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Friday, February 12, 2010

Wine and Chocolate with out Wine Broad Andrew Stover

Wine & Chocolate for Valentine’s!

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, so what better than to wind down the week with some wine and chocolate, right? Pairing wine with chocolate can be a little tricky and its important to remember a few tips, especially that the wine should be at least as sweet than the chocolate or else your pairing could end up bitter or sour.

White Chocolate

White Chocolate is more mellow and buttery and works amazingly well with Moscato
d’ Asti from Italy, Orange Muscat dessert wines and most late harvest white dessert wines.

Wine Tasted: Flare Moscatel NV, Valencia, Spain

Milk Chocolate

There are a few different directions you can go with milk chocolate. You could consider a lighter red, like Pinot Noir or a lighter-bodied Merlot or try semi-sweet Riesling, white late harvest wines and ice wines. A nice Ruby Port also complements well.

Wine Tasted: Sawtooth Riesling, Snake River Valley, Idaho
Yamhill Valley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Dark Chocolate with High Cacao Percentage

Dark Chocolate is generally slightly bitter because of its high percentage of cacao. These types of chocolate pair best with either a Tawny or Vintage Port or a robust red wine—even better when the wine has its own notes of chocolate. Cabernet and Zinfandels work well and even Merlot.

Wine Tasted: Angeles Crest ‘Sierra Rojo’ Cabernet/Syrah Blend, Los Angeles, California

SURPRISE WINE: M. Lawrence SEX Brut Rose, Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

PinkZone Day on Sunday Feb. 14th

Women's Basketball Hosts Lady Monarchs on WBCA PinkZone Day Sunday
Patriots looking for program's first win over ODU

Mason hosts Old Dominion on Sunday.

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Women's Basketball Edged at Delaware, 67-63
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Women's Basketball Falls to Hofstra, 72-39

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Feb. 21, 2009

The George Mason women's basketball team will return home after a three-game road swing on Sunday, hosting Old Dominion on WBCA Pink Zone Day. Tip-off against the Lady Monarchs is set for 2 p.m.

The Lady Monarchs come to Fairfax with a 14-10 record and 9-5 mark in CAA play, seeding them fourth in the conference standings. ODU has lost two of its last three games, including a 66-51 defeat at Hofstra on Thursday afternoon. Tiffany Green leads the Lady Monarch offense with 14.6 points per game, and she is averaging 9.4 rebounds per contest as well.

Mason will look to snap the nation's longest losing streak against one opponent, as ODU leads the all-time series 44-0 dating back to the 1974-75 season.

When the two teams met earlier this season, Mason led early, but the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs proved too much as they handed the Patriots a 73-42 defeat in CAA action on Jan. 15 at the Constant Center. The Patriots (2-13, 0-4) were plagued by shooting woes in the game, as ODU (9-5, 4-0) held a 41.7-to-26.3 percent field goal shooting advantage. The Lady Monarchs controlled the paint as well, outscoring Mason 38-to-14 while also out-rebounding the Patriots, 48-to-35. Mason was led by 10 points and eight rebounds from sophomore Brittany Poindexter, while all five ODU starters reached double figures, led by 16 points from Jasmine Parker.

Sunday is Mason's PinkZone Day. The WBCA Pink ZoneTM initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The WBCA's charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer FundTM, in partnership with The V Foundation. We strongly encourage all participants in the WBCA Pink Zone to raise money in support of the Fund.

For more information on the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer FundTM, please visit www.wbca.org/kayyowwbcacancerfund.asp. To donate, call 1-800-4JIMMYV or visit www.jimmyv.org.