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Nov 30

Drink for a Cause at the Hebron Brew Haus

Tomorrow night, come on out and drink for the cause!

Thanks to all of you, my readers and friends, the Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Fund is now only $1700 $1300 short of our goal of $25,000 by January. We need your help just a little more though.

On Wednesday night, Dec 1, join us at the Hebron Brew Haus for “Wet Wednesday.”  All tips will go to the scholarship fund, so tip big!  Additionally, we’ll have split the pot, raffles, and t-shirt sales.

You can learn more about the Hebron Brew Haus on Twitter, Facebook, and through the Hoperatives. Hebron Brew Haus has food (type: bar food) as well as beer in bottles and drafts.

Learn more about the Scholarship Fund and my little sister.  Can’t make it but feel the need to donate anyway? You can donate directly to the scholarship fund online or you can purchase cookie dough, restaurant gift certificates, or magazines at our online fundraising site.

I hope to see you Wednesday evening!

Hebron Brew Haus
2030 Northside Drive
Hebron, KY 41048

5-10 pm

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Nov 29

GIVEAWAY #3: Blood Into Wine AND Adventures in Wine

Tired of all the crazy shopping and sales? Still stuffed from Thanksgiving? Give yourself a gift and try to win a DVD copy of Blood Into Wine and the book, Adventures in Wine: True Stories of Vineyards and Vintages Around the World.

What do you have to do to win this time? Simple. You just need to share! In the comments section, tell us about your favorite wine for the holiday season. Whether a type of wine (ie, cabernet sauvignon) or a specific label (ie, Chandon Sparkling Wine), tell us what it is and why you enjoy it this time of year.

So, here are the rules for this go-round:

Enter a comment sharing your favorite wine for the holidays and why you enjoy it this time of year.

I’ll leave the comments section open through 11:55 pm EST, Saturday, Dec 4. Any comments entered after that point (in case I’m not awake to close the comments) will not be entered in the contest. On Monday, Dec 6, I’ll use Random.org to select the number of the winning comment. It will be totally random and is only valid if the winner meets the following conditions:

1. You leave an actual comment on this post and do NOT email me. I’m literally buried in email I haven’t answered from months ago. That’s how many emails I get. I know you folks prefer to email rather than comment, but I need you to use the comments section, okay?

2. When you fill out the comment form, please leave a valid name in the correct field, not a user name. Please don’t make me send an email to wineloverboy2506 or some such thing. I won’t do it. I’d much rather email Dear Emily, You won!

3. When you fill out the comment form, you must include a valid email address that you actually check. I’ll post the name and comment number of the winner on Sunday, but I still need to contact you to negotiate a way to get this DVD to you.

4. You only enter one time, one comment per person.

5. Just a reminder about our Comments policy – in particular, the part about being excellent to each other. If I think you’re being rude to another commenter, I will delete you.

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Nov 26

Unique Gifting: Create Your Own Wine Glasses

Mary Jane Riggi has had a stained glass studio in Cincinnati for over 25 years. She has also been an adjunct professor in various aspects of stained glass at the University of Cincinnati’s Communiversity program for almost as long.

What does that have to do with the wine blog? Well, Mary Jane is hosting a wine glass painting class. Imagine painting your own stained glass wine glasses and giving them as Christmas gifts? I’m sort of in love with this idea.

You have just one opportunity to take this class, on Saturday, December 4, 12-4 pm. Classes are located at Mary Jane’s studio in Mt Airy. Class fee is $35 plus a supply fee of $25, which is payable to Mary Jane at the time of the class.  The supply fee includes up to 4 wine glasses, glass paints, etching cream, jewels and nuggets to make wine charms, and a refreshments after the class. Students will have the opportunity to paint/etch a large glass ornament at no additional charge, if there is time.

For more information, you can contact Mary Jane at 513-633-2788. You can register by calling Mary Jane or through the Communiversity program.

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Nov 25

Donating to a Good Cause: the Last Few Dollars!

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you know that we’re soooo close to raising $25000.00 for the Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of my little sister. In fact, we’re now about $2200.00 away from our goal. We have to meet our goal by the end of January or else all of our hard work over the last few years will just be merged into the general scholarship fund at Thomas More.

Krystal was an education major at Thomas More College. We want to make sure her memorial scholarship gets to education majors just like her, because we always need great teachers in this world. So we don’t want to lose our $22,000+ to the general fund. That’s why we need your help!

You can donate in two ways.

Thanks for your help this holiday season, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

– Michelle

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Nov 24

It’s Not Thanksgiving without the Turkey

Michelle got a press release recently that tickled her fancy. It espoused the features of Wild Turkey bourbon and had the tagline, “It’s just isn’t Thanksgiving without the Turkey.” This made her laugh so much that she agreed to have a sample of Wild Turkey 101 sent our way ahead of the holiday.

The overall flavor has slightly more alcohol than most bourbons which are usually reduced to 80 to 90 proof with the addition of water at the distillery. The extra kick on the finish is one of the most noticeable differences.

I tried this on the rocks to help lower the alcohol levels and bring forward some of the other bourbon characteristics. The flavor has a touch less sweetness than other bourbons with an orange peel flavor. The oak is present on the initial flavor with vanilla and adds caramel in the middle. With the ice about halfway melted into the glass, the finish switches to a nice rye note. Overall it is a nice straight forward bourbon that has an extra kick on the finish. I’d recommend this with a touch of water or ice. I’m not sure how this would perform in a mixed drink as the amounts would need to be adjusted to keep the flavors aligned.

According to the press release, Wild Turkey is the perfect alternative to bringing wine to your Turkey Day table. “Wild Turkey Bourbon’s high proof and robust flavor make it the perfect digestif, an excellent accompaniment to a full stomach and good conversation.  Your oenophile friends will enjoy the strong notes of vanilla, caramel and spice along with the cool, full-bodied finish.  Plus it pairs great with pie and ice cream.”

Over on BourbonBlog.com, they’ve come up with some fun recipes for Wild Turkey Thanksgiving-themed cocktails, including this one:

Pass the Turkey

1.5 oz Wild Turkey 101
2 oz apple cider
1 tbs cranberry jelly
1 sprig fresh sage
1 sprig fresh thyme

Since 2009, Wild Turkey Bourbon has been part of the Campari group of liquor beverages and is mostly distributed in the US, Australia and Japan. They can be found on their fan page on Facebook as well as Twitter.

Happy Turkey Day!

– Kevin

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