Countdown To Spring
It Feels Like Spring... But It's Not
Boy, have we had a run of luck with the weather the last few weeks! While it's not exactly blue skies and sunny every day, I don't think anyone is complaining about wearing a light jacket instead of a parka! This little tease of mild weather will most likely come to an end before the 60 and 70 degree temperatures are here to stay, but it sure makes us look forward to spring that much more.
It's the time of year in our lakefront community where the holiday's, Winterfest and most recently, Valentine's Day are over. Let's face it... this is typically when the "Winter Blues" like to take hold and have us looking for something to do over the weekend that involves more than a Netflix binge! It's been so unseasonably warm, our typical winter free-time favorites aren't even an option without any snow!
New World Wine Shop invites you to countdown to spring by stopping out at the shop for a wine tasting. We have a lot of great wine in the store and will start previewing wines to stock for the spring and summer over the next few weeks. We always love your feedback and look forward to stocking the shelves with all of your input in mind.
Another great suggestion is to sign a group of friends up for one of our Private Wine Table Tasting events. We have really created a great, relaxed atmosphere for friends, family and neighbors to come together and spend some time not just tasting wine, but sitting around a table and enjoying each others company in a different environment than "the norm". We'd really love to have you and guarantee it's a great time had by all.
So kick those winter blues and come taste some wine. We're here... and you know where to find us!
A Wine Story: The Benzinger Family
New World Wine Shop hosted a Benzinger wine tasting the weekend before Thanksgiving, which of course prompted further reading about what it was that we were sampling in the store. Typically there is a backstory about how a winery got started and a little more information about how the wine is produced. Really, it's why we love our Wine Table Tastings so much... we get to tell Wine Stories!
There are many things we love about the Benziger Family Winery; the first being that it includes "FAMILY". Not just some family... the entire family! With some help from his parents, the Benzinger Family Winery was founded in the late seventies by one of the seven Benzinger siblings. It wasn't long before more siblings joined in on the running of the vineyards and eventually all seven children were involved in one way or another.
The second thing we love is the biodynamic way of farming the Benzinger Family Winery practices. Biodynamic is a pretty complex word; but it's also the reason Benzinger wine produces such complex and vibrant flavor. BIodynamic is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming that mirrors the natural systems found in nature. Everything plays a role, there is no waste, and the end goal is the make the farm completely self-sufficient system that requires no outside assistance to produce the crops. All nutrients in the soil come from the farm itself.
SUPER sustainable. SUPER organic. SUPER flavor.
After nearly 40 years of business, the Benzinger Family sold their winery to a much larger company a few years ago. They may have sold the business, but the farming practices remain the same, as does the quality of the wine. Something else you don't hear very often is every single employee of the winery kept their position with the company, and was given a raise. While the Benzinger family may not be in the wine business anymore, they have recentered their drive for success in the philanthropic sense, giving back to the community where both their family and business flourished over the years.
Through the holiday season we invite you to stop by our wine shop in downtown Lake Geneva to pick up a bottle or two of wine from the Benzinger Family Winery collection to share and enjoy with your own family.
The true gift will be the retelling of this Wine Story. ::Crickets::
Good luck with that! You may just want to stick to the wine!
Wine Etiquette Basics
Backyard BBQ Wine Pairing
We are only hours away from Memorial Day weekend! This weekend marks the official beginning of summer at the lake! Summer to a lot of us means soft green grass under our feet, the smell of hot charcoal wafting through the back yard, and finally sitting down at the picnic table with perfectly grilled burger or chicken breast and the perfect glass of wine to go with it.
We have been dreaming of bold marinades, rubs, and sauces we want to try out. The fruit at the farmers market will be ripe and sweet, the veggies fresh and crisp. Potato, 3 bean, and 7 layer salads add color and tang to our overcrowded plate of delicious food. All of these wonderful flavors of summer can not only be enhanced by wine, but wine plays the role of a palate cleanser in the competition of summer seasonings. Check out the chart below for what wine is going to make your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ even better!
How Long Does Wine Last When Open?
How long does wine last once I open it? It's probably the most common question among wine drinkers. You opened a bottle of wine on Saturday night, you have one glass left -- and right around Wednesday evening you start thinking how you deserve a glass of wine to celebrate making it mid week. Should I drink the rest of the wine from Saturday? Or open a new bottle and face possibly that one going bad before the weekend when you want the rest of the bottle.
As you can see from the chart, light white wines and Rose' are your best bet on longevity. Full bodied white wines like Chardonnay however don't last as long as say a Pinot Grigio.
Red wines last typically 3-5 days once opened. Just make sure you put the cork back in and store in a cool place. If I know I'm not getting back to a bottle of good red for a few days, I stick it in the fridge. Did you know red wine is actually supposed to be served at between 60-70 degrees anyway? We like to store at room temp, but when opening a new bottle, we put it in the fridge for about a half hour to an hour before serving.
Red or White Wine For Thanksgiving?
We've all been to a dinner party where someone shows up with the "wrong" bottle of wine. You know, when someone whispers and comments, "He brought red wine to a fondu party?"
Oh! No he didn't!!!
Thanksgiving is such a mixture of flavors, from savory dressing to sweet potato pie. It's hard to nail down what kind wine works best with the pairings.
New World Wine Shop recommend the following varietals as crowd pleasers that match up well with most turkey and trimmings: Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Blended Whites, Zinfandel, Merlot and Blended Reds.
We find a lot of customers are "shy" about asking questions. Hey, you have to start somewhere, and we welcome all questions about wine in our store! If we didn't like to talk about it we wouldn't have an entire store full of it! Here is something to get you started. Consider it "wine 101" -- Now you just need to come in and taste it!
Two Lake Geneva locals with a two glass minimum... simply put, we're the Wine Guys!