Thursday, October 28, 2010

Two November Events at Willett's Winery & Cellar

Willett's Winery & Cellar


November Special Events

Saturday, November 13: An Evening of Wine & Sushi

A fabulous evening of Willett's Wine, hand-rolled Sushi by Chef Kevin Roecker of the Ironstone Room and Cherie Moery-Metzka and live music by Joe Metzka. If you think sushi is "raw fish".....think again. You won't believe the delicious offerings to choose from. Advance tickets are 30.00 per person and includes 2 glasses of wine at this reservations only event.

Friday, November 19: Nouveau Party

A celebration of the release of the 2010 Nouveau (New) Wine made from the St. Croix grape of Willett's Vineyard. Be the first to enjoy 2 glasses of wine, a tapas-style menu created by Chef Kevin Roecker of The Ironstone Room, the release of the 2010 Nouveau Label designed by local artist Shawn Prather, and live music (TBA). Tickets are 22.50 per person and includes food and 2 glasses of wine at this reservations only event.

Call Willett’s Winery & Cellar at 309-968-7070 or more information and reservations.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Have A Request

I would really like to get my hands on a few bottles of this Riesling:

2008 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Grafenberg Riesling Kabinett

Some critic writes: "Black currant and passion fruit accents lurk in the background, but this white is more about aromatic herbs and mineral salts. There's great cut and dimension, ending with a mouthwatering, minerally edge. Best from 2012 through 2022. "

However, there is a problem: I seriously doubt there is any of this wine in Illinois. Go ahead, Google it or whatever; you won't find any. Why? There were only 200 cases made. And what came to the US looks like it all ended up at K&L Wines in CA. There was a time I could bring up my K&L account and order away. But no longer. Now, I can not buy from K&L Wines as Aaron Schock and his IL HR co-horts decided that we Illinoisans are not good enough for this wine when they passed HB 429 a few years back. We must be content with Smoking Loon and Budweiser. I, at one time was good enough to vote for Aaron, but apparently I am not good enough to drink 2008 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Grafenberg Riesling Kabinett. Aaron and a few more of his new anti free trade wine CongrAssmen cronies pretty much want to do this to the whole US with a new bill, HR 5304.

Hey, Aaron. You are my Congressman. You are partially responsible for me not being able to get this on my own accord. How about you and your famous abs take some of that Liquor Distributorship "campaign contribution" money and jump in a plane and go get me 4 bottles? Or maybe make a phone call to one of your CA congressman buddies and have him bring you some to bring to me?

Thank you,

Your Riesling deprived and disgruntled wine constituent.