Wine Tasting

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by admin on August 30, 2009

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday September 15th, 2009
6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

Wine Tasting: South America Showdown

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by admin on August 30, 2009

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday September 8th, 2009
6:00-9:00 pm

South America Showdown : Chile vs. Argentina

No charge for tastings

Montes “Leyda Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc 2008 San Antonio, Chile
A very crisp and minerally style, with a chalky edge that carries the flint, chive and fleur de sel notes. Wine Spectator 90!
BTG $5.75 Retail $14.99

Catena “Tupungato” Chardonnay 2008 Mendoza, Argentina
Ripe and focused, with tasty pear, dried pineapple and grilled hazelnut notes, followed by a juicy finish. Wine Spectator 88
BTG $6.00 Retail $15.99

Santa Ema “Reserve” Merlot 2006 Maipo, Chile
Broad and velvety, with a nice polish to the mint, cocoa, plum and braised fig flavors. Full-bodied. Tasty. Wine Spectator 88
BTG $4.00 Retail $9.99

Colome Malbec 2007 Salta, Argentina
Quite ripe, with nearly exotic plum sauce, braised fig and crushed blueberry notes rolled together, while spice, mocha and incense hints stretch out the juicy, dense finish. A flashy style, but well-balanced. Wine Spectator 92 points! “Smart Buy”
BTG $7.00 Retail $18.99

Vina Palo Alto Cabernet Blend 2007 Maule, Chile
Robust, almost brawny in style, with a hefty layer of coffee and bacony toast fronting dark plum and currant fruit. Tobacco and loam notes frame the muscular finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah. Wine Spectator 89 points “Best Value”
BTG $5.00 Retail $12.99


South America Showdown : Chile vs. Argentina

There is simply no debating it anymore. South America is the “heavyweight champion” of high quality, value wines being imported into the U.S. So much so that we’d venture to guess that the majority of you out there who’ve started your wine “love affair” in the last 5 to 10 years, have done so at the behest of a deliciously ripe, full bodied wine from the Southern Hemisphere, be it an Argentine Malbec, Chilean Cab or Australian Shiraz.

The Latin American presence here in South Florida has bolstered the popularity of South American wine even further, as we are perhaps the largest market in the world for their export. As consumers, we are continually bombarded with the exponentially expanding series of brands arriving on the shelves of our supermarkets, fine retailers and restaurants. So how does one decide? What is the difference between Chile and Argentina?

The origins of both countries can be traced back to Spain through the travels and exploits of conquistadors, but the truth is that the neighboring nations have been more vastly influenced by French viticulture. Yet despite their proximity and shared influence, each has taken a different path in terms of grapes successfully planted and typicity of style. Chile has staked its claim on a burly, frequently muscular style of Cabernet and Syrah, whereas Argentina’s proclivity for all things Italian has dictated a more elegant, supple style in their choice of grape, the inky-hued Malbec.

This week at Hollywood Vine we’ll pit strength against strength and let you guys decide who is “numero uno” of the coveted under $20 category. Aurelio Montes has a great reputation for making many of Chile’s greatest reds, but it’s his Sauvignon Blanc that captured our attention this week. The Montes “Leyda Vineyard” Sauvignon will present an early challenge. Argentina will rebut with one of the most consistent Chardonnays in the world today, made by perhaps it’s most famous winery, Catena’s “Tupungato” Chardonnay is a real crowd pleaser. Chilean Merlot frequently has a bittersweet “chocolateyness” to it but Santa Ema’s Reserve Merlot is pure white chocolate, soft and silky. “Colome” is a very successful project in Argentina by the Napa Valley’s Hess Winery, 92 points @ $18.99? Let’s see what all the fuss is about. Then we’ll finish with an “eclectic” red blend of Chile’s best varietals.

Wine Tasting: American Beauties

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by admin on August 30, 2009

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday September 1st, 2009
6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Napa, California
A refreshing, lean, herbal style, with citrus, green apple and pleasant fresh grassy notes.
BTG $9.25 Retail $25.99

Lake Sonoma Chardonnay 2008 Russian River, Sonoma
Perfumed floral and sweet ripe pear and apple flavors give this a distinctive fruit profile. Pure and clean.
BTG $6.00 Retail $15.99

Concannon Pinot Noir 2007 California
Offers a medium-bodied range of cherry and berry fruit that’s floral and spicy, ending with a clean finish. Wine Spectator 87
BTG $6.00 Retail $15.99

Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa, California
An elegant style, supple and harmonious, offering rich currant, light cedary oak, a dash of herb and sage and a clean, focused finish, with fine-grained tannins. Wine Spectator 87 points
BTG $6.50 Retail $17.99

Zanzibar “Sandra” Cabernet Blend 2004 Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
Ripe, focused, seductive and generous with its sweet, leathery plum and currant flavors, which linger on the polished finish, spreading nicely across the palate as it stays with you nicely. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
Wine Spectator 91 points!

BTG $10.75 Retail $29.99


American Beauties : More than just a pretty face…

It’s hard to find the words to describe what is happening in this country with the awakening to wine. We’ve come a long way since the days of merely drinkable “California Chablis” and are even beginning to distance ourselves from the sugary “blush wines” that haunted our barbeques. Americans are drinking more wine than ever before and we don’t even have to compromise the quality of the wine we drink in the interest of being frugal. High quality cuvees brought to light by new players in the winemaking business from the southern hemisphere, i.e. Australia, Argentina and Chile have created a value driven environment that has forced American winemakers to take note. Heck, their taking more than notes, they’re writing novels to try and stay competitive in a tumultuous economy and the increasing prices of doing business.

Quality has never been a problem. California, Washington state and Oregon are making some of the world’s greatest wines. The problem more recently has been the price. Honestly, there is too much quality wine in the market and that’s a good thing for retailers and consumers. We can honestly say that suddenly the U.S. is representing value to its native consumers. As retailers and wine enthusiasts ourselves we can’t remember another time in recent history where well crafted American wines have presented such value. That’s why we’re devoting this week to the recently humbled, economy-friendly wines of the U.S. We’ll start things off with a splash. Is there anyone who is unfamiliar with the name Cakebread. Yeah, we’ve got the best price in the country on their most popular wine, the Sauvignon Blanc. Russian River is perhaps our favorite place in the “new world” for Chardonnay and we’ll show you a gem in Lake Sonoma’s version.

Is there anyone who isn’t drinking Pinot Noir today? That’s the problem. Too many Pinot drinkers, not enough Pinot. We think we’ve found one that should be around for a while, the juicy, black cherry scented Concannon Central Coast. Martin Ray’s Napa Cab is a steal at under $18 and we’ve even got a great deal on an itsy-bitsy production wine from Washington’s Zanzibar winery, the seductive “Sandra” cuvee.

Smart Buy Alert! 1718

Posted in Uncategorized by admin on August 30, 2009

Attention Bargain Hunters

SMART BUY #4

Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of “Smart Buys.” We’ll apologize for leaving you hanging for the last few weeks but this deal has taken longer than expected to percolate and after much delay and anticipation it is finally here. For those of you who are new to the HVine mailing list, these “Smart Buy” emails are little tidbits of goodness provided to you by your friends at Hollywood Vine to inform you of a particularly advantageous buy on a premium wine that has simply fallen through the cracks of a very competitive wine market. That means awesome, frequently “luxury” wines at ridiculous, frequently “stingy” prices. Basically, it’s the wine equivalent of finding a crumpled $20 in a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while. This week we’ve found a pair of old world uber-buys:

Mr. Parker Says:

2003 Shardana

The 2003 Shardana (85% Carignano, 15% Syrah) is a gorgeous wine loaded with the essence of minerals, graphite, black cherries, smoke, tar, tobacco and leather. It offers superb purity and focus, although it needs at least another year in bottle to fully come together. This wonderfully complex and complete wine is made at the Santadi winery for importers Neil and Maria Empson. It is a beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018. Robert Parker 92 points!!!

Our Take:

We were blown away by the response we got for this wine at our Tuesday tasting this week and wanted to get an email out to all of you who didn’t get a chance to try this soft, perfumey Sardinian gem. Yeah this wine is from the Isle of Sardinia and comes from super old Carignan or “Carignano” vines planted by the Santadi family. Fans of fruit bombs and wine geeks unite. This wine is luscious, aromatic and with plenty of fruit density but also a lot of depth and complexity as well. Fans of “Super Tuscans” take the “Pepsi Challenge” with this “Super Sardinian!”

Should retail at $34.99…now $22.99 (regular discounts apply)

But wait…

How many of you got shut out of the glorious 2005 vintage in Bordeaux? Every critic in the world including Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator (which awarded the ’05 vintage 99 points) has raved about this magical year in France’s Bordeaux region, calling it one of the “top 10 vintages of all time.” Understandably, with critical acclaim like that prices went through the roof. So when we found this little beauty sneaking into the market at under $15 we pounced on it. If you are serious collector of first growths or casual wine drinker curious about the world’s greatest wine region, this wine is a bonafide quality-price-ratio play that is drinking well now but will also continue to improve over the next 10 years.
CHÂTEAU PEY LA TOUR Bordeaux Supérieur Réserve du Château 2005

Wine Spectator 89 points

$13.99

(regular discounts apply)