So last week, I was so fortunate to be contacted by Show Me St. Louis, the lovely Dana Hendrickson was interested in featuring me as a spot on the show! As you can guess, I was BEYOND thrilled!

My In Home Tasting is probably my most requested and most unique services. I am the only business in town that comes to your home (or office!) to cook you a full FOUR course meal paired with FOUR wines. I have always felt that the most difficult part of having a gathering at your house is to “be the host.” Constantly worrying if there is enough food, if everyone has something to drink, cleaning up, etc. My goal is to take all of that worry away. I bring everything. No, really… EVERYTHING! Food, wine, plates, utensils, glassware, cookware, napkins, etc. I host the dinner party FOR you. It can be as casual as a group of girls lounging around the living room, eating, drinking and laughing or as formal as a sit down dinner of couples. We swirl, smell, taste and talk about the wine, the food and the pairing. It’s meant to be fun, interactive and educational – much like most of the events I do.

Two of the most appealing parts to this event… Number One – you have nothing to clean up after. I show up with it all, I leave with it all. You barely have to run a dishwasher after I leave. Number Two – I am not there to sell you anything. No, I don’t have cases of wine or books of recipes in my car waiting to have your guests purchase. Unlike many “in home” events, there is pressure and incentive for attendees to buy products or book an event themselves… not here. All I want is to give you and your friends/family/colleagues/clients an EXPERIENCE! The rest should speak for itself. That being said, I only use products that can be found locally. So, if you like one of the wines, I can tell you where to buy it and for how much. That’s it.

Check out the spot and let me know what you think. I think this is a great option for your holiday needs. How many parties do you have to throw this season? Make it easy on yourself and let STLwinegirl do all the work 🙂

STLwinegirl on Show Me St. Louis – Monday, September 27, 2010

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1

Hope you enjoy and I look forward to seeing you at an event SOON!

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Feast Magazine and St. Louis Originals
Happy Hour Wine Tasting with STLwinegirl

September 23, 2010

Each month STLwinegirl and Feast Magazine publisher Catherine Neville host a wine tasting at a different St. Louis Originals restaurant. The wines chosen are based on one or more of the wines that Angela Ortmann writes about in the publication’s On the Shelf column. Attending guests must RSVP to the event as space is limited.

September’s tasting took place at Araka Restaurant in Clayton. Our theme this month was about showcasing some rather “unknown” wine varietals. Guests were seated in a portion of the main dining room and given tasting notes. Angela led the group through the tasting and presented information on the varietals and wineries. Collectively, the group tasted the wines individually and discussed them while Chef Steven Caravelli sent out niblets to pair with each.

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2009 Terredora Falanghina, Italy
Olive Oil Hummus on a Pita Chip
Aromas of quince and pear. Fresh and clean with good structure
and acidity. Notes of floral on the finish.
Food Pairing Idea: Herbed Goat Cheese
Araka Pairing Dish: Prince Edward Island Mussels

2007 Vina Mayor Verdejo, Spain
Sockeye Salmon Tartare with Creme Fraiche, Red Onion and Dill
Tropical fruits and ripe peaches. Medium body with lingering acidity.
Stone fruit flavors.
Food Pairing Idea: Grilled Salmon
Araka Pairing Dish: Cauliflower Agnolotti

2006 Gerard Bertrand Corbieres, France
Mushroom “Cigar”
Blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.
Smells of cherry and plum. Spicy and herbal.
Food Pairing Idea: Cassoulet
Araka Pairing Dish: Seared Duck Breast

2007 Juan Gil Jumilla, Spain
Flat Iron Skewers with Balsamic Steak Sauce
Monastrell grape. Dark fruit with hints of smoke and leather.
Wild berries and oak are prominent, medium tannins.
Food Pairing Idea: Osso Bucco
Araka Pairing Dish: Piedmontese Flat Iron
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While some of the guests were familiar with a few of the wines, it was interesting to see how many people thought they were not going to enjoy a specific wine and then ended up changing their minds. There were a lot of fantastic questions and interesting observations. Catherine and Angela are commited to providing an enjoyable, interactive and educational experience. We were happy to see so many guests stay to enjoy dinner afterwards as well. As you can see with the magazine columns, we are all big fans of Araka and Chef Caravelli!

*See what dish and wines Angela paired at Araka in her “Quite the Pair” column last week*

Below is a picture of STLwinegirl Angela Ortmann demonstrating “aerating” wine in your mouth. It’s a technique, mostly used for red wine, that is used to slowly bring air in the mouth along with the wine to create movement and give you an idea of what the wine will taste like as it continues to evolve in the glass or bottle.

Check out the October issue, on stands now, to see where our next tasting will take place and be sure to RSVP asap before we sell out!

Our next food and wine pairing class at Provisions Gourmet Market on September 28 is totally in Chef Scott Phillips’ hands (well, at least food-wise, haha).

I asked him to pick five dishes – selections including dishes that are his favorite to cook, favorite to eat, most requested, and what his staff loves.

Here is the first look at his picks:

FIRST:
Dirty Rice with Andouille Sausage
he LOVES to cook Cajun!

SECOND:
Salmon Wellington with Mushroom Pate
a pick from his sous chef

THIRD:
Grilled Canneloni with Chicken, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
a unique dish he created for a special guest

FOURTH:
Muffaletta Sandwich with Roast Beef, Tapenade, Swiss Cheese
he loves a good sandwich 🙂

FIFTH:
Loaded French Toast
a staff favorite for breakfast with a dessert twist

Five courses, five paired wines – $30 per guest
Reservations required. Space is limited.
Sign up online or by calling Samantha at 314.989.0020

Menu: Out of the Blue

September 1, 2010

The next class in our STLwinegirl and Provisions Market Food and Wine Pairing Series is “Out of the Blue” – a class focused on fish and seafood dishes from around the world.

I am still finalizing the wine pairings but wanted to give you a sneak peek into the menu we will be devouring…

We will start with an American twist on classic Italian food:
Fried Calamari with Lemon Aioli

Then we will get a little Latin with:
Chorizo-Stuffed Shrimp

Chef Scott makes one of his favorite Southern cuisines:
Crawfish Fritter with Cajun Remoulade

Next we find our inner French selves:
Sole Meuniere

And we will finish the tour in Asia:
Soy-Ginger Halibut

Tuesday September 14
6:30pm to 7:45pm

As always, five dishes and five wines for only $30.
Reserve online or by calling 314.989.0020