Monthly Archives: April 2011

Special Cooking Party

The Designer Event Staff and Chef Dwight Sherman would like to invite you to a special cooking party on Thursday, May 12th at 6:30pm. This cooking party will be especially unique because we will be having an authentic Seafood Boil! … Continue reading

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Family Scrapbook

We give thanks to the Lord for a successful Wine and Roses and another new vintage at Messina Hof. Thank you to our great staff who organized and executed the festival this year and to all those who came to enjoy … Continue reading

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Spring Bloomings at the Vineyard

Bluebonnets and purple wisteria are blooming. Yellow daffodils line the banks of the lake and the pink climbing roses on the gazebo are in full bloom….just beautiful! The grapevines have pushed to 4-6 inches and tiny grape clusters have begun to form. Picnickers … Continue reading

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Portuguese Hospitality

You have heard me speak of the wonderful hospitality we experienced in Portugal. From Joanna, the Marketing Director for Amorim Cork, who drove two hours to pick us up from our trade show and deliver us to meet our group, to Paulo, … Continue reading

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Volcanic Wines from Sicily

Malvasia, Catarratto, and Minella white grape varieties grow on Etna, Europe’s largest and most active live volcano. Some of these grapevines are 100 years old. Because of the volcanic soil they exhibit a minerality and richness not found in the same grapes … Continue reading

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Dessert Wines: A Sweet Alternative

At the end of a meal, nothing is better than something sweet to top off the night. Dessert wine paired with a sweet treat or alone could be just what is needed. Dessert wines, so called because of their sweet … Continue reading

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Winemaker to Winemaker Quinta da Baseira and Quinta do Freixo

Organic viticulture, natural winemaking, bottled water, and a distillery museum were the defining elements of these properties. Organic means different things in different countries and areas. In this area on the right bank of the Tamega in Amarante, it means “the promotion … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Glasses

A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away! Messina Hof Logo Glasses are back in stock and with a few new additions. Our beautiful 19 oz. Vintage Stem glasses have always been a favorite and now joining the family … Continue reading

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Wine and Sauce Pairings

Dry White Wines – Dry white wines tend to pair best with creamy or oil-based sauces and with wine-based sauces of like acidity. Semi-Dry White Wines – Sweeter wines tend to pair best with spicy, hot sauces and with low-fat, … Continue reading

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Food Themed Movies

Social Media provides some of the most interesting conversations. There are people talking exclusively about port, about recipes you can do in 30 minutes, the daily news, and even movies about food. This one particularly peaked my interest since we … Continue reading

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