Wine Tasting 7/31/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on July 26, 2018 No Comments yet


Tuesday July 31st 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Jolivet “Attitude” Rose
Loire Valley, France
1/3 each : Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet
“Attitude” Rosé is of a beautiful bonbon colour with elegant flavours of red fruits.
The Pinot noir will give the finess and the fruit, the Gamay the strengh, the
Cabernet both fruitiness and structure. The blending lead to an elegant finish
showing balance and smoothness. 89 Pts Vinous
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2014 Cambria “Katherine” Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley, California
Ripe fruit, _oral and spice aromas dominate the nose of the 2015 Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay.
Pink grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, white peach, citrus blossom, and apple _avors are balanced by a bit of
wet stone, subtly oak spice and bright acid.
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2016 Copain “Tous Ensemble” Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir
Presents aromas of rose petals, Santa Rosa plum skins, and fresh raspberries.
Ripe cherries and orange peels also present themselves on the palate with a silky texture and lingering finish.
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

2013 Querciabella Mangrana
Tuscany, Italy
50%Sangiovese, 25%Cabernet, 25%Merlot
The harmony and texture of this red sets the pace for cherry, strawberry, anise and spice flavors. Gains purity in the glass, offering a refined structure and lingering aftertaste.No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.92 Pts James Suckling 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2016 Prisoner Wine Co ” Saldo” Zinfandel
85% Zinfandel; 15% Petite Sirah and Syrah
Saldo was created to feature the outstanding fruit sourced from Dry Creek, Lodi, and Amador, where Zinfandel has thrived for decades.Dark ruby color with bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. The entry is rich, full, and scintillating. The palate is mouthwatering and smooth with a hint of chocolate. The finish is voluptuous with soft, velvety tannins.
90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

Wine Tasting 7/24/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on July 19, 2018 No Comments yet


Tuesday July 24th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Adami Garbel Prosecco
Veneto, Italy
Bright straw. Almost intoxicating aromas of peach, tangerine, vanilla and white flowers; this is exactly what you expect a Prosecco to smell like. Then simpler and not especially long, with flavors of peach and apricot that are clean and nicely focused. The word garbèl in the local dialect refers to freshness and lightness, traits this wine exudes in spades. 88+ Vinous
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2017 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose
Pfalz , Gemany
The Pfalz is a very warm and sunny region, often called the “Tuscany of Germany,” so all of the Pinot varieties do well here. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is a true rose, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract color. It is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright berry and fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $6.75 Retail $13.99

2017 Pulenta La Flor Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
This youthful and fruit-driven Malbec was produced with grapes from vineyards in two different zones of Mendoza, with only half of the wine matured in barrel for four to six months. La Flor is a line of young wines that aim for fruit and typicity, with a good quality-to-price rapport—wines that are easy to drink and have some complexity but are still easy to understand. This tries to show the best of Mendoza, with very floral, elegant notes and sweet tannins from Agrelo and more freshness and minerality from Los Árboles, which is higher in altitude. This is very complete and pleasant, balanced and gentle. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2013 Zenato Alanera
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. 91 PTS James Suckling
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Tikves Bella Voda
The saturated purple colored 2015 Belavoda is made from 50% Plavec and 50% Vranec aged in 75% new French oak. It offers loads of blueberries and jammy blackberry fruits as well as notes of crushed rocks and spring flowers, full-bodied richness, present, yet polished tannin, and a great finish. While a big, rich wine, this beauty has remarkable purity of fruit, is impeccably balanced and has a great finish. At 21 dollars, it’s a smoking value. 92 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.50 Retail $20.99

Wine Tasting 7/17/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on July 12, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday July 17th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Le Grand Courtage Gran Cuvee Rose
Fresh and fruity with aromas of young strawberry, raspberry and notes of lilac and violets. This French sparkling wine creates a deliciously seductive. … A courtship of delicate flavors, red fruit aromas and baby bubbles. 89 PTS Wilford Wong
Btg $7.25 Retail $15.99

2016 Kentia Albarino
Rias Baixas, Spain
The wine appears pale gold or straw-colored, often with tinges of green. Fresh, crisp and fragrant with a virtual shopping cart of flavors and aromas: melon, pear, peach, tropical fruit, subtle herbaceous element combine
magnificently to produce this enticing silky white with pleasing minerality and refreshing acidity. Balanced, distinctive and elegant.
89 PTS James Suckling
BTG $6.75 Retail $13.99

2016 Casas Del Bosque Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
Casablanca Valley, Chile
On the nose intense aromas of cinnamon, black plum and cedar dominate with just a hint of orange blossom. In the mouth red cherry, raspberry and a touch of allspice are all in evidence. A well integrated oak backbone is backed-up by fresh acidity together with soft, well-rounded tannins with together impart excellent structure and length. 89 PTS James Suckling
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Atteca Old Vine Grenache
Aragon, Spain
Rich, old vine garnacha ripened all the way to the limit. Poached raspberry and boysenberry fruits throughout, all framed in languid, mellow tannins. 90 PTS James Suckling 89 PTS Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 Angels & Cowboys PROPRIETARY Red Blend
Sonoma, California
61% Zinfandel with a supporting cast of Petite Sirah, Malbec and Syrah.
Saturated garnet in color with a nose of bramble berries and briar fruit scented with star anise and vanilla. Luscious and generous on the palate with opulent red and black fruit ranging from red currant to boysenberry accented by creamy vanilla and exotic spice. Full-bodied and smooth on the palate with pleasing tannins and a finish that is harmonious yet firm. Integrated and alluring showing the briar notes of Zinfandel, the floral violet nuance of Malbec the density and peppery spice of Petite Sirah, and the earthy meatiness of Syrah . 89 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 7/10/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on July 5, 2018 No Comments yet


Tuesday July 10th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Babich Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Aromas of gooseberry with lifted lantana and a hint of grapefruit. Mineral and herbal notes, white musk. The palate is an explosion of sweet black currant followed up with lemon and spice. Medium weight and textural – good flesh with a zesty finish.
89 Pts Wine Advocate
Btg $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris
Willamette Valley, Oregon
This 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is Sokol Blosser’s signature white wine of Oregon. We press the pinot gris grapes as whole clusters. They are given a slow, cool fermentation in stainless steel, which gives the wine a firm, focused backbone coupled with its lush creaminess. Our pinot gris has complex undertones of earth and mineral with expressive notes of floral, citrus and melon.
90 PTS Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Evolution Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Ripe fruit, acid, approachability, and satisfaction all come together in the 2015 Evolution Pinot Noir. This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of bright red and jammy fruit characteristics. In the nose, this food-friendly pinot noir expresses notes of chocolate covered cherries, black plums, and baking spice. The mouthfeel is round and rich at first sip with some good tannins which soften with acidity in its long finish. 92 PTS James Suckling
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Aviary Cabernet
Napa Valley, California
Gentle and elegant, opening with soft notes of raspberry, spice, and creamy vanilla. These notes are joined with delicate layers of cassis, cedar, and tobacco, balanced with bright tannin and a light hint of anise.
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Plungerhead Zinfandel
Dry Creek, California
“Sonoma in a glass” comes to mind when tasting this Dry Creek Zinfandel. With a dark purple hue, the aroma is purely Dry Creek in nature with peppery spice. Brambly fruit notes with wild raspberry notes slowly slide behind white peppercorn notes and hints of forest floor on the aroma. In the mouth, the flavor takes a turn towards ripe cherries steeped in a basil syrup, watermelon jolly rancher candy, cracked pepper, fried sage, with hints of rosemary, toasted cardamom, and black raspberries.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 7/3/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on June 28, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday July 3rd 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Marietta Cellars Old Vines Rose
Geyserville, California
Dry, crisp, fresh. Perfect for warm weather, this wine holds a lovely balance between bright fruit, crisp acid, and minerality. Made from Syrah, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris, including some of the oldest examples of these varietals in California, this lively rose has vibrant aromatics and a clean mouthfeel. 89 pts Wine Advocate
Btg $7.00 Retail $14.99

2015 Marietta Cellars Zinfandel “Roman”
Geyserville, California
The 2015 Román is a gorgeous, Zinfandel-based red. Bright, plump and exuberant, the 2015 offers striking depth as well as freshness. This is an incredibly delicious, inviting wine. Even better, it is a tremendous value. Petite Syrah and Barbera round out the blend. Succulent red berry, spice, leather and floral notes add to the wine’s silky personality. 90 Pts Vinous
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2014 Marietta Cellars “Christo” Red Blend
Geyserville, California
The blend is mostly Syrah, with some Petite Sirah, Grenache and Viognier.
Full-bodied and fleshy, this wine is dark and brooding yet silky and smooth. Bold, racy and juicy, all qualities that make it hard to resist. Sage, tobacco, menthol and licorice wrap around the juicy, exuberant finish. 90 Pts Vinous
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2014 Marietta Cellars “Arme” Cabernet
Geyserville, California
A bold, pungent wine, offering a decidedly old school-influenced profile of dark stone fruit, black olive, herb, tobacco and licorice. Cool and savory, but with considerable depth, the 2014 Armé is another knock-out wine from Scot Bilbro. Readers looking for a value-priced California Cabernet will flip out over this wine. This is a very serious wine for the money. 92 Pts Vinous
BTG 9.50 Retail $23.99

2015 Marietta Cellars “Game Trail” Cabernet
Geyserville, California
Game Trail is 100% Cabernet from the Bilbro family’s ranch in the Yorkville Highlands. Dark red stone fruit, rose petal, mint, floral notes and spice are beautifully delineated. Intensely aromatic and pungent, but with no green edges, offers tons of personality and character. Beams of mountain tannin add energy throughout. 93 Pts Vinous
Retail $39.99

Wine Tasting 6/26/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on June 21, 2018 No Comments yet


Tuesday June 26th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Domaine Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon Blanc
Loire Valley , France
This Sauvignon, pale in colour with a green tint, is delicate and fruity and has complex aromas of broom buds and white peaches. Distinguished and delicate in the mouth, it is lively and fresh.
Btg $7.00 Retail $14.99

2016 Clos Du Gaimont Vouvray
Loire Valley , France
Straw yellow in color, the nose reveals typical Chenin Blanc characteristics–floral aromas that are reminiscent of acacias with hints of dried fruit. Crisp notes of green apple and citrus fruit are supported by a mineral edge that leads to a rich, concentrated and well balanced, dry palate. 91 points Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2016 Lola Pinot Noir
North Coast, California
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir North Coast, coming from Mendocino, Russian River and Sonoma Coast, is scented of cranberries, red currants and black raspberries with a touch of spice box. Crisp, crunchy and oh-so-juicy on the medium-bodied palate, it has the merest suggestion of soft, tannic texture and a fruity finish.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2015 Ch Pesquie Les Terrasses
Cotes De Ventoux , Rhone, France
A smoking good 2015 that readers should snatch up is the 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses, which is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that’s aged in a combination of two- to four-year-old barrels and foudres. Medium to full-bodied, polished, silky and with no hard edges, it has classic Southern Rhone notes of Provencal spices, garrigue, licorice and ripe black raspberries. Buy a case and drink bottles over the coming 5-6 years. 92 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG 7.50 Retail $16.99

2016 Slingshot Cabernet
Napa Valley, California
Complex yet approachable, Slingshot has a bouquet of ripe raspberry, blueberry and plum. The palate is full and textured with notes of chocolate and wild currants, while balancing acidity and chewy tannins. The finish lingers with subtle notes of French oak. Slingshot is crafted to complement, not over-power, making this a welcome addition to any meal.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 6/19/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on June 15, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday June 19th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Ame Du Vin Rose
Provence, France
70% Garnache, 30% Cinsault
Âme du Vin (pronounced Ahm-du-VAHN) “Soul of Wine” embodies the sun-drenched beauty of Côtes de Provence with distinctive elegance. Expressive notes of fresh apricot, citrus and jasmine flower delight the senses, yielding an exceptional rosé with balance and length.
Btg $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 La Playa Viogner,Chardonnay Blend
Colchagua Valley, Chile
The aromatic Viognier variety is very successful in the cooler coastal regions of Chile making some excellent balanced wines. This is a terrific, lively wine with an exotic aroma of dried apricots, pineapple, banana and lychee. Vibrant tropical flavours flash across the tongue before expanding on the palate with a long, dry and pleasant finish.
BTG $6.00 Retail $8.99

2016 Wrath Ex Pinot noir
Monterey, California
With a name meaning “out of” in Latin, EX speaks to our focus on expressing the personality and characteristics of the Certified Sustainable (SIP) estate vineyard. These Pinot grapes are harvested a bit earlier than other lots to retain bright acidic energy. New French oak is kept to a minimum so that the flavor retains focus on Wrath’s estate grown fruit. The resulting wine is bright and energetic with cherry and red berry flavors that have undertones of earth and a hint of spice.
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2014 Axel Carmenere
Colchagua Valley, Chile
A bold dark red. On the nose, ripe black fruit aromas with hints of almonds and a touch of mint. With soft velvety tannins, this wine has a very strong structure with notes of chocolate and coffee.
BTG 7.50 Retail $16.99

2015 Mettler Pitite Syrah
Lodi, California
The Lodi microclimate is a true Mediterranean climate—excellent for growing Petite Sirah. The high daytime temperatures are tempered by Delta breezes which flow through the area in the evenings and cool down the fruit dramatically. The vineyards for the Mettler Petite Sirah are organically and sustainably grown.
The Mettler 2015 Petite Sirah exudes elegance and grace from the first sip. True to its varietal heritage, the color is opaque and deep purple. Soft aromas of dark berries, gingerbread and oak are sultry and inviting. As it unfolds on the palate, it delivers a beautiful swirl of concentrated berry flavors with notes of dark honey, blackberry pie and spice. Well integrated tannins create a bold backdrop for the beautifully lush texture, and carry the flavors through the lingering finish.
93 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $9.50 Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 6/12/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on June 7, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday June 12th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Momo Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
A classic Sauvignon Blanc displaying a complex nose with aromas of tropical fruit, herbaceous notes and a hint of cassis. Natural fermentation adds a rich and textural quality to the palate, with subtle notes of lemon zest and passionfruit. The finish is crisp and dry. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
Btg $7.50 Retail $16.99

2016 Murrietas Well “Whip” white blend”
Livermore Valley, California
33% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, 12% Orange Muscat, 10% Viognier
Aromatic appeal that provides a textured and delicious palate, and has the presence and crisp finish to be an excellent food wine. The winery is fortunate to grow several aromatic white varietals on its estate, that provide beautiful fruit and floral expressions. The team uses those varietals and others to accentuate the rich and full palate provided by its estate Chardonnay and Semillon enhanced by the wonderful natural acidity of Sauvignon Blanc. This helps Murrieta’s Well deliver a complete wine that tells the story of the estate each and every vintage. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2015 Conundrum Red Blend
Sourced from premier California winegrowing regions, Conundrum Red features dark red varietals including Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. It is rich, complex and approachable. With lush flavors of cherries and baking chocolate, this wine has fine tannins that create a silky smoothness. Be daring and drink Conundrum Red chilled to enhance its fruit profile and enjoy it any time of year. 90 Pts Wilford Wong
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Cabernet
Columbia Valley, Washington
The Seven Falls Cabernet opens with darker notes of coffee and cocoa, then transcends into black fruits including cherry and plum, with hints of mint, herb and spice. Powerful and bold, it is full and vibrant, with an elegant finish filled with notes of nut and spice.90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG 7.00 Retail $14.99

2015 Federalist Zinfandel
Lodi, California
The Lodi Zinfandel has aromas of red fruits (plum, cherry) and cinnamon spice, a good density, firm tannin structure, and a long, smooth finish. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

Wine Tasting 6/5/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on May 31, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday June 5th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Macrina
Marche, Italy
Citrusy verbena and lemon peel flavors are layered with crunchy white peach and mineral notes in this light-bodied and lithe white, with a mouthwatering, snappy finish.
Btg $7.00 Retail $14.99

2016 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose
Pfalz , Germany
While dry in style and subtle on the nose, this fruity fresh rosé offers loads of concentrated raspberry, melon and peach flavors. Light on its feet and imminently quaffable, it’s an irresistible warm-weather sip at an approachable price. 89 Pts Best Buy Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $6.75 Retail $13.99

2010 Bodegas Carlos Serres Rioja Gran Reserva
Rioja, Spain
The 2010 harvest will go down as one of Rioja’s greats! It has a nose of mocha, smoke and earthy berry fruits. The palate is layered and texturally complex, while flavors of root beer, baking spice, dried cherry and plum spread out on a smooth finish that is just right in terms of residual tannins and acid. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $10.50 Retail $26.99

2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicella Superiore(Ripasso) “Monti Garbi”
Verona, Italy
: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina & Oseleta from the “Monte Garbi” site. Two-week fermentation followed by the “re-pass” of Amarone fruit. Aged one year in French oak.
Monti Garbi is a beautiful expression of Ripasso with just the right touch of heft and intensity. Aromas of sweet spice and red fruit fill the mouth and the wine ends with a soft, velvety texture.
BTG 9.00 Retail $22.99

2013 Lapostolle Red Blend
Rapel Valley, Chile
Berry, plum, cola and mineral aromas amount to an inviting whole. A solid yet racy palate delivers punches and jabs of herbal blackberry, plum and spice flavors. On the finish, this blend of Syrah, Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is generous with oak, coffee and herbal fruit flavors. 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

Wine Tasting 05/29/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on May 24, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday May 29th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay
Monterey, California
Never seeing the inside of an oak barrel, Mer Soleil SILVER is a pure, clean expression of Chardonnay. It is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and small concrete tanks imported from Burgundy, France. Fresh from start to finish, this wine features aromas of flower blossoms and crisp pears. It is round and layered on the palate, with vibrant acidity and depth.
Btg $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Davis Bynum River West Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, California
An appealing struck match and savory character over a core of pineapples, guava and apricots, plus a suggestion of toasty oak. Medium-bodied, it has a lovely silkiness to the texture and plenty of tropical fruit and toasty flavors on offer in the mouth with a lively line of acid lending freshness, finishing long. Yeah, I just love finding great value wines like this that are produced in decent quantities and over-deliver on quality! 91 Pts Wine Advocate, 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Davis Bynum Janes Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, California
Has a lovely ruby red hue with aromas of black cherry, plum and earth. On the palate, this medium bodied wine begins with a wild brambly berry note along with purple floral characters and baking spices that shine through with balance, acidity and a long lingering finish. Warm, bright and full of flavor, a wonderful combination of fruit, earth and spice.
BTG $10.50 Retail $26.99

2015 Amancaya
Mendoza, Argentina
85% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby color with violet hints. The nose presents aromas of cloves, white pepper, and raspberry. The sleek chocolate and tobacco finish has a pleasant racy edge. On the palate, the tannins are velvety with a long-lasting finish. Layer upon layer of refined flavors and lingering acidity can be appreciated after the bottle has been opened. This well balanced, well defined wine can be drunk now, but will open up with more time. 92 Pts James Suckling
BTG 8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz
Barossa Valley, Australia
Gorgeous purity and silky tannins set the stage for kirsch, blueberry syrup, white chocolate and espresso flavors. Complex and generous, with an epic finish, where the harmonious flavors linger. 93 Pts Wine Spectator, 91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $11.25 Retail $29.99

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