Creative Juices Wine Blog

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.


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

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

Wednesday Night Wine Class

Posted in Announcements, Classes by CreativeJuicesWine on February 3, 2010

Hey everyone! Happy Wine Wednesday! As many of you know, we will be teaching our Wednesday Night Wine Class at DiVino Wine Bar tonight from 7-9pm. Come out, and enjoy 5 wines from around the World while getting a little bit of wine education. The event costs $25, and is open to everyone! We hope to see you there! Cheers!!!

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Wednesday Night Wine Class

Posted in Announcements, Classes by CreativeJuicesWine on January 31, 2010

Come out to Wednesday Night Wine Class at DiVino Wine Bar! There is no other class that actually encourages you to drink as you learn!

Wednesday Night Wine Class is instructed by the only two certified Professional Sommeliers in El Paso. This class is a lot of fun, and very informational. Get a group of friends together, and have a great time learning about, and tasting wine!

Whether you are a beginner, or a connoisseur, this is the class for you. It’s very entertaining, and at the end of the night, someone is going home with a special bottle!

Class starts at 7pm, Wednesday February 3rd, and we encourage you to RSVP for this event. Call 915.351.1000 to reserve your spot, email for more information. See you there!


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Posted in Announcements, Restaurant reviews by CreativeJuicesWine on January 13, 2010

We recently had the pleasure of checking out El Paso’s newest addition, DIVINO Wine Bar. Very aptly named in two languages, DIVINO is located at  3233 N Mesa St. They offer a solid selection of wines by the glass and by the bottle at very good prices, with a heavy influence from Italian wines.

We went for lunch, and shared a bottle of Sokol Blosser Evolution from Oregon, priced at $33. This is a deliciously complex wine that is made from 9 different grapes! (Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Sylvaner). It was aged in 100% Stainless Steel tanks, and weighs in at a very comfortable, and palatable 12% alcohol. Evolution carries a crisp acidity, and a wide variety of tropical fruit flavors that linger quite welcomely. We paired it with their bruschetta, and both were delightful. For more information on this wine:(

Shortly after our arrival, we were joined by Pepe Delgado, and Cesar Diaz, the owners of DIVINO. Both are very knowledgeable and passionate about wine, as well as their project. Through our opportunity to talk to these gentlemen, it was obvious that they both have a great deal of love for wine. However, it was evident from the moment we walked in the door and saw all of the personal touches that echo throughout this bright and warm space. For a wine lover, this is home.

We enjoyed meeting Pepe and Cesar immensely, and will definitely be frequenting DIVINO. A wine bar like this is exactly what we’ve been waiting for in El Paso. Check them out at for more information including hours, and menus. If you haven’t been yet, please go. You will definitely enjoy yourself. Cheers!