Keep Your Eyes open for these upcoming Events

Check out what is happening October 27th! It's a field trip!
More Info to Come, just starting to gather info now. Plan is to rent a van and have it tote us around, stopping at Tequesta Brewing Company, Bx Beer Depot, World of Beers, Due South and do tastings at each location. Like I say, I am just starting to do the legwork now, so just save the date state.
Let me know as soon as you know you are interested so I can plan accordingly
the cost of this event will be in the range of $30-$35. Purchasing beer at the stops will not be included so that you can budget your flights or single pints for yourself. Your price will include a delicious "lining your bellies" lunch at the Serenity Garden Tea House and your transportation for the day. Timeline and More to come

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 December Pairings and Holiday Gathering

It was that time of year when people make much of good food and good cheer and GULP was not an exception!
Andy hosted this month at his home.  Thank you Andy!
The theme for December was a potluck menu of each person's favorite pairing.  Some of the match ups were classic tastes while others were new both in the wine and the food.  We ate, drank and made merry until there was nothing left in the bottle or on the plate!  In fact we ate and drank so much some of us needed to take a cat nap between courses!

This months attendees were:  Charles Williams, Dorothy Segaloff, Scott Simmons, Debbie Knepp, Krystina Parker, Wally Lurz, Adriel Wright, Coreen Gottschalk, LeBeau Kpadenou, Jeff and Cat Margel, and Anthony Sinesi.

And here are the match ups:
(click here for recipes)
Krystina -
spinach artichoke dip with Kremser Goldberg KELLERMEISTER PRIVAT
Vintage: 2009, Grüner Veltliner, Austria
Dorothy -
olive tapanade with Riondo Preseco Spago, Italy
Deb -
Vegeterian Panini, Sausage Panini, and stuffed olive on grilled baby bella mushrooms with Reserve St. Martin Chardonay 2008 france
Andy -
Beery Cheese Soup with Criminally Bad Elf Barleywine style ale england

1st Intermission - Alfio Moriconi Savignon Blanc

Greg and Cat -
Mongolian beef sliders, Past Salad with POV 2007 Robert Sinsky California
Charles -
Lasagna with Black Fox Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 California
Note: Charles' lasagna recipe can be found in Marcella Hazan’s The Classic Italian Cookbook

2nd Intermission - Kiwi Cuvee Savignon Blanc 2009, don't let the name fool you, this wine is from France

Mame - Baked Apples with Fetzer Gerwurtztraminer 2009  California
Tony - Cheese course of Machego and bleu with Chateu Megyer Tokaji Hungary
Wally - Chess Cake with Villa Wolf Gerwurtztraminer 2009 Germany
Debbie - Grand Marnier Cake with Renwood Muscat and Graham's Porto 10
Adriel - Oreo Chocolate Balls

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Site Update!

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2010 November Pairings South American Reds with Recipes

(Click on the image to get all the pictures from this event)

Attendees: Cat and Jeff Margel, Andy Segaloff, Krystina Parker, Christine Giordano, Mame Burkett, LeBeau Kpadenou, Michelle Getty, Thalia White, Deb Knepp, me and Athina Holmes.
Krystina gets props for the name tags!  It was a great help to remember the names of my favorite winos I only see once a month!

On to the Wine!

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2008  Chile
Anakena Carmenere 2008  Chile*
Rio De Los Pajaro Tannat/Syrah/Viognier  2007 Uraguay
Rio De Los Pajaro Tannat 2008 Uruguay
Chateau Los Boldos Mementos Merlot 2009 Chile
Misterio Malbec 2009 Argentina
Chateau Los Boldos Mementos Carmenere 2009*
Tapena Garnacha Spain  (This wine was the blind tasting this month)
*website reflects the wine and winery if not the actual year we tasted so tasting notes may vary.

Now for the Food!
Click here for full recipes of the paired food

Bacon Wraps from Argentina paired with Misterio Malbec
(recipe from

Cheesy Corn Casserole from Paraguay paired with Santa Rita Carmenere

Black Bean Flatbread with Chimichurri Drizzle paired with Château Los Boldos Merlot

Empanadas paired with Rio De Los Pajaro Tannat/Syrah/Viognier