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Wednesday
Jul232014

Pic's from the Open House and BBQ

















Wednesday
Jul232014

Open House and Charity BBQ July 2014

Saturday July 19th we held our first Open House and Charity BBQ. It was a great success and we thank everyone who attended (in the liquid sunshine) and enjoyed a hot dog or hamburger and purchased raffle tickets for some great prizes in support of a great cause. Over $1,500.00 in prizes!!

Proceeds go to Braz for the Cause, our long-time charity of choice.

We have added a few pic’s before the rush, forgot to take more during the rush.

Congratulations to all our winners:

Sandy & Ross customer # 1058 Winery Series Batch + Gift Basket Retail Value:  $265.

 

Richard & Marilyn customer # 417 Day Trippin’ 2014 Tickets for 2 Retail Value:  $198.

 

June D. customer # 322 Glad Hatter Batch + $25 Gift Certificate Retail Value:  $160.

 

Jim & Kathy customer # 844 Glad Hatter Batch Retail Value:  $135.

 

Happy Gilmour customer # 056 Rock the Park 2014 + Gift Certificate Retail Value:  $123.

 

“Newbie” Karen B   Wine Tasting With Food Pairings for 6 Retail Value: Priceless

Marg L. Customer # 450 10 Bottles of Luscious cellared Wines 10 Bottle Collection Retail Value:  $157 (Patience... Priceless!)

More........

Broil King Model Crown 20

Retail Value:  $400

40,000 BTU Propane BBQ

400 Square Inch Cooking Surface

Super 8 Infinity Burner

Cast Iron Cooking Grids

Stainless Steel Flav-R-Wave

Enclose Cabinet Base

Drop-Down Side Shelves

Draw To Be Held July 31st, 2014

Ballots still available in-store









Thursday
Jul032014

Open House and BBQ 

Come & Join Us For Our

Open House Charity Barbecue

Celebration!

 

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Open House Noon to 4pm

BBQ Noon - 2pm

 

Hot Dogs and Burgers $4

Assorted Soft Drinks $1

 

Raffle Prizes - A New Barbecue* &

Batches of Wine

*BBQ is a Broil King Crown 20, 40,000 BU’s,

400 sq inches of Primary cooking surface

 

Tickets $5 each or 3 for $12

Proceeds To Braz for the Cause

(CASH & DEBIT ONLY)

luscious wines

1055 Sarnia Road

519-471-5250

 

Hope to see you then

Monday
Mar242014

Wine Tasting

To truly appreciate wine, learn how to taste it properly so that all the subtle nuances of your wine will be highlighted and brought to your attention.  As you read through these steps, have a glass of wine in hand to experience it first-hand.   Wine tasting is often broken down into five basic steps, detailed below.

1. SEE
Look at the wine, especially around the edges. Slightly tilting the glass can make it easier to see how the colour changes from the centre to the edges. Holding the glass in front of a white background is the best way to make out the wine's true colour and the clarity. Intensity and depth or saturation of colour are not necessarily an indication of quality.

White wines become darker as they age, while red wines tend to become more transparent, turning brownish, often with a small amount of harmless, dark red sediment in the bottom of the bottle or glass.  Colour tells you a lot about the wine. Age is especially noticeable through the tone of your wine. White wines gain colour as they age and red wines lose colour. Since red wines are usually made to age longer than white wines, generally once a red wine becomes slightly transparent, it's ready to enjoy. White wines will also be darker if they're aged in wood. Different grapes have different colours too. For instance, a Chardonnay is usually darker than a Riesling.

Here is a list of some of the colours you will see in order from young wine to aged wine:

White Wines

  • pale yellow-green
  • straw yellow
  • yellow-gold
  • gold
  • old gold
  • yellow-brown
  • brown

Red Wines

  • purple
  • ruby
  • red
  • brick red
  • red-brown
  • brown

This is also a good time to catch a preliminary sniff of the wine so you can compare its fragrance after swirling. This will also allow you to check for any off odors that might indicate spoiled or corked wine.

2. SWIRL
You can choose to swirl clockwise or counterclockwise.  There are no hard and fast rules with swirling – just keep it in the glass! Swirling allows the esters, ethers, and aldehydes to oxygenate to form the wine’s bouquet or smell. Swirling aerates the wine and allows the aromas to open up. Since the smell and taste senses are linked so closely together, smelling the wine after swirling can you an idea of what flavors to expect when you begin tasting.

During the swirl step, many wine lovers look for wine "legs" or "tears". This is when after swirling, some wine remains around the top of the glass as it slowly drips back down. It has been suggested that the more legs, the better the wine.  It doesn’t necessarily tell you about the wines quality, but it will gives hints as to its alcohol content. Generally, the more legs, the higher the alcohol content in your wine.

3. SMELL
Smell is the step that many wine lovers skim past. Smell can often tell you much more about the wine than your four taste sensations can. If a wine smells corky (wet-moldy) then it has absorbed the taste of a defective cork and is bad wine. If it smells burnt, then the wine maker has used too much sulfur dioxide when making the wine (preservative). You should buy and compare different wine smells, get wines composed of just a single grape type and practice smelling them and memorizing what they smell like until you can tell them apart. After you get a good handle on what each grape varietal smells like, you will begin linking tastes to smells and notice subtle hints in different wines to increase your appreciation.

4. SIP
Tasting is usually the most satisfying part of the wine-tasting experience. The four taste sensations that the mouth can recognize are sweet, sour, bitter, and salt (the latter being a taste sensation that you should not experience in wine).

Sweet
Sweetness is most noticeable on the tip of the tongue. A wine will be sweet when some of the grapes sugar is left over from the fermentation process. Sweet wines are usually used as dessert wines and are usually white in variety.

Sour
Sourness is a measure of the wines acidity. The tongue is most sensitive on the sour sensation on the sides of the tongue. White wines usually have a higher amount of acidity.

Bitter
Bitterness is associated with a higher amount of alcohol and tannins and can be felt mostly on the back of your tongue and throat. Tannins come from ageing in wood and from the grapes stems and skins. Red wines typically have more tannins because they're left to ferment with their skins. More tannins usually make the wine darker and drier.

Aftertaste
The taste and balance that linger in your mouth after you swallow. A high quality wine has a longer aftertaste with all tastes acting in harmony with each other. Lower end wines usually have almost no aftertaste at all.

5. SAVOUR
After you've swallowed the wine, sit back for a few minutes and consider your impressions of the wine. Ask yourself questions about the wine. Was it light or full bodied? Did the tannins overpower the taste? Is the wine ready to drink? Is it worth the price? And finally, do you like it? This is an important step as it will help commit this wine to memory. Studying the taste of a wine helps you to discern the differences in wine tastes, and will influence your buying decisions in the future. This step is the true key to refining your palette and enjoyment of wines.

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