Archives for February 2012

New York Wine Expo

If you’re looking for a wine-filled, last minute weekend trip, check out the 5th annual New York Wine Expo in Manhattan. The wine-tasting adventure begins Friday, March 2 and lasts through Saturday March 3. Taste 600 wines from 150 winemakers from all over the world. Attend seminars on the history of Rhone Valley wines, wine tasting or Greek wines. The Expo is being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Check out the Expo website for more information here.

A Valentine to Wine

A Valentine to Wine

Since it’s Valentine’s Day I thought I’d reminisce about the first time I fell in love with wine.

Just after college graduation, my best friend worked at a liquor store in Washington D.C., stocking shelves and carting cases of wine out to customers’ cars. I thought that having a friend with access to booze discounts was a great boon at the tender age of 22, so I’d often stop in the store on a Friday after work to say “hi” to my friend and hopefully get a discount.  Sometimes when I’d visit my friend I’d also get treated to a war story from a regular customer who was a World War II vet. This elderly gent usually picked up a case of  Paul Jaboulet Aine Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone.

Up until that point in my life, Boone’s Farm was the extent of my palate. I thought of real wine as something sipped by stodgy connoisseurs  or something reserved strictly for adults at high-class dinner parties, so I asked the war veteran why he always got a case of that wine. His face broke out into a huge grin and he proceeded to tell me another story about his time in the military. That particular wine reminded him exactly of the wine he used to drink while stationed in the French Rhone river valley after the war. It reminded him of his crush on a pretty French girl he knew.

As unbelievable as it may sound, this simple story changed my opinion of wine. I bought a bottle of the Parallele 45 for myself, and fell head over heels for this spicy red. Knowing the place that wine held in the WWII vet’s life made me think about wine as more than just a pleasing taste, the perfect pairing with a meal or even getting drunk. Wine can be a memory of an important, formative time in your life. When I buy a bottle of the 45 now, I’m reminded of how exciting it was to be fresh out of college with a new career in the nation’s capital, surrounded by great friends who I still have to this very day. When I sip that wine today I like to think about all the possibilities the future holds.

So, when was the first time you discovered your love for wine?

 

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A Sweet, Fresh Blueberry Wine Treat For Valentine’s Day!

A Sweet, Fresh Blueberry Wine Treat For Valentine’s Day!

A blueberry treat for your sweetheart

Seriously, what could be sweeter than treating someone you love to a decadent, blueberry wine? Well, nothing really except for treating yourself and your sweethearts to Lakeland Winery’s deliciously sinful Fresh Blueberry Wine! From now through Valentine’s Day, we’re offering a special on our fresh, New York State blueberry wine. Buy a bottle for $12 and get a second bottle for $6.* That’s sweet!

So, what could be sweeter than sipping a glass of tangy blueberry wine? How about a Fresh Blueberry Wine dessert!  Sure, blueberry wine is packed with antioxidants that might be good for your heart, but it’s also stacked with the goods to make a perfect Valentine’s dessert.

Whip up a French blueberry wine coulis, a fruit-filled sauce, to pour over cheesecake, a chocolate torte or ice cream.

Combine 1 lb. blueberries, a cup of Lakeland’s Fresh Blueberry Wine, 6 tbsp. of sugar and a splash of lemon juice in a sauce pan. Simmer ingredients over medium heat for about 5 minutes, and then process them in a blender. Strain and chill before serving this Valentine’s day dessert! You can find variations on this recipe here and here.

 

*Limit one case