Sunday, August 28, 2005

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

Cheers to everyone who made it out to the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. If you didn't make it this year, make plans to join us next year. Here is some history on the festival:

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival History

The First Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival took place September 26-27, 1998 in downtown Vancouver. After nearly a year of planning, the Festival premiered to huge weekend crowd. By all measures, the Festival was an enormous success. The 1998 Festival was held on the site of the former Lucky Lager Brewery in downtown Vancouver. International jazz star and vocalist Dianne Schuur entertained a huge Saturday night crowd. 21 wineries, 6 restaurants and fine artists participated in the premiere Festival.

Over 400 people volunteered for the 7th Annual Festival in August 2004. The jazz lineup included Grammy winners and international jazz stars Blood, Sweat & Tears, Saxophonist David Sanborn, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, BeauSoleil, and Ernestine Anderson. 17 bands performed over the expanded 3-day schedule. More than 150 wines from 30 wineries were featured & over 50 fine artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana displayed their fine art. 10 local restaurants cooked up great cuisine. An estimated 15,000 people attended the 2004 Festival!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Red Wine and your health...

A new study has found consuming red wine in moderation can halve the risk of developing cataracts.

Drinking has long been associated with blurred vision, but new research shows moderate red wine drinkers are less at risk of developing cataracts than both teetotallers and those who imbibe heavily.

The five-year study was conducted in Iceland - not a place known for its good vintages. Up to a third of people in Iceland over the age of 70 develop cataracts, a cloudy white film over the lens of the eye which if left untreated can lead to blindness. The study claims as many as one or two glasses of wine a day, even a nip of brandy or whiskey helps provide protection for the eyes.

However beer increases the risk of developing cataracts.

Check out the link for the full story.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Monty Python Wine

USA today has a great article on John Cleese of Monty Python fame who dive into the wine world. On the new DVD, John Cleese's Wine for the Confused (Koch Vision, not rated, out this week, $20), he strives to make choosing and buying wine easier and less intimidating.

"Wine is wonderful stuff," Cleese says by phone from his home near Santa Barbara, Calif. "But so many people are put off by the snobbery of it. You only need a little bit of knowledge to increase your chances hugely of getting a good bottle."

John Cleese's top three wine tips

1. Know what you like and trust your own taste.
"Don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like," Cleese says. "Some wines that some experts think are absolutely exquisite don't appeal to me at all."

2. Learn to describe wines that you like.
"A few words like 'sweet' or 'dry' or 'heavy' or 'light' are easily understood." He considers his favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs "grassy" and "zingy."

3. Find a local wine shop and talk with the experts.
"They will help you identify more wines that you might like, at good values. You don't have to pay much."

In his own cellar

Peachy Canyon Zinfandel, Gainey Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, other Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, sweet white wines from the Mosel River valley in Germany, and Pinot Noirs from the Paso Robles, Calif., region.
"There's so many good people producing wine now," Cleese says. "It's just amazing. There's so much on the shelves. You don't have to go buy those overpriced wines."

Check out the link above for the full story.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Yellow Tail - Shiraz

Quick Story... I was at a restaurant this weekend and overheard an amusing story from a nearby table. It must have been a first date or something because it seemed to me the guy was trying to impress the lady. The gentleman was looking over the wine list and came across a bottle of Yellow Tail Shiraz. Since he decided to try sushi for the first time he jumped right to the Yellow Tail wine bottle. He started proclaiming to his date that Yellow Tail Shiraz was named after the yellow tail tuna and that they make this wine specifically for this dish... Well, you can imagine the looks he got from his date when the bottle showed up with a wallaby on the bottle. I was enjoying my wife's company when the waiter brought the bottle over and missed the embarrassing moment. I wonder if he got a second date out of his performance.

Here's the real story behind the name:

The true namesake is the yellow-footed rock wallaby, a small, colorful breed of kangaroo that's known to roam the Casella vineyards.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sonata Wine Tote

The Sonata Wine Tote is our Premium One-Bottle Insulated Leatherette Wine Tote with Stainless waiter style corkscrew. The Sonata Wine Case from our Legacy Collection is the perfect way to carry your favorite wine, champagne, or spirits to a concert or party. It also makes a delightful gift. The Sonata Wine Tote is fully insulated to protect and keep your wine at the perfect temperature.

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