Wine Tasting 3/1

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For our first tasting in March we’ll be featuring American wineries.  A crispy White Blend from Oregon, a vibrant, fruity chardonnay, a syrah from the Central Coast, an elegant Pinot Noir from Carneros and a classy Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday March 1st, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings

 

Chehalem Chemistry White Blend, 2009

57% Chardonnay,  28% Pinot Gris , 12% Riesling , 3% Pinot Blanc.

Chehalem Chemistry’s inspired by the crisp Alsatian blend known as edelzwicker, which combines Pinot Gris, Riesling & Pinot Blanc. Chehalem’s winemakers have added Chardonnay for richness; blending science, nature & heart to yield a wine with hints of apricot, green apple, wet stone, and spice.        

BTG $6.00                                          Retail $14.99           

 

Calera Chardonnay Central Coast, 2009

The 2009 Central Coast Chardonnay starts with a lively, honeysuckle blossom and peach bouquet, accented by bright pippin apples and pear. On the palate, this wine is rich, smooth, flavorful and mouth filling while retaining a dancing lightness on the mouth. Soft hints of spicy oak, ripe apricot and Meyer lemon zest add personality to the long lingering finish.            87 Points, Wine Spectator Dec 31,2010

BTG $ 7.25                                        Retail $18.99 

 

Sean Minor 4Bears Pinot Noir, 2009

100% Pinot Noir, Carneros.

Carneros Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with cherry, strawberry and plum; surrounded by light toast flavors. On entry, the wine displays blue fruit characters that are balanced with spicy and earthy notes that frame the mid-palate. The vanilla and toast integrates well with the silky round tannins on the lengthy finish.
BTG $6.75                                       Retail $16.99         

Bonanno Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2008 

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot

A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise.

BTG $ 7.75                                         Retail $19.99

 Three Saints  Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, 2007

98% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc

Chocolate, smoked game, gunpowder and coffee bean tones leap from the glass. On the palate, the chocolate note persists along with huge blackberry fruit and an exciting blueberry nuance. Texturally, the wine is soft and enveloping with supple tannins that caress the palate and fresh acid lending to the vibrancy of the wine.

BTG $ 7.25                                     Retail $18.99                

Wine Tasting 2/22

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Next Tuesday we’ll have a great  tasting from all over the world.

A Sauvignon Blanc from Napa, a Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France, a Bordeaux Blend from Argentina, a Shiraz from Australia and a Zinfandel from Sonoma. All great wines ready to be enjoyed!

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday February 22nd, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings

 

Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

100% Sauvignon Blanc

The 2009 HALL Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc balances expressively ripe fruit with bright, buoyant acidity.  The backbone of this lusty wine hails from a vineyard partner in the cool region of Yountville and delivers ripe vibrant citrus ­flavors.          91 Points –, Wine & Spirits

BTG $6.25                                          Retail $15.99           

 

Michel Picard Vouvray, 2008

100% Chenin Blanc

Off-dry in sweetness, this Chenin Blanc has freshness on the palate with hints of apricot and stone fruit. Its hint of sweetness is counterbalanced by a high level of acidity making this a wine that is round and fresh easy to drink.

BTG $ 6.00                                        Retail $14.99 

 

Clos de los Siete Red Wine, 2008

The 2008 is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petite Verdot

Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of cassis and well oiled leather. In the mouth aggressive tannins wrap the tongue in a leathery fist while flavors of wet dirt, cassis, and dried black cherries fuse into a rich mulch of tastiness. 89 Points, International Wine Cellars

BTG $8.00                                      Retail $20.99         

  

Robert Oatley Shiraz, 2007 

100% Shiraz, 100% Mudgee, Australia

Robert Oatley Shiraz delivers the generosity we’ve come to expect from this grape – flavors of juicy red berries and a touch of spice, wrapped in gentle tannins. 88 Points, International Wine Cellars

BTG $ 5.50                                         Retail $12.99

 Pezzi King Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, 2008

100 % Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

The 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel has concentrated dark fruit aromas of jammy black cherry and cassis along with spicy notes of white pepper and truffle laced with vanilla. This full figured wine is big, ripe and expressive. Soft tannins, warm notes of caramel, melts in your mouth for a long, lusty finish.

BTG $ 9.50                                     Retail $24.99                

Wine Tasting 2/15

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If you’re considering our Wine Class featuring Italy on the 19th please call us ASAP.

We are just about sold out.

 

This Tuesday we’re going start off with some “different” kinds of wine. First a refreshing crisp wine from Austria, a fragrant white blend from Italy, then on to Chile where they excel with Carmenere, back to Europe for a Juicy Tempranillo and we finish at home with a over achieving Napa Cab.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday February 15th, 2011

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

Huber Gruner Veltliner, 2009 

Offers fresh chamomile and honeysuckle flavors midpalate, which turn peachy and spicy on the mouth filling finish.

BTG $5.50                                        Retail $13.99         

  

Terlano Terlaner, 2009

A blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon, is one of Terlan’s signature wines. All of the elements come together beautifully as expressive aromatics meld into a core of generous, textured fruit. In 2009 the Terlaner Classico is an overachiever in its category. This is a lot of wine for the money. 88pts Robert Parker

 

 BTG $ 7.50                                        Retail $19.99

Terra Andina Carmenere Reserve, 2008

Attractive perfume of spice box, balsamic, herbs, blackberry; ripe, plush, no hard edges.

BTG $5.25                                          Retail $12.99           

 

Matiz Ribera Del Duero, 2009

It has a shining cherry colour. Followed by sweet spices aromas blended with oak, creamy and candied fruit. In the mouth it has toasted flavor with mature tannins and a long after taste.

BTG $ 6.00                                        Retail $15.99                               

 

Napa Station Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

Attractive deep color, ripe fruit and unexpected intensity for a wine in this price range, well-worth buying. Drink it over the next several years. 87pts Robert Parker

BTG $ 7.50                                     Retail $19.99                

Wine Class 2/19

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For those of you who we’re able to attend our class on French wines last month you know how

much informaion was shared by our Encyclopdeia of wine Tal Cohen, and the

quality of wines we tasted. On the 19th of this month  Tal will lead us on a tour of Italy.

Saturday February 19th from 3-5 pm. $30.00 per person. Because of the great response we’ve had

you must call us with a credit card #. We will sell out and have a waiting list.

Therefore if you have to cancel you must call us no later than Friday the 18th

so we have some time to fill the spot(s). Your card will be charged if you no show.

Please RSVP ASAP 954 922 2910

 

Italy 101

A brief discussion about quality, history and aesthetics

What is the standard for quality in a wine?

How is Italy different from other wine producing countries?

What are the historical markers for Italy in terms of quality, style?

Basics for understanding Italian wine i.e. labels, regions, tradition.

 

BEST KNOWN REGIONS : Cream of the Crop

Tuscany:

     Chianti

    “Super Tuscan”

Piedmont

   Nebbiolo

   Barbera

Veneto

   Valpolicella

   Soave

OTHER DISTINCTIVE REGIONS : Lesser known, tremendous value

Campania

   Aglianico

   Fiano, Greco, Falaghinna

Abruzzo

   Montepulciano

Umbria

   Orvieto

EMERGING REGIONS : The next big thing

Sicily

   Nero d’Avola

Puglia

Red Blends

Analysis of tasting, discussion and synopsis

Wine Tasting 2/8

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 3, 2011 No Comments yet

Gift Ideas!

Have a glass of wine while you are shopping for your Valentine!

The first wine in our next tasting is a great Chardonnay from Carneros then we’ll follow with a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina that commemorates the 125th vintage released of the winery. Next a side by side comparison between two 100% Cabernet Sauvignons from Cachoapal Valley, Chile and Napa Valley. We’ll finish with a juicy Zinfandel that screams California. All great value wines.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday February 8th, 2011

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008 

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Clos Pegase is a pure, clean Chardonnay; dry richness balanced with cool-climate acidity, citrus, pineapple and pear.

BTG $7.50                                        Retail $19.99         

  

Don Miguel Gascon Malbec, 2009 

 95% Malbec, 5% Shiraz      

Light aromas, but filled with blackberry, dark cherry, plum and some damp soil with a little hint of pepper. Blackberry, some cherry with pepper and mocha led to a dry smooth, short finish.

BTG $ 5.00                                         Retail $11.99

Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

91 Points Wine Spectator

Polished and very focused, with a terrific beam of red and black currant fruit, fig cake and melted licorice notes that glide over seamless structure. A tangy iron hint and fresh acidity lengthen the finish..

BTG $8.50                                          Retail $21.99           

 

Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

The wine is brimming with fruit aromas and flavors biased to the black fruit end of the cabernet spectrum: plums, blackberry, black currant. Rich and full-bodied on the palate.

BTG $ 9.25                                        Retail $24.99                               

 

Alexander Valley Temptation Zinfandel , 2008

Alexander and Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma and juice from Solano County East of Napa.

This is your go-to Zin to kick back on a Tuesday night. It offers juicy flavors of cherries, blueberries, cranberries and plums.

BTG $ 5.50                                     Retail $13.99