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Join us on Saturday, October 11th from 7 to 9:30 PM for entertainment, appetizers, music, wine and fun with Pet Friends at our Hazuza’s Greenhouse location.



Wine Away Wrinkles

Join us at our Brentwood location on Thursday, September 25th for a Real Results Party featuring Nerium, an age-defying treatment.



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Amateur Wine Contest 2014 Results

Amateur Wine Contest Results 2014

Congratulations to the winners!

Dry Red

Gold – Dave Canovali, Chianti #200
Silver – Terry Vota, Malbec #101
Bronze – Howard Philip, Pinot Noir #201

Semi Dry

Gold – Howard Phillip, Riesling #202
Silver – Chris Cary, Sweet Baby Grace #104

Sweet & other than grape

Gold – Tom Sullenberger, Blackberry #102
Silver – Terry Vota, Chardonnay-Niagara #100
Bronze – Scott Demers, Chateau Demers #103

Best of Show

Tom Sullenberger – Blackberry

 

Red Raspberry Wine Available June 2014

Red Raspberry Wine Release June 2014Fruit wine season is in full swing and next on our list is Red Raspberry wine available June 14, 2014.

 

Why Swirl and Sniff Your Wine?

Hand holding glass of wine looking at colorAs a recent college graduate, it was easy to get lost in the allure of such fine wines as Mad Dog and Franzia, which offer a quality product (joking), which bears the unofficial motto of “drink, don’t think.” Obviously, if you’re interested in actually enjoying your wine, as we can assume by your interest in Greenhouse’s selection, a lot more thinking goes into it.

Truth be told, I had no clue what I was doing when I first came to the counter and tried samples of wine. I knew the basic dry vs. sweet, red vs. white, but I was entirely uncertain of how to distinguish between good wines vs. a lesser wine, or even of why I liked one better than the other.

As I’ve come to find out, there is a process to tasting wine (no, it’s not pour it and swallow as much as you can in the shortest amount of time). As any wine aficionado, or person pretending to be one (that’s me!) will tell you, first you’re supposed to swirl the wine in your glass, and then sniff it. These are the crucial first steps to the tasting process often overlooked by those of us graduating from the cheapest of the cheap stuff to wine you want to taste, or even those who have just recently taken interest in wine.

So what gives? Why swirl and sniff? First off, the swirling has to do with getting oxygen to the wine. While it’s bottled, one of the main goals is to keep oxygen out. Hence the cork and airtight packaging, which stop the wine from over-oxidizing and turning to vinegar. However, once you open the bottle of wine to drink, some wines (mostly reds) need the oxygen to release their full flavor and aroma.

A key aspect of swirling is to get a better sense of the wine’s color, which can clue you in to things ranging from alcohol content to the freshness of the wine. Typically older red wines of the same type as a younger red will have more orange tinges on the sides. An older white will be darker than a younger white of the same kind. You’ll also be able to see if there’s any excess sediment or pieces of cork in your wine glass.

In reality, the biggest gains from swirling are realized in the smelling that comes after. By agitating the wine in the glass, you’re allowing the full aroma to be released and a more concentrated smell to be brought to your nostrils.

Now, we’ve all heard the old adage “75% of taste comes from smell.” With wine, this is truer than ever. All you have to do is plug your nose and take a sip in order to taste the difference (trying this with Dan Good really brings out the difference). Not only will smelling the wine contribute to your ability to get the full taste of the wine, but it also helps identify wine that is spoiled or over-oxidized. Smelling the wine is about letting your senses get a fuller sense of what you’re sipping on, and in doing so allows you to enjoy to a greater extent the intricacies of what the winemaker is sending you in his or her bottle.

Smelling technique isn’t generally agreed upon; some say two or three sniffs vs. one longer inhalation. Really, it’s just about deeply smelling the aroma of the wine and allowing your brain to process this as you go to take your first sip. Whereas, taste is limited to the four traditional categories of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, our sense of smell isn’t quite so inhibited. Smell is not as precise as taste for exactly this reason, though it allows for connections with memory and the simple pleasure of an appealing aroma. This comes back to what the whole wine tasting process is about; making a connection with the wine through your senses and being able to appreciate what you’re drinking. So next time you’re sampling, give your wine a swirl and sniff, and maybe you’ll get a chance to enjoy wine for a lot more than the buzz.

For more info, check out our sources for the article:

http://www.today.com/id/6591086/ns/today-today_food/t/why-we-smell-wine/

http://wine.about.com/od/winebasic1/ht/winetasting.htm

http://students.depaul.edu/~egruenth/final/learnvino/basics/taste/smelling.html

 

Italian Drunken Noodles

A light noodle dish for spring

Ingredients

  • Olive oil divided
  • 4 (3.5oz) spicy Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Chardonnay
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • ¼ cup very thinly shredded fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 (8oz) package Pappardelle pasta (or pasta of your choice)

Directions

  1. Heat 2 Tbs olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Crumble sausage into pot and cook until completely browned, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage with slotted spoon to a bowl, retaining oil and drippings in pot.
  2. Cook and stir onion in reserved drippings until tender, about 5 minutes. Season onion with salt, Italian seasoning, and black pepper; stir. Add red, yellow, and orange bell peppers to onion mixture; cook and stir until peppers are slightly tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir Chardonnay and garlic into pepper mixture. Bring liquid to a simmer and cook until liquids are reduced to almost nothing, 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Stir diced tomatoes with juice into pepper mixture. Return sausage to pot; fold gently to integrate sausage. Cook at a simmer until sausage is reheated and tomatoes are tender, 3-4 minutes.
  5. Drizzle remaining 3 Tbs olive oil over sausage mixture. Add about half the basil and parsley; stir. Place lid on pot and remove from heat.
  6. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cool pasta at a boil until tender yet firm, about 11 minutes; drain. Divide pasta between 6 bowls; top with sausage mixture to serve.
 

Go Green Winner

March Clover Mission Winner

Clover Mission

Congratulations to Dave Barton for completing our Go Green mission in March! The Go Green mission was a challenge to collect a clover from each of our stores for a prize at the last store. We let our newsletter subscribers in on the game. If you’re interested in playing in the next mission in September then sign up today and be sure to verify your email address.

 

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10828 Rillton-Guffey Rd
Rillton, PA 15678
(724) 446-5000

North Huntingdon

Jacktown Plaza
10650 Route 30
N Huntingdon, PA 15642
(724) 864-5002

Westmoreland Mall

1st Floor Near Macy's
5256 Route 30
Greensburg, PA 15601
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3825 Saw Mill Run Blvd
Brentwood, PA 15227
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