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“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

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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

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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.)

“A Summer Night in the French Countryside” – Wine Tasting & Pop Up Restaurant

“A Summer Night in the French Countryside” – Wine Tasting & Pop Up Restaurant

Posted on Aug, 08. 2015 by

Categories: Events

We’re back from our summer vacations and are ready to whoop another  wine tasting and pop-up restaurant on you. The theme will be  “A Summer Night in the French Countryside”. You’ll  taste six great French country wines that are perfect for summer.

THE FOOD:
by Kitchen Catering and Events

French Herb and Lemon Roasted Chicken – $13
Served with French Lentils

Grilled Sirloin Steak with French Herb Butter – $16
Served with a local Zucchini Gratin

French Picnic Sandwich – “Pan Bagnat” – $12
Ham and cheese with roasted red peppers and olives. Served with a side salad.

Nadjeeb from Flora Artisanal Cheese will also be here offering Cheese Plates for $12.

THE WINES:
We’ll also be tasting six of our favorite French summer wines. These wines can also be purchased by the bottle to have with your your meal.

​2009 ​Rolet Cremant du Jura ​- $17.60​
Seriously good Champagne-style fizz from the hills of France’s Jura region.​ A blend of about half Chardonnay and equal parts ​​Savagnin and Poulsard, this spends a whopping 40 months on the lees after the secondary fermentation, and the extra time shows itself in the super-fine bubbles, creamy texture, and seriously complex aromas and flavors. Sweet stone fruit, buttered toast, apricot, lemon, honeysuckle, apple and more weave in and out of the generous aromas and flavors. Finishes clean and fresh with a lightly stony character and lingering notes of fruit and toast.​

​​2010 Château du Coing Muscadet “Tradition​ ​Millénaire​”​ – $9.60
A fresh nose of stone fruits, flowers, & minerals; while a lively acidity supports rich flavors and a dry, minerally finish.​ ​An impressively versatile food wine that will pair well with any​t​hing from fruit salad to oysters to funky cheese, while still managing to be interesting enough to drink on its own.

​2012 ​Bergerie La Croix Picot Savennieres​ – $19.99​
Opulent and intense aroma​s​. Beautiful harmony with a floral sweetness (honeysuckle), mature fruit (quince) and fresh citrus fruit. Ample and generous on the mouth. Beautiful aromatic palette, of fresh fruits (almonds). Well balanced, bringing together smoothness and subtle freshness.

​2013 ​La Bastide Saint Dominique Cotes du Rhone Les Argiles Rouges Vieilles Vignes​ – $13.60​
It can be our little secret: this fruit is from the vaunted Coudelet vineyard (of Beaucastel fame), though you won’t be paying anywhere near the Beau​castel​ price. An enthralling aromatic display features black plum, cherry liqueur, pine forest, freshly cracked pepper and a whiff of butcher shop. On the palate, notes of wild raspberry, light game, blue plum, black tea, and light game are followed by a smooth, lingering finish.

​2013 ​​​Pierre Gaillard St Joseph​ – $20.79​
​Classic and chiseled, with loads of black pepper on the nose and palate. Intense flavors and a persistent grip; suggestions of huckleberry and licorice show a juicy depth and edge. A very strong wine in terms of concentration and sheer material.Powerful black fruit character is given elegance by a lovely perfume of violets and a streak of minerality that comes from the granite soil.

​​2013 ​Domaine Berthelemot Pommard ​”Les ​Noizons​”​ – $36.00
Grapes from the adjoining plots of Les Noizons and Les Petits Noizons are vinified separately and blended to produce this beautifully perfumed Pinot Noir with aromas of sweet red berries, subtle spice and firm yet rounded tannins. There is a muscularity here that is typical of Pommard, yet it remains graceful and precise. This deserves a place in our cellar, as it will improve for years to come.

Dates:
Tues, August 11th (Members only their guests)
Wed, August 12th (Open to the public and just $5)

Time: 5:30pm until 8:30ish

Place: 606 Rivanna Ave (just off Harris St.)

Come hungry, bring friends and make a night of it.

“A Night in Bordeaux” – Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night in Bordeaux” – Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on May, 25. 2015 by

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Open to the public and just $5. Grab some friends and make an evening of it.

Join us this Thursday, May 28th, for “A Night In Bordeaux, France”. You’ll taste 6 wines, including some older vintages from Bordeaux. Plus, we’ll have great food by Kitchen Catering and Events and Flora Artisanal Cheese.

MENU:

Steak Bordelaise – $18
Cooked Medium Rare with Garlic Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Haricots Verts, Bordelaise Sauce

Moule Mariniere – $16
Mussels with Frittes

Vegetable Torte – $13
with Greens and Bread

Cheese Plate – $12

ABOUT THE WINES:

2014 Château Haut-La Péreyre Bordeau Blanc – $13.79
The Haut-La Péreyre strikes a harmonious balance between Sauvignon Blanc’s herbaceous passionfruit, and Semillon’s soft apple and white flower notes. The lively acidity makes for a refreshing experience, but it’s never too tart or bracing. There’s just a touch of weight on the palate too, which helps to knock this up a notch from your everyday summer sipper.

2011 Château Mondesir – $13.23
The 2005 was one of the most popular wines in Guild history and the 2011 remains a stellar value. 100% Merlot, with a structure that only the Bordelaise can coax from that grape. Wet gravel, ripe raspberries, and leathery cellar aromas, while the palate has a lightness and structure that makes this a great spring/summer red. This wine can age too. As evidenced by back vintages still in my cellar.

2010 Haut Mondesir – $23.00
The Haut Mondesir is a big step up from the Château Mondesir in terms of structure, seriousness, and “umph”, with raspberries, tar, coffee, pipe tobacco, and vanilla all swirling around your glass. The presence on the palate is weighty and substantial, but also buoyed by cherry-filled tartness. Far outperforming its price tag, the pliable tannins and firm acidity (as well as our personal experiences with past vintages) hint at another 10-15 years of continued improvement in the cellar.

2009 Château Larose-Trintaudon – $20.90
“A very refined, classic bouquet with sous-bois, tobacco and broody dark fruits. The delineation is terrific. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, great tension with crisp black, mineral-laden fruits on the finish. Bon vin!” 91pts Robert Parker. Drink now to 2020.

1998 Château Potensac – $31.14
Where do I start? The fact that Château Pontensac is the second wine of Château Leoville Las-Cases (which sells for over $250 a bottle) or you can get your hands on a 17 year-old fully mature bottle of it for way under $40? Somebody pinch me. The nose is beautifully mature with black currant, tobacco, leather, graphite and mushrooms. The palate adds cocoa to the black currant and tabacco. This wine will improve after 30 minutes in a decanter and is ready to drink now.

2005 Château Potensac – $39.19
Holy Cow! A 10 year old bottle from the legendary 2005 vintage that is made by such an esteemed Château. Life is good. The nose offers cherry, cassis, black currant and forest floor. The earthy palate echos the nose but adds intriguing mushroom, black pepper, and dark chocolate. Fine tannins and a smooth, lingering finish. Definitely a food wine that will pair well with grilled red meat. Decant for an hour. This wine will continue to improve for at least another decade.

We get started at 5:30pm and will fill your faces with tastes of Bordeaux until 8:30ish.

Open to the public. Share this with friends. We love seeing new faces.

Date: Thursday, May 28th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $5 (a one night membership)
Location: 606 Rivanna Ave. (just off Harris St.)
Park in any of the nearby business parking lots after 5:30pm.

Have Dinner with Isabella

Have Dinner with Isabella

Posted on May, 01. 2015 by

Categories: Events

WHOA! I just got an email from Erin Scala (Sommelier at Fleurie & Petit Pois) that made me squeal with joy. Apparently, Erin has superpowers of vineous persuasion and was able to lure one of my all-time favorite Italian winemakers to Charlottesville for a wine dinner so steeped in sensory perfection that you’ll need a cigarette and a moist towelette when it’s all over.

Isabella Perego of Arpepe, will be at Fleurie Restaurant on Wednesday May 6th, pouring her perfectly-aged wines with a paired 5-course wine dinner. When I say aged wines I’m not kidding. Arpepe is one of those rare estates that will not release a wine until it’s ready to drink. Their current releases include a 2006, 2005 and, I’m not kidding you…2001. Yep. She waited 14 years to release that wine

But that’s just the tip of the “winemakers are crazy” iceberg. Isabella and her family grow these grapes near Italy’s border with Switzerland, on hillsides so steep that they have to use a modified ski lift for harvest. Seriously. The good news is the intense work produces some of the most moving expressions of Nebbiolo I have ever tasted. In fact, you may recall a recent offer we did for the Arpepe Rosso di Valtellina. Many of you bought it…loved it and ordered more. 

This ain’t a cheap date ($120) but it’s so worth it for just the wines alone. These bottles start over $30 and go up to $100….and you’ll be drinking 6 of them…with Chef Brian’s outstanding food. Now I’m not feeling so guilty about raiding my kids college fund for this. Hell, they’re cute and will marry well. 

So, cancel whatever plans you have for Wednesday, May 6th and reserve your seat. Here’s all the deliciousness you can expect.

MENU

A vegetarian menu is available on request, please let us know when you make your reservation

Canapes
ArPePe Rosso Valtellina DOC 2012

Braised Highland County Lamb Ragu, Fresh Gnocchi
ArPePe Stella Retica Sassella DOCG 2006
ArPePe Rocca de Piro Grumello DOCG 2006

Grass-Fed Wolf Creek Farm Steak, Spring Vegetables, Bordelaise
ArPePe B.Consiglio Grumello DOCG 2005
ArPePe Vigna Regina Sassella DOCG 2005

Greens from the Chef’s Garden

Fromage
ArPePe Rocce Rosse Sassella DOCG 2001

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Date: Wednesday May 6th
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: $120 per person ~ includes food & wine

Fleurie Restaurant
108 3rd St NE,
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Click here to make your reservations today

A Night in Oregon – with 2 Winemakers

A Night in Oregon – with 2 Winemakers

Posted on Apr, 20. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Our wine tastings are FREE and open to the public. Grab some friends and make an evening of it.

This Thursday, April 23rd, we’re having a very special free wine tasting and pop-up restaurant. We’ll have two of Oregon’s “young gun” winemakers in the house, pouring their Pinots and giving you lap dances. What? It could happen.

Erin Nuccio of Evesham Wood Winery and Marcus Goodfellow of Goodfellow Family Cellars will be here pouring 2 whites and 5 gorgeous Pinot Noirs. Taste the wines, meet the winemakers, and have some of the following food from our partners at Kitchen Catering and Events and Flora Artisanal Cheese.

• Roast Chicken with White Beans, Herbs, Carrots, Mushrooms and Sauteed Greens.

• French Green Beans, Smoked Mushrooms, Jarlsburg Cheese, Egg and Confit Tomatoes on a Biscuit with Smashed Potatoes.

• Salmon Filet with Spring Vegetables and Herbs.

ABOUT THE WINES:

2014 Evesham Wood “Blanc du Puits Sec” Willamette Valley Pinot Gris-Gewürztraminer – $15.33
Oh yum! Farmed organically from non-irrigated vines, this white comes from blending a splash of Gewurztraminer into Colmar clone Pinot Gris. The Gewurz just lends a bit of body and lifts the floral notes to this otherwise crisp and zesty lemony, green apple profile. At the finish there’s a terrific honeycomb nuance that adds yet another layer.

2013 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – $20.53
Consistently one of the very best values in American Pinot Noir! Lively and fresh with bright red cherry, cranberry, cinnamon and a slight chewiness on the finish.

2011 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Le Puits Sec – $29.69
Boasting aromas of pomegranate and black currant, this pinot’s nose is soft and delicate. Dried lavender accents flavors of dark plum and black raspberry fruit, with a savory mid-palate. Beautifully balanced with enough tannic backbone to age.

2012 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvee J – $40.69
The Cuvee J is a cornerstone of stateside Pinot Noir! Expressive nose of dried rose petal, boysenberry, and Middle Eastern spices entice you to gulp it, but don’t! The complex palate echoes the nose with a remarkable complex and intriguing spice component, with a good potential for aging, and a lengthy finish that soars with a purple berry aroma.

2013 Goodfellow Pinot Gris Reserve Clover – $18.33
A classic lemon gold in the glass, Goodfellow’s Clover opens with aromas of smoke, raw hazelnuts, lemon zest and tart pear. Bright and lively on the palate, the Clover presents subtle notes of lemon drops and dried bay leaf. Crisp and bristling with acidity, the finish is long and taut with a latent core of complexity.

2012 Goodfellow Bishop Creek Pinot Noir – $30.79
This has a gorgeous candy red color in the glass, with a rich, concentrated nose of black cherry and spice. On the palate, there’s a welcoming plushness to the fruit; there’s some richness, but also taut structure and good acidity. Intense blue-black fruits and gruff earthiness intertwine with muscular tannins to give you a wine that is both approachable and ageable.

2012 Goodfellow Durant Vineyard Pinot Noir – $32.99
The Durant starts with a bright cherry perfume, dried rose, and almond notes; these play in harmony with a deeper, darker bottom end. The palate is tangy and precise, offering intense strawberry and bitter cherry flavors with star anise and allspice nuances. It’s got beautiful acidity, tons of dry extract, and substantial structure – this wine should age a decade with ease.

We get started at 5:30pm and will fill your faces until 8:30ish.

Date: Thursday, April 23rd
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: 606 Rivanna Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Free, and open to the public. Share this with friends. We love seeing new faces.

“A Night in Virginia” – Free Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night in Virginia” – Free Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Apr, 04. 2015 by

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Our wine tastings are FREE and open to the public. Grab some friends and make an evening of it.

This Monday, April 6th, we’re celebrating the “Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Week” with a very special “A Night In Virginia” free wine tasting and pop-up restaurant. You’ll taste 9 wines from 9 Virginia wineries, meet the winemakers, and can also dine on a selection of great food by our partners a Kitchen Catering and Events and Flora Artisanal Cheese.

The Wines:

Afton Mountain Vineyards – 2013 Festa di Bacco
Blenheim Vineyards – 2013 Roussanne
Early Mountain Vineyards – 2014 Rosé
Glass House Winery – 2014 Pinot Gris
Grace Estate Winrey – 2012 Tannat
Horton Vineyards – 2014 Private Reserve Albarino
King Family Vineyards – 2012 Meritage
Stinson Vineyards – 2014 Rosé
Trump Winery – 2009 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc

We get started at 5:30pm and will fill your faces with tastes of Virginia until 8:30ish.

Free, and open to the public. Share this with friends. We love seeing new faces.

“A Night in Provence” – Free Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night in Provence” – Free Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Mar, 22. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Our wine tastings are FREE and open to the public. Grab some friends and make an evening of it.

Join us this Wednesday, March 25th, for “A Night In Provence, France”. You’ll taste 5 wines from South of France and some Provencal food by our partners at Kitchen Catering and Events and Flora Artisanal Cheese.

The Wines:

2014 Triennes Rosé – $13.79
This blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Merlot brings a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers with hints of vanilla. The palate shows the harmony and elegance that has earned world-wide appreciation for the rosés of Provence. A great wine for a sunny afternoon.

2014 Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Rosé – $13.79
7 varietals (Grenache 40%, Cinsault 15%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 15%, Carignan 10%, Rolle 5%, Orgi 5%) are blended to create this beautiful rosé. The nose shows orange peel, grapefruit, lavender and sea salt aromas followed by flavors of strawberries, watermelon, peach, some pomegranate & citrus.

2011 Domaine La Blaque Rouge – $12.27
This wine drinks way over it’s price point and ages beautifully. I buy a case of this every year. Mostly Syrah with a splash of Grenache, the nose shows cassis, cherry, black pepper and nutmeg. On the palate ripe blackberries, licorice, and soy make for a complex array of flavors. Pairs wonderfully with a Pepper Steak or grilled meats.

2010 Domaine du Dragon Cuvee St. Michel – $15.33
Another wine that drinks like it’s worth twice the price. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Full bodied, noble, and generous. Tannins are well balanced. A wine that you can cellar for up to 10 years….for $15.

2010 Château de Pibarnon Bandol – $42.35
A seductive bouquet of dark fruits, pepper, sweet spices, dried herbs, leather, beef blood and some forest floor. So intriguing that it is difficult to quit smelling. A fascinating wine with finesse, rather than raw power. A great value for the price. A classic Bandol that is drinkable now with a long decant but will age nicely for 20-30 years. If you want top-notch Mourvèdre look no further. Pair this with steak and you will be in wine pairing heaven!

The Menu:

Kitchen Catering will be offering the following Provencal dishes. Come hungry!

Trio of Tapenade, Fondue d’Aubergine and Bagna Cauda (anchovy) – $13
with tomatoes provencal crostini and veggies

Smoky Ratatouille – $13
with rice

Daube de boeuf (Beef Stew) – $15.50
served over fresh pasta

Nicoise Salad – $15.50

Dessert Tart – $5.50

As always, we’ll also have the cheese plate from Flora Artisanal Cheese for $12.00.

We get started at 5:30pm and will fill your faces with tastes of Provence until 8:30ish. 

Free, and open to the public. Share this with friends. We love seeing new faces.

“A Night in New Zealand” – Free Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

“A Night in New Zealand” – Free Wine Tasting and Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Mar, 08. 2015 by

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Our wine tastings are FREE and open to the public. Grab some friends and make an evening of it.

Join us this Wednesday, March 11th, for “A Night In New Zealand”. You’ll taste 6 wines from this fantastic wine region. Plus, our pop-up restaurant will offer New Zealand inspired food by our partners at Kitchen Catering and cheese plates from Flora Artisanal Cheese.

About The Wines:

Lake Chalice Cracklin Savie Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Classic tropical fruits and citrus: grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, and gooseberry, with chalky minerality and hints of buttery biscuit. Bright acidity, hints of green herbs, and currant/green grape flavors make this crisp and very refreshing. Finishes with grapefruit and chalk.

2013 The Doctors Marlborough Riesling
Wow! It’s like biting into a deliciously crisp Granny Smith apple, licking lime sherbet and eating your first of the season Central Otago apricot, all at one time! Easy to drink and with the perfect balance of fruit sweetness and fresh acitidy at a modest 8.5% alcohol who feels guilty having a second glass?

2013 Seifried Estates Sauvignon Blanc
Gooseberry, nettle and snow pea characters on the nose. The palate has pure grapefruit and pear on the entry and lovely natural fruit acidity to balance fruit weight. The wine lingers with a long finish making a lasting impression.

2014 MaiMai Hawkes Bay Rose
Spring is coming and we need a Rosé to make us happy. This Rose comes from Merlot from Hawkes Bay. Good stuff. Don’t overthink it. Just drink it and grin.

2012 Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir
Notes of herb, exotic spice, tobacco, and red fruits interlace together to form a complex aroma in the glass. This wine shows fine textured depth, the fruit and tannins provide a wonderfully balanced wine that is accessible in its youth but will continue to give generously for the next 5 years. A serious wine coming from the 1996 ‘’Le Chat’’ and 1994 “Cairnmuir” vineyard plantings

2013 MaiMai Hawkes Bay Syrah
From the Red Metal Triangle in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay. This wine is full of delicious blackberry and plum fruits with a hint of spicy black pepper..

Date: Wednesday, March 11th
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Wine Guild/Kitchen Catering (606 Rivanna Ave.)

Free, and open to the public. Share this with friends. We love seeing new faces.

Oregon Pinot Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Oregon Pinot Tasting & Pop-Up Restaurant

Posted on Feb, 15. 2015 by

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This tasting is open to the public. Grab some friends and make an evening of it.

This Wednesday evening, Feb 18th, we’ll be thawing your wind chilled patooties with some great food, wine, and friends. Some stellar Oregon Pinot will be tasted and our pop-up restaurant will offer the following dishes. All guaranteed to make you happier than when you arrived.

Menu by Kitchen Catering (with special guest chef Tucker Yoder)

Cherry Wood Smoked Trout – $16
with Broccoli Rabe, Bulgur Wheat and Hazelnuts

Pear Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder– $16
with Parsnip and Celeriac Puree, Sweet Potato Biscuits with Kumquat Preserves – $16

Wild Mushroom Risotto – $13
with Crispy Maitake Mushrooms, Pickled Turnips and Baby Greens

Spice Cake – $11
with Brown Butter roasted Apples, Salted Caramel and Maple Whipped Cream

Cheese Plate – $12
by Flora Artisanal Cheese

About The Wines:

2011 Biggio Hamina Pinot Grigio – $15.33
Tropical notes of melon and pineapple combined with mineral scents of wet stone. On the palate, the wine offers a surprisingly light mouthfeel and lives up to its Italian namesake, with crisp acidity, tropical and citrus flavor, nice minerality, and an intriguing finish (that included hints of fennel/licorice).

2013 Ransom Pinot Gris – $15.33
Only 400 cases were made of this Pinot Gris from the old vines in the Eola Hills. The nose shows with lovely aromoas of heirloom pears, clover blossom, and Meyer lemon. The palate offers vibrant acidity and flavors of fresh melon and almond brioche punctuated by an elegant vein of minerality. The wine finishes with energy and length, leaving behind an impression of citrus zest and sea minerals.

2012 Montinore Pinot Noir – $16.86
Yet year after year Montinore Estate manages to issue a Willamette Valley pinot noir that is not only affordable but captivating. The 2012 is light, balanced and deliciously inviting, with bright cherry fruit. It’s not a blockbuster, and doesn’t pretend to be profound. It’s simply just right. – NY Times

2012 Belle Pente Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – $22.99
Fresh-picked blackberry, tart raspberry, earth and truffle. Made from declassified Belle Pente Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton AVA) and Bella Vida Vineyard (Dundee Hills AVA). Less than 900 cases were made. The New York Times went crazy over Belle Pente’s 2008 vintage, making it the #1 choice of their top ten 2008 Oregon Pinot Noirs.

2011 Crowley Pinot Noir Entre Nous – $28.36
Bright and juicy with flavors of dried strawberries, cola, and baking spice, winemaker Tyson Crowley’s latest vintage is a crowd-pleaser with a real sense of place. Thanks to a commitment to natural winemaking with certified sustainable fruit, Crowley’s wines reveal the best of the Dundee Hills: elegant, bold, and unflinchingly honest.

2012 St Innocent Pinot Noir Zenith – $34.49
The wine presents pronounced aromas of dark cherries, red raspberries with ground spices and hints of smoke. Layers of red and dark fruit dominate the palate with notes of roasted spices, dark flowers and forest floor flavors. This is a richly layered wine with complex flavors and medium weight tannins.

Date: Wednesday, February 18th
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Wine Guild/Kitchen Catering (606 Rivanna Ave.)

How that jackass Will Richey tried to ruin our Monday night

How that jackass Will Richey tried to ruin our Monday night

Posted on Feb, 06. 2015 by

Categories: Events

Our wine tastings are FREE and open to the public. Plus, we’re not as stuffy as our name makes us sound. Throw on some jeans, grab some friends and make an evening of it.

Yesterday, one of my favorite Italian winemakers says she’s going to be in Charlottesville this Monday night and wants to do a tasting and pop-up restaurant dinner at The Guild. I dashed into the kitchen to tell chefs Morgan and Gabe (from Kitchen Catering) and this is where things went sideways. Will Richey is throwing a party on Monday night for his staff at The Alley Light…and he’s stolen Morgan and Gabe to do the cooking. Grrr!!

What happened next will erase any doubt that I am the luckiest SOB you know. Tucker Yoder, just happened to be standing there and says “I’ll do it”. Seriously. You should rub me for luck the next time you see me.

So what we have is a very special Monday night free wine tasting, featuring rising star winemaker Francesa Vajra of G.D. Vajra. She’ll be sharing her family’s wines from Italy’s Piedmont region and teaching us more about what makes this place produce such special wines. Some of my favorites are her Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera d’Alba and of course the Barolo

Not enough? Well, Tucker Yoder will be offering the following menu of items that pair beautifully with these wines.

– Pork Tonnato with Romaine, Capers and Radishes $11
– Ricotta Gnocchi with Maitake Mushrooms, Kale and Herb Gremolata $13
– Stewed Cranberry Beans with Braised Short Rib and Sourdough $16
– Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Crispy Polenta Chip and Red Wine Stewed Pear $9

Sorry for the short notice, but you’re just gonna have to deal with it…over a glass of Barolo and some of Tucker’s amazing food. It sucks to be you, eh?

Date: Monday, February 9th
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Wine Guild/Kitchen Catering (606 Rivanna Ave.)