Fun Facts about Madeira

Taste profiles:  caramel, walnut oil, peach, hazelnut, orange peel, and burnt sugar.

A dessert wine that pairs well with dark chocolate, nuts (almonds), and berries.

Generally about 17-20% alcohol content.

Tingly sensation on the center of the tongue is due to sugar and alcohol.

Popular cooking wine, great with mushrooms.  Preferable to cook with madeira wines sold in a wine store.

Madeira has a long shelf life, temperature does not change the product.  If wine is stored correctly, wine will last up to 1 year.

The most popular style of Madeira sold in the United States is called “rainwater.”  Must be aged three years before released.




Lunch with a Leader program

This is a must attend event, they have been beneficial to many students…

A friendly reminder that the Professional Development Center is having its annual Lunch with a Leader program in the Janet Lefler Dining Room (Namm 215) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 11:45 am- 1:30 pm.

Karen Elizaga, a top executive coach and author, works to inspire, motivate and empower clients and readers to achieve optimal performance and success in their business and personal lives. Karen started her career as a corporate lawyer, working for a top firm in New York, and moved on to the executive teams of two technology start-ups in London, England. After years of long hours and little self-satisfaction, she decided to switch gears and pursue what truly fulfilled her. Listening to her instincts, Karen founded a business she was truly passionate about, Forward Options. She is also the board chair of Womankind, a 35 year-old non-profit organization, which works with survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual violence, focusing on the refuge, recovery and renewal of these survivors.

Please remind your student if they can attend to RSVP with their full name by 12 noon on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 to , CityTechConnect or contact us at 718-260-5050. This invitation is not transferable to others. This is a professional networking opportunity for students; no sneakers, jeans, t-shirts or caps allowed.


Seats are limited, so please encourage students to RSVP to secure a spot.

Leiser’s Liquiors

I went to the wine and liquors store called “Leiser’s liquors” which located in 41-30 162nd St, Flushing NY. Since I went to a historical wine liquor store, I like to provide some background of the store. Leiser’s Liquors is opened since 1947 by Lloyd Leiser Sr. on 162nd street as a single unit storefront. In 1970 the store moved to the corner of the block and expanded in 1983 and 2003. The store is large, they have over 3500 square feet of floor space and over 4500 items in the store. They are known throughout the Queens community as having the best prices and the largest selection and they are committed to offering the best possible prices on the internet. Leiser has wide selection of Red and White wine, and also they have sparkling wine and some Korean and Japanese liquors as well.

I went to Leiser’s Liquors store without calling them first. I wanted to randomly go into the store and pretend I am a stranger and unfamiliar person about wine.

When I first went into the store, I felt ‘the store is huge’ immediately. I straightly went into red wine section and started to investigate the red wines. Then immediately one person came to me and politely asked me if I need any help. So I told him “Yes, I need your help with the wines” then he replied “sure.” and asked me what kinds of wine am I looking for. I asked him what is the popular wine in the store and why, and he told me the popular wines are

Wine Name: Beringer

Country: United States

Region: California

District: Sonoma County

Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2013


Wine name: SIMI

Country: United States

Region: California

District: Sonoma County

Grape Variety: Merlot

Vintage: 2014

Those two he says most popular ones in the store because they are well-balanced and little acidity, and smooth. Then I told him actually I am a student of Hospitality Management and right now I am here because of my wine project, and asked him if I can take some photos of the wines. And he replied “sure” with a smile. I asked him what is your favorite wine in the store? And he pointed one wine in a shelf and that wine was,

Wine Name: Hourglass, Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Calistoga, Napa Valley

Varietals: 90% Cabernet, 6% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot

Vintage: 2014

It has special oak tastes in it, and well-balanced wine and a few wines are produced. I asked him did you study wine? And he said “yes” and he told me he went to wine school called “WSET” which located in London and it is a wine specialist majored school. His name was Grey, and I really appreciated to Grey to answer all my questions kindly even the store was busy with the other customers. Then I went to look around the store, took some of the white and sparkling wines photos, and ended up getting one bottle of wine for myself.

September Wines & Spirits

The wine store I chose was September Wines & Spirits. It is located by Ludlow St and Stanton. The Place was quite small with an array of wines arranged by region.

Upon entering the place after the snow we had over a couple of days, they are still putting their new wine shipments into appropriate places. I was greeted by a gentleman named Ian. I introduced myself as a student studying hospitality management and doing an assignment for my wine class. Ian helped me throughout my questions as I was quite confused how their wine categories are almost all over the place. Nevertheless this created a unique selection.

I am not that new to wine because of my background working in restaurants and nightclubs so I have basic knowledge of wines and what I do like and don’t like.

In front of the store there is a section that they change every month. For Women’s month, they have decided to have a collection of wine offerings that are made by women. Although this is quite confusing if the owner is a woman, or the founder is but I was told that it is women that are actually making the wine.

I then came across with one of the wine they carry from Airlie vineyards. The AVA is from Willamette Valley in Oregon and the wine owner, Mary Olson is a woman, the marketing(labeling designer) Kim Swecker is a woman, the wine maker by the name Elizabeth Clark is also a woman.

I actually purchased the wine and tasted it myself. The wine is called 7, which is a blend of, you guessed it! 7 different grape varietals. I also found signs of carbonation when I poured it which bubbled more than usual. Below are my tasting notes.

Wine name: Seven
Grape Varietal:  Müller Thurgau, Pinot gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Muscat Ottonel.
Vintage : 2014
Appearance:  Clear, Light body
Nose:  Lemongrass, melon and hints of pear
Palate: Pineapple, Juicy and there are signs of carbonation


This was quite interesting for me and they also have a section for Organic Wine and Bio dynamic Wines. The prices of the wines are on the pricier end. The cheapest one I found was at the range of $13 and have seen up to a $46 a bottle for a Brunello di Montalcino.

Overall, the lay-out of the store was confusing in the beginning but the employees was quite knowledgeable in directing you to how they arrange the wines. They are also pretty helpful in recommending wines and I think the Monthly “Special” was very interesting in changing things up to bring new exciting things that will attract patrons.









Kert Lasdoce