With lilacs in bloom and the outdoor temperatures spiking up, it’s time to start thinking about a weekend getaway, right? Last week the owners of Parallel 44 Winery in Kewaunee announced their plans to open a brand-new winery – including a tasting room – in Door County. Door 44 Winery, which will be like Parallel 44 in that all wines are made from grapes grown in the Midwest (many in Wisconsin), opens on June 7 in Sturgeon Bay. For more info, and to start planning your visit to the 3,000-square-foot winery, check out the winery’s website.
WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK
With restaurant markups on wine, it’s worth sussing out the best deals so you can bring the cost down. At Casablanca on Brady, bottles are half-off on Monday and Tuesday nights. Now, the only question remaining – and a challenging one indeed – is what you’re going to sip with Middle Eastern foods like stuffed grape leaves and shawarma…
WINE EVENT OF THE WEEK
Mr. Robert Mondavi is practically a household name and in honor of the Napa Valley wine great’s 100th birthday this year, Bacchus wants to go deeper and show you why, with a five-course dinner ($95) paired with Robert Mondavi Winery wines. On June 6, starting at 6:30 p.m., Glenn Workman (VP and general manager of the winery) hosts the soiree, including pours of the 2004 Cabernet Reserve from large format.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Sommeliers hate pairing wine with asparagus and, frankly, so do I. While I love the vegetable, its astringent nature makes it a tough challenge for wine. I decided to throw all caution to the wind and turn to a white-wine blend, figuring at least one of the seven grape varietals (Riesling, Pinot Gris, Symphony, Chardonnay, Orange Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc) within would be a happy marriage. Seven Daughters Winery White Blend (California, $14), a non-vintage wine, is very well balanced with peach, lychee and orange-blossom notes and nice effervescence, along with an acidic bite with vegetal, slightly spicy, accents at the finish. (www.sevendaughters.com)