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2011 NOWFE Grand Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2011-10-16 20:59:10 (6974 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Held each Memorial Day weekend, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience culminates in the two Grand Tasting sessions on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. This year's event was spectacular, as always.

Though these events have been held in the Superdome during the past few years, it was under renovation this year. So the Grand Tastings took place in the Hilton, a very appealing space but perhaps a little small for the crowds who flock to this event. The decor, however, was probably the most successful I've seen yet. Ghostly fabric trees lit from inside with strings of lights formed the centerpieces, and on the periphery, tables with luminescent plastic footing in brilliant colors gave these edges of the scene a lovely glow.

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Act Fast on NOWFE Offer

Posted by perle0 on 2011-05-18 08:39:07 (8067 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
If you're thinking about attending this year's Royal Street Stroll at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, there is a half-off discount through Living Social that you should check out immediately.

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New Orleans Wine & Food Experience 2011 Approaches

Posted by perle0 on 2011-05-06 17:17:43 (7957 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Once again, as Memorial Day weekend draws near, so does NOWFE, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. This most extensive and exciting of wine-related events in the city, and even the state, will take place from May 24th-May 28th, with numerous ways to participate in the festivities. Any wine-lovers within reach of New Orleans should leap at this chance to enjoy literally hundreds of wines at these memorable events.

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Martin Summer Beginner's Wine Course

Posted by perle0 on 2011-05-05 16:48:36 (8468 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
If you are interested in learning about wine from the ground up, or just in refreshing your current knowledge, consider the 5-week introductory course at Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie, hosted by wine consultant Marc Pelletier. Participants will explore the principle wine-producing regions, including France, California, Italy, Australia, and many more.

The series begins Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m., and reservations are required.

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Rosenblum Wines & LASPCA Benefit at Swirl

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-11-03 10:19:03 (3319 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
A Benefit for the LASPCA with Rosenblum Wines, Tuesday November 9, 6-8pm
In 1978, veterinarian Dr. Kent Rosenblum and his wife Kathy founded Rosenblum Cellars. Over the years Rosenblum has been hailed as one of the top American wineries and called a ?mecca for zin-fanatics.? Embodying nearly three decades of winemaking tradition, Rosenblum has evolved from a passionate home-winemaking operation into a world-class winery. Today, Rosenblum Cellars is recognized as one of North America?s most acclaimed producers of zinfandel and Rh?ne varietal wines. As a veternarian, Dr. Rosenblum wanted to honor the animals that give us so much joy so he created "Ch?teau La Paws", Rh?ne-inspired blends with a California twist. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this vibrant and deliciously playful wine benefits Paws With A Cause, a charitable leader in training assistance dogs for people with disabilities. And tonight we'll also donate the proceeds from the cost of the tasting to the LASPCA. The Chateau La Paws wines will be in the lineup as well as the Rosenblum Viognier, Petite Sirah, and their award winning, highly rated "Rockpile Zinfandel". Taste five great wines, help out the SPCA, and feel free to bring your well behaved, leashed, four legged friends if you want too! This event is limited to 40 - two legged participants. Reservation and prepayment are required, call 504.304.0635 $15.

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Babcock Wines & Opening Art Reception at Swirl

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-11-03 10:17:02 (3127 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Opening Art Reception and Friday Free For All, November 5, 6-8pm
Join local artist Kathy Schorr tonight and view her gorgeous handpainted silks that will soften our walls for the next month. We'll also be drinking five really great wines from the Babcock winery in the Santa Ynez Valley with Scott Howett from Mystic Vine. Also Chef Dan Esses' 3 Muses tapas plates available from $5-$12. This event is free and open to the public.

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An Evening of Latin Music and Wine at Swirl

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-11-03 10:11:05 (2539 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
An Evening of Latin Music and Wine,Thursday November 4, 6-8pm
We'll be relaxing to the cool acoustical sounds of Javier Guiterrez tonight while we offer some great South American wine specials at the bar for just $5 a glass. And if you need a little something to munch on we'll be featuring a special Spanish cheese plate for $10, tonight only. No reservations needed, just come on in and relax with a good glass of wine and friends!

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Winemaker August Briggs at Swirl Wine Bar & Market

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-10-05 09:43:42 (6788 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Wednesday October 20th 6-8pm

If single-vineyard small production great wines from Napa Valley's famed Silverado Trail are appealing to you, then this is your lucky day!

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Next Food Network Star Open Casting 8/16/10

Posted by perle0 on 2010-08-14 16:17:37 (6118 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
The Next Food Network Star, Food Network?s hugely successful culinary reality series, is currently casting for its 2011 season. They are holding an Open Casting Call in New Orleans, LA on Monday, August 16, 2010. This is the first time they are coming to New Orleans for an open casting call and they can?t wait to meet all the potential candidates there!

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Lola's Global Spanish Cuisine Cooking Demonstration

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-06-04 07:06:24 (6294 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Join us for a very special event on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, as Swirl Wine Bar and Market pair up with Angel Miranda, Chef/Owner of Lola's, as he opens his home for a demonstration of new, global Spanish cuisine cooking techniques by acclaimed Spanish Chef Fernando Sanchez Gonzales, assisted by Angel. Chef Fernando Sanchez Gonzales of Barbacana Restaurante & Tapas Bar near Madrid has worked extensively in fine restaurants throughout Spain, and has been invited to New Orleans to work with Lola's staff to infuse some new spice into their current menu.

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The 2010 NOWFE Grand Tastings--A Seafood Delight

Posted by perle0 on 2010-05-30 22:48:47 (8380 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Once again, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) ended with its big event, the Grand Tastings. With one held Friday night and one Saturday afternoon, they have for the last few years taken place in the Superdome, where there's plenty of room for the massive amounts of wine and food. It's definitely the event of the year for wine-lovers and foodies alike (so often, the two are combined in the same person anyway), and this year was no exception. With hundreds of wines to sample and dishes for tasting from most of New Orleans's finest restaurants, what's not to love?

The cocktail garden area provided some of the much-coveted seating.

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Tapas Tuesday at Swirl Wine Bar

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-05-20 10:01:41 (5142 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Back by popular demand! Geoff Worden from Wines Unlimited will present our annual tasting of wines from the Jorge Ordonez portfolio including the highly rated, award winning Bodegas El Nido Clio (94pts). And recently back from a trip to Spain, Chef Dan Esses is inspired to create new tapas dishes to pair with the wines. $24 includes a tasting of 5 wines paired with 5 tapas courses. What a deal! $24 per person, reservations and prepayment are required as attendance is limited to 40 people. Please call 504.304.0635 to reserve your spot.

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Annual Tre Bicchieri Italian Wine Dinner

Posted by perle0 on 2010-05-16 14:17:24 (5958 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Each year, Swirl Wine Bar & Market celebrates the best of Italy with an Italian wine dinner featuring the highest award-winning wines of the Gambero Rosso Vini d'Italia, those given the "Tre Bicchieri" or 3 Glass designation. Given to less than 300 wines yearly, the Tre Bicchieri award is the highest and most prestigious honor that can be bestowed upon an Italian wine and is highly coveted by producers.

To best present the wines, we choose an Italian restaurant each year that demonstrates the same commitment to superior quality and match these amazing wines with their cuisine. We are excited to hold this year's dinner at Chef Adolfo Garcia and Chef Joshua Smith's southern Italian restaurant, a Mano. Chef Joshua Smith's menu will feature 6 tasting courses paired with 6 wines representing their respective regions. (As these wine are produced in limited quantity,
one 5 oz. glass of wine will accompany each course) Antonio Molesini, Italian Wine Specialist from Republic National Beverage, and a native of Cortona, will join us in hosting the event.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
6:30 p.m. Cocktails (cash bar)
7:00 p.m. Dinner
$100 per person, tax and tip included
a Mano
870 Tchoupitoulas Street
Reservations:
(504) 304-0635

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19th New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-20 17:46:22 (4881 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
It's that time of year again...time to make your plans for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience! This 5-day event will take place May 25?29, 2010, in various locations throughout New Orleans. NOWFE, which Wine Enthusiast names as a "perennial 'Top Ten' Wine and Food festival," features over 15,000 glasses of wine being poured from 1000 different wines from over 200 winemakers from around the world, not to mention participation by 100 New Orleans restaurants. This will be the 19th NOWFE, and over the years this non-profit organization has raised nearly $1 million for worthy New Orleans charities.

You'll need to buy tickets and make reservations for wine dinners early, so make sure to plan ahead for this unique and wonderful event.

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Ex-Saints Player Makes Extraordinary Wine

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-02-17 11:39:10 (4979 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Swirl Wines is excited to have former Saint Terry Hoage and his wife Jennifer at Swirl Wines on Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30pm, for an informal, walkabout tasting of his wines. Meet the Hoages, taste some great wine, get your bottles signed and have a little fun with the folks at Swirl.

Terry's Story

What do you get when you combine an ex-NFL safety with a degree in genetics and a passion for farming? Terry Hoage, the two-time All-American from Georgia, actually spent a year with the Saints after being drafted by Bum Phillips, but was waived the next year by new coach Jim Mora. He then went on to a very successful 5 years with the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by another 6 years playing with Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals. Terry retired from football in 1996. So how did Terry get into the wine business? Read on....

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French Quarter Wine Festival

Posted by sfinnin on 2010-01-14 16:27:55 (1135 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
LE MERITAGE AT THE MAISON DUPUY HOTEL PROUDLY PRESENTS THE FOURTH ANNUAL FRENCH QUARTER WINE FESTIVAL

Modeled after the prestigious Boston Wine Festival, the dinners, hosted by either the winemaker or proprietor, will showcase wines from California, Oregon, Washington State and Italy. Building ont he success of previous years, founder Daniel Bruce has invited twelve phenomenal wineries to participate. Dishes for each dinner will be created by Chef Michael Farrell to complement the vintner's selections.

We welcome you to become part of this year's festivities and look forward to seeing you at the Fourth Annual French Quarter Wine Festival!

To register for an event, please visit our website at www.frenchquarterwinefestival.com or 504.648.6113.

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Release Party for Nicolas Bazan Wines

Posted by perle0 on 2010-01-04 13:04:05 (4929 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Release Party for Nicolas Bazan Wines
Saturday, January 9
6 to 8 p.m.
Swirl Wines

Join Swirl Wines and Dr. Nicolas Bazan for his first-ever release party featuring his amazing, small production Oregon Pinot Noirs and delicious food from Rio Mar. The event is free and open to the public.

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Italian Wine Dinner at 7 on Fulton

Posted by perle0 on 2009-06-11 10:18:02 (5009 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
7 on Fulton invites you to participate in its Italian Wine Dinner, June 19,2009.

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NOWFE 2009 Grand Tasting Review Part 2: The Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2009-06-03 00:14:15 (6485 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
So now, the answer to the question you've all been asking yourselves: forget the details of the how the Grand Tastings went, how was the wine? The short answer is: voluminous! This year, I counted 150 wineries/importers/distributers in the event program, and each one generally had anywhere from 4 to 12 wines available for tasting. Yep, that's over 1000 individual wines, and each tasting lasts a mere three hours. So if you were able to swig one wine every 10 seconds or so, without any need to walk from table to table, point out the wine you want to taste, converse with the winemaker, etc., then you might be able to taste them all. Unfortunately, the laws of physics, not to mention the laws of human endurance, makes this utterly impossible. Even attending both Grand Tastings, thus effectively doubling the tasting time, I could not have tried even half of the wines on offer. With that in mind, let's see what wines stood out in my book....
Freixenet had plenty of options to try.

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NOWFE 2009 Grand Tasting Review Part 1: Overview

Posted by perle0 on 2009-05-27 00:35:46 (6376 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Once again, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience was a smashing success. (It doesn't seem too hard to go right with all of that delicious wine and food, but I imagine that it's a lot harder to put together than it looks.) Like last year, the 2009 Grand Tastings were held in the Superdome, and on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend. The Superdome makes for a handy venue, since it has parking available for a reasonable fee and plenty of room for the exhibitors. Since the crowds barely fit as it was on Saturday, I think they'll be sticking with the 'Dome for a while, unless somebody has a larger space to offer.
the crowd

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