Wine Tasting 11/29/11

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

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Marenco Brachetto di Acqui, 2009
Brachetto has wonderful aromas of black raspberry and black cherry with notes of tar, clove and flowers such as violets or orchids. The wine is medium-bodied, with a trace of sweetness lightly sparkling or what the Italians call frizzante the Marenco bottling labeled “Pineto” has wonderful richness and layers of flavor, again with an off-dry finish
BTG $ 9.00 Retail $22.99
Terradora Loggia Della Serra Greco di Tufo DOCG, 2010
100 % Greco
Pale-medium gold reflections with a rich and powerfully aromatic nose of apricot, apple, peach and citrus fruits. On the palate it is full bodied, soft and well balanced with excellent acidity.
“The 2010 Greco di Tufo Loggia della Serra virtually explodes on the palate with layers of pointed fruit. Jasmine, crushed rocks and lime are some of the nuances that emerge from this beautifully sculpted, precise white. The elegant finish is first-class all the way.”
89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #195 June, 2011
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Cantina Colosi Nero d’Avola, 2010
Nero d’Avola is ’the most important red wine grape in Sicily. Dark ruby red, with intense fruit aromas especially cherries. Dry, full-bodied, warm wine and youthful.
88+ Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #195 June, 2011
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99

Rocca de Frassinello Poggio a la Guardia, 2008
45% Merlot, 40 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangioveto (Sangiovese in Maremma, Tuscany)
The 2008 Poggio alla Guardia, the entry-level wine from Rocca di Frassinello, is impressive in this vintage. Dark plums, chocolate, spices and grilled herbs come to life effortlessly. Clean mineral notes frame the finish and confer an attractive element of freshness.
89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue #190 August,2010
BTG $ 8.50 Retail $21.99

Argiano Brunello di Montalcino, 2006
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine laced with red cherries, tobacco, cedar and underbrush, all supported by a firm tannic spine. Argiano’s 2006 Brunello shows beautiful inner perfume and the structure to develop positively for a number of years. Floral notes appear on the vibrant, polished finish. The estate’s Brunello spent 12 months in French oak (which is mostly felt in the wine’s textural richness) and completed its aging in cask.
93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue # 194 May,2011
Retail $59.99

Wine Tasting 11/22/11

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 17, 2011 No Comments yet

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Champalou Vouvray Brut, NV
The nose here is quite perfumed, lightly stony, with a very gentle character quite typical of the domaine. A nice palate, quite full in the mouth, with lots of foaming mousse. A good clean style, with a powerful acid backbone.
89 Points Wine Spectator issue November 30, 2011
BTG $ 9.00 Retail $25.99

Petros Honas Phellonoe Dry Muscat, 2010
100% Dry Muscat from the island of Limnos in the Aegean Sea.
Light and citrusy with very intense floral aromatics and a zippy finish.
BTG $ 5.75 Retail $13.99
Finca Villacreces Pruno Ribera del Duero, 2009
Opaque purple in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of earthy minerality, Asian spices, incense, and assorted black fruits. Velvety textured, sweetly-fruited, layered, relatively forward, and lengthy.
91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue#195 June,2011
BTG $ 8.50 Retail $21.99

Renzo Massi Chianti Riserva, 2008
95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino
Intense ruby red color. The wine is extremely perfumed and aromatic with berry, raspberry and floral aromas. On the palate it is smooth and balanced, with medium body and a silky texture.
90 Points Wine Spectator issue October 31, 2011 Smart Buy
BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition, 2009
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition reveals deep kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with raspberries, smoked herbs, roasted meats and hoisin sauce. Complex, with great fruit, a voluptuous mouth feel, low acidity and sweet tannin.
94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue#197 October, 2011

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Wine Tasting 11/15/11

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 10, 2011 No Comments yet

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

J Brut Rose, NV
64% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier 100% From the Russian River Valley.
This J Brut Rosé sparkles with a luminous cool pink hue and exudes delicate aromas of strawberry, nectarine and juicy red apples. On the palate, the wine opens with flavors of cherry, blood orange, citrus peel and the tropical star fruit that are underlined by a bright acidity that keeps the overall impression delightfully fresh with a lively, lingering finish. The wine engages the entire palate with balance wrapped in a refined body of elegance and effervescence.
90 Points Wine Spectator
BTG $ 9.50 Retail $24.99

Landmark Overlook Chardonnay, 2009
The wine exhibits a golden honey hue with pure Granny Smith apple aromas along with distinctive notes of lime blossom and nutmeg. The mouth feel is rich and round and unfolds to reveal shortbread and pineapple flavors that linger.
91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue #193 February, 2011
BTG $ 9.00 Retail $22.99
Cubanisimo Estate Pinot Noir, 2008
“The 2008 Pinot Noir Estate is medium ruby red with a pleasing perfume of spice box, incense, rose petal, cherry, and strawberry. On the palate it displays excellent depth and concentration, savory flavors, ripe tannins, and lively acidity all nicely integrated. The wine is likely to evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now.”
89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine advocate issue #191 October, 2010
BTG $ 7.50 Retail $18.99

Neyen Espíritu de Apalta, 2006
50% Carmenere, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot
The purple-colored 2006 Espiritu de Apalta is bottled without filtration. It offers a nose of toasty oak, pencil lead, spice box, cinnamon, clove, sage, blueberry, and blackberry. Plush on the palate, it has layered fruit, succulent flavors and a finish which is long and pure.
92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue #192 December, 2010
Retail $37.99

Alma Negra, 2007
This winery is a project of the iconic Mendoza winemaker Ernesto Catena. “The 2007 Blend is composed of 85% Bonarda, 10% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Medium purple in color, it sports a lively nose of Asian spices, a hint of balsamic, cinnamon, sage, lavender, plum, and blackberry. Savory on the palate with plenty of spicy fruit, this ripe, easygoing effort will provide pleasure over the next 4-5 years.”
91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocateissue#192 December, 2010
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Tequila Tasting 11/11/11

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 7, 2011 No Comments yet
  • Tequila is a Blue Agave-based spirit made primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands of the western Mexican state of Jalisco.The red volcanic soil in the region surrounding Tequila is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave, and more than 300 million of the plants are harvested there each year.
    Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.
    Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the location of the city of Tequila, which was not officially established until 1656. The Aztec people had previously made a fermented beverage from the agave plant, which they called octli (popularly called pulque), long before the Spanish arrived in 1521. When the Spanish conquistadores ran out of their own brandy, they began to distill this agave drink to produce North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit.

    Next Friday join us and our host
    Karen De Amat AKA Tequila Aficionada
    (Tequila is a culture, a lifestyle, and her Passion. Tequila is beyond more than just a shot glass with salt & a lime. It is the beauty of cultivating agave, the history of the barrels, the science behind the master distiller, the Jimadors, and so much more..)
    she will guide us through a delightful Ria Azul Tequila tasting
    Riazul Tequila is an artisanal brand that delivers on quality, with contemporary style. Every sip of Riazul tequila is born from a land rich in history and a prideful people who value family, friends, and self-determination above all.

    Friday, November 11th , 2011
    7:00-9:00 pm
    No charge for tastings

    Ria Azul Tequila Silver
    The Blanco is bottled directly following distillation and represents the most traditional form of tequila. Because it is not aged or enhanced by barreling, the Blanco is the choice of tequila purists who seek the unmasked agave character and the influences of the land of origin. The long maturing agave achieves the highest quality fructose and reveals the unique aromas and flavors indigenous to the Jalisco highlands.
    91.4 pts –
    Retail $49.99

    Ria Azul Tequila Reposado
    Aged for nine months in French and American oak barrels, the Riazul Reposado honors the refinement of a traditional Reposado, while delivering an independent streak in its subtle complexity. Opening with unique welcoming aromas, the Riazul Reposado is anchored by a slight oak base that blossoms to reveal hints of citrus fruit notes that linger on the palate.
    91 pts –
    Retail $54.99

    Ria Azul Tequila Anejo
    After two distillations, the Añejo is aged for two years; longer than any tequila in its class. Riazul selected French oak barrels, made from wood in the Citeaux forests of Burgundy and featuring a medium toast. The Añejo displays subtle hint of agave, driven by delicate flavors of honey, vanilla, dried fruits, and spices.
    94 pts –
    Retail $59.99

  • Wine Tasting 11/8/11

    Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 3, 2011 No Comments yet

    Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
    6:00-9:00 PM
    No charge for tastings

    Hall Sauvignon Blanc, 2010
    2010 HALL Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a focused reflection of its vintage and vineyards: vibrant, balanced, and fragrant. The 2010 growing season was one of the coolest on record and leaves its signature imprint by lending finesse, structure and polished minerality. The resulting wine delivers a cleansing palate with soft, ripe fruit and expressive tree blossom and mineral notes on the finish.
    91 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    BTG $ 6.25 Retail $15.99

    Bin 36 Monterrey Chardonnay, 2009
    100% Chardonnay
    The mouth-filling fruit and precise balance of fresh acidity offers clarity, giving way to fresh lingering flavors on the finish.

    BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99
    Stratton Lummis Riddler, Lot 1
    “a riddle of grapes for you to solve. 100% from Napa’s best sub-appellations”
    Hints of bright wild raspberries mix with fresh plums and violets. Red fruit flavors linger endlessly on your palette.
    BTG $ 7.25 Retail $18.99

    Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
    is complex with aromas of cassis, black tea, mint and olive combined with well-structured tannins that provide an excellent mouth feel and a lingering finish.
    BTG $ 8.50 Retail $22.99

    Project Paso Zinfandel, 2009
    The nose opens up with dried fruit and concentrated blueberry aromas, with white pepper, warm Indian spices, and a touch of gaminess rounding out the background. This wine is similarly complex on the palate, with chocolate-covered cherry flavors balanced by old vine spice and a hint of sweet cigar. Earthy, medium-bodied, with a touch of minerality, this varietally correct Zinfandel gets its depth from Paso’s red soils. Light, dusty tannins frame the finish, with hints of espresso bean and sour cherry.
    BTG $ 5.50 Retail $12.99