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Hi Folks –
I bet you have been wondering what has been going on in wine news. It’s been a while since we last wrote. We took some time off of teaching over the (really long) winter but we kept busy by getting all the preparations ready for our upcoming trips to France. All the boats are reserved, plane tickets are purchased, hotels in Paris are picked and reserved, and everyone has current passports.
Last Chance for France 2014
We have had an emergency cancellation due to health reasons which has opened up one cabin (2 single beds) on our canal trip for September 22-29. If you had wanted to go but didn’t get in on time, now is your chance! We will arrange everything: airplane, hotels, boat, train. If you are interested in talking about it – even if you aren’t sure – just give us a call at 218-409-2540.
Wine Decanter Set & Park Point Sale
In other news, we will be down on Park Point for the annual Park Point Rummage Sale on June 13-14 at about 28th Ave. on the Lake side (right by that garage with the grass roof) and we do have a few wine accoutrements available. Remember these fun decanter sets? (Image on right.) Well, we have two. They are $70 each. If you want one but can’t get to the sale just give us a call ASAP and we’ll save one for you.
Best Summer Wines
Now that summer has finally arrived, you might be wondering what wines to drink/serve. Most likely you want something light, tasty when chilled, and that pairs well with summer foods like pasta, salad, and picnics (yes, that’s not a food but it conjures up ideas of your favorite summer foods, doesn’t it?).
Here’s a few ideas to help you in your summer picnic, meal, and party planning.
White: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Vino Verde – these are great alone or with summer salads.
Rose: Look for rose from Provence, France and remember to serve this wine very chilled. French Rose is generally quite dry. A sweeter and slightly effervescent option is a Lambrusco (Italian) which you can often find in a “party” bottle for a very good price. (A “party” bottle is an over-sized bottle called a magnum which is twice as big as a regular wine bottle.)
Red: Look for barbeque friendly wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec.
And remember: in the summer you do not want to serve your wines at room temperature. That is too hot. Wines are best when served between 45-65 degrees. Here’s a link to our Wine Serving Temperature Chart in case you don’t already have it.
David Devere & Sara Duke
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