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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Something Different for you...some of my Art

Hello - I thought I'd share some of my paintings just for something fun and different. I hope you enjoy, sorry about the bad photography (I'm  not that great at that LOL).

Angela Laible Art

Angela Laible Art

Angela Laible Art
Angela Laible Art
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Wine over Water this Saturday

Looking for something to do this Saturday night in the greater Cincinnati Area? Why not come down to the Purple People Bridge on the Newport, KY side and come to the Wine Over Water wine tasting on the bridge with Hors D’oeuvres and live music. Wineries include: Stonebrook Winery, Horseshoe Bend Winery, Redman’s Farm Winery, Smith-Berry Winery, and Little KY River Winery. See ya down there!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pennywise what a Wine

Last fall I came across one of the best red's I ever tasted. I had the Pennywise Petite Sirah, and it was bold and built like the way a Petite Sirah should be. To my curiosity, I wanted to find out about more wines from this label. I asked my local wine store Liquor City  to let me know when their Petite Sirah and other wines from Pennywise came in.

This week they came in...finally, I bought the Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pinot Noir. Since it's summer I cracked open the Pinot Noir. Wow, was I amazed to have tasted such a vibrant, yummy, jammy wine!
As soon as the cork comes out, there's a hint of Root Beer. I let the wine breathe for about an hour and I could smell the hints of strawberries and cherries. This vibrant wine had tastes of cherries, plums, and strawberries right off the bat. You let it sit on your tongue and small traces of anise and some sandalwood com out.

A great summer red wine that needs to breath for about 30 - 50 minutes to taste all of it's luscious jammy flavors. I would recommend this with a light pasta vodka creme fish dish or a pork dish of any kind. Check out their wines, the Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir are wonderful.  My suggestion, is pick up a few bottles for your collection, my advice these wines will get better with age.

**Spoiler alert: Next Blog posting from me will be on the Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Wonderful Wine Restaurant in Cincinnati

Recently, I celebrated my birthday at La Poste Eatery and Wine Room and it was one of the best wine and food experiences ever. We decided to have wine pairings with dinner.

Our first course was the Foie Gras on Banana Bread with a sliced Banana with caramelized sugar on top that had a maple carmel syrup finished with cracked sea salt. We had a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne. The hint of sweetness from the Champagne complimented the syrup and the Banana Bread and the driness of the brut matched perfectly with the salt. The Foie Gras melted in your mouth and had this creamy after taste.

The second course was an order of Ravioli with a field blend of mushrooms, fresh sage,
cream, and parmesan reggiano. It was paired with Styring Estate Pinot Noir '06, this was one of the best comfort combinations that I ever had. The Ravioli had a parmesan sage cream sauce with crispy pieces of sage on top that added a slight crispiness to the cream. The Styring Estate Pinot Noir was the perfect pairing. It was a very soft tasting with berries and finish with tannins. This is one of the best well balanced Pinot Noir that I have ever tasted.

The third course was fresh catch of John Dory, a nice crispy white fish with a wonderful red wine reduction with sliced carrots and sliced parsnips. A sweet and savory taste intertwined with the light fish was perfect and it was paired with Domaine Aubissieres Cuvee Silex Vouvray '09.  It wasn't tart at all, a slightly sweet taste of melon and fruits. I loved it because it didn't have that sour taste that Sauvignon Blancs have. A wonderful summer wine that you can drink all summer long and for $16.99 a bottle with a 90 point rating from Robert Parker who wouldn't want to.

The last course was a white chocolate bread pudding with dried cherries and a butter cream carmel sauce. It was paired with La Tour Vielle Banyuls dessert wine. First of all anything with white chocolate and bread pudding is exquisite. The taste that carried me into bliss was the port-style wine that in France they chill and drink it as an aperitif. This nutty, fruity dessert paired perfectly with the chocolate dessert.

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves wines, food and wonderful ambiance.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dancing Bull has a great Cabernet Savignon

I tried the Dancing Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, Dancing Bull winery is in Healdsburg CA. This is a Cabernet that you can right now, and it tastes more like a Zinfandel than a Cabernet. The cab has a very floral aroma and had a floral taste. Tastes of cherry, currant, and jam are apparent right off the bat. Medium tannins hit the end of the taste with spice, sugar, and clove. I tried it the first night and left some for the next day and it became even more jammy the second day. It's great with gilled pork, salads and all meat dishes.  I picked up this fabulous wine for about $8.50 a bottle, what a great value.

I included their link above, you should check out the website, it's very educational. The website has grilling tips, wine tips, how to order wine, and many other tips about wines. And they host wine events all over the country so go visit the website.

Happy drinking,

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Local Winery that Produces Some of the Best Cabernet Franc

I tasted the Kinkead Ridge Estate River Village Cellars Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc again. I love this winery, it's located in Ripley Ohio and their wine towers over so many California wines. The 2008 Cabernet Franc won the Jefferson Cup Invitational in which 600 wines entered and only 20 wines won in 5 different categories. Click here to view their other awards

The Cabernet Franc grape is usually blended with other red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.  It's lighter than the Cabernet Sauvignon and more peppery. River Village Cellers Cabernet Franc is 100% Cabernet Franc. Tastes of cherry, raisin, and oak fills the pallet with medium tannins. The grapes were cold-soaked and fermented in small bins aged in American and French oak barrels. A great wine that goes with beef, stews, red sauce pastas, and pork.

***Update: On Memorial Day weekend Kinkead Ridge Estate are releasing their 2010 vintage white wines. On Labor Day weekend they will release their 2010 vintage red wines. I know where I will be on those Saturdays. I got to sample some of the red wines early and I can't wait for Labor Day. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Premium Beer thats Crafted for the Wine Drinker

I recently hosted a wine tasting for a liquor store and I noticed a champagne bottle in the beer section. I asked about it and the beer distributor told me that it was the Sam Adams Infinium Ale. It's a premium beer that was collaborated between Sam Adams Boston Beer Company and the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan (world's oldest Brewery).

When you peel back the wrapper you'll notice that it has a champagne cork that you open very carefully like a champagne cork. A crisp champagne-like beer with tiny bubbles and a fruity aroma tastes more like a champagne or wine. It has a hint of citrus, pear, and apple taste with a subtle dry taste of hops. The golden amber color has tiny bubbles that makes you want to stare at it for hours. Malt, hops, alcohol, and acidity are a perfect balance, there's nothing that I would change about this perfect champagne beer.

Infinium is a drink that beer drinkers and wine drinkers can enjoy together. But there's only one catch, drink it while it's still on the shelves and it's only drinkable till July of this year.