Creative Juices Wine Blog

Spanish Winemaker Meet & Greet Announcement

Hello everyone! We had a great weekend, and a delicious Easter dinner with a brilliant 2006 Pinot Noir made by Ehren Jordan (previous winemaker of the year). We hope that all of you enjoyed your weekend, and that the new week, and beautiful weather are treating you well. Those of you that made it out for ‘Wines With Cool Labels’, thank you! We had a blast, and can’t wait for the next one.

That being said, we have an exciting announcement for you! As many of you already know, we will be having a Spanish winemaker meet & greet on May 5th at Rulis’ International Kitchen. Today, we sat down with Justin & Xabier to finalize the list of wines and winemakers that will be present at the event. We are proud to tell you about this exciting event, and want to let you know to clear your schedules for May 5th. This is going to be an absurd amount of fun based on the stories we heard about a lot of these winemakers, but we’ll let you find out for yourselves upon meeting them.

The final list of winemakers is as follows (in no particular order, and includes some of the wines we will taste from each of them):

1. Ruben Simon–Laxas- 2009 Albariño–Rias Biaxas, Spain

2. Alejandro Migeulez–2006 Abad Dom Bueno Mencía, and 2008 Abad Dom Bueno Godello–Bierzo, Spain (We love these wines!)

3. Paco Puerta–2008 Lorca Monastrell, Bullas, Spain

4. Rafael Cambra–2008 El Bon Homme, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell–Valencia, Spain

5. Felipe Alvarez–2008 Milcampos Tempranillo–Ribera Del Duero, Spain

6. Jose Alberto Casajus–Casajus Ribera del Duero Vendimia Selecion 2006–Ribera Del Duero, Spain

7. Diego Ibañez–2004 Heras Cordon Reserva (Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano)–Rioja, Spain

Just writing about this has me excited! Olena, Chef, and I have tasted all of these wines, and we promise you that this is a wonderful treat. As the date approaches, we will be able to release more information about the Tapas menu for the event. Please stay tuned, and confirm your intent to attend. I for one can’t wait to share a few drinks with these guys. Talk to you soon!

Cheers!

– El Zak

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

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

Another Wine Review (This time, Cab)

Hey there-

You guessed it, we tasted more wine today. After one of the longest weekends in recent memory, it was time to fire up a steak and drink. If you know one thing about the taller half of this relationship, it’s that he loves red meat. If you know two things about him, it’s that he loves red meat, and can definitely hook a steak up.

All of that being said, we went and grabbed a giant rib-eye to grill, and a California Cab to pair with. After all was said and done, we have this to report to you: The Cab and the steak went great together (Like Lamb and Tunafish) what? No good? Ok, how about like this couple? Yeah, like that.

So here’s the deal. While at the store, we grabbed said Cab. It seemed like a really good idea, because we like buying wine that doesn’t break the bank. Since we drink wine every single day, we know you understand.

Wine: Main Street Winery

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2006

Alcohol: 13.5% ABV

Our Score: 80 points

Price: $12

This bottle cost us $12 and as we said, paired wonderfully with the steak, but left a little to be desired when consumed alone. Correction…a lot to be desired. After a pretty promising nose that was full of leather, black pepper, cherry, cedar, tobacco, wet gravel, and a little limestone, it died a painful death as it hit the palate. Its mouthfeel was kind of blah, and threw a dash of pepper, some unripe cherry (thanks) and gun metal. No offense but we wish we were spitting, not drinking this wine.

To review, it tasted like we were eating a gun barrel (as fun as that sounds…) and wanting to sneeze from ingesting too much pepper, while dealing with the devastation of buying (or picking) fruit before it is ready. Can you taste the excitement?!?

In closing, we gave this wine 80 points, and will recommend it to our neighborhood cats, and possibly Sarah Palin. Cheers!

Zak & Olena

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

Food & Wine Pairing

Posted in Announcements, Classes, Food & Wine Pairing by CreativeJuicesWine on January 9, 2010

As you all know tonight is Wine 101: Food & Wine Pairing. We will kick things off tonight at 6:30pm at Rulis’ International Kitchen. Tonight will be a totally different format from what you’ve grown accustomed to with Wine 101, and will be a fun exercise in learning your palate. As always, there will be bottles for sale after class from Rulis’ continually growing wine list, and there will be a give-away bottle as well for answering the question of the day correctly. We’ll see you tonight at Rulis’. Cheers!

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Wine 101: Food and Wine Pairing

Posted in Announcements, Classes, Food & Wine Pairing by CreativeJuicesWine on November 30, 2009

The date for our next class has been set. We will be hosting our next class, which will be on food and wine pairing on Thursdsay December 10th, from 6-8pm. The event will be held at Rulis’ International Kitchen, and will be $35 in advance, $40 the day of.

The format will be slightly different, and so will your instructor. As announced at the end of Saturday’s class, Zak will be leading this adventure into the world of Food and Wine pairings.

We will continue to update you on this class, but we encourage you to RSVP early, as there has been a lot of interest already for this particular lecture. Check our events page, as well as our Facebook fan page for more information on this and other events. You can also check Rulis’ out at http://www.rulisik.com, or call 915.541.9990 to reserve a spot.

See you there! Cheers!

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