Wine Tasting 9/7

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 2, 2010 No Comments yet

This week we visit 3 different continents.

  MAN Vintners began with three friends and an idea: to make a wine that they would love to buy. Good quality, excellent value, and cool packaging. “Keeping peace in the family, we took the initials of our wives. So that is how they explained to Marie, Anette, and Nicky that “ we were going to be busy most weekends. It’s for you! we told them”. Neil Ellis has his winery in the gorgeous Jonkershoek Valley, South Africa. All of his wines reflect attention to detail and a commitment to quality, but to find a wine like the Sincerely at this price point is a rare thing these days. In his “hommage” to Sancerre (Sancerrely?) Neil blends fruit from multiple vineyards located in the wards of Groenekloof and Stellenbosch, with an average age of 12 years and up to 22, and soils of decomposed granite and some clay.

  From Modesto, California; inspired by the “Apotheca,” a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red it’s a great bottle for the fruit first wine lover.

  Beaucastel and its subsidiary wines marketed under the Perrin et Fils moniker are consistently among the bright shining stars of the Rhone Valley in France. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin have an incredible respect for the vineyards, a conscientious, uncompromising work ethic, and extraordinary passion for gentle handling of fruit from their sites, at the same time the Perrins are remarkably flexible if they sense that quality can be improved. The Perrins continue their tradition of innovation through Tablas Creek, founded in conjunction with their longtime importer Robert Haas. They make several trips a year to California, and are actively involved in Tablas Creek’s winemaking, viticulture and management; The partners imported the traditional varietals grown on the Perrins’ celebrated estate, including Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Counoise for reds. The vineyards and winery are on a 120-acre property in the hills north and west of Paso Robles which received its organic certification in January 2003.



Tuesday September 7th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings



Chenin Blanc, 100% from dry-land, bush vines in Perdeberg region of Paarl, South Africa.This wine has a unique delicious tangy character , it has tropical fruit, guava and melon aromas, crisp and bold sweet citrus backed by refreshing acidity and minerality characteristic of the coastal vineyards.


BTG $ 4.75                            Retail $9.99



Predominant flavors are those of tropical fruit with herbaceous overtones, whilet the overall impression is of elegance and delicacy with a long flavorsome finish.

“This is an altogether refreshing summertime white wine for a song.”Jim Chanteloup

 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 $ 5.50                             Retail $13.99



Syrah 40%, Merlot 40 %, Zinfandel 20%.

The 2008 Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complimented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouth-feel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.

BTG $ 5.25                             Retail $11.99



60% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre.

The 2007 Cotes du Rhone Reserve red possesses beautiful crunchy, juicy, blackberry and cherry fruit as well as hints of underbrush, pepper, and black cherries. Medium-bodied and silky-textured; There’s a stony hint on the finish, which fills out nicely in the glass.

BTG $5.00                              Retail $10.99



The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown Rhône varietals: Grenache (42%), Syrah (21%), Counoise (20%) and Mourvèdre (17%). Like most wines of the Southern Rhône, it is a blend of varietals, featuring the fruit and spice of Grenache balanced by the spice and mineral of Syrah, the appealing briary wildness of Counoise, and the structure of Mourvèdre.

The 2008 Côtes de Tablas shows a juicy, vibrant, spicy nose with a little minty lift. Its flavors alternate between red raspberry and darker fruits, with refreshing acidity and a licorice-laced finish with gently lingering tannins.

BTG $ 9.50                                 Retail $25.99

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