Always a good Time for Wine

I sampled a grouping of Visalli's small-production wines from around the globe:
Riesling Kabinett - This German wine has hints of apple, grape and pear flavors. Spicy food, curry or Thai food work well with this wine (8% ABV).
Vouvray - This French wine, with a hint of apricot, would be Goldilocks's favorite because it's not too sweet, not too dry, but just right. Chicken, seafood and brie cheese complement this wine (11.5 % ABV).
Maryhill Chardonnay Blend - Produced in Washington State with a four-grape blend, which create a citrusy and grassy (but tasty) flavor. Asparagus and broccoli complement and enhance the grassy flavor (13.2 % ABV).
Three Tenor - This German wine, named after the three German tenors, is referred to as "red wine with training wheels." Being partial to sweet and semi-sweet wines, the training wheels depiction is accurate. It pairs well with steak, beef and marinara sauce. This was one of my favorites (10% ABV).
Crin Roja - This tempranillo wine was produced in Spain. The bottle featured an aerator device (merging air into the wine, allowing it to breathe) which made for an eye-catching presentation. Has hints of olive, black licorice and cinnamon, so meaty or meat-like selections work well with this wine, including Portobello mushrooms, pasta and swordfish.

Alias Cabernet - This California wine has the juice; "Napa juice," that is. It has hints of several flavors, such as cherries, raspberries, chocolate coffee beans and oak (13.8% ABV). Steak, vegetables, Portobello mushrooms and chocolate pair well with this wine.
Tawny Port - This Portuguese dessert wine has hints of berry and licorice. It's often drizzled over vanilla ice cream served in chocolate dessert shells during happy hour in Portugal. Happiness indeed. This was one of my favorites (19 % ABV).

If the combination of chocolate and wine is as classic to you as peanut butter and jelly, consider a Sweet Night Out tastings. Time for Wine teams up with Schakolad in South Tampa for this two-hour tasting, including wines from around the globe, and twenty-five chocolates. Sweet!

Whether you prefer your wine with or without chocolate, consider a personalized wine tasting with Time for Wine, to give you, your friends, family and co-workers a buzz-worthy, educational and tasty time.

For more information, visit Time for Wine's website at

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Juliette Cassistre
Juliette Cassistre and Cheryl Visalli

If you constantly have wine on your mind, it's always time for wine. Time for Wine in Carrollwood would certainly agree. Established in 1980 and owned by Charles and Cheryl Visalli, Time for Wine offers wines from mom and pop wineries throughout Europe and the U.S. Since these wines are produced in small batches, they are generally unfamiliar to the public. So, Time for Wine stimulates your taste buds and your mind with personalized wine tastings, featuring these wines. One of their wine experts will travel to the destination of your choice, whether that's your home, office or garage (if that's where you like to drink wine). Good times!

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Juliette Cassistre
Juliette Cassistre and Cheryl Visalli

Recently, owner and wine expert Cheryl Visalli travelled to a friend's house, so I had the opportunity to experience a personalized wine tasting first-hand. Of course, being the owner of a wine shop for over thirty years, Visalli obviously knew her stuff, but I was impressed by her thoroughness and detailed description of each wine we sampled. Wine amateurs will surely be educated, one sip at a time.

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