Tag: Wine Stewards

A chicken in every pot

Nancy Toppan leading the Chicken Dance

Bernadette Fideli Given the craziness and insanity of this year’s political campaign, Nancy and Pete Toppan invited the Wine Stewards to a relaxing evening based on a famous political slogan. During the 1932 presidential campaign, Herbert Hoover promised Americans “a chicken in every pot, and a car in every garage.” The Toppans guaranteed a chicken…

Viva Italia!

Left to right, front row: Brenda McKenzie, Susan Parker, Pete Toppan, Nancy Toppan and Vickie Bone; middle row: Eileen Whittaker, Beverlee Deardorff, Vivian Wright, Bill Fideli, Bernadette Fideli, Cherie Snowden, Millie Aramanda, Rupa Mathur, Jere Bone and CT Robertson; back row: Alfred Van Good, Jim Fox, Mike Aramanda, David Parker, Al Wright, Frank Deardorff and Charlie Snowden

Italy is home to some of the world’s oldest wine producing regions, dating back to 800 BC. It is also the world’s largest wine producer by volume. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country, and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation. By comparison, California, America’s largest wine producing state,…

Everything is coming up Rosé!

Left to right, back row: Nancy Toppan and Jere Bone; front row: Susan Parker, David Parker, Alfred Van Gool and Rupa Mathur

Bernadette Fideli Blame white zinfandel for the misconception that pink equals sweet. Those who drink rosé know better. Dry, crisp and thirst-quenching, rosé may share the same hue as the sugary white zins, but that is where the similarities end. Rosé sales are growing at least 10 times faster than the growth of overall table…

The Goldilock Wines

Lynn O’Keefe and her Irish Coffee

Bernadette Fideli A change in season means many things: a change in weather, a change in wardrobe and a change in the wine you drink. Gone are the days of “winter” with the big cabs and tanniny reds. Uncork the middle of the road wines: not too big, not too light, the so-called “Goldilocks” of…

A political antidote

The Wine Stewards

Bernadette Fideli Webster’s Dictionary defines an antidote as “anything counteracting something unpleasant.” Faced with the uncivility and mudslinging of political debates on television and inundated with political robo calls, Mike and Millie Aramanda discovered the perfect cure. They invited the Wine Stewards to enjoy an evening of Show and Tell Wine Tasting. Members were asked…

The Wine Stewards enjoy the Championship Game

Left to right: Blind Tasting winners with trophies: Charlene Cottingham, Eileen Whittaker and Linda Sorg

Bernadette Fideli The Big Game is the most watched TV event in U.S. history for the past five years. The two-week lull preceding the actual playoff produces a buildup of hype and anticipation that consumes all. David and Susan Parker capitalized on this frenzy and challenged the Wine Stewards to a “Blind Wine Tasting Championship.”…

A toast to friendship

Left to right: Pete Toppan, Charlene Cottingham, Kathy Perry, Mike Aramanda, Millie Aramanda, Cherie Snowden and Charlie Snowden

Bernadette Fideli “May the spirit of friendship fill your world this holiday season.” So read the opening line of the invitation the Wine Stewards received. Al and Vivian Wright treated the Wine Stewards to a glamorous evening of true Southern hospitality and a wish to embrace the upcoming holiday with joy and friendship. Upon arrival…

From whom the bell tolls

Left to right: Pete Toppan, Al Wright, Vivian Wright, Dave Parker, Susan Parker, Bill Fideli, Frank Deardorff, Beverlee Deardorff, Millie Aramanda and Mike Aramanda

Bernadette Fideli Remember way, way back to your first day of school after summer vacation? Standard protocol was to stand in front of the class and recite what you did on your summer vacation. The Wine Stewards returned to those days of yesteryear when Kathy Perry and Charlene Cottingham invited the Stewards to recount their…

Prost and cheers!

Lynn O’Keefe

Bernadette Fideli The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference; it focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. It is a key competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, bars and restaurants. All wines are tasted blind by a panel of top critics, and this year German wines…