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Wine of the Week- Mount Peak 2015 Gravity Red Blend

This week's Wine of the Week; Mount Peak 2015 Gravity Red Blend. A big bodacious red wine blend from the famous Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, California. Get ready for delicousness! Wine: Monte Rosso was first planted in 1886 and is known for producing award winning wines made from Zinfandel, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 Gravity is a blend of Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. 2015 Gravity Red Blend Region: California Grapes: Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon...

Holiday Wine and Bites Party

At this point in the holiday season you’ve probably attended one or two holiday wine and bites party. Be strong, there are a few days left, and at least three more parties to go! We’ve planned some memorable wine tasting events this season. One of my favorites was a Holiday Wine and Bites Party I co-hosted with Heartfelt Catering. Instead of a traditional menu, Chef Cecelia Hamilton created small bites which I paired some unique wines. This party was so...

Wine of the Week 11/13/2019

Wine: Louis Pommery, Brut California Region: California Grapes: Chardonnay (96%) Pinot Noir (4%) Price: $23 Taste: Classic California sparkling deliciousness. Baked green apple and grilled peach on the nose. The   wine is creamy on the palate and mirrors the nose with flavors of apples, peach, plus crisp pear, citrus and Nilla wafers on the finish. Pairs with: Great for brunch, with fried foods (chicken, shrimp, fish) quiche and egg souffle, and a day with your girlfriends. FYI: This sparkling wine is produced by the Champagne Pommery House in Reims,...

Fall Wine and Food Pairing with Heartfelt Catering

I am so excited for my second appearance on ABC 7 Windy City Live, a popular Chicago morning show! Tune in at 1:00 PM central time to watch my recommendations for Fall wines paired with deliciousness from Heartfelt Catering! Below are Cecelia Hamilton, Chef/Owner of Heartfelt Caterings thoughts on Fall Foods and recipes from the show. I've added the wine parings and a yummy fall cocktail recipe at the end! Fall's Harvest, Cecelia Hamilton I love this time of year, the crisp...

Wine Notes 9/11/2019 Cannonball Eleven, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017

Wine: Cannonball Eleven, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc Price: $21 Taste: This wine is luscious with joyful acidity. Taste of kumquats, guava, passion fruit, mango, and melons. Pairs with: A sunny day or a cloudy day when you’re craving sunshine. This is a bottle of the best days of summer liquified. FYI: Dry Creek is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located in Sonoma County , California. This area is northwest of Healdsburg and includes 9,000 vineyards and 70 wineries. Dry Creek...

Wine Notes: 8/28/19 Gros Ventre, Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2016

Wine: Gros Ventre, Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2016 Region: Sonoma Coast, California Grapes: Pinot Noir Price: $60 Taste: This is a toe-clenching, soul snatching, hold yourself and scream in the name of delicousness wine. The wine sashays on the tongue, splendid red berry fruit, mushroom, pine tree, mint leaves and nutmeg. Pairs with: This is the bottle to save for a weekend with your best friends. Make a beautiful cheese and charcuterie plate and enjoy. FYI: Learn more about this husband and wife team. Watch...

Wine of the Week 7/24/2019

Wine: Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Excellence Non Vintage Region: Mendocino County, California Grapes: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir Price: $20 Taste: Aged two years on the lees, which gives it toasty note. This wine also full malolatic fermentation which which provides a creamy texture. Great fruit, elegant. Pairs With: This is a great aperitif, serve with egg dishes and fried foods. When to Serve: This is the sparkling to serve when you want to impress your...

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