Let's Talk Wine 12.12.17

This week on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be discussing one of my favorite white wine grapes, Arneis.  The 2016 Ceretto, ‘Blange’, Arneis is from the town of Roero, which is a small DOCG wine district in the hills of Piedmont, in north-western Italy. It is known particularly for it's refreshing white wines made from the Arneis grape.  

Let's Talk Wine 11.28.17

This week on Let’s Talk Wine we will be traveling to Sunny California in search of great white Rhone varietals!  Tablas Creek is a pioneer of California's “Rhone Movement,” the idea of bringing the grape varieties of the France’s Rhone Valley to California. Founded in 1989, Toblas Creek is the culmination of a friendship between two of the international wine community's leading families: the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands.  After a four-year search, the partners chose Paso Robles, California for its many topographical and climate similarities to the southern Rhone. Thus began the lengthy process of importing vine cuttings, building a grapevine nursery, and creating an estate vineyard from scratch.

Let's Talk Wine 11.14.17

For this week's installment of "Let's Talk Wine!" we are traveling to Beaujolais France for a classic Turkey Day wine pairing. This is not the Beaujolais Nouveau wine you might remember growing up, this is world Class 'Cru' Beaujolais.  oDel Concepts is the ONLY restaurant group in the state of Delaware that currently has this wine and you can only buy it by the bottle at Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar in Rehoboth

SoDel Cares fundraiser set for Nov. 17

SoDel Cares will hold its third annual fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Fish On, 17300 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes.  The event, which raises funds for the nonprofit foundation, pays tribute to the late Matt Haley, SoDel Concepts’ founder, who received the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2014.  The nonprofit has made contributions to organizations that help children, at-risk youth and adults and the elderly. 

Let's Talk Wine 10.31.17

We are BACK! For another installment of Let’s Talk Wine!

This week we are featuring the 2015 Trione, ‘River Road Ranch’, Sauvignon Blanc, from the Russian River Valley. This wine is unique because it comes from an all family owned winery AND a single vineyard, which is rare for SB.  I was invited to attend the 2017 Cabernet Academy in Alexander Valley, California, of which my sponsor was Trione Vineyards.

SoDel Concepts’ Oct. 27 fundraiser to benefit California wildfire relief efforts

The deadly wildfires that consumed communities and property in northern California have left many wineries - and the resort areas that depend on them - in limbo. The devastating fires have affected homeowners, jobs and tourism. On Friday, Oct. 27, SoDel Concepts will donate a dollar for every glass or bottle of wine ordered that day to relief efforts.  "The California wine country is near and dear to our hearts," said Mike Zygmonski, wine director for SoDel Concepts. 

Let's Talk Wine #6

It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! This week, on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be discussing the 2012 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo.  This wine comes from the Langhe Region of Piedmont Italy, right outside the town of Alba. Barolo is the name if the wine and they make it from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo wines are sometimes referred to as ‘King’ of Piedmont.

How Scott Kammerer Transformed Delaware's Hospitality Industry

Since Haley’s death, Kammerer, 43, has already earned the Delaware Restaurant Association’s 2016 Cornerstone Award and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Marvin S. Gilman Superstar in Business Award. He makes it look easy. It’s not. While he likes to have a plan, his path toward success was paved with big bumps and sharp detours.

Chef Doug Ruley to replicate Bouchaine dinner at Bluecoast Oct. 26

Fresh off his success at the James Beard House in New York City, Chef Doug Ruley of SoDel Concepts headed off to Napa Valley, Calif., to participate in Bouchaine Vineyards' Chef Series Sept. 30. Bouchaine, the oldest continuously operating winery in the Carneros District, is owned by Gerret and Tatiana Copeland of Wilmington.  Coastal residents and visitors who couldn't make the wine dinner shouldn't despair. On Thursday, Oct. 26, beginning at 6 p.m., Ruley and wine director Mike Zygmonski will recreate the Bouchaine dinner at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach.

Let's Talk Wine #5

This week I want to continue our conversation about Bouchaine Winery. If you missed our last post. let me bring you up to speed. Chef Doug Ruley and I just returned from Napa Valley where SoDel Concepts was invited to cook at the famous Bouchaine Chef Series.  So, this week on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be featuring the 2014 Bouchaine, Carneros, Chardonnay. 

Napa’s Bouchaine Vineyards Chef Series Finishes Strong

If you’ve had a meal that you never wanted to end, then you have some idea what last weekend’s Bouchaine Vineyards wine dinner was like.  The last in this season’s Chef Series, the event was choreographed by Douglas Ruley, executive chef for the Delaware-based SoDel Concepts restaurant group. The theme was Coastal Harvest.

SoDel Cares donates $2.5K to Read Aloud Delaware

SoDel Cares, the nonprofit arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $2,500 to Read Aloud Delaware, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting reading in Delaware.  Read Aloud Delaware’s 250 volunteers read in more than 41 centers, including Head Start locations, child care centers and elementary schools. In 2016, more than 2,500 children benefited from more than 3,200 reading sessions.

Let's Talk Wine #4

This week I want to talk about the great winery of Bouchaine, and specifically, the 2014 Bouchaine Carneros, Pinot Noir.  The owners of the winery, Mr. and Mrs. Copeland, are from Delaware and are good friends of the company.  In fact, they have invited SoDel Concepts to be a part of their famous chef series at the winery on September 30th, so Chef Doug Ruley and I will be heading to Napa soon!

Let's Talk Wine #3

We are back for week two of Let’s Talk Wine.  My name is Mike Zygmonski, and I am a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.  This week I will be talking about the 2014 Felsina Chianti Classico 'Riserva'. Hailing from Tuscany, Felsina is hands down one of the best.

Let's Talk Wine #2

This week on, Let’s Talk Wine, I will be discussing the 2015 Pazo Castrelo, Albarino.  This wine is 100% Albarino from Rias Baixas, which is in Northwestern Spain, right over the top of Portugal.  This wine is unique because the grapes are grown on such steep slopes close to the Atlantic Ocean which gives the wine a saline character.

Let's Talk Wine #1

This is our first blog post in our new series, Let's Talk Wine.  Each week we will be featuring a new wine selected by Mike Zygmonski, SoDel Concepts wine director and a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. The Produttori Barbresco is a beautiful expression of the Nebbiolo grape showcasing bright, red cherry and pomegranate as well as hints of dried mushrooms and roses with fine tannins and fresh acidity.

Chef Doug Ruley to cook at James Beard House for fourth time Sept. 15

For the fourth time, Doug Ruley, executive chef for SoDel Concepts, has been asked to cook at the James Beard House in New York, which puts him in a tie for the most times a chef has cooked at the former home of cookbook author and TV personality James Beard. The dinner, a salute to Delmarva, is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, in the Greenwich Village townhouse.