Hello Wine Club!
Your 2013 Zinfandel Reserve is finally here! It’s a Zin unlike anything you’ve ever tasted in Oregon. It has a distinctive jammy character with full body expression. Like many of our wines, it’s going to be a sell out and FAST, so make sure you get your share. We’re so excited, in fact, that Rosella’s will be opening up Fall Wine Release for the entire month of September. Mark your calendars, for the “no frills” release all month long. Don’t forget to partake in the pairing of Orecchiette with Spicy Italian Sausage from Pomodori (www.bit.ly/1J3aZvG) & Ukulele Playing & performance at our official Wine Club Event – September 26 & 27 from 1-4pm. Extra Ukes will be on hand, should you be lured by the Ukulele Siren! Few can resist her. We look forward to seeing you in the tasting room.
Sandi, Rex, Rowdy & Lola
**Note to Wine Club Members: If you are on our “shipper” list, your wine will arrive shortly. Pickup available early by contacting us at 541-846-6372. Release available for the month of September. If wines are not picked up, wine release will be charged to payment card on file and held for their convenience. Contact Us: Ph: 541-846-6372 Email: email@example.com
A few weeks ago we posted a recipe for a wine smoothie on our Facebook page. We thought it was such a great idea that we’ve complied a few recipes of delicious wine chillers! Try them out and let us know which is your favorite.
- 1 cup red wine
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- Pop everything in your blender
- Press the “on” button
- 1 bottle (750ml) of white wine
- 2 cups of frozen mango chunks
- 2 cups of frozen pineapple chunks
- Throw it all in a blender together and blend until smooth or the consistency that you like.
- Serve with fresh fruit slices or add maraschino cherries for some color.
- 1, 12 oz bag of frozen raspberries
- 2 cups milk chocolate wine (or a red whine)
- 1 cup almond milk (optional)
- 3 cups ice
- Blend all of the ingredients together
- Try to not drink the whole thing at once. Brain freeze!
- 1 small orange, peeled and segmented
- 2 large ripe mango, diced
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 cups very cold fruity white wine
- squeeze of honey
- 2 cups crushed ice
- Add the orange, mango, pineapple, wine, honey and crushed ice to a blender
- Puree until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into white winegoblets and serve.
Ever felt so in love with wine you wanted to bathe in it? Well, the attendees at La Batalla del Vino did yesterday – literally.
An annual festival in Haro, Spain, the “battle of wine” takes place on June 29 and involves dunking, throwing and water-gun-squirting wine at everyone. According to Decanter, 130,000 litres of wine were used, and all but 3,000 of which are donated by the participants. The tourists and locals who participate arrive in white clothing and leave, well … purple.
Before the fun and games, the festival is a bit more serious as it follows century-old traditions such as a procession with the mayor and pilgrimage to the patron saint of Haro. And of course, as with any good party there is great food involved too!
So how did this crazy and awesome festival originate? According to Decanter:
“There are various tales for the reason that wine is thrown at the celebrations…. Some claim it pays homage to a 13th century land dispute between residents of Haro and those of neighboring Miranda de Ebro, which ended with a wine fight.”
Whatever the reason, it looks like a lot of fun… and a lot of wine.
Summer is officially kicked off, and an outdoor gathering with friends, pizza and wine sounds like the perfect way to spend a warm July evening. If you’re wondering which wines compliment the sauces and meats on your favorite pizza, look no further. Though opinions will vary, I’ve found several main themes that most sommeliers seem to agree on for each. Take a look at the list below, then get your summer party started!
Margherita: Both Chardonnay and a dry Garnacha rosé are excellent pairings. Don’t get too complicated – a classic Zinfandel will work well on the red side.
Sausage: Dark and spicy, Syrah is the ideal choice for a fennel-driven sausage pizza. Also try Pinotage and Sangiovese.
Hawaiian: A slightly sweet Riesling matches surprisingly well, its sweetness enhancing the flavors of the ham and pineapple.
Pepperoni: You’ll need intense flavors to counterbalance the strong pepperoni. Try a full-bodied Primitivo, or the popular red Sangiovese.
White-sauce: Creamy pizza brings out the creamy notes of Pinot and Chardonnay. Also try Dolcetto, which really blends with the green herbs.
BBQ: With the sweetness of the sauce you will want something fruity. Argentine Malbec and Touriga Nacional pair very well with both a sweet or smoky barbecue.
…on second thought, maybe it was!
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Rome PhotoExpressions)