Wine Tasting 8/20/18

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday August 20th 2019             6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Henriot Brut SouverainChampagne, FranceThe Henriot Brut Souverain stands tall as one of Champagne’s most consistent and high-quality non-vintage brut. A beautifully fine mousse indicates the class of this finely crafted wine. It has some weight, flavors of green apples, with hints of fresh apricots. There is extreme freshness here, the style dry but rich. 94 Pts Wine EnthusiastRetail $39.99  2017

Landmark Overlook ChardonnaySonoma, CaliforniaPale yellow in the glass, showing aromas of Meyer lemon, baked apple, and honeysuckle. The full-bodied palate shows ripe lemon, yellow apple skin on entry with, creamy peach, subtle butterscotch notes and chamomile flower with a hint of salted caramel on the mid palate. The finish has an attractive mineral texture and fresh acidity with lightly toasted brioche and tropical fruit notes. 92 Pts Tasting PanelBTG $8.25  Retail $19.99 2015

Benton Lane Pinot NoirWillamette Valley, Oregon2015 was another fine, warm year with full ripeness in the fruit which allowed the fruit notes in the wine to be more black fruit driven (boysenberry, black cherry, blueberry and cassis). This brings more depth and concentration to the wine, along with a fine balance with all components getting along well with each other. This makes the wine a synergy and much more enjoyable. The wine is rich and deep with flavors of boysenberry, cassis and white pepper. On the finish is the sweet flavor of toasted oak from French wine barrels. 90 Pts Wine EnthusiastBTG $9.50 Retail $23.99

2017 Caldora Sangiovese Abruzzo. ItalyGarnet red. Intense and persistent, fruity(strawberry and black cherry)and wood flavour. Medium body, good tannins and well balanced. ready to drink. Very good valueBTG $6.75 Retail $12.99

 2014 Chateau LoudenneMedoc, Bordeaux, France50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet SauvignonA wine that is rich and pleasant on the palate with a beautiful red cherry color and a fruity nose with slightly woody and vanilla notes.90 Pts Wine EnthusiastBTG $11.25 Retail $29.99 

Wine Tasting 8/13/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday August 13th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2017 Masseria Altemura Fiano   Puglia, Italy Floral nose with a hint of gooseberry. Nice fruit and gentle minerality on the palate. Easy to drink with a soft, lingering finish. 90Pts James Suckling BTG $6.75 Retail $12.99 2017 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/ Viognier Clarksburg, California 83% Chenin Blanc, 17% Viognier Crisp, bright, and vivacious, CB+V is an aromatic white blend boasting a bouquet of honeysuckle, citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh cut herbs. The bright entry reveals citrus and other fruit flavors, and a balanced acidity carries through the clean finish.  90 Pts Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines 2018 #80 BTG $7.00  Retail $13.99 2017 Masseria Altemura  Sasseo Primitivo Puglia, Italy Ruby red with purple hues. Prominent tobacco and leather on the nose; ripe blackberry and blueberry with hints of cocoa, baking spice, and delicate pine. Juicy and medium bodied; reveals rich fruits, sweet herbs, and milk chocolate; leads to plush tannins and an elegant finish. BTG $6.75 Retail $12.99 2017 Kaiken Ultra Malbec Mendoza, Argentina This deep brilliant red-colored wine with purplish tones displays rich aromas. The nose has interesting spicy and floral notes—a clear expression of the Uco Valley—intertwined with black fruit aromas reminiscent of blueberries and blackberries that show this variety’s great typicity. Good structure and soft tannins call for a second glass. The finish is fresh, complex, and persistent with fruit notes and subtle spicy undertones of rosemary, thyme, and dry flowers. 93 Pts James Suckling BTG $8.75  Retail 21.99 2016 Juggernaut Cabernet Rutherford, Livermore & Lake County, California              100% HILLSIDE VINEYARDS Purity, intensity and seamless structure. French oak beautifully transforms intense mountain fruit into a wine with uncommon richness, yet smooth and luxurious texture. This wine is fierce, brave, and delicious. BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 8/6/19

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Tuesday August 6th 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Piccini Prosecco

Treviso, Italy

Intense fruity with rich scent of apple, lemon and grapefruit. A pronounced aroma of wisteria in bloom and acacia flowers. The floral aromas clash with a pleasantly bitter citrus rind note that is inherent in Prosecco grape (glera). Vivid and fresh, with a fine, persistent perlage.

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2018 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

4.7Scents of mango, lime and passionfruit introduce our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc. A weighty, tropical palate is in perfect harmony with the crisp, acidic finish Marlborough is known for. 90 PTS Wine Spectator

BTG $6.75   Retail $12.99

2015 Piccini Saso Al Poggio Super Tuscan

Tuscany, Italy

60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet, 20% Merlot

The nose is ­lled with scents of black cherry, licorice, forest floor, vanilla and oak. Deep, full and lush on the palate, with

a core of succulent fruit, the Sasso al Poggio has beautifully integrated tannins and a long, complex fi­nish. 90 Pts SK

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

2016 Firestone Cabernet

Paso Robles, California

The 2016 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and inviting. The wine

displays aromas of Black Cherry and dark plum resulting in a lovely hint of violet. Flavors of cherry cola and

cocoa nib are rounded out by a note of pipe tobacco. Overall the wine features a firm tannin structured balanced

by a smooth lingering finish. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $7.25   Retail 15.99

2017 Foley Johnson Cabernet

Rutherford , Napa Valley, California

The Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon displays inviting aromas of huckleberry, cedar, black

pepper and a hint of dried sage. On the palate, bold tannins are balanced with flavors of black currant and

dark cherry with savory notes of tobacco and graphite. Well structured and full bodied,

 is approchable now, but will age beautifully over the next 5-10 years 91 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $12.00  Retail $32.99

Wine Tasting 7/30/19

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Tuesday July 30th 2019                                                                                                                                                   

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Digression Rose

Provence, France

Pale rose in color, this cool climate rosé from Provence is a delight from start to finish. Digression opens with hints of white flowers, light minerality, peach and melon on the nose. On the palate, initial notes of delicate minerality lead you to notes of sun-kissed strawberry and a hint of watermelon.

90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2018 Marechal Sancerre

Loire Valley, France

This is a quintessential expression of sauvignon blanc from Sancerre. The nose is highly perfumed and intense, with classic notes of cut grass, limes and the tell-tell hint of flint. The palate is more restrained than the nose would initially indicate – and all the better for that – with a lovely fresh, balanced and clean character. The flavors are citrus fruits wrapped around a very precise and elegant structure. A long finish completes this very good wine.

BTG $10.00   Retail $24.99

2016 Reata Three County Pinot Noir

Sonoma, Monterey & San Benito , California

This Pinot Noir is notable for its rich ruby color and notes of cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate. Aromas of vanilla fill the glass that leads to a well-structured weight on the palate. French oak notes lead to a strong finish that lingers on the palate nicely. A great Pinot Noir for any occasion. 90 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

2017 Angels & Cowboys

Sonoma, California

Zinfandel – based with a supporting cast of Syrah, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Merlot

The dark cherry/mahogany red color is indicative of the luscious palate structure which leads with briar/bramble berry fruit backed by notes of violets, sweet hibiscus juice, black currant conserves, and red-flesh plum. Meaty and mouthwatering with succulent edges, the full body is built on a tannin structure that starts out silky and fine then builds to a firm yet smooth finish that lingers indulgently on the palate.

BTG $8.00   Retail 18.99

2015 Peju Provence Merlot

Napa Valley, California

Fragrant aromas of bright raspberry, blueberry and cigar box introduce the lush plum, blackberry and currant flavors of this firmly structured Merlot. With mouth-filling tannins, this wine is complex and decadent featuring layers of mocha, anise and crème brûlée. Culminating with elegance and hints of cocoa nibs, this Merlot will continue tomature for the next 6- 8 years. 4.2 Vivino

BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

Wine Tasting 7/9/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday July 9th 2019 6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings    2018 Patient Cottat Grand Caillou Loire Valley, France 100% Sauvignon Blanc Light lemon yellow, Soft, subtle aromas of lime and cantaloupe with a whiff of minerality. On the Palate Greengage plum, kiwi, and citrus flavors with vibrant acidity and interesting minerality BTG $7.00 Retail $13.99   2018 Pichot Vouvray Loire Valley, France This classic off-dry white is estate bottled from Chenin Blanc grapes in Vouvray. Low yields, hand harvesting and barrel fermentation give the wine its complexity and authenticity. In France they say this is ‘slightly dry’, although we would say ‘off-dry’. The aromas are honeydew, peach and a hint of spice. The palate is juicy, fresh and long, and the acidity balances the fruitiness. BTG $7.75 Retail $16.99   2017 Wolf Trap Red Blend Franschhoek Valley, South Africa The nose entices with its abundance of ripe plums, blueberries, slight spiciness and notes of violets. Dark berry fruit follows through onto a juicy, vibrant mid-palate with svelte tannins and a silky texture. The wine shows exceptional balance with fresh, integrated acidity. Plummy fruit and spice lingers on the finish. BTG $6.25 Retail $9.99     2016 La Posta “Paulucci” Malbec Mendoza, Argentina Vibrant red in color, this wine offers aromas of red cherries, raspberries, ripe plums and violets wafting from the glass along with notes of toasty oak. On the palate, the fresh berry flavors mingle with spice notes and there is a hint of soft caramel on the finish. This is a creamy, medium-bodied and well- structured wine that is incredibly full of life. 90 Pts Wine Advocate BTG $7.75 Retail 16.99     2016 Beringer Knights Valley, Cabernet Sonoma, California 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot Beringer Vineyards has owned and farmed its Knights Valley vineyards since the mid-1960s, when the Beringer family recognized that the cobbled alluvial soils were a great place to grow high-quality wine grapes. This Cabernet is built each vintage on the notion of a Bordeaux blend, with soft and silky tannins crafted for immediate enjoyment. Aromas of lavender and clove join flavors of dark red fruit led by boysenberry, huckleberry, raspberry, black cherry and evident oak spice are joined with more traditional Knights Valley tones of black and blue fruits. Fine acidity and elegant structure lead to a touch of licorice and mocha, rounding out a lingering, pleasant finish. 94 Pts James Suckling BTG $10.50    Retail $25.99

Wine Tasting 7/2/19

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Tuesday July 2nd 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

 2018 Domaine Montrose Rose

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Grenache Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah

Light pink colour. Red berries and peach flavours with spicy overtones. Elegant wine combining roundness and freshness. To be drunk young.

BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2018 Ovum Wines “Big Salt”


BIG SALT is a white wine that tries to capture a day at the beach in a bottle.  Fresh, dry, breezy – the bright aromas of the wine are met with a dry, almost salty textured palate that’s well-suited for sitting in the sun and hanging with friends.  Sustainable and Organic vineyards throughout Oregon are the building blocks for Big Salt.  Roughly half and half Riesling and Gewürztraminer, with small amounts of Muscat and other grapes. What’s unique is the smorgasbord of AVAs, including grapes from Columbia Gorge, Elkton, Rogue Valley, Illinois Valley and Willamette Valley. Fleshy and nicely textured, floral orange aromas lead into a saline wine with a mix of cucumber, apple and green melon flavors.  91 pts Best Buy Wine Enthusiast

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 Arianna Occhipinti Frappato

Sicily, Italy

100% Frappato. From 2 different estate parcels with vines averaging about 40 years old.

The 2016 Il Frappato is another surprise hit from a vintage that was not easy generally speaking. This wine is chiseled and focused, showing a pretty mineral note that is carried forth from start to finish. The wine is delicate and finessed with small berry nuances, dried blackberry, cherry and pencil shaving. This is an elegant and graceful red wine from Sicily. 92+ Pts Wine Advocate

BTG $14.00 Retail $37.99

2015 Artadi Pasos de San Martin

Navarra, Spain

A plush but sophisticated Garnacha (Grenache) red from the legendary Artadi. This is a red with altitude (6000 feet) so Artadi’s expert touch with powerful, lush fruit is brought to the freshness and defined complexity that comes with elevation. Remarkably floral and crisp for this grape, offering so much vitality and delicacy for a red with over 14 per cent alcohol. That makes it an incredibly food-friendly wine that you can also drink solo. Serious aging potential, too. 94pts James Suckling

BTG $10.25 Retail 25.99

2016 Silver Ghost Cabernet

Napa Valley, California

ilver Ghost is a rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. The wine is deep in color with aromas of black cherry, blueberry and cassis leaping from the glass. On the palate Silver Ghost reveals layers of red and black fruit intermingled with mocha, toast and savory spice. A sumptuous texture rounds out the long finish. 93 Pts Tasting Panel, 91 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $10.75     Retail $27.99

Wine Tasting 6/25/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday June 25th 2019 6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings    2017 Goldschmidt Singing Tree Chardonnay Russian River , Sonoma, California Wonderfully bright and refreshing style with crisp, green apple characteristics, medium-to-high acidity and good length. Old field selection clones yield fruit with high natural acidity and citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon. The nose shows lime, Meyer lemon, and ripe apple. Flavors of juicy green apple, dried fig, white peach, and apricot mingle with hints of vanilla. The dash of French oak pushes the finish a little longer with hints of vanilla and caramel. 89 Pts James Suckling BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99 2015 Drumheller Merlot Columbia Valley, Washington 80% Merlot, 20% Syrah This Merlot opens with aromas of blueberry, subtle spice and rose petals with hints of cocoa. Balanced in style, this wine is structured, yet lively. 90 Pts SK BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99   2017 Intrinsic Red Blend Columbia, Valley, Washington 51% Malbec, 49% Cabernet Franc This wine opens with refined notes of raspberry, white tea leaves, a hint of fresh mint and lavender. The flavors are layered with milk chocolate fig reduction, dark plum and licorice root, and the texture is angular, yet sophisticated, with chocolate ganache details in the finish. Previous Vintage 94 Pts James Suckling BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99     2017 Fidelity Crazy Creek Red Blend by Nick Goldschmidt Alexander Valley, California 76 % Merlot 10 % Petit Verdot 14 % Cabernet Sauvignon Color is a purple hue with a red middle. Aromas of fresh blueberries and red cherries. The touch of French vanilla oak rounds out a very enticing and complex nose. The palate is again fruit driven. Bright and well-structured with red fruit flavors and a supple finish. Tremendous value for a red blend from a winemaker of more than 30 years in the Alexander Valley.92 Pts SK BTG $7.00 Retail 17.99     2016 Black Stallion Cabernet Napa Valley, California This rich and refined wine doesn’t require years of further aging to achieve ideal balance and enjoy upon release. The full-bodied structure is a hallmark. The wine opens with stunning aromas of blackberry, black cherry and toasty scents; the palate is concentrated with bold, velvety flavors of cassis, plum and blackberry. Intense, concentrated mature fruit, bold, but integrated tannins and beautifully balanced acidity extend to an elegant finish. 92 Pts SK, 4.2 Vivino BTG $10.50  Retail $26.99

Wine Tasting 5/21/19

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Tuesday May 21st  2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Can Sumoi Ancestral Montonegra

Penedes, Spain

A balanced, fragrant and fresh sparkling wine. In the nose, the aromas of ripe white fruit stand out, with floral notes. In the mouth it is fluid, with an elegant bubble and a slightly salty finish that makes it long and persistent.

BTG $6.50  Retail $18.99

2017 Bodegas Muga Rosado

Rioja, Spain

Garnacha ,Viura , and Tempranillo

A wine which enraptures your eyes with its salmon-pink hues and lovely light. It continues to prove captivating on the nose, producing an amalgam of highly elegant fruit aromas with reminders of apricot, strawberries and creamy hints of raspberry yogurt. On the palate, the wine has good acidity, slight citrus fruit notes and a long aftertaste. 92 Pts Vinous, 91Pts James Suckling, Wine Enthusiast top 100 wines 2018

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Artadi “Vinas del Gain”

Rioja, Spain

The 2015 Viñas de Gaín could very well be the finest bottling of this pure Tempranillo that comes from 20 to 30 different vineyards in the villages of Laguardia and Elvillar, located at altitudes of 400 and 700 meters on clay and limestone soils, from vines averaging 30 years of age that are farmed organically. This is a very open, expressive vintage of this bottling, serious but at the same time easy to drink. This is a clean and fruit-driven vintage. 92 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $9.50 Retail $23.99

2015 Bodegas Olivares “Altos de la Hoya”

Jumilla, Spain

Dry-farmed, ungrafted, old vines Monastrell with some 5% Garnacha fermented in 10,000-liter stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in used barriques and larger oak vats for six to eight months. This is serious and has depth and concentration, with black fruit and the oak nicely integrated into the wine. There are mineral notes of graphite and earth and a medium-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins and a tasty finish. 90 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $7.25 Retail 15.99

2016 Teso La Monja “Almirez”

Toro, Spain

The 2016 Almirez is brilliant! Made from 100% Tinta de Toro that spent 14 months in 30% new French oak, this full-bodied, concentrated 2016 is loaded with notions of blueberries, blackberries, cedar pencil, and cured meats. With terrific depth of fruit, notable purity, and a sexy, seamless style, it’s one of those knockout wines that way over-delivers! 94 Pts Deb Dunnuck, 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $11.25   Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 5/14/19

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Tuesday May 14th  2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Zenato Pinot Grigio

Veneto, Italy

Lemon-green in color, aromas of Key limes and white peaches complement undertones of green apples and grains of paradise. On the palate, it is smooth and refreshing with a long, pleasant finish.

BTG $6.50  Retail $11.99


Veneto, Italy

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc

Silty/morainic soils with the presence of clay are well-suited soils for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Sandy soil elevates aromatics and creates softer wines, showing less tannin. The presence of clay allows a balancing act to sand, offering higher extract and color. Vinifying in stainless allows for the fresh red fruits to emerge together with peppery characteristics of the Cabernet duo.

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99


Veneto, Italy

55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Brilliant ruby in color, Alanera delights the senses with a variety of aromas and flavors that include fresh and dried cherries and prunes, sweet spice, and hints of coffee and tobacco. On the palate, Alanera is full-bodied with elegant and velvety tannins. Vibrant acidity brings balance and freshness, and supports a long and harmonious finish. 93 Pts James Suckling

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99


Veneto, Italy

85% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta

This wine is closely connected to the greatest wine of Valpolicella: Amarone. After pressing the dried grapes from which Amarone is made, the Valpolicella wine is passed over the still warm marc of Amarone. A second alcoholic fermentation begins which increases the alcoholic content and the wine becomes richer in color, bouquet. This is so refined and focused with layers of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Plenty of chocolate and spice, too. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a focused finish. 94 Pts James Suckling

BTG $10.00 Retail 24.99


Veneto, Italy

80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta and Croatina.

Ruby red in color, intoxicating aromas of dried black cherries, cassis, truffles, and chocolate fudge leap out of the glass. The resulting wine is silky, luscious, and complex, with a lingering finish. 93 Pts WS

Retail $62.99

Wine Tasting 5/7/19

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Tuesday  May 7th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Lagar Condesa Albarino

Galicia, Spain

Pale, green-hued yellow. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe pink grapefruit, Anjou pear and quinine, with a zesty mineral note that gains strength as the wine opens up. Offers concentrated yet lithe orchard and citrus fruit flavors that show sharp delineation and strong, spicy back-end thrust. Picks up a suave floral nuance on the finish, which hangs on with impressive, spicy tenacity. 91 Pts Vinous

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2017 Atalaya Laya

Castilla La Mancha, Spain

This is a fruit-driven Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) blend with some Monastrell  from dry-farmed vines; it fermented in stainless steel followed by malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months. This has a very expressive and gentle nose, with nice fruit and even some notes of flowers. It has tannins, but it’s not as aggressive as some might think. This is a characterful and powerful Mediterranean red and represents very good value for money.

90 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $6.25 Retail $10.99

2015 Condado De Haza

Ribera del Duero, Spain

100% Tempranillo. Cherry, red plum and currant flavors are ripe and juicy in this bright red, supported by firm tannins and citrusy acidity that give way to a vanilla- and floral-accented finish. Offers a fresh fruit core, with solid structure. 90 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Tridente

Castilla y León

100% Tempranillo

Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for six months in new and used French oak barrels) Saturated ruby. Powerful, deep-pitched black and blue fruit scents develop mocha and licorice nuances in the glass. Densely packed and supple in texture, offering smoke-tinged cherry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of spicecake. Closes smooth and long, with lingering smokiness, gentle tannins and a late, energizing jolt of cracked pepper. 90 Pts Vinous

BTG $8.25 Retail 19.99

2014 Pesquera Crianza

Ribera del Duero, Spain

100% Tempranillo. Very bright, ripe and nicely captured ripeness, this has dark cherry and plum as well as a stony edge and some raw earthiness. The palate has energetic appeal, harmonious fruit and oak, and a dark berry and chocolate finish. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $12.75 Retail $34.99

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