Thursday September 13th, 6:30pm: Italian Wine Tasting Dinner at Wohlner’s Aksarben Village. Chef Alex makes an amazing Italian food course. Please call our Aksarben Deli for reservations.
Friday September 14th: Music in the Park at Midtown Crossing. Performances by the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra and the UNO Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra. Be sure to buy your food, wine, beer and sodas at Wohlner’s Midtown Crossing Store, 32nd and Dodge. Free parking in our parking garage---the first three hours are free, and visitors pay only $1 for each hour thereafter (with a maximum fee of $6).
Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th: Aksarben Art Festival. Two days of art and activities across the street from Wohlner’s Aksarben Village store. Be sure to shop our store.
Sunday September 16th: Omaha Farmers Market at Aksarben Village (9AM - 1PM)
Friday September 28th: Hal France & Friends, People Helping People Through the Arts Turner Park opens at 5 p.m. for concertgoers and performances begin at 7 p.m. Concertgoers are allowed to bring beer, wine and champagne, but not hard alcohol. Blankets are allowed, but tents and stakes are not.
Wohlner’s Pork Florentine Roll
First our expert butchers butterfly lean and tender pork loin. Then our chefs fill the pork loin with delicious pesto, tangy feta cheese and finally spinach---hey, gotta have spinach to call it “Florentine”. Then all this is rolled up for you to take home and bake. Sounds amazing, eh? It’s what just what you’d expect from Wohlner’s.
Usually I write up wonderful recipes so you can make things like Pork Loin Florentine. However, this week our staff beat me to the punch and readied the roast for you. How can I top that? It is simple, easy, fast, and delicious. Just take it home, season with salt (no pepper), and oven cook a 5 pound roast for about 2 hours at 375f. (That seems to long to me, so use a meat thermometer and cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 150f - 155f, then let it rest for about 8 minutes before slicing.)
Now if you’re looking for a wine to pair with Pork Roll Florentine, Mike suggests Decoy Merlot. I agree with him but also suggest Indian Springs Vineyards Cabernet Franc.
Wine and Beer Deals (09/12/2012 - 09/19/2012)
Indian Springs Cabernet Franc: Cabernet Franc from France was the wine of the Roman Emperors and Kings, it is that good. The problem is that the Cabernet Franc grape was a bit delicate, so the French married Cab Franc to the sturdier and more robust Sauvignon Blanc grape and they had a child—Cabernet Sauvignon.
Jump to 2012 and you will find that Cabernet Franc is usually part of good Bordeaux blends along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. But if you go to Nevada County, California at the base of the Sierra Nevada Foothills you’ll find Indian Springs Vineyards where they grow and bottle a fantastic example of quality Cab Franc that you should try!
Brief description: Indian Springs Cabernet Franc is deep ruby in color with aromas of plum, cassis, and violet. It also contains a peppery spice, graphite, cedar and other herbs. Lastly, is has smoother tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, and a memorable pleasant finish.
I haven’t tried this vintage yet, but in all the prior ones I tasted it was wonderful. But don’t rely on me, go here and look all the awards it has won over the past 15 years.
If you’re looking for a wine not quite and big and tannic as Cabernet Sauvignon but with much going on than Merlot, then Cab Franc is what you’re looking for.
Sam Adams Octoberfest: I had my first sighting of Samuel Adams Octoberfest this year. Love that stuff! It and all Sam Adams are on sale this week at Wohlners.
Smirnoff Vodka: Smirnoff Vodka wins just about all the taste tests year in year out--beats all the others out. Just saying, because it’s on sale this week at Wohlners.
Ham Steaks: While not wine or beer, I almost forgot to mention that ham steaks are on sale. Maybe that means Dave and Jan will invite over again for ham steaks and wine. Moreover, Dave makes a delicious baked bean dish where he adds canned Black Beans (which are on sale this week.) That could be a pretty good lunch for halftime on Saturday. Some Sago Blue Cheese spread on crackers or Wohlner’s Baguette slices for an appetizer, then for lunch or post game, glazed grilled ham steak, baked beans with black beans, and Sam Adams beer, and maybe a glass of Indian Springs Cab Franc.