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Ticket Giveaway to a Sweet Little Class

October 16, 2017

This is a big week. Friday, some of my oldest and dearest friends from around the country, and relatives from near and far, will arrive in the Capital Region. Some for the very first time. All to help celebrate my son’s bar mitzvah.

Oy. There’s a lot to do in these last few days. And on top of it all, there’s the business of everyday life. I’ll tell you all about the festivities in the days to come. But I’m full of nachus. That’s a good thing. It’s like I’m bursting with love.

What better way to share my joy than to kick off the week with a fabulous giveaway!

There’s a special wine and food pairing class that’s coming up Thursday, October 26, and it features one of my favorite wine pairings. But maybe calling it wine isn’t quite right. If I were able to go to the class, I might find out. Anyhow, it sounds amazing, and I’m so glad that a reader of the FLB will score a free pair of tickets to this intimate tasting.

Have you figured out what’s being poured?

Port might have been the first wine that really got me excited about wine in the first place. Technically, it’s a fortified wine. And not all of it is sticky sweet. And it doesn’t have to be just for dessert.

That said, a Late Bottle Vintage Ruby Port paired with dark chocolate is a glorious thing. And if you’ve never tried the two of those things together, this could be your chance.

Texas de Brazil has put together a 90-minute tasting class that’s traveling to their restaurants around the country in an effort to raise money for the American Red Cross. The classes are kept small, limited to a maximum of 25 people, and $40 of the $45 ticket price goes directly to the nonprofit’s hurricane relief efforts.

When guests arrive they are treated to a port and rye cocktail. It’s two ounces of rye to one ounce of port, with three shakes of bitters, and a cherry. Now we could argue all day if that’s a Manhattan or not, but they’re calling the drink the Croft Port of Manhattan. That is a clever way around the conundrum.

At the heart of the class are four classic pairings:

Fonseca BIN 27 Reserve Ruby Port with cheese
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottle Vintage Ruby Port with dark chocolate
Croft Reserve Tawny Port with dried fruits and nuts
Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Port with milk chocolate

But when you’re taking a wine class at Texas de Brazil, there has to be a little bit of meat thrown into the mix as well. There will be passed appetizers of garlic picanha, Brazilian sausage, and chicken wrapped in bacon to compliment some of the other bites.

The class starts at 6:30p and goes until 8p. If you’re still hungry, those who take the class will receive 25% off the regular dinner price at Texas de Brazil.

One of these days, I’m going to eat dinner here. Maybe with Little Miss Fussy. Man that girl loves meat. However, right now now, I’m happy to give away a pair of tickets to what sounds like a great night of knowledge and enjoyment.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post below. That’s it.

It can be as simple as “Thanks” or “Mazel tov!” If you want to share at length your experience with Port, that’s fine too. Long, thoughtful comments are always appreciated, but they don’t help your chances of winning.

At ten o’clock in the evening on Thursday, October 19, I’m going to count up all the comments. Then I’ll put that number into and the machine will spit out a winning number. That commenter will be contacted on Friday morning, and they will be the winner of the tickets!

So make sure you use a valid email address when submitting your comment.

For those who don’t win, or don’t want to risk Texas de Brazil running out of spaces at this pairing, you can simply buy your ticket for the class here. Now I have to go and try to dig up some old pictures from ancient hard drives for some kind of bar mitzvah slide show. Wish me luck.

  1. October 16, 2017 9:45 am

    Love Port! Just had a Tawny last night :)

  2. MikeH permalink
    October 16, 2017 9:58 am

    My only experience with port is the port wine cheese my mom would get when I was a kid. I loved that stuff. I’m sure it didn’t do port wine justice though. I’d love to try the real thing!

  3. October 16, 2017 10:00 am

    This sounds like a blast in a glass (literally)!

    • Christina Chiappetta permalink
      October 16, 2017 10:42 am


  4. llcwine permalink
    October 16, 2017 10:04 am

    Have always loved port, but my OMG experience was some years ago at a restaurant where I had dark chocolate, blue cheese accompanied by a glass of port. It was mindblowing!!!

  5. tom permalink
    October 16, 2017 10:07 am

    Yes Please

  6. Christina Chiappetta permalink
    October 16, 2017 10:42 am

    would love to try a port!

  7. Brian S permalink
    October 16, 2017 11:04 am

    Would bring back wonderful memories of port tasting in Porto. Yes please!

  8. Megan b permalink
    October 16, 2017 11:43 am

    Wow. We did a lot of port tasting in Portugal and this looks perfect.

  9. Joseph Beck permalink
    October 16, 2017 11:58 am

    Mazel tov

  10. Tracy B permalink
    October 16, 2017 11:59 am

    Oh how nice! Congrats!

  11. October 16, 2017 12:44 pm

    Would this be an excellent way to celebrate no longer being pregnant? Yes, I believe it would.

    Also, MAZEL to your sweet son and your family!!

  12. Victoria Sneeringer permalink
    October 16, 2017 3:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Daniel! This sounds awesome!

  13. Kimberly A Lengyel permalink
    October 16, 2017 3:33 pm

    I love this!

  14. Emily permalink
    October 16, 2017 4:36 pm

    I don’t know a lot about Port – would love to learn more!

  15. Sharon Murray permalink
    October 17, 2017 9:56 am

    Tawny and yummy!

  16. October 17, 2017 11:04 am

    Port would be enjoyable- but I might just be enjoying it at home.

  17. enough already! permalink
    October 17, 2017 9:40 pm

    Mazel tov. Best wishes to you and your family.

  18. October 18, 2017 7:54 am

    Big port fan.

  19. John Bensetler permalink
    October 18, 2017 10:40 am

    Would very much like to to attend I would.

  20. Benjamin permalink
    October 19, 2017 10:29 am

    Port was my introduction to wines. I gave it up several years ago, not sure why, but in my opinion it is one of the best things on earth.

  21. Katie permalink
    October 19, 2017 4:06 pm

    This would be awesome!

  22. Kayla permalink
    October 19, 2017 5:26 pm

    Never been! Would love the opportunity to learn a little more about the wonderful wine world.

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