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Welcome to the LF's blog, here is where we will be highlighting events and news from around the winery. 

 

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July 18, 2018 | La Fleur's Winery

Did you know that Pinot Gris & Pinot Grigio come from the same grape, but are different wines?


Did you know that Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio come from the same grape, but are different wines? 
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the exact same grape varietal. Pinot Gris originated in France. This style of wine has a fuller body with a richer, spicer and more viscous texture. While Pinot Grigio originates in Italy.

These wines have a lighter body with a crisp freshness and more floral aromas.

What is in a name? That which we call Pinot Gris, could taste so sweet. -Cheers D & D

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July 17, 2018 | La Fleur's Winery

BBQ Chicken & Vegetable Skewers with our "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris is this month's Backyard BBQ Pairing.


BBQ Chicken & Vegetable Skewers
Our "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris is this month's Backyard BBQ Pairing.

Ingredients
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small, bite-sized pieces
2 each green zucchini squash, cut in half and sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cut into  pieces
1 large orange bell pepper, cut into pieces
1 small red onion, cut into pieces 
1 bottle Italian Dressing 
1 bottle of chilled La Fleur’s “That’s Nice" Pinot Gris


Instructions
Place the veggies in a large Ziploc bag and drizzle about 3/4 of the dressing over the veggies. Seal and place in the refrigerator.
Place the chicken breast pieces into a large Ziploc bag and add the remaining dressing. Seal and place in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before serving, remove both bags and skewer the chicken and vegetables onto the skewers.
If using bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before skewering the food.
When ready to cook, preheat the grill to about 425 degrees F. Lightly grease the grill grates, then add the skewers. Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from grill and serve immediately with chilled La Fleur’s "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris.

 
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July 10, 2018 | La Fleur's Winery

Drunken Mussels

Drunken Mussels
This is one of our all-time favorites. A simple, but refined dish for any chef’s skill set. 

Ingredients
2½ lbs. mussels, cleaned
2 cups LF’s "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris
3 teaspoons minced garlic
¼ cup butter
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup chiffonade fresh basil
1 diced Roma tomato
1 lemon wedged

Instructions
Melt butter in a pan.
Once the butter melts and starts to get hot, add the garlic and tomatoes. Continue to cook on low to medium heat until the garlic turns light brown. Do not cook on high heat because the butter can burn.
Pour-in the LF’s "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris. Let boil. Continue to cook and let the liquid evaporate until it reduces by half.
Add the mussels. Stir. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
Add salt and chiffonade basil. Stir. Cook for 2 more minutes.
Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with lemon wedges.

Share and enjoy, Cheers!

 

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July 8, 2018 | La Fleur's Winery

Did you know Pinot Gris was First Planted in the United States in 1966?


Did you Pinot Gris was first planted in the United States in 1966?
Known as the “Papa Pinot”, David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards made waves in the wine industry in the late 1960’s by bringing the Pinot Gris grape to American soil. After traveling to Europe and falling in love with the Pinot grapes he was inspired to cultivate it in the US. Not only did the grape flourish in the Willamette Valley of Central Oregon, but also in Southern and Central California as well.  -Cheers D & D!
 

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May 15, 2015 | La Fleur's Winery

Wine Serving Tips

Now that you have taken the time to learn how-to-taste wine, the regions and grapes of the world, reading a wine label and the essentials for buying wine, it’s time to drink it! 

For starters, make sure that your wine is being served at its absolute best. To do that, pay attention to these three tenets of wine service: Glassware, temperature and preservation.

Glassware:
Each wine has something unique to offer your senses. Most wine glasses are specifically shaped to accentuate those defining characteristics, directing wine to key areas of the tongue and nose, where they can be fully enjoyed. While wine can be savored in any glass, a glass designed for a specific wine type helps you to better experience its nuances. Outfit your house with a nice set of stems you will reap the rewards.

Temperature:
All wine is stored at the same temperature, regardless of its color. But reds and whites are consumed at quite different temperatures. Too often people drink white wines too cold and red wines too warm, limiting how much you can enjoy the wine. A white that’s too cold will be flavorless and a red that’s too warm is often flabby and alcoholic.

Time Posted: May 15, 2015 at 3:14 PM
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May 15, 2015 | La Fleur's Winery

Buying Wine

We live in an age in which sourcing wine has never been easier. Looking for a wine from Crete? The wine shop in your town will likely carry it, and if not, you can easily find a wine retailer online. It’s in the hands of the consumer to shop for the best deal or for the most elusive, rare bottle, which can often be shipped to your doorstep. 

Savvy shoppers will stay on top of ever-changing wine shipping laws based on interstate policies. Some states cannot have wine shipped to them, while others have more relaxed laws.

Before you can start investing in a full collection, you’ll need to discover your palate by embracing opportunities to taste and determine what you like. When dining out with friends or at a party, be open minded! A rich Cabernet Sauvignon might woo you initially, but you may also take a liking to exoticRieslings depending on your mood. There is no better way to discover wine than by tasting everything. We have plenty of tools that will help: Best Buy Cheat Sheet, Making the Purchase and Bargain-Friendly Bordeaux will all help guide you on your path to wine bliss.

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May 15, 2015 | La Fleur's Winery

Reading a Wine Label

At first glance, a wine label can be confusing to those just getting started. Luckily, New World wine producers have made it easier on wine beginners by listing the grape(s) directly on the label. Old World regions have typically relied on the wine consumer to be familiar enough with the region to know, for example, that Red Burgundy is Pinot Noir. 

Old World Wines might read like this:
Château Moulin de Grenet 2009 Lussac Saint-Émilion

New World wines might read like this:
Cakebread 2006 Merlot, Napa Valley

The French wine lists “Saint-Émilion,” assuming the consumer realizes that wines from Saint-Émilionare mostly Merlot. The wine from Napa, California, on the other hand, lists both the region and the grape variety. As you study more about wine, you’ll become more and more accustomed to all the wine varietals and the Old World regions that produce them.

Old World wine producers are slowly realizing that in order to compete on the global market, they need to make it easy on the consumer. But as much as times may change, a deep understanding of how to read a wine label will always be a useful skill. 

Time Posted: May 15, 2015 at 3:11 PM
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May 15, 2015 | La Fleur's Winery

“Good Wine” for Beginners

You have probably heard from both friends and experts many times that any wine you like is a good wine. This is true if simply enjoying wine is your goal. You don’t have to do more than take a sip, give it a swallow and let your inner geek decide “yes” or “no.” The end.

It’s true that figuring out what you like is an important component of wine tasting, but it’s not the only component. Quickly passing judgment about a wine is not the same as truly understanding and evaluating it. If you’re tasting properly, you will be able to identify the main flavor and scent components in every wine you try; you will know the basic characteristics for all of the most important varietal grapes, and beyond that, for the blended wines from the world’s best wine-producing regions. You will also be able to quickly point out specific flaws in bad wines. 

Time Posted: May 15, 2015 at 3:10 PM
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May 3, 2011 | La Fleur's Winery

Wine Tasting - Getting Started

The ability to sniff out and untangle the subtle threads that weave into complex wine aromas is essential for tasting. Try holding your nose while you swallow a mouthful of wine; you will find that most of the flavor is muted. Your nose is the key to your palate. Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff, you’ll begin to develop the ability to isolate flavors—to notice the way they unfold and interact—and, to some degree, assign language to describe them.

This is exactly what wine professionals—those who make, sell, buy, and write about wine—are able to do. For any wine enthusiast, it’s the pay-off for all the effort.

While there is no one right or wrong way to learn how to taste, some “rules” do apply.

First and foremost, you need to be methodical and focused. Find your own approach and consistently follow it. Not every single glass or bottle of wine must be analyzed in this way, of course. But if you really want to learn about wine, a certain amount of dedication is required. Whenever you have a glass of wine in your hand, make it a habit to take a minute to stop all conversation, shut out all distraction and focus your attention on the wine’s appearance, scents, flavors and finish.

You can run through this mental checklist in a minute or less, and it will quickly help you to plot out the compass points of your palate. Of course, sipping a chilled rosé from a paper cup at a garden party doesn’t require the same effort as diving into a well-aged Bordeaux served from a Riedel Sommelier Series glass. But those are the extreme ends of the spectrum. Just about everything you are likely to encounter falls somewhere in between.

Time Posted: May 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM