Wine Tasting 12/1

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on November 27, 2009


Tuesday December 1st, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Conundrum White Blend 2008 California

Bursting with fragrant honeysuckle and jasmine, with ripe melon, peach, nectarine and honeycomb grace notes. Intensely flavored, with a refreshing acidity.

BTG $8.00                            Retail $21.99


Mer Soleil “Silver” Chardonnay 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Combines ripe, intense peach, nectarine and tangerine fruit, with touches of floral and spice. Gains body and depth, turning creamy in texture.

Wine Spectator 91 points

BTG $9.00                            Retail $24.99


Mer Soleil “Silver” Chardonnay 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Ripe and delicious in a rich, opulent style, with a mix of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus and nectarine. Full-bodied and fresh, with lively, cleansing acidity.

BTG $10.75                          Retail $29.99


Belle Glos “Meiomi” Pinot Noir 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Floral and fragrant, with rose petal, plum, black cherry and brewed tea flavors that are fresh, lively and juicy on a medium body, with firm tannins.

BTG $9.00                           Retail $24.99


Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Valley, CA

Ripe and fleshy, with rich plum, wild berry, spice and savory herb notes that are complex, full-bodied and expansive on the palate, ending with firm tannins and a dash of espresso.

Wine Spectator 92 points!!!

Retail $67.99

Wine Tasting 11/24

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on November 19, 2009

Don’t forget to do your Holliday Shopping with us!


Small Vineyards, Big Wines : Craft wines of Italy  

Growing up in America, it’s likely that your first experience in a restaurant or a retail shop is going to be a large chain or franchise operation. It’s more than likely your first hamburger was from McDonalds, for good reason, there’s one on every corner. That said, We don’t think any of us would claim it was the best burger we’ve ever had, just the most accessible. Large corporate entities generally tend to be at the very least consistent, if not singular, exciting or avant garde. However, there is something charming about the less formulaic operation of private entities. The service is perhaps variable, the cuisine possibly less manicured, but as a whole some of our favorite and most memorable experiences around a dinner table have occurred in small privately-owned restaurants, the kind where the owner may even be the one serving you 😉 The reason we make this comparison today is that it is easy to forget that wine also is a food (agricultural) product. Like all food products, quality is compromised the larger the scale of the operation. In other words, it’s much easier to prepare a truly exquisite meal for a party of five than it is for a party of 500. The same principles apply to wine and although not all small production wines are likely to suit your individual palates, they are certainly more singular and unique. This week we are proud to be able to show a lineup of 5 traditional, super small production wines from Italy, all of which will retail under $22 and have a person behind them instead of a boardroom. Production sizes of these wines are so miniscule because many of these “wineries” produce merely enough wine for their own consumption. This is truly a fascinating portfolio of wines produced mostly by families who have absolutely no commercial interest in the wine business at all and have arrived to our shores due to the efforts of a small American import company who sought out and hand-picked each of them (literally in some instances). Naturally there are no major critics reviewing these wines. I think this tasting will be an eye opening experience for many of you burgeoning wine geeks out there, as well as for those of you who are just getting started.    




Tuesday November 24th, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Sanguineti “Vincero” Bianco Toscana 2007 Tuscany, Italy

A truly “Super Tuscan” white! Lemony and fresh, with apple and honey character. Medium body, crisp acidity and medium finish. This is a wonderful blend of Vermentino, Marvasia and Chardonnay without any oak.

BTG $6.25                            Retail $16.99


Trevisol “Extra Dry” Prosecco NV Valdobbiadene, Italy

A delicate, well-balanced Prosecco, showing a good blend of baked apple, sour lemon and grapefruit, with a lightly creamy mineral texture on the palate. Medium froth, with some body and a pleasant lemon and mineral finish.

BTG $7.00                            Retail $18.99


Bibbiani “Poggio Vignoso” Chianti 2007 Tuscany, Italy

Dried cherry and floral aromas follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a fruity, soft finish. This also displays a floral character on the nose and palate with a good body of persistent fruit and tannins.

BTG $5.25                            Retail $13.99


Sanguineti “Nessum Dorma” Super-Tuscan 2006 Tuscany, Italy

A fruity red, with clean currant and blackberry character on a medium body. This has a pleasant finish, with a subtle coating of black olive over the light, velvety tannins. Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah.

BTG $7.25                           Retail $19.99


Guiseppe Leonardi Valpolicella Ripasso 2007 Veneto, Italy

Offers intense crushed black fruit, oak and creamy mineral on a medium-bodied palate, with fine, fruit-coated tannins. Nicely structured and enjoyable, with a sweet fruit and milk chocolate finish.

BTG $8.00                         Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 11/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on November 12, 2009

Emerging wine regions : “Expanding the boundaries of our palates”

How many of you buy your wine based of where it comes from? Are you the consumer who believes that Chile can do no wrong? Are you steadfast and loyal to Italian wines because of your heritage or a secret affinity for lasagna? How many of you have continued to purchase a winery’s wine because you’ve actually visited the place where the grapes grow? “Place” is a very important part of wine and a comfortable understanding of wine starts with an elementary knowledge of the culture in the place where the wine is coming from. Where do we get the culture? Well, our favorite kind of culture comes in an edible/drinkable form. This week’s wine tasting is like a history lesson, art class, cooking tutorial and “Turkey Day” pep rally all rolled into one. Important winemakers, ancient wine regions, excellent wines built for cuisine and snazzy labels will make this pre-Thanksgiving tasting a memorable one. Habla Espanol? Rueda in North Central Spain is producing one of the most fun whites in the world. Indigenous grapes with highly tropical aromatics bottled playfully for the export market are putting wines from this region right at the top of a bargain hunters shopping list. You guys are gonna love Hermanos Villar “Ipsum”! My mom loves Vouvray, in fact, I’ve never met a woman who didn’t. Lucky for us we managed to find a solitary case of 92 point stuff that blows away anything I’ve previously tasted from this prestigious wine region. Francois Chidaine is the Leonardo DaVinci of Chenin Blanc, “Les Bouchet”  is sure to dazzle. Did I mention Vouvray is awesome for T-Day? Beaujolais Nouveau anyone? Not in this lifetime…Ask us, we’ll explain, or you could just take a sip of a real Beaujolais from Jean-Paul Brun. The next wine is what we will be drinking on Thursday and we’re thrilled to get it, considering only 700 cases were produced by one of the world’s greatest winemakers. Jean Louis Chave is a master of Syrah and his Crozes-Hermitage “Silene” is a tour-de-force for you burgeoning wine geeks! But perhaps the most exciting wine of the evening will fittingly be last. How many of you have had a really great Cab from Washington State? After Woodward Canyon, there is no going back. 100% Cab, 100% new oak. Hauntingly rich, if this wine were a villain, it would be the Boogey Man.      




Tuesday November 17th, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Villar “Ipsum” Verdejo-Viura 2008 Rueda, Spain

Lime pith, white flowers, herbs and salty minerals on the nose. Notes of sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Medium straw-colored, it delivers aromas of

peach and apricot with a hint of citrus in the background. For the price, this is pretty serious. Steven Tanzer 87 points

BTG $4.50                            Retail $10.99


Francois Chidaine “Les Bouchet” Vouvray 2006 Loire Valley, France

Off-dry, with enticing quince, fig and persimmon notes backed by a lush texture and a long, alluring finish that lets ginger cream, toasted brioche and

cardamom notes linger. Very flattering, with fine length and great mouth feel. Wine Spectator 92 points!!!

BTG $9.00                            Retail $24.99


Jean-Paul Brun “Terres Dorees” Beaujolais 2008 Burgundy, France

Aromas of high-toned cherry, kirsch distillate and cherry pit lead to a pure, bright, refreshing palate suffused with suggestions of chalk and salt and with its

cyanic bitterness invigoratingly woven into its carpet of bright fruit, this finishes with riveting purity and rapier intensity, if not complexity.  Robert Parker 90 points                                                                                                                                                

BTG $5.75                            Retail $14.99


Jean Louis Chave “Silene” Crozes-Hermitage 2006 Northern Rhone, France

This is briary in texture, with a mouthwatering minerality stitching the blackberry, currant, tar, loam and iron notes together. The long finish lets hints of grilled

herb peek in, though the muscular, dark fruit remains dominant. Rock solid. Wine Spectator 92 points!!!

BTG $9.00                           Retail $24.99


Woodward Canyon “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Columbia Valley, Washington

Earth and tobacco flavors weave through the chunky cherry and black tea character, making this more savory than most. Yet has the structure to age.

Definitely worth cellaring. Wine Spectator 91 points!!!

BTG $14.00                         Retail $39.99

Wine Tasting 11/10

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on November 5, 2009

Italy…and then some : Interesting new wines from great producers

Hello everyone and welcome to another week of wine and cheese from Hollywood Vine. Those of you who have regularly attended our weekly tastings may have noticed that we’ve had an increasing tendency towards “eclectic” tastings rather than strictly regionally thematic tastings. It brings about an interesting point. The truth is that we are all entering a “golden era” for winemaking worldwide. Today there is a chemical understanding of the winemaking process that didn’t exist even 10 years ago and it seems that even emerging countries are capable of producing, at the very least, a drinkable wine. The consumer is waking up to an array of wonderful Spanish, Italian and French wines produced in a modern style rivaling those of the most ripe California and Australian wines. Italy has perhaps benefitted the most from this epiphany of enological intelligence, making wines of power, grace and earlier drinkability. We’ll show three of our favorites from 3 very famous producers. But first we’ll taste one of the more interesting blends we’ve ever tasted from California. It is an Albarino-Grenache Blanc blend from the South Coast, definitely a one-of-a-kind wine made by one of the regions pioneering winemakers. Trenza White is zesty and crisp with a finish that lasts over a minute. Then we’ll show you one of our favorite varietals for Thanksgiving, a sweet and delicious Gewurztraminer made by one of Germany’s leading Riesling producers, Dr. Ernst Loosen. The Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer is sure to find a place on a turkey day. Our trio of Italians starts with a wonderful mélange from one of Piedmont’s top producers. Paolo Scavino is better known for top flight Barolos but his rosso is a wonderful intro to all of Piedmont’s ancient varieties. Equally as exciting is Uccelliera’s Rosso di Montalchino, a 90-pointer and a dead-ringer for many producers Brunellos. Dolcetto remains lurking under the radar for most consumers but we think Clerico’s Dolcetto Visadi will bring some of you out of the shadows with its inky-black hues and ripe fruit. Hope to see you all there…  



Tuesday November 10th, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Trenza “Blanco” Albarino-Grenache Blanc 2008 Edna Valley, California

…tight with loads of citrus, and bright acidity, while rich, chalky and full-bodied. This white is exotic, with citrus aromatics,

particularly tangerine, and a mineral driven wet slate character. It’s nicely balanced with nuances from creamy sweet oak in the background.

BTG $7.75                            Retail $20.99


Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2007 Germany

Clean, fruity and wonderfully light on its feet, with the aromatic charm of the variety with the deliciously juicy texture and a delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses.

BTG $5.75                            Retail $14.99


Paolo Scavino Rosso 2007 Piedmont, Italy

The 2007 Rosso is Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and Cabernet aged in used oak barrels. This plump, juicy red reveals attractive jammy red fruits and spices in a very pleasing, harmonious style.

Robert Parker 89 points

BTG $7.25                            Retail $19.99


Uccelliera Rosso di Montalchino 2007 Tuscany, Italy

A clean, fruity red, with strawberry, raspberry and a hint of creamy mineral. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. Well-balanced and delicious.

Wine Spectator 90 points

BTG $10.75                           Retail $29.99


Clerico “Visadi” Dolcetto 2007 Piedmont, Italy

Made in a full-bodied, dense style, it offers more varietal character than has been the case in the past, with wonderful length and gorgeous inner purity. This wine will appeal most to readers who appreciate an intense style of Dolcetto.

Robert Parker 89 points

BTG $8.00                          Retail $21.99