Monthly Archives: March 2011

When would you use a White Port versus a Dark Port?

Ports are great desserts by themselves. However, if you are pairing the ports with foods, keep the food light like milk, chocolate, or fruit desserts with light ports. Dark ports can handle big flavors like dark chocolate. There are four … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Flambé

If you’ve ever been a part of the Messina Hof family and dined at the Vintage House Restaurant, you know that our flambéed desserts play a huge role in making special evenings even more special. Our Bananas Foster, Strawberries Romanoff, … Continue reading

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What does Vintage Mean?

When it comes to wine, vintage is the big one, the thing most people tend to find complicated and confusing. But the bottom line is that it’s all actually quite simple. A wine’s vintage simply tells you which year the … Continue reading

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TGI Wine Thursday!

TGI Wine Thursday is coming up next week on the 24th from 6-9pm. This month we will be sampling wines from our various series of wines from Barrel Reserve to Private Reserve, even our premium Paulo line.  Come as you … Continue reading

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Cooking Party with Chef Marcus Hollingsworth

Cooking Party with Chef Marcus Hollingsworth and The Mark Culinary Team. This is the second time Chef Marcus has shared his day with us to delight our guests with a great meal and lots of tips for the kitchen. My favorite … Continue reading

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Winemaker to Winemaker Quinta da Pacheca

Generational ownership and leadership bonded Paul and the current duo-generational owners of the Serpa Pimentel family. Quinta da Pacheca is one of the oldest of the family estate wineries in the Douro. Through the Maple-lined drive up to the red and white tile … Continue reading

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New World Grapes and Old World Grapes

New world grapes have become more popular as the years progress. When someone says new world they are talking about the wines come from a non-traditional region of Europe and the Mediterranean basin. New world wines are considered more experimental … Continue reading

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Have you tried the Macque-Choux?

It’s an exciting time here at the Vintage House, one month into Chef Dwight’s new menu! From Messina Hof regulars like the McCarleys and Stillers, who are patiently sampling every item on the new menu (as soon as we can … Continue reading

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Girl Getaway at the Villa

Looking for a unique getaway with just the girls? Come to Messina Hof Winery and let the fun begin! Our packages include two nights at the Villa, a winery tour, wine and cheese reception, a bridal luncheon followed by a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Paul V. and a Happy Upcoming Birthday to Paul M. Each year we celebrate the Pauls’ birthdays with our VIP’s and extended family members at a Messina Hof style birthday party. This year was extraordinary. For the “boys” it was … Continue reading

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