Archive for November, 2009

A Gracious Word of ‘Thanks!’

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | Wine Tasting Notes | 1 Comment

I’d just like to extend a word of gratitude to all my friends, family, wine lovers and restauranteurs out there that have helped make my blog what it is today - THANK YOU! I am forever in your graces.

For all of you out there enjoying turkey and delicious wine with loved ones and friends, may it fill your bellies, make you smile and bring some sunshine into a little corner of your life. Today is a wonderful day to give Thanks and to feel blessed!

And in case you’re wondering what I’ll be enjoying this evening, here is a pair not to be missed:

Cloudline 2007 Pinot Noir - Red Wine

(To have with turkey and all the fantastic side dishes.)

Description (from the winemaker):

Red Wine by Cloudline from Willamette Valley, Oregon. On the nose, there is an immediate burst of bright, fresh red fruits, including strawberry and raspberry, followed by an earthy quality. On the palate, the wine has fine texture, soft tannins, good acidity and a strong core of fruit. It is a wine that offers immediate pleasure, on its own, or better yet, in the company of a delicious meal. All in all, the 2007 is classic Pinot Noir. Coudline is vinified under the careful eye of consulting winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss of Domaine Drouhin winery.

Gruet Sparkling wine - New Mexico - 2006 Blanc de Blancs (I’ll be enjoying this with my pumpkin cheesecake later…)

Description from the winemaker: The Blanc de Blancs offers abundant aromas and flavors recalling sweet apples, pears and citrus. The three years of aging has contributed a pronounced classic toastiness with accents of roasted almonds and minerals. The palate is creamy and long, and the style is elegant, dry and crisp, with great complexity.



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Take Cafe Lola Home With You This Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | Cooking, Restaurant Reviews | 1 Comment

Here’s something wonderful to look forward to this Thanksgiving - someone ELSE cooking! HA!

Cafe Lola in Fairfield, CT has a spectacular Take-Out menu full of wonderful side dishes and desserts. You can even bring your OWN serving platter, bowl or dish to fill. All you’ll have to do is re-heat.*

Look for the ‘&’ sign below for the items to put on your own platter.

*One small teensy caveat… you’ll have to roast the turkey yourself. But that’s easy. ;)

Henri will prepare all the appetizers, side dishes and desserts. They will be ready for you to pick up Thursday morning! That could provide you with the luxury of ‘acting’ like the hostess and spend all the extra time taking care of yourself and the guests.


Lola’s Own Smoked Salmon Platter (serves 6) $48&

Served with chopped onions, capers, eggs, creme fraiche and black bread.

Vegetable Crudites with Boursin Dip (serves 6) $25&

Hot Vichyssoise Soup (1qt - serves 3) $12

(For those of you who don’t know, this is a wonderful pureed, cold soup made with potato and leek.)

Chestnut, Celery and Sage Stuffing (serves 6) $24&

Sage Gravy (1 pt, serves 6) $10

Henri’s Fresh Cranberry Sause ‘a l’Orange’ (1 pt, serves 6) $10

Whipped Butternut Squash with White Truffle Oil (1 qt, serves 6) $15

Mashed Potatoes (1 qt, serves 6) $9

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (1 qt, serves 6) $15

Fresh Green Beans with Crispy Shallots (1 qt, serves 6) $15

Potatoes and Yams “au gratin” (serves 6) $15&

Henri’s Mom’s Belgian Chocolate Mousse $5pp&

To order, call Cafe Lola at 203.292.8014

or email by Tuesday, November 24th and pick up Thanksgiving Day before 12pm NOON.

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Calorie & Nutrition Labels for Wine - Future Possibility?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 | Wine Stories | 2 Comments

A Random Discussion Question:

I was sitting at my desk today with a small, little organic chocolate food bar in hand. You know, the individual size that usually tells you what it is, but not what’s IN it? This was one of those sample bars…. Anyhow, I flipped it over and noticed how they pleasantly put the nutritional information even through it’s just this little bar. I was delighted, mostly because I make a habit out of reading labels and knowing exactly what I’m putting into my body.

What’s the point, you ask? Well, it got me thinking about wine. As in, why don’t wine bottles have this information? We’re hearing more and more through the news media about how fast food industry restaurants are required to put nutrition information on their menus and it’s all over the place at the supermarket. So, why not wine?

Now don’t get me wrong, I could certainly see how that would anger a lot of folks out there… especially those in the business. I mean, they already have to put region, grapes, year, alcohol content, etc. But what about calories? Why shouldn’t I, the consumer, know how many calories are in that bottle of Cabernet or bubbly bottle of Blanc de Noirs? (Yeah, yeah, I know the general guidelines… 4 oz of white wine = roughly 100 calories.) The bigger question is, if I knew the answer and it was more than I anticipated, would I still buy that bottle of Petit Syrah?? Would it change my mind? Would it help spur quality control for wines that are seemingly high in pesticide usage?

This same question could be posed to the wine & liquor industry in general. I know they have this information, so why isn’t it on the label? Will it ever be required? Does anyone even care, or is it a mute point?

I’d love to get feedback… please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts.


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