Posts Tagged ‘summer wine’

Calling all Rosè Wine Lovers! 2014 Galil Mountain Rosè from Israel’s Upper Galilee is Just In Time for Summer Sipping

 Galil Rosè is a trendy summertime wine made with the best of  traditional wine making in harmony with sustainable and green living from the Galil Mountain Winery in Israel.

Region: Upper Galilee

Grapes: 74% Sangiovese, 23% Pinot Noir, 3% Grenache


Galil Mountain Winery is located in the Upper Galilee mountain Range as one of Israel’s best wine growing areas. Evolved from a joint venture in 2000, the winery is revitalizing a rich winemaking history that began over 2000 years ago. Just in case you cannot read the site, here is a website which is the official site for tourism in Israel and includes wine tours so you can check out all of the wine areas which includes the Upper Galilee area of wineries.

Israeli wineries are producing more white wines and Rose’s for us to enjoy. This gorgeous clear pink and fruity blend of Sangiovese, Pinot Noir and Grenache has just the right amount of acidity and fruit to enjoy year round and especially for warm summer months. This easy drinking rosè is full of  fresh strawberry flavors and aromas with hints of aromatic earthy herbs that make your mouth water.

Green Living and Sustainable 

Green living and sustainable is the way of life at the Galil Mountain. Winemaker Micha Vaadia practices his winemaking that is in harmony with nature and sustainable solar power, wastewater management and composting.  Micah has many years of experience that began at UC Davis enology program and became chief winemaker at Galil Mountain overseeing outstanding achievements in International competition.


Enjoy this rosè chilled and with a variety of foods including cheese and fruit platters, mediterranean foods and grilled meats.






05 2016

Lisa’s Weekly Wine Pick: Dominio De Tharsys Cava Brut Natural Sparkling Wine from Spain

Hey Nashville, What are YOU drinking?

 Add sparkle to your summer with Dominio De Tharsys Cava from Spain!


Dominio De Tharsys pairs perfectly with the summer! 

Good news! Cava (Spanish Sparkling Wines) can rival sparkling wines from France in complex flavors and aromas yet be enjoyed at a much lower price!

Can you imagine a summer without sparkling wine? I can’t! Once the cork is popped on this delightful Cava, the golden bubbles climb up the flute to escape and release complex aromas of floral white flowers, tangerine, lemons and shortbread. Once you have  taken a sip, the dry, clean and crisp acidity wakes up your mouth and palate. The luscious creamy finish is due to the classic method champenoise or “fermentation in the bottle.” Grapes native to Spain are used in the production of Cava as well a chardonnay for additional flavor and structure.

About Dominio Pago de Tharsys Cava from Pago De Tharsys in Spain:

*Apellation: D.O. Cava Utiel-Requena Region, Spain

*Spanish Sparkling white wine

*Brut Naturale: or bone dry wine i.e. very little to no residual sugar

*Best Cava of Spain in 2005” (Enoforum)

*Grape variety: 80% Macabeo and 20% Chardonnay

*Serve chilled at 45-48 degrees in a flute glass

*Pairings: Dominio De Tharsys is a great way to begin any and all gatherings and celebrations and pair well with fresh salads, pasta dishes with seafood, Japanese food such as sushi, salmon, ham, fried chicken and all types of tapas!

*Price: around $12.99

*Availability in Nashville: Currently Grand Cru Wines and Spirits and will soon add more locations!

Distributed by my hard-working friends at 100 Percent Italiano 100 Percent Fine Wines! in Nashville, TN




Cheers to Summer! With a Refreshing Glass of SIMI Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Paired with Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche tossed with Mango & Avocado

Endless opportunities for dining al fresco with cool friends on warm summer nights is finally here!

A refreshing glass of 2012 SIMI Sauvignon Blanc paired with any day or night of summer is especially welcomed for an impromptu weekend bash or celebrating 4th of July with fireworks! It is a crisp and delicious white wine from Sonoma,California. Fresh aromas of Meyer lemon and mouthwatering grapefruit and lime zest make this a perfect summer wine for sipping and for pairing. Although Sauvignon Blanc dominates,a touch of Semillon and Viognier add great mouthfeel and a touch of tropical fruit flavors and aromas.


Elegant and simple salads filled with fresh seafood or grilled chicken prevail on our menu during the hot summer months. Entertaining is made easy for a relaxing dinner for me and my husband or for dinner with my best friends.
Pair SIMI Sauvignon Blanc 2012 with one of my favorite versatile summer dishes.This cool Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche with avocado and mango can be a great start to a summer meal as an appetizer or as the main course over a crisp bed of field greens for a salad that is perfect for alfresco dining. Tropical mango and silky avocado tossed with the seafood elevates this amazing recipe to another level of deliciousness and comes together perfectly with zesty lime juice and oregano marinade. It is a perfect match with Simi SB 2012.
This is one of my favorite dishes to prepare and serve to friends and family. It takes no time to make and it is the perfect dish for every summer event!


Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche with Avocado and Mango
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Summer Recipes
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Serves: 6 to 8
This recipe IS summer! Cool,fresh seafood marinated in tangy lime and spicy pico is a perfect recipe for hot summer nights by the pool or seaside!
  • 1 & ½ pounds raw & peeled Shrimp
  • 1 pound Bay Scallops
  • 2 tubes of Calamari
  • 1 cup of Pico De Gallo
  • ½ to ¾ cup of fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoonful dried oregano
  • 1 Mango cut into chunks
  • 1 large or 2 small Avocados diced
  • 1 or 2 sliced and seeded Serrano Peppers
  • Handful of Cilantro chopped
  • Dash of Red Pepper Flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Poach shrimp,scallops,calamari for 30 to 45 seconds
  3. Drain well and cool.
  4. Slice calamari into rings.
  5. In a large bowl, add all the seafood.
  6. Add Pico De Gallo,Serrano peppers,lime juice,oregano,olive oil.
  7. Marinate covered in refrigerator for several hours or over night.
  8. Keep cold!
  9. Right before serving,fold in avocados and mango pieces.
  10. Serve with tortilla chips.



05 2013