Monthly Archives: February 2011

Omakase- Please Take Care of Me

New Wine Speak- Omakase- Please take care of me……in other words, you know what I like.  Sometimes the decision of what wine to have is difficult.  The next time you stumble for which wine just say “Omakase” and allow the server to take care of you.

Here are a few other tips and ideas to bring some wine comfort to you and your gatherings:

Perfect Pairings:
Big reds and cold nights love one another’s company. Serve your favorite big red with a comfort food dish such as cassoulet, beef stew or a hearty soup. Crusty bread is the perfect accompaniment, too. 

Perfect Sharings:
Ever notice how shared wine and conversation is the absolute perfect pairing? With just a few friends, the coldest night turns cozy with stimulating conversation energized by bottles of red wine. In fact, most of the world’s problems could surely be solved with evenings spent just this way. 

Wine Tasting Warms up the Night:
Warm Up your hearth and heart with a WineShop At Home Wine Tasting for your family and friends. A super easy gathering that can chase away the winter blues with perfect artisan reds, whites and sparkling wine. Your family and friends will thank you for the opportunity to have the time of their life tasting the best, learning about wines and having the opportunity to stock their own cellars with the finest wines at the best prices going. 

Decant and Savor:
Many winter red wines will benefit from an hour or two in the decanter in order to soften tannins and bring out the fruit. 

Chocolate and Wine Warm up the Soul:
Red wine and chocolate are a robust flavor combination that puts your soul and your palate in the comfort zone.

Sip Something Warm and Wonderful:
Here’s a spectacular beverage that will get the conversation started at any home gathering

Full Bodied Wine Toddy
1 bottle full-bodied red wine
3 tablespoons honey
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons cardamom seeds
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1/2 cup sugar
In a large saucepan, combine the wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds, lemon and sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes. Pour into mugs, and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Cheers~