Wine Tasting1/28/20

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Tuesday January 28th 2020             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Pasqua Passimento Bianco

Veneto, Italy

Grown in the Valpolicella area, these Garganega grapes are partially dried, losing 20 to 30% of their weight, before fermentation. The result is a very unique wine full of dried apricot and honey flavours, with a creamy and rich mouthfeel but balanced by the bright acidity. This is crying out for food. 91 Pts Decanter Magazine

BTG $7.50  Retail $16.99

2018 Julia James Chardonnay

Central Coast, California

Ripe lemon in color, this Chardonnay has golden highlights in the glass. Offers a mix of fresh pear, apple, melon and citrus on the nose. There is a bright, juicy, almost racy personality to go with exotic flavors of tropical fruits, vanilla, nectarine, and a kiss of oak. Continuing to open up nicely in the glass, it has a creamy mid-palate and a round, buttery finish which lingers on the palate.

BTG $6.75 Retail $13.99

2016 Monteverro Verruzzo Super Tuscan

Tuscany, Italy

40% Merlot , 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Sangiovese

Intense ruby with a touch of purple on the rim. ON THE NOSE: Rich expression of cherry, blueberry, blood orange and tomato sauce with some hints of cigar box

ON THE PALATE: Round entrance evolving on a framed mouthfeel with cherry muffin,

cassis and laurel finishing on touches of plum and lilac. 91 Pts SK

BTG 8.00   Retail $18.99

2018 Cordero Con Piel De Lobo Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

The nose offers plenty of attractive spice and purple flowers, as well as cassis. The palate is fresh and supple, juicy blueberry flesh abounds and the finish is nicely resolved.

92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $6.75   Retail $13.99

2016 Peju Piccolo Red Blend

Napa Valley, California

Proprietary red blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, cabernet franc, merlot, petite sirah and sangiovese.  Bright with flavors of blackberry and black cherry combined with cocoa

nibs and toasted marshmallow. The palate is round and supple, with fruity characteristics

of raspberry jam and soft, silky tannins. Culminating with hints of white pepper and spice.

BTG $12.00   Retail $32.99

Wine Tasting 1/21/20

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on January 16, 2020 No Comments yet


Tuesday January 21st 2020             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Black Stallion Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley, California

This complex wine opens with vibrant, tropical aromas of guava, lemongrass and honeysuckle. Flavors of lime, lemon, ripe tropical fruit and orange creme compliment the bright acidity and remarkable finish. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $7.25   Retail $15.99

2017 Diora Spendeur Du Soleil Chardonnay

Monterey, California

A beautiful, golden hue, the aromas of toasted oak mingle with light spice notes of cinnamon. The delicate flavors of vanilla bean give way to a lovely, soft and light buttery layer. This reminds one of a rich, yet delicate crème brûlée with a soft, round mouthfeel.

93 Pts  #34 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2019

BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2017 Diora La Petite Grace Pinot Noir

Monterey, California

Dark ruby in the glass, aromas of blackberries and roasted almonds mingle with nuances of toasted marshmallows and brown sugar. Soft and velvety, robust with a voluptuous and full-bodied mouthfeel, the palate unfolds with luxurious layers of intense red cherry, and a delicate hint of blueberry A long, lingering finish instills a lasting impression of rich, concentrated flavors, vanilla bean and toasted oak. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG 8.25    Retail $19.99

2017 Maxville Big Max Cabernet

Central Coast, California

Smooth, medium-to-full bodied entry opens nicely on the palate to reveal waves of rich black cherry, cassis spice and creamy oak. The powerful fruit flavors and well-balanced, firm tannins carry through for a long savory finish.

BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99

2017 Maxville Big Max Red Blend

Central Coast, California

50% Zinfandel 33% Cabernet Sauvignon 17% Syrah

Deep blue-purple, Black Cherry and plum with toasty oak and vanilla aromas accented by savory notes of spicy raspberry and wild herbs. Juicy with a full mid-palate, soft tannins, and a lingering finish

BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 1/14/20

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on January 9, 2020 No Comments yet


Tuesday January 14th 2020             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Eugene Carrel Jongieux Blanc

Savoie, France

A luminous appearance with green highlights, this wine delivers lovely fruity notes (citrus and ripe pears), associated with floral overtones has a slight minerality to finish.

90 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $7.00   Retail $14.99

2019 De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay

Robertson , South Africa

Open-knit, featuring yellow apple and cantaloupe notes, with a nice beam of acidity emerging midpalate, delivering a juicy, moderately long finish. 90 Pts T.C

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2018 Silver Peak Pinot Noir

North Coast, California

Aged 12 mo. in French & American oak barrels.

This Pinot Noir has a brilliant ruby color to it that gives off an elegant look. It has hints of dark fruits, herbs and a touch of oak. 3.9 Vivino

BTG 6.50    Retail $19.99

2017 High Note Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

Aromas of violet, jasmine, and ripe red fruits. The palate opens with notes of plums and toffee and gives way to hints of almonds and cinnamon. Round tannins lead into a ripe fruit finish.

92 Pts James Suckling,

BTG $6.50    Retail $12.99

2017 Textbook Merlot

Napa Valley, California

Smells and flavors of dark red cherries, blueberries and raspberries along with savory sensations of tarragon, tobacco, white pepper, wheat toast and caramel. Medium/full body, silky mouthfeel, nicely rich and juicy. This wine has the gentleness of Merlot plus the richness of Napa Valley. If you or your friends say “I don’t like Merlot,” I’d like to pour you this wine blind and see what you think. 90% Oak Knoll District fruit, 10% Oakville. 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92 Pts S.K.

BTG $9.50    Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 1/7/20

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday January 7th 2020              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2017 Willakenzie Pinot Gris Willamette Valley, Oregon This pale colored Gris begins with aromas of Bartlett pear, starfruit and a touch of lemon zest. With bright, lip smacking acidity, the wine unveils lovely Pazzaz apple, shortbread and lemon cream flavors. This is just an awesome value out of the Willamette Valley. 90 Pts International Wine Report BTG $7.25    Retail $15.99 2018 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand Light straw in color, this wine offers an intense aroma of ripe tropical fruits and citrus. The body is refined and elegant, with a finely textured palate and flavors of guava and stone fruit leading to a balanced, subtle finish. 90 Pts Decanter Magazine BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99 2018 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir Central Coast, California Bright ruby red with fresh, vibrant aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry jam, and cedar box accented by rich floral notes. This wine is juicy and generous on the palate with sweet cherry, field-ripened strawberry, cranberry, and just-baked gingerbread. Perfectly balanced with bright acidity and a supple mouthfeel. Fine-grained tannins provide an authentic textural distinction and structural depth. 4.2 Vivino 93 PTS JL Retail $39.99 2017 Amancaya Reserve Red Blend Mendoza, Argentina 67% Malbec, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon Deep ruby color. Intense aromas of white flowers, red cherries and figs. Juicy and complex with hints of cloves and other spices. This well-balanced wine is an elegant expression of the blend 93 Pts James Suckling, 91 Pts Wine Advocate BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99 2017 Bella Union Cabernet Napa Valley, California From the house of Far Niente Filled with luscious aromas of cherry cola, anise, and baking spices. Tension is exhibited on the palate as this wine is both fruit forward and restrained. Black cherry, blueberry and other briary fruit flavors guide the wine’s bright midpalate, finishing with hints of cocoa and resolved tannins. 92 Pts Wilford Wong 95 Pts JL Retail $59.99  

Wine Tasting Monday 12/23/19

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Monday, December 23th 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Arnaud Lambert Cremant de Loire Rose

Loire Valley,France

Delicate raspberry, wild herbs and chalky minerality come together in this fine, finessed traditional method sparkling wine.  Tiny persistent bubbles not only look gorgeous, but make for a very gentle mousse on the palate.  Elegant acidity brings freshness and carries savory lees-inspired flavors of toast, brioche and biscuit into a long finish.  A blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon,  Not only is it certified organic, but it is also fermented with native yeasts, includes no additives or enzymes, and is low in sulfur.

 BTG $8.75   Retail $21.99

2018 Neboa Albarino

Rias Baixas, Spain

From the hillsides of Condado do Tea including an extraordinary plot with 75 year old vines on slate soils. The cooler, higher elevation gives rise to a fresh, precise expression of Albariño in general and this particular site lends an intense mineral streak through the wine. A floral, blossomy nose with peach and apricot aromas which carry through on the palate with taut structure, complex fresh fruit, understated mid-palate weight, all on a strong backbone of mineral acidity.

BTG $7.50     Retail $16.99

2017 Scarpetta Frivo Rosso

Tuscany, Italy

While Sangiovese is planted all over central Italy, it reaches its highest highs in Tuscany.

Frico Rosso is based on a blend of Sangiovese and small amounts of the indigenous grapes

Canialolo, Cliegiolo, and Colorino. This is the perfect balance of crisp tart cherry and the wonderful herb notes found in great Tuscan red wine. When we speak of “food wines” in the wine world, those wines that go great with food, this is exactly what weare talking about.

BTG $6.75       Retail $12.99

2014 Pecina Crianza

Rioja, Spain

This is a actually a reserva level wine, as it was matured for 24 months in seasoned American oak, and then aged for another 24 months in bottle before release. Lots of red berry aromas with fresh and dried flowers, vanilla and cured tobacco. These luscious red fruit flavors are supple and expansive, with a distinctly old-school character on the palate.

BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99

2017 Sean Minor Cabernet

North Coast, California

Full bodied and mouthfilling, this generous, ripe, blueberry-scented and black-cherry-flavored wine has lots to like. It’s exuberant in flavor, broad and smooth in texture, and has very light tannins so it seems to melt in the mouth. flavors with suggestions of cedar, mint, spice and savory tobacco. Finely textured tannins linger on a smooth, dry finish.

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 12/17/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday December 17th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2015 Gramona La Cuvee Gran Reserva Cava Cava, Spain Few Cava producers in Spain begin their range with a vintage Gran Reserva made exclusively from organically-farmed Xarel.lo and Macabeo but then again Gramona is far from your typical Cava house. Pale yellow, steel edges (white gold). Medium intensity aromas. Elegant floral notes wrapped in stone fruit – peach, apricot, golden apple, lemon peel, closed by a shy note of raw almond .Round entrance, medium enveloping body, crispy carbonic texture. In the retro-nasal route citrus memories return, the apple, the almond. Very refreshing and long finish. 90 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate  BTG $9.50    Retail $23.99 2016 Walter Hansel Cuvee Alyce Chardonnay Russian River, California The 2016 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is gorgeous, scented of fresh grapefruit, pineapple and warm apricots with hints of chalk dust, fresh ginger, brioche and cashews. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in tons of opulent tropical and spice flavors, with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and a very long finish. 95 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 93 Pts Vinous  Retail $42.99 2016 Lemelson Thea’s Select Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon Dark cherries and toasted spices make for a captivating nose with plenty of immediate interest. The deeply rich dark-cherries on the palate are cast along fluid, long and sturdy tannin lines. Strong finish. 93 Pts James Suckling, 91 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $11.25       Retail $29.99 2015 Senda Negra Crianza Grenache Almansa, Spain Dark Red, powerful, spirituous aromas with ripe fruit, sweet spices, red berries, toasted balsamic with smoky marked ends of toasted vanilla. 4.0 Vivino, 92 Pts SK BTG $8.00    Retail $18.99 2017 Ancient Peaks One Stone Cabernet Paso Robles, California A new Cabernet Sauvignon offering from the Ancient Peaks family. One Stone is a tribute to all of the women who move mountains, one stone at a time. A portion of each bottle sold is donated to Dream Big Darling, a nonprofit that provides mentorship programs for the next generation of female leaders in the wine and spirits industry. The 2017 One Stone Cabernet Sauvignon opens with classic varietal aromas of dark fruit, black olive and graphite with notes of toasty oak and toffee. The palate is full and round, showing generous currant and black fruit flavors with suggestions of cedar, mint, spice and savory tobacco. Finely textured tannins linger on a smooth, dry finish. 91 Pts SK BTG $8.00  Retail $18.99  

Wine Tasting 12/10/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday December 10th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Canard Duchene Brut Champagne, France One of Champagne’s hidden treasures, Canard-Duchêne produces a lively style that is fresh and yet satisfying. I have tasted these wines over the last decade and they are very consistent. Medium straw, light yellow in color, steady beads; a triumphant aroma of fresh apples, light yeast and brisk mineral; medium bodied, bright and sassy on the palate; dry, very good acidity, well balanced; bright, tart apple flavors; lively aftertaste. 93 pts S.T.  Retail $39.99 2018 Peju Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, California This aromatic and crisp Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely nose of pineapple, white peach, and orange blossom. The palate is bright with notes of apricot, tangerine and nectarine. Balanced with refreshing acidity, our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc concludes with a fresh, clean finish. 90 Pts Wilford Wong BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99 2017 Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno Paso Robles, California 55% Syrah, 21% Grenache, 12% Petite Sirah, 8% Tannat, and 7% Mourvedre. The life of the party has just arrived and is setting up shop in your mouth. It’s approachable, as all good party guests should be, with lively flavors of blackberries, cherries and strawberries to get things started. And this Paso red blend knows how to mingle, introducing milk chocolate, caramel and leather to all those beautiful fruits. It’s going to be an interesting night. 91 Pts Tasting Panel BTG $10.00       Retail $24.99 2016 Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet Napa Valley, California this wine is bold and elegant with enticing aromas of cocoa, mocha, and juicy blackberries. While flavors of black cherry, cassis, plum, and savory baking spices delight the palate, the soft, rich mouthfeel and supple tannins carry through to a lengthy finish. 92 Pts Decanter Magazine BTG $12.75     Retail $34.99 2017 Juan Gil Blue Label Jumilla, Spain Monastrell, Cabernet-Sauvignon & Syrah. Purple/black in colour, it proffers a nose of pain grille, graphite, earth notes, spice box, black fruits, and a hint of balsamic. It opens in the glass to reveal excellent density, savory flavors, plenty of spice, and a lengthy, pure finish. 93 Pts Vinous BTG $12.75  Retail $34.99

Wine Tasting12/3/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on November 27, 2019 No Comments yet


Tuesday December 3rd 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Taittinger Brut La Francaise

Champagne, France

Showing class and style, offers stunning richness while exhibiting excellent overall balance. The winery notes, “(this wine) contains a higher proportion of the finer Chardonnay grape than other nonvintage Champagnes, giving elegance and freshness to the wine.” They are absolutely on the money with their self-assessment. Active on the palate, with bright core fruits and zesty citrus and mineral flavors. 93 Pts Wilford Wong, 91 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 Retail $42.99

2018 Chalk Hill Russian River Chardonnay

Sonoma, California

Round, rich and distinctly Chalk Hill. The nose expresses aromas of lemon, orange peel, and a hint of vanilla bean from the oak influence. This wine is balanced and bright with concentrated flavors of creamy lemon custard, poached pear, almond and spice. This Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception.

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Glorioso Crianza

Rioja, Spain

Lovely softness and finesse to this wine with aromas and flavors of dark berries, dark chocolate and spice. Medium-bodied with integrated tannins and a lovely finish. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $6.75        Retail $13.99

2014 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino

Tuscany, Italy

Intense ruby red with garnet reflections. The nose is ethereal with violet, vanilla and hints of licorice. The palate is full, soft, velvety, with traces of spice.

92 Pts James Suckling, 91 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Retail $69.99

2017 Banshee Cabernet

Paso Robles, California

Aromas of black plum, black cherry and earthy, green herbal notes—followed by a plush and juicy delivery with fine tannins and a velvety texture. Densely layered flavors of boysenberry, cassis, and plum—accompanied by rustic, savory herbs, anise and a touch of cocoa.

4.1 Vivino

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting11/26/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday November 26th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Jansz Brut Rosé Tasmania Premium NV Tasmania, Australia There aren’t many better values in rosé sparklers than this. Hints of toast and citrus add nuance to strawberry scents on the nose, while brioche notes add depth to the palate. It’s a bit creamy in texture, yet remains dry and refreshing on the finish.  91 Pts Wine Enthusiast     Editor’s Choice BTG $9.00    Retail $23.99 2018 Tyrrells Hunter Valley, Semillon New South Wales, Australia Distinctive and refreshing, featuring bright, crisp lemony flavors, with undercurrents of lanolin and saline. Offers a supple frame and an impressive finish. 90 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99 2015 Vajra Barolo Albe Piedmont, Italy Pretty, featuring rose, cherry, raspberry and mint flavors, with a touch of mineral. Supple, harmonious and elegant, offering a long finish. The aftertaste is tinged with orange peel and tobacco notes. 93 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2019, Rank: 48 Retail $39.99 2015 Aleanna El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Mendoza, Argentina The 2015 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc was produced with fruit from Gualtallary, from a specific 8.8-hectare plot of the Adrianna Vineyard. It fermented in two tries with a portion of full clusters. It has a beautiful nose with plenty of spices and herbs and some Pinot-like red fruit. The palate is harmonious and balanced, with very fine tannins and a velvety texture. 93 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate BTG 11.00    Retail $28.99 2015 Borsao Zarihs Syrah Campo de Borja, Spain 100% Syrah. Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Rich, oaky, spicy fruity toasty aromas of mulberries, burnt vanilla bean, dried leaves, and pepper – black olives with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a distinctive, relaxed finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Produced with Australian clones of Syrah (and hence the name, Shiraz spelled backward) planted in 2002, the 2015 Zarihs was cropped from a very warm and early ripening year. It was produced in a sort of Australian way, maturing only 40% of the wine in new American oak barrels for 12 months. 91 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate BTG $9.50  Retail $23.99    

Wine Tasting 11/19/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on November 14, 2019 No Comments yet


Tuesday November 19th 2019            

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

Distinctly Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc exudes vibrant ripe citrus notes, crunchy greens and hints of tropical guava on the nose. The palate is refined and elegant with superb natural fruit weight providing a juicy core of layered fruit, entwined with a salty textural acidity, vibrant citrus pith, and a moreish dry chalky finish. 91 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $7.00    Retail $14.99

2016 Flowers Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast, California

Medium yellow in color. Aromas of straw, lemon verbena and honeysuckle mingle with layers of lemon meringue and lychee. Upon entry are flavors of lemon curd, honeydew, and hints of star fruit and wet stone, balanced with a touch of fine grained tannin. The crisp finish is countered with a spicy note of white pepper and lingers with coastal minerality.

91 Pts Robert Parker

Retail $37.99

2015 Quercibella Mongrana

Tuscany, Italy

50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot.

A juicy and delicious 2015 red with plenty of berry and chocolate character. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. 93 Pts James Suckling

BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2016 Los Vascos Grand Reserve Carmenere

Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile

Deep, intense ruby red. Fruity aromas of cherry, blackberry and ripe plum on a background of roasted hazelnuts, black pepper, ripe red bell pepper, puréed black olives, and roasted eggplant. Notes of dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, and black olive on the palate that harmonically combine with forward, elegant and persistent tannins. As a whole, an amazing communion of fruit and spices that helps the wine express its personality and typicity to the fullest. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $8.00    Retail $18.99

2017 Leviathan Meritage

Napa Valley, California

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

Seductive black cherry, blackberry and currant fruits laced with cocoa nib, sweet baking spices and cigar box with silky texture and a long, savory finish. Leviathan is a red wine from legendary winemaker Andy Erickson, the former winemaker for Screaming Eagle.

94 Pts Robert Parker (Previous Vintage)

BTG $12.75  Retail $34.99

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