Wine Tasting 10/4

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Corvidae Wine Co. Mirth Chardonnay, 2009
Mirth means happiness and this wine is just that. 100% stainless steel fermented, this is a clean, vibrant Chardonnay. Flavors of golden delicious apples, Meyer lemon and just a hint of ripe tropical fruit marry together beautifully while a balanced acidity gives it a bright clean finish.
BTG $ 5.00 Retail $10.99

Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir, 2008
The 2008 Central Coast Pinot Noir has a vibrant, beautiful garnet color. Aromas of black cherry with a hint of sweet oak wrap around a comforting core of boysenberry pie. The taste is lively –spicy blackberry and cassis, with bramble & briar and good structure. This is a smooth, delightful wine with a lot of personality.
BTG $ 9.25 Retail $23.99
JL Chave Selections CdR Mon Coeur, 2009
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
This comes from their negociant label, JL Chave Selections, meaning they make the wine but do not own the vineyards. Jean-Louis chooses to work with only the best growers in and around Châteauneuf-du-Pape to make his Côtes du Rhône. Full of luscious berry fruit and earth with that distinctive ‘garrigue’ flavor that is only found in the Rhône, this is a serious Côtes du Rhône that could age for another decade.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

T Vine Napa Valley Petite Sirah, 2007
Petite it is NOT. Le grand Sirah! Expect dark chocolate, blackberry pie, and loads of lush, ripe fruit showing through a structure of wood smoke and rose petals. This wine is full of texture and depth. For fans of BIG, strapping reds that stain your teeth!
Retail $43.99

Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti Sourgal, 2010
Incredible, delicate aromas and flavors of fresh pear, white grapes, and white blossoms. The ethereal sweetness is balanced by the ever-so-lovely frizzante character. Fresh, low in alcohol, and ridiculously drinkable.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 9/20

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 15, 2011 No Comments yet

Don’t forget Beer and Rum Tasting
Friday 9/16 from 7 to 9 PM

For our next wine tasting we’ll be sampling wines from Austria, New Zealand, Southern France, North Western Spain and Napa Valley; the wines reflect tradition terroir and excellence, don’t miss it.

The Huber family has wine growing roots dating back more than 220 years. Today the winery in Reichersdorf is in its 10th generation and is run by Markus Huber. His outstanding ability to manage the winery with sensitivity and consistency, both in the vineyards and the cellars, has ensured that in a very short space of time he has established Huber wines as an internationally acclaimed leading producer of the region Traisental.

Michael Seresin was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but left in the 1960s. He settled in Italy, where he was captivated by Italian food and wine culture, and began his career as a cinematographer. Over time Michael’s interest in wine developed into a passion. In the early 1990s after investigating opportunities to start a winery in Italy. After visiting Marlborough, and falling in love with the Marlborough Sounds, Michael decided to purchase a home there, followed by the purchase of some land in the Wairau Valley, which became Seresin’s Home vineyard. ‘Offspring’ in Maori, MOMO reflects its heritage as part of the Seresin Estate family – wines grown naturally to express the season and land from which they come. MOMO wines are made using grapes from Seresin’s three biodynamic vineyards and, for some wines, grapes are also selected from a dedicated grower’s vineyard which is in conversion to organics.

Roman artifacts found on the domain – like the bronze coin bearing the head of Marcus Agrippa (c. 25AD) that adorns our Centurion wine – attest to Fontsainte’s ancient origins: a Roman officer created the domain around a thermal spring. The name Fontsainte (‘the saint’s fount’) comes from the nearby 12th century Hermitage of Saint-Siméon, who became the patron saint of Boutenac. Two chateaux’s dominated the landscape in the middle ages: Fort Haut and Fort Bas. Only the latter remains today – it’s now the headquarters of the Corbières’ winegrowers syndicate.

At the foot of the way of Santiago de Compostela (North Western Spain), stands a stately mansion of the eighteenth century in large rooms and high ceilings. Its foundations have always known the art of winemaking and the soils are perfect for the Mencia grape. Four tracks of a bear found in a magnificent vineyard of the highest areas of Bierzo, inspired the name of this wine. Four locations: Otero, Hornija, Valtuille Corullón and form four geographic references that define the character of its people and the peculiar way of cultivating their vineyards.

Follow Napa Valley’s Route 29 north to Calistoga, and then keep going just 2 1/2 more miles. You’ll arrive at the pinnacle of the Napa Valley – the northernmost wedge where the Vaca mountain range meets the Mayacamas range. Here you will also find Bennett Lane Winery, sitting snugly at the edge of its own well-maintained Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Owners Randy and Lisa Lynch purchased the property only seven years ago, but Bennett Lane is already making a splash in wine country with its lush textured Cabernet Sauvignon and a no-nonsense red wine varietal blend called Maximus, composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The winery has garnered an incredible twenty-two 90+ Point Scores from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker in just 7 vintages.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Weingut Huber Hugo Gruner Veltliner, 2009
Delicate fresh green apple fruity aromas; displaying flavors of lemon; lime and peaches; solid fruit core; rich in finesse; with a beautiful length and mineral tones.
BTG $ 5.75 Retail $13.99

MOMO Sauvignon Blanc, 2009
The 2009 MOMO Sauvignon Blanc is made from a blend of fruit from vineyards located on the plains of the Wairau Valley of Marlborough Pale in color, with a light green hue, an intense bouquet with aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of minerality followed by a palate that is textural and rich with ripe tropical fruit and grapefruit. The finish is crisp and dry.
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99
Domaine Fontsainte Corbières, 2009
60% Carignan; 30% Grenache Noir; 10% Syrah
A sustained and very brilliant ruby color with beautiful violet tints; generous nose with notes of fresh red and black fruits, next, the richness develops with notes of cacao powder and a delicate touch of liquorice. Round and concentrated attack with a balanced structure in the mouth, the tannins are delicate and the acidity luscious. Everything showcases the fruit, which follows up with a long finish.
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Cuatro Pasos Mencia, 2009
The 2009 Cuatro Pasos is 100% Mencia sourced from 70 to 80 year old vines in pure slate at the highest elevation of the Bierzo DO (North Western Spain). Deep crimson-colored, it displays an enticing nose of lightly roasted red fruits, graphite, crème de cassis, and red licorice. Dense, super-ripe, and exceptionally concentrated, this mouth-filling effort is a remarkable bargain in savory red wine.
90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue# 195 June, 2011
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Bennett Lane Maximus, 2006
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah and 5% Malbec
The wine opens with buoyant aromas of blackberry, violets and chocolate covered cherries. On the palate, the wine displays flavors of dark berries, mocha and caramelized cherries. With elegant, velvety tannins, the wine has a long fruit driven finish and pairs well with practically everything.
BTG $ 10.50 Retail $27.99

Hollywood Vine Beer/ Rum Tasting

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 12, 2011 No Comments yet

Next Friday Ryan Fisher from Brown distributors we’ll be tasting with us four seasonal craft beers that we are proud to feature in our collection. He is also sharing with us Siesta Key rums produced in Sarasota, Florida by Drum Circle distilleries; although new with very limited exposure in the market these two rums have taken by surprise Rum aficionados around the world and score the highest accolades and reviews.
Come and join us and you be the judge.

Friday, September 16th, 2011
7:00-9:00 pm
No charge for tastings

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
Shipyard Pumpikinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics an subtle spiced flavor. Available September through November definitely a must have during the fall season.
Retail $2.75

Left Hand Polestar Lager
A good part of Polestar’s authentic appeal comes from the award-winning Weyermann Pilsner Malt that Left Hand uses. This beer has also has a great blend of Perle, Vanguard and Saaz hops. Very pale golden-yellow hue. Clarity is perfect, with lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Impeccable head retention, as two fingers froth stick all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Light and fluffy biscuity malt aroma, as well as spicy, grassy hops in the nose. The crispness is so embedded and the smoothness so laid-back, it’s incredibly refreshing. Fresh, biscuity malt flavor throughout.
Retail $3.00

DogFish Indian Brown Ale
this is the original hybrid, a cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale, and an American Brown. The beer has characteristics of each style that inspired it; the color of an American Brown, the caramel notes of a Scotch Ale, and the hopping regiment of an India Pale Ale.
Retail $3.00

Holy Mackerel Panic Attack
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
20% off on 1-5 bottle take out
35% off on a six-pack mix and match take out

Drum Circle Distilling is a small artisan distillery located in Sarasota, FL. distilling takes place on an artisanal custom-crafted system produced by Christian Carl in Germany who has custom design a small-batch copper pot still that is perfect for making the finest tasting rum.

Siesta Key Silver Rum
Siesta Key Silver Rum took the Best in Class Gold medal at the largest rum festival/competition in the western hemisphere, the RumXP International Tasting Competition, beating out several large well known brands in a blind taste test. Earlier batches also won a Silver Medal at the 2010 International Rum Festival, a Silver Medal at the highly competitive New York International Spirits Competition and a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Retail $22.99

Siesta Key Gold Rum
using local 100% Florida grown sugar cane, triple-filtered water, and distillation in a true copper pot still the Gold Rum is additionally aged in new, charred American oak barrels to bring out it’s wonderful color and vanilla and caramel notes. The result is a high-quality, smooth and flavorful rum that can be enjoyed sipped neat or over ice, or used as the base for your favorite rum cocktails.
Retail $26.99

Wine Tasting 9/13

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 8, 2011 No Comments yet

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

Fantinel Spumanti Rosé Brut, NV
Pinot Nero and Chardonnay; Charmat Method.
Traditional pink appearance, with a fine, persistent bead and notes of red berries and crusty bread follow by a persistent creamy mouthfeel.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99

Hess Collection Su’skol Chardonnay, 2009
The 2009 Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay shows aromas of honeysuckle, and follows with apple, pear and nectarine on the palate. The wine displays nice viscosity in the mid-palate, but remains defined by the cleansing acidity in the finish. Some 45% of the Chardonnay is allowed to undergo Malolactic fermentation prior to aging in small oak barrels, with 22% in new French oak, and the balance mostly in a mixture of once and twice-used French oak
BTG $ 7.50 Retail $18..99
Embruix de Vall Llach, 2007
30 % Garnatxa. 30 % Carinyena. 10 % Syrah. 20% Cabernet S. 10% Merlot.
Embruix, Catalan for bewitching is a glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up an enticing bouquet of underbrush, damp earth, mineral, quetincense, black currant and black cherry. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, savory wine with layers of spicy fruit and a lengthy, pure finish.
91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue#188 April,2010
BTG $ 10.50 Retail $27.99

Siesta en el Tahuantinsuyo Malbec, 2007
Rich but very well-focused, with Kenya AA coffee framing the roasted fig, hoisin sauce and plum pudding notes, which glide through the graphite-supported finish. Muscular, but defined and fresh. Impressive.
91 Points Wine Spectator issue June, 2010
BTG $ 8.00 Retail $20.99

Rombauer Zinfandel, 2009
94% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Syrah
Bright purple-ruby color; vibrant aromas of ripe dark berry fruit and subtle vanilla. Plush, focused jammy flavors of blackberry and plum balance with black pepper and nutmeg for a rich mid-palate. Smooth tannins present a lingering finish.
BTG $ 11.50 Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 9/6

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 1, 2011 No Comments yet

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

St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc, 2009
100 % Sauvignon Blanc
This exotic wine presents with lovely pale hues of yellow pierced by youthful hints of green. Aromas of pink grapefruit and green lime explode from the glass with a citrus vibrancy complimented by a hint of caper and fennel. Flavors follow with the same grapefruit and lime focus, a full rich flavor and a crisp twist of lemon zest to finish. This is an exceptionally exciting wine.
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Pillar Box Padthaway White, 2008
67% Sauv Blanc, 28% Verdelho and 5% Chardonnay.
The Sauvignon Blanc from the Henry’s Drive vineyards was of extremely high quality in 2008 – it greatly contributes to the fresh lively aromas of limes, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, spicy fennel and a touch of grassiness found in the 2008 Pillar Box White. The Verdelho expresses itself through a little pineapple and lychee fruit, as well as textural complexity on the palate, while the Chardonnay impacts on palate weight and the overall smoothness of the wine. The palate displays characteristic Sauvignon Blanc crispness and flinty mineral acidity, an attractive depth of fruit flavor and a persistent finish.
BTG $ 5.25 Retail $11..99
ZD Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
Wonderful aromas of blackberry and cassis with hints of clove and sweet vanilla are inviting. The palate is full and rich; packed with ripe dark berry and plum flavors rounded out by a nice long finish. It is drinking beautifully now, and will continue to develop complexity.
BTG $ 12.25 Retail $32.99

Bleasdale Langhorne Crossing Red, 2008
A Shiraz/Merlot blend, the result is a smooth easy drinking red with vibrant red berry aromas that complement the spicy notes which are apparent on the palate.
BTG $ 5.50 Retail $12.99

Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Ripasso Superiori, 2008
“The 2008 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Capitel San Rocco possesses a touch more sweetness and roundness than the Capitel dei Nicalo tasted alongside it. Fragrant dark cherries, tobacco, earthiness and rosemary are some of the nuances that linger on the close. The finish retains an element of vibrancy and freshness that is quite attractive.”
90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
BTG $ 9.25 Retail $23.99