Creative Juices Wine Blog

Wine Bar Consultation

Posted in Announcements, Classes, Texas, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on March 24, 2010

Good morning. Last night was a pleasant reminder of why we got into this business in the first place–To share our passion. Creative Juices services have been enlisted by a group of gentlemen that are planning to open a Wine Bar here in El Paso. This has become a trend here lately, as two have already opened their doors in the last three months. The guys we’re working with are excited to learn more about wine, and as a result, ask a lot of questions. This makes our job much easier. One thing that we really appreciate is that they aren’t afraid to admit their lack of knowledge of wine. We’re not dealing with all-knowing wine snobs, that think that everything you need to know can be found in the ‘legs’. This is a good situation.

We sat down last night for a little less than three hours and did what we love. We talked about wine. Over the next couple of months, we will be sitting down and teaching them as much as we can to ensure the success of their Wine Bar. I feel like last night was a good start, and they really seem to be learning. We’ll keep you updated on their progress, and as they get closer to their opening date (which should be sometime in June) we’ll release all of the information about their place.

El Paso may end up being a Wine drinking town after all. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Cheers!

Zak

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Wine Social Follow Up

We want to extend our thanks to all of you who attended our Lodi Wine 101 Social last night at Rulis’. We had a great time, and the wines were terrific! As an early reminder, we will be hosting the Grand Debut of the Wine & Beer Shop opening this Thursday evening at Rulis’ (318 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX) starting at 5pm. We will have live music by West Side Bohemians starting at 7pm. Please come out, and enjoy the music, as well as great food and wine!

Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Beer Night @ Rulis’ Tonight!!!

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Texas by CreativeJuicesWine on February 27, 2010

Hey! Do you live in El Paso? Do you like fun? Do you like to drink really good beer? Are you alive? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, come to Beer Night @ Rulis’ International Kitchen Tonight!!! We will be tasting 6 (more likely than not, 7) beers, and serving up delicious snacks prepared by the best chef in the entire city, Chef Rulis! In case you were wondering what to do tonight, this is it! See you there @7pm! For more information, check Local Wine Events. Cheers!!!

Beer 101: Brown Ales & Stouts

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Texas by CreativeJuicesWine on February 22, 2010

Join us on Saturday to learn a little about these hearty beers. We’ll taste 6 to 7 beers including Pipeline Porter, Gordon, and Ten Fidy Imperial Stout. These beers are rich, yummy, high in alcohol and can put you on your butt if you’re not careful!
$20 gets you education, beer samples, and a snack to munch on.  As always, we’ll provide food suggestions if you want to order more food off the menu. Like what you’re tasting? Take a sixer home with you! Cheers!

Zak & Olena

Wine Tasting Social @ Coco.Miel

Posted in Announcements, Classes, Food & Wine Pairing, wine, Wine Tasting by CreativeJuicesWine on February 18, 2010

Hey everyone! Just a reminder that this Saturday is our first Wine Tasting Social @ Coco.Miel (1515 Lee Trevino, El Paso, TX). We will be tasting 5 wines, and discussing different styles of wine. If you haven’t been to Coco.Miel yet, this is a great opportunity to come and hang out in a really cool space. Those of you who know us, know that we love to have a good time, and what better way to have a good time than to drink a bunch of wine at 2pm on a Saturday.

The event costs $25, and is going to be a lot of fun. We’ll see you there!

Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Beer vs. Wine Follow Up

Last night was our Beer vs. Wine event at DiVino Wine Bar. We want to extend a personal thank you to everyone who attended the event, and made it so much fun.

Just to recap, we tasted the Sokol Blosser Evolution vs. Stella Artois and paired them both with a Portobello Mushroom Pizza. In the end, there were mixed results for who came out the ‘winner’. People liked the way that Stella melded with the cheese and the crust of the pizza, while the Evolution brought out some amazing flavor in the mushrooms. For what it’s worth, Olena & I thought the Evolution (because of what it did for the mushrooms) was the clear winner. Some of the guests may not feel the same, but that’s okay. The good people at Sokol Blosser’s Tasting Room in Dundee, OR were very supportive, and helpful when we spoke to them on the phone yesterday afternoon. They seemed thrilled that we were including their wine in our little taste off. –Thanks for your help, Jennifer.

The second Match-up was Sebastiani & Son’s The Crusher Petite Sirah vs. Duvel. We paired the two with the “Divino Panino”, which is made with Genoa Salame, Spring Mix, Four cheese blend, Artichoke, Olive Tepanade, S. Dried Tomato & Lemon Caper dressing. Delicious on its own, yes, but when paired with The Crusher Petite Sirah it’s untouchable. Sorry Duvel, you fell short on this one. The aptly named ‘Crusher’ did just that in this contest (if you can call it that).

Overall, we had a great time, and are looking forward to our next event at Coco.Miel this Saturday at 2pm. Email us for more details.

Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Wine vs. Beer Tonight!!!

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Food & Wine Pairing, White Blend, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on February 17, 2010

Hey everyone! Happy Wine Wednesday! We wanted to remind you that tonight is Beer vs. Wine at DiVino Wine Bar @7pm. We are going to be having a taste off paired with tapas for $25. The face-off will feature Sokol Blosser Evolution vs. Stella Artois, and The Crusher Petite Sirah vs. Duvel. It’s Ameerican Wine vs. Belgian Beer, and you decide the winner!

This has never been done before, so by coming out, you’ll be making history! Call 915.351.1000 to reserve. Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena

Bubbly Event at Rulis’

Posted in Announcements, Classes by CreativeJuicesWine on February 15, 2010

Here is an invite to our Bubbly event at Rulis International Kitchen. It is this Saturday at 6:30 pm and it will be a blast.

Yes, we are doing two events on Saturday :-). Busy, busy, busy.

See you there!!!

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Wine Tasting Social @ Coco.Miel

Posted in Announcements, Classes, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on February 15, 2010

We are doing our first event at Coco.Miel on the east side of El Paso, TX. It is going to be a blast – you need to be there!

Here is a few pictures of the restaurant, courtesy of El Paso Magazine:

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Beer vs. Wine Reminder

Posted in Announcements, Beer, Classes, Food & Wine Pairing, wine by CreativeJuicesWine on February 14, 2010

Hey everyone! Just a reminder that we’re doing Beer vs. Wine this Wednesday @ DiVino wine bar here in El Paso.

The battles will be Sokol Blosser-Evolution vs. Stella Artois & The Crusher Petite Sirah vs. Duvel. Both face-offs will be paired with tapas, and your palate will decide the winner. We hope to see you there at 7pm on Wednesday for this epic event!

Reservations can be made at 915.351.1000 or by stopping in at 3233 N. Mesa, Suite 101. The event costs $25, and will obviously be awesome! Cheers!!!

Zak & Olena