Wine Tasting 8/2

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 28, 2011 No Comments yet

Next Tuesday we’ll be tasting 5 faboulous wines that are completely different in profile and origin, they proudly represent their region and generations of experience in the execution of vinification.


Rías Baixas is Spanish “Denominación de Origen” (DO) for wines located in the Northwest region of Galicia, Spain. It is renowned for its white wines made from the Albariño grape variety. Deusa Nai clearly reflects this Albariño’s character. The brand name means “Mother goddess”, a term used to refer to a goddess who represents motherhood, fertility, creation or embodies the bounty of the earth.


TENZ is a winegrowing partnership between the Eddy Family (Napa Valley) and their Marlborough friends, Duncan and Gordon at Indevin and Chris and Judi Simmonds (primary Sauvignon Blanc grower). The Simmonds’s Vineyard, with its signature ‘lone gum’ standing majestically among the vines, lies in the Omaka Valley near the small town of Renwick, just a few miles from Cloudy Bay. Regarded by many as the heart of Marlborough, the Omaka Valley is protected by coastal mountains, making it one of the sunniest and driest areas in the region. The vineyard’s alluvial soils are thinly composed of gravelly loam and underlying layers of clay. Due to the cool night temperatures, winegrowing can get tricky and frost protection is often necessary, not only during the spring but also in the fall. However, it is this long, cool growing season that allows for the retention of the delicate aromatics that have made this region’s Sauvignon Blanc so famous.


RouteStock Cellars crafts wines from the signature varietals grown along the wine routes one travels when visiting the world’s most celebrated wine regions. Inspired by the serenity of Route 99W which meanders its way through the picturesque and sublime Oregon wine country.  Made for RouteStock Cellars at Ponzi Vineyards.


Superstar winemaker Alvaro Palacios, creator of L’Ermita and Finca Dofí in Priorat, is now extensively involved in the family estate in Rioja. Here he makes concentrated, lush wines, including two (Herencia Remondo and Propriedad H. Remondo) that are among the greatest wines produced to date from the normally hotter, drier Rioja Baja, which Palacios calls “La Rioja Oriental.”

“Our family has been making world-class wine in California for four generations. Here at the Michael Mondavi Family Estate we carry on the tradition by crafting a collection of wonderful wines, each reflecting a sense of place and passion. From the everyday to the extraordinary, we offer wines suited for any taste, budget or occasion.” _Michael Mondavi.

Winemaker and Napa Valley native Tony Coltrin brings more than 35 years of winemaking experience to Oberon Wines. Tony sources grapes from the Michael Mondavi family’s Oso Vineyard nestled against Howell Mountain, in addition to vineyards in premier Napa Valley sub appellations. Tony’s long-standing relationships with local growers ensure consistent quality in every vintage.






Tuesday August 2nd, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM                                                                                                    

No charge for tastings


Marqués de Cáceres Deusa Nai Rías Baixas Albariño, 2010

Attractive golden straw color with pale green highlights. Fresh and fragrant bouquet where mineral notes mingle with a hint of grapefruit and mandarins. On tasting, lively fruit sensations awaken the taste buds with full flavor and refreshing acidity. Full in the mouth with good length.

BTG $ 6.75                                        Retail $16.99


Tom Eddy Tenz Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

Hints of classic Marlborough Sauvignon herbal qualities complement other complex characteristics of fig, litchi and hay. Floral aromas commingle with subtle grapefruit and crisp lemon to round out the flavor profile and add the right amount of integrated complexity. The middle mouth is very round and full, yet perfectly balanced with the food-friendly acid that permeates the wine’s backbone. The mouth watering finish lingers on the pallet allowing for lengthy enjoyment until the next sip is taken.

BTG $ 6.25                                        Retail $15.99


RouteStock Cellars 99W Pinoir Noir, 2009

97% Pinot Noir, 3% Syrah

The color is a light, translucent ruby hue characteristic of Pinot Noir. The bouquet reveals notes of raspberry, baked cherries, violets and orange zest with a hint of herbs. On the palate, look for notes of raspberry, cranberry and spice enveloped in a light, food-friendly acidity.

BTG $ 8.00                                        Retail $20.99

Bodegas Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja, 2009

Vivid red. Bright, spicy aromas of redcurrant and strawberry, with a hint of spice cake and a building floral quality. Juicy but seamless red berry flavors are brightened by tangy acidity. Showing a lot of primary fruit and drinkable.

BTG $ 6.00                                         Retail $14.99

Oberon Merlot, 2006

95.2% Merlot, 4.8% Cabernet/Cabernet Franc

The nose has black currant, mocha, spice, cherry, a little earth, and a touch of vanilla at the end. The palate is soft, with a nice chalkiness, black currant, espresso, some earth, and a big shot of oak on the finish.

BTG $ 7.75                                       Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 7/26

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

Don’t forget Sake Tasting

Friday July 22nd, 2011 from 7 to 9 PM!!


Next Tuesday come over and meet Alfonso Undurraga as he presents and shares with us 5 outstanding wines

from his two wineries in Chile.

Alfonso Undurraga Marimon like his father Alfonso Undurraga Mackenna and most of the rest of his immediate and extended family, are devoted to the production and promotion and marketing of great wines.

Since the beginning in 1885, the Undurraga tradition has taken hold, producing outstanding wines from some of the finest raw material; grapes nurtured in the earth and sun of the fertile valleys of Chile. The Undurragas were early pioneers in Chilean winemaking, planting French varietals before the turn on the century and using wood barrels crafted by a master French cooper to age the wines and bring forward rich bouquet and flavors. In 1903, they were first to export wines to the U.S.

In the early 1990s, Alfonso earned a degree in Commercial Engineering from UC-Chile then he attended the University of California at Davis to learn about the latest advances in winemaking – on both the technical and marketing sides of the business.  Alfonso then worked in the marketing department of the fine wine importer Kobrand in 1993 at their New York headquarters. He returned to Chile in 1995, spending 16 years in wine marketing;  In 2006, Alfonso formed a partnership with winemaker Jose Miguel Ovalle to produce a range of value-priced varietal wines called Terrapura.  Soon thereafter, he joined his father, two brothers and sister in the creation of Koyle the only true Undurraga winery.


Terrapura consists of five value-priced varietal Chilean wines (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere) with the grapes coming from top vineyards in the Colchagua and Curico regions within the Central Valley of Chile.


Viña Koyle is located in the Los Lingues, High Colchagua, in the buttresses of the Cordillera de Los Andes.

This property was selected for having a range of pre Mediterranean microclimate influenced by constant and cool winds coming down from her, and well-drained soils, clay loam texture with gravel and cornerstones in depth. Both are key factors to have an excellent terroir for the production of high quality red wines.



Tuesday July 26th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM                                                                                                    

No charge for tastings


Terrapura Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

The grapes for this single-vineyard wine come from Molina, located near Andes Mountain in Curico Valley.

There are bright, intense aromas of tropical fruit, with a delicate hint of vegetables. On the palate, citrus flavors are enhanced by good acidity.

BTG $ 5.00                                         Retail $10.99


Terrapura Merlot, 2009

The grapes for this single-vineyard wine come from Colchagua and Curico Valley.

The nose, it is intense, with aromas of cherries and a hint of pepper. On the palate, it is soft and silky, having good structure and a long, pleasant finish.

BTG $ 5.00                                         Retail $10.99


Terrapura Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

100 % Cabernet Sauvignon from the Central Valley.

On the nose, red fruit, blueberries, plums and soft presence of floral aromas. On the palate it is soft and with a pleasing finish.

BTG $ 5.00                                        Retail $10.99

Koyle Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2008

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Carmenere

Intense ruby red with an aroma of black mature cherries, dried herbs, and flavors of coffee. Very fresh, the palate with red fruits and long, fine tannins that welcome elegant and balanced finish.

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

BTG $ 6.75                                         Retail $16.99

Koyle Carmenere Reserva, 2009

85% Carmenere, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah

An elegant and pure, with notes of blackberry, red peppers, red currants and herbs. A wine complex and deep, with a graceful texture and  with a surprisingly long and persistent end.

BTG $ 6.75                                       Retail $16.99


Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 18, 2011 No Comments yet



The Marumoto Brewery was founded in 1867 at the base of the Chikurin-ji Mountains, in Okayama-ken, one of Japan’s most prized agricultural regions. The Marumoto Brewery is known as nousan sakagura, the “Farmers’ Brewery,” because the people who grow the rice also make the saké. Their passion, care and knowledge go into every step of every bottle. Reflecting the people and place behind this saké, Chikurin also has a distinctive “farm style”; natural, relaxed and fresh.


Takeuchi Sake Brewery is located in a village called Koga, a village well known as the hometown of the ninjas. It is near to city of Kyoto. Back approximately 1200 years ago when Kyoto was the capital of Japan, the village of Koga produced the highest quality rice called Ohmi rice to serve the royal family. Taking advantage of this Ohmi rice, Takeuchi Sake Brewery grew and has been making world’s finest sakes for over 150 years. We are proud to introduce one of Takeuchi Sake Brewery’s masterpiece, Hiko’s sake.


Niigata prefecture is well-known as “JIZAKE KINGDOM” because there are so many small breweries which makes good quality sake. OBATA SHUZO is located on Sado Island in Niigata. Starting with pure, high quality groundwater, and world-famous rice, Sado Island has become known as an excellent place to produce sake.


Shichi Hon Yari is named after the seven spearsmen who became legends at the battle of Shizugatake fought just outside the town of Kinomoto in 1583. Shichi Hon Yari saké is primarily made with Tamazakae rice, Shiga-ken’s indigenous sakamai. The Tomita’s and their farmers use mineral water which runs from the nearby Ibuki mountains down to their village. This water is so suited for saké making that they use it as is, without being filtered. Shichi Hon Yari saké can best be described as light, approachable and well-balanced.


Long one of the most prominent breweries in the Niigata region, Ichishima Shuzo has been owned and operated by the Ichishima family since its founding in 1790; Despite its history and tradition, however, the brewery is no stranger to innovation. The brewery is also proud to be one of the first to open its doors to female brewery workers, something that was long resisted by other brewers throughout the country. By managing to maintain tradition as well as an open-mindedness, Ichishima Shuzo has been able to produce consistently high quality sake, as evidenced by its perennial status as a gold medal winner at the National New Sake Competition.




7:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings



Sparkling Junmai from the Marumoto Brewery in the prefecture of Okayama in the south of Japan it is light and flavorful infused with rose petals and hibiscus.

Retail $16.99 300ml




Hiko’sPremium is a  dry sake made from “Yamada Nishiki”rice. This rice is well known for its quality when it’s made into sake; the “Yamada Nishiki” has been polished  up to 40% in the making of this premium with  exquisite savor, a wonderful blend of smooth and fruity aromas and the sharp, clear taste that you will enjoy.

Retail $ 23.99 300 ml




The nose on this “genshu” (undiluted 18%) brew is an arrangement of white pepper, sweet beets, yeast, and ripe watermelon elements. Talk about an expressive sake with layers of feeling and flavor – look for cracked wheat, tabouli, grains, apricot, and trail mix licks. This is a full-bodied Ginjo that is smooth and has a hint of heat in the finish. Feisty and ricey with a very fine layer of shiso (mint).

Retail $34.99 500ml




Technically qualifying as a junmai ginjo, this junmai is a great introduction to saké. It is earthy and mushroomy in the nose but reveals light, fresh notes of grapefruit and melon on the palate. Its structure is open and dynamic, its body light, its finish crisp and cl

Retail $17.99 300ml



This “New World” sake is actually called “Karen” in Japan, and it is a low-alcohol brew (10%) with a nose filled with peach, lychee and apple aromas. Talk about complexity and questions! How can rice and water taste like such an array of fruit tones? There is nothing “Coy” about this sake as large Fuji apple elements dance in a clean and viscous flow. Behold a layer of sweetness that is brilliantly balanced by a very heady acidity level. Bright and chewy, this fruity brew drinks with an elegance not found in a typical Junmai

 Retail $25.99 500ml


When I saw Nigori, I assumed some cloudiness. When I saw that it was nearly clear, and that after settling, there was only a fine layer of dust on the bottom of the bottle. As if you hadn’t dusted your TV screen in a few months. Kasumi means misty, which is exactly what this is. Very distinct small fibers of rice and other material “haze” up the sake to a point just a notch past pellucid. The nose is fragrant with some spicy fruit and rare steak notes, umami perhaps. The flavor is smooth and clean, but when you exhale through your nose you can feel a tingle, and the cracks on your lips become alive for a brief instant. For noticeable flavors, it’s nearly neutral, a thicker mouth feel than usual and a nice chewy body, but overall it’s like eating a ripe banana with your nose plugged. As it warms though, more sweetness and fennel/licorice notes start coming out. The tail is spicy, peppery and a bit cheesy with some light clean koji action. Interesting sake. Some say that balance is the measure of intensity between smell and taste, in that regard, very unbalanced. But I think that when it all blends together that’s harmony.

 Retail $21.99 500ml

Wine Tasting 7/19

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 14, 2011 No Comments yet

Five generations of the Delaille family have tended the land and produced the wines of Domaine du Salvard.  Their estate, located in the upper Loire Valley commune of Cheverny. “Unique”, made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, forgoes the “Cheverny AOC” labeling (for which 20-35% must be Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc or Arbois) to remain a bright and lively example of this commune’s most cherished varietal.

Winegrowers have worked this idyllic swath of land since the Romans first planted vines on the site of Domaine de Fontsainte, located in the Languedoc appellation of Corbières. The last four centuries of winemaking at the domaine can be attributed to current vigneron, Bruno Laboucarié’s family. The vineyards are sustainably farmed in an area known as the “Golden Crescent”, where vines thrive in the south-southeast exposure, and the cool sea breezes of the Mediterranean help the fruit retain its natural, balancing acidity.


EVODIA is an exciting new project in the Denominacion de Origen Calatayud, hailed as one of Spain’s most progressive and promising wine growing regions. Calatayud is distinguished by its prevalence of high elevation vineyards planted to the Garnacha variety These vineyards were ferreted out by the amazingly talented team behind Altovinum – Eric Solomon, Jean Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz.


To the south of both Minho and Trás-os-Montes lies the region of Beiras, stretching the full width of Portugal. Beiras is home to the more well-known DOCs of Bairrada and Dão, Aveleda is located in the Bairrada  where it produces it’s grand follies wines. In Architectural standards, a Folly means a decorative structure, with no particular use, eccentric and symbolic erected by someone who nourishes a particular taste for turning his/her dream into reality. An example of pure art, with no criticism from others and that Aveleda is proud to own. The creation of this brand is the result of a long term partnership between Aveleda and Professor Denis Dubourdieu, the famous producer from Université de Bordeaux

Trinitas Cellars is a small winery based in Napa Valley that still today is owned and operated by the Busch family, Tim and Steph and their children Garrett and Kenzie. Trinitas sources a broad range of varietals from the regions where climate and soil conditions are most favorable for each specific varietal. El Dorado Old Vine Zinfandel came from one of the oldest vineyards in the Sierra Foothills.


Tuesday July 19th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM                                                                                                    

No charge for tastings


Domaine du Salvard Unique Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

100% Sauvignon. It is therefore labeled with the grape rather than the appellation.

Fresh, grassy aromas, zesty citrus flavors and mouthwatering acidity that is sure to wake up the sleepiest of palates.

BTG $ 6.75                                         Retail $16.99


Domaine Fonsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris Rosé, 2010

Made from Grenache Gris, this ultra affordable and delicious Gris de Gris is a saignée rosé, meaning the pink juice is ‘bled off’ early in the maceration process.  Think wild strawberry and faint watermelon when sipping, for added delight, imagine yourself in the sunny south of France.

BTG $ 6.25                                        Retail $15.99


Evodia Garnacha, 2009

100 % old vines garnacha

 “Sexy, high-pitched aromas of strawberry preserves, black raspberry, minerals and pungent flowers. Concentrated but not at all heavy; sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors are lifted by a hint of violet. Very suave, especially at this price; finishes with silky tannins and excellent clarity. No jamminess here, which is pretty rare for inexpensive garnacha.”

90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

BTG $ 5.00                                        Retail $10.99

Aveleda Follies, 2009

70% Touriga Nacional, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cassis and tart roasted red fruit are evident in the nose and follow through the palate sweetened by dried prunes and held together by rich, dry tannins ; the wine has an assertive medium finish.

BTG $ 5.50                                         Retail $12.99


Trinitas El Dorado Zinfandel, 2007

Its juicy strawberry and blackberry fruit with an inkling of lavender and dark chocolate The fruit is kept fresh and lively with acidity, and the wine finishes with smooth, ripe tannins that make the wine a pleasure to drink.

BTG $ 9.50                                       Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 7/12

Next Tuesday we’ll be tasting a delightful Pinot Gris from Oregon; a unique varietal from Napa, Charbono and three luscious and exuberant wines from the Central Coast of California.  Don’t miss it!

King Estate, is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon and produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and limited amounts of Chardonnay. The beautiful estate of 1,033 acres is certified organic and includes 470 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The Estate is crowned by the charming, European-style winery, where the winemaking process is also certified organic. Acrobat is wine born to introduce even more people to the power and grace of Pinot Gris  grown in the gorgeous hills and valleys of Western Oregon.

Some years ago, a group of friends sat around the dinner table on an early spring evening and enjoyed some good wine with dinner. Between them, they shared more than 100 years in the wine business. Together they represent a 30-year veteran of the grape growing business, a Master of Wine, a couple of hardworking wine brokers and a youthful winemaker. One might say they know their stuff. That evening, NO was born. Perfumed, bright fruit and crisp, well-balanced acidity.


Austin Hope came to Paso Robles with his family in 1978, when his parents bought a ranch and planted both vineyards and apple orchards. He was just eight years old when the grapes came on line in 1980s and began playing and learning in the vineyards alongside his father, Chuck Hope. Today, as Hope Family Wines (Treana, Liberty School, Austin Hope, Candor, Westside) third generation farmer Austin Hope is at the helm as director of winemaking and viticulture for the flagship brand. He remains uncompromising in his pursuit of wines of exceptional quality that specifically reflect their growing regions.  Westside Red  is made from hand-selected estate fruit from the Hope Family Vineyard, which sits in the heart of the Templeton Gap, in Paso Robles.   Treana Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based proprietary blend, is sourced from top vineyards in Paso Robles.

Charbono is only produced in California, adding to its exclusive appeal. Now there are only 80 acres of Charbono planted in California, half of which are in Calistoga.  Calistoga is a sweet spot for Charbono, and most of the older vineyards are there.  Today only 16 wineries produce Charbono; with Summers Estate Wines holding the title of Charbono King for producing the largest amount of this special wine annually, about 2000 cases.


Tuesday July 12th, 2011

6:00-9:00 PM                                                                                                    

No charge for tastings


King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris, 2009

The color is a pale straw with golden highlights. On the nose there is melon, green apple, citrus, spice and tropical fruit. On the palate there is tangerine, lemon, kiwi and pear. This wine has a crisp entry with nice balance between acidity and residual sugar, round and full mid-palate, with a clean and refreshing finish.

BTG $ 5.75                                      Retail $13.99


NO Chardonnay Monterrey, 2008

The 2008 NO Chardonnay is made without the use of oak or malolactic fermentation, which allows the purity of the Chardonnay fruit to shine. The wine has a bright, alluring nose with high tone tropical fruit and rich melon flavors; is vibrant and pure on the palate without lactic acid to weigh it down.

BTG $5.50                                       Retail $12.99


Westside Red Troublemaker by Austin Hope, Blend 1

53% Syrah, 37% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache.

Westside Red is a multi-vintage blend that melds together barrel-aged wine from 2007 and 2008 and new bright and juicy wine from 2009.

The wine is reminiscent of its Northern Rhône inspiration – deep color, smoky aromatics, and lush mouth-feel.

BTG $7.25                                       Retail $18.99

Summers Charbono Napa, 2008

Estate grown on the Summers “Villa Andriana” Vineyard in Calistoga, this rare varietal thought to have originated between the borders of Southeastern France and Northwestern Italy. A lovely wine of bold color and bright fruit.

BTG $ 9.50                                      Retail $24.99


Treana Red, 2008

The elements that go into Treana Red are aged 10-14 months in French oak, 65% of it new. In the summer after harvest, a trial blend of the best barrels of Cabernet and Syrah is created and then returned to barrel to marry the flavors. The wine, has a deeply extracted, ruby hue and displays up-front aromas of ripe, dark fruit and exotic spice. Depth and power come from the Cabernet, while a Syrah component lends inviting fleshiness. The wine’s full mouth feel leads to a silky, lasting finish. Luxurious and well balanced.

BTG $ 11.75                                     Retail $31.99