Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sauvignon Blanc pairs with everything from shrimp to butternut squash to roast turkey. Chardonnay (the less oak the better) has similar versatility and it's full body make it appropriate for creamed dishes. However, if your preference is red wine, Pinot Noir will subtly support most dishes on your Thanksgiving table without overpowering them.
More robust than white wines, Pinot Noir has very little tannin and will likely blend well with the entire holiday meal. Then there's dessert. Well-chilled late harvest Rieslings, Ice Wines, Gewurztraminer and Ports pair well with sweet desserts as long as the wine is as sweet or sweeter than the confection. Whatever your choice of wine, everything tastes better in the company of loved ones. Enjoy!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Image by Jaslyn Gilbert of the HTR.
Monday, November 17, 2008
BEAU JOUBERT's rich viticultural history spans back to 1695 when the governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, allocated the property, Veelverjaagt to Coenraed Visser. One hundred years later, the farm was sold to a French Huguenot descendant, named Dirk Daniel Joubert. He in turn, divided the farm between his two sons; the one retained the Veelverjaagt name while the other named his portion La Provence, to honour the birthplace of his forefathers... from the Beau Joubert website.
South African Wines of Beau Joubert
Thursday, Nov. 20th 6:30pm-8:00pm
Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thank you to Lee Brocher of Maretti's Italian Deli in Manitowoc for setting us up with an excellent variety of cured meats. After the tasting we went over to the Strand theater for a private screening of the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, which opens tonight. Big thumbs up on this gritty, action-packed flick. Thanks Gretchen and John!
Next week: Andrew Hilliard of the Beau Jobert South African Winery will be doing the tasting at Stumpjack. Details to follow.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, Nov. 13th
Please call 553-5282 to register or email email@example.com
Friday, November 7, 2008
I'll give Kim props for a job well done! The wines and cheeses that she chose to pair made for a very interesting evening. The combinations ranged from subtle, sophisticated and creamy to powerful, rich and tangy. Individual tastes being what they are, I don't think there was a clear consensus on any particular pairing. Although while everyone expressed their enjoyment with the variety of tastes, aromas and textures, we all seemed to have at least one or two pairings that we wanted to remember for future reference. This turned out to be such an enjoyable couple of hours...wonderful food and drink, good people and lively conversation. And as an added bonus I think we all learned something too. I'm giving it a big thumbs up. Next week is my turn, with beer and sausage on the agenda. I hope it goes as nicely as last night's. ---David
We had an awesome time at the tasting last night. Kim did a great job hosting this. Thanks for the cheese gift that we won as well. See you next tasting and several times in between.
What a great, fun, social mecca you've created in downtown TR. ---Brian
That was fun last night. That was my first wine tasting. Kim did a very good job. ---Donna
That was fun last night. I learned something, and that's always nice. ...tell Kim how much I enjoyed the wine/cheese ---Lucy
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thursday evenings feature special events such as wine tastings and pairings. Live entertainment is offered most Friday and Saturday evenings. The Stumpjack Wine Bar was created to offer an alternative to the typical bar scene by creating a relaxing, yet stimulating environment. It all adds up to a great night out! Private parties are available by reservation. Join us for our next event.
Wine and Cheese Tasting
Thursday, November 6th
Please either call (920-553-5282)or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your tickets or to receive information on scheduled events.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Happy Halloween! Yes, I know I'm a day late, but we are celebrating the season with our annual costume party this evening. Hope you can join us! We are featuring this tasty Pinot Noir directly from Vampire Vineyards tonight. Happy haunting...
Powerful forest fruit and wild strawberry aromas persist on the nose, balanced by hints of fine French oak. The vibrant ruby red colors hint at a young wine, but the taste reveals a remarkable maturity. Elegant soft fruit flavors are already finely integrated into the structure of the wine, as is the oak, adding a subtle but powerful complexity to the flavor. This is a light smooth wine, easy to drink at any time of the year and exhibiting typical character of a young Pinot Noir. This wine has been made for early drinking using advance cold macceration techniques, but will age well for several years to come. It has a 100% malolactic fermentation - allowing the perfect integration of the natural acides into the structure of the wine.
Vampire Pinot Noir is well suited to Venison and game dishes, and is equally well adapted to pasta dishes featuring basil and tomato sauces. It can also be enjoyed as an aperitif or as an after dinner wine with snacks and blue cheeses.