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Friday Nite Tasting featuring
Eric Danch of
Blue Danube Wine Company

Friday, September 21st 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

As the gateway between East and West, Central Europe has been largely defined by invasion, occupation and alliances despite thousands of years of wine-making. Blue Danube Wine Company was founded in 2002 by husband and wife team Frank Dietrich and Zsuzsanna Molnar in order to travel to this unique corner of the world and bring its wine culture back to the US market. Focusing on Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro. Their goal is to seek out winemakers who truly capture the character of the land they come from. Indigenous grapes, wine-making traditions that predate Western Europe, and building meaningful long term relationships are the means to this end.




2017 Bernreiter Gemischter Satz
White Field Blend
Vienna, Austria
2017 Trapl 'Carnuntum White'
Pinot Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling
Carnuntum, Austria
2016 Trapl
St. Laurent

Carnuntum, Austria
2015 Piquentum
Teran
 
Istria, Croatia
 
Weekend Tasting
 “Its Willamette, Dammit"

Sat./Sun., Sept. 22nd & 23rd
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 


Modern winemaking in the Willamette Valley dates back 50 years with the genius of three UC Davis refugees who believed that Oregon was an ideal place to grow cool-climate varieties. Between 1965 and 1968, David Lett, Charles Coury and Dick Erath separately forged their way to the north Willamette Valley despite negative rumblings from their UC Davis cohorts who told them it was impossible to grow wine grapes in Oregon. They were the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. Today, it is recognized as one of the premier wine producing areas in the world. It is most widely known for its award winning Pinot Noir, but consistently earns top honors for other such cool-climate varieties as Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.
 

2017 Harper Voit
Pinot Blanc

Willamette Valley
2016 Ponzi
Pinot Gris

Willamette Valley

2016 Cardwell Hill Cellars
'Fenders Blue' Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley
2015 Arterberry Maresh
Pinot Noir

Dundee Hills, 
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
“ Australia Defined ”

Friday, September 14th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Australia is a New World wine country, meaning winemaking began there after the 15th century (versus Old World, which is basically all of Europe that has been making wine since the beginning of time, apparently. Old World wines are typically lighter in body, higher in acidity, and lower in alcohol.) New World wines are often categorized as ripe, fruity, and high in alcohol because that was the popular style when these regions started producing for a global market. But much like California over the past decade, natural wine producers in Australia right now are ignoring those preconceived notions, not to “redefine” themselves but to finally define their wines on their own terms.



2015  De Iuliis
Sémillon

Hunter Valley, New South Wales
2017 Ochota Barrels
'The Green Room'
Grenache Syrah

McLaren Vale
2013 Moorooduc Estate
Pinot Noir

Mornington Peninsula
2014 Torbreck
'The Steading'
Red Blend

Barossa Valley
 
Weekend Tasting
 "Stuck on Lodi"

Sat./Sun., Sept. 15th & 16th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Lodi is predominately a red winegrowing region known historically for its Zinfandel, however you can now find an array of grapes representing regions all around the world. The Lodi Appellation has a classic Mediterranean climate featuring warm days and cool evenings.  Situated 100 miles directly east of the San Francisco Bay at the edge of the San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta, cool “delta breezes” provide the region with a reliable, natural air conditioning throughout the growing season. This perfect climate allows Lodi winegrowers to consistently craft a diverse set of delicious full-flavored varietal wines that display a refreshing natural acidity.

 

2017 Covenant Wines 'Mensch'
Roussanne

Lodi
2016 Urbano Cellars
Viognier

Morales Vineyard, Lodi

2014 Bokisch
Garnacha

Terra Alta Vineyard, Lodi
2017 Covenant Wines 'Mensch'
Zinfandel

Lodi

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
“Benchmark Region of Burgundy”

Friday, September 7th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Burgundy, a legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide, Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers. After centuries of winemaking, the Burgundians have determined precisely which grape clone grows best on which plot of land. While the concept of ‘terroir’ reigns supreme here—soil type, elevation and angle of each slope—this is a region firmly rooted in tradition. Burgundy’s cool, marginal climate and Jurassic limestone soils are perfect for the production of elegant, savory, and mineral-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with plenty of acidity.


2015 Domaine Remi Jobard
Chardonnay
Burgundy, France 
2015 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin
Pouilly-Fuisse 'Pentacrine' 

Maconnais, France
2015 Domaine Besson
Givry Petit Pretans Premier Cru 

Burgundy, France
2015 Domaine Anne et Herve
Sigaut Les Millandes Premier Cru
  
Morey-Saint-Denis, France
 
Weekend Tasting
 "Italian Value"

Sat./Sun., Sept. 8th & 9th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Italian wine can be confusing, but this is what happens when wine has been made in a place for hundreds and hundreds of years. Just don't let the confusion stop you from exploring the many fascinating wines and regions of Italy, it is one of our very favorite spots for great value wines. Sangiovese is one of the major grapes in Italy, being the backbone of such renowned Italian wine as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, as well as many Super Tuscans. A few of the often overlooked areas in Italy; however, may give the best value. Join us as we explore some of the lesser known grapes such as Bellone and Greco Bianco.


2017 Cincinnato
'Castore' Bellone

Lazio, Italy
2017 Alovini
Greco Bianco

Basilicata, Italy

2015 Gagliole Rubiolo
Chianti Classico 

Sangiovese  
Tuscany, Italy
2012 Silvio Carta
'Cannonau di Sardegna'
 
Grenache
Sardinia, Italy

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
“Carneros vs Santa Barbara”

Friday, August 24th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Santa Barbara: This beautiful county has been capturing the attention and palates of those in the wine world for years. It has an unusual typography: the east-west positioning of the coastal mountains forms valleys that open to the Pacific. This allows ocean breezes and fog to roll in helping to retain the acidity of the grapes.

Carneros: Where the San Francisco Bay meets Napa and Sonoma to produce fine cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sparkling wines. Carneros sits at the base of both Napa and Sonoma. In fact, Carneros is the only AVA in the United States that is located in two counties. With 8,000 acres planted, the majority of vines are planted on the Sonoma side. Carneros is a cool-climate appellation that is influenced by the San Francisco Bay. 


2013 Stomping Girl
Chardonnay

Hyde Vineyards, Carneros
2014 The Drawing Board
Chardonnay

Wenzlau Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2015 Ancien
Pinot Noir

Carneros
2012 Ryan Cochrane
Pinot Noi
r
Solomon Hills Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley
        
 
Weekend Tasting
 "Loire Plus One"

Sat./Sun., Aug.25th & 26th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

This weekend spotlights the beauty and refinement of Loire France, plus a delightful sparkling wine from Bugey. Roger & Didier Raimbault have been growing grapes in Sancerre for ten generations. Experience and nature combined allow them to produce wines of great quality. The estate is located in Verdigny in the heart of Sancerre. This wine is fresh, fruity and elegant.

The 2014 Bernard Rondeau is a delightful, slightly sweet sparkling rose wine from the tiny Cerdon de Bugey appellation. It is made by a gentle, earnest hardworking husband and wife team. This sparkling rose Cerdon de Bugey is 100% Gamay Noir.  It is light in body and low in alcohol (7%) making it ideal to drink as an aperitif or with fruity desserts, or beignets with powdered sugar.


Friday Nite Tasting featuring
“Erin Callahan of

Donkey & Goat Winery”
Friday, August 10th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Donkey & Goat Winery is owned and operated by Jared & Tracey Brandt in Berkeley, California. They make “natural wines” which is a term that covers both the vineyard and the cellar. That is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar: "We make our wines for the table not the cocktail glass. We make Rhône varietals in both colors plus an unusual Chardonnay. We (my husband and winemaking partner Jared and I) strive to make wine as naturally as possible. We’ve done so since day one. Of late, natural is fashionable, which we do of course appreciate, but the reality is we’ve done this from the start because we feel it makes a superior wine while aligning with our environmental objectives."


2017 Donkey & Goat
'Lily's' Pet Nat

Sparkling Chardonnay
Anderson Valley
2017 Donkey & Goat
'The Gadabout' White Blend
 
California
 2016 Donkey & Goat
'Stone Crusher' Roussanne

El Dorado
2017 Donkey & Goat
'The Gallivanter' Red Blend

California
2016 Donkey & Goat
Carignane

Testa Vineyard, Mendocino

        
 
Weekend Tasting
"The World of  Sauvignon Blanc"

Sat./Sun., Aug.11th & 12th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 


Sauvignon Blanc is grown around the globe and it's no wonder why. This top white wine grape has a wide range of styles and terroir-expressions that will suit any palate.With almost 300,000 acres of Sauvignon Blanc planted worldwide, this multifaceted variety has solidified itself as one of the most popular white-wine grapes for winemakers and wine lovers alike. It is extremely versatile in style and terroir expression, and examples range from the typically dry, mineral-driven wines of the Old World to the often intensely tropical and citrusy explosions found in the New World. Regions like France’s Loire Valley and Marlborough, New Zealand, might have put Sauvignon Blanc on the radars of many savvy Sauvy consumers, but delicious bottlings are made all around the globe. 


Friday Nite Tasting featuring
“Dave Gifford of

Windchaser Wine Co.”
Friday, August 3rd 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

From 2005 through 2011 Dave was head of sales at Crushpad, one of the original urban custom wineries, leading clients through every aspect of the wine making experience and helping launch dozens of boutique wine brands. In 2010 he started DogpatchWineworks, a custom crush facility in San Francisco. As co-owner and head winemaker, he participated in every aspect of the winemaking experience and helped others find the joy he already knew existed in seeing wine made from start to finish. Having helped a lot of other people make wine over the years, it was time to take a chance and start his own label. In 2015 The Gifford Family Wine Co was created and Windchaser Wine Co. was born. Windchaser is a family project that is the culmination of Dave’s years of experience from restaurants to winemaking.


2016 Windchaser
Chardonnay
 
Anderson Valley
2015 Windchaser
Pinot Noir
 
Anderson Valley
 2016 Windchaser
Gewurtzraminer 

Anderson Valley
2015 Windchaser 
Grenache Noir

El Dorado Hills
2017 Windchaser
Roussanne 
 
El Dorado County

        
 
Weekend Tasting
"Deciphering Italy"

Sat./Sun., Aug.4th & 5th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 


It is estimated that there are over 2,000 grape varieties grown in Italy. It is no wonder that the ancients called this land Enotria, or “Land of Vines.” That being said, Enotria can lead to confusion when it comes to deciphering Italian wine bottles. Is it a grape, a region, or a family that is listed on the bottle? What better way to learn than to come experience a tasting of some tantalizing Italian selections including the Monica grape: found exclusively on the island of Sardinia, off the west coast of Italy. Despite its relatively unknown status, it is one of the island's most common varieties, and makes simple wines designed for everyday drinking. Monica wines tend to be medium-bodied with gentle tannins and flavors of red berries and herbs, often with an earthy overtone.



2015 Gini La Frosca Soave 
Garganega  
Veneto, Italy

2017 Erste + Neue
Muller Thurgau

Suditrol/Alto Adige
2014 Cantine di Dolianova 'Arenada'
Monica di Sardegna 

Sardinia, Italy
2013 Fattoria del Cerro
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
 
Sangiovese  
Tuscany, Italy

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
“Margot McGrath of
Antalva Imports

Friday, July 27th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Join us this Friday as we taste some fine Spanish wines from Antalva Imports including a lively Brut Rosé Reserve cava from Caves Blancher.  Caves Blancher. has been making artisanal cava for three generations. Founded in 1955, the winery has always been driven by a simple motto: you need good grapes to make good cava. Caves Blancher sources 90% of the fruit from its own plots, located in three municipalities of Penedès and also in the coastal town of Teià. The Carbó brothers have kept artisanal practices like the manual riddling of the bottles, and the use of a secret family recipe for their liqueur de tirage. All the Blancher cavas are aged for extended periods of time (from 18 to 50 months), qualifying for Reserva or Gran Reserva.
Blancher Rosat Cava
Brut Reserva
Spain
2017 Antxiola
Getariako Txakolina

Spain
2014 Ramon de Ayala
Viña Santurnia Crianza
Rioja, Spain 
2013 Algueira "Carravel"
Mencia

Ribeira Sacra, Spain
Cruz Vieja 
Oloroso Sherry

Jerez, Spain
 
Weekend Tasting
"Tour de France"

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

The Tour de France is the worlds longest cycle race that takes place over 23 days and covers over 2,200 miles. Each year the race takes a different route, but the finish is always in Paris with a magnificent sprint down the Champs-Élysées. In the early years of the Tour, riders rode individually and were sometimes forbidden to ride together. Nowadays, riders are bunched together, known as the Peloton. The Tour de France is also known as "Le Tour" for short, and the first day of the race is called "Le Grand Depart" which means "the big start". The Tour de France doesn't just take place in France - most years it has some stages in other countries: recently in 2017 the Grand Depart was held in Düsseldorf, Germany.


NV Domaine Roland Schmitt
Cremant d'Alsace

Les Bulles de Noemie
France

2017 Domaine du Carrou  
Sancerre Blanc

Loire, France
2014Domaine Cornu-Camus
Savigny-les-Beaune "Les Charmieres" 1er Cru
, Pinot Noir
Cote de Beaune, France
2014 Domaine Illaria Irouleguy 
Tannat, Cab Sauvignon, Cab Franc
Pyrénées, France

Friday Nite Tasting 
“Blaine Verde from Siena Imports”

Friday, July 20th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

In 1978, partners Romano Chietti and Andrea Bartolozzi founded Siena Imports, Inc. They began selecting fine wines from nearly all of the different regions of Italy, with the mission of introducing a wide variety of quality wines to meet the ever-changing appreciation of the savvy wine consumer. Four decades later, Siena Imports Inc. still operates under the founders’ guidance, along with the leadership of Jason Chietti and their team. Together they continue the founders’ mission of choosing and introducing top quality wines from throughout Italy with the same enthusiasm and accuracy of the first days of operation.


2015 St. Michael Eppan
Pinot Bianco
Italy
2014 Primosic
Ribolla Gialla Riserva
Italy
2013 Antichi Vinai
Etna Rosso ‘Petra Lava’
Italy
2013 Le Miccine
Chianti Classico Riserva
Italy
2012 Enzo Tiezzi
Brunello di Montalcino ‘Podere Cerrino’
Italy
 
Weekend Tasting
"Not Betraying Your Country"

Sat./Sun., July 21st & 22nd
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

In the spirit of supporting our fellow American winemakers, we will be offering a patriotic selection of some of America's finest--including California superstar grapes of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. 


"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. "


John F. Kennedy



2017 Cote West
Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River, CA

2014 Wenzlau Vineyard
'The Drawing Board' Chardonnay

Sta Rita Hills, CA
2014 Timbre Winery
'A Cote' Pinot Noir

Monterey, CA
2015 Quivira
Zinfandel

Dr Creek Valley, CA

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