Beth's News, July 20, 2018

  • It's all about French wine this Friday. Patricia will be here with several lovely French pours including-

    Nicolas Sauvignon Blanc- a new one here and I was happy to give it a home! It is wonderfully balanced and smooth, with crisp acidity showing ripe peach, pear, and apple flavors. Floral and tropical delights abound! You will love it and it's price-On sale for only $8.99-WOW!

    Aime' Roquesante Cotes de Provence Rose 2017-a real beauty! Really shows why Provence Rose is considered some of the best in the world. Classic aromas of fresh strawberry and hints of peach. On the palate, you will find notes of watermelon, young red berries, citrus and stony minerality. Drink it as an aperitif or with hors d'oeuvres such as smoked salmon or pate, fruit and soft cheeses.

    Maison Castel Chardonnay is next-. The typical character of this Chardonnay Vin de France is derived from the blending and the vinification processes which result in a perfect balance of fruit and acidity..The grapes are chilled before undergoing a gentle pressing. After cold settling, alcoholic fermentation is carried out at low temperature. 1 to 3 months aging enables the development of secondary aromas.

    All of this leads to an amazing Chardonnay-straw yellow in color with slightly brown tints. Intense and complex with exotic fruit aromas -mango, pineapple and subtle toasted overtones. Big and fresh, long on the palate, with a delicate touch of vanilla on the finish. I think you will like it! Only $12.99 this week.

    Then we can sip a little Maison Castel Cabernet Sauvignon-This Cabernet, selected from among the terroirs of the Pays d’Oc, is classified as a Protected Geographical Indication wine. The Mediterranean climate in the south of France ensures that the harvested grapes will reach perfect maturity. The selection of the grapes and the particular care taken during the vinification process allows them to create an elegant, fruity, perfectly balanced wine with a lot of character.

    Made from a blend of wine from traditional vinification and thermo-vinification. The traditional vinification, based on rack- and-return operations followed by pumping-over allows us to gently extract the polyphenolic compounds. The thermo-vinification allows us to optimize the extraction of color and obtain very fruity wines. The blending enables the wines to smooth out and take on finesse and complexity.

    I know- a lot of technical stuff, but it means that this wine,with it's pale golden,straw color and scents of cocoa, spices and black fruit that lead to a powerful and full red with coated tannins and a long, toasted finish is going to delight you! The price will to-only $12.99-WOW!


    Easy Braided Skirt Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Corn


    2 pounds skirt steak

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    4 tablespoons dried oregano

    4 tablespoons paprika

    4 tablespoons ground red pepper

    4 tablespoons dried oregano

    1 bunch parsley, chopped

    4 tablespoons garlic powder

    Olive oil

    Mashed potatoes and corn:

    2 potatoes, cooked in salted water

    Olive oil

    2 leeks, minced

    4 cloves garlic, minced

    2 ears of corn, kernels removed

    1/4 cup butter, cubed

    1/2 cup heavy cream

    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Cut skirt steak into 3 vertical strips. Braid together, then place in a baking pan. Sprinkle with garlic, paprika, red pepper flakes, oregano, parsley and garlic powder. Drizzle with olive oil then bake for 15 minutes until browned.

    In a saute pan, add olive oil and saute leeks, corn and garlic until fragrant.

    In a large mixing bowl, add the cooked potatoes, leek mixture, butter and heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper, then use an immersion blender to puree. Stir in Parmesan cheese.

    Serve steak with mashed potatoes.


    Our friend Nick will be back with beer from O'Conners, including El Guapo Agave IPA-El Guapo, translated “the handsome one,” looks sexy, smells beautiful, and feels great! El Guapo is a medium-bodied Agave India Pale Ale with grassy citrus nose, notes of sweet caramel, and finishing with a smooth but strong bitterness.

    Great Dismal Black IPA-The Great Dismal Black IPA, named after the wildlife refuge.The Great Dismal Swamp, in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, once used as a part of the Intracoastal Waterway, is a dark, full bodied ale, extensively hopped both in bittering and aroma.

    and Spy Hop White IPA-Spyhop is a Belgian-inspired White India Pale Ale infused with an abundance of hops. “Spyhopping” is when a whale slowly pops its head above water for a better view of what’s at the surface. You will instantly spy this beer’s hops in its tempting aroma, but beneath the surface are complex notes of coriander, chamomile and grapefruit.

    He will also open Dogfish Head Mixed Media-The closest an ale can legally be to wine! With 51% of the fermentable sugars coming from grain and 49% coming from grapes, Mixed Media is a complex saison-esque ale brewed with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. Using a late-harvest Viognier grape must from our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Washington, you'll find notes of white grape and melon in the aroma, and will be greeted with a spicy white wine body in every sip.

    If you were (or still are) a fan of our Noble Rot or Oak-aged Noble Rot, you'll be delighted with the addition of Mixed Media to our lineup of beer-wine hybrids.

    "We have been experimenting with grape juice and must in the brewing process with beers like Midas Touch, Red & White, Noble Rot and Sixty One, since we first opened 23 years ago as the smallest American craft brewery,” says Dogfish Head founder & CEO Sam Calagione. “By blending the two seemingly opposite worlds of beer and wine together we’ve discovered that they collide quite nicely, and the combination of the two adds an additional thread of flavor and a layer of complexity to the mix."

    As the newest spin in the beer-wine world, Mixed Media appeals to both the Pinot Gris and beer drinker alike with a crisp, dry and tart ale that will leave you 'puckering' for more.

    All of the beer will be open from 4-6 and the wines will be open from 2-7 pm. I sure hope you can make it!

    Stay safe and have a wonderful week!


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