Savor Wine Boutique Now Open

There’s a new spot to find unique and artisan wines in Atlanta – Savor Wine Boutique, now open in Kirkwood.

Savor Wine BoutiqueSavor is a real wine lover’s wine shop. Owners Kyla and Gregory Cox (you’ll recognize Kyla as the creator of the Buckhead Wine Festival) have carefully selected limited production, high quality wines from independent producers, from both renowned and lesser-known wine regions. You’ll also find vegan, fair trade, organic and biodynamic wines.

The wines are arranged by style rather than country, making it easier to find one to match your meal or mood.

Savor Wine BoutiqueThe boutique offers weekly tastings, and special events including evenings with local artists, whose works are displayed in the shop and available for sale. Private customized tastings for groups or businesses are also available.

Savor Wine BoutiqueIn addition to whites, reds, rosés and bubbles, Savor offers wine-inspired gifts, from greeting cards and artwork to furniture made from used wine barrels.

Savor is open from 11am to 8pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 12:30pm to 6pm on Sundays. The store is closed on Mondays.

For more information and to find out about upcoming events, visit savorwineboutique.com.

Savor Wine Boutique, 1963 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Suite R- 103, Atlanta, 30317. (404) 254-5044

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A First Taste of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

In accordance with French law, the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau was released today, one stroke after midnight on the third Thursday in November.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2013The light bodied red wine is made entirely from Gamay grapes, and comes from the Beaujolais region within Burgundy.

The arrival of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is always a celebrated affair. This year’s theme is “Nouveau Retro,” which channels the spirit of the Jazz Age. The colorful label embodies the feel of the era with a vintage image of the Parisian skyline.

How does the first wine of the harvest taste? Warm midday temperatures and sunshine in September helped the grapes reach ideal maturity, resulting in a wine that is lively and fresh with bright fruit flavors.

“The 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau is a lovely purple-red color with aromas of wild strawberries, currants and exquisite scents of raspberries,” said winemaker Georges Duboeuf. “The wine is delicate, rich and perfectly balanced. It is a pure joy to drink and an ideal wine to share with family and friends throughout the holidays.”

Beaujolais Nouveau pairs well with a variety of foods including turkey and ham, making it great for holiday meals. Serve the wine slightly chilled.

Want to celebrate the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau with your own Nouveau Retro-inspired party? The team at Georges Duboeuf offers these tips:

Beaujolais Nouveau 2013• Skip the flowers and create some drama with eye-catching centerpieces of feather plumes draped in long strands of faux pearls to pay homage to the flapper style.
• String gold paper lanterns from the ceiling and pepper the room with delicate accents that sparkle to create a rich and glamorous atmosphere.
• Illuminate the room with plenty of votive candles and the smooth sounds of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith to recreate the warm and stirring atmosphere popular to speakeasies of the age.
• For a true Nouveau Retro taste, serve up a menu of ‘20s-inspired dishes: deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, oysters Rockefeller and the era’s own invention, a pineapple upside down cake decorated with Maraschino cherries.

The 2013 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is now available at the suggested retail price of $10.99. For more information on the wines of Georges Duboeuf visit www.duboeuf.com.

12% alcohol by volume

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Frannie’s Gluten Free: Locally Made Allergy-Smart Muffins

Gluten-free does not have to mean dry or tasteless when it comes to baked goods. Changing this perception is Frances Shaw, the founder of Atlanta-based Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins.

Frannie's Gluten FreeAfter she was diagnosed with celiac disease, Frances realized firsthand the limited options in baked goods available to people with food allergies. In 2010, then 22 years old, she decided to create “allergy-smart” muffins.

Frances describes finding that perfect muffin recipe as a “happy accident.” She tested a variety of flours and milks, eventually deciding on a combination that even her friends without dietary restrictions enjoyed eating.

A fond childhood memory inspired Frances’ first muffin. In middle school, after an especially bountiful growing season for their home garden, Frances and her mom baked loaves and loaves of zucchini bread. Knowing zucchini is loaded with moisture, Frances thought it would be ideal for combating the dryness usually associated with gluten-free baked goods.

Frances ShawToday Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins are available in a variety of flavors including banana, blueberry, chocolate chip, lemon zest and zucchini. There is also an eggless banana muffin for vegans.

The muffins are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility in Decatur, with organic fruits and vegetables as well as antibiotic and hormone-free organic eggs.

The muffins are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). They are also free of seven and sometimes all eight of the major food allergens including dairy, nut and soy.

The muffins are individually wrapped and can be frozen for up to 6 months, making them easy to grab on the go.

Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins are available at more than 200 locations in the southeast (look for them in the freezers in the natural foods section). Click here to find out where they’re available in your area.

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AG Pick: Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

The Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is everything you look for in a Napa Cabernet. Its intense dark fruit aromas draw you in. The palate is lush and layered, with rich blue and black fruit flavors that are enhanced by the finesse of a skilled wine maker. The velvety texture coats your mouth and the finish goes on and on so you can’t help but linger over every sip.

2009 Mt. BraveThis wine is a true tribute to place, starting with the name. It honors the Wappo Indians, known as “The Brave Ones,” who settled on Mt. Veeder in the 1800s.

The grapes for the Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon are grown on Mt. Veeder’s rugged terrain, at elevations ranging from 1,400 to 1,800 feet. The unique growing conditions result in small berries with concentrated flavors, and produce a wine that is expressive of the mountain and the soil.

Winemaker Chris Carpenter (well-known to Napa wine aficionados for Cardinale and Lokoya wines) adds the finishing touch. His knowledge of the terrain and passion for winemaking are evident in each bottle.

From your first sniff of fragrant ripe black cherry and blueberry, you know that this will be a delicious wine. The berry notes expand on the palate, and are layered with dark chocolate, tobacco, violet, a hint of vanilla and gentle wet shale minerality. Chewy tannins add to the luscious mouthfeel, and the finish is long and satisfying.

If serving the wine at your holiday gathering this year, the AG recommends decanting it for fuller enjoyment.

For more information on the wines of Mt. Brave visit www.mtbravewines.com. The wines may be purchased on the website.

$75, 14.5% alcohol by volume

photo credit: Mt. Brave

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Pasta Making Classes at Cucina Asellina

Ever wanted to know the secrets to making delicious pasta? Now is your chance to learn from the best!

Asellina Pasta Making ClassChef de Cuisine Andrea Montobbio of Cucina Asellina is offering a five-week series of hands-on pasta making classes at the modern Midtown Italian restaurant. During the two-hour class on Wednesday nights Chef Montobbio will provide an introduction to the process, tools and techniques to make handmade pasta.

Starting from scratch with flour, semolina and eggs, guests will learn how to create favorites like spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli, tagliatelle and gnocchi. It’ll be the most fun you’ll have while getting messy! (Don’t worry, aprons are provided.)

Asellina PastaThe evening includes Italian wines and a three-course meal prepared by Chef Montobbio featuring the pasta created during the class.

The classes kick off on Wednesday, November 13th at 7pm. Each class is limited to eight people, and reservations are necessary. Attendance is $75 per person, or $600 for all eight spots. It’s perfect for a date night or a girls’ or guys’ night out.

Upcoming Wednesday classes and featured pastas include:

November 13th at 7pm — Egg Pasta and Tagliatelle
November 20th at 7pm — Spaghetti and Fettuccine
December 4th at 7pm — Ravioli and Stuffed Pasta
December 11th at 7pm — Potato Gnocchi and Flavored Gnocchi
December 18th at 7pm — Garganelli Bow Tie Pasta and Orecchiette

To reserve your spot call Cucina Asellina at (404) 793-0141. For more information on the restaurant visit www.asellina.com.

Pasta Making Classes at Cucina Asellina, Wednesdays starting on November 13th. 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309.

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Snapshots from Atlanta’s Taste Revival

Atlanta's Taste Revival

The 12th annual Taste of Atlanta kicked off with Atlanta’s Taste Revival, an evening of great food and live music. Eighteen local chefs prepared a dish inspired by a favorite song.

Parker Smith and the Bandwith got the crowd dancing, and the all-chef band Five Bone Rack took the stage for a special set.

Click here to watch highlights from the 2013 Taste of Atlanta

The AG’s cameras caught all the action. Click photos below to enlarge.

LivingSocial’s Craft Beer & Wine Fest

Head to Atlantic Station on Saturday, November 9th for LivingSocial’s Craft Beer and Wine Festival. The event will feature more than 100 craft brews and wines, food trucks, live music and more.

LivingSocial Beer FestAttendees will enjoy unlimited pours in a commemorative mini stein. There will be food from Atlanta’s best food trucks (food not included in ticket price), music from Parker Smith and the Bandwidth and games including giant beer pong.

The festival will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 1pm to 5pm (noon entrance for VIP ticket holders), at the special event site behind Atlantic Station.

Early bird tickets cost $30 per person (price will increase to $35), and VIP tickets cost $45. Click here to purchase tickets from LivingSocial’s website, or call 877-521-4191.

If you’re a new Uber rider you can get $20 off your first ride using promo code LivingSocialBF (from 7am November 9th until 3am November 10th).

LivingSocial Craft Beer & Wine Festival, Saturday, November 9th at Atlantic Station, 241 20th Street, Atlanta.

Taste of Atlanta 2013

 

Taste of Atlanta is now in its 12th year. What makes it the can’t miss event of the fall? The Amateur Gastronomer found out.

“This day is all about food,” said Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud, The Family Dog and Timone’s. “I think Taste of Atlanta gives people the opportunity to kind of get hyped up about food.”

More than 100 restaurants participated in the three day festival that showcased the city’s vibrant dining scene. It truly was the “food lover’s food experience” — attendees could sample just about any cuisine, from international favorites like Italian, Indian and Japanese to Southern staples like fried chicken and barbecue.

“We’ve just found that this time of year, meat’s pretty popular,” said Matt Coggin of D.B.A. Barbecue. “Why have lentil soup when you can have meat on a stick?”

For festival attendees, Taste of Atlanta offered the chance to interact with the people who source, create and serve the food.

“We love doing the event because it definitely brings people throughout – not just from intown neighborhoods,” said Coggin. “It’s always a great event, we always make new friends.”

“It’s great seeing regular people get excited about food,” said Eyester.

Taste of Atlanta offered education too. Those who were less familiar with the ‘eat local’ movement were able to experience it and understand the importance of it. And at seminars and cooking demonstrations attendees learned new techniques and recipes.

Most of all, Taste of Atlanta showcased just how exceptional the city’s restaurants are.

“I welcome the opportunity to create an awareness about what restaurants in Atlanta are doing and how our dining scene in Atlanta is getting progressively better year after year,” said Eyester.

“Eat out every night!”

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