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This summer why not take the opportunity to join us for our Wine 101 three part wine class.
Whether your are just starting out on your journey into the world of wine, or are looking for a framework to the knowledge that you already have, this three part series is the perfect introduction.
Over the three weeks, we cover a variety of topics including:
- key factors of grape growing and wine making
- characteristics of 7 key varietals
- How to taste effectively and confidently
- wine service & storage
- food & wine pairing
This introductory level course is great for both hospitality professionals and avid consumers alike and is a great foundation for further study, including the internationally recognized WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits.
Wednesday Evenings, 6-8pm - July 30, August 6, August 13
$99 per person. Pre-paid reservation required
It has been a long time. I've missed chatting about sipping with you. Yesterday was Bastille Day so we'll be sipping on something French this week. Well any excuse to sip on French wine is okay with me! So pull out the French wines and toast whatever French side of an issue you'd like. I'm going to explore the Southern Rhone and the various blends with Grenache that we have. A perfect summer sipping selection!!
We can also sip on something German to celebrate the World Cup champions. What a great game that was on Sunday. I admit I was sipping on Beer, it seemed like the thing to do. Now that the hoopla is over we can return to vino!
I promise to keep up with my notes and chats now that we are settled into the summer a little bit better. (we've cleaned and water-proofed the porch, sawed down a big stump on our front bank, did a wine and grilling event in Syracuse NY.....settled in now)
Here in the store we have a few seats left for the Wine and Grilling class this Thursday as well as 4 seats left for the Lamb dinner at Jamison Farm on August 2. We also have some seats left for the Baseball game on August 5.
Come and celebrate August with us !! (My birthday is in August so celebrating every day is on the agenda!!)
Did you know it takes 4 tons of grapes to produce 10.8 barrels of wine? And that one barrel of wine contains 1,180 glasses of wine?
Our new catalog is HERE.
Ok ladies and gents, we've always had quite the eclectic collection of wine carriers and wine bags, but you ain't seen NOTHIN' YET!
Check out these awesomely fun wine bottle carriers!
Santa's Pants! A sturdy cloth bag (measures 11"H X 8 1/2"W) that holds two bottles of your favorite wine! Of course you can always stuff them full of other goodies as well! What a perfect Holiday gift bag!
Also available in Elf Pants! Made of the same sturdy cloth, but with little jingle bells on the toes!
$12 for the Elf Pants
(They're selling fast, so call us to reserve some pants today @ 412-391-1709)
Every year we design new gift baskets.
After we have had time to decompress from our trip to the New York International Gift Fair, the process begins. The NYIGF is sensory overload to the max. The Javits Convention Center becomes home to over 2,800 companies enthusiastically pushing their “latest” offerings to 35,000 attendees, who are all trying to find those few new items that their customers will deem “must have.” It’s crazy fun… and totally exhausting.
From our new arrivals we then begin selecting items to pair with our wines to make exciting and fresh baskets; it’s an entertaining and challenging process because it allows us to get super creative and to try designing the next “best seller.”
Somewhere in the process we are reminded that our clients throughout the year generally stick with the classics. Nothing says congratulations like Champagne and Chocolate (or its BFF Chocolate and Red.) If they want to salute a group, the snack-packed Urban Picnic is the basket of choice (or its younger sibling Urban Lunch Break for a smaller group.) And when they are feeling their Pittsburgh Pride (which is often) they choose our Pittsburgh Gray Box or one of its many Pittsburgh themed cousins. (You can check them all in our gift gallery.)
So as we design the new baskets, we will post them here. Let us know if we succeed in creating a new classic.
Jana Wines are named to convey the romance and passion Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Winery feels for his wife, Jana, and also for the creation of the wines that they love to share. The wines are from the best of Napa Valley varietals.
The Jana Rose is 90% Grenache and 10% Riesling.
Small yields of flavorful grapes were harvested early to produce a light and delicate, low alcohol European style dry Rose of Grenache.
Making this wine gives Jana a chance to produce a true European type Rose in a light (low alcohol), crisp and dry style, similar to the wines she produced while working as an apprentice and going to wine-making school in Europe.
This is a well balanced delicately structured wine with a light delicate pink color. Roses, white peach, strawberry sorbet, pink grapefruit, cran-berry with just a hint of fresh carbonation on the finish.
The grapes are from the Stanislaus County DePalma Vineyard (90%) and the Mendocino County Nelson Vineyard (10%).
$13.99 per bottle. Click the name above to get it, or HERE for our full wine list.
Casafina Madeira Harvest
Casafina is a collection of dinnerware with coordinating serving pieces and ovenware made from the finest Portuguese resources. Fired at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, this dense stoneware is some of the best on the market. Heavyweight, it has fewer internal air bubbles making it extremely chip resistant. For elegant or casual dining, Casafina stoneware adds style and color to any table. Madeira Harvest is available in Dijon Gold, Robin’s Egg Blue, Sage Green, Smoked Salmon, Vanilla Crème and White. Each piece is dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe.
From our friends at Roost come these one of a kind handcrafted goodies for the home!
Artisans hand-carve the discarded root balls of Chinese fir trees into these magnificent earthy bowls. They function equally well as centerpieces, fruit bowls or as natural sculptures. Color variations, knots, small cracks and crevices are part of their rustic charm.
Shapes and dimensions will vary from piece to piece as each sculpture is as unique as its tree of origin.
A food safe finish has been applied to each bowl.
Since the designs vary, so do the prices - drop by to check them out!
Our always changing and fun retail store is open from 9 to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
These fun and informative games just arrived in our retail store. They’re perfect for game night. If you and your friends don’t already have a game night, now is the time to start.
For all you food lovers, it's time for Foodie Fight! This addictive trivia game allows players to strut their culinary stuff and prove who’s the smartest foodie of them all. With over 1,000 questions on topics ranging from culinary science and celebrity chefs to food history and exotic cuisine, each player is bound to get a full serving of food knowledge. But think fast, because the first player or team to fill in their game board wins! Includes: Deck of trivia cards, six game boards, and colored die.
Wine Wars is the follow-up to the bestselling Foodie Fight Triva Game. Perfect for anyone who has ever picked up a glass of wine, this fascinating trivia game will challenge your knowledge of the fruit-of-the-vine. Play singly or in teams and let the battle begin as you answer questions in categories such as Vine to Vino (growing grapes, making wine, and world production), Wine Cellar (selecting, storing, and tasting wine), and Cork Culture (wine people, business, arts and science, and trivia). Each time you play you'll learn even more about wine. Sample question: What is the world's most renowned grape for making red wine? (Cabernet Sauvignon) Whether you are new to the world of wine or a devoted oenophile, Wine Wars will have you swirling, sniffing, and sipping your way to vinicultural victory. Includes: 150 Trivia cards with 750 questions, 6 game boards, and colored die.
Stop at our retail store Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and let the games begin.