Wine Tasting 7/5/11

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Beer Tasting!! Friday July 1st from 7 to 9 PM

We’ll be closed on Monday, July 4th!


For next Tuesday: We’ll Start with a French Sparkling and finish with big SuperTuscan from Italy; in betewen we’ll be tasting a Sauvignon Blanc fron New Zealand, a Malbec Blend from Argentina and a Cabernet Blend from Chile:


Veuve du Vernay is a  range of sparkling wines that are produced in Bordeaux, the heart of the French wine country. Oenologist Cécile Terasse is responsible for a range of great valued wines.


Goldwater is one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, established on Waiheke Island, near Auckland, in 1978. The small operation there produces mainly Bordeaux-style red wines, among the few of that style from New Zealand to have been rated outstanding.


Amancaya, as its elder sibling CARO, from Catena and ROthschild, presents a harmonious balance between the Argentine and Bordeaux styles. A more fruity style coming from the higher percentage of Malbec and shorter ageing. The word AMANCAYA is the native Indian name of a flower of the Andes that you can find in the Mendoza area.


Born in Santiago, Chile, Agustin Huneeus began his career in the wine business there fifty years ago He entered the wine business in 1960 as chief executive officer of Concha y Toro. Then a small winery, Concha y Toro grew to become Chile’s largest winery. He subsequently headed Seagram’s worldwide operations, responsible for wineries in seven countries, including the United States. In 1985, Agustin became partner and acting President of Franciscan Estates. Under his leadership, the ailing company was transformed into a successful group of premium wine estates. In addition to running three wineries in the United States for Franciscan, Huneeus developed two well-known Chilean brands, Caliterra and Errazuriz, later selling interest in both. With his wife Valeria, he purchased the Quintessa estate in Napa Valley in 1989. In the early 1990s, he also discovered the winemaking potential of the Casablanca Valley in Chile. He found the climate, soils and terroir to be perfect for grape growing. Combining over forty years of wine growing experience with Casablanca’s unique terroir, Huneeus set out to craft wines that express the diverse estate’s terroir and build a winery to house Chile’s first Napa Valley-style visitor center Veramonte.


Today the winery Terrabianca is located at the heart of the Chianti Classico region, in the middle of Tuscany, 7 miles from Siena and 30 miles from Florence.

“The art of making wine is the art of living , drinking great wine is the art of pleasure” 

Roberto Guldener _Winemaker




Tuesday July 5th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM                                                                                                    

No charge for tastings


Veuve du Vernay Rosé, NV

100% Tempranillo

Veuve du Vernay Rosé has a nice strawberry nose, toasty, creamy, floral flavors with a hint of white pepper and rose petals, and a long, dry finish. Though quite fruity, it’s not sweet at all, and has bracing acidity.

BTG $ 4.75                                       Retail $9.99


Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

Crisp, with green apple, Asian pear and lemon-lime. The palate gushes with mouthwatering, juicy grapefruit, lemon-lime citrus tones along with green apple and spicy pear flavors  that gives way to tasty Key lime pie on the finish. Fresh and vibrant this is what one wants and expects out of a Kiwi Sauvi out of Marlborough.

BTG $ 7.00                                      Retail $17.99


Amancaya Gran Reserva, 2009

70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep purple-red color. In the nose the aromas in red and black fruits are appreciated, also blackcurrant and plums with a hint of vanilla and mocha. On the palate it has a nice tannic texture, round and well-balanced. Notes of vanilla and mocha coming from the French oak.

89 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar issue Jan/Feb 2011

BTG $7.25                                       Retail $18.99

Veramonte Primus, 2007

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 8% Merlot and 7% Carmenere.

14 months in French (90%) and American (10%) oak, 25% new.

Deep, dark opaque garnet in color with exotic spice, toast and hints of tobacco and mint to follow in the nose to deliver ripe red and dark berry fruit with spicy notes. Round mid palate with elegant yet powerful tannins.

90+ Points  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue# 183 June 2009

BTG $ 7.25                                         Retail $18.99


Terrabianca Campaccio, 2007

70% Sangiovese – 30% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Chianti Classico, 60% Maremma

Bright red ruby in color; dark berry fruit, hint of cocoa and toasted almond, tanned leather aromas follow by a perfectly balanced body, concentration and freshness. Overall balance, solidly built with very well-developed tannins.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue# 191 October 2010

BTG $ 11.50                                      Retail $29.99

Beer Tasting

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Friday July 1st, 2011

7:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

Native Lager

The Native Lager is brewed with the finest German malts, German hops and a classic German yeast strain which produces and exceptionally smooth tasting golden lager. Not too light and not too heavy this beer finishes with absolutely NO aftertaste. Cool and refreshing yet flavorful.

Retail $2.75


Holy Mackerel Golden Ale

A strong golden ale brewed in the Belgian tradition. Dry yet flavorful – complex yet refreshing. Handcrafted in small batches using the finest all natural ingredients. Finest all natural Pilsner malt, Saaz Hops and Belgian Trappist yeast combine to create a fresh, Florida brewed version of a popular beer style with craft beer aficionados. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and with just a hint of spice this beer is meant to be savored slowly so as to enjoy the aroma as well as the taste.

Retail $3.95


Eleven Brown Ale

The Eleven Brown ale is a smooth Dark ale with hints of caramel and roasted nuts that are a result of the careful formulation of the malts. A slight hop bitterness balances the sweetness of the malts and provides the complement that makes the Eleven one better than the other Brown Ale’s

Retail $2.75


Holy Mackerel Panick Atack

Belgian style ale with a subtle hint of spice clocking in at 10%

Eye popping flavor from a blend of Canadian malted barley, Goldings hops, and a unique flavorful Belgian yeast strain. Serve it up in a goblet or wine glass and remember try and relax!!

Unfiltered, unpasteurized and with just a hint of spice this beer is meant to be savored slowly so as to enjoy the aroma as well as the taste

Retail $4.25

Holy Mackerel Mack in Black

Dark chocolate barley and roasted grains paired with American hops, and Belgian yeast create a mouthful of flavors. Think dark chocolate and espresso with a very subtle hint of pomegranate. Caramel and smoky flavors in the middle and only a hint of berry in the finish. Bold yet not heavy


20% off  on 1-5 bottle take out

35% off on a six-pack mix and match take out

Wine Tasting 6/21

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Next Tuesday we’ll delect ourselves with a sparkling wine from Veneto, Italy that is refreshing and elegant; a Verdichio from central Italy that makes us salivate with Mediterranean flavors; followed by three big red Cabernet based wines from Tuscany, Paso Robles and Washington State; they posses power, elegance and terroir. Our last  wine is a very  special treat from Long Shadows Wineries which is a group of nine famous winemakers from around the world making seven highly rated wines from Washington State fruit. The “Nine Hats” includes California winemaker Randy Dunn (Feather), Augustin Huneeus (Pirouette), Bordeaux’s world famous wine consultant Michel Rolland (Pedestal), Australian John Duval (Sequel), and Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari (Saggi).


Tuesday June 21st, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM                                                                                                    

No charge for tastings



This lively sparkling Italian wine is an excellent example of the Prosecco style. Imbued with buckets of summery character, it’s laden with white fruit and fully-flavored ripe apples. The palate offers elegance and finesse, supported by zesty acidity and a long, refreshing finish.

BTG $ 6.75                                         Retail $16.99



Verdicchio and Malvasia grapes

This wine from the region of Marche is white to straw colored,  with a delicate and persistent nose, it tastes fresh, harmonic and slightly off-fruity follow by a sharp finish.

BTG $ 5.75                                         Retail $13.99



Deep black almandine with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, with a great rush of graphite shavings mingled with spice and some green bell pepper; also forest berry fruit. On the palate it’s medium bodied and bright, with fairly rich greenish bell pepper laced berry fruit supported by clean acidity and smooth tannins that have a glancing mineral overlay and flow into a clean bitter finish.

BTG $ 7.00                                         Retail $17.99


Structured grapes from Central and Western Paso Robles vineyards.  A wine of many layers, with coffee-berry flavors and a fine backbone of tactile tannins and oak spices

BTG $ 7.75                                         Retail $19.99



Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape at 54%, softened with 24% Merlot, 10% each Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec.

It’s big and juicy, with lots of dark cherry and plum flavors, cedar, toast, saddle leather, cigar smoke, espresso. Classic Washington red.

BTG $ 10.50                                       Retail $27.99

Spirit Tasting 6/17

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Fun and tasty cocktails at Hollywood Vine!

 Please join us this coming Friday to have some fun with unique high quality Spirits. David Ortiz Florida’s Ambassador of The American Still Life Craft Spirits Collection will guide us with cocktail recipes and fun tasting notes.

“In the summer of 1981, I stopped along Highway 101 north of San Francisco to pick up a pair of vacationing hitch-hikers. The man came from a family that had produced cognac since 1782. The firm had recently been taken over by giant Martell. Hubert Germain-Robin told me a sad tale: ancient hand-methods of distillation were disappearing as the large firms that dominate production applied “improved” high-volume production
methods to an ancient industry. Hubert yearned to find a way to use what he had learned growing up, secrets of distillation handed from master to apprentice for centuries. The next summer, Hubert found an antique still in an abandoned cognac distillery, had it refitted, and shipped it to my Mendocino County ranch, in the northern part of California’s fabled wine country. We built a modest redwood shed, and in it we made an historic discovery. We had decided to experiment with premium wines, instead of the thin acidic wines—not fit for the table— that are used to make Cognac. The very first time that brandy distilled from Pinot Noir flowed from the still, Hubert put his nose in the sampling glass, took a long sniff, turned to me, and said, “this is the finest I have ever seen”.”_Ansley Coale, Co-founder


Balcones Distillery is the end result of a fascination with fermentation and a lifelong appreciation of fine things. Whether it is baking bread, cheese making, throwing pottery or distilling, we approach creative activity with enthusiasm and commitment to quality.   We might be roasting coffee beans first thing in the morning before starting the work day or pausing to enjoy a great hand-rolled cigarette or fine cigar…or playing guitar and singing songs around a fire in the winter.  Our love for the tradition of fine spirits we have inherited motivates us to strive for excellence in the spirits we distill ourselves. Baby Blue is not only the first Texas whisky on the market since Prohibition, but so far we know the only blue corn whisky made anywhere.  It pays homage to the American whisky tradition and while adding something we think is new and innovative.


Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka is a hands-on labor of love: the liquor made from scratch, each batch tasted 20 times and every bottle hand-signed. Their equipment was custom-made in Germany, but the potatoes are brought in from a local farm. Each step of the distillation process is manually controlled by Barry Young, who, as the former CEO of a pharmaceutical-services company, has a background in chemistry.

Hum is created by soaking four incredibly rich botanicals (cold tea maceration) in our hand-crafted, pot still rum AFTER distillation and is then bottled unfiltered in order to help retain the full flavors and properties of the botanicals (which contain antioxidants, vitamin C, and digestives).

Stone Barn Brandyworks in Portland, Oregon produces craft distilled, regional fruit brandies and spirits.





Friday June 17th, 2011

7:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

Germain-Robin California Alambic Brandy Hand Distilled

Considered the finest distilled spirit in the world according to several panels of experts; Germain-Robin uses 19th century hand methods on an antique cognac still, using much better grapes than anyone in Cognac ever dreamed of using.

$44.99 Retail

“the best on the planet” _Spirit & Cocktail Magazine

” utterly spectacular” and “Perfect Brandy” _Spirit Journal

“A smoothness and elegance rarely encountered” _New York Times

“There is no cognac as good as Germain-Robin Brandy” _Dan Berger L.A. Times

Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky

Balcones Baby Blue is made from 100% roasted Hopi blue corn, its gorgeous midnight blue kernels are packed with a rich, roast nuttiness that is truly exceptional a brief aging in oak certainly contributes some of the recognizable oak notes and characteristic of bourbon, but these flavors do not dominate the rich corn flavors: butter, masa corn meal, marzipan/toasted almonds, smoked chilies, dark chocolate, fresh baked bread aroma.

$51.99 Retail

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka

A smooth, slightly sweet vodka with no eye-watering after-burn.

$32.99 Retail



Hum Botanical Spirit

Hum is a 70 proof spirit, it has a striking crimson red color from fair trade hibiscus, a peppery kick from organic ginger, heady aromatics from cardamom and the intoxicating fragrance of kaffir lime.

$39.99 Retail



Stone Barn Red Wing Coffee Liqueur

The Red Wing Roast is a blend of Salvadorian and Yemeni Coffee; Pinot Noir and Apple based brandy are infused with Madagascar  Vanilla, Cinnamon and invert Sugar in order to make the liqueur; in the mouth it has notes of chocolate, tobacco and oriental flavors.

$24.99 Retail 375ml

Wine Tasting 6/14

Keep us in mind if your planning a small get together or a big party!


This Tuesday’s tasting should be a ton of fun. Have you ever had a sparkling Riesling? You will now.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a chardonnay that over delivers like the  Dreyer we’re featuring.

Two juicy well made California gems and a 90 pt Bordeaux @ $15.99. Don’t miss this next tasting.



The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years; with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, it has the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines.


The Dreyer family has been involved in California agriculture since the 1950’s, and has been making wine since 1980. Following up on the much-enjoyed previous vintages of the Dreyer Sonoma Chardonnay, comes once again a value priced Sonoma County Chardonnay. This 2009 release is comprised of grapes from selected mature vineyards in Sonoma County, with its fruit coming from vineyards in Alexander Valley. This wine was primarily stainless steel fermented and then oak aged prior to bottling.


The Aubert family has been established in the Saint Emilion and Dordogne region for 250 hundred years. Amélie Aubert with the help of her father Alain and lifelong friend Michel Rolland, is the sixth generation winemaker for the family owned Chateaux since 2000. Chateau de Macard is located in the village of Pessac sur Dordogne , 300 feet above the river, facing south. The terroir is exceptional and unique to the area, it has all the components to make a great wine including Limestone to give minerals, gravel to give elegance and clay to give power.

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!

Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. The quality of our wines is an honest reflection of our commitment to this land, Biodynamic agriculture and our dedication to artisan winemaking.

” To continue growing exceptional grapes year after year, we must strike a balance with our surroundings – the creek, the river, the neighbors and the animals. This can only be done by taking care of the land.”


Tuesday June 14th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


Dr. Loosen Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, NV

100% Riesling

A wine with lively acidity, pleasant mousse, lovely mellowed apple fruit. Nice length. A very approachable and satisfying sparkling wine.

BTG $6.00                                       Retail $15.99 


Dreyer Chardonnay, 2009

Golden in color, the grapes were picked with perfect ripeness and natural acidity. With lovely pear and pineapple aromas, this wine shows great balance between its Sonoma County ripe fruit nose combined with the post fermentation oak influence aging resulting in a rich wine showing varietal character.

BTG $6.00                                         Retail $14.99 


Château de Macard Bordeaux Superieur, 2009

50% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot

Ripe and dense, but fresh, with silky-textured plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit carried by sweet spice and maduro tobacco notes. The fleshy finish shows nice drive.

90 Points Wine Spectators issue December 31, 2010

BTG $ 6.00                                      Retail $15.99


Tobin James Notorious Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

Classic Paso Cab! Black and red currant, plum, cedar oak, caramel and cinnamon. Tart and medium-bodied on the tongue with an adolescent musculature, the fruit is ripe and jammy. There’s plenty of oak flavor and a measure of warm cinnamon roll as the lightly gripping young finish lets go.

BTG $ 7.50                                      Retail $19.99


Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel, 2008

95% Zinfandel, 5% Syrah

With a classic Dry Creek profile, this vintage gave great depth, with deep, dark red and black fruit flavors. Cherry, raspberry and blackberry join classic plum on a nice, plump mid-palate, firm acidity. The fruit mingles with richer spice tones as the wine almost struts to a clean, lingering finish with impressive finesse.

BTG $7.50                                     Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 6/7

Go Heat!  Come watch the games with us!


Next Tuesday’s line up includes a Rose from Argentina, a Chardonnay from  Sonoma; a Beaujolais as well as a Gigondas from the South of France and a Red Blend from Napa Valley; all great wines that represent their regions with high scores.


The Pulenta family has been involved in the Argentine viticulture for three generations. Their philosophy is a must: to achieve the best quality in their products, keeping an exclusive production and a permanent nature care. “Making a great wine is an act of generosity, always considering the person who will taste it. Our mission is to produce limited series of great wines, proudly made in Argentina”.


A select group of winemakers can be credited with revolutionizing modern day winemaking in California. They are the innovators who, some 20 years ago, brought Old World traditions back to a New World that had thrown in its lot with university scientists to make squeaky clean wines largely devoid of character. The goal of these new wave winemakers was to put terroir back into the bottle and create wines of unique distinction. David Ramey is widely acknowledged to be among the wine pioneers whose efforts helped raise the bar for all American winemakers and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world


Considered by many to be the benchmark producer in the appellation, Cayron produces a Gigondas of phenomenal richness and incredible longevity.  Their vines are on average 40+ years old with parcels up to 70 years old.  You’d be hard-pressed to find a more terroir-expressive wine anywhere in the Southern Rhone; bold, explosive, stunningly evocative garrigues flavors careen from the glass, blaring their stamp of origin like a neon sign. These are old-styled, powerful wines of enormous fruit amplitude and irresistible personality.  Furthermore, Cayron is among the most age-worthy of Gigondas, delicious upon release, but improving for well over a decade and holding strong for a long time thereafter.


The Domaine des Terres Dorées is located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyons, in a beautiful area known as the “Region of Golden Stones.” Jean-Paul Brun is the owner and winemaker at this 40-acre family estate and has attracted the attention of the French and American press for the wonderfully fruity and delicate wines he produces..


“Once a year our winemaker collaborates with America’s best sommelier to blend the exclusive wines that will be served in their luxury restaurant destinations. Drawing on our premium Napa Valley Vineyards, Once produces these wines to be served exclusively in the dining rooms of, among others, Restaurant Daniel, Gotham Bar & Grill, Restaurant Jean Georges, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Eleven Madison Park, Veritas, Michael Mina and The Modern.”


Tuesday June 7th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM

No charge for tastings


La Flor de Pulenta Wines Malbec Rosé,  2009

100% Malbec

Light and brilliant color, and an intense fresh and fruity aroma are the characteristics of this malbec rosé. Delicate on the palate, with quince jelly expressions, usual in malbec wines from alto agrelo. It offers a round, fresh and balanced finish

BTG $5.25                                       Retail $11.99 


Ramey Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2008

Expressive nose offers musky apple, pear, orange zest and smoky minerals. Dense and textured but quite dry and mineral-dominated, with very good purity and mouth-staining citrus and herbal flavors. Strong but harmonious acidity gives the refreshingly bitter finish impressive focus and cut.

91 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June 2010

BTG $11.00                                         Retail $29.99 


Domaine du Cayron Gigondas, 2008

70% Grenache; 15% each Syrah and Cinsault and a drop of Mourvèdre for color

Full red. Perfumed bouquet of redcurrant, cherry, smoky minerals and flowers, with exotic spice notes in the background. Juicy, palate-staining red and dark fruit flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and complicated by succulent spices and candied lavender. The mineral quality repeats on the focused, pure, persistent finish.

90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar January 2011

BTG $ 9.50                                      Retail $25.99


Domaine des Terres Dorées Beaujolais Cuvee I’Ancien, 2009

Very pretty cherry, ruby color light in shade. Immediate taste smacks of raspberry cherry & plum, along with a bit of smokiness. Good balance and minerality, medium finish, excellent.

BTG $ 6.00                                      Retail $15.99


Once Wines The Sorcerer, 2008

Sorcerer is a heady, spicy, blackberry-laden exotic blend of Cabernet, Grenache, Syrah, and Petit Verdot.  Inspired by the red blends of Southern France  but very Californian in fortitude, this is sure to be a new favorite with those who enjoy Prisoner and other big, bold blends.

BTG $11.00                                     Retail $29.99