Dry Creek Single Vineyard Wines: 2007 Somers Ranch Zinfandel

2007 Somers Ranch ZinfandelDry Creek Vineyard Single Vineyard 2007 Somers Ranch Zinfandel

SRP: ($34.00)

A WOW of a wine. Not inexpensive, but a great value in the California league. A wine driven by the terroir of the vineyard, aromas of fresh baked cherry pie and cardamom spice character are evident. On the palate, blackberry fruit and subtle oak nuances are weaved together in a complex tapestry of flavors. The finish is smooth and refined, presenting a sleek and sophisticated ending


Technical Data:

Grapes
100% Zinfandel

Appellation:
100% Dry Creek Valley

Harvest:
October 24 & 25, 2006

Fermentation:
Fermented 19 days at 85°F

Barrel Aging:
18 months in French and Hungarian oak

Alcohol:
15.0%

Total Acidity:
0.54

pH:
3.66

Residual Sugar:
Dry

Aging Potential:
10-15 years

Winemaker Comments:
The Somers Ranch vineyard lies just a mile or so into the Dry Creek Valley. The fruit for this wine comes from adjacent hillside parcels with western facing sun exposure.

Palazzo della Torre IGT Veronese 2007, From Winebow With Love

Palazzo della Torre IGT Veronese 2007

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SRP: Under $20.

In a word, FANTASTIC!

Wine Description

This blend of 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese is a smooth, full-bodied cru made in an innovative ripasso style. After the harvest, the grapes from the Palazzo della Torre vineyard follow two different paths: 70% of the grapes picked are vinified immediately, and the remaining 30% are left to dry until the end of December. The fresh wine made at harvest is blended with the fermenting juice of the dried grapes, initiating a second fermentation, and rendering a more highly concentrated and complex wine. Allegrini affectionately refers to Palazzo della Torre as their "baby Amarone."

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries, blackberries and hints of dates and mocha. Pairs well with full-flavored pasta and risotto dishes, roast poultry and chorizo. Also excellent with hard and semi-hard cheeses.

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Petrossian offers special Caviar Menu to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary

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To celebrate the 25th year of this famous
restaurant, Petrossian will offer a
sumptuous CAVIAR-centric 4-course prix
fixe menu at the very special price of
$100 per person, plus wine, tax and
gratuities. Available all evenings from
6.00pm on.
Founded in 1984, New York’s Petrossian restaurant is housed in the
historic Alwyn Court Building on Manhattan’s West Side, one block
from Carnegie Hall and four blocks from Lincoln Center. Owned by the
Petrossians, it serves a French-influenced contemporary menu that
features the caviar, smoked fish, and foie gras delicacies for which
Petrossian is known throughout the world. Lunch, dinner, and brunch
can be enjoyed at either the art deco style mirrored bar or in the
dining room. Designed by Ion Oroveanu, the restaurant features
Lalique crystal wall sconces, bronze sculptures from the 1930’s, etched
Erte mirrors, Limoges china, Lanvin chandelier and pink Finnish
granite, all harmonizing to create a visual ambiance that can be
savored equally with the unsurpassed gourmet experience.
Petrossian New York is located at:
182 West 58th Street
(58th St. at 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10019
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: Lunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: Lunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: Brunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: Brunch, 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m., Dinner, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

 
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Book the ultimate walking safari experience at Sanctuary Zebra Plains in the South Luangwa, Zambia and your partner only pays 50%, a saving of up to $825

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Sanctuary Zebra Plains, the  new luxury walking safari camp in the South Luangwa, is opening on 1 June 2011. Guests can now enjoy an exclusive bush adventure by foot, without forsaking personalised service or comfort.

Garth Hovell, widely regarded as one of Zambia’s most highly respected guides with almost twenty years of experience, leads walks twice a day. For Garth there is simply no match for the thrill of a walking safari: On foot your senses are heightened by all that surrounds you to give you the ultimate safari high.”

In order to fully explore the South Luangwa, guests will spend three nights at Sanctuary Zebra Plains with set departures on Monday or Thursday. We suggest combining a walking safari with a stay at Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp or Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, also in the park. These permanent properties offer morning and evening game drives, the perfect complement to Sanctuary Zebra Plains.

· Valid for NEW bookings made from 1 February – 30 April 2011

· Valid for travel between 1 June – 31 July 2011

Contact your local Africa specialist or southernafrica@sanctuaryretreats.com for booking enquiries

 

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New York’s iconic ‘21’ Club is offering a romantic and sumptuous feast in honor of Valentine’s Day, on Monday, February 14.

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Indulge in a three-course gourmet meal for $125, featuring all of the ’21’ favorites – plus an amuse bouche, petit fours and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.  Patrons will also have at their disposal ‘21’s Grand Award-winning wine list, which features 125 selections under $60.

You’ll fall in love all over again, dining in ‘21’s intimate “restaurant within a restaurant,” Upstairs at ’21.’   Located one flight up from ‘21’ Club’s famous Bar Room and Cocktail Lounge, Upstairs at ‘21’ is a 32-seat oasis – and one of the most romantic hideaways in town. 

Reduced parking ($5) is available during ‘21’s Valentine’s Day celebration for up to 6 hours between 4pm and 1am at Central Parking Garage, just steps from ’21.’

 

                Valentine’s Day at ‘21’______________

Monday, February 14

$125 per person
Includes a sumptuous three-course dinner featuring all of the
’21’ favorites, an amuse bouche and petit fours, and
a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Additional beverages, tax and gratuity will be charged accordingly

Please call 212-582-7200 for reservations.

(Menu subject to change)

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KATHLEEN TURNER Returns to Broadway in HIGH A new play by MATTHEW LOMBARDO Directed by ROB RUGGIERO

HIGH will begin previews on March 25 and open April 19, 2011

at the Booth Theatre on Broadway (222 W. 45th Street)

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Producers Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Terry Schnuck, Ann Cady Scott, Timothy J. Hampton, James & Catherine Berges, The Shubert Organization and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis announce two-time Golden Globe® winner, Academy Award® & Tony Award® nominee Kathleen Turner will return to Broadway this spring in Matthew Lombardo’s new play HIGH, directed by Rob RuggieroHIGH will begin previews on Friday, March 25 and open officially on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Booth Theatre (222 West 45th Street).

The cast includes Kathleen Turner as “Sister Jamison Connelly”, Tony Award® nominee Stephen Kunken (Enron) as “Father Michael Delpapp” and Evan Jonigkeit making his Broadway debut as “Cody Randall”.

The design team for HIGH includes Tony Award® winners David Gallo (Sets) & Jess Goldstein (Costumes), John Lasiter (Lights) and Vincent Olivieri (Sound & Original Compositions).

HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.  When Sister Jamison Connolly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change.

Kathleen Turner returns to Broadway following her Tony® nominated performance as “Martha” in the 2005 Tony Award® winning revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This Broadway premiere follows a noteworthy collaboration of three American regional theaters.  In July 2010, the play premiered at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Connecticut, followed by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in September 2010 and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in October 2010.

TICKETS:

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, January 24 online at Telecharge.com or by phone at (212)239-6200.  The Booth Theatre Box Office (222 W. 45th St) will open on Friday, March 4th.  Ticket prices range from $61.50-$111.50 with a special preview price of $61.50-$91.50 for performances March 25-April 18.

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The Biggest Thing to Happen to Mayo Since Hellman’s 1905 Launch

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When it comes to condiments, mayonnaise often gets the short end of the stick. Unlike mustard, whose seemingly endless varieties take up a majority of shelf space,  mayonnaise is largely seen as “plain boring,”  “old-school” and un-evolved. But a quick peek into the kitchens of top restaurants and culinary schools would prove otherwise: emulsions like mayonnaise are among the most important skills chefs can learn, and mayos and aiolis are the hallmark touch of many a winning restaurant dish. That’s why Santa Fe Gourmet® (est. 2008) is bringing a revolution in mayo to the store shelves—and home kitchens—with a line of Chipotle Mayonnaise that’s bound to add pop and pizzazz to any cook’s repertoire. Needless to say, this may be the biggest thing to happen to mayo since Hellman’s began production over 100 years ago.

Santa Fe Gourmet’s Original Chipotle Mayonnaise is a sophisticated spread developed by a classically trained, NYC-based chef, inspired by the very flavors made popular in restaurant kitchens across the country. Its smoky, creamy, bold flavors are a direct result of the high-quality ingredients in the jar: roasted chipotle puree, shallots, red bell peppers, garlic and paprika. The freshness comes across in deep flavor, providing an alternative spread that has not been available on supermarket shelves until this point. And because Santa Fe Gourmet is the first company to devote itself exclusively to chipotle mayo, the quality is unrivaled as a whole.

Santa Fe Gourmet’s Original Chipotle Mayonnaise is available in both regular and light versions, the latter of which made its debut at the NASFT Fancy Food Show this past June. A benefit of the product, says founder Pat Canavan, is that less product is needed to yield big flavor in any dish, reducing the overall fat and calories consumed in a serving. Both products are manufactured by Ken’s Foods, Inc., a family-owned, leading manufacturer of salad dressings and sauces.

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6 From Winebow And a Perfect Valentine’s Dinner

For centuries humans have used the power of aphrodisiacs to increases lust, desire and spice up their love life. The word comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. This Valentine’s Day become your own Aphrodite or Adonis with these aphrodisiacal food and wine pairings.

Sweets

Cayenne Pepper- Dark Chocolate Brownies. Cayenne pepper gets its name from the city of Cayenne in French Guiana. Cayenne has been used for centuries not only for a variety of therapeutic purposes but also to boost the libido, particularly among men.

· Wine Paring: Renacer ENAMORE ($25). This blend of Malbec, Syrah, Bonarda and Cabernet Franc, dried and vinified in the Amarone style (hence the anagram ENAMORE!), offers supple aromas of ripe berries and plums with underlying notes of exotic spices and mocha, its silky mouthfeel and richness strike a great match with the spicy chocolate brownies.

Chocolate clove cookies: Cloves are one of the most powerful natural aphrodisiacs for both men and women.  Contains eugenol; its smell is fragrant and aromatic, and has long been considered a method for enhancing feelings of desire.

· Wine Pairing: Allegrini Palazzo della Torre ($20). Deep ruby-red in color, this wine is brimming with notes of dark, dried cherries and blackberries, along with hints of fig and mocha which blend seamlessly with the sweet spice of the cookies. 

With Dinner

Fresh Basil Pesto. For centuries, people said that basil stimulated the libido and boosted fertility. The scent of basil was said to drive men wild — so much so that women would dust their bodies with dried and powdered basil.

· Wine pairing: Tilia Torrontes ($10). This crisp white with notes of jasmine, lemon-citrus and apricot makes a harmonious companion to the flavorful, fresh basil toast.

Fish Fillets with Lemon and Coriander Seed. The Chinese used the coriander in love potions believing it provided immortality. The seed was known to have an euphoric effect, especially for women.

· Wine Pairing: Mastroberardino Fiano di Avellino ($22). The intriguing ancient wine manages to be both light and flavorful at the same time: Its layered profile, with delicate notes of hazelnut, pear and minerality, is perfect for this love-inspiring recipe.

Arugula Salad: Arugula or rocket as the saucy Brits call it, was a popular aphrodisiac among the ancient Romans and ancient Egyptians. It was quite often associated with Priapus, a minor Roman god of fertility.

· Wine Pairing: Yealands Sauvignon Blanc ($12). Lots of expressiveness is the key to this pairing. This classic wine boasts rich flavors of zesty citrus, nettle and ripe white peaches which can really hold its own against that peppery, flavorful ‘bite’ of the arugula.

Saffron rice pilaf.  Historically, part of saffron’s magical property is the enhancement of “lust.” In late Hellenistic Egypt, Cleopatra used saffron in her baths so that lovemaking would be more pleasurable, it contains picrocrocin which is alleged to have the ability to cause erotic sensations

Wine pairing: Leyda Pinot Noir ($13). Leyda Pinot Noir is brimming with notes of plum, black cherries and savory smokiness. On the lighter side of red wine spectrum, with mild, silky tannins, this Pinot Noir makes an easy match with the rich, buttery profile of the saffron pilaf.

Wine: The consumption of wine is one of the most ancient forms of libido stimulation and is still one of the most widely used aphrodisiacs worldwide!

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