Sam’s has the best wine selection in the area, and we are constantly changing and improving our store to offer you exclusive wine offerings from around the world.  We were again awarded “Best Wine Selection in Lexington” in 2012.

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Wine Tastings

Every Friday, from 4pm – 7pm, we host a FREE wine tasting at our Lexington location. At the tasting, you can sample 3-4 new and upcoming wines at no cost. A sample of recent tasting information is further below…

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Wine Tasting March 1st, 2013

Greg will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-

Robert Hall Muscat- A vivid yellow-gold in color, this wine entertains the senses with fresh citrus and orange blossom aromas with a touch of sweet ginger spice echoed by bright, sweet tropical fruit flavors. Medium-bodied, the Orange Muscat features a balancing crisp acidity that brightens the finish. Pair with spicy cuisine, as an accompaniment to dessert or as an aperitif.

Seven Daughters White Blend- The intense aromatics for this wine feature notes of orange blossom, tangerine and melon with a subtle hint of apricot and lychee. This crisp, balanced wine opens with the fresh flavors of lychee and mandarin oranges. The citrus influence continues with an intense tangerine flavor. The presence of Gewurztraminer complements the wine with a closing note of spice.

Once Upon a Vine Pinot Noir -Juicy flavors of cherry pie and plum, very smooth finish with a hint of oak spice

Once Upon a Vine Red Blend – The wine leads with a bramble of berries, dark black plum and root beer flavors, framed by toasted spices. Fleshy and ripe, the palate delivers layers of black fruit with a savory and spicy character. Supple tannins hold flavors into a long, lasting finish.

For our Friday spirits sampling we will be tasting Pinnacle Whipped vodka, and Calico Jack Silver Rum. This tasting runs from 4-7pm.

 

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Wine Tasting Feb 22nd, 2013

 

Jessica will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-

Ironberry Chardonnay/Viognier- Pale gold. Pungent pear, peach and melon aromas are complemented by notes of sage and dried flowers. Juicy orchard fruit flavors are given a firm edge by a dusty citrus pith quality that adds a touch of dryness. Plump but not at all loose, finishing with good clarity and a touch of pit fruit nectar.

Vinaceous Sauvignon Blanc- Blended from two vineyards in Australia’s southwest, Vinaceous achieves delicate aromatics and intense fruit flavours, texture and length with clean, refreshing acidity.

Borsao Red- Another outstanding effort is the 2011 Tinto, a blend of 85% Grenache (called Garnacha in Spain) and 15% Tempranillo that is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world, this is an unbelievable wine. And don’t complain that you can’t find any, as there are 15,000 cases available, and any wine retailer worth his weight should be stockpiling this wine next to the cash register. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic aromas of kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, loamy soil and flowers. This medium to full-bodied wine possesses remarkable depth, an expansive texture and wonderful freshness as well as purity. On taste alone, this beauty could easily sell for $30-50 a bottle.  I don’t understand how anyone can make wines this good to sell at this price, but somehow importer Jorge Ordonez finds them.(Only $8.99 a dang bottle!!!!)
90pts
-Wine Advocate

Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec-

“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Voodoo Moon Malbec has an intense nose of blackberry preserves, dried mulberries and warm plums with hints of violets, spice box and tree bark. Full-bodied, soft and supple in the mouth, it has a refreshing backbone of crisp acid lending lift to the long juicy-berry finish. Drink it now to 2015+.”
Wine Advocate

 

Come on out and try these amazing wines with us!

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Wine Tasting Jan 18th, 2013

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! Whitney will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-
Allegro Moscato – Fresh and spicy, offering exotic floral and fruit aromas reminiscent of orange blossoms, honeyed apricots and peaches.
Byron Chardonnay -”Rich, spicy and oaky, this exudes a honeyed quality along with pineapple and lemon meringue notes. The brisk Santa Maria acidity provides clean, mouthwatering balance. Pair this opulent Chardonnay with lobster, shrimp and salmon.”

Editors’ Choice  

90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

Seven Daughters Pinot Noir – Deep ruby red color. The intense aromatics offer several pleasant surprises. The nose lends blackberry, soon following lavender and vanilla begin to show. This smooth, and intriguing wine shows exuberant fruit flavors. The wine opens with succulent red fruit ranging from blackberries and dried cherries.
Vitral Red Blend – It is a bright dark ruby red wine, and has attractive aromas of dark plumbs, blackberries, chocolate, and soft hints of vanilla. It is a rounded wine with soft tannins and a mouth-filling texture.

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Wine Tasting Jan 4th, 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

Whitney will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines to help you restock after the hectic holiday season!

Carmel Road Pinot Gris – Monterey is an ideal place to grow Pinot Gris, a variety that benefits from the region’s famously sunny days as well as its maritime breezes and fog. The resulting wine features a generous texture with distinct crispness and vibrant flavors of lemon, peach, honeydew melon and lilac, all of which conspire to be enjoyed with food or as an aperitif all on its own.

Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay- Rich tropical fruit intertwines with grapefruit, lemon and candied lime peel. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a lush texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon spice to round out the long finish.

Byron Pinot Noir – aromas of dark berry and cherry accented by hints of floral and mineral. The flavor profile has a core of dark berry and dark cherry with hints of earth and brown spices, backed by a smooth, silky and long finish.

Seven Daughters Red Blend – Deep ruby red color. The intense aromatics offer several pleasant surprises. The nose lends blackberry, soon following lavender and vanilla begin to show. This smooth, and intriguing wine shows exuberant fruit flavors. The wine opens with succulent red fruit ranging from blackberries and dried cherries. The presence of Syrah compliments the wine with a closing note of peppery spice, for a memorable finish.

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Wine Tasting Dec 28th, 2012

New Years is fast approaching and we are stocking up on some delicious bubbly to help you celebrate! So come on in and check out our great selection to help you ring in the New Year!

Whitney will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following-

Solletico Prosecco – Soft flavorful wine with delicate bubbles. Served as an aperitif. Also matched well with Prosciutto, stuffed mushrooms, creamy sauces, almonds, seafood, fried fare, spicy Asian entrees.

Carmel Road Riesling – The sparse soils and brisk climate of Carmel Road’s Monterey terroir are ideal conditions for producing Riesling. This vintage is refreshing and satisfying with flavors of grapefruit, peach, guava and lime peel.

Calina Chardonnay – This Chardonnay shows aromas of fresh citrus, peaches, melons, tropical fruit and hints of minerality. On the palate, the wine is lush and crisp, with bright fruit followed by hints of butter and light oak on the lingering finish.

Carmel Road Pinot Noir – rich with flavors of red berries, warm spice, earth, and chocolate, along with mineral characteristics that are reflections of this cool climate region. The toasty finish is silky and long.

Calina Carmenere’- The color is dark and inky with deep purple hues. The aromas are intense with ripe berries, smoked bacon, sweet cotton candy, “grandma’s spice box” and hints of vanilla. The tannins are well-integrated, providing the underlying structure to support the wine’s opulent fruit. The finish is medium-long and elegant with spice and hints of oak.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting American Harvest Vodka from 5-7pm.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun New Years Eve!

We will be closed on New Years day (regular hours New Years Eve)  so that we can eat outrageous amounts of collard greens and black-eyed peas (well I will be anyway)

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Wine Tasting Thanksgiving week!

I hope everyone is having a great week! This week our tasting schedule will be a wee bit  different.

Tuesday 20th
5-7pm – Baileys Original, Caramel, and the brand new Hazelnut.

Wed 21st
4:30 -6:30pm – Larceny Bourbon sampling.
4-7pm – Scoops wine tasting (Red and white blends)

Thursday 22nd – Closed for Thanksgiving!

Friday 23rd
5-7pm Ciroc Peach, Ciroc Original, Baileys Caramel, and Baileys Original.
Sadly we will not have a wine tasting.

So while you are out doing your holiday shopping stop on in and try a free sample, and let us help you find that perfect wine to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Wine Tasting Nov 16th, 2012

Justin will be by for our 4-7pm  Friday-before-Thanksgiving-Wine-Tasting-Extravaganza! Pouring the following tasty wines that will pair great with any Thanksgiving meal!Charles de Fere Blanc de Blancs- Bright and fruity on the nose, this wine exudes aromas typical of Chenin Blanc – apples, apricots and a hint of honey. The palate holds an explosion of fine bubbles followed by a smooth, fruity finish.Jean Louis Brut Rose’ – this delicious bubbly, redolent with fresh strawberries, pomegranate and crunchy cherry. This juicy yet dry bubbly which pairs well with just about anything!

Val de Salis Pinot Noir – The wine is deep red in colour with a purple hue, the opulent nose exudes notes of black fruit followed by fig and cocoa flavours in the mouth. The finish is very pleasant, well-balanced and with a generous dose of lingering spice for good measure.

Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir –  Forest floor fruit, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry. Velvet, precise tannin and balanced structure. Great Oregon juice!

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Wine Tasting Nov 9th, 2012

Liz will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:

Secco Prosecco – Fresh and elegant. Layers and layers of flavors. Elderberry, anise, Italian summer melon, and seashells live within so many tiny bubbles. Totally delicious!

Berger Gruner Veltliner – Gruner is known for its ability to pair well with food, and this bottle does not disappoint!  It is fresh, and full of floral and mineral flavors, with a subtle hint of citrus.

Pinot Project Pinot Noir – California fruit character–blueberry, cranberry and cherry–but more vivacious, with hints of clove and baking spices and super fresh acidity this time around. This is a value Pinot you HAVE to try.

Chateau Smith Cabernet – Savory and supple. Flavors of cassis, dark berries and pipe tobacco coat the palate for a long and satisfying finish.

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Wine Tasting Nov 2nd, 2012

Jessica will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:

Churchview Chardonnay – The aromas and flavours are fresh and lifted, dominated by orange blossom, white peach and fresh nectarines, with a lovely citrus character.

Serrado White Blend – a wine with great finesse, aromatic complexity, with vegetal, floral and mineral. Occurs fermentation and aging in French oak barrels of first year. Elegant in flavor, has a great acidity and has a high potential for aging surprising for its freshness and persistence in the mouth. In the mouth stand out aromas and flavors of hazelnuts, pine nuts and pine resin

El Huique Carmenere’ – Dark color, with aromas of plum earth and spice. Soft velvety tannins compliment dark fruit flavors and a long finish.

and one more TBD……

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Wine Tasting Oct 26th, 2012

Whitney will be by for our Friday wine tasting pouring the following wines from 4-7pm.Frisky Prickly- Light yellow. Fresh pear and nectarine aromas, along with suggestions of lemon curd and ginger. Juicy and light on its feet, offering tangy orchard fruit flavors and showing good vivacity. Finishes spicy and with gentle sweetness, leaving a poached pear note behind. This easy-drinking wine would be a great match for spicy Asian seafood dishesButterfly Kiss Chardonnay  ($9.99) -  The flavors are lush and rewarding, a tropical paradise that combines juicy, mouthfilling flavors with a clean, bright backbone. Think pineapple, honeydew and orange blossoms, rounded out by a hint of shortbread, giving you a delightfully pleasing and divinely delicious experience.Stark Raving Cab($8.99) – It’s hauntingly seductive nose surrounds the senses with boysenberry, cassis and black cherry, embraced by rich mocha and hints of black pepper. The intensity continues across the smooth, well-structured palate, with an abundance of fruit and spice that extends into a lingering and enjoyable finish.Murphy Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel – reveals deep aromas and luscious flavors of black cherry, blackberry jam, black raspberry and currants.

 

For our Friday spirits sampling we will be tasting the brand new Crown Royal Maple, Smirnoff Cake, Smirnoff Karamel, and Ketel One Vodka. This sampling runs from 5-7pm.

 

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Wine Tasting October 12th, 2012

Gros Manseng Haut-MarinA rounded perfumed wine with just a hint of sweetness. It is rich, with flavors of honey and peach. Acidity gives the right balance and adds to the structure.

Donati Chardonnay-Bright citrus aromas with a creamy mid-palate and crisp finish.

L’ostal Cazes Estibals Minervois-Powerful, generous and elegant, L’Ostal Cazes-Estibals is the very expression of the great wines of the Languedoc. With a strong purple colour, it offers aromas of garrigue scrubland, morello cherries and blackberries. On the palate, the tannins are present in very fine grain accompanied by an understated oakiness.

Donati Claret- 
Barrel aged in a combination of French and American oak, the Claret offers a medley of supple red and black fruit aromas and flavors with hints of anise, leather, and baking spices. Medium-bodied, with smooth tannins and subtle earthy accents, this is tasty on its own or paired with a variety of foods.

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Wine Tasting – Sept 21st, 2012

Ian will be by for our Friday wine tasting pouring the following brands from 4-7pm:

Crios Rose – A beautiful, deep, vibrant rose color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe strawberries. Very soft, yet full on the palate with flavors of wild strawberries and young cherries that come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish.

Crios Torrontes – Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, white pear, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc along with enticing fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed.

Black Ridge Pinot Noir – It’s soft and pretty, but with a supple and juicy mid-palate that is great for either food or just drinking on its own. A very friendly Pinot for all types of wine drinkers.

Marietta Old Vine Red – The aromas of the Zinfandel based blend are bright and rich with red and dark berry fruits followed by hints of earth and spice. The mouth feel is lush and full. The finish is marked with ample acidity to bring the wine to a balanced finish.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting American Harvest Vodka from 5-7pm.

Both of these tastings are free so come on out and try something new!

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Wine Tasting – Sept 14th, 2012

Our very own Lynda will be conducting our weekly wine tasting from 4-7pm tomorrow pouring the following wines-

Movendo Moscato- Light straw yellow with greenish hues. Delicate and perfumed bouquet with subtle floral notes. The palate is soft and well-balanced with hints of mineral and golden apple flavors. The Frizzante style provides a lively and lingering finish.

Montgravet Colombard- Montgravet has a pale, bright yellow color, with a very intense and refreshing nose. It displays flavors of citrus fruit and blackcurrant leaf. This wine will express itself best as an aperitif or with any seafood.

Carinu- Black plum and cassis are strong on the nose and mouth, backed by accents of vanilla, black pepper spice and roasted coffee granules. The finish is long and evolving, moving from black fruit flavors to cherry pits and ending on sweet oak flavors. On Sale for 6.99! Regular price $15.99.

Valcantara Garnacha-  black cherry, cracked pepper and a slight wave of perfume make the nose attractive, while the palate is bright and a touch sharp with red-fruit flavors. Cherry, red plum and gentle spice notes work the finish.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting Crown Royal Black, Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita, and the brand new Smirnoff Cake and Caramel Vodkas! This tasting lasts from 5-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – August 31st, 2012

Tyler will be by for our Friday tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-Seven Daughters Pinot Grigio- Pale straw color. Delicate white-fleshed pear and apple-like fruit aroma. Light-bodied, crisp peach and honey on the palate.Montes Sauvignon Blanc – On the palate it is refreshingly crisp, sparkling, soft and sumptuous, showing great complexity, very fresh and crispy with a nice structure at mid palate showing tropical fruits, peaches, pineapples and citric accents. A powerful coastal climate Sauvignon Blanc with an impressive overall freshness and elegant minerality and a long finish.

Montes Merlot – A fruity, expressive wine with raspberries, blackberries, and spiciness,  Montes Merlot offers a balance between oak and fruit. The oak is there but at a level that permits the fruit to be the principal element. This is a wine with a good balance of tannins and acidity. It is a friendly, soft wine with a long and pleasant finish.

Murphy Good Dealer’s Choice Cab – blackberry and thyme aromas over the black cherry and toasty vanilla notes. This one is full of dense, rich tannins that should be great for years to come.

So come on out and grab a glass and celebrate the start of football season with us!

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Wine Tasting – August 24th, 2012

Whitney will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines to kick off the weekend!

Shoofly Buzz cut White- Buzz Cut is a fresh, vibrant white blend displaying exotic fruits on the nose and refreshing apple and citrus crunch on the palate. Austere Adelaide Hills Riesling combines with exotically perfumed Viognier and tropical-fruited Verdelho to produce a mouthwatering wine offering supple, ripe fruit alongside crisp, spritzy acidity. Dashes of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc contribute a rich mouthfeel and bright, herbal edge.

Byron Pinot Noir -  This pinot noir displays aromas of dark berry and cherry accented by hints of floral and mineral. The flavor profile has a core of dark berry and dark cherry with hints of earth and brown spices, backed by a smooth, silky and long finish.

Lyeth Meritage – Deep in color, this wine is rich with aromas of dense purple fruits, brambly, blueberry and boysenberry, with notes of leather, tobacco, dark chocolate and cedar. Flavors of fresh strawberries and boysenberries are lush and pronounced on the palate, followed by hints of roasted coffee and maple. This is a big wine that is well-structured and has a long finish. Excellent when served with rich and robust foods, such as bold cheeses and game.

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Wine Tasting – August 17th, 2012

Lisa will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-

Kunde Sauvignon Blanc
– Mango, guava, grapefruit, and pineapple aromas fill the room when the wine is poured, and flavors of tangerine and peach flow throughout. Oysters, scallops, ceviche are all great matches for this wine

Divining Rod Chardonnay
Possesses aromas of pineapple with hints of lemon curd, mango and brioche. Look for pleasant undertones of citrus with flavors developing to stone fruits with a bright acidity and a lingering finish.

Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir- Shining ruby red color. A fresh, fruity and velvety wine with great body. With red berries, strawberries, violet and chocolate aromas, it is a vigorous and attractive wine which combines strength and elegance.

Mountain Door Malbec – Dark red with violet hues with fruity notes of morello cherries and raspberries, combined with hints of vanilla. Flavored with plush core of plum, raspberry, and cherries. Soft, with great balance in the palate and round tannins. The finish is persistent and harmonious.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting American Harvest Vodka from 5-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – August 9th, 2012

Jessica will be by for our Friday tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following delicious wines to kick off the weekend!

Branger Muscadet “This has good range, with chamomile and white peach flavors up front, followed by racy lemon zest, verbena and fleur de sel notes through the finish. Long and pure.”
90 points  The Wine Spectator

Broadbent Gruner Veltliner- A juicy white wine, with plenty of lime, peach and green apple flavors. This  Gruner  is elegant and  delicious.

Mars & Venus Merlot – Rich fruit aromas of cedar and cherries, medium bodied fruit flavors are nice and juicy with a delicious hint of mocha, perfect balance and nice smooth finish. Great Value!

Chateau Baby – On the nose attractive aromas of ripe plums with a hint of violets.   Very pure, soft easy drinking Merlot (no oak at all). Generous, warm dark cherry fruit and a hint of liquorice.

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Wine Tasting – August 3rd, 2012

Trish from Vidalco will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-

Ca’Bellavitis, Cabernet Franc IGT 2010 (Italy) – A brilliant ruby red color, this wine has an intense, penetrating herbaceous bouquet with hints of coffee and cranberries. The flavor is dry and very elegant. This vineyard was started in 1916 by the grandfather of the current owners, and they continue to make fabulous quality wines!  It is excellent with red meat, poultry and game.

Quinta das Camelias Reserva DOC 2008 (Portugal) -The wines Quinta das Camélias are bottled in small quantity and they are the result of a rigorous selection of the best grapes produced in the Quinta. This wine is full-bodied, characterized by its intense ruby color and complex tastes with notes of spices. This wine has a great potential of evolution in a wine-cellar.

El Huique,  Chardonnay Special Selection  2010 (Chile) -This Chardonnay is from the El Huique estate, and is only produced in exceptional years. A perfect example of Chardonnay!  Refreshing with hints of tropical fruit, pears and peaches.  The palate is round, smooth and toasty.

FTP Vinhos, Serrado Branco 2011 (Portugal) -This wine was brought into the US for the first time about 3 weeks ago!!! Produced in the Dao region, this wine has a young, fruity nose that gives way to a medium-bodied wine with hints of melon and peach.
For our spirits sampling we will be tasting Mount Gay Eclipse, Black, and Xo Rums from 5-7pm

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Wine Tasting- July 27th, 2012

Jessica will be by for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-

Mulderbosch Rose – Pink color with a pretty orange tint. The nose is intensely aromatic with tangerine peel, raspberry and wild strawberries. The palate has a crystal purity with lovely weight and notes of grapefruit on the long finish.

Excelsior Chardonnay – Bright lime green hue. Hints of peach, marmalade and orange blossom on the nose. Green apple fruit flavors on a full creamy palate.  Only very lightly oaked perfect for everyday drinking.

Rio Madre Rioja- “Glass-staining purple. Highly aromatic bouquet offers dark berry and cherry compote scents along with spicecake and licorice. Chewy tannins firm and focus the wine’s deep bitter cherry and cassis flavors, which are complemented by notes of cracked pepper and spices. Finishes with building sweetness, an echo of licorice and impressive persistence, especially for a wine at this price.”
90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Vinaceous Red Right Hand Shiraz-Grenache – The wine displays awesome colour; deep crimson red, bright and vibrant in hue. The bouquet is a complex mix of ripe berry fruits and savoury aromas. The palate displays rich and fruit sweet fullness with a complex and savoury textural finish of mature tannin.

For our Friday spirits sampling we will be tasting American Harvest Vodka from 5-7pm.

On Saturday from 5-7pm we will be sampling Low Calorie cocktails using Tanqueray Gin, Smirnoff Vodka, Captain Morgan, and Jose Cuervo.

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Wine Tasting- July 20th, 2012

Lacie and Kat will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:

Riondo Ispritz – iSpritz takes its inspiration from the famous cocktail served in all the most stylish bars in Italy. Made from the best sparkling wines of Cantine Riondo, this artful blend with just the right balance of sweet orange and bitter herbs is capable of satisfying even the most demanding palates.

Vihnas Altas Vinho Verde -  Slightly fizzy to begin. Then add some crisp pear, apple and cut grass flavors. In the glass it is all fun and fizzy, with just a whiff of sweetness at the finish.

Trivento Amado Sur – A deep red wine with dark blue tones and aromas of dark fruit combining with notes of black pepper, anise, cinnamon and chocolate. Lush flavors of plums and berries give way to velvety tannins and a persistent and pleasant finish.

Westside Red – Troublemaker combines elegance and power. Bright aromas of black cherry and licorice evolve into a stronger bouquet reminiscent of smoked meats. The wine shows amazing depth and intensity with a rich and textural mouthfeel. Complete with bright red fruit flavors along with hints of leather and cocoa, it is a well-balanced wine that culminates with an extended finish.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting American Harvest Vodka from 5-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – July 13th, 2012

Stop on in for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm where we will be pouring the following wines-

Gaga Blanc- A very aromatic white wine with just a hint of white peach, orange blossom and tropical fruits. Nice acidity at the finish.
Carmel Road Riesling- The sparse soils and brisk climate are ideal conditions for producing Riesling and this vintage is refreshing and satisfying with flavors of grapefruit, peach, guava and lime peel.

Carmel Road Pinot Noir - Supple and rich with flavors of red berries, warm spice, earth, and chocolate, along with mineral characteristics that are reflections of this cool climate region. The toasty finish is silky and long.

Rosenblum Cuvee Zinfandel- Black cherry and dark raspberry fruit with rich blackberry and spice nuances make up the core of this fruit-focused wine. Very drinkable and affordable wine!

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Wine Tasting – July 6th, 2012

Trish from Vidalco will be by for our Friday night tasting pouring the following wines from 4-7pm.

Las Acequias, Sauvignon Blanc Reserva – Everything a Sauvignon Blanc should be – citrusy, crisp and refreshing!  This vineyard is irrigated from melted snow running down the Andes Mountains, and they have been making wine for 150 years.  

Caves da Montanha, “A. Henriques”  – A red blend from Portugal that will intrigue you!  This wine is full-bodied, characterized by its intense ruby color and complex tastes with notes of spices. This vineyard started producing wine in 1943, and has been handed down from generation to generation, and they continue to produce amazing quality wines.

Antica Cantina le Lodole, Nebbiolo d’Alba  DOC 2008 – From the Piedmonte region of Italy, this fabulous wine  is the perfect example of wines from this region – amazing quality.  Aged between 12 and 18 month in oak, this wine is perfect for the big red drinker! Nebbiolo is the main grape planted in this region, and this small estate produces sleek wines with a lot of style and class.

Ca’Bellavitis, Pinot Grigio IGT 2011 -This wine is perfect for our hot summers! The floral aroma leads to a crisp, amazing flavor.  This vineyard was started in 1916 by the grandfather of the current owners, and they continue to make fabulous quality wines! Perfect  for pairing with fish and shellfish.

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Wine Tasting – June 22nd, 2012

Jessica will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following:

Conde Villar Vinho Verdi Rose – The nose smells like fresh strawberries with vanilla ice cream and cherry compote. On the palate it’s juicy, spicy, vinous with plenty of strawberry, red currant and cherry flavors.This is wine is fruity and refreshing!

Guntrum Riesling – This is a classic style of a German Riesling. Enticing aromas of white peaches and apricots are paired with a hint of sweetness and finished by a lovely acidity. This combination provides for an everyday and any occasion drinking delight.

Abbazia Pinot Nero – A stylish and elegant Pinot Noir rather than full-bodied and muscular. Brilliant medium ruby with a fresh, fruity nose, aromatic, supple and luscious with hints of red currants and damsons, velvety tannins and a discreet whiff of oak spice.

DMZ Syrah-”Bright red-ruby. Mulberry, dark cherry, licorice, wild herbs, chocolate and a whiff of game on the nose. Lush and deep but not at all heavy, with sexy, varietally accurate flavors of dark berries and smoked meat. This really expands and gains in sweetness toward the back. The broad finish features substantial ripe tannins. A mouthful of syrah for the price. Incidentally, with this vintage the variety on the label was changed from shiraz to syrah, which is much more reflective of the wine’s style.”

90 Points

International Wine Cellar

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Wine Tasting – June 15th, 2012

Please join us for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm where we will have Don Crank, winemaker for Willamette Valley Vineyards (Wine & Spirits 2011 winery of the year!) pouring through five of his wines. This is a great opportunity to meet one of Oregon’s best winemakers! His wines are some of our favorites and a signed bottle would make a great Father’s Day gift!

He will be pouring the following:

Willamette Valley Riesling- A semi-sweet bodied wine. The beautiful nose opens with aromas of fruit cocktail and pear, followed by lighter notes of citrus skin and honeysuckle. The sip is complimented by flavors of green apple and stone fruit that lead into a creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and sour notes are supported by a crisp acidity, leading into the finish.

Willamette Valley Pinot Gris – Bright, fruity, refreshing style with aromas of pear layered over a light citrus backbone and complemented by honeydew and green apple in the nose. A creamy, round mouthfeel highlights the nicely balanced acidity. Flavors open with fresh green apple, complemented by a bold minerality and notes of tropical fruit, leading into starfruit flavors in the finish with just a hint of sweetness. The small addition of Pinot Blanc, picked very ripe, adds emollient mouthfeel, and contributes to this classic Oregon style. While the Muscat adds flowery sweetness, the barrel fermented portions of the Pinot Gris add a kiss of toast and richness.

Willamette Valley Chardonnay – This bright, clean Chardonnay shows pretty aromas of vanilla, caramel, barrel toast and asian pear skin, complimented by a light floral characteristic of lilac and honeysuckle. The generous mouthfeel opens with apple and pear flavors followed by notes of ceda, lychee fruit, vanilla and pink grapefruit. Lemon zest flavors highlight a fine blade of citrus down the middle of the wine, ending with tingling flavors of cracked white pepper and an elegant hazelnut toast on the finish.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Whole Cluster – As refreshing as liquid fruit salad in a glass, this wine opens with vibrant and explosive aromas of cherry and raspberry that leap from the glass. Flavors mirror aromas of red and dark fruits, hibiscus and melon highlighted by leathery cigar and tobacco overtones. The mouthfeel is soft, juicy and well-rounded with fresh acidity. The velvety tannins focus on a silky mouthwatering finish, inviting the second sip. Meant to drink young.

Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir – The nose opens with bright aromas of cherry and raspberry backed by a hint of leather. Floral notes are complimented by tones of dried orange peel. The entry opens with rich flavors of brown sugar and sweet fruit cake with a touch of spice and clove. The medium bodied mouthfeel features chewy tannins and nicely balanced acidity, leading to elements of juicy red fruits on the finish.

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Wine Tasting – June 7th, 2012

Mr Josh Taylor will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7 pouring the following delicious wines that we will be selling for incredible prices! So come on out and grab a glass.

Nahuel Bubbles- Fruity and floral aromas of great intensity. Balanced acidity leads to soft, semi-sweet and slightly effervescent flavors and mouth feel. It is an extremely refreshing, vivacious and sensual wine. This wine should be served well-chilled as an aperitif or dessert. Also tastes great with spicy Thai, Indian, Chinese or Japanese cuisine.Bila Haute Cotes du Rousillon Blanc- With a 90 rating from Parker,this pale yellow wine exhibits citrus aromas (lemon, grapefruit) with smoky notes.The palate is round, with a great acidity (coming from the later ripening sites at higher
altitude). A lot of freshness on the finish mixed with salty notes, which express the minerality of the wine.Blackbilly Shiraz-This vintage of Blackbilly uses old vineyards from a range of soils to produce a beautifully scented wine. Interestingly, a small percentage of Viognier (~1%) has been used in the final blend which adds ripe fruit aromatics reminiscent of apricot and musk. Ripe tannins are a highlight of the palate aptly combined with deep fruit complexity. The use of American oak hogsheads and stakvats provides a complex oak character in harmony with the fruitiness of the wine. We have sealed each bottle with a screwcap to ensure freshness as the wine ages. As this wine has been treated with respect in our cellar, a harmless crust may develop with maturation.Estirpe Tonbert Bonarda- Tonbert Bonarda invites you in with a soft strawberry nose and hints of clove and spice. The palate starts juicy and finishes with old world oak tannins. The complexity and contrasts in this wine make it an excellent food friend.Harrington Nebbiolo (this one was my favrotie, by far) A full measure of fresh, wild, but intensely fragrant aromatics lift
from the glass, both fruity and flowery, including dried rose petals, cranberry, spiced perfume and a note of forest. Energetic and lithe on the palate considering the robust tannins typical of Nebbiolo, with textured flavors of wild berry, dark cherry, cinnamon, candied red fruits and candle wax. Dry, with great bones for aging, but accessible enough for early drinking.
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Wine Tasting – June 1st, 2012

Trish from Vidalco will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-

Caves da Montanha, NC Sparkling Wine NV

This vineyard started producing wine in 1943, and has been handed down from generation to generation.  A yummy sparkling with fine bubble and tastes of fresh fruit.  Amazing quality sparkling for the price!

Chateau Sainte Roseline “Cuvee Perle de Roseline” Rose 

With its stunning salmon color, this wine has beautiful flavors of red fruits.  A crisp, fresh wine that is perfect for Summer. Provence, France is known for their amazing Rosés, and this one is a stellar example of why that is!  This wine was served at the James Beard Award Gala-quite an honor!

Il Valentiano, Bonaventura Rosso Toscano 2008 (Italy)

This 100% Sangiovese is aged for 8 months in Oak, then bottle aged. This “Baby Brunello” is easy drinking, smooth and tastes of red berried and a light hint of wood. The Estate, a husband and wife team, only makes 4 wines on their small 16 acre vineyard. From the famous Montalcino region of Italy, this wine is perfect for pasta, pizza, chicken and beef.

El Huique, “Marchique” Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2005 (Chile)

The best and oldest vineyard in the El Huique estate produces this concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. The family that owns this vineyard is exceptionally wealthy, and they make wine solely for the prestige it adds to the family name!  It is silky smooth with a delicious texture.  Wonderful flavors of blackberry, plums, currant and tobacco.  The “Marchique” is only made exceptional vintages! Excellent choice for steaks and cheeses.

Moscato di San Marino NV (San Marino)

A refreshing, silky, sweet wine that is perfect for sipping.  The slight effervescence cuts the sweetness, and a lovely wine is the result. The Consorzio Vini Tipici is the only producer of “Identified Origin” wines, and their requirements to get this certification are very strict. The best grapes of San Marino are used to make the wines produced by the Consorzio.  San Marino is a small country inside of Italy – only 25 square miles!! Pair with pineapple for a perfect dessert.

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Wine Tasting – May 24th, 2012

Jessica will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines to get your Memorial Day weekend started off right!Montelliana Prosecco Frizzante-  Accompanying its lemon-yellow color are cinnamon and floral notes as well as a slight mineral aroma. The palate offers a cascade of flavors featuring peaches and nectarines, with balance of acidity and intensity. This medium- to light-bodied Prosecco has a delightful, slightly nutty aftertaste perfect with seafood salads with a light dressing.Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc- Indulging the nose the initial sweet passion fruit then gives way to hints of lime, classic gooseberry, and dried herbs. Flavors of classic New Zealand sauvignon blanc flow through this wine, perfect alone or with fish.Evodia Garnacha“Evodia is 100% Garnacha sourced from the highest elevation vineyards of Garnacha of any DO in Spain. It offers up a slightly exotic nose of earthy minerality, mocha, black cherry, and black raspberry. Savory, concentrated, and with a forward personality, this great value will deliver pleasure over the next 3-4 years.”
Wine Advocate 90Farther Petit Sirah – a dark, luscious, ripe Petite Sirah from rugged Northern California.

For our spirits  sampling we will be tasting the New Skinny Girl Tangerine Vodka, Skinny Girl Ready to Drink White Cranberry Cosmo, and Skinny Girl Margarita. This sampling runs from 4-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – May 17th, 2012

Justin will be by for a Spanish themed wine tasting this Friday from 4-7pm pouring the following -

Orlana Vinho Verdi – Hints of apples and pears in the nose, simply bursting with flavor, a slight spritz on the tongue and crisp and clean on the finish. A perfect summer sipper!

Basa Rueda – This white kicks off with fresh apple and pear, brilliant floral, flint and citrus bouquet, with a bright vibrant acidity and a solid but lighter well-rounded fruit. This well-balanced wine has an incredibly silky elegant mouth-feel that leaves a lasting impression.

Mosen Cleto Crianza – Voluptuous aromas of vanilla-tinged black fruits lead to sweet-smoky black cherry flavors, and a seamless, elegant finish. Complex and well-balanced, with medium body.

Almuvedre Alicante – Blackberry, cassis, black cherry and blueberry withundertones of forest brush and toast are all supported by a backbone of medium-firm tannins.

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Wine Tasting – May 11th, 2012

Ian will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4=7pm pouring the following wines-

La Noble Chardonnay – Fresh Peach and pear aromas on the nose. Lush and liverly a perfectly balanced French Chardonnay.

Ch Du Donjon Minervios- Pink color, with refreshing aromas of ripe strawberries, red cherries, and plums. Intense red fruit flavors, dry, ripe, and soft.

Cuvee De Pena – Ripe cherry, black raspberry, and purple plum are shadowed by their distilled counterparts in a high-toned nose and practically gush on the palate. Pungent, resinous herbs, smoky black tea, toasted pecan, brown spices, and crushed stone all serve for aromatic and gustatory interest, leading to a brightly juicy yet deeply rich finish.

Ricksaw Pinot Noir- cherry and wild strawberry aromas and flavors leap from the glass, accented by hints of clove, warm earth, and baking spices. The palate is juicy, with an unctuous core of red fruit that carries you through to a spice-kissed finish. Balanced and cleanly made, Rickshaw remains one of the most delightful California Pinot values in stock.

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Wine Tasting – May 4th, 2012

Montgravet Cotes De Gascogne – Montgravet has a pale, bright yellow color, with a very intense and refreshing nose. It displays flavors of citrus fruit and blackcurrant leaf. This wine will express itself best as an aperitif or with any seafood.

DMZ Chardonnay – Alluring citrus and tropical fruit aromas lead into a lush, concentrated palate. Ripe flavors of peach, pineapple and citrus are tinged with delicate hints of vanilla, toast and spice, all backed by bright acidity and a beautiful minerally edge.

Dante Pinot Noir – A brilliant garnet color with aromas of sour cherry, dried orange peel, a hint of clove over a back drop of earthy leather. The palate is rich and supple on the entry with pomegranate, sandalwood spice and finishes with a balanced touch of cocoa and coffee.

Trentadue Old Patch Red – The wine has a dark red color with intense dark cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression.When allowed to breathe, nuances of vanilla appear with maple and cocoa and show a slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth, the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity.

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Wine Tasting – April 20th, 2012

Crossings Sauvignon Blanc- Grapefruit with cut grass, dried herb and stoneflint compliment passion fruit and pungent citrusy aromas. Soft gooseberry notes against a wonderfully vibrant intensity leads onto a ripe and nicely textured mid-palate. Lime zest nuances spring from the mouth-watering acidity and signature minerality of the plate and very persistent finish.Ch. St. Jean Chardonnay- The 2010 Chardonnay is a fabulous wine for the money. There is nothing fancy here, just a beautiful wine with excellent varietal character and terrific balance. Hints of lemon, flowers and spices linger on the pointed finish.Terra D’ora Barbera- A deep, nearly opaque dark plum color. At first whiff, lots of cinnamon stick wafts from the glass, joined by dark and briary crushed berries and menthol. Soft as velvet in the mouth, it invites the next sip. A balanced wine, with fine tannins. Enjoy now with grilled (or even barbecued) pork.Joel Gott Cabernet – engaging and layered aromas of blackberry and dark plum with hints of spice, cedar and vanilla. The polished tannins and velvet texture lead to an elegant and long finish.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting El Jimador Tequila and Cointreau Orange Liquor from 5-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – April 13th, 2012

Lacie will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:
Cline Marsanne/Roussanne- A blend of Marsanne (71%) and Roussanne (29%), this wine has (a lot) more structure than a bowl full of jelly. And with its lean, un-oaked style it’s guaranteed to fit down the chimney with ease. Loaded with mouthwatering tropical and honey flavors plus sparkling citrus notes, this food friendly wine is a perfect complement to oysters, sea bass or Ahi tuna.
Simi Chardonnay – The nose is similarly expressive, with tropical notes of guava, pineapple, bright nectarine, peach, green apple, and citrus delicately spiced with toasty oak. Lifted aromatics of orange blossoms and a hint of smoke add a savory character. It all comes together on the palate with well-defined, supremely balanced and forward flavors of tangerine, peach, and green apple that are lifted by a light toasted and warm oak character that reveals itself as sweet vanilla, hazelnut, nutmeg, and smoky bacon.
Gnaughty Vines Zinfandel
- a balanced, complex and full-bodied Zinfandel deep garnet in color with aromas of spice, cherry and raspberry. On the palate are the unmistakable notes of plums and blackberries, with a hint of spice on the finish to tickle the back of the throat. With substantial structure and balance, this Old Vine Zinfandel is the perfect complement to the heartiest of dishes, yet its delicate dance of aroma and flavor makes it an admirable sipper all by itself.

St. Francis Cabernet – This Cabernet Sauvignon has rich varietal character and body. The wine’s firm structure, generous tannins and depth of color compliment classic aromas of ripe blackcurrant and spicy tobacco. Flavors of currant, cassis and cedar delight the palate, and make this a wine to sip slowly and enjoy.

For our spirits tasting we will be pouring Hpnotiq & Hpnotiq Harmonie from 4-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – April 6th, 2012

Curtis will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:

Aly Duhr Pinot Gris- Pear and crisp orchard fruit character comes through. The palate has lovely balance, with the sweetness and suggestion of honeyed ripeness playing against a nicely pitched core of acidityPerle De Rosaline- It offers a very aromatic nose that mixes up citrus fruits and white fruits. The mouth incoming is strong and then come exotic fruits notes. Pairing suggestions: The wine is perfect for aperitif, and also goes with seafood, grilled fish and cheeses.
Las Acequias, Malbec/Sangiovese 

Las Acequias means “Aqueduct” in Spanish, and this wine is 100% irrigated from melted snow coming off of the Andes mountains, through Aqueducts dug by the Incas.  The Correas family has been making wine for over 150 years.  This is the perfect blend! 70% Malbec and 30% Sangiovese give you flavors of red fruits and spices. Pair with Meats and Cheese.

And one more TBD…..

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting Pucker Vodkas from 5-7pm.

So come on out!

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Wine Tasting – March 30th, 2012

Jessica will be by for our Friday wine tasting pouring the following wines from 4-7pm

Dr Hermann Riesling – It’s got gorgeous slate-like minerality, delicate, peachy, orchard fruit and herby aromas, and a incredible freshness and balance that make this a perfect wine for these hot SC days.

Annalisa Moscato – This is a sweet, sparkling wine. The wine shows straw yellow color with greenish accents.  The texture is soft and delicate with pleasantly sweet, ripe flavors of apricot and peach. The low alcohol content makes it a versatile food companion and aperitif.

Ken Forrester Renegade“A blend of 50/50 Syrah and Grenache (the latter from 52-year old vines) the 2006 Renegade has a crisp nose of mulberry, white pepper and tertiary notes that unfold from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a sappy, fresh entry: bright red-berried fruit, vibrant acidity. However I would like just a little more complexity towards the finish. Drink 2012-2016. “

91 Points, The Wine Advocate

Lot 205 Cabernet - The wine offers a deep garnet color, along with primary aromas of plum, fig, cassis and oak spice. On the palate, it is ripe, with plenty of depth; its fruit character is keynoted by lush and generous plum and berry character framed by smoky oak. Lot 205 Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent match for virtually any red meat preparation, as well as for game, poultry, and full-flavored cheeses.

So come on out and try something new!

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Wine Tasting – March 23rd, 2012

Lisa will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines-

Sauvion Vouvray – This white feels just off-dry, with quince, fig and pear flavors laced with hints of ginger and green apple, followed by an open, friendly finish. Refreshing summer wine!

Decoy Sauvignon Blanc – This wine was fermented exclusively in stainless steel to achieve a lively expression of Sauvignon Blanc, highlighting grapefruit, kiwi, kaffir lime, lemon zest and fresh-cut grass aromas. The palate is bright and balanced, and the flavors echo the aromas, with additional notes of pineapple, gooseberry and minerals leading to a full, refreshing finish.

Napa Cellars Pinot Noir – Rich layers of homemade cherry pie including aromas of ripe bing cherries, graham crackers and baking spices. Velvety flavors glide over the palate with long, lasting fruit and spice characteristics. The wine ends with firm, ripe tannins and a malt and toffee finish.

Josh Cabernet – Forward and complex with ripe fruit flavors; black currant and spicy berry fruit with gentle oak nuances.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting Pucker Raspberry Rush and Lemonade Vodkas from 4-7pm.

So come on out and grab a glass!

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Wine Tasting – March 16th, 2012

Whitney will be by for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:San Angelo Pinot Grigio- Pale yellow-straw in color. Fresh, fruitforward bouquet with notes of pear, banana, peach, anise, and honey. Rich and fullbodied, with a long finish.A by Acacia Red Blend- This Syrah based Rhone-style blend is well balanced and layered with aromas of rich dark cherry, plum and raspberry. Deep fruit flavors of cherry and ripe plum are framed by velvety tannins. Grenache adds a hint of soft, bright red raspberries and Mouvedre infuses the blend with spice and a bit of mocha. A splash of Viognier lifts the aromas and completes this richly textured blend. Pair with smoky grilled steaks, sausages or hamburgers.

Ch Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda Shiraz- Intense deep red in color, with lifted aromas of red berry fruit and spice. The palate is soft and supple, yet elegant with plenty of upfront fruit flavor and length. Hints of exotic spices and pepper marry with vanillan oak and a Barossan earthiness on the long lingering finish. Beautifully balanced tannins derived from 18 months in American and French oak complement the luscious fruit and give the wine added complexity.

92 Points -Wine Spectator

#33 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Seven Daughters Pinot Noir -  Ruby red Color with aromas of bright cherry and raspberries. Ripe fruit flavors, with a hint of vanilla.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting  Blackheart Spiced Rum from 4-7pm.

So come on out and try something new!

ST PATS RECOMMENDATIONS:

Great Irish Brands to help celebrate St. Pats-

Jameson Irish Whiskey- My personal favorite!Perfect balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes with hints of sweet sherry and exceptional smoothness. Try it with Ginger Ale or on the rocks.Bushmills Irish Honey- A blend of triple distilled Irish whiskey, real Irish honey, and other natural flavors. Drink chilled.Boru Vodka- Named for the legendary king Brian Boru, who united Ireland in 1014. Its crisp, even taste makes it a fresh alternative to enjoy neat, as a martini or the foundation of a cocktail.Guinness Draught- The milkshake of beers, this “meal in a bottle” has that roasted malt flavor and hint of chocolate we’ve come to expect from most full-bodied beers. A rich and creamy Irish favorite!Smithwick’s -  Smithwick’s is Ireland’s oldest operating brewery, and the major ale producer in Ireland. This is a red ale characterized by caramel maltiness and a hint of hops.

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Wine Tasting – March 9th, 2012

Justin will be by for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:

Donati Chardonnay -This  Central Coast Chardonnay has  enhanced natural fruit characteristics by being fermenting in 100% stainless steel.  This wine offers tropical and citrus aromas, having a soft creamy mid palate and a delectable crisp finish.

Renwood Zinfandel – aromas of cherry, plums and nutmeg. The flavors mirror the aromas and give the wine a fresh fruit flavor with a spicy aftertaste. This lighter style of Sierra Foothills Zinfandel is smooth and luscious.

Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc – It’s true to the varietal with well integrated bright citrus, melon and lemongrass along with hints of tropical fruit and mineral nuances on the finish.

Dehesa Gago Toro“A full throttle red, with lots of blackberry, blueberry and flowers. Very velvety and balanced. So much going on. I am excited with this one. Give it a year or two of bottle age. But hard to hold back now.”

91 Points WS

For our Friday spirits sampling we will be tasting Mount Gay Rum Eclipse, Silver, and Mount Gay Black. This sampling runs from 4-7pm and is free of charge.

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Wine Tasting – March 2nd, 2012

Curtis from Vidalco will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines -

Perle De Rosaline Rose- Bright cherry nose with flavors of fresh fruits very typical from a Rose from France.
IL Valentiano Rossa Tuscano- This wine, aged for six months before production, shows its age in freshness. On the nose it has notes of wood and rich fruit. It has a soft mouthfeel, with flavors of semi sweet berries, and earth.
Cabeco De Mocho- A blend of Touriga Nacional & Jaen, this wine has intense ruby red color. The nose offers notes of blackberry and blueberry. A very full-bodied wine with flavors of rich dark berries, and spice.
El Huique Carmenere’- Aromas of wild plum, earth and spice. The mouth-feel is soft, and velvety with rich dark flavors and a long silky finish.

 For our spirits sampling we will be tasting  the New Red Stag Honey Tea, and Red Stag Cinnamon Whiskey from 4-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – February 24th, 2012

Lisa will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following-Chateau Bonnet Blanc – On the palate the wine is fresh and lemony, it has a rich fully body that is well-structured and has a long finish. This wine, is a perfect match with fish tartars, shellfish and summer salads.Kunde Sauvignon Blanc- This wine has aromas of mango, guava, grapefruit, and pineapple, and vibrant flavors of tangerine and peach.Bogle Petite Sirah – Aromas of black currants and plums. Lusciously jammy and inky in appearance, the concentrated fruit wraps itself around tones of pipe tobacco, leather and cocoa, to mesmerize the palate. Juniper and spice seduce the supple tannins, as this wine finishes long and lingering.

Campo Viejo Crianza – This blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo is an intense ruby red wine with aromas of black fruit and vanilla. Velvety and elegant, it’s an old world wine with a new world attitude, and it is downright addictive with roasts and firm cheeses.

 

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Silver Rum, and Black Rum. This tasting lasts from 4-7pm and is free of charge.

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Wine Tasting – February 17th, 2012

James will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:

Selbach Incline Riesling – Vinified in stainless steel, with just a hint of residual sugar, this wine vividly represents all that Mosel wine should be – Fruity with vibrant acidity, clarity, and precision; all highlighted by intense slate-driven minerality.

La Quercia Aglianico -With the classic ripe plum and white pepper notes that this Noble varietal is known for, it finishes with nice soft tannins. Great with Steak, or burgers.

Healdsburg Ranches Zinfandel -  The vineyard ranches surrounding the town of Healdsburg have produced many of the world’s finest wines for generations. This area’s rich agricultural legacy and diverse climate form the basis of Healdsburg Ranches wine. Our Zinfandel is aromatic with wild brambly fruit tamed on the palate with luscious quince, blueberry and hint of white pepper.

Chono Syrah – The combination of the sea and desert climate create an ideal setting for world-class Syrah, and that is exactly what winemaker Alvaro Espinoza has crafted. Concentrated and fruity, with a silkiness that runs from its abundant perfumes to its watch-breaking length, our selection is ripe, juicy and chock-full of blackberries and chocolate-dipped red berries. Spicy aromas of black pepper and tar show on the nose. The wine’s freshness is dazzling, a nod to the region’s cool climate and careful vinification that captures every bit of pure, unblemished fruit. Tannins are supple and sweet; every drop is polished and wonderfully complex.

For our Friday spirits sampling we will be tasting the new dekuyper Pucker Lemonade, and Raspberry. This tasting lasts from 4-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – February 10th, 2012

We are gearing up for tomorrow night’s  Charity wine tasting to support The Children’s Miracle Network, and I can honestly say I am excited about the 30+ wines we are going to be sampling. We still have tickets available, so if you are looking for something to do this Weekend-Before-Valentines-Day come out and try some great vino, and support a great charity in the process.

Mr. Steve Gibson will be by for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following-

Zolo Sauvignon Blanc – This Sauvignon Blanc is the result of carefully selected fruit coming from Zolo’s  prize winning high-elevation vineyards, producing aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, passion fruit, fig, with orange blossom notes that persist through the finish.

Gen 5 Chardonnay - a very friendly Chardonnay, with juicy tropical fruit flavors, a hint of creaminess, and a long, bright finish.

Gen 5 Cabernet – This Cabernet Sauvignon has juicy red and black fruit flavors that are well-balanced and textured and soft on the palate. A staff favorite!

Durigutti Malbec- Lush nose laced with black-berry and plum fruit. Soft yet focused on the palate, with additional flavors of strawberry and wild herbs. Medium tannins and balanced acidity. A terrific everyday drinker!

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Wine Tasting – February 3rd, 2012

Curtis will be by for our Friday night wine tasting pouring the following wines from 4-7pm-

Las Acequias Sauvignon Blanc – Crisp, clean, and refreshing! A perfect wine for a South Carolina Winter!

El Huique Chardonnay -Clean, with a clear yellow color with green tones. Flavors of tropical fruit with pineapple, ripe peaches, bananas and hints of
vanilla. This medium bodied Chardonnay is complemented by a soft, round, tropical finish hints of butter. It’s crisp acidity helps keep this wine clean and refreshing.

Cabeco do Mocho – A blend of Touriga Nacional & Jaen. It has an intense ruby red color with notes of blackberry and blueberry. Very dry and full-bodied with flavors of dark berries and spices.

El Huique Carmenere’ – Deep purple and violet hues give this wine a very distinctive color. Strong aromas of earth, plum, and spice. Soft velvety tannins complement dark flavors, and long silky finish.


For our friday spirits sampling we will be tasting Jim Beam Red Stag, and Jim Beam Devil’s Cut. This tasting lasts from 4-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – January 27th, 2012

Lacie will be by for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring four tasty wines to get your weekend started off right! The line up includes -

Planeta La Segreta -Lively, aromatic bouquet combining mineral scents with classic aromas of green citrus fruit, lime, peach and white melon. It has a good balance between fruit flavors and crisp acidity.

Oyster Bay Chardonnay – Concentrated aromas and flavours of ripe citrus and stonefruit, balanced with subtle oak, and a creamy texture to finish.

St. Francis Red -The nose on this medium-red wine invites you in with aromas of red fruit, herbs and hints of black pepper. The red fruit flavors are initially round on the palate and stays smooth through a tart note and modest tannins.

Mastroberardino Lacryma Chirsti -Intense ruby red with layers of cherry, plum, raspberry and strawberry aromas, supported by spiced notes of pepper and clove. Warm, well structured and smooth, with fine tannins and a background of fruits and spices. A big wine that best pairs with flavored pastas or polenta with meat-based sauces or sophisticated red meats.

B Side Cabernet – rich aromas of dark cherry, caramel, toasted marshmallow and white pepper. Sourced from Rutherford and Stags Leap, this wine has an intensity of fruit flavor on the palate, beginning with black currant and dark plum and evolving into dark chocolate and cappuccino. Dried dark fruit and smoky oak nuances come through on the mid-palate, revealing additional layers of depth. The finish is rich with big, mouth-filling tannins and a firm core of high quality French oak.

For our spirits tasting we will be sampling Burnett’s Cinnamon, Burnett’s Whipped, Burnett’s Orange Cream, and Burnett Limeade. This tastings lasts from 4-7pm.

 

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Wine Tasting – January 20th, 2012

Lisa will be by for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following vino-

Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc- This wine has intense fruit aromas of sweet citrus, tropical fresh fruit and mineral notes. Light and fresh palate, with pleasant roundness and a grassy finish. Perfect for fresh vegetable salads, sea food and appetizers.

Greg Norman Shiraz-Cabernet -This wine is a lustrous crimson color. Richly defined aromas of red berry, dark cherry, and blackberry are complimented on the palate with generous flavors of juicy dark fruits. The palate is enhanced with savory characteristics of olive, cassis and brown spice. Subtle and deft oak handling has ensured the flavors are supported but not overwhelmed by oak character, only contributing to the fine structure of the wine.

Penfolds Thomas Highland Shiraz -The Thomas Hyland Shiraz, a buoyant, fresh style contains plenty of juicy blackberry fruit aromas and flavors, chocolaty, ripe tannins and some savory oak nuances.

Folie a Deux Zinfandel -Soft and smooth, this Zinfandel offers aromas of plum and cherry with just a hint of pepper and spice. This wine is an ideal pour with almost any meat entree, from haute cuisine to barbeque.

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Wine Tasting – January 13th, 2012

Greetings!
Jessica will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines:

Allen Scott Sauvignon Blanc-
“Passion fruit and gooseberry accents are ripe and succulent, with a mouthwatering note to the fresh herb, mango, citrus and green apple flavors. Drink now. 25,000 cases imported.”

88 Points – Wine Spectator
Anciano Tempranillo 10yrs – Dark ruby color shading to brick red. Spicy notes of leather and vanilla on the nose. Fruit compote and licorice on the palate. The finish is long, and velvety.
The Wine Advocate 90 pts

Independent Producers Merlot-  Soft, seductive aromas of black cherry, mocha and ripe, juicy plums lure you in. On the palate a burst of raspberry fruit followed by layers of cocoa and dense black fruit with chewy, ripe tannins. The finish is soft and smooth with a touch of toasted oak and licorice.

Vinacious Snake Charmer Shiraz-  Bold and full of bravado the Snake Charmer demonstrates all the qualities that we look for in classic Australian Shiraz. Dense brooding blood red appearance gives hope. Ripe fragrant heady nose full of dark plums and chocolate cherry builds the expectation. Full rich ripe and fleshy palate loaded with fruit and with a firm hand of tannin at the back fulfills all you could want.

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Wine Tasting – January 6th, 2012
Meredith will be buy for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines to get 2012 started off right.

Goats Do Roam White Blend -Intense aromas of soft pear and litchi accompanied by floral notes and coconut hints. A rounded palate shows rich apricot and marzipan with a slight oily texture on the finish, balanced well by fruit-driven freshness.

Trivento Torrontes – This wine has golden yellow with topaz hues. It has floral, reminiscent of roses & violets with a touch of aniseed. It has the taste of fresh, light-bodied with soft tropical fruits. This wine is great with Appetizers & desserts.

Cambria Syrah -Ripe blackberries, blueberries, pomegranates, and subtle earthy aromas are in the nose. Integrated oak flavors and firm yet balanced tannins couple with cherry cola, dark fruit, cedar and mocha flavors. A rich, silky mid-palate carries through into the long finish.

Murpy Goode Liars Dice Zinfandel -
“Bright and juicy berry flavors race through this clean, friendly zin. The fruit is sweetly ripe, corralled by crisp, mineral lines of tannin. Decant it for barbecued baby back ribs.”

90 Points
Wine & Spirits

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Wine Tasting – December 30th, 2011
Lisa will be by for our Friday night wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines.

Mumm Napa Brut -A complex assemblage of primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Brut Prestige opens with gorgeous layered white blossom aromas, followed by creamy vanilla, citrus, stone fruit and melon. With elegant acidity and crisp structure, this medium-bodied sparkling wine displays an excellent mousse and a rich, lingering finish. Refreshing acidity and fruit character makes Brut Prestige an excellent food wine.

Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay -Aromas of tropical fruit: papaya, mango, licci and also apricots. Notes of citrus like mandarin and lime. Very pleasant, fresh acidity in an appealing balance with subtle sweet spices of the oak finishing towards a long and lasting round palate.

Napa Cellars Pinot Noir- Delicate, and fruit forward, this seductive Pinot Noir exudes characteristics of strawberry, cherry and sweet spice with a finish that is complex and persistent.

Ruta 22 Malbec- Elegant yet focused, with a solid core of raspberry and crushed plum fruit framed by grilled herbs, spice and a fine minerality that carries the stony finish. An all-season red.

On Saturday from 4-7pm Mr. Josh Taylor will be swinging by to pour a few sparkling wines guaranteed to impress.

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Wine Tasting – December 23rd, 2011
If you are looking for a way to treat yourself after a long week of shopping, cooking, being stuck in traffic, being stuck in shopping lines, or just a long week at work, come on out tonight for tonight’s wine and liquor tastings!

Jessica will be by pouring the following wines from 4-7pm.

Francois Montand Brut – a fabulous deal! an affordable bubbly that tastes of freshly baked bread, Golden Delicious apples and Meyer lemons. A glass of this would be a great way to start any meal, and it’s a fine accompaniment for ceviche, salads and holiday parties.

Gouguenheim Malbec – tangy cherry and sweet plum on the nose with firm acids buffered by loads of sweet fruit. This is a great example of Argentina’s flagship red varietal at a great price.

Colosi Rosso -Dark red. Roasted red fruits, black pepper and earth on the nose. Black cherry and tobacco flavors are complicated by an herbal element. A fairly sweet, easy-to-drink red with modest length and complexity.

And one more TBD…..

For our spirits sampling we will be pouring the brand new (and tasty!!) Smirnoff Whipped and Fluffed Marshmellow Vodkas. This sampling runs from 5-7pm.

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Wine Tasting – December 16th, 2011
Meredith will be by for our Friday wine tasting from 4-7pm pouring the following wines -

Seven Daughters Blanc -This crisp, balanced wine opens with the fresh flavors of lychee and mandarin oranges. The citrus influence continues with an intense tangerine flavor. The presence of Gewürztraminer complements the wine with a closing note of spice.

Kendall Jackson Avant -This refreshing Chardonnay bursts with intriguing layers of fresh pineapple, bright green apple, crisp Meyer lemon, juicy pear and wildflowers. The wine’s refreshing acidity and sleek mineral notes are balanced by a rounded mid-palate with a long, pure fruit finish.

Carmel Road Pinot Noir – This pinot is supple and rich with flavors of red berries, warm spice, earth and mineral characteristics that are reflections of this cool climate region. The finish is silky and long.

Earthquake Petite Sirah -Up front blueberry syrup, black cherry and coffee bean shake up the senses, finishing with warm cigar box cedar and vanillan flavors. Brawny, solid tannins send aftershocks down the throat creating a seemingly endless finish.

For our spirits sampling we will be tasting four great scotches from the Compass Box line, Asyla, Hedonism, Oak Cross, and Peat Monster. This sampling runs from 5-7pm.

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NOTE – if you cannot remember a wine from one of our previous wine tastings, we have a booklet in our Wine Checkout area which lists all of our weekly tastings for the past year.