Monthly Archives: February 2012

You say Muscat- I say Muscato, You say Pinot Grigio, I say Pinot Gris, You say Syrah, I say Shiraz

Open That Bottle Night

We recently celebrated Open That Bottle Night- What fun?!!

We started the evening with a Wine Tasting: 

A Sauv Blanc/Muscat Blend, A WA. State Chardonnay, A CA. Chardonnay and a Red Blend (Cab Franc, Petite Sirah, and Cab Sauv)

Then we moved on to the meal section of the evening:

Appetizers:  Coconut Shrimp and baked brie, paired with an Italian Muscato–I explained that Muscato is how Italians say Muscat……but then I second guessed myself because the wine was sparkling and I thought that it would be Muscato d’Asti and it was simply labeled Muscato…..hmmmm.

I went on with my rant about Muscat/Muscato, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio……..thinking I better check this out:

Muscat (Moscato) grows throughout Italy in various forms. In dessert form it is either passito or fortified. It is used in the sparkling wines Asti and Moscato d’Asti.

So, I am correct in saying that Muscato is the way you would say Muscat in Italy and since this was an Italian Muscat—we would use Muscato when referring to the wine.

Next, we had a Vichyssoise- paired with an Italian Pinot Grigio that was crisp, fruit forward, with a light mouth feel that went very well with the soup.

The main course:  Ribs, Marinated, Grilled Portobello, Grilled Asparagus and Scalloped Potatoes that we paired with a few delicious Red Wines (Funkadelic Syrah, and a Syzygy Blend both Walla Walla, Washington Wines)

I’d say we learned something about wine, enjoyed good food, good friends and good times.  Until next year-OTBN~Cheers!!

Happy Birthday Bremerton GreenDrinks

Cheers~

Tonight is Bremerton GreenDrinks:  http://www.greendrinks.org/WA/Bremerton and it seems we will be celebrating a birthday of 4 years.

We simply love our monthly get togethers and pouring wine for members/participants/attendees.  Green Drinks is international for more information about Green Drinks follow this link:  http://www.greendrinks.org/

It’s true that ‘serendipity happens’ at Green Drinks.  Of course our preference was when we were fortunate enough to host, but it is always a good time and some of the fun is that we change location every time we get together.

     Tonight we are at the Bremerton Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library:  http://www.krl.org/.  We would love to meet up with you sometime at GreenDrinks-for more information contact us.  Cheers ~

Bremerton Branch of Kitsap Regional Library

Love and Marriage-a cause for celebration

Weddings – We just celebrated Love and Marriage with couples who have been married here and who will soon be married here.

Siloam is a great place for celebrations, small weddings, and gatherings of all sorts.  The smallest wedding we have hosted was attended by about 15 people and the largest over 100.  Ideally the space works for about up to 50 people.

Weddings and celebrations have been outside on the main lawn, out back in the Orchard (a few apple trees)—and in the Wine Shop.  We have had tents on the lawn, in front of the Shop–receptions in the Retreat House, as well as dance floors in the Shop—dancing on the lawn always seems to work too.

We shy away from amplified music (a live band) and it’s best if quiet time is observed by 10 PM but other than that we are fairly flexible from “do it yourself” to a full wedding package with Officiate, Bar Service, Parking Service, On-site staff–Wine Tasting Weddings, Personalized Wine Labels—and the like.  From simple to elegant we are here to help every step of the way.

It’s coming on Spring–wedding season.  Contact us today to plan your celebration.  Cheers ~

Open That Bottle Night-2.25.12

Enjoy the Wine~

Wine is meant to be enjoyed for what it is……not what it will become or what it is meant to be.  That’s not to say there isn’t cause to cellar and lay wine down for a while, but how long is a while?

The founders of Open That Bottle Night  are Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of the Wall St. Journal (wine@wsj.com). The event was first celebrated in the year 2000, and the practice has continued every year since then

This is only our second year celebrating this event and we love it!!  Shouting out “Open That Bottle!!”  It is a common question we get at Wine Tastings about a wine that someone is holding on to—-“should we open it?”  Answer:  “By all means!!”  “Enjoy the Wine!!”

We will be opening a ‘special’ bottle that we picked up while Wine Tasting in Walla Walla and plan to share that with friends.  The bottle is ‘special’ more from our memories of the Tasting Room, spinning records and chatting with the Winemaker:  Trey, at Sleight of Hand Cellars:  http://www.sofhcellars.com//default.aspx.

Open That Bottle of Funkadelic
One vineyard. Six barrels. 160 cases. Pure ecstasy. “The Funk Vineyard”. Ancient riverbed. Softball sized cobbles. Foot crushed. Native fermentation. Stems. 16% new French oak. 11 months in barrel. Racked once. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Olive tapenade. Minerals. Fresh game. Smoke. Black licorice. Purple fruits. Mouth coating tannins. Share with friends.  Well, that says it all—share with friends, OK!!  We will “Open That Bottle!!”
Let us know how you will celebrate, we look forward to hosting an Open That Bottle Night in the Wine Shop with you soon.  Cheers ~

How do you spell Relief? W I N E – R E T R E A T

Wine Bags

We have been having so much fun with LivingSocial Wine Retreat Groups.  Recently, we had a group of 8 (4 couples) visit and stay.  One of the members in the group made these great wine bags for everyone as a memento.

They came for Wine, they came to get-away, to connect and be together.  We met in the Wine Shop and sampled some wines and then they invited us over to the Retreat House to take in some of the ‘eye-candy’ for their version of a Wine Retreat.

Each couple brought wine, wines from their other travels together, wines from their favorites, wines that would qualify for ‘Open that Bottle’ and they settled in for their weekend stay.

Now that's a lot of wine
White Wines Too
Good Wine, Good Friends, Good Times