Wine Tasting 2/28

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Miner Family Vineyards Viognier, 2009
100 % Viognier
Aromatically complex with citrus and honeysuckle notes on the nose and a plush feel on the palate, it consistently displays a fine balance of natural acidity and intense concentration.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99

Dr Thanisch Riesling Classic, 2007
Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic is made from grapes grown in different single vineyards of the Thanisch estate. This wine is consistently well-balanced, harmonious and round, with delicate fresh fruit aromas.
BTG $ 7.25 Retail $17.99

Bodega Weinert Carrascal Red, 2007
40% malbec, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 25% merlot
A bold full red. Currant, pepper, smoke and leather on the nose. Pliant, succulent and sweet, with ripe acidity framing the berry and smoke flavors. The broad finish features firm tannins.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $13.99

Westberg Cellars La Paz Vineyard Zinfandel, 2008
Vivid ruby. High pitched aromas and flavors of red currant and cherry, with white pepper and floral notes adding complexity. Fresh and precise, with very good back-end lift and cut.
BTG $ 9.50 Retail $23.99

West Cape Hope Two Steps Shiraz-Viognier, 2008
The roots of Shiraz Viognier lie in France’s northern Rhone Valley, particularly the rocky slopes of Cote Rotie, where Viognier has been traditionally used to make the quite deep and rustic local Syrah (Shiraz) more approachable. The secret to good Shiraz Viognier blends though lies in the ‘co-fermentation’ process, which basically means fermenting the Shiraz and Viognier grapes together to allow for better flavor integration. It also makes for a very attractive, bright purple colored fermentation to boot.
Deep brick red in color with aromas of spicy black pepper and red berries and hints of oak. In the palate is medium bodied soft and luscious. Berry flavors are nicely integrated with spicy black pepper through the mid palate. Some oak is evident on the finish combining with spices and hints of tumeric.
BTG $ 7.50 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 2/14/12

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

New Age White, 2011
90% Torrontes, 10% Sauvignon Blanc
New Age comes from Bodega Valentin Bianchi, one of Argentina’s oldest wineries and is an effervescent blend of citrus-y Sauvignon Blanc and fruity Torrentes; A light yellow/green colored wine, with fruity and floral aromas of great intensity. Balanced acidity leads to soft, semi-sweet and slightly effervescent flavors and mouth feel.
BTG $ 4.75 Retail $9.99

Lake Sonoma Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 2010
Vibrant citrus and tropical fruit aromas layered with rich vanilla and a brioche foundation. Fruit flavors on the palate include green apple and nectarine, with a texture reminiscent of lemon custard. The brilliant acidity carries these flavors through a long focused finish.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $15.99

Artadi ViƱas de Gain, 2007
100 % Tempranillo
A saturated purple color, it delivers an expressive bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry. Layered and full-flavored on the palate, it is nicely balanced with the structure to evolve.
92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue #183 June,2009
BTG $ 10.50 Retail $29..99

Frogs Leap Merlot, 2009
The 2009 Merlot shows off the beautifully aromatic and richly flavored character of this varietal at its very best. More expressive than most red wines, it opens with aromas of plum, dark cherries, cocoa and spice. Yet, it is in the flavors where Merlot really shows its versatility; rich and plush but with the definite bite of bright acidity.
BTG $ 10.00 Retail $27.99

Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship wine of Terra Valentine spanning all parts of the two estate vineyards. A blend of Wurtele Vineyard Cabernet as well as Cabernet, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from the Yverdon Vineyard and the Terra Valentine estate, the wine shows the character of all elevations and the four soil types which accents the trademark flavors of cocoa powder and black currant.
BTG $ 9.00 Retail $24.99

Spirits Tasting

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 6, 2012 No Comments yet

Fun and tasty cocktails at Hollywood Vine!
This coming Friday we are going to have fun with spirits. David Ortiz Florida’s Ambassador of The American Still Life Craft Spirits Collection will guide us with cocktail recipes and fun tasting notes.

Friday, February 10th, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
No charge for tastings

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka
Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka is a hands-on labor of love: the liquor made from scratch, each batch tasted 20 times and every bottle hand-signed. Their equipment was custom-made in Germany, but the potatoes are brought in from a local farm. Each step of the distillation process is manually controlled by Young, who, as the former CEO of a pharmaceutical-services company, has a background in chemistry. Orr was formerly vice president of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chamber of Commerce. The vodka was named, respectively, for Orr’s great-grandfather and Young’s late father-in-law — a familial nod that honors the concept of following one’s dream.

Hum Botanical Spirit
Hum is a 70 proof spirit it has a striking crimson red color from fair trade hibiscus, a peppery kick from organic ginger, heady aromatics from cardamom and the intoxicating fragrance of kaffir limeHum is created by soaking four incredibly rich botanicals (cold tea maceration) in our hand-crafted, pot still rum AFTER distillation and is then bottled unfiltered in order to help retain the full flavors and properties of the botanicals (which contain antioxidants, vitamin C, and digestives)

Wine Tasting 2/7/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 2, 2012 No Comments yet

Don’t Forget Friday Beer Tasting 7 to 9 PM

For next Tuesday we’ll have an all Italian line up; wines from these regions; Sardinia, Tuscany, Venezia Giulia and Abbruzzo. Renato Spano who we’re proud to say is our good friend we’ll be presenting the wines from the Empson
Portfolio. We’re super excited that Renato will be pouring his own Wine from his home land Sardinia. It’s the
First Vintage of what has been a labor of love. His dream come true. Please join us to taste and congratulate him.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

Jankara Vermentino di Gallura Superiore DOCG, 2010 (Renato Spano Owner)
100% Vermentino grapes grown on the Spanus’ Jankara estate in Sardinia.
you will find great balance between alcohol, acidity and fruit, as well as aromas of white flowers and almonds, with subtle, lingering tropical notes.
BTG $ 8.50 Retail $22.99

Farnese Sangiovese, 2010
100 % Sangiovese from Ortona and San Salvo.
Intense and persistent fragrance, fruity (strawberry and sour black cherry) with a vinous note and a scent of wood medium-bodied, tannic and balanced.
BTG $ 4.75 Retail $9.99

Poggio Argentiera Morellino di Scansano Bellamarsilia, 2010
85% Sangiovese, 10% Ciliegiolo and 5% Alicante from Scansano in Maremma, Tuscany
A bouquet with aromas of dark, dried cherry, smoke, raspberry and violets. Vibrant on the palate, this medium bodied wine achieves fantastic balance with its good acidity levels and beautiful lengthy finish.
BTG $ 7.50 Retail $18..99

Bortoluzzi Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the plains of Isonsa in Venezia Giulia
Brilliant ruby in color, the nose is intense and spicy, with a pleasing herbaceous note and touches of vanilla from the wood and excellent fruit, reminiscent of berries and underbrush. On the palate, shows delicacy, finesse and velvety texture.
BTG $ 7.50 Retail $18.99

Shardana, 2007
85% Carignano, 15% Shiraz from Valli di Porto Pino in Sardinia
Very intense, dark, deep ruby red; ample & complex nose of black cherry fruit, leather & game laced with subtle spice, vanilla, black pepper, dried flowers; palate shows ripe cherries, well integrated oak & spices, smooth, silky texture & layered complexity.
91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue# 195 June, 2011
BTG $ 12.00 Retail $34.99