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Friday Nite Tasting 
“Chris Cottrell of Bedrock Wine Co.”

Friday, July 13th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Bedrock Wine Co. was started in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson. Working out of a small converted chicken coop in a friend’s backyard, Morgan focused on making personality-filled wines wrought from a small array of thoughtfully farmed vineyards. Over time the chicken coop and its outdoor fermenters and tiny basket press gave way to production at another friend’s winery and eventually to the “elegant” tin-sided warehouse that is now called home. In addition, after six years of working alone the winery welcomed Chris Cottrell as a partner-in-crime along with a small, dedicated staff of highly decent human beings.


2017 Bedrock Wine Co.
'Ode to Lulu' Rose
California
2016 Bedrock Wine Co.
'Chuy' Chardonnay
Moon Mountain District
Sonoma County
2016 Bedrock Wine Co.
'Lorenzo's Heritage' Red Wine
Dry Creek Valley
Sonoma County
2016 Bedrock Wine Co.
'Oakville Farmhouse' Red Wine 
Oakville, Napa Valley
2016 Bedrock Wine Co.
Montecillo Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma Valley/County
 
Weekend Tasting
"Bastille Day"

Sat./Sun., July 14th &15th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Much like the Fourth of July in America, Bastille Day—known in France as la Fête nationale or le 14 juillet (14 July)—is a public holiday in France, celebrated by nationwide festivities including fireworks, parades and parties. Attendees will see France’s tricolor flag, hear the French motto Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité (“liberty, equality and fraternity”) and break into singing La Marseillaise—all popular symbols of France that had their origins in the heady days of the French Revolution. Come taste through a lovely selection of French wines in honor of Bastille Day, as well as France qualifying for the World Cup finals! 


2016 La Raimbauderie 
Rose 

Sancerre, France

2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon 
Chardonnay
Mâcon-Prissé
, France
2010 Château Lestrille Capmartin
Red Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Supérieur, France
2016 Domaine Combier
Syrah
Crozes Hermitage
, France
 
Weekend Tasting
"World Cup Fever"

Sat./Sun., July 7th and 8th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

In case you haven't heard, there is a soccer tournament happening in Russia. Taking place once every four years, the World Cup is the most widely followed sporting event in the world, with millions living and dying with the success or failure of their favorite team. To commemorate this colossal sporting event, we are featuring wines from four of the contestants in this year's cup. Both sports and wine are often said to bring people together, so let's get together and celebrate both.


2015 von Winning Riesling
'WInnnings' Rheinpfalz
Germany
2016 Marchand & Tawse
'Joie de Vigne' Bourgogne Rouge

France
2015 Pombal do Vesuvio
Douro Red Wine
Portugal
 
Friday Nite Tasting 
“Independents Day'”

Friday, July 6th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

We continue the celebration of America's independence this Friday by celebrating independent American winemakers. All the wines are made by small independent winemakers who lovingly handcraft each wine.  Our national motto, E Pluribus Unum, is reflected in this group of vintners. They come from, or are descended from, many different national origins. And yet they share one common goal, to make the best wine possible. Come toast the diversity that is our country's strength.
2017 Alma de Cattleya
Sauvignon Blanc,
Sonoma County
2014 Knez Chardonnay
Demuth Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Mendocino
2013 Stomping Girl Pinot Noir
Beresini Vineyard,
Carneros
2016 Once & Future Mataro
Oakley Road Vineyard
Contra Costa County
 
Weekend Tasting
"G’day Australia"

Sat./Sun., June 23rd & 24th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Maybe your idea of Australian wine is Yellow Tail, the massively successful, super-produced wine with a jumping kangaroo on the label. Or maybe you picture an in-your-face monster shiraz so thick and fruity you could practically sip it from a spoon. If you think those examples define Down Under wines, you couldn’t be more wrong. Australia’s fine wine scene is one of the world’s most exciting, dynamic, and diverse, with 65 regions growing more than 100 different varietals for nearly 3,000 wineries. A wave of young, avant-garde winemakers with hipster beards and daring ideas are experimenting with reds and whites all over the country and making excellent wines. Pét-Nat anyone? 



2011 Ben HainesVintage
Pét-Nat of Chardonnay
Victoria, Australia
2015 Robert Oatley
Chardonnay
Margaret River, Australia
2016 Happs
Pinot Noir
Margaret River, Australia
2015 Point Ormond
Shiraz
Heathcote, Australia
 
 
Friday Nite Tasting 
“Summer Rosé”

Friday, June 22nd
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

If you’ve been waiting for someone to announce that it’s time to chill some rosé wine, here’s your moment. It’s finally time to start thinking about the impressive amounts of pink wine you’ll be consuming this summer.
The 2017 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche comes from vines roughly 30+ years old, perched in limestone-rich soils deliver a rosé teeming with energy coupled with the supple concentration only possible from older vines. A blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Clairette for added aromatics. A gorgeous nose of blood orange, crushed raspberries and rose petal. Ripe cherry and citrus notes intermingle on the mid-palate with hints of wet stones on the long and dry finish. Bring on the Bouillabaisse!


2017 Domaine les Aphillanthes  
Rose Blend
Cotes du Rhone 
2017 Arnot Roberts
Touriga Nacional Rose
California
2017 Domaine de la Bastide Blanche
Bandol Rose 
Provence, France
2017 Bedrock 'Ode to Lulu' 
Old Vine Rose
California
 
 
 
 
Weekend Tasting
"Cheers to Dad"

Sat./Sun., June 16th & 17th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

When it comes to celebrating the most important father in the world, wine can deliver a meaningful message. That puts more than a little pressure on the choice of bottles, of course. The decision can send you down a veritable rabbit hole of questions about the region, variety, and style (and price) that will say what you want to say to dad. As it turns out, some of California’s great vintners have tackled the task, crafting bottles for every possible 'dad palate'.  Here are four—all unique CA—that are terrific choices for Father’s Day.



2015 Donkey & Goat
'The Gadabout' White Blend
California
2016 Wine on Piedmont
Pinot Blanc
Mendocino County
2015 Halcon
'Alturas' Syrah
Yorkville Highlands
2016 Involuntary Commitment
Red Blend
Columbia Valley
 
 

Friday Nite Tasting 
“CA Bubble Party”

Friday, June 8th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Traditional sparkling wine, including Champagne, involves an elaborate and time-consuming process: A dose of sugar and yeast are added to very acidic base wine, and it’s all left in a bottle to age on its lees (spent yeast cells and such), usually for 15 months minimum, often for years. A second fermentation, wherein the yeast converts sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide—hence the bubbles—creates the sparkling texture.
Pét-nat takes one big step out of this process: Rather than adding sugar and yeast to a finished base wine, the wine is put in bottle while still a bit sweet. Its fermentation continues in the bottle, and the wine becomes naturally sparkling. The naturel is supposed to denote that the same indigenous yeasts both fermented the grape juice and sparkled the wine, in one more or less continuous process. Both are beautiful and delicious parties in a glass! Join us this Friday as we celebrate the diversity of CA sparkling wine.


Bedrock Wine Company
NV Sh'Bubbles Sparkling Rosé
Carignan, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
California
2015 Calicru 'Death Becomes Life'
Chardonnay Pet-Nat

Sonoma County
2017Donkey and Goat 'Lily's'
Chardonnay Pet-Nat

Anderson Valley
2011Charles Heintz 'Deanna Nicole'
Sparkling Chardonnay 
Sonoma Coast/County
 
Weekend Tasting
"Classic Italy"

Sat./Sun., June 9th & 10th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco is a white wine obtained from a blend of native Friulano grapes and international varieties that thrive in Friuli: especially in Collio, with its outstandingly favorable geology, soil types and climate. The bright yellow hue introduces a soft, complex, fruit-rich nose enhanced by lingering mineral notes. The warm, broad palate echoes the nose, revealing balanced acidity and impressively rich fruit on the long finish.
The 2016 Valle dell'Acate Tenuta Ibidini is made from 100% Nero d'Avola and pours a vibrant ruby in the glass. On the nose aromas of small red fruits mix with anise and a subtle earthiness. On the palate, this medium-bodied Sicilian treat delivers layer upon layer of juicy, fresh fruit flavor with a delightful savory spice undertone. Enjoy with anything off the grill from hamburgers to sausages to steaks or even swordfish and tuna.




2015  Zuani Collio Bianco
Friulano Blend
Collio, Italy
2016 Pra Soave Classico
Garganega
Veneto, italy
2014 Tenuta Buon Tempo
Rosso di Montalcino
Sangiovese
Tuscany, Italy
2016 Valle dell'Acate Tenuta Ibidini
Nero d'Avola 
Sicily, Italy

Friday Nite Tasting 
“Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir”

Friday, June 1st
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Sonoma County is a diverse and vast area – 1,604 square miles in total with 55 miles of coastline. Rolling hills are covered in oak trees, with beautiful surrounding mountain ranges and valleys. The soil is rich and loamy and well drained. The highest mountain peak is 4,483 feet, the lowest 2,870 feet. It is the incredible variation in the topography and the climate that creates the optimal environment that Pinot Noir requires. The Sonoma Coast appellation is the largest licensed American Viticultural Area in the United States containing over 500,000 acres across 750 square miles. The Sonoma Coast AVA is distinctive for the influence of the Petaluma Gap, which creates a wind tunnel effect that cools the vineyards. This means the yields are smaller and the grapes ripen later, developing rich fruit characteristics while maintaining ideal levels of acidity. Sonoma Coast is very much prized as one of the best regions for producing premium CA Pinot Noir.


2015 Cep
Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast
2015 Kutch
Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast
2015 Rivers-Marie
Silver Eagle Vineyard, Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast
2016 Arnot Roberts
Clary Ranch, Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast
 
Weekend Tasting
"Rediscover Spain"

Sat./Sun., June 2nd & 3rd
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Too often Spain gets overlooked in the sea of wine options. We have picked some excellent choices to keep you refreshed as the sun comes to visit us in June. Flaco Tempranillo is produced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards. These vines are tended in diverse micro-climates, allowing for more consistency of ripeness year after year. The fresh, pure character of this wine makes this an extremely versatile to pair with chicken and flaky fish--as well as the fruit and acidity to match with red meats in addition.
Marmajuelo plantings are rare. In 2011, Borja Perez Gonzalez recuperated two tiny 20-year-old parcels, perched above the Ignios Baboso vineyard. The wine is equally unusual, combining salty and savory volcanic island elements - ocean air and smoky soil - interwoven with juicy (dry) tropical fruits.The complexity of flavors is lifted by invigorating acidity. This is a rare wine you do not want miss!



2015 Castelo de Medina
Verdejo

Rueda, Spain
2015 Ignios Origenes
Marmajuelo 

Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Canary Islands,  Spain
2016 Flaco
Tempranillo

Madrid, Spain
2015 Bodegas y Viñedos Lleiroso 'Luzmillar' 
Tempranillo

Ribera del Duero, Spain

Friday Nite Tasting 
“Rhone, Rhone, Rhone your Boat'...”

Friday, May 25th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

The Northern Rhône may not be the exact epicenter of where the Syrah vine first appeared (which supposedly is about 35 miles Southeast of there), however it is the benchmark by which all other Syrah wines are measured. The Northern Rhône produces Syrah very unlike other regions in terms of style and it makes it a fascinating region to try to understand. Beyond just reds, there are also 3 other grapes from this area that can claim the Rhône as their place of origin and they are: Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.


2014 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine
White Rhone Blend
Hermitage, France
2014 Bernard Burgaud
Syrah

Cote Rotie, France
2015 Domaine Jacques Lemenicier
Syrah

Cornas, France
2015Domaine Gilles Robin
Syrah

Hermitage, France
 
Weekend Tasting
"Celebrating Women Winemakers"

Sat./Sun., May 26th & 27th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

For thousands of years, the wine industry was dominated by men. The few women who worked in wine did so more by chance than by choice. In France, during the 18th and 19th centuries, Veuve Cliquot and later Madame Pommery, also known as the “champagne widows,” both inherited wineries after their husbands’ deaths. These women revolutionized the industry. Fast forward to 2018, and we now see a surge of talented women winemakers leading the way. We have picked out a few of our CA favorites--enjoy!

2017 Ser
Dry Riesling

Wirz Vineyard
Cienega Valley
2017 Alma de Cattleya
Sauvignon Blanc
Sonoma County
2016Tessier
Mourvedre
Goldbud Vineyard
El Dorado
2015Rock Wall 
'Rosso di Fiore
' Zinfandel/Sangiovese
Marcheschi Vineyard
Alexander Valley

Friday Nite Tasting 
“Bedrock Wine Company
with Marlene Raderman of
Monterey Bay.”

Friday, May 18th 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Bedrock Wine Co. was started in 2007 by Morgan Twain-Peterson. Working out of a small converted chicken coop in a friend’s backyard, Morgan focused on making personality-filled wines wrought from a small array of thoughtfully farmed vineyards. Over time the chicken coop and its outdoor fermenters and tiny basket press gave way to production at another friend’s winery and eventually to the “elegant” tin-sided warehouse that is now called home. In addition, after six years of working alone the winery welcomed Chris Cottrell as a partner-in-crime along with a small, dedicated staff of highly decent human beings.



2016 Bedrock
'Chuy' Chardonnay

Moon Mountain District
Sonoma County
2017 Bedrock
'Ode to LuLu' 
Old Vine Rose
California
2015 Bedrock
Old Vine Zinfandel

California
2016 Bedrock
Syrah

North Coast
2016 Bedrock
Pagani Ranch Heritage
 
Red Wine Blend
Sonoma Valley/County
 
Weekend Tasting
'“CA classics and a new classic”'

Sat./Sun., May 19th & 20th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 


Join us as we taste through some past CA classics, and some new classics on the rise. For over 57 years, wine lovers have admired the brilliant winemaking of Heitz Wine Cellars. Heitz wines have been served by several United States Presidents, and have also graced the table of many luminaries around the world. Arnot-Roberts Wines is a joint project of school-hood friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Since founding their winery in 2001, the duo has been one of the most progressive and revolutionary producers on the CA landscape. Together they have led the way to help re-define the paradigm of what CA wine can be and taste like.



2017 Heitz Cellars
Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley
2016 Arnot Roberts
Rose

California
2015 Secret Cellars
Pinot Noir

Central Coast
2014 Green & Red Vineyards
Zinfandel

Chiles Canyon Vineyards
Napa Valley

Friday Nite Tasting 
“So You Think You Don’t Like
CA Chardonnay?”

Friday, May 11th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

There was a time when too much CA Chardonnay tasted like little more than movie-theater popcorn, popsicle sticks, and overripe tropical fruit. There were exceptions, of course, but the great white grape of the Golden State had found itself in a definite stylistic rut. Many of these super-ripe and oaky Chardonnays earned high scores from critics, and, as the years rolled on, that particular style grew to become synonymous with the Chardonnays of CA. Whether you are a fan of the popcorn inspired, or more lean and acid driven: it is time to give CA Chardonnay a second look. We have picked some perfect examples displaying the diversity and beauty of CA Chardonnay.


2016 Rombauer
Chardonnay
Carneros, CA
2014 Knez
Chardonnay, Demuth Vineyard
Anderson Valley, CA
2015 Shafer
Chardonnay, Red Shoulder Ranch
Carneros, CA
2012 Stony Hill
Chardonnay
Napa Valley, CA
 
Weekend Tasting
'Prodotto in Italia'

Sat./Sun., May 12th & 13th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 


Now in from Italy! We have a fresh Verdicchio, hailing from Le Marche, a region on a similar latitude as Tuscany but situated on Italy’s eastern, Adriatic coast. Verdicchio is responsible for mouthwatering whites that are extremely refreshing, versatile, and, in certain cases, age-worthy. But this Verdicchio from Azienda Santa Barbara is not a profound, long-lived wine: this bright, zesty, lemony quaffer is destined for early drinking. Balance that with the savory Colpetrone: a lush red wine with smoke and cured tobacco notes wafting through the black olive, ground anise and dried cherry flavors. Full-bodied and balanced. A fresh, minerally edge accents the grippy finish.


2016 Azienda Santa Barbara
Verdicchio
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Italy
2015 Terredora  
Corte di Giso Falanghina
Irpinia, Italy
2015 Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico 
Sangiovese  
Tuscany, Italy
2010 Colpetrone
Sagrantino di Montefalco 
Umbria, Italy
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
Nicole Walsh of Ser Winery

Friday, May 4th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Ser is an artisanal winery based out of Santa Cruz, CA, specializing in varietal, vineyard designate, old world style wines, produced in a natural way to allow the expression of their varietal character and the vineyards from which they are sourced.  Nicole was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1975 and graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1998 where she studied Viticulture and Enology. In February of 2001 she started working with Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyard. For the past 19 years, Nicole has held every position in wine production including associate winemaker, vineyard manager, and grower relations manager.  In 2012, Nicole was inspired to start her own wine brand, Ser.  She began working with local Santa Cruz Mountain growers to purchase fruit from distinct microclimates in the appellation to gain the valuable knowledge of the area. With her grower contacts in California, she was able to start experimenting with several varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Syrah, Mourvedre, and a more unknown variety, Cabernet Pfeffer.  Selecting interesting vineyards with special soils and microclimates, she is committed to preserving the unique character of varieties and sources in her wine.


2017 Ser Dry Riesling
Wirz Vineyard 
Cienega Valley
2015 Ser Chardonnay
Coastview Vineyard
Monterey County
2015 Ser Graciano
John Smith Vineyard
San Benito
2014 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer
Wirz Vineyard
Cienega Valley
 
Weekend Tasting
'Springtime in France'

Sat./Sun., May 5th & 6th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

The rosé you’ll find coming out of Corsica ranges from light and aperitif-appropriate, to savory and food-friendly. ” There’s also a good bit of peppery, spicy character that often pops up, making us question all of our assumptions about rosé and rethink what we look for in a pink wine. Most of the grapes are native to the island, and many of these are Italian in origin (Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Aleatico, to name a few), which lend a complexity and variety not found in mainland French rosés. All that sea breeze gives many of these wines a beautiful salinity. 
Minervois is an appellation for distinctive red wines from the western Languedoc in France. In general, they are more supple than those produced in Corbieres, just to the south. The Minervois title also covers rosé and white wines. The Minervois appellation was granted in 1985 and since then, the local wines have changed dramatically, gaining praise from critics in France and abroad. As with many French appellations, this increase in quality is due to significant investments in winery equipment and improved vineyard management--that being said you can find some lovely wines from this region at wonderfully affordable prices.


2017 Domaine Poli Sciaccarellu
Rosé 
Corsica, France
2016 Sylvaine et Alain Normand
Chardonnay
Mâcon La Roche Vineuse
Burgundy, France
2015 La Croix de Saint Jean
'Cuvee Michel' Syrah Blend
Minervois, France
2014 Domaine De La Verde
'Prelude' Red Rhone Blend
Vacqueyras, France
 
Weekend Tasting
'Tannat your Typical Tasting'

Sat./Sun., April 28th & April 29th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Stop on by this weekend to try some worldly wines including the brooding, rustic, and dark red Tannat from Uruguay. Originating from the Madiran region in southwest France, Tannat is named for its naturally high level of tannins. Today the grape has become important in Uruguay, where it thrives in its warmer South American climate, making a wine still deep in color and bold in tannins but with riper, more forward fruit complemented by sweet autumn spice and roasting coffee aromas.



2016 Tablelands
Sauvignon Blanc
Martinborough, New Zealand
2015 Robert Oatley
Chardonnay
Margaret River, Australia
2013 Bodega Garzon
Tannat Reserve
Uruguay
2014 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines)
Red Rhône Blend
Swartland, South Africa
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
Ross Cobb of  'Cobb Wines'

Friday, April 13th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Since founding Cobb Wines with his father in 2001, Ross Cobb has guided Cobb’s winemaking program, championing a complex, cool-climate style of Pinot Noir that captures the sophistication of the Sonoma Coast. Approaching his work with an extreme dedication to craft—in both viticulture and winemaking—Ross has quietly earned a reputation as a Pinot Noir specialist, producing benchmark single-vineyard wines. In the winery, Ross applies traditional techniques and a gentle hand to capture the personality of each vineyard, while emphasizing quality and complexity at every stage of winemaking.


2015 Cobb 'Mariani Vineyard'
Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast/County
2014 Cobb 'Emmaline Ann Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
2014 'Jack Hill Vineyard'
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
2014 'Coastlands Vineyard'
Pinot Noir 
1906 Block Mt. Eden, Sonoma Coast
2014 'Coastlands Vineyard'
Pinot Noir 
1906 Block Pommard, Sonoma Coast
 
Weekend Tasting
'The Fringes of France'

Sat./Sun., April 14th & April 15th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

If Madiran is the king of Southwest red wines, then Jurançon is the king of whites.  In fact, Jurançon has regal ties; during the baptism of Henry IV, the future King of France had garlic rubbed on his lips followed by a few drops of Jurançon sweet wine in 1553.  The ritual was said to enhance his vigor and ardent spirit, and catapulted Jurançon to become known as the noble wine of French kings. Jurançon Sec Vitatge Vielh is produced with 65 year-old Gros Manseng (60%), Petit Manseng (30%) and Petit Courbu (10%).  Aging takes place in 600 liter barrels, yielding a wine with bright pineapple, vanilla and mineral complexity. 
 

2016 Moulin de Gassac
Picpoul de Pinet
Languedoc, France
2013 Jean-Bernard Larrieu
Vitatge Vielh
Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Petit Courbu 
Jurancon, France
2015 Cosse et Maisonneuve
'Solis' Malbec 
Cahors, France
2015 Domaine Le Roc
'Folle Noire d’Ambat', Negrette
Fronton, France


 
Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Bordeaux With a Budget'

Friday, April 6th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Thanks to popularity and history of Bordeaux, there is so much wonderful wine on the market that bottles can be found at all levels of quality and price. Very good Bordeaux from smaller producers that is meant to be drunk now can be found for between $20 and $40, while age-worthy Bordeaux from the top producers can be found starting at $40 and waaay beyond. But great value can be found at every price level, as the wines in this tasting so clearly demonstrate.


2016 Chateau Graville-Lacoste
Graves Blanc
Bordeaux, France
2012 Chateau Dutruch
Grand Poujeaux

Red Bordeaux Blend
Moulis-en-Medoc, France
2011 Le Relais de Durfort-Vivens
Red Bordeaux Blend
Margaux, France
2008 Chateau Gombaude-Guillot
Red Bordeaux Blend
Pomerol, France
 
Weekend Tasting
'Austrian Finesse'

Sat./Sun., April 7th & April 8th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Austrian wines are mostly made in the eastern side of the country (where the major population areas are) and the cooler continental climate produces racy, dry white wines and elegant, fruity reds. This is not a region for rich, opulent wines like what you’ll find in much of California and Australia. Instead, Austrian wines lean towards tart, herbaceous flavors in a style more akin to France. So, if you’re a Francophile when it comes to wine preference, Austrian wine has that certain je ne sais quoi.
 

2016 Stagard 'Handwerk'
Riesling

Kremstal, Austria
2016 Gritsch 
Gruner Veltliner
 
Wachau, Austria
2014 Straka
Blaufrankisch

Burgenland, Austria
2015 Berger
Zweigelt

Kremstal, Austria

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
Joe Corsini of 'Valkyrie Selections'

Friday, March 30th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Valkyrie Selections was started with one basic goal in mind: "Sell enough wine from our favorite producers to pay for all of the wine we want to drink from them". Mission accomplished! Today they represent over thirty growers, from benchmark appellations like Burgundy, and Rioja, to the unknown corners of Spain and France. They select wines based on a few simple premises; wines they love, producers they trust, and values they can’t resist at every price point.


2016 Averaen
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
2015 Lechuza
Old Vine Grenache
Carinena, Spain
2015 Bodega Mustiguillo
'Mestizaje Tinto' Bobal Blend
El Terrerazo, Spain
NV Hattingley Valley
Classic Reserve Sparkling
Hampshire, England
NV Jeaunaux-Robin
'Le Talus de Saint Prix'
Extra Brut 
Champagne, France

Weekend Tasting
'Primavera'

Sat./Sun., March 31st & April 1st
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Around the start of spring, bottles of rosé start appearing. Rosé is delicious, yes, but if you only drink the pink stuff from now until the end of warm weather, you might quickly get bored of wine altogether. Fortunately, rosé is far from your only choice for light, refreshing, interesting wine in the springtime. Get to know some of these refreshing Italian wines--and save the last wine from Secoli for that evening bonfire on the beach.



2016 Negro Angelo
'Serra Lupini' Arneis
Roero Arneis, Italy
2016 Marisa Cuomo
'Ravello Bianco'
60% Falanghina and 40% Biancolella
Ravello, Italy
2016 Valle Dell'Acate 
Frapatto
Sicily, Italy
2015 Secoli
Valpolicella Ripasso
Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Veneto, Italy

 
Weekend Tasting
'Spanish Exploration'

Sat./Sun., March 24th & 25th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

On the western coast of Spain, lies Rías Baixas. The star of this area is Albariño, with Loureira and Treixadura being the backup dancers. True to its coastal nature, you can find a briny, ocean touch to this wine, which also has hints of white flowers and stone fruit. Take a hint from the locals and enjoy a glass with seafood. 
Rioja went above and beyond Spanish laws and added some time to their minimum aging requirements. And often, winemakers allow the wines to age for years beyond what is required by Rioja. For red wines, Crianzas are aged at least 2 years total (including 1 year in oak barrels.) Reserva wines are aged at least 3 years total, including 1 year in barrels. Gran Reservas spend at least 2 years in barrels and then three more years in bottles before they're sold. Viña Santurnia Crianza spends 2 years in oak and 1 year in bottle.
 The grape Mencía makes medium- to full-bodied wines with hints of blackberry, anise, and a distinct herbal aroma that often evokes Cabernet Franc.The grape is grown throughout Galicia and northwestern Spain.



2016 Carballal "Sete Cepas"
Albariño
Rías Baixas, Spain 
2015 Valdecuevas
Verdejo
Rueda, Spain
2014 Vina Santurnia 
Crianza Rioja
Tempranillo
Rioja, Spain
2013 Adega Algueira "Carravel"
Mencia
Ribeira Sacra, Spain
 
Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Now Arriving from Burgundy'

Friday, March 23rd
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Marchand-Tawse straddles the line between tradition and innovation, a concept that is both Old World and New World in origin. Native Quebecois Pascal Marchand seeks to express terroir like the Burgundian he has become over the last three decades, while also embodying his New World roots, where gumption, hard work and forward-thinking foster change. Joined by fellow Canadian Moray Tawse, this duo is at the forefront of a new wave of vignerons and micro-négociants who, with their partner-growers, embrace organic and biodynamic farming practices while rejecting dogma.
Since 2010, they have acquired their own village, premier cru, and grand cru parcels, and they purchased Gevrey-Chambertin’s famous Domaine Maume in 2012. Pascal promotes a spirit of collaboration in the cellars with the help of rising stars Mark Fincham and Thomas Dinel. Together, this team has birthed a new fusion style of wine with pure, fresh, elegant, satiny and aromatic burgundies that are both true to their varietal and their terroir.



2015 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon
Mâcon-Prissé
Chardonnay
Macon, Burgundy
2015 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey
Rully "Les Cailloux"
Chardonnay
Burgundy, France
2016 Marchand-Tawse
"Joie de Vigne"
Pinot Noir
Burgundy, France
2015 Domaine Tawse
Gevrey-Chambertin
Pinot Noir
Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy
 
 
 
Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'CA Cabernets of Distinction'

Friday, March 16th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

In 1959, four Stanford Research Institute engineers bought acreage on top of Monte Bello Ridge, a site that had first been planted to grape vines in the late 19th century. In the early years, Dave Bennion took the reigns as winemaker, and in 1962, after three years of producing small amounts of some of the finest wine in California of that era, the four owners re-bonded the winery and released the first commercial Ridge Monte Bello. Paul Draper joined Ridge as winemaker in 1969, making his first vintage of Monte Bello in that year.  Dave and Fran Bennion, Hew and Sue Crane, Charlie and Blanche Rosen, and Howard Zeidler never dreamed that their private weekend retreat with its spectacular views of the Bay Area would steadily develop into a world-class winery. But thanks to the distinctive, one-of-a-kind wines produced from this particular piece of earth, it has done just that. Please join us Friday for a special opportunity to taste the historic Ridge Montebello Estate Cabernet Blend.
2014 Cote West
Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley
2014 I. Brand & Family
Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Cruz Mountains
2014 Ridge Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Monte Bello Vineyard,
Santa Cruz Mountains
2014 Ehlers Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, Napa Valley
 
Weekend Tasting
'The Tastin' O' the Green'

Sat./Sun., March 17th & 18th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Wine tasting is not usually the first thing one associates with St. Patrick’s Day, but since wine tasting is big part of what we do here and Saturday is St. Paddy’s Day, we are determined to make the connection. With this in mind, we are focusing on something that IS associated with the day, the color green. Fortunately, it just so happens that several of our favorite wines feature green labels, so this made it easy for us to create a theme. These wines run the gamut from light, crisp and refreshing to big, flavorful and full-bodied. What they have in common is that they are all superb examples of their type and they are all delicious. So however you celebrate, you're sure to find something that will match the occasion perfectly. And we guarantee a tasting completely free of snakes. Please join us this Saturday and Sunday for a fun, if unconventional, celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.




2015 Jean-Marc Brocard
Chardonnay
Chablis, Burgundy
2016 Domaine Roland Schmitt
Riesling
Alsace, France
2015 Le Piane 'Maggiorina' Vino Rosso
Nebbiolo Blend
Piedmont, Italy
2013 Wine on Piedmont
Red Bordeaux Blend
Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
 
Friday Nite Tasting featuring
Christian Deitch of
Revel Wines

Friday, March 9th--5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Winemaking for Matthiasson is a natural extension of farming, and most of their grapes come from the seven vineyards that they farm in Napa and Sonoma. They love to explore classical expressions of different varieties, some well-known like Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, and some rare like Ribolla Gialla or Refosco Dal Peduncula Rosso. In all cases, they try to respect the purity of the variety and the individuality of the site. Matthiasson wines are refreshing, complement food, and are moderate in alcohol. 
2015 Matthiason 'Tendu'
White Wine Blend
California
2016 Matthiasson
'Linda Vista' Chardonnay
Napa Valley
2015 Matthiasson
White Wine
Napa Valley
2016 Matthiasson 'Tendu'
Red Wine Blend
California
2015 Matthiasson
'Limerick Lane Vineyard' Zinfandel
Sonoma County
2014 Matthiasson
'Dead Fred Vineyard' Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville
 
Weekend Tasting
'California Syrah'

Sat./Sun., March 10th & 11th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Syrah is a latecomer to the list of great grape varieties in California. Despite interest in the 1970s from winemakers like Joseph Phelps, who released one of the first varietal California Syrah bottlings in 1977, it wasn't until the late '80s that this powerful Rhône grape took off. Today there are more than 17,000 acres of Syrah in California, producing wines that balance intense blackberry and raspberry flavors against savory pepper and spice notes. These vineyards are scattered throughout the state, creating powerful yet elegant world-class Syrah.

2015 Halcon
'Alturas' Syrah
Yorkville Highlands
2014 Baker Lane
Syrah
Sonoma Coast
2010 Rock Wren
Syrah
Solano County/Green Valley
2016 Bedrock
Syrah
North Coast, California
 
Friday Nite Tasting
Sake Tasting w/ Ry Beville
Publisher of Sake Today Magazine

Friday, March 2nd
 5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Rejoice, sake lovers! The publisher of the iconic 'Japan Beer Times' (the craft beer magazine of Japan published quarterly and in bilingual format to over 75,000 readers), Ry Beville has teamed up with sake guru, John Gauntner, (the world’s most respected sake expert). Together, they produce the worlds-first dedicated Sake magazine, and Ry will be here to take us through a world class sake tasting this Friday. 'Sake Today', is the world’s first and only English-language sake magazine, is now published quarterly and distributed worldwide to nearly three-dozen countries. Come take advantage of this rare and truly expert sake tasting. 
 
Weekend Tasting
'Feeling California'

Sat./Sun., March 3rd & 4th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 


Stage Left handcrafts small lot wines from their favorite grapes including Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, and Mourvedre (and Petite Sirah, and a little Roussanne).  Admittedly, although they manily focus on Rhone varietals, other varietals like Cabernet and Zinfandel may make a cameo appearance every now and then. 

At TIMBRE, they strive to make balanced wines of distinction. That means starting with world-class vineyard sources that have the perfect combination of soil, climate, and sustainable farming practices--and it extends to the minimally invasive wine-making techniques that have been used for centuries.

2014 Timbre Winery
'A Cote' Chardonnay
Bien Nacido, Santa Barbara
2017 Bedrock
'Ode to Lulu' Old Vine Rose
California
2015 Halcon
Pinot Noir
Cerise Vineyard, Anderson Valley
2013 Stage Left Cellars
'The Breadwinner' Red Blend
California

Friday Nite Tasting
'Be My Valentine'

Friday, February 9th
 5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

 
Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” This day of romance  is named for a Christian martyr, dating back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. We suggest that you buck the candy and flower trend--and go for the good stuff. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. Whether celebrating with your valentine, galentine--or celebrating your fabulous self--you can seriously never go wrong with a bottle of the delightful pink.


 

Drusian “RoseMari”
Spumante Rosè Extra Dry
Veneto, Italy
Domaine Allimant Laugner
Cremant d'Alsace Rosé
Alsace, France
2015 Raventos i Blanc Blanc de Nit Rose 
Rosé Sparkling 
Penedes, Spain
Laherte Freres
Rose de Meunier Extra Brut
Champagne, France
 
 
Weekend Tasting
“Spraekense Deutsch?”
Sat. & Sun. February 10th and 11th 
 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Feeling some wanderlust, however opting for a fantastic stay-cation? Join us this weekend as we explore some lesser known grapes including a Swiss Chasselas-- the most important and widely planted white wine grape variety in Switzerland, particularly common in the Vaud region. On the vine, Chasselas tends to ripen early, making it a good match for Switzerland's cool alpine slopes. Warning: this tasting is so delicious and of such a great value, you may suddenly feel inspired to purchase the whole lot and immediately rent 'The Sound of Music'.
 
 
 

2014 Christoph Hoch
Hollenburger "#15" 
Gruner Veltliner
Kamptal, Austria
2015 Cave Saint-Georges Fendant
Chasselas
Valais, Switzerland 
2015 Chateau d'Allaman Grand Cru 
Gamay/Pinot Noir
Vaud, Switzerland
2014 Weingut Straka 
Eisenberg Blaufränkisch 
Burgenland, Austria
 
 
Weekend Tasting
'The Sweet Spot"
Sat. & Sun. February 3rd and 4rth 
 2:00-5:00 p.m.

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