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This Week at Swirl Wine Bar & Market

Beth Ribblett

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Our Annual Bubbles Tasting Just Got Better...
Although I really enjoy each and every event we put on in the shop, there is something very special and festive about our annual Beautiful Bubbles tasting.  Lover of all things bubbly, Fine Wine Specialist Linda Smith of Republic National, joins us each year to celebrate the holiday season with a tasting of international wines.  We sip bubblies from California, France and Italy (of course!), getting more and more giddy with each glass of effervescent bliss.  It is truly a special event, and this year we've made it even better by adding one of our other most favorite things in the world, cheese!

Who better to invite to present the cheeses than our friends over at St. James?  Casey Foote will be joining us as we pair 5 cheeses from across the globe with our favorite bubblies.
This is a perfect time to find that special bottle and delicious cheese to serve for the holidays, pick up a unique gift for the bubbly lover in your life or just enjoy a festive evening out.

The event is Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8pm.  This is a seated tasting and limited to 20 people and we do have spots available, but they are going fast!  Call us at 504.304.0635 for a reservation, prepayment is required to hold your spot! $25

Upcoming Events
Wednesday Nite Flites, November 16, 6-8pm 
This week we'll be popping some exciting bottles from little know regions in Europe and hopefully wake up your palates with new sensations! Spain, Italy and France will be represented with wines from Montefalco, Bierzo and Saint Bris.  Check out our Facebook page on Wednesday to see what we'll be serving!  We don't take reservations for the flites, it is a first come, first serve basis, so just pull up a seat at the bar and pick up your boarding pass! The flite is $12-$15, cheese plates ($12) and charcuterie plates ($10) will be available as well.

Annual Beautiful Bubbles with Linda Smith plus St. James Cheese, November 17, 6:30 to 8pm
5 delicious bubblies from around the world paired with our favorite cheeses.  Casey Foote from St. James will present the cheeses and Linda Smith from Republic will present the bubbles. Limited to 20 people, $25, reservations required, call 304.0635.  This event is at Swirl.

Friday Free for All, November 18, 6-8pm
David Sobiesk joins us tonight with some great selections from Spain! No reservations required!  Check out our Facebook page on Friday to see what we'll be serving!

Wednesday Night Flites, Festive Holiday Wines, November 23th, 6-8pm

Wines are TBA, but I'm secretly hoping for an Amarone...I'll keep you posted!

Closed Thanksgiving, Thursday November 24th

Friday Free for All, November 25, 6-8pm
Join us for our regularly scheduled tasting of 4 free wines! No reservations required!  Check out our Facebook page on Friday to see what we'll be serving!

Wednesday Night Flites, Special Guest Antonio Molesini, November 30th, 6-8pm

Wines are TBA, but I'm secretly hoping for an Amarone...I'll keep you posted!

Merci Beaucoup!  2009 Moises "Mes Amis" Pinot Noir Release, December 1, 6:30 to 8pm
Join James Moises and friends as they pour bottles of his newly released Oregon Pinot Noir that has a special New Orleans story.  Click here for more info, Mes Amis

An Evening in Bordeaux with Yvon Mau Imports, Tuesday December 6, 6-8pm
Join Warren Helman for this special tasting of Chateau wines from one of the world’s most famous regions.  Warren spends a lot of time in Bordeaux seeking out surprising bargains on top quality reds and whites and he'll be sharing first hand knowledge about vintages and producers.  $12, reservations are required, call 304.0635.

Creminelli Salami, Italian Wine & Cheese, December 8th, 6:30-8pm
Join Cristiano Creminelli, a premier producer of artisan cured meats at St. James Cheese for a unique night of pairing wine with cheese and the Creminelli products. This is a don't miss event for all of you hard core carnivores!  Antonio may not be able to attend because of the date change, if so I will present the wines using my best Italian accent :) This event is at St. James, call 899-4737 for pricing and reservations.

Antonio's Italy
We had so much fun on our tour of Tuscany, we're working on another....May 26-June 2, 2012.  Copies of our itinerary and pricing can be viewed here:  Antonio's Italy

Swirl and Savor
Our wine and food are a few from the past 2 weeks, but there are lots more at swirlandsavor.
This Week
Merci Beaucoup, 2009 Moises Mes Amis Release!

"It was March of 2003, and local doc James Moises had just one week to turn his newly acquired 10 acres of land into a vineyard.  The eternal optimist, he didn't think twice about trying to handle the back breaking task with just two other guys, but luckily his friends back home thought better.  So they came to Oregon, eight New Orleanians who didn't know a thing about planting a vineyard, but wanted to help their friend accomplish his dream..." Click here for the post, Mes Amis 
Antonio's Italy, A Wine and Culinary Vacation in Tuscany
"Join Swirl Wine Bar & Market in May 2012 as Antonio Molesini, Italian Wine Specialist and native of Tuscany, takes us on a very special wine and cultural tour of his homeland.  We’ll be living like locals, spending a week in a historic villa in Cortona and visiting Antonio’s favorite wineries, restaurants, hill towns and wine bars."  Click here for the itinerary and pricing: Antonio's Italy 

Fatma and Fatoush
"I received an email from our friend Fatma the other day letting us know that her new restaurant, Fatoush in the New Orleans Healing Center, was now quietly serving a full menu.  We were in the neighborhood delivering some wine for a wedding Saturday afternoon, so we decided to stop by and check out the progress."  Click here for the post:  Fatma & Fatoush

Sundays are the Best
"I cherish my Sundays, especially in the "winter" here in New Orleans.  It's the only day that neither of us walk into the shop to do anything unless we absolutely have to, or if we need wine...  So tonight is a good night, I've spent the day writing, reading, taking a ride on the very windy lakefront and now Kerry is in the kitchen putting together a fabulous roasted beet salad..." click here for the post: Sundays

Last Week
When Life Gives you Lemons
"A few years ago Kerry and I decided to take advantage of our subtropical climate and plant a few citrus trees.  Our tiny yard doesn't allow for much so we planted an orange tree in the front yard, a key lime tree in a pot on the front steps and a meyer lemon in the back.  We have about 30 big, beautiful and incredibly juicy lemons that are, of course, all ready to be picked."  Click here for the post:  Lemons 

Savory Pumpkin Ravioli
"I managed to get out of town for a few days this weekend and took a quick trip to visit my family in Pennsylvania.  The cool fall weather and changing leaves have been a refreshing change from the still way to hot temperatures in New Orleans!  I always like to cook something special when I'm here and the abundance of autumn veggies and gourds inspired me to make homemade Pumpkin Ravioli."  Click here for the recipe, Pumpkin Ravioli

Hope to See You Soon!

Beth, Kerry, Michelle, Matt, Michael and Sangi