Posted on: October 17th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments
Wonder what wine to serve on Thanksgiving? The best pairing for your holiday dinner? We’ve got you covered!
Join us for our holiday wine tasting on November 13, from 5-8 p.m. when we’ll help you learn the best wines for your menu. You’ll even learn the best wines to take as a host/ hostess gift for holiday parties.
This wine tasting is $50 and reservations are required as space is limited. If you’re a member of our wine club, the tasting is free, but gratuity to our waitstaff is appreciated.
Give us a call to reserve your spot at this can’t miss event: 734-222-9841.
Posted on: September 7th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments
One of the things that makes Vinology unique is the care and dedication our team puts in to creating the perfect dining experience. Each of our team members takes the time to learn about food and wine, our food and drink menu, and how to create the perfect pairing. We like to think it’s what sets us apart from our competition.
We’re excited to kick off a blog series introducing you to our amazing team – their likes, their favorite dishes, their insider’s secrets. The first in our series is Vinny Jonna, Vinology’s general manager.
What do you enjoy most about Vinology: I have learned my greatest lessons from this bar. It has been with me longer than any other job i have had.
What dish inspires you and why? This season, it’s our Elotes appetizer. It was the award winner for the best vegetarian dish at Taste of Ann Arbor. It’s so delicious, I never get sick of it. My second choice is Terrarium, a new seasonal dessert that is just as beautiful as is delicious.
What do you like about our wine program? Quite a few things! Our aggressive wine program, amazing happy hour, incredible value in the JJ Cellar program, and our wine club. We keep improving on each of these programs based on customer feedback and our own knowledge, and that’s exciting.
What’s something fun to know about you? My father created a new word Metanoya (change of mind, a paradigm shift, retroactive realization based on a life changing experience). I experienced this in Califonia at Robert Mondavi’s vineyard, trying a private reserve Moscato. I realized great wine paired correctly with great food reveals a combination of flavor that is greater than each of those individually. I reflect on that each time I have a truly uplifting dining experience.
What are your hobbies and interests?Family, food and wine, nature, philosophy, classic artists such as Archiomboldo, Gaudi, Van Gogh, Michaelangelo, and chess.
Posted on: August 20th, 2017 by Jen Cornell No Comments
We are looking forward to introducing old world wines you should be drinking today at our event this Thursday night. But, what does old world mean?
Old world wines are from regions where winemaking was born. These include wines from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany. The taste and alcohol content of old world wines are effected by the terroir – literally, the soil where the grapes are grown – and how the wine is made.
New world wines are from regions where wine would’ve been imported once European settlers moved to countries like the U.S., South America, and Australia.
One thing that we love about old world wines is that they were often crafted to accompany the type of food prevalent in the region – think Italian wines and pasta. There’s no doubt that this thinking is reflected in how Vinology approaches our menu and pairing suggestions.
There are still a few spaces available for Old World Varietals You Should Drink Today on Thursday evening, 6 to 8 p.m. The event costs $40 per person and registration is by phone: 734-222-9841.
Concentrate Ann Arbor recently took a look at the wine scene in Michigan. In the article, the author explains, “As the cults of craft beer and craft cocktails have gripped Michigan and the nation, wine hasn’t been in the spotlight for awhile.”
Vinny and John Jonna went on to explain, “that Vinology was created ‘to introduce into the wine community a broad, varied, and inquisitive selection of wines to try.’
In terms of choosing wine for Vinology, John said in the article, “We put things on our menu that maybe other restaurants would not, simply because we want to introduce our clients to the other side of the world.”
Our very own Ian Youngs recently had the very tough job of helping MLive find the very best cocktails in Ann Arbor. He started the jobs by treating reporter Kit Maher to one of our signature summer drinks, Some Like it Hot.
Describing what’s important in a summer cocktail, Youngs said,
“It’s humid and hot. We want something that’s going to quench the thirst,” Youngs said. “I’m going to be paying attention to the techniques used to make it…if it’s executed, if it’s balanced…perfect harmony.”
Want to know how to talk wine? Our very own John Jonna has some tips for you!
“The Language of Wine”
Wine sommeliers, the stewards of wine, have their own language when it comes to describing taste, textures, and aromas of the myriad of wines they evaluate. I would like to give some terms that you can use yourself, and help you to understand them if they are being expounded upon by a wine expert.
In judging any wine, color is your first indicator, and there are descriptors that are common. I like to describe color in terms of “hue”, where the deep, dark colors imply a richer, more intense wine, maybe with higher alcohol; and a lighter, more bright and iridescent hue would imply a softer, less tannic wine. You should carefully study the hue of any wine you try, and make a mental note of it.
In white wines, I prefer to use the term “ clarity”, which tells me the winehas a hue that is clean, not cloudy, and reflects light with “brilliance”. A brownish tinge on the rim of a tilted glass, called the “robe” or “meniscus”, could indicate an oxidized wine, which could have suffered from heat or air exposure.
In terms of aroma, your primary goal should be to first search for any aromas that would show a “flaw” in the wine, like nail polish, vinegar, sulfur, cabbage, cardboard, or wet basement. Any of these scents would tell you that that the wine suffered from improper vivification, or is “tainted” or “corked”. The term “corked” is wine lingo for any cork that has been infected by bad bacteria (TCA). It’s rare, and with the use of stew caps, which I highly approve of for wines meant to be consumed young, is being diminished.
If a wine has a pleasing and appealing “nose,” then all is fine.
In terms of taste, I like to use terms like “fruit forward”, indicating soft, easy drinking wines; “elegant”, meaning gentle, moderate acid; and “racy”, meaning high acid wine with lemon/lime notes.
Red wines high in alcohol and tannin are “big”, red wines that are mild and low acid are “gentle”, and really excellent, high quality wine can have a “long, lingering finish”.
Wines that don’t show aroma or flavor could be called “dumb”, “closed”, or “lacking personality”.
Some other words we might use: “attack”, “angular”, “ limpid”, “balanced”, “disjointed’, “nervous”.
Join us for our latest wine club event, Italian Wines: Back to the Future Wine on Thursday, August 24, from 6-8 p.m. You’ll taste old world Italian wine you should drink today. The event is sure to be a fun, laid back, delicious time!
For those of you who like to do your homework in advance, our featured wines are:
Abbazia di Novacella Kerner Alto Adige 2015 Andrea Felici Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jessi 2015 Gratis Ciutta Roballa Gialla Collio 2015 Valle del Acate Frapatto Vittoria 2015 Grati Mondo Caniolo IGT Toscana 2012 Tenuta Ibidini Nero DíAvola Sicilia 2015 Torre Raone Rosso Colline Pescaresi IGT 2011 Borgo Maragliano Brachetto Piemonte 2016
The cost for this can’t-miss tasting is $40/person. If you’re a member of our wine club, the tasting is free for you and half off for your guest.
Space for this event is limited, and reservations are required. Please call (734) 222-9841 to let us know you’ll be joining us.
We recently debuted our new summer cocktail menu and, although we’re biased, we think it’s inspired and refreshing. Our bartenders, Mark and Ian, both equally contributed to these creative concoctions.
In describing his favorite drink from the menu, Mark explained, “Not Easy Being Green’ features a muddled herb tequila that gives it a fresh flavor that’s in tune with the season. The housemade sage syrup perfectly complements the other flavors to create the perfect summer cocktail.”
Another fave of ours, the Iterum Arome is the beach drink you never knew you needed but have always wanted. It’s as pretty as it is tasty!
Stop in today to check out the new menu… or ask Mark or Ian to whip something up for you, using your favorite liquor.
If you’re like Chef Adam, you’re pretty excited to see fresh produce hitting the farmer’s market. Chef’s capitalizing on those new flavors with our new summer menu. Chef’s commitment to creating delicious meals using the freshest foods available really shine in a few of our favorite dishes.
A few highlights:
Rotating melon salad featuring heirloom melon – whatever is freshest at the time!, burrata, speck water cress, pumpernickel, and a honey vinaigrette
T-bone lamb chops served with bulgarian feta, chickpeas, zucchini fritter, cucumber, tomato, oregano, and greek yogurt
Asian inspired salmon with ginger, sushi rice, lemon grass, carrot puree, wakame, gai lan, and miso glaze
Brown rice chop salad with mung bean, edamame, scallion, carrot, radish, nappa cabbage, and a sesame-mustard vinaigrette
And, last but certainly not least, Jack Fruit Tamales with black beans, callaloo, tostones, pico de gallo, tomatillo, and miel de cacoa.
We’re pretty proud that our jack fruit tamales were crowned people’s choice at the recent Taste of Ann Arbor!
Stop in to taste the best the season has to offer!
Thank you to WXYZ-TV Detroit for talking with our very own John Jonna about the Corks for Support Event happening on June 1. The event, hosted by the Detroit Wine Organization, will take place at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Corks for Support will offer over 200 red, white, and sparkling wines by region. Ask questions of experts, enjoy live music, and bid on silent auction items.
Proceeds from Corks for Support benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Tickets are $85 per person and are available at DetroitWine.org.