Wine Tasting 4/5

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on March 31, 2011 No Comments yet

In our next tasting we’ll be trying the passion and craft of winemakers from Napa Valley, Central France, Tuscany and South Australia.

Randy Mason has been crafting outstanding wines for more than 30 years in the Napa Valley. Mason has long been recognized by the wine industry as being one of the best sauvignon blanc producers in the country. With the creation of their first Mason Sauvignon Blanc in l996, Mason began to develop his own Sauvignon Blanc house – by adding another sauvignon blanc label – Pomelo.

Caiden’s Vineyard’s Block Nine is a small production winery focused solely on Pinot Noir. Their niche: quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price. If you aren’t particular where your Pinot grapes come from, this non-AVA California Pinot Noir based in St. Helena, Napa Valley encompasses all of the bright red fruit and toasted oakiness one comes to expect from a California Pinot.

Pouilly-Fuissé is an appellation (AOC) for white wine in the Mâconnais sub region of Burgundy in central France, This Chardonnay is beautiful at a great price.

Fattoria Viticcio lies midway between the cities of Florence and Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico region. Viticcio means “tendril” in English and is symbolic of the company’s cautious and steady growth, emulating the tendril continually grappling its way to new heights. A Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines.

The Zeepaard range of wines are fresh, contemporary in style and distinctly varietal in flavour designed for immediate enjoyment.


Tuesday April 5th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

Pomelo is the name of a new and separate wine label made by Randy Mason (Mason Cellars). It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Inviting citrus, pineapple aroma that lingers seductively. A full, round, refreshing mouthful of grapefruit and figs. This wine is creamy and rich while being crisp and complex.

BTG $5.25                                          Retail $12.99           


Michel DuTour La Roche Pouilly-Fuisse, 2009

This Pouilly-Fuisse is a barrel-fermented-and-aged 100% Chardonnay offering smooth pear and tropical fruit with a hint of banana, along with notes of vanilla, buttery oak, and a creamy richness. Although rich, it has plenty of acidity to keep it balanced and fresh. It is a classic Pouilly Fuisse at a value price.

BTG $6.50                                        Retail $16.99 


Block 9 Cainden Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2009

The Block Nine Pinot Noir shows a deep, rich color. The aromas show generous bright fruit with a mix of strawberry, violets, dark cherry and hints of leather. Flavorful in the mouth with good body and a velvety texture, this wine shows wild strawberries and a hint of toasted French oak to complete its elegant finish.

BTG $ 6.00                                         Retail $14.99


Viticcio Chianti Classico, 2007

Viticcio’s 2007 Chianti Classico is a soft, joyous wine that captures the essence of this vintage in its generous dark fruit and accessible personality. Ideally the wine is best enjoyed on the young side, while the fruit is still plump.

BTG $ 8.50                                         Retail $21.99


Zeepard Shiraz, 2008

2008 vintage was as close to perfect as the Great Southern region of Australia had in many years. The days were warm and dry and the nights were cool offering optimum conditions for ripening grapes. The palate is medium bodied with intense plum and berry flavors. These are nicely combined with spicy white pepper and a touch of oak is evident.

 BTG $5.00                                        Retail $10.99

Wine Tasting 3/29

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on March 24, 2011 No Comments yet

They say that wine says a lot about the character of who produces it. This is certainly the case on our next tasting.


“Ad Maiora” –( To an even greater success)- this is the motto that embodies the philosophy and the lifestyle of the Bortoluzzi family. This is what

Pinot Grigio can taste like when it’s hand crafted. We call it Pinot Grigio on Steroids.


From initial planting and budding through to flowering, veraison and harvest, there is no room for shortcuts. Mission Hill Family Estate has vineyards in five main growing regions throughout the Okanagan Valley, beginning on the Canada-U.S. border. Each has its own combination of soils, microclimate and suitability to specific grape varietals. When was the last time you had a wine from Canada that’s not an Icewine?


Building on the traditions established by the acclaimed Goldeneye and Migration Pinot Noirs, Decoy Pinot Noir continues Duckhorn Wine Company’s exploration of the depth and diversity of Anderson Valley winegrowing.


“The family vineyards are my father’s legacy to me and my children. I love this land and making wine from it, and bottling it under the family name affirms all the work my father did for me.” –Ed Sbragia (Only winemaker to have won Red and White wine of the year)

Sarah and Sparky both come from winemaking families, and they both studied at a university and planned to return home to run their family businesses. That was until they met each other, and started their own dynasty. They have been Australian Winemakers of the Year, Australian White Winemakers of the Year, three times McLaren Vale Bushing King and Queen, and have received five 99 point scores from The Wine Advocate. They have also been in the Wine Spectator’s Top Ten Wines of the World two years in succession and Mollydooker Lefty wines have twice been featured by the Wine Advocate among The Best Value Wines in the World.



Tuesday March 29th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Bortoluzzi Venezia Giulia IGT Pinot Grigio, 2008

Clean and fresh, with apple, honey and lemon character on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a clean finish.

BTG $7.00                                          Retail $17.99           


Mission Hill Select Lot Collection Chardonnay, 2007

Rich and succulent, with focused pear, pineapple, honey and spice flavors, gaining zingy citrus notes and touches of earth and hazelnut on the long and stylish finish.

BTG $ 10.00                                        Retail $27.99 


Duckhorn Decoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2008

The interesting element concerning this Pinot is that Anderson Valley was plagued by forest/brush fires last year and the resulting smoke has gotten into the grapes. The color is a clean crisp light see-thru crimson red. The nose is smoky dark fruit and the scent of meat cooking on the grill. It tastes of tart cherries, tobacco and dark chocolate. A long vanilla cola finish. Firm tannins and a well structured wine.

BTG $ 8.75                                         Retail $22.99


Sbragia Family Vineyards Home Ranch Merlot, 2007

This eight-acre vineyard is on flatland where Dry Creek used to flood. so there’s lots of silty gravel. The Merlot grapes do very well here. producing wine that’s velvety and lush on the palate with aromas and flavors of dark cherries. sweet red fruits and brown sugar.

BTG $ 9.50                                         Retail $25.99


Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz, 2009

The 2009 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz is a 20% Langhorne Creek and 80% McLaren Vale blend matured in 71% new and 29% 1 year American oak. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it is profoundly scented of blueberry and black cherry with touches of mint, mocha and the faintest whiff of damp loam. Very full-bodied, the bold, ultra-ripe fruit is well supported by medium-firm chewy tannins and medium-high acid, leading to a very long and pure if slightly warm finish.

                                       92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue #192 December 2010

BTG $11.00                                        Retail $29.99         

Wine Tasting 3/22

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on March 17, 2011 No Comments yet

The next tasting is dedicated to winemakers and wineries that walk in the latest trends in the wine world either with an extraordinary and refreshing blend as is the case of Ferrari Carano and its Bella Luce or the Generation Red of Hitching Post; or the sourcing of the best possible grapes from Monterrey and Napa  from the same people that produce Betts & Scholl, CC Winery and an exuberant and elegant Pinot from the Willamette Valley by Pali. All these wines are great, fun and affordable. Cheers!


Tuesday March 22nd, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Ferrari Carano Bella Luce, 2009

Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Semillon, Muscat Giallo, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Riesling. 100% Stainless Steel .

A fragrant and light white wine blend from varietals that would complement one another in aromas, flavors and texture. Bella Luce accomplishes this with delicious layers of peach, vanilla and floral aromas, and wisps of orange blossom, pear and lime. Distinctive and round on the palate, Bella Luce’s flavors of cream, vanilla, citrus, and apple shine through.

BTG $6.50                                          Retail $16.99           


CC The Chardonnay, 2009

“We have found a really exciting possibility with some vineyards down near Monterey where the days are cool and the fog plentiful. The aesthetic for the wine is one of freshness, of unbridled fruit and of zippy personality. This should be the white wine we all just reach for casual, easy, refreshing. It is produced entirely in stainless steel which allows the fruit to shine unfettered and without the burdensome oak that plagues too many a chardonnay. With something this palate-pleasing, one can refresh often.”

BTG $ 6.00                                        Retail $15.99 


Pali Alphabets Willamette Valley Pinot Noir , 2009

Aromas of sweet heirloom melon, wild field berries, earthen notes of beet and sandalwood touched with steely notes of iron and lime introduce the 2009 Alphabets.  A rich velvet palate wrapped in a penetrating red currant and dried cherry core accentuated with savor porcini mushrooms mimics/reveals the warm and intense 2009 Willamette vintage.  Lingering with pleasing, long and focused mouth feel.

BTG $ 8.50                                         Retail $21.99


Hitching Post Generation Red  , 2009

“GEN RED” contains grapes from several Santa Barbara vineyards: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah from Alisos, Merlot from McGinley and Buttonwood. Also included here are Cabernet Franc and Valdiguie from the French Camp Vineyard in San Luis Obispo County. The Cabernet Franc adds the intense aromatics, the Merlot adds body and roundness, and the Syrah and Valdiguie add color, richness, and fruitiness.”

BTG $ 7.75                                         Retail $20.99


CC The Cabernet, 2007

In 2007 we have found ourselves with the unique opportunity to work with one of the world’s most special vineyards and wineries. We are not allowed to tell you exactly who, but we can say it comes from the world-class hillsides above one of those quaint little towns along highway 29 in the Napa. The wine is first class, serious and special cabernet AND it costs a very small fraction of what the much fancier wines of the neighborhood cost. In fact, we dare you – put it up against your favorite cabernet, put it up against Opus One (no, this is not from Opus) and you decide which is better. We feel confident we’ll crush it!”

BTG $8.50                                        Retail $21.99         

Wine Tasting 3/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on March 11, 2011 No Comments yet

Our next tasting will have 5 highly aclaimed wines from European Cellars ; owned and operated by Eric Solomon. An authority in the world of enology, a Master of Wine, James Beard Award winner, Wine Personality of the year. His peers in the wine world are always excited and eager to taste the wines that he discovers or produces.

“As an importer, we wish all our wines to speak distinctly of “a place” –
that their expression is one of that particular locale,
un obscured by winemaking interventions (but sometimes enhanced by them?).

We respect the historical –
both what preceded and what will inevitably follow –
embracing and championing indigenous varieties and
the land upon which they are grown and nurtured.”

Eric Solomon



Tuesday March 15th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Pazo de Señoráns Albariño, 2009

100 % albariño from Rias Baixas..

Complex ripe fruit aromas with Golden Delicious apple notes, a range of citrus fruits and a spicy and floral hint.. A lovely mouth-feel from start to finish: firm, seamless and well-structured it shows great harmony; pleasant , fleshy and a refreshing acidity. A full, clean finish, with powerful, lingering varietal flavors.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #188, April 2010

BTG $9.50                                          Retail $24.99           


Novellum Chardonnay, 2009

100 % Chardonnay from Rousillon, Languedoc, France.

Novellum is a custom cuvee of Chardonnay made by and for Eric Solomon. It comes from 25 year-old vines on ocean-viewing schist and chalk. It delivers lovely apple, pineapple, clover and herbal aromatics. It has a juicy, fresh fruit cast and creamy texture from the working of its lees in tank. It finishes with a balance of fruit, flower, herb and mineral.

BTG $ 5.75                                       Retail $13.99 


Bodegas Alto Almanzora Este Tinto, 2008

47 % Monastrel, 23% Tempranillo, 12% Syrah, 6% Garnacha, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot from Lucar, Almeria, Spain.

Aged for 6 months in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it reveals a lightly roasted bouquet of black cherry and blueberry, underbrush, spice box, and violets. Supple, sweetly-fruited, and forward, this tasty, friendly effort has no hard edges.

89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #188, April 2010

BTG $5.25                                       Retail $11.99         


Château Puech-Haut Prestige Rouge, 2009

“From a bio-dynamically farmed estate, this 2009 is a blend of 55% Grenache (from 60- to 75-year-old vines) and 45% Syrah (from 40-year-old vines), all planted in limestone soils, and aged completely in concrete tanks. This remarkable offering is a naked expression of the vivid terroir and excellent fruit found in this region. The incredible aromatics consist of forest floor, spring flowers, sweet black currants, raspberries, licorice, and incense. With a pure, velvety, seamless, full-bodied texture and a finish that lasts 30+ seconds, this wine possesses a stunning integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, suggesting this 2009 will age nicely for 3-5 years, possibly as long as a decade. However, it will be hard to resist given its current performance. Bravo!”

                                                                                                          -Robert Parker-          93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #190, August 2010    

BTG $ 9.00                                         Retail $22.99


Black Slate Porrera Priorat, 2008

60% Garnacha, 40 % Carinena

Black Slate comes from the high-altitude village of Porrera, Priorat. The Black Slate Porrera is rich, dusty and deep, with concentrated dark fruit. Black Slate is a full-bodied wine, with herbal notes of thyme and sage, and dry blueberry and black licorice notes. It’s velvety, well integrated, and balanced. delicious silkiness is persistently found in the long finish.

90 Points Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellars, December 2010

BTG $ 9.50                                     Retail $24.99                

Wine Tasting 3/8

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

Next Tuesday we will focus on wines from the California North Coast. An area known for premium wine-growing . Influenced by the Pacific Ocean, wind, cool fogs and rains, combine with; rich, volcanic, sedimentary and alluvial soils to offer passionate winemakers the setting to showcase these amazing wines.



Tuesday March 8th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Carmel Road Monterrey Riesling, 2009

95.7% Riesling, 4.2% Gewurztraminer, .1% Chardonnay.

Intense lemon drop aromas greet the nose supported by notes of fennel, tropical flowers, passion fruit and a hint of bay leaf. Moderately sweet on entry with a rich, expansive mouth feel that gains focus from the well-integrated acidity. There are deep notes of lightly dried orchard fruits, guava, passion fruit and lemon verbena on the palate that yield to a bright, lightly pithy lemon/lime character on the finish.        

BTG $6.25                                          Retail $15.99           


Arrowood Sonoma County Chardonnay, 2009

The wine offers up notes of ripe apples, toasty oak and vanilla. The palate is rich and velvety with lush tropical fruit flavors, hints of pear and bright acid notes that lead into the long finish.

BTG $ 7.50                                        Retail $19.99 


Ray’s Station Merlot, 2006

Bold, balanced, complex. Thick layers of cherry, plum and other stone fruits follow distinct aromas of tobacco and coffee bean.
BTG $5.25                                       Retail $11.99         

Stonestreet Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 

No wine better depicts the extraordinary range of Cabernet Sauvignon expression from Alexander Mountain Estate better than this one. The mid-mountain blocks provide floral and spice aromatics, flesh and vivid red fruit while the higher blocks offer a black mineral streak and etched structural backbone.

BTG $ 11.00                                       Retail $29.99


 Arrowood  Syrah Kuljian Vineyards, 2007

100% Syrah, Dry Creek Valley – Kuljian Vineyards

Each year, the Kuljian vineyard produces concentrated, hedonistic, opulent Syrah. This 2007 is dark, dense and sumptuous. The nose ripe and plum-like, with earth, spice, smoke and leather. The palate is full and lush in texture and flavor, backed by smooth, well-integrated tannins. This may be the last vintage from this vineyard. 90+ pts Robert Parker

BTG $ 7.25                                     Retail $18.99