Wine Tasting 11/3

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on October 29, 2009

Fall for the Frugal Gourmet : Value wines of the season
It’s Autumn in South Florida and even though it’s 95 degrees in the shade entering November, we still have to start thinking about what we’ll be serving with Turkey and cranberry sauce on that 3rd Thursday of the month. There is something about this time of year that gets us thinking about food. “Turkey day” will certainly provide the epitome of most of our culinary fantasies with the colors and flavors of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, apples and other Autumn favorites but the same thinking can be applied to the wines we drink. Our tastes change with the seasons from the ripe, fresh, lively flavors of summer to the spiced, earthy, savory flavors of Fall. Perhaps instead of a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir we drink Gewurztraminer or even a hearty Syrah. You be the judge. This week we are rolling out a cornucopia of turkey and budget friendly wines to get you started with your holiday planning. First we’ll start with a Riesling from France’s Alsace region, a place where the average temperature even in the summer is below 70 degrees. Domaine Ehrhart’s Herrenweg Riesling is soft, dry and spicy…a perfect match for Turkey. We have always had an affinity for Australian whites and pioneer winemaker Peter Lehmann’s “Layers” White is the latest chapter. Try this eclectic blend with your honey baked hams. If white is the wrong color, then start with a pretty little Primitivo (or Italian Zinfandel) from Vinosia, a hot new producer from Salento on Italy’s SE coast. Still not rich enough? We’ve been drinking Nine Stones Shiraz for years and the latest vintage is bringing the serious “Thunder from Down Under”…classic Aussie Shiraz! Even the finickiest of you will have trouble picking apart this beauty Cab from the Napa Valley, Buehler Cabernet is a “best buy” in our minds and a perfect choice for roasted or braised meats.

Tuesday November 3rd, 2009
6:00-9:00 pm
No charge for tastings

Domaine Ehrhart “Herrenweg” Riesling 2006 Alsace, France
…attractive fusil, lime-fruited, and honeyed nose that could only come from an Alsace Riesling; a silken texture, discreet oiliness, and citric refreshment;
plus an intriguing finish suggesting citrus zest, salts, chalk, wet stones, and toasted pumpkin seeds.
BTG $7.50 Retail $19.99

Peter Lehmann “Layers” White Blend 2009 Australia
Spicy, refreshing and light in texture. A bit sweet, with pear, lychee and honeydew flavors in a restrained mix. Sémillon, Muscat, Gewürztraminer and others.
Wine Spectator 87 points
BTG $5.75 Retail $14.99

Vinosia Primitivo 2007 Salento, Italy
Readers looking for a tasty, value priced red will want to consider the 2007 Primitivo from Vinosia. A juicy, mouth filling red, the wine is loaded with fragrant
dark red fruit in a soft, seamless style showing no hard edges. This is a strong candidate for casual, informal drinking and would make a great house wine.
Robert Parker 86 points
BTG $5.25 Retail $13.99

Nine Stones “Hilltops” Shiraz 2007 Australia
Ripe and generous, this Australian red shows a minerally edge to its blackberry and cardamom flavors, remaining open and inviting through the long, deftly balanced finish.
Wine Spectator 90 points! “Smart Buy”
BTG $5..25 Retail $13.99

Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Napa Valley, California
Trim and balanced, with an elegant mix of cedary oak, nutmeg, dried currant and mineral notes. Medium- to full-bodied, this tapers off a bit on the finish,
but offers lots of complexity, balance and easy-drinking appeal. Wine Spectator 87 points
BTG $8.75 Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 10/27 6-9pm

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on October 21, 2009

The Golden Statesmen : Premium Wines of California
It isn’t a coincidence that California is producing the most popular style of wine in the country today. After all, who understands the palates of the American consumer better than Americans? Production and consumption of the domestic product is at all time high, giving impetus to an entirely new generation of winemakers and winemaking styles. The era of the “fruit bomb” is upon us and today you can expect the average wine, red or white, to boast 15% alcohol without any remorse. Broad shouldered and flashy, like a big budget Hollywood action flick, California wine has converted all the Chugging Chucks out there to Sipping Sammies quicker than a light switch. Oh yeah, you won’t taste any of those this week. There was a time not so long ago that California wines were fashioned in the mold of their predecessors, using traditional methods, built for the dinner table as well as the cellar. Yes folks, we are gonna show you a different side of California this week. The California version of Roederer has been on the Wine Spectator Top 100 more than any other domestic sparkling wine. This year it’s a shoe-in. 91 points? You’ll be pouring your Veuve Cliquot down the drain. There are very few producers in California who continually pump out great Sauvignon Blanc, year in, year out. Grgich Hills is our favorite Sauvignon Blanc from the Golden State. Paul Draper is perhaps the longest lived, most well respected winemaker in the country. His Ridge wines are a testiment to what genuine California wines are all about; supple, elegant, noble and thoroughly pleasurable. I challenge you to find a Napa Cab like the one Ladera is selling for under $30. Drinking great now but will be even better when that uncle no one likes to talk about gets out of the can…

Tuesday October 27th, 2009
6:00-9:00 pm
No charge for tastings

Roederer Estate Brut NV Anderson Valley, California
This rich version is loaded with spicy cinnamon notes. Offers bold apple aromas, with a whiff of yeast, and complex, layered pear,
crème brûlée and baked apple flavors that linger. Wine Spectator 91 points! “Smart Buy”
BTG $7.25 Retail $19.99

Grgich Hills Fume Blanc 2007 Napa Valley, California
A light-bodied, graceful wine that has a zingy acidity and fresh-cut grass notes, with refreshing and intense lemon-lime and melon
flavors and a spicy, mouthwatering finish. Wine Spectator 89 points
BTG $10.00 Retail $27.99

Ridge “Three Valleys” Red Blend 2007 Sonoma, California
Zesty and appealingly eccentric, with wild berry and exotic Asian spice aromas and layered baked cherry, anise and walnut flavors.
Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Carignane. Wine Spectator 88 points
BTG $6.50 Retail $17.99

Ridge “Geyserville” Zinfandel 2007 Sonoma, California
Ripe, exotic and loaded with personality. Aromas of ripe blackberry, underbrush and licorice lead to concentrated huckleberry and
cracked-pepper beef flavors that finish with lively tannins. Wine Spectator 91 points!
BTG $12.00 Retail $34.99

Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Napa Valley, California
…aromas of blackberry and raspberry fruit; rose pedals, mint and white pepper with toasty and vanilla highlights. Dark plum and bramble berry flavors fill the mouth.
BTG $10.75 Retail $29.99