Tastings

  • Jean Luc Colombo Wines w/ Katie 10/26

    Tasting starts at 4pm till 7pm
    It's been a very long time since we've conducted a Jean Luc Colombo tasting...around 4+ years. This time around we'l have Katie with us to discuss and show us the wines...and the wines...well, they are mind-blowing.

    Here's what Katie will be pouring for us...

    2016 Jean Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Blanc "Les Abeilles" - Blossomy and fresh, Jean Luc Colombo's entry-level bottling offers a bang-for-your-buck introduction to the Rhône region's uniquely silken, textural white wines. Made primarily from Clairette, it's chock-full of easy drinking apple and lemon flavors touched by hints of bitter almond and smoke.

    2016 Jean Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Rouge "Les Abeilles" - This buoyant red wine is marked by aromas of ripe blackberries, blueberries and anise. It's full bodied and plump but balanced by crisp acidity and a firm, tannic finish. An easy-drinking but classic Côtes du Rhône, it has just a hint of mineral intensity.

    2017 Jean Luc Colombo Rosé "Cape Bleue" - Soft, delicate pink. Subtle hints of peach, rose petal and pepper on the nose. Dry and complex, with intriguing notes of raspberries, fresh cherry, black olive, and fennel.

    2016 Jean Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Blanc "La Redonne" - Light straw gold. Viognier brings finesse and aromatic richness of flowers and the Roussane brings strength and round aromas of yellow fruit. Exotic flavors of mangos and apricots are perfectly balanced by a nice acidity.

    2016 Jean Luc Colombo "Les Collines de Laure" Syrah - Ruby red. Redcurrant, raspberry and slight spice. Elegant, refined and feminine notes of wild strawberry, raspberry and violet lead way to a balanced finish.

    2014 Jean Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brulees" - A deep ruby-black with purple hints. Blackcurrant, dark cherries and blackberries, with spices, licorice and cocoa on the nose. A very rich mouth-feel with flavors of black fruit, jam, vanilla, spice and mineral notes. This wine has firm tannins and a long lasting finish.

    As you can see...Katie is pouring some serious wines that just can't be missed. Gonna be some serious juice flowing this weekend.
  • Bodegas Muga w/ Special Guest on 10/27

    Saturday at 3pm till 4pm
    $5 Tasting fee for non wine club members 
    Are you ready to go to Spain?  I hope so cause this Saturday...you'll be taking a trip like no other and we'll have a guided tour the whole way there.  Here's what our special guest has decided you all need to taste.

    2017 Muga Rosado - A wine which enraptures your eyes with its salmon-pink hues and lovely light, elegant appearance in the glass.  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 yoghurt.  In the mouth we find a wine with good acidity, slight citrus fruit notes and a long aftertaste.  It pairs well with fish tartar, ceviche, salad, pasta, rice dishes…

    2017 Muga Blanco - A lemon-yellow colored wine with green glints which reveal its youth. On the nose, we find a clean, floral wine which is reminiscent of almond blossom, with citrus notes of American lime and faint underlying toasted nuances. On the palate the wine is fresh with very good acidity and a long finish, wrapping the mouth with reminders of white-fleshed Golden Delicious apples. Perfect match for vegetable dishes, rice, fish and shellfish, tapas…

    2014 Muga Reserva - A wine with medium-high depth of color -- black-cherry red with garnet hues. First, red-fruit notes appear on the nose, with hints of fennel and scrubby heathland, all nicely balanced by smokey aromas from the time spent in medium-toasted wood. Underlying hints of vanilla come through with coffee notes. On the palate, there is a full mouth-feel with slightly mentholated nuances and white chocolate. The vanilla reappears and the red-berry fruit aromas found on the nose persist, with an elegant acidity which makes the aftertaste long.

    2012 Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial Rioja - Here you have a black-cherry colored wine with very good depth and a deep robe. On the nose, you can find aromas of black fruit, a touch of highly balsamic licorice, spicy notes (white pepper), subtle hints of toasted aromas, coffee, and slightly mineral nuances. This combination of aromas makes the wine complex and elegant. A silky-smooth wine, where the tannin can be found, rich and meaty, revealing youthfulness. Very good acidity which makes this wine long and fresh. Full in body with a very long, open aftertaste.

    2014 Muga Torre Rioja - Deep purple in color, this wine offers aromas of ripe, dark fruit, spicy notes of black pepper, mineral hints of graphite, and fresh traces of thick undergrowth. On the palate, the wine reveals smooth, soft tannins -- elegant with balanced acidity. Hints of licorice and pepper are present. Easy to drink.

    2010 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva Rioja - The wonderfully silky texture with an added juiciness is what makes this wine so very special. The flawless and seamless nature to the wine is so impressive that it takes you breath away. Plenty of beautiful fruit but what mouthfeel. Drink now and forever.

    2011 Muga Casa Conde de Haro Cava - The first impression in the glass is of practically no oxidation, with bright yellow-green hues. The nose is dominated by tangy fruit and floral aromas. Honeyed yet fresh in the mouth, thanks to its significant acidity. The combination of fruit, acidity and fine lees results in a surprising sensation of fullness that invites one to continue tasting it. The fruity notes return in the aftertaste, with predominant spices that, for several seconds, leave a very pleasant memory.

  • Global Champagne Day Tasting on 10/19

    Friday at 4pm till 7pm
    When you pop a bottle of Champagne...do you open the bottle with a small hiss like they teach us in Sommelier school or do you pop that sucker and make some noise? I say...make some noise! Global Champagne Day is upon us this Friday and we'll be popping some farmer fizz for you all. Katie and I will be on hand to talk shop, pour Champagne, laugh and have a good time. People still walk into the shop and tell me they need a wine to celebrate with...Champagne it is, but why wait for a celebration?

    We've picked out 5 bottles of Champagne that are great for any celebration but do nicely for a Wednesday fizzy when you just wanna put your feet up and have a glass of Champagne.

    Champagne Tribaut Blanc de Chardonnay - This mineral, floral cuvée, produced with 20% old Chardonnay vines from Aÿ, aged in foudres, exhibits aromas of toast and honey. It is a perfect foil for fish or a seafood platter.

    Champagne Copinet Integral Brut Blanc de Blancs - This is by far one of the most impressive Champagnes I've had in a long time. Easy to drink yet complex enough for a true Champagne nerd to gulp down. This is one fine-ass grower Champagne.

    Champagne Bernard Gaucher Brut NV - The classic of the house characterized by its fruity, freshness and regularity.

    Champagne Tribaut Cuvée Rene - The Cuvée René, blended with 50 % reserve wines aged in large oak casks (foudres), reveals a lovely complexity with notes of brioche and hazelnut. Ideal as an aperitif or enjoyed with white meat.

    2009 Champagne Copinet Monsieur Leonard Blanc de Blanc - Now approaching maturity although certainly not leaving its fruit behind, this is a fine structured wine. It has hints of toastiness as well as spice while keeping bright acidity and a tangy texture. The wine is rich still tense and ready to drink.

    Get ready to pop some bottles!
  • Villa Rosa w/ Marc Stotland on 10/20

    Saturday we'll have Opici Wines brand manager Marc Stotland back in the shop to pour their wines from Villa Rosa. This is such a stellar collection of wines that most people overlook because they are not a HUGE name or producer but trust me...if you're looking for some serious wines from Northern Italy...let's just say, you'll want to grab some and take them home!

    2013 Villa Rosa Barbaresco
    2013 Villa Rosa Barolo
    2017 Villa Rosa Moscato d'Asti
    NV Villa Rosa Brachetto D'Aqui

    and one special bottle that we'll be popping as well...this one...you won't want to miss.

    Starts at 3pm till 4pm for Free!

  • Giovanni Pasquero Elia of Paitin on 10/12

    Well people...I looked up some special treats for you this month but first lets talk about who we'll be tasting with on Friday. Weeks ago Katie asked me if I wanted to host Giovanni in the shop for a tasting since he'll be pouring for Katie's company portfolio tasting on Monday...does a bear shit in the woods? Here are some of the wines Giovanni will be pouring for us.

    2016 Paitin Arneis "Elisa"
    2017 Paitin Dolcetto d'Alba "Sori' Paitin"
    2015 Paitin Barbera d'Alba "Campolive"
    2015 Paitin Nebbiolo Langhe "Starda"
    2014 Paitin Barbaresco "Serraboella"
    2014 Paitin Barbaresco "Sori' Paitin"

    As you can see...Giovanni is pulling out some gems and its gonna be one of those tastings that people will be talking about for weeks cause...well...we know what you want.

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