California Cabernet Tasting at Arrow Wine

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We will be pouring 6 California Cabernets 'Blind'. Guess which are which and receive a Special Prize! Cabernets to be tasted: 2011 Elizabeth Spencer, 2010 Trinchero Mario's Vineyard, 2008 Heitz Napa Valley, 2010 Simi Landslide, 2012 Beringer Knights Vineyard, 2010 Jordan $25.00 for the flight. No reservations necessary … [Read more...]



From Burgundy, with Love – National Chardonnay Day

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Steven Spurrier did not set out to send the wine world into a great upheaval. He was an advocate of French wine, and always looking for ways to further that belief. He was so confident of the superiority of his beloved wines that he arranged a blind tasting versus the wines of California to prove it. Paris was selected as the site (of course), and judges from all over the country were brought in for the event. The Paris Wine Tasting was going to prove once and for all that French wine was superior to all other comers. The year was 1976, the same year the United States was celebrating its … [Read more...]



Five for Drinking: Champagne

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New Year’s Day is fast approaching. That means a huge celebration of the year we just finished and a leaping off point for the year we are about to tackle. Major celebrations are equated with bringing out the bubbly. The corks are going to pop and champagne is going to flow. It is a lovely, crisp and effervescent drink on its own. It is also a great base for some delicious cocktails. Champagne in a cocktail has been around for as long as champagne has been around. Here are five cocktails you can make for your guests to add a little more flavor to the mix. Punch It Up Punches are classics … [Read more...]



Cheers To National Moscato Day On May 9

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America's youth have a sweet tooth, and it's driving the sales of Moscato.  Just over the last three years,  sales of moscato have exploded into something of a sugary sweet bomb. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal reports, sales grew 78%; in 2012, moscato overtook sauvignon blanc as the second most-popular white varietal (chardonnay still holding onto its number one spot), with sales of 2.8 million, reports the Napa Valley Register. And sales of moscato grew again by 25 percent in 2012. "In the U.S., moscato’s popularity has exploded over the past three years, with sales growing faster than any … [Read more...]



Grapes of Gratitude to benefit local nonprofits!

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Competitive wine tasting comes to the Miami Valley this Thursday, Feb 28th at 6pm.  Grapes of Gratitude is a team wine tasting event created to allow local nonprofits to raise money while participants blindly taste an array of wines of the same varietal. Groups of 1 -3 people form a team and each team brings 3 of the exact same bottles of wine to be tasted.  The first varietal chosen to showcase will be Cabernet Sauvignon. To participate  your team will bring 3 identical bottles of a Cabernet Sauvignon to the event. When your team arrives at the Dayton Grand Hotel for the event, you'll … [Read more...]



Tasting the Stars in Champagne

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"I only drink champagne when I'm happy, and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." ~Madame Lily Bollinger Madame Bollinger would know the best time to drink champagne. As one of the greatest women to work in the champagne industry in the house whose name she bears, Mme. Bollinger brought champagne through the Great Depression and World War Two. She promoted a style of champagne that changed the industry, moving it from … [Read more...]



Waiter, There is Champagne in my Cocktail…

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Champagne is a beverage that we bring out only at special celebrations. It was the French royalty at the beginning of the 18th century that popularized the trend of drinking this sparkling beverage. It became perceived (with marketing help from the grape growers in the Champagne region of France) as a drink of the affluent, so the people of the middle and working classes only would drink it for special occasions.  Even though champagne and other sparkling wines have become fairly easy to find and purchase at a modest price, it is still something we associate with infrequent celebrations and … [Read more...]



Christopher’s To Host Autumn Wine Dinner

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Christopher's Restaurant in Kettering began serving beer and wine about a year ago and now on Saturday, November 3rd they will be hosting an autumn wine dinner  at 4:30 pm. It will feature an exquisite, five-course, small plate menu with samplings of 5 different wines from their newly updated wine list.  Reservations are required and limited. You can call  299-0089 or stop by Christopher's at 2318 Dorothy Lane to purchase your tickets. Reservations will be available until October 31st unless they sell out, which at $30 per person will be quickly, I predict! The Menu is as … [Read more...]



Wine – Its Own Event

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Wine is complex. From the selection of which type of wine to the individual brands, even the cost of the wine, all of it can be intimidating if you are trying to expand your knowledge. When you hear people talking about wines, you hear them using words like tannic or dry to talk about how it tastes. Or they will mention it tastes like chocolate, berries, herbs, vanilla, earth (!) or tobacco (!!), and they will say the last two as if that is a POSITIVE thing. They will sniff and swirl and do all manner of odd rituals before they even taste it. After they taste it, there is a fairly good chance … [Read more...]



Fleur et Vin

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Twenty years ago Vail Miller, Sr of Heidelberg Distributing and Mike Frank of Arrow Wine got together to plan an event that would make drinking wine more fun and less formal.  They figured if they could convince folks to have a glass of wine with dinner at home they'd both make more money.  They also agreed that the event should benefit their local community and that's how Fleurs was created.  The event has continued to flourish and now the 2nd generation of Vail Miller, Jr and Mif Frank are at the helm of Dayton's Premier Wine and Gourmet Food Festival. On Sunday, May 20th from 1- 4pm at … [Read more...]