Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on December 17, 2009

The Gift of Wine : Great “last second” ideas…  

How many of you out there are still searching for that perfect gift for your…dentist? He’s had his hands in your mouth for years, isn’t it time you put something in his? It’s probably a lot easier to buy a gift for a husband or a father as you have some inkling of what they enjoy but what about the valuable people in your life you may not know a whole lot about. What do you buy them? We’re not just saying this because we’re in the business but, wine really is the perfect gift! I mean were you really gonna buy your accountant a “snuggie” from some infomercial? Not a good idea for someone who knows all about your finances. Play it safe this year and give the gift of wine. Being the supportive retailers we are, we’re here to help you. We are pulling out what are perhaps the most popular wines in the shop and giving you a chance to taste them side by side. Naturally they are all from California and are done in a rich, super “pleasure-giving” style. Any of these would be great for a casual wine drinker or a pro. We’ll start with one of the best California Chardonnays money can buy, Rombauer Chardonnay is an ultra rich, buttery, toasty, etc. version of classic Cali Chard. Treat yourself to lobster tail and this golden beauty. Rombauer’s Merlot is equally rich and delicious with notes of plum, chocolate and toasty oak. This is what California Merlot is all about, don’t believe the propaganda! Although many of you may already be familiar with the Earthquake series of wines, the latest vintage of their Zinfandel is the best I can remember! Lots to like about this lavishly oaked old-vine monster. Girard is a very prestigious winery. Located up at the top of Prichard Hill in Napa this winery has been getting a lot of press for years for its wonderfully distinctive Cabernet but if you ask us, the Petite Sirah is the true gem of the portfolio. This is inky purple wine  loaded with blueberry fruit but remains elegant and is well suited to even a Cab drinker. Speaking of Cab, what tasting would be complete without one. Chalk Hill has been a Sonoma icon for decades and it is actually cheaper than it was 5 years ago…thanks economy! We’re proud to show this wine on a Tuesday even though many of you “high rollers” may already be knee-deep in it.     



Tuesday December 22nd, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Rombauer Chardonnay 2007 Carneros, California

Ripe pear, apple and honeydew melon flavors are shaded by spicy, toasty oak. A rich, creamy style. Full-bodied, with a touch of sweetness. Wine Spectator 91 points

BTG $12.50                          Retail $34.99


Rombauer Merlot 2006 Napa Valley, California

Supple and harmonious, with complex cherry, currant, herb, anise and sage flavors that fold together nicely.

BTG $12.00                         Retail $32.99


Earthquake Zinfandel 2007 Lodi, California

Ripe and concentrated, with blackberry, dried currant and chocolate flavors that fold into generous toasty oak and firm tannins.

BTG $9.00                          Retail $23.99


Girard Petite Sirah 2007 Napa Valley, California

Blackberry, huckleberry and pepper notes are firm and taut, concentrated and densely tannic. The fruit flavors are ripe and come with a juicy, pomegranate-like edge.

Wine Spectator 89 points

BTG $10.25                           Retail $27.99


Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Sonoma, California

Rich, powerful and full-bodied, this is marked by thick Syrah-like road tar, graphite, dried currant, sage and herbal flavors that are concentrated and reflective

of a cool climate for Cabernet. Wine Spectator 90 points

BTG $14.00                           Retail $39.99