Wine Tasting 11/29/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 23, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday November 29th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Kentia Albarino
Rias Baixas , Spain
Vivid straw. Pungent aromas of lemon pith, pear skin and melon, with a subtle floral overtone. At once juicy and broad on the palate, conveying a seamless texture to its fresh, deep pit and orchard fruit flavors. Finishes supple and long, with lingering orange and nectarine flavors and a sneaky mineral flourish. 90 Pts Vinous
BTG $6.50 Retail $13.99

2014 Casas Del Bosque Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua, Chile
Bright ruby-red. Deeply pitched red berry and cherry pit scents are lifted by peppery spice and mineral nuances. Round and supple on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Clings with very good tenacity on the smoothy tannic, harmonious finish.
90 Pts Vinous
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2011 Carpineto Chianti Classico Reserva
Tuscany, Italy
80% Sangiovese 20% Canaiolo
In order to deliver the highest quality Carpineto has chosen to age this wine longer than the 2 years required by appellation rules for a Riserva.
Intense ruby red with garnet reflections. elegant, full, harmonious and persistent with suggestions of vanilla and raspberry. Flavor: long and velvety, full, generous and warm. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99

2011 Domaine Bousquet Ameri
Mendoza, Argentina
65% malbec 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Syrah 5% Merlot
Dark reddish purple color, Intense nose of red berry fruit mixed with sweet spice. Open-knit, elegant in style, with lots of mineral, cherrry and currant fruit. Bright acidity keeps it refreshing through the finish. The palate is packed with ripe, concentrated fruit flavors with notes of tobacco and black pepper. A long and structured finish with fine tannins.
91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $11.50 Retail $29.99

2014 Angels and Cowboys
Sonoma, California
Blend of Zinfandel, Malbec and Cabernet
2014, a fabulous vintage that brought forth exquisite fruit from some of Sonoma County’s most prestigious growers. The grapes were allowed to hang for an extra long period of time to develop profound concentration and opulence. An impeccable integration of new and neutral French oak, purely driven to accentuate the fleshy layers of dark fruit and exotic spices , holds a bold, massive and flavorful style. The aromas are of bing cherries, red spice, chocolate and sandalwood. In the mouth it has explosive flavors, mouth-filling body and silky texture.
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 11/22/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 17, 2016 No Comments yet

With Thanksgiving in mind!!

Tuesday November 22nd 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2014 Juve Y Camps Gregal D’ Espiell Blanc
Penedes, Spain
An alluring blend of Gewurtztraminer, Malvasia and Muscat,
Fresh and unctuous, with a well-balanced acidity and remarkable freshness. Notes of tropical fruit, aniseed and fresh notes of jasmine, orange blossom, bitter herbs, citrus and white fruit. Delicately sweet, with a long, fruity finish. This wine has a beautiful clean, bright straw yellow colour with some golden tinges.
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2015 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Coteau Belle-Vue
Burgundy, France
It has a pleasant dark cherry and blackcurrant-scented bouquet with an almost peaty, woodland-like aroma that lends complexity. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, nicely structured and packed full of juicy black fruit, the acidity nicely judged with a touch of salinity towards the finish. This just flows across the mouth, its harmony very appealing and it comes recommended. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2014Lemelson Pinot Noir Thea’s Selection
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Thea’s Selection is a blend of fruit sourced from all seven of the organic, estate vineyards that span three different Willamette Valley AVAs. As such, it is a wonderful representation of the vintage across all of the sites.
“Polished and expressive, deftly balanced and generous, with baby powder-accented cherry, lingonberry and floral flavors. Remains open and inviting.”
92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $11.75 Retail $31.99

2014 Casanova di Neri Rosso Toscana
Tuscany , Italy
Soft, juicy and expressive, with lovely overall depth and balance. Dark red stone fruits, flowers and spices meld into the pliant, expressive finish. The Rosso di Casanova is made from the estate’s young Rosso and Brunello vines, along with fruit from the Sant’Antimo appellation. 90 pts Vinous
BTG $9.75 Retail $23.99

2013 Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
A malbec of beautiful red shades with purple accents, dark and lustrous. Expressive nose displaying blueberry, red plum, red and sour cherry. In mouth, the delightful notes of cacao, plums, truffle, coconut and caramel, with a hint of toasted brioche make it very elegant. The palate is fleshy, with good entrance, balanced acidity, firm tannins and a lasting finish. 92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $14.00 Retail $37.99

Free Beer Tasting

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 12, 2016 No Comments yet

DuClaw Brewery Beer Tasting
Friday November 18th 7pm 9pm
No Charge for this Tasting
We will be tasting 4 beers from the Maryland Brewery DuClaw, please join us. DuClaw Brewery has been brewing the most creative, finely crafted and wildest variety of beers in Maryland since 1996.

Funk Just dig it.
The traditional American Wheat Ale serves as a solid baseline, but we couldn’t be content until we tore the roof off this sucker! Funk, our Blueberry Citrus Wheat Ale, sets the rhythm with a soulful fusion of American wheat and hops, before unleashing a stunning encore with big notes of blueberry and Meyer lemon. It’s no jive, you’ll just dig it!

Sweet Baby Jesus
Exclaim the name!
First brewed in 2011, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.2% abv. Sweet Baby Jesus finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!

Neon Gypsy
Neon Gypsy, our 6.5% abv India Pale Ale, is medium-bodied and clear with a thin white head and crisp mouthfeel. A vagabond blend of 7 different hops dominates with grapefruit and citrus flavors and aromas, accented by notes of pine, that continue to roam your palate long after its clean, hoppy finish. Disconnect, and you will find your way.

Dirty Little Freak
Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% abv brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.

About DuClaw Brewery
A History of “Making it Cool” In 1996 DuClaw Brewing Company of Bel Air, Maryland opened its doors to an unprepared world. Within one year, DuClaw Brewing Company was dubbed “Bel Air’s hippest establishment” by the local newspaper. It was new, it was different, it was fresh, and it stayed true to the central pillar of his mission: It was cool.
Today, Dave Benfield and DuClaw Brewing Company Brewmaster Jim Wagner are the masterminds behind our amazing array of craft brewed beers. Through constant innovation and testing of new recipes, combinations and ingredients, the pair have brewed more than 35 unique beers and countless variations and blends. Having outgrown their original brewing facility in Bel Air, and our 2nd brewery in Abingdon, MD, DuClaw Brewing Company is now housed in a large, state of the art facility on the outskirts of Ball’mer, dedicated to keeping up with the growing demand for our ever-expanding lineup of beers. The rest of the DuClaw Brewing Company staff, from Creative to Distribution, works together with Dave and Jim from the conception of the name to the branding and product launch, to create a unique image and identity for each and every new beer, with Dave’s original mantra still the only guiding principal: Make it cool.

Wine Tasting 11/15/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 10, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday November 15th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2014 Drylands Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Layers of passion fruit and pink grapefruit with hints of tropical fruit, melon, and fresh herb. Rich and mouthfilling. Laden with tropical fruit and citrus impressively structured by juicy acidity
89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.25 Retail $16.99

2014 Prisoner Wine Co Blindfold White blend
Napa Valley, Ca
Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne as well as a touch of Semillon.
This wine is gorgeous, complex with inviting aromas of honeysuckle, grilled white peach and apricot. A luscious entry of toasted hazelnut and mandarin are balanced by bright acidity and minerality. The finish is rich and creamy with flavors of lemon zest and caramelized sugar.
89 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99

2013 Saved Red Blend
Central Coast, Ca
Mostly Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Zinfandel
Rich, ripe and full flavor. Individual parcels were selected from the best regions, then handled and blended separately to maintain the unique fruit characteristics of each. Oak aging was in 30% new French oak for 16 months prior to blending. A robust, powerful wine with a big personality and a generous finish.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2013 Prisoner Wine Co Thorn Merlot
Napa Valley, Ca
Is essentially dominated by Merlot but has small quantities of Malbec and Syrah blended with it. This 4,000-case production cuvée is outstanding. Loads of chocolate, cedar wood, black cherry and mocha notes jump from the glass of this velvety textured, voluptuous and fleshy wine. This sexy beast of a dry red wine should continue to drink well for another 4-5 years. 92 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $15.00 Retail $39.99

2013 Prisoner Wine Co Cuttings Cabernet
Napa Valley, Ca
This is outstanding wine, and there are 5,000 cases of it. The Cabernet comes from top sites such as the Inkgrade Vineyard that Les Behrens made well-known. The wine offers plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit as well as some licorice, truffle, and lead pencil shavings. It is full-bodied, again very opulent (a hallmark of all of the wines from The Prisoner) and finishes authoritatively. 91+ Pts Robert Parker
BTG $15.00 Retail $39.99

Wine Tasting 11/8/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 3, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday November 8th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2014 Telmo Rodriguez Basa
Rueda, Castilla Leon, Spain
It’s mostly Verdejo with 8% Viura, fermented in stainless steel and bottled unoaked. The wine is clean, focused, and fruit-driven with some balsamic notes of bay leaf and fennel. The palate is quite light with good acidity, and is clean and sharp. This is a reliable, nicely-priced Rueda, showing that volume, affordability and quality are possible to combine.
89 Pts wine Advocate
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2014 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Chardonnay
Sonoma, Ca
This vintage is very aromatic, fruit forward, loaded with aromas of lemon and lime, and accented with nougat, green apple, spices, pear and touches of wet stone minerality. Crisp and zesty flavors of lemon drop, green apple, white peach and lychee are accented with a nice barrel spice and persistent lime.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2014 Macmurray Ranch Pinot Noir
Central Coast, Ca
Deep ruby in color, opens with delicate notes of black cherry, raspberry and pomegranate, accented by a distinct spice character that typifies Olson Ranch . Velvety soft tannins meld with ripe red fruit flavors to create a smooth mouth feel and long finish. 90+ Points, International Wine Review
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2014 Jean Louis Chave Mon Coeur Cotes du Rhone
Rhone Valley, France
Vivid ruby. Ripe and perfumed on the nose, displaying energetic red and blue fruit aromas and a hint of white pepper. Broad, sappy and seamless in the mouth, offering sweet black raspberry and boysenberry flavors with a suggestion of spicecake. The berry notes resonate on the smooth, clinging, gently tannic finish, which shows no rough edges.
90 Pts Vinous
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2013 Hill Family “Barrel” Red Blend
Napa Valley, Ca
The 2013 Proprietary Red Barrel Blend is 50% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest a kitchen-sink assemblage of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. This is the least expensive wine in the portfolio, but a big-time sleeper – a stunner in fact. Inky bluish/purple with notes of blueberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice and incense, this full-bodied opulent wine hits all the sweet spots on the palate, but is dry and full-bodied with voluptuous texture, terrific palate presence and complexity. This is a crowd-pleasing, hedonistic and intellectual turn-on.
93 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99