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Time for Wine

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April showers bring May flowers…

In honor of May we would like to recommend some great floral wines to reflect the overall mood of spring. For more information visit Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The following wines, all of which have distinctive floral notes, pair well with spring foods—fresh salads, light meat, soft, fresh cheeses, and fresh fish.

Viognier: A vibrantly floral white from the Northern Rhône with a bouquet of orange blossom, honeysuckle, peaches, and apricots. Its full body appeals to Chardonnay drinkers.

Chenin Blanc: Originally from the Loire, Chenin Blanc is now grown around the world. Crisp acidity and signature aromas of honey, honeysuckle, straw, and melon stand out in wines produced in cooler regions. Try slightly-sweet versions from Vouvray or South Africa.

Torrontes: Argentina’s signature white grape has a hint of orange blossom and citrus fruit on the nose, rounded off with sweet tropical mango and peach flavors. Dry, full-bodied, and crisp, Torrontes is generally a great value.

Muscat: Grown around the world, Muscat is probably the most aromatic white wine of all, with intense aromas of musky perfume and ripe grapes.

Gewürztraminer: Though the literal translation of the German “gewürz” is “spicy,” the contextual meaning is more likely “perfumed.” Gewürztraminer is full-bodied, with a heady nose of roses, gardenias, and honeysuckles and flavors of mangos, peaches and sweet spices.

Riesling: Along with a distinctive apple and floral bouquet, Riesling tends to pick up minerality from the vineyard that gives the nose additional depth. They’re naturally high in acid and made in a variety of styles from bone-dry to sweet—the best come from cool-climate areas like Germany, Alsace, and New York.

Arneis: Originally grown in Italy’s Piedmont region, Arneis is a fragrant white with apple, peach, and pear aromas and flavors.

The Carlton’s Quick Picks

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Here are The Carlton’s Quick Picks for the week of May 10th.

Remember, you can always find more events on the Post-Gazette’s Event Calendar as well as the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Calendar.

These are just a few of our favorites!

Discover the Real George Washington: Views from Mt. Vernon. Now until July 18th the Senator John Heinz History Center will serve as the premier venue on a nine-city national tour of Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon. This exhibition features highlights from Mount Vernon’s world-class collection and provides a new perspective on Washington, his achievements and legacies, his family and times, and most importantly, his intellectual pursuits and entrepreneurial ventures.  For more information visit the Heinz History Center.

Time of My Life. You have until this Sunday, May 16th to catch Time of My life at O’Reilly Theatre. When the Strattons meet at their favorite restaurant, they are hoping for a good time. But for playwright Alan Ayckbourn, time is relative – and wildly funny. While parents Gerry and Laura reminisce in the present, son Glyn and his wife are viewed in the future, and son Adam and his girlfriend are seen from the past. Meanwhile, one actor works overtime as the entire restaurant staff. Ultimately, Ayckbourn’s sly comedy suggests that living in the moment is the best time of all. For more information visit Pittsburgh Public Theatre.

Pittsburgh Flea. Pittsburgh Flea in the Strip District will begin April 18th through November 14th. It will be open every Sunday rain or shine from 8 am to 3 pm. This is an Outdoor Flea. Be a Vendor or a Shopper. Enjoy yourself at the Flea.

Parent’s Night Out. Need a date night but don’t know what to do with the kids? The Science Center can help! Have a night on the town while your kids learn AND have fun at the same time! Evenings include pizza, a laser show, an Omnimax film, and tons of time to explore. Drop off your kids at 5 pm, enjoy your evening, then pick them up at 10 pm. (or 11 pm for just $10 more). For kids ages 6–12. $35 member / $40 non-member per child. Call 412.237.1637 to register or visit the Carnegie Science Center.

Don’t Miss Young Frankenstein

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You have the opportunity to see Mel Brooks’ classic movie come to life in a broadway musical like no other! Show ends Sunday, May 9th. This spectacular new production is the winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for BEST MUSICAL.

This show follows young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to create a monster. Don’t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film. You are sure to spend the whole night laughing.

Don’t forget to stop by the Carlton Restaurant for a meal before the show and get a free limo ride to the Benedum Center.