Wine Tasting 1/4/12

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Our first tasting of the year will feature a great selection of wines from Piedmont, Italy; Santa Lucia, California; Rioja, Spain; Sonoma and Elqui Valley in Chile. What do they have in common? They all are fantastic wines at a very good price…so come in next Tuesday and start the year with great wine.



Tuesday January 4th, 2011

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Marchese di Barolo Gavi DOCG, 2009                                  

100% Cortese from Rovereto di Gavi.

Tenuous straw-yellow color with greenish reflections.

Delicate, fruity and intense odor with scents of Golden apples and ripe banana. Deep taste of lime. Full-bodied, harmonious and persistent, well balanced.

BTG $ 6.50                                         Retail $16.99

Mer Soleil Silver Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay, 2008               

Mineral-driven nose with citrus shining through. Cement tank fermentation and aging bring out aromas remindful of the first rain of the season or a wet rock. Soft and round entry with an acid backbone informs you these grapes are grown in a cooler climate. Mid-palate reveals ripe fruits such as lemons, gooseberry and grapefruit. Finishes dry while the acid comes and goes in a balanced fashion. Laser sharp minerality carries through from start to finish on both palate and aroma.

BTG $7.50                                        Retail $19.99


Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi Reserva, 2003                    

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Bright cherry red, with a medium robe and light pinkish highlights in the glass. Intense, very fresh aroma, with hints of wild strawberries and sweet raspberries, perfectly assembled with balsamic hints of cinnamon, roasting, coconut and vanilla. Round and well-bodied to the palate, slightly acid and therefore lively. Smooth, silky tannins, thanks to perfectly ripened grapes and ageing in the cask. Good, slightly acid and fresh after-taste.

BTG $9.00                                        Retail $23.99


Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel, 2007

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan.

Deep ruby. Heavily oak-influenced at the outset, showing candied dark berries, cherry-cola, bourbon and vanilla scents, along with notes of clove and incense. Extended aeration helps to dissipate the oak notes and allows sweet raspberry and blueberry fruit to emerge on the palate. Soft tannins add support but quickly fade into the sweet, velvety fruit on the finish.

BTG $ 10.25                                      Retail $27.99                               


Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2006 Syrah Reserva offers an enticing nose of smoke, game, and blueberry. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it has layers of spicy fruit, good ripeness, and excellent length.

BTG $ 5.25                                     Retail $12.99                

Wine Tasting 12/28

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 24, 2010 No Comments yet

We want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy Holiday ! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and friendship and wish you a fantastic 2011.

 Now that we’re all broke from gift buying we thought our last tasting of the year we would feature really good value wines. We’ll start off with a very good Prosecco with great spark and bubbles, a classic Sauvignon Blanc that you could enjoy by itself or paired with the awesome fusion flavors of South Florida. The Pinot and the Cabernet are made at good wineries in San Francisco and Napa but the fruit is outsourced from fine growers throughout California. And finally a  beautiful reserve Malbec from Argentina.


Tuesday December 28th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Pisani Prosecco DOC, NV                                  

Prosecco is a popular sparkling wine. It’s simple – yet refreshing – taste makes it a perfect aperitif. Prosecco undergoes second fermentation in pressurized tanks instead of in bottle. This helps keep the cost down. With the light and fruity body typical of Prosecco, Pisani has honeysuckle and ripe peach aromas.

BTG $ 5.75                                         Retail $13.99

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, 2009                            

Assertive grassy, tomato leaf flavors and crisp acidity reveals a dominance of Awatere Valley characters although the wine includes a blend of grapes from the Wairau Valley in the heart of Marlborough, NZ.

BTG $6.25                                        Retail $15.99


Heron Pinot Noir California, 2009

The grapes for the Heron 2009 Pinot Noir grew in Paso Robles, Monterey and Russian River Valley and they blend together harmoniously. Lighter and more “Burgundian” in style, this wine has higher acidity than many other fuller-bodied Pinot Noirs from California. It’s elegant and restrained yet zesty and fun at the same time.  Red cherry, tart cranberry, spicy vanilla and slightly mushroomy.

BTG $6.00                                     Retail $14.99


Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009            

The grapes are harvested in the most prestigious growing areas of California and then vininified at the winery in Napa Valley. This Cabernet shows a dark, ruby color with a rich nose of ripe, dark cherries and blackberries. Its full bodied mouth feel leads to a lingering finish of toasted French oak.

BTG$5.25                                     Retail$11.99                               


Bodega Lamadrid Malbec, 2008           88 pts Wine Spectator

Medium ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, violet, bitter chocolate, licorice and menthol, with smooth tannins and firm acids.

BTG$7.00                                   Retail$17.99                

Wine Tasting 12/21

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 16, 2010 No Comments yet

Remember us when you’re doing your holiday shopping and partying!


Don’t forget this Saturday night an amazing Single Malt Scotch Tasting. No charge!


Tuesday December 21st, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings


Charles de Cazanove Brut Rosé NV                                   90 pts Robert Parker

15% Chardonnay, 50 % Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier, 15% Côteaux Champenois Rouge.

This rosé has a lovely salmon-pink color and delicious candied fruit and rose petal aromas. There is volume, fullness and strength on the palate, with good substance.

Retail $54.99

IO Nielson Vineyards Viognier 2007                            

The 2007 Viognier from the Nielson Vineyard located in Santa Maria Valley is a classic example of this floral variety from the northern Rhone. Filled with aromas of honey, stone fruit and lychee. Intense peach, citrus, honeysuckle flavors and an unctuous texture framed by underlying acidity, the wine delivers.

BTG $7.75                                        Retail $20.99

La Quercia Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC 2008  

100% Montepulciano

The wine Montepulciano La Quercia is a deep ruby red wine with purple nuances, intense characteristic scent and full body sapid taste.  

BTG $5.25                                        Retail $12.99

Long Shadows Chester Kidder Red Wine 2005             93 pts Robert Parker

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 5% Merlot.

Loaded with dark fruit, bright cherries and a hint of vanilla and espresso, the 2005 Chester-Kidder is lively, vibrant and rich on the palate. Layers of fruit and spice lead to a lengthy finish laced with delicate notes of cedar.

BTG $ 16.00                                      Retail $44.99                               

Quinta do Noval Black Vintage Character Port           88 pts Wine Spectator

Shows beautiful aromas of sliced plum and peach, with raspberry jam. Medium-bodied and lightly sweet, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and pretty. This is a new Port from Noval that is supposed to attract new consumers and please old ones.

BTG $ 8.75                                     Retail $24.99                

Scotch Tasting 12/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 13, 2010 No Comments yet

This next tasting Herbie Loebl from Artisan Brands has selected a highly desirable collection of limited editions bottlings. Not in the best bars in South Florida  have we seen  a selection so exciting; the true fan and the “rookies” that will attend, are in for mind blowing scotch experience. This is a  free event !

If you Purchase any of the bottles that we taste on Saturday you will receive 10% off.



Saturday, December 18th, 2010

7:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

Atholl Brose Scotch Liqueur

It is reputed that Atholl Brose dates from 1475 when a mixture of whisky, oatmeal and honey was placed in a well to trap John, Lord of The Isles. Dunkeld Atholl Brose is a Scotch Whisky Liqueur made to an ancient and secret recipe, containing certain herbs and uses only the finest 12-year-old malt Scotch whisky resulting in a smooth delicious liqueur.

Retail $67.99


Benromach Traditional

Using only the finest Scottish malted barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach hills, Benromach is crafted by our experienced distillers. Checking each stage by hand they personally ensure that only the highest quality spirit is filled into sturdy oak casks. The casks full of new whisky are laid down to mature at Benromach Distillery for many years where our experienced distillers can regularly check them. Only when it is matured to our highest quality standards is it labeled Benromach Traditional. Benromach Traditional is rich and mellow with fruit and malty tones, balanced with a hint of smoke.Without waterNose: Citrus fruits (lemons & limes) with hint of honey and pine resin. Peaty malty notes in the background. Palate: Smoky with cereal and malt flavors. Dries up with spicy/peppery notes followed by a delicate floral edge.  With water. Nose: Sweet, chocolate and fudge aromas. Floral elements and a hint of phenols.

Retail $32.99


Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Gordon & MacPhail, 15 year old

Gordon and MacPhail’s selection of Glen Grant 15 Year has a fresh and bright nose with notes of zest and spice. The palate displays notes of spice, dark stewed fruit and hints of char. The finish is lengthy with a warm spice fade.

Retail $82.99


Gordon & MacPhail (“Smith’s Glenlivet”), 21 year old

“The single malt that started it all”.

Well-rounded and pleasingly sweet, with ripe red strawberries, raspberry, tropical fruit, graham cracker, white chocolate, and anise, all on a bed of toffee. Some charred oak on the finish. This whisky has a gentle, soothing persona.

The Glenlivet 21yr Single Malt: two double gold, one gold, and one silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition between 2007 and 2010 and scores of 94 and 93 from the Beverage Testing Institute between 2009 and 2010.

Retail $155.99.

Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 25 year old

Gordon & MacPhail’s bottling of 25 year old Strathisla, Scotland’s oldest Highland distillery. Nutty sherry richness is held up by unusual and expansive fruits – dark plum, guava, and a touch of banana leaf. The sherry richness takes over on the palate with a nice holiday spice and an oily texture. Strathisla is the home of Chivas Regal and this bottle is somewhat reminiscent of their wonderful 25 year. Another fabulous value for the Macallan lovers who can’t justifiy spending $600 for that distillery’s heavily sherried 25 year bottling.

Retail $199.99

Usquebauch Reserve Old & Rare Flagon Bottle

“Usquaebach” (Oos: Ke: Bah) was derived from the ancient Gaelic phrase, “uisge beatha” meaning water of life, from which the word “whisky” is derived. Usquaebach, once reserved only for royalty, aristocrats, and notables, was first introduced in the United States at the 1969 presidential inauguration.Usquaebach has gone through several incarnations since it was first created in 1768. From 1768 to 1842 it was single malt. Between 1842 and 1904 it became a vatted Scotch whisky (a blend of single malts, often from different years from the same distiller, but never any grain whisky). Then, in 1904, it became a ‘malt-rich’ blend, where 85% of the blend was malt whisky and 15% was grain whisky. An American company, 12 Stone Flagons bought the distillery in 1973. Starting in the 1980s they began to release a line of aged Highland Single Malt whiskies to broaden their product base.

Retail $114.99

Wine Tasting 12/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 8, 2010 No Comments yet

We hope you’ll remember us when you’re doing your holiday shopping and partying!

This Tuesday we welcome Tal Cohen From Selected Brands  who most of you know. We start off with a fantastic “Grower ” Champagne then

we’ll try a Big bold buttery Chardonnay. If you’re a Rombauer fan, this will knock your socks off at a more affordable price. We then move on to Monterey County and a beautiful Pinot Noir. We head north to Napa for one of my our favorite Zin producers and finish the tasting from a very prestigious Winery producing Bordeaux style Meritage. This is a tasting you don’t want to miss.



Tuesday December 14th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings



Paul Goerg “Blanc de Blanc” NV Champagne                                 90 pts Wine Spectator

Fresh, clean flavors of spring blossom, pastry, lemon curd and ginger zing along on a creamy texture in this balanced Champagne, followed by a juicy, mouthwatering finish.

Retail $37.99


Trinitas Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008                                               89 pts Wine Spectator

Offers a complex mix of tropical fruit, with pineapple, guava, peach and nectarine flavors that are pure and clean, ending with a pineapple edge.

BTG $9.50                                        Retail $24.99


Paraiso Pinot Noir 2008                                                                            88 pts Wine Spectator

Firm and complex, featuring spicy wild berry, blueberry and raspberry fruit that’s full-bodied and intense, focused and balanced.

This ends with pure fruit

and a touch of mineral.  

BTG $9.00                                        Retail $22.99


Elyse AKA Zinfandel 2007                                                                        89 pts Stephen Tanzer

The 2007 A.K.A. Zinfandel has intriguing aromas of wild berries, Asian spice, spicy peppers, and hints of soy sauce that lead to explosive

flavors of black raspberries, dark plums, goji berries, and suggestions of mushrooms and earth. This heady wine is richly textured

with intense fruit flavors, smooth tannins, and a pleasantly long finish. 

BTG $ 9.50                                      Retail $24.99                               


HDV Belle Cousine 2006                                                                           89 pts Wine Spectator

Focused and layered, with red currant and cedar aromas and plum, Asian spice and cedar flavors that finish with firm tannins.

Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  

BTG $ 11.25                                     Retail $29.99                                                                                  

Smart Buy

Posted in Uncategorized, What's New? by hvine on December 4, 2010 No Comments yet

I was given a bottle of this wine several weeks ago. Last week I had a night when my wife was out with friends.

I stopped at Doris Market and got some red sauce and some meatballs, cooked up some pasta and since Susie

isn’t a big fan of Chianti  it was the right time to try it. I thought it was really good. I drank half the bottle and left

the rest. The next night I worked late and when I got home the bottle was empty. Yep she loved it.

If you like Sangiovese this is a must try.


This is better than many of the more famous Reserva’s I’ve had recently.


2007 Monte Bernardi Retromarcia Chianti Classico $18.99 (normal discounts apply)

95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot. Oenologist Michael Schmelzer

Medium deep with violet reflexes in very small rim. Earthy, balsamic fruit with black bread notes and a touch of vanilla. Elegant fruit palate with very good balance.

Lingering sweet fruit and acidity with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

Wine Tasting 12/7/2010

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

Holiday Party; Wine Tasting; Special Occasions!


This week as we approach the holidays we have an exiting tasting that includes two wines from the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines in 2010

We’ll start at the beautiful Green Valley in the heart of California where we’ll try a world class sparkling; next Pinot from the Willamette Valley in Oregon where Ponzi Winery has agreed to vinified the fruit from a family owned vineyard along Route 99 (Main Highway of the Willamette Valley) and have united to fund RouteStock Cellars.

Our next stop Mendoza, Argentina; at around 3000 feet high Italian and Argentines have joined forces at Achaval Ferrer to produce the best Malbecs on the planet. Across the South Atlantic  to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, there from the creators of “Chocolate Block” the Boekenhoutskloof family has a new hit  Rhone Blend called “Wolf Trap”. Our last wine is a real treat; in the region of Tokaji, Hungary they produce from Furmint and Hárslevelű grapes affected from the “noble rot” a wine is made, and is sung in the national anthem and for centuries reserved only for the kings and Queens of the Magyar and then to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and their personal friends in the courts of Europe, next Tuesday we’ll be Kings and Queens for a night a we’ll taste Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (Tokay Aszu).



Tuesday December 7th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings



75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay

Wonderfully rich and creamy, it sends all kinds of memory bells that say “champagne”, though the fruit is unmistakably Green Valley of Russian River Valley. It is vintage quality in every sense of the word.

92 Points Wine Spectator December 15th, 2010 Issue

BTG $ 11.00                             Retail $29.99



97% Pinot Noir, 3% Syrah; 100% Willamette Valley.

The color is a light, translucent ruby hue. The bouquet reveals notes of raspberry, baked cherries, violets and orange zest with a hint of herbs. On the palate, notes of raspberry, cranberry and spice enveloped in a light, food-friendly acidity.

BTG $7.50                              Retail $19.99



The wine was aged during 9 months in French Oak barrels. A special care was taken to preserve the necessary balance between wood and fruit without losing its spontaneity. This wine is bottled without fining or filtering. Intense, pure, full colors and young aromas; This leads to an impeccably balanced wine with a sleek palate feel, serious depth, succulent flavors, and a lengthy finish.

BTG $ 9.75                              Retail $26.99                                                                                                         91 Points Wine Spectator; Top 100 2010 #68



50% Syrah, 48% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier

The wine show smoky dark plum, berry, meat, spice, “garrique” and a light mocha note. There is fine balance with good acidity and length. A great value from South African superstars Boekenhoutskloof.

BTG $ 4.75                             Retail $9.99



Super clean and defined, delivering beeswax, apricot, clementine and saline mineral notes that converge on the racy finish. Refined in both texture and profile, with harmony and a long aftertaste

                                            Retail $41.99                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      94 Points Wine Spectator; Top 100 2010, #28