Wine Tasting 10/22/19

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Tuesday October 22nd 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Patient Cottat Sancerre

Loire Valley, France

Lemon with golden-green reflections. Complex and intense aromas of acacia blossoms with a Muscat-like nose of passionfruit. the palate is full and fat. Very well balanced. Notes of litchi and a small touch of honey. Richer seafood dishes such as crab cakes or squid in a risotto or squid stewed with red peppers and tomatoes. 91 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $10.75    Retail $27.99

2018 Left Field Sauvignon Blanc

Nelson, New Zealand

Passionfruit, nectarine and lemongrass parade before the beholder. Gentle scents of green herb and flamboyant tropical fruit arrive on the scene while a light footed streak of crisp vibrancy departs side stage. 91 Pts Decanter

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

2017 La Posta Fazzio Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

Roasted herbs, ink, iodine, chocolate and lots of violets. A bright and racy malbec on the palate with no shortage of dark fruit and ripe tannins, but this is very structured and finishes very savory. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2014 San Felice Chianti Classico Reserva

Tuscany, Italy

Deep ruby red color. The nose is intense and persistent with the typical notes of sweet violet and wild red berries. An austere, full-bodied wine, with succulent tannins and fresh acidity. Enriched with an aromatic complexity that originates from a delicate dosing of wood.

91Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

BTG $10.00    Retail $24.99

2014 Burgess Cabernet

Napa Valley, California

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, powerful and intense. Wild cherry, underbrush, gravel, savory herbs, smoke and earthy notes give the 2014 much of its potent, virile profile. There is plenty to look forward to as the 2014 develops in bottle. This is a lovely wine with classically inspired proportions and plenty of structure. 92 Pts Vinous

BTG $13.75  Retail $36.99

Wine Tasting 10/15/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 15th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2017 Valckenberg “Madonna” Riesling Nahe, Germany Clear, medium lemon yellow in color. Clean aromas of pear, yellow apple, pungent floral, steel wool. On the palate it’s off dry, medium-low acidity, medium body and finish; flavors of overripe peach, applesauce, and candied lemon. BTG $6.50    Retail $11.99 2016 Aviary Chardonnay Napa, Sonoma Mendocino, California In the glass, the wine is a bright straw laced with honey. Aromas of tropical fruit, vanilla bean, banana, and apricot invite you in. On the palate, the texture is round and smooth with bright acid. Flavors of pineapple, guava, buttered toast, and banana balance together into a wine that is both rich and refreshing. BTG $7.25   Retail $15.99 2017 Gota De Arena Tempranillo Castilla Y Leon, Spain Deep purple color, the aromatics erupt from the glass featuring a mix of crushed red and black fruits, and sweet spice tinged with cedar. An incredible value, possessing fantastic fruit, excellent mid-palate depth and ripe tannins BTG $6.25 Retail $10.99 2017 Ravel and Stitch Cabernet Central Coast, California Our Cabernet Sauvignon draws you in through the inviting aromatic of dark cherry and vanilla notes. The evolving flavors on the palate of dark fruits, such as olallieberry, are met by a rich lusciousness that hits on the middle of the palate. 92 Pts Tasting panel BTG $10.00     Retail $24.99 2017 Chronic Cellars Suite Petite Paso Robles, California Starts with aromas of concentrated blackberry jam, toasted wood, plum and violet. The palate is floral and fresh, with penetrating flavors of blueberry sorbet that rest against a strong tannic structure. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast #26 TOP 100 BEST BUY 2019 BTG $16.99   Retail $16.99

Wine Tasting 10/8/19

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This Tuesday we have a very special guest: James Stewart


James Stewart is one of Napa Valley’s next-generation winemakers assuming central roles in legacy wine businesses. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he came to the Valley in 2006 to partner with his father, Michael, in running Stewart Cellars. Following a product from the dirt to the shelf greatly appeals to him; moving his family’s wines through the marketplace without having to compromise their standards or beliefs is what he finds most rewarding about his work. Like many of his peers, James is focused on issues surrounding sustainability, preservation, labor practices and maintaining family-owned businesses in Napa Valley. He enjoys charity work and fundraising, but is most intent on spreading the message that Napa Valley is for everyone and that Stewart Cellars, and the other family-owned businesses here, make wines first and foremost for people’s enjoyment.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 8th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2018 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, California Refreshing and crisp, our Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of orange blossom and green apple. With a vein of acidity and a textured palate, this wine features flavors of lemon, pear, and key lime. This balanced and elegant Sauvignon Blanc is a must have for spending the weekend poolside. BTG $7.25     Retail $15.99 2016 Stewart Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California Plummy strawberry, blueberry and a voluptuous undertaking of baking spice combine effortlessly and with a great depth of flavor in this juicy, lengthy wine, full-bodied but retentive of enough acidity to complement the robust fruit and body. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $42.99 2017 Slingshot Cabernet North Coast, California Complex and yet approachable, the Slingshot North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon has a bouquet of ripe forest fruits, tobacco and vintage leather. The palate is dark and textured with notes of dark chocolate, blueberry, and plum that balance the acidity and chewy tannins. The lingering finish of subtle French oak will have you scrambling for more! BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99 2016 Stewart Tartan Red Blend Napa Valley, California This blends 43% Merlot, 29% Malbec, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot from several vineyards, including Stagecoach and Brokenrock on Atlas Peak. It’s a richly concentrated, rocky wine with bold flavors of dried cherry and plum, black pepper and leather, the grip of tannin is no joke. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $44.99 2014 Stewart Cabernet Napa Valley, California  A 100% varietal wine, this is an impressive effort, mingling together rich and forward flavors of blackberry cobbler and chocolate around a softly layered yet richly woven core of concentration and power. Decadent, it finishes with a welcoming smoky hint.  94 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $69.99

Wine Tasting 10/1/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 1st 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2018 Scarpetta Pinot Grigio Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Light straw color with just a hint of salmon. Aromas of both stone fruits and melon. Showing Pinot Grigio’s ability to be light on its feet but complex. Melon and stone fruits with minerals and medium body. BTG $7.25     Retail $15.99 2018 Sean Minor 4 Bears Rose Central Coast, California 100% Pinot Noir This great value in California rose was produced using the classic saignée method, allowing juice to remain in contact with the skins for about 24 hours. The juice is then “bled” from the tank before fermentation begins. The resulting wine is fermented dry developing its pink color, aromatics and bright fruit flavors. Vibrant cherry, strawberry, cranberry and ripe watermelon aromas and flavors lead in the nose, followed by delicate red fruits on the palate and a thirst-quenching finish. Perfect summertime sipper. TOP VALUE! BTG $7.50  Retail $16.99 2018 Ch D’ Oupia Les Heretiques Minervois, France This 100% 40+Year old Carignan from Minervois in the south of France will knock your socks off. It is medium-bodied with a strong tannic structure and aromas of raspberries and blueberries. BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99   2016 Noan River Cabernet Napa, California Dark ruby in color. Complex nose brimming with brambly blackberry, rhubarb pie, plum, orange peel and marjoram. Secondary notes of savory, ripe red berry, and cigar box. Ripe, medium to full-bodied flavors of cassis, red raspberry and plum. Finishes long with bright notes of red fruits, framed up nicely with lingering plum and a hint of tobacco. BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99 2016 Redentore, Merlot Veneto, Italy The 2016 Redentore Merlot Is from 18-20 year old organically treated vines. The wine features round, soft, fruit, lovely spice notes, a touch of vanilla, and balanced acidity. It presents intense scents of raspberries, violet and cherry, with irresistible smoothness  BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99  

Wine Tasting 9/24/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday September 24th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings   2017 Weingut Frank Gruner Vetliner Weinviertel, Austria Very appetizing, immediate notes of both fresh green and ripe juicy yellow pear make for an aromatic opening. They follow through on the light dry palate where a sage-tinged savoriness is joined by bright lemon. It is ideal aperitif material with its refreshing mouthwatering lightness.90 Pts Wine Enthusiast BTG $8.00     Retail $18.99   2017 Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon Beautiful aromatics of blackberry, cinnamon stick, dried cranberry and cedar jump from the glass. The mouth is supple with strawberry, balsamic reduction, lavender, thyme and cocoa powder; finishing with soft tannins laced with black licorice. 90 Pts Tasting Panel BTG $10.25  Retail $25.99   2018 Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec Mendoza, Argentina Young, crisp wine with floral notes of violets and zesty taste of plums, cherries, dry berries and a hint of white pepper on the finish. Fruit-driven with a hint of oak and ideal for immediate enjoyment to maintain its vitality and freshness. 89 Pts Jeb Dunnick BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99   2017 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee Sonoma County, California 74% Merlot,7% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Cabernet Franc,7% Petit Verdot,5% Malbec Refreshing aromas of black cherries and blackberries lifted by vanilla and warm baking spices lead into a light-to-medium bodied palate of more dark fruit, savory cocoa and earth, while dusty tannins and mouth-watering acidity leave a lingering freshness. As with previous vintages, this wine is ready to pair with a myriad of cuisines and occasions, or enjoy on its own, knowing it will leave you clamoring for more. 91 Pts Tasting Panel BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99   2017 Maison Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage Northern Rhone Valley, France 100% Syrah This wine offers immediate pleasure. As soon as you open it the fruit is there. With a bit more stuffing and texture than the charming 2016, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Maison les Alexandrins should prove to be superior. There’s an herbal, grassy note on the nose but alsopotent black cherry fruit. It’s full-bodied, with a creamy, plushtexture on the mid-palate that turns velvety on the long finish.” 92 Pts Robert Parker  BTG $10.75  Retail $27.99
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Wine Tasting 9/17/19


Tuesday September 17th 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 John Anthony Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley, California

Vibrant tart fruit aromas with white pepper and citrus blossom. Pineapple, kiwi and guava flavors with honeysuckle and ginger with a lean texture. Minerality pervades throughout the freshness and energy of this bright Sauvignon Blanc. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $9.00     Retail $22.99

2017 Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay

Sonoma, California

Farmed by the Sbragia family for decades, Home Ranch Vineyard is located at the southeast end of Dry Creek Valley, where temperatures are cooler than most of the appellation. The 2017 growing season was another great one despite inconsistent temperatures. This vintage has aromas of ripe apples and stone fruit, followed by lemon peel, and a kiss of sweet oak and vanilla. 89 Pts Wine Spectator & James Suckling

BTG $7.75  Retail $17.99

2017 Siduri Pinot Noir

Santa Barbara, California

Sourced from vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Velley. It showcases the vibrancy and depth of flavor so synonymous with the region while mirroring the charm and romance that is always found in the area. Aromas of crushed slate, red cherry and rose petals lead into a bouncy palate that’s tart in flavors of pomegranate and raspberry. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

2016 Dry Creek Cabernet

78Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot.

This impeccable Cabernet Sauvignon displays lively aromatics of black cherry, blackcurrant, and dried blueberry. Additional airing reveals nuances of dried Herbes de Provence, cola, leather, and black olive. The palate is full-bodied and rich with elegant flavors of black currant and dried cranberry with notes of cocoa powder, espresso, nutmeg, and cedar. The wine is fruit-forward and youthful, with fine tannins and a finish of black and white pepper. It offers intensity and richness and reflects the terroir beautifully.

92 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2017 Emmolo Merlot

From the famous Caymus Portfolio

Grapes for this wine were sourced from Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll district, which includes two family vineyards. The area’s cooler weather, along with crop thinning and gravelly light soil, creates ideal conditions for producing a rich, distinctive Merlot. This wine is lush and supple on the palate, with expansive, dark berry flavors, a fresh earthiness, and smooth, leathery tannin. 4.4 Vivino Retail $37.99

Wine Tasting 9/10/19

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Tuesday September 10th 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Elk Cove Pinot Blanc

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Jumps from the glass with aromas of bright tangerine set off by slate, smooth river rock and a flash of honeysuckle. Ripe and mouth-watering, this wine is bursting with stone fruit and crisp Meyer lemon buffered by the creamy texture of meringue.

92 Pts Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines #5, 92 Pts Wine & Spirits

BTG $8.25     Retail $19.99

2016 Solena Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Deep, bright red in color with a vibrant and fruity nose. Cheery aromas of black cherry, plum and blackberry compote entice the nose while the soft mouthfeel gives way to flavors of dark fruit with elements of bramble, leather and licorice. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $9.50  Retail $23.99

2016 Coltibuono Chianti Classico

Tuscany, Italy

This wine is the result of absolutely natural production methods using hand-picked organically grown Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes. It is considered to be one of the most representative wines of the Chianti Classico appellation. The color is bright ruby, the nose unveils layers of iris, violet, tobacco, black pepper and marasca cherry. The taste is well balanced, tightly knit with supple tannins, mineral notes, a mouth cleansing fresh acidity. Warm and persistent.

93 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2016 Castello Di Neive Barbera D’Alba Superior

Piedmonte, Italy

Intense and racy, this red displays concentrated black cherry, blackberry and black currant aromas and flavors. Vibrant and tangy on the mouthwatering finish. 92 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $10.75  Retail $27.99

2016 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red

Paso Robles,California

90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah

A rich and fruity nose opens with black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, and vanilla, leading into toffee, cigar, and cherrywood. On the palate the wine is round and sumptuous, with notes of cherry, clove, and orange oil. This Incredible Red meets and exceeds the promise in its name.

90 Pts SK

BTG $6.50 Retail $12.99

Wine Tasting 9/3/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday September 3rd 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Lucien Albrecht Cremant Brut Rose Alsace, France Tart red currant, rhubarb and strawberry come together in a very refreshing, rounded and appetizing fashion. The frothy, foaming mousse is exuberant and highlights these strawberry shortcake flavors brilliantly, while a totally dry palate makes sure that this stays classy. This is very satisfying, fun and fruit-driven, with a serious core and a bright, lemony finish. Cremant Rosé is made by the Champagne Methode. 93 Pts Wilford Wong, 90 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $8.50      Retail $20.99 2018 Four Graces Rose Willamette Valley, Oregon 100% Pinot Noir Pale salmon with rouge reflections fill the glass. Delicate aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, meyer lemon and a hint of light crème fraiche sets the tone for this delightful rosé. The palate shows bright notes of ripe strawberry that lead into a soft minerality. A lively acidity accents the ripe fruit flavors and carries the wine into a crisp finish. BTG $8.00  Retail $18.99 2015 Gravel Bar Alluvial Red Blend Columbia Valley, Washington Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Malbec and Petit Verdot This is a full-bodied red with vibrant flavors of dried cherries, plum, toffee, chocolate and vanilla. The structure is rich, with bold tannins extending the finish. BTG $7.50 Retail $16.99   2016 Carmenet Cabernet Reserve California With a dark rich red color, Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon presents a complex bouquet of berries with hints of chocolate. The palate rounds out with spice and vanilla and ends with a smooth lingering finish. BTG $6.25  Retail $9.99 2016 Haraszthy Bearitage Red blend Lodi, California Lodi is located in the central valley of California and is cooler than either the northern or southern halves of the valley. As a result, grapes from Lodi tend to produce wines at the fleshy, plummy, ripe end of the flavor spectrum. This wine is blended using Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah and carefully selected. This wine is medium bodied, smooth and beautifully balanced. Bearitage Lodi Red Wine delivers abundant fruit flavors and aromas reminiscent of cherries, plums and blackberries. BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99

Wine Tasting 8/27/19

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Tuesday August 27th 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Jean Manciat Macon Charnay

Burgundy, France

This unoaked Chardonnay is made in stainless-steel vats to express the fruity, floral aromas and flinty minerality that is characteristic of this region. Stony yellow apple and lemon verbena tantalize the nose and seduce the palate with richness and intensity. Fresh and concentrated in the mouth, lingering notes of honeyed apple and fresh minerality round out the finish of this succulent Mâcon.

BTG $8.25       Retail $19.99

2018 Francois Cazin Cheverny Blanc

Loire Valley, France

A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, the Cazin Cheverny features bright citrus aromas and complex mineral notes. The palate is deep, surprisingly full-bodied, with great acid and remarkable length.

BTG $7.75  Retail $17.99

2017 Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges

Loire Valley, France

100% Cabernet Franc

From 25 to 30 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils over clay near the Vienne river. This cuvée has gotten more and more “serious” as the vines age, giving a wine that is  delightful to drink young, but that shows surprising complexity and mineral character as well. The wine shows aromas of ripe red currant and cassis with hints of violet, citrus, earth, graphite, pepper and herbs. The palate is quite mineral with firm stony acids underlying lush, chalky berry fruits, and is beautifully balanced.

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2016 Redentore Merlot

Veneto, Italy

Rendentore Merlot is a true wine of place.  This is Venetian red wine in a glass: dark sour cherries, oregano and tar. Inky ruby in color with a notable gradient. The nose engulfs with balsamic vinegar, bay leaf and licorice. The clay soils from which this wine hails provide for ample structure: a pillowy mouthfeel, soft velvety tannins and cheeky acidity. 

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2017 Valravn Zinfandel

Sononma, California

A very lifted aroma of simmering berry sauce emanates from the glass. In the mouth there is a cascade of blue and red fruits alike, comprised of copious amounts of blueberry, cassis and blackberry compote with the faintest hint of blood orange lingering around the perimeter of the core. It is framed in a mocha bean and chocolate ganache flavor. The energetic and long finish presents a sense of freshness that invites further drinking.

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

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 

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