Wine Tasting 8/31

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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.



Tuesday August 31st, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings



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



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



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



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



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

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