Monthly Archives: July 2011

What Wines Pair Best with Poultry?

Choosing what wine to serve with a poultry dish depends on how the poultry is cooked and what sauces or seasoning it might have. If it is a chicken or turkey dish that is roasted, or served with a crème … Continue reading

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Messina Hof’s annual Harvest Festival is here!!

Our Harvest festival reflects the rich history of traditional winemaking. Before machines were invented people would have to harvest grapes from the vineyard by hand and the grape juice would be extracted from the grapes through grape stomping. Grape stomping … Continue reading

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How to Determine a Good Vintage

The quality of a wine’s vintage begins with the conditions the grapes went through while growing in the vineyard. The best wine comes from the best grapes. Different kinds of grapes thrive in different climates. To get a good vintage, … Continue reading

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The Vintage House Chef’s Table

Hand-crafted by our executive chef to fit your style and preferences, our five-course Chef’s Table at the Vintage House is an excellent way to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion. The Chef’s Table begins with a visit from … Continue reading

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What is a New Way to Incorporate Wine into my Summer Events?

An exciting way to serve wine at your summer events would be to try a sangria recipe. Sangria, a wine punch, can be a combination of all of your favorite flavors. It is enjoyed in Spain, Portugal, all over South … Continue reading

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Harvest Villa

Harvest is right around the corner everyone and we are filling up fast. For those of you who would like to come to enjoy a romantic night away during harvest, but didn’t quite make it in time to book a … Continue reading

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How to Determine a Good Vintage

The quality of a wine’s vintage begins with the conditions the grapes went through while growing in the vineyard. The best wine comes from the best grapes. Different kinds of grapes thrive in different climates. To get a good vintage, … Continue reading

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Winetaster’s Challenge

Harvest is just around the corner and Messina Hof is offering a new event that will entice or intigue the Winelover in everyone!  On August 13, 2011, join Winemaker, Paul Bonarrigo in the Winetaster’s Challenge.  Sharpen your tasting skills and … Continue reading

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Reflections of the Gambino Winery in Sicily

From our 2011 cruise we brought back so many memories.  Most of them are about people.  People like the Gambino family who hosted us at their winery on Mount Etna.  This was especially sweet because a member of their family … Continue reading

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The Differences between Dry, Semi Dry and Sweet Wines

When a wine is classified as a dry wine, it means that the sugar content is low enough that the taster does not perceive the wine as sweet. During the fermentation the natural sugar of the grapes is turned into … Continue reading

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