Wine Tasting 3/29

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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         

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