In addition to our special event tastings, we feature Beer and/or Wine Tastings on some Thursdays and most Fridays; both complimentary.
We think it's always better if you can TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!
Wine / Beer Tasting Notes
Friday, October 6th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Lynnett from Kenco Beverages
2022 Hugl Grüner Veltliner 1 Liter - Austria – 93 Points GOLD Sommeliers Choice Awards. Fresh, clean, bright wine with great aromatic intensity throughout the palate. Citrus with fresh herbs flavors on palate with white pepper, asparagus, green fruit notes. Great price point for this classic wine.
2021 John's Bay Sauvignon Blanc,Chile – 90 Points- The Tasting Panel. "Notes of linden and tarragon lead to white grapefruit and high-toned acidity. Honeysuckle and pineapple sneak in mid-palate: sweet, salty, and pretty." ”A little mango, maybe pineapple squirted with a bit of lime - you could enjoy an evening divining the flavors in this supple, ripe Sauvignon Blanc. It’s neither aggressively grassy nor earthbound minerally. It’s like “Wordle” - which five flavors can you taste? In other words, diverting and fun. And yummy. - Dave McIntyre 2 STARS - Great Value – The Washington Post”.
2020 Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Rouge les Champauvins – 93 Points Decanter, 92 Points James Suckling. "Majestic have done well to snap up this delicious, organic-certified GSM blend, because despite its Côtes du Rhône labelling, the 34ha Champauvins vineyard actually abuts the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards of none other than Château de Beaucastel. The wine is aromatic and lifted, exuding ripe crushed raspberries and juicy cherries, as well as more dark black fruit tones. The palate is sweetly fruited, like blueberry yoghurt. Spicy, succulent, and finishing with dry tannins. This could be your go-to barbecue or mid-week red but could also be worth keeping another year or two to see how it develops in bottle. - Natalie EARL".
2016 Carravid, Ribero del Duero Spain – 93 Points Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points Wine and Spirits. “In this wine, a tight nose of black cherry with a touch of violets leads to flavors of blackberry jam, Chambord, clove, rose petal and mocha. Velvety tannins build in volume and then fade into a spicy finish”.
2021 Octopoda Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 91 Points Wine Enthusiast. "This broad, spicy wine offers ample oak accents over good, dark plums and blueberries, while fine-grained tannins firm up the mouthfeel just enough. Cinnamon, cedar, and cloves all contribute to the welcoming aromas and flavors. - Jim Gordon".
Friday, September 29th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Ryan from Opici
LaLuca Prosecco DOC, Treviso Italy – 100% Glera. The wine pours an almost translucent bright yellow, with hints of green reflecting off the glass. The nose is instantly defined and distinctive, offering up bold orchard fruits, crisp pears, and lemon curd, all of which come together in a rich, creamy off-dry style that is extremely appealing. There is a deft touch of minerality, playing nicely against the subtle sweetness of the wine. The finish shows excellent length and fine overall balance. Perfect as an aperitif, well-chilled.
Mount Fishtail Sauvignon Blanc, Waihopai Valley Marlborough New Zealand – The Aromas of passionfruit, elderflower, gooseberry, and fresh mint laced with a delicate white flower element lead to punchy palate with guava and lime. A classical edgy style delivers beautiful line and length: a true Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Food Accompaniments: Perfect match includes freshly grilled Snapper accompanied with lemon risotto and a leafy green salad. A wine that can be served with fresh cuisine or shared with friends simply on its own.
Âme du Vin Provence Rosé – 70% Grenache 30% Cinsault. Pronounced Ahm-du-VAHN) “Soul of Wine”embodies the sun-drenched beauty of Côtes de Provence with distinctive elegance. Expressive notes of fresh apricot, citrus and jasmine flower delight the senses, yielding an exceptional rosé with balance and length.
Argento Organic Malbec, Mendoza Argentina – This Malbec has a bright purple color and fruit forward aromas of fresh plums, raspberries, and cherries with some violet notes. Mid bodied, fresh, and delicate with round and velvety tannins.
Ravel & Stitch Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast California – 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Barbera, 6% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec. The wine draws you in through the inviting aromatics 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.
Friday, September 22nd 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - OKTOBERFEST Tasting with Silver Branch Brewing Company
Oktoberfest (5.6%) 6pk - A classic reddish amber Märzen long associated with celebrating the harvest season. Bready malt flavors with just enough spicy and floral hops for balance. Prost!
Gnome De Guerre (9%) 6pk - Pour this golden treasure into your favorite (drinking) vessel. Born of a traditional Belgian yeast, and boasting a cache of Czech hops with a touch of lingering sweetness.
Dr. Juicy IPA (6.9%) 6pk - Treat yourself to a tropical breeze of citrus aromas and notes of sweet, tangy fruit IPA.
Cosmic Harvest Rye IPA (7.5%) 6pk - Rye and crystal rye malts, plus some flaked rye, give this Rye IPA a spicy backbone that is a perfect canvas for the hops. Chinook, Centennial, and El Dorado hops bring tropical piney notes. Take some time to enjoy the Harvest.
Thursday, September 14th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Touton Wine Tasting with Patricia
Cantina Gabriele Spumante Bianco NV, Lazio Italy (KOSHER) – 20% Malvasia, 80% Trebbiano. Golden yellow color with slight green reflexes. Floral and tropical fruit notes, very delicate and typical of this variety of grape. An impression of persistence, maintained by the presence of minerality typical of the territory; exuberant and fresh.
Donnafugata Anthilia, Sicily Italy – 91 Points James Suckling. The label depicts the face of a woman, mysterious and fleeting like the Elymian civilization. Anthìlia is the name given to the city of Entella on the top of the Rocca in Roman times. Today, Anthìlia is the name of a wine that is identified with the ancient territory where it has its roots. It is the first wine to have been conceived at Donnafugata and remains to this day in the hearts of many admirers. Tasting notes: 100% Catarratto, Anthilia has a yellow straw color. The nose presents a fresh and fruity bouquet with notes of white-fleshed fruits (peach) combined with scents of wildflowers. On the palate we continue to find the evident fruity notes accompanied by a refreshing sapidity and ended by a good persistence. A very versatile wine, ideal with fish and vegetarian first and second courses. Reg. $25.99, Sale $23.49
Cap Riviera Rose, Languedoc Roussillon France (KOSHER) – Classic South-of-France flavors in this 100% Cinsault (the grape, pronounced “san-so”). Dry young red berry elegance & finesse. Reg. $23.49, Sale $20.99
Famiglia Castellani Sangiovese 2016, Tuscany Italy – 94 Points James Suckling. Red fruits mingle with sweet woody notes. Warm, the nice texture is characterized by vigorous but delicate tannins. The slight aging in wood gives the wine a pleasant feel of toasted coffee and vanilla. Intense ruby red colour. Rich plum and bramble fruit flavors and a slight hint of cherries followed by a characteristic scent of violets, strawberries, and pepper.
Guillermo de Mendoza Malbec Reserve, Mendoza Argentina (KOSHER) – 100% Malbec. Enjoy this widely celebrated Argentinean varietal! Beautifully inky red in color, the lush dark fruit and plumy (almost chocolaty) nose also boasts hints of conifer and pinecone. The palate shows medium/full-bodied, displays ample but well-integrated tannins, and delights with its juicy, robust roundness and lengthy complex finish.
William Clark Syrah, Columbia Valley Washington State – Silky, with aromas of blackberry and violet. The palate is fruit-forward with flavors of cherry and peppery hints. The finish is well-structured and long.
Friday, September 8th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Austrian Wine Tasting with Nick from Siema Wines
Hillinger Secco – This Pinot Noir sparkling Rose has aromas of red berries which follow through on the palate. It is beautifully balanced with a very pleasant, harmonious, and refreshing long finish.
Ruttenstock Gruner Veltliner – Mathias Ruttenstock is a 4th generation winemaker who learned the trade working with Anton Bauer, Roman Pfaffl, and Julius Klein. Producing a mere 1,500 cases of wine a year, he makes up for in quality what he lacks in quantity. This mineral driven Gruner offers delicious flavors of citrus zest, wet stone, and white pepper. 1 Liter bottle.
Paul D Riesling – Color: clear, yellow green. Aroma: fruity, elegant, white peach, honey. Taste: citrus fruit, apricot, slight acidity, and fresh.
1 Liter bottle.
Paul D Bee Natural – An easy-drinking Natural wine with light yeasty notes, floral soft taste. Fruity and round on the palate with a subtle note of wood and cinnamon. An unfined, unfiltered wine with a harmonious taste.
Paul D Rosé Can – The small Rosé for on the go! Delightful, fresh and berry! The first sip makes you think of Frizzante, whilst the Rosé starts to softly cover your palate and unveils its typical aroma. The perfect fit for hot summer days, for festivals, at the beach or on the boat or simply outdoors in nature.
Anton Bauer Zweigelt – Dark ruby garnet, violet reflexes, delicate brightening. Inviting red walleye, a delicate hint of cherries, subtle herbal spice in the nose. Medium body, red cherries on the palate with fine tannins - freshly structured. Already very accessible with a mineral reverberation on the palate with a delicate touch of chocolate. An uncomplicated food companion.
Friday, June 23rd 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Beer Tasting with The Brookeville Beer Farm
Yellow Finch Summer Ale (5%) 4pk - Fermented on over 2.5# of hand-spun lemon zest, this refreshing summer ale has a sapid citrus character, finishing gently on the palate with notes of wheat.
Farm Hammer Double India Pale Ale (8%) 4pk - Classic West Coast Double IPA, brewed with Simcoe, Falconer's Flight, Centennial, and Cascade Hops. Crisp, dry finish with a well-balanced bitterness.
Pina Colada Sour (6.5%) 4pk - This Pina Colada Sour Beer delivers a harmonious balance of flavors. The pineapple takes center stage, offering a burst of tropical sweetness that is simultaneously tangy and juicy. The coconut adds a creamy and smooth character, creating a luscious mouthfeel. The sourness is well-pronounced but not overpowering, contributing a bright and refreshing zing to the beer.
Jackson Mountain Hard Cider (5%) 6pk - Semi-sweet with a bold apple flavor. Notes of cinnamon and vanilla from the post-fermentation additions. Tastes like apple pie 'shine grandma used to make!
Thursday, June 22nd 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Special Wine Tasting featuring French & Argentine Wines from François Lurton, hosted by Adrien Granel and Joannes Chanfray of Pardela Wines
Les Fumées Blanches Sauvignon Blanc 2021- Pale bright yellow color with some hints of green. The nose reveals intense notes of citrus (lemon and lime) followed by notes of blackcurrant bud, lychee, and exotic fruits. Elegant palate, with a fine balance between a smooth attack and a fresh finish, intense aromas of citrus.
Les Fumées Blanches Sauvignon Blanc ‘Vin Orange’ 2022 - Straw-colored wine with golden hues. Sparkling. Soon after bottling, the nose reveals mainly exotic notes of fresh pineapple and lychee. On the palate, the notes of blood orange, citrus zest and candied citrus are particularly expressive. The attack is lively and refreshing. The fatness of the mid-palate accompanies the bitters, which are never dominant. The finish remains lively, carried by a beautiful acidity and notes of green cardamom which mingle deliciously with wild mint.
Les Hauts Janeil Red Blend (Syrah/Grenache) – Bright red color with purple nuances. Complex nose with aromas of blackberries, violets and smoky notes. Well-balanced on the palate, generous and supple. Very marked fruity character. Finish with spicy and juicy notes.
Bodega Piedra Negra Malbec Reserve 2020, 93 points. James Suckling – full-bodied red with aromas of stewed blackberry, baked blueberry, sweet tobacco, and licorice. Rich and extracted with firm tannins and a chewy core of dark, ripe fruit. From organically grown grapes.
Thursday, June 15th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Campania Wine Tasting with Ben from Banville
Falanghina IGP Paestum – A perfect combination of cedar with tropical notes and accents of banana. Delicious with fresh cheeses such as Mozzarella di Bufala and excellent with shellfish and seafood.
Fiano IGP Paestum – Notes of apple and citrus on the nose with a hint of honeysuckle. The same fruit is echoed on the palate with mineral notes on the finish. Perfect as an aperitif or paired with seafood and light summer fare.
Aglianico IGP Paestum – Full-bodied and bursting with fresh red berries with a hint of dark chocolate and spice. A perfect match with mature cheeses, braised short ribs, or grilled meats.
Vetere IGP Paestum Rosato – 100% Aglianico. Delicate, light pink color. Red fruit aromas on the nose, with hints of wild rose, violet and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate this wine is elegant and expressive with excellent balance.
Jungano IGP Paestum Aglianico – 100% Aglianico. This wine is named for the town of Giungano where the San Salvatore winery is located. Vinification: fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Aging: 12 months in 40% second-use French oak barrels, 40% in 25hl barrels and 20% in stainless steel tanks. Ruby red color with violet reflections. Pronounced aromas of cherries, blackberries with hints of violet. Energetic and vibrant on the palate. The ripe tannins are well integrated, and the finish is long and satisfying.
Friday, June 9th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Davide with Impero Wines
Angelini ProseAgriverde Natum Pinot Grigio, Italy – 100% Pinot Grigio. Pale straw yellow color. The nose has floral scents of broom and delicate citrus notes. On the palate, dry and charming with a pleasant acidity. Best paired with seafood starters, delicate first courses, and cheese.
Menicucci VIVI Toscano Rosato, Italy – Grape Varieties: Syrah, Vermentino. Impressive, elegant, austere taste, supported by polished tannins and a vibrant mineral-acid vein. Soft pink color. The bouquet; delicate, elegant notes of citrus and white flowers. On the palate: delicate structure, refined, peaks of minerality and a rich finish. Ideal as an aperitif and with any fish courses.
Cantine Pellegrino Tareni Nero d’Avola, Territory of Salemi and Mazara del Vallo Province of Trapani, Sicily Italy – 100% Nero d’Avola. Deep red with lively violet shades. Intense notes of roses, Marasca cherries and blackberries. On the palate, strong hints of black cherries blend with light notes of vanilla. Best paired with meat and game roasts, cooked vegetables, and semi-aged cheese.
Poletti La Sagrestana Sangiovese Romagna Superiore, Emilia Romagna, Italy – 100% Sangiovese. Vinification in red. Long maceration and fermentation at controlled temperature with aging in steel tanks. Deep ruby red color. Vinous aroma, with characteristic hints of violets, well combined with a ripe cherry bouquet. Harmonious, slightly tannic, with a pleasant aftertaste. Recommended with pasta dishes, grilled. and roasted meats, and various cheeses.
Villa Elena, Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany Italy – 100% Sangiovese. Intense on the nose with aromas of ripe, red fruit and a balsamic note. Smooth, well-balanced, pleasantly tannic, elegant and with a long finish. Best paired with roasted meat, pot roast, bistecca alla fiorentina (like a Porterhouse steak), heavy meat dishes, and rich stews.
Thursday, May 25th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Jay from Prestige-Ledroit Distributing Company
Angelini Prosecco DOC Extra Dry, Veneto Italy – 86%Glera and 14% Pinot Grigio. Bright straw yellow. Slight bread crust notes with apple undertones. Hints of banana and white peach fruit with a balanced finish. Great as an aperitif or with light appetizers or to enjoy at any time.
Mary Taylor 2021 Anjou Blanc, Loire Valley France – 100% Chenin Blanc. Sourced from vineyards that fall exactly along the border of the two sub-regions of Anjou, this gorgeously subtle white from fourth-generation winemaker Pascal Biotteau comes from the village of Saint-Jean-de-Mauvrets, situated on the old Roman road from Angers to Poitiers. Combining the fresh acidity of the “Anjou Blanc’s” limestone with the flinty, mouth-coating richness of the “Anjou Noir,” the estate’s classic style offers a beautiful composite picture of Anjou as a whole, with honeyed notes of apricot giving way to a tangy mineral finish. The sort of classic “bistro wine” wine that you’d dream of drinking on a warm summer evening in Paris, it’s fantastic for fresh goat-cheese salads, fish in cream sauce, or even herb-roasted pork or chicken. Just don’t serve it too cold, according to Mary, to avoid masking its full depth and aromatic complexity.
Cloudline Pinot Noir 2021, Willamette Valley Oregon – 91Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate. 100% Pinot Noir The 2021 marks the 20th vintage of this beautiful cuvée. Its lustrous garnet color is immediately striking, and aromatics of summery red cherry, red plum, and light warm spice characters leap from the glass. The palate is fresh and fruit-driven to the core.
Bodegas Breca, Breca El Nacido 2021 Garnacha, D.O. Calatayud Spain – 91 Points James Suckling. 100% Garnacha de Aragón, the oldest clone of Garnacha in the world. Garnacha was first cultivated in this northeastern corner of Spain and spread across the Mediterranean by the medieval Kingdom of Aragón. Intense cherry. Ripe fruit, dried herbs, creamy oak, sweet spices. Powerful, ripe fruit, spices, ripe tannins.
Pedroncelli Mother Clone 2020 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County CA – 90 Points Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points Wine.com. Medium ruby color; fresh tilled dirt aroma, brambleberries, medium depth; medium-bodied, lifted on the palate, firmly textured, light to medium tannins; dry, medium acidity, very good balance; hints of earth and tar in the flavors, berries too, medium intensity; medium finish.
Friday, May 19th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Mark from Salveto Imports & Division
Poggio Costa Prosecco Brut Rose – Refreshing crisp white peach, subtle wild berries, and bright fresh raspberries. Light pink floral notes of Pinot Nero create a perfect union with Glera contributing to vibrant red fruit complexity.
Chateau Vartely Sauvignon Blanc, Codru Moldova – This is a fresh, smooth wine. Intense and fresh aroma of citrus and blackcurrant leaves. It has a fruity taste with citrus fruit, apple, and grassy notes. It’s a delicious wine for the terrace, to enjoy in the sun. It pairs well with salads, seafood, fish, and vegetables.
Red Tail Ridge Good Karma Riesling, Finger Lakes NY – Aromatic notes of lime, cucumber, and orange blossom are intertwined with hints of wet slate. On the palate sweeter notes of clementine and fresh pineapple are brought to life by a refreshingly zippy acidity.
Blood Root Pinot Noir, Sonoma County CA – 92 Points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com. 100% Pinot Noir from a blend of some of our favorite vineyards across Sonoma County. A California Pinot through and through, this well fruited wine is balanced by its grip and acidity. It’s hard to find a better Pinot for the money than this one.
Finca Torremilanos Montecastrillo Tempranillo, Ribera Del Duero Spain – A deep and vibrant wine with an alluring cardinal color. Exuding earth, fresh flowers, and intensity, the wine is fantastically balanced between its acidity and smooth tannins. Dark fruits, herbal, and minerality all blend and lead to a long stunning finish.
Wednesday, May 10th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Special Wine Tasting with Nick from Siema featuring Monchiero Carbone
Recit “little king” - Roero Arneis DOCG – 100% Arneis. Arneis is one of Piedmont’s oldest white grape cultivars. It is native to the Roero where it has been grown since the 16th century. This medium-small fruit and compact bunch does not yield many grapes and ripens in the second half of September. This wine is fragrant, has an intense aroma of white fruits, such as peach and pear, and a very broad and round consistency on the palate; it features a long, well-balanced acidity which is supported by a rich body and structure. Thanks to its fragrance, it is ready from the following spring and can be preserved to excellent standards for several years. It is an ideal match for fish and appetizers, but its abundant structure makes it suitable for serving with full-flavored dishes and aperitifs.
Gavi - Gavi del comune di Gavi DOCG – 100% Cortese. The Gavi del Comune di Gavi has a pale straw yellow color with greenish hues. Persistent notes of white flowers, lily, almond and grapefruit. On the palate the wine is elegant and smooth, with fresh and balanced components and a pleasant acidity. Perfect for a refreshing aperitif, Gavi del Comune di Gavi is particularly suitable for hors d’oeuvres, shellfish, risotto, and seafood.
Vino Rosato – Barrbera and Nebbiolo. The color is light ruby pink. It is a fresh wine which is best served when young and it has great versatility when combined with food. Aromas of wild strawberries and hints of cherry; this wine features a soft and harmonious taste and a great freshness on the palate, due to the sapidity of the tannin. Excellent for a fresh aperitif, Rosé wine is particularly suitable for appetizers, risottos, fish dishes but also white meats and poultry, while in the hot season it can easily accompany the whole meal.
Sire Nebbiolo - Langhe DOC – 100% Nebbiolo. The color is fairly light, young ruby-red. On the nose, great all-round finesse, merging the varietal aromas of raspberries and wild strawberries with the floral undertones that are typical of the Roero soils. And the taste, medium body, featuring a good acidity and elegant tannins, matched by a punchy, vibrant and harmonious finish. Food pairings: the tannic finesse of this Nebbiolo goes very nicely with pasta dishes accompanied by meat sauces.
MonBirone Centenary Edition - Barbera d’Alba DOC – The 100th harvest of Barbera d’Alba MonBirone with the release of vintage 2018! The color is dark and deep with intense ruby tones, enriched by purple reflections. The nose is excellent intensity and finesse with aromas ranging from underbrush to cocoa, with spicy notes (juniper berries) blending into fruity notes of morello cherry and plum. The taste shows a great stratified and complex strength, the alcohol ensures an initial softness immediately balanced by the acidity, which gives lightness to the fruity pulp. The finish is long and fresh and delivers good harmony between fruity and woody sensations. Food pairings: its richness in alcohol and good acidity recommend its consumption with all meats prepared with long cooking, but also enjoyable with medium-aged cheeses.
Friday, May 5th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Patricia from Touton
Piper Sonoma Brut Rose NV, Sonoma CA – 91 Points Wine Enthusiast. Piper Sonoma was founded in 1980 by the Marquis d’Aulan family, direct descendants of the Piper family form the Champagne region of France. Recognizing Sonoma as a great growing region for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and believing in its terroir, the family’s vision was to produce world-class sparkling wines in the New World, using old-world winemaking techniques. Nearly forty years later, the Piper Sonoma winemaking team continues to realize that vision and hand crafts premium sparkling wines under the guidance of long-time winemaker Keith Hock. 2% Aged Reserve Blend, 53% Chardonnay. 6% Pinot Blanc. 39% Pinot Noir. Brilliant and bright pink in color, the wine shows aromas of freshly picked cranberry and red fruits, tangerine, and guava. The palate is bursting with red fruits and citrus, with a zippy acidity and a long finish.
Duquesa de Valladolid Verdejo 2021, Castilla Y Leon Rueda Spain – 100% Verdejo. Straw brilliant color with green reflections. Complex and intense aromas of hay, boj and fern with hints of white flowers and ains. Powerful and complex in the mouth with the characteristic acidity from the Verdejo variety and aromatic herbs notes which are predominant. Well- balance with a long lingering palate. Ideal as an aperitif or matched with cold starters, fish, rice, pasta, white meats, etc.
Villaviva Rose 2022, Cotes de Thau Languedoc Roussillon France – 90 Points James Suckling. 100% Carignan. VillaViva is a luscious, aromatic nose of raspberries and strawberries. Fresh in the mouth with a well-balanced, full, and lively middle palate, and a spicy, lingering finish. Enjoy anytime as an aperitif or with seafood, poultry, grilled meats, barbecue, and Mediterranean-style cuisine.
Willm Pinot Noir Reserve 2020, Alsace France – 100% Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is the only grape variety in Alsace to produce a red or rosé wine with a typical taste that evokes cherry. It can often develop aromas of wood fruits, blackberry, red currant. The vintage had a relatively mild winter, hot and sunny summer and then a cool autumn to reach the maturity of the grapes intended to produce still wines in mid-September. Dark Rosé in color, the nose reveals fruity notes of cherry and gooseberry. A frank attack with flavors of red fruit. A pleasant and thirst-quenching wine with lovely freshness and good structure.
LAN Xtreme Crianza-Tempranillo 2018, Rioja Spain – 91 Points Wine Spectator. 91 Points James Suckling. LAN Xtreme Ecologico is the extreme manifestation of the LAN philosophy in terms of respect for the raw materials. A wine made with minimal intervention from the outset, the result of a selection of vines from the Ecological Mantible parcel, named as such due to its proximity to the Roman Mantible Bridge. Produced from 100% organically certified Tempranillo, sourced from the Ecological Mantible parcel located in their Viña Lanciano Estate. Deep, very intense garnet red. Intense aromas of cranberries, very ripe red fruit, prunes, and dried apricots. Liqueur-like notes, along with vanilla, cinnamon, and resin. Structured, broad, and flavorful on the palate.
Friday, April 28th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Dennis from Black Ankle Vineyards
2021 Barrel-Fermented Viognier – Bottling Date: April 2022. 100% Viognier. 294 cases produced. The 2021 Barrel-Fermented Viognier is an easy, light-bodied wine that shows richness and a bit of oomph. Its aromas are heady with lovely floral, perfumed notes. The wine's creamy nature is heightened by notes of pineapple, apricot, citrus zest, mineral, toast, and almond as it culminates with a lingering finish.
2022 Rosé – Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Merlot. Just bottled. It’s so new, we did not get a chance to get a description. Come taste and help us build our own tasting note.
2021 Passeggiata – Bottling Date: April 2022. 1040 cases produced. A medium-bodied red blend that is anything but simple despite its easy drinking nature. It's made to be a "go-to" wine that is good on its own or with just about anything. There's lots of red and dark fruit flavors that meld with vanilla, sweet wood, and baking spice before heading to a nice finish showing pepper spice.
2020 Rolling Hills – Harvest Date: October 1-20. Aging: 18 months in oak barrels; 17% new, 83% used. Bottling Date: May 2022. 711 cases produced. Blend: 38% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot. Rolling Hills is filled with dark fruit flavors of cherry, cranberry, and plum as well as earthy notes that express the soil in our vineyard. This medium-bodied Bordeaux-style blend has a peppery finish and smooth tannins that keep you coming back for more.
2020 Crumbling Rock – Appellation: Frederick County. Harvest Date: September 21 - October 3. Aging: 18 months in oak barrels; 75% new, 25% used. 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot. 1400 cases produced. The mouthfeel is bold and rich, yet elegant and smooth, swirling with flavors and aromas of dark berries, cherry, plum, tobacco, pepper spice, and vanilla, finishing long with a linger that entices us to savor every sip.
Terra Dulce IX – Bottling Date: October 2021. Residual Sugar: 9.8%. Alcohol %19. 300 cases produced. Port-style blend. Smooth, easy drinking sweet wine that would be perfect either before or after dinner. The sugar and alcohol are so nicely balanced that neither prevail over the other. There is no cloying feel on the palate, rather the wine has a rich, juicy feel to it. Terra Dulce IX shows oxidized aromas similar to Sherry. Aromas and flavors of raisins, dates, fig, almond, toffee, tobacco, and cocoa arise then segue into a long, lingering warm finish. Warm and toasty on the palate, great with an after-dinner cheese plate, or chocolate, this port-style wine is also a treat on its own.
Friday, April 21st 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Wine Tasting with Brendan from Constantine Wines
Codorníu Limited Edition Brut Reserve, Spain – A limited-edition cava made with the traditional blend of Macabeo, Xarello, and Parellada with a bit of the Chardonnay variety. Pale straw yellow color. Fine, persistent, and well-integrated bubble. Primary fragrances typical of the varieties used (citrus, almond blossom, etc.), accompanied by a background of brioche and dried fruit from aging on lees. Fine bubbles and balanced freshness.
The Ned 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand – An expressive bouquet of lime zest, punchy herbs, and gooseberry. The fleshy fruit core is focused by a backbone of lively acidity, carrying classic varietal characters to a lengthy finish. The combination of the fresh acidity and delicate palate of this wine will lend itself well to seafoods and salads. Try alongside oysters with a mild vinaigrette, or a crab and artichoke salad.
Cycles 2020 Chardonnay, California – The golden color in the glass hints at the bright scents of stone fruit and yellow apple, underscored by rich, toasted oak. Ripe, round flavors of pineapple and mango are complimented by notes of vanilla and butter.
Broadside 2019 Santa Margarita Ranch Merlot, Paso Robles California – 93 Points Wine Enthusiast. Blend: 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vivid ruby. Cherry, cassis, and succulent herbs on the fragrant nose, joined by a slowly building tobacco nuance. Plush and supple in texture, showing good depth to the lively bitter cherry and black currant flavors. A smoky note appears on the finish with velvety tannins and lingering dark berry character.
Telios 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi California – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This medium-bodied wine has good fresh fruit flavors that verge on jammy, boosted by a sweet-seeming oak character that includes vanilla, maple, and brown sugar accents. It's smooth in texture and light in tannin content for this varietal.
Friday, April 14th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Spring Wine Tasting with Jay from Regal Fine Wines
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County CA - Aromas of honeydew melon, white peach and guava are met with key lime blossom and nectarine on the palate.
La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley CA - Aromas of lemon, pineapple and NECTARINE are supported on the nose by subtle hints of Brioche, spice and oak and flavors of pear, tangerine, and HONEYDEW MELON. Heady flavors of APPLE GALETTE add a vein of richness. The texture is fleshy, vibrant, and concentrated with juicy, yet balanced, acidity and a lingering finish.
Maison Fabre en Provence Rosé, Cotes de Provence France - A soft wine from this large estate, with a high proportion of Cinsault and Grenache giving red, spicy fruits, and bright acidity. This is a floral wine that's fragrant and ready to drink.
Reg. $19.99, Sale $16.99
Murphy-Goode Red Blend, CA - Dark fruit, black pepper, and a touch of vanilla on the palate. Soft tannins and a rich, smooth finish.
Carmel Road Cabernet Sauvignon, CA - Aromas of blackberry and sweet oak lead to a rich, yet structured palate with flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and notes of vanilla bean.
Wednesday, April 12th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Special Greek Wine Tasting with Mark from Salveto Imports
Monemvasia Winery Tsimbidi Voltes White – Voltes is a blend of two native grape varieties: Roditis and Moschofilero. The Roditis grapes are grown in selected vineyards in the region of Achaia, in semi-mountainous terrain. The variety is late-ripening and suited to a Mediterranean climate. Wines made from Roditis are terroir-driven; the character of the grapes is strongly influenced by where they are grown. At this higher altitude, there is a significant diurnal temperature shift and poor, well-drained soils, resulting in complex wines with natural acidity. The pink skinned, aromatic Moschofilero grapes are from selected vineyards in the plateau of Mantineia in Arcadia. The cool micro-climates of both regions, combined with the characteristics of both varieties, contribute to the freshness and aromatic nature of this blend. The grapes are hand-harvested. Pale lemon in color, this smooth and refreshing blend of native Greek varieties offers aromas of freshly cut flowers, green apple, and juicy stone fruit. Textured on the palate, with a touch of minerality on the finish.
Monemvasia Winery Tsimbidi Assyrtiko – Protected Geographical Indication Laconia 100% Assyrtiko. A variety that is truly a jewel. Each year of vine growing, organically and with minimum intervention, transcends expectations and shows the deep bond between Monemvasia and Assyrtiko. White vinification in a stainless-steel tank, fermented at a controlled temperature of up to 18 0 C and maturing for six months on the fine lees with periodic stirring. My nose and mouth with a lot of citrusy zest: elements of grapefruit, orange, lime juice, as well as nectarine, unripe kiwi, a bit of saltiness and some distinct minerality. The extended maturation on fine lees adds some depth and complexity with notes of baked bread and some unctuosity in excellent harmony with the typically high acidity.
Monemvasia Winery Tsimbidi Voltes Red – Voltes is a blend of two native grape varieties: Agiorgitiko and Mavroudi. Both varieties are grown in Laconia, near Monemvasia, where the climate is warm and dry. The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 200 meters above sea-level, which offers cooler nights, resulting in balancing natural freshness. The vines are planted in clay-loam soils; the clay component has good water retention properties helping to nourish the vines during the warm, dry growth period. The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity. A light bodied and fresh blend of two native varieties, which offer ample notes of ripe red fruits with a hint of sweet spice.
Domaine Zafeirakis – Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Olympus, Christos Zafeirakis operates one of Thessaly's newest wineries, as well as its first certified-organic one. A 4th generation winemaker in the region, Christos spent a good amount of time abroad, learning how to make wine in Milan, followed by stints in Piedmont, Alto Adige, and Tuscany, but his passion has always been for his homeland's unique, ancient varieties. He's credited for bringing one back from nearly the verge of extinction: Limniona, a high-acid grape used in some favorite Greek reds.
Domaine Zafeirakis Foothills Chardonnay
Domaine Zafeirakis Limniona Rose
Domaine Zafeirakis Limniona Red
Friday, March 31st 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Pre-Holiday Wine Tasting with Patricia from Monsieur Touton
Cantarranas Verdejo 2021, Castilla Y Leon Spain – 95 Points Decanter - “Keen herbal, lemon, pear, and floral notes burst deliciously through the nose onto the palate. Mineral, crunchy inflections to the finish and aftertaste. The concentration of flavor is up there too. A wine with a bright finish that a wide audience will enjoy — and such great value!” Winemaker Notes: A powerful and fresh nose with hints of banana, peach, and hay aromas. Round and persistent on the palate with hints of stone fruit.
Unorthodox Sauvignon Blanc 2022 by Backsberg, South Africa – Backsberg’s Unorthodox Kosher range celebrates the Lithuanian Jewish roots of the Back family. Made under the auspices of the Cape Town Beth Din and the OU of the United States, this wine is Mevushal and Kosher for Passover. Tasting Notes: With forthcoming grassy and tropical fruit flavors, this unwooded Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a well-rounded, fruity midpalate with crisp acidity.
Grand Napa Vineyards Chardonnay 2020, Los Carneros California – 91 Points James Suckling. Pale lemon in color with a yellow/golden tint. On the palate the wine is crisp and balanced with a good texture, offering notes of apricot and peach. Full bodied with medium-plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing. This is a delicious Chardonnay from Carneros. Easy drinking right out of the bottle with nice complexity. Nicely balanced, neither tart nor bitter. Gets a little creamier after 20 minutes of airtime. Winery/Reg. Price $74.99, Special Sale Price $39.99
The Butcher's Daughter Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2019, Rhone Valley France – Made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah & Cinsault. This Cotes Du Rhone Red Blend is balanced, mouthwatering, and delicious. The nose has red fruit and good spice, with a touch of vanilla oak. On the palate, the wine is soft and easy drinking with a robust finish. The tannins are rounded and smooth. Kosher for Passover.
Grand Napa Vineyards Pinot Noir 2020, Los Carneros California – 6 months aged in 20% new French oak. An intense and bright garnet red color. The nose is welcoming and intense with black cherry and vanilla aromas. On the palate, the texture is soft and dense with black cherry and red plum in the forefront while the return of vanilla and toasted cardamon bring depth and intensity to a long finish.
Winery/Reg. Price $89.99, Special Sale Price $49.99
Unorthodox Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 by Backsberg, South Africa – Backsberg’s Unorthodox Kosher range celebrates the Lithuanian Jewish roots of the Back family. Made under the auspices of the Cape Town Beth Din and the OU of the United States, this wine is Mevushal and Kosher for Passover. Tasting Notes: A deep and brilliant ruby red, one can expect notes of red fruit and cassis with a hint of vanilla. A full-bodied and sumptuous wooded red wine.
Friday, March 24th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - March Madness Wine Tasting with Marcia
Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2021, Veneto, Italy – Made with organic grapes, this is a great example of beautifully balanced Pinot Grigio. The wine is fresh, crisp, and dry but has a tremendous amount of flavor and body. There are suggestions of apple and pear on both the bouquet and the palate. Wonderful with all seafood, vegetables, and chicken dishes but also delightful as an aperitif.
Barboursville Chardonnay 2021, Barboursville, VA – Fermentation: In stainless steel for 10 days at 62ºF; no malolactic fermentation. Aging: On the lees in stainless steel 6-9 months. Composition: Chardonnay 100%. Analysis: Alcohol, 12.5%. Residual Sugars, 0.2%. Total Acidity, 0.62%. Cool fermentation in stainless steel yields a fresh and exuberant wine with crispness and clean varietal aromas and flavors of apple, pear, and lemon. Pair with Linguine with sautéed shrimp and cherry tomato, Carpaccio of swordfish with lime and olive oil, Grilled Cornish hen with rosemary roasted potatoes.
Hahn GSM 2021, California – Aging: 11 months, 35% new French oak. Acid: 6.2 g/L pH 3.76. Alcohol % 14.5. Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast “A classic Rhône-style mix of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, this medium-bodied red offers aromas and flavors of red plum, raspberry, strawberry, fennel and toasted wood alongside ripe, plushy tannins. Best Buy.” — S.B. Bright ruby in color, with generous aromas of black cherry, red berry, and a touch of violet and white pepper. On the palate, enticing flavors of raspberry, strawberry, violet and hints of blueberry and spice enhanced by a broad, rich mid-palate, pleasant mouthfeel, and a well-composed finish. Pair with Portobello Chipotle Tacos or Seasonal Roasted Mixed Nuts.
Santa Julia Malbec 2022, Mendoza Argentina – Bodega Santa Julia was created in honor of Julia Zuccardi, part of the third generation of the Zuccardi Family. Santa Julia winery represents the family’s commitment to producing the highest quality wines through organic and sustainable practices that protect the environment and uplift the local community. Tasting notes: Deep red, it presents typical aromas of the variety (red fruits). Well defined varietal character with balance and good acidity. A great match for steak, pork, and lamb, as well as fattier fish like salmon and poultry with dark meat.
Domaine Lafage Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2019, Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South France – 92 Points Jeb Dunnuck. Fragrant nose of ripe blackberries, plums, anise, pepper and herbs. Spicy and silky on the palate, echoing the nose with ripe fruits and herbs, silky tannins, and a long finish. An excellent partner for flavorful meat dishes such as spicy lamb meatballs, beef brisket, or roasted pork. It also pairs well with rich poultry dishes like roasted duck or smoked turkey legs.
Thursday, March 16th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Caught Red Handed Irish Beer Tasting with Idiom Brewing Company
Time Capsule Pilsner (5%) 4pk – Double dry-hopped with healthy doses of German Mandarina Bavaria hops. This Dry-Hopped Pilsner is oozing with notes of sweet mandarin orange, juice from a tangerine and a nice smooth bitterness on the end. Perfectly crisp and refreshing for an all day crushable brew.
Kindred Spirits Hazy India Pale Ale (6.5%) 6pk –This CORE New England IPA is sure to please the masses. It boasts a blend of pale English malts, flaked oats and malted white wheat in the mash and is hopped in excess of 6# per BBL with a mix of Callista and Citra hops. We pick up bright tropical, stone fruit and berry flavors that include pineapple, peach, red berries, lychee and pear.
Caught Red Handed Irish Red (4.9%) 4pk – This traditional Irish Red Ale gives you sweet, bready, caramel notes with a malt backbone. Completely crushable, smooth and refreshing with a slight bitter finish.
Nose To The Grind (7.3%) 6pk – Deep, dark fruity tones with a dash of banana. Warm fig and golden raisin compote with a hint of spiced brown sugar and plum. Dry apricot finish.
Friday, March 10th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Tenimenti Leone Wine Tasting with Ben from Banville Wine Merchants
"Sciccheria" Bianco IGP Lazio – 87% Bellone, 13% Verdicchio. Fruity aromas with subtle hints of smokiness. Citrusy, pleasantly mineral, with a lingering finish. Perfect as an aperitif and with raw fish and vegetable stews.
"Capoccia" DOC Bianco Roma – 50% Malvasia Puntinata, 25% Verdicchio, 15% Bellone, 10% Chardonnay. Delicate aromas of white flowers and citrus fruits on the nose with a subtle spicy component. Traces of salt and minerals on the finish. Seafood appetizers, fried fish, and young cheeses.
"Tera De Leone" Cesanese IGP Lazio – 100% Cesanese. Aromas of red berries and roses. Good structure with well-integrated tannins. Delicious with Roman specialties.
"Capomunni" DOC Rosso Roma – 50% Montepulciano, 35% Syrah, 15% Merlot. Aromas of sour cherry, spices, and tobacco. Delicious with grilled meats.
BONUS!!! Château L'Escarelle Rumeurs 2022 Rosé IGP Méditerranée – Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault. Radiant and pale pink in appearance. Summer fruits, blackcurrant, raspberry on the nose. A wonderfully elegant Rosé. A fun, generous wine, ideal for sharing with friends. The fruity aromas of this easy-drinking wine make it perfect for an aperitif or enjoyed with tapas, a tasty pizza or a little charcuterie.
Friday, February 24th 2023 4:30pm-7:30pm - Escudo Rojo Wine Tasting with Patricia from Monsieur Touton
Sauvignon Blanc Reserva – 91 Points James Suckling. The nose opens on powerful citrus fruit aromas, followed on airing by delicate notes of white blossom and tropical fruit. The refined and fresh attack reveals subtle notes of white blossom and guava, leading into an intense and dense midpalate marked by an explosion of citrus fruit flavors recalling the aromas found on the nose. White blossom flavors return on the elegantly mineral finish.
Pinot Noir Reserva – 92 Points James Suckling. The nose is very complex and fresh, with intense, forward fruit on cherry and raspberry mingled with gentle toasted almond notes. The wine has a very good attack, on elegant and succulent tannins. Fruit flavors emerge on the mid-palate, especially cherry, while the elegant finish combines the fullness of fresh fruit with the refinement of the Casablanca terroir.
Syrah Reserva – 91 Points James Suckling. The nose opens on subtle notes of black fruit such as blackberry and blackcurrant, followed on airing by delicate touches of oak and black pepper. The round and full attack displays the expressive black fruit notes found on the nose. The tannic structure typical of Syrah lends attractive body and heft to the mid-palate, sustained by elegant notes of black and grey pepper, followed by a beautifully long finish distinguished by a remarkable return of fruit flavors and refined toasted notes.
Carmenere Reserva – 92 Points James Suckling. The nose opens on ripe black berry fruit aromas, joined on airing by notes of roasted coffee beans and black pepper. From a highly expressive attack on the black fruit found on the nose, the peppery notes that emerged with airing return on a midpalate which combines power with heft. The finish lingers on an intense array of black fruit, spice and roasted coffee bean flavors.
Gran Reserva – 93 Points James Suckling. 2% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Carmenere, 4% Petite Verdot, 11% Syrah. The nose opens on an elegant combination of red and black fruit aromas, followed with airing by elegant spice and roasted coffee-bean notes. The palate has ripe red and black fruit flavors emerge on the attack, followed on the midpalate by powerful black fruit mingled with delicate spice and roasted coffee-bean notes. The fruit flavors found on the attack return, underpinned by beautifully refined tannins which give length and elegance to the finish.
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