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Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Italian Tongue Twisters '
Friday, January 4th
5:00-7:00 p.m.



As confusing and hard to grasp as all wine regions are in one way or another, one wine-making country claims the distinction as the greatest wine region that the fewest people know much about: Italy. Within its 20 major sub-districts are literally hundreds of different grape varieties, most of which make stellar, exciting wines. But only a tiny cluster of them are seen as excellent by most of the world’s wine press-however Italy offers a vast selection of delectable wines.


2017 Terredora di Paolo
Falanghina Irpinia
,
Campania, Italy
2017 Primosic
Ribolla di Oslavia

Riserva Collio,
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
2017 Luca Brunelli
'Poggio Apricale' Rosso

Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy
2016 Foradori Teroldego
Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT,
Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
 

Weekend Tasting featuring
'Wallet Friendly Wines'

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


Looking for some wallet friendly wine selections post-holiday season? We have some wonderful selections including the 2018 Brick & Mortar Nouveau. Comprised of 100% Certified Organic Pinot Meunier from Block House Vineyard in Yountville. Produced by way of a ten day carbonic maceration, this wine has a vivacious intensity on the nose and lively fresh palate: juicy peppered strawberry, ripe plum, and fresh violet, overlaid with notes of bay laurel, juniper and lavender.


2015 Dancing Crow Vineyards
Sauvignon Blanc

Lake County
2014 Timbre Winery
Chardonnay

Santa Barbara
2018 Brick & Mortar
Pinot Meunier Nouveau

Napa Valley
2015 High Valley Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Lake County
 
Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'A Sparkling Finale'

Friday, December 28th
5:00-7:00 p.m.


Saturday and Sunday 
December 29th and 30th
2:00-5:00 p.m. 

End your year on a positive note by joining us for a sparkling finale to 2018. Let's send this year off right and get 2019 off to a bubbly start with this flight of sparkling wines from diverse regions. They are all of great quality and represent outstanding value in their respective categories. 
Please note that we will be tasting the same flight all three days. 


2015 Conceito Vinho Espumante
Brut Nature Metodo Tradicional

NV Wine on Piedmont
North Coast Brut
 
NV J-M Seleque Solessence Brut 
7 Villages

2015 Raventos i Blanc 
de Nit Brut Rosé
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'California Gifting'

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

Looking for the perfect last minute wines for gifts, dinner, or just drinking through your impending family visits? Please join us Friday evening as we taste thru some classic selections featuring some of CA's most esteemed grapes. Happy Holidays!


2016 Bedrock
'Chuy Chardonnay'
Sonoma County
2015 Tessier
Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains 
2016 Robert Biale Vineyards
'Black Chicken' Zinfandel
Napa Valley
2014 Cote West
Cabernet Sauvignon
Coombsville, Napa Valley
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Champagne with
Julie Tesar of Skurnik'

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

Skurnik Wines and Spirits is an importer and distributor of fine wines and spirits headquartered in the heart of New York City. They taste, select and offer for sale (to the trade only) a high quality, diversified portfolio of wines and spirits from around the world. The company began with just a handful of relatively unknown estates in 1987 and has since grown to represent over 500 estates.


Geoffroy
Rose de Saignee Bru
t
Champagne
Doyard
Cuvee Vendemiaire 1er Cru
Blanc de Blancs Brut

Champagne 
Mousse Fils
L’Or d’Eugene‘
Perpetuelle Blanc de Noir

Champagne
Gaston Chiquet
Brut ‘Tradition’

Champagne
 

Weekend Tasting
  'French Vacances'

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


If you cannot quite make it to France for the upcoming holidays, we have effortlessly brought France to you. Step away for a moment this weekend from the holiday bustle to taste through this elegant selection of French wines. Perfect to accommodate any holiday feast, or just kicking back and taking a much needed netflix break. You will definitely want to stock up on a few of these beauties. 
 
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Tis the Riesling for the Season'

Friday, December 7th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Riesling: the aromatic, deliciously refreshing wine that tastes like the nectar of apples, apricots, peaches and pears and comes in the tall slender glass bottle. Usually crisp, due to its high levels of acidity, Riesling is known for its strong floral aromas.

The common assumption is that all Rieslings are very sweet, and while most Rieslings have at least a touch of sweetness, many Rieslings can be very dry as well. Grosses Gewachs wines, for example, must always be dry.


2017 Weingut Alfred Merkelbach
Urziger Wurzgarten
Riesling Auslese

Mosel, Germany
2017 Weingut Carl Loewen
Longuicher Herrenberg
Riesling Kabinett 

Mosel, Germany
2016 Hofgut Falkenstein 
Niedermenniger Herrenberg 
Riesling Spätlese Feinherb 
Mosel, Germany
2009 Weingut Karthauserhof
Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg
Riesling Grosses Gewachs Trocken
 
Mosel, Germany
 

Weekend Tasting
  'California Love Take II'

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

The Split Rock Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains, has a dense ruby/purple color, loads of mineral-laced blackcurrant and plum-like fruit, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a lush, heady finish. 
Gianquinto Vineyard has striking red clay and Goldridge loam soils. When this fruit is ready to be harvested, it has mature fruit flavors yet fully-intact acidity. On the nose, the Cote West Sauvignon Blanc offers lime, passion fruit, honeysuckle, and floral notes. 


2017 Cote West
Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River Valley


2016 Jeriko Estates
Chardonnay

Upper Russian River 


2013 Wenzlau Vineyard
'The Drawing Board' Pinot Noir

Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara


2013 Split Rock
Viluko Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma County

 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'2016 Vintage Ports w/ Barclay Webster of Premium Port Wines'

Friday, November 30th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Premium Port Wines is the North American importer for the Symington Family Estates of Portugal and the only specialized importer of Port, Madeira and Douro DOC wines. Join us Friday evening as we taste through a premium and exclusive selection of 2016 Port Wine selections.



2016 Graham’s


2016 Dow’s


2016 Quinta do Vesuvio


2016 Cockburn’s 


2016 Quinta do Vesuvio “Capela”

 

Weekend Tasting
  'California Love'

Sat./Sun., Dec. 1st & 2nd
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

We in California are truly fortunate to have access to some of the most amazing wine & culinary in the world. Come support our beautiful state, and take home some of these food friendly beauties for the holidays. No judgement on whether you decide to share. 


 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Failla and Day with Sarah Cleveland'

Friday, November 23rd
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-LA) is short, it is not without its complexities.  Their first vintage release was as Failla-Jordan in 1998; the label taking its name from winemaker Ehren Jordan and fellow debtor Anne-Marie Failla.  That year, Failla's first release of Alban Vineyard Viognier (Edna Valley) and Que Syrah Syrah (Sonoma Coast) coincided with planting the first blocks at our Estate Vineyard in Cazadero. The first Estate releases would be several years away.
Day is the new Zinfandel project of Ehren Jordan, the mastermind behind such amazing labels as Turley, Neyers, and Failla.  When he purchased a St. Helena property back in 2004, he knew he wanted to plant grapes on the hillside that at the time contained an apple orchard.  After a few years of pondering, he decided that the locale was ideal for one of his early loves in the vine world - Zinfandel.  Four acres are currently planted, with the original vines hitting the dirt in 2011.



2016 Failla
Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast
2017 Failla
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
2017 Failla
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
2016 Day
Zinfandel
Sonoma County
2016 Day
Grist Vineyard Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley
 
Weekend Tasting
  'Holiday Sparkles'

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

While we would never frown upon sparkling wine anytime of the year, there is no doubt that the Holiday season is the most classic opportunity to indulge in even more bubbly than usual. But with all the domestic, French, Italian, and Spanish bubbly that’s out there today – how do you know what to serve and sip throughout the Holidays? Don’t worry, we’ve taken on the grueling task of tasting through a large number of sparklers to ensure that you cannot go wrong: 
François Montand delivers a refreshingly affordable, sparkling French delight. Serve the François Montand Brut Rosé as an aperitif, with a truffle risotto, light pasta salad, or as a dessert wine.
Mercat  Cava bursts with rich pear, green apple and hints of cream. On the palate the wine shows great finesse and balance with notes of papaya and pear rounded out with hints of hazelnuts, finishing with crisp acidity and freshness.



Francois Montand
Brut Rosé
Jura, France
Blancher
Reserva Rosat Brut Cava
Catalonia, Spain

Mercat
Cava Brut Nature
Barcelona, Spain
2015 Handley
Estate Blanc de Blancs
Anderson Valley


Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Chris Deitch of Revel Wine'

Friday, November 16th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Revel Wine was started in 2006 by Matthew Plympton. At this point Matthew had been working with WineWise, the Terry Theise Selections distributor in California for three years, as well as a small broker start up of California wine called Stern Wines. Stern called it quits in the Spring of 2006 and several of the producers that Matthew had been working with asked if he would continue on representing them. In early 2008 Matthew and his partner Tom relaunched Revel Wine with the ideology they have today: to represent a new generation of farmers and cider makers, winegrowers and winemakers, many of whom work with natural, organic or biodynamic practices in their vineyards and farms, and rely on spontaneous fermentations with wild yeasts. 


2016 Brooks
Riesling

Willamette Valley, Oregon
2014 Johan Vineyards
'Drueskall' Pinot Gris

Willamette Valley, Oregon
2015 Johan Vineyards
Estate Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, Oregon
2016 Patricia Green Cellars
'Freedom Hill Vineyard' Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, Oregon
 
Weekend Tasting
  'Thanksgiving Appropriate'

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

"What are the best Thanksgiving wines?" It's a question we get asked a lot. The great thing is that there's no one perfect wine -- there are lots of picks that will do the job, but pairing a wine with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and more is no easy task either. In this tasting, we gather some of our favorite fail-safe Thanksgiving wines. Everything from the obvious (Pinot Noir) to the not so obvious (Old Vine Zinfandel). From reds to whites to rosés to sparkling wines to even a few dessert wines, we are here to guide you on your quest of wines that should be gracing your table this Thanksgiving. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance if you are looking for some possible unconventional pairings too, we have got you covered!



2017 Ponzi Vineyards
Pinot Gris

Willamette Valley, Oregon
2017 Cote West
Rose of Counoise

'Mounts Vineyard', Dry Creek Valley

2013 Barnista
Pinot Noir

Anderson Valley
2016 J. Rickards Winery
Estate Old Vine Zinfandel

Alexander Valley, Sonoma
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'CA Dreaming'

Friday, November 9th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Today, over 2,000 different wineries are producing wine in California. With numerous single vineyard wines and different varieties, believe it or not, this means that there are now more than 60,000 different wines being produced in California. California wine remains the most popular wine region for Americans. Close to 65% of all wine consumed in the United States are from California. 


2014 Elyse 'L'Ingenue' 
White Rhone Blend
Naggiar Vineyard, Sierra Foothills
2017 Horse & Plow
Rose

North Coast, CA
2012 Ryan Cochrane
Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills, CA
2016Carol Shelton 'Pizzaz Zin'
Old Vine Zinfandel
Piazza Ranch, Lodi
 
Weekend Tasting
  'Flight of the Frenchies '

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

France is currently the second-largest wine-producing country on Earth (after Italy), creating more than six billion bottles, on average, each year. The relatively unprestigious Languedoc-Roussillon pumps out the biggest quantities, mostly for domestic consumption, but map out the regions by reputation and suddenly (and arguably) Bordeaux moves up to No. 1, followed by Burgundy. 
 

Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Marc West-Teixeira of Teixeira Wine'

Friday, October 12th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Teixeira Wine Group has over twenty years of experience working with estate-grown wines and champagnes of almost every imaginable style and variety. What unites their wines is a dedication to independent wine making, a love of the art, respect for the fruit and earth and wines with quality you can count on. They are importers and distributors of estate-grown wines from around the world with a focus on producers from Europe. Their portfolio is built around wines from independent growers and producers who are inspired by tradition, have great respect for place and are driven by aspirations of being the next generation of leaders in wine.


2015 Conceito Método Tradicional
Grüner Veltliner Brut Nature
Douro, Portugal
2016Conceito
'Contraste' White Wine

Douro, Portugal
2015 Conceito
'Contraste' Red Wine 

Douro, Portugal
2016 Conceito
'Legitimo' Red Blend

Douro, Portugal
 
Weekend Tasting
  'Dessert in a Glass'

Sat./Sun., Oct. 13th & 14th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 

Every year around this time, late-harvest, fortified, and other sweet wines experience their annual uptick in attention. No wonder: They pair perfectly with the traditional foods of the season, and they work brilliantly as stand-ins for dessert: If you can’t manage to eat any more food after the massive holiday meal but still want something sweet to end it with, a glass of wine higher in alcohol (good for digestion) and sugar (good for the soul) is a smart choice. Fortunately for consumers, there is a vast selection of these wines to choose from, produced around the world, and at price points ranging from affordable to special-occasion-worthy.
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Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'Indigenous Wines Day, Zins'

Friday, October 5th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

Studies indicate that the grape used for making California Zinfandel probably originated in Croatia. Historians believe that in the 1820s, a nursery owner brought Zinfandel cuttings that were Croatian in origin to the United States from an Austrian collection. The Zinfandel name, however, is truly American—the earliest and only documented use of the name is in America where a Boston nursery owner advertised Zinfandel for sale in 1832.
Zinfandel was introduced to California during the Gold Rush somewhere between 1852 and 1857 and became widely planted because it thrived so well in the state’s climate and soil. Today, Zinfandel is the third-leading winegrape variety in California, with more than 44,400 acres planted. 


2016 Ridge
Zinfandel Blend
Geyserville

2015 Matthiasson
'Limerick Lane Vineyard' Zinfandel

Russian River Valley
2016 Bedrock 
'Pagani Ranch Heritage' Red Wine

Sonoma Valley/County 
2016Day
Zinfandel

Sonoma County
 
Weekend Tasting
  'Wines Columbus Probably Drank'

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

Next Monday is Columbus Day and, while Christopher Columbus’ legacy is complex and nuanced, the holiday ushers in one of America’s great traditions—enjoying a three-day weekend in the peak of autumn. Chances are you’ll take a fall getaway with a significant other, sleep-in and lounge around the house, or fit in one last barbecue for the season. Whatever you decide to do over Columbus Day weekend, you’re probably going to want an adult beverage or two.
Luckily, we have the perfect wines for the occasion. Christopher Columbus was, of course, Italian: we have therefore put together a hypothetical tasting of wines that Columbus possiblyenjoyed. Salute!

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Weekend Tasting
 “Mourvèdre"

Sat./Sun., Sept. 29th & 30th
 2:00-5:00 p.m.
 
 
Mourvedre is a late ripening, darkly colored, thick skinned berry that produces long, conical shaped bunches. The grape reaches its best level of ripeness in warm, sunny, dry and even hot climates.The true home for Mourvedre is Spain, where more than 61,000 hectares of vines are planted. After Spain, France is next country with the largest amount of planted Mourvedre vines. In the southwest of France, Mourvedre is the third most popular grape in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. However, third is a long way from first as it occupies less than 5% of the plantings in the Southern Rhone Valley.

When used as a blending grape, Mourvedre adds tannin and alcohol to wines as well as red fruits, cassis, spice, olives, herbs, pepper, sweetness, structure and depending on the producer, it could add a gamey, pleasant barnyard or animalistic character to the wine. Mourvedre is the perfect grape to blend with Grenache and Syrah, and makes a fantastic mouthwatering rosé.

 
 
Friday Nite Tasting featuring
'North vs. South Rhône'

Friday, September 28th 
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 
 
The entire Rhône Valley is in southern France, centered around the Rhône River. The Northern Rhône is generally cooler than the south. Here, Syrah is the lone variety used for red wines (sometimes blended with a touch of Viognier), while Marsanne and Roussanne, along with Viognier, produce white wines.In the Southern Rhône, there’s a much different take on what can be planted. There are 10 red grapes allowed; the most widely planted is Grenache, then Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignane and Cinsault. Most of the wines are blends of several grapes. Southern Rhône whites are also made from a mix of different grapes, chiefly including Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul. In the Rhône, wines are bottled by region, not varietal. In the north, the two leading appellations for red wines are Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie, while Condrieu is home to some terrific Viognier bottlings. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the Southern Rhône’s most famous subregion, but the most widely produced wines in the Rhône carry the Côtes du Rhône appellation. 
 
2014 Domaine Roger Perrin
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Rhone, France

2014 Paul Jaboulet Aine
Hermitage Blanc
Rhone, France

2015 Dom. Raymond Usseglio & Fils
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Girard
Rhone, France

2015 Domaine Gilles Robin
Hermitage 
Rhone, Fran
ce
 
 

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 3