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The 2010 NOWFE Grand Tastings--A Seafood Delight

Posted by perle0 on 2010-05-30 22:48:47 (8414 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 (5160 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 (5989 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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Swirl Hosts the Empson USA Barolo and Brunello Tour

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-05-15 19:16:32 (6133 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Empson USA is one of the premier importers of Italian wines in the country. Each year, their famous Barolo and Brunello tour hits the major US cities and finishes with a trade tasting in New Orleans. Knowing our love for all things Italian, they have asked us to host a second New Orleans event in the store on Wednesday May 19th that will give our customers a chance to taste these incredible wines. This famous tasting will feature the 2004 Brunello Riservas, 2005 Brunellos, 2006 Barolos, as well as other wonderful wines from the most prestigious wineries in Italy.

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Jazz'n the Vines 2010

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-28 13:19:42 (5569 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Pontchartrain Vineyards, Louisiana's premier producer of fine artisan Wines in the classic French tradition, continues its 11th Year of Jazz'n the Vines on Saturday, May 8, 2010 with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. The immensely popular outdoor concert series takes place at the vineyards and winery, located north of Covington in northern St. Tammany Parish, and will include seven concerts in the Spring (April, May, June,and July) and five concerts in the Fall (August, September, October, and November).

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19th New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-20 17:46:22 (4899 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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Gary Farrell Wine Dinner at Galatoire's Bistro

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-19 18:06:37 (5662 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
Galatoire's Bistro is having a wine dinner featuring Gary Farrell wines on Friday, April 30th, at 7:30 p.m.

The dinner is $75 per person (inclusive of tax & gratuity).

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Ex-Saints Player Makes Extraordinary Wine

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-02-17 11:39:10 (4999 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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Martins Announces Haiti Fundraiser Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2010-02-10 13:35:58 (4309 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Help Us Help Haiti, a tasting of the nations to help a nation.

Martin Wine Cellar will host Help Us Help Haiti on Thursday, March 4th, from 6:30 until 8PM. This wine and food event is a fund-raiser to support the Haitians as they recover from their devastating earthquake.

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French Quarter Wine Festival

Posted by sfinnin on 2010-01-14 16:27:55 (1147 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 (4947 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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Juban's host Six-Course Robert Mondavi Harvest Dinner

Posted by kt on 2009-10-09 05:16:55 (1277 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
Juban's will be host to the Robert Mondavi Six-Course Harvest Dinner on November 4, 2009, honoring the life of Robert Mondavi.

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Clos Pegase Wine Dinner at Juban's Restaurant

Posted by kt on 2009-09-16 22:47:50 (1341 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
On Tuesday, September 22nd, Jan Shrem, founder and proprietor of Clos Pegase Winery,will be Juban's special guest and take you on a visual art journey titled A Bacchanalian History of Wine Seen Through 4,000 Years of Art. A 5-course wine dinner will complement Mr. Shrem's presentation.

Reception at 6:00 PM
Jan Shrem's presentation begins at 6:45 PM
5-Course Wine Dinner begins at 7:30 PM

The menu can be viewed at
http://jubans.com/WineDinnerMenu.pdf
and at Jubans.com

Reservations: 225/346-8422

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Galatoire's Bistro Summer Rose Dinner

Posted by perle0 on 2009-08-18 11:31:00 (4887 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
Galatoire's Bistro is having a Summer Rosé Dinner
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
7:00 p.m.

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Italian Wine Dinner at 7 on Fulton

Posted by perle0 on 2009-06-11 10:18:02 (5023 views)

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

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Mumm Champagne Dinner at Galatoire's Bistro

Posted by perle0 on 2009-06-06 13:43:24 (4886 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
Galatoire's Bistro cordially invites you to attend the upcoming Mumm Champagne Dinner on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 7:00 pm. Throughout the evening, unique menu creations from Chef de Cuisine Nathan Gresham will be perfectly paired to complement a variety of Mumm Champagnes.

The dinner is $85 per person including tax and gratuity.

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NOWFE 2009 Grand Tasting Review Part 2: The Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2009-06-03 00:14:15 (6506 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 (6409 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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Juban's Restaurant Hosts Bergstrom Winery Wine Dinner

Posted by kt on 2009-05-18 11:48:42 (1320 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
The event will feature five gourmet courses paired with the wines of Oregon's Bergstrom Winery.

The special guest for the evening will be
General Manager and Wine Maker Josh Bergstrom.

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Don't Miss the 2009 NOWFE!

Posted by perle0 on 2009-05-12 11:55:03 (5064 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
The 2009 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience will take place very soon! Don't forget to sign up for events NOW. Many events may be sold out already, and others could sell out soon! In particular, you won't want to miss the Royal Street Stroll on Thursday and the Grand Tasting, with two sessions held on Friday and Saturday.

NOWFE is celebrating its 18th year this year. Today, it is nationally recognized as one the most prestigious festivals of its kind and features over 175 wineries and 1000 wines over the 5-day event, which now raises over $125,000 annually for local charities. It's not too late to be a part of this incredible wine (and food) experience!

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