Sake Tasting

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on March 30, 2010

Mark your calender: Our first ever Sake tasting!

 

Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. in Japanese, sake or o-sake refers to alcoholic drinks in general. The Japanese term for this specific beverage is Nihonshu  meaning “Japanese sake”.

 

Sake is also referred to in English as rice wine. However, unlike true wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally present in fruit, Sake is made through a brewing process more like that of beer. To make beer or sake, the sugar needed to produce alcohol must first be converted from starch. But the brewing process for sake differs from beer brewing as well, notably in that for beer, the conversion of starch to sugar and sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps, but with sake they occur simultaneously. Additionally, alcohol content also differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9–16% alcohol and most beer is 3–8%, whereas undiluted sake is 18–20% alcohol, although this is often lowered to around 15% by diluting the sake with water prior to bottling.

 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE SAKE TASTING!

FRIDAY, APRIL 9TH , 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

 

SILK DELUXE JUNMAI, ICHISHIMA

Long one of the most prominent breweries in the Niigata region, Ichishima Shuzo has been owned and operatedby the Ichishima family since its founding in 1790. Silk in a bottle, this sake is light and energetic. Its mild sweetness is well-integrated with good acidity. Refreshing notes of honeydew melon and cucumber

BTG $ 8.00 2oz                                  Retail $27.99 500 ml

 

DEWATSURU “KIMOTO” JUNMAI, AKITA SEISHU

A great, full-bodied sake that reveals mellow taste and character. The higher acidity resulting from the time and labor-intensive kimoto brewing method.

BTG $ 6.75 2oz                                  Retail $ 31.99 720 ml

 

HONJOZO, ICHISHIMA

This delightfully refined honjozo is rich and dry, with complex notes of spices and nuts. Just a hint a sea breeze causes this classic example of the Niigata Style

BTG $ 6.50 2oz                                  Retail $30.99 720 ml

 

CHONKAISAN JUNMAI DAIGINJO, TENJU SHUZO

Founded in 1874, by Eikichi Ohi, Tenju Shuzu is a tightly knit, family-owned brewery enjoying its sixth generation of sake production. Tenju (which means to last 100 years) brewery is located in Yashima village near the beautiful Mount Chokai, in Akita.

From the first sip this is the one that makes you fall in love with Japanese premium sake!
Chokaisan Junmai DaiGinjō is matchless in its balance. Its floral nose hints of pear. Its palate is so refined that it makes a delightful aperitif or a wonderful accompaniment throughout your meal

Retail $54.99 720ml

Wine Tasting 3/30

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on March 25, 2010

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

It wasn’t till the late 1980s and 1990s when Apartheid was ended and the world’s export market opened up that South African wines began to experience a renaissance. The style of wine coming from this reborn nation seems to straddle the New World and the Old, combining the ripe fruit of the former with the elegance and restraint of the latter.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday March 30th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

 

RAATS ORIGINAL CHENIN BLANC, 2008

Harvested separately from sandstone and granite soil in different pickings over the ripening period to enhance diversity of flavour, vinified separately according to their soil type. Crafted without oak to preserve all the “original” vibrant freshness.

Exploding with succulent green melon, apple, pineapple, citrus and hints of ginger in the mouth, perfectly weighted with a crisp, mineral finish.

87 point rating  in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator 2010

BTG $ 5.50                                  Retail $13.99

 

MULDERBOSCH FAITHFUL HOUND, 2005

43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc

Smoky, with incense and coffee aromas up front, followed by a focused palate of red currant, crushed plum and boysenberry fruit, all layered with additional cocoa, grilled herb and mineral notes. The long finish lets both the fruit and herb notes linger

90 point rating  in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator 2009

BTG $ 9.00                                  Retail $ 23.99

 

KANONKOP KADETTE, 2008

Pinotage 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Merlot 15% and Cabernet Franc 10%

A full bodied wine with ripe, sweet banana and berry flavours. This wine shows remarkable complexity with soft grape tannins and a long dry finish.

91 POINTS Wine Enthusiast

BTG $ 5.75                                  Retail $14.99

 

KANONKOP PINOTAGE, 2006

100% Pinotage

Very ripe but pure and streamlined, with range and depth to the layers of mocha, blackberry preserve, fig sauce and graphite notes. Long and plush through the finish. Shows Pinotage’s dark, grippy profile but none of its hard, rustic edges.

91 point rating  in the March 31 issue of Wine Spectator 2009

BTG $13.50                                  Retail $37.99

 

KANU KIA-ORA NOBLE LATE HARVEST, 2004

The grapes were handpicked in the early morning from selected bush vines. The vineyards are situated in the prime Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch. The word koel is the Afrikaans word for cool and best describes how the area benefits from gentle sea breezes in the summer months. Rich and sweet, but with bouncy acidity too, keeping all the dried apricot, mango, persimmon and ginger flavors harmonious through the exotic, alluring finish.

92 point rating  in the September 30  issue of Wine Spectator 2006

                                                               Retail $ 23.99 (375 ML)

Wine Tasting 3/23

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on March 18, 2010

Don’t miss March Madness at Hollywood Vine! Great libations, atmosphere and company.

 

We thought it fitting to find some  wines  to celebrate the season. This Tuesday we’re featuring wines that reflect this time of year’s crisp breezes, green lawns, budding flowers, and sunny days as well as its rainy ones. Wine should be an everyday beverage and good wine can be had for little money when you know where to look.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday March 23rd, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

CHAMISAL CHARDONNAY, 2008

Intended as a pure expression of what the Chardonnay varietal represents, fermented in stainless steel never touching any oak, has loads of fresh pineapple, lemon zest, golden apple and white peach fruit on the nose and palate. The acidity is bright and succulent, lengthening the finish of ripe, fresh flavors.

BTG $ 6.00                                  Retail $15.99

 

PINE RIDGE CHENIN/VIOGNIER, 2008

The final blend of 81% Chenin Blanc and 19% Viognier

The 2008 Chenin Blanc – Viognier flaunts aromas of ruby grapefruit, pear, lychee and melon, with a delicate touch of spicy, white florals.  Lively citrus and bright tropical fruit flavors are offered up alongside a supple texture.  The slightly off-dry finish is clean and crisp

BTG $ 5.25                                  Retail $ 12.99

 

GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU MERLOT, 2006

Lush aromas and flavors of blue fruit and red plum laced with sweet vanilla and dried sage. Medium-bodied, with broad, ripe tannins that add complex notes of cocoa and toast to the finish.

At an amazing price.

BTG $ 7.50                                  Retail $19.99

 

MICHAEL & DAVID EARTHQUAKE PETIT SIRAH , 2005

Up front blueberry syrup, black cherry and coffee bean shake up the senses, finishing with warm cigar box cedar and vanillan flavors. Brawny, solid tannins send aftershocks down the throat creating a seemingly endless finish. When all is said and done this Petite Sirah leaves its mark of destruction, leaving teeth and glasses stained of its inky dark color

BTG $9.50                                  Retail $25.99

 

CANDOR ZINFANDEL, LOT 1

Aged 100% on American oak barrels 20% New

Candor Zinfandel is made from a combination of 60 year old vines and exuberant new ones. The wine is blended together across vineyards and vintages and thus reaches real panache with bright berry fruit, silky tannins, toasty spice and a signature zing of acidity.

BTG $ 7.00                                  Retail $ 18.99

Wine Tasting 3/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on March 11, 2010

Next weeks tasting is filled with California tradition.

Duckhorn Vineyards has spent 34 years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a distinctively California Pinot Noir of equal stature to their acclaimed Duckhorn Vineyards. Ed Sbragia for years was the prime Winemaking force for all of  the Private Reserve Wines of Beringer. His Merlot has always been one of our favorites. And Napa’s Luna Vineyard has a California twist to Pinot Grigio. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday March 16th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

LUNA PINOT GRIGIO, 2007

Light golden in color, this refreshing wine features enticing aromas of grapefruit, pear and spice as ripe flavors of citrus greet the palate. Bright mango and orange zest are accented by notes of guava and a touch of minerality. This food-friendly Pinot Grigio features balanced acidity and a full-bodied texture that carries through for a delicious finish of lemon and apricot.

BTG $ 5.25                                  Retail $12.99

 

DUCKHORN SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2008

76% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Sémillon.

100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 G);20% Barrel-fermented in new oak;5 months sur lie

This Sauvignon Blanc seamlessly combines lush, mouth-filling fruit with refreshing acidity. The aromas highlight bright citrus notes of lemon zest, grapefruit and kaffir lime, underscored by subtle hints of pear and dried apricot. Echoing the aromatics, the palate reveals vibrant citrus layers complemented by more subdued tropical elements of banana, coconut and lychee.

BTG $ 9.25                                  Retail $ 24.99

 

SBRAGIA FAMILY VINEYARDS HOME RANCH MERLOT, 2007

This eight-acre vineyard is on flatland where Dry Creek used to flood; so there’s lots of silty gravel. The Merlot grapes do very well here. producing wine that’s velvety and lush on the palate with aromas and flavors of dark cherries. sweet red fruits and brown sugar.

BTG $ 10.25                                  Retail $27.99

 

DUCKHORN “DECOY” NAPA VALLEY RED WINE, 2007

43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. 100% French Oak Château-Style Barrels (60 G)Barrel Aging:16 Months;Age of Barrels: 10% new, 90% second vintage

The wine offers enticing aromatics, sweet red fruit, supple tannins and firm, integrated oak. Beginning with aromas of raspberry, cherry pie, spice and cedar, the blend showcases an array of elements, from flavorful layers of cranberry, red currant and cassis to more nuanced hints of orange peel, amaretto and coffee. The medley of fruit continues throughout a long, enjoyable finish.

BTG $9.25                                  Retail $24.99

 

GOLDEN EYE PINOT NOIR, 2006

100% Pinot Noir; 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 lts.);65% New Oak, 35% Second Vintage Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests 16 months in barrel

This well-balanced, medium-weight wine offers bright acidity and a long, satisfying finish. The aroma is rich and evocative of dark cherries, nutmeg, caramelized apple, cinnamon, and clove. On the palate, it is full of plum, spice, cherry, strawberry, and vanilla oak layers. Though delicate and understated, this wine’s compelling force of flavor, weight, and potent spice create a depth and density that cannot be missed.

BTG $ 12.50                                  Retail $ 34.99

Wine Tasting 3/9

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on March 4, 2010

This week we’re happy to have Helene Calini from Ibesc Distributors introduce us to some wonderful wines spanning the globe. We travel from France to Argentina and back to Washington State. We hope you’ll join us!

 

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday March 9th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

DOMAINE VIRGINIE LA GRANGE VIOGNIER, 2008

Vin de Pays, France ; the combination of some bottle age with the oak has resulted in a complexity and depth you seldom discover in a Viognier. There’s a hint of spice, some flowers… A mineral edge on the palate which is quite rich, textured with a lime acidic finish. An excellent length.

Scribblings Rating – 90/100

BTG $6.00                                  Retail $15.99

 

DOMAINE DE FAMILONGUE L’ENVOL DE FAMILONGUE, 2006

Grenache  43 %, Syrah  19 %, Cinsault 7 %, Carignan maceration carbonique 5%, Traditional Carignan  25 %, Mourvèdre 1 %

This wine’s personality comes from the predominant Grenache picked very ripe, which now gives it body, ripeness and elegance; it is bright, clear, colour between fuchsia and purple, shades of fresh red fruits (raspberry), sweet lightly peppery spices and liquorice notes, very well-balanced wine, rounded fleshy mouth-feel with lively fresh finish.

Grand prix d’excellence au Vinalies Nationales 2008

BTG $7.50                                  Retail $19.99

 

BODEGAS LAGARDE “GUARDA” BLEND, 2007

40% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah

A full-bodied red wine made to keep! ‘Guarda’ in spanish means ‘to put away, to keep’ and this elegant blend will get even better with age. However if you have to uncork it now, it will still delight the palate!; made from 111, 16, 14 and 39 year old vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. These are found at altitudes of 3250 feeth above sea level enjoying a warm climate with fresh nights. Fermented in stainless steel tanks 100% of the wine is oak aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels and a further year in bottle.

Deep bluish red with shades of black. Pronounced and complex nose with a predominance of ripe red fruits with some spice, tobacco and touches of smoke. Full-bodied, pronounced and nicely rounded. Elegant with a long finish.

 

BTG $8.50                                  Retail $21.99

 

CHAKANA ESTATE SELECTION, 2003

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 20% Petit Verdot

Deep red with violet hints in the nose reveals dark fruits and exotic spices with tobacco and moka hints the flavor is ellegant, balanced, harmonious, long persistence with chocolate flavors

BTG $9.25                                  Retail $24.99

91 POINTS. Wine Enthusiast

 

CHATTER CREEK BLEND, 2005

Merlot 78% ,Malbec 7%, Petit Verdot 15%

This wine sparkles with bright, ruby color. The nose, ripe and forward, is an aromatic blend of violets, cassis, and black cherry. A complex palate starts with cassis, then warming to plumy cherry and blueberry fruit. The finish continues the interplay of the fruit and terroir, framed

in by notes of toasted almonds and vanilla bean.

BTG $8.75                                  Retail $22.99