Joseph Maile, a professional violinist, will be joining us on December 27th to play select live chamber music.…
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If I told you that there is one activity that you can do today to make you smarter, what would you guess it is? Would you guess listening to classical music? Doing brain-teaser puzzles? Proving why the theory of relativity isn’t actually how Einstein described it?
Would you be surprised if I told you that the one thing that you can do today is …
Chardonnay is the most popular type of white wine, found all over the world. The flavor, taste, and aroma of it will vary depending on where it was made and what processing methods were used.
Chardonnay originated from the Burgundy and Champagne areas of France. Although white Burgundy is a popular wine that is prepared with Aligote, a lesser known grape, the fact remains that white Burgundy can’t be made without the use of Chardonnay grapes. They can also be used in making Champagne and other types of sparkling wines. Although Chardonnay wine is the most popular use, there are several other uses for the grape that lead to some truly fine wines.
In appearance, Chardonnay grapes are green in color with thin skins. The grape is a result of the Pinot and Croatian Blanc grape, which are both now extinct. The Chardonnay grape, however, is a major player in the wine-making world. As a result of its popularity, the making of this fine wine has spread throughout Europe and other locations of the world such as Australia and California. The grape variety also grows quite well in South Africa. The richest and most complex Chardonnays are American and French, which are also among the most preferred white wines.
Chardonnay is usually fermented and aged using oak barrels that help to bring out the vanilla flavor the wine is well known for. It can also be aged and fermented using bottles, although it won’t age quite as much as red wine. Once bottled, it will be good for many years, but it can suffer from fatigue sooner than most reds.
Almost all Chardonnay wines are meant to be chilled, making them work extremely well with dishes that contain butter and cheeses. The wines also have less acid content than other white grapes which makes them work well with seafood. There are numerous foods that you can pair Chardonnay with, which is what makes it so popular.
Here at Rembrandt’s, we offer three different Chardonnays on our menu, and we often feature others. The ones we keep in stock are Grayson Cellars 2017 Chardonnay and Frank Family Vineyards 2015 Carneros Chardonnay (both from California) and Dipinti 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay, which is Italian with a different flavor than most because it isn’t aged in oak barrels. Come in today to try one of these three exceptional wines, and watch our Facebook page and Instagram for our feature wines each week.
Next Friday and Saturday, Bob will be out of town… and when the boss is away, the employees will play!
We’re going to have some great deals on “special offerings” wine on Friday and Saturday (August 10-11) from Noon to 10 PM. Watch our Facebook page for more details!
When it comes to tasting wine, some people have an advantage. It’s called “supertasting”, and it’s a superpower that YOU might have and not even know it!
So how do you discover your superhero-ness without getting bitten by a radioactive spider? It’s easy, and it involves drinking wine (so of course, we’re all for it)!…
Walt Schmidt is one of our most popular artisans here at Rembrandt’s. His pottery includes interesting and unique pieces – things like whistle mugs, baconators, noggins, and face jugs. Never heard of such things? Read on!…
It’s the first weekend of summer, so we’re having a party!
Tonight through Saturday, 5-10pm, join us at our tiki bar for wine cocktails, Hot Hawaiian pizza, Ace Pineapple Craft Cider, fire-grilled All-American Cheeseburgers and more! Wear your favorite beach or summer outfit (flip-flops, sunglasses, hats, etc.).
Go to http://rembrandtswinebar.com/event/first-weekend-of-summer-party to read more about it. See you this weekend!
Thank you all so much (again) for supporting us. There was a nice turnout at City Hall, and we think we made a good impression!
In case you couldn’t attend, here is the speech that Bob (Maile) gave before the City Council:
“I appreciate the members of City Council allowing me to speak. I have been in Madison over 20 years now trying to contribute to this city in various capacities, my most recent being Rembrandt’s Gallery & Wine Bar. My purpose here is to strongly encourage the creation of the special Riverfront 3-way liquor licenses by establishing a Riverfront Development District. Downtown Madison desperately needs to take advantage of the development opportunity that this district provides.
“In the late 1990’s, Markt Lytle, a former mayor and state representative, introduced legislation for the special Riverfront license specifically with downtown Madison in mind. He recognized the potential for downtown development that this offered. Since then, 34 cities in Indiana have taken advantage of this legislation. (I didn’t know some of these cities even had a river!) These cities recognized, as did Lytle, that no matter what a city has to offer as attractions, when visitors come they want to eat, drink, and shop. And the better the quality of restaurants and shops, the more quality people will come, both to spend money and to live here.
“I am constantly hearing about what other projects Madison needs to attract more visitors. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a Historic District here that rivals any city in the country! We just need to let the rest of the world know that we exist and that we have the amenities that they expect when they do come.
“The Riverfront license will in no way diminish the existing 3-way licenses. In fact, it will make them more valuable. As you are aware, the district can only be located a certain number of feet from the river. The city has complete control over the requirements, the number of licenses available, and basically what kind of place gets a license. The existing licenses have none of these restrictions and can locate anywhere in the city.
“To create our Riverfront District, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are 34 other cities that have done the research for their own Riverfront District that you can draw from and enact quickly. We have compiled extensive research on what other cities have done, and I am offering my assistance to the committee. I believe I could give valuable insight and help expedite the process.
“Downtown Madison needs meaningful development now. That why we have so many empty shops on Main Street and why we can’t even hold on to a grocery store. And if something doesn’t happen soon, I will be the next casualty.
“For the most part, people like me from out of town don’t come here to make money. We come here to be a part of this amazingly special place, and we want to be a part of its success. But there aren’t enough people with money visiting or living here yet to sustain it. Rembrandt’s was created to be the kind of place you would want in a Riverfront District – a place that showcases the history, culture, architecture, and character that makes Madison special. Rembrandt’s must be doing something right based on the 500 residents and visitors that signed our petition of support. Here are the names of some of the more well-known people. [hands out a list of some of the petition signers]
“But I can’t do this without some help. I am the only restaurant or bar in the county that can only sell wine, and there simply aren’t enough people living here or visiting here that only want to drink wine. That’s why I can’t open more than three nights a week, and you can’t sustain a business when you’re only open 15 hours a week. I am willing to work for free, but I’m not willing to go broke. This district is the quickest way to kick-start the economy of Downtown Madison and will surely attract future residents and business that will enhance the quality of life of the entire community. Thank you.”
Now we wait!
Just a quick note to ask: have you visited our online shop yet? It features original fine art and crafts from our Artisans Gallery.
We’re adding new gallery pieces every week, so if you don’t find something you want right now, check back later!
Due to the precious nature of the art, it must be picked up at Rembrandt’s. You can pay for it online, and we’ll have it ready for you when you get here.
So what are you waiting for? Click here or on “Shop” at the top of the page to see what we have to offer.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone that has signed our petition so far.
We’re completely overwhelmed by the support that our customers have given us this week.
We still have a long way to go. The next step will be to take the signatures (right now, at 10:19 AM on June 2nd, we have 523 of them) to the City of Madison.
We’re on the agenda to present our petition at the next city council meeting.
It’s this Tuesday, June 5th at 5:30 PM, in City Hall (101 W. Main St.).
If you would like to show your support for Rembrandt’s, please attend! We’d like to fit all 523 of you into the city council chambers. (Wouldn’t that be a sight?)
Again, we can’t begin to thank you enough for your support. Yes, it’s a little clichéd, but we really do have the very best customers we could possibly have.