Wine Tasting 11/1/11

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on October 27, 2011 No Comments yet

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, 2010
The majority of the fruit in this vintage the Knights Valley, which is on the border of Sonoma and Napa counties one of the best regions for growing Sauvignon Blanc. The 2010 vintage resulted in a balanced wine full of citrus and pineapple guava.
90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June, 2011
BTG $ 7.50 Retail $18.99

Domaine Talmard Mâcon Burgundy, 2008
Fermented and aged in stainless, Domaine Talmard Mâcon-Chardonnay offers out¬standing freshness and a concentrated core of ripe and pure Chardonnay fruit. The aromatic and palate profiles will be strikingly familiar to fans of more expensive Burgundy appellations to the North… an outstanding white Burgundy value!
BTG $ 6.75 Retail $16.99
Viña Errazuriz Max Reserva Carmenére, 2009
The grapes for the Max Reserva Carmenére 2009 come from the single vineyards Max II, Max V, and Ocoa blocks of in the Valle de Aconcagua, Beautiful deep purplish-red in color, this wine opens with notes of sweet spice and a bit of chocolate, followed by a layer of black fruit that builds alongside varietal notes that recall black pepper, soy sauce, and roasted red pepper. Flavorful and intense on the palate and notes of smooth tobacco and graphite on the finish. Balanced texture with firm, sweet tannins and refreshing acidity.
BTG $ 7.00 Retail $17.99

Mitolo Jester Shiraz, 2007
Deep cherry juice in color, the 2007 Jester Shiraz continues to show bright, vibrant, rich fruit. A revelation of blue and black berries, there is mocha and a hint of spice on the nose. The palate exhibits focused, genuine fruit and subtle, yet structured, tannins support a velvety elongated finish.
91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #178 August, 2008
BTG $ 7.25 Retail $18.99

Quinta do Noval Black Port, NV
Replacing the LB Port in the Noval lineup, Black is a revolutionary new port from one of the world’s legendary estates the fruit is made of is the foundation for the Vintage Ports and, in other years ( when is declare non vintage years) for Black a port wine that wholly emphasizes fruit with a focus on tremendous aromatics, beautiful balance, and transparent complexity is dark ruby in color with enticing aromas of black raspberry and lilacs. Rich and full-bodied, it offers bright acidity against flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, plum and chocolate. It tantalizes the palate on the lingering finish.
BTG $ 7.50 Retail $22.99

Wine Tasting 10/25

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

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Nikiforou Moschofilero, 2010
Producing an aromatic white wine, Moschofilero is an indigenous grape variety with a pronounced reddish-grey skin.
This Peloponnese vin gris has a dollop of Messinian (S.W. Greece) Roditis blended in (also rose-skinned), making Nikifourou’s offering positively a lip-smackin vin de gris; medium bodied, dry, good high acidity, some intensity, mineraity, peach and green apple with a firm finish.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99

Seabicuit Ranch Chardonnay, 2008
Delightfully rich, and elegant. Fermented in small oak barrels with sur-lies aging. Seabiscuit Ranch Chardonnay is the limited-release version of a “reserve” style of Chardonnay. Rich complex fruit flavors abound, with an underpinning of pleasant oak aromas, all supported by bright acidity. The wine is flavorful of green apples and pears, with mouth-filling flavors and a long-lasting finish.
BTG $ 9.25 Retail $23.99
Bodegas Izadi Reserva, Rioja 2006
75% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano and 10% Cabernet and Grenache
Bodegas Izadi’s 2006 Reserva was sourced from 60+ year-old Tempranillo vines aged 14 months in American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up a lovely perfume of violets, spice box, incense, mineral, and blackberry. Elegant as well as structured on the palate.
90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue#195 June, 2011
BTG $ 8.50 Retail $21.99

Bodega del Desierto Cabernet Franc, 2009
Really inviting, with gorgeous toasted vanilla and dark espresso notes leading the way for lush plum, fig and blackberry fruit flavors. Underlying tobacco and roasted earth notes add length to the full-bodied finish.
BTG $ 6.75 Retail $16.99

Torbreck Woodcutter Shiraz, 2009
Deep garnet purple-colored, the 2009 Woodcutter’s Shiraz is intensely scented of ripe cherry, kirsch and blackberry preserve with some floral notes and nuances of jasmine tea and spice box. Full bodied, concentrated and crisp in the mouth, it has a medium level of fine tannins to texture the flesh, finishing long.
90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Spectator issue# 191 October, 2010
BTG $ 9.00 Retail $22.99

Wine Class 10/29/11

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 17, 2011 No Comments yet

Saturday October 29th 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 27th 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
California’s Abundance

Nearly three-quarters the size of France, California accounts for 90 percent of the entire American wine production. The production in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world’s fourth-largest wine producer.
California is a very geologically diverse region and is equally varied in the range of climates and terroirs that can be found. Most of the state’s wine regions are found between the Pacific coast and the Central Valley. While California’s wine regions can be generally classified as having a Mediterranean climate, there are also regions with more continental climates. Proximity to the Pacific or bays as well as unobstructed access to the cool currents that come off them will dictate the relative coolness of the wine region. Areas surrounded by mountain barriers, like some parts of Sonoma and Napa counties will be warmer due to the lack of this cooling influence. The soil types and landforms of California vary greatly, having been influenced by the plate tectonics of the North American and Pacific Plates. In some areas the soils can be so diverse that vineyards will establish blocks of the same vine variety planted on different soils for the purpose of identifying different blending components. This diversity is one of the reasons why California has so many different and distinct American Viticultural Areas.
Join us, review and taste some of the best California juice

I. Introduction to wine and California Wine
a. California wine history,
b. its Geography,
c. AVA Classification and
d. Labeling Laws.

II. How to taste
Quick review of the steps of analytical tastings

III. Tasting and Regions
Review of California Regions
North Coast: Napa, Sonoma, Carneros, Mendociono, Russian River
Central Coast: Edna, Livermore, Paso Robles, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez Valleys
Central Valley: Alta Mesa, Lodi
South Coast: Saddle Rock, Malibu, Temecula
Sierra Foothills: El Dorado, Shenandoah Valley
And 10 California wines to taste

IV. Final Remarks and Questions

Wine Tasting 10/18/11

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on October 13, 2011 No Comments yet

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Groth Sauvignon Blanc, 2010
Sauvignon Blanc 97%, Semillon 3%
2010 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates give us grapes that result in wines with a lush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from “sur lie” aging.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

E Guigal Côtes du Rhône White, 2009
55% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne, 10% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc
Pale yellow. Melon, nectarine and honeysuckle on the nose, with notes of anise and white pepper adding complexity. Gains sweetness with air and offers pliant honeydew and orchard fruit flavors, with a touch of spice on the back half. I like this wine’s complexity and finishing sappiness.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99
Bodega Colomé Malbec, 2007
85% Malbec, 8% Tannat, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot.
The color is deep, dark red with a magenta hue. This wine is layered on the nose with blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and spices. The flavors are rich with layered fig paste, plums, cassis and blackberry fruit. Subtle French oak flavors are well balanced and fully integrated through the mid-palate and well into the finish, which is long and round.
90 Points Wine Spectator’s/ Smart Buy issue November 15, 2011
BTG $ 9.50 Retail $24.99

Maialina Gertrude Toscana, 2008
45% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 30% Cabernet
Gertrude is a rich and lively blend; Its aroma is a distinctive meld of dates and warm spices. On the tongue both date and spice are joined by black cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco in a robust but graceful blend. The medium-long finish carries all those flavors through to a most satisfying end.
BTG $ 5.25 Retail $11.99

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, 2009
67% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cinsault and 2% Viognier
The 2009 The Chocolate Block has a rustic, earthy bouquet with a touch of saddle-leather and Provencal herbs. The palate is smooth and rounded on the entry and is armed with crisp acidity to cut through that plush dark berried fruit interlaced with rosemary, white fennel and white pepper. Very svelte and harmonious towards the slightly oaky finish and demonstrating good length, The Chocolate Block is a well-crafted Rhone(ish) blend from Mark Kent and his team.
90 Points Robert Parker’s August, 2011
Retail $37.99

Hollywood Vine Wine Tasting

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on October 6, 2011 No Comments yet

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Elsa Bianchi Torrentes, 2009
Torrontes is a wine of pleasing fruit intensity both in the nose and on the palate. Well-integrated scents of grapefruit, spice, orange blossom and apple are apparent. On the palate, one immediately enjoys the crisp, refreshing mouth feel with flavors similar to the aromas and a clean, bright finish.
BTG $ 5.00 Retail $10.99

Acrobat Pinot Gris, 2010
The color is pale straw with golden highlights. The nose finds fresh pear and honeydew melon with flavors of mandarin orange, lemon, kiwi, pear and spice. A round entry on the palate with nice balance between acidity and residual sugar. A clean, refreshing finish.
BTG $ 5.75 Retail $13.99
Swanson Merlot, 2007
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2007 Swanson Oakville Merlot is a very tightly-focused ode to the wines of the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The nose offers mocha and black cherry. Firm, sweet, silky tannins give away the fact that this wine is from Oakville. Raspberry, black cherry and red licorice contribute to the complex flavors.
BTG $ 11.00 Retail $29.99

Project Paso Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
The nose is multi-layered, with wild, dusty blackberry, hints of jalapeño, leather, and dried mushrooms from Paso’s rich, red soils. On the palate, flavors of black cherry, dark plum, and cinnamon-spiked strawberry preserves come together with integrated, mouth-watering acidity. Small amounts of Petite Sirah and Grenache, two other full-bodied red varietals that thrive in Paso Robles, are blended into this wine, adding to the rustic body and earthy flavors. Medium-bodied with moderate tannins, the finish lingers with cherry, tobacco leaf and cedar notes.
BTG $ 5.50 Retail $12.99

Candor Zinfandel, Lot 3
Candor Lot 3 is a blend of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages from the Paso Robles and Lodi appellation it exhibits berry flavors, with licorice and vanilla on the nose. The initial impressions of bright red fruit (strawberry and cherry) integrate well with silky tannins and lead to a lush and full mouth-feel. Toasty spice, pepper and a signature zing of acidity are the highlights of a long finish.
BTG $ 7.00 Retail $17.99