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The Life and Wines of Mike Grgich: Tastings, Show, and Judgment in Paris Tie-in @ Stew Leonard’s Wines – Norwalk, CT

23 Apr
The Life and Wines of Mike Grgich

Awesome event for the oenophile!

On May 24, 1976 a group of 11 judges sat down for a blind tasting of red and white wines in Paris, looking to see if French or American wines were better.  The first battle was six California Chardonnay against four French Burgundies, followed by six California Cabernet Sauvignon against four French Bordeaux.  Nine of the judges were French, one was British, and one was American.  The assumption all along (and that of organizer Steven Spurrier) was that French wine would be superior and of higher quality than the California wines that were in the competition.  Each judge scored wines out of 20…and the results sent shockwaves around the wine world and changed the way that we look at wine.  Yes, not only did California’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars take home the prize for best red, Chateau Montelena from California also took first with their white.  This is what people now refer to as The Judgment of Paris.

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Ridgefield resident signing copies of her book Rock and Vine at Stew Leonard’s Wines in Norwalk

25 Apr

If the world kept doing the same thing over and over, we’d never grow and evolve.  We’d stagnate and get caught up in the same ol’ routines of life.  But, one of the great things about our world today is our quest for knowledge, for change, and for growth.  This can especially be seen when you look at various vineyards throughout Napa and Sonoma Valley.  In fact, there are a handful of people at these vineyards who have revolutionized winemaking and they are the highlight of a new book called Rock and Vine.  The book is written by Ridgefield resident Chelsea Prince, who is also the publisher at Chelsea Print & Publishing.  It is edited by Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine, and photographed by Mary Steinbacher.

As we mentioned, Rock and Vine highlights “Next generation changemakers in America’s Wine Country” from Napa and Sonoma…eleven of them to be exact.

Chelsea Prince, author of Rock and Vine (from http://chelseaprintandpublishing.com)

Chelsea Prince, author of Rock and Vine (from http://chelseaprintandpublishing.com)

The people who are featured in the book are:

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Go for Gold at Stew Leonard’s Olympics Celebration! CT and NY

26 Jul

Meghan Bell at Stew Leonard’s has become our best friend.  She’s letting us know about the awesome things going down at Stew Leonard’s and their wine shops.  Well, we’ve got some fun events to share with you to get you into that 2012 Olympics spirit.  Unless noted by specific date, the events run from July 27 to August 12.  During that time, Stew Leonard’s will be donating all money from their Stew’s Wishing Wells in Norwalk, Danbury, and Yonkers to the Special Olympics.  So, let’s light this torch up, baby, and start the games!

Drinking Curls

First off, hit up Stew Leonard’s Wines on Friday, July 27 from 4 to 7 pm or Saturday, July 28 from 1-5 for the “Wide World of Spirits.”  Appropriately so, you’ll be able to have drinks from around the world.  Imagine if drinking was an Olympic sport?  Who among you would get the gold?

  • Caipirinha (South America)
  • Il Spr!z (Europe)
  • A sake drink (Asia)
  • Amarula (Africa)

Cheese Slinging

  • July 28-29:  Stew Leonard’s delis will see who takes the gold in terms of cheese.  The contestants?  English, French, Italian, and American cheeses.  Come by, taste, and vote.  The results will be on their FB page on July 30.

Dessert Downing

  • Bakers at Stew Leonard’s will go crazy with cupcakes, cookies, and other desserts using the Olympic rings and the games as inspiration.

Caffeine High Jump

  • They have created a special blend called Stew’s “Olympic Blend” Coffee.  Perk up and see how much you can drink.

International Hot Bar Body(un)building

  • Every day at Norwalk, Newington, and Yonkers you can check out a new country’s cuisine at their hot bar.  This is one competition to unbuild that pretty figure of yours.  That’s okay, it’s worth it.  Nothing an hour or so at the gym can’t cure.

Pizza Tossing

  • At Norwalk and Newington, you can check out Olympics pizzas that are made with peppers, mimicking the Olympic rings.  Salute the flag, then eat it.

Bovine Biathlon 

  • Say hi to Wow the Cow who will be wearing a toga and will be crowned in laurels.  Taking it back, old school style.

Kid’s Olympic Cooking Culinary Day Camp

Norwalk store: 100 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851

Customer questions call:  203.847.7213

Danbury store: 99 Federal Road, Danbury, CT 06811

Customer questions call:  203.790.8030

Newington store: 3475 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111

Customer questions call: 860.760.8100

Yonkers, N.Y. store: 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers, NY 10710

Customer questions call:  914.375.4700

Volére: fashionable wine, in a purse? Taste it + buy it at Stew Leonard’s Wines!

26 Apr

Get your drink on AND be fashionable with Volére

We’ve all heard the jokes about people who drink boxed wine and maybe you even took part in such stereotypical behavior.  Well, let’s be fair…boxed wine does seem to have a stigma attached to it.  There are great advantages, though:

• Lasts longer

• Usually a great deal

• Great for parties

• User friendly…twist and pour.

Volére Pinot Grigio

Now, Stew Leonard Jr. has seen and tasted all kinds of wine and he’ll tell you, good wine is good wine.  When he was in Italy this past March, he was at the world’s largest wine fair called Vinitaly.  He tasted lots of wine and he was really stunned by the quality, value, and design of a fun new wine called Volére that is shaped like a purse.  Yes, like a purse.  People are on to Stew, though, because Volére was just featured on The View today  amongst a nice selection of good and inexpensive wines.  Click on the link to check out Food & Wine Magazine Wine Editor Ray Isle pour out the details.

The purse that will make you feel all gushy, woozy, and warm inside will only set you back $12.99 and is full of 1.5 liters of premium grapey goodness.  That means you’re getting two bottles of wine for chump change.  And, you’d be a chump not to get this fun gift for your mom or the lady you love this Mother’s Day.  Heck, if you’re a mother and you want some, buy it too.  Well, even if you’re not a mother, you can buy too.  Okay, why stop there…men, feel free to buy, too.  Nothing wrong with that, no one’s judging.  We so need to try this wine because it’s awesome and also because it’s awesome.

Volére Rosé

You’ll be able to taste (for free) all three styles of  Volére wine with a special tasting right before Mother’s Day, too.  Stop by Stew Leonard’s Wines of Norwalk (see more tasting places below) on Saturday, May 12 from 1-5 pm.  You won’t find this tasting at any other store nearby…it’s super exclusive!  Here’s what you can sample and buy, taken from the Stew Leonard’s Wines site:

  • Volére Pinot Grigio: Features delightful crisp flavors of apple and white pear that lead to a long, elegant finish.  The bouquet offers white flowers, green apple and peach.
  • Volére Merlot/Pinot Noir: Brilliant ruby red in color, this merlot/pinot noir blend is a wonderful combination of red fruits, cherries, strawberries and raspberry, and fragrant spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Volére Rosè: An elegant rosè featuring an intense bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry and rose petals.

Time:  Saturday, 5/12/2012 from 1-5 pm

Place: Stew Leonard’s Wines of Norwalk

             55 Westport Ave.

             Norwalk, CT

Phone:  (203) 750-6162

Other Connecticut Tastings: Newington from 1-5 pm and Danbury from 12-4 pm

New York Tastings:  Yonkers from 1-5 pm, Farmingdale from 1-5 pm, and Carle Place from 1-5 pm

New Jersey Tastings:  Clifton from 1-5 pm, Paramus from 1-5 pm, and Springfield from 1-5 pm

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