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Events

Weekend Tasting
'Drink Like a Pro: France"
Sat. & Sun. January 20th and 21st 
 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Some regions of FranceWine professionals know these regions represent not only distinctive, interesting wines that insiders bring home with them for a week night dinner. 


2016 Jo Landron 'Amphibolite'
Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 
(Melon de Bourgogne)
Loire Valley
2013 J.B. Larrieu 'Clos Lapeyre
Vitatge Vielh'Jurançon Sec
(Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng)
Southwest France
2014 Maume by Domaine Tawse
'Vigne Blanche' Bourgogne
(Pinot Noir)
Burgundy
2015 L'Ameillaud
Vin de Pays de Vaucluse
(Grenache, Syrah and Carignane)
Rhône Valley

 
 
 
 
Friday Nite Tasting
'Canary Islands Tour'

Friday, January 19th 
 5:00-7:00 p.m.
 


Travel via a wine glass! The Canary Islands have a fascinating history and a quite varied geology and climate that in turn produce unique, fascinating wines. Chris Miller of Grands Places Selections will be your guide.


2016 Los Bermejos
Diego Secco
Lanzarote
2015 Ignios 'Origenes'
Marmajuelo
Tenerife
2015 Fonton de Oro Tinto
Listan Negro (Mission)
Gran Canaria
2015 Matias i Torres
Negramoll
La Palma
 
 
 
 
 Weekend Tasting
'Serie A'

Sat. & Sun. January 13th and 14th 
 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Serie A is a professional league for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Coppa Campioni d'Italia. Only the top teams compete in Serie A, so the quality of play is of the highest level. Like those teams, these wines come from all over Italy, and also like them, they all perform at the highest level.



2016 Terradora Di Paolo Falangina
Irpinia, Campania
2016 Prá Soave Classico Otto
Veneto
2014 Bartali Ducceto Chianti
Tuscany
2001 Sant' Elena Merlot
Venezia Giulia, Friuli

 
 
Friday Nite Tasting
'Celebrating Mendocino County'

Friday, January 12th 
 5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

With two of the coolest climates in California, Mendocino's Anderson Valley and neighboring Yorkville Highlands produce elegant Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, Alsatian varieties such as Pinot Gris and Gewurtztraminer, as well as Petite Sirah at the limits for obtaining ripeness. 


2014 Knez
Chardonnay
Demuth Vineyard, Anderson Valley
2016 Donkey & Goat
Pinot Gris Ramato
Filigreen Farm, Anderson Valley
2013 Barnista
Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley
2015 Halcón 'Tierra' Petite Sirah
Theodopolis Vineyard,
Yorkville Highlands
 
 
Weekend Tasting
'South African Revival'

Sat. & Sun. January 6th, 7th 
 2:00-5:00 p.m,

While South Africa, which is about three times the size of the state of California, is considered a New World wine region, it's no newcomer to growing wine grapes. Grapes were first planted in 1655. Today, South African wines straddle Old World and New: the wines often smell of ripe, silky fruit, but showcase earthy flavors and finish with restraint. Because of the generally warm climate, South Africa's red grapes in particular get very ripe and produce full, high alcohol wines. But especially in the Western Cape, the cool ocean breezes help the wines retain the bright acidity that keeps things fresh and food-friendly. 


2016 Joostenberg ‘J’
Chenin Blanc
Paarl
2015 Kloof Street
Old Vine White (Chenin/Viognier)
Swartland
2014 Warwick Estate
Pinotage Old Bush Vines
Stellenbosch
2012 Meerlust
Rubicon (Bordeaux Blend)
Stellenbosch
 
 
 
Friday Nite Tasting
'Affordable Zins'

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

California Zinfandel lost almost an entire generation of drinkers who learned to associate it with excessive alcohol levels, glossy sweetness, and prune-like flavors. But those who came of age before the new millennium remember a different Zin – one that represented the perfect gateway wine. Its forward profile, effusive fruit, and peppery spice made it easy to understand and even easier to drink, and its price point made it a more accessible alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon. Join us as we taste through some beautifully balanced and affordable examples modern CA Zinfandel.


2014 Green & Red Chiles Canyon
Zinfandel
Napa Valley
2014 Bucklin Bambino
Zinfandel
Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley
2014 Quivira
Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley
2015 Carol Shelton ‘Pizazz’
Old Vine Zinfandel 
Piazza Ranch Lodi

 

 

 

 Friday Nite Tasting
'Grower Champagne'

Friday, August 11 
5:00 - 7:00 pm


Champagne is King. That being said, this sparkling nectar of the gods can also be an be an intimidating and pricey study. What better way to navigate your taste preference (whether you lean toward the toasty, creamy notes, or the more clean, crisp notes) than to line them up and try. Grower Champagne is a small percentage of sparkling wine brought in to the U.S. It is crafted by grape growers and their families, representing those who grow grapes in their own vineyards and produce artisinal cuvées (aka sparkling wine blends) that reflect their distinct vineyards and style.

NV Pierre Moncuit
Blanc de Blanc
Champagne

Agrapart & Fils
7 Crus Brut
Champagne

JM-Seleque
Brut Rose
Champagne
Francoise Bedel
Entre Ciel & Terre 
Champagne
 
 
Weekend Wine Tasting
'Vins de Grand Valeur'
   
Saturday - Sunday
August 12/13
2:00 - 5:00 pm

France has log been known as the benchmark of the fine wine making world. Fortunately, there is an incredible range of wines with varying price-points to taste and discover. From the ripe fruit and bracing freshness of the Touriaine Sauvignon Blanc, to the "Mineral- and smoke-accented red berries and candied flowers on the tightly focused nose (Vinous / Antonio Galloni)" of the Vacqueyras Blend. We were sure to also slip in a refreshing Rose from Corbieres--get it while you can, as rose wine has finally regained the popularity/following it has always deserved.


2016 Francois Chidaine
Sauvignon Blanc
Touraine

2016 Domaine de Montfin
Rosé
Corbieres

2015 Domaine l'Ameillaud
Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Red Blend
Rhone

2014 Domaine de La Verde
Red Blend  
Vacqueyras