Category Archives: Beverage

Welcome, Ian!

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

 

Vinology is happy to introduce a new lead bartender on our team, Ian Youngs. Ian is a Michigan native who’s returning home after working in Aspen, Colo. for the last several years. In addition to a wealth of experience, he brings to us a healthy reverence for classic cocktails. We’re excited for what he’ll be serving up to our guests.

 

We took the time for a little Q&A with Ian, so you can get to know him!

 

Ian, you’re a classic come back story – moved away from Michigan before returning “home”. Tell us about your experience.

I grew up in the Irish Hills and attended Adrian High School. Then, I went to The University of Michigan and studied MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology). In my senior year, I began my studies with The Master Court of Sommeliers, where I continue to learn more in the Wine World. As far as cocktail knowledge, I have learned all of my skills, cocktails, and style from working in various bars with various awesome bartenders, managers, and sommeliers. I helped run a bar program for the Hotel Jerome in Aspen Colorado, from which I was recruited to open, design, pick my team, and manage/bartend for Hooch, a craft cocktail bar in Aspen, Colorado. I continue to grow my knowledge through the Guild of Sommeliers and BarSmarts as well as various other classes, seminars, and books on the respective subjects.

 

What do you recommend to people unsure of what to order at the bar?

My views on choosing a cocktail are the same I have for choosing a wine: Go with what you like, but talk to your bartender/server/sommelier and have them guide you to the beverage that you will most enjoy. Cocktails on the house list are lovely, but know that we want to concoct the perfect drink to match your evening. We are professionals in this and have TONS of stuff to talk about and show our guests. If it’s specific to cocktails and you are feeling adventurous just sit at my bar and ask me to run with it. The world of cocktails has so much to offer and (like wine) has many wonderful ways of being expressed.

 

What’s your favorite food and drink pairing?

During my interview there, the food and beverage manager of the Hotel Jerome skyped me and asked, “If tomorrow was the last day on earth, tell me a classic cocktail – food pairing and a wine – food pairing.” Being that we were getting to know each other I relaxed a bit and joked around with him by answering, “For the wine I would have to go with a bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild and a lovely Roasted Duck. For the cocktail pairing, I’d have to choose a Boulevardier using Buffalo Trace with a rather large plate of nachos.”

 

What’s your favorite thing about being in Ann Arbor?

Well Ann Arbor has so much to offer that its hard to pin point a best part… but with regards to F&B I guess I would have to say the culture created in this city and how there is forever growing diversity of people and their peculiar pallets.

 

Wine experts agree: Don’t miss the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments

One of the benefits to having experts guide our wine team is that we are able to bring you the best wines on the market. Take, for example, the 2009 Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino DOCG from Italy. This older vintage wine is hard to come by anywhere else, but we’ve got it on our menu!

This amazing gem was given 93 points by Wine Spectator, 92 points by James Suckling, and 91 points by Wine Advocate. Experts agree that this wine is not-to-be-missed. You wont be disappointed asking for it next time you’re in the restaurant!

 

 

At the Bar: Ordering Wine with Food

Posted on: November 28th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

‘Tis the season of entertaining! Many of us enjoy holiday celebrations out on the town around this time of year, and many of us are intimidated when it comes to ordering wine to share with the table. Our very own John Jonna explains the basics in our latest “At the Bar” vlog. Watch and learn all you need to know to order wine while dining out, like a pro!

 

At the Bar: White Russians!

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

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It’s no secret that we’ve long had a soft spot for our neighbors at Ann Arbor Distilling Company. Our affection is now officially off the charts with the introduction of Spaulding’s, its limited edition coffee liqueur.

Why do we love this liqueur? For starters, Spaulding’s is made with Mighty Good espresso blend coffee, so it’s like double dipping in supporting our fellow Ann Arbor companies. Plus, it’s simply delicious.

Although it’s delicious on its own, Spaulding’s inspired our head bartender Mark to create the perfect White Russian for our fall bar menu. Stop in and indulge!

Whatcha Drinking? A Primer on Blind Wine Tastings

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

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One of the most fun elements of our upcoming Black Wine Night events, offered on October 19 and October 26, is the blind wine tasting. Each of the dinner’s five courses is served with a specially-chosen wine… poured in a black glass from a bottle whose label is concealed by a black cloth. Throughout the meal, attendees will be encouraged to guess which wine they’re tasting; wines will be revealed at the end of the night.

Guessing the right wines can be made a little easier by understanding varietals, a concept that can be intimidating but really just means understanding that where grapes are grown impacts a wine’s texture and taste. We love this handy online resource for learning more about varietals as well as which wines pair well with specific foods and other wine info.

Want to test your blind tasting accuracy before Black Wine Night? Check out the exams that Master Sommeliers have to pass to be certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. There are two exams: One for whites and one for reds.

Mighty Good Coffee, Indeed: At the Bar

Posted on: October 6th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Not only do we source food and liquor locally, we source our coffee locally, too! We’re proud to have partnered with Ann Arbor’s Mighty Good Coffee for a custom Vinology blend. In our latest “At the Bar” vlog, mixologist Mark talks about the science of cold brew and what makes it sweeter than conventionally-brewed coffee. Tune in to see what makes this method of coffee prep special!

 

Vinology Launches New Vlog Series: At the Bar

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Jen Cornell No Comments

Vinology’s master mixologist serves up Cocktails 101 in our new vlog series. Learn about our locally-sourced spirits and coffee, signature cocktails, and more on YouTube channel.

In episode one, mixologist Mark prepares our signature High Wind cocktail!

 

 

 

Join us for Easter brunch

Posted on: March 19th, 2016 by Jen Cornell

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Chef has created an amazing $25 two course menu for Easter!

Come celebrate Easter and enjoy bottomless mimosas with these great dishes:

First course
Carrot and cardamom soup
Irish oatmeal crème Brule
Beet and ricotta salad
Smoked trout mousse
Second course
Lamb breast hash
Spring omelet
Lobster and asparagus quiche
Chicken and waffles
French toast
Steak and egg salad

 

Vino Value: 25 of the best wines from 2015, all around $25!

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016 by Jen Cornell

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Join us for our 8th Annual Vino Value Wine Tasting

on January 28, 7 to 9 p.m.

Our sell-out walk-around tasting features more than 25 of the best wines from the year, all priced around $25. This is a great opportunity to stock up on wines to keep you warm all winter. Light hors d’oeuvres will also be served. Vino Value is $25 per person + tax/gratuity. Give us a call for more info!