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Cincinnati Enquirer Wine Tasting Competition
Posted: February 22, 2008
Gotta love business trips that take you in the vicinity of family and friends. A recent stop in Cincinnati meant a great visit with my brother Jim, wife Karen and son Matt. But before I could even unpack, I was greeted with “We are going to a wine tasting”. Well…how could I refuse! When we arrived at the location of the tasting, I discovered that some great ski friends, Sharon and John Rieke would be joining the festivities as well. Now Sharon and John are worth several GourmetStation blog posts alone, what with Sharon’s keen eye for ferreting out wonderful places to dine everywhere we have gone and John being an oenophile. I knew we were in for a fun and entertaining night.
Our hosts, Mike Forcade and his wife Penny had a beautiful set up. Several staging areas in the dining room and kitchen with gourmet food to tide us over and the wine tasting set ups on the screen covered patio for whites and the reds on the giant food prep island in the middle of the spacious mid- western kitchen.
What made this particular wine tasting unique was the fact that it was based on a recent article by the Cincinnati Enquirer, where they asked five local wine experts to each list their favorite reds and favorite whites in the $10.00 price point. This selected panel came up with their choices and our goal for the evening was to see if we could come up with the same selections as that illustrious panel of wine experts.
Well there must have been more than 20 people in attendance that night and everyone took the whole proceeding very seriously…as the winners would be taking home full bottles of some very fine tasting wines.
Let me introduce you to them:
Santa Ema Carmenere 03
Pelican by Laurence Feraud 03
Leasingham Magnus Shiraz-Cab 01
Equis Vinas Viejas 03
Calina Carmenere 02
Blue Fish Riesling
Basa Blanco 04
Las Brisas Blanco 04
J&F Lurton pinot Gris 04
Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 04
In addition to these wine finalists, there were additional selections in each category, but these were the top five, as selected by the Cincinnati Enquirer panel of experts. Unknown to us…us being the wine tasting participants trying to match the Cincinnati Enquirer panel of experts, was the ranking. That was our goal, to see how closely we could align with the experts and the winners in our group would be taking home some bottles for their “trouble.”
I lost track of my brother and his wife in the pouring, palate cleansing and tasting mayhem….but kept a stealthy eye on Sharon and John to see by the expressions on their faces, how the wines were doing from their perspective.
How did I fare….let’s just say I must have been in an exploratory mood that night as I did not end up winning! (Just for the record, I got three of the winning reds in my list and two of the whites, but not necessarily in the right order) After the conclusion, the official tally was taken and the winners that night revealed that indeed my instincts had been right…keep an eye on Sharon Rieke!
Mike Forcade passed along his comments, “ What was interesting about the winners was that the category winners both picked the Cincinnati Enquirer #1 as first on their cards. We scored by giving two points for a direct hit in comparison to the paper and one point for selecting one of the top wines but not in the correct order.”
Winners: White: Olden Warren with 6 points (his list had four of five whites and he scored will overall too).
Red Winner: Ros Staadeker with 6 points
Overall Winner: Sharon Rieke 12 points
Mikes final comment “Final observation: The wine that was left over was not worth drinking after the fact!!!!!!!!!!”
And that would be because the sophisticated palate of the attendees honed very quickly in on the “good stuff” leaving the other wines to sit forlornly 3/4s full.
Everyone had a wonderful time with gourmet foods to sample, exceptionally tasty wines to drink and rate and the winners walked off with bottles for their keen wine acumen.
And the overall winning results...well it just adds to Sharon and John’s legend as gourmands.
So if you get bored this winter…you can try a sampling party at your house. It will definitely be worth the effort and your guest can help clean up too! Mark Stine
Occasion Dinner Gift Sale – Save 25% at GourmetStation
Posted: February 18, 2008
It doesn’t happen that often…..so why not take advantage of it. I have my special occasion gift list with dates right next to my pc. Each month there is at least one person I want to show my affection towards so why not do it with a special occasion dinner delivered. Ok…you’ve given flowers, candy, gift baskets…the entire line up of food gifts. Now it’s time to step out of the box and give an experience of luxury gourmet dining at home. Below are the links to the special occasion categories. At checkout just enter occasion08 and receive a 25% savings. Bon appetit!
GourmetStation, Provider of Upscale Food Gifts & Gourmet Dinners, Announces Valentine Dinner Delivered
Posted: February 1, 2008
New Valentine Dinner Delivered - GourmetStation
GourmetStation, the leading national merchant for gourmet dinner gifts, upscale gourmet meals and fine food gifts delivered nationally, announced the introduction of the Eiffel Tower Menu for Valentine dinners delivered.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 24, 2008 -- Valentine's Day is a booming event for restaurants. Finer establishments provide multiple seatings and are sold out weeks in advance. Long waits and the hassle can cause much stress. GourmetStation believes Valentine dinner is the last event that should be ridden with stress and proposes to send romantic Valentine dinners directly to romantic couples. With only 30 minutes preparation, romantics across the US can enjoy fine French cuisine in the comfort of home.
The Eiffel Tower menu sets the stage with elegant gift packaging featuring old world postcards from regions like Paris, Tuscany and New Orleans. Inside the elegant packaging is delicious cuisine starting with artisan bread, creamy soups, entrees like Chicken Montrachet and Salmon en Croute and chocolate truffle cheesecake with Euro blend coffee. 4 complimentary gifts include a heart shaped candle, Valentine poem, and bonus dessert & beverage. The price for this Valentine dinner delivered is $89.99 for two plus $19.99 shipping. Additionally, the company is offer 50% off 2nd day shipping.
"We selected French cuisine when developing the 2008 Valentine dinner delivered" says founder & President, Donna Lynes-Miller. "The French are romantic by nature and this romance is reflected in their elegant en Croutes and rich sauces. Our goal is to bring the elegance of a fine French restaurant to our patron's home."
Internationally themed three and four course gourmet meals are delivered anywhere in the United States. Deep-chilled gourmet dinners require only 30 minutes preparation include European blend coffee or organic tea, after-dinner candy, floating candle and matches. Prices for multi-course dinners for two range from $69.99 to $89.99. Gourmet gift certificates, including Dinner of the Month certificates and Soup of the Month certificates are ideal for birthdays and anniversaries. For more information, visit www.GourmetStation.com or call 1-888-944-9794.
South American - Gourmet Tours 2008
Posted: February 1, 2008
Tango & Samba Gourmet
This is a fasciniting trip encopasing some of the greatest countries in South America, Argentina & Brazil.
We will start in Buenos Aires, one of the greatest cities in the Americas, it has culture, great food (steak & wine), beautiful people, good nigh life, and lots to see.
Then we will spend some days in the country side at an old ranch in the wet lands of Corrientes, from the ranch we will explore the “esteros” by boat an area with Caimans and Pirahanas, we will also go horse back riding with Gauchos on the plains. The ranch is beautiful, and it even has a good pool.
From the ranch we wil go North to the Iguazu falls, this is one of the most beautiful places in the world, waterfalls, sub tropical forest, here we will take a speed boat, and go under some of the falls…also we will go on hikes around the park.
Also in Iguazu we will take a short day trip to Paraguay, just across the border, into the black markets, where you can buy anything from dvd’s to clothes, to electronica, and expirience briefly Paraguay.
From Iguazu we will take a flight to Sao Paulo (we wont stay in the city) from here we will drive along the coast to the town of Angra, and here a private schooner will take us to the paradise island of Ihla Grande.
On the island we will go to amazing beaches, take on a boat trip to a blue lagon, and enjoy great sea food, parties, and hikes in the rain forest our hotel here are wooden cabins very relaxed.
Last but not least is Rio de Janeiro, here we will do the Christ of the Redeemer up Corcobado mountain, Ipanema beach, and of course go to a Samba venue in the distric of Lapa on the last night of the trip.
All in all a great life time trip, with a combination of two great cities, adventure, animals, nature, boat rides, beaches, amazing local food, and cooking classes and a lot more.
What’s Included: This trip is designed will all the activities, transport, accommodation,food, and guiding included. There are no hidden extras, and you will be busy everyday on very cool activities, for everyday of the trip there is something to do to maximize your time in South America.
We also include all the breakfast and one great meal a day.
Activities (Detailed of all the Included Activities by Location) The activities are the core of the trip we spend a lot of time looking and selecting them so that everyone in the group is happy, so the activities are as varied and different as possible as to suit everyone taste.
In Buenos Aires:
A perfect blend of European with Latin American, Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina, it's a wonderful city, and the perfect place to start your South American trip. Full of parks; tree lined avenues, interesting architecture, and very friendly people. Many people fall in love with the city, its culture, its wonderful people and its vibrant lifestyle.
Tour of the city, around the main sights of the city, Plaza the Mayo, San Martin, Florida, Evita`s grave, Palermo and Recoleta. We will also go to Puerto Madero on the old docklands, and to the famous Sunday Market in San Telmo.
Your tour leader will also show you the best places to shop, and have a good time.
At the Corrientes wet lands the Ranch:
In the northern province of Corrientes, the Esteros del Ibera a natural wet land. Home to a super abundant collection of wild life. From alligators, to monkeys, and hundreds of bird species. Here we stay at an 18th century ranch part of which is a national reserve.
It is a wonderful natural setting, here we will do from a boat ride, hiking, or on horse back we explore this amazing nature reserve. Looking for caimans just like Steve Irving, and enjoying the life of the Gauchos in the Ranch were we stay. It’s a fasciniting place, a great location, and the activities are exellent.
A dazzling panorama of cascades whose power overwhelms the sounds of the surrounding jungle, Las Cataratas del Iguazu (Iguazu Falls) refers to the spectacular canyon of waterfalls fed by the Rio Iguazu. Declared a World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1984, these 275 waterfalls were shaped by 120 million years of geological history and form one of earth's most unforgettable sights.
When we visit the park we take a speed boat down a river canyon to the first approach which is spectacular, the hikes later give you a full panorama of this magnificent spot and one of the highlights of the continent. We also do about 8 km hiking to the different view points and the different falls.
At the end of the day we hike to the Devil’s throat a spectacular spot to make a memorable group photo.
We enter briefly in Paraguay just for half a day to visit the famous black markets in Ciudad del Este. It will give you a glimpse into another (very different) South American country, and to browse in its huge black markets, where you can find anything from perfumes to very cheap DVD’s.
In Ilha Grande
Boat trip all day to the Blue lagoon on the Schooner Perola do Mar a great boat, we can do some snorkeling, and enjoy a great day out in the sea.
Hike to Lopes Mendez beach one of the most beautiful beaches you have ever been too.
The island is simply fantastic, its tropical and bieng a national park is not flooded with visitors so the beaches are secluded and the town is quiet and engaging.
We will get there by a private boat a wonderful shooner called the Perola do Mar (the sea pearl)
Rio de Janeiro
In Rio we will do the clasic trip to the Christ of the Redeemer up on Corcobado Hill, from here you will have some of the most increadible views of the city and the surroundings, the Christ was also voted recently one of the new world wanders.
All the cooking lessons will be provided with the best local ingredients, the help of native chefs, as well as all the necessary materials, and information needed. Each lesson will cover an specific aspect of Argentine ad Brazilian gastronomy, regions, and flavors.