2.16 - 2.17 Wine Tasting
Join us this Saturday + Sunday, Feb. 16-17 for a complimentary wine tasting
hosted by Jason Bise from The Winebow Group.
Tastings run from 11:30am to 5pm, and all bottles featured are 10% off.
Scroll down for tasting notes on this week’s lineup.
Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc II 2016
Retail: $31.95 | Sale $28.75
This German Sauvignon Blanc expresses amazing layers of stone fruit, blanched almonds, white peach, and a puree of tropical notes, vibrant minerality and a touch of creaminess that glues the whole experience together. Lively and grippy, it finishes eloquently and leaves you reaching immediately for another glass.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Talley Vineyards Chardonnay 201
Retail: $29.95 | Sale $26.95
It’s magical how this Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay packs both subtlety and richness into the same package. This wine opens with light aromas of honeysuckle, golden apple, and brioche before intensifying into cashew, peach, and tangerine. The palate surrounds caramelized peach and apple flavors yet cuts through with lemony acidity and a chalky texture, finishing with light caramel and butter. Enjoy this classic Chardonnay with light seafood fare, such as steamed mussels or Dungeness crab. It’s an estate Chardonnay that will keep for at least 7-8 years.
94 points Wine Enthusiast
92 points Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points Wilfred Wong of Wine
Charles Bove Touraine Brut Rose NV
Retail: $19.95 | Sale: $17.95
This cuvée is made according to the Méthode Traditionnelle process. The bubbles are very fine, abundant and long-lasting in the flute. Its bouquet is very fruity with scents of cherries, fresh-baked bread, chalky soil tones, dried rose petals, and a touch of spice. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused, and shows fine mid-palate depth. It has bracing acids of youth, frothy mousse and very good length, with grip on the complex finish. Perfect as an aperitif, yet it is a surprisingly versatile wine that can complement many lighter style dishes such as Asian cuisine or poultry.
70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Gamay
Yacoubian-Hobbs Areni Rind 2015
Retail: $39.95 | Sale $35.95
Internationally renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs and the Yacoubian family journey to the Birthplace of Wine to craft this world-class wine from the indigenous variety Areni, found in the high altitude, mineral-rich soils of Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Their newly planted vineyards grow a stone’s throw away from the Areni-1 cave, the oldest known winery dating from over 6,000 years ago. In Rind, the ancient Areni grape thrives in rich volcanic and limestone soils. Hot summers are tempered by cooler temperatures at these high elevation sites, and much needed water is provided by the melting snowcaps atop Mount Ararat. Pure purple with a violet rim in the glass, this wine opens with aromas of blueberry, black fruit, and pepper convey the vibrancy that is yet to come. Flavors of bright black cherry, fresh strawberry, and blackberry seem to flood the palate, like the juices of fresh fruit. Balanced, structured, and lively, this wine will fare well with a variety of cuisines or give immense pleasure sipped on its own.
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014
Retail: $16.95 | Sale $15.25
This wine opens with subtle aromas of red-skinned berry, Mediterranean herb, dark spices, and a hint of violet. On the sleek light-bodied palate, this elegant style of Vino Nobile shows polished tannins and fresh acidity with an undertone of Marasca cherry, raspberry, and clove. Drink now through 2023.
92 Points James Suckling
90 Points Wine Spectator
Jason Stephens Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Retail: $23.95 | Sale $21.55
Gilroy, California is known as the garlic capital of the world, but also happens to be a particularly good environment for growing grapes (which have been thriving there for over 300 years). Aromas of black pepper, fresh marjoram, and dried strawberry aromas welcome you into the glass. The palate shows an herbal backbone full of peppercorns and oregano, giving depth to the snappy black-raspberry flavors.
76% Cabernet Sauvignon | 10% Merlot | 6% Petit Verdot | 4% Malbec | 4% Cabernet Franc
1821 Blood Orange & Ginger Shrub
Retail: $25.95 | Sale: $23.35
If you’re not familiar with shrubs this is a great place to start. Crisp blood orange gets a healthy kick of spicy fresh ginger in this favorite. Perfect added into a Moscow mule or try switching out your OJ in a mimosa. Alternatively, you can also keep it simple and mix with some sparkling water for a refreshing and all-natural alternative to a soda.
Fabbri Amarena Cherries
Ceramic Jar 21oz - Retail: $24.95 | Sale: $22.45
Glass Jar 8oz - Retail: $14.95 | Sale: $13.45
These luscious and intensely flavorful amarena cherries from the province of Emilia-Romagna are one of the most sought-after all-over Europe. The Fabbri family has been producing these luxurious wild cherries in syrup since 1905 from the guarded original recipe of founder Gennaro Fabbri. The local cherries which are a dark red variety with a sweet and slightly bitter flavor are preserved in a rich syrup made from the juice of the same fruit. Try using these special amarena cherries in place of any dish that requires ordinary candied cherries. You will find no end to using them. Use them for toppings, over pancakes, ice cream, dessert, champagne and even a glass of seltzer.