Vinovin Wine and Spirits

June 2015 Newsletter
Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, and every day more civilized.

In this Issue...

  • Wine With Friends
  • June New Age Cocktail: Serrano Cilantro Margarita
  • Tile Fish Recipe
  • Health and Wellness: Health Benefits of White Wine
  • Franco's Travels in Italy
  • New World vs Old World

From the Owners

Six months ago we opened our doors with a desire to deliver what everyone else promises. We wanted to bring value, real value, to our customers. Every business markets on price, quality, or service; we offer value and an experience. Enter our store and you are taken back to a simple, rustic but meaningful time when service and image were truly at the forefront. Vinovin offers a unique experience: smaller production wines, personalized coaching and 100% free shipping of cases on-line, all at a cost much less than the value delivered. Customers tell us daily they can’t believe how we provide such good wine and service, especially at the price points. Every day Rob speaks with customers about a perfect bottle for their occasion or food pairing. Stop by the store, give us a call or chat with us online to begin your own experience.

Wine with Friends

May was our kick off month of our new hosted event, Wine with Friends.

Join us for your personalized group wine tasting event. Invite your friends, enjoy some wine and have a few laughs.Our team at Vinovin will provide a unique twist to what is typically a lackluster experience.

We include you in the selection of up to 4 different wines; prepare a theme around the tasting and paired Hors Doeuvres and lead a brief but thorough discussion of each wine being presented. We want you to Enjoy Wine With Friends!

We entertain groups of 10 or less, offer perks for the host and also their guests who sign up for future wine with friends tastings.And all of this is free of charge.

June New Age Cocktail: Serrano Cilantro Margarita

  1. Utensils Needed
  2. Bar Tin
  3. Tall Glass
  4. Muddle
  5. Bar Strainer
  • Supplies
  • Small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 3 slices of serrano pepper
  • 1 Oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Oz agave nectar
  • 2 oz Astral Tequila
  • Directions
  • Add cilantro and serrano pepper slices to bar tin and muddle.
  • Add remaining ingredients and fill tin half-way with ice.
  • Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice in tall glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
Something about the warm weather makes me crave tequila and good hand crafted margaritas. The crisp, light flavor of good silver tequila just screams hello summer, winter is now behind us. So for June I decided to review Astral tequila and give you a couple of great margarita recipes.

Astral blanco tequila is sourced from 100% blue agave grown on mountainous slopes, (most are grown on flat land) this makes the plants harder to grow and gives them more character. The agave is roasted in traditional stone ovens, then crushed. The juice is then fermented with the residual pulp, (most producers only ferment the juice) and natural yeast. This fermentation process takes eight times as long as normal fermentation, this is the way it was done 150 years ago before the process was industrialised. After fermentation Astral is pot distilled two time to reach 92 proof, a more honest proof for the spirit, according to the producer.

Astral tequila is rich and elemental with powerful notes of spice, saline and vegetation. It finishes smooth and clean. For my cocktail I chose one of my favorites that I created several years ago, a serrano cilantro margarita.

Recipe by Rob Accordino

June Recipe

Tile Fish

I used tile fish, filleted, because it is a firm meaty fish, grouper also works well. This recipe and set of pictures shows a 3 pound fillet.

We were feeding 6 people. The fish was fresh and wild caught. If you make less than 3 pounds, reduce recipe accordingly.
Feeds 6 people
  • Ingredients
  • 3 lbs filleted fish, meaty such as tile or grouper
  • Full bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 lemons and 1 lime
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Lay fish skin side down in deep baking pan
  3. Drizzle olive oil over fish, enough to coat top, rub into fish with hand
  4. Sprinkle salt over fish lightly, same with pepper. Rub all garlic over top of fish with hands, spread evenly
  5. Spread tomatoes over top of fish
  6. In a bowl whisk together 2 fresh squeezed lemons, 1 lime, cup of white wine and few tablespoons olive oil.
  7. Drizzle mixture over top of fish, lightly, don't let liquid push garlic off top
  8. All excess liquid will just fill pan
  9. Spread all parsley over top of fish and tomatoes
  10. Drizzle a little more olive oil over top
  11. Put in preheated oven, cook about 15-20 minutes then check if done. Touch thickest part of fish, it will be firm but bouncy or cut into middle, should be white and flaky

Suggested Sides

Roasted vegetables with olive oil and fresh herbs and lemon
Steamed broccoli, sauteed with garlic, olive oil and lemon

Suggested Wines

Teddy Hall Chenin Blanc
San Giorgio Pinot Grigio
Les Garrigue Cotes du Rhone
Dacu Tempranillo

Red wine is commonly promoted as having healthbenefits, in moderation of course.  People  love to write about  the benefits of Red Wine for heart health, antioxidants, and promoting good cholesterol.  A quick search on Google will display articles by many writers on this subject, including such venerable publications as Time magazine.  Having said that; what about  white wine?  It is smooth, sometimes sweet and goes down like water in the summer, but do white wines have any health benefits?   


In a great article titled Anti-Inflammatory Effects of White Wine in CKD Patients and Healthy Volunteers, as published in the Journal of Blood Purification, Volume 39 No. 1-3, 2015, Migliori et. al did a study on two control groups to examine the effects of white wine on patients suffering from kidney disease.    The trial used two groups to study the anti-inflammatory effects of a Mediterranean diet combining olive oil and white wine on a daily basis.  Their results found that daily ingestion of olive oil and white wine had significant reductions in inflammation compared with those in the study only using olive oil or indeed those not enjoying either of these amazing and simple compounds eaten  every day in most Mediteranean countries. 


They explained their findings: While white wine lacks many of the healthy polyphenols found in red wine, the simple phenols present in white wine were consistent with those found in olive oil, and  can produce similar antioxidant or anti-inflammatory benefits as red wine.   

A chilled bottle of white wine is refreshing and delicious, especially during the summer.  Please take advantage of the many varieties offered and ENJOY! To see our white wines, just click the image at the top of the article!

Franco's Adventures in Italy

One summer my wife and I were visiting Rome, spending the day with a close friend. After an hour or so of catching up he suggested we take a drive outside of Rome. As we approached this quaint village built around a beautiful lake, we took in the beautiful views which included bright red wild strawberries everywhere! The town is called Nemi, a picturesque Village, chock full of wild strawberries growing wild.

Apparently Nemi has a micro climate and is built on the side of an ancient volcano which provides the perfect conditions for these delicious strawberries. Our friend said it was the season for wild berries in Nemi, the month of June, and we had to experience it since we were here. Fragola di bosco, wild strawberries, are allowed to be picked and eaten and every restaurant and cafe served everything strawberry during this period. We sat at an open air cafe overlooking the lake.

My wife and I had a local favorite which was similar to strawberry shortcake, topped with strawberry ice cream and pana, or fresh unsweetened cream. All strawberries were freshly picked and had an amazing sweetness I have never tasted in any commercially farmed berry, before or since. Our friend suggested we try a Prosecco, which is a mild white wine, this one not too sweet so it complimented the sweet desert, with a slight effervescence. I had never had a Prosecco and have also never tasted one so delicious since, mainly because of the atmosphere.

New World, Old World


One thing that we love at Vino Vin is the difference between New World and Old World wines.  In this portion of our newsletter we will be showcasing all of the wonderful things that make each type of wine unique.  Lets start with the basics.  


What is a Old World wine?  An Old World wine is a wine that is produced in Europe, mainly France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Greece.  Old world wines are typically named from the region in which they are grown, (BordeauxChianti etc.) as opposed to varietal (CabernetChardonnay etc.) with that said however, there are of course some exceptions.   Old World wines follow more strict laws when it comes to growth, harvesting, production and aging.  


What is a New World wine?  A New World wine is a wine that is produced outside of Europe, mainly from countries like the United States, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  New World wines are named after the main grape used to produce that particular wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Chenin Blanc.  Many of the same varietals are grown in the New World, however they take on different flavors due to the different climates and terroir.  


Next month look forward to some of our more in-depth comparisons of Old World Vs. New World wines.