Monday, November 19, 2007

Wetting Down Mark Bruyere and Jim Martin

As a non-Coastie, I was unfamiliar with a "Wetting Down" event, but I am glad I was able to host one at The City Wine Sellar on November 16th. In the Coast Guard, when an officer is promoted, there's a big party! So, when Jim Martin was promoted to Captain and Mark Bruyere was promoted to Commander, friends and family gathered to congratulate them. Tons of fun!

Ron Nicodemus -- Friday November 23, 2007

You know you're itchin' to get out of the house. Come on, admit it. We promise we won't make you eat turkey leftovers, although you know we serve a mean Tom Turkey sandwich! We're simply inviting you out for a good time at The Sellar Wine Bar. Talented artist from the Outer Banks, Ron Nicodemus, will be playing at The City Wine Sellar this Friday, November 23rd, from 7:00-10:00 pm. In addition to some original songs, Ron's repertoire includes almost a hundred cover songs from the sixties to modern tunes. Check him out at

Ricardo's Birthday

Ricardo Rojas, his beautiful wife Eli, and the gang from Alliance Nissan recently celebrated Ricardo's birthday at The City Wine Sellar. As you can see from some of the photos, a good time was had by all!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Kosmos at the Wine Sellar -- Friday November 16th

In the mood for something new? Friday would be the perfect night to visit The City Wine Sellar, Bakery, Deli & Wine Bar for the cool sounds of Kosmos. Kosmos is an instrumental quartet that includes acoustic guitar, acoustic archtop guitar, acoustic gypsy guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, stand up acoustic base and percussion. Now, I personally don't know what all those instruments are or exactly what sounds they make, but I can assure you everything will come together for some wonderful music. The band will wow you with jazz, swing, blues, rock, some original stuff and maybe even some blue grass tunes. Oh, and they sing, too. As usual, music will be turned on from 7:00-10:00 pm. We'll feed ya until 9:00 pm. Come on out...there will be plenty to drink.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tasting Notes for November 7, 2007 Wine Tasting

City Wine Sellar Wine Tasting – November 7, 2007

Oh, the possibilities!!! With all of the aromas, flavors, textures (and personalities!) combined during holiday dinners, it is the perfect opportunity to be creative with your wine service. You can choose one wine that will take you through your entire dinner, from appetizer to dessert, or you can pair a different wine with each course. At first glance, our November tasting seems to be a hodgepodge of wines. Fear not! There is rhyme to our reason…reason to our rhyme…theme to our season.

Three reds, three whites, and a sparkler are on our tasting menu for tonight. For holiday pairings, reds should be big and earthy so as to pair well with turkey, as well as boldly flavored side dishes. Whites should be lighter, more crisp, and less complex.

Whites: Sauvignon Blanc is usually crisp, bloomy, and a good match for salads, turkey and herb dressings. Viognier (one of my favorite whites) is a bit dry, light and flowery, usually with soft hints of pears, peaches, apricots or mangos. Viognier goes great with an oyster dressing or a butternut squash risotto and fruity dishes (from fruit salads to cobblers and pumpkin pie). Riesling is usually sweet (though a few can be dry) and pairs well with turkey and dressing, as well as those dishes made with holiday spice.

Reds: If there was ever a perfect Thanksgiving wine, the Pinot Noir would be it. It is one of the most popular wines in the world, described by Master Sommolier Madeline Triffon as “sex in a glass.” Traditionally, medium-bodied with a broad range of bouquets, flavors, and textures, it pairs well with almost any flavor. Zinfandel is a bit more intense than a Pinot, yet still provides a balance, especially well-paired with side dishes. Syrah/Shiraz is perfect for those of you who like something a little peppery. This wine complements turkey (both white and dark meat) and stuffing. Although a brut sparkler or a sparkling rosé can take you through your entire dinner, our sparking red is recommended as an aperitif, a complement to lighter salads/appetizers or dessert (most especially chocolate).

Robertson Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 (South Africa) – “Full bodied wine with powerful varietal flavours of pineapple, granadilla, melon & green apple. Good structure with lovely balancing acidity.” This white could easily take you through the entire dinner.
Regular Price: $ 10.99 Tasting Price: $ 9.99

Smoking Loon Viognier, 2005 (CA) – “Medium straw color with seductive floral aromas of narcissus and jasmine. The palate is ripe with apricot, white peach and guava nectar, while the honeyed finish includes a kiss of clove spice.” Nicely complements vegetable side dishes, especially sweet potatoes!
Regular Price: $ 11.79 Tasting Price: $ 10.79

Shelton Riesling, 2006 (NC) – Slightly dry, this wine “shows hints of peach, honey, and apricot and finishes with a crisp hint of Granny Smith apple.” Pairs well with turkey, potato salad, ham, glazed carrots, squash.
Regular Price: $ 13.99 Tasting Price: $ 12.99

Beaulieu Vineyard Coastal Estates Pinot Noir, 2006 (CA) – Youthful and aromatic, “this vintage showcases black cherry, anise, and dried herb aromas reflecting its cool-climate origins and outstanding fruit maturity. On the palate, it is already quite rich in fruit, with medium body, a round velvety texture meshed with balanced acidity and lots of spicy-cherry, cocoa and mineral flavors.” Another wine that will take you from start to finish!
Regular Price: $ 14.99 Tasting Price: $ 13.99

Peter Lehman Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre, 2003 (Australia) – “This exciting, richly-flavoured wine is made from a blend of the three oldest and most established red grape varieties grown in the Barossa Valley.” It is both soft and sweet on the palate with superb richness and structure. The Mourvèdre grape adds a spicy, peppery wildness. A great main course wine.
Regular Price: $ 16.49 Tasting Price: $ 15.49

Fetzer Zinfandel, 2005 (CA) -- A deep ruby color with concentrated aromas of black pepper and spice; balanced with an intensity that fills your mouth with wonderful dark berry flavors. It’s a rich, soft wine when you drink it. Great with meatballs, bread pudding, veggies/side dishes.
Regular Price: $ 11.98 Tasting Price: $ 10.98

Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Dolce Red Wine, 2006 (Italy) -- “A soft and deliciously luscious Red Sparking Wine with charming hints of rose petals and raspberries. Ideal as an aperitif or elegant dessert wine.”
Regular Price: $ 19.99 Tasting Price: $ 18.99

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Entertainment for Friday, November 9th -- Acoustic Sativa

It's been quite awhile since we've seen the likes of Drew Sablon and Lee Crumpler at The City Wine Sellar on a Friday night. No more waiting, we'll be seein' them this Friday, the 9th. The ever-talented duo will dazzle us with a variety of classic, southern, and alernative rock tunes, as well as a little bluegrass, adult contemporary, pop and folk music. Don't miss 'em. Check them out at