Urgent Appeal! Save Wine and Beer in St. George!

 

This is an urgent appeal from the St. George Wine Club. The Granary, a new restaurant in Santa Clara, has applied for a wine and beer license. Wine club events have been held there, as well as wine seminars and dinners. Now their application may be denied. Please read this carefully and then contact the DABC to support the Granary. The restaurant does great food and the people who run it are great.

From the St. George Wine Club: “On Tuesday morning, 11/24, our wonderful friends/owners at The Granary, Pat and Wayne Johnson (who are also SG Wine Club members in very good standing!), will be in Salt Lake City, hoping to finalize their application for what will be the first-ever beer/wine license to be issued in Santa Clara. The city fathers (and mothers) recently gave this application the green light (thanks in part to a number of our members speaking up at a SC city council meeting on The Granary’s behalf). But earlier today, at a public hearing with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, a very large and vocal group of SC residents spoke out in opposition to the license being issued, and had extremely negative things to say about the consumption of alcohol in general, its consumption in Santa Clara in particular, Pat and Wayne’s scurrilous character in wanting to serve wine at their restaurant, etc., etc.

 

“Pat and Wayne have been advised by the DABC Compliance officer that they have done everything required, and have crossed every “T” and dotted every “I” perfectly. However, due to today’s stacking of the deck by those who oppose the responsible consumption of alcohol by anyone, anywhere, it was also strongly recommended that a letter-/email-writing campaign would help The Granary’s cause. So here’s where you come in:

 

“If you’ve ever been to The Granary, if you were at our fabulous wine club social there a few months back, if you’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Pat and Wayne and know what lovely people they are, if you believe that offering beer/wine as part of a dining experience should be a no-brainer, if you believe that it’s long past time for Santa Clara to allow adults to make their own choices, if you believe that those who spoke up today represent the minority opinion, or if…well, you get the idea…PLEASE take 3 minutes and send an email to DABC Compliance Officer Dan Oberg at doberg@utah.gov by 3 p.m. on Monday, November 23. 

“Your message need not be longer or more eloquent than “we respectfully request that you grant The Granary its beer/wine license.” If you feel compelled to go into more detail about what terrific people Pat and Wayne are, and why they deserve to complement their European-style menu with select beer/wine offerings, etc., that would be icing on the cake. But at this point timing is of the essence…so even the briefest of notes would be extremely helpful.

 

“Of course we will keep you posted on the outcome of Tuesday’s meeting. And on behalf of Pat and Wayne, we extend enormous thanks in advance to everyone for your assistance.  Looking forward to the time when we can all enjoy a fine vintage in Santa Clara!”

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Wines from Monday Nov. 9

Here are the wines we had this past Monday at our Spanish wine and food tasting. All five wines are available in Southern Utah. All 5 are at the Hurricane store, 3 are in St. George, and 1 is available in Cedar City.

916026 Vega Sindoa El Chapparal Grenache $13.99
Available in St. George Metro and Hurricane

916676 Martinsancho Verdejo $14.99
Available in St. George Metro and Hurricane

916984 Volvo Paso a Paso Tempranillo La Mancha $11.99
Available in St. George Metro and Hurricane

917462 Campellares Tempranillo Rioja $10.99
Available in Cedar City and Hurricane

091670 Lustau Pedro Ximenez Sherry $30.99
Available in Hurricane

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Spanish Wine, Spanish Food

On Monday, Nov. 9 at 6 pm, Sheral Schowe of the Wasatch Academy of
Wine, LLC, and Octavio Ricardo Mejia’s Pisco Peruvian Food Truck are
combining forces to provide a truly delicious dinner featuring the
classic Spanish dish, Paella, with some excellent Spanish wines.

1st Course: Ensalada Verde de Castilla with sundried tomatoes,
walnuts, and Manchego cheese. Wine: Verdejo (White)

2nd Course: Andalusian Bull Tail Stew. Wine: Garnacha (Red Grenache).

3rd Course: Paella with Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, and Chicken. Wine:
Tempranillo (Red)

Dessert: Yemas de Avila. Spanish egg yolks balls covered with
powdered sugar. Wine: Pedro  Ximenez (sweet Sherry)

This extraordinary event will be held Mon. Nov. 9 at Artisans Art
Gallery at 6 pm. Artisans is located at 94 W. Center St. in Cedar
City.

Tickets are $55 per person and are available here:

http://wine-and-food-of-spain.eventbrite.com

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Annual Beer Dinner at Centro Pizzeria

Sample New Pizzas and Beers at Centro Woodfired Pizzeria

Centro Pizzeria and the Cedar City Wine Club are welcoming the public to sample some new pizzas and other foods on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 5 pm.

Centro will be offering newly created dishes of salads, pizzas, and desserts as well as offerings from the Wasatch/Squatters Brewing Company. This is a special feature of the annual beer dinner offered by the Cedar City Wine Club, but is not limited to members of the club. As in previous years, new items that are enjoyed by the club may be added to the regular menu for all patrons of Centro Pizzeria to enjoy.

A Bratwurst Board will be featured and include three Brats from Salt & Smoke Meats of Salt Lake City. The Brats are Mediterranean, Berliner, and Bacon. There will also be a lamb brat sourced locally from Cedar City. Hungarian peppers will be part of this course, plus several dipping sauces, including Curry ketchup, chipotle chili aoli and Tzatsiki sauce (a seasoned sauce made with herbs and yogurt).

The salad, still in the planning stages, may include a grilled caponata salad.

One new pizza will include Fontina cheese, dates, caramelized onion, macadamia nuts, prosciutto, and arugula.

The second new pizza will include aged mozzarella, gorgonzola, apples, pancetta, nutmeg, onions, topped with Mike’s Hot Honey.

There may also be a third new pizza.

New desserts will include an Almond Cream Cake, and likely other desserts.

The exact items will not be finalized until just days before the event, but will definitely be spectacular and some will be added to the regular menu.

The price for this extravagant dinner is $45 per person, and includes tax and tip. Reservations must be made at 435-867-8123 starting at 11 a.m. Mon.-Sat. Space is limited for this one-time only event. Centro Woodfired Pizzeria is located at 50 W. Center St. in Cedar City.

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Simple Guide to Pairing Wine and Food

From Winetube.eu:

Simple rules to get started pairing food and wine. First think about the dish dominant characteristics. Is it mild or flavorful? Is it fatty or lean? Is it rich or acidic?
With these characteristics in mind, select a wine that will:

Keep flavors intensity in balance.
Match mild foods with mild wines. Match big, flavorful foods with big, flavorful wines: bold-flavored Pepper Steak + spicy, bold red Primitivo.
Similarly you generally want to match the richness of the food and the richness of the wine: rich Chicken in Cream Sauce + rich Chardonnay

Cleanse the palate with tannins or acids.
If you’re eating a relatively rich, ‘fatty’ dish you can chose a red wine with good tannins, succulent steak + Chianti, or you can chose a refreshingly crisp acidic white or rosè wine, fried chicken + Pinot Gris.

Soften Strong Spices and Salt.
Strong spices can overwhelm the flavors in a wine. In most cases, wine is not the ideal thing to drink. However, consider something spicy and sweet itself such as an off-dry Gewurtztraminer or a Syrah.
Salty foods are enhanced and balanced by a hint of sweetness, think about Prosecco Extra Dry with some salty appetizers.

Equalize Sweetness
The rule of thumb is to serve a wine at least as sweet or sweeter than the dish. Sweet foods make dry wines seem over-acidic and tart.

When In Doubt…Remember that foods generally go best with the wines they grew up with. So if you’re eating Italian food, think about having an Italian wine. This tip often helps simplify the decision.

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Q&A: A Preliminary Look at What Concerns Club Members

Several of our members and friends have made suggestions and asked questions about how the wine club operates. Here are some of the queries and our response. You can still ask questions and make comments on either of our two surveys: http://goo.gl/forms/SxigVABrq6 (main survey) or http://goo.gl/forms/ioJi1wCPQY (ask the sommelier).

Q: Can we have events on Saturday evening? All events seem to be Sunday or Monday.
A: Yes, we can. If someone would like to allow the wine club in their home on a Saturday (or any other) evening, just let us know. We can cap the number of attendees to what you are comfortable with.

Q: Will there be beer dinners too or does a dinner have to involve wine?
A: We have a beer dinner coming up at Centro Pizzeria on Sunday, November 15. If you would like more beer dinners, let us (and Centro) know. Centro can obtain brews we cannot get.

Q: You seem to have fewer purely social events where members bring the wines and food.
A: This is correct. We are focusing more on higher-end events with better wines and talks about them. We also have started a series of talks combined with a social, but the club provides both wine and food. However, we encourage other people to step up to the plate and help run these purely social wine events. The club will help with the promotion and operation of these events. Contact us if you are interested at info@cedarcitywineclub.com.

Q: We would like to have a dinner that’s more intimate; perhaps four couples in a private home with wine and food pairing.
A: With so few people, there is no need to involve the entire club in this endeavor. However, if you wish to organize an event like this, but would like someone to talk about wine and food pairing, and perhaps help select the wines, contact us. There would be a fee for someone to speak at this dinner.

Q: Where does all the money go when paying for socials?
A: We assume you are talking about the $12.50 ticket price for a purely social event. This includes all the food, plus plates, flatware, water, ice, as well as the Event Brite ticketing fee. (Ticketing fees can be passed on, but we absorbed them for many events.) Plus there are costs involved in maintaining and promoting the club including the website and emails sent out by our mailing service. If you are referring to higher priced events, then wine is included, as well as any fees charged by our wine educator.

Q: We preferred paying via donations and not the ticketing service. Why did you change this?
A: Our major problem with donations is that we had a large proportion of people who did not show up even after saying they would. No-shows doesn’t mean just that there are fewer people to enjoy the fewer wines and less food. It also meant that with a limited capacity, people who wished to attend were told the event was sold out, only to have ultimately had the space for them. The club itself will not return to the donation policy. However, if someone decides to run the socials with our assistance (if needed) that person can decide how to ask for payment.

Keep those cards and letters coming in, folks!

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Wines from our South American tasting and dinner

Here are the wines we enjoyed this past Monday at our Peruvian Food and South American Wines dinner & seminar with Sheral Schowe of the Wasatch Academy of Wine at Artisans Gallery. The food was prepared by Pisco Peruvian.

720470 Alma Negra Sparkling Malbec Rosé. (Argentina) $18.99. Available in Cedar City and Hurricane.

917320 Colome Torrontes (White), (Argentina) $12.95. Available in St. George Metro, 161 N 900 E.

918011 Manos Negras Pinot Noir.(Argentina) $17.03. Not available in Southern Utah. Available in some Northern Utah stores, but may be ordered by your local store.

423244 Root 1 Carmenere. (Chile) $13.99 ($10.99 through October). Available at all four Southern Utah stores.

947393 Casarena Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon , (Argentina) $20.00. Special Order Wine only. Case purchase required.

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