Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 10, 2009

Last night we hosted a private wine tasting for the entrepreneur group of the Emory Goizueta Business School Alumni Association. The tasting was held on the patio at Rosebud and we had 30 very happy people attend. The theme of the tasting was "Fighting Varietals." In English, the phrase means that we tasted wines made from the same grape but from different places and made in different styles.
All twelve wines we tasted were well received but there were definitely several "stars." The two wines that shone brightest were the 2008 Groom Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Australia and the 2006 Groom Shiraz Barossa Australia. Amazingly, the winemaker Daryl Groom was there to answer questions and meet the participants. He spoke with almost every individual present and he is signing many of the bottles ordered by his new fans.
For those who don't know, Daryl is one of the most important winemakers in the world. When he was with Penfold's he made the 1990 Grange which was named the "Wine of the Year" in Wine Spectator's Top 100! After Grange, Daryl went to California where he oversaw the rebirth of Geyser Peak Vineyards on behalf of Penfold's. Currently he has his Australian project as well as consulting on many projects. One of the most interesting new ventures is a winery he is helping the band Journey create.
We are going to try to get more winemakers to our tastings in the future. So keep up with our upcoming events as we bring in more of these fascinating people.
* Daryl so enjoyed himself that he made available to us 48 bottles of his Shiraz. It was totally the crowd favorite as well as recently receiving a rating of 96 points from Australia's moet important wine critic. It retails for $36.99. Let us know if you want one. It will go fast.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Highland Wine and Crystal makes wine shopping easy, fun and informative.

The store’s bi-weekly tastings present an inexpensive, educational opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors while enjoying a selection of at least twelve wines hand-selected by Wine Director Skip Williams.

Themes change each month, providing guests with a unique experience for every tasting. Williams guides guests through a variety of regions, price points, and styles from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. across the street at partnering restaurant Rosebud.

Whether you are relaxing with a crisp glass of white wine on the patio or sipping on a glass of red, Highland Wine and Crystal will provide you with a pleasant evening complete with a significant selection of wines to taste, top-quality individual service, as well as an informative social event.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wine and Dine

If you're looking for unique, date activities you should look into this seasonal wine and dinner pairing. Highland Wine and Crystal and Chef Shaun Doty of Shaun’s Restaurant host winemaker Patricia Kluge of The Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 for a four-course dinner highlighting the vineyard’s top wines paired alongside ingredient-driven, seasonal cuisine.

The four-course dinner will be priced at $65.00 per person and will begin with a 7:00 p.m. reception. Highland Wine and Crystal is committed to providing Atlanta residents the highest-quality selection and assistance, and will offer guests the option to purchase Kluge Estate wine at the dinner as well as at the Highland Wine and Crystal store.

Chef’s selection:

Kluge SP Blanc de Blanc 2004

Local and organic eggplant soup, garlic pickles, Ashland farms micro basil
Albemarle Rosé 2006, a dry rosé made using the saignée method

Wild salmon, red wine cabbage sauce, star anise
Albemarle Simply Red 2004

Fudge Farms porcetta, local turnip greens, grits, pot likker
Kluge Estate New World Red 2004

Chocolate tart, Tuscan olive oil ice cream, orange caramel sauce CRU

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Summer Champagne Extravaganza

Stop by our June 3rd Summer Champagne Extravaganza to explore over 25 Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. Food 101 6-8 pm The cost will be $20.00 per person.

Wine Dinner with Kluge Estate

Join us for our July 14th Wine Dinner with Kluge Estate at Shaun's in Inman Park. Menu to come shortly. The four-course dinner will feature Chef Shaun Doty's seasonal menu. The dinner will be $65 per person and begins at 7:00 p.m.