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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Casa de Vila Verde Vinho Verde 2007

Casa de Vila Verde Vinho VerdeWhen hot weather comes around – like now, for instance – wine drinkers often start looking for something to drink that’s a little lighter on the palate than, say, a big, buttery Chardonnay. For that, the 2007 Vinho Verde from Casa de Vila Verde is an excellent candidate.

Made in the far northwestern corner of Portugal, Vinho Verde means “green wine,” a reference to its freshness, not its color. It is made mainly by small producers from local grapes you‘ve probably never heard of – Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso and Azal.

The one from Casa de Vila Verde (“House of the Green Village”) is a good example. It’s fresh, crisp and clean, with a little green apple on the nose and some nectarine and light citrus on the palate. It’s pleasant and refreshing to drink, and relatively low in alcohol at 11.5 percent. It is lightly acidic, not at all sweet, and reasonably priced at $10 per bottle. In addition to being the grape-based equivalent of a cold beer on a hot day, it would pair well with fresh fruit, light cheeses, chicken and white flaky fish.
J. Silverheels Gray, 8:44 AM | link | 0 comments |

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Weim and Cheese benefit is June 20

Weim & Cheese ’09
Louisville Weimaraner Rescue’s annual Weim and Cheese fundraiser will be held this coming Saturday, June 20 from 5 until 9 p.m. at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Indiana. The event will feature silent and live auctions, raffles, wine, beer, spirits and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $35, or for $30 in advance by calling (574) 892-6736. Donations of raffle and auction items are welcome; contact LWR for more information.

And Hobbes wants me to let you know that the Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue Annual Picnic is coming up on June 27 at East Fork State Park near Cincinnati. Food, drink, silent auctions and fun for dogs and humans pretty much all day; contact SWODR for more info.
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:58 AM | link | 0 comments |

Moody Meats opens locations in Carmel, Zionsville

Moody MeatsMontgomery County farmers Adam and Lucy Moody have opened a new retail outlet in the Village of West Clay, and will open a Zionsville location in the first week of July.

Long familiar to denizens of local farmers markets, the Moodys have been selling sustainably produced, humanely raised chicken, beef and pork grown at their Lone Pine Farms since 1997. In 2000 they bought a processing facility in Ladoga, and now control every step of their farm business from pasture to consumer.

Their first retail store is in Avon at 235 N. State Road 267. The recently-opened West Clay shop is located in the Harvest Fresh Market and Deli. Moody’s Butcher Shop in Zionsville will open at 11145 N. Michigan Road, in a small strip center just south of Altum’s garden center, and will stock beef, pork, chicken, lamb, seafood, handmade sausages, specialty burgers, fresh eggs and deli meat and cheeses.
J. Silverheels Gray, 7:29 AM | link | 0 comments |

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

L.A. Café to reopen July 6

L.A. CaféShuttered since March, Whitestown’s L.A. Café is slated to reopen under new management on July 6.

The new owners are Deano “Vino” Wilson, who has been a wine shop proprietor and restaurateur, and Reid Craig, formerly sous chef at Peterson’s and Eddie Merlot’s. Wilson will act as general manager, and Craig as executive chef. Front of house management will be taken care of by August Caldwell, who was general manager at The Spot, and the bar will be managed by Elvis Mires, formerly of Buca di Beppo. Food at the reopened Café will be sourced from local Indiana producers.

L.A. Café was originally opened by Larry Averitt, who owns L.A. Cycles and several properties in Whitestown, and Dan Cornelius, who got his restaurant experience at St. Elmo’s. The father and son team of Jay and Ben Leland later took over the reins until earlier this year, when they moved their operation to Carmel and reopened as Leland’s.
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:14 AM | link | 1 comments |