Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Winter Reds Wine Flight

Despite the frigid temperatures and endless snow that seems to define winter, I still love this time of year because it is the perfect time of year to drink big & bold red wines.  A full-bodied & dry Cabernet or a ripe & spicy Zinfandel just seems to offset the plummeting temps this time of year. We thought there was no better way to showcase this than to create a new wine flight: Winter Reds. 

We start with the 2007 Terra di Briganti Aglianico.  Although the Aglianico grape is originally from Greece, it is now almost exclusively grown in the south regions of Italy, this particular offering is from the Sannio area of Campania.  Aglianico typically makes for full bodied wines with firm tannins & high acidity making it a perfect food-pairing wine.  This particular bottle is a bit more approachable, but still makes for a nice full-bodied red to start the flight.  

Next up is the 2007 Madorom Camouflage from Napa Valley.  Camouflage is a blend consisting of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, 16% Cabernet Franc & 5% Merlot.  The tannins make for this wine to be dry & firm, but the combination of Cabernet & Syrah still make for a jammy, fruit-forward bottle.  The presence of Oak is noticeable, but not overbearing-- making for a perfect pairing with a wintery night.

The 2007 Paraduxx Red Wine might be my favorite bottle on the entire flight.  Made by famed Duckhorn vineyards in Napa Valley, Paraduxx is a beautiful, deep red blend consisting of 72% Zinfandel, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and just a touch of Cabernet Franc.  This wine has a touch more spice than the previous two bottles which blend perfectly with its flavors of rich blueberry, cedar & molasses.  

Finishing this flight is the 2009 Petite Petit from Lodi, California made by Michael & David Winery.  A blend of  85% Petite Sirah & 15% Petit Verdot which makes for a rich & dense wine highlighted with many dark fruit flavors.  As the winemakers say, "Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large!"  Above all, this wine is fun, accessible and very good.  A perfect finish to a winter flight.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wilderness Ridge & Vern White visit Milder Manor

Earlier this afternoon, Restaurant Manager David Berry & Wilderness’ House Entertainer, Vern White, visited the Lincoln Senior Nursing Home, Milder Manor, in order to bring the residents some entertainment and fun. 

Vern White played on his keyboard & sang a collection of show tunes, musical pieces & oldies.  Vern White had actually proposed the idea—to use his talents to bring some joy to folks who aren’t able to get out and listen to music too often. 

Residents enjoyed the music, and most chimed in and sang-along when they heard songs they had known for years & years.  This is only the beginning though, as Wilderness Ridge & Vern White hope to continue to do events like this in the future all around Lincoln.
“Giving back to the community like that is something that I love doing—my partnership with Wilderness Ridge has been great, and this is just another great experience we’re able to give people together.”