Wine Tasting: American Beauties

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


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.