Wine Tasting 8/30/11

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on August 25, 2011 No Comments yet

The history of the ALBRECHT family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht, who settled in the town of Thann. The vineyards on clay-chalky soil are all in the Orschwihr commune, a large vine-growing area in Southern Alsace which has an early micro climate. Orschwihr is surrounded by two hills. One of them is the Pfingstberg, classified Grand Cru. Its reputation dates back to 1299. The Bollemberg is the second hill overlooking Orschwihr. It used to be a Celt cult place, then a roman one. It has a unique and special microclimate that enables rare and protected species of Mediterranean flora to grow. The subsoil is mostly limestone with some clay. It is perfect for Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Muscat and Gewurztraminer.

“Wine lovers have long made a pilgrimage to Grgich Hills Estate ever since Miljenko “Mike” Grgich’s Chardonnay beat the best of France at the famed 1976 Paris Tasting and Mike then joined with Austin Hills to open the family owned and operated winery.
Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, It’s an iconic winery that farms 366 acres naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and uses passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.”

Yealands Estates is based in the Awatere Valley, to the south east of Marlborough’s Wairau Plains. Their vineyard stretches from the foothills of the Seaward Kaikoura ranges, to the bluffs overlooking Cook Strait on the east coast of Marlborough.
Sustainability is at the core of everything done at Yealands Estate. From how the land is cared for, planted and nurtured, through the entire winemaking process; even packaging and distribution. Led by Peter Yealands, every member of the team is passionate about creating superlative wines with minimal impact on the environment.

Located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the far Northwest corner of the Rutherford appellation, the Flora Springs estate is in the heart of the Napa Valley. Founded in 1978, Flora Springs has been a family affair for over three decades. As both artisan winemakers and growers, the family is committed to the traditions of fine winemaking and responsible stewardship of its 650 acres of vineyard land for future generations to savor and uphold.

Through the success of his Prisoner label, Orin Swift Cellars owner/winemaker Dave Phinney has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in the Northern California growing community. Dave recently decided he wanted to make a high quality Zinfandel and what he created did not fit the constraints of a single AVA. There are grapes from Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties.

Tuesday August 30th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Crémant d’Asace Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé, NV
Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc.
Crémant d’Alsace Brut Lucien Albrecht is only produced from the cuvée (only the first pressings from the press).
attractive sober color, flowery nose, fine and persistent head, very elegant and balanced mouth.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Grgich Hills Fume Blanc, 2008
Light gold in the glass with hints of chartreuse, this wine smells of tart unripe apples and citrus zest. In the mouth it is explosively zingy, with crackling acidity and bright pink grapefruit, lemon zest, and unripe apple flavors that linger in a nice finish. Dynamic and refreshing. One of the better examples of the form from Napa.
BTG $ 9.75 Retail $25.99
Yealands Pinot Noir, 2009
The Yealands Pinot Noir was sourced from two single vineyards located in the Wairau Valley and Central Otago. This Pinot Noir displays dark cherries and ripe plum flavors with spice and chocolate notes. Full bodied, with an elegant structure and a rich mouth feel.
BTG $ 6.50 Retail $15.99

Flora Springs Merlot, 2008
It is a soft, supple red wines ready to drink from the get go. The 2008 vintage shows full fruit characteristics of strawberry and cherry, with a hint of raspberry and spice. Rather than make you sweat for it, we’re going to make you twist for it!
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel, 2009
80% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Syrah, 8% Syrah, 3% Grenache
The 2009 Saldo bursts with aromas of ripe strawberry and black fruits with well integrated oak. The entry is mouth coating and leads into a mid palate with structure and good acidity. The finish is bright and long with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness.
BTG $ 10.00 Retail $26.99

Wine Tasting 8/23

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on August 19, 2011 No Comments yet

Next Tuesday we’ll be tasting some of the best Gems of Germany, South of France, Sonoma Valley and the heart of Napa Valley don’t miss it!!

The Villa Wolf label is used for a value-priced line of varietal wines that combine J.L. Wolf estate-grown fruit with grapes from contracted growers. These are exceptionally affordable, classic Pfalz wines from traditional varieties.

There is evidence of vine cultivation at Château Pesquié that dates to two thousand years ago. The recent discovery of a pottery workshop and wine pottery from the Roman era (30 BC) in the Côtes du Ventoux Appellation confirms that the region is one of the oldest wine producing areas in France. In 2003, Alexandre & Frédéric Chaudière, and their cousin Renaud, took over the Domaine. They are continuing the family tradition to harness the potential of the outstanding Ventoux terroir and to make extraordinary wines. Château Pesquié is now a leading estates in the Appellation of Côtes du Ventoux and the southern Rhone Valley.

Since 1896, five generations of the Martinelli family have worked together producing apples and wine in Sonoma County. All of the Martinelli Estate vineyards are farmed by Lee Martinelli, Sr., and sons Lee, Jr., and George Martinelli. The wines are made by consultant winemaker, Helen Turley, and winemaker, Bryan Kvamme. The fruitful Russian River Valley is filled with Edens for growing Pinot Noir The Bella Vigna Pinot Noir is a select blend of some of these plantings, which were planted to the specifications of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer.

The Dreyer family has been involved in California agriculture since the 1950’s, and has been making wine since 1980

Oakville Winery was first established in November 1877 as Brun & Chaix, Oakville Winery. It was the 9th bonded winery in California. The “new” Oakville Winery produces wine from the same vineyards and the same location as the founding winery, thus continuing a 132 year old tradition. In a real sense, the name Oakville Winery was chosen for us from the beginning.

Tuesday August 23rd, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer, 2010
Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer is clean, fruity and wonderfully light on its feet. It shows off the aromatic charm of the variety with the deliciously juicy texture and a delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $13.99

Château Pesquié Viognier, 2010
100 % Viognier
Golden color slightly silvery, limpid and bright. White flowers (acacias) and exotic fruits in the nose. Great balance. Delicate white flowers and mango flavors in the mouth followed by good freshness with a nice length.
BTG $ 7.00 Retail $17.99
Martinelli Bella Vigna, 2009
The 2009 Bella Vigna is a blend from four different vineyards including 7 Mules, Bondi, Moonshine and Lolita. Round and rich, full of bing cherry, cedar and gentle nuances of oak. The Martinelli tradition of precise execution is once again evident in this wine! 728 cases produced.
BTG $ 12.50 Retail $34.99

Dreyer Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
This 2009 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates rich fruit character balanced with medium tannins. This wine is comprised of fruit coming primarily from the Alexander Valley, The wine has a dark garnet color and a nose of black cherry and plums. Full bodied in the mouth with blackberry fruit complemented with new American oak.
BTG $ 7.00 Retail $1799

Oakville Zinfandel, 2009
The 2009 Zinfandel exhibits flavors of berry, black cherry, juicy plum, spices; such as pumpkin pie spices and lightly cooked pear. In addition; there is a subtle hint of coffee as well. On the palate this Zinfandel is medium bodied with soft tannins, it is supple well balanced and has a delicious lingering taste. This Zinfandel is like a chameleon, in the glass it is constantly changing.
BTG $ 11.00 Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 8/16

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on August 11, 2011 No Comments yet

For our next Tuesday we’ll be tasting 3 wines from California plus a Riesling from Germany and a Malbec from Argentina:

Cambria’s Katherine’s Vineyard is planted in shallow, porous, exceptionally well-draining soils that restrict vine vigor, forcing the vine to focus on fruit development in a unique climatic and geological conditions of the Santa Maria Bench in Santa Barbara County.

The Grans-Fassian winery founded in 1624, is situated next to the bend in the river Moselle between Leiwen and Trittenheim, one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes. Here wines are produced with uncompromising measures, as only is done along the Moselle: an intensive fruit of fine elegance with not too much alcohol but also – as known from Auslese and Eiswein – high quality wines of an overpowering fullness and sensational richness. Mr. Grans has been named “Winemaker of the year” and won both the Riesling Trophy and the overall White Wine Trophy at the 1997 International Wine Challenge in London.

Naturally defined by the three mountain peaks that envelop it , Bennett Valley existed for many years in quiet obscurity, It wasn’t until 1977 with the founding of Matanzas Creek Winery that the area’s winemaking potential was once again unearthed. But Matanzas Creek didn’t just breathe new life into the area, it helped revolutionize the entire industry and, in the process, put Bennett Valley back on the map.

The grapes of the Piattelli’s Premium Malbec 2010 come from Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, at a height of 3,084 feet above sea level. The high altitude, combined with the deep loam soils, warm climate, large diurnal temperature changes, and scarce rainfall, help develop the wines strong tannins and deeply concentrated fruit. The vines are flood irrigated with melted snow from the Andes Mountain Range.

Authentically Californian in spirit, Archipel expresses the greatness of the ancient Mayacamas Mountain soils in a truly contemporary wine style. The fruit for Archipel comes from the Mayacamas Mountain range that stretches from the southern tip of Napa Valley to the northern end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma. Elevations rise from 750 to 2,400 feet where the vines receive ample sunshine and benefit from the rocky, well-drained soils, producing small, concentrated berries. The resultant wines are deeply colored with distinctive flavors and rich concentration.

Tuesday August 16th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008
This Chardonnay has aromas of fresh pineapple, white peach, pear, and green apple. The same fruit characters are on the palate and are accentuated by a bright, balanced acidity and subtle oak spice. The finish is lingering, clean and crisp.
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Weingut Grans Fassian VDP Riesling, 2009
Both the grape musts and young wines have intensive aromas of ripe pear or peach; some are reminiscent of black currant or elderberry blossoms; and others, of apricot. The mineral tones and concentrated fruit of this vintage are the result of another long period of vegetation and dry, sunny autumn weather.
BTG $ 7.00 Retail $17.99

Matanzas Creek Bennett Valley Merlot, 2006
In the nose you will pick up notes of ripe cherry and plum gracefully developing into cassis and vanilla spice with subsequent swirls in the glass. Flavors of clove and coffee coupled with white pepper contribute to this wines exceptional balance.
BTG $ 9.50 Retail $24.99
Piattelli Premium Malbec, 2009
100 % Malbec
The color and flavors in this wine remind you of fresh, sweet purple plums – velvety layers of flavor are full and lasting typical of an Argentine Malbec.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Archipel, 2007
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.
89% Sonoma County, 11% Napa County.
Bright ruby. Wild, musky aromas of plum, smoked meat and nutty oak. Sweet, juicy and old school, with complexity and notes of coffee, meat and green pepper currently dominating underlying fruit. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins.
BTG $ 11.00 Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 8/9

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Remember Next Saturday August 13th at 3:30 PM
Spanish Wine Class and Tasting RSVP only!!!!!

In our next tasting we’ll have a great tour of Italy:

The Bisol family is Valdobbiadene (North East Italy) wine-growers for five centuries. Testimonials attesting to the presence of the Bisol family in the historical heart of the production zone of Prosecco, which is the area known as “Chartice” – the current and prestigious Cartizze hill – can be found as early as the sixteenth century.

Terredora is avant-garde – successfully combining age old traditions, modern innovation and firmly sound technical know-how. With over 180 hectares privately owned and an additional 20 hectares leased in the most esteemed areas around Avellino, Terredora is one of the the third largest wineries in the south of Italy. It is worth mentioning, that thanks to the soils and the climate, the wines of Irpinia develop their own unique character. Due to the altitude of the private vineyards, the soils and the resulting thermal conditions, the wines of Terredora achieve an intensive elegant fruit and seductive bouquet.

Suavia have had a mega couple of years with their Soave Classicos scooping Wine Spectator and Gambero Rosso awards. Suavia produce only Soave wines and with 4 very different Soaves (2 you can see in the episode below, a further oaked Soave Classico and a Recioto di Soave) they seem on the fast track to joining the other kings of Soave, Inama, Pieropan, Gini and Anselmi.

The family business dates back to 1890 when Damilano in Barolo – Langhe the country that gave its name to the wine, beautiful and generous land that for centuries has shown its vocation to produce “the king of wines” – Giuseppe Borgogno, great grandfather of current owners, began to grow and produce wine grapes of ownership. Barolo Lecinquevigne arises from the five vineyards located in the most suitable areas for the production of Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo, its nectar combines the qualities of the finest clay-limestone soil of five common as Barolo Piedmont, Verduno Grinzane Cavour La Morra and Novello.

Fattoria del Cerro, with its 93 hectares of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano vineyards recorded in the register, is the largest private estate producing Vino Nobile. The spaciousness and the different exposition of the vineyards allow selecting the best grapes to make high quality wines. Prugnolo Gentile, the grape behind Nobile di Montepulciano, is the clone of Sangiovese, typical of this area, and which, over the course of the centuries, has adapted itself to local growing conditions.

Tuesday August 9th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Bisol Desiderio Jeio Prosecco, NV
Clear and very pale, this lightly sparkling Prosecco shows a distinct brass-green glint. A frothy mousse falls back fast, but a modest stream of bubbles persists. Its fresh aroma is focused on citrus, lemon and lime. Tingly carbonation tickles the palate in a flavor that’s crisp and fully dry.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99

Terredora DiPaolo Falanghina, 2009
“The 2009 Falanghina is a gorgeous white endowed with surprising richness in its almost tropical expression of fruit. Signature Falanghina aromatics emerge in the glass, adding further complexity to this generous and utterly engaging white.”
90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue#189 June, 2010
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Suavia Orvieto Classico, 2009
There’s a smoky undertow to this bright, tangy white, which shows flavors of candied blood orange, pink grapefruit and white pepper, with a mouthwatering finish.
BTG $ 6.75 Retail $16.99
Damilano Lecinquevigne Barolo DOCG, 2005
It ‘a gentleman which is not possible to guess the age ranging from 30 to 50 years, likes to introduce dressed in a ruby red color with orange highlights and leave behind an intense bouquet of developed notes of rose, leather, tobacco , which shows a hint of violets and tar. Spacious and cozy tasting, which prevail in the mouth sensation of softness, with a long, lingering taste.
90 Points Wine Spectator’s issue August 31, 2009
BTG $ 13.00 Retail $34.99

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, 2007
Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) 90%, Colorino 5%, Mammolo 5%
The most classic and the most famous among the wines by Fattoria del Cerro. It has a vivid ruby red color and good concentration. Intense fragrant aroma with evident fruity notes among which wild black cherry, violet and vanilla. Full balanced flavor with noticeable but discreet tannic component.
90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine advocate issue# 190 August, 2010
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Wine Class 8/13

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Please join us for a wine journey of Spain. Our own Ian Falconi will share his passion and knowledge.

Saturday August 13th from 3:30-5 pm. $30.00 per person. Because of the great response we’ve had

 in the past, you must call us with a credit card #. We will sell out and have a waiting list.

Therefore if you have to cancel you have to call us no later than Thursday the 11th

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

Wine Class

Spanish Wine Appreciation

Spain has over 2.9 million acres planted making it the most widely planted wine producing nation but it is only the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy. This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country’s wine production is from only 20 grapes including Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Palomino, Airen, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel·lo, Cariñena and Monastrell. Archaeologists believe that these grapes were first cultivated sometime between 4000 and 3000 BC, long before the wine-growing culture of the Phoenicians founded the trading post of Cádiz around 1100 BC; Spain’s reputation entering the 21st century was that of a serious wine producing country join us to learn and explore this tremendous diversity and tradition.

Aprox. (90 minutes)

I. Introduction to wine and Spanish Wine

a. Brief synopsis about wine,

b. Spanish wine history,

c. its Geography,

d. Classification and

e. Labeling Laws.

II. How to taste

Quick review of the steps of analytical tastings

III. Tasting and Regions

Review of the most popular regions of Spain

Rioja, Navarra, Catalonina, Priorat, Penedes, Ribera de Duero, Galicia, Toro, Valladolid, Jumilla, Catalayud, La Mancha, Andalucia and Xerex de la Frontera.  And 10 Spanish wines to taste


IV. Final Remarks and Questions