In case you missed it, STLwinegirl was featured
in the July issue of Sauce Magazine!

Ones to Watch: Food and drink Pros with Promise
“A recipe for success? Eh, these people don’t need one.
Introducing three fresh chefs, two sprung farmers,
a cool brewer, a goddess of wine and
a mixologist with intoxicating skill.
All of them have time and talent on their side.
We can’t wait.”

Why to watch her: She can pair wine with anything.
Angela Ortmann is part educator, part party host
and 100 percent STLwinegirl.
Earlier this year, the certified sommelier took the plunge
into self-employment, building an all-occasion business
around food, wine and savoir-vivre.
Why not do a wine tasting with your pedicure?” said Ortmann,
who blossomed into a hospitality professional
during a four-year stint in San Francisco.
And since you’re making an afternoon of it,
why not let Ortmann cook, say, a three-course meal?
The fact that Ortmann doesn’t have a bottle inventory
enables her to organize each dinner party,
art opening, corporate lunch or – who’s in? –
spa session around a fresh cache of wines.
She likes what you like.
“The first thing I always tell people is that wine is subjective.”
That said, she might convert you.
“My mother used to only drink Boone’s Farm with ice.
Now she complains it’s too sweet and doesn’t have
any body and wants a glass of Pinot Noir
at room temperature.”


In case you haven’t picked up your copy yet (yes, I know they have only been out a couple days!!!)… STLwinegirl is featured in the “What We Talk About When We Talk About WINE” article in the September issue of St. Louis Magazine. Eleven wine professionals from the St. Louis area were chosen and interviewed about various aspects of the food and wine industry/scene here in the STL.

Get out and get a copy to not only read about my take on entertaining with wine but also what I would choose to pair with the STL favorite, Toasted Ravioli!

Other input from some of my colleagues and mentors include takes on rosé wines, screw caps, Missouri wines, classes, cost, and MORE! Also read what our most memorable and most desired bottles are. Great ideas, perspectives and tips fill this 8 page spread!

I must say we do a great job of taking the “snobbery” out of wine for our fellow St. Louisans!

I hope you enjoy the article. I am truly appreciative to be part of a group that includes the elite of the STL wine world! Many thanks.

{Meditrina 5}

Sokol Blosser Wines
48% Syrah 27% Pinot Noir 25% Zinfandel
Dundee Hills, Oregon

Average price between $14 and $17.

“In 2004, we discovered a little known Roman goddess, Meditrina. Everyone knows about Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication. Who knew there was also Meditrina, Roman goddess of wine and health! We couldn’t believe that thousands of years ago the Romans had enough savvy to name a goddess of wine and health. What happened? Overshadowed for too long by Bacchus’s flamboyance, Meditrina deserves to take her rightful place in the wine world. We decided to help her get there by creating a red wine in her honor”

“There is a core of rich, lush berry from the Syrah. The Zinfandel provides spice, tannin and structure. And the Pinot Noir brings flowers, earth and elegance. It all adds up to a luscious, juicy, easy-drinking mouthful of red wine that’s both bright and vibrant yet round and soft. Every sip of the wine, Meditrina, honors the goddess of the same name. Mmmmm.”
So… first and foremost, how fun does this wine sound? Great concept. Mass appeal. WITHOUT the cheesy name we are all used to seeing in the grocery stores these days, I am excited to dig in…

On my plate tonight ~ LEFTOVERS! Haha. I had a fabulous lunch today at Roxanne’s in downtown Clayton. Ordered the mushroom flatbread…. including goat cheese, arugula, truffle oil and shaved parmesan. Delicious! I couldn’t finish so naturally I brought it home!

Upon reheat in the oven, the smell of truffles just plain makes me happy. Enter wine. Aromas of cherries and raspberries. Not overly fruity, which I appreciate. I anticipate earthiness and light tannins. I am right. This unusual blend of light, medium and heavy bodied varietals comes together in a wonderfully balanced wine. The mushrooms accentuate the earthiness, the goat cheese actually is bringing out the fruit for me.While I will admit there are better pairings for my truffled item, I rather enjoy the wine taking a “slight” backseat to an ingredient that deserves center stage!

Other recommended pairings would include chicken and pork… maybe even a luscious duck dish! I would definitely incorporate fresh herbs in the recipe. The earthy quality cannot be denied. I can even envision some cheeses with fruit accompaniments that I would love to have along side.

A fun story behind a stand up wine. Great pricing. A definite go-getter! And I have to give props to the website and their fun “Good Times” page and your “God” or “Goddess” name… mine was GODDESS OF MAGICALLY COPASETIC FAMILY GET TOGETHERS” 🙂

The wines that one best remembers are not necessarily the finest that one has ever tasted, and the highest quality may fail to delight so much as some far more humble beverage drunk in more favorable surroundings.” ~H. Warner Allen

Some of my most memorable wine experiences were not that of highest price or rating but those that were with great people, special occasions or unusual acquisitions… I am appreciative of that. No snob here! 😉

I found this article a while back and not only think it’s good information to know, but sometimes we all need a reason to feel better about drinking our wine…. 😉


Every year, there is a flurry of headlines about the health benefits of wine. But can drinking wine really make a difference? Here, the news – very good news indeed – from the latest studies.

Note: The health benefits come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day.

The Benefit: Promotes Longevity
The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.
Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers.
Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines.
Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes.
Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke
The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot-related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol.
Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts
The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer.
Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer
The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent.
Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline
The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers.
Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

2006 Hahn Family Estates Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Monterey, California

“Balanced on a delicate thread of oak, the palate is pleased with a lush mixture of green apple and tropical fruits that persist well into the finish on a platform of crisp acidity.”

Average price between $12 and $15.

While I am not always a huge fan of Chardonnays, I appreciate them in the right context and/or food pairing. I have to admit, I really like this wine. The oak and butter that has become typical and almost overpowering of a classic California Chardonnay does not exist here. The mouth starts light and tropical and finishes round and toasty. Just enough wood and creaminess. My plate tonight consists of a chicken breast stuffed with brie and spinach. Fabulous pairing. And, let’s be honest, my Riedel Montrachet glass is doing its job quite well! All in all, a stand up Central Coast Chardonnay. Exactly what you can expect from the whole family of Hahn wines. Always a sure bet!

An additional note on Chardonnay (if not all white wine!) ~ don’t serve ice cold. Letting the wine come down about 5 to 10 degrees brings out an array of wonderful aromas and flavors. If you are unsure about the temperature of your wine, a good rule to go by is to take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving.

The American Melting Pot

August 24, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, we are on our third installment of the new Food and Wine Pairing series at Provisions Gourmet Market! Our first two classes sold out to succcess and our next date is Tuesday September 1st. You do not want to miss it!

This week’s theme ~ “The American Melting Pot” ~ taking the cuisines and dishes of some of our favorite foodie cities of America. The class is hosted by STLwinegirl and the food is prepared by our wonderful and highly accredited chef Scott Phillips.

$30 for five dishes and five paired wines. Plus interactive discussion and education. We focus not only on the techniques of the food, the flavors and aromas of the wine, but why and how the two pair with one another.

The finalized menu with wines will be out soon, but look for the cities of Baltimore (Maryland crab cake), New Orleans (cajun), San Francisco (cioppino), Miami (cuban) and New York (can anyone say cheesecake???). The wines (just like the food) will all be domestic wines that are influenced by international grapes, techniques, etc.

Reserve your space now at or by calling 314.989.0020.

2006 Tilia Malbec Syrah
Mendoza, Argentina

60% Malbec 40% Syrah

Rich black fruit meet sweet earthiness. Dark cherry, hints of coffee and chocolate. Lingering spice. Velvety tannins do not overpower the palate.

The best of Malbec with the best of Syrah come together in this extremely affordable wine. Average price between $8 and $10.

Great wine alone or paired with a hearty meat dish or even a nice strong, pungent cheese.

Will age for another five years or so.

Being a lover of a good red wine, I am pleasantly surprised with this one. Although big and bold, it retains a smoothness that makes it more than drinkable. I chose to taste this alone rather than with food, but I could only think of all the wonderful dishes I would pair it with. Malbec’s are the diamond of Argentina right now and the “hot” red wine to have, but you don’t often see this actual blend. The spice of the Syrah added a nice touch to a traditional Malbec.

An example menu that I used this weekend at an In Home Tasting:

Chicken Empanadas With Fire Roasted Salsa
***paired with a Torrentes from Argentina
Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous With Shredded Pork, Toasted Pine Nuts and Herbed Chèvre
***paired with a Pinot Blanc from Oregon
Eggplant Fritters With Vodka Sauce and Romano Cheese
***paired with a Cabernet Franc from Central Coast California
Asian Noodles with Beef and Chinese Five Spice-Teriyaki Sauce
***paired with a Zinfandel from Lodi California
Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies
***paired with a Muscat dessert wine from California

Also included great conversation regarding shapes of glassware, vintages of wine, sugar levels and tannins, food and wine pairings, and MORE!

More menus to come and also available for viewing at


August 23, 2009

Welcome to the new STLwinegirl blog!

The idea here is to help with food and wine tips and reviews, inform you of STLwinegirl events and menus, and to just share my experiences in the food and wine world as well as my journey in starting a new business concept!