Archive for March, 2009

French Wine Dinner @ ACME Restaurant

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

ACME Restaurant in Carrboro is hosting a five-course winemakers’ dinner with Burgundy-based vintners Alex and Marc Bachelet-Monnot (Domaine Bachelet-Monnot) in Puligny Montrachet, and Jean-Pierre Charlot (Domaine Joseph Viollot) in Pommard and Volnay on Wednesday, April 8th at 6:30pm. Price is $65 per person, call (919) 929-2263 to reserve your spot. The Menu: First Course Blue […]

Malo-lactic Fermentation

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I am taking a break from wines reviews this week to discuss a topic that I frequently refer to, malolactic fermentation (MLF), its process given by the equation: Malic Acid  +  Bacteria      =      Lactic Acid  +  Carbon Dioxide What follows is a simplified explanation of MLF and the role that acids […]

Argentinean & Chilean Wine Dinner @ Zely & Ritz

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Zely & Ritz is hosting a four-course Argentinean & Chilean Wine Dinner on Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm with guest speaker Steve Allegretto from Billington Wines. The price is $55 (not including tax and tip), call (919) 828-0018 for reservations. The Menu: Starter-Reception Wine: Alma Negra Sparkling Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina 2006 1st Course South American […]

Spring Fling Dinner @ Alivia’s Durham Bistro

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Alivia’s Durham Bistro and Hope Valley Bottle Shop are teaming up for a fun “Spring Fling” Wine Dinner on Wednesday April 8th at 7pm. This dinner is $30 per person (plus tax and gratuity) for 3 courses with wine pairings. Please call the restaurant for reservations at (919) 682-8978. The format: 3 options for appetizers […]

Wine Review: Macon-Villages Taste Off!

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Ok I guess now I get the francophile label for going right back to France after the 10 yr tawny battle. Though, in my defense, white Burgundy is one of the most underrated wines on the market and definitely deserves more attention. The wines up for this week’s review: 2006 Macon-Vinzelles “Les Morandes” Domanie Tripoz […]

Trefethen Family Vineyards Dinner @ Azure Grill

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Azure Grille in Meadowmont is hosting a wine dinner featuring wines from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley on Wednesday, March 18. Trefethen’s Southeast regional manager, John Harrington, will be on hand to lead the tasting. The reception starts at 6pm and dinner begins at 7pm. The price is $60 per person, please call […]

“New Orleans of Mexico” Wine Dinner @ Blu Seafood and Bar

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Blu Seafood and Bar is celebrating Yucatan cuisine with a four-course wine dinner, paired with wines by Mike Smith of the Country Vintner on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm. Cost is $45 per person, call (919) 286-9777 for reservations and availability.

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