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Weekend Wine Tastings


Harvest Wine Tasting with Arik Colbath of Charles River Wines
Friday, October 24th, 5 to 8pm

Arik "Blue Steel" Colbath will be on hand tonight to show you a great lineup of harvest wines. It's a fairly diverse selection of wines from California (3), Chile and Italy. All five are perfect fall weather wines that pair well with this season's fare. Come watch Blue Steel strike a pose and treat you to these delicious wines.

Featured Wines

White

2013 Donkey & Goat Improbable Chardonnay - El Dorado, California
Regularly $29.99, Tasting Price $25.49
Musky aromas of pear skin, orange pith and ginger, with a hint of chamomile in the background.  Sappy, dense and dry, with bright minerality accentuating flavors of melon and orchard fruit flavors. A sweeter note of honey comes up with air and carries through the sappy, persistent, mineral-laced finish. This is a great wine for soy glazed salmon.

Reds

2013 Nuevo Mundo Estate Carmenere - Maipo Valley, Chile
Regularly $11.99, Tasting Price $10.19
A complex nose of blackberries, minerals, prune and green pepper with hints of spice, accompanied by a touch of sweetness from the oak. The palate is full, with persistence flavors of black fruit and high acidity, which lingers along with a spicy yet fruity soft finish. Roasted pork tenderloin with roasted fennel is a terrific option with this wine.

2012 Easton Zinfandel - Amador County, California
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Aromas of dark berries and plum, accented by licorice, pepper and orange zest.  Juicy, spicy and on the lean side, but with good intensity and concentration to the dark berry, spice and minerals flavors featuring dusty tannins on the finish. This is one of my favorite Zins in the whole store and a great wine to have with cider brined pork chops.

2010 Terre Rouge Les Cotes de L’Ouest Syrah - Plymouth, California
Regularly $19.99, Tasting Price $16.99
Musky raspberry, flinty minerality, pepper and herbs on the nose, along with a note of spicecake.  Densely packed and saline, with a light touch to the flavors of raspberry and black olive. Finishes tactile, savory and persistent, with fine-grained tannins and a light touch. Nothing says fall harvest like a bowl of white bean soup with fennel sausage and of course a glass of Syrah.

2011 Trifula Red - Piedmont, Italy
Regularly $14.99, Tasting Price $12.74
Aromas of berry, rhubarb, and chocolate with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cedar, herbal, and olive accented finish with chewy, powdery tannins. This is an amazing value wine and a great food wine, try with pumpkin ravioli.


Wines of South America with Dave Saul
Saturday, October 25th, 4 to 7pm

We're going to be featuring some South American wines from our selection. Dave will be showing two wines from Chile and three from Argentina.

There's a fair amount of average juice that comes out of South America but, like other wine regions, there's some really good winemakers there who are taking advantage of the exceptional terroir and producing amazing wines that are also great values. Come on by and see what we mean.

Featured Wines

Whites

2013 Terranoble Sauvignon Blanc - Maule Valley, Chile
Regularly $8.99, Tasting Price $7.64
This wine has attractive fruity aromas of peach with notes of sweet pea . It’s a fresh wine, with a balanced natural acidity, medium structure and permanence in mouth. Ideal as an aperitif or with light appetizers such as crudités or bacon wrapped scallops.

2012 Mayu Pedro Ximenez - Elqui Valley, Chile
Regularly $14.99, Tasting Price $12.74
Intense, mineral-laced green apple and quince scents, with jasmine and white pepper nuances adding lift. Dry and precise on entry, then fuller in the mid-palate, offering vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a biting note of ginger. This is the type of wine that makes me miss summer and want ceviche.

Reds

2012 Bodega Mi Terruño Uvas Cabernet Sauvignon - Mendoza, Argentina
Regularly 12.99, Tasting Price $11.04
Sweet and lively, with nicely integrated acidity giving lift and shape to the flavors of plum, redcurrant, licorice, spices and herbs. Turns a bit herbal and dusty on the back end, but finishes brisk and persistent, with lingering spice and herb notes. This is a ridiculously delicious cabernet! Try it with good old fashion meat and potatoes.

2012 Luminis Perdriel Malbec -  Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
Regularly $24.99, Tasting Price $21.24
This is a perfect balance between ripe, rich black fruit and fresh, crisp red fruit with a  hint cocoa powder and burnt sage spice. This wine expands on the palate with black berry compote balanced by juicy red raspberry. Both the fresh red fruit and sweet black fruit finish with a long dusty cocoa flavors and ripe tannins. We can’t really talk about Argentine wine without including big, beautiful steaks these wines are made for it.

2009 Bodegas Mi Terruño Mayacaba Malbec - Maipo Valley, Argentina
Regularly $39.99, Tasting Price $33.99
Very ripe aromas of cassis and chocolate. Broad and plush, but the slightly high-toned cassis, plum and coffee flavors are carrying a heavy load of spicy oak. Today the wine's chocolaty quality overwhelms its fruit. I like wines of this density with braised lamb.