As I have written over the past several weeks, we were fortunate to have Juan Barreda of Torre de Barreda Winery in Spain visit us at the end of August for several days. We held two special wine events during Juan’s visit. This week and next, I will share the details of these two special events with you. On Thursday evening, August 21, we held the very first Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club wine event in conjunction with our first Wine Club partner, Jonathan Lutz and his Uptown Dining Group, at his Uptown Kitchen Restaurant.
For those who aren’t familiar with our Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club I will explain the many benefits you receive as a member. For a ‘one time’ $10 fee you can join the Club. Other than the 10 bucks the process is pretty simple. You fill out a very short application form from which we get the information necessary to send you a membership card and a special wine bottle bag. At the same time we include you as a subscriber (if not already) to our weekly Tiedemann On Wines blog, put you on the email list for our monthly Wine Club newsletter and notification of future Wine Club events. At these Wine Club events you will receive special pricing (discounts) and select seating. Further, and most importantly, as a Wine Club member you receive a 10% discount off of the price of any bottle of wine on a Wine Club partner’s wine list. If the wine is distributed by Tiedemann Wines (each of those wines are identified on each participating partners wine list), you receive an extra 10% discount (for a total of 20% on those Tiedemann-distributed wines). Currently, participating establishments are the Uptown Kitchen and the Mark Tap & Dine. Very soon (we will let you know when) the Wine Club benefits will be available at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk, Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant and Elcona Country Club all in Elkhart. Implementation of the Wine Club program is under way at each of these locations. Dan Neese, my good friend at Bud Distributing, my southern Michigan wine distributor, tells me there are three or four interested restaurants in his area that are considering becoming wine club partners. Stand by for more news on that opportunity.
It is easy to sign up for the Wine Club and will soon be getting even easier. For now, you can do so by stopping by the Mark Tap & Dine in Eddy Street Commons in South Bend or the Uptown Kitchen in Granger. They have the applications and they will be pleased to take your ten bucks and sign you up or you can drop me a note by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by including your interest in the comment section at the end of this blog posting. Soon you will be able to push a button on our Tiedemann On Wines website and sign up. It seems there is a lot more technical stuff than I thought that needs done to get a button and to get it to work. So simply drop me an email and we’ll take care of getting you signed up.
Wine Club Event
The event, as I have said, was held at the Uptown Kitchen restaurant in Granger, Indiana, (it is in Heritage Square). There was a very nominal fee of $25 ($20 for Wine Club members) for the event which started at 6:30 p.m. The 35 participants tasted three of my Glenwood Cellars wines: Our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, our 2012 Chardonnay and our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Spanish wine line-up included the 2012 Lagasca Viognier (a white wine), the 2012 Abadía de San Quirce red wine and the 2010 Torre de Barreda Amigos, a blended red wine. Juan provided an explanation of each of the Spanish wines while I spoke on each of my Glenwood Cellars wines.
Executive Chef Brent Curtis paired six small plate dishes with each of the evening’s wines. The dishes served with each wine were:
- Roasted Baby Potatoes with Goat Cheese – 2013 Glenwood Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
- Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Crostini – 2012 Glenwood Cellars Chardonnay
- Garlic Chicken Bites with Saffron Mayo – 2012 Lagasca Viognier
- Bacon Wrapped Almond Stuffed Dates – 2012 Abadía de San Quirce
- Spanish Meatballs in a Red Pepper Sauce – 2010 Torre de Barreda Amigos
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries – 2012 Glenwood Cellars Cabernet
For the very first Wine Club event, I was very pleased with how everything seemed to flow together. I certainly appreciate Jonathan Lutz’s assistance and willingness to be our first Wine Club partner. Chris Oliver, Brent Curtis and the rest of the Uptown Kitchen team did an outstanding job and contributed greatly to the success of the evening.
Personally, there were several memorable items that evening. First, after a lot of hard work and planning in launching the Wine Club it was really rewarding to have our first event come off as such a success and have everyone enjoy the evening. Second, I finally got to meet Philip and Karon Ahrendt, longtime supporters and contributors to Tiedemann On Wines and even better, have a glass of wine with them. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised to see Steve and Jeanne Kline in attendance. I used to work with Steve when he was at B100 radio. They moved to California a number of years ago and I hadn’t seen them since their move. It was nice to chat with them and rekindle our relationship.
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Until next week,