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Vino or vinho?

Some enlightening information about the wines of Spain and Portugal was shared by Craig Heffley, owner of Wine Authorities in Durham, NC and Mic Finger, the shop's Vinodrome, in the Spring 2011 issue of Wake Living Magazine.

If you've… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on April 13, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Cinnabar Sorcerer's Stone 2008

Not being a wine connoisseur, I love it when I open a new wine and just fall in love with what I found or what, in this case, was sent to me for tasting.  Recently I received a few samples from Cinnabar Winery in the Paso Robles region of California.  Tonight I opened the 2008… Continue

Added by Joe Suzadail on April 11, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Castllo Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2010

This week has been about as far up and down on Pinot Grigio as it can get.  Earlier in the week I tasted what maybe the worst tasting Pinot Grigio I ever had.  Then, on Sunday, I opened what may be one of the best.

I was not to surprised on the quality of the… Continue

Added by Joe Suzadail on April 11, 2011 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Tselepos Estates Mantinia 2009

Tonight I opened my first Greek wine and another new white wine grape to add to my growing list of new wines.

The grape is Moschofilero. Moschofilero is an aromatic white grape of Greek origins with a rosy hue and quite spicy flavor with good acidity.  Grown throughout much of Greece but especially in the Peloponnese where it is used to make a dry and bold wine with lots of spice and perfume.

The winery is Tselepos… Continue

Added by Joe Suzadail on April 11, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Salneval Albariño Rías Baixas, 2009

Did not really want to get back into my white wines for a least another couple of months, but I was kinda forced by Shirley to open one for one of her recipes.  This week she made a delicious Chicken Cacciatore and needed 1/4 cup of a dry white wine. Usually with this dish, I will have a Chianti or sometimes a Pinot Noir, but after taking a taste of the Salneval Albarino I opened for Shirley, I decided to go with a white wine for dinner. I have recently reviewed a… Continue

Added by Joe Suzadail on April 11, 2011 at 9:16pm — No Comments

FiRe BrEaThInG!

I would like to start off by saying fire breathing is dangerous. The following simply explains the art of fire breathing and some of the experiences I have had with it. I am a professional FLAIR Bartender (remember the movies Cocktails with Tom Cruise or Coyote Ugly?) and use pyrotechnics in…

Added by Dennis Ryan on March 29, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Expert’s ‘Vintages’ videos make old lessons in wine new again

I was so pleased to be introduced to the expert advice of British wine writer, Hugh Johnson, in an article that appeared in last Sunday’s News & Observer.  Written by Catherine Rabb, an instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, the article is Ms. Rabb’s testimonial to Mr. Johnson’s VHS tape… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on March 26, 2011 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Bitters adds bite beyond cocktails

News & Observer correspondent, Stacy-Lynn Waddell, recently wrote this article about Angostura aromatic bitters.  It piqued my interest enough to go out and buy some myself so I could try her accompanying recipe for Pan-Fried Shrimp with Special Bitters Sauce.

She writes:

If you… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on March 3, 2011 at 5:54am — 2 Comments

To taste wine, don’t peek first

Catherine Rabb, an instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, wrote recently in Raleigh's News & Observer that she once went to a tasting where the instructor poured two wines after everyone was seated.

As he poured, the audience couldn't help but notice that the price… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on February 25, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

Can drinking wine save you from dementia?

If you are into drinking a glass of wine or a cocktail on a daily basis, chances are that may help you delay dementia, according to a study done by Wake Forest University researchers. The research shows older people who had eight to 14 drinks a week had a 37 percent lower risk of dementia than non-drinkers. Please note: It… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on February 22, 2011 at 7:45am — No Comments

Open letter to restaurant owners

Greg Cox, restaurant critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, recently wrote the open letter to restaurant owners that follows.  I wanted to share it with you because if he’s referring to you, that’s exactly why I’m here!

I specialize in working with professionals in the culinary, wine,…


Added by Lisa Englert on February 21, 2011 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Veg Mates

My awesome personal trainer has me on a healthy eating regime that includes lots of protein and veggies and not many carbs (what a surprise, huh?).  I’m on my second week of this routine and I’m feeling great!  The one thing that I’m absolutely not willing to give up is my oh so precious wine — after all, it’s my… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on February 18, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments




VINTRIPS - who we are ?

 VINTRIPS means:

* Wine tourism (oenotourism)…


Added by Adam Stankiewicz on February 5, 2011 at 12:16am — No Comments

North Carolina opens its 100th winery

As reported by the Triangle Business Journal, the 100th winery in North Carolina opened last Thursday, January 27th.

The milestone winery is Cauble Creek Vineyard in Salisbury.

North Carolina ranks seventh in the nation for wine production and 10th in grape production.

“Our wine industry… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on January 29, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments

The renaissance of mead

PITTSBORO, NC — Mead, that drink of Viking saga and medieval verse, is making a comeback. But this ain't your ancestors' honey wine.

"It's not just for the Renaissance fair anymore," says Becky Starr, co-owner of Starrlight Mead, which recently opened in an old woven label mill in Pittsboro.

In fact, this most ancient of alcoholic libations hasn't been this hot since Beowulf slew Grendel's dam and Geoffrey Chaucer fell in with the Canterbury pilgrims at the…


Added by Lisa Englert on January 28, 2011 at 8:02pm — No Comments

How to Give the Perfect Toast

This appeared in last Sunday's Parade Magazine. I found these to be practical and witty tips for raising your glass with style, and thought I'd share them here in case you missed the post. They're provided courtesy of Jon Lovett, a White House speechwriter and winner of the "Funniest Celebrity in…


Added by Lisa Englert on January 25, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Pinots may get more affordable

Now that we’ve lifted our glasses to toast the New Year, wine lovers may be wondering what 2011 has in store for them. Catherine Rabb, an instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina asked folks on the front lines in her area to share their predictions for trends. Here’s what she found… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on January 21, 2011 at 7:23am — No Comments


The owners of a winery estate that lies on the cusp of the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon came to us recently with a unique proposition: Help them sell the winery by running a link to their sales video.  Turns out to be one of the oldest wineries in Oregon, in a sprawling, secluded property with…


Added by Jim Gullo on January 13, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Chefs predict the biggest trends for 2011

As reported by Greg Cox, restaurant critic for Raleigh's News & Observer, it's that time of the year again when "experts" (quotation marks optional, depending on whether you agree with them) of all stripes make their predictions about coming trends.

Let's take a peek into the crystal ball of the National Restaurant Association, which recently surveyed more than 1,500 chefs nationwide, and published the results as the association's Top 20 Trends for 2011. …


Added by Lisa Englert on January 9, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

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