Saturday, November 20, 2010

barrel tasting

Some of the WoW friends had another fun outing to a barrel tasting at McGregor Winery on the east shore of Keuka Lake.

This year they showcased samples of the 2009 vintage
red wines developing in the barrel.

The tasting took place in their oak barrel building
and was held in candlelight with crystal glasses.

Later we were treated to an outstanding buffet in their tasting room where
the regular wine list was available to sample along with hors d'oeuvres.

Here’s the menu . . .

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef
Locally raised beef is braised and slow simmered with onion, garlic,
tomato, chilies and dark beer then shredded and served on cornbread
squares with a local extra sharp cheddar cheese.
Smoked Turkey Canapés
Locally raised and hickory smoked turkey thigh is sliced thin and served
on a water cracker with a drizzle of Chef Lerman’s blackstrap molasses
Yankee B.B.Q. sauce then garnished with fresh chives.
Breaded Artichoke Hearts
Steamed artichoke hearts are rolled in Lively Run Goat Dairy’s Chevré
cheese then coated in a delicious parmesan, toasted breadcrumb and
sundried tomato mixture.
Salami Cornets
Spicy, dry cured Italian salami rolled with herbed cream cheese
and secured with a roasted red pepper strip and green olive.
Baked Mussels with Melted Brie and Toasted Garlic Chips
Mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and herbs are topped with triple
crème French Brie and crisp, pan fried slices of garlic.
Served with slices of toasted baguette.
Smoked Salmon Tartar Style
Finely chopped smoke-roasted salmon is marinated in citrus and served
in cucumber cups then garnished with a lemon/dill sour cream.
Roquefort Canapés
Belgian endive leaves filled with creamed Roquefort Cheese,
fresh grape halves and pralined bacon.
Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bars

For the weekend event we rented a cozy log cabin on the bluff
and had a great two days sharing meals, chatting and playing games.

Friday, May 21, 2010

word reflections

Every spring we each choose a word and then reflect upon it the next year.
Soon I will post our 2010 words but here are thoughts about our 2009 words

Jim – active ~ I am recently pleased with my more "active" life. There were a few months where active was not part of it.

Mary – moments ~ I am well on my way to enjoying (and recording) my everyday moments. My blog has been a great way for me to focus on my moments.

Amanda - experience

Benjamin - evolving

Mike - build ~ Grade B, I wanted to rebuild our finances, relationship with kids, and relationship with Marty.

Marty – health ~ On the way to being attained – I am more in control and that is a good thing.

Doug – survival ~ I’m still here so I guess . . . attained.

Leslie – anticipation ~ There were many good things to anticipate this past year...and more to anticipate in 2010! I think my anticipation was for a possible retirement decision. Difficult as it has been to truly decide, now that the decision is made, I am happy about it. More time with Dougie, more time with friends and family, time to get organized, and hopefully more time to plan some new adventures! I look at all of my retired friends, and not one has an ounce of regret on their young, smiling faces!

Debbie - timely ~ For me that's the key, "for me", I think I'm doing a bit better. I've actually been at appointed places within five minutes of the designated times.

Dave - focus ~ He thinks he didn't do well. He's thinking of a new word for this year.. . but he .just needs to" focus".

Val – opportunity ~ I believe I was successful at being open to opportunities that helped me grow as a wife, mother (and mother-in-law! )friend, and teacher. For me, half the battle is recognizing an opportunity when it seems to be a celebration, event or challenge . . . That is the part I will always be working on!

Ed - please ~ Please, did not work too well. I am taking suggestions for my new word. Help Please.

Maryellen – thankful ~ It was the theme for our somewhat-annual Mortonian Valentine Letter

Ali - wedding ~ attained :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

living and exploring

photo: Real Simple Magazine

“Friendship, love, health, energy, enthusiasm, and joy
are the things that make life worth living and exploring.”
― Denise Austin

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 W-o-W Brunch

24 photos of the annual Bull Brunch

Sunday, March 14, 2010

9 red wines for less than $10

America's best sommeliers and wine merchants
reveal their favorite bargain bottles.

After reading this article in Country Living Magazine we headed to the wine store and were able to find 6 of these wines. For the next several weeks we will be tasting these at our Wine-on-Wednesday gatherings.

Spanish Wine
Alto Almanzora Este 2006 ~ Blueberry, plum, fruitcake, and chocolate are just some of the flavors in this six-grape blend from Spain. ($8.99)

California Wines
Nine North Ten Mile 2006 ~ This California four-grape mix is an ideal accompaniment to duck. ($9.99)

Redtree 2008 ~ Wine bloggers are going crazy (in a good way) for this light-bodied California Pinot Noir that tastes of clove and summer berries. ($6.99)

Pairing Wine
Alamos 2008 ~ "Malbec is on fire right now" and this Argentinian variety boasts a hint of sweet spice that makes it wonderfully suited for steak. ($9.99)

Sagelands 2005 ~ Buy and store extra bottles of this Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, since it gets even better with time. ($9.89)

Penfolds Koonunga Hill 2007 ~ This Australian mix of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with lamb. ($7.97)

European Reds
Vinos Piñol Ludovicus 2007 ~ This combo of four Spanish wines is an eye-opener. It tastes expensive! ($8.99)

Borsao Campo de Borja 2008 ~ A hearty chicken dish would complement the dark fruits in this Spanish Grenache and Tempranillo mix. ($7.99)

Domaine André Brunel 2005 ~ This French Grenache is equally great for fine dining or simply drinking by the glass. ($7)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

W-o-W Hats

At a recent W-o-W gathering new hats were given away.
If you missed it and need a hat just chose one anytime.

For more information about these hats including the pattern visit
Corners of My Life (December 6th Post)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chateau Ste Michelle

Even though it's not Wednesday, 2 WoW couples ( mac, mac, jr mm) are enjoying a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle - cabernet sauvignon ($12) while we plan a trip to Florida in April. First glass was fine the second even better!

“This Cabernet Sauvignon highlights concentrated Washington State red fruit in an accessible style. It has plenty of complexity and structure, and is also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta” - Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A recent and new wine to us is
Peter Lehmann’s Clancy’s Red.
We do not usually drink "blends"
but this blend of Shiraz, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Merlot turns out to
be quite good. It’s a nice mix of fruity
smoothness with sharp tannins
and a warm finish.