Events

Missing Tastings: Summer Break

Posted on Aug, 25. 2016 by

Categories: Events

When is the next tasting? That is the question we hear most. The answer is we’ve all taken summer vacations. Some went to the beach, while others have been in New York winning the title of best cheesemonger in America. The good news we’ve taken this time to make some upgrades to the space and we’ll be back with more tastings this fall.

Until then,
Cheers!

“A Night In Italy” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Italy” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on May, 31. 2016 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5, you’ll taste the following 6 Italian wines at our next tasting and pop-up restaurant. We’ll also be offering food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces. We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until 8:30ish.

ABOUT THE WINES:

Gaierhof Pinot Grigio 2014
Straw-yellow with greenish highlights. Really elegant with a suggestive fruit aromas of peach and banana, surrounded by jasmine scent. Complex and well-structured, it is filled with lush flavors and a straight forward acidity in the finish.
$15.59 (Regularly $19.49)

Alessandro Rivetto Langhe Arneis Matiré 2013
A straw-yellow color with green reflections. On the nose it is delicate, fruity, and slightly citrusy. It has a fresh, dry flavor and good aromatic persistence. Excellent for before dinner as an aperitif. During a meal, it pairs well with light appetizers and fish.
$15.99 (Regularly $19.95)

La Meridiana Barbera d’Asti “Quattro Terre” 2013
Ruby-red with purple highlights. Intense and elegant it recalls black berries and flowers. Dry, medium to high body with soft tannins and good acidity. It’s an excellent wine easy to be enjoyed at lunch and dinner with any pasta dish, cold cuts, red meat and poultry.
$14.80 (Regularly $18.50)

Poggio dell’Aquila Rosso di Montalcino 2013
The color is a bright ruby red with soft brown highlights. Intense, it recalls dry fruit and rose petals. Full bodied. Well balanced, persistent with soft but persistent tannins. A perfect complement highly seasoned first courses s well as roasted meats and steaks.
$23.59 (Regularly $29.49)

Guado al Melo “Jassarte” IGT 2011
The wine appears a purple-flecked, deep ruby. The nose, multi-layered and quite elegant, is redolent of spices, redcurrant, blueberry, and mint. A crisp, briny note is tasty in the mouth, and it closes with a lengthy finish laden with fragrant dark-fleshed fruit and semi-sweet chocolate. Pairing with soups, boiled meat, poultry roast and grilled meat.
$49.60 (Regularly $62.00)

Gaierhof Moscato Giallo 2013
Golden-yellow with bright greenish highlights. Elegant bouquet it is an explosion of the characteristic aroma of Moscato. Sweet, warm and well-balanced, great acidity it remembers jasmine and orang blossom flower. It’s a delicate dessert wine perfect for creamy cakes and fruit tart. It is excellent with fresh and aged cheese served with fruit and honey.
$15.59 (Regularly $19.49)

Date: Wednesday, June 1st – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

“A Night of Château Musar” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night of Château Musar” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on May, 12. 2016 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public, and just $10, this Wednesday’s wine tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature the wines of Château Musar, Lebanon’s most famous winery. This special tasting will include 6 wines, including older vintages from 2006, 2007 and 1999.

Founded in 1930, these wine have garnered worldwide acclaim for wonderfully expressing their unique terroir. We’ll also have delicious food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.

Date: Wednesday, May 18th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

About The Wines

Chateau Musar is one of the most written-about and discussed wines in the world today. Founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. In 1959, after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux, his son Serge became winemaker. The civil war that tore Lebanon apart from 1975 to 1990 did not defeat Chateau Musar; Serge refused to abandon the wine, and lost only the 1976 and 1984 vintages to the war. Owing to his inspiring determination and grand passion for his wines, Serge received the inaugural “Man of the Year Award” from Decanter magazine in 1984. Recognition from Michael Broadbent, at the 1979 Bristol Wine Fair, threw Musar into the international spotlight and helped create a cult-like following. Come and taste these wines, including older vintages from 2007, 2006 and 1999.

Jeune Blanc 2014
The Musar Jeune white includes 3 grape varieties – 30% Viognier, 40% Vermentino and 30% Chardonnay. An eclectic blend of French and Sicilian varieties (none of which are found in Chateau Musar White) were harvested in August 2014 and fermented in stainless steel vats, followed by blending, cold stabilisation and bottling in early 2015. The Viognier and Vermentino display wonderful aromatic qualities and fragrance and the Chardonnay had a rich oily texture and a floral nose. This vintage is concentrated with good acidity – full of herbs with white fruits of pears and white peaches on the nose and palate. This is a crisp, mineral well-structured wine that shows complexity and verve.
$19.19 (Regularly $23.99)

Jeune Rouge 2012
Un-oaked and made according to Musar’s natural non-interventionist wine-making philosophy, Musar Jeune wines are vibrantly fruity and richly concentrated. The Musar Jeune Red 2012 is a blend of 50% Cinsault 35% Syrah 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from organically certified vineyards. The grapes were fermented in concrete vats and the wine is not filtered or fined. The 2012 vintage is a deep scarlet with a beguiling smoky black fruits nose, concentrated black berry and mulberry notes, tinged with spice. A good concentration of pure, black and red cherry fruit on the palate is supported by a juicy, fresh acidity – this wine, with soft tannins, is balanced and long and best enjoyed in its youth.
$18.40 (Regularly $23.00)

Hochar 2011
Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carignan from a single vineyard planted over 50 years ago. Gravelly soil over a limestone base. The grapes were fermented between 27°C to 30°C, with 15-30 days maceration in cement vats, followed by 9 months in French Nevers oak barrels. The wine has a deep garnet color with a nose of black­berries and plums, bitter cherries with hints of Assam tea leaves and cloves. On the palate, there are cranberries, Christ­mas cake spices, coffee beans and tobacco. It is drier than the 2009 due to the dominance of the Carignan. The result is a wine with ripe fruit, firm structure, good acidity and excel­lent aromatics. It will benefit from being decanted. Cellared in a steady environment, it will keep for at least a decade.
$31.99 (Regularly $38.99)

2007 Chateau Musar Rouge
Bordeaux grape Cabernet Sauvignon lends black fruit flavours; Rhône grapes Cinsault and Carignan contribute fragrance (violets; pepper) and supple spiciness. Either set of qualities might dominate a particular vintage, but the style is always emphatically Lebanese: enticingly aromatic, with persistent fruit flavours.2007 was an unusual year. The winter was quite normal until late January when temperatures rose until mid-March and then another winter arrived. Flowering had started in April for some grape varieties and then on the 20th April, we experienced a sudden frost which damaged some young leaves. May in the Bekaa Valley is typically sunny and fresh but this year, it was cloudy and rainy for about 20 days. 30% of the flowering didn’t happen which resulted in a smaller harvest.
$44.00 (Regularly $55.00)

1999 Chateau Musar Rouge
1999 was an exceptional year with concentrated flavors of plum and blackberry, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon lead to a long finish.
Made from Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan, all of which are grown around three wine villages, Ammiq, Aana and Kefraya, made even more complicated by the diversity of soils from rich to rocky, which with vintage variations, necessitate the sort of juggling act at which Serge Hochar is a supreme performer. Fermentation took place in cement vats with maceration periods of up to four weeks, and then the wine was aged for one year in French oak. It was blended at the end of its second year (August 2001) and bottled in the summer of 2002.
$66.00 (Regularly $82.50)

2006 Chateau Musar Blanc
2006 was a challenging year in Lebanon as in July, without warning, the country came under siege. Everybody thought that the vintage would be lost but we persevered even though the conditions around us were very difficult and dangerous. The resulting wine is outstanding with subtle oak, a creamy-texture, rich yet dry and intensely citrusy, with honeyed nuances.
$47.99 (Regularly $59.99)

About The Food

By Kitchen Catering + Events

Mediterranean Bowl • 16
Your choice of Steak, Chicken Shawarma or Falafel with brown rice, greens, chick pea salad, caramelized eggplant, roasted corn, beets, feta and tzatziki sauce. Side of flatbread

Cheese Plate • 12
By Flora Artisanal Cheese

 

“A Night In France’s Loire Valley” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In France’s Loire Valley” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Apr, 16. 2016 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5, this Wednesday’s wine tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature special guest and Loire Valley wine expert, Laurent Givry of Elite Wine Imports. We will be pouring 6 wines and also have delicious food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.

Date: Wednesday, April 20th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

“A Night In Sicily, Italy” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Sicily, Italy” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Apr, 09. 2016 by

Categories: Events

This is happening on Thursday night because we’re co-hosting a wine dinner at Fleurie on Wednesday. There are still seats available if you want to join us for that too.

Open to the public and just $5, this Thursday‘s wine tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature the return of special guests Andrew Cole, co-owner and Sommelier at Lampo and Tracey Love, founder of Hill and Holler. They will be pouring some of their favorite wines from Sicily, Italy. We’ll also have delicious Sicilian food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.

Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave
(just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

About The Wines

Valle dell’Acate ‘Zagra’ Grillo
From vineyards located along the coast, where the soil has a sandy-clay structure and distinctive yellow color. The soil is relatively light, imbuing the wines with freshness and a complex nose of white flowers and minerals. The palate is velvety but alive with savory and mineral notes, fully expressing the yellow soil, proximity to the sea and well-ventilated slopes.
$16.00 (Regularly $20.00)

I Custodi delle Vigne dell’Etna, Etna Bianco Ante 2013
From 40 year old vines grown in the volcanic soils of Mt. Etna. These hand-harvested grapes offer vibrant minerality and a backbone of crisp acidity support intriguing citrus notes and complex hints of spices: all the shades of Mt. Etna’s native white varietals (Carricante (70%), Minnella, Grecanico).
$28.00 (Regularly $35.00)

Massimiliano Calabretta, Etna Rosso Vigne Vecchia 2005
Massimiliano Calabretta holds his wine back for years before release…making sure the wine is “ready”. This 11 year old bottle is made from 60-80 years old vines with some plants over 100 years old, some ungrafted — on original root stock. A blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, it has so much going on…and get a load of that price…for an 11 year old wine with this pedigree.
$24.00 (Regularly $30.00)

Valle dell’Acate Cerusulo di Vittoria 2010
“Silky and delicious with blueberry and cherry character. Hints of tangerines too. Medium body, light tannins and a tangy finish. Delicious. Drink now.” 92 Points – James Suckling
$18.40 (Regularly $23.00)

Occhipinti, Sicilia Rosso Nero d’Avola Siccagno 2012
At just 34 years of age, Arianna Occhipinti has become a seminal figure for a new generation of “natural wine” lovers. Her rise to prominence has been meteoric. She farms organically, hand harvests, uses only indiginous yeasts, and bottles her outstanding wines unfiltered. Her wine reflects, in part, her character: mysterious, earthy and intriguing. The wines are perfumed and spicy, with a bit of a wild streak that mirrors her rebellious energy.
$32.00 (Regularly $40.00)

Ciro Biondi ‘San Nicolo’ Etna Rosso 2012
From vineyards that have been in the Biondi family since the 17th century. Only 1,500 bottles of this very special wine were made. A blend of Nerello Mascalese 80%, Nerello Capuccio 20%, it is a show stopper. Wow!
$48.00 (Regularly $60.00)

Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave
(just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

“A Night In Burgundy, France” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Burgundy, France” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Mar, 25. 2016 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $10, our next tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature wines from legendary Burgundy, France. We’ll also be offering food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.  We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until 8:30ish.

Date: Wednesday, March 30th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

ABOUT THE WINES:

Maison Shaps Cremant de Bourgogne Rose
One of my favorite sparkling Rosés. I buy it by the case so I can enjoy the playful bubbles and elegant Burgundian Pinot Noir all summer long. The best of both worlds…what’s not to love.
$26.38 (Regularly $32.99)

Albert Bichot Secret de Famille Blanc 2012
A lovely nose of pure citrus, white flowers, oak and minerals. Medium bodied on the palate, with good concentration and very good finesse. 80% of this fruit comes from the Mersault border and the other 20% from St. Romain. A steal at this price.
$19.80 (Regularly $24.75)

Patrick Miolane Chassagne-Montrachet “La Caniere” Blanc 2013
From 30 year old vines, fermentation uses only native yeasts, and continues for between 15 and 20 days. The wine is then aged in barrels for 36 months. The nose is captivating with white flower notes. On the palate, the mineral quality of the soil is clear, and the wine has a composed, long finish. Drink it now or wait for 7 to 10 years to see it shine it’s brightest.
$39.20 (Regularly $48.99)

Dominique Mugneret Passetoutgrain 2013
A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. This wine offers an intriguing nose of baking spices. On the palate, crisp and refreshing cranberry and pomegranate make this a delightful warm weather red.
$13.20 (Regularly $16.50)

Domaine Bachelet-Monnet, Maranges 1er Cru “La Fussière” 2013
A fascinating nose of barnyard, strawberry, cranberry, forest floor earthiness, and floral notes. On the palate, cherry, bacon, mushroomy earth, cinnamon, clove, olive, tea, and vibrant minerality. A very complex, elegant wine that will only improve over time. Buy several and open one every couple of years to witness the beguiling progression of great Burdundy
$30.40 (Regularly $37.99)

Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Beaune 1er Cru “Les Reversees” 2013
40 year old vines produce aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, black cherry and minerals that show an almost liqueur-like ripeness. Dense but vibrant too, with its slightly roasted black fruit flavors showing impressive precision and energy. Spreads out nicely on the back end, finishing with a note of maraschino cherry and nicely buffered tannins. A wine that will improve with age and can go for 20+ years.
$66.00 (Regularly $82.50)

“A Night of Natural Wines” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night of Natural Wines” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Mar, 12. 2016 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5, this Wednesday’s wine tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature special guests Andrew Cole, co-owner and Sommelier at Lampo and Tracey Love, founder of Hill and Holler. They will be pouring some of their favorite wines from natural, sustainable, biodynamic & organic winemakers. We’ll also have delicious food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.

Date: Wednesday, March 16th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

About The Wines:

Casa Coste Piane Prosecco Frizzante Naturale 2014
Organic: No herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers are used. 
“Loris Follador has more or less single-handedly turned the traditional farmhouse Prosecco bottled on its lees into a cult wine, with his faultlessly executed frizzante. The mousse does not have creaminess of a full spumante, but the bubbles are super-fine and the saline and lemon flavours have an irresistibly refreshing ‘drink me’ quality.” – Decanter Magazine
$19.99 (Regularly $24.99)
Domaine aux Moines Savennières – Roches aux Moines Sec 2013
Organic/Biodynamic
“The estate where wine is a feminine plural word.” This estate is run by a Mother and daughter in the Loire Valley, France. A dry white wine made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes, grown on schist with sandstone and clay soils. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in tank and aged in a combination of tank and cask. Notes of grapefruit, beeswax, lemon zest.
$27.99 (Regularly $34.99)

Jordi Llorens VdM Blanc “Blan d’Angera” 2014
Biodynamic
This is a brilliant and beautiful white blend of Macabeo and Moscatel from Jordi Llorens, one of the Spanish Catalan Natural wine producers. Aged in Anfora, this wine is silky and possesses notes of citrus fruits, honey, white flowers, and baked apple. The wine was made simply, naturally, using wild yeasts and without added sulfites or any other additions. De-stemmed grapes were crushed into tank to macerate for 7 days prior to fermentation. Fermented in stainless steel at ambient cellar temperature around 20ºC. Aged 7 months in Anfora. Bottled unfiltered
$23.99 (Regularly $29.99)

Frank Cornelissen Vino Rosso “Contadino” 2014
Biodynamic
Frank’s farming philosophy is based on our acceptance of the fact that man will never be able to understand nature’s full complexity and interactions.
All his wines are produced without the use of preservatives (i.e. no added sulphur whatsoever) in order to be able to develop freely to their full potential. This requires transportation and storage below 16°C.
Gorgeous and stony, this lively vin de soif from Sicily’s eccentric winemaker Frank Cornelissen charms and beguiles. A touch wild on entry, this turns to firm-boned, with berried fruit on the palate. A thirst-quenching entry into the world of very natural wines.
$23.99 (Regularly $29.99)

La Clarine Farm Sierra Foothills Red “Josephine & Mariposa” 2014
Organic/Biodynamic
Made as naturally as possible, adding no yeast, sulfur dioxide, oak chips, enzymes or concentrates in the cellar, and no chemicals, fertilizers or tillage in the vineyard. Fermentation occurs spontaneously, and is allowed to complete in their own time (this can take up to 6 months!). Aged in neutral containers, never in new oak, the wine develops without sulfur additions or excessive racking. Bottled when the wine is “complete” (when a wine eventually “comes together” and is harmonious).  We then add a minimal amount of sulfur to ensure the bottles you receive are safe from the rigors of travel and fluctuating temperatures. Dark plum in color, the wine shows a compelling combo of tea leaf, candle wax and graphite in its aromas.  Dark fruits and an underlying chalky note show up in the finish, along with a refreshing acidity.
$22.39 (Regularly $27.99)
Broc Cellars Alexander Valley Carignan “Old Vines” 2014
Sustainable
Chris Brocway works with sustainably grown Carignan from the Alexander Valley to produce this fresh and juicy wine. Undergoing carbonic maceration, this Carignan is vivid, with soft red fruits and herbaceous flavors. This wine is rustic, expressive, and lively, with a generous amount of fruit.
Notes of strawberry, cranberry, white pepper, moist tree bark, and forest floor.

“We are a ‘low wattage’ winery in the sense that we have very little modern equipment. Grapes are pitchforked whole-cluster into the fermenters, fermentation is allowed to happen spontaneously, all wines are basket pressed, and little/no sulphur is used in our wines until bottling. True asphalt winemaking, in an urban winery. Broc Cellars wines are natural wines, meaning no inoculated yeast or bacteria is used. We do not add any powdered tannins or enzymes. A minimal dose of SO2 is added 4 weeks before bottling. Unfined with light filtration.”

An original field-planted block, these Carignan plants are interspersed with Palomino (white variety from Jerez) and Alicante (a rare black-fruited vine that produces some of the darkest juice on the planet). Its decomposed sandy soils make it impossible for the vine-pest phylloxera to survive, leaving these some of the last remaining self-rooted vines in the state.
$23.99 (Regularly $29.99)

 

“A Night In Madiran, France” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Madiran, France” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Feb, 27. 2016 by

Categories: Events

With special guest, Michael Shaps

Open to the public and just $5, tomorrow night’s wine tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature the following 5 wines from Domaine Berthoumieu of Madiran, FranceMichael Shaps recently began importing these Tannat based wines and will be here pouring. We’ll also have delicious food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.

Date: Wednesday, March 2nd – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

About The Wines:

Berthoumieu Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec 2014
Grapes from 50 year old vines are hand harvested and destemmed before aging in 50% stainless steel and 50% new oak. The nose combines citrus and tropical fruit while the palate is lively citrus with ripe fruit richness to bring it into balance. Pair this with tonight’s Seared Scallops over Fettuccine for a great pairing experience.
$13.60 (Regularly $16.99)

Berthoumieu Madiran Haute Tradition 2012   
A blend of 60% Tannat, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Pinenc, the grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The nose offers red fruit and wild berries. On the palate the wine is approachable young, with elegant tannins with great richness and balance. This wine will improve over the next 2-8 years. Pair with tonight’s Cassoulet, Pork Belly or Cheese Plate.
$11.99 (Regularly $14.99)

Berthoumieu Madiran Cuvee Charles de Batz 2012 
This is the most classic and the most famous wine produced by Fattoria del Cerro. A fascinating wine with aromas of violets, berries, spices with a slight vanilla finish. Pairings: Grilled red and white meats, roasts and aged cheeses
$17.60 (Regularly $21.99)

Berthoumieu Madiran L’Argelis 2011 
100% Tannat from 100 year-old vines. Aged for 18 months in oak, 12 of which are in new oak barrels, the nose offers an intriguing elderberry note with blackberry and spice. On the palate the wine is silky and generous with ample fruit to balance the firm tannins. This wine will improve over the next 20 years and should always have food paired with it. Tonight’s best pairings would be the Cassoulet, Pork Belly or Cheese Plate.
$31.99 (Regularly $39.99)

Berthoumieu Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Doux Charles du Batz 2013
A great match for desserts and cheeses, this late harvest blend of 80% Gros Manseng and 20% Petit Manseng offers dried fruit and hints of almond on the nose. The palate is a glorious sweet ripe peach, followed by a lift of acidity to keep it from being cloying. Pair with tonight’s Cheese Plate. This wine will improve over the next 1-8 years.
$17.99 (Regularly $22.49)

About The Food:

 By Kitchen Catering & Events

Seared Scallops over Fettuccine with a Lemon and Spinach Sauce – $19

Cassoulet with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Duck Confit – $17 

Braised Pork Belly, Chick Pea Fries, Mustard Greens & Apple Puree – $17

Cheese Plate by Flora Artisinal Cheese – $12

Date: Wednesday, March 2nd – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)
“A Night In Spain” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Spain” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Feb, 16. 2016 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5, our next tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature 7 wines from sunny Spain. We’ll also be offering food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.  We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until 8:30ish.

About The Wines:

Painous Brut Cava
Delicate, restrained apple, pear and lemon zest aromas, with hints of smoke and honey. Brisk and firm in the mouth, the apple and pear flavors showing good depth without excess weight. Fresh and chewy on the back, showing good concentration and power.
$12.00 (Regularly $15.00)

2014 Fefinanes Albarino, Rias Baixas
The Albariño grape makes aromatic wines of relatively high acidity. Stone fruit, melon, citrus and passion fruit aromas and flavors are most common.
$16.00 (Regularly $20.00)

2013 Albada Old Vine Garnacha, Calatayud
Intense aromas of red and black berries, spice, vanilla and leather coming from the barrel aging in American Oak. The wine is structured and has a very nice mouthfeel, but the tannins are soft and the finish is long. Enjoy with grilled or roasted meat. Also excellent with grilled vegetables (eggplant for example).
$9.60 (Regularly $12.00)

2013 Anima Negra “AN/2”, Mallorca
Aromas of black cherries, blackberries, and morning forest dew. Go ahead an mock me for that last one. The wine is smooth and balanced on the palate with smokey black fruits, toasty vanilla, and hints of cocoa powder on the long finish.
$20.80 (Regularly $26.00)

2014 Casa Gran del Siurana “GR-174”, Priorat
A blend of Garnacha (Grenache) and Carignan, the nose shows some lovely floral notes and above all plenty of ripe fruit, with a very refreshing menthol touch. Very juicy on the tongue, with lovely sweetness emanating from the ripe fruit.
$17.59 (Regularly $21.99)

2011 Dominio de Atauta, Ribera del Duero
“Seductive, spice-laced aromas of red berries and fresh flowers are complicated by mineral and anise nuances; smells like a ripe pinot noir. Bright cherry and raspberry flavors show very good clarity and pick up smoke and rose pastille nuances with aeration. Becomes sweeter and deeper on the long, sappy finish, which is shaped by velvety tannins that meld smoothly with the wine’s fruit.” 92 Points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com
$31.99 (Regularly $39.99)

2005 La Rioja Alta, Rioja Gran Reserva 904
With 11 years of age, this is a real treat. “Intensely perfumed bouquet of candied cherry, vanilla, mocha, cured tobacco and spicecake, with a suave potpourri note becoming stronger in the glass. Offers sweet, penetrating cherry-cola and lavender pastille flavors complicated by hints of smoky minerals and candied licorice. The long, subtly tannic finish delivers noteworthy energy and focus, leaving suave spicecake and cherry liqueur notes behind.” 94 Points – Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com
$44.80 (Regularly $56.00)

Date: Wednesday, February 17th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

“A Night In Tuscany” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Tuscany” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Jan, 28. 2016 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5, our next tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature 6 wines from Tuscany, Italy. We’ll also be offering food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.  We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until 8:30ish.

About The Wines:

Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2014
Citrus, slate, smoke and white flowers abound in a refreshing, crisp Vernaccia. Drink over the next year with fish or vegetarian dishes.
$16.00 (Regularly $20.00)

Tua Rita Rosso Dei Notri 2014
“A juicy, flamboyant wine, the 2014 Rosso di Notri is bursting at the seams with fruit. Black cherry, plums, sweet spices and mint abound in a juicy, intense wine to drink in its youth, while the fruit remains vibrant. The Rosso di Notri is not especially complex, but it sure is delicious. Hints of tobacco, plum, herbs, iron and cedar add nuance as this fleshy, fruit-driven Sangiovese-based blend shows off its personality.” 91 Pts. Wine Advocate – Monica Larner
$18.40 (Regularly $23.00)

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2011
This is the most classic and the most famous wine produced by Fattoria del Cerro. A fascinating wine with aromas of violets, berries, spices with a slight vanilla finish. Pairings: Grilled red and white meats, roasts and aged cheeses
$20.00 (Regularly $25.00)

Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2013
“Dark, sensual and inviting. Sweet red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and tobacco flesh out in a pliant Chianti Classico that offers both plenty of fruit and structure. Ideally, you should cellar this until 2017 to allow the full breadth of flavors and textures to open up. The style is rich, intense and powerful to the core.” 91 Pts. Vinous – Antonio Galloni
$25.20 (Regularly $31.50)

Rocca di Frassinello Le Sugheri – Maremma Toscano 2011
“Shows lovely finesse and harmony. Plum and dark cherry notes meld into tobacco, incense and spices. A hint of orange peel adds exotic, floral overtones that are intriguing, while the finish is nicely focused and impeccable. Le Sughere is 50% Sangioveto, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.” 90 Pts. Vinous – Antonio Galloni
$26.39 (Regularly $32.99)

Tenuta Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Tradizione 2010
What a nose! Aromas of cherry, leather, smoke, rosemary, tomato skin and black pepper billow from the glass. On the palate you’re met with ripe dark cherry and some intriguing tomato leaf. It finishes with grippy tannins, bright acidity, and a long, long finish that will remind you of why you drink wine in the first place.
$42.00 (Regularly $52.50)

Food by Kitchen Catering:

Rigatoni with Pork Bolognese – $14

Roasted Flounder Florentine with Crab – $18
Served over Ribollita

Herb Roasted Chicken Topped and Olive Oil Confit Tomatoes – $15
Served over Creamy Polenta

Cheese Plate – $12
by Flora Artisinal Cheese

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

“A Night In Champagne” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Champagne” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Dec, 10. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $10, this very special Tuesday night tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature 5 grower Champagnes, delicious food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces. We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until 8:30ish.

Date: Tuesday, December 15th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

What is “Grower Champagne”?

The large Champagne brands like Moët, Veuve Clicquot, and Bollinger blend grapes from hundreds of vinyards to create a “house style”. Grower Champagnes are made by families who grow their own grapes, which means the wines reflect the distinct vineyard. This is what makes them so interesting.

Fun Fact: Less than 5% of Champagne imported into the U.S. are grower champagnes. Come taste the following 5 examples and make your taste buds happy that they know you.

About The Champagnes:

Voirin-Jumel, Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Brut
This 1er Cru Champagne is made in a fresh and friendly style, highlighting notes of bright orchard fruits accented by a light yeastiness and a slight minerality on the finish. This full-bodied wine should ideally be served with food (think white meat and cream sauces or chicken pot pie), though it is a pleasure to enjoy all on its own. No doubt this will flourish with age, yet it is drinking wonderfully today.
Tasting Special:: $34.39 || Regularly: $42.99

Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru
Agrapart is making exceptional Champagne. The style is rich yet very clean and bright with the complexity rarely found at this price. Artisanal, honest and pure, this wine surpasses in quality a number of champagne names we all know – at triple the price.
Tasting Special: $51.99 || Regularly: $64.99

Larmandier Bernier Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Longitude
An intensely mineral-driven wine, the NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Longitude pulses with energy and tension. Partial aging in cask gives the wine much of its texture and slightly burnished quality to the fruit. Dried pear, spice, menthol and licorice are laced into a vinous, textured finish that speaks to crystalline purity and nuance. As the name suggests, the Longitude emerges from a collection of parcels along the same longitude of chalk and limestone soils, in this case Vertus, Cramant and Oger, fermented in a combination of cask and stainless steel. This release is based on 2012, with the addition of 40% reserve wines. Dosage is 4 grams/liter. Disgorged: November 2014. – 94 pts. Vinous
Tasting Special: $50.39 || Regularly: $62.99

Gatinois Cuvee Tradition Brut Grand Cru
The Brut Grand Cru Tradition is one of the very best values in artisan Champagne. Beautifully perfumed and aromatic, the Tradition offers exceptional quality, especially in its price range. White flowers, mint, pear and baked apples all flesh out effortlessly. Creamy, layered and expressive, but also light on its feet, the Tradition is impeccably balanced. Still a bit tightly wound, the Tradition needs a bit more time in bottle to open up. This release is based on 2012, with the addition of reserve wines. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: May 2015. 92 pts. Vinous
Tasting Special: $38.38 || Regularly: $47.99

Andre Clouet Brut Bouzy Grand Cru Rose
Out of Clouet’s impressive line-up, no wine highlights his ability to walk the line between power and elegance greater than his rosé. An intriguingly rich heather color, and primary Pinot aromas leap from the glass, yet the Champagne is admirably fresh, focused and poised. It is Champagne with gravitas, with the mysterious weight of fine red Burgundy. Not to mention, the red fruit profile and sleek poise. Yet, there is textured chalky minerality that’s purely Champagne. The high acidity and bubbles provide such gorgeous contrast to so many foods. Clouet’s Rosé pairs with everything from rich fish to game.
Tasting Special: $47.99 || Regularly: $59.98

See you Tuesday!

“A Night In South America” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Nov, 30. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5, our next wine tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature 6 wines from South America. We’ll also have delicious food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

About The Wines:

2014 Leyda Sauvignon Blanc “Garuma” (San Antonio, Chile)
“Pale, bright straw. Highly pungent aromas of grapefruit pith, green tea, jasmine and succulent herbs. Dry, sharply focused citrus fruit and quince flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge and not a trace of excess fat. Linear, pure and vibrant, finishing with strong thrust and stony cut.” – 90 pts. Vinous
Tasting Special: $17.60 || Regularly: ​$22.00

2013 Punta Final Malbec Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina)
“A fruity and velvety red with dried berry and chocolate character and a salty undertone. Full, rich and round textured.” 90 pts. James Suckling
Tasting Special: $18.59 || Regularly: ​$23.25

2013 Renacer Enamore (Mendoza, Argentina)
Supple aromas of ripe berries, raisin, and plums. Sensual notes of exotic spices, charcoal and chocolate are seamlessly layered with the fruit. Full bodied, rich and complex, with a long finish beautifully framed by fine-grained tannins.
Tasting Special: $21.59 || Regularly: ​$26.99

2012 Cousin Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Maipo Valley, Chile)
“Iron, currants and flowers on the nose. Full body, round and silky tannins and a fresh finish.” 91 pts. James Suckling
Tasting Special: $14.00 || Regularly: ​$17.50

2011 Terra Noble Gran Reserva Carmenere (Maule Valley, Chile)
“Deep, rich and intense, with good cut to the concentrated cherry tart and dried raspberry flavors. Offers lively minerality midpalate, showing notes of graphite and white pepper. The zesty finish is well-spiced.” 91 pts. Wine Spectator
Tasting Special: $14.39 || Regularly: ​$17.99

2010 Cousinio Macul Finis Terrae (Maipo Valley, Chile)
“A red with dark berries, walnuts, lightly toasted oak and cocoa. Full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Attractive austerity. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Traditional style.” 90 pts. James Suckling
Tasting Special: $22.40 || Regularly: ​$28.00

“A Night In South Africa” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In South Africa” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Nov, 12. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5, our next tasting and pop-up restaurant will feature 7 wines from South Africa. We’ll also be offering food from Kitchen Catering and Events and cheese plates by Flora Artisanal Cheese. So, come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it. We love seeing new faces.  We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until 8:30ish.

Date: Wednesday, November 18th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

“A Night In Greece” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night In Greece” – Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Oct, 30. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Explore the wines (and food) of Greece. We’ll be joined by Greek wine expert, Yannis Tsapos who will guide you through the fascinating flavors and aromas of 8 Greek wines. Plus our pop-up restaurant will offer Greek food by Kitchen Catering and Cheese Plates from Flora Artisanal Cheese.

Open to the public and just $5. Come hungry and bring friends. We love seeing new faces. We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until 8:30ish.

Date: Wednesday, November 4th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)
(Park in any of the nearby business lots after 6pm)

Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant • “A Night of Santa Barbara Wines with Chad Melville”

Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant • “A Night of Santa Barbara Wines with Chad Melville”

Posted on Oct, 14. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Open to the public and just $5 (members are free). Come hungry and bring friends. We love seeing new faces.

This Tuesday, October 20th, Chad Melville of Melville Vineyards & Winery, will be at The Wine Guild to pour his exquisite juice. Velvety Pinot Noir, racy Syrah, and nuanced Chardonnay from one of California’s most beautiful and exciting regions. Just 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara wine country is a patchwork of microclimates and terrains. Very warm temperatures during the day and very cool temps during the night make for wines that receive rave reviews from collectors and Pinot lovers alike.

Jeb Dunnuck of Robert Parker (Aug. 2015) on Melville:
“…brilliant wines from the Sta. Rita Hills in California’s Santa Barbara County. I am continually blown away by what they are able to put in bottle, and if you factor in price, these are no-brainer purchases.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media ( Aug. 2015) says:
“…a gorgeous set of 2013 Pinots at Melville. The wines are consistently of very high quality…a healthy amount of whole clusters for the Pinots (less for the Syrahs), low levels of new oak and minimal racking, which allows for the personality of each site to come through.”

Wines To Be Tasted:

2014 Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox • 93 Points (Antonio Galloni)
The 2014 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox is beautifully focused and nuanced in the glass, with plenty of lemon peel, slate, crushed rock and green pear notes. – $34.40

2013 Melville Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) • 93 Points (Antonio Galloni)
The 2013 Chardonnay Estate is gorgeous. Rich and oily on the palate, the 2013 boasts tons of texture and breadth. Candied lemon, white flowers, almonds and chamomile add shades of nuance as the 2013 opens up in the glass. – $24.80

2013 Melville Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) • 92 Points (Antonio Galloni)
The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills is gorgeous. Bright red berries, red currants, rose petals and mint all lift from the glass in a beautifully delineated Pinot endowed with striking beauty. – $33.59

2013 Melville Pinot Noir Block M • 93 Points (Antonio Galloni)
Black cherries, plums, cloves, new leather and menthol are some of the many notes that take shape in Melville’s Pinot Noir Block M. Dark, pliant and highly expressive, the 2013 shows the more virile side of Pinot, with notable breadth and amplitude. – $55.19

2013 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces • 92 Points (Antonio Galloni)
Sweet tobacco, cedar, spice and brambly red berries are laced together in the 2013 Pinot Noir Terraces, a blend of five different clones on three windswept parcels that lead up to Block M. Blood orange and citrus notes add brightness through to the delicate, understated finish. – $55.19

2013 Melville Syrah Estate Verna’s • 92 Points(Antonio Galloni)
The 2013 Syrah Estate Verna’s is impeccably balanced from start to finish, with striking interplay of aromas and flavors. Dark plum, blueberry, cloves, sage and violet are some of the notes that run through this attractive, mid-weight Syrah. – $26.39

Food Too:

As always, we’ll have delicious dinner options available from Kitchen Catering and Events as well as Cheese Plates from Flora Artisanal Cheese.

Open To The Public:

Open to the public and just $5 (members are free). Come hungry and bring friends. We love seeing new faces. We’ll get started at 5:30pm and will go until the last tooth is purple….usually 8:30ish.

When & Where:

Date: Tuesday, October 20th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)