Wine Tasting 8/31

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REMEMBER BEER TASTING TOMORROW!!!

FRIDAY AUGUST 27TH, 2010 FROM 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

 

  After twenty years at the helm of the Stimson Lane wine group (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest and other wineries), Allen Shoup retired to pursue a personal dream. For years he had envisioned a joint venture with highly acclaimed winemakers from different regions of the world. His goal was to bring their expertise to Washington to create some of the most special wines ever crafted from the region’s top vineyards; wines that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best and from them we’ll sample our first wine Poet’s Leap Riesling.

  The next two wines in our tasting come from  La Crema. Founded in 1979 quickly established itself as a pioneer for intensely flavored Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; it is owned by sisters Laura Jackson Giron and Jennifer Jackson and since 2001 winemaker Melissa Stackhouse has brought her passion for Burgundian style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs The vineyards of Monterey are defined by persistent ocean winds, giving this region one of the longest, coolest growing seasons in California. 

  The unique conditions of Santa Barbara County let Kinton winery create Syrahs displaying both intensity and balance, overseeing all viticulture and winemaking Peter Fraser works twice as hard as most of his peers. Prior to joining Kinton in 2003, he worked in Austraila and his 2001 Yangarra Estate Shiraz and 2004 Cadenzia were both included in the 2003 Wine Spectator Top 100.

  The history of Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. In 1894 Josephine sold the winery to Nils Larsen, her foreman. In turn, Larsen leased the winery to Antonio Forni who called his new winery Lombarda Cellars years later, in 1939, three businessmen from Southern California, Albert “Abbey” Ahern, Charles Freeman and Markquand Foster purchased Lombarda Cellars. Together they reopened the winery and renamed it Freemark Abbey a combination which includes a portion of each partner’s name.

 

 HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday August 31st, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

POET’S LEAP RIESLING, 2008

Inspired by the greatest wines of Germany and crafted by one of Germany’s most highly acclaimed Riesling producers, Armin Diel, proprietor of the renowned Schlossgut Diel is the vintner partner in the Long Shadows Vintners group responsible for this world class riesling.

“The Poet’s Leap Riesling continues its string of outstanding vintages, once again exceptionally concentrated and complex. The high-acid 2008 vintage adds extra juicy vibrancy to the fruit, giving the wine an impression of dryness (though it is a bit over 1% residual sugar) and a dense, layered fruit component. A mix of old vine and German clones, this is a superb effort. Editors’ Choice.” 94 Points- Wine Enthusiast

BTG $ 9.25                             Retail $24.99

 

LA CREMA CHARDONNAY MONTEREY, 2007

Exotic floral & bright tropical flavors over a rich, textured finish.

“The inaugural vintage of Monterey Chardonnay shows exotic floral and tropical fruit on the nose, punctuated

by appealing butterscotch, lemon peel and spice notes. The palate expands into bright peach, grilled

pineapple and honeysuckle with subtle toast and caramel adding richness and beautiful texture on the finish.”

Melissa Stackhouse, La Crema Winemaker

 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 $ 7.50                             Retail $19.99

 

LA CREMA PINOT NOIR MONTEREY, 2008

The Pinot Noir for this release was selected primarily from cool vineyard sites on the wind-swept benchlands of Monterey. Predominantly sourced from the innovative Panorama vineyard located on a sloping bench in the Arroyo Seco appellation.

“In the glass, aromas of fresh strawberry and plum are immediately apparent, punctuated by hints of earth and sweet tobacco. The palate echoes the nose, with layered flavors of strawberry and plum joined by cocoa powder and espresso bean. A subtle earthiness leads to a fleshy mid-palate and a smooth, mineral-laced finish.”

Melissa Stackhouse, La Crema Winemaker

BTG $ 9.00                              Retail $23.99

 

KINTON SYRAH, 2006

100% Syrah from Santa Barbara County, aged 10 months on 90% French Oak, 10% American Oak 25% New.

“The 2006 is deep and concentrated with plum and dark berry, lifted with high notes of cherry, spiced with black pepper, and scented with hints of smoky dark chocolate.” – Winemaker Peter Fraser

Great Values from Around the WorldBruce Anderson, Wine Spectator February 2009

BTG $7.00                              Retail $18.99

 

FREEMARK ABBEY MERLOT, 2007

79% Merlot, 11.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.9% Petite Verdot, .53% Petite Sirah , .23% Malbec, .14% Cabernet Franc. Aged 13.8 months in French and American oak, 40% new wood.

The color is deep, dark ruby with reddish hues, quite opaque. The aroma is rich in dark cherry, plum and boysenberry, with aromatic cedar, juniper berry, vanilla and milk chocolate. The palate has bright cherry fruit and Santa Rosa plum, which lingers with great balance of acidity and fruit. The tannins are very soft and velvety.

BTG $ 7.50                                 Retail $19.99

Beer Tasting 8/27

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Beer is the world’s oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. It has an amazing history that’s wrapped in culture and embraced by people who are passionate about brewing, selling, serving, and supporting it. All of this deserves that we don’t just drink the beer; instead, note the beer’s appearance, how it smells and tastes. Savor each beer. but most important remember it is a beverage that’s meant to be fun, enjoyed, and celebrated.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE BEER TASTING!

Friday August 27th, 2010

7:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

STARR HILL LUCY 

Charlottesville, VA – a historic storefront on Main Street that was once home to the state of Virginia’s first craft brewing operation is also the home of Starr Hill Brewery Co. Starr Hill Lucy is a light English summer ale, spiced with ginger, lime, and coriander. It will remind you of warm summer nights on the beach.

Retail $2.75

 

REDHOOK ESB ALE

Redhook ESB is modeled after the premium Extra Special Bitters found in English pubs. Brewed since 1987, this full-bodied amber ale is Redhook’s signature brew with its toasted malt flavor and pleasant finishing sweetness. Its eminently drinkable style has established Redhook ESB as a benchmark brew in the amber ale category.

  2008 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner

2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner

Retail $2.75

 

WIDMER BROTHERS DRIFTER PALE ALE

From Portland, Oregon Rob and Kurt Widmer dliver with its unique citrus character, smooth drinkability, and distinctive hop character, Drifter Pale Ale is truly an original. Brewed with generous amounts of Summit hops, a variety known for their intense citrus flavors and aromas, Drifter has a taste unique to the Pale Ale category. True to style, the bittering hops are perceptible enough to give the beer a crisp, clean, quenching finish, yet also soft enough to keep the beer smooth and balanced.

2006 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner

Retail $2.75

 

ESTRELLA DAMM

Estrella Damm is a Spanish pilsener. It has been brewed in Barcelona since 1876 and is the flagship beer of S.A. Damm, a prominent Barcelona brewery. “Estrella” means “Star” in both Spanish and Catalan.

Retail $2.75

 

ESTRELLA DAMM INEDIT

Inedit is the first beer specifically created to accompany food. It is born from the conviction that a beer that could be paired with the utmost respect to the best cuisine was necessary. That is its aim and its virtue, and that is what makes Inedit different, special and unique. Has been created by Damm brewmasters in Barcelona, Spain, heirs to a century-old tradition, and developers of highly appreciated beers, and by Ferran Adrià, Juli Soler and El Bulli’s sommeliers’ team.

High intensity and aromatic complexity. Its appearance is slightly cloudy. Fruity and floral to the nose, with a yeasty sensation and sweet spices reminiscences. Creamy and fresh texture, soft volume and delicate carbonic. Long aftertaste and pleasant memory.

Retail $15.00

 

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Wine Tasting 8/24

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Neil and Maria Empson have been selecting Italy’s finest wines for over thirty-six years. In February 2007, they were joined by their daughter, Tara Smeralda. Here is a sample of an amazing portfolio In the Sulcis side of Sardenia where an ancient civilization of farmers, fishermen and growers established; Cantina Sociale di Santadi was founded in 1960 and has become one of Italy’s premier wineries, responsible for the first and the last wine in this tasting; wines that succesfully capture the spirtit of the Esmerald Island speaking for its unique soil and accent. For the second wine we travel to the region of Campania where over 3000 years ago, on the lavic, mineral-rich slopes near Mount Massico and the volcano of Roccamonfina, Greek settlers reinvented viticulture, adjusting cultivation methods to the climate and soil of their adoptive home. Due East from Campania is the region of Apulia where the exciting Matané range promises to explore, enhance and export the richness and excellence of Salento viniculture in the original Empson spirit. No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Tuscany where suspended between magic and mystic, fairytale and monastic quiet Egidio and Brianna Lorenzi welcome us to the Canonica (parsonage) first built around the year 1000 by the canonici or parsons of the Siena cathedral surrounded by luxuriant Turkey oaks (cerreto); in 2003 they built a winery entirely underground to preserve the aesthetics of the landscape and properly utilized the vineyards adjacents to the Castelnuovo Berardanga.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday August 24th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

SANTADI VILLA SOLAIS VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA DOC, 2009

70 % Vermentino, 30% Nuragus, 100 % Stainles Steel

Brilliant straw yellow, with green and golden tinges. The Bouquet is fresh and pleasant. A nice fresh finish on the palate, together with an attractive mineral note.

BTG $ 5.25                             Retail $12.99

 

VILLA MATILDE GRECO DI TUFO DOCG, 2008

100% Greco varietal, 4 Months in Stainles Steel

Straw yellow, intense, persistent, appealing nose of white peach, apricots and sweet almonds on a mineral background melding into elegant, mellow complexity; rich, structured palate, fresh and characterful yet never aggressive, with abundant goût de terroir.

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 $ 7.50                             Retail $19.99

90 Points Wine Spectator Issue June 30, 2010

CANONICA A CERETTO CHIANTI CLASSICO , 2004

Lots of vanilla, new wood and jammy fruit aromas and flavors lead to a full body, with velvety, soft-textured tannins and a long finish. This is a full-throttle Chianti Classico

BTG $ 10.00                              Retail $27.99

90 Points Wine Spectator Issue July 31, 2010

MATANÉ PRIMITIVO, 2008

When Neil, Maria and Tara tasted the silky, seductive, structured reds crafted by Filippo Baccalaro for Valentino Sciotti, the Matané project (from Maria, Tara & Neil) began to take shape. Matané Primitivo is very deep ruby red with violet reflections; fruity, spicy and intense bouquet with notes of plum, cherries, rosemary and vanilla. Full, mellow, well balanced.

BTG $5.00                              Retail $11.99

 

SHARDANA IGT, 2005

85% Carignano, 15% Shiraz; 10 to 12 months in barrique

Valli di Porto Pino “SHARDANA” IGT. One of the most fascinating details about SHARDANA resides in the seafront vines, some over 100 years old, many rare, pre-Phylloxera stock. Their roots grow in finely textured, wind-swept sand that naturally: 1. Makes it difficult for Phylloxera to deposit its eggs; and 2. When the parasite does attack the roots, producing small holes in them, these cavities are immediately filled up by grains of sand that “heal the wounds”, allowing the plant to thrive in spite of Phylloxera. Very intense, dark, deep ruby red a nose with ample and complex; black cherry fruit, leather and game are laced with subtle spice, vanilla, black pepper, dried flowers; well integrated in the mouth with oak and spices, smooth, silky texture and layered structure, balance and elegance.

BTG $ 12.00                                 Retail $32.99

94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 189 -June, 2010

Wine Tasting 8/17

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In this next tasting let’s toast and drink to Napa Valley; the heart and brain of the New World. California and Napa Valley wines are ready to please and indulge. With rich, exotic and intese fruit aromas and flavors; even spices show with vibrancy and a refreshing character.  Cheers!

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday August 17th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

CHARLES KRUG SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2009

100 % Sauvignon Blanc, 100 % Stainles Steel

This harvest yielded fruit forward tropical notes of banana, pineapple and accents of lemon-lime. Pear nectar nuances and hints of peach skin ensure a smooth, balanced finish.

BTG $ 6.25                             Retail $15.99

 

NAPA CELLARS CHARDONNAY, 2008

100% French Oak, 1/3 New

The Napa Cellars 2008 Chardonnay opens with an assortment of rich aromas; melons and granny smith apples mingle with clove spiced oak and coconut. The palate showcases huge fruit flavors balanced by a layer of citrus acidity accentuating the long, polished finish.

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 $ 7.75                             Retail $19.99

 

COSENTINO THE FRANC, 2007

The aromas come out immediately with ripe plum, cherry and clove. Plentiful ripe plum, black cherry and clove notes abound on the palate, followed by a welcome shot of tannin on the smooth finish.

BTG $ 7.00                              Retail $17.99

 

COSENTINO CIGARZIN, 2007

99% Zinfandel, 1% Sangiovese. Aged 8 months in American Oak; Unfined

Classic Cigarzin blend of exotic fruit and spice aromas. Pomegranate, rhubarb, red cherries, and cream flavors intermingle in a rich, concentrated style with spicy notes. Structured with a bright fruit tartness despite being big, rich, and mouthfilling throughout.

BTG $9.25                              Retail $23.99

 

VINE CLIFF ROCK BLOCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2006

Vine Cliff is located in the Oakville appellation of the Napa Valley. It is managed according to the principles and practices of sustainable viticulture, with a renewed emphasis on natural farming. This has meant that no commercial pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers have been used on the vines for more than a decade. Vine Cliff creates premium Napa Valley wines that capture the essence and magic of the region.

The limited release Vine Cliff Rock Block Cabernet has Dark fruit on the nose, blackcurrants, mint, and some roasted herbs, but much more veggie on the attack. Hints of spice and pepper combine with solid tannins for a satisfying, finish.

BTG $ 12.75                                 Retail $34.99

Sake Tasting 8/13

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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”. Carrie Becker from Selected Brands will be with us to help us understand the styles and nuisances of yamahai (sake brewing process) and tokutei meishō-shu (different kinds of sake).

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE SAKE TASTING!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13TH , 2010

7:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

CHIKURIN HANA HOU HOU SHU

Sparkling Junmai from the Marumoto Brewery in the prefecture of Okayama in the south of Japan it is light and flavorful infused with rose petals and hibiscus.

BTG $ 4.25 2oz                                  Retail $16.99 300ml

 

YUKIKAGE SNOWSHADOW TOKUBETSU JUNMAI

From Kinshihai Shuzo Brewery in the prefecture of Niigata this Tokubetsu junmai offers aromas of apples and marsipan; with a soft light body and very long finish.

BTG $ 4.00 2oz                                  Retail $ 25.99 720 ml

 

CHIKURIN KAROYAKA JUNMAI GINJO

Also known as “lightness” Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo is part of the Chikurin line of the Marumoto Sake Brewery Co in Okayama. This sake is easy to enjoy light with mild fruits and enough body to hold it together; pasteurized only once instead of the usual two times it retains great vibrancy and complexity to enjoy.

BTG $ 4.75 2 oz                                  Retail $19.99 300ml

 

KIMINOI EMPEROR’S WELL YAMAHAI JUNMAI GINJO

A prototypical Yamahai nose filled with earthy, gritty, ricey, shroomy, grainy elements with a waft of creme brulee. And yes the flavor matches the aroma as this deep and layered sake has a gamey attitude that is full and robust. Look for flavors such as rice and grains that blend into a gentle earthiness with a vein of vanilla.

BTG $ 4.50                                               Retail $18.99 300ml

 

TAKENAKA HIKOS MILKY JUNMAI NIGORI

Special Milky Junmai” distinguished sake made with Oumi Nihonbare rice BY Takenaka Brewery in Kog Shiga; Aromas of canteulope and hints of sweetness.

BTG $ 4.00                                               Retail $14.99 300ml

Wine Tasting 8/10

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Napa, Oregon, Sonoma, Mendoza, Priorat; Wineries, Winemakers they all combine to create a festival of flavors in this next tasting.

Intense fruit flavors is the common denominator, from refreshing to rich will be the progression; and the fun is to appreciate the complexety on each and everyone of them.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday August 10th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

CAKEBREAD SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2008

90 % Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Sauvignon Musqué, an aromatic clone of Sauvignon Blanc, and 6% Sémillon

It displays a beautifully fragrant nose of ripe pomelo, Golden delicious apple, honeydew melon, lime and mineral, with little of the herbaceousness that sometimes characterizes the variety. On the fleshy, full-bodied palate, ripe melon, grapefruit, kiwi and lemon-lime flavors lead to a long, flavorful finish enlivened by bright mineral tones.

BTG $ 10.00                                  Retail $27.99

 

KING ESTATE ACROBAT PINOT NOIR, 2008

King Estate, celebrating 19 years of Oregon winemaking in 2010, is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon producing wines of exceptional quality using organic & sustainable farming methods  King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir is bright garnet with ruby tint.  In the nose Sweet cherry, tobacco, earth, raspberry, oak,floral notes the mouthfeel  is silky and lively mid palate with Blueberry, dried cherry, chocolate, spice and a round finish.

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 $ 8.50                                 Retail $21.99

 

VALLEY OF THE MOON ZINFANDEL, 2007

Located in the heart of Sonoma County Valley of the Moon Winery has been in operation since 1863. The Zinfandel 2007 is very nicely focused blackberry fruit filled out by notes of sweet spice and hints of blueberry pie start this full-bodied, balanced offering out in the right direction, and its somewhat fleshy, full and rich flavors keep it going.

BTG $ 5.25                                   Retail $12.99

 

MASI TUPUNGATO PASSO DOBLE, 2007

The 2007 Passo Doble is a blend of Malbec and Corvina (a grape found primarily in Italy’s Veneto) made in the Ripasso method. Purple-colored, the wine has an excellent bouquet of jammy black cherry and blackberry liqueur. Forward and easy going.

BTG $5.50                                  Retail $13.99

 

BODEGAS PINORD PRIORAT +7, 2006

D.O.C. Priorat made from Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah varietals. Dark deep red and highly presistent wine. The first impression is of the oak, blended with fruity bouquets that render it very refined and complex. Full and complex to the taste, smooth and balanced on the palate. A wine where lightly smoky and frankly pleasant fruit notes predominate.

92 Points-Wine Spectator –Issue November 30, 2009

BTG $ 12.00                                      Retail $32.99