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Who me? Buy Wine?

I often go to tastings at Valley Wine and Liquor in Herkimer and rarely make blog posts about them.  It is a little silly of me, because I usually take notes.  Sometimes I even take a picture of the person pouring.  Today, I thought I would make a post about tastings we have attended the past two days.

Friday I made sure our friend Kim came with us, as I saw there were sweet wines to be tasted.  Kim is an excellent wine tasting partner for me, because she likes sweet wines while I like dry ones.  One of us is sure to be happy!

Friday was a tasting of Bolla Wines.  We began with a Prosecca, which is a sweet sparkling wine.  We all agreed it would be delightful in a mimosa.  Next came a sparkling Pinot Grigio.  I was especially interested in this, as I love sparkling wines (otherwise known as champagne,  by the way).  I liked it but was not in love with it.

Next we tasted the Pinot Grigion (not sparkling).  I liked it better.   The Chianti I liked best of all.  Full disclosure: for years I was resistant to trying Chianti,  because of that line in Silence of the Lambs.  I enjoyed this Chianti quite a bit and purchased a bottle.

It was a fun tasting!

Here is Danielle, who was pouring,  with Kim and Steven. Danielle mentioned she would be back on Saturday with 19 Crimes.  Kim was busy, but Steven and I LOVE 19 Crimes.

Accordingly, we returned this afternoon and sipped a taste of illegality.  I mentioned how I especially love 19 Crimes because of my abiding interest in murder.  Our first taste was of the new to us Sauvignon Block.  Please note the play  on words: blanc/block, as in cell block.  Get it?

I liked it a lot.  Notes of citrus but not too grapefruity.  The other wines we had already tasted:  Hard Chard (tangy), Red Blend (the original and my favorite), Uprising (aged in Bourbon barrels), and Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course I tasted them again; how else could I decide what to buy today?

We finally decided in the Uprising,  which Steven had particularly liked.   We will probably  purchase the other kinds at another time.  I love Crime!

 

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Yay, Meeples!

Yesterday Steve and I went to a ribbon cutting at one of our favorite area businesses,  Meeples Mug House, the board game cafe in Little Falls, NY. Two Chambers of Commerce,  Herkimer County and Greater Utica were on hand to congratulate them.

We arrived early and sat at the counter to enjoy a cup of coffee. Quite the crowd had turned out for the event. Steve and I indulged in a couple of rounds of Rock’em Sock’em Robots, since the game was right there on the counter (I won).

Coffee with a handsome guy at a local business, what more could I want?

I went outside to get a picture of the actual ribbon cutting.  There was lots of milling about.

Some people enjoyed a cookie while they waited. Who could blame them?

 

Of course I did not make a note of any important names. Silly me!

 

Complete with a bow!

At last the ribbon was up, and the important people were making speeches.

Ready? One… two… three…

 

And cut! I love those big scissors!

Everybody applauded when the ribbon was cut, except those of us who were taking pictures.

There’s an accessory that makes a statement!

I had to get a shot of one attendee who really enjoyed the ribbon.  After the cutting we returned to the cafe for refreshments.

Meeples Mug House is located at 598 E. Main St., Little Falls NY,  phone number 315-868-7488.  They are  open 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday,  5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday,  and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

 

Fun Time on a Sunday

Here is a quick shout-out to Waterfront Grille in Herkimer, NY.  My husband Steven and I were having a delightful time sitting on our deck but eventually decided a change of scenery would be nice.  Hence we headed for 800 Mohawk Street and looked for a seat at the bar.

Steven naturally drank a toast to me.

We sat at the bar and ordered appetizers, my favorite thing to do.

I tried to get a couple more pictures of the wider view.

Through the screen but interesting.

A better view.

I admired a baby a man was holding.  He also had a little girl,  who was very taken with the view.  I tried to get a shot of the family catching Li’l Diamond.

Here they are!

No, here!

Eventually I only wanted a shot if our bartender.

Here are Dawn and Steve.

We had a delightful afternoon.  I hope to visit the  Waterfront Grille again soon.  Perhaps we will even go on a boat cruise. I believe a variety of tours are  available.

 

Copper Moose is Cool!

It was so hot and sticky today, all I wanted to do was to go someplace air conditioned for a while.  Luckily, my husband Steven agreed to dine out with me.  I suggested Copper Moose Ale House in Little Falls,  since I had noticed some yummy-sounding specials on Facebook.

I called to see if we needed a reservation, but was told they were quiet enough that we could just walk in.  Sure enough, there were several tables available.   However, after the waitress seated us at one, I asked if we could sit at a tall table in the bar area.  I do so love to sit at a tall table.

Isn’t he handsome?

They gave us a beer list; an impressive array of craft beer is available.  I asked if we would lose all cred by drinking wine and was reassured.  We both drank Chardonnay.  We also ordered the same thing: a cup of creamy mushroom soup and a chicken taco.

That soup was amazing!  Three kinds of mushrooms with croutons and parmesan cheese.  Yum!  The tacos were delicious as well.  We could have eaten more but decided to stop before we were stuffed.  I asked to take a picture of our bartender Henry, who had been taking such  good care of us.

Great bartender, great time.

Henry offered to take a picture of us and suggested we pose by the titular Copper Moose.

We love that Copper Moose!

It was a lovely evening.  I hope to return to the Copper Moose Ale House soon!

Copper Moose is located at 5518 E. Main St., Little Falls NY,  phone number 315-508-5156. They are open 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday,  4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

 

Another Yummy Interlude

We needed to get my husband Steven a ticket for the Great American Irish Festival in Frankfort, so we headed to the Price Chopper in Little Falls.  Of course I cannot go to Little Falls for just one thing, so we also got a mid afternoon snack at Ruggiero’s Trattorio.

One of my favorite places for drinks and food.

We have eaten there before.  Our favorite place to sit is the bar, which is where we sat today.  We had some Chardonnay.  I got a bowl of French Onion Soup while Steven had a slice of pizza.  I had a bite or two of his pizza.  It had sausage, peppers and mushrooms. Yum!  I adored my soup. It felt so good on my stomach!

Steven enjoying a sip or two.

A fellow sat two seats down from us at the bar and gave the bartender a bottle of blueberry beer.

“I have to love a guy who pulls a bottle of beer out of his pocket.” I told him.

He told us how he likes to try different kinds of beer, but you often have to purchase a six- or twelve-pack at a time, so he sometimes gives some away to people he thinks will like them.  I referred him to Beer Belly Bob’s in Ilion, because he has a rack where you can mix and match a six-pack of craft beers.

We had a fun time there. I also got a picture of our bartender Carly.

A good bartender with one of my favorite names.

Ruggiero’s Trattorio is located at 546 E. Main St., Little Falls, NY, phone number 315-823-1414.  They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

 

Another Yummy Meal

I continue my posts about last Saturday’s Mohawk Valley Adventures with yet another shout-out to one of my favorite local spots, Salvatore’s in Herkimer, NY.

After leaving Little Falls after the Cheese Festival,  Steven, Kim and I were feeling peckish.  Salvatore’s sounded good.  As we walked in we saw our friend Thom, who played The Man With The Music in Where’s the Cheese Monger?, the Cheese play I referenced in yesterday’s post.  Of course we all sat together.

My dining companions.

Thom had a slice of pizza and a beer.  I had a chicken wrap sandwich with pasta salad.   Steven had a fish sandwich with fries.  I completely do not remember what Kim had, but she drank Moscato while Steven and I enjoyed Chardonnay.

As we sat there, Thom said something to Salvatore behind the corner.

“Are you THE Salvatore?”  I asked.  I had never met him.  Naturally I wanted to take a picture.

The man responsible for many great meals!

We had a fun time as always.  I know I have given many shout-out to Salvatore’s.   At least it makes a change from whining about how I can’t make a blog post today!

Salvatore’s is located at 650 1/2 West German Street,  Herkimer NY, phone number 315-866-2600.  They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Mmmmmm… Meeples!

I just realized I did not write about a couple Mohawk Valley Adventures I had last Saturday in conjunction with the Little Falls Cheese Festival.  In lieu (that’s one of my favorite words) of my usual Monstrous Monday, therefore,  I will give a brief shout-out to Meeples Mug House.

In between performances of Where’s the Cheese Monger? (remember, that play I directed?  I believe I wrote a blog post or two about it) I went in search of a cold drink. I ended up at Meeples, where I had my first ever chocolate egg cream.  Yum!

While I drank, I sat at a tall table (I love sitting at a tall table) and tried to write, with I admit indifferent success.  I also watched two young men making shaved ice. It looked pretty good, especially on such a hot day.  Their business is called Sweet Chillz.

Sweet Chillz.

I came back after the play and took a few pictures.  I also had another egg cream.

It was a very popular item.

You can’t really see it, but the line went way back.

A frantic moment behind the counter.

Naturally I wanted a picture of Laura and Matt, who own the place.

My dates for the afternoon.

My husband Steven and friend Kim  joined me for my second visit to Meeples.  Alas that I cannot go back again for a few days.  They are open 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday,  2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday.   Meeples is located at 598 E. Main St., Little Falls NY, phone number 315-868-7488.