinot Noir 2013

Tullamore D.E.W. for St. Partrick’s Day
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Tullamore D.E.W. for St. Partrick’s Day

Tim Herlihy, US Brand Ambassador at Tullamore D.E.W., joined Laurie for a tasting of 3 of their Irish Whiskeys along with reports from his 50 city Irish Pub Tour of the USA! Learn what makes Tullamore DEW so special, the effects of barrel aging, whiskey tasting tips, how St Patty’s is celebrated in Ireland and more!Follow Tim’s journey by connecting with him on Instagram and Twitter @TullamoreTim

You can also listen or download the interview in iTunes or by downloading Laurie’s free App The Wine Coach!

Upcoming Events

4/8/2016  Wine Dine & Punchlines on the Spirit of Baltimore. Join Laurie for her comedic wine tasting show that also will include a buffet dinner following the show along with a tasting of 5 wines!

4/23/2016 Wine & Laughter Dinner at Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, MD featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australian and New Zealand. Join her for a delicious 4 course dinner crafted by Chef Salter paired with wines Laurie hand selected!


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Inspired Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairings
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Inspired Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairings

Laurie sips and chats with Susannah Siger owner of Ma Petite Shoe in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Her shop features fashion forward European shoes and gourmet chocolates from all over the world. Laurie and Susannah talk about some interesting chocolates from all over the world along with a few wines to pair for your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

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Upcoming Events

4/8/2015 Wine Dine & Punchlines on the Spirit of Baltimore. Join Laurie for her comedic wine tasting show that also will include a buffet dinner following the show along with a tasting of 5 wines!


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Paris Cocktails with Doni Belau
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Paris Cocktails with Doni Belau

ParisCocktailsLarge-641x900This week on The Sipping Point Laurie sips a French 75 Squared with Doni Belau. Ms Belau is the author of Paris Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the City of Light and founder of GirlsGuidetoParis.com Doni shares what she learned about the exciting Paris cocktail scene, how she “researched” the book with 2 sips of each drink and so much more!!

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Chef Brian Duffy
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Chef Brian Duffy

Laurie talks to Chef Brian Duffy about his days on Bar Rescue, his new podcast Road Rash and what they’ll be up to at the Mohegan Sun WineFest January 29-31 in CT. For more visit www.sunwinefest.com

Cal Ripken Jr. 2131 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Cal Ripken Jr. 2131 Cabernet Sauvignon

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This week Laurie sits down with Gus Kalaris of Kalaris Family Vineyards to talk about the 2131 Cabernet Sauvignon he has crafted to commemorate the 2oth anniversary of Cal Ripkin’s consecutive game record set in 1995. We taste and talk to Gus Kalaris owner of the winery and then Cal Ripken checks in to talk about the Cal Ripken Sr Foundation that is benefited by the proceeds of the wine.

2131 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Napa Valley)

Tasting Notes: 100% Napa Cabernet  honoring Cal Ripken Jr’s 2131st consecutive game played, breaking the record in September 1995. There will be only 2,131 bottles that are numbered and individually packed in a wood and glass case ($300). 1/3 of the proceeds will be donated to The Cal Ripken Sr foundation, which now reaches over one million under served children. Pre-Orders are being accepted now and will be first come, first served.  Release date is Dec 1st 2015. Wines will be shipping the second week of December and all purchases will be copied on tracking via email.

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Upcoming Events

12/12/2015 Laurie will appear at the Wine World Open House from 1-4PM!! Come talk, taste and have Laurie sign a copy of her award winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine

4/8/2015 Wine Dine & Punchlines on the Spirit of Baltimore. Join Laurie for her comedic wine tasting show that also will include a buffet dinner following the show along with a tasting of 5 wines!


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Thanksgiving Made Easy
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Thanksgiving Made Easy

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Tim Riley, Beverage Director at Fleet Street Kitchen, joined us to talk about three of his wine picks that need to be on your Thanksgiving table! Baltimore native, Tim brings an intense passion for beverage service and an extensive knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits to his position at Fleet Street Kitchen. An honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Tim has worked all over the East Coast.

Sparkling – Andre et Mireille Tissot Cremant du Jura, France $24.99 Winemakers Notes: Biodynamic viticulture – think organic on steroids…Made with 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% from a combination of Poulsard and Trousseau; two local red varieties. This “Extra Brut” is a seriously good Crémant du Jura with excellent juicy fruitiness and length of flavour.

White – Red Newt Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2011, Finger Lakes, NY $14.99 Winery Notes: Riesling is the flagship wine grape variety of the Finger Lakes, and truly shines when balanced with a touch of sweetness. Crisp and aromatic in the glass, Red Newt Semi-Dry is the ultimate expression of the Finger Lakes style. Bursting with layers of ripe pineapple, starfruit, kiwi, and mango, the palate is an expression of the perfect climate for Riesling. Subtle sweetness up front is delicately balanced for a clean, fresh finish, and is ideal for flavorful, spicy cuisine.

Red – Potel-Aivron Julienas ’10 $19.99 Winemakers Notes: Once again, Stephan Aviron is sourcing his Julienas from two well established growers in the appellation of Julienas. In both plots vines average over 50 years. Soils are also consistent and are made up primarily of granite stones, sand and chalk.  Grapes are vinified separately until time for the final blending and bottling. The must is macerated in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for 12-15 days and then aged for 12-14 months in a combination of new and used oak casks.

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Chef Michael Forster joined us to answer your Turkey cooking questions! Laurie’s better half Chef Michael studied at The Culinary Institute of America and apprenticed at Le Cirque, in New York City where he learned traditional French cooking from basic sauces to intricate plate presentation. Over the last decade, Chef Forster has held positions in some of the country’s top restaurants including Osteria del Circo in New York City, Hampton’s at Baltimore’s Harbor Court Hotel and, now, as full time private chef. Check out Chef Forster’s Stuffing Muffin Recipe and his video on How to Carve a Turkey.

Laurie also talked to Peggy Woodward, food editor at Taste of Home magazine to get some great tips below on reducing your work in the kitchen and adding a little more spice to this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Crank up the Cranberry: Make whole berry cranberry sauce according to the directions on the bag of fresh cranberries—it’s just berries, sugar and water. Whomp up the flavor when you take it off heat by stirring in a little orange marmalade or jalapeño jelly.

Make the Fluffiest Potatoes: The key to super-fluffy mashed potatoes is to make sure they’re dry before mashing. Once the potatoes are cooked and drained, put them back in the pot, cover it up, and let them dry for 1 to 2 minutes. The drier the potato, the fluffier the mash.

Spice it Up: Make a homemade spice bag with cloves, cinnamon sticks and citrus peel for mulling cider or wine. Wrap double thickness of cheesecloth around your spices; bring up the edges and tie with kitchen string. A loose leaf tea filter, or even a coffee filter, works in a pinch. You can also try recipes for Hot Mulled Wine and Warm Pomegranate Punch (which is slow-cooker friendly too!).

Put your Slow Cooker to Work: As soon as sides like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or stuffing are hot, plunk them in a slow cooker on the lowest setting while you finish up the rest of the meal. This frees up space galore! You can even put gravy in a smaller, 2-quart slow cooker. It holds beautifully for up to an hour on the warm setting.

No Shame in Shortcuts:  Who says Thanksgiving dessert has to be totally from scratch? There’s plenty of modern twists on traditional family recipes, take this Caramel Apple Strudel as an example – puff pastry can replace getting dough all over the kitchen counters!

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Beaujolais Nouveau – Celebrate Harvest 2015!
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Beaujolais Nouveau – Celebrate Harvest 2015!

There is an exciting feeling we get from something NEW. Whether it be a new piece of clothing, a new car or maybe a new house, the feeling is GD_Nouveau_FY16_BS_MainLabel_FINALexhilarating. Same goes for NEW wine! One special wine is available just weeks after it is harvested—Beaujolais Nouveau. This Nouveau will be released on November 19, 2015.

These wines travel from Beaujolais, in the southernmost part of Burgundy, to destinations around the world for their “official” release on the third Thursday of November. Beaujolais is a region that makes mostly red wines from the Gamay grape known for its fruitiness, soft tannins and food friendly acidity.

About half of the wines made in Beaujolais are bottled early for the Nouveau release and the other half spend time aging in oak barrels until being released in the spring. Nouveau wines are seen by some as a way to celebrate the harvest and gauge the quality of the more “serious” wines to be released in the spring.

Winemaker Georges Duboeuf is credited with developing the idea of Nouveau to help find a unique way to create demand for Beaujolais. He felt that these wines could be released within weeks of harvest to increase cash flow for wineries that typically would not sell their wines until later in the year. By the 1970’s, Nouveau was a tradition in Paris and eventually all over the world. On the day of the release at midnight the wines would be transported to Paris and other destinations where eager wine drinkers would gladly purchase these affordable wines. Through marketing and other means this became a day of celebration when parties and events drove consumption and purchase of Nouveau.

Most producers in Beaujolais use a unique process called carbonic maceration to create these fruity wines. Unlike traditional fermentation the grapes are not crushed and in fact the fermentation happens inside the grape itself. This process creates fruity wines with soft tannins that are reminiscent of fruit salad. In general, Beaujolais Nouveau is made for early consumption and can be served slightly chilled at 60-65 degrees to taste their full beauty.

Wine snobs and critics sometimes don’t view Nouveau as a “serious wine” but they miss the point. Nouveau is about celebrating the harvest and all the hard work that went into that year. These wines are not produced seeking critical acclaim. Instead, they are meant to be fun wines that appeal to a wide variety of wine drinkers.

Not all the wines from Beaujolais are the light, fun and fruity like Nouveau. Wine drinkers looking to see the best of this region should consider trying Beaujolais from one of the ten best villages. These 10 form the Cru appellations which include St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Moulin-à-Vent, for instance produces full bodied and structured reds that have the ability to age for up to twenty years.

The fact that Beaujolais is a great pairing to an American Thanksgiving feast is reason enough to enjoy these wines or introduce them to your guests. So grab a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau or a Cru Beaujolais and celebrate the harvest of 2015!

Chef Anthony Bourdain & Balvenie Scotch Whisky
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Chef Anthony Bourdain & Balvenie Scotch Whisky

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This week Laurie sits down with Chef Anthony Bourdain, celebrated Chef & host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, to talk about his collaboration with Balvenie Scotch Whisky as well as the amazing craftsmen his highlights during the Rare Craft Collection tour. Laurie also gets a Scotch 101 lesson from brand ambassador & whiskey expert Jonathan Wingo. 

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Whiskies we tasted:

Balvenie PortWood 21 yo Scotch, Scotland

Tasting Notes: To create The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt whilst preserving its original characteristics. In duty free The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years is non chill-filtered and bottled at a higher strength of 47.6% abv.

Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 yo Scotch, Scotland

Tasting Notes: Caribbean Cask has been matured in traditional oak whisky casks for 14 years, and then ‘finished’ in casks that previously held Caribbean rum. To create the ideal finish, Malt Master David Stewart filled American oak casks with his own blend of select West Indian rums. When he judged the casks to be ready, the rum was replaced with the 14 year old spirit and the wood was put to work adding the final touches. The result is an exceptional single malt whisky with the traditional smooth, honeyed character of The Balvenie, married with notes of toffee and a hint of fruit, with a warm, lingering finish.

Balvenie Double Wood 17 yo Scotch, Scotland

Tasting Notes: 

o craft DoubleWood 17 Year Old, David Stewart, who celebrates his 50th year at The Balvenie in 2012, returned to one of his most celebrated achievements – consecutive maturation in two different types of cask, a process often referred to as ‘cask finishing.’ This technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood – it sees the whisky matured first in American oak barrels, which impart soft sweet vanilla notes, before being transferred to European oak sherry casks, where the second cask aging adds rich spicy flavors, depth and fullness of flavor. An elder sibling to the popular DoubleWood 12 Year Old, this new aged version shares the same DNA and the honeyed, spicy characteristics as the 12 Year Old, but it is distinctly different, with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity.

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11/12 Wine, Women & BBQ – Thanksgiving Edition (Co-ED) at Famous Dave’s in Annapolis, MD


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Tasting in the Dark with Coppola Wines & Chesapeake Bay Cooking
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Tasting in the Dark with Coppola Wines & Chesapeake Bay Cooking

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Hoby Wedler has Laurie try one of his tasting exercises!

This week’s Laurie sits down with Hoby Wedler to talk about Tasting in the Dark, a series of events he leads in cooperation with Francis Ford Coppola wines. Henry “Hoby” Wedler, a blind graduate student at the University of California, Davis, and host of Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Tasting in the Dark experience has been honored at the White House as Champions of Change for leading the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for people with disabilities. He blindfolds Laurie and puts her to the test!

Wines we tasted:

Francis Ford Coppola 2013 Black Label Claret, California

Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, California

Francis Ford Coppola Vendetta Cabernet-Malbec 2013, California

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Laurie and Chef John Shields try 2 of the cocktails (Black Eyed Susan & Dirty Gertie) in the Libations section of his updated Chesapeake Bay Cooking cookbook.

Then Laurie talks raises a glass with Chef John Shield in celebration of the 25th anniversary edition of his cookbook Chesapeake Bay Cooking. John is often called the “Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay” and he has written three popular cookbooks on the cuisine of the region. He is the Chef owner of Gertrude’s Restaurant that for 17years has been delighting people who love Maryland cuisine. Recipes for the Black Eyed Susan and Dirty Gertie Click Here!

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Upcoming Events

10/21 Wine, Women & BBQ – Tailgate Edition (Co-ED) at Famous Dave’s in Bel Air, MD


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Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wines
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Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wines

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Laurie with the winemaking team at Stoller Family Estate.

This week’s show is a tale of two wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. First Laurie talks with Melissa Burr, winemaker at Stoller Family Estate Vineyards in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley. This boutique winery may be small in production but their wines are big in taste. Find out how Melissa changed course from x to winemakaing and all about what mkaes wines from this area so special.

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Laurie with Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards in Salem, OR.

Then Laurie talks to Jim Bernau, owner of Willamette Valley Vineyards one the region’s largest and best known wineries. Jim has been crafting delicious wines since the late eighties with a focus on being a great steward of the land. Now a publicly held company (Nasdaq: WVVI)  that is owned in part by wine lovers all over the country Jim is now expanding. Learn more about his 2 new wineries to come and how YOU can be a part owner!

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10/21 Wine, Women & BBQ – Tailgate Edition (Co-ED) at Famous Dave’s in Bel Air, MD

 


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a Tavola con il Nobile: A Food & Wine Competition
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a Tavola con il Nobile: A Food & Wine Competition

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This week’s show is the second installment in my 2 part series that features interviews from my trip to Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy. First Laurie Talks with Renzo Cotarella CEO of winemaking at Antinori Estates about their La Braccesca Winery in Montepulciano.

Laurie & Renzo Cotarella at La Braccesca

Laurie & Renzo Cotarella at La Braccesca

Bruno Gambacorta joins me to talk about the a Tavola con il Nobile competition every August in Montepulciano where neighborhoods compete to create the best food pairing for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. I had the honor of being a judge this year and was totally impressed but the food as well as the wine! For more about the wines of Montepulciano Click Here

To round things out I included an interview with Italo Jofre of Marques de Casa Concha in Chile at the Hershey Food & Wine Festival.

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Upcoming Events

10/9 Something to Wine About Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Baltimore, MD

10/21 Wine, Women & BBQ – Tailgate Edition (Co-ED) at Famous Dave’s in Bel Air, MD

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A few of the dishes of a Tavola con il Nobile.


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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

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Laurie & Caterina Dei at Cantine Dei in Montepulciano.

This week’s show is the first in a 2 part series that features interviews from her trip to Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy. First Laurie Talks with Caterina Dei from Cantine Dei about her start of the art winery, her wines and her other love–Music.

Then she visits Andrea Contucci at Cantina Contucci in the city center of Montepulciano to tour his historic venue and taste his Vino Nobile di Montepulcianos.

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The Wines of Contucci!

The Wines of Contucci!

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10/9 Something to Wine About Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Baltimore, MD

10/21 Wine, Women & BBQ – Tailgate Edition (Co-ED) at Famous Dave’s in Bel Air, MD


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Crow Farm & Vineyard in Kennedyville MD
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Crow Farm & Vineyard in Kennedyville MD

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This week on The Sipping Point Laurie was joined in studio by Judy Crow & Catrina North to taste 3 of their award winning wines and let us know all about CrowFEST 2015 on 9/13/15.  Join CrowIMG_7568 Farm for the First annual Farm and Vineyard Festival. Come out and enjoy music by High & Wide, vendors, food and wine, tours of the farm, vineyard & winery, blacksmith demonstration, grape stomping, hayride and much more!

COST: Advance ticket sales:  $12* per person includes glass of selected Crow Wine, (you keep the glass), Designated Driver & Children between ages 6-12 years of age $10* Children under 5 are free Advance ticket purchase only —>VIP TICKET $15*- Includes private tour of winery with winemaker, and guided tastings

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

9/9 Wine, Women & BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Timonium, MD Celebrate the final days of summer with a casual night of wine, BBQ and lots of FUN!

9/11 Wine, Dine & Punchlines at the Hotel Hershey Wine Festival in Hershey PA…Come learn, laugh with some great food and the wines of Marques de Casa Concha

9/19 Laurie is headlining at the Sunriver Uncorked Festival in Bend, Oregon

10/9 Something to Wine About Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Baltimore, MD


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Summer Cocktails with Bookmaker’s Cocktail Club
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Summer Cocktails with Bookmaker’s Cocktail Club

Featured Interview

This week on The Sipping Point Laurie was joined in studio by RIMG_7569yan Sparks, Beverage Director at Bookmaker’s Cocktail Club, who mixed up some great cocktails to sip on these last days of summer! Samantha Flottemesch from Moveable Feast joins us to tell us all about Dining Out for Life an event where 50 restaurants (including Bookmaker’s) will donate a portion of their sales on September 17th to Moveable Feast in the fight against HIV & AIDS.

What we tasted:

Bookmakers Old Fashioned:
2oz Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon 100 proof
.25oz PF Dry Orange Curacao
2 dashes House Barrel-Aged Bitters
1/4 tsp raw sugar
Orange Peel
 
Blind Melon 2.0:
1.5oz St. George Green Chile Vodka
.5oz Ancho Reyes
.5oz Fresh Lime Juice
1.25oz Fresh Watermelon Juice
Thai Basil
Watermelon Radish Garnish
 
The Carozza:
1.5oz Cream Sherry
.75oz Blended Scotch
.5oz Becherovka
.25oz Cinnamon Syrup
2 dashes Havana & Hyde Bitters
Lemon Peel

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Upcoming Events

9/9 Wine, Women & BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Timonium, MD Celebrate the final days of summer with a casual night of wine, BBQ and lots of FUN!

9/11 Wine, Dine & Punchlines at the Hotel Hershey Wine Festival in Hershey PA…Come learn, laugh with some great food and the wines of Marques de Casa Concha

 

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Oysters & Wine with Local Oyster
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Oysters & Wine with Local Oyster

Featured Interview

This week on The Sipping Point Laurie was joined in studio by Nick Shauman of The Local Oyster to talk about the heavenly paring of Oysters & IMG_6282Wine! Nick brough 4 varieties of oysters and Laurie chose 4 wines to match.

What we tasted:

Mirabelle Brut Sparkling

Chateau Vignol Entre deux Mers, Bordeaux

Le Charmel Muscadet, Loire Valley

Alleme Txakolina, Spain

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

8/13 Barflys of Baltimore Cruise on the SeaDog, Baltimore, MD (7 PM) hosted by Laurie Forster you’ll learn about some of Baltimore most illustrious Barflys as you cruise around the Inner Harbor! Tastings included.

8/27 Barflies of Baltimore Cruise on the SeaDog, Baltimore, MD (7 PM) hosted by Laurie Forster you’ll learn about some of Baltimore most illustrious Barflys as you cruise around the Inner Harbor! Tastings included.

9/9 Wine, Women & BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Timonium, MD Celebrate the final days of summer with a casual night of wine, BBQ and lots of FUN!

 

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Summer Cocktails & Ice Cream!
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Summer Cocktails & Ice Cream!

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This week on The Sipping Point Laurie invited Aaron Joseph of Wit & Wisdom to mix up a few Summer Cocktails you are going to love! Then she tastes some innovative flavors of ice cream with David Alima, owner of The Charmery.

What we tasted:

Hemingway Daiquiri
1.5 oz of light rum (papas pilar 3yr)
.75 lime juice
.5 grapefruit juice
.25 marschino liqueur
.25 oz simple syrup

Served up in a coupe or martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel

Fruits of Labor
1.5 rhum agricole (clemente select barrel)
.5 oz lime
1.5 oz spiced guava syrup

Served in an double old fashion glass over ice and garnished with an orchid and mint sprig.

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

8/13 Barflys of Baltimore Cruise on the SeaDog, Baltimore, MD (7 PM) hosted by Laurie Forster you’ll learn about some of Baltimore most illustrious Barflys as you cruise around the Inner Harbor! Tastings included.

8/27 Barflies of Baltimore Cruise on the SeaDog, Baltimore, MD (7 PM) hosted by Laurie Forster you’ll learn about some of Baltimore most illustrious Barflys as you cruise around the Inner Harbor! Tastings included.

 

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Roadtrip to Asbury Park Biergarten
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Roadtrip to Asbury Park Biergarten

Featured Interview

Laurie took a road trip to Asbury Park, NJ to visit the Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten making nationa11252855_10154032981748852_8294815864189901864_nl headlines. We talked to beer expert Peter Borovivka as he schooled us on some of their popular summer brews. Then Laurie talked beer and food pairing strategies with Chef James Avery who many may know from the show Hell’s Kitchen. Managing Owner Jennifer Lampert explained the social benefits of this traditional Biergarten where you can’t use the WiFi even if you ask pretty please–Drink, Chat and Connection is the focus here!

What we tasted:

Pilsner Uruquel, Czech Republic

Blanche de Bruxelles, Belguim

Braufactum Progusta IPA, Germany

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

7/23 Wine Women & BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Columbia, MD (6-8PM)

8/13 Barflys of Baltimore Cruise on the SeaDog, Baltimore, MD (7 PM) hosted by Laurie Forster you’ll learn about some of Baltimore most illustrious Barflys as you cruise around the Inner Harbor! Tastings included.

8/27 Barflies of Baltimore Cruise on the SeaDog, Baltimore, MD (7 PM) hosted by Laurie Forster you’ll learn about some of Baltimore most illustrious Barflys as you cruise around the Inner Harbor! Tastings included.

 

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Wine, Women & BBQ
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Wine, Women & BBQ

Featured Interview

Think the best pairing for BBQ is beer? Think again! Laurie talks with Jim Lenchner about BBQ and some wines that pair perfectly! You’ll also find FD BBQ WINESout about Laurie’s Wine, Women & BBQ event on 7/23 at Famous Dave’s where you can learn all the secrets to picking the right wine for your BBQ–wings, chicken pork or brisket!

What we tasted:

Lone Birch Riesling, Yakima, Washington

Barton & Guestier Passport Vouvray, Loire Valley, France

L’Olivet Pinot Noir Rose, Russian River Valley, California

Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir, Monterey, California

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

7/23 Wine Women & BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Columbia, MD (6-8PM)

 

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Red White & Bubbly for 4th of July
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Red White & Bubbly for 4th of July

Featured Interview

Laurie introduces you to 3 affordable wines that are perfect for the 4th of July holiday–Red, White & Bubbly! Then her better half Chef Michael Forster of He Cooks She Wines joins her to give you tips on how to barbeque like a pro!

Chef Michael’s Grilling Tips

What we tasted:IMG_3744

Sonim Cava Metodo Tradicional, Spain $13

Indaba Chenin Blanc, South Africa $10

Brezza Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy $18

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

7/23 Wine Women & BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Columbia, MD (6-8PM)

 

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Hentley Farm Winery
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Hentley Farm Winery

Featured Interview

This week Laurie talked Auistralian wine with Andrew Quin of Hentley Farm in the Barossa Valley. Mr. Quin has taken a slightly unusual road to IMG_5382winemaking, transitioning from his original field of study – horticulture. For Andrew, winemaking provided an unparalleled opportunity to combine scientific knowledge with his artistic flair, in the pursuit of creating something that others could enjoy….great wine!

In his initial years post-study, Andrew travelled and worked around the Northern hemisphere, starting in California with ultra premium Sonoma producer St Francis winery, then working under renowned Merlot and Zinfandel winemaker Tom Mackey, and finally moving on to the old world in a role with Bordeaux based negociant, Jacques Lurton, managing individual cooperative productions.

Andrew returned to Australia with one question in mind… ‘which region most suits my winemaking style and passion for wine?’ The answer was simple – the mighty Barossa, where big, bold reds are the signature, and complex, textural whites a discovery.

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

7/23 Wine Women & BBQ at Famous Dave’s in Columbia, MD (6-8PM)

 

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Bodega Numanthia
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Bodega Numanthia

Featured Interview

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Bodega Numanthia in the Toro region of Northwest Spain

This week Laurie talked wine with Manuel Louzada, Estate Director at Bodega Numanthia located in the Toro region of Northwest Spain. After almost 10 years in Argentina, where Manuel Louzada had the opportunity to elaborate high quality sparkling and still wines for Bodegas Chandon, he was offered a new challenge within Estates & Wines: Manuel has been involved in the 2008 harvest at Bodega Numanthia in the heart of the Toro region and he fully took over the management of the winery in May 2009.

What we tasted:

Numanthia $50

Winemaker’s Notes:An intense, robust and vivacious wine with phenomenal structure. Impressive fruit expression together with perfectly ripened tannins lead to a meatymouthfeel. A long and persistent finish of tobacco leaves and balsamic notes highlight the complexity and handcrafted character of this wine.

Termanthia $150

Winemaker’s Notes: On the palate, the wine is elegant and velvety, where firm and silky tannins are perfectly balanced giving a grand structure and weight.  There is a progressive explosion of delicate, concentrated aromas, a profound evolution where everything enjoyed on the nose come forward again.  Red and black berries, cacao and floral notes fill the mouth, leading to a lingering, complex finish with hints of spice, minerals and toasted notes.

Termes $20

Winemaker’s Notes: The mouthfeel is balanced and vibrant with a predominance of fruit flavors. A lively and intense attack is followed by an explosion of black cherry and fresh plums. The finish is long and persistent with notes of cacao and mocha.

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6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

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Bartholomew Broadbent – Broadbent Wines
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Bartholomew Broadbent – Broadbent Wines

Featured Interview

DSC_6339This week Laurie talked wine with Bartholomew Broadbent, Owner, Broadbent Selections, Inc & Broadbent Wines.  Raised in the English wine trade in a formal appren­ticeship to his famous father, Michael Broadbent MW (Director of Christie’s and prolific wine author), Bartholomew has also worked in London for Harrod’s (Wine Department), Harvey’s Fine Wine Merchants in Pall Mall and Christie’s. He worked in Australia for Rothbury Estate and for Yalumba Winery. In France, he worked in Cognac for Hennessy and in Paris for L’Academie du Vin.

Known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Port and Madeira, Bartholomew is credited with being responsible for the growth of Port consumption in North America during the mid 1980’s and was responsible for the re-introduction of Madeira to America in 1989. In 1996, Broadbent Selections was founded with a focus family-owned wineries-on places with personality and stories, and on wines that come from the heart.

What we tasted:

BBVV_2012_frontBroadbent Vinho Verde, Portugal $9.99

Secateurs Red Blend 2012, Swartland, South Africa $14

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To find great wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate
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Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate

Featured Interview

IMG_5352This week Laurie sat down with one of the world’s most renowned wine authorities–Robert M Parker Jr . of The Wine Advocate. The Wine Advocate has over 50,000 subscribers, in every state in the United States, and in over 37 foreign countries. Today, virtually every knowledgeable observer agrees that The Wine Advocate exerts the most significant influence on the serious wine consumer’s buying habits and trends not only in America, but in France, England, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and China.

Mr. Parker answered YOUR questions on wine tasting, Oregon vs. French Pinot, wine books to read and so much more!

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6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Beer and Food Pairing – Baroak & 3 Stars Brewing
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Beer and Food Pairing – Baroak & 3 Stars Brewing

Sips of the Week

This week Laurie talks Beer and Food Pairing with Chef Teddy Folkman of Baroak in Annapolis and Dave Coleman of 3 Stars Brewing in DC. They’ll taste 3 great brews along with food match to uncover the secrets of beer pairings.

What We Tasted:

Ghost White IPA paired with Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings

Peppercorn Saison with Indian Candy Salmon

Citra & Lemon Peel Saison with Saint Andre Triple Cream Cheese

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

6/5 featured  speaker at the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, Worcester, MA

6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

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Wines to Drink or Avoid for Allergies, Headaches or Weight Loss
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Wines to Drink or Avoid for Allergies, Headaches or Weight Loss

Sips of the Week

This week we are addressing your questions on wine and wellness…what wines to drink if you are watching your weight, have migraines or even seasonal allergies. Find out which wines are the best to consume if you suffer allergies, headaches or just want to drop some pounds!

Migraine Headaches?

Drink: Pinot Gris

White wines like Pinot Gris or low tannin red wines like Pinot Noir. Tannins, also found in chocolate, are known to cause Migraine headaches but number one reason for wine headaches is dehydration.

Tyramine constricts then dilates blood vessels and Sav Blanc and Chard are lowest in this…

Drink more water!

Avoid: Tannic reds like Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Nebbiolo

Wine: Elk Cove Pinot Gris, Oregon $18,

Watching Your Weight?

Drink: Beaujolais

If you are watching your weight choose lower alcohol, dry wines like Riesling for white or Beaujolais for red as these have the lowest calorie content. Most importantly watch your Portion control…Show what 3 and 6 oz looks like in glass. Wine during the meal will slow down eating…show how to make a wine sandwich. Wine is part of the recipe of your meal.

Avoid:

Avoid dessert wines like ice wine or Sauternes that are high in calories or high alcohol red wines

Calculate Calories for Dry Wines: Ounces of wine x alcohol % x 1.6 = calories

15% Zin: 5x15x1.6=120

12% Beaujolais: 5x12x1.6=96 – Saved 24 calories times 365 days that’s 2.5 pounds!!

Wine: Henry Fessy Beaujolais Villages, Burgundy France $15

Allergies?

Drink: Sauvignon Blanc

If drinking wine gives you symptoms like congestion or headaches it might just be histamines are the culprit. Try drinking dry whites like Sauvignon Blanc or sparkling wines like Cava or Prosecco as they are lower in histamines than red wines.

If you have a sensitivity to sulfites, you may need to avoid all wine as sulfites are naturally created during fermentation. People sensitive to sulfites will get hives and/or asthmatic reactions. Depending on the severity of your reaction you can experiment with organic wines that have no added sulfites.

Avoid:

Red wines which are high in histamines that can cause an allergy/Sinus like headache.

If sulfites are a problem then avoid sweet white wines that tend to have higher sulfite content. Sulfites are more prevalent in dried fruits or lunch meats than they are in wine.

Wine: Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 9% alc $12 – good for weight loss too!

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

6/5 featured  speaker at the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, Worcester, MA

6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Oliver Brewing Company
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Oliver Brewing Company

Sips of the Week

Laurie sits down with head brewer of Oliver Breweries,  Stephen Jones to talk about 3 of his amazing brews and expansion at Oliver Ales in Baltimore.oliver Stephen Jones graduated from the University of Warwick, Coventry U.K., with Bachelors of Science (Honors) in Biochemistry. He also has a diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, London. Stephen brewed for the Firkin Brewery in Coventry and Loughborough in the U.K. for six years before joining Oliver Breweries in December of 1999.

Beers Tasted:

Dark Horse (Sessionable Dark) 3.8% abv

Iron Man Pale Ale 6.2% abv

Sea of Spears (Red Wheat) 6.8%abv

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

6/5 featured  speaker at the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, Worcester, MA

6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Wine & Entertainment
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Wine & Entertainment

Sips of the Week

This week we talking to Wine Entertainment superstar Rex Pickett author of Sideways—the book, the musical and of course the iconic movie. Then rex-pickettwe’ll find out about the City Winery popping up around the country where they create the perfect pairing of food, wine and music! His latest novel is Sideways 3 Chile and continues the story of Miles to South America.

About Rex: Most recently, Rex Pickett was contacted by the De Angelis Group, a large TV/Film entity based in Italy, and has been offered to travel there and write an original screenplay that will hopefully build a new Sideways brand. Entertainment One optioned a treatment titled Addicted USA, which is currently in development as a scripted TV show.

Rex Pickett has also written and directed two feature films, written numerous screenplays and TV pilots, and, most recently did a stage adaptation of Sideways, based on his novel, which was the most successful non-musical ever staged at the La Jolla Playhouse by 3-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff. Sideways the play now goes to the world. Pickett’s papers are archived in the Geisel Library’s Special Collections on the campus of his alma mater, UCSD.

About Rachel Driver Speckan:

After nine years immersed in the industry of all things boozy, Rachel is thoroughly dedicated to being the ultimate wine geek. She has traveled extensively, collecting vineyard rocks, eating local specialties, and drinking wine in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece, as well as visits to Long Island in New York, Oregon and California. And, Rachel grew up on a farm in Arkansas, with serious roots to the land and sense of place.

With a special place in her heart for edgy California winemakers, dusty Italian reds, lush and stony Savennieres, and funky American microbrews, Rachel keeps the beverage list dynamic, delicious, and well balanced.   Rachel is incessantly drinking wine, talking about drinking, encouraging others to drink, teaching about drinking, writing about drinking and eating adventures, drinking, tasting, researching, and talking about drinking. Beer and spirits are captivating subjects that Rachel likes to experiment with, but her true love is traditional and yet innovative wines with character.  She is thrilled to work in a functional winery setting , but also teach courses and host wildly exciting, exclusive wine events at City Winery as the Wine Education Director and Beverage Director!

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

6/5 featured  speaker at the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, Worcester, MA

6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Wines of the Rhone Valley
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Wines of the Rhone Valley

Sips of the Week

This week Laurie talked to Al Spoler about some of his favorite wines from the Rhone Valley and a river cruise where you can tour this amazing region with him! Info on Cruise: Click HereSpolerportrait

Wine Tasted with Al Spoler:

1. Vignoble d’Azur Rose 2013, Provence, France $18

2. Domaine La Garrigue 2008 Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley, France $18

3. Saint Cosme Chateaunuef de Pape, Rhone Valley, France $50

About Al: Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of “Cellar Notes” has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen’s dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore’s most accomplished amateur cooks.

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

6/5 featured  speaker at the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, Worcester, MA

6/19 Wine & Laughter at Crow Vineyards, Kennedyville, MD

 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Wine Teambuilding, Spanish Wine & More!
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Wine Teambuilding, Spanish Wine & More!

Listen in as Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach talks team building with wine, tastes a few great Spanish wines and breaks down the recent new of arsenic in wine.

Rose for Easter and Beyond!
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Rose for Easter and Beyond!

Sips of the Week

This week we are featuring two great Roses that are perfect for your Easter Ham! Laurie found these gems on her recent trip to Charleston Wine &

Paul Chevalier of Chateau D'Esclans at CHS Wine + Food Festival

Paul Chevalier of Chateau D’Esclans at CHS Wine + Food Festival

Food Festival where she met some amazing winemakers that had just the perfect wines for the upcoming holiday.

Wine Tasted with Cyril Brun Head Winemaker at Veuve Clicquot in Champagne:

Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne, Reims, France $55

Wine Tasted with Paul Chevalier of Chateau D’Esclans in Provence:

Whispering Angel Rose, Provence, France $17

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

4/10 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy Dinner at The Oregon Grille…Join Laurie for four courses of delicious food, wine and LAUGHTER! This is just the event you need to kick off the spring right. This is a Co-Ed event!!
 
4/25 Something to Wine About: Comedic Wine Tasting at the City Winery in Chicago, IL…Join Laurie for great wine, light fare and unlimited laughs!
 

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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La Follette Winery
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La Follette Winery

Then Laurie catches up with Sonoma Winemaker Greg La Follette at the 2015 Charleston Food & Wine Festival to find how he makes world class wines that reflect the beauty of the vineyards.

Avalon Theatre & Jim Brickman
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Avalon Theatre & Jim Brickman

Sips of the Week

Brickman-209This week we are on location at The Avalon Theatre in beautiful downtown Easton talking to Marketing Director Tim Weigand…we’ll taste a couple of the delicious wines you can sip while enjoying all types of entertainment from Theatre, Comedy, Concerts and more! Then we’ll catch up with Sonoma Winemaker Greg La Follette of La Follette Winery to find how he makes world class wines that reflect the beauty of the vineyards.

Wines Tasted at The Avalon:

Ponga Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Angeline Pinot Noir, Sonoma, CA

Piano Sensation, Jim Brickman’s Concert at the Avalon is on March 27th at 8PM…Get Tickets Online or call 410-822-7299.

Listen Here for Avaolon Theatre’s Time Weigand & Pianist Jim Brickman:

Wine Tasted with Greg La Follette:

La Follette Sangiacomo Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $42

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

3/27 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 
4/10 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy Dinner at The Oregon Grille…Join Laurie for four courses of delicious food, wine and LAUGHTER! This is just the event you need to kick off the spring right. This is a Co-Ed event!!
 

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Irish Whisky for St Patrick’s Day
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Irish Whisky for St Patrick’s Day

Sips of the Week

This week on The Sipping Point Radio we are gearing up for St Patrick’s Day with John Resuing of Bad Decisions. We’ll taste 2 of his favorite Irish Whiskies and he’ll introduce us to a special St Patrick’s Day cocktail he created especially for us on The Sipping Point.

Whiskies Tasted:

Teeling Whisky 46% abv 92 proof

Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt Whisky 40% abv 80 proof

Cocktail – Irish Goodbye:

Mix equal parts Whisky, Lime Juice and Chartreuse. Serve in a high ball glass neat with a lime garnish.

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

3/27 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 
4/10 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy Dinner at The Oregon Grille…Join Laurie for four courses of delicious food, wine and LAUGHTER! This is just the event you need to kick off the spring right. This is a Co-Ed event!!
 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Heavy Seas Beer
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Heavy Seas Beer

Sips of the Week

This week Laurie’s tasting some hometown brews with Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas Beer. We’ll find out about some of the new things happening at Heavy Seas and how you can meet Hugh in person at the Harford Community College’s Wine Expo on Sunday!SirenNoire-120x470 Beers Tasted: Heavy Seas Cross Bones IPA, 4.5% ABV Brewery Notes: CrossBones is our first new year-round beer since 2003! We worked long and hard to create the perfect session IPA that would satisfy the hoppiest of hop heads, all while not putting them under the table. This session IPA is bursting with floral and citrus notes and has a strong malt backbone to support all of that hoppy goodness. Upon tasting CrossBones, with it’s big body, smooth finish and lingering citrus flavor, it’s hard to imagine that it’s only 4.5%. How do we get all of the aroma and flavor from a beer like Loose Cannon into CrossBones? Avast! You’ll never find me buried treasure! Heavy Seas Deep 6 Porter, 6.8% ABV Brewery Notes: Rich, malty, and complex with a surprisingly dry finish, this robust English-style porter is never cloying and wonderfully drinkable. A dense tan head portends the chocolate, roasty, brownie batter flavor. Marris otter barley imported from the UK imparts a deep nuttiness accentuated by the unique english yeast strain. The cheeky yeast generates subtle pear, apple and strawberry esters that gently contribute to the depth of flavor. The complex balance comes from imported UK target and fuggle hops, contributing earthy, herbaceous, tea-like notes. The result is a hefty brew that walks the fine line between eminent drinkability and overwhelming flavor impact Uncharted Waters Heavy Seas Siren Noire Chocolate Stout, 9.5%ABV Brewery Notes: Our Siren Noire isn’t your father’s chocolate stout. We’ve used almost 3 pounds of Belgian coco nibs per barrel. We’ve aged it for five weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans added. A mix of dark malts gives Siren Noire a well-rounded body that is decidedly chocolatey—but without being extraordinarily sweet. Brewers Gold hops contribute an earthy spiciness, with notes of black current. Listen Here:

To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

2/25 Women’s Wine Tasting Dinner at the Oregon Grille – Sipping Down Under featuring Laurie’s favorite Aussie Wines! Get info and purchase tickets here: www.the winecoach.com/women

3/27 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Drink More Spanish Wine!
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Drink More Spanish Wine!

Sips of the Week

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Cheers to Palacios Remondo and Spanish Wine!

This week Laurie is following through on her New Year’s Resolution to drink more Spanish Wine! She is joined in studio by Alvaro Palacios Muro from Bodegas Palacios Remondo in Rioja Spain. We’ll find out more about the wine region of Rioja, his estate and of course taste his wines! Wines Tasted: 2013 Palacios Remondo La Vendimia $17.00 2011 Palacios Remondo Plácet Valtomelloso $45.00 2011 Palacios Remondo La Montesa $20.00 Listen Here:

To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

2/25 Women’s Wine Tasting Dinner at the Oregon Grille – Sipping Down Under featuring Laurie’s favorite Aussie Wines! Get info and purchase tickets here: www.the winecoach.com/women 2/22 Wine Expo at Harford Community College sponsored by Wine World, 3-6PM

3/27 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Chocolate and Wine for Valentine’s Day
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Chocolate and Wine for Valentine’s Day

Sips of the Week

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Visit Hair o’The Dog in Easton Friday 2/13 to taste the Dolce Stilnovo along with great baked goods from Bake My Day from 4-6PM!

This week Laurie’s tasting some delicious chocolates with Susannah Siger, owner of Ma Petite Shoe, a store that focuses on the 2 things women love most—chocolate and shoes! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll discuss how the type of chocolate will effect which wines will pair best and we’ll taste a few of my wine picks to share with your sweetheart. Then Laurie’s Sweetheart Chef Michael Forster gives you some tips on creating delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Chocolates Tasted:

1. Great Bean, Austin, TX: Love bar, Figs & Cinnamon plus love herbs (Maca Root, Yohimbe and Damiana) $9.99
 
2. Michael Rogak, Flatbush, Brooklyn: Nibbela bar, 68% Dark Chocolate with roasted cacao nibs, $6.49
 
3. Cacao Prieto, Red Hook, Brooklyn: 72% Dominican Republic bar with cashews and cranberry, $11.99
 
All chocolates and more available at Ma Petite Shoe
 
Wines Tasted:
Ayala Rose Champagne, France $49.99
 
Icardi Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy $14.99

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To find these or similar wines shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

2/13 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, New York Tickets are $50 but with code #vinvillage they are only $45!!!
 
2/25 Women’s Wine Tasting Dinner at the Oregon Grille – Sipping Down Under featuring Laurie’s favorite Aussie Wines! Get info and purchase tickets here: www.the winecoach.com/women
 
3/27 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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SuperBowl Party Ideas on WBAL
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SuperBowl Party Ideas on WBAL

Sips of the Week

IMG_3923 This week we are gearing up for tomorrow’s SuperBowl with Baltimore’s best wings from Kisling’s Tavern. We’ve got great wine and beer pairings for you whether you are rooting for the Seahawks, Patriots or just in it for the halftime! We’ll be joined in studio by Brett Hollander host of Sportsline who will share his predictions for the game. Listen Here:

Battle of the Beers Red Hook KCCO Black Lager, Seattle, WA IMG_3927Brewer’s Notes: KCCO Black Lager is a toasty lager with notes of chocolate and coffee. Unlike a heavy stout or porter, it’s amazingly light, crisp, and sessionable. Debunks the misconception that all dark beers are heavy, filling, and very high in alcohol. VS. Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, Boston MA Brewer’s Notes: http://www.samueladams.com/craft-beers/rebel-ipa# Great Wines from WA Lone Birch Riesling, Yakima Valley, WA $13.99 Winemaker’s Notes: COLOR:  Light Straw, NOSE:  A delicate perfumed floral bouquet. PALATE:  Light bodied with flavors of white peach and citrus fruit PEAK DRINKING:  Now through 2016. VARIETAL COMPOSITION:  100% Riesling Duck Pond Cabernet, Columbia Valley, WA $13.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes achieved optimum ripeness at a lower sugar level, resulting in a balanced, food friendly wine. The nose opens with oaky vanilla notes; flavors of anise and dark berries complement the soft, velvety tannins. Enjoy the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon on its own or pair with foods such as tomato-based pastas, barbecued meats, and hearty comfort foods.

Upcoming Events

2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 
2/13 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, New York Tickets are $50 but with code #vinvillage they are only $45!!!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Italian Wines for the Winter Doldrums
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Italian Wines for the Winter Doldrums

Sips of the Week

IMG_3901This week I was thrilled to have Sommelier Chris Coker from Aggio Baltimore introduce us to some of his favorite Italian wines that are sure to break you out of the winter doldrums. We tasted 4 wines you may not have heard of but need to!

Bubbles: Contratto Millesimato Extra Brut 2009

 White: Gini La Frosca Soave Classico 2012

Red: Passppisciaro Etna Rosso

 Dessert: Rinaldi Bricco Rioglio Bracchetto d’Acqui 2013

IMG_3903To find these or similar wines dine at Aggio Baltimore or shop at our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 
2/13 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, New York Tickets are $50 but with code #vinvillage they are only $45!!!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Priest Ranch Wines – Napa Valley
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Priest Ranch Wines – Napa Valley

Sips of the Week

Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc 2013, Napa Valley $22PR-LogoFinal-Estate Winemaker’s Notes: This wine has bright aromas of melons and honeysuckle. The palate is crisp with good acidity, a touch of tannins, and bright stone fruits. This unique wine from the eastern hills of the Napa Valley showcases the diversity of0 our property. Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley $48 Winemaker’s Notes:This is the fifth release of Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from our Somerston Estate. It shows aromas of dark chocolate, Blackberry, spice, and dark cherry. On the palate, the wine is smooth yet full bodied and refined, with ripe dark berries, juicy chocolate, and a touch of spice. Priest Ranch Coach Gun Red Blend, Napa Valley $75 Winemaker’s Notes:  The wine has bright red fruit aromatics of lush dark berries and a hint of spice. It is full bodied, bold in character and focused. The tannins are developing with good acidity. Over the next few years, the wine will evolve and is expected to reach maturity in 2022. 93 points Wine Advocate Issue #204.

 Consider visiting our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Featured Guest

Craig Becker is a founding member of Somerston. He is a seasoned winemaker and has worked with a wide range of varieties planted at some of California’s top hillside vineyards. Driven by his strong interest in plant and soil science Craig attended the University of California at Davis studying plant physiology, hydrologic science, enology, and viticulture. It is Craig’s artisan approach to winemaking and his extensive knowledge in viticulture that enables him to create superb wines from a wide range of varieties and sites. As General Manager of Somerston, Craig oversees all aspects of the business from viticulture, winemaking, sales and marketing, finance and business development.

Upcoming Events

2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 
2/13 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, New York Tickets are $50 but with code #winecomedy they are only $45!!!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

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Wines of Moldova – Who Knew?
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Wines of Moldova – Who Knew?

Sips of the Week

Purcari Alb de Purcari 2012, Moldova $31IMG_3788 Winemaker’s Notes: Aged dry white wine Alb de Purcari – is the perfect light wine; full aroma with hints of honey, sweet fruits, aftertaste is defined by a wonderful aroma of spices. Alb de Purcari will perfectly complement fish and seafood, white meat cooked on grill; may be served as an aperitif or together with dishes from snails, frogs, mussels and oysters, with black and red caviar; asparagus, cauliflower, artichokes, lettuce, pineapples and apples are greeted; It is recommended to serve Alb de Purcari chilled to a temperature of 8-12°C. Purcari Negru de Purcari 2012, Moldova $39 Winemaker’s Notes: Vintage reserve red dry wine Negru de Purcari with its intense and rather complex nose alludes of sweet fruit reminiscent of ripe plums and figs. With time, the wine’s aroma evolves into whiffs and layers of mixed spice, liquor and saffron. This velvety dry red wine is well structured. Its tannins will surprise you by long ending with a refined bouquet of blueberry and vanilla flavoring.  Negru de Purcari is a wine with a noble and magnificent taste, which fascinates and whose value will increase with each year. These wines are only available at: http://www.meetmoldova.com

 Consider visiting our partner retailers Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Featured Guest

IMG_3813Italian Sommelier and Wine Master, Marco Lori was born to work with wine. Literally. Having first harvested grapes at the tender age of six on his father’s small plot of land near the Castelli Romani, Marco has lived his life connected to the vine. While Marco enjoyed drinking his family’s yearly vintage, he became curious at an early age and wanted to investigate better wines. Hungry for this knowledge, Marco’s first sommelier training in 1992 sparked his passion for wine and set in to motion years of study that recently earned Lori “Italian Executive Wine Master” status recognized by the Worldwide Sommelier Association. Marco Lori currently writes for Bibenda Magazine, Bibenda 7, Eating Italy Food Blog, The American Magazine and consults with a wide range of companies and organizations in Italy and the United States.

Upcoming Events

1/17 Wine & Comedy at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, MD Join Laurie for a night of Wine Dine & Punchlines!
 
2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 
2/13 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, New York Tickets are $50 but with code #winecomedy they are only $45!!!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Schramsberg Sparkling Wine & Cheese Pairings
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Schramsberg Sparkling Wine & Cheese Pairings

Sips of the Week

1. Mirabelle Brut Non-Vintage, North Coast, California($26.99, Blend: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir) Winemaker’s Notes: “Generous aromas of vanilla waffle cone and spun sugar are followed by rich apricot compote and ripe citrus. The palate is delicious upon entry, with flavors of bright lemon and tropical mango. In addition to the fruitful characters, the palate is layered with essences of honey and toasted almonds. The wine’s viscous and coating nature gives way to refreshing acidity on the finish.” – Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies 2. Schramsberg Brut Rose, North Coast, California ($42.99, Blend: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay) Winemaker’s Notes: “Juicy strawberry jumps out of the glass, followed by raspberry and cherries. The berry bouquet is complimented by mandarin orange and papaya. The palate has exotic flavors of mango and cantaloupe, followed by mouthwatering citrus. A juicy viscosity leads to a long, lingering finish.” – Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies

All Wines or similar are available at Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Featured Guest

Schramsberg Vineyards is now in the hands of Jack and Jamie Davies’ youngest son, Hugh. Born in 1965, the year his parents Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic Schramsberg Vineyards property in Napa Valley, Hugh was named President and CEO of the 40-year old sparkling wine house in 2005. At Schramsberg, Hugh has led the ongoing effort to fine-tune winemaking and grape growing techniques, building upon the winery’s venerable track record of producing award-winning sparkling wines. Schramsberg’s current stable of vineyards includes more than 90 specially selected sites in the Carneros district of Napa Valley, the Anderson Valley, and along the Sonoma and Marin coasts. For prior hands-on experience in the wine industry before joining Schramsberg, Hugh worked with Möet et Chandon in Epernay; Petaluma Winery in South Australia, and Mumm Napa Valley, among others.

Wine Sandwich of the Week (aka Food Pairing)

Stacey Adams, Cheese Expert and owner of Tastings Gourmet Market in Annapolis joins us to share some cheeses that are perfect for sparkling wine. Pair these with the Sips of the Week and you have an instant party. Stacey suggests these cheeses for your bubblies: Pierre Robert, Delices d’Argental au Truffe, Coulommiers, Parmiggiano Reggiano, and Vintage Gouda. Visit her at the Tastings Gourmet Market at 1410 Forest Drive in Annapolis to taste these or to experience her weekly cheese tastings.. Want to learn more about cheese and Champagne or Sparkling wine? Read her article Luxurious Cheeses Worthy of Champagne on her BLOG.

Upcoming Events

1/17 Wine & Comedy at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, MD Join Laurie for a night of Wine Dine & Punchlines!
 
2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!
 
2/13 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, New York Tickets are $50 but with code #winecomedy they are only $45!!!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Holiday Wine and Spirits with Hair o’The Dog
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Holiday Wine and Spirits with Hair o’The Dog

Looking for a few great wines for the holidays? Laurie visits Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD to get the skinny on great wines from The Wine Diva, Leeanne Young. Owner Joe Petro has a few ideas for Spirit lovers too and we taste a Bourbon and a Scotch as well!

Champagne Campaign at Wit & Wisdom
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Champagne Campaign at Wit & Wisdom

Sips of the Week

bouteilles-resJulie Dalton, Lead Sommelier form Wit & Wisdom joined Laurie to talk CHAMPAGNE! She brought 2 of her favorite Champs form the wine list and filled us in on the Champagne Campaign where all Champagne are 50% off from 10PM-12AM at Wit & Wisdom! Listen Here: http://bit.ly/1qkQw2u Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France (375ml or half bottle) Winery Tasting Notes: The wine is limpid, pale gold in color with hints of green which are typical of the Chardonnay varietal. The mousse is fine and regular with a pretty ribbon of bubbles. The first approach is both flowery and fruity, next come the notes of almond and fresh bread finishing with touches of citrus and green apple leaving a graceful impression of smoothness and freshness. The first impression is frank, associating both finesse and smoothness, and is dominated by white flower fruits (lemon and pear) and floral notes (acacia). The mid-palate is nervy and taut. The finish is persistent with pure citrus flavors and a twist of salinity which confirms the fact that the majority of the fruit is sourced from the great village of Le Mesnil sur Oger; the balance coming from the equally prestigious Grand Cru villages of Oger, Cramant and Avize. Jean Lallement Brut ‘Reserve’, Champagne, France Winery Tasting Notes:  The Brut ‘Reserve’ from Lallement is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay with 80% of the wine coming from the 2008 vintage, and the remainder from the 2007 vintage. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation before spending 60 months sur latte. The Brut ‘Reserve’ is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the villages of Verzenay and Verzy.

All Wines or similar are available at Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

1/17 Wine & Comedy at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, MD Join Laurie for a night of Wine Dine & Punchlines!
 
2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

Laurie and Chris review 2 great holiday gift ideas for wine lovers–the Napa Wine Chiller and the Coravin wine access system.

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2014
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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines for 2014

Sips of the Week

Top 100Every year The Wine Spectator Magazine releases their Top 100 wines of the year…you might think this list is made up entirely of high end selections from the world’s most famous wineries but think again! We’ll taste 2 of the year’s top wines and talk to Bruce Sanderson, Senior Editor from the Wine Spectator to find out how these wines are chosen! Bruce is Senior Editor and Tasting Director, New York Tasting Beat that includes Burgundy, Germany and Italy. He joined Wine Spectator in 1993, after working for the previous five years as a wine steward and in retail wine sales. As Tasting Director, he oversees Wine Spectator’s tasting operations in New York, Napa and Europe. Listen to the show here: http://bit.ly/1B22bHk #74 di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso, Molise, Italy $18 ramitello_p Winery Tasting Notes: This cru is made mainly from a selection of the best Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes grown in the Ramitello vineyard of Campomarino. Full, mellow and velvety wine; with a perfect blend of flavours such as plum, undergrowth and hints of leather and liquorice, deep ruby red in colour with violet reflections. Ideal with rich dishes, especially white and red meats, game and ripe cheeses. Serving temperature: 18°C carnival wine#2 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz, Winery Tasting Notes: For my first vintage at Mollydooker, I was amazed at the colour of the Shiraz grapes, coming from the Gateway vineyards. The depth and intensity of colour in the juice was amazing and I could see why this fruit is used in the Carnival of Love. You will be blown away by the depth and complexity of this wine. It is a big wine yet remains elegant. There are layers of rich cherry and blackberry fruits, creamy vanilla notes, chocolate and even some pepper and spice. It has great intensity and a silkiness that lingers over the palate.

All Wines are available at Wine World in Abingdon, MD,  Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or at aa fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

12/6 Laurie will be at Wine World in Abingdon, MD Signing books for Holiday gifts and sharing some great wines!
 
1/17 Wine & Comedy at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, MD Join Laurie for a night of Wine Dine & Punchlines!
 
2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis Wine World,  Hair o’The Dog and The Oregon Grille 

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Thanksgiving Red Wines
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Thanksgiving Red Wines

This week we continue our discussion about making this the most delicious Thanksgiving ever! My friends Rachel Heron and Michael Cullison from Wine World join me again in studio and we’ll introduce you to some great red wines that are sure to make your whole family happy while not breaking the bank.

Thanksgiving Wines & Cooking Tips Part 2
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Thanksgiving Wines & Cooking Tips Part 2

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This week we continue our discussion about making this the most delicious Thanksgiving ever! My friends Rachel Heron and Michael Cullison from Wine World join me again in studio and we’ll introduce you to some great wines that are sure to make your whole family happy while not breaking the bank. DFJ Vinhos Portada Winemaker’s Selection Red Blend, Portugal Winery Tasting Notes: This deep ruby red, medium-bodied wine has berry fruit flavours and a beautiful balance. It’s fruity, tasty, and very pleasant and elegant. PORTADA means in the Portuguese language the outside or inside doors of the windows. It’s the perfect “happy hour” red wine, a great day by day wine. It’s excellent with food or by itself. Excellent complement of white and red meat dishes, roasts, barbecue, pasta, pizzas, vegetarian, Mexican, India, Thai and Chinese gastronomies, cheese dishes. Prisma Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile Winery Tasting Notes: This hand-harvested, 100% Pinot Noir is blend of three clones produced from a single vineyard located in the Casablanca Valley. The granite soils and cool, coastal climate produce a fresh, vibrant and aromatic wine. It shows bright red fruit notes of strawberry and cherry, with an underlying hint of oak, that leads to a lifted mid-palate and smooth, velvety finish

All Wines are available at Wine World in Abingdon, MD or a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Wine Sandwich

Laurie Talked to Peggy Woodward, food editor at Taste of Home magazine to get some great tips below on reducing your work in the kitchen and adding a little more spice to this year’s Thanksgiving feast. Crank up the Cranberry: Make whole berry cranberry sauce according to the directions on the bag of fresh cranberries—it’s just berries, sugar and water. Whomp up the flavor when you take it off heat by stirring in a little orange marmalade or jalapeño jelly. Make the Fluffiest Potatoes: The key to super-fluffy mashed potatoes is to make sure they’re dry before mashing. Once the potatoes are cooked and drained, put them back in the pot, cover it up, and let them dry for 1 to 2 minutes. The drier the potato, the fluffier the mash. Spice it Up: Make a homemade spice bag with cloves, cinnamon sticks and citrus peel for mulling cider or wine. Wrap double thickness of cheesecloth around your spices; bring up the edges and tie with kitchen string. A loose leaf tea filter, or even a coffee filter, works in a pinch. You can also try recipes for Hot Mulled Wine and Warm Pomegranate Punch (which is slow-cooker friendly too!). Put your Slow Cooker to Work: As soon as sides like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or stuffing are hot, plunk them in a slow cooker on the lowest setting while you finish up the rest of the meal. This frees up space galore! You can even put gravy in a smaller, 2-quart slow cooker. It holds beautifully for up to an hour on the warm setting. No Shame in Shortcuts:  Who says Thanksgiving dessert has to be totally from scratch? There’s plenty of modern twists on traditional family recipes, take this Caramel Apple Strudel as an example – puff pastry can replace getting dough all over the kitchen counters!

Upcoming Events

12/6 Laurie will be at Wine World in Abingdon, MD Signing books for Holiday gifts and sharing some great wines!
 
1/17 Wine & Comedy at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, MD Join Laurie for a night of Wine Dine & Punchlines!
 
2/6 Sip, Sip Hooray Wine Pairing Dinner with Laurie at the Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, MD Join Laurie for an amazing dinner, wine pairings and unlimited laughs. Rooms available at special rates!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

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Thanksgiving Wine & Cooking Tips
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Thanksgiving Wine & Cooking Tips

Sips of the Week

This week we begin talking about making this the most delicious Thanksgiving ever! My friends Rachel Heron and Michael Cullison from Wine World join me in studio and we’ll introduce you to some great wines that are sure to make your whole family happy while not breaking the bank. Infamous Goose 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand $12.99 Winery Tasting Notes: Precise aromas of white peach, blackcurrant and fresh green herbs. Concentrated, sweet citrus flavors and lovely vibrant acidity lend a soft and complete mouthfeel to this wine. Elk Run Gewürztraminer, Maryland $21.99 Winery Tasting Notes: Our Gewurztraminer vines are grown on the Cold Friday vineyard established in 1995. Additional acres were planted in 2005. As the only Maryland-grown Gewurztraminer in the state, it continues to shine for us in competitions. A touch of sweetness accentuates this Alsatian-style wine with spicy character and enhances its grapefruit and lychee nut flavors.

All Wines are available at Wine World in Abingdon, MD or a fine wine retailer near you…find a retailer here: www.WineSearcher.com

Wine Sandwich

Laurie Talked to Peggy Woodward, food editor at Taste of Home magazine to get some great tips below on reducing your work in the kitchen and adding a little more spice to this year’s Thanksgiving feast. Turkey Tips: It’s never easy to get a turkey done just right, but here’s a tip: if the inside of your turkey is cooked but the outside isn’t brown, stop basting and increase the heat to 450° to get a golden skin without drying out the meat. If you need to refresh a dry bird, cut the meat and bake it with turkey or chicken stock at 350° for 10-15 minutes Gravy Glitches: If your gravy is runny, slowly stir cold turkey or chicken stock into a bit of cornstarch until it’s dissolved. Then gradually whisk it into the simmering gravy. Lumpy gravy can be poured into a blender for 20-30 seconds. You can also whisk in turkey or chicken stock—just a little at a time—until you get the right consistency Give the Kids’ Table VIP Status: Use place cards for each kid. Ask a fun uncle or aunt to eat at the kids’ table, then enjoy as they all giggle through the meal. You’ll wish you’d sat there, too! Revive Soggy Stuffing: Spread it on a cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 10 minutes. If the stuffing is still mushy, then stir and bake it for an additional 5 minutes. Disguise a Cracked Pie: Chocolate! The solution to many of life’s problems. Melt together 1 cup chocolate chips and 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, stirring until smooth. Pour over cooled pie and chill until set. Hint: You really should try this even if your pie doesn’t have cracks.

Upcoming Events

11/19 Holiday Entertaining Uncorked Wine Webinar sponsored by PSU Smeal College of Business – Alumni Career Services
 
12/6 Laurie will be at Wine World in Abingdon, MD Signing books for Holiday gifts and sharing some great wines!

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

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Thanksgiving Wines Part 1
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Thanksgiving Wines Part 1

This week we begin talking about making this the most delicious Thanksgiving ever! Laurie’s friends from Wine World join her in studio and we’ll introduce you to some great WHITE wines that are sure to make your whole family happy while not breaking the bank.

Jailbreak Brewing
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Jailbreak Brewing

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Laurie and Justin Bonner of Jailbreak Brewing

Justin Bonner joined Laurie in studio to taste some of the Jailbreak Brewery culinary inspired portfolio of beers.  A former executive in the government contracting industry, Justin now embraces the fellowship and brotherhood that is the culture in the greater brewing community. As a decade long enthusiast of wine, Justin looks to achieve similar qualities such as balance and complexity in each beer he assists in creating.   Justin is a husband and father of two young sons and resides outside of Annapolis, MD. Listen here! They tasted in studio: Feed The Monkey (hefeweizen) Kavorka (black cherry porter) Big Punisher (double IPA) Welcome To Scoville (jalapeño IPA)

Wine Sandwich

Chef Christian DeLutis of Troegs Brewery spent some time demystifying beer and food pairings with Laurie at the brewery in Hershey PA. Listen here! Upcoming Events

11/19 Holiday Entertaining Uncorked Wine Webinar sponsored by PSU Smeal College of Business – Alumni Career Services
 
12/6 Laurie will be at Wine World in Abingdon, MD Signing books for Holiday gifts and sharing some great wines!

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

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Beer & Food Pairing Tips
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Beer & Food Pairing Tips

Chef Christian Delutis at Troegs Brewery in Hershey gives us tips about creating perfect pairings with beer inspired cuisine.

Austrian Wines – KW Selections
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Austrian Wines – KW Selections

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Klaus Wittauer of KW Selections joins Laurie to talk about the delicious and food friendly wines coming from Austria.

Gruner Veltliner, Zweigelt and Blaufrankish…these are 3 of the grapes grown in Austrian wine country. If you haven’t tried them yet you need to! This week Klaus Wittauer of KW Selections joins Laurie to talk about the delicious and food friendly wines coming from Austria and why they are such a great value. Wines we tasted on the show: Tegernseerhof T26 Gruner Veltliner 2013, Federspiel, Wachau, Austria $17  Winemaker’s Notes: Sandy and gravel soils form the complex and classic Grüner Veltliner. The reserve substances stored in the old wood are reflected in the subtle minerality of the wine – weather conditions are responsible for fine and elegant fruit flavours. All that merges the FRAUENWEINGARTEN GRÜNER VELTLINER into a complex, delicious and balanced wine. Anton Bauer Zweigelt   2011, Feuersbrunn, Wagram, Austria $14  Winemaker’s Notes: Shining ruby with shimmering crimson; in the nose cherry fruit with berry undertones, fine aroma; on the palate multi-layered – a vegetable touch joins the young berry fruit to add additional fine spice: ripe, with extract sweetness coated tannin; tones of Mon Cheri and chocolate finish the expressive range of flavors. Hillinger Leithaberg Blaufrankisch 2011, Burgenland, Austria $35 Winemaker’s Notes: Blaufränkisch Leithaberg DAC presents a dark Rubin red and a black core. Ripe cherry, blackberry, graphite, licorice and spicy notes. Fresh cherry-fruits on the plate, tight structure. A Wine with elegant tannin, and good acidity. Dark berries and spicy finish. This wine matches more than perfect to grilled steaks /lamb/ and Venison Upcoming Events

11/5 Women, Wellness & Wine Join Laurie for a five course tasting to benefit the Tiger Lily Foundation sponsored by Fairfax Radiological Consultants

11/7 Perfect Pairings at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, $85 Includes Dinner, Wines and Food and Wine Pairing Tasting with Laurie!

11/8 Benefit of Hope for the American Cancer Society in York, PA

11/9 FREE Wine Webinar with The Wine Coach!! Get your wine questions answered and talk holiday wines at 7PM ET/ 4PM PT by going to this link

11/19 Holiday Entertaining Uncorked Wine Webinar sponsored by PSU Smeal College of Business – Alumni Career Services

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

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Perfect Pairings for the Seasons
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Perfect Pairings for the Seasons

Sips of the Week

Today’s episode was all about one of my favorite topics—food and wine pairing! J Bitner, Associate Executive Director at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, joined me with 3 delicious food and wine pairings…we talked about some great strategies for you to create perfect pairings and about an opportunity to join us for a night of just that on November 9th! Pairings we tasted on the show: Seafood Salad of Shrimp, Crab, and Lobster  – Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2012 Jerk Pork Tenderloin Sliders – Planeta Santa Cecilia Nero d’Avola 2009 Tenderloin Hoagie with Sauteed Onion, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, & Blue Cheese Dressing – Ravenswood Besieged 2013

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Kerry Dunnington, author of Tasting the Seasons joins us to talk about how you can prepare seasonal dishes that are delicious, eco-friendly and easy to make!  For nearly three decades, Kerry has built a thriving business as a caterer. In 2004, with a vivacious appetite for creating innovative and diverse food combinations for her clients, Kerry published This Book Cooks. The cookbook is a collection (appetizers to desserts) of Kerry’s most loved recipes. The book’s budding popularity and Kerry’s growing reputation as a sought after caterer won her repeated invitations to serve as a food columnist, culinary judge and entertainment consultant.  Food styling and professional recipe testing for chef’s recipes featured in various magazines have also been part of Kerry’s culinary career. We tasted these recipes from her book: Apricots and amaretto cream topped with a teriyaki walnut Cheddar and pecan pate with strawberry sauce Watch-it-disappear horseradish dip

Upcoming Events

11/7 Perfect Pairings at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, $85 Includes Dinner, Wines and Food and Wine Pairing Tasting with Laurie!


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Crush 2014 A Perfect Pairing
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Crush 2014 A Perfect Pairing

Today’s episode is all about one of Laurie’s favorite topics—food and wine pairing! J Bitner from the Garrett Jacobs Mansion joins The Sipping Point with 3 delicious food and wine pairings…we’ll talk about some great strategies for you to create perfect pairings and tell you about an opportunity to join us for a night of just that on 11/8!

Grape American Road Trip – Vino50
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Grape American Road Trip – Vino50

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Laurie sips some great wines from the other 47 with Andrew Stover of Vino50.com

Andrew Stover joins us from Vino 50 to take us on a Grape American Road Trip by glass…when we think great wines we might not think New Mexico, Texas or Michigan but Andrew is out to change all that! Andrew Stover, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, moved to Washington, DC to attend The George Washington University with a focus in Marketing/Tourism & Hospitality Management. Stover holds a Sommelier Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and a Certified Specialist of Wine Certification from the Society of Wine Educators.  He also publishes a wine blog, www.chiefwino.com. What we tasted on the show: Chateau Grand Traverse Gamay, Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan  $18.99 McPherson ‘Tre Colore’ Mourvedre/Carignan/Viognier, High Plains, Texas  $18.99 Caduceus Cellars ‘Primer Paso’ Syrah/Petite Sirah/Malvasia Bianca, Cochise County, Arizona  $62.99 Stone Hill Norton, Hermann, Missouri  $21.99

Upcoming Events

11/7 Perfect Pairings at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, $85 Includes Dinner, wines and tasting session with Laurie!


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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

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ReAle Revival Brewing
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ReAle Revival Brewing

Laurie visits RAR Brewing to find out what they are brewing in Cambridge, MD and taste a few of their beers. Find out how you can check out their tasting room and even a haunted Halloween tour!

Axios Napa Valley
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Axios Napa Valley

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Laurie tastes some of the new wines Gus Kalaris is introducing under the Axios wine portfolio.

This week Laurie talks with Gus Kalaris, owner of Axios Wines about his newest offerings from the Kalaris Family Vineyards. We’ll find out more about the 2014 harvest California and, of course, we tasted a few of his new wines. Gus Kalaris is the founder and owner of Constantine Wines, a 28 year old wine distribution and import company that has enjoyed a great reputation for premium offerings. Kalaris also founded Axios, a luxury Napa Valley wine brand in 1999 to much acclaim. The success of Axios has spawned the Worthy, Truth and Kalaris brands. Gus, a Greek American, born in Washington, DC is fluent in the Greek language and dedicated to his heritage. Kalaris has received numerous awards and national recognition for his charitable endeavors and serves on many charitable and philanthropic boards including Cystic Fibrosis and the Cal Ripken Sr Foundation. In 2013 Kalaris purchased a home surrounded by over 10 acres of vineyards in Calistoga. His goal is to produce a world class Pommerol-style red blend from the estate under the Kalaris label. Kalaris Family Sauvignon Blanc Estate 2013, Napa Valley Winemaker’s Notes: This 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is brilliant straw colored. The wine is bursting with melon, lime, passion fruit, lemongrass, lychee, white peach and honeysuckle aromas. The palate expresses focused citrus with hints of lemon curd and stone fruit. It has a rich, creamy mouth feel supported by bright and racy acid. The finish is long and crisp. Worthy Chardonnay KFV 2013, Napa Valley Winemaker’s Notes: A full bodied Chardonnay with a bright underlying acidity. Hints of anise, cardamom and hazelnut. The wine has a creamy mouthfeel, lingering lemon curd and mineral flavors that lead to a lengthy mouthwatering finish. This wine will continue to evolve with time in the bottle. Truth Cuvee de Fume 2013 Santa Ynez (SB, Chenin, Semillon), Central Coast Winemaker’s Notes: The exuberant nature of the 2013 harvest is definitely expressed in this wine. The color is a brilliant lemon with green highlights. Aromas of citrus peel, honeydew melon, lychee and savory herbs – along with a whisper of raw almond. The palate is racy with an integrated mix of lemon-lime, apricot, honeycomb and fig. There is a beautiful balance between acidity and fruit, a hint of lemongrass herbaceousness and a lingering, lively and crisply refreshing finish. Kalaris Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley Winemaker’s Notes: The inky, purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful effort displaying loads of red and black currants, blackberry, plum, spice box, charcoal, graphite and a meaty, chocolate character. The wine is supported by silky, well integrated tannins providing perfect balance. It is fruit-forward and opulent, with a rich, velvety mouth feel and a finish that seductively lingers long after the final sip.

Upcoming Events

11/6 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner in Hunt Valley, MD featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

11/7 Perfect Pairings at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, $85 Includes Dinner, wines and tasting session with Laurie!


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On Location in Sonoma
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On Location in Sonoma

Interviews 

Laurie at Jordan Vineyards with Executive Chef Todd Knoll and his wife Nitsa.

Laurie at Jordan Vineyards with Executive Chef Todd Knoll and his wife Nitsa.

This week Laurie interviewed Jordan Vineyards Executive Chef Todd Knoll on location at the winery in Healdsburg, CA to learn more about the culinary program. Born into a military family in 1969, Executive Chef Todd Knoll was raised in Hawaii and draws inspiration from his childhood home, as well as Asia, when creating menus for the Jordan dining room. Jordan’s house style — balanced wines with bright fruit, soft tannins, vibrant acidity and low alcohol — allows Chef Knoll to push the envelope with counter-intuitive ingredient selections. His creative recipes are designed around the seasonal produce harvested from our garden and orchard, located on a hillside behind the Jordan kitchen.

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Laurie with Dry Creek Kitchen’s Wine Director Courtney Humiston.

Laurie also stopped by the critically acclaimed restaurant Dry Creek Kitchen to interview Wine Director Courtney Humiston about her role in creating the wine list and some of the more interesting wines of the Sonoma Valley. Dry Creek Kitchen’s wine program, under the direction of Courtney Humiston, reflects the diversity of Sonoma County — from the legendary Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast to the powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley and the storied Zinfandels of Dry Creek. With more than 500 selections, the list includes both sought-after wines from classic producers as well as lesser-known wines from up-and-coming winemakers, unusual varieties and emerging appellations. Laurie and Courtney tasted the wines below: Wind Gap Trousseau Gris, Russian River Valley Nico  Il Greco, Russian River Valley

Upcoming Events

11/6 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner in Hunt Valley, MD featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

11/7 Perfect Pairings at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, $85 Includes Dinner, wines and tasting session with Laurie!


Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

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Pio Cesare Winery
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Pio Cesare Winery

 Sips of the Week

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Laurie strikes a pose with Cesare Benvenuto of Pio Cesare and Dave Dahme of Pio Imports.

This week Laurie interviewed Cesare Benvenuto of Pio Cesare Winery at the 2014 Hershey Food & Wine Festival. They tasted the following wines and talked about what makes the wines of Piedmont, Italy so special and legendary! Pio Cesare Arneis, Langhe, Italy Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Slightly aromatic, with reach and ripe fruit, round, refreshing and crispy fragrance. Pleasant to drink. To be consumed rather young, 2 to 3 years maximum. Pio Cesare “Piodilei” Chardonnay, Langhe, Italy

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

Spicy, creamy, intense, persistent. Sweet, warm and ripe fruit, still fresh with a long finish. Long ageing potential.

Pio Cesare Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

A classic Barolo. Excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it has a very long ageing potential.

Pio Cesare Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy

 Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

A very classic Barbaresco, elegant with ripe and spicy fruit, great depth and complexity. The mild and ripe tannins provide this wine with gentleness and finesse, but also strength and opulence. Very long ageing potential..

 Sips of the Week can be found at Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or anywhere in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

11/6 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner in Hunt Valley, MD featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

11/7 Perfect Pairings at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, $855 Includes Dinner, wines and tasting session with Laurie!


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A classic Barolo. Excellent structure and

harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is

immediately approachable, but it has a very long

ageing potential.  

Jordan Vineyards Culinary Program
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Jordan Vineyards Culinary Program

Laurie visits Executive Chef Todd Knoll to see first hand how he crafts a unique culinary experience on the grounds of the Jordan Ranch in Healdsburg, CA.

Fast Food Wine Pairings
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Fast Food Wine Pairings

Sips of the Week

IMG_2776This week we’re going to pair wine with some unlikely choices from some of your favorite fast food chains. If you like to indulge every now and then with a burger and fries or maybe a burrito, we are going to explore the perfect wine to drink with it. So before you hit the drive through, tune into The Sipping Point! Portium Cava Brut NV, Penedes, Spain $11.20 – Royal Farms Fried Chicken Henry Fessy Beaujoais Villages, Burgundy, France $11.69 – Big Mac Nicolis Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy $15.29 – Taco Bell Beef & Potato Burrito & Stuffed Burrito Sips of the Week can be found at Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD or anywhere in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

9/18 Perfect Pairings Fundraiser for Academy Theatre in Meadville, PA

10/2 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner in Hunt Valley, MD featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

10/3-5 Wine & WhoopPOW: Girl’s Getaway to St Michaels, MD


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East Coast Winning Wines
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East Coast Winning Wines

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Laurie & Carl toast to the ever increasing quality of wines from the East Coast!

Think the best wines only come from the West Coast? Think again! This week Carl Brandhorst joined us from the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) with some of the 2014 winning wines from all over the East Coast—GA, MD, NY and, yes, even Laurie’s home state of NJ! Then we’ll find out about this year’s Hershey Wine Festival where you can indulge in all things food & wine! Carl Brandhorst is President of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA), a trade group that helps promote the wine industry.  He has served as Chairman of the July 2005-2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competitions sponsored by ASWA.  Carl is also a past President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the German Wine Society and currently serves on its Board of Directors.  Carl is a longstanding member of the American Wine Society (AWS) and a graduate of the AWS wine judge program. GOLD MEDAL WINNERS Cape May Winery White 100% Vidal Blanc, Cape May, NJ (4% residual Sugar) Winemaker’s Notes: This is Cape May Winery’s un-oaked Vidal Blanc. The fruit asserts itself in the form of pristine pears & subtle apricot while the vibrant, lifting acidity adds balance & richness. .  Chateau Elan Winery & Resort , 2012, Muscadry  100% Noble, Braselton, GA (2% residual Sugar) Winemaker’s Notes: From the mus­ca­dine vari­ety called CAR­LOS, this wine is entirely made from Geor­gia grapes. The bouquet is exotic, intense, and com­plex; the taste pro­file is vibrant, full, and ele­gant. It is an excel­lent expres­sion of the char­ac­ter of our state’s grape! Made in a style never seen before, it was aged in French bar­rels for 4 months to become an off-​dry white wine that can be sim­ply sipped on the patio as well as paired per­fectly with fish, sushi, and other light style foods. 12% Alco­hol SILVER MEDAL WINNERS Knob Hall Winery, 2012 Chambourcin Reserve, 88% Chambourcin, 12% Merlot,  Clear Spring, MD Winemaker’s Notes: Chambourcin – a fruity yet full-bodied red wine that is ready to drink now or can be put down for several years. Chambourcin has great colour and aromas and goes well with pork, lamb, pizza and pastas!  Thirsty Owl Wine Company, 2013 Traminette, 100% Traminette, Ovid, NY Sips of the Week can be found anywhere in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

9/18 Perfect Pairings Fundraiser for Academy Theatre in Meadville, PA

10/2 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner in Hunt Valley, MD featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

10/3-5 Wine & WhoopPOW: Girl’s Getaway in St Michaels, MD


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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

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Hershey Wine Festival 2014
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Hershey Wine Festival 2014

Find out about the 2014 Hershey Food & Wine Festival were you can indulge in all things food & wine with Laurie and Pio Cesare Wines!

Wine Questions for The Wine Coach
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Wine Questions for The Wine Coach

Listeners ask Laurie questions about pairings for Crab Pretzels, Caesar Salad and More!

The Wines of Alsace & Your Wine Questions
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The Wines of Alsace & Your Wine Questions

Sips of the Week

2012 Wilm Pinot Gris, Alsace France $14Willm Pinot Gris Winemaker’s Notes: Pale golden yellow. Elegant nose, peach and apricots notes. Light, round, good structure, good persistence, yellow fruits aromas. PAIRING Smoked fish, game, white meats in sauce, roast pork or veal, artichokes, mushroom–‐based dishes. Serve at 48–‐43 degrees Fahrenheit. Lucien Albrecht Crement d’Alsace Rose NV, Alsace, France $19.99 Winemaker’s Notes: The flavors display nice strawberry and wild cherry fruit, with a touch of richness on the mid palate. It is balanced with dry, crisp acidity and complimented with a creamy texture and long finish. Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events

9/18 Perfect Pairings Fundraiser for Academy Theatre in Meadville, PA

9/25 Red Carpet Women in Cleveland  You – Uncorked Keynote Speech in Cleveland, OH

10/2 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner in Hunt Valley, MD featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

10/3-5 Wine & WhoopPOW: Girl’s Getaway in St Michaels, MD


 

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

 

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Cliff Lede Vineyards: Terroir, Stags Leap District & Drought
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Cliff Lede Vineyards: Terroir, Stags Leap District & Drought

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Sips of the Week

Laurie talks to Remi Cohen of Cliff Lede Vineyards about the terroir of Stags Leap District, Viticulture and the 2014 drought in CA. With Remi Cohen in the role of Vice President of Operations overseeing winegrowing, production, and national distribution, Cliff Lede has a farmer in charge. And considering Cohen’s background in farming, biology, business and sustainability, the new approach dovetails nicely with Cliff Lede’s emphasis on the quality of estate vineyards and terroir-based wines. Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Napa Valley $25 Winemaker’s Notes: With the cut and color of yellow sapphire, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc shines brilliantly in the glass and tempts with alluring aromas of lemon verbena, fall persimmon, and fresh white peaches. Gorgeous floral notes of orange blossom, honeysuckle, and night blooming jasmine intertwine with the top notes of the effusive bouquet. This unctuous styled white coats the palate with layers of lemon curd, quince paste, candle wax, and honeyed citrus marmalade. A vibrant spine of minerality supports the rich mouthfeel and lends notes of gunflint, powdery talc, and wet stone to the finish. Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley $70 Winemaker’s Notes: Bing cherry, kirsch, and dark chocolate aromas are complemented by hints of cardamom, star anise, and clove. A note of dried sage builds upon the earthy minerality redolent of crushed rock. Supple, supportive tannins create a velvety texture and lengthy finish for this elegant, mineral-laced wine. Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com  

Upcoming Events

10/2 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

10/3-5 Wine & WhoopPOW: Girl’s Getaway in St Michaels, MD

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Summer Sippers & Farmstead Grill
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Summer Sippers & Farmstead Grill

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Sips of the Week

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Loveblock is the new venture of famed NZ winemaker Kim Crawford.

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand $25 Winemaker’s Notes: Perched right on the hilltops overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, Loveblock is far removed from the agricultural bustle in the valley below.  Loveblock is charged with creating the best wine to express this extraordinary place with its unique aspect.  New Zealand’s signature varietal tends to be bold and big.  This wine focuses on texture rather than enhanced aromatics.  In order to take some of the sharp edge off the palate, a small portion of the wine goes through natural and malolactic fermentation. Archangel Riesling 2011, Central Otago, New Zealand $18 Winemaker’s Notes: With a hue of pale straw, this attractive wine has a bouquet of honeydew melon and lime, with hints of apricot and floral notes. On the palate, lovely ripe citrus, nectarines and a touch of ginger. A dry style wine with balanced acidity and a long mineral finish.

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Laurie and Chef Sampson raise a glass to farm-to-table dining!

Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

Featured Interview

Laurie was joined in studio by Executive Chef at Farmstead Grill, Galen Sampson. Chef Sampson is a five-star award-winning chef who has served as culinary director and executive chef of some of Baltimore’s most respected hospitality establishments, including The Dogwood Restaurant and The Harbor Court Hotel. He is widely regarded as a leader in the local field-to-plate movement and for his fresh, light, contemporary American cooking. Returning to Baltimore in 2013, Sampson joined the Farmstead Grill and Farmstead Shack development team with the idea of putting all his knowledge to work in a restaurant that aims to make farm-to-table dining fresh, family-friendly and affordable. The twinned restaurants opened in early summer 2014 in The Shops at Canton Crossing. Sampson serves as the enterprise’s chief operating officer and executive chef. Upcoming Events

10/2 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

10/3-5 Wine & WhoopPOW: Girl’s Getaway in St Michaels, MD

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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End of Summer Sippers
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End of Summer Sippers

Laurie and Chris taste 2 great whites to sip during these last days of summer!

Tales of the Cocktail 2014
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Tales of the Cocktail 2014

Featured Interview

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Laurie sipped this “ideal Cocktail” during her interview with John Reusing of Bad Decisions.

Laurie was visited by John Reusing, owner of Bad Decisions, to hear all about the recent Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans. John shared some of his favorite finds, cocktails and stories from the week as they sipped and Ideal Cocktail and a traditional daiquiri made with El Dorado 12yr old Rum–not your Mother’s Strawberry daiquiri either! An Ideal Cocktail Dry Gin Sweet Vermouth Dry Vermouth Grapefruit juice 3 dashes of Maraschino cherry liqueur Equal parts Dry Gin, Sweet Vermouth & Dry Vermouth.   One bar spoon of fresh grapefruit juice (from the grapefruit, not a bottle).  Use Maraschino liqueur, not juice. Shaken and strained into a martini glass. Traditional Daiquiri 1.5 oz El Dorado 12yo Rum 3/4 oz lime juice 1/4 oz simple syrup Equal portions of each ingredient.  Use good rum! Shaken and strained into a cocktail glass. Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com Upcoming Events 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD, Tickets are $70 each include reception, show with wine tastings and dinner wine pairing stations. Call for tickets before we sell out! 10/2 Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Dinner featuring some of Laurie’s favorite wines from Australia!

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A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Soulshine Tour & Grilling Tips
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Soulshine Tour & Grilling Tips

Featured Interview

Laurie caught up with two of the founders of Ca’ Momi Winery in Napa Valley, Dario De Conti and Valentina, atdo it for the love winesthe Soulshine concert in NYC. The Soulshine Tour is bringing together Yoga, the music of Michael Franti and Spearhead and the delicious wines of Ca’ Momi.  Ca’ Momi Do It For The Love White, California $18 (100% profits benefit Do it for the LOVE foundation) Winemaker’s Notes: Chardonnay,Viognier, Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc make up this fruity and flavorful blend. Aromas of peach, banana, melon, tangerine and apple carry over in its flavor. A creamy texture is the base of a smooth and lasting finish. This is a delicious  and elegantly balanced sipper. Serve well chilled. Ca’ Momi Rosso di Napa, Napa Valley, CA $18 Winemaker’s Notes: Ca’ Momi’s proprietary 100% Napa Valley red blend is ripe with bright strawberry and raspberry flavor,  a velvety texture, and full-mouth feel. Its round, medium-bodied and complex palate is loaded with fruit. Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

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Laurie’s better half Chef Michael Forster shared Chef secrets on how to be the Master of your grill. IF you love to cook out in the summer you need to listen to these tips some of which might surprise you! Listen here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sipping-point-radio-wine-food/id483029592?mt=2

Upcoming Events 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD, Tickets are $70 each include reception, show with wine tastings and dinner wine pairing stations. Call for tickets before we sell out!

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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He Cooks She Wines – Grilling Tips
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He Cooks She Wines – Grilling Tips

Laurie and her better half discus some of the Chef secrets to being a grill master!

Summer Wines with Wine World
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Summer Wines with Wine World

Featured Interview

Summer is a great time to find new wines! Michael Cullison and Rachel Heron from Wine World join me to taste a few great new wines for you to try. Then we’ll also talk about an opportunity you have to come join us on August 8th at the Vandiver Inn all about great wine, food and most importantly FUN!

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Laurie tasted 3 Great Wines for Summer with Wine World team Michael Cullison and Rachel Heron.

Wines tasted on the show from Wine World will be amongst the 5 wines tasted at Laurie’s event at Vandiver Inn:

Lagler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Burgberg, Austria $18.99

Le Nez Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon $34.99

Tait Ballbuster Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia $19.99

Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com Upcoming Events 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD, Tickets are $70 each include reception, show with wine tastings and dinner wine pairing stations. Call for tickets before we sell out! 8/13 Something to Wine About  Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, NY

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Wine Question – Sweet Wines
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Wine Question – Sweet Wines

A listener wants to know how sweet wines become sweet.

Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America
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Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America

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If you are a vodka lover than today’s show is for you! As America’s most popular spirit it seems there is a new vodka hitting the market every day. How did this odorless colorless spirit conquer the drinking public in the US? Victorino Matus author of Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America, will join us to tell us the story! Victorino Matus is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. He has been with the magazine since 1996 and writes on a variety of subjects, including military history, German politics, pop culture, and food and drink. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard and in other publications, including Armed Forces Journal, Policy Review, National Review, The American Spectator, The New York Post, Salon, The Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian magazine, and The Washington Post. He has also provided commentary on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, and the BBC. Prior to joining The Weekly Standard, he worked for a defense consulting firm and at The White House Writers Group. Laurie & Chris sipped Moscow Mules during the interview–recipe below: Moscow Mule Ginger Beer 4-6 oz Vodka 2 oz Lime Juice .5 oz Mix lime juice and vodka….top with Ginger Beer over ice. Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com Upcoming Events 7/12 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, Md, Tickets are only $55 each include wine tastings, show and dinner. Call for reservations: 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD, Tickets are $70 each include reception, show with wine tastings and dinner wine pairing stations. Call for tickets before we sell out! 8/13 Something to Wine About  Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, NY

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Cellars 33 Winery – Wine in the heart of San Francisco
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Cellars 33 Winery – Wine in the heart of San Francisco

Featured Interview

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John & Katie Fones, founders of Cellars 33 in San Fran

Find out how one couple fell in love right here in Baltimore with each other and with wine. John Fones of Cellars 33 met the woman of his dreams (Katie) in Baltimore and to impress her switched from beer to wine. Together they began a love affair with wine that brought them to San Francisco and a winery was born. We’ll taste a few selections from Cellar 33 and talk to founder John Fones about it all! Cellars 33 2012 Keefer Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Winemaker Notes: Keefer Ranch, well known for producing world-class pinot noir, is significantly under-rated for it’s Chardonnay. The vineyard is meticulously farmed and maintained by the dedicated crew led by Craig Strehlow. Cellars 33 2012 Freeman Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County Vineyard Notes:Planted in 2006 to 5 different clones, this 8 acre vineyard (also called “Gloria”) consists of Goldridge sandy loam soil and is planted with 7×4 spacing. With a southeast orientation, this steeply inclined vineyard enjoys the cooling winds coming off the Pacific and is ideally suited for pinot noir. Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com Upcoming Events 7/12 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, Md 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD 8/13 Something to Wine About  Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, NY

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Lyon Distilling in St. Michaels, MD
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Lyon Distilling in St. Michaels, MD

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Laurie takes a tasty field trip to Lyon Distilling in St. Michaels, MD where she talks with Ben Lyon about starting a distillery, the moonshine craze and how you can taste his handcrafted rum! Ben Lyon and Jamie Windon created Lyon Distilling to  produce hand-crafted spirits by transforming raw ingredients (molasses, sugar, local grains) into splendid liquor (rum, corn whiskey, rye whiskey) step by step, in very small batches, using traditional pot stills made in Kentucky. Laurie tasted the Lyon Distilling White Rum (90 proof) , Dark Rum (90 proof) both made from a mix of Molasses and Cane Sugar as well as their Corn Whiskey (100 proof) made with a touch of rye to add depth and flavor.

Upcoming Events

7/12 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, Md 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD 8/13 Something to Wine About  Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, NY

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Union Craft Brewing
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Union Craft Brewing

Featured Interview

Adam Benesch, co-founder Union Craft Brewery joined Laurie to talk summer brews and how the brewery got started. Situated along the Jones Falls river, in the historic Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore, the Union Craft Brewery makes great beer and great company. With reverence for tradition and place, we brew beers that unite old and new ideas, the science and craft of brewing, and boldness and balance of flavor. Founded in the fall of 2011 by Kevin Blodger, Adam Benesch and Jon Zerivitz, brewing operations officially began in the spring of 2012 with the installation of a 20 barrel brewhouse and the initial launch of Duckpin Pale Ale. Anthem Golden Ale, Baltimore, MD 5%ABV

Laurie and Union Craft Brewing Co-founder Adam Benesch share a few brews!

Laurie and Union Craft Brewing Co-founder Adam Benesch share a few brews!

Brewery Notes: In honor of the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s penning of The Star Spangled Banner just outside of Fort McHenry right here in Baltimore, we’ve brewed up this easy drinking, all-American beer. Our take on a classic American style, the Cream Ale, this light golden ale is brewed with American grown barley, wheat, corn, & oats and lightly hopped with Columbus for bittering and a kiss of floral Mosaic. This all-American classic is just the thing to make you sing! Balt Altbier, Baltimore, MD 5.6%ABV Brewery Notes: This German-style Altbier is our nod to an old world, old school ale. The word “Alt” is German for “old”, and refers to the traditional style of brewing before lager yeast was discovered. Balt is a dark, copper colored brew with a creamy head, a gentle bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Prost, Hon! Duckpin Ale, Baltimore, MD 5.5%ABV Brewery Notes: This generously hopped pale ale is a strike in your mouth! Brewed with lots of Pacific Northwest & New Zealand hops this beer is ten frames of big citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavor. A strong malt backbone rounds it out and makes this pale ale a delight for the senses. The pins may be small but the flavor is huge! In our town, we roll Duckpin—a true Baltimore original. Old Pro Gose (Sour) Baltimore, MD 4.2%ABV Brewery Notes: A dash of salt. A touch of tart. That’s what makes this unique German-style wheat beer a seasoned professional at serious summer thirst quenching. With its glowing golden color, peach & citrus nose followed by a prickly mouth feel that leaves a gentle tartness and a dash of salt on the palate, the Old Pro never fails to bring you back for another sip.

Upcoming Events

6/18 The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Vino al Fresco Tasting Event under the stars 7/12 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at Bordeleau Vineyards in Eden, Md 8/8 Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy with Laurie Forster at VanDiver Inn in Havre de Grace, MD 8/13 Something to Wine About at Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, NY

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Wine Question – Best Wine EVER
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Wine Question – Best Wine EVER

What’s your favorite wine? This much asked question gets answered by The WIne Coach and her sidekick Chris…well sort of.

Winemaker is YOU
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Winemaker is YOU

Featured Interview

Tin Lizzie Crush

Making wine at Tin Lizze is a team effort! photo: Tin Lizzie Wineworks

Want to be a winemaker? Well Dave Zuchero from Tin Lizzie Wineworks joins Laurie to talk about how he helps people just like you make their own wine in Clarksville, MD. We’ll taste some of the great wines made at Tin Lizzie and find out how you can get started! Dave Zuchero is the head winemaker and instructor at Tin Lizzie Wineworks.  Dave first learned to make wine at his father’s side over 40 years ago and has been improving the process ever since.  “Wine making and enjoying wine has been a central part of our family life for as far back as I can remember,” he says.  The 75-year-old family wine press that Dave, his father John and his grandfather Angelo used to make wine is on display at the Wineworks as a tribute to the Zuchero family’s winemaking history. “Making good wine is the ultimate combination of art and science,” says Dave.  To that end, he earned a Winemaking Certificate from the University of California at Davis, the leading winemaking school in the US, and a BS degree in Microbiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He is also a member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. Dave has won numerous awards for his wines.  In 2008 Dave won over a dozen awards for his wines, including a gold medal in an international winemaking competition, both first and second places at the Maryland State Fair and Grand Champion at the Montgomery County Fair. In his day job, Dave is a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry helping companies get FDA approval for new medicines.  To find out more about making wine email Dave.

Upcoming Events

6/18 The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Vino al Fresco Tasting Event under the stars 8/13 Something to Wine About at Wine & Comedy at City Winery in New York, NY

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Grilling & Wine
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Grilling & Wine

Laurie and Chris discuss the kickoff to summer with what wines for your favorite backyard cookout menu items!

Preakness & Black Eyed Susan
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Preakness & Black Eyed Susan

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John Reusing of owner of Bad Decisions in Canton joined us to talk about the official cocktail of the Preakness–the Black Eyed Susan. He brought 3 versions of the cocktail to taste as we talked about the sad muddled history of this cocktail. The recipes of all three are below for your Preakness celebrations and beyond! The Original IMG_21741973 Black Eyed Susan Mix: 1 oz Vodka, 1 oz Rum, 3/4 oz Triple Sec, 1.5 oz Orange Juice, 1.5 oz Pineapple Juice Garnish: Orange  lime wedge and a maraschino cherry Serve over ice   2014 Black Eyed SusanIMG_2175 Mix: 1.5 oz Vodka, 1/2 oz St Germain  3/4 oz Orange Juice, 2 oz Pineapple Juice, 1/4 oz lime juice Garnish: Orange slice Serve over ice   IMG_21762014 Black Eyed Susan Mix: 1 oz Rye, 1 oz Vodka, 1/2 oz Cointreau, 1.5 oz Pineapple, 1.5 oz Orange Garnish: Lime Slice Serve over ice  

All sips of the week can be found or ordered from our advertisers Wine World in Harford County or in Howard County, Highland Wine & Spirits. For more great wines download Laurie’s Free Wine App The Wine Coach for iPhone and Android.

Upcoming Events

5/3-18 Spring Sensations event in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country taking place at participating wineries. Enjoy fun picnic food samples paired with handcrafted wines, while enjoying decorative spring floral and garden displays at each winery. In addition, each guest will receive a wine tasting, a souvenir glass, and a 10% discount off all wine purchased. 5/22 Something to Wine About at Xfinity Live! In Philadelphia, PA 5/28 Something to Wine About at City Winery in New York, NY 6/18 The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Vino al Fresco Tasting Event under the stars

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

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Wine Question – How Much Wine…
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Wine Question – How Much Wine…

A listener wants to know how much wine to order for a party of 4 wine enthusiasts and well it depends. Find out how to do the Wine Calculations and what to consider for your party.

Big Cork Vineyards
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Big Cork Vineyards

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Laurie tastes the Big Cork Vineyard wines with Randy Thompson and Dave Collins.

Randy Thompson President of Big Cork Vineyard and winemaker Dave Collins joined Laurie in studio to talk about their wines, how the company got started and plans for their new tasting room. You can talk to them and taste the wines of Big Cork on May 17 & 18th at the Wine in the Woods festival in Columbia, MD. Big Cork Vineyard Chardonnay 2012, Maryland Winemaker’s Notes: Big Cork Chardonnay is a masterful blend using both tank fermented and French oak barrel fermented wines.  In addition to the impression of Anjou apples and fresh vanilla in this wine, a hint of melon is provided by the 6% blend with Viognier.  Big Cork Chardonnay pairs nicely with a many types of dishes including chicken, hearty seafood, and pasta.  Serve slightly to moderately chilled. Big Cork Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maryland Winemaker’s Notes:Big Cork Cabernet Sauvignon is a muscular wine, and can pair with the heartiest of beef and game. Blended with Cabernet Franc and Malbec, and aged in 100% French oak, this wine is fully structured with strong impressions of dark fruit with hints of cassis. Properly cellared, this wine will age for 25 years. All sips of the week can be found or ordered from our advertisers Wine World in Harford County or in Howard County, Highland Wine & Spirits. For more great wines download Laurie’s Free Wine App The Wine Coach for iPhone and Android.

Upcoming Events

5/3-18 Spring Sensations event in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country taking place at participating wineries. Enjoy fun picnic food samples paired with handcrafted wines, while enjoying decorative spring floral and garden displays at each winery. In addition, each guest will receive a wine tasting, a souvenir glass, and a 10% discount off all wine purchased. 5/22 Something to Wine About at Xfinity Live! In Philadelphia, PA 5/28 Something to Wine About at City Winery in New York, NY 6/18 The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Vino al Fresco Tasting Event under the stars

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

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Paul Cullen – From Bad Company to Good Company
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Paul Cullen – From Bad Company to Good Company

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Paul Cullen of Tune Your Palate joined us to talk about his new book From Bad Company to Good Company” which is part memoir, part recipes and includes bonus music tracks. Use this link: https://gum.co/BC2GC/winecoach to get his book for $9.99!! Paul brought these 3 wines to sip with Laurie while they learned about his book:
Uvaggio Rose 2015, Lodi, CA
Winemaker’s Notes:
Fruity, soft and supple; bright aromas and flavors of  currants, pomegranate and red raspberry; underscored by a warm spice note from  the oak aging, resulting in a subtly nuanced wine.
Uvaggio Primitivo 2010, Lodi, CA
Winemaker’s Notes:  
Aromatic, fresh and  lively; offering an array of flavors including guava and strawberry. 
Cantine Valpane “Rosso Pietro” Barbera de Monferrato 2011, Piedmont, Italy
Winemaker’s Notes:
This Barbera is made from the Barbera grape, with partial carbonic maceration followed by clarification in stainless steel tanks. Its fruity aroma is reminiscent of cherry and blackberry, while its dry, frank and slightly salty taste releases a pleasant undertone of black cherry

All sips of the week can be found or ordered from our advertisers Wine World in Harford County or in Howard County, Highland Wine & Spirits. For more great wines download Laurie’s Free Wine App The Wine Coach for iPhone and Android. Upcoming Events 5/3-18 Spring Sensations event in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country taking placeat participating wineries. Enjoy fun picnic food samples paired with handcrafted wines, while enjoying decorative spring floral and garden displays at each winery. In addition, each guest will receive a wine tasting, a souvenir glass, and a 10% discount off all wine purchased. 5/22 Something to Wine About at Xfinity Live! In Philadelphia, PA 5/28 Something to Wine About at City Winery in New York, NY 6/18 Mark Your Calendars! The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Summer Sipping in Italy

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Wine Questions for The Wine Coach 042614
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Wine Questions for The Wine Coach 042614

A listener wants to know if there are any ill effects to storing wine in a hot car…in one word YES but listen to Laurie’s answer WHY.

Spring Sensations in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country
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Spring Sensations in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country

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Laurie and Merlot Mike taste some great wines from the Vineyard at Hershey one of the wineries involved in the Spring Sensations event.

Laurie tasted these Sips of the Week from Vineyard at Hershey with Mike Wilson aka Merlot Mike. Mike also talked about the upcoming Spring Sensations event in Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country talking place 5/3-5/18 at participating wineries. Enjoy fun picnic food samples paired with handcrafted wines, while enjoying decorative spring floral and garden displays at each winery. In addition, each guest will receive a wine tasting, a souvenir glass, and a 10% discount off all wine purchased. During this three-weekend event, guests who travel the Wine Country and visit all of the participating wineries will be entered into a drawing to win the Spring Sensations grand prize: a fully-stocked wine refrigerator filled with wine from all of the participating wineries!  To qualify for the grand prize, simply turn your ticket in at the final winery of your visit and vote for the winery that you feel had the best floral or garden display! Decider Peanut Butter Caramel Cider, Hershey, PA $19.99 Brewer’s Notes: The unquestioned leader when your taste buds are in a moment of indecision and crisis, The DeCider is a peanut butter caramel hard apple cider, made from 100% real peanut butter, caramel, and apples. A layered profile, this cider first begins with apple, then caramel, then peanut butter on the finish. You’ve never had anything like it. Vineyard at Hershey Merlot, Hershey, PA $15.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Smooth and incredibly fruit forward, this Merlot will have you tasting plum and dark fruits. Vineyard at Hershey Cocoa di Vezzetti, Hershey, PA $19.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Another unusual and amazing product, Cocoa di Vezzetti is a chocolate port style wine, made from Merlot aged in with cocoa nibs and fortified with brandy. All sips of the week can be found or ordered from our advertisers Wine World in Harford County or in Howard County, Highland Wine & Spirits. For more great wines download Laurie’s Free Wine App The Wine Coach for iPhone and Android. Upcoming Events 4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…Laurie Wine Comedy show Sunday (tickets only $30 with code) or the Festival PLUS Laurie’s show Sunday for only $65! 5/22 Something to Wine About at Xfinity Live! In Philadelphia, PA www.thewinecoach.com/xfinity 6/18 Mark Your Calendars! The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Summer Sipping in Italy Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Pepper Bridge Winery & Your Wine Questions
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Pepper Bridge Winery & Your Wine Questions

Sips of the Week Laurie tasted these Sips of the Week from Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars before talking to winemaker Jean Francois Pellet. Jean-Francois Pellet Pepper Bridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Walla Walla, WA $60 Winemaker’s Notes: Distinctive and refined, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherries, blackberries, rose-bush brambles, and crushed gravel with hints of cedar and pencil lead. Uplifting acidity gives this wine a focused energy with pure flavors that expand on the palate. Layers of mixed berries, black and red cherry, currant, and plum lead to a long, lingering finish. Velvety tannins provide a supple mouthfeel. Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Walla Walla, WA $29 Winemaker’s Notes:  The aromatics of this wine immediately greet you with earthy scents of dusty brambles and dried mint that combine elegantly with notes of bright fruit. This carries over to the palate in a lively combination of black cherries, raspberries, currants, and fig weaved harmoniously with exotic spices. Our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts complex structure and an acute balance between fruit and acid. All sips of the week can be found or ordered from our advertisers Wine World in Harford County or in Howard County, Highland Wine & Spirits. For more great wines download Laurie’s Free Wine App The Wine Coach for iPhone and Android. Featured Interview Born and raised in Switzerland, Winemaker Jean-François Pellet is a third-generation wine grower. Working alongside his father, who has managed the same vineyard for 30 years, Jean-François always knew what he wanted to do with his life: make world-class wine. His experience and reputation for meticulous winemaking brought him to the attention of Heitz Cellars in the Napa Valley, where he worked for four years. Pepper Bridge Winery then recruited him, so he moved to the Walla Walla Valley to become that winery’s creative force. His success at Pepper Bridge (where he is still the winemaker, as well) allowed him the opportunity to join the Amavi partnership and to apply his winemaking skills to different grape varietals, particularly Syrah and Sémillon. Upcoming Events 4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…Laurie Wine Comedy show Sunday (tickets only $30 with code) or the Festival PLUS Laurie’s show Sunday for only $65! 5/22 Something to Wine About at Xfinity Live! In Philadelphia, PA www.thewinecoach.com/xfinity 6/18 Mark Your Calendars! The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Summer Sipping in Italy Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Wine Questions for The Wine Coach
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Wine Questions for The Wine Coach

A listener asks Laurie what wine is best for Thai Food and she has an answer!

Jean Francois Pellet
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Jean Francois Pellet

Laurie talks to Jean Francois about the terroir of the Walla Walla Wine region and what makes his Cabs so special!

St. Michaels Winefest & Be Your Best Now
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St. Michaels Winefest & Be Your Best Now

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picket fence pinoSips of the Week Laurie tasted the Sips of the Week with George Wilson & Barbara Svensen Co-Owners of The Old Brick Inn and organizers of the 2014 Winefest at St Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Winefest at St Michaels takes place April 26 & 27th in downtown St. Michaels where Laurie will do her Comedic Wine Tasting Show on April 27th at the Kemp House. Tickets can be purchased here using promo code COACH14 for $10 off! Villa Alessia Pinot Grigio, Grave – Friuli, Italy Importer’s Tasting Notes: The fruit for this fresh white wine comes from family owned hillside vineyards in the Grave sub zone of Friuli.  Organic practices are used in every step of production.  The color is a pale straw with an aroma of fresh tropical fruits.  It is crisp and dry with a luxurious feel in the mouth.  The finish is clean and lingers with notes of ripe citrus.  Enjoy this wine cool and young with “Frutti di Mare” or grilled chicken breast. Picket Fence Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California Winemaker’s Notes: This wine has an elegant, pure fruit forward style with the brilliant intensity of rich mouthwatering Bing cherry, blackberry and spice. The luxurious density, beautiful structure and velvety texture on the palate are hallmarks of this vintage and make this wine a superlative example of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. All sips of the week can be found or ordered from our advertisers Wine World in Harford County or in Howard County, Highland Wine & Spirits. For more great wines download Laurie’s Free Wine App The Wine Coach for iPhone and Android. Featured Interview Jeff Brandes of The Heart and Mind of Success has been teaching, motivating, inspiring and making a difference in people’s fitness lifestyles for the last 30 years! For Jeff fitness has been so much more than just logging exercise programs in workout journals, tracking exercises, sets and reps. His Book Be Your Best Now and his programs are about about asking questions and finding answers, about facing fears and challenges, about experiencing the high of highs and the low of lows, about building character, self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth! Join Jeff for the Be Your Best Now Workshop York, PA at the Heritage Hills Resort on Friday May 2, 2014 from 11AM – 5PM and Saturday May 3, 2014 from 9AM – 3PM. Use code MSW14 for 25% OFF! Upcoming Events 4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…there is a very special code COACH14 just for my listeners that will get you $10 off Laurie Wine Comedy show Sunday (tickets only $30 with code) or the Festival PLUS Laurie’s show Sunday for only $65! 5/22 Something to Wine About at Xfinity Live! In Philadelphia, PA www.thewinecoach.com/xfinity 6/18 Mark Your Calendars! The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Summer Sipping in Italy Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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The Heart & Mind of Success
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The Heart & Mind of Success

Find out about an upcoming workshop where you can mastermind with coach Jeff Brandes and other high level business professionals where you will focus on ways to Be Your Best Now!

Fou-Dre Vodka & Stella Maris Wine Tasting
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Fou-Dre Vodka & Stella Maris Wine Tasting

Sips of the Week Chanel Turner, Founder of Fou-Dre Vodka,  joined us to talk about her sipping vodka with flavor (technically, it’s not a flavored vodka). Laurie found out how she came up with the idea to create a vodka with the Single_Bottleessence of pomegranate, ginger, lychee, kiwi and lime. Chanel mixed up a great spring cocktail for us called The Quiet Storm:

  • 2 muddled limes,
  • 2 oz. Fou-Dre vodka and
  • top with ginger beer–YUM!

As a burgeoning vodka entrepreneur, Chanel Turner has reached unparalleled heights within the male dominated Spirit industry. In 2009, at the age of 25yrs, Chanel  founded FOU-DRÉ LLC through her own direct investment, an endeavor that would soon lead to many firsts for the up and coming vodka proprietor! Not only is Chanel  the first woman to own her own spirit but she is the first African American woman, as well as the youngest individual to own and operate a Vodka brand. Awesome! Fou-Dre Vodka, Charleston, SC $38.99 on sale at Wine World Distillery Notes: FOU-DRÈ is a vodka with FLAVOR!  This ultra premium, boutique, vodka denotes exclusivity. It is the vodka brand for the bold individual with a penchant for life, the socialite with the discerning palate, and the avant-garde mind of the fashion forward elite, ever pushing the envelope! FOU-DRÈ, French for lightning, unleashes a foray of flavor penetrating your taste buds with an infusion of 100% fruit flavors, an exotic dance of pomegranate and ginger notes! Produced in N. Charleston, South Carolina; the Terressentia Corporation uses the revolutionary and patented TerrePure technology to distill the ultra premium vodka five times.  The all-natural process removes harsh tasting Congeners leaving a smooth, crisp, clean, finish to the spirit.  This distinctive vodka can be enjoyed neat over ice or mixed. Featured Interview Sister M. Karen McNally, RSM, is the Chief Administrative Officer of Stella Maris, Inc., in Timonium, Maryland and Rita Costello, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield joined me to talk about the upcoming Stella Maris Wine Tasting & Auction on April 26th at the Grand Lodge of Maryland in Hunt Valley. This great event raises money for Stella Maris, a nonprofit organization, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. In the Spirit of Mercy, the Stella Maris staff provides a comprehensive range of housing and health services for the care of the elderly, the sick, the injured and the dying. Stella Maris was one of the first hospices in Maryland. Find out about the event and how to get your tickets: http://www.stellamarisinc.com/11th-annual-wine-tasting-and-auction/

Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events9713-Final 4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…there is a very special code COACH14 just for my listeners that will get you $10 off Laurie Wine Comedy show Sunday (tickets only $30 with code) or the Festival PLUS Laurie’s show Sunday for only $65! 6/18 Mark Your Calendars! The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Summer Sipping in Italy Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Stella Maris Wine Tasting Event
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Stella Maris Wine Tasting Event

The 11th Annual Stella Maris Wine Tasting and Auction, will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley. Presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, proceeds benefit the long term care program for residents of Stella Maris. www.stellamarisinc.com

Bouchaine Vineyards & Wine Questions
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Bouchaine Vineyards & Wine Questions

Sips of the Week Chief Winemaker at Bouchaine Vineyards, Michael Richmond, joined Laurie to talk about their winemaking philosophy and what’s makes his job so challenging. The Wines of Bouchaine will be featured at an upcoming wine dinner at The Robert Morris Inn on 4/5 at 7PM. For more information including the menu for the amazing 6 course meal visit: http://www.robertmorrisinn.com/events/bouchaine-food–wine-pairing-dinner.aspx Bouchaine Las Brisas Vineyard Riesling, Carneros, Napa $23bouchaine riesling Winemaker’s Notes: This wine is a paean to spring. It is redolent of white flower blossoms and a light balance that begets indulgence. The wine shows a faintly grapefruit-like style so prized by true Riesling addicts. It was just awarded “Best Medium Dry Riesling” by the International Riesling Foundation at the 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition. This wine is right at home with any traditional German or Alsatian fare and a proven delight with virtually all Pacific Rim and Asian cuisine. With an alcohol level that is thirty percent less than most wines it is a perfect beverage for warm afternoons. Bouchaine Estate Vineyard Pinot Meunier, Carneros, Napa $39 Winemaker’s Notes:Though the initial impression is of a youthful wine with only modest fruit aromatics, perhaps even a bit olivaceous, it quickly begins to develop a faintly conifer forest aroma that further evolves to cinnamon and allspice, a signature flavor of Carneros Pinot Noir. The dynamics of this wine are fascinating. At another level it shows the brightness of pomegranate or cranberry fruit with overtones of Satsuma plum followed by a faintly smoky oak component. Think of this wine as a Pinot Noir with an alluring story.

Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

9713-FinalUpcoming Events 4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…there is a very special code COACH14 just for my listeners that will get you $10 off Laurie Wine Comedy show Sunday (tickets only $30 with code) or the Festival PLUS Laurie’s show Sunday for only $65! 6/18 Mark Your Calendars! The Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club, Summer Sipping in Italy Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Bouchaine Vineyards Winemaker
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Bouchaine Vineyards Winemaker

Chief Winemaker at Bouchaine Vineyards, Michael Richmond, joined Laurie to talk about their winemaking philosophy and what’s makes his job so challenging. The Wines of Bouchaine will be featured at an upcoming wine dinner at The Robert Morris Inn on 4/5 at 7PM. For more information including the menu for the amazing 6 course meal visit: http://www.robertmorrisinn.com/

Wine Q& A with The Wine Coach
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Wine Q& A with The Wine Coach

Ever wonder how your red wine can smell like a strawberry or your white wine an apple? Laurie explains how this happens and its not what you might think!

Affordable Spanish Wines with C4
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Affordable Spanish Wines with C4

Sips of the Week Laurie and C4 tasted 2 great affordable Spanish Reds wines perfect to spice up your wine rack! Clarence M. Mitchell, IV, known to WBAL listeners as “C4,”                brings a lifetime of political experiences and relationships to WBAL Radio and now to The Sipping Point radio! Lagar de Robla 2008, Castilla y Leon, Spain $11.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Bright cherry red color with varietal aromas of red fruits and spices. Elegant and fruity, balanced and well structured mouth.

Bodega Ateca Honoro Vera Garnacha 2010, Calatayud, Spain $12.99HONORO_VERA Winemaker’s Notes: The grapes come from vineyards, 30-40 years old, with yields of 2T/Ha and located high on the hillsides, 700-1000 metres above sea level. The vineyards are planted in mainly decomposed slate and gravely clay soils. The fermentation was carried out in small stainless steel tanks for 15 days at temperetures below 27ºC, and then spent a short period of two months in French oak barels. Matching Food: Rice, pasta (noodles, spaghetti, macaroni), white and blue fish, goat cheese, cold meat, vegetables, lentil soup, peas, mushroom, beef, chicken, roast meat, red and white grill meat

Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com

Upcoming Events 4/3  Chicago, IL – Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery  4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…there is a very special code COACH14 just for my listeners that will get you $10 off Laurie Wine Comedy show Sunday (tickets only $30 with code) or the Festival PLUS Laurie’s show Sunday for only $65! Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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French Wines for Spring & Patisserie Poupon
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French Wines for Spring & Patisserie Poupon

Sips of the Week Laurie and Chris tasted 2 great affordable French wines perfect for Spring sipping. Listen here Eve Viognier/Muscat White Blend 2012, Languedoc, France $11.99 eve wine Winemaker’s Notes: A vibrant bouquet of Viognier dominates the wine – peach, apricot, rose petal all follow through on the palate. Pure, refreshing and clean, and with plenty of acidity. 70% Viognier, 30% Muscat

Charles LaFond Clos Fussay Reuilly, Loire Valley, France, $17.99 Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com Wine Sandwich

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Laurie enjoys some Macaroons with Chef Poupn

Patisserie Poupon joined Laurie to talk authentic French pastries for Spring and the opening of his new restaurant Cafe Poupon on March 15th on Charles Street in Baltimore. Listen here Upcoming Events 3/20 Hunt Valley, MD – Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club – Springtime in Paris wine tasting event 4/3  Chicago, IL – Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery  4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…there is a very special code COACH14 just for my listeners that will get you $10 off! Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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French Pastries with Chef Poupon
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French Pastries with Chef Poupon

Laurie tastes some great authentic pastries from Chef Poupon that are perfect for your next SPRING dinner party!

Wine By The Glass
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Wine By The Glass

Studies show that a restaurants wine by the glass offerings are one of the top things consumers look for a great dining experience. This week Laurie talked to Maeve Pesquera, National Director of Wine at Fleming’s Steakhouse to find out about their program that includes 100 wines by the glass!

Wine Lists That Rock & Guide to Cheap Wine
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Wine Lists That Rock & Guide to Cheap Wine

Featured Interviews

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Maeve Pesquera makes sure there is plenty of choice at Fleming’s Steakhouse with 100 wines by the glass!

Studies show that a restaurants wine by the glass offerings are one of the top things consumers look for a great dining experience. This week we talked to Maeve Pesquera, National Director of Wine at Fleming’s Steakhouse to find out about their program that includes 100 wines by the glass! As Director of Wine , Maeve Pesquera oversees Fleming’s award-winning wine program, highlighted by the Fleming’s 100, their collection of 100 wines served by the glass, all also available by the taste, flight or bottle. Nationally acclaimed as the steakhouse destination for lovers of fine wine, the restaurant’s wine lists are recognized annually with Wine Spectator magazine’s Awards of Excellence and Wine Enthusiast’s Awards of Distinction honors. In her role, she collaborates with Fleming’s operations, marketing, culinary and training leadership, as well as restaurant Partners and Wine Managers throughout the country on the restaurant’s alcohol and wine program. Listen here

Jeff Siegel, The Wine Curmudgeon, author of The Guide to Cheap Wine joined us to talk about drinking more for less. Jeff focuses on the wine most of us drink – cheap wine and has now written the ultimate guide to cheap wine. Jeff is someone who has made cheap wine his life’s work and isn’t embarrassed about the choice. Jef feels the wine industry tries to intimidate consumers instead of educating them. So in his writing  you won’t see winespeak, wine scores and ratings, or hoity-toity writing that implies that he’s better or cooler or neater than you are. Listen here Upcoming Events

3/20 Hunt Valley, MD – Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club – Springtime in Paris wine tasting event 4/3  Chicago, IL – Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery  4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…there is a very special code COACH14 just for my listeners that will get you $10 off! Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Spring Dishes – Yard to Table Salad & Lamb 3 Ways
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Spring Dishes – Yard to Table Salad & Lamb 3 Ways

Executive Chef Daniel Wecker from the Elkridge Furnace Inn joined Laurie with a few of his favorite dishes some of which came right from his own garden! We tasted his seasonal salad with items from the Elkridge Furnace Inn greenhouse and a dish called Lamb Three Ways. Both were exquisite and Chef also brought the Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier Blend from Australia and the Zenato Ripassa from the Valpolicella region in Italy to pair. These were great and price under $50 on his wine list which we LOVE!

Tour de Tanks & Spring Dishes
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Tour de Tanks & Spring Dishes

Sips of the Week Naylor Wine Cellars 63Steve Bahn winemaker at Logan’s View Winery, Glen Rock, PA joined us to talk about this year’s Tour de Tanks events in York County, PA and all along the Mason Dixon Wine Trail. Every Saturday and Sunday in March there are special events and barrel or tank tastings at participating wineries. Find out more and buy tickets by clicking here! We also tasted a few of Steve’s wines and let’s just say we were impressed!! Logan’s View Winery Pinot Gris, Pennsylvania, $15 Winemaker’s Notes: This semi-dry and medium bodied wine has a mix of fruity melon, citrus flavors, and mineral aromas. Pair with any white meat lavished with lemon and exotic spices. Goes well with fruit salsas and relishes. Logan’s View Winery Blackberry Nights, Pennsylvania, $16 Winemaker’s Notes: Dangerously delicious blend of Merlot and Blackberry wine will tantalize your taste buds and delight your senses. This wine pairs well with sweet to savory foods.

Wine Sandwich Chef weckerExecutive Chef Daniel Wecker from the Elkridge Furnace Inn joined Laurie with a few of his favorite dishes some of which came right from his own garden! We tasted his seasonal salad with items from the Elkridge Furnace Inn greenhouse and a dish called Lamb Three Ways. Both were exquisite and Chef also brought the Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier Blend from Australia and the Zenato Ripassa from the Valpolicella region in Italy to pair. These were great and price under $50 on his wine list which we LOVE! Upcoming Events

3/8 Easton, MD – Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at The Greens at Easton Club, Pre Fixe Dinner and Show 3/20 Hunt Valley, MD – Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club – Springtime in Paris wine tasting event 4/3  Chicago, IL – Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery  4/27 St Michaels WineFest – Wine & Comedy Show…there is a very special code COACH14 just for my listeners that will get you $10 off! Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Booze for Babes & Cooking with Booze
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Booze for Babes & Cooking with Booze

Sips of the Week Booze for babes book-330x500Kayleigh Kulp, author of Booze for Babes: the Smart Woman’s Guide to Drinking Spirits Right, joined Laurie for a ladies primer on Scotch.  Kayleigh is a Washington, D.C. based freelance journalist, covering business, hospitality, and food and beverage topics for Travel + Leisure, Private Clubs, Wine & Spirits, Capitol File, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, The Latin Kitchen, Wine Enthusiast, AARP The Magazine, and more. She’s won numerous awards from the Maryland, Delaware and D.C. Press Association and the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters. Garioch Founder’s Reserve, Highland, Scotland, $39.99 at Wine World Distillery Notes: Nose – Warm amber in appearance, sweet vanilla and subtle spice combine with fruitier green apple and grapefruits on the nose. Palate – Butter cream and vanilla pave the way to fruity green apple skin and citrus cleanliness, leading to an elegant and subtle finish. Auchentoshan 12 year, Lowland, Scotland, $44.99 at Wine World Distillery Notes: Triple distilled then matured for over twelve years. Our Lowland Single Malt Whisky has the tempting aroma of toasted almonds, caramelized toffee and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste. Bowmore 15 Year, Islay, Scotland $70.99 at Wine World, 12 year for $51.99 at Highland Wine & Spirits Distillery Notes: Matured in an inspired combination of both bourbon and sherry casks, it’s the final three years spent in Oloroso sherry casks that gives Bowmore 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’, one of the most beautifully balanced Bowmores, the rich, deep colour reflected in its name, and its warming finish. On the eye treacle dark amber. Breathe in delicious dark chocolate, sun-dried fruits and a tell-tale wisp of Islay smoke. Sip wonderful cedar wood and rich treacle toffee. Savour the robust and complex finish with a hint of sherry tannin.  Sips of the Week can be found (or ordered) in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else in the US by searching WineSearcher.com Wine Sandwich Ryan Jennings co-author of Cooking with Booze, joined Laurie to give some tips on using spirits in your favorite recipes. Ryan and Dave teamed up in 2003 to explore how the liquor cabinet could be used as an extension of the spice rack. Driven by their passion for simple food—and their love of fine spirits, wine and beer—their efforts culminated in 2006 with the publication of Cooking with Booze. The critically acclaimed title quickly became a Canadian bestseller and has since been reprinted internationally. In 2007, Ryan and Dave launched www.cookingwithbooze.com—an online resource for all things food and booze related—and set out to write their second book, Entertaining with Booze.

 Upcoming Events

3/8 Easton, MD – Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at The Greens at Easton Club, Pre Fixe Dinner and Show 3/20 Hunt Valley, MD – Oregon Grille Women’s Wine ClubSpringtime in Paris wine tasting event 4/3  Chicago, IL – Something to Wine About: Wine & Comedy at City Winery  Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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More Booze with Babes
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More Booze with Babes

What did Kayleigh and Laurie talk about after the show? Find out!

Wine Events for 02-22-14
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Wine Events for 02-22-14

Laurie highlights some of the area’s wine and food events for the week of 02-22-14.

Cooking with Booze – Ryan Jennings
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Cooking with Booze – Ryan Jennings

Laurie talks to CookingwithBooze.com’s Ryan Jennings about how to properly use spirits in the kitchen.

Rye Cocktails
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Rye Cocktails

Sips of the Week

Mixologists Brendan Dorr and Eric Fooy of the B&O Brasserie joined Laurie to talk Rye Whiskey and give away some tickets to their fundraiser Rye’s Up on February 23rd. Brendan mixed up a new cocktail called X that you can try along with 15 others at the event.

george dickelGeorge Dickel Rye Whiskey, Tennessee

Distillery Notes: George Dickel Rye Whisky is the only rye finished in the style that made George famous. We start with the finest rye whisky available, made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley. Then we finish it the Dickel way – chilled, then charcoal mellowed. Spicy and smoky with an exceptionally smooth finish

Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Kentucky

Distillery Notes: High rye content has always been the signature of Tom Bulleit’s distinctive bourbon. It was only a matter of time before he created a rye whiskey. Bulleit Rye is an award-winning, small batch, straight rye whiskey with a character of unparalleled spice and complexity. Released in 2011, it continues to enjoy recognition as one of the highest quality ryes available. Russet in color, with rich oaky aromas. The flavor is notably smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey, and spice. Finishes crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors.

Ryes featured can be found in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else by searching WineSearcher.com

Wine Sandwich

Who says you can’t have Cinnamon Raisin hummous? Not Blake Wollman, that’s for sure. His line of Wild Pea Hummous made here in Baltimore comes in a variety of flavors, both sweet and savory, from Pizza, Popcorn, Buffalo Wing, and Strawberry Basil to the popular Asian Fire, Mango Curry, and Black Truffle.  With over 300 flavors it’s no wonder Food Network Magazine featured his product. Blake will be appearing along with Laurie at the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD on February 22-23. Upcoming Events

February 22-23:Join Laurie at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD for the 2014 Savor Sip Style  luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday!

February 23: 15th Annual Winter Wine Expo sponsored by Wine World takes place at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD.

February 23: Rye’s Up Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosisat B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore from 6-9PM. To buy Tickets Click here.

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Next Week

We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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The WIld Pea Hummous
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The WIld Pea Hummous

Laurie talks and tastes some innovative flavors of hummous with Blake Wollman founder of The Wild Pea and self proclaimed Chick (pea) Magnet.

Valentine’s Wines for Single, Dating and Married Wine Lovers
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Valentine’s Wines for Single, Dating and Married Wine Lovers

Sips of the Week

Married? Ignite your Valentines with: Duclaw Brewing’s Old Flame Strong Ale, Abingdon, MD $9.99/6-pack

Photo Credit: Banfi Vintners

Photo Credit: Banfi Vintners

Brewmaster’s Notes: From the start, our full-bodied, 7% abv dark amber Old Ale flirts with sweet, malty aroma accented with notes of molasses and dark fruit, and seducing you with a complex flavor profile of rich caramel malt flavor and molasses, before surprising you with just enough (hop) bitterness to keep everything from getting too sweet. First brewed in 2002 and released each January, our heart-breakingly delicious Old Flame will leave you yearning to rekindle the spark each year. Just Dating? Woo your object of desire with Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy $18/bottle Winemaker’s Notes: Rosa Regale is delightfully vivacious, festive and celebratory.  While it is appreciated as one of the few wines in the world that truly marries well with chocolate, its charms extend across a palette of occasions and food pairings.  It embodies all that is festive for any occasion and is perfect for gift giving and toasting.  Its low alcohol content makes it a prudent choice not only for all holidays. Single? Celebrate your independence with Beso de Vino Seleccion (Syrah/Grenache Blend),  Carinena, Spain $10.99/bottle Winemaker’s Notes: 85% Syrah – Garnacha 15%.Black cherry and blueberry aromas lead to a dense, plush, savory wine which finishes with no hard edges. It is shockingly good for the money. Grandes Vinos y Vinedos’ collection is replete with stunning values. Wines featured can be found in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits in Howard County or Wine World in Harford County or anywhere else by searching WineSearcher.com Featured Interview

Laurie caught up with John Gillespie, President of the Wine Market Council on the streets of Manhattan to find the latest statistics on who is drinking wine and what they were drinking and how much was consumed in 2013! Listen to the interview here.

Upcoming Events February 14: Valentine’s Happy Hour from 4-6PM at Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD. Join Laurie for Treats, Sexy Wines and lots of ways to support her fundraising efforts to benefit the upcoming Dancing for the Dogs fundraiser in Easton on 3/15. February 22-23: Join Laurie at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday!

February 23: 15th Annual Winter Wine Expo sponsored by Wine World takes place at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD.
 
February 23: Rye’s Up Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis at B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore from 6-9PM. To buy Tickets Click here.

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille Highland Wine & Spirits and Wine World.

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Dancing for the Dogs 2014
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Dancing for the Dogs 2014

Laurie announces her fundraising efforts to raise money for Cats and Dogs at the 2014 Dancing for the Dogs Gala on March 15th. Vote for Laurie Forster & Diego at www.DancingForTheDogs.com

US Wine Consumption 2013
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US Wine Consumption 2013

John Gillespie, President of the Wine Market Council, shares the most current stats on wine drinking in the US with Laurie.

Wine & Chocolate Pairings for Valentine’s Day
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Wine & Chocolate Pairings for Valentine’s Day

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Featured Interview

Laurie visited Irem Eren at AYZA Wine Bar in NYC for a lesson on the secrets of wine and chocolate pairings.
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Laurie and Irem Eren at AYZA!

 

Upcoming Events

February 14: Valentine’s Happy Hour from 4-6PM at Hair o’The Dog in Easton, MD. Join Laurie for Treats, Sexy Wines and lots of ways to support her fundraising efforts to benefit the upcoming Dancing for the Dogs fundraiser in Easton on 3/14.

February 22-23: join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.

February 23: 15th Annual Winter Wine Expo sponsored by Wine World takes place at Harford Community College

 

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com

Next Week

We’ll be back next week to further explore the delicious life!

A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille and Wine World.

Randall Grahm – Bonny Doon Vineyard
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Randall Grahm – Bonny Doon Vineyard

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Sips of the Week

Bonny Doon Vineyard‘s founder braved the snow uphill to join Laurie at the WBAL studios in photo_2 (2)Baltimore for a lively interview and tasting (drinking) session. Randall began his winemaking journey in 1979 with much success. In 1989,Randall was inducted into the Who’s Who of Cooking in America by Cook’s Magazine, proclaimed Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1994 and published his award-winning book Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology, in 2009.
 
Bonny Doon Querry Hard Cider, California/Oregon, $16
Winemaker’s Notes: Query: What might a blend of apple, pear, and quince taste like naturally fermented (with indigenous yeast)? Result (not surprisingly): The ethereal suggestion of pineapple quince; the pungent, heady, dusky perfume of pear; and the earthy succulence of apple. I never thought I’d see… a pome as lovely as Querry. Crisp in acidity and bone dry, Querry is the perfect accompaniment to, well, essentially everything. It is composed of virtually everything, but most significantly: 58% pear, 33% apple, and 9% quince. Excellent with charcuterie, Asian food, seafood, and poultry—fare as humble as meat pie or as elegant as lobster. Querry pears with everything. Open very carefully, as contents are under some pressure.
 
Bonny Doon Albarino, Central Coast, $20
Winemaker’s Notes: The resultant wine is crisp, enormously sleek, racy in texture and utterly varietally true. Dominant nose is citrus–Kaffir lime to be most specific, but there’s also a vague undertone of peach. On the palate, there is a concomitant brininess; one is reminded of ground-up oyster shells. You might well intuit that this wine just screams for a heaping portion of coquillage, a giant monstre seafood platter that one demolishes in a slightly depraved ravenous paroxysm: the sheer selfishness of shellfishness. This is definitely the wine you want with you if you are summoned to the Cabinet (or Kabinett) of Dr. Calamari. Some like it tart.
 
Bonny Doon A Proper Claret, California, $16
Winemaker’s Notes: The sentiment at Bonny Doon Vineyard is that if we ever were to drink a cabernet-based blend, this would be one that would serve quite well. It is lean, neither overly alcoholic (weighing in at 13%), nor overly extracted; it is precisely as one would imagine A Proper Claret to be. The wine contains a substantial dollop of petit verdot (22%), which adds a silky note of violets and textural elegance, in precision counterpoint to the lead-in-the-pencil firmness offered by the inclusion of the manly tannat (8%). There is a lovely suggestion of cedar and mint, in the nose. The wine has medium tannins, nice acidity, and finishes cleanly.
 
 

Upcoming Events January 23: for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, MD! February 7: Drink Your Glass Off Tour Stop in NYC – Wine & Comedy at the City Winery in New York City!

February 22-23: join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.
 
February 23: 15th Annual Winter Wine Expo sponsored by Wine World takes place from at Harford Community College

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week to further explore the delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille and Wine World.

Wine Events – DC & Baltimore
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Wine Events – DC & Baltimore

Looking for a place to wine in the DC & Baltimore area? Listen here!

Wine Events Update 1-18-14
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Wine Events Update 1-18-14

wine events with Laurie

Listener Wine Question
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Listener Wine Question

Denny from Asbury Park asks Laurie about wine legs and what they mean.

Wine & Painting
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Wine & Painting

Brooke Snyder co-owner of Painted Palette joins Laurie to talk about how they have combined creating art with wine tasting for a perfect night out! http://www.paintedpalettebaltimore.com/

Love the Game Wines
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Love the Game Wines

Dana Hoiles joined us to talk about her Love the Game wines made in NY state and the inspiration for the wines!

Wine Events Update 1/11/14
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Wine Events Update 1/11/14

Wine Events Around Baltimore

Baltimore County Restaurant Week
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Baltimore County Restaurant Week

John Liberatore from Liquid Libs in Timonium joined us to talk about Baltimore County Restaurant Week taking place from 1/11-1/26 2014.

South African Wine & Baltimore County Restaurant Week
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South African Wine & Baltimore County Restaurant Week

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 Sips of the Week Katie & Michael Cavanaugh of Cavanaugh Family Imports joined us to taste a few great wines from Over the cavanaughsMountain Winery in the Overberg region of South Africa. Join the Cavanaugh’s at Quarry Wine & Spirits from 2-6 PM to taste all their wines from Over the Mountain. Over the Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Overberg, South Africa Winemaker’s Notes: Our second Sauvignon Blanc vintage continues in the Seven Springs style. The wine has a delicate perfume, tantalizing ripe fruit on the palate with good lingering minerality. Enjoy ripe apples and peaches with hints of the natural vegetation of the area, fynbos , and fresh herbs. It is a light, refreshing wine. Over the Mountain Chardonnay 2011, Overberg, South Africa Winemaker’s Notes: Dry, crisp and smooth this chardonnay has an abundance of fresh ripe white peach and melon aromas. It has a beautifully balanced palate with concentrated rich tropical fruits, a zesty acidity and a hint of gentle toasted oak. The long finish will leave you wanting more. Drink it chilled with friends and match it with chicken, fish and pork dishes. Over the Mountain Pinot Noir 2012, Overberg, South Africa Winemaker’s Notes: Produced from young vines our Pinot Noir is sophisticated and full of character. It is bright and vibrant in colour with a beautiful balanced red berry flavour, a hint of spice, and an excellent finish. It is a very versatile food wine and will match perfectly with mushroom, duck, beef, lamb or pork dishes. Wine Sandwich John Liberatore of Liquid Libs Wine Bar joined Laurie to preview all the great things going on for the 2014 Baltimore County Restaurant Week taking place from January 11-26, 2014. Upcoming Events January 23, 2014 for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, MD!

February 22-23, 2014 join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week to further explore the delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille and Wells Discount Liquors.

2014 Wine Industry Wish List
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2014 Wine Industry Wish List

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1winedude

Joe Roberts of 1WineDude.com

Joe Roberts is the voice behind  1WineDude.com, joined Laurie to talk about their Wish List of changes for the Wine Industry in 2014. Listen to the audio on her iTunes Podcast: Click here Here are Joe’s wishes: 1. Wineries need to get online 2. Start listing ingredients on labels 3. Stop using numbers to rate wines 4. Pick sides on wine apps 5. Realize there’s room for everyone in the fine wine market (natural, biodynamic, etc.) Here are Laurie’s wishes: 1. Wine World…Lighten up! 2. Stop “educating” start “inspiring” 3. Its not all “serious” wine drinkers 4. Embrace direct shipping 5. Stop ignoring the wine consumer Upcoming Events January 23, 2014 for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, MD!

February 22-23, 2014 join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show about South African Wine and the Painted Palette–a place ot pair wine and painting! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and The Oregon Grille 

Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club
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Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Club

Find out about the kick off of Laurie’s Women’s Wine events at the Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, MD!

New Year’s Cocktails 2014
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New Year’s Cocktails 2014

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 Sips of the Week John Reusing of Bad Decisions joined us to shake up some great cocktails for New Year’s Eve 2014. Try these delicious cocktails at home or join John at the bar for the big holiday.

Ginger Old Fashioned
Muddle 2 Thumb Sized Chunks of Candied Ginger, an Orange Slice, and 2 dashes of Angostura in the bottom of a cocktail glass. Add in 2 oz of good rye whiskey. Stir. Top with Ice, Fill with sparkling water. Serve.
 
Optional: Add a dash of Domain De Canton to bump up sweetness and ginger flavor.
 
Corpse Reviver #37
Chill Martini Glass
In a shaker add:
1oz Old Tom Gin
1oz Lillet Rose
1oz Solerno Blood Orange Liquor
1oz Lemon Juice
 
Shake, Strain into glass. Garnish with fresh blood orange wheel. Serve.

Wine Sandwich Derrick Purcell, President of American Culinary Federation Greater Baltimore Chapter and director of dining services for Coppin University in Baltimore joined us to share the culinary trend forecast for 2014. Check out the trend report by the National Restaurant Association click here. Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendar for January 23, 2014 for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, MD!

February 22-23, 2014 join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show with cocktails for New Year’s Eve and more! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille and Wells Discount Liquors.  

New Year’s Events 2014
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New Year’s Events 2014

Laurie reviews upcoming events in Baltimore and beyond!

Culinary Trends for 2014
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Culinary Trends for 2014

Derrick Purcell from the American Culinary Federation joins us to talk about the Culinary Trends report compiled by the National Restaurant Association.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts
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Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Laurie and Michael Cullison feature some great last minute holiday gifts for the wine lover on your list.

Holiday Events 2013 – Baltimore
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Holiday Events 2013 – Baltimore

Laurie features some great things to do for Christmas Even, New Year;s and beyond!

Holiday Sparkling Wines & Last Minute Gift Ideas
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Holiday Sparkling Wines & Last Minute Gift Ideas

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 Holiday Gift Ideas

  1.  “Shh…there’s wine in here” Travel Coffee Mug $15 in TWC Shoptwc travel mug
  2. Signed copy of The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine $16.95 TWC Shop
  3. The Wine Coach Wine Club – 2 wines each month, wine tips from Laurie and Recipes from Michael $50/month
  4. Weird Science: Food & Wine Reactions DVD $24.99 TWC Shop
  5. Tickets to Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Event on 1/23 $75
  6. Artisanal Cheese Gifts – gourmet cheese sent to your recipient in a wooden box. Use code CHEESE for 10% off all orders!!

Sips of the Week Michael Cullison from Wine World in Harford County joined us to share 3 of his favorite AFFORDABLE sparkling wine for the holidays. Lamarca Prosecco, Veneto, Italy, $15.99 photo 3Winemaker’s Notes: La Marca Prosecco is produced from 100% Glera grapes harvested in early September, and sourced from hundreds of small vineyards throughout the region. The grapes were crushed immediately after harvest before being pressed in gentle membrane presses. The juice was allowed to cold-settle before the initial fermentation occurred in stainless steel at 59-65º F. The still wine underwent aging on the lees prior to a secondary fermentation using the Charmat process at a temperature of 59F. Gruet Blanc De Noirs, New Mexico, USA $16.99 Winemaker’s Notes: The rich and toasty character of our Blanc de Noirs is balanced and superb. Aged for two-year minimum, the palate is developed and shows rich complex flavors. The amazing berries aromas and the creamy texture play a leading role and create a great finesse. Winemaker’s Note: A fine salmon color, aggressive mousse and a lovely fruity wine with plenty of immediate charm and toasty aromas. There is also an explosive juicy flavor of raspberry.                           Jaillance Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rose, France $19.99 Winemaker’s Notes: The wine is cherry-colored with copper highlights. The bubbles form a fine cordon (ring) at the surface. Aroma of raspberries mingles with a subtle woody vanilla scent. The taste is lively and tonic, full and rounded, then culminates in a finale of ripe fruit. All the Sips of the Week or similar wines are available at Wine World and Wells Discount Liquors Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendar for January 23, 2014 for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, MD!

February 22-23, 2014 join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show with cocktails for New Year’s Eve and more! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille and Wells Discount Liquors.  

Holiday Wines & Gift Ideas
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Holiday Wines & Gift Ideas

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 Holiday Gift Ideas

  1.  “Shh…there’s wine in here” Travel Coffee Mug $15 in TWC Shoptwc travel mug
  2. Signed copy of The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine $16.95 TWC Shop
  3. The Wine Coach Wine Club – 2 wines each month, wine tips from Laurie and Recipes from Michael $50/month
  4. Weird Science: Food & Wine Reactions DVD $24.99 TWC Shop
  5. Tickets to Oregon Grille Women’s Wine Event on 1/23 $75
  6. Artisanal Cheese Gifts – gourmet cheese sent to your recipient in a wooden box. Use code CHEESE for 10% off all orders!!

Use code HOLIDAY in The Wine Coach Shop to get FREE Shipping! Sips of the Week Chris Coker, Sommelier at Jack’s Bistro in Baltimore joined us with 3 of his favorite wines for the holidays. Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Rhone Valley, France $10.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Colour: golden yellow with green undertones, bright and clean. Nose: very intense with ripe yellow fruits (apricot and peach) and white flowers bringing freshness. Mouth: round and full, very balanced, mineral finish Schramsberg Brut Rose 2009, North Coast, California $47 Winemaker’s Notes: Schramsberg Brut Rosé is flavorful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an apéritif. The character of the wine is most strongly influenced by bright, flavorful Pinot Noir grown in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas. A few small lots of Pinot Noir are fermented in contact with their skins to add depth and subtle color to this unique sparkling wine. Chardonnay gives spice, structure and length on the palate.Hand picking, careful handling and gentle pressing produce a wine of delicacy, free of skin and seed tannin. Following the fall harvest and base winemaking period, an extensive process of blending trial and refinement is carried out in the spring. The finished blend is aged on the yeast in the bottle for about two years, just enough to achieve refined effervescence and toastiness without diminishing its refreshing, vibrant appeal. Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina $10.99 Winemaker’s Notes: A luminous red-purple hue and expressive red and black fruits on the nose provide a strong first impression of the unique Bonarda Argentina grape. On the palate the wine is fresh and lively, with a silky, smooth mouthfeel and nice volume. This wine receives no oak treatment in order to show the purest expression of the Bonarda grape. Enjoyed best at cellar temperature from 60-64 °F. All the Sips of the Week or similar wines are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendar for January 23, 2014 for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley, MD!

February 22-23, 2014 join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show with cocktails for New Year’s Eve and more! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille and Wells Discount Liquors.

Holiday Events
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Holiday Events

Laurie features some great Holiday events in the Baltimore area.

Holiday WInes for 2013
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Holiday WInes for 2013

Chris Coker, Sommelier at Jack’s Bistro, joins Laurie to share 3 great wines for your holiday celebrations.

Chablis for the Holidays
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Chablis for the Holidays

Laurie talks to the President of the Chablis Commission Jean Francois Bordet about the region and its amazingly food friendly wines.

Wine & Cheese Pairings for the Holidays
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Wine & Cheese Pairings for the Holidays

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Laurie and Jean Francois Bordet at Proof Restaurant in DC. Laurie holds a piece of the Kimmeridgian soil that makes Chablis so special!

Laurie talked with Jean Francois Bordet, President of the Chablis Commission about the Chablis region in France and its amazingly food friendly wines. Domaine Seguinot-Bordet Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2010 $35 Winemaker’s Notes: Very pretty pale golden yellow in colour with light greenish glints. Bright, luminous and limpid. The noze is an explosion of fine fresh notes, of elegant white flowers, fresh brioche and leafy tenderness. The taste reveals instantly all its power, richness and elegance-perfect balance of finess, mineral, mellowness and vivacity. It generously offers us a full spectrum of aromas. The finish just goes on and on, never to the forgotten. Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Permier Cru Vallions 2010 $29.99 Winemaker’s Notes: It is an excellent example of the characteristics of a Chablis wine: freshness, acidity, minerality and notes of flowers and fruit. Well-rounded and charming, this wine has a final note of minerality on the palate and is a good compromise between the acidity and fruit. It is generous, has a good length and is very typical of Chablis. Drink with: seafood, grilled fish and white meats All the Sips of the Week or similar wines are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Wine Sandwich artisanal_cheese_clockLaurie talked with Max McCalman, Dean of Ciriculum at Artisinal Artisinal Premium Cheese, about the Artisinal Cheese Clock Collection and how to take the mystery out of wine and cheese pairings! Max McCalman is a highly visible advocate for artisanal cheese production, and is renowned as one of the cheese world’s living legends for his expertise, insight and passion.  Max is a dedicated scholar of cheese, where he acts as consultant to the trade, judges at cheese competitions and is a frequent guest lecturer.  He was America’s first restaurant-based Maître Fromager.   Max’s work takes him  across North America and Europe, speaking at conferences and festivals, and most passionately, to  explore the dairies and farms that contribute to artisanal cheese making.  Max has been conferred the title of Garde et Jure as designated by France’s Guilde des Fromagers.  He is the Dean of  Curriculum, Maître Fromager and Director of Affinage at the Artisanal Premium Cheese (APC) Center in New York City. Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendar for January 23, 2014 for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille!

February 22-23, 2014 join Laurie at Turf Valley for the 2014 Savor Sip Style luxury home show. She’ll have 2 classes on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show with holiday wines, wine gifts for cork dorks and more! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis ,The Oregon Grille and Wells Discount Liquors.

Australian Shiraz for Holidays!
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Australian Shiraz for Holidays!

Laurie and Chris taste 2 affordable Aussie Shiraz perfect for your holiday parties!

Listener Wine Questions
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Listener Wine Questions

Laurie answers your wine questions…if you want to ask Laurie a wine question email radio@thewinecoach.com

Shiraz, Bacon & Wine!
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Shiraz, Bacon & Wine!

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Sips of the Week M. Chapoutier Tournon Mathilda Victorian Shiraz, Victoria, Australia, $14.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Colour : brilliant, dark ruby colour; Nose : deep with black fruits and pepper aromas;Palate : supple and greedy with silky and elegant tannins Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier Blend, South Australia, $9.99 Winemaker’s Notes: Mid crimson in colour, the Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2011 opens with alluring aromas of Turkish delight, white pepper and summer puddings – highlighting this exotic blend. The palate is medium bodied and full of juicy summer berries that lead to a supple tannin finish. Try with barbequed American style pork spare ribs or steamed pork buns. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Wine Sandwich BaconSalt3packLaurie talks to Justin Esch, co-founder of J&D’s Food and creators of Bacon Salt. They talk about Miley Cyrus and all things BACON! Justin and Dave were just two regular guys who won money on America’s Funniest Home Videos® and used it to launch our first product, Bacon Salt®. That’s right, salt that makes everything taste like bacon. They soon realized that the worldwide demand for a bacon-flavored seasoning was more immense than they could have ever imagined. In just 5 days we sold all 6,000 jars of Bacon Salt we had to people in 15 countries and 25 states – from our website, out of a garage – without spending a dime on marketing or advertising. The innovation didn’t stop there. There were more food products they thought could taste like bacon: BaconPOP microwave popcorn, Baconnaise, Bacon Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix and Bacon Croutons. Then came the novelty products – Bacon Lip Balm, bacon-flavored Mmmvelopes, Bacon Shaving Cream, and more. Upcoming Events Mark Your Calendar for January 23, 2014 for Laurie’s kickoff event for her Women’s Wine Club at The Oregon Grille! Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show all about delicious BACON! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Turkey Cooking Tips
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Turkey Cooking Tips

Chef Forster joins us to talk about how to make sure your turkey stays juicy and delicious!

Thanksgiving Wines & Turkey Tips
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Thanksgiving Wines & Turkey Tips

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Sips of the Week Tim Riley, Beverage Director at Fleet Street Kitchen, joined us to talk about three of his wine picks that need to be on your Thanksgiving table! Baltimore native, Tim brings an intense passion for beverage service and an extensive knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits to his position at Fleet Street Kitchen. An honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Tim has worked all over the East Coast. Sparkling – Andre et Mireille Tissot Cremant du Jura, France $24.99 Winemakers Notes: Biodynamic viticulture – think organic on steroids…Made with 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% from a combination of Poulsard and Trousseau; two local red varieties. This “Extra Brut” is a seriously good Crémant du Jura with excellent juicy fruitiness and length of flavour. White – Red Newt Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2011, Finger Lakes, NY $14.99 Winery Notes: Riesling is the flagship wine grape variety of the Finger Lakes, and truly shines when balanced with a touch of sweetness. Crisp and aromatic in the glass, Red Newt Semi-Dry is the ultimate expression of the Finger Lakes style. Bursting with layers of ripe pineapple, starfruit, kiwi, and mango, the palate is an expression of the perfect climate for Riesling. Subtle sweetness up front is delicately balanced for a clean, fresh finish, and is ideal for flavorful, spicy cuisine. Red – Potel-Aivron Julienas ’10 $19.99 Winemakers Notes: Once again, Stephan Aviron is sourcing his Julienas from two well established growers in the appellation of Julienas. In both plots vines average over 50 years. Soils are also consistent and are made up primarily of granite stones, sand and chalk.  Grapes are vinified separately until time for the final blending and bottling. The must is macerated in temperature controlled stainless steel vats for 12-15 days and then aged for 12-14 months in a combination of new and used oak casks. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Wine Sandwich Chef Michael Forster joined us to answer your Turkey cooking questions! Laurie’s better half Chef Michael studied at The Culinary Institute of America and apprenticed at Le Cirque, in New York City where he learned traditional French cooking from basic sauces to intricate plate presentation. Over the last decade, Chef Forster has held positions in some of the country’s top restaurants including Osteria del Circo in New York City, Hampton’s at Baltimore’s Harbor Court Hotel and, now, as full time private chef. Check out Chef Forster’s Stuffing Muffin Recipe and his video on How to Carve a Turkey. Upcoming Events Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week for a show all about delicious BACON! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Jancis Robinson – World Atlas of Wine
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Jancis Robinson – World Atlas of Wine

Laurie talked to Jancis Robinson, International Wine Writer and Co-Author of the World Atlas of Wine about the newly released 7th edition of this phenomenal wine book.

Troegs Brewery Visit
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Troegs Brewery Visit

Laurie visits Troegs Brewing in Hershey PA and talks to Brewery Manager Ed Yashinsky.

Winter Ales & Jancis Robinson’s World Atlas of Wine
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Winter Ales & Jancis Robinson’s World Atlas of Wine

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Sips of the Week

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Laurie & Ed Yashinsky of Troegs Brewing raise a glass to the upcoming holidays!

Laurie toured the Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA and talked to Brewery Manager Ed Yashinsky about their amazing beers. Troegs Brewing Mad Elf, Hershey, PA $15.99 for 6pk Brewery Notes: The Mad Elf is a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. The combination of cherries, honey, and chocolate malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale. The Mad Elf is a jolly and delicious beer for the holidays. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, California $8.99 for 6pk Brewery Notes: The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Featured Guest Laurie talked to Jancis Robinson, International Wine Writer and Co-Author of the World Atlas of Wine about the newly released 7th edition of this phenomenal wine book.  Jancis Robinson is one of only a handful of wine writers with an international reputation. Her multi-award-winning books, including the hugely successful Oxford Companion to Wine (1994, 1999, 2006), and Wine Grapes (2012), are among the most important landmarks in wine literature. She writes daily for www.JancisRobinson.com, which has subscribers in 100 countries and was voted the first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010. Upcoming Events Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Mira Winery and Suga Chef
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Mira Winery and Suga Chef

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Sips of the Week Jim “Bear” Dyke, Jr., President of Mira Winery, joined Laurie on The Sipping Point to talk about their experiments with ocean aged wines. A wine enthusiast and entrepreneur, who built a Washington, DC public affairs firm, adds over two decades of public relations and marketing experience to the Mira Winery team. Mira Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley $48mira ocean wine Winery Notes: Spice, anise, wild forest fruit nose. Blackberry, mocha and black plum flavors guide the palate to smooth, silky fine-grained tannins that come into focus in the long, lingering finish. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 100% Napa Valley primarily from the Rutherford AVA. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 60% new for 18 months. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Wine Sandwich ​Pastry Chef Padua Player aka Suga Chef is as dedicated as they come and he is serious about his desserts! Coming from humble beginnings and the home of a single parent, Chef Padua learned a lesson very early, in work ethic and tenacity. Chef Padua attributes his love for the culinary world with memories of snapping string beans, creating sweet potato pies alongside his mother in the kitchen. Any opportunity that arose for the budding pastry chef to help his mom in creating a family dish, he was front and center to soak in her culinary teachings.​ Chef Padua’s pastry passion grew into him taking up residency an hour north of DC to attend Baltimore International College and would be the official start of his formal training in Baking and Pastry Arts. Armed with his formal pastry skills, Chef Padua moved back to DC, with his talents landing him a job with Marriott in the Georgetown University system. Chef Padua has been praised for his work by Vice President Biden, featured on Platinum Weddings and was a contestant on Food Network’s Sweet Genius hosted by famed Pastry Chef, Ron Ben Israel. Chef Padua has also provided his sweet delicacies to countless, singers, comedians and actors.​ Check out his Mini Plum Tart recipe: https://www.facebook.com/sugachefdesserts then click VIDEOS Upcoming Events Hire Laurie for your next corporate, client or fundraising event! More info: www.TheWineCoachSpeaks.com Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Suga Chef
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Suga Chef

Laurie talks to Chef Padua Player aka the Suga Chef about his sweet creations and a Video Tutorial he has created to show you how to make his Mini Plum Tarts.

Rodney Henry
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Rodney Henry

Laurie talked with Rodney Henry, founder of Dangerously Delicious Pies.

Lazlo Lee
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Lazlo Lee

Lazlo, Head Baker at Dangerously Delicious Pies joined us to talk pies and about his band.

Dangerously Delicious Pies & Wine
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Dangerously Delicious Pies & Wine

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Lazlo & Laurie

Lazlo Lee, Head Baker (3 years) at Dangerously Delicious Pies joined us to talk pies and about his band Lazlo Lee & the Motherless Children. He brought 3 pies that Laurie perfectly paired with wines from Wells Discount Liquors: Cowboy Quiche with… Clos de la Roilette Fleurie, Beaujolais, France $19.99, imported by Louis Dressner Winery Notes: The Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie, covers nine hectares of one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. The clos has an eastern exposure, borders the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, and produces wines that are beautiful when young and have the capacity to age 5-10 years, depending on the vintage. Roasted Steak with Mushrooms, Onion and Gruyere Cheese with… Bottle-Shots-2011-005Klinkerbrick Old Vines Zinfandel, Lodi, California $19.99 Winery Notes: The 2011 vintage produced smaller yields than previous vintages. Our Old Vine Zinfandel comes from vines with an average age of 85 years.  On the nose, aromatics black raspberry, cedar shavings are paired with pepper and spice. On 30030101711_bottle (2)the palate,  the wine is medium-bodied, with berries and dark cherry flavors, balanced with firm structure and a silky texture. As always, this wine has a smooth and lingering finish. Apple Caramel with…  Santa Julia Tardio Late Harvest Torrontes, Argentina, $12.99 Winery Notes: Yellow colour of medium intensity. Intense aromas of over-matured fruits, honey and dried fruits like pears, apricots and peaches, orange skin and roses. Sweet, unctuous in the mouth, silky, with balanced acidity. Complex and long finish. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Wine Sandwich Rodney Henry, founder of Dangerously Delicious Pies and runner up of the Next Food Network Star called in from his tour with the Glenmount Popes to update us on what he’s doing! Dangerously Delicious Pies was founded over ten years ago by Rodney “The Pie Man” Henry. Many know Rodney as front man to Baltimore’s own “Glenmont Popes.” Rodney grew up spending summers with Grandma Henry in Pike Township, Marion County, Indiana where she schooled him in being a mean baker. While on the road with The Glenmont Popes, Rodney slung slices and hocked pies at his merchandise table, in shows parking lots and even traded pie for lodging so the band could tour, and thus, PIE AND ROCK AND ROLL was born! Upcoming Events 11/8 Join Laurie at Crush 2013 Judgement at the Mansion held at The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Home of The Engineers Club A Blind Tasting of French Wine vs. USA Wine with accompanying Entrée Stations $75 person Includes Valet Parking, and Tax & Gratuity on Food & Beverage Inspired by the 1976 Judgment at Paris tasting where California’s wines beat the French wines and shocked the wine world! Featuring “The Wine Coach” – Laurie Forster, host of “The Sipping Point” on WBAL leading ‘The Art of Blind Tasting’ at 7pm & 8pm. Join us on Friday, November 8 at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion as we host our 6th Annual Crush wine tasting to benefit the endowment. This year’s theme is Judgment at the Mansion – French Wines vs. USA Wines – with accompanying Entree Stations.

  • Come enjoy wines from ten of France’s wine regions tasted side-by-side with their US counterparts!
  • Includes a blind tasting of a Right Bank Bordeaux, a Left Bank Bordeaux, & a White Burgundy against their US counterparts inspired by the historic 1976 Judgment at Paris that you decide.
  • Guests also enjoy entrée stations paired with the wines & have the opportunity to enjoy a special mini-class, ‘The Art of Blind Tasting’ led by Laurie Forster, “The Wine Coach” at no additional charge. (Seating for the classes is limited, so buy your tickets/reserve your seats early.)
  • Vote for your favorites & enter for a chance to win a selected case of Judgment at the Mansion wines.

Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Paris Tasting of 1976: California vs. France
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Paris Tasting of 1976: California vs. France

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Sips of the Week Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France Winery Notes: Beautiful straw color with green edges. Fine mineral fragrance with ginger, caraway seed, under ripe pineapple and flowers. Flavors of white peach, quince and lemon on the palate with a lingering, clean and dry finish. Served best with marinated, grilled, or sauced fish, and sushi. Delicious with traditional Alsace dishes like onion tart, sauerkraut, and pork. btl_eroica_rslEroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA Winemaker’s Notes: Eroica is an elegant off-dry Washington Riesling that has blazed a trail for high-end American Riesling. Eroica delivers Riesling a unique combination of mandarin orange aromas characteristic of Washington State Rieslings, melded with the mineral, spiced apple and slate notes with lively, crisp acidity associated with German Riesling. The wine’s zesty acidity, combined with a touch of sweetness, makes it a tremendously versatile and food friendly wine. Try Eroica with Asian cuisine, Indian curries, crab, scallops and sushi or even a fresh salad! All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Featured Guests George Taber, Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. George M. Taber, author of Judgment of Paris joined us to talk about his book and first-hand account of this legendary tasting. George spent forty years as a reporter and editor, primarily on business affairs, before turning his attention to writing wine books. In 1976 Taber published an account in Time about the famous Paris Tasting, when unknown California wines bested the best French wines in a blind Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon tasting. Nearly 30 years later, he delved into the story again and wrote Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine (Scribner, September 2005), which became a best-selling book. It was selected as the wine book of the year by Decanter, the British wine magazine. Upcoming Events 11/8 Join Laurie at Crush 2013 Judgement at the Mansion held at The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Home of The Engineers Club A Blind Tasting of French Wine vs. USA Wine with accompanying Entrée Stations $75 person Includes Valet Parking, and Tax & Gratuity on Food & Beverage Inspired by the 1976 Judgment at Paris tasting where California’s wines beat the French wines and shocked the wine world! Featuring “The Wine Coach” – Laurie Forster, host of “The Sipping Point” on WBAL leading ‘The Art of Blind Tasting’ at 7pm & 8pm. Join us on Friday, November 8 at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion as we host our 6th Annual Crush wine tasting to benefit the endowment. This year’s theme is Judgment at the Mansion – French Wines vs. USA Wines – with accompanying Entree Stations.

  • Come enjoy wines from ten of France’s wine regions tasted side-by-side with their US counterparts!
  • Includes a blind tasting of a Right Bank Bordeaux, a Left Bank Bordeaux, & a White Burgundy against their US counterparts inspired by the historic 1976 Judgment at Paris that you decide.
  • Guests also enjoy entrée stations paired with the wines & have the opportunity to enjoy a special mini-class, ‘The Art of Blind Tasting’ led by Laurie Forster, “The Wine Coach” at no additional charge. (Seating for the classes is limited, so buy your tickets/reserve your seats early.)
  • Vote for your favorites & enter for a chance to win a selected case of Judgment at the Mansion wines.

Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Riesling Wines
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Riesling Wines

Laurie tasted some delicious Rieslings from France and the Columbia Valley.

More with George Taber
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More with George Taber

He is the author of Judgment of Paris and shared about his book.

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

Laurie told us what events to look for on the horizon.

Chef Andrew Evans
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Chef Andrew Evans

Chef Andrew filled us in on his new BBQ joint in Pasadena.

More with Tiffany Soto
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More with Tiffany Soto

Laurie and Tiffany taste tested different sakes.

Sake & The BBQ Joint
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Sake & The BBQ Joint

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Sips of the Week

Try these delicious Sakes from Wells Discount Liquors to begin your Sake Education!konteki-pearls-of-simplicity (2) Konteki Pearls of Wisdom Junmai Daigingo, $18.99 Sake Brewery Notes: A bouquet of bright floral aromas is the perfect beginning for this crisp Junmai Daiginjo. Clean flavors of honeydew and lemon dominate but a subtle hint of licorice sneaks up once you get to the long and elegant finish. This is a great sipping sake but also a wonderful companion to a scallops, pork and other light meats. Rihaku Dreamy Clouds Tokubestu Junmai, $15.99 Sake Brewery Notes: The nose is led by steamed rice, fresh red plums, and suggestions of roasted peanuts. Bright and lean in the mouth, unlike many Nigori or unfiltered Sake, and the impact is chewy with sweet rice flavors intermingling with the nutty and slightly fruity characteristics of the sake. Tentaka Hawk in the Heavens Junmai, $14.99 Sake Brewery Notes: With slightly yeasty notes and roasted walnut aromas, this well rounded sake has a rich mouthfeel. Dry and crisp, the flavors are dominated by mixed nuts, fresh cut green grass and other earthier flavors. Medium-bodied, the finish is lengthy and dry; a perfect food companion. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Featured Guests IMG_9812 (2)Tiffany Soto Master Sake Sommelier from Pabu Restaurant, joined us to shed some light on this amazing beverage! As Beverage Manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Tiffany Dawn Soto oversees the beverage programs at Wit & Wisdom, LAMILL Coffee, and the newly opened PABU.  At PABU, Soto uses her extensive knowledge of traditional sake production techniques to curate a sake list featuring more than 100 selections. She has been recognized as a sake authority by The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The Niigata Times and her peers in the restaurant industry. Two Sakes we tasted from the list at PABU: Aoki Kakurei Hinjoso Daigingo from Nigata Sake Imports Jyokigen Jumai Gingo from Banzai Imports Seven words Tiffany thinks every sake drinker should know:

  1. Junmai: A premium sake made with four ingredients: rice, water, yeast, koji.
  2. Honjozo: A premium sake made with five ingredients: rice, water, yeast, koji, and less than 3% of distilled brewers spirit which is later diluted back out.
  3. Ginjo: The second highest quality level for sake, this category of super premium sake requires that the rice used for brewing be milled down at least 40 percent, thus increasing the overall quality.
  4. Daiginjo: The highest quality level for sake, this category of super premium sake requires that the rice used for brewing be milled down at least 50 percent, thus increasing the overall quality.
  5. Tokubestu: Literally means special, most often either because of the quality or the aromatics.
  6. Nama:  Unpasteurized sakes that are only released once each year. These sakes are delicate and must be treated like milk so only purchase them from trusted sources.
  7. Genshu: Undiluted sakes that are typically 2-5 percent higher in alcohol content than other premium sakes.

Wine Sandwich Chef Andrew Evans joined us to talk BBQ and fill us in on his new BBQ Joint in Pasadena, MD. As a graduate of the CIA, Evans pursued his dream of cooking and traveling to Australia.  Chef Evans currently balances his time managing The BBQ Joint, providing private chef catering, teaching cooking demonstrations for his National BBQ Team sponsors Primo Grills and Creek Stone Farms Black Angus Beef, teaching cooking lessons at Whole Foods supermarket, consulting for the Australian government (Austrade) and Meat and Livestock Association of Australia (MLA), and being an active competitor on the National BBQ Competition Circuit with his team “Walk the Swine.” Upcoming Events 11/8 Laurie leads a group lesson on “The Art of Blind Tasting” at Crush 2013 Judgement at the Mansion Next Week We’ll be back next week to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Simi Winery
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Simi Winery

Laurie shares Simi’s Sauvignon Blanc and Simi’s Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon determining “red to bed”! is the way to go.

Simi Winery & Vegetable Pairings
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Simi Winery & Vegetable Pairings

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Sips of the Week  Simi_sb_soco_new_medSimi Sauvignon Blanc, 2012,  Sonoma County Winery Notes: This brilliantly clear, pale-straw-colored Sauvignon Blanc leads with fresh and appealing aromas of Meyer lemon, lime zest, stone fruit, grapefruit, tart apple, and hints of flowers followed by a lively palate which reprises the lemon, lime, and grapefruit themes of the nose. This refreshing, bright, and crisp wine has a long finish, and ends with a lingering impression of citrus and wet stone. Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Winery Notes: Simi 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon follows up on its deep, dark garnet color and ruby edge with lifted and pretty aromas of clove, cinnamon, hints of cedar, mint chocolate, and toasty oak notes that beautifully frame dark fruit. Compelling flavors of cassis, blackberry, and plum along with black pepper, cedar, and clove spices adds life to this medium-to-full bodied nicely structured wine that finishes with rich dark cocoa tannins. 

Featured Guests

image003Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at Simi Winery, who as a young girl made dandelion wine with her father on the family farm, says she always wanted to be a scientist. At the University of Missouri she studied chemistry and medical child development then went to graduate school. Partway through, she transferred to the University of California, Davis to pursue a degree in viticulture. When her ecology class visited vineyards for the first time, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker. She started her career at Hacienda Winery, took the experience she gained there to Kendall-Jackson and then went to Dry Creek Vineyard where she worked for eight years. Susan joined Simi in 2000. Wine Sandwich John Ragan, Wine Director of Union Square Hospitality Group. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, John developed a passion for hospitality at a young age while working in restaurants throughout high school and college. While pursuing a graduate degree in urban planning at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, John visited California’s wine country, where he realized he wanted to pursue a career in the field. He relocated to Napa to pursue this passion, working first at the Restaurant at Domaine Chandon followed by three years at Martini House as Sommelier. John then relocated to San Francisco to become the Sommelier at the acclaimed Campton Place, alongside Chef Daniel Humm. While at Campton Place, the San Francisco Chronicle awarded the restaurant four stars, noting “Sommelier John Ragan is as brilliant in his beverage pairings as Humm is in creating the food.” Upcoming Events 10/19 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury, MD. 11/8 Laurie leads a group lesson on “The Art of Blind Tasting” at Crush 2013 Judgement at the Mansion. Next Week We’ll be back next week to talk Sake with Tiffany Soto from PABU and taste BBQ with Chef Andrew Evans! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

John Ragan, Master Somm
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John Ragan, Master Somm

Laurie and John talk about pairing wine with vegetables! He will be at the NYC Wine and Food Festival.

Autumn Wine Festival, Oysterfest & Wine Lists
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Autumn Wine Festival, Oysterfest & Wine Lists

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Sips of the Week Layton’s Chance Winery’s Dessert Traminette, Vienna, MD Port of Leonardtown Chardonnay 2011, Leonardtown, MD Winery Notes: A full bodied partially oaked Chardonnay. Enjoy with Chesapeake Bay scallops, oysters, and poultry dishes.  Pair with Brie, Havarti, or soft cheeses. The wine grapes are from: 78% Kent County, 12% St. Mary’s County, 10% NY State. The varietal composition is: 88% Chardonnay and 12% Viognier. Visit Port of Leonardtown Winery to learn more! All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Featured Guests photo (17)Briana Berg, Maryland Wine Association. Briana is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland where she was a journalism major and a marketing minor. Originally from Connecticut, Briana has worked or interned with WJZ-13, CBS News Sunday Morning, and US Lacrosse. She joined the Maryland Wineries Association in 2012 as the association’s second marketing coordinator. Briana has a passion for local wine, good quality food, and craft cocktails. She is also an avid runner. Wine Sandwich Scotti Offutt, Director of Communications from Ryleigh’s Oyster. Read more about OysterFest or buy tickets to the Oyster Ball on 10/9 here! Moez Ben-Achour, Sommelier at Marcel’s in DC joined us to give tips on navigating any wine list! Moez was recently awarded the coveted “Wine Program of the Year” award by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington or RAMMY’s. Check out his wine list and make reservations to dine with him here: wwwMarcelsDC.com Upcoming Events 10/19 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury, MD. 11/8 Laurie leads a group lesson on “The Art of Blind Tasting” at Crush 2013 Judgement at the Mansion Next Week We’ll be back next week to talk to explore the recipe for a delicious life! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Wine Lists
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Wine Lists

Laurie talked with a guest about how to choose the best wine at a restaurant.

Scotti Offutt
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Scotti Offutt

Scotti talked to us about the upcoming Oyster Ball.

Briana Berg
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Briana Berg

Briana of MD Wine Association shares some delicious Sips of the Week.

Fall Wine Festivals
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Fall Wine Festivals

Laurie told us what Wine Festivals to be watching for in October.

Tim O’Hare
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Tim O’Hare

Tim O’Hare, Regional Director for the Learning & Development Department Charmer Sunbelt Group joined the show.

More with Winn Roberton
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More with Winn Roberton

Lauried talked more with Mixologist, Winn Roberton.

Spirits of the Season
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Spirits of the Season

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Sips of the Week The Cointreau Rickey 2 oz. Cointreau 1 oz. fresh lime juice Club Soda Garnish: Lime wedge Combine Cointreau and lime juice in a highball glass and top with Club Soda.  Stir briefly. Cointreau Berry Rickey Ideal during Autumn when bramble berries are at their ripest. 2 oz. Cointreau 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 2 Blackberries 2 Raspberries 5 mint leaves 4 oz. Club Soda or Seltzer Muddle the berries and mint in a Highball glass. Add Cointreau and lime juice with ice and top with club soda. Stir briefly and garnish with a mint sprig and berries. Clergy Available now on the menu at Bourbon Steak in DC 1.5 oz. Cointreau ¾ oz. Fresh lime juice 1 oz. cold Earl Grey Tea 2.5 oz. Club Soda Build in a wine glass, and serve with lime shell All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Featured Guest IMG_0907 (2)Winn Roberton Mixologist from Bourbon Steak A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Winn Roberton always found himself enthralled by food, geography and foreign languages, so it’s no surprise that wine and spirits became his passion. Working in restaurants while attaining a music degree at Penn State, he found himself lost in maps of France, Italy and California and subsequently honed his service skills as a server and bartender in Las Vegas’ mainstay restaurants such as Nobhill, Craftsteak, and Carnevino. Roberton is also a regional brand ambassador for Cointreau, and is currently on the wine team at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Washington, D.C., where he oversees the wine cellar management, staff trainings and floor service. He is currently studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced exam and hopes to make some noise in upcoming sommelier and mixology competitions. Wine Sandwich Tim O’Hare, Regional Director for the Learning & Development Department Charmer Sunbelt Group Tim has a favorite quote from Ernest Hemingway that just about sums up his relationship with wine and grapes. “ Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon. Tim has earned Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Specialist of Spirits, and the Certified Wine Educators from the internationally recognized Society of Wine Educators. Read Laurie’s Which Wine is Witch? Blind Tasting Party for Halloween article to learn how to host your own Halloween Wine Tasting Party! Upcoming Events 10/5 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Greenwich Food + Wine Festival. 10/19 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury, MD. Next Week We’ll be back next week to find out about the upcoming Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury MD, Oysterfest in Baltimore and how to navigate a wine list! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

Laurie told us what Wine Festivals she will be at this fall.

James Horn & Greek Wine
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James Horn & Greek Wine

Laurie sipped on some delicious Greek wine and talked with James Horn the Wine & Service Director at Kapnos and G Tasting Menu.

More with Mike Isabella
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More with Mike Isabella

Laurie talked more with Chef Mike Isabella.

It’s all Greek (Wine) to Mike Isabella!
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It’s all Greek (Wine) to Mike Isabella!

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Sips of the Week malagousia-enDomaine Gerivassilou Malagousia  2011, Thessaloniki, Greece Winery Notes: This wine is entirely produced from the Greek grape variety of Malagousia that was saved from extinction due to the efforts of Vangelis Gerovassiliou. Further to skin contact to enhance the extraction of aromas, it is partially barrel-fermented and then matures on its lees for a few months, gaining depth in flavour and floral aromas. It has a brilliant straw colour with greenish shades and an aroma of matured fruit such as pear, mango and citrus. On the palate the rich flavours of lemon peel enhance the appealing mouthfeel, adding a well-balanced finish. Food pairing: a perfect match for Mediterranean dishes, seafood, poultry, light-sauced pasta dishes and fresh vegetable salads. Domaine Skouras “Greek Bordeaux Blend” Synoro 2007, Peleponnese, Greeceus_wine_synoro Winery Notes: The color is very deep, clear purple with ruby hues. On the nose, it is intense, dense and fresh due to the Cabernet Franc. Aromas are focused on the ripe fruit (red mulberry – red cherries and ripe strawberry) coupled with sweet aromas as chocolate, cinnamon, cedar and delicate barrique. On the mouth it is full, with rich extract, alcohol which balances the tense acidity and ripe dense tannins. Flavors are consistent with aromas with the fruit being more powerful. The aftertaste has duration, volume and complexity. med_1331549531-11Chateau Nico Lazaridi Cab Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc “Magic Mountain” 2004, Greece Winery Notes:  Classic red wine vinification with a long extraction, followed by 16-18 months on in new French oak barrels and 18 months in the bottle in excellent cellarage conditions. Characteristics: Intense, deep red color. Rich palate with aromas reminiscent of red forest fruit in a perfect combination of spices, which blend with the aromas of the barrel. A noble wine with rich character and delicious complexity, ripe tannic, dense and complete. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www. WellsWine.com. Featured Guest Chef Mike Isabella, Owner of Graffiato and now Kapnos tells us what inspired him to feature his unique take on Greek cuisine Wine Sandwich James Horn is the Wine & ServiceDirector at Kapnos and G Tasting Menu in Washington, DC. Previously, James served as opening General Manager at Daikaya, Japanese izakaya and ramen shop, where he compiled a list of over 60 sakes and shochu s, and earned a 3 Star review from the Washington Post. Before Daikaya, James was opening GM of Chef Mike Isabella’s Georgetown hotspot, Bandolero. James came to Bandolero via Graffiato, where he was also Chef Isabella’s opening GM and Beverage Director. Graffiato went on to receive 2 ½ stars from the Washington Post and was nominated for Best New Restaurant by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Upcoming Events 10/5 Laurie is a featured presenter atthe Greenwich Food + Wine Festival. 10/19 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury, MD. Next Week We’ll be back next week to talk to talk Spirits and Cocktails! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Affordable Cabs & Blue Crab Bay Co.
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Affordable Cabs & Blue Crab Bay Co.

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Sips of the Week label_annabella_10_NC_cabAnnabella by Michael Pozzan Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County, California $19.99 Winery Notes: This medium plum colored Cabernet Sauvignon is from one of the most highly regarded places in the world for producing the varietal; Napa. The aromas are text book Cabernet Sauvignon from the fruit profile being dark cherry with ripe cassis notes, but this one also has some of that right bank Bordeaux pencil lead aromatically — a quality only from an ideal climate and well drained soils from that varietal. The palate is ripe with juicy ripe raspberry and spice with tobacco and black cherry that then fold into a supple crescendo of berry fruit and silk French oak tannins. This wine would pair well with herb roasted chicken as well as a grilled steak with roasted potatoes and steamed asparagus with a béarnaise sauce. Aged exclusively in French oak for 16 months; this wine is simply delicious now, but will drink well through 2021. 2009_cabernet_sauvignon_btl_xlg (180x640) (2)Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Dry Creek Valley , California $19.99 Winery Notes: The 2009 vintage will be remembered as one of the best in the past decade. This Cabernet Sauvignon displays elegant aromas of cherry and red raspberry along with sage and dried flowers. On the palate, the wine is extremely well balanced with silky tannins that carefully weave together the earthy, dusty nuances of this Bordeaux-esque wine. With some airing, the wine flushes out providing even more dimension and depth. The finish lingers with fine tannins that are very elegant and structured. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com. Featured Guest Ray Koontz, Chairman of the North Baltimore County Wine Festival held at Saint John’s The Evangelist Church in Hydes, MD on 9/21 from 6-9PM. Wine Sandwich Pamela Barefoot is the founder and president of Bay Beyond Inc., trading internationally as Blue Crab Bay Co®. After having moved to the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia intent on surviving on her creativity, Pam began the specialty food brand on her farmhouse kitchen table in 1985. Blue Crab Bay food and stoneware products are sold in gourmet shops, department and gift stores, and through the company’s consumer website and gift shop. Best sellers include the award-winning Sting Ray® Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer, Sea Salt Nuts®, Crab Dip Kit, and She-Crab Soup. Upcoming Events 9/13 Join Laurie for wine, chocolate and comedy at The Hotel Hershey Wine and Food Festival at 7 PM. 10/5 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival with the Stand-Up Sommelier at 2:30 PM. 10/19 The two day Maryland Autumn Wine Festival. Next Week We’ll be back next week to talk to Chef Mike Isabella about his new Greek restaurant Kapnos in DC. A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

We are told about events to look forward to.

Pamela Barefoot
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Pamela Barefoot

We learned about Pamela Barefoot, founder and President of Bay Raymond International.

Mark & Kim Cascia
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Mark & Kim Cascia

Laurie interviewed Mark and Kim Cascia of Cascia Vineyards.

MD Govenor’s Cup Wine Competition
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MD Govenor’s Cup Wine Competition

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Featured Guests crow interview (2)Judy and Roy Crow, Owners/Winemakers for Crow Farm and Vineyard joined us talk about their wines that won at Maryland Governor’s Cup Wine Competition. Their Vidal Blanc won a gold and their Barbera Rosé  won a bronze medal. A great feat for a couple that has only been in business for two years! Roy and Judy have owned the farm and a bed and breakfast for years but it wasn’t until 2011 when they established their first vintage and 2012 when they came to possess their own winery. Mark and Kim Owners/Winemakers for Cascia Vineyards discussed their award winning Nebbiolo.  The Cascia’s were thrilled about their win at the Maryland Governor’s Cup Wine Competition. This Best in Class winner, when aged properly, has a very delicate taste and a new sensation every time you take a sip. Mark had a dream of owning his own winery when he and Kim met. In 1998 that dream came true and today they have a 2000 plant vineyard! Upcoming Events 9/7 Join Laurie at the Wine Festival at Harrah’s Philadelpia in Chester, PA at 2 PM. 9/8 Laurie will be at the The Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival – SOMETHING TO WINE ABOUT at Reston Town Center at 3 PM. 9/13 Join Laurie for wine, chocolate and comedy at The Hotel Hershey Wine and Food Festival at 7 PM. Next Week We’ll be back next week we’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life! Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.  

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

We learned where we can outsmart any wine list!

Rick Dempsey Continued
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Rick Dempsey Continued

We heard more from former Oriole, Rick Dempsey.

Rick Dempsey
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Rick Dempsey

Laurie interviewed Rick Dempsey, former Oriole and 1983 World Series MVP.

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

Laurie updated us on upcoming events and how to win tickets to meet the Neely’s!

The Chefs of BYOB
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The Chefs of BYOB

The Chefs talked about their restaurant that specializes in wild and exotic game.

Misty Pinson
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Misty Pinson

Misty Talked about bringing wine in a can onto airplanes.

Mario Lichtenstein
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Mario Lichtenstein

Mario told us all about the new trend of wine in a can.

Down Home with the Neely’s
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Down Home with the Neely’s

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Sips of the Week


Firefly Lemon Tea Vodka, $20.99
Firefly Mint Tea Vodka, $20.99 

Gina’s Spiked Sweet Tea

Ingredients:
2 quarts water
4 hibiscus tea bags
1 cup superfine sugar
1 bunch mint leaves, reserve 10 sprigs, for garnish
2 cups sweet tea vodka, chilled (recommended: Firefly)
2 lemons, sliced
Crushed ice
Mint, for garnish

Directions:
Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the tea bags and turn off the heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags, stir in sugar and let cool completely.

Muddle the mint leaves in a glass pitcher along with, the tea, the vodka, and the lemon wheels. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Serve in tall glasses filled with crushed ice and garnished with a sprig of mint.

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All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com.

Wine Sandwich

Patrick and Gina Neely, host of Down Home with the Neelys on the Food Network
As co-owners of Neely’s Bar-B-Que, Patrick (Pat) and Gina Neely  have turned their family restaurant into one of the most successful barbecue restaurants in the South. Now they share the secrets behind their favorite dishes and their passion for food, family and fun on Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys. In May 2009, the Neelys released their first cookbook, Down Home with the Neelys (Knopf, 2009), which quickly earned a place on the New York Times best-seller list. Their second book, The Neelys Celebration Cookbook: Down Home Meals for Every Occasion (Knopf), is due out in November 2011. The couple will open their first New York City restaurant in May 2011, Neelys BBQ Parlor

Upcoming Events

7/24 Something to Wine About at Carolines on Broadway, NYC 7PM, $49 wine food and lots of fun!

7/25-28 AC Food & Wine Festival in Atlantic City NJ…I’ll be the official wine educator with 3 great seminars on 7/27 at Caesars. Check it out at: www.acfoodandwinefestival.com

Next Week

We’ll be back to find out all about a new trend…wine in a can and no I’m not kidding!

Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Ticket Giveaway
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Ticket Giveaway

Laurie discussed how to win tickets to meet the Neely’s in person.

More with Patrick & Gina Neely
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More with Patrick & Gina Neely

The Neely’s discussed how to work successfully with a spouse.

Firefly Vodka
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Firefly Vodka

Laurie discussed the different delicious flavors of Firefly Vodka.

Rick Dempsey and Firefly Vodka
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Rick Dempsey and Firefly Vodka

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Sips of the Week

Firefly Original Sweet Tea Vodka, $20.99 
Created in a small still on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, Firefly became the world’s first hand-crafted sweet tea flavored vodka. Keeping true to its Southern roots, Firefly is distilled four times, infused with tea grown on a plantation five miles from the distillery and blended with real Louisiana sugar cane. It tastes just like real sweet tea, but with an even sweeter kick! Imitators try to achieve the taste of tea with artificial flavors and you will instantly know the difference with one sip. The real stuff just tastes better!

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com.

Wine Sandwich

Scott Newitt Of Firefly Vodka
Scott’s nickname is “The Firefly Guy.” That should give you an idea of how passionate he is about Firefly. Born and raised in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp, Scott is an LSU graduate, very proud of his southern roots, and was committed to creating a true southern product. “We used to drink sweet tea like milk when I was a kid,” Scott said. “It doesn’t get more southern than sweet tea.” Scott also recalled capturing fireflies in mason jars on hot summer evenings and always felt like they were magical creatures. When Scott told Jim “let’s make some southern spirit”, they had no idea how overwhelming the response to Firefly would be. Scott lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with his wife, Trish, and their kids—Drew, Peter, and Patsy. In his spare time, which there isn’t much of these days, he plays drums in the 17 South Bluegrass Band.


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Next Week

We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

We learn what we can expect from The Wine Coach in July!

Robert Paschen
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Robert Paschen

Robert Paschen talked about his new documentary Capital Food Fight.

Joel Waite
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Joel Waite

We interviewed Joel Waite from CAVU winery.

CAVU Winery and Capital Food Fights
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CAVU Winery and Capital Food Fights

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Sips of the Week

Joel Waite,
CAVU Winery
joined us to talk about founding the winery, his wines and more!

2012 Barbera_ROSE fullCAVU 2012 Barbera Rose, $20, Walla Walla, Washington
Winemaker’s Notes: Crafted from grapes grown at Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse heaven Hills, the flavors balance well with the acidity and will be an excellent wine to enjoy on warm days this summer and fall.  

CAVU 2010 Malbec, $30, Walla Walla, Washington
Winemaker’s Notes: A 100 percent Malbec from Les Collines Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley.  Aromatics of blueberry and Italian roast are a prelude to the earthy, spicy flavors that will entice the palate.  This wine will pair perfectly with any grilled meats, especially lamb!

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com.



Wine Sandwich

Robert Paschen, Producer of Capital Food Fight joined us talk about his documentary on PBS all about the food truck scene in DC. Robert Paschen is an independent writer and producer living and working in the Washington, D.C. area. Paschen has worked on programs and videos for NatGeo, Discovery Channel, PBS, and national nonprofits. His new documentary, Capital Food Fight, explores how D.C.’s street food battle was fought and won.  In four short years, D.C. has become one of the hottest food truck cities in the country. But the conflicts surrounding these new mobile eateries raise questions about capitalism, politics, social media, and the future of business in America.


Upcoming Events

Robert Irvine Ticket giveaway…Post on FB Page www.facebook.com/winecoach hit LIKE and then post “I want the ticket to see Chef Robert Irvine!”

7/11 Join me for my smash hit wine tasting comedy Something to Wine About at Sobos Wine Beerstro in Salisbury, MD

7/25-28 AC Food & Wine Festival in Atlantic City NJ…I’ll be the official wine educator with 3 great seminars on 7/27 at Caesars. 

Next Week

We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

 

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

We learn when we can see Laurie in her comedy Something to Wine about and what to look forward to in July.

Steve Reeder
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Steve Reeder

We talked with Steve Reeder, Co-Conspirator at Dreaming Tree Wines.

The Dreaming Tree Wines
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The Dreaming Tree Wines

We learn about Dreaming Tree Crush Red and Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon.

Robert Irvine – Restaurant Impossible & Dreaming Tree Wines
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Robert Irvine – Restaurant Impossible & Dreaming Tree Wines

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Sips of the Week

Dreaming Tree Crush Red $14.99

Winemaker’s Notes: A blend of the North Coast’s finest varieties, this wine pulls you in with a smoky berry note and then jumps up with raspberry jam. A quaffable wine that is tasty DT Cabernetwith Spanish orange and onion salad, or with Vietnamese-style grilled ribs and rice.

Pairing – Vietnamese Style Grilled Ribs and Jasmine Rice

Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon $15.99 

Winemaker’s Notes: Classic aromas of blackberry, cherry, and dry herb notes are wrapped by toasted vanilla and soft, mouth-filling tannins. It’s elegant and supple. A fun start or end to any meal or gathering. Also enjoyed with grilled rack of lamb or rich lentil salad.

Pairing – Grilled Rack of Lamb with Salsa Verde

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com.

Featured Guest

Steve Reeder , Co-Conspirator  at Dreaming Tree Wines joined us to talk about this joint venture with musician Dave Matthews. Award-winning winemaker, Steve Reeder’s degree is in Fermentation Sciences from UC Davis and his  first harvest was as Assistant Winemaker at Alexander Valley Vineyards.  He spent a 9-year period of winemaking in the mid-Atlantic states, then returning to the west, Reeder worked for Kendall Jackson, Chateau St. Jean and his current location at Simi.  At Simi, Steve focuses on exploring the diversity of  Sonoma County’s many appellations, experimenting with varieties and winemaking to gain the best expression of local terroir.  

Wine Sandwich

Robert Irvine, host of Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network joined us to talk about his show and his upcoming appearance at the 2014 Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival. With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of Food Network’s highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America and continues to own and operate two restaurants in South Carolina, Robert Irvine’s Eat and Robert Irvine’s Nosh. Irvine is also the author of two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy. 

Upcoming Events

Robert Irvine Ticket giveaway…Post on FB Page www.facebook.com/winecoach hit LIKE and then post “I want the ticket to see Chef Robert Irvine!”

7/5 Chef Mike Isabella opens his DC  Greek restaurant, Kapnos

7/11 Join me for my smash hit wine tasting comedy Something to Wine About at Sobos Wine Beerstro in Salisbury, MD

7/25-28 AC Food & Wine Festival in Atlantic City NJ…I’ll be the official wine educator with 3 great seminars on 7/27 at Caesars. 

Next Week

We’ll taste some handcrafted wines from WA and learn about a new documentary all about the Food Truck Wars in DC.

Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.

 

Interview with David Schuemann
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Interview with David Schuemann

David Schuemann joined us to talk about what wineries consider when creating their labels.

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

Laurie talked about the next Something To Wine About and the AC Food & Wine Festival in Atlantic City, NJ.

Louis M. Martini Winery
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Louis M. Martini Winery

Michael Martini, winemaker at Louis M. Martini Winery, talked about the upcoming Wine Wisdom and Rock Experience.

Chef Josh Distenfeld
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Chef Josh Distenfeld

Chef Josh Distenfeld, Executive Chef at Oriole Park talked about signature dishes at Dempsey’s.

Wine-ing and Dining at Oriole Park
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Wine-ing and Dining at Oriole Park

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Sips of the Week

Vince Vazquez, General Manager at Dempsey’s Restaurant,  fills us in an all their craft beer, wine and cocktail offerings. We tasted Rick’s Red Ale (Laurie’s favorite), Wild Pitch Wheat, Rain Delay IPA and The ’83 Golden Ale. Check them out at your next game or anytime you feel like a cold brew!


All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com.


Featured Guest

Michael Martini, winemaker at Louis M. Martini Winery, joined us to talk about the upcoming Wine Wisdom and Rock Experience where you can be the star! Growing up in his father’s and grandfather’s vineyards, Michael Martini got a hands-on education in the art of crafting world-class wines. His formal study of viticulture began in the world-renowned winemaking program at the University of California, Davis. After graduation, Mike worked alongside his father, Louis P. Martini, before taking the reins as winemaker of Louis M. Martini Winery in 1977. 

Only 12 spots are available for the Wine Wisdom and Rock Experience so sign up here

Wine Sandwich

bacon on a stick - edit (3)Chef Josh Distenfeld , Executive Chef at Oriole Park – Camden Yards at Delaware North Companies joined Laurie to talk about a few of the signature dishes at Dempsey’s including bacon on a stick—YUM! We also discussed options for health conscious diners that include more than a few gluten free options.


Upcoming Events

 7/24 Join Laurie at Caroline’s on Broadway, in New York, NY at 7:00pm  for her wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About with special musical guest Paul Cullen, former Bad Company Guitarist. 


7/25-28  
Join Laurie at the  AC Food & Wine Festival in Atlantic City NJwhere she’ll be the official wine educator with 3 great seminars on 7/27 at Caesars Palace. 

Next Week

Find out about a unique wine and rock experience in Napa Valley and taste the wines of the infamous musician Dave Matthews from Dreaming Tree.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Wells Discount LiquorsSheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

Organic, Sustainable, Oh MY!
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Organic, Sustainable, Oh MY!

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Sips of the Week

BenziBZ_11_SauvBlancger Sauvignon Blanc 2012, North Coast, CA, $13.99 SUSTAINABLE

Winemaker’s Notes: Elegant and complex, the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc has an unbelievably inviting bright acidity which matches well with its crisp minerality. On the nose, be ready for citrus and fresh cut grass- reminiscent of a lazy summer afternoon. Alluring apricot and apple flavors coat the palate, while subtle citrus and delicious minerality stream along the sides of the tongue; its seamless flavors carry through to the finish.

Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Sonoma County, CA $19.99 SUSTAINABLE bz_09_cabsauv_kob1

Winemaker’s Notes: Our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is very inviting with aromas of black olive and savory, dark fruit. Its well weighted structure and integrated tannins add a light chalkiness to the palate. Flavors of black currant, Bing cherry and juicy plum endure from start to finish, as hints of tea and cocoa help support the mid-palate. We recommend pairing with Three Cheese Skillet Pasta, BBQ Pork Ribs, or Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Eggplant and Goat Cheese. 


All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com.


Featured Guest

Jeff McBride, the VP of winemaking at Benziger Family Winery
Jeff McBride joined the Benziger winemaking team in January 2012. A longtime resident of Sonoma County, McBride’s experience includes winemaking at Kenwood and Dry Creek Vineyards, St. Michelle Wine Estates and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, a career that has now spanned over 34 years.


Wine Sandwich

farmer leePerpetually clad in his trademark overalls and red bow tie, Farmer Lee Jones keeps his family’s farm on the cutting edge of the produce industry. The Chef’s Garden grows an unmatched variety of artisanal and specialty vegetables with exceptional shelf life, quality and flavor, using sustainable agricultural practices that rebuild the soil naturally rather than chemically. Farmer Jones is much in demand as a speaker and expert, and the farm has also been featured in national publications such as The New York Times and Food Arts. He was the first farmer ever to judge the popular Food Network show, “Iron Chef America.” Farmer Jones was also honored with the Who’s Who award by The James Beard Association in 2011. Want home delivery from Farmer Jones? www.FarmerJonesFarm.com


Upcoming Events

 6/15 Join Laurie for her smash hit wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, MD at 7PM. 

 6/20 Join Laurie at the Queen in Wilmington, DE at 7:30 PM for her wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About with special musical guest Paul Cullen, former Bad Company Guitarist. 

7/25-28 Join Laurie at the  AC Food & Wine Festival in Atlantic City NJ…where she’ll be the official wine educator with 3 great seminars on 7/27 at Caesars Palace.

Next Week

Think it’s all hot dogs and light beer at the ball park? Next week we’ll focus on all the great food, wine and spirits options for foodies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards! 


A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Wells Discount LiquorsSheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

Upcoming Events
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Upcoming Events

We found out when we can next see Laurie in her comedy, Something to Wine About.

Jeff McBride
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Jeff McBride

We interview the VP of winemaking at Benziger Family Winery.

Sustainable Wines
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Sustainable Wines

We discuss the delicious flavors of the Benziger Sauvignon Blanc and the Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Drink Local Wine & MD Wine Week
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Drink Local Wine & MD Wine Week

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Sips of the Week
btl_eroica_rslEroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA $21.99
Winemaker’s Notes: Eroica is an elegant off-dry Washington Riesling that has blazed a trail for high-end American Riesling.  Eroica delivers a unique combination of mandarin orange aromas characteristic of Washington state Rieslings, melded with the mineral, spiced apple and slate notes with lively, crisp acidity associated with German Riesling. The wine’s zesty acidity, combined with a touch of sweetness, makes it a tremendously versatile and food friendly wine. Try Eroica with Asian cuisine, Indian curries, crab, scallops and sushi or even a fresh salad!

We talked to Raymon McKee, Winemaker, Chateau Ste. Michelle about the Eroica project. Raymon McKee joined Chateau Ste. Michelle as its Assistant Red Winemaker in 2008 and was promoted to Red Winemaker in August 2011. Based at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate red winery near Paterson, Washington, Ray manages day-to-day operations and reports to head winemaker Bob Bertheau.

 

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest
WashingtonStateWine_TradeTastingGreg Proops the Recommendeuer
Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco and has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. He has recorded it live in Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Dublin, San Francisco, Austin, London, Paris aboard a ship in the Caribbean and somehow, Cleveland. Find it at Proopcast.com.  The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? Both in the US and UK Mr. Proops has been a guest on Red Eye, The Late, Late Show and Chelsea Lately on E!   You may Socially Network with Greg on Twitter at @gregproops and Tumblr at proopcast.com

Wine Sandwich

DaveHeadshot-1 2 (2)Dave McIntyre, Wine Writer for Washington Post and Co-Founder of DrinkLocalWine.com 

Dave McIntyre joins us to talk about his website DrinkLocalWine.com and what motivated him to start it. Due to a lack of local and regional wine enthusiasts he started the website to link to articles by  local bloggers as a way to draw attention to the local wine movement. 

Dave has been The Washington Post’s weekly wine columnist since  October 2008.  Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine listed him as one of the  most influential wine writers in the United States.  

Check out Dave’s WineLine.  He is co-creator of DrinkLocalWine.com, which sponsors Regional Wine Week and annual conferences to introduce bloggers to the growth of local wine
industries around the country. 

Dave has recently consulted on Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History new exhibit, “Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000.” 


Upcoming Events

 6/15 Join Laurie for her smash hit wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, MD at 7PM

 6/20 Join Laurie at the Queen in Wilmington, DE at 7:30 PM for her wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About with special musical guest Paul Cullen

Next Week

We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
:

Wells Discount LiquorsSheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

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Upcoming Events

We update you on when you can join Laurie for her smash hit wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About.

Greg Proops the Recommendeuer
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Greg Proops the Recommendeuer

We talk with Greg Proops, a stand up comic from San Francisco. He discusses his hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World.

Sip of the Week: Eroica Riesling
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Sip of the Week: Eroica Riesling

We taste the Eroica Riesling from Columbia Valley, WA. Also, we speak with Raymon McKee, Winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Jordan Winery: Food, Wine & Technology
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Jordan Winery: Food, Wine & Technology

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Sips of the Week
Chardonnay-LandingJordan Chardonnay, Alexander Valley, Sonoma $35.99
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2011 Chardonnay is an elegant expression of a vintage that wanted anything but to be tamed. Aromas of freshly cut Fuji and Granny Smith apples, stone fruits and white flowers lead to vibrant minerality and bright fruit flavors. The creamy mid-palate is framed by well-integrated French oak and lively acidity that carry through to a refreshingly long finish. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

 Chef’s Pairing Suggestions: With an ability to accentuate flavors in a broad range of cuisines, 2011 is perfect for the table. It carries the brightness and acidity to stand up to ceviche and raw oysters, as well as the roundness to complement crab or shrimp. The depth and mid-palate allow it to accompany grilled or roasted chicken, pasta with cream sauce, and white-fleshed fish such as halibut or sole.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest
John-Jordan-low
John Jordan
, CEO Jordan Winery  joined us to talk about his new project to take the wine list off the page and into an iPad! Born in Colorado in May 1972—the same day his parents, Tom and Sally Jordan, signed the deed on their first Alexander Valley property and established Jordan—John Jordan has served as Chief Executive Officer of the winery since October 2005. In 2010, John co-founded a technology company that specializes in digital wine list solutions for restaurants.

Wine Sandwich

Jordan Winery’s Executive Chef Todd Knoll 2012_Jordan_Estate_Executive_Chef_Todd_Knoll_052_Credit_Matt_Armendariz_LR (1)

He joined the vineyard & winery in 2003 and was promoted to executive chef in 2007 and today oversees the entire Jordan culinary program, which includes preparing little tastes daily for tour and tasting guests, cooking meals for trade guests and special events, managing the estate garden, crafting Jordan Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil Jordan’s house style allows Chef Knoll to push the envelope with counter-intuitive ingredient selections. His cuisine utilizes seasonal produce from the Jordan garden and orchard, located on a hillside behind the kitchen, as well as local growers and artisanal purveyors.

cs-sp-m-hanger-asparagus-sidebar Try the Jordan Chardonnay with Chef’s suggested pairing:
 Early Summer Panzanella with Marinated Manchago
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Try the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon with Chef’s suggested pairing: Hangar Steak and Asparagus Salad

Upcoming Events

6/1: Join Laurie at the  Hunt Valley Great Grapes Festival, Oregon Ridge State Park for her seminar at 1 PM

6/15: Join Laurie for her smash hit wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, MD at 7PM

6/20: Join Laurie at the Queen in Wilmington, DE at 7:30 PM for her wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About with special musical guest Paul Cullen

Next Week

We’ll focus on one of the hottest wine regions these days–Washington state and we’ll find out what’s so great about drinking local wine from Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
:

Wells Discount LiquorsSheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

Something to Wine About
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Something to Wine About

See Laurie in person in Something to Wine About. Check out her event calendar.

Executive Chef Todd Knoll
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Executive Chef Todd Knoll

We talk with Executive Chef Todd Knoll from the Jordan Winery discusses the best food to pair with wine.

Jordan Vineyard & Winery
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Jordan Vineyard & Winery

We are talking with John Jordan the CEO of Jordan Winery, one of the stars of Sonoma Valley. John discusses his wine and his newest project.

Summer & Wine Fun
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Summer & Wine Fun

The end of June marks The Summer of Riesling Promotion. We also discuss options if you want to wine and dine around town. You can also join us for laughs at the Great Grapes Festival.

Sampling with Julie Dalton
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Sampling with Julie Dalton

We talk with Julie Dalton of Wit and Wisdom. Together we sample two of her favorite wines made from the Riesling grape.

The Riesling Grape
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The Riesling Grape

We are celebrating this versatile and food friendly grape. We will have two special guests to discuss the Riesling with.

Summer of Riesling
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Summer of Riesling

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Sips of the Week
We talked to Julie Dalton Sommelier at Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons in Baltimore, MD about why Riesling is the ULTIMATE grape and tasted 2 of the Rieslings from her wine list. Mark your calendars for The Summer of Riesling celebration from June 21-September 21 where restaurants around the country will feature events and tastings starring Riesling! If you want to participate check out and stay tuned to The Sipping Point for info on what’s happening.  http://summerofriesling.com

riesling#1Dry2012-180x330Leitz Dragonstone Riesling, Rheingau, Germany $20.99 retail

Importer’s Notes: This wine is sportin’ some torque. It has thickness of fruit and spearmint, plus the kirsch of the site. A really happy wine to drink now, though if past is prologue you can age it for ten years and have a beauty on your hands.

 Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY  $19.99 retail

Winemaker’s Notes: The dry style Riesling is the signature of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. Exceptional grapes from each of our three vineyard locations come together to create this mouth-watering wine. This wine is fermented in small lots to ensure quality and then blended to perfection to create an elegant and balanced wine. With each vintage, we seek to match the appropriate level of fruit flavor with refreshing crispness that lets the true qualities of the Riesling grape shine through. Hints of lime and orange blossom on the nose set the stage for a succulent palate of apricot and grapefruit. Our trademark minerality creates a beautiful texture that carries into a long, lingering finish.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Wine Sandwich
Chef Timothy R. Dyson from Bluegrass Tavern joined us to talk about strategies for pairing food with RIESLING. Timothy Dyson, executive chef at Bluegrass Tavern, specializes in new Americana Cuisine. At Bluegrass Tavern we serve southern food reinforced with French technique. Chef Timothy is currently working on developing a farm to supply the restaurant called Turner Crossing Farm. 

Upcoming Events
5/30 “Fine Wine’s Fresh Frontier: The Southern Hemisphere” Wine event and Fundraiser in Lutherville, MD  $60.00 per person. Advance Purchase Only  

 6/1 Join Laurie at the  Hunt Valley Great Grapes Festival, Oregon Ridge State Park for her seminar at 1 PM

6/15 Join Laurie for her smash hit wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, MD at 7PM

6/20 Join Laurie at the Queen in Wilmington, DE at 7:30 PM for her wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About with special musical guest Paul Cullen

Next Week
We’ll talk to John Jordan at Jordan Winery about his wines and his new technology company that develops iPad wine list apps!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
:

Wells Discount LiquorsSheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

Eric Asimov and James Beard Foundation
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Eric Asimov and James Beard Foundation

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Sips of the Week

3_medium_1_192_413Franciacorta , Lombardy, Italy $19.99

Wine maker’s Notes: 

Appearance: Deep straw yellow with luminous silvery highlights

Bead: Long-lingering, with particularly small bubbles

Bouquet: The elegance of the floral notes beautifully complements smooth impressions of leavened petits fours

Palate: Seductively creamy texture, full-bodied

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:   Classic wine to enjoy as an aperitif, but will also offer surprising sensations with light first courses, such as fish and lighter meats

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.


Featured Guests

Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic for the NY Times and author of How to Love Wine: A Memoir and a Manifesto. Eric was inducted as one of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. 

Izabela A. Wojcik  the Director of House Programming for the James Beard Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 that is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future.  She oversees more than 250 special events held at the historic James Beard House, which features chefs, pastry chefs, and winemakers from across the United States and beyond. In her role as head of House programming, Wojcik has an enviable rolodex of culinary and beverage professionals from around the world. Part of her responsibility is engaging in constant dialogue with influencers in the epicurean industry, thereby, staying on top of the latest gastronomic trends.

Upcoming Events

 6/1 Join Laurie at the  Hunt Valley Great Grapes Festival, Oregon Ridge State Park for her seminar at 1 PM

6/15 Join Laurie for her smash hit wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, MD at 7PM

6/20 Join Laurie at the Queen in Wilmington, DE at 7:30 PM for her wine tasting comedy show Something to Wine About with special musical guest Paul Cullen

 Next Week

We’ll talk about the Summer of Riesling…We’ll be joined in studio by Julie Dalton from Wit & Wisdom at the Four Seasons to taste 2 of her favorite Rieslings and Chef Timothy Dyson from Blue Grass Tavern will cook up a perfect pairing!


A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Wells Discount LiquorsSheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

Ted Allen at the James Beard Awards
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Ted Allen at the James Beard Awards

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Enjoy our Big Apple edition… two amazing entrepreneurs who have taken their passions to create successful businesses. First we talked to Allen Katz of NY Distilling about his craft Gin made in the heart of Brooklyn. Then, Marlo Scott of Sweet Revenge Wine & Cupcake Bar in Manhattan shares her secret to success. Lastly, Laurie catches up with Ted Allen host of the Food Network’s show Chopped to find out who the big winners were at this year’s James Beard awards.

Featured Guests

allen katzAllen Katz is the Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine & Sprits of New York. He is also the co-founder of the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he produces Perry’s Tot, Navy Strength Gin & Dorothy Parker, American Gin…and forthcoming rye whiskey.

marlo scottMarlo Scott is the owner of  Sweet Revenge® & also Marlo Scott Productions.  She has garnered national press for bringing innovation to the restaurant industry by opening Sweet Revenge®, the nation’s first and only restaurant with a cupcake, beer & wine pairings menu. She delivers powerful content that inspires and informs.


Wine Sandwich

ted allen 2Ted Allen is host of the prime-time Food Network series “Chopped”, which received two James Beard Awards this month—one for the show itself, the other for Ted as host. He also is a frequent contributor to Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” His latest cookbook,“In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks,” (Clarkson-Potter).   Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer for Esquire.

 Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 1:00pm
Hunt Valley, MD 

 

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 7PM, Clear Spring, MD

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:30pm, Wilmington, DE
 

Next Week

We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

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Gluten Free Food and Drink
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Gluten Free Food and Drink

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Sips of the Week

Angry Orchard Traditional Dry (5.5% ABV) is crafted in the style of English draft ciders and imparts bittersweetElderflower Bottleand slightly spicy flavors with a bright apple aroma. Its dryness makes mouths pucker and look forward to another sip

Angry Orchard Elderflower (5.0% ABV) showcases tropical fruitiness reminiscent of lychee, pear and citrus to compliment the rich, crisp apple background.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest
David Sipes, Cider Maker at Angry Orchard 

We talked this cider maker at Angry Orchard to hear about how these delicious ciders can be part of a gluten free lifestyle.  David studied at University of California, Davis, and received a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science. When he graduated, he worked at a brewery in California and then began working on cider recipes 15 years ago when he joined The Boston Beer Company.  
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Wine Sandwich
Shauna Ahern, Gluten Free Girl 
 Shauna James Ahern is the author of the cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, named one of the best cookbooks of 2010 by The New York Times, and the food memoir, Gluten-Free Girl. She is also the author, photographer, and head baker at Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, her wildly popular food blog , which she creates with her chef husband, Daniel Ahern. Her work has been published or recognized by The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Babble, The Guardian, Gilt Taste, CNN’s Eatocracy, and The Washington Post. 

HALIBUT EN PAPILLOTE

Don’t let the French phrase fool you. This is one of the simplest preparations you will find for a delicious seafood dish.

Once you have eaten this, you’ll probably want to bake nearly every piece of fish you can find. Do. Experiment. Play. And stock up on parchment paper.   Link to Recipe

 Upcoming Events
5/4: National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, National Harbor, MD

6/1: Hunt Valley Great Grapes Festival, Hunt Valley, MD

7/25-27 AC Food & Wine Festival , Atlantic City, NJ

Next Week

We’ll talk to Allen Katz of NY Dististilling and Marlo Scott of Sweet Revenge Wine Bar…two amazing entreprenuers who have taken their passions to create successful businesses.

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98 Rock’s Amelia and Dave Schuemann peel back the wine label
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98 Rock’s Amelia and Dave Schuemann peel back the wine label

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Sips of the Week

Yard Dog White Blend, McLaren Vale, Australia $12.99
Winemaker’s Notes: From  this white is pale straw; zesty, high-pitched aromas of lemon and lime zest and white flowers. Dry and precise, with lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors that show good clarity and lift. Finishes tangy and dry, with good cut and subtle spiciness.

43% Chardonnay, 28% Semillon, 20% Pinot Gris, and 9% Sauvignon Blanc

 revolution malbec
 Revolution Malbec, Argentina $12.99

 Winemakers Notes: Displays layered fruit, spicy flavors, good balance, and a medium-long finish.  Argentina is in the midst of a Revolution. The same restless spirit which is the soul of the Argentine people has ignited a revolution in winemaking. This revolution has hundreds of young winemakers bringing out the natural beauty the vineyards of Argentina have to offer. Best reflected in its signature wines; Malbec and Torrontés. These wines express both power and elegance, soulfull yet unique. A reflection of Argentina itself. It is our passion to spread this spirit of rebellion and originality ¡Viva la revolución!

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.


Featured Guests
Amelia
from the 98Rock Morning Show (www.98online.com) joined me for an experiment selecting wines based SOLELY on the label. Watch our video to see the fun they had at Wells Discount Liquors shopping, sipping and exploring the thousands of wine labels up or grabs here: http://youtu.be/dEsB2sq05l8, You can also visit Amelia on Facebook 

Famous Branding and Wine Label Designer David Schuemann Joined us to talk about what wineries consider when creating their labels. Dave’s new book 99 Bottles of Wine tackles this topic and highlights 99 of his most iconic works. The book will be released in June and details can be found here:  http://www.99bottlesofwinebook.com

 Upcoming Events
4/27-28 Reston Town Center WWW.UNCORKTHEFUN.COM

5/4-5/5 National Harbor WWW.WINEANDFOODNH.COM


Tune in to 98 Rock on 5/8  from 7-9AM  when Laurie will be joining the morning crew for some fun, wine and laughs!

 Next Week

Is all about living Gluten Free! Angry Orchard Cider and the Gluten Free Girl join us with the low down on how to still enjoy gourmet food and drink without gluten.

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Spring Whites, Craft Gin & Sustainable Halibut
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Spring Whites, Craft Gin & Sustainable Halibut

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Sips of the Week

Broadbent Vinho Verde, Portugal $9.99BB_vinhoverde

Winery Notes: Bartholomew Broadbent’s deep roots in Portugal inspired him to provide a wine that would be the most reliable and traditional of all Vinho Verdes, and to resolve the usual lament that Vinho Verde never quite tastes like it tastes in Portugal. The solution was twofold: to partner with a winery that had consistent production, and to ship the wines in refrigerated containers. The latter enables the wine to taste as fresh and spritzy as it would ever taste in Portugal, and since its launch in 2005, Broadbent Vinho Verde has rapidly earned the reputation as one of the finest Vinho Verdes in the U.S. Market.

Colome Torrontes, Argentina, $12.99

Winery Notes: Torrontés is the signature white wine of Argentina. A cross between Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission Grape of Galicia, Torrontés grapes typically yield a light, refreshing white wine with Muscat tones redolent of jasmine and orange blossoms.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest

raspberry spice

(Photo Credit Distillery No 209)

Arne Hillesland, aka “The Ginerator” from Distillery 209 joined us to talk about his fabulous Gin! Arne is a Bay area native who embodies the Renaissance nature of many of those who inhabit this unique city. Prior to morphing into a world-class master distiller, a.k.a. Ginerator, this amateur chef and saxophonist took a twenty-year journey through Silicon Valley.  Since his teenaged forays into the making of beer, hard cider and wine in his garage (hopefully the statute of limitation has expired) with his chemist father, Arne has had a passion for creating spirits. Like the other members of the 209 team, Arne respects tradition but wants to push the boundaries of what’s possible. After apprenticing with a Master Distiller from Scotland, Arne developed both the gin recipe as well as some of the innovative techniques that give 209 its uniqueness. He is solely responsible for making sure each batch of gin exactly matches the highest standard of quality. All of the work is done by hand, and his job is truly a combination of art and science. As he says, “the only changes I make are to keep each batch exactly the same.”

Raspberry Spice Cocktail

 2 oz. No. 209 Gin

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

3 Raspberries

Large piece of jalapeno  

Muddle raspberries with lemon juice, simple syrup and sprit.  Add jalapeno.  Shake over ice and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with raspberry on a stick or jalapeno slices

Whats so special about No. 209 Gin? Find out here: http://distillery209.com/gin/our-taste

Wine Sandwich

Halibut

(Photo Credit Ian Hewitt)

Ian Hewitt, Seafood Service Team Member from Whole Foods Harbor East in Baltimore joined us to talk about Halibut season and how to find the best fish. Ian Hewitt is originally from New York and has only recently moved to the Baltimore area, and is very excited to make his first real introduction to the community and share his knowledge of halibut (and other fish) with us. We discussed sustainable fish, the Marine Stewardship Council fish standards and those of the Blue Ocean Institute which are used and displayed at Whole Foods to help when shopping.

Recipe for Ian’s Famous Halibut

 Ingredients:

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 1/4 cup butter, softened

 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

 2 tablespoons lemon juice

 3 tablespoons chopped green onions

 1/4 teaspoon salt

 1 dash hot pepper sauce

 1.Preheat the oven broiler. Grease a baking dish.

 2.In a bowl, mix the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, green onions, salt, and hot pepper sauce.

 3.Arrange the halibut fillets in the prepared baking dish.

 4.Broil halibut fillets 8 minutes in the prepared oven, or until easily flaked with a fork. Spread with the Parmesan cheese mixture, and continue broiling 2 minutes, or until topping is bubbly and lightly browned.

 Upcoming Events

 4/27-28 Reston Town Center WWW.UNCORKTHEFUN.COM

5/4-5/5 National Harbor WWW.WINEANDFOODNH.COM

Next Week
Amelia from 98 Rock and Dave Schuemann from CF Napa one of the country’s preeminent wine label designers…Sergio’s Jewelers

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Mike Isabella – Crazy Good Italian
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Mike Isabella – Crazy Good Italian

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Sips of the Week

Rappahannock Cellars Viognier 2011, Virginia

Classic Viognier displaying honeysuckle notes on the nose leading to a crisp and clean palate with plenty of apricot and peach notes. This full-bodied aromatic white has clean mineral notes that refresh the palate with every sip. The perfect match for the back porch.

grand veneurvs. Domaine Grand Veneur Blanc de Viognier Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley, France

Winemaker’s Notes: A lush white from start to finish color is clear gold with brilliant flecks of green. A very intense nose of white flowers, white peaches and pears. On the palate, aromas are expressed with balance and an amazing freshness.

 Barboursville Vineyards Merlot 2011, Virginia

Winemaker’s Notes: Born from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, aged a few months in oak. This red offers elegant berry flavors with distinctive tones of mint and plum. Presents a medium body combined with extremely soft tannins and a smooth lingering finish.

 vs. Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2008, Chile

Winemaker’s Notes: A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Carmenere showing off a deep inked red purple color. Expressive and intense nose, packed with ripe black and red fruit aromas, savory notes and white and black spices. Silky texture with red fruit and spices flavors. Medium tannins structure with a round mid palate and a long finish.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.


Featured Guest

We talk to Greg Nivens producer of the Great Grapes Reston and National Harbor Food & Wine Festivals…he’s set up a taste off between VA Wines vs wines from around the world for us. 

Wine Sandwich  

Mike Isabella, Chef Owner of Graffiato, joined us to talk about his new cookbook Crazy Good Italian. Mike Isabella is a Washington, D.C.-based chef and restaurateur, and owner of Italian-inspired small plates restaurant, Graffiato. Chef Isabella appeared on Season Six of Top Chef and he was the runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars.


 Upcoming Events

April 26th Texas: Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 27th Virginia: Great Grapes Wine Festival
May 4th Maryland: National Harbor Wine & Food Festival

Next Week

We’ll talk to Arne Hillesbrand, Distiller of No. 209 Gin…found out why this Gin is so smooth and some great spring cocktails. And, the Wholefoods halibut expert talks about this in-season fish. 

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The Wines of Burgundy & Barolo
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The Wines of Burgundy & Barolo

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Featured Guests

IMG_0323BURGUNDY & Beyond: JCB Wines

Jean-Charles Boisset, President of Boisset Family Estates, grew up in the vineyards and developed a life-long passion for wine – both its production and its enjoyment. He possesses a long-term vision for his family’s company that stems from a dedication to innovation and the environment while continually focusing on crafting fine wines of distinction. This vision has led to pioneering efforts in sustainability from the vineyard to the vessel.  He has implemented sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farming practices at the family’s vineyards, while simultaneously introducing alternative packaging innovations that reduce a wine’s environmental impact and carbon footprint.

BAROLO: Beni di Batasiolo Wines

Ricardo March, US & Canada Director of Batasiolo S.P.A., has traveled the world for the past decade, attending major wine events. His passion for wine started sixteen years ago when he was an area manager for Allied Domecq in Central America and he’s been part of the industry ever since. March, who holds an MBA from Florida International University, is collaborating with Boisset America as Italian Wine Specialist, informing wine enthusiasts. He currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and two daughters.

Upcoming Events

April 26th Texas: Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 27th Virginia: Great Grapes Wine Festival
May 4th Maryland: National Harbor Wine & Food Festival

Next Week

We’ll talk to Chef Mike Isabella about his new book Crazy Good Italian and find out about great wine events near you!


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Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Meritage Alliance and Ideas for Leftover Easter Candy
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The Meritage Alliance and Ideas for Leftover Easter Candy

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Sips of the Week

lyethLyeth Meritage 2011, Sonoma County, California $16.99

Winemaker’s Notes: In this spirit of the fundamental blending premise, Winemaker Bill Arbios has created this exciting blend of Bordeaux varietals from carefully selected vineyards from the most esteemed corners of Sonoma County. This wine’s blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot contributes to its unique flavor.  Complex flavors of bing cherry and spice dominate the palate and are combined with hints of blackberry and a slight earthy component. This blend of flavors exhibits a good balance between acids and tannins that end with very smooth finish.

North Gate Meritage, Loudoun County, Virginia $20 (winery only)

Winemaker’s Notes: Science gives way to art when a winemaker puts together a blend of wines that is greater than the sum of its parts. We evaluate the characteristics of the parts we have to work with and then create a blend that shows the best of our Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc, (19%),  and Petit Verdot (5%). The result is a full-bodied wine, complete and complex from start to finish. Full bodied Bordeaux blend, complete from start to finish. Winner of the Gold Medal, 2012 Indy International,  Silver Medal, 2011 Grand Harvest Awards and Virginia Governor’s Cup.

 Dry Creek Vineyards, The Mariner Meritage, $45

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2009 Mariner presents enticing aromas with deep vibrant hues of attractive red fruits. Aromas are dominated by cassis and dark cherry, toasted vanilla oak, hints of crème brulée and notes of espresso. On the palate, the flavors are harmonious and supple with blackberry and sweet black cherry combining with a toasty complexity. The tannins are fine and grainy, lending excellent structure to this wine. The finish is long and lingering with a charming flavor profile that entices one for another sip. The blend consists of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.


Featured Guest

Mitch Cosentino,  one of the founders of Meritage,  tells us about the very first Meritage that was produced in 1988 when he owned Cosentino Winery in the Napa Valley.  Mitch now co-owns pureCru Winery.   He is known for his innovative and artistic approach to winemaking.    He was involved with the founding of the “Group in Search of a Name”  that became the Meritage Association.  Mitch points out that over the past three years, blended red wines, particularly those using the Bordeaux varietals, have been the hottest and fastest-growing wine category across all price points.  Last year sales increased a whopping 26%.  Yes, we are the wine that sent Pinot Noir — which was the fastest growing category from 2004 through 2009 — “sideways.”

Wine Sandwich
peeptini

Robin Shreeves the Eco-friendly food blogger for Mother Nature Network will help us dispose of all that left over Easter Candy.   Robin writes stay–at-home mom blogs about finding eco-friendly food options.  Robin is a wife, mom to two fabulous boys, and a work at home freelance writer.  

 

 Upcoming Events

April 26th Texas: Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 27th Virginia: Great Grapes Wine Festival
May 4th Maryland: National Harbor Wine & Food Festival

Next Week

We’ll find out about the wines from Burgundy and Barolo!

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Easter Brunch with Melissa d’Arabian & Why You Like the Wines You Like
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Easter Brunch with Melissa d’Arabian & Why You Like the Wines You Like

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rocheredonne_labelHQSips of the Week

Pair with Ham: Mas Redonne Bandol, Provence, France $20.00

Winemaker’s Notes: Nice light salmon color, typical of Bandol. The wine expresses some citrus, Pomelos (a delicious type of grapefruit) and lots of white fruit aromas and minerality. The flavors are fresh, fruity and very aromatic with tons of Apricot and Mango. This Rose is a blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, 10% Grenache.

 Pair with Lamb:  Fritz Dry Creek Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma, California $19.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2010 Estate Zinfandel is handcrafted from 30 year old vines grown on the valley floor of our Estate, a 5 acre site that produces wines that are rich in color and flavor. In this garnet hued wine, look for aromas of blackberry, black and red cherry, wild berry, anise, and subtle dusty earth tones. It is a well structured Zin with a balanced mouth feel and elegant tannins. Flavors of blackberry, black and red cherry, red licorice, carry through to it’s delightful finish.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest  

Tim Hanni, Master of Wine  is an internationally recognized wine expert and professionally trained chef.  He joined us on the show to discuss his book  “Why You Like the Wines You Like”.  He is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking “Vinotyping” — making wine drinkers more confident about their personal wine preferences. The concepts in this book enable wine producers, marketers, restaurateurs and retailers to tailor wine recommendations for their customers.  Tim believes well-guided, confident consumers are the foundation of a healthier and more vibrant wine community. 

Wine Sandwich with Melissa d’Arabian 

TenDollarDinnersMom of four, television host and New York Times best-selling author Melissa d’Arabian joined The Sipping Point to share her expertise on family home cooking ans Easter Brunch – Easy to make, Budget Friendly Meals.  After winning seasaon five of “The Next Food Network Star,” Melissa’s relatable cooking show “Ten Dollar Dinners” premiered on Food Network. Each episode delivers on her $10 promise: four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities and proves a delicious budget-friendly meal can be made without compromise. We talk about Melissa’s first cookbook “Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week.  Fans can stay in touch with Melissa on Facebook and Twitter (@MelissadArabian).

Check out the recipe Melissa shared with us for Rosemary-Chocolate Chip Scones!

 Upcoming Events

April 26th Texas:  Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
April 27th Virginia:  Great Grapes Wine Festival
May 4th  Maryland: National Harbor Wine & Food Festival 

Next Week  

Mitch Cosentino from the Meritage Alliance talks about the 25th anniversary of Meritage — a celebration of New World wines done in the tradition of Bordeaux, with probably the most mispronounced word in the wine industry! Then Robin Shreeves, the Eco-friendly food blogger for Mother Nature Network will help us with some creative ideas for all that leftover Easter Candy.


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The Sipping Point 03/16/2013
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The Sipping Point 03/16/2013

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Jennifer Glanville, Brewery Manager and a Brewer at Samuel Adams Boston Brewery in Massachusetts joins us.   Since 2001  Jennifer has brought her passion for brewing traditional and lost beer styles to the Boston Brewery.  She received her education in brewing at Doemens Academy in Munich. She thanks “the luck of the beer gods” for allowing her to do what she loves.  As a self-proclaimed foodie, Jennifer loves pairing Samuel Adams brews with her favorite dishes to enhance their flavors. 

Sips of the Week

boslagerglass--en--4548d928-1f3f-48fa-ad32-88e6e7ac3883Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Boston, Massachusetts, $9.99/6 pack
Brewmaster’s Notes: Boston Lager is an excellent example of the fundamentals of a great beer, offering a full, rich flavor that is both balanced and complex. That unique flavor is the result of a perfect combination of our signature hand selected ingredients and a traditional four vessel brewing process.  

 Samuel Adams Boston Lager uses only the finest ingredients including two-row malted barley and Bavarian Noble hops.  The sole use of two-row barley not only imparts a full, smooth body but also gives the beer a wide spectrum of malt flavor ranging from slightly sweet to roasted.

We also take great pride in the Noble hops we use.  They’re hand selected by Jim Koch and our brewers from the world’s oldest hop growing areas.  Although they are among the most expensive hops, their unmistakable aroma and taste is essential to Samuel Adams Boston Lager.  The Noble hop varieties of Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger add a wide range of floral, piney and citrus notes, which are present from the aroma, through the taste, and all the way to the lingering smooth finish. 

 Food Pairing: Boston Lager’s complexity, malty sweetness and intricate hop notes pair well with rich flavorful foods and caramelized grilled flavors.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring, Boston, Massachusetts, $9.99/6 pack
Brewmaster’s Notes: Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is a transitional brew created to take drinkers from winter’s heavier brews to the lighter beers of summer. Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is a crisp, unfiltered medium-bodied lager with bright floral and citrus notes. Smooth and refreshing, this brew compliments the season with a balanced hop and malt profile, an unfiltered appearance, and a slightly higher alcohol content of 5.5% ABV.

Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is brewed with pale malts for a crisp flavor and honey malt for a slight sweetness. A single-hop brew, we use a half-pound of Noble Tettnang Tettnanger hops per barrel to impart a unique, bright orange citrusy aroma and taste of orange blossom honey. Our Noble hops are grown in gardens in the foothills of the Alps that have been cultivated for more than a century and are prized for their flavor. Shortly after brewing, Samuel Adams Alpine Spring is kegged and bottled as a young beer, only a few weeks old, which results in an unfiltered haziness and soft fruity esters.

Food Pairing: The malty sweetness and spicy notes in Samuel Adams Alpine Spring stand up well to fiery foods like Indian, Thai and Mexican dishes. The citrusy and floral notes also complement the acidity in tomato-based Italian sauces and help lighten the taste of sautéed chicken or cheesy pasta dishes. The brew will also pair well with seafoods, sushi, edamame and spring garden salads.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.


Featured Guest

Cassandra Vanhooser, Talbot County’s new tourism director, spent more than 14 years as a travel and features writer at Southern Living magazine.   She also wrote the  Gameday Gal column, the magazine’s first blog, ranked as the best read editorial on southernliving.com.   She shares with us  the amazing deals to be found at the 2013 Talbot Restaurant Week that takes place from 3/17-3/23 including a Great Gatsby Ball.

Wine Sandwich

paul_smllChef Paul Flynn joins us from Dungarvan, Co Waterford in the south east of Ireland where he owns  The Tannery Restaurant one of Ireland’s leading  restaurants.  It was opened in 1997 by leading chef Paul Flynn and his wife Máire and was followed in 2005 by the opening of the boutique style Tannery Townhouse. Over a decade later, the Tannery Cookery school is now open featuring a state of the art demonstration kitchen with adjacent guest accommodations.

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with soft pears, cinnamon and thyme

 2 tablespoons black peppercorns – crushed & 2 tablespoons sea salt

1 tablespoons thyme leaves & 4 cloves garlic crushed

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 boneless pork shoulder (rind off)

330 mls bottle pear cider & 4 pears

4 fresh bay leaves & 2 cinnamon sticks

4 red onions & 10 potatoes

The night before you want to cook this dish, take a small bowl and mix together the cracked peppercorns, thyme, garlic, salt and oil. Stir until the mixture is uniform then rub evenly over the pork shoulder, inside and out.  Wrap the pork tightly in cling film to hold the marinade against the meat and marinate overnight in the fridge. The next day, at least five hours before you want to eat, preheat the oven to 275 degrees.   

Find a big deep pot or solid roasting tray and remove the pork from the cling film.  Place in the pot or tray with the cider and a little extra water to create some steam.  Add the bay leaves and cinnamon.  Tent the pot or tray with foil, sealing the edges well, then slow roast in the oven for four hours.  In the last half hour, peel and quarter the pears, onions and potatoes so they are in even pieces.  Remove the pork from the oven and increase the temperature to 200deg C/400deg F, gas 6.   Remove the foil from the pork and place the pears, onions and potatoes around the meat, making sure to baste them with the porky juices. 

Cook for thirty minutes more, until the meat is golden and the crackling crisp.  Remove the pork and leave to rest for 20 minutes while you turn the vegetables.  Baste once more in the juices and continue to cook.  Skim the excess fat from the juices and serve with the pork and roast vegetables.  You should be able to pull the meat apart with a spoon.

 Upcoming Events

3/17 – 3/23 Talbot Restaurant Week 

3/19:  Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD 


Next Week
We’ll be back next week with Master of Wine Tim Hanni and Food Networks Melissa d’Arabian to get you ready for Easter!

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The Sipping Point 03/09/2013
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The Sipping Point 03/09/2013

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Sips of the Week

The Raven Special Lager

box raven special lager_300wRaven Special Lager 
A perfect balanced lager beer that goes well with any kind of food, but particularly with spicy food or when you just want to sit down and enjoy a beer with friends.  With a shot of Woodford Reserve chased with chilled Raven is a near perfect combination. The rich golden colored beer is an exceptionally smooth Southern German lager, somewhat malty but well balanced between the hops and malt.  Experiencing the clean finish and pleasant lingering aftertaste of The Raven Special Lager, one can truly say that The Taste Is Poetic. Tasting Notes: This pale amber beer has a delightful aroma that goes down easily with a nice hop taste and dry finish.

Pendulum Pilsner 
A rich velvet smooth, yet clean, dry and crisp pilsner of a pale gold color. The complex mix of hops and malt creates an elegant floral nose and delightful taste that is very drinkable without overwhelming even the most tepid beer drinker. Not overly bitter but just enough of the hop to enjoy their subtle complexities while still enjoying the smooth, and almost sweet taste of the malt. Serve Pendulum in a tall glass to enjoy the carbonated bead and the steady white head that laces the glass and taste why Pendulum Pilsner is a cut above the rest.

Tell Tale Hearty Ale

Your first experience with this IPA is the citrus bouquet from its rocky white head. The initial taste is subdued but gradually becomes intense without any harsh bitterness. The heartier, the better!

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest

Raven beer StephenThis week on The Sipping Point we talked to Stephen Demczuk of Raven Beer to find out about this line of brews inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. We taste 3 of his beers and talk about an upcoming event celebrating one of Poe’s most famous short stories The Cask of Amontillado. Join Laurie and Stephen at The Cask of Amontillado Wine Festival on 3/16 from 12-5PM. Buy Tickets Today!

Wine Sandwich 

Wine Cartoonist Doug Pike joined us to talk about  his wine cartoons that are a regular feature on the on-line version of Robert Parker’s, The Wine Advocate, the most highly trafficked wine-related site on the Web.  Read more about Doug’s success sandwiching his love of comics and wine on his website.

Upcoming Events

3/16: National Shamrock Fest  Ranked the “#3 Saint Paddy’s festival in US” by Beer Taste Magazine

3/19:  Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD

3/21: Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Red Hen in Easton, MD

3/27: Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC 

Next Week

We’ll be back next week the brew masters from Angry Orchard and Samuel Adams and Chef  Paul Flynn straight from Dublin, Ireland to give us tips on authentic cuisine for St Patty’s Day!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Sipping Point – Robert Parker Jr.
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The Sipping Point – Robert Parker Jr.

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Featured Guest 

parker1This week I sat down with most influential wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. of The Wine Advocate and eRobertParker.com to talk all things wine. Mr. Parker grew up in the Baltimore area and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. His interest in wine began in 1967, when he spent a month abroad in France, visiting a girlfriend (who is now his wife of 37 years) at the University of Strasbourg in Alsace, France.

By 1975, he began to think about writing about wine and commencing his own “independent, consumer’s guide,” largely because of the paucity of reliable information on wine quality. Friends and family advised that his career in law should be given top priority, and that wine writing was a romantic, unprofitable profession. Nevertheless, by 1978, the concept of a wine publication was formulated. The first issue of The Wine Advocate, a complimentary issue, was sent out to mailing lists purchased from several major wine retailers. The initial number of charter subscribers in August, 1978, was less than 600.

Twenty-eight years later, The Wine Advocate has over 50,000 subscribers, in every state in the United States, and in over 37 foreign countries. Today, virtually every knowledgeable observer agrees that The Wine Advocate exerts the most significant influence on the serious wine consumer’s buying habits and trends not only in America, but in France, England, Switzerland.

Sips of the Week

Laurie suggests trying these value priced Spanish wines that have been rated 89 points by Robert Parker.

Finca Sobreno Crianza 2009 Toro, Spain, $15   Importer: Kseyla

Winemaker’s Notes: This Crianza is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) grapes grown on some 50 hectares of vineyards (average age of 30 years) purchased specifically for the Sobreño project. The vines are planted at a very low density (900 plants/hectare), with reduced production levels in the range of 4,000 kilos/hectare. Grapes are hand-picked, fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for a total of 7 months in American oak barrels. Intense dark red color. Blackberry, black cherry fruit on the nose, ripe and full flavored.

Evodia Garnacha 2011 Catalyud, Spain $10   Importer: Eric Solomon, European Cellars 

Winemaker’s Notes: This 100% Garnacha offers a lovely perfume of spice box, mineral, and wild cherry. This perfectly balanced mix of flavors lends itself to an intensely fruity wine with loads of taste, a smooth texture, and a pure, fruit-filled finish. Pairs well with white and red meats roasted or grilled, big game, meat casseroles and stews, complex sauces, foie gras and legumes or blue and cured cheeses.

All the sips of the week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.wellswine.com

Upcoming Events

3/8:   Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Waltz Vineyards in Manheim PA, 6:30 PM

3/16: The Cask of Amontillado Wine Festival at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, MD, 12-5PM

3/19:  Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD, 7PM

3/21: Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Red Hen in Easton, MD, 6:30 PM

Next Week

We’ll be back next week with Raven Beer and Wine Cartoonist Doug Pike to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Sipping Point 02/23/13
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The Sipping Point 02/23/13

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Sips of the Week

Burgess Cellars Merlot 2008, Napa Valley, CA $24.99
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 Merlot, like our previous vintages, demonstrates a unique intense varietal personality along with a richness associated with the vintage. The most common flavor characteristics of Merlot, blueberries and black cherries, are stunning with a hint of mint. The 2008 is 100% Merlot from our Triere Estate vineyard in the Oak Knoll District just south of Yountville. This region of Napa Valley is ideal for bringing Merlot to full maturity, with vines
that are oriented north to south so that they capture both morning and afternoon sun, producing a full-bodied, rich, complex wine with a long lasting finish.
Burgess Cellars Syrah, Napa Valley, CA $28
Winemaker’s Notes: This Syrah was grown in two locations: One on the Eastern-side of Howell Mountain off Ink Grade Road, the other just south of Yountville in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. By blending grapes from these two areas, the wine is fashioned after a mid-Rhone wine. Fermentation took place under a relatively high aeration system which helps build complexity and retains purity of the flavors. The wine was aged in approximately 40% French oak barrels and 60% American oak to build the complex flavors.
 

Burgess Cellars Cabernet, Napa Valley, CA $37.99Winemaker’s Notes: The Burgess Cellars’ hillside vineyards are on the steep slopes of Howell Mountain. The various exposures result in grapes that complement one another and build a complex, delicious wine. Soils range from volcanic ash to rocky marine sediments, this, combined with mature  vines and skilled wine making give us a complex and elegant wine. The wine shows off dense Cabernet Sauvignon character accented with vanilla, balancing spices and toasty oak from traditional barrel aging.
All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest

show page photo2 223Steve Burgess did not always work in the family business. After earning his degree from Cal Poly in Agricultural Systems Management with a minor in Agricultural Business and a Wine-Marketing Certificate, Steve went through many transformations—from high school physics teacher to wine broker to restaurant work, but he was eventually persuaded by his father to return to Burgess Cellars. He is passionate about doing things the “correct way,” and seeks out “the best” of things. Steve’s enthusiasm is ideal for running a premium winery where quality and character are paramount. Find out more: http://www.burgesscellars.com

Chef Ferrier of 2100 Prime located in the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel also joined us to talk about how he created perfect pairings for Steve’s wines for the Capital Wine Festival taking place now through March 26. Chris Ferrier was born in BBQ country — Owensboro, Kentucky, home of the Moonlight! He grew up in New Jersey where classic dinner food is the culinary staple that sophisticated diners crave today. Before graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1990, Ferrier was associated with the well-known Lodge at Pebble Beach in California, where he became acquainted with many of the local purveyors of fruits and vegetables. Since then, he has incorporated local products into his menus and cuisine working at great restaurants for Hyatt Regency Hotels, the Boar’s Head Inn, and now at 2100 Prime.


Wine Sandwich 

Brendan Dorr is the Head Bartender and Mixologist at B&O American Brasserie delivering new American cuisBrendan Dorr of B&O Brasserieine with the soul of a traditional brasserie and cutting edge cocktails. Dorr brings an artistic approach to mixology, using fresh and seasonal ingredients and a flair of creativity with every cocktail creation. Before coming to B&O American Brasserie, he spent seven years at the former Ixia Restaurant perfecting his craft. Dorr’s impressive resume includes posts at Black Olive and Aureole, Charlie Palmer’s renowned restaurant in New York.  
Recently, Dorr founded the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild in an effort to put Baltimore’s cocktail scene on the national level. He also is a co-founder of the Forgotten Cocktail Club, which hosts pop-up events once a month with a focus on cocktails from the pre-Prohibition era.
Rye’s Up Event on 2/24 at 6PM at the B&O American Brasserie at the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, MD. Purchase Tickets: here


Upcoming Events

3/8:   Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Waltz Vineyards in Manheim PA

3/19:  Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD

3/21: Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Red Hen in Easton, MD

Next Week

We’ll be back next week with an interview with Maryland’s own Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate and eRobertParker.com.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Sipping Point 2/16/2013
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The Sipping Point 2/16/2013

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Sips of the Week

Corcoran Vineyards
2011 Viognier, Virginia, $28

100% Viognier grapes grown on our estate were used to make this wine full of tropical fruit on the nose as well as on the palate. This wine is often perceived as sweet because of all the Lori Corcoranfruit characteristics. Serve slightly chilled with crab cakes or peach pie.

Corcoran Vineyards 2010 Petit Verdot, Virginia, $28
Rich in color, spicy and full of soft tannins makes this wine perfect paired with beef stews or a leg of lamb.

Corcoran Vineyards 2008 Cello, Virginia $25
Made with 100% Petit Manseng grapes, this wine is our version of the Italian Lemon Cello.
Bursting with lemon aromas and flavors and was fortified with heavenly spirits. Chill Cello to be icy cold and enjoy as an aperitif or on the porch on a warm fall evening.

Corcoran Vineyards 2010 USB, Virginia $25
Using our local grown Chambourcin grapes and aging them in Whiskey barrels for 12 months, this is a “Port-style” wine rich in black cherries, caramel and chocolate.

 Corcoran Brewing Commonwealth Kolsch Style Ale

Brewmaster’s Notes: A very light golden ale originating from Cologne, Germany. Very light hop flavor, considered the “lager of ales” because it is aged at cold temperatures much like a lager. Kölsch-style Ale, 5.4% ABV; Hops: Hallertauer, Saaz

Corcoran Brewing Corky’s Irish Red, Virginia

Brewmaster’s Notes: A sweeter, malty ale brewed with generous amounts of crystal malts and a hint of roasted barley. Imported U.K. Northdown hops give this ale a bit of the old country. Irish Red Ale, 5.5% ABV

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest

Lori, the winemaker and proprietor of Corcoran Vineyards, graduated from San Jose State University back in 1989 with a degree in Administration of Justice. Her intent was to join the FBI…Ok, so she got sidetracked and decided to open a winery and become a winemaker instead. When not making wine, Lori is busy raising four kids on the farm and also volunteers whatever other free time she has to numerous worthy causes. She was one of the founding members of the Loudoun Wineries Association and continues to serve on the Visit Loudoun Board.

Upcoming Events

2/16-17: Join Laurie for the Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Savor Sip Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day!

3/8:   Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Waltz Vineyards in Manheim PA

3/19:  Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis

Next Week

We’ll be back next week with winemaker Steve Burgess of Burgess Cellars in Napa Valley to explore the recipe for a delicious life and so much more!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

Eat Something Sexy: The Sipping Point – 2/9/13
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Eat Something Sexy: The Sipping Point – 2/9/13

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Sips of the Week

Jorge Ordonez Botani Muscat Alexandria, Sierras de Malaga, Spain $18.99

Winemaker’s Notes:  Pale straw color. Fresh, fragrant and mature, brimming with the aroma of Muscat grape, apple, mandarin orange and a botani2pinch of wilted flowers. On the palate it is fruity and dry, with notes of citrus and a gentle finish.

The surprising originality of Botani is the fruit from a rigorous process of grape selection and the great care taken in the winemaking process. The grapes used in this wine come from the vines from Almachar that grow on the north-facing mountainous slopes. After manual harvesting, at the end of June or the beginning of August, the grapes are brought to the selection table before pressing. Since they are extremely sensitive to climate changes, we were not able to make this
wine in 2005.

Tarima Hills Monastrell, Alicante, Spain $16.99

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Winemaker’s Notes: Monastrell’s intensity of fruit shows throughout the wine; red plums, black cherries, and raisins, and the toasty barrel power lingers as well. There are a few green, herbal notes, and the wine finishes with a lingering warmth and toast. Drink now or in the next five years.  Monastrell grapes are hand-harvested from small plots of low -yielding old vines. The wine exhibits deep garnet color with flashes of violet and a bouquet of dark red cherries and leather. On the palate, the wine achieves its full potential, offering notes of black berries, plums, and licorice with an elegant but persistent finish. 

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.


Featured Guest

Regina Fors from Turf Valley on the upcoming Savor Sip Style Luxury Home Show on 2/16-17 where you can savor great food, sip delicious wines and get great ideas to make your home even more luxurious!

 

Wine Sandwich

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Amy Reiley authored the critically acclaimed aphrodisiac cookbook  Fork Me, Spoon Me.  Master of Gastronomy and leading aphrodisiac authority, Reiley is recognized as one of America’s leading authorities on the link between food, wine and sexual pleasure. Reiley was the second American Master of Gastronomy awarded by Le Cordon Bleu and in 2005 she was one of 5 wine professionals chosen as a finalist in the international Wine Women Awards.  She shares her hand rolled dark chocolate truffle recipe from her cookbook Romancing the Stove

Upcoming Events

2/16-17: Join Laurie for the Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Savor Sip Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day!

3/8:   Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Waltz Vineyards in Manheim PA

3/19:  Something to Wine About Wine Tasting Comedy at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis


Next Week

We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life with Lori Corcoran of Corcoran’s Vineyards and their Brewmaster of Corcoran Brewery

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Brew & BBQ for Game Day: The Sipping Point – 2/2
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Brew & BBQ for Game Day: The Sipping Point – 2/2

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Sips of the Week

Full Sail Brewing Session Lager, Hood River, Oregon $14.99/12 pk

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Brewmaster’s Notes: Original Session, with the bright red label, is a classic all-malt pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us of what American lagers used to taste like. It’s flavorful, refreshing, and has a touch of that import-style taste. (Which, once upon a time, you didn’t have to buy an “import” to get.) Oh, and it comes in a stubby, 11-oz bottle like your grandpa used to buy. So after your next session (surf, jam, gab, whatever), crack open a Session and drink to the good old new days. Named World’s Best Premium Lager at the World Beer Awards and winner of a slew of other shiny trophies, Session has truly earned itself a place at the bar. Not to mention the barbeque.

Abita Light, New Orleans, Louisiana $9.99/6pk

Brewmaster’s Notes: Abita Light is an all-malt lager brewed with pilsner and carapils malts and Vanguard hops. It is the smoothest and most flavorful light beer you’ll ever taste. Crisp and refreshing with a mild hop aroma, it has only 118 calories and 8 carbs. Great with almost anything, it’s an excellent choice for lighter foods and salads too. Try Abita Light with a sharp Cheddar. Suggested temperature: 38°, Suggested glassware: pint, pilsner or wheat

Flying Dog “Underdog” Atlantic Lager, Frederick, MD $10.99flying dog

Brewmaster’s Notes: Underdog is light and refreshing with crisp hop character and pairs best with foods like simple salads, Provolone and Monterey Jack cheeses, seafood, and light proteins.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest

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Laurie sips Session beer with Brian Tyler

Brian Tyler, Beer Whisperer from Hair o’ the Dog in Easton, MD joined us with 3 brews perfect for the Superbowl! Brian, has been in the fine wine, beer, and spirits business for over 15 years. The craft beer explosion caught the attention of a guy always interested in trying something “new” and as his palette continued to grow so did his devotion. Brian is currently certified in Beer Sales and Service through the Cicerone program and hopes to be a Certified Cicerone within the year.

Wine Sandwich

Andrew Evans, Chef/Owner of The BBQ Joint Easton, MD joined us to talk BBQ for game day and shared his meatloaf recipe! Taught from childhood to be curious about the world and about food, Evans received a BA degree in Far Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and later attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York.  Andrew Evans currently balances his time managing The BBQ Joint, providing private chef catering for families, teaching cooking demonstrations for his National BBQ Team sponsors Primo Grills and Creek Stone Farms Black Angus Beef, lessons at Whole Foods supermarket and consulting for the Australian government (Austrade).

Upcoming Events

2/16-17: Join Laurie for the Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Savor Sip Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day!

Next Week

We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life with Aphrodisiacs for Valentines, Sexy Wines and so much more!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Sipping Point – 1/26: Super Bowl Celebration
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The Sipping Point – 1/26: Super Bowl Celebration

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Monte Antico Toscana 2008, Tuscany, Italy $12

Winemaker’s Notes: A Tuscan classic! Deep ruby colour with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, liquorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets harmonize and linger, interlacing with the soft tannins and silky texture. Firm backbone, perfect integration of acidity and fruit, well rounded, medium finish.

 I Guistri e Zanza Nemorino, Tuscany, $19.99

Winemaker’s Notes: (60% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot) A lovely coastal Tuscan blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, and Merlot. I Giusti e Zanza is working toward their organic certification. The love and care for their land and grapes shows in each and every wine they produce. The Nemorino is soft and supple. An excellent match for simply grilled meat, pork, and game.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, MD check them out at www.WellsWine.com. To find these wines in other areas visit www.winesearcher.com.

Featured Guest

gerry sanduskyGerry Sandusky, Ravens Broadcaster joined to talk about the upcoming Superbowl XLVII in New Orleans. A TV & radio broadcaster for more than two decades, Gerry has worked as a sportscaster in both Miami and Baltimore. He is also the radio play-by-play voice of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. He has covered events ranging from the Super Bowl to Major League All-Star game and he has interviewed stars and celebrities ranging from Michael Jordan to former President Ronald Reagan. Gerry is a two-time Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winner. Gerry founded The Sandusky Group nearly a decade ago. He understands first-hand how the power of first-rate presentation, media, and communication skills translate to a company’s overall success.

Wine Sandwich

Martie Duncan, Chief Party Thrower at MartieKnowsParties.com and Finalist Season 8 Food Network Star joined us to talk Superbowl parties.  Party expert and entrepreneur Martie Duncan represented the great state of Alabama and home cooks everywhere this year as a finalist on Season 8 of the popular competition cooking show, Food Network Star. Selected from thousands of applicants by culinary icon Alton Brown as part of his team, Martie was the only contestant with no culinary training or food industry experience in this year’s cast. Her food was described by Food Network executives as “warm and comforting, like hot cocoa or flannel pajamas.” For recipes and party tips: www.MartieKnowsParties.com for Food Safety tips: www.FoodSafety.gov

Upcoming Events

2/16-17: Join Laurie for the Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Savor Sip Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day! http://www.savorsipstyle.com/

Next Week

We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life with great brews and BBQ for game day!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Sipping Point – 1/19: La Tarasque Cotes du Rhone
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The Sipping Point – 1/19: La Tarasque Cotes du Rhone

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Sips of the Week

La Tarasque Cotes du Rhone 2010, Rhone Valley, France $21.99laTarasque_bottle_nv

Winemaker’s Notes:

“Strawberries, cherry, red currants, plum, fig, violets, caramel, coffee, tar, cocoa and wet stone in an incredibly vibrant nose. Cherry, wild strawberry, caramel and peach in a bold attack with medium density. Soft and super supple finish with density, stone fruits linger with persistence. This wine is tasting great! It is refreshing, supple and juicy.” —Aaron Pott

Domaine Armand Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010, Rhone Valley, France $16.99

Importer’s Notes: A blend of Marsanne 50%, Clairette 30% and Grenache Blanc 20% this is a beautiful bright white with with a straw color. The nose is expressive, with apricot and peach aromas mixed with sweet notes of vanilla and toasted bread. The mouth feel is round and remains round and fresh with notes of citrus fruits and white fresh fruits. So smooth! It might become one of your favorite choices when in search of a great match for your meal: whether you go with salad, fish, chicken or soup!

All the details on the Sips of the Week are at TheWineCoach.com, on The Wine Coach free App for iPhone/Android and all wines are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Featured Guest
La Tarasques winemaker Aaron Pott joined us to talk to us about how he became the first American to run a Grand Cru Chateau in France. We talked about the history behind La Tarasque and why it tastes so darn delicious! At age ten, Aaron Pott made the deliberate decision to become a winemaker. It was on the heels of a trip to Europe with his parents, when a French waiter told him, “Milk is for babies” and offered him a watered down red wine instead. He has since been wine maker for
Newton Vineyards Château Troplong Mondot, Château La Tour Figeac–a Grand Cru Bordeaux, Beringer Wine Estates and Quintessa. Now he consults for many wineries including La Tarasque while making his own label Pott Wine.

Wine Sandwich

Chef RSignature Boudin Blanc (2)obert Weidmaier of Marcel’s in Washington DC joined us to talk about incorporating a touch of France into every day cooking. All of the Robert Wiedmaier’s six restaurants reflect his European heritage, in particular his links to the Franco-Belgian territory. Born in Germany to a Belgian father and Californian mother, he grew up close to the land. In 1999, Wiedmaier opened Marcel’s, an elegant restaurant that consistently wins top awards and ratings for fine dining in Washington; it is named for his first-born son, and was listed as the top restaurant for food in the prestigious Zagat’s Washington DC/Baltimore Restaurant Survey in both 2011 and 2012.  Now, Wiedmaier currently owns six successful restaurants in three states and the District of Columbia. These include Brasserie Beck, Brabo, Mussel Bar & Grille [Bethesda, MD and in Atlantic City, NJ], Wildwood Kitchen and Marcel’s.

Recipe for Boudin Blanc with Caramelized Onions, Bacon Lardons and Sauce

 

Upcoming Events
2/16-17: Join Laurie for the Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Savor Sip Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day! http://www.savorsipstyle.com/

2/25 The 4th Annual Capital Wine Festival kicks off with the Grand Reception. Here you’ll be able to taste wines from all ten wineries participating in the festival, along with two local wineries, Tarara and Boxwood. Tickets can be purchased at www.capitalwinefestival.com or by call 202 736-1453.

Next Week

We’ll be back to talk and drink with Ravens Broacaster Gerry Sandusky and give tips on creating an AWESOME Superbowl party!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

Chocolate Trends 2013 with Susannah Siger
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Chocolate Trends 2013 with Susannah Siger

Susannah Siger of MaPetiteShoe.com shares the emerging chocolate trends for 2013…a delicious segment!

The Sipping Point – 1/12: Bad Company…Good Wine
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The Sipping Point – 1/12: Bad Company…Good Wine

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Sips of the Week

Paul Cullen, founder of Paul Cullen Wines joined us to share his wines, music and thoughts on life.  Paul Cullen is a bassist and multi-instrumentalist touring with such groups as the internationally acclaimed rock band, Bad Company, Cullen has played shows in front of millions of audience members and in venues around the world. Today, his unique jazzy cool acoustic sounds provide the ideal backdrop for sipping wines from his hand crafted Paul Cullen Wines Collection.

Unplugged & Uncorked Rosso $13, Sierra Foothills, California

Sonata Rosso is a lush fusion of Syrah, Zinfandel & Cab Franc from the Sierra Foothills on the eastern side of California. A rich and well balanced red: Fruity, spicy, hints of clove, and vanilla with perfect tannins. This clean daily drinker pairs well with anything grilled to your favorite pizza. Especially perfect with my Grandma’s sauce.

Unplugged & Uncorked Bianco $13, Sierra Foothills, California

Sonata Bianco is a crisp, bright Sauvignon Blanc with a splash of Chardonnay. Fruity nose and hints of grass with clean flavors of pear and apricots fill your mouth and a citrus finish. Lovely with seafood and salads.

Unplugged & Uncorked Rosé $13, Sierra Foothills, California

Sonata Rosé is a cool blend of Petite Syrah and a rare Italian Grape Fiano from the Sierra Foothills on the eastern side of California. A dry and spicy Rosé, this can be drank by itself or pair it with Antipasti or anything grilled. “Not your grandmom’s Rosé!”

All the details on the Sips of the Week are at TheWineCoach.com, on my free App for iPhone/Android and similar wines are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Featured Guest
Susannah Siger, Owner, Ma Petite Shoes & Chocolate, joined us to talk about the chocolate trends for 2013 including salted dark chocolates, white chocolate and textures. Check her out in Hampden or at www.mapetiteshoe.com

Upcoming Events
2/1
Something to Wine About at Boordy Vineyards…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $40 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs. Buy Tickets at Boordy.com.

2/16-17: Join Laurie for the Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Savor Sip Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day! http://www.savorsipstyle.com/

Next Week
We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life with delicious wines from the Rhone Valley and more!

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The Sipping Point – 1/5: Drink like it’s 1999
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The Sipping Point – 1/5: Drink like it’s 1999

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Sips of the Week

Erik Brown, Sommelier at The Oregon Grille, joined us to take my Drink Like it’s 1999 challenge! He brought affordable alternatives to the splurges of the past to show you oregongrillecan still drink like its a bull market in 2013! Culinary educated at Johnson and Wales, trained at Kiawah Island and externed in Holland.  Worked as a sommelier in Boston and was the opening head sommelier for The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC.  Currently The Wine Director at the Oregon Grille in Hunt Valley for 5 ½ Years.

  • If you drank Dom Perignon in 1999 you can drink Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Blue Label Champagne also from the Champagne region now. $60 on his wine list vs. $275 for Dom Perignon
  • If you drank Grand Cru White Burgundy in 1999 you can drink Domaine Marc Colin et fils Saint Aubin “Le Charmois” 2008 also from Burgundy now.  $85 on his wine list vs. $250 for one of his Grand Cru
  • If you drink Opus One in 1999 you can drink Montagna Tre Vigneti Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 also from Napa Valley now. $85 on his wine list vs. $225 for Opus One

All the details on the Sips of the Week are at TheWineCoach.com, on my free App for iPhone/Android and similar wines are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Featured Guest
Rob Deford, owner of Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, MD, joined us to talk about his award winning wines and the state of the wine industry in Maryland. Rob Deford is a twelfth generation Marylander with over forty years of experience in the wine industry. He studied viticulture and enology at the University of California at Davis and when he returned to Maryland, he assumed the role of president and winemaker of Maryland’s historic Boordy Vineyards. and is responsible – in partnership with his wife, Julie – for shaping the winery’s long term strategic direction.

We also discussed the Something to Wine About show at Boordy Vineyards…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $40 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs. Buy Tickets at www.boordy.com  
 
Upcoming Events
2/1
– Something to Wine About at Boordy Vineyards…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $40 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs. Buy Tickets at Boordy.com.
2/16-17:
Join Laurie for the Luxury Homd Show at Turf Valley, the 2013 Sip Savor Style where she’ll be giving a free wine tasting each day! http://www.savorsipstyle.com/

Next Week
We’ll be back to explore the recipe for a delicious life!

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The Sipping Point 12/29: Sparkling Cocktails
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The Sipping Point 12/29: Sparkling Cocktails

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Sips of the Week domaine chandon

Domaine Chandon Brut, California $18.99

 Winemaker’s Notes: Classic balance typifies this refreshingly soft, yet dry wine. The wine delivers complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus spice over notes of almond and caramel in the bouquet. When you taste Brut Classic, look for nutty flavors with hints of brioche that build to a refreshingly dry finish.

 Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne, France $32.99

 Winemaker’s Notes: Delicate and Elegant, The Brut Réserve is aged for at least 3 years in our cellars, even though the legal minimum ageing requirement is 15 months. 150 different crus make up the blend. Reserve wines account for 15 – 35% of the blend to maintain the Brut Réserve’s consistency of quality and style from one year to the next.

All the details on the Sips of the Week are at TheWineCoach.com, on my free App for iPhone/Android and are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Featured Guest
Leslie Sbrocco, head Thirsty Girl and author of Wine for Women, joins us to talk about some of her favorite recipes for New Years Eve using the Domaine Chandon Brut Classic. Recipes and entertaining tips can be found on their facebook page and clicking on Share Some Sparkle.

 Upcoming Events

1/5: Something to Wine About at The Oxford Inn…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $25 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs. Buy Tickets at  TheWineCoach.com or call 410-226-5220. Add a 3 course prix fixe dinner for only $25!

SOLD OUT 1/9: Something to Wine About at City Winery…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $45 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs. Buy Tickets at CityWinery.com 

2/1: Something to Wine About at Boordy Vineyards…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $40 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs. Buy Tickets at Boordy.com

Wine Sandwich

Sharon Johnson is owner of Cheese Galore and More, located in Cross Street Market in Baltimore’s Historic Federal Hill. Sharon spent 25 years in the food industry in both management and food sales.  After a corporate restructuring she decided to take the leap and open her own Gourmet Cheese shop, which is now 16 months new.

Next Week
Drink like it’s 1999…savvy alternatives to your favorite wine splurges of yesterday and Boordy Vineyards founder Rob Deford joins us to talk about his award winning wines and a very exciting event we’ll be doing together.
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The Sipping Point Radio – 12/22: Dessert Wines & Ace of Cakes
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The Sipping Point Radio – 12/22: Dessert Wines & Ace of Cakes

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Sips of the Week Ice Wine

Schmitt Söhne Eiswein, Pfalz, Germany $19.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Eiswein (ice wine) is produced from grapes harvested and pressed while frozen (not warmer than 20° F) to concentrate sugar, acidity and extract. It is truly a unique and complex dessert wine with an intense concentration of fruits and hints of honey, caramel and raisins. Eiswein is the crowning jewel of German viticulture. 

Ch. Maydie Tannat Dessert, Southwest France $27.99

Winemaker’s Notes: This sweet wine from Southwestern France is made with hand-picked Tannat grapes allowed to semi-dry on the vine. The wine is rich, and dense, with ample black currant and black cherry fruit framed by notes of chocolate and spice cake. Complex and medium sweet, this would be a great match with anything made from dark chocolate.

IMG_1393-webAll the details on the Sips of the Week are at TheWineCoach.com, on my free App for iPhone/Android and are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Featured Guest

Baltimore native Duff Goldman, founder of Charm City Cakes, aka Ace of Cakes joined us share some holiday baking tips and to talk about his new projects on the west coast including Charm City Cakes West and Duff’s Cake Mix, a do-it-yourself cake shop in the heart of Hollywood.

Chef Duff has been cooking since the age of four, when his Mom caught him in the kitchen watching Chef Tell and swinging around a meat cleaver.  Following several appearances on its cake competition Challenge series, in 2006, Food Network tapped Chef Duff and his fellow cake baking artists at Charm City Cakes to star in Ace of Cakes.  After six years and ten seasons, the show is still wildly popular not only in reruns, but in over 40 countries worldwide. 

Upcoming Events

1/5: Something to Wine About at The Oxford Inn…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $25 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs.

Buy Tickets at TheWineCoach.com or call 410-226-5220. Add a 3 course prix fixe dinner for only $25!

1/9: Something to Wine About at City Winery…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $45 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs.

Buy Tickets at CityWinery.com

2/1: Something to Wine About at Boordy Vineyards…part comedy, part wine tasting and 100% hilarious! Tickets are $40 include wine tastings, light fare and unlimited laughs.

Buy Tickets at Boordy.com

Next Week

Bubbly, Cheeses and Champagne Cocktails for New Years Eve!

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The Sipping Point Radio – 12/15: Charles Smith Winery
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The Sipping Point Radio – 12/15: Charles Smith Winery

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Sips of the Week
Secco Italian Bubbles Bianco 2011, Veneto, Italy, $12.99

Winemaker’s Notes: 77% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Bianco, 8% Raboso Piave, Fresh and elegant. Layers and layers of flavors. Elderberry, anise, Italian summer melon, beeswax and seashells live within so many tiny bubbles. Totally delicious! Secco Italian Bubbles goes with everything from caviar to oysters to your favorite Chinese take-out.

Charles Smith “Kung Fu Girl” Riesling 2011, Columbia Valley, Washington, $13.99

Winemaker’s Notes:  100% Riesling, Super Kung Fu Girl! More depth and complexity than ever. Apricot, kumquat, nectarine and lime leaves. A great mid-palate intensity with a long, long minerally finish. This is one for the books….THE BOOK OF KUNG FU! Pair with delicious spicy curries or Chinese-style BBQ.

Charles Smith “Boom Boom!” Syrah 2010, Columbia Valley, Washington, $18.99

Winemaker’s Notes:  96% Syrah, 2.5% Grenache, 1.5% Malbec, Dark and persistent with layers of red and black fruit, baking spice and earth. THIS WINE IS THE BOMB! Pairs with rich meaty stews or slow-roasted pork tenderloin.

 All the details on the Sips of the Week are at thewinecoach.com, on my free App for iPhone/Android and are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.wellswine.com

Featured Guest

Charles Smith
, Owner/Winemaker for K Vintners, (pictured above) joined us for an irreverent talk about his wines and how to have more fun with the fruit of the vine! After nine years of managing various rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, Charles Smith began his passion for wine while wining and dining on the road. In 1999, he moved to the Pacific Northwest and stumbled upon Walla Walla, Washington during a road trip and decided to start his own winery, K Vintners, in 2001. In 2006, he began his second brand, Charles Smith Wines, which centers around the intent to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity of variety and true to the place of origin. A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true pioneer in the wine world; Charles was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Food & Wine Magazine in 2009 and Seattle Magazine in 2010.

Wine Sandwich

Chef Patrice Olivon of L’Academie de Cuisine joined us to talk about how to take your passion for cooking to the next level. Chef Patrice served as the Executive Chef at the French Embassy in Washington, DC since 1992. Chef Patrice studied cooking at the culinary college in Marseilles. He relocated to Washington, DC in 1979 where he achieved success at such notable establishments as the Maison Blanche restaurant and The Morrison House Hotel in Old Town Alexandria.  In 1993 Patrice joined the ranks of the country’s best chefs who are called upon by the White House to provide exceptional cuisine for the First Family’s guests.  Chef Patrice taught cooking while at the French Embassy and he brings his passions and admiration for the culinary arts to the students in L’Academie de Cuisine’s professional programs.

 

Next Week

We’ll get some holiday baking tips from none other than Ace of Cakes–Duff Goldman from Charm City Cakes and I’ll talk about some great last minute gifts for wine lovers!

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The Sipping Point Radio – 12/1: Music, Wine & Notaviva Vineyards
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The Sipping Point Radio – 12/1: Music, Wine & Notaviva Vineyards

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Sips of the Week

2011 “Ottantotto” barrel-fermented Viognier, $20

Music Pairing: new age solo piano

Ottantotto. Eighty-eight. The number of keys on a piano. From that finite number of notes has come an infinitely varied array of musical experiences. Et tu vinum – finite grape varietals, infinite wine possibilities. Barrel-fermented, aged on the lees, our Ottantotto Viognier is deep and complex. Or is it simply delicious fruit?

99% barrel-fermented dry Viognier, 1% Chardonnay, aged sur-lie 7 months in French oak. Goes well with summer salads, perhaps a wild green salad with dried cherries, walnuts and Gorgonzola.

2010 “Cantabile” Cabernet Franc, Loudoun County, Virginia, $24

Music Pairing: string quartets

Subtle notes of tobacco and spice drift from the glass as you swirl the debut “Cantabile” Cabernet Franc. Aptly named Cantabile from the musical term for “full of expression” this wine greets your palate with graceful tones of currants and berries.

80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 9 months in French oak. Goes well with medium weight beef dishes – enjoy it with medallions in a mushroom gravy and bleu cheese mashed potatoes.

2010 “Ode to Joy” Meritage, $28

Music Pairing: Beethoven’s 9th

Notaviva Vineyards 2010 “Ode To Joy” Meritage

51% Cabernet Franc , 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot

Deaf and withdrawn, Beethoven entered a plane of artistic creativity only reached through tormented genius. A pinnacle of human achievement, the 9th Symphony is a testament to the power of the human spirit, proving that perseverance can overcome the darkest adversity. Best paired with the Ode to Joy.

All wines are available at www.WellsWine.com in Baltimore or at a fine retailer near you.

Featured Guest

Stephen Mackey is the co-founder and wine composer for Notaviva Vineyards, the world’s only winery that pairs wine and music.  After touring internationally as a live audio engineer with the likes of Amy Grant, Bon Jovi and Matchbox20, Stephen and his wife Shannon purchased an abandoned cattle farm in Loudoun County, Virginia in 2003.  The construction of Notaviva was filmed for the HGTV reality series “Dream House” and when the winery opened in 2008 it was an overnight success.   Recently named the Loudoun’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”, Stephen and Shannon continue to grow Notaviva on their core values of superb wine, great music, and warm hospitality.

 “Music, an art form so closely intertwined with human emotion it can be found in every culture around the world. It moves us, inspires us, connects with our emotions more directly than any other sensory experience. This connection now has a word – NOTAVIVA – and we believe that various styles of wines can complement these auditory and emotional connections.”


Wine Sandwich

Michael Ruhlman is a well known author, food blogger, cook, and journalist who wishes to translate the chef’s craft for every kitchen.  He went into a culinary school to write about what it means to be a chef, and instead he became a cook, got a job line cooking, lucked into one of the great restaurants of the world to work with the chef on his book. Ruhlman’s main goal is to get people into the kitchen to cook, to try new things, learn, and have fun.

He has authored the popular culinary Chef series “The Making of a Chef”, “The Soul of a Chef”, and ‘The Reach of a Chef”. More recent books include “Ratio”, which was endorsed by Alton Brown from the Food Network. His book “Ruhlman’s Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook”  won the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award in the general cooking category and the International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook award in the Food and Beverage Reference/Technical category.

In late summer 2012 the follow up book to Charcuterie with chef Brian Polcyn, called Salumi will be published and the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook will hit the shelves fall 2012.  

 

Next Week
Charles Smith The Rock Star of Washington Wines will join us!

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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/24: Wine Labels with Alexander Valley Vineyards
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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/24: Wine Labels with Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Sips of the Week

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2012 Gewurz, Mendocino County, California,  $12

Winemaker’s Notes:  In the glass the 2012 is a pale, straw yellow color with floral, sweet aromas of stone fruits, grapefruit, orange blossom and a hint of wet stone minerality. The flavors are similar to the aromas highlighted by pear, grapefruit, stone fruit, slight tropical notes and just the tiniest bit of spritz from the quick fermentation. Winemaker Kevin Hall says : “This wine is drier in style, with more minerality and spice than previous years, there is palate weight with this vintage and it almost has an Alsatian feel.” Food Pairing: Perfect with spicy Asian, Korean, Szechuan and Indian cuisines or try with cured hams & charcuterie that have a little saltiness. For a cheese course pair with washed rind Munster; for desserts a pear tart or apple crumble.

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, California, $21.99

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2010 is a blend of all five Bordeaux varietals. The wine was barrel aged for 14 months in French and American oak. This Cabernet Sauvignon shows a bit more restraint than prior vintages. To balance that elegant restraint, Winemaker Kevin Hall added 7% Merlot for structure, as well as 1% each Malbec and Petit Verdot for color and 2% Cabernet Franc for a floral quality. Food Pairing: Try this wine with a bowl of French onion soup, grilled meats or a plate of local cheeses

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Sin Zin, Alexander Valley, California, $20.99

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2010 includes a small amount of Petite Sirah to broaden the mouthfeel on the wine and add a little more dark fruit to the palate. There are aromas of raspberry, plum, black cherry, and citrus. In the glass there are flavors of plum, cranberry, black cherry and classic spicy black pepper. The 2010 is a restrained vintage and will reward those with the patience to cellar a few bottles. Food Pairing: Zinfandel is versatile, For a casual pairing—pepperoni pizza, burgers or ribs. For a perfect dinner party try it with osso bucco or slow braised short ribs. Finally, this is the perfect red wine for the traditional holiday dinners.

All wines are available at www.WellsWine.com in Baltimore or at a fine retailer near you.

Featured Guest
Pennie Haase
, National Marketing Director at Alexander Valley Vineyards joined us to talk about their recent label change and how AVV has been creating amazing wines for 50 years.

Wine Sandwich

Diane Henderiks joined us to talk about what to look out for on food labels and how to make sure you get the healthiest options. Diane is a personal chef and Registered Dietitian on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well! Diane is a regular contributor for Good Morning America, Yahoo News! blogger, consulting nutritionist for Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts, council chef for Chef’s for Humanity and advisory board member for the American Vegetarian Association. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association, International Association of Culinary Professionals and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.  She travels the country sharing her expertise and engaging audiences at the nation’s top food & wine festivals and women’s events. Check her out at www.dishwithdiane.com

Next Week
Music, Wine and Food…find out all about the connection!

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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/17: Thanksgiving Wines
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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/17: Thanksgiving Wines

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Sips of the Week

Husch Gewurztraminer 2011, Anderson Valley, California, $18.99husch vineyards

Winemaker’s Notes: The traditional aromas of lychee, honeysuckle and spice greet the nose and palate. The 2011 Gewurztraminer has an exquisite brightness and juiciness on the palate. A mix of floral, spice, and fruit notes makes the wine a pleasure to drink in its youth, although the structure of the wine suggests an additional year or two of aging would be worth the wait. Indulge your senses by pairing this wine with a favorite curry dish, all types of spicy Asian, Indian, or Mexican cuisines, as well as fresh tropical fruits, smoked salmon, or a ginger glazed honey ham.

Domaine de Cambis Le Chant des Griots, Languedoc, France, $15.99

Winemaker’s Notes: A blend of Viognier and Roussanne, this wine is ready to taste at the end of winter when buds bloom. Brightly colored with yellow light. Minerality, rounded, Aromatic complexity are the expression of terroir and blending. Taste as an aperitif or to accompany a fish or cheese.

Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2009, Beaujolais, France $17.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Light ruby with purple tones, with aromas of fresh strawberries and raspberries. The palate has silky red fruits balanced by lively acidity. Pair with all meats, chicken, wild mushrooms, and strong cheeses. Serve slightly chilled.

Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, Lodi, California, $17.99

Winemaker’s Notes: In Lodi, our old-head trained Zinfandel vines develop unusually firm structure. The 99 year old Carignane was an elegant, vibrant addition to this Zin along with the small amount of Petite Sirah. The wine has a dark, rich color and plenty of minerality, loads of bright and savory raspberry and black currant fruit, with hints of pepper and crushed rocks. This wine pushes the envelope of sheer decadence with an expressive fragrance of briary berries, pepper, and spice.

All wines are available at www.WellsWine.com in Baltimore or at a fine retailer near you.

Featured Guest

Josh Spiegel is one of the most unique radio personalities in America. Since 2005, he has been heard on 98 Rock in Baltimore as Morning Show Co-Host and Anchor of “Josh Spiegel News And Comment”. Spiegel’s inimitable style has created a large following. He tells a story like no one else.  Listeners are drawn to Josh’s openness about his life including his social awkwardness, concerns about his weight and overall neuroses. His random comments and catch phrases along with his humorous and odd takes on the news have endeared him to hundreds of thousands of morning commuters.  His sign off at the end of each newscast is mimicked by scores of listeners. Men, women and children make sure to listen on Friday Mornings at 8:00 for his “Super Spiegel Signoff”.

Wine Sandwich

Chef Michael Forster of HeCooksSheWines.com joined us to talk turkey…to stuff or not to stuff, to brine or not to brine and why fresh turkeys are the ticket! He also made this fab video below on the RIGHT way to carve a turkey and it may not be how you think.

Next Week

We’ll talk all about Wine Labels, Beaujolais Nouveau and more!

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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/10: Bubblies in the USA
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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/10: Bubblies in the USA

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Sips of the Week

Gruet Brut Sparkling Wine, New Mexico $17

Winemaker’s Notes: The Brut offers a crisp and full-bodied sparkling wine, which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse. The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage, is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor. Brilliant with ultra-fine bubbles. A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. A truly classic house style!

Hula Maui Pineapple Sparkling Wine, Hawaii, $15

Winemaker’s Notes: This exciting bubbly showcases aromas of fresh-cut pineapple and lemon zest. Fruity and floral; this wine is harmoniously balanced. Great as an aperitif or with local seafood. Gold Medal Award & 90 Points at 2012 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Featured Guest

Scott Clime, Sommelier at Passionfish joined us to talk about creatin dynamic wine lists at some of DC’s finest restaurants and gave us some of his favorite Thanksgiving wines! Since 2002, Washington area native Scott Clime has been overseeing the wine lists for four of the city’s award-winning restaurants, plus PassionFish in northern Virginia — where his brother Chris is Executive Chef.  Scott’s depth of knowledge, good humor, and innovative methods have met the challenges of working with several distinctly different types of cuisine and seasonally changing menus with great success.  In 2008, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington presented Passion Food Hospitality with a RAMMY award for best Wine & Beverage Program of the year. 

Wine Sandwich

Chris Clime, Executive Chef of PassionFish, a native of northern Virginia and a graduate of Johnson & Wales, Chris Clime is a Passion Food Hospitality veteran.  After his early training in Charleston, South Carolina as chef de partie at the exclusive five star-diamond Woodlands Resort, he came home to the Washington area, joining Chef Jeff Tunks of Passion Food Hospitality where he climbed up the ranks to eventually become Executive Chef of PassionFish in Reston, Virginia when it opened in 2008. Chris supports Smart Markets Local Farmers, ensuring that his produce at PassionFish is at the height of freshness, too, and his experience in the kitchens of each of the sister restaurants has given him a strong background in international cuisines, bringing refreshing global influences to his menu at PassionFish. 

Upcoming Events

DrinkLocalWine will hold its fifth annual Regional Wine Week from Nov. 12 to 16 , where wine writers, bloggers and enthusiasts share information about wine from “The Other 47” states (excluding California, Washington and Oregon) – providing a one-stop shop to see what’s cutting edge in regional wine.

Next Week

Lots of great affordable wines for Thanksgiving and Chef Michael will join us to answer your Thanksgiving cooking questions!

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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/3: Brazilian Wines
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The Sipping Point Radio – 11/3: Brazilian Wines

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Sips of the Week

Salton Volpi Chardonnay, Brazil, $15salton wine bottle

Winemaker’s Notes: Golden yellow color, clear, bright and transparent. Aroma of walnut, vanilla (hints of white chocolate) and butter. Full-bodied, pleasant and soft on the palate with lingering finish. Pairs well with seafood, shellfish, white meat, pasta with white sauce and seafood risotto. It also goes well with dishes seasoned with curry.

 Salton Volpi Pinot Noir, Brazil, $15

Winemaker’s Notes: Ruby color, aromas of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherry, toasted notes, vanilla, smoke and spices; harmonic persistent flavor. Pairs well with light meat, in special chicken, game meat, river fish, salmon, trout, white cheese (Camembert and Brie), pizza and light pasta.

 Salton Talento, Brazil, $30

Winemaker’s Notes: (60% Cabernet S., 30% Merlot and 10% Tannat) Clear, of intense purple color. Aroma of red fruits (blackberry, cherry and plum), hints of vanilla, coconut, nuts and mint. When consumed it’s elegant, full-bodied, with smooth prominent tannins and harmonious lingering aftertaste. Great structure for aging. Pairs well with red and game meat, strong cheese and pasta with red sauce.

Featured Guest

Wagner Alberti of A&M Imports,  joined us to talk about the Brazilian wine industry and specifically the leading winery Vinicola Salton. has been in the wines & spirits business since 1999 when he set up an import, export and distribution operation for food and beverages in Brazil in partnership with his Italian relatives. Wagner had also worked for large multinational corporations with wide experience of over 20 years in business management and marketing segment of consumer goods

Wine Sandwich

Eric Reynaud , sommelier at the legendary Bern’s Steakhouse, talked with me about their mind boggling wine collection and their new boutique hotel that will be a delicious place to stay! He also talk about the annual wine festival that is a must attend for wine lovers who want to experience a first class event.

Upcoming Events

11/5 4-10 PM Purple Ladies reschedule www.BaltimoreRavens.com/Purple

11/5 Shuckfest 4:30-8:30pm call Woodberry Kitchen 410-464-8000

Next Week
We are gonna start talking turkey–Thanksgiving tips and wine pairings.

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The Sipping Point Radio – 10/27: Flying Dog Brewery
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The Sipping Point Radio – 10/27: Flying Dog Brewery

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Sips of the Week

Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, Frederick, MD $10.99 6pack

Brewmaster’s Notes: Pearl Necklace is brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters and is the perfect complement to everyone’s favorite aphrodisiac – whether they are grilled, fried, stuffed, or raw.

Flying Dog’s Underdog Atlantic Lager, Frederick, MD $9.99 6pack

Brewmaster’s Notes: UnderDog is light and refreshing with crisp hop character and pairs best with foods like simple salads, Provolone and Monterey Jack cheeses, seafood, and light proteins.

Featured Guest

Matt Brophy, Brewmaster at Flying Dog Brewery, joined us to talk about some of his fab brews and the upcoming Shuckfest on 11/5 at Woodberry Kitchen. As a junior in high school, Matt Brophy found his calling: beer. But not in the way you think. He brewed his first batch of beer at age 17. From that point on, he never looked back.  In 1996, in his home state of New Jersey, Brophy was an assistant brewer at Flying Fish Brewing Company. Less than a year later, he attended brewing school at the prestigious Siebel Institute in Chicago. Upon graduation, he moved to Denver, Colorado to work at Great Divide and quickly became head brewer. From Great Divide came Flying Dog, where Matt became head brewer in 2003 – moving just a few blocks down the street in Denver and later across the country to Flying Dog’s state-of-the-art facility in Frederick, Maryland.

Wine Sandwich

Lucy Saunders is the author of The Best of American Beer and Food and editor of beercook.com. She thinks of beer as food and has championed the presence of craft beer at the American table for over 20 years. She now lectures and conducts tasting classes at cooking schools, retailers and non-profit groups, including the Smithsonian. She has worked with the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Fancy Food Shows, the American Culinary Federation, and other food trade groups to conduct beer and food pairings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Upcoming Events

10/31 Wells Big Buy One Get One Sale begins check them out at www.wellswine.com

11/5 4-10 PM  Purple Ladies reschedule  www.BaltimoreRavens.com/Purple

11/5 Shuckfest 4:30-8:30pm call Woodberry Kitchen 410-464-8000

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Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Sipping Point Radio – 10/20: Vida Tequila
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The Sipping Point Radio – 10/20: Vida Tequila

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Sips of the Week
Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2010, Barossa Valley, Australia $17.99

Winemaker’s Notes: A full crimson red with purple hues, this wine has a generous and bright aroma that opens to a spicy clove lift then moves into hints of white pepper and savoury notes amongst an earthy background. This is further complemented by sweet plums and red cherry fruits. Wrapped around a core of juicy redcurrant fruits, the palate combines layers of fleshy sweet flavours and a fine grained tannin finish. Smoothly balanced and eminently drinkable, this is a wine of medium weight but full on flavour. A perfect match with a juicy roast chicken with roasted potatoes, parsnips and garlic. Also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2009, Calatayud, Spain $17.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2009 Garnacha Viñas Viejas exhibits a deep ruby color, with a spicy, rich cranberry bouquet. This well-structured wine has dark cherry flavors and elegant hints of oak, with round, supple tannins and a fruit-filled finish.

Winemaking for the 2009 Garnacha Viñas Viejas followed our Las Rocas philosophy of balancing all the elements in a well-made wine with as little interference as possible with the natural processes. Cold-soaking the grapes for two weeks before fermentation helped extract the deep, intense flavors of the old-vine grapes. Fermentation of the vineyard lots lasted ten days at moderate temperatures (75°F – 80°F). We allowed all of the developing wine to complete a secondary malolactic fermentation, which softened the mouthfeel and added depth and nuance to the layered flavors in the wine. We used a balance of French and American oak barrels to condition the wine for ten months before it was bottled.

Featured Guest
Lisa Barlow, co-founder and owner of VIDA TEQUILA, joined us to talk about her award-winning boutique tequila she launched with her husband John Barlow in 2007. VIDA TEQUILA combines the traditional tequila-making process with modern and efficient methods of production, blending ultra-premium tequila unlike anything else on the market. VIDA TEQUILA, which has been featured at high-profile events and in publications such as People and GQ.

Wine Sandwich

Mary Daugherty, Mary’s Downtown Salsa joined us to talk about her delicious homemade salsas along with some home entertaining tips for your fall get togethers!

Upcoming Events

10/31 Wells Big Buy One Get One Sale
begins but if you sign up for their email list you can start the sale on 10/26! Check them out at www.wellswine.com

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Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Sergio’s Jewelers

The Sipping Point Radio – 10/13: Autumn Wine Festival
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The Sipping Point Radio – 10/13: Autumn Wine Festival

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Sips of the Week

Jade Ostner, Marketing Coordinator with Maryland Wineries Association, joined us to taste two award-winning wines. Jade began her work with the Maryland wine industry in http://portofleonardtownwinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Chambourcin_2012_Gold-Medal-Award_Winner-370-x-565.png2008, when she managed the first ever PREMIER Tent at the Maryland Wine Festival. She also filled us in on the 10th annual Autumn Wine Festival in Wicomico County, MD that takes place on October 20-21.

Port of Leonardtown Winery Chambourcin, Maryland $15
Gold Medal 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup.  Winemaker’s Notes:  Our Chambourcin is a Semi-Dry Red Wine that goes well with wild game, paella or grilled Portobello mushrooms. It is also tasty with Brie or Camembert cheese. The varietal composition is; Chambourcin and Merlot Aged in American Oak 6 months.  http://portofleonardtownwinery.com/

Cassinelli Merlot Reserve 2009, Maryland $16
Gold Medal 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup.  French oak, cherry & toast flavors. www.cassinelliwinery.com

Wine Sandwich
As the publisher of Menus4Moms.com, Mary Ann Kelley loves helping moms bring sanity back to meal planning. She and her husband live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where they home-school their two teenage daughters. Mary Ann enjoys reading, cooking, and photography. 


Dinner In a Pumpkin

  • 1 medium pumpkin (about 6 pounds)
  • 2 lbs. ground beef, cooked
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 sliced carrots
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can sliced mushroom, drained
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 C. cooked rice
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bring all ingredients except pumpkin to a boil in a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes. While the beef mixture is simmering, cut the lid from pumpkin and scoop out seeds and any strands, cleaning the inside. Place the pumpkin in a sturdy baking pan and fill with the beef mixture. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, you may not be able to fit all of the stew mixture inside; bake any extra stew in a covered dish. Place the lid on the pumpkin and bake at 350°F for approximately 1-1 ½ hours, or until pumpkin is tender and brown.

Pumpkin Trifle

  • 1  (26 oz.) can pumpkin
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice, prepared
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box vanilla pudding mix, prepared according to “make for pie” directions
  • 2 (14 oz.) packages gingerbread mix, prepared according to pkg. directions (if you are using a smaller bowl or making individual parfaits, use 1 pkg)
  • 1 1/2 cups gingersnaps, crushed
  • 4 cups homemade whipped cream or frozen whipped topping (thawed)

Beat together pumpkin, cream cheese, and sour cream until smooth; add brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Add to prepared pudding and mix well. Crumble approximately 1/3 of the gingerbread into the bottom of a trifle bowl (it should fill the bowl up about 1/5 the way up the side). Spread 2-1/2 cups of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread. Add a 1/2 cup layer of crushed gingersnaps followed by half of the whipped topping. Repeat with a layer of gingerbread equal in size to the first layer, 2-1/2 cups of pudding mixture, 1/2 cup crushed gingersnaps, and remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle remaining gingersnaps over the top of the whipped topping. Refrigerate overnight.

Because the amount of pudding mixture and gingerbread needed will not exactly fit the trifle bowl, you will likely have extra of these. The pudding mixture can be used as a dip for cookies or you can use both ingredients to create a few individual parfaits.


Upcoming Events
10/20-21  Autumn Wine Festival  http://www.autumnwinefestival.org Sat 11-6 Sun 12:30-6 $20advance, $35weekend

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The Sipping Point Radio – 9/29: Omaha Steaks
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The Sipping Point Radio – 9/29: Omaha Steaks

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Sips of the Week

Southern Tier Pumking Ale, Brewed in New York $8.99 22oz

Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed. Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape the Pumking.

Molly Dooker Two Left Feet, McLaren Vale, Australia, $20

The Two Left Feet is looking amazing with real complexity of aromas on the nose. It really displays our fruit flavor spectrum showing beautiful dark berry and plum fruit with lots of spice. The palate is round and filling and has concentrated sweet fruits with layers of chocolate and cream. It is such a wonderful example of how Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot can be blended together to fully complement each other. Two Left Feet has always been a stand out for me and this vintage is exceptional. www.mollydookerwines.com

 Do the Molly Dooker Shake to Aerate Your Wine!


Featured Interview

Kate Bollinger, Marketing Coordinator for Ravens, joined us to talk about the official women’s fan club, The  Purple Ladies – which is more than 24,000 members strong!   Their 6th annual A Purple Evening is on October 8th  from 4-10pm and is looking to be the biggest yet. They also hosted a Bingo Night this summer, an Away Game Trip to Philadelphia, ACS “Team Purple”  Polar Bear Plunge teams & Happy Hours.   Website: www.BaltimoreRavens.com/Purple

Wine Sandwich

Todd Simon is the Senior Vice President and Fifth Generation Family Owner of Omaha Steaks. Founded in 1917, Omaha Steaks is known nationwide for the finest in premium beef and other gourmet foods, including filet Mignon, top sirloins, chicken, pork chops, burgers and stuffed baked potatoes. Omaha Steaks is the Official Sponsor of Tailgating.  Click here for some great recipes:  www. SteakBytes.com

 

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

Purple Ladies
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Purple Ladies

In this week’s show Katie Bollinger from the Ravens will join us to talk about the Purple Ladies a group for Ravens fans of the female persuasion and how you can come out and join us for their Purple evening on 10/8

The Sipping Point Radio – 9/15: Days of Taste Program
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The Sipping Point Radio – 9/15: Days of Taste Program

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Sips of the Week

Connor Rasmussen, head mixologist at Woodberry Kitchen, joined us to talk about the farm inspired cocktails you can expect at the Farm to Chef fundraiser on 9/24. Connor and other members of the Baltimore Bartenders Guild will pair up with local farms to create inspiring cocktails to benefits the Days of Taste program.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Philadelphia, PA

Distiller’s Notes:  Bluecoat is an American Dry Gin, unique in flavor profile and unsurpassed in character, five times distilled in the birthplace of America – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Bluecoat American Dry Gin is craft distilled using organic juniper berries, giving it earthy, spicy juniper notes. When combined with a proprietary blend of organic American citrus peels and other organic botanicals, the result is a gin worthy of the term American Premium.

The Red Hickory
(created by Connor Rasmussen of Woodberry Kitchen)

1.5 oz. Bluecoat Gin
1.25 oz. Simple Syrup infused with Sweet Anjou Pear and Oregano
¼ oz. Red Currant Juice
¼ oz. Black Ankle Verjus
3-4 dashes House Grapefruit Bitters
Splash of Sparkling Wine

Mix gin, simple syrup, red currant, bitters and verjus in pint glass. Shake mixtures with ice and strain into cocktail glasses. Add a splach of sparkling wine and garnish with lemon peel and thyme.

All the details on Sips of the Week at TheWineCoach.com, on my free iPhone/iPad or Android app and of course available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Featured Interview

Kevin Atticks, Director of the Maryland Wineries Association joined us to talk about the 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup Wine Competition and dispels some of the myths around Maryland Wine. For more visit: www.MarylandWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Riva Reichner Kahn, National chair of Days of Taste, joined us to talk about this discovery-based program sponsored by The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), that brings together chefs, farmers and community volunteers with elementary school children to help them recognize and enjoy good, fresh food, and to encourage them to make better food choices. Riva has participated in Days of Taste in Baltimore since it began in 1998.  During that time, Days of Taste in the Baltimore area has increased from 40 children in one school to over 1500 children in 22 schools last year.  Riva told us all about the Farm to Chef fundraiser that will take place on 9/24 @6:30- PM at the American Visionary Art Museum. T the event 31 local Chefs are paired with farms in the area and competing for the best dish! Check it out and get tickets: www.FarmtoChefMD.com

Upcoming Events

9/15-9/16 –  Today and tomorrow check out the VA Wine Festival  in Warrenton, VA

9/24:
6:30 PM Farm to Chef at Visionary Art Museum www.FarmtoChefMD.com

 

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 9/8
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The Sipping Point Radio – 9/8

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Sips of the Week

Breaux Vineyards Rose 2011, Loudoun County, Virginia $19

 Winemaker’s Notes: The 2011 rosé is a blend of 3 grapes:  54% Nebbiolo, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Chambourcin.  The wine is fermented dry and has a crisp acidity to leave it fresh and perfect for food pairing.  Aromas of fresh red fruits, flowers and turkish delight fill the glass, as flavors of fresh strawberry and cherry overwhelm the palate and lead up to a clean and refreshing finish.


Horton Vineyards Tannat 2010, Charlottesville, Virginia $20

Winemaker’s Notes:

Originally known for making big tannic wines in the Madiran in southwest France, Horton’s Tannat produces this rich, full bodied red wine, with a strong tannic backbone, leathery fruit flavors, and a long spicy finish.

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Hear about the wines here…

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com.

Featured Interview

Neil Williamson join us from the Virginia Wine Festival that takes place on 9/15 & 9/16 in Warrenton, VA. Neil leads the YOU be the Judge tent where you learn how to evaluate wines like a pro! Get your tickets r find out more here:  VA Wine Festival

Neil Williamson serves as President of The Trellis Group, LLC, (TTG) a marketing agency focused on East Coast based wineries. Williamson serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Wine Club Tasting Panel, the Editor of The Virginia Wine Journal and a wine columnist for The Old Town Crier. He has served as a guest lecturer at The University of Virginia and is Adjunct Faculty to Piedmont Virginia Community College Viticulture and Enology program.

Wine Sandwich

Chef Melissa Close-Hart from the Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards in Charlottesville , VA joined is to talk food and wine pairing perfection. Executive Chef Melissa Close-Hart has directed Palladio’s kitchen since the fall of 2000, continually working to bring authentic Italian Cuisine to Central Virginia. Raised in Alabama, Melissa has been in the restaurant business since she was 16 years old and is a Distinguished Graduate from New England Culinary Institute. She has brought both national and international recognition for Palladio Restaurant through her constant striving to create menus with the freshest ingredients found locally and internationally.

Upcoming Events

9/12  Women on Fire Tea Party, Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, MD 4-7PM

9/13  Laurie will co-host the Secret Supper “7 Deadly Sins” Location SECRET www.chefsexpressions.com

9/15-9/16  Mark your calendars for The VA Wine Festival

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 8/25: Wine Forensics
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The Sipping Point Radio – 8/25: Wine Forensics

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Sips of the Week

Kanonkop Kadette 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa $14.99

 Winemaker’s Notes:
A blend of Pinotage 44 %, Cabernet Sauvignon 41 %, Merlot 9 % and Cabernet Franc 6 % this wine has a deep ruby, red color. It shows ripe raspberries, black currant and mocha flavors on the nose and has dark chocolate and blackberry fruit on the palate. This wine has good length with a dry finish and can mature for a further 7-8 years.

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa $15.99

 Winemaker’s Notes:
A powerful nose of guava, lime zest and ripe pear braced by honeysuckle and orange blossoms. A juicy palate with opulent passion-fruit, following through from the nose and finishing off with tart grapefruit characteristics. The refreshing acidity is perfectly counteracted by a creamy mid palate and subtle oak-derived spice. The 2011 vintage is a more fruit-driven style that is fresher & drier comparing to the 2010 vintage. A delightfully accessible wine that is mouth-wateringly moreish.

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Hear about the wines here…

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com.

Featured Interview

Maureen Downey of Chai Consulting shared how she performs Wine Forensics for her clients looking to authenticate rare bottles of wine for their collections.  Chai Wine Consulting is a San Francisco based wine collector service founded by Maureen Downey in 2005, serving clients worldwide. Maureen and her team of experts specialize in inventory organization and management, fine and rare wine appraisal, authentication, valuation, investment and financial trends of global fine wine markets. Listen to her story and tips here.

 Wine Sandwich

Debbie Phillips founder of Women on Fire (and my coach) shared some tips on how to be on fire about your life (listen here) and we gave details on how to join us for a workshop at the Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore on 9/12 from 4-7PM. Twelve years ago I began my journey from frustrated software executive to sommelier and one woman was there to support me from the start—Debbie Phillips. Now as an award-winning author, radio show host and national speaker, I know that the support I got from Debbie and other women in my life was crucial in making that leap.

Debbie Phillips is a masterful coach who knows how to nurture the gifts she sees in the women around her. That’s why she created Women on Fire, a national organization that provides inspiration, strategies and support to women looking to create lives they are on fire about.

I convinced Debbie to come to Baltimore on 9/12 from 4-7 PM for one of her trademark tea parties that are nothing short of magical. They are part coaching, part networking and always special. To maintain the intimate environment where you will really get to connect with other women, we are limited to only 16. Please consider being one of the women that will experience this exclusive event with Debbie and me.

Tickets are $197 – an incredible price for an evening that includes a 5 course high tea, three hours of coaching with Debbie, connecting with other women on fire, and a special toast of bubbly from me at the end! Tickets & Registration: http://www.visionday.com/wofbaltimore.html

Mention The Wine Coach in the comments section upon checkout and get a copy of the Women on Fire book signed by me and Debbie!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

 

Women on Fire
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Women on Fire

Are you looking to kick start your career or life as we kick the fall? Laurie talks to Debbie Phillips founder of Women on Fire and my coach will share some tips on how to be on fire about your life and we’ll give you details on how to join us for a workshop in September

South African Wines
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South African Wines

Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach tastes two affordable wines from South Africa that are perfect for your Labor Day picnics!

The Sipping Point Radio – 8/18
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The Sipping Point Radio – 8/18

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Sips of the Week

Jim Bernau, founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards, is passionate about sustainable winemaking! Find out what that means and how you can help by saving your corks!

Featured Interview

Sloop Betty Vodka, Maryland

SLOOP BETTY is a hand crafted wheat vodka made in Maryland. Smooth, with a crisp undertone, the pure, natural ingredients of a small batch vodka come through as you savor every delicious drop. Designed with both vodka connoisseurs and those new to the pleasure of the cocktail hour, Sloop Betty can be enjoyed alone or mixed in a drink. Blackwater Distilling is working with the Maryland Organic Certification Program to obtain recognition from the state as an official organic handler, so you can be sure of Betty’s purity—plus, she’s certified kosher. 

Try a Betty Cucumber Martini – The recipe is 2 oz of Sloop Betty, .25 oz of Dolin Dry Vermouth (or to taste)  a cucumber slice I use a cocktail shaker with ice to chill the vodka and the vermouth and strain it into a glass with the cucumber.

Wine Sandwich
Andrew Zimmerman, host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel talked with Laurie about how he made his show a reality and why he is so passionate about us eating bizarre things like elk or deer heart!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 8/11: The Best of The Sipping Point
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The Sipping Point Radio – 8/11: The Best of The Sipping Point

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Sips of the Week
Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout $10.34/6pk, Brewed in Baltimore, MD

This full-bodied imperial stout pours an opaque mahogany color with a tan head. Its smell is dominated by notes of roasted coffee beans, with a slight hint of chocolate, but Simcoe and Fuggles hops add complexity to the aroma. The roasted barley is detectable in the taste, which complements the bitterness from the Warrior hops—balancing out the sweetness from the load of malts used in brewing Peg Leg. A creamy mouth feel makes this a smooth, utterly drinkable beer.

 Heavy Seas Loose Cannon $10.34/6pk, Brewed in Baltimore, MD

Our flagship beer, Loose Cannon, wins people over at first smell. The carefully cultivated interplay of Simcoe, Palisade, and Centennial creates a most fragrant IPA—its nose bursts with notes of grapefruit, herbs, and pine. Bitterness is somewhat subdued by the floral quality that pervades the taste. The color is burnished gold, and the mouth feel is creamy. A strong malt backbone balances out the triple-hopped beer. Its nickname, Hop3, comes from the brewing process: our brewers hop Loose Cannon in the boil, the hopback, and the fermenter. It won a second place CAMRA award at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival.

All the details on the Sips of the Week at TheWineCoach.com, on my free  iPhone/iPad or Android App and, of course, available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Featured Interview

Casey Hard, General Manager of Max’s Taphouse, talked about Beer Trends for Fall as we sipped Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest.

Wine Sandwich

Executive Chef Matt Seeber of the Heavy Seas Ale House joined us with tips on Beer Pairings and so much more!

Next Week

We’ll talk to Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods and find out about MD’s Sloop Betty Vodka!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 8/04: Finger Lakes Riesling
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The Sipping Point Radio – 8/04: Finger Lakes Riesling

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Sips of the Week

2011 Dr Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, $19.99

Winemaker’s Notes:  The 2010 Dry Riesling has a classic pale straw color with a crisp green hue. The nose shows typical Keuka Lake minerality with fresh lemon citrus and apple with an intriguing blossom aroma. The palate shows wonderful tight acid that balances out the fruity residual sugar enhancing the floral and bringing out the bright tangerine flavors. The palate also displays the slatey mineral characteristics that typify Dr. Frank’s Rieslings. Serve with all fin fish and shell fish. This wine has great aging potential.

2011 Red Newt Dry Riesling, $14.99

Winemaker’s Notes: The wine in the bottle shows off a classic Finger Lakes style, expressing bright aromas of tangerine and honeysuckle with an elegant palate of citrus and peach. The wine – and the price – are great and represent one of the best Riesling values in North America. The 2011 vintage offered up luscious tropical fruit, medium sweetness, and a characteristically vibrant acidic backbone. This Riesling is a blend of several vineyard plots with fermentation stopped at varying sweetness levels.

Want to visit the Finger Lakes and tour these wineries? Check out for great info on places to visit, stay and dine: http://www.corningfingerlakes.com

 Featured Interview

Fred Frank, Grandson of the legendary Dr. Konstantin Frank joined us to talk about his grandfather’s legacy and the delicious dry Rieslings they create at Dr Frank Winery. Fred’s business degree from Cornell University and his study of viticulture and enology in Germany helped prepare him to take over the family business. Under Fred’s leadership the winery’s production and amount of medals earned has increased greatly and he looks forward to one day turning over the reins to his daughter, Meaghan Frank, who hopes to continue as the fourth generation of Franks at the winery.

Wine Sandwich

Debbie Meritsky, Chef/Co-Owner of Black Sheep Inn in Hammondsport, NY joined us too talk about a great pairing for our two Rieslings: Gravlax Roulade. She shared her ideology on using local, sustainable ingredients in her food at the Inn. She also shared her recipe below so you can recreate at home but if you’d rather have her do the cooking visit her at the Black Sheep Inn! Chef Debbie is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont, and an avid lover/promoter of local, organic and sustainable food. She is also happy to prepare raw, vegan, gluten-free and other food allergy based breakfasts with great pleasure.

 Gravlax Roulade

It’s always better at the Inn… Fresh, delicious & local~  This will serve 8, or you can make individual servings.
 
Gravlax Ingredients:
Mix the following…
1 filet fresh wild caught salmon
3/4 c. Real salt
1/2 c. Gr. pepper
1/2 c. Sugar
2-3 TB chopped Dill or any other herb you may prefer
 
Method: Place 1/3 of the dry rub base on the bottom of the pyrex pan, place salmon skin side down, place rest of dry rub on top.  place saran wrap and a heavy flat item on top.  place in fridge for 24 hours.  At the 12 hour mark, remove, flip and drain salmon, place heavy flat item on top of saran wrap pyrex and back in the fridge.
 
Wash salmon under cool water, remove all the dry rub, pat dry and slice on the bias into thin slices.  Set aside.
 
Egg Custard Ingredients:
2 c. Heavy Cream
12 brown large Eggs
Salt/pepper to taste
2 TB. Hot sauce
Goat cheese, chunked into egg base
Roasted red peppers, red pepper puree, (fresh or jared roasted peppers are fine), pat dry, leave whole
 
Method:
Whisk all ingredients well, take a jelly roll pan, grease, place parchment paper and grease.  In a 350 degree oven, bake off the custard with cheese till just under done a little. Layer whole peppers, fresh herbs, and gravlax onto 3/4 egg custard in pan.  Use the parchment paper to roll the egg layer and leave on the parchment.  finish warming the roulade in 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes. 
 
Serving instructions:
Make triangular toast points with butter and a light rub of garlic, place the points out & slice the roulade into 1/2 inch thick pieces and lay 3 on the plate, and garnish with herbs, toast points, etc.

Next Week
Next week we’ll be joined by WBAL Sportsline’s Brett Hollander, Casey Hard from Max’s Taphouse and Executive Chef Matt Seeber of the Heavy Seas Ale House for an episode all about Beer!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 7/28
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The Sipping Point Radio – 7/28

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Sips of the Week

 
Laurie featured 2 great reds she found in France last week both under $15!

 2009 Castelmaure Corbières Rouge, Grande Cuvée $14.99 (45% Grenache , 45% Syrah , 10% Carignan)
 
Winemaker’s Notes:In the early 1990’s, Castelmaure began experimenting with a Prestige Cuvée of Corbières.  This wine has become known as “Grande Cuvée” and is made with the help of the winemaking team of Tardieu-Laurent. Made from Vinification: destemming, pneumatic press, end of fermentation at 25 degrees C; two racking; aging in tank then in 220 Liter Bordeaux barrels for 10-12 months. Egg fining, slight filtration.  Deep and intense color, powerful aromas of dark berry fruit, prune and coffee nuances, and a persistent finish.

2009 Chateau Millegrand Minervois $9.99 (Syrah 45 %, Carignan 25 %, Grenache 15 %, Mourvèdre 15 %)
Winemaker’s Notes: This wine has a beautifully intense and deep red colour. At first, the nose is like a bouquet of fresh flowers, with slight hints of peppermint followed by aromas of cocoa and extra ripe fruit. The palate reveals the same aromas, with elegant and smooth tannins. This medium-bodied wine will go perfectly with all kinds of grilled meat, especially lamb chops.
  

Featured Interview 

Brian Loukmas, Mixologist for Bacardi USA, joined us to share the recipes for two delicious summer cocktails. Brian has over 23 years in the hospitality industry, with 15 of those years working behind the bar where he perfected his unique style. Brian’s cocktails have been featured in over 100 National Restaurant chains including Chilis, Applebees, Ocean Prime, TGI Fridays, PF Changs, Bar Louie, Marriott Hotels, Bahama Breeze and Walt Disney World. His signature drinks have been awarded the Cheers Best Chain Signature Drink of the Year twice; Kryptonite Rita (Fox n Hound Group) and Yin & Yang Martini (Melting Pot).

Sapphire East Basil Cocktail

Glassware:
Highball

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz  BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST

¾  oz  MARTINI Extra Dry Vermouth

4 each  Fresh Basil Leaves

½ oz  Simple Syrup

½ oz  Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

 Garnish:   Basil Leaf

In a mixing glass add all ingredients (including the fresh basil). Fill with ice. Shake for 10 seconds and double strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Cherry Noir Mule

Glassware: Collins 

Ingredients:

4 each  Fresh Black Cherries (pitted)

½ oz  Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

½ oz  Simple Syrup

—  Muddle above ingredients, then add:

1 ½ oz  GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir

1 dash  Angostura Bitters 

2 oz  Topped with Ginger Beer

Garnish: Lime Wedge, Black Cherry

Muddle in a mixing glass four black cherries, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Add Grey Goose Cherry Noir and bitters. Fill with ice and shake for 5 seconds. Double strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge and black cherry.

Wine Sandwich

Holly Foster, founder of Chapel’s Country Creamery  joined us to talk about how she started her creamery and three of her delicious cheeses. Chapel’s Country Creamery Maryland artisanal cheeses are hand crafted by the Fosters in an Amish artisanal cheese maker. Chapel cheese starts with fresh raw milk produced on their family’s Grade A dairy farm in Maryland. Chapel’s dairy herd consists of grass fed Jersey and Holstein cows that produce high quality milk, rich in cream. The milk is all natural and contains no synthetic hormones, antibotics, or chemical compounds.

1. Talbot Reserve which pairs with Oregon Pinot Noir or California Zinfandel
2. Chapelle with goes great with our featured wines this week – Corbieres or Minervois 
3. Bay Blue that can be masterful with a nice Cabernet or after dinner with a Port

Next Week
 
We’ll take a trip to the Finger Lakes to taste their outstanding Rieslings, talk to the wine maker from the legendary Dr Konstantine Frank Winery and find out how to perfectly pair the right summer dish for wines from Chef Debbie Meritsky of the Black Sheep Inn.
    
Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 7/21: Wines of the Languedoc
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The Sipping Point Radio – 7/21: Wines of the Languedoc

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Sips of the Week

We talked to Christine Molinnes, Export Manager for the  Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc, about the wines of the Languedoc. She gave us a good overview of the major regions, grape varieties and why it’s a great place to look for value wines. Red regions to look for include Minervois, Faugeres, Corbieres, Saint-Chinian and Gres de Montpellier. Picpoul de Pinet is one region that focuses on whites as is Limoux which makes some great Chardonnay and bubbly.

Wine Sandwich

Christophe Gualco of Chateau d’Etang des Colombes talked to us about the wines of the Corbieres region and why they have a special quality driven by the terroir of the region. Terrior is a concept that means the place where the grapes are grown have a huge effect on the final taste of the wine. He also shared some wine pairing tips for us which include firing up your grills and uncorking a Corbieres!Constance Rerolle of Chateau de l’Engarran talked to us about the wines from the region of Gres de Montpellier and what it’s like to be a women wine maker in France. She also gives us some tips on making a lamb dish with Herbs de Provence that pairs perfectly with the red wines of this region.

Upcoming Events

7/29 2-6PM Taste for Life Benefiting the American Cancer Society http://www.tasteforlife.org The 13th Annual Taste for Life event will showcase renowned chefs and exceptional wines to benefit the American Cancer Society in its goal to spread awareness and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Funds raised will be used for research, patient programs, advocacy and education. The event on July 29, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. will feature specially designed local dishes showcasing recipes prepared by some of the region’s leading chefs from the area’s top restaurants. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy specialty vendors, musical entertainment, and live/silent auctions. $90/ticket

Next Week

We’ll taste some of the wine gems Laurie Found in France, talk to master mixologist Brian Loukmas about 2 great cocktails for summer and taste some luscious cheese with Holly Foster of Chapel Creamery. Join us!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 7/14: Doukènie Winery
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The Sipping Point Radio – 7/14: Doukènie Winery

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Sips of the Week

Sebastien Marquet, winemaker at Doukènie Winery joined us with his new releases for a fun and informative tasting. We learned all about how he began his training as a winemaker at the wee age of 13 and now uses that wealth of knowledge to craft world class wines in Virginia.

In studio with Isabelle & Sebastien Marquet of Doukenie Winery

2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Loudoun County, Virginia The very cold and slow stainless steel fermentation developed in Doukénie Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful quantity of grapefruit, citrus and herbaceous flavors of chamomile and clover. $24 for Non-Members, $20 Members 2009 “Le Vin Rouge” Loudoun County, Virginia  This very elegant and delicate red wine is produced with 100% grapes from Virginia. The expressive aromas of red berries, and black currant offer a beautiful dimension for your palate followed by light port, plum, and oak flavors. The body is structured and very well-balanced. The tannins are smooth, offering a round finish that tempts you to take another sip. $24 for Non-Members, $20 Members 2009 “Dionysus” Red (100% Merlot), Loudoun County, Virginia  Dionysus was the god of the Grape Harvest, wine making and wine in Greek Mythology. The dark red purple color is produced with 100% Merlot from block number 1 of Doukénie Winery Estate. With a very earthy and rich bouquet it divulges a complexity of aromas: tobacco, caramel, coffee, coconut, cherry, berries and black currant. This is an extremely balanced full-bodied wine, that gives a very velvety sensation. It’s long and jammy finish leaves you with beautiful mouth-feel! $59 Non-Members, $50 Members All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Chef Jerry Edwards, President and Corporate Chef of Chef’s Expressions, joined us to talk about how he creates perfect pairings and his role in the upcoming Taste for Life fundraiser on 7/29 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Jerry’s career spans 30 years as a business owner and Chef. During that time his company has won two separate National Catering Company of the Year Awards. He has personally won over 50 industry awards and he holds an honorary doctorate in hospitality, but is most proud of his NACE Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upcoming Events

7/29 2-6PM Taste for Life Benefiting the American Cancer Society http://www.tasteforlife.org The 13th Annual Taste for Life event will showcase renowned chefs and exceptional wines to benefit the American Cancer Society in its goal to spread awareness and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Funds raised will be used for research, patient programs, advocacy and education. The event on July 29, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. will feature specially designed local dishes showcasing recipes prepared by some of the region’s leading chefs from the area’s top restaurants. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy specialty vendors, musical entertainment, and live/silent auctions. $90/ticket

Next Week

BONJOUR!! We’ll be on the road broadcasting from the Languedoc region of France talking to winemakers along the way!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 7/7: Brave New Wines for Summer
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The Sipping Point Radio – 7/7: Brave New Wines for Summer

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Sips of the Week

Mark Oldman joined us to talk about some brave new wines for summer. Mark is passionate about helping wine enthusiasts jostle the jaded, slay the snooty, and drink bravely and is one of the country’s leading wine personalities.  He is an award-winning author, wine expert for Pottery Barn, wine columnist for The Food Network, and tv judge on PBS.  Mark’s signature style was best summed up by Bon Appètit as “winespeak without the geek” and by Publishers Weekly as “the ideal mix of wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude.”  His books, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine and Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine both won the Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award. Mark suggested these types of wines:

  1. Vinho Verde from Portugal – crisp, fritzy and perfect with seafood
  2. Falanghina from Italy – more complex and interesting than Pinot Grigio with many of the same characteristcis
  3. Beaujolais from Burgundy – Fruity, food friendly acidity and a red you can chill  in this heat

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Fort Worth, Texas Chef Tim Love is known as much for his freewheeling personality as his signature urban western cuisine. As chef and owner of The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and The Love Shack, he is as comfortable cooking for the Dallas Cowboys as he is for his own kids, and his inspired and innovative dishes have earned critical and popular acclaim. Chef talked to us about how to use simple, quality ingredients to put a delicious spin on some of America’s favorite classic summer dishes. To see more of his recipes including his Pork Tenderloin recipe visit www.Hellmanns.com For more on Chef and his reataurants: http://cheftimlove.com  Click here to get a taste of this year’s Aspen Food & Wine Classic and enter for a chance to win a trip to NEXT year’s event!

Next Week

We’ll talk to Sébastien Marquet winemaker at Doukenie Winery in Loudoun County Virginia and Chef Jerry Edwards of Chef’s Expressions will join us with some food & wine pairing tips…

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 6/30: Break Out the Whiskey
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The Sipping Point Radio – 6/30: Break Out the Whiskey

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Sips of the Week

Michael Hyatt, Managing Partner of Wells Discount Liquors joined us to share his favorite craft rye whiskies and tell us about his 75th Anniversary sale to benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky, Canada $37
The blended rye whisky used in TAP 357 is produced at the oldest distillery in Western Canada, where it is distilled four times then matured in a combination of new, second- and third-use bourbon barrels. Once aged, Master Blender Michel Marcil expertly blends the selected whiskies. Next, Marcil combines the whisky in Quebec with pure “Canada 1 Light” maple syrup from the region. In a proprietary finishing process the maple-flavored rye whisky is then left to rest for an additional period until deemed ready for release. Looking for the perfect pairing for this rye? http://tap357.com/recipes/

Whistlepig 10 year old Rye, Vermont $67 WhistlePig “100/100” is a 100 proof, 100 percent rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years in new American oak barrels. It was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim, receiving numerous distinctions such as the “highest ever” designation from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and “highest recommendation” from the Spirits Journal. These extraordinary honors “humble and set a high bar” for Master Distiller Dave Pickerell who spent over a year on an exhaustive search of North America for the best rye whiskey in the world. Dave feels that “100/100” embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting what he calls “the sweet spot” in all three categories. WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey is hand bottled at the WhistlePig Farm Distillery in Shoreham, Vermont and is available in a limited quantity.

Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye, Loudoun County, Virginia $35 When you take our lovely Catoctin Creek Organic Mosby’s Spirit®, and you age it in new Minnesota white oak casks for a time, you end up with a very special rye whisky! The hardest of all whiskeys to produce, rye whisky is an old time favorite that is new once again. It has a delicious woody taste, with notes of caramel, rich butter toffee, and just a hint of lemon in the nose. Awarded silver medals at the 2011 American Distilling Institute Whiskey Competition, the 2010 New York International Spirits Competition and the Beverage Testing Institute, Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye® is one of the only organic whiskeys in the entire nation. Roundstone Rye is a great mixer in Manhattans, or any recipe calling for Canadian or rye whisky. And unlike most rye whiskies available today, ours is never blended with inferior neutral grain spirits–only 100% pure organic rye. Delicious mixed, on the rocks, or neat. Try some this evening! All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel talked with Laurie about how he made his show a reality and why he is so passionate about us eating bizarre things like elk or deer heart!

Next Week

Next week we’ll talk to Mark Oldman author of Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine about some brave new wines to try for summer and Chef Tim Love will tell us how to use simple, quality ingredients to put a delicious spin on some of America’s favorite classic summer dishes.

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 6/23: Have Fun with Wine
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The Sipping Point Radio – 6/23: Have Fun with Wine

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Sips of the Week

FLASQ Wines $5.99-7.99 per half bottle 2009 Cuvée Blanc – Alexander Valley 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Viognier and 1% Moscato  Tropical and light floral notes featuring ripe peaches and apricots, while also boasting a slight effervescence. 2009 Merlot – San Luis Obispo County 85% 2009 San Luis Obispo County (Paso Robles), 15% 2008 Monterey County (San Antonio Valley) Ripe red and blackberries on the nose with a note of spice. This medium bodied wine boasts the union of verdant fruit and smooth tannins. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Richard Siegal, from Baltimore’s Funniest Celebrity joined us to talk about the 2nd Annual Funniest Celebrity in Baltimore Contest on June 27, 2012, 8:00pm at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. The starting line up consists of many local celebrities, including musician Deanna Bogart, Former Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele, restaurateur Denise Whiting, and FOX45 anchor Jeff Barnd. The contest will be judged by the recently roasted Sheila Dixon, as well as Tony Award-winning producer Kenneth Waissman (Grease, Torch Song Trilogy), newscaster Richard Sher, and talent agent Everest Thomas. 98 Rock morning show host Mickey Cucchiella will emcee the event. AND there will be a guest appearance from Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach! Visit www.FunniestCelebrity.org for more info and tickets.

Next Week

Next Week we’ll taste some great craft Rye Whiskies with Michael Hyatt of Wells Discount Liquors. He’ll also tell us all about his big anniversary sale benefitting the Chidren of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund. Then we’ll catch up with Andrew Zimmern of the Bizarre Foods show on the Travel Channel to talk about why he’s so passionate about getting us to eat outside the box.

Event Calendar

6/27, 8PM: Baltimore’s Funniest Celebrity Guest Appearance www.funniestcelebrity.org 6/28, 7:30PM: B&O American Brasserie Stag’s Leap 5 Course Wine Dinner $75 per person, Limited seating available. To purchase tickets, call 443-692-6172.

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection & J Brown Jewelers.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic: Andrea Robinson
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Aspen Food & Wine Classic: Andrea Robinson

Laurie catches up with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson at the 30th Annual Aspen food & Wine Classic to talk about the wines of Alsace and her new line of wine glasses called The One.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic: Leslie Sbrocco
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Aspen Food & Wine Classic: Leslie Sbrocco

Laurie catches up with head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco at the 30th Annual Aspen food & Wine Classic to talk about the NEW wines of New Zealand and thirstygirl.com.

The Sipping Point Radio: 30th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
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The Sipping Point Radio: 30th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

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We did something a little bit different this week on The Sipping Point radio. We broadcast this week’s show from the 30th annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, CO where the Who’s Who of Food & Wine have come together for a 3 day event that is both exciting and delicious! We talked to world-renowned wine critic Antonio Galloni of The Wine Advocate, we caught up with Andrea Robinson, Master Sommelier and chatted up head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco.

Featured Guests

Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate reviews the wines of California, Burgundy, Italy and Champagne for The Wine Advocate. Antonio shared his love of the wines of Piedmont, Italy and how to find the best wines to enjoy every day. He gave us some great tips to shortcut your search for the best Barberas and Dolcettos from this region. www.eRobertParker.com Leslie Sbrocco is an award-winning author and television host whose approach to wine is both entertaining and educational. Known for her humorous musings and energetic style, Leslie makes learning about wine — and drinking it — fun.  Her first book, Wine for Women, was named a “Georges DuBoeuf Best Wine Book”. Leslie is a regular guest on NBC’s Today show and many other national programs. As founder of the multimedia company www.ThirstyGirl.com, Leslie reaches thousands and spreads her message: “Life … Drink it Up!” Andrea Robinson is one of only 17 women in the world to hold the title of Master Sommelier and is the first woman to be awarded “Best Sommelier in America”. She is the author of four top-selling wine and food books, including Everyday Dining with Wine, which won the prestigious IACP cookbook award. She is also a three-time James Beard Award winner and an honors graduate of The French Culinary Institute. In addition: after three years of searching, testing and tasting, Andrea has unveiled the Holy Grail of wine: her ground-breaking wine stemware series called The One: one perfect white wine glass and one perfect red wine glass to optimize all wines.  www.AndreaWine.com

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 6/9: Think Outside the Bottle
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The Sipping Point Radio – 6/9: Think Outside the Bottle

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Sips of the Week

Michael Fishman of Open Door Cellars joined us to talk about my recent Blind Box Wine Tasting and we tasted 3 of his winning wines! Open Door Cellars Chardonnay 2010, California, 1 L $21.99, 3 L $32.99 Inviting scents of honeysuckle and honeydew melon are followed by bright flavors of pineapple and Meyer lemon with subtle nectarine notes in the pleasing finish. Pair with brie, butternut squash soup, crab cakes, trout almondine, or roasted chicken. Open Door Cellars Merlot 2010, California, 1 L $21.99, 3 L $32.99   Alluring blueberry and raspberry aromas follow through to the palate with additional layers of plum and cassis finishing with rich cocoa notes. Pair with aged cheddar, vegetarian chili, burgers, beef stew or pizza.

Denise Whiting of Cafe Hon survives Kitchen Nightmares and makes Gordon Ramsey a burger he won’t soon forget!

Open Door Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, California 1 L $21.99, 3 L $32.99  

A bouquet of blackberry and violet fill the nose. Savory flavors of dark cherry and plum lead to a warm, lasting finish. Pair with blue cheese, grilled ribeye steak, eggplant parmesan or veal osso bucco All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Denise Whiting of Café Hon joined us to share the new happenings at her restaurant since being featured on Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey. She shared some new weekly events including a Lobster and half priceds wine night. I also made her tell us if he is really as hard nosed as he seems!

Next Week

Next Week we’ll be broadcasting from the 30th annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen hanging out with the celebrity chef and winemakers. Tune in for a fun and star filled show!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 6/2: Rethink Rose
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The Sipping Point Radio – 6/2: Rethink Rose

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Sips of the Week

This week Laurie sipped some fabulous French Rosé from Robert Kacher Selections that are perfect for summer picnics!

1.  Domaine Tariquet Rosé ’11 Price: 9.99  SW Armangnac

Domaine Tariquet Rose

Winemaker’s Notes: Tariquet’s Rosé will accompany a starter or main course with ease. A beautiful shade of pomegranate red, with an exquisite, subtle and intense bouquet, this rich, full-bodied wine is fresh on the palate. Mild spicy notes lead to a delightful duo of wild raspberry and flower petals. The fruit is a treat as the wine’s intensity retains an ethereal quality, leaving a trace of rich flavors and salty spiciness on the finish. This is a rosé made from red grapes, using the same vinification process as for white wine. Serve it chilled, before or during a meal. It is excellent with tapas, summer dishes, Italian food, or spicy, exotic cuisine.

2.  Domaine Gournier Rosé ’11 Price: 8.99 Costieres de Nimes south of Rhone Valley Winemaker’s Notes: Brightly colored, the explosive red berry fruits in the nose and on the palate are accented by notes of spice & a touch of earth. Fresh and lively, this beautiful dry Provençal-style Rosé is a great addition to the already well recognized Domaine de Gournier line up. Rosé blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache Noir, Mourvedre. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Chef James Barrett of Westin Annapolis joined us with tips on creating masterful food & wine pairings. We talked about the menu for our California Dreamin’ Wine Dinner on 6/5 at 6:30PM to honor the heritage of Robert Mondavi and raise money for Give Kids the World charity. We’ll have 5 courses of Chef’s innvative cuisine with some of Robert Mondavi Winery’s best wines including a 1995 Reserve Cabernet. Purchase tickets and vew menu here: www.thewinecoach.com/annapolis                                             

Next Week

Next Week we’ll think outside the bottle and talk about premium boxed wines and Denise Whiting from Cafe Hon will tell us what’s been going on at Cafe Hon since Gordon Ramsey came to town.

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 5/26: Drink at Ripple in DC & Tips for Perfect Soft Shells
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The Sipping Point Radio – 5/26: Drink at Ripple in DC & Tips for Perfect Soft Shells

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Sips of the Week

Maurice Cherry, Sommelier at Ripple Restaurant in DC joined us with 3 great wines from his relaxed but impressive wine list. Ripple is a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Washington D.C. with a focus on good food, good drink, and a good time. In a comfortable setting, just across the street from the historic Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park, Ripple offers a complete dining experience, with a focus on sustainability, organic and locally-acquired produce, and a good time. 1.      Tenuta Roveglia Lugana $17.99 (Sustainable) Lugana, Italy

Chef Michael’s Beer Battered Soft Shell Crab recipe is at HeCooksSheWines.com

Winemaker’s Notes: Lugana is a high quality wine characterized by its gentle yellow color with brilliant reflections and aromatic notes of peach and vanillin. This wine offers fruity accent with a dry, subtle elegant finish, and is particularly well suited for poultry, light pasta and seafood dishes. Lugana is also the perfect aperitif.

 2.      Les Cretes Petite Arvine $41.99 (Organic) Valle d’aosta, Italy Winemaker’s Notes: Les Crêtes is one of only a few privately owned commercial wineries and is the most well-known in Valle D’Aosta (Piedmont), an alpine valley that is enclosed on three sides by the Italian, French and Swiss Alps located close to Mont Blanc. The producer of what is often described as the best white wine made in Italy, Les Crêtes was founded in 1989 by sixth generation Valle d’Aostan winemaker Costantino Charrère. Today he is joined by his family that shares his passion. The winery, located in Aymavilles, owns 25 hectares of vineyards, set in 6 villages all along the Dora Baltea river. The vineyard cultivation is based on a great respect for the soil and the ecosystem and combines traditions with technical innovations to upgrade and support the terroir. Petite Arvine is a variety indegenous to the valle d’aosta with a distinct flavor profile and personality. Floral and citrus aromas give way to lengthy finish that hints of salt.  3.      Tensley Colston Canyon Syrah $39.99 (B) Santa Barbara County, California

  • Approximately half of our wine production is made up of fruit from the meticulously farmed vineyard high in the mountains of Tepesquet Canyon. Colson Canyon is the only one of our wines to see any new oak. It is aged in 20% new, 20% one-year-old, and 60% neutral French oak barrels to add a bit of sweet vanilla and coffee to the finish. The 2010 growing season was long and cool allowing the grapes to develop wonderful complexity and concentration. The 2010 Colson once again delivers its signature flavors of graphite, blackcurrant, raspberries and bacon complemented by a solid tannic structure and balanced acidity. Drink this wine now or age it for up to 15 years.

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Chef Michael Forster (my hubby) share the mistakes people make with Soft Shell Crabs…he also is sharing his Beer Battered Soft Shell Crab recipe with us at HeCooksSheWines.com.

Upcoming Events

6/8: Join Laurie for the California Dreamin’:- Robert Mondavi Winery Dinner to celebrate Heritage month at Westin Annapolis

Next Week

Next Week we’ll talk to all about the heritage of Robert Mondavi’s contributions to the wine world and talk to Chef James Barrett from the Westin in Annapolis about his innovative cuisine and beekeeping.

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 5/19: Chilean Wines for Summer
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The Sipping Point Radio – 5/19: Chilean Wines for Summer

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Sips of the Week

Fred Dexheimer, wine educator with Wines of Chile, joined us to talk about the unique terroir and fabulous white wines of Chile. Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc, Casablancca Valley, Chile $10.99 Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite took over the Los Vascos estate (Los Vascos meaning The Basques, in honour of its Basque origins) in 1988. The Sauvignon Blanc made at Los Vascos comes from grapes purchased on long term contracts from both the Casablanca and Curicó areas. The vintages all share liveliness on the palate with pure fruit flavour. Remarkable aromatic expression in the bouquet with lemon, grapefruit and exotic fruit enhanced by the of characteristic boxwood aroma of Sauvignon. Ritual (Veramonte) Sauvignon Blanc, Casablancca Valley, Chile  $17 Ritual was created as an elegant, yet approachable interpretation of Sauvignon Blanc. Only the finest estate-grown fruit from vineyard blocks known to produce intense fruit flavors and higher acidity are chosen for this wine.  The resulting wine is medium bodied, featuring a rounder, more textural mouth feel with balanced acidity. Intense flavors of ripe tropical fruit mingle with hints of citrus in structured complexity from 5 months of French Oak aging. The experience ends with a long, smooth finish. Medalla Real (Santa Rita) Chardonnay, Leyda Valley, Chile $19 Color: Deep, greenish-yellow in color, Aroma: Intense bouquet that combines mineral notes with light citrus, nectarines, nuts, and a touch of oak. Taste: The palate stands out for its refreshing acidity that balances nicely with the wine’s fruitiness, good weight, silky texture, and length. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Nissa Pierson, Managing Director the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn joined us with some great recipes that pair perfectly with our Chilean whites! Visit her website to get all the details so you can recreate these at home!

Upcoming Events

6/8: Join Laurie for the California Dreamin’:- Robert Mondavi Winery Dinner to celebrate Heritage month at Westin Annapolis

Next Week

Tune in next week where we’ll talk about some great organic wines for summer and how to find, prepare and cook the best soft shell crabs!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 5/12: All About Greek Wines
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The Sipping Point Radio – 5/12: All About Greek Wines

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Sips of the Week

The Domaine Sigalas Assirtiko/Athiri blend is the perfect seafood wine!

Ted Diamantis  is one of the world’s leading importers of Greek wines. He founded Diamond Wine Importers in 1992 with the belief that Greece, with its natural terrior of mountain vineyards, maritime influenced climate, volcanic and alluvial soils, and over 200 ancient indigenous varieties, can once again become a source of some of the greatest wines in the world. Over the last 20 years of tasting and traveling throughout Greece, he has compiled a portfolio of the best artisan, vineyard-driven producers who are working with the best native varietals from the best appellations. He has the goal is to now educate and enlighten the American wine market about these indigenous varietals, ancient appellations and, most importantly, the spirit of these outstanding producers. Domaine Sigalas Assirtiko/Athiri Santorini 2011  $16.99 (White) Varietal Composition: Assyrtiko 75%, Athiri 25% Vinification techniques: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature.  Organoleptic characteristics: Colour straw blonde, bright, with a nose of ripe citrus fruit. With refreshing acidity and a delightful after-taste.  Ageing potential: Minimum of 3 years. Domaine Skouras St. George Nemea 2010 $14.99 (Red) 100% Aghiorghitiko, The color is bright, deep crimson. The nose reveals aromas of blackberries, black raspberries and ripe strawberries with just a touch of anise and spices such as clove and cinnamon. It is a medium bodied wine with graceful texture, balanced acidity and very ripe elegant tannins. The finish is moderately long, full of red fruits with a touch of sweet vanilla and black pepper. All thesips of the week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Sam Zien, The Cooking Guy joined us to talk about some great grilling recipes from his book Just Grill This! that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day. Sam quit a biotech job in July of 2001 to try to start a travel show, with him as the host.  The fact that he had zero travel or television experience didn’t seem to matter to him.  He felt he could be at least as good as the not-so-exciting people on TV – and maybe even better.  His 30-minute show appropriately named Sam the Cooking Guy – an irreverent mix of humor and easy-to-replicate recipes that have now won 11 Emmy awards.  It’s ‘reality’ cooking – in the sense that whatever really happens when he shoots, stays in the show.  A dropped pan, dogs getting in the way, a burnt lip from a too hot mouthful or even something he made that ended up tasting bad – it all stays.  In 2007 Discovery Health came along and ‘Just Cook This! with Sam the Cooking Guy’ was born.  It features his same offbeat style with more easy-to-prepare, great-tasting recipes that also happen to be healthy.  It’s true – healthy doesn’t have to taste awful. Still known for his ‘big in taste and small in effort’ philosophy, Sam has become a frequent guest on The Today Show, his first cookbook ‘Just a Bunch of Recipes’ was released in 2008 by John Wiley & Sons and his second book ‘Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts’ was released in April of 2010.  His 3rd book Just Grill This! released in February of 2011.

Upcoming Events

6/8: Save the Date – Robert Mondavi Winery Dinner to celebrate Heritage month at Westin Annapolis

Next Week

We’ll talk to all about the delicious white wines of Chile along with some great recipes that will pair perfectly!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

Knob Hall Winery
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Knob Hall Winery

Listen to Laurie talk with Richard and Mary Beth Seibert the owners of Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, Maryland. Learn how they got started, about their wine making philosophy and their award-winning wines.

The Sipping Point Radio – 4/28: Robert Mondavi Winery
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The Sipping Point Radio – 4/28: Robert Mondavi Winery

Genevieve Janssens

Genevieve Janssens, winemaker at Robert Mondavi WInery, joined us for a chat about her fabulous wines!

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Sips of the Week

Genevieve Janssens, winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery, joined us on air to talk about her winemaking philosophy, stories from the vineyard and why her wines consistently receive such high marks from critics and wine lovers alike. Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009:  True to the varietal and the region, this powerful, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of juicy black cherries and Italian plums, seamlessly transitioning to flavors of ripe dark fruit. Its rich, fleshy texture, lengthy finish, and impeccable balance impart a regal maturity to this wine that belies its true age. Retails $30 Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008:  Dark blueberry and cherry aromas combine with a hint of black olive and sage to form the aromatic base of the wine. The new French oak imparts flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Fine, ripe tannins provide structure and flow to the complex, elegant finish. Retails $135 June is Mondavi Heritage Month…Watch this video to find out why Robert Mondavi has been so important to the American wine industry.

Wine Sandwich

Greg Nivens owner of Trigger Agency, joined us to talk about the upcoming Wine & Food Festival at National Harbor on May 5 and 6th. He shared with us some of the celebrity chef and must see sminars that will be taking place during the festival. Laurie also shared information about her FREE wine class “Wine by the Numbers” here students will take place Saturday at 3:30PM.

Upcoming Events

5/5-5/6 : National Harbor Food & Wine Festival Laurie is leading a seminar called Wine by the Numbers where you’ll learn how to rate wine like a pro!

6/8: Save the Date – Robert Mondavi Winery Dinner to celebrate Heritage month at Westin Annapolis

Next Week

Show will not be aired due to Orioles game…tune back in on 5/12!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

The Sipping Point Radio – 4/21
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The Sipping Point Radio – 4/21

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Sips of the Week

Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner of Valdicava Winery in Tuscany, joined us to talk about his amazing Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino. Vincenzo is passoniate about his wines having the spirit of the soil. His family has been instrumental in the establishment of Brunello di Montalcino as one of the world’s greatest wines and his wines are highly regard by critics and wine makers alike. 1.  Valdicava Rosso 2009 – “Baby Brunello” can be released after 1 year old (6 months in oak). “A fruity and firm red, with berry and dried strawberry character, medium body and firm tannins. Well-structured Rosso di Montalcino. Drink now. ”  90 Points, James Suckling  2.  Valdicava Brunello 2006 – must be aged for 4 years (2 years in oak). “The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino flows with gorgeous layers of dark red fruit. This is one of the more muscular, virile wines of the vintage. Slow to reveal its character, the Valdicava Brunello will require significant patience, but I have seen the wine blossom beautifully, even in the smallest of vintages. A blast of iron, smoke, tar, licorice and new leather inform the deep, intense finish. This is a hugely promising, brilliant Brunello from proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese, but it needs to be buried in the cellar for at least a few years. Readers who can’t wait should open the wine a few hours in advance, which will allow the fruit to emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.”  95+ points, The Wine Advocate

Wine Sandwich

Cyndy Bragg, The Whoopie Queen joined us with her magical Mint Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies.  Strawberries are often referenced as the fruit of passion…it’s all those seeds! Strawberries contain more vitamin C than any other berry with a good amount of potassium as well as essential vitamins and minerals needed to keep the fires burning. We also discussed our Makin Whoopie Comedy Show: Comedy about wine and ‘you know what’ with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 PM at The NightCat in Easton, MD. Tickets are only $20.  Show sponsors include The Inn at 202 Dover, Hair o’The Dog Wine & Spirits, Beautiful Discovery Salon and Barbara Stanny – Authority on Women’s Wealth and Abundance. Join us for a night of unbridled hilarity!

Upcoming Events

4/27: Join me for the Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner at The Inn at 202 Dover. 5 courses $100 per person, for reservations call (866) 450-7600.

 5/5 : National Harbor Food & Wine Festival Laurie is leading a seminar called Wine by the Numbers where you’ll learn how to rate wine like a pro!

Next Week

Next Week we’ll talk to Genvieve Janssens, award winning winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery and Greg Nivens from the Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor.

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.

The Whoopie Queen
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The Whoopie Queen

Today’s show we’ll taste delicious Whoopie Pies with Cyndy Bragg The Whoopie Queen and find out what is so magical about them!

The Sipping Point Radio – 4/14: Highlandtown Wine Festival
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The Sipping Point Radio – 4/14: Highlandtown Wine Festival

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Sips of the Week

Celeste Corsaro & Joe DiPasquale, joined us with some homemade wines to talk all about the upcoming Highlandtown Wine Festival set to take place on 4/22 from 1-6 PM at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden (3600 Claremont St.). Now in its 9th year, the festival in southeast Baltimore brings morethan a thousand visitors to partake in homemade wine, eat fine Italian food,listen to live music and have fun. Admission to the festival includes five complementary tastings of homemade wine and wine glass.  In addition to the complementary antipasti, DiPasquale’s Italian Market will have meatball subs, sausage and peppers, pasta, cannolis, and their specialty arancine – as seen on the Food Network – available for sale.  Those 21 and over may purchase tickets for $25($20 in advance); children and teens can enter free in the company of anadult.   For more information, call410-534-2212 or visit www.highlandtown.com  Home wine makers can enter their wines in the Wine Competition until 4/19. Registrations forms are available online here. Good Luck!

Wine Sandwich

Joe Di Pasquale of Di Pasquale’s Marketplace, brought an amazing spread of Italian delicacies for us to taste with the delicious homemade wines. He brought his famous Arancine (rice balls) that were featured on the Food Network, some amazing sandwiches and more. These foods will be available at the Highlandtown Wine Festival or by visiting Di Pasquales’s Marketplace.  

Upcoming Events

4/27: Join me for the Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner at The Inn at 202 Dover. 5 courses $100 per person, for reservations call (866) 450-7600.

4/28: Makin Whoopie Comedy Show: Comedy about wine and ‘you know what’. 7:30 & 9:30 PM at The NightCat in Easton, MD. Tickets are $20.

4/28-29: St Michaels WineFest A fabulous weekend of wine, food and fun in St. Michaels, MD.

Next Week

Next Week we’ll talk to the winemaker from Valdicava in Tuscany and to Cyndy Bragg of the Whoopie Queen about her delicious Whoopie Pies and our upcoming all-female comedy show.

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

The Sipping Point Radio – 4/7: Joe Roberts of 1WineDude
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The Sipping Point Radio – 4/7: Joe Roberts of 1WineDude

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Sips of the WeekKnow Hall Winery

Richard and MaryBeth Seibert, Owners of Knob Hall Winery joined us to talk about their estate grown wines from MD. One of which recently won a gold medal at the International Eastern Wine Competition held in Santa Rosa, CA. Dry Rose $12.99: Knob Hall’s 2009 Rosé is a crisp dry wine with a refreshing finish Made from Chambourcin, this is a dry style of Rosé…perfect for a picnic, sandwiches and pizza. A great example of a Rosé you would get on the Right Bank. Chambourcin $23.99: A fruity yet full-bodied red wine that is ready to drink now or can be put down for several years. Chambourcin has great color and aromas and goes well with pork, lamb and pizza. Le Reve Rouge $price: Light bodied with soft tannins red blend wine.  Flowery and fruity notes on the nose. Fruity raspberry flavors. Matches with everything from popcorn to ribs to burgers. Won the Gold Medal at the 36th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) , Santa Rosa, CA early March judging. All “The Sips of the Week” are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Joe Roberts,  author of 1WineDude.com, joins Laurie to talk about a new PSU Study by John Hayes that says wine pros taste differently than everyday wine lovers. Joe Roberts is a certified wine geek and has been called “an original” by media maven Gary Vaynerchuk, “provocative” by the Seattle Times and “a Robin Hood in the exclusive world of vineyards and corkings” by The Urban Grocer. You may find Joe regularly roasting wine’s sacred cow (and pairing them with a robust, obscure red) at the award-winning 1WineDude.com.

Upcoming Events

4/27: Join me for the Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner at The Inn at 202 Dover5 courses $100 per person, for reservations call (866) 450-7600.

4/28: Makin Whoopie Comedy Show: Comedy about wine and ‘you know what’.  7:30 & 9:30 PM at The NightCat in Easton, MD. Tickets are $20.

4/28-29: St Michaels WineFest A fabulous weekend of wine, food and fun in St. Michaels, MD.

To get info from today’s show go to TheWineCoach.com or get my Free Wine App is for iPhone/iPad and Android…visit www.thewinecoach.com/app

Next Week

Next Week we’ll talk to the organizers of the Highlandtown Wine Festival where home winemakers will compete for the Gold. At the festival on April 22 they will offer tastings of their wine along with delicious food vendors during the festival.

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

The Sipping Point Radio – 3/31: Delicious brews for spring
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The Sipping Point Radio – 3/31: Delicious brews for spring

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Sips of the Week

Angela Richter, Beer Educator from World of Beer joined us to talk about some great brews for spring. 1.      Weihenstephaner Krystalweizen (Germany)   Weihenstephaner is the oldest brewery in the world. A filtered version of a Hefeweizen, showcasing bright and clear bodies from pale straw to light amber. Overall character will be more clean and softer on the palate, and the common banana and phenols will be more subtle. 2.      Brewer’s Art Resurrection Ale (MD) During the fermentation of the first batch of this Abbey-style ale, the yeast «died» and was «resurrected» by brewer Chris Cashell. Made with five types of barley malt and lots of sugar, this beer is quite flavorful, without being too sweet. 7%abv 3.      Hop Stoopid Ale (CA) For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a guarantee built right into the name! ABV: 8% All “The Sips of the Week” are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Dave Newman, Executive Chef of The Brewers Art joined us to shed some light on the secrets of beer and food training. He trained in San Francisco with Chef Annie Gingrass at Hawthorne Lane, Chef Nancy Oakes at Boulevard and Chef Michael Mina at Aqua. In 2005 he moved to Baltimore, where he worked as the Chef de Cuisine at Timothy Dean Bistro, Saffron and Ixia before joining The Brewers Art. He has appeared numerous times in the local media, including WJZ and the Baltimore Magazine. He is the two-time winner of B&O’s annual crab bash.

Upcoming Events

 4/27: Join Laurie for the Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner at The  Inn at 202 Dover 5 courses $100 per person, call (866) 450-7600.

  4/28: Makin Whoopie Comedy Show: Comedy about wine and you know what. 7:30 PM at Nin Easton, MD. Tickets are $20.

 4/28: St Michaels WineFest A fabulous weekend of wine, food and fun in St. Michaels, MD.

To get info from today’s show go to thewinecoach.com or get my Free Wine App is for  iPhone/iPad and Android…visit www.thewinecoach.com/app

Next Week

Next Week we’ll talk to winemaker Mary Beth Seibert of Knob Hall Winery Wins Gold Medal at International Wine Competition. Wine blogger Joe Roberts of One Wine Dude will also join us to talk about how wine critics taste differently than every day wine lovers and what that means for you!

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

The Sipping Point Radio – 3/24: Get ready for the 30th Annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic
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The Sipping Point Radio – 3/24: Get ready for the 30th Annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic

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Sips of the Week

Paul LaRochelle, General Manager of Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis joined us to taste some outstanding Cabernets and update us on the new Lexus GS and other exciting happenings for Lexus. Lexus is a sponsor of the 30th Annual Food & Wine Classic and has other special benefits for the wine loving owners. 1.      Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California $19.99 Winemaker’s notes: With beautifully married flavors and tannins, our Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely, seamless texture. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months oak aging, further concentrated the wine’s vibrant red cherry, candied blackberry, licorice and spice flavors, adding a hint of cocoa powder and a lingering toffee note on the finish. Critical acclaim: “This release represents a gigantic leap forward for Oberon in their basic Cabernet Sauvignon. Past releases have been so-so. This one’s terrific. Blended from vineyards all over the valley, it shows all the hallmarks of a Napa Cab you want. It’s dry, full-bodied and impressively ripe in blackberries, currants, licorice and oak, with a long, smooth finish.  Editors’ Choice.” 91 Points Wine Enthusiast 2.  Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Paso Robles, California $17.99 Winemaker’s notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Paso Robles Blends red and black fruit with pepper, cedar and bittersweet chocolate. Nice tannin backbone and and good length. Bordeaux character mingling with Paso Robles fuit.   No stems, no whole clusters at crusher. Pressed at dryness, malo-lactic completed after pressing. Critical acclaim: The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, unoaked wine bursting with dark red fruit, sweet flower, spices, leather and licorice. The Cabernet Sauvignon saw no oak at all; the richness comes just from the intensity of the fruit. This is one of the very finest wines being made from Paso Robles fruit, and I say that after having tasted over 500 wines from Paso recently. Frankly, it puts most of what is being made in Paso in this price point to shame. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. Score: 89. —Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate August 2011.

All “The Sips of the Week” are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Ray Isle, Wine Editor Food & Wine Magazine joined us to talk about all the delicious events and happenings at the 30th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 15-17, 2012. Ray Isle is the executive wine editor of FOOD & WINE, where he oversees FOOD & WINE’s wine department, writes the magazine’s monthly wine column, Tasting Room, and directs the title’s spirits coverage. Ray regularly conducts wine-tasting seminars at epicurean events and appears as a wine and spirits expert on national television shows, including NBC’s Today and CBS’s The Early Show.

Upcoming Events

Meet me at Wells Discount Liquors on Monday, March 26 from 4-8 PM for thier Big Semi-Annual Sale…I’ll be tasting wine, helping you shop and signing books! Talbot Restaurant Week  runs from March 25-March 31, 2012.  Lunch $20.12, Dinner $30.12 The finale is a Black and White Ball on 3/31 for more info or to buy tickets visit www.talbotdining.com

 Wine and Dine with Laurie & Michael:

In partnership with Crystal Cruises and French Wine Explorers, Michael and I will be hosting a group during the Romancing the Riviera Cruise July 25-August 6, 2012 on board the breathtaking Crystal Serenity. We’ll sail our way from Lisbon to Rome with stops in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona Palomos, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome. Along the way we’ll have exclusive activities for our group that center on our shared love of food and wine. Crystal Cruises is now an all inclusive cruise ship which means your fare includes everything–food, wine, cabin and YES, wine and alcohol are included!! Learn more by clicking here

Next Week

Next Week’s theme is all about great beers for Spring… Angela Richter from The World of Beer will share some of her favorite spring beers and Chef Dave Newman of Brewer’s Art will tell us how to create inspired beer pairings to kick off the season!

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

The Sipping Point Radio – 3/17: Mad Men Cocktails
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The Sipping Point Radio – 3/17: Mad Men Cocktails

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Sips of the Week

Doug Atwell, Managing partner, RYE Bar.  Rye whiskey was the preeminent distilled spirit in Maryland before Prohibition. It was nationally known and revered as the cornerstone for such classic cocktails as the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned. Our state’s proud history of rye, once the great drink of Maryland, is worthy of remembrance and celebration. Cocktails:  Traditional Manhattan  All “The Sips of the Week” are available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Judy Gelman, co-author of the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook joined us with some great ideas on how to create a Mad Men Premiere party. Judy Gelman is also the co-author of The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors (Penguin, 2004), the first cookbook designed for book discussion groups. Check her out at bookclubcookbook.com and kidsbookclubbook.com.

Wine and Dine with Laurie & Michael:

In partnership with Crystal Cruises and French Wine Explorers, Michael and I will be hosting a group during the Romancing the Riviera Cruise July 25-August 6, 2012 on board the breathtaking Crystal Serenity. We’ll sail our way from Lisbon to Rome with stops in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona Palomos, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome. Along the way we’ll have exclusive activities for our group that center on our shared love of food and wine. Crystal Cruises is now an all inclusive cruise ship which means your fare includes everything–food, wine, cabin and YES, wine and alcohol are included!! Learn more by clicking here

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

The Sipping Point Radio – 3/3: Explore French Wine
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The Sipping Point Radio – 3/3: Explore French Wine

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Sips of the Week

Pacale Bernasse, Owner French Wine Explorers, joined us for to taste some great French wines and tips for wine lovers make when booking a wine vacationPascale Bernasse has been named one of the Top 133 Travel Specialists in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. French Wine Explorers offers guests not just vacations, but authentic luxury experiences in France’s famed wine regions. 1.  Hubert Brochard Sancerre 2010, Loire Valley, France, $27.99 Winemaker’s Notes: VINEYARD: Our vineyard of Sancerre Blanc is very  parcelled out. It is located on the best hills of the villages of Chavignol, Sainte Gemme, Ménétréol, Amigny, Thauvenay and Sancerre. GRAPE VARIETIES: 100 % Sauvignon from vines that are 30 years old on average. SOIL: Depending on the hillsides: 40 % limestone, 30 % flint, 30 % clay. The Sancerre Blanc is a winethat can be kept for roughly 5 years. It is dry, fruity, and best enjoyed chilled. SERVE WITH: It is ideal with seafood, fish in sauces, and with certain cheeses, especially the Crottin de Chavignol goat’s cheese. 2.  Domaine Du Bois de Saint-Jean Cotes Du Rhone Red, Rhone Valley, France  $12.99   Winemaker’s Notes: Grape variety: 50 % Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan Wine-making: Clusters are taken off; vines are put in thermo-regulated vats and processed separately. There is constant control of temperature, and vats are daily emptied and refilled. Then they are put together. Wine production is lasting a year, and then wine is being bottled. Wine is being bottled at the domain. Tasting: Colour is deep dark red. Flavours are made of ripe fruits and a spicy hint. Tannins are present and blended. With its fruity texture, this Côtes du Rhône can be served immediately without preservation. This wine can be served with red or white meat, simply elaborated dishes and cheese… All “The Sips of the Week” are of course available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

Breeze Restaurant’s Executive Chef Olivier Senoussaoui joined us to talk about food and wine Pairing Tips and his role at the 2012 Annapolis Food & Wine Festival. Executive Chef Olivier Senoussaoui developed his passion for food at a very early age. He attended the Chamber of Commerce Culinary School in France when he was just 15, and he earned degrees in both culinary and pastry. Chef Olivier has been Executive Chef at Loews Annapolis Hotel since 2008, where he oversees BREEZE Restaurant, banquets and in-room dining. He has earned recognition by What’s Up! Annapolis Magazine as Best Chef in the Annapolis dining scene.

Wine and Dine with Laurie & Michael:

In partnership with Crystal Cruises and French Wine Explorers, Michael and I will be hosting a group during the Romancing the Riviera Cruise July 25-August 6, 2012 on board the breathtaking Crystal Serenity. We’ll sail our way from Lisbon to Rome with stops in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona Palomos, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome. Along the way we’ll have exclusive activities for our group that center on our shared love of food and wine. Crystal Cruises is now an all inclusive cruise ship which means your fare includes everything–food, wine, cabin and YES, wine and alcohol are included!! Learn more by clicking here

Tune in next week:

The premiere of Mad Men season 5 is in  just a few weeks so next week is our Mad Men episode! Doug Atwell of Rye Bar in Fells Point will join us to mix up some cocktails form the Mad Men era and Judy Gelman author of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook will tell us how to cook like Mad Men too.

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

The Sipping Point Radio 2/25: Axios Wines and The Food
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The Sipping Point Radio 2/25: Axios Wines and The Food

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Sips of the Week

Gus Kalaris founder of Axios Wines joined us for the Sips of the Week and we tasted three of his fabulous wines!

Axios Wine

1.     2009 Kalaris Pinot Noir, West Sonoma Coast, California, $49.99

Winemaker’s Notes: Introducing the newest wine in the lineup from Axios Wines.  Ruby red in color with brilliant clarity. Perfectly balanced with intriguing softly scented aromas of Royal Anne cherries, dusty sweet raspberry and sandalwood. Velvety mouth feel with flavors of milk chocolate covered cherries, sweet fresh herbs & strawberry preserves, with an intense lengthy finish. VARIETALS:  100% Pinot Noir;  50% Pommard Clone & 50% Clone 115  COOPERAGE:  Sixty Gallon French Oak barrels for seventeen months. 2.     2005 Axios, Napa Valley, California $124.99  Winemaker’s Notes:Our seventh release of Axios is very special. It is a monumental wine of deep color and fruit, with unobtrusive tannins and oak. In other words, quintessential balance. As always, best hillside vineyards, farmed by us. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 2 years in 70% new French Oak then in bottle for an additional year. This is a wine as perfect as we could possibly produce. As a matter of fact, the next 3 vintages are stellar as well. Only a small portion of our Axios production makes our final blend. Only the very best of what we produce becomes a mere 750 cases of Axios. Robert Parker Rating 95 3.     2007 Worthy Napa Valley, California $29.99 Winemaker’s Notes:  Many people have spoken about the incredible value of Worthy. This again rings true for the 2007 vintage. This is a stellar value, no matter how you look at it. I WOULD PUT THIS INTO ANY ULTRA PREMIUM TASTING WITHOUT RESERVATION. The pedigree of this wine is unsurpassed in a wine at this price. Here are the details:  APPELLATION: 68% Oakville / 25% Rutherford Highlands / 7% Mt. St. George                VARIETALS:  68% Cabernet Sauvignon / 28% Merlot / 2% Cabernet Franc / 2% Malbec      COOPERAGE: Aged in 2/3 new French oak for 20 months. All “The Sips of the Week” are of course available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Wine Sandwich

We talk to Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg authors of The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine about this great book for people who love to cook and have the perfect wines paired with their meal. Find out more about Karen & Andrew here: www.karenandandrew.com

Not to Miss Events

Feb 26th, 3-6PM Wine Expo at Harford Community CollegeThe Annual Wine Expo, hosted by the HCC Alumni & Friends Association and Wine World Beer & Spirits, is an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts and a chocolate fountain from Bomboy’s Home Made Candy. The best part is the opportunity to sample over 200 fine wines from around the world from 35 vendors! It’s also a wonderful opportunity to network with Harford County businesses and members of the community. This crowd-pleasing event sells out to a crowd of more than 500 people. Consider a sponsorship and showcase your business at this prestigious annual event. Feb 26 6-9 PM Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild presents Rye’s Up Against Cystic Fibrosis@ B&O American Brasserie…Enjoy samples of Bulleit Rye elixirs handcrafted by BBG members as well as beer, wine and small bites from local restaurants including B&O American Brasserie, Woodberry Kitchen, and Ten Ten. Listen to live music and bid on fabulous silent auction items. March 8th 6:30-9:30PM Romancing the Riviera Wine Dinner at Westin in Annapolis…Travel the Riviera course by course with Exec Chef James Barrett and Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach. Only $65pp all inclusive and you’ll learn more about the upcoming cruise Laurie is hosting in July.

Wine and Dine with Laurie & Michael:

In partnership with Crystal Cruises and French Wine Explorers, Michael and I will be hosting a group during the Romancing the Riviera Cruise July 25-August 6, 2012 on board the breathtaking Crystal Serenity. We’ll sail our way from Lisbon to Rome with stops in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona Palomos, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome. Along the way we’ll have exclusive activities for our group that center on our shared love of food and wine. Crystal Cruises is now an all inclusive cruise ship which means your fare includes everything–food, wine, cabin and YES, wine and alcohol are included!! Learn more by clicking here

Tune in next week:

Next week we’ll talk to Oliver Senoussaoui from Breeze Restaurant of Loews Hotel abou this role in the Annapolis Food & Wine Festival on March 10th and then Pascale Bernasse from French Wine Explorers will talk about the 5 mistakes wine lovers make when booking a vacation… and so much more!

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita Winery.

The Sipping Point Radio 2/18: Warm Up to Cold Sake
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The Sipping Point Radio 2/18: Warm Up to Cold Sake

Pearls of Simplicity is made from rice that has 50% of the outer shell polished away.

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Sips of the Week

  1. Konteki Pearls of Simplicity (Junmai Daigingo)

A bouquet of bright floral aromas is the perfect beginning for this crisp Junmai Daiginjo. Clean flavors of honeydew and lemon dominate but a subtle hint of licorice sneaks up once you get to the long and elegant finish. This is a great sipping sake but also a wonderful companion to a scallops, pork and other light meats. Retails: $18.99 (350 ml)

  1. Tozai Voices in the Mist (Nigori, Ginjo)

Citrus and banana aromas practically jump out of the glass reminiscent of a tropical paradise. On the palate, it has solid weight and flavors of banana, fresh white rice, a pastis-like licorice flavor, and a clean finish not often found in nigori sake. Makes you want to come back for another sip. Retails: $12.99 (350 ml)

All “The Sips of the Week” are of course available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore check them out at www.WellsWine.com

Featured Interview

Ed Lehrman, co-founder of Vine Connections one the country’s leading importers of quality Sake and wine. Ed shared a wealth of knowledge on the various grades of Sake as well as tips oon serving and enjoying Sake. Check out all the great Sake Education Vine Connections on their website!

Wine Sandwich

Rick Smith, owner of Sakaya in NYC joined us to talk about how to perfectly pair Sake with food and not just Sushi! Sakaya is one of only a handful of store in the US dedicated to quality Sake and education. Learn more about Rick and Sakaya here: http://www.sakayanyc.com/

Not to Miss Events

Feb 26th, 3-6PM Wine Expo at Harford Community CollegeThe Annual Wine Expo, hosted by the HCC Alumni & Friends Association and Wine World Beer & Spirits, is an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts and a chocolate fountain from Bomboy’s Home Made Candy. The best part is the opportunity to sample over 200 fine wines from around the world from 35 vendors! It’s also a wonderful opportunity to network with Harford County businesses and members of the community. This crowd-pleasing event sells out to a crowd of more than 500 people. Consider a sponsorship and showcase your business at this prestigious annual event. Feb 26 6-9 PM Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild presents Rye’s Up Against Cystic Fibrosis@ B&O American Brasserie…Enjoy samples of Bulleit Rye elixirs handcrafted by BBG members as well as beer, wine and small bites from local restaurants including B&O American Brasserie, Woodberry Kitchen, and Ten Ten. Listen to live music and bid on fabulous silent auction items. March 8th 6:30-9:30PM Romancing the Riviera Wine Dinner at Westin in Annapolis…Travel the Riviera course by course with Exec Chef James Barrett and Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach. Only $65pp all inclusive and you’ll learn more about the upcoming cruise Laurie is hosting in July.

Wine and Dine with Laurie & Michael:

In partnership with Crystal Cruises and French Wine Explorers, Michael and I will be hosting a group during the Romancing the Riviera Cruise July 25-August 6, 2012 on board the breathtaking Crystal Serenity. We’ll sail our way from Lisbon to Rome with stops in Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona Palomos, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome. Along the way we’ll have exclusive activities for our group that center on our shared love of food and wine. Crystal Cruises is now an all inclusive cruise ship which means your fare includes everything–food, wine, cabin and YES, wine and alcohol are included!! Learn more by clicking here

Tune in next week:

Next week we’ll talk to Gus Kalaris from Axios Wines and Karen Page & Andrew Dorenenburg authors of the Food Lover’s Guide to Wine … and so much more!

Special thanks to Wells Discount Liquors, Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Crystal Cruises, The Cavit Collection, J Brown Jewelers and Santa Rita W