Wine Tasting 5/3

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Five Fabulous wines with impressive ratings from four outstanding wineries in South Africa for our first tasting in May:

In 1993, hospitality industry veteran Ken Forrester and his wife Teresa purchased the historic Scholtzenhof estate, nestled at the base of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms in the Cape.

Founded in 1989, Mulderbosch is widely recognized as one of South Africa’s finest producers, Mulderbosch has attained both critical and commercial success, crafting an award-winning range of wines that consistently earn top ratings and Wine Spectator “Smart Buy” and “Outstanding Value” accolades.

De Morgenzon is Dutch for “the morning sun,” a fitting name for this boutique property high on the Stellenboschkloof, which is the first to be touched by the rising sun’s rays. DMZ is De Morgenzon’s Winery value label; where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

Located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg, Glenelly is owned by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, Bordeaux doyenne and former owner of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Struck by the tremendous potential of South Africa’s terroir and the beauty of the country, Mme de Lencquesaing decided to embark on a French adventure on African soil.


Tuesday May 3rd, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc, 2010

Medium straw yellow; follow but tones of soil and minerals, attack of high-pitched fruit on the nose. Plump oily and soil driven, with good texture and dryness.

88 Points Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Mar/April 2011

BTG $5.50                                         Retail $12.99           


Mulderbosch Rosé, 2010

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

This sexy, sophisticated dry rosé combines mouthwatering flavors of wild strawberry and pomegranate with graceful notes of lavender and herbs de Provence.

BTG $5.50

                                       Retail $12.99 


DMZ Syrah, 2009

100% Syrah

The nose of this round, elegant Syrah flaunts enticing aromas of ripe berries and red plum with delicate floral notes. Juicy layers of rich, vibrant berry fruit unfold on the palate, backed by hints of pepper, cinnamon and vanilla.

90 Points Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Mar/April 2011

BTG $ 6.75                                       Retail $16.99


Mulderbosch Faithful Hound, 2007

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc

Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, coffee, and spice lead to intense flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, and licorice enhanced by signature Bordeaux notes of tobacco, forest floor and graphite.

90 Points Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Mar/April 2011

BTG $ 9.25                                        Retail $23.99


Grand Vin de Glenelly, 2007

44% Shiraz, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot

It exhibits great intensity and complexity, with fine grained tannins that are firm yet elegant. The rich, savory character of Shiraz is enhanced by lush, concentrated flavors of blackberry, cherry and cassis, supported by floral tones and notes of tobacco and spice.

90 Points Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Mar/April 2011

BTG $10.50                                       Retail $27.99

Wine Tasting 4/26

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 21, 2011 No Comments yet

We have a few seats left for our Pacific Northwest class on Saturday 30th; 3-5 pm

If your thinking of attending please RSVP now! $30.00 per person

 This Tuesday we’ll taste two great wines from Spain, two from the Alexander Valley and one from Australia.

Situated in between the cities of Tarragona and Barcelona Giró Ribot winery is in the heart of Penedes Spain with unique soil and topography that produces some of the most exciting sparkling in the world.

Like the Alexander Valley, Farrier wines are full of character. Mindful of their regional roots, these releases pay respect to traditional blends while simultaneously pursuing something completely different and unique.

From the start, the aim of Telmo Rodriguez wine company has been to use native Spanish varieties. This philosophy originally differed from the on-going interest in the planting of foreign varieties, pretty much in every Spanish vineyard region.

Yangarra is an aboriginal word meaning “from the earth.” The wines are grown on a single-vineyard Estate in the Blewitt Springs sub region of McLaren Vale, South Australia, with 250 acres of vines in 35 individual blocks spread amongst 420 acres of creeks, native vegetation and nature corridors.


Tuesday April 26th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Giró Ribot Paul Cheanau Cava, NV

Light golden color with med sized bubbles. Creamy citrus nose with yeast and light apple notes. Good acidity and a full mouth feel that is round and well polished. Citrus, yeasty bread, some green apple and more, the finish is surprisingly long.

BTG $6.25                                          Retail $15.99           


Farrier Hay Hook, 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion

Hay Hook pushes the envelope. Elderflower. Quince. Passion fruit. Lemon verbena. Look for purity and a precise, savory quality on the mid-palate and through the finish.

BTG $7.25                                        Retail $18.99 


Telmo Rodriguez AlMouvedre, 2008

100% Monastrel

The 2008 A1 Muvedre Tinto Joven…sports an alluring bouquet of brier, wild cherry, spice box, incense, and plum. Smooth textured, spicy, and well balanced, it is an outstanding value in savory red wine.

BTG $ 6.25                                       Retail $15.99


Farrier Presshouse, 2007 Bordeaux blend

A decidedly Alexander Valley personality. The nose immediately captures your attention: pencil shavings, sandalwood, dried orange rind and black currant over lush, ripe blueberry. The palate is deep and firm, with savory characters that invites Bordelaise comparison.

BTG $ 11.00                                        Retail $29.99


Yangarra Cadenzia, 2006

68% Grenache, 27% Shiraz, 5% Mourvédre

The 2006 pedigree shines through with its dark color, intense perfume and elegance. The nose is a mix of beetroot, cherries and crème caramel. The flavors are rich and lush with black fruits and silky tannins. With airing the wine reveals characteristic flavors of boot polish, dark chocolate, flint, dried roses and lavender.

BTG $7.25                                        Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 4/19

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For next Tuesday we’ll be trying an unusual white wine from Sicily that was first produced 4000 years ago; a chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon from the American Riviera, Santa Barbara County; a red blend from  South West  France and a powerful malbec under the guidance of Paul Hobbs in Mendoza, Argentina. Cheers!


Tuesday April 19th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Case Ibidini Insolia, 2009

100% Inzolia

These native Sicilian grapes were aged 4 months in stainless steel tanks, following 2-3 months ageing in bottle.

Its color is a deep yellow, with aromas of white flowers, citrus fruits and wild roses. It is refreshing and dry, with well-balanced acidity.

BTG $5.50                                          Retail $12.99           


Melville Chardonnay, 2008

This wine is loaded with exotic fruit nuances of honeydew, kumquat, star fruit and tangelo. Other citrus and earthy aromas drive towards

lemon tart, orange skin and lemon verbena. Wisps of cinnamon, _oral honey, graham cracker and hay also subtly shine. The mouth feel has grip and volume with hints of dried stone fruits, minerals and brine. It _finishes with delineation and focus energizing the palate.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Issue # 190

BTG $9.00                                        Retail $23.99 


Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge, 2008

Syrah (30%), Grenache (30%), Carignan (25%), Cinsault (15%) – 25 year old vines.

Deep, brilliant red complex aromas, with hints of red berries and spice. Opens soft and fruity with gentle tannins. Long and smooth with a touch rustic reflecting its terroir

BTG $ 5.00                                        Retail $9.99


Three Saints Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

80% Cabernet Sauvignon , 18% Cabernet Franc , 2% Merlot

Extraordinarily complex aromas of pipe tobacco, sandalwood and wild briar brush are freshened by Santa Cruz blackberry and violet notes.

On the palate, the wine is firm, fresh and striking. Blackberry fruit is framed by fine-grained tannins and a cleansing finish.

BTG $ 7.75                                        Retail $19.99


Paul Hobbs Riglos Gran Corte, 2006

70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Cabernet Franc.

This deeply colored wine is intensely fragrant, with aromas of blackberries, cassis, plum and whiffs of mocha, sage and discreet oak. These notes are repeated on the palate, which is both plush and elegant. The Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure and linearity, the Malbec brings in seductive heft and texture and the Cabernet Franc adds touches of complexity and spiciness, giving an overall impression of breadth without heaviness. The finish is long and exotic, lingering on notes of spice and black fruit.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Issue # 180

BTG $9.75                                        Retail $26.99

Wine Class 4/30

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Our next class will feature the wines from the Pacific Northwest. We will try a wide variety of wines and we’ll get to see and taste

how diverse these neighboring States are from each other. As usual this is a RSVP only class. Please call or e-mail ASAP with a

credit card # to reserve space. We will sell out and have a waiting list. Therefore if you have to cancel you must call us no later than Thursday the 28th 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

$30.00 per person

APRIL 30th 3pm-5PM




Wines of Oregon and Washington: The Pacific NW


  1. I.                   Introduction
  2. II.                Oregon


  1. A.    Snapshot of Oregon wine industry
    1. 1.      History
    2. 2.      Players in the game
    3. 3.      Trends and styles           


  1. B.      Various regions and Grapes
    1. 1.      Willamette Valley, etc.
    2. 2.      Pinot, Pinot, Pinot…


  1. C.    Tasting Whites
    1. 1.      Pinot Gris & Gewurztraminer
    2. 2.      Discussion


  1. D.    Tasting Reds
    1. 1.      Land of Pinot Noir
    2. 2.      Single vineyard vs. Regional
    3. 3.      Multiple vintage tasting
    4. 4.      Discussion


  1. III.             Washington
    1. A.    Snapshot of Washington wine industry
      1. 1.      History
      2. 2.      Players in the game
      3. 3.      Trends and styles


  1. B.     Various regions and grapes
    1. 1.      Columbia Valley, etc.
    2. 2.      Syrah, Merlot and Riesling


  1. C.    Whites

1. Tasting

2. Discussion


  1. D.    Reds
    1. 1.      Tasting
    2. 2.      Discussion


  1. IV.             Synopsis

A. Questions & Comments

B. Closing

Wine Tasting 4/12

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On our next tasting we’ll try great wines from France, California, Spain and New Zealand that are clean, complex and refreshing but also all priced under $20.

Domaine Triennes is in Provence, northeast of Marseille and is a clay and limestone terroir of 1030 acres of vineyards located around 1400 above sea level, good at producing wines that are fresh and drinkable. The domaine was re-named Triennes in honor of the Triennia, bacchanalian feasts that happened every three years during Roman times.


“Great wines may come from anywhere, limited only by our imagination. We go where the best grapes are grown in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the varietal. While most of our wines could carry more specific appellations, we choose to focus less on advertising the locations and more on what we do (or don’t do) with them. The benefit is wines that are more consistent, balanced and complex. We don’t own any vineyards. This allows us to spend our money where it matters (on exceptional grapes and barrels, not mortgages.)” – Laely Heron

In the Waipara Valley of the North Island of New Zealand;  Martinborough is one of the original regions to put New Zealand Pinot on the map. The fruit for this wine was all hand harvested from vines aged up to 27 years, which are some of New Zealand’s oldest.


Bodegas Luzon is an estate located in the mountains of Jumilla, 220 miles SW of Madrid. The grapes for Altos de Luzon were hand selected from two unique vineyard’s; the Monastrell is harvested from 50 year old ungrafted vines in the Montesinos Vineyard, the Cabernet and Tempranillo grapes come from 20 year old vines in the Castillo de Luzon Vineyard.


Tobin James Cellars, located 8 miles east of Paso Robles on Highway 46, sits among 71 acres of vineyards and oak dotted hills. A magnificent setting for magnificent wines!



Tuesday April 12th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Domaine Triennes Rosé, 2008

Cinsault dominated blend.

This blush wine is made from grapes pressed following only a very brief period of skin contact. It results in a rosé of a very light pink color. An aromatic nose of red fruits and candy is followed by a round, harmonious and seamless palate. This wine will seduce you by its freshness and elegance.

BTG $6.25                                          Retail $15.99           


Heron Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

Handcrafted from sustainably grown Napa Valley grapes. In Yountville (which is a little warmer than Carneros, and a little cooler than St. Helena), the acidity is great from these clay-loam soils and cool microclimates. To get to that fresh, fruit driven style; whole berry fruit went to press retaining better fruit character and less oxidation then a long cold fermentation – three weeks in stainless steel. No barrel aging. Refreshingly balanced in today’s world of high-alcohol wines.

BTG $6.00                                        Retail $14.99 


Martinborough Vineyards Russian Jack Pinot Noir, 2008

The 2008 Russian Jack Pinot Noir shows gorgeous chocolate and plum notes on the nose leading to a silky smooth tannins with layers of dark f… (more…)ruits coming through on the palate.

BTG $ 8.00                                         Retail $19.99


Bodegas Altos de Luzon, 2006

50% Monastrell, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Tempranillo and was aged for 12 months in new French and American oak

This purple-colored wine offers a complex aromatic array of pain grille, scorched earth, blueberry, black cherry, and violets. This leads to a full-bodied wine with layers of savory fruit, spicy flavors, outstanding depth and structure, and a lengthy finish.

It will evolve for 2-3 years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018.”

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 178 August, 2008

BTG $ 6.25                                         Retail $15.99


Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel, 2008

Cherry aromas and flavors dominate the Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel from Paso Robles. Chocolate, raspberry and cola or tea flavors can be detected as well. This is a pleasant light to medium bodied wine.

BTG $8.00                                        Retail $19.99

smart buy (s)

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I met Laely last Thursday and was taken aback by her knowledge, passion and adorable enthusiasm. She is a dynamo.

This is when the business we’re in gets rewarding and fun. A women who has a very cool life story that takes a vision

and turns it into a successful realty.

We’ve carried her Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc for quite some time and have done very well with them. Now that

we’ve tried the rest of her wines we thought we should make them a multiple Smart Buy.

Their all line priced at $15.99 (normal discounts apply)

These are not profound. Just every day very good drinking wines that over deliver for the price.

Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Crisp, clean, vibrant citrus notes with layers of passion fruit and minerality lead to a long, refreshing finish. This unoaked Sauvignon Blanc is handcrafted from sustainably grown Napa Valley grapes.


Chardonnay,  Russian River, Carneros and Santa Maria

crisper style, with flavors of lemon, pear and orange peel. Just the right time balance underscores the lush yet clean, fruit-driven wine with a hint of vanilla. Refreshing and dry, it is pure, unadulterated Chardonnay.


Pinot Noir, Paso Robles, Monterey, and Russian River Valley

Ripe red berry and black cherry fruit balance its delicate spiciness.

Merlot, Mendocino

red and black cherries, dark plum, a touch of vanilla, and well-integrated soft tannins.

Cabernet, Mendocino

blackberry and red current flavors, deep color and moderate to firm tannins.

Heron Wines believes that delicious wines should be an unalienable right. Yes, an overstatement, but we really think that high-quality, approachable wine should not come at a huge price. For 15 years, we have heard from wine lovers from around the globe that we consistently exceed their expectations for quality, style, and balance.

Laely Heron’s unconventional upbringing in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US may explain the wanderlust that has led to her passion for international winemaking. Her family may not have been wine drinkers, but they instilled within her an early thirst for life lived to the last drop. Her free-spirited mother and mining engineer father took the family on an odyssey from mining town to mining town around the world. By the time Laely entered high school back in the US, she had a taste for different cultures, languages and street food from Algiers to Cape Town and from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
Laely’s desire to travel and her natural curiosity about what the world has to offer led her to another series of adventures including studying winemaking in Bordeaux, opening a restaurant and importing wine into Denmark, and studying to become a Master of Wine. In this entrepreneurial spirit, Laely started Heron Wines in 1994, with little more than a credit card, a “business plan” sketched out on a napkin and the idea of making great wine at a great price. To this day, Heron makes distinctive, delicious wines from the best places on earth.