Wine Tasting 6/1

FRANCE:

 

A great comparison to our last tastings from California and Australia. Knowledge and tradition that has passed from father to son for 14 generations in the case of Domaine Droin. Wine regions and vineyards that have been tended and produced wines since Roman times like Saint Roch in Rousillon or La Garrigue in Vacqueyras; this lineup brings the essence of what Old World means and tastes like.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday June 1st, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

DOMAINE ROGER CHAPAULT SANCERRE LES PIERRIS, 2007

Outstanding Sauvignon Blanc! Bursting with peach, mango, guava, apricot, banana, mineral and chalk, this is a crisp and refreshing white.

BTG $ 9.25                                  Retail $24.99

 

 

DOMAINE JEAN PAUL & BENOIT DROIN CHABLIS, 2008

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfume.

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 9.00                                 Retail $23.99

 

 

CHATEAU PESQUIE MORMOIRON CUVEE DES TERRASSES, 2008

The 2007 Terrasses Rouge is a custom cuvee put together for importer Eric Solomon. Made from 60-year-old Grenache and 30-year-old Syrah, one-third is aged in small barrels and the rest in foudre and tank. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, kirsch, lavender, pepper, and spice. The sweetness of the tannins, abundant glycerin, razor sharp focus, and wonderful depth makes this a superb wine.

BTG $ 5.50                                  Retail $13.99

 

 

SAINT ROCH CHIMERES, 2007

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rates this wine 92 points with the following comments: “The 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres of Chateau Saint Roch represents the second vintage from Jean-Marc Lafage’s small Maury estate, and the first to be crushed and vinified on-site. A blend of Grenache and a bit of Carignan from Maury’s schist and chalk with Syrah from high-altitude granite slopes in Saint Paul de Fenouillet and fermented and raised in 500-liter barrels, I tasted it assembled from tank (due for February bottling). This displays the hallmark and downright uncanny Lafage marriage of textural richness with sap and vivacity. A layering of fresh and jam-like black raspberry and cherry is accented by rosemary, roasted meat, and black pepper (this last a signature for Saint Paul Syrah, Lafage suspects). The depth and low-toned meaty richness and sweetness of fruit follow in a long finish, accompanied by a remarkable sense of sheer refreshment. “ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 92 points -August, 2009

BTG $ 7.00                                        Retail $18.99

 

 

DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE VACQUEYRAS, 2007

The Bernard family, who also owns the endearing hilltop restaurant called Les Florets that overlooks Gigondas, has turned out a classic Provence -styled effort, their 2007 Vacqueyras. A blend of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, it reveals notes of smoked herbs, roasted meats, red and black fruits, medium to full body, a supple mouthfeel, silky tannins, and beautiful ripeness, purity, and length Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 91points -October, 2009

BTG $ 8.75                                        Retail $22.99

Wine Tasting 5/25

DON’T FORGET TOMORROW NIGHTS SPARKLING COCKTAIL’S TASTING  5/20  7-9pm

 

 

CALIFORNIA ROUND 2:

The vineyardists coax Mother Nature to create perfect fruit that, once harvested, is delivered to the winery with only the most delicate touches then using the best fruit and the most exacting techniques to ensure perfection. The winemaker crafts wines that are rich, fruity and stylish. wines that are clear representations of their growing regions.

The Exhuberance and quality of California!

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday May 25th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

CHALK HILL SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2007

The Sauvignon Blanc plantings are of several clones, each providing a different facet to the wine’s flavor profile. Some blocks provide aromatic perfume and tropical flavors while others deliver forward stone fruit and exotic minerality. Each year, the wines are barreled in individual lots with biweekly batonage before being assembled into the final blend. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 90 points – December, 2008

BTG $ 7.00                                  Retail $18.99

 

 

WILLIAM HILL CHARDONNAY, 2008

A tropical nose, with toasty oak, pear and vanilla scents. Clean and soft on the palate, with butterscotch and tropical fruit flavors. Finishes dry with vanilla cream, buttered popcorn, lime, chalk and mineral flavors. A Great Value!

BTG $ 4.75                                 Retail $10.99

 

 

LIBERTY SCHOOL CUVÉE, 2007

A blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier, this cuvee harmoniously melds the best characteristics of each varietal to make a complex and unique blend. It displays bright red fruit flavors on the nose. With accents of smoke and pepper, the fruit-forward blend shows fine grain tannins which are reminiscent of wines from the southern Rhone Valley. The predominant grape, Syrah, shows off its jammy, strawberry and plum-like flavors. Petite Sirah adds deep ruby color and tannin structure. Smaller amounts of Grenache soften the wine and add needed balance. Mourvèdre brings an element of spice to the blend, while small amounts of Viognier add floral aromatics and color stabilization.  Well balanced and full-bodied.

BTG $ 5.00                                  Retail $12.99

 

 

DE LOACH O.F.S  ZINFANDEL, 2007

O.F.S. stands for Our Finest Selection; This Zinfandel is hand-harvested from premium Russian River Valley vineyards in warmer areas of the AVA where the grapes ripen over an extended season to develop wonderfully complex flavors. Following careful cluster sorting, the must is split between small French oak vats and stainless steel tanks to ferment.  The wine is gently pressed off and aged separately in barrels, blended only at the end to create Our Finest Selection of Russian River Valley Zinfandel. Dark ruby in color, this Zinfandel is rich, complex and structured with deep notes of blackberries and candied fruits accented by hints of lavender and chocolateWine Spectator: 90 points- Web 2010

 BTG $ 10.00                                     Retail $27.99

 

 

FISHER UNITY CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2007

60% Napa County / 40% Sonoma County. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon,14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec

Unity is an elegant, Bordeaux-styled offering displaying admirable blueberry and black currant fruit intermixed with an underlying floral component. With medium to full body, outstanding purity, and sweet tannin. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 91points -February, 2010

BTG $ 14.00                                  Retail $39.99

Wine Tasting 5/18

A lineup of California varietals: Matanzas Creek stands at the crossroads of sofistication and simplicity. Every time you taste one of Byron’s wines you are surrounded by the flavors, textures and scents that can only come from the Santa Maria Valley.  In Keeping with John G. Ray’s belief that red wines are for men, Ray’s Station offers a big, rich and intense merlot sourced from the foothills in Alexander Valley, a few miles from the original Ray’s Station.Edmeades is the authentic taste of one of California’s final viticultural frontiers – the Anderson Valley. The soul of the Atalon story is a ghost winery dating back to 1888. Built by General W.S. Keyes in the heart of the famed Howell Mountain.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday May 18th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

MATANZAS CREEK SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2007

The signature style of ‘non grassy’ Sauvignon Blanc is achieved by blending Sauvignon Musqué (a clonal cousin of Sauvignon Blanc) which balances the wine’s natural acidity, strengthens the mid-palate and provides a longer finish. The nose has an intensely perfumed fresh bouquet of pink grapefruit and lemon cream combined with energetic spice notes underlined by invigorating minerality. Emulating the nose, the palate of crisp citrus and melon flavor carries a hint of dry white herb accompanied by a soft, round mouth feel resulting in a medium bodied, fresh, food-friendly wine. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 88 points

BTG $ 7.00                                  Retail $18.99

 

BYRON CHARDONNAY SANTA MARIA VALLEY, 2007

The 2007 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of our cool climate fruit. The wine was 100% barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation. Additional layers of complexity were achieved through sur lie aging and weekly hand stirring of the barrels, known as batonage. Native yeasts, which contribute silkiness and depth to the wine, were used on selected lots to round out the final blend. It displays fruit-forward citrus aromas, accented by hints of mineral and toasty oak. On the palate, it is richly textured with cream, toast, lime and minerals. 90 points  Wine Spectator – June 30, 2009

BTG $ 7.50                                 Retail $19.99

 

RAY’S STATION MERLOT NORTH COAST, 2006

Lush, rich, dense, concentrated and hearty. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (2 %) is blended to this vintage to enhance the structure and bring about rich aromatics. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels that encouraged cedar and vanilla fragrances to develop.The wine is well-balanced and quite complex. You’ll find layers of spicy plum, black cherry and cassis with underlying hints of tobacco and coffee bean. On the palate the lush fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a nice acidity. The finish is lingering and smoky.

BTG $ 5.00                                  Retail $11.99

 

EDMEADS ZINFANDEL, 2007

A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah 5% Syrah, 1% Grenache, .3% Merlot and 1% Barbera.

Dominated by a mixed bowl of berries aromas, fresh red meat and spices and then freshly baked wild berry pies; there is a little smoke in the nose. The tannins are soft and supple, hence the gamey and meatiness underneath all the mixed fruits. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 90 points

 BTG $ 5.75                                  Retail $14.99

 

ATALON CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2005

Aromas of cherries, dark berries and cedar jump from the glass of this rich, full-bodied and smooth Cabernet. Cassis and cocoa powder fill the palate, with a medium dry finish and fine tannins.

Rated: 88 by Stephen Tanzer, May/Jun 09

BTG $ 10.00                                  Retail $27.99

Sparkling Cocktails Tasting

Distinctive and authentic tastes from the heartland of the European continent and bringing the flavors, traditions and memories of the Danube Valley Rothman & Winter Liqueurs are amazingly refreshing, elegant and intense; effortlessly they open the door for all of us to become master mixologists.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE SPARKLING COCKTAILS TASTING!

Thursday May 20th, 2010

7:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette

Produced in Austria from the Queen Charlotte and March Violets found in the Alps. Elegant in its simplicity, this authentic Crème de Violette captures their fragrance, vibrant colors, and taste.

Retail $26.99

 

Rothman & Winter Orchard Pear Liqueur

It combines juice from the seasonal harvest of Williams Pears with an eau-de-vie produced from the same fruit. Destillerie Purkhart carefully selects its pears each season from family orchards in both South Tirol (the Alto Adige) and the Danube Valley.

Retail $26.99

 

Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur

Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur combines juice from the seasonal harvest of Austria’s famed Klosterneuberger apricots with an eau-de-vie produced from this same fruit. Destillerie Purkhart selects its apricots each season from family orchards in the Danube Valley and surrounding regions.

Retail $26.99

 

Rothman & Winter Orchard Cherry Liqueur

In the realm of cherries, the sour Weichsel varieties found in and around Austria stand out for their vivid flavors and fine balance of the sweet and tart. This liqueur combines juices from the seasonal harvest of Weichsel cherries of farms in Lower Austria with an eau-de-vie produced from the same fruit.

Retail $26.99

 
We will be mixing these great Liqueurs with

 

Nando Asti Spumante, NV

100 % Muscat Blanc a petit grains from Asti, Piedmont. It’s frothy, sweet but not cloying, bright with orange blossom and honeysuckle overtones to candy-like fruit. This is a fabulous picnic wine.

Retail $15.99

Wine Tasting 5/11

 Our Good Friend Jeremy Goldberg will be here to take us on a tour of Italy and delight us with vibrant selections from Veneto, Piedmont, Tuscany and Puglia. Wines that are fresh full of flavors and great ambassadors of winemaking traditions and VALUE.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday May 11th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

BANEAR PROSECCO EXTRA DRY DOC, NV

To be Extra Dry the Prosecco must have an effervescence above 3 bar of pressure (usually it is between 4 and 5 bar), must have a residual sugar within 16 and 20 gr/L, and must have a minimum alcohol content of 11% Vol.. Straw-yellow with green highlights and thin elegant bubbles. A nose of intense and fruitiness it displays green apples and pears. It tastes dry, medium bodied, good acidity, well balanced.

BTG $ 5.50                                  Retail $13.99

 

PRINCIPE DEI CONTI PINOT GRIGIO, 2008

The color is straw yellow with green highlights. On the nose, this wine is rich and flavorful, displaying an ample bouquet with hints of almond. The taste is dry, smooth, and harmonious, and it keeps a good acidity with great fruitiness.

BTG $ 4.50                                 Retail $9.99

 

TENUTA CUREZZA PRINE ROSSO SALENTO, 2008

Prine is a contraction of the names of two grapes: Primitivo and Negroamaro. The Salento peninsula, literally the heel of Italy’s boot, produces some of the region’s best wines. A bright cherry red colored wine with jammy red fruit (red plums and currants), violet and white pepper aromas. In the mouth, this full-bodied wine has intense black cherry, cola, blackberry jam and mineral flavors and a long finish on fruit.

BTG $5.50                                  Retail $13.99

 

PAOLO SCAVINO VINO DI TAVOLA ROSSO, 2008

An everyday  wine signed Paolo Scavino: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and  Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the younger vines, that can also be harvested in the great crus, a fresh, fragrant, easy composition.  A simple red, with a Piedmontese character that talks about the soil and the estate where it was born.

 BTG $ 6.50                                  Retail $16.99

 

TENUTA LE CALCINAIE CHIANTI COLLI SENESI, 2008

From Sangiovese grapes with a small adjunct of Colorino and Lanaiolo, after a maceration of 20 days, this wine is born, rich in color and structure, in grace and elegance. A typical example of the potentialities of the Sangiovese grape grown in the San Gimignano territory.

BTG $ 7.00                                  Retail $18.99