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Fun Day Friday: A Potpourri

It has been a great week for Strong Coffee to Red Wine.  There are two events/happening that I want to share with you. There is a post update on one of my favorite wines, and a funny little story about my Gary.  Never a dull moment in this house. This post is a quick read so you can get on with your weekend.  Fasten your seatbelt here we go…

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I am not sure about your weekend, but I won’t be spending time outside at my house around dusk for a while.  The cicadas have sprung forth and it is so loud outside one can barely think. Even with all the windows closed there is a hum that is overwhelming.  I think I may need to turn up the TV. And the yard… it looks like Swiss cheese with all the holes from their assent. Anyway, I digress…

Should Be Fun!
August Social and Wine Tasting

A month or so ago on Facebook, I asked if the local SC2RW crowd if they were interested in doing wine tastings and I got a definitive yes from many. Since then I have been hard at work talking with wine shops and wine bars, and it looks like we will have about six tasting over the next year at different locations as long as we can turn out a crowd.  I am trying to reward retailers that have been especially hard working to support my efforts with this blog and with getting me wines that would otherwise be nearly impossible to get. I will be posting more information as I firm up the upcoming tasting… But we have our first scheduled, so I hope you can come.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 3rd.  We will be having fun! fun day

Where & What Time:

Our first Social and Wine Tasting will be Thursday, August 3rd, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at O’Hara & Flynn 225 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.  By starting at six, I am hoping for lots of open and free parking meters so that finding a place for your car will not be a problem. If need be, there is the garage next to Charleston Place Hotel which is right around the corner. Here is a link to google maps to acquaint yourself with the location.


At this tasting, I am keeping the price as low as I can. We will be tasting 5 Italian wines – two red, two white and one rosé.  I tried three of the five yesterday, and they are fantastic. The venue is also providing nibbly bits, so we all keep out wits about us.  The remaining details are listed on the Invitation/RVSP in the sidebar on the right. It is a quick couple of questions, but it will help me plan.  Also please tell all your friends that love wine…the more, the merrier!  This is a promotional event for us to introduce folks to Strong Coffee to Red Wine.  There will be a raffle and some fun prizes. We plan on having lots of fun. You will not want to miss this!

The RSVP is critical to make sure we have enough wine so that we all have plenty to taste.  So please, if you are planning on attending so RSVP.

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Wine Update – Puech-Haut Prestige Rosé 2016

I reviewed this vintage when it first arrived stateside back in April.  It may not have been a fair assessment as I have to guess that the wine was experiencing a bit of travel shock.  So now after two and a half months in the cooler…

When you sip this wine, there is a tiny bit of effervescence that tickles your tongue. The color is now a light coral. There are citrus and floral notes on the palate and enough acid that this wine will do well with food. And shock of all shocks, Gary is now a fan. After dissing the 2015 vintage and thumbing his nose to this vintage initially, now after some rest in the wine cooler, Gary is quite happy with this wine and wishes that I share when I crack one open. We will see about that.

But the takeaway for you in this story is this.  If a wine that you know seems a bit off when you open your first bottle, before you take it back and demand a refund, ask the retailer to find out when the wine “landed.”  It may have been on a boat sloshing about for weeks, then in a truck or two or three, made a pitstop in a warehouse, a retail store and then your cooler without a chance to rest.  Just like you wine needs to rest after a long journey, so give it some time.

Speaking of Gary

Gary said that he “made” his breakfast this morning.  That had me scared for a minute, but then I remembered to whom I was talking.  Gary does not cook in this house. Heck, Gary does not even make reservations so when he said he cooked I was skeptical.  Well, it seems that Gary made himself some Peanut Butter and Jelly cereal.  I think you can figure it out from the pictures…

Oh, You gotta love the ingenuity! And yes, I do buy this for him.  When it comes to breakfast, he loves him some sugar… and then a power bar two hours later! Fun times.

Saving the Best for Last:
I am Heading to a Wine Bloggers Conference
in Sonoma County, CA in November

I am super excited to be going to a Wine Bloggers Conference in November. I hope to learn a great deal, but I also plan on having a ton of fun and trying some fantastic wines.  In addition to the conference sessions and the exhibit hall, there will be excursions to wineries in Sonoma County for behind the scenes tours and wine dinners. Stoked does not even cover how excited I am.  After the conference, a friend and SC2RW reader from the area is meeting me and we will be doing a day of tasting in Sonoma County and a day of tasting In Napa County.

Do you have a favorite winery in either of those areas that you think I should visit?  If so, leave me a comment so I can do some research and see if I can make it happen.

I will certainly share more details as they come in. Looking forward to this awesome opportunity.

Well, that is all for now.  Have a fantastic weekend and be sure to RSVP for the Social and Wine Tasting!




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