Tag: Wine Stewards

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…

Summer sun and summer fun

Left to right: Jere Bone, Vivian Wright, Cherie Snowden, Beverlee Deardorff and Alfred Van Gool

Bernadette Fideli Summertime brings its share of leisurely gatherings, and none was more unique than the “Summer ‘quaffing’ Wine Tasting” Frank and Beverlee Deardorff hosted on their patio for the Wine Stewards. Imagine the interest and intrigue when the guests received an invitation to experience six summer quaffing wines, especially when they read the definition…

Wine tours Robson style

Jere and Vickie Bone welcome the Wine Stewards to their home.

The Wine Stewards recently enjoyed a special Worldwide Wine-Tasting Tour featuring the best wines from Napa, Australia, Argentina and Chile. Chateau D’Bones, the home of Jere and Vickie Bone, selected six wines from award-winning vineyards for the Wine Stewards’ tasting pleasure. Members were seated at various linen-draped tables with platters of cheese and nuts atop…

A toast to the endurance of Texas wines

Nancy and Pete Toppan

Texas is one of the oldest wine growing states in the U.S. with vines planted here more than a hundred years earlier than California or Virginia. The advent of the Temperance Movement and Prohibition virtually eliminated the Texas wine industry, which did not experience a revival until the 1970s, beginning with the founding of Llano…

Beyond Sangria

Bernadette Fideli Ask most people what kind of Spanish wine they enjoy and most will enthusiastically reply, “Sangria!” Spain has much more to offer in wine than this fortified fruity punch. Eileen Whittaker and Jim Fox delighted the Wine Stewards with an educational evening exploring the world of Spanish wines. If one mostly drinks wines…

Vino Argentino tasted at recent gathering

Left to right: Jere Bone, Vickie Bone, Bernadette Fideli and Brenda McKenzie

Bernadette Fideli In November 2010, the Argentine government declared wine as Argentina’s National Liquor: Vino Argentino Bebida Nacional. Not ones to ignore a national decree, Rupa Mathur and Alfred Van Gool invited the Wine Stewards to an evening tasting of the wines of Argentina. Argentina enjoys the status of being South America’s No. 1 wine-producing…

Port, trivia and good cheer

Left to right: Mike Aramanda, Alfred Wright, Pete Toppan, Kathy Perry, Millie Aramanda, Cherie Snowden and Rupa Mathur gather for a holiday toast.

Bernadette Fideli The Wine Stewards welcomed the month of December in true Southern style at the home of Bill and Bernadette Fideli. The festive evening began with a toast of sparkling wine to celebrate seven years of friendship and good times. Brut and Demi-Sec wines, together with a variety of appetizers, put the Wine Stewards…

History by the glassful

Beverlee Deardorff and Kathy Perry

Bernadette Fideli Washington State has the wealthiest person in the United States in Bill Gates with 82 billion. It also has the 2014 Super Bowl Champions in the Seattle Seahawks. However, Texas has the richest woman in the United States in Alice Walton, 38.5 billion, who lives in Fort Worth. And the Dallas Cowboys defeated…