You’re invited to join the ultimate wine club offered by Sarasota’s resident wine expert!
Our team is excited to present you with our fourth monthly package of boutique wines. This trio of personally-selected wines will take you on a tour through Italy. Oh mamma mia!
Castello della Sala “Conte della Vipera”, Antinori, Umbria, 2014
Dolcetto d’Alba, Giacomo Borgogno & Figli, 2015
Red Blend “Brecciarolo- Rosso Piceno Superiore”, Velenosi, Marche, 2014
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Michael’s Wine Club, offering three-bottle monthly themed packages featuring boutique wines, is now available for $60 a month plus tax and shipping. We invite you to personally join the club or secure a gift subscription today!
Anthony Hamilton Russell: Anthony Hamilton Russell with his wife Olive, winemaker Emul Ross and viticulturist Johan Montgomery are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines. Tiny yields and intense worldwide demand keep the elegant, highly individual, Estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay in very short supply.
Pinot Noir: Not overtly fruity, soft and “sweet” and it generally shows hints of that alluring “primal” character along with a dark, spicy, complex primary fruit perfume.
Chardonnay: Bright, vibrant natural acidity and a marked dry minerality combine with structural length and complexity in this elegant, classically styled wine.
One of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa, this Pinot noir and Chardonnay specialist pioneered viticulture in the beautiful, cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation behind the old fishing village of Hermanus.
The Estate specializes in producing highly individual, terroir driven Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa and among the finest in the New World.
Ashbourne Wines - Founded in 1996 by Anthony Hamilton Russell and located on a beautiful 64 hectare property in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards.
Located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, on a beautiful property on the eastern border of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, this small Pinotage and Sauvignon blanc based blend specialist has developed a reputation for innovative, highly individual, classically styled and age-worthy blends. http://www.ashbournewines.com/
Southern Right Wines - Founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994, Southern Right's aim was to produce a serious, age-worthy Pinotage (South Africa’s unique red grape variety) combining a distinct South African fruit and flavour expression with classic styling and refinement.
Southern Right is a small Pinotage and Sauvignon blanc specialist located on a strikingly beautiful 448 hectare property in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kilometres from the vineyards. http://www.southernright.co.za
Alexander Valley Vineyards
After purchasing the historic Cyrus Alexander homestead, Harry and Maggie Wetzel strived to create a thriving agricultural lifestyle on the property. They raised their children along with their vines in Alexander Valley, providing inspiration and encouragement as they developed the estate together. Decades later, the fourth generation of their family is growing up amongst vineyards and next door to the working winery that is known around the world as “AVV”.
The six hundred acre property was the homestead of valley namesake Cyrus Alexander. When he rode into the valley in 1840 he called it the "brightest and best spot in the world". He chose this spot to build his home and raise his family, and many years later the Wetzel Family would do the same. This wine is a tribute to the man, the region and the very best of the vintage.
In 1995 Hank Wetzel produced the first vintage of CYRUS and today winemaker Kevin Hall carries on the tradition with the 17th release of CYRUS. He has selected seven distinctive lots of estate Bordeaux grapes for this vintage; three lots of Cabernet Sauvignon with exceptional dark fruit flavors, complex aromas and structured tannins, two lots of Merlot with juicy fruit and floral aromatics, and one lot each of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec for finesse & depth, inky color, bright acidity and depth.
The Wetzel Family Estate now spans over 700 acres, straddling Highway 128 with vineyards on both sides of the Russian River to the west and bordered by the Mayacamas mountains to the east. In between there is a wide range of microclimates, elevations, exposures and soil types. Most importantly, there is water.
Premium vineyards were virtually unknown in the Alexander Valley in the 1960s. Unencumbered by local tradition, the Wetzel’s were pioneers, planting classic grape varieties and implementing innovative vineyard techniques.
There is no shortcut to consistent quality. At AVV they match grape varieties to microclimates and soil profiles, planting specific rootstocks and clones. They use drip irrigation to deliver the right amount of water to the vines and trellising to control canopy management. This progressive approach has kept AVV a leader in vineyard development over the last 50 years.
Harry Wetzel, IV grew up with the family business and the office outside his back door. He is one of the third generations working at the family owned winery. Like his father, he attended UC Davis where he graduated with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. “For me, being part of a family business means continuing the traditions my grandfather and father started at the winery and in the community,” Harry says. “It’s also a matter of preserving the integrity of the Wetzel family name. It’s a lot to live up to given the work the rest of my family has done, but I see it as a fun challenge.” As Assistant Winemaker, one of Harry’s principal duties is to work with growers so that AVV has the perfect fruit. “It’s all about making the right decisions, from producing the highest quality wine that we can to volunteering in our community.”
Chardonnay "Crossbarn", Paul Hobbs Winery, Sonoma Coast, CA, 2016
Our chardonnay showcases the fresh and lively essence of the Sonoma Coast appellation, offering a brilliant, pale yellow color and enticing aromas of lemon curd, warm brioche and fragrant white florals.
Cabernet Sauvignon "Crossbarn", Paul Hobbs Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2014
Opaque, pyrope garnet in the glass, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvingon's select Sonoma County vineyard sites bestow balance, and unique savory elements that set this wine apart.
Chardonnay, Paul Hobbs Winery, Russian River Valley, CA, 2015
This blend from prestigious Russian River vineyards is a quintessential chardonnay from this appellation. With a pale straw, pearlescent hue, the wine impresses with aromas of yellow blossoms, citrus and a note of chamomile tea.
Pinot Noir, Paul Hobbs Winery, Russian River Valley, CA, 2015
A classic rendering of Russian River Valley pinot noir, this wine offers a dark cherry hue and aromas of black cherry and bright strawberry.
Chardonnay "Edward James Estate", Paul Hobbs Winery, Russian River Valley, CA, 2014
From the heritage selections of chardonnay planted in our Edward James Estate Vineyard, named for Paul’s great-grandfather, this pale straw-hued wine boasts intriguing aromas of baking spices, Anjou pear, white peach, and exotic hints of ginger.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Paul Hobbs Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2014
This stately cabernet sauvignon displays great depth and complexity from diverse terroirs, including fruit from our Nathan Coombs Estate and other pedigreed Napa Valley vineyards.
Cabernet Sauvignon "Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard", Paul Hobbs, St. Helena, CA, 2013 Wine Advocate: 100!!!
Sourced from hand selected blocks, this muscular cab shows concentrated notes of cassis and espresso with cool herbal aromas of lavender and wet earth.
Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allows us to produce wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity. Paul Hobbs wines are fermented with native yeasts, aged in French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Focus is crafting small production vineyard designate wines from distinctive growing sites.
As custodians of the earth, we respect Mother Nature and farm our estate vineyards sustainably to produce wines that reflect a sense of place. The idea is that when visitors walk among our vines they can feel the fog, catch the scent of the soil, touch the tiny berries and taste in the finished wine a connection with these elements.
OWNER & WINEMAKER
As the owner and winemaker of Paul Hobbs Winery, Paul knows that the essence of profound wines can be traced back to meticulous care and expertise in the vineyard.
Growing up on a working farm in upstate New York, Paul experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit, when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later influence his approach to winemaking.
As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. First hired by Robert Mondavi for his expertise in oak aging, he then joined the Opus One team before moving on to Simi Winery.
He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991 and Vina Cobos in 1999. Twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker, Jr., he continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.
DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING.
Greg grew up in Sebastopol, California amidst Italian cooking and his family garden. In his youth, Greg helped with his family business making fresh pastas and caring for the land that produced their fruit, vegetables and herbs. Unbeknownst to him, his childhood influenced his path to a career in wine!
“Working for Paul Hobbs has been a true honor and blessing. To learn and grow with an organization makes me feel like I’m part of a family. Paul’s winemaking and personal philosophies coincide with my own. Care and nurture for the fruit from vine to bottle which then turns that great fruit into a beautiful glass of wine. I enjoy waking up each morning with a burning passion for the industry as well as curiosity of how we can make our wines great," said Greg.
Newton Vineyard: “Nature by Design” philosophy is present throughout the winemaking process. The winery was custom designed to allow minimal handling of the fruit, from the use of gravity flow systems to separate batch fermenting. Newton wines are naturally fermented using indigenous yeast to preserve the natural fruit essence achieved in the vineyard. The subtle variances of each component, when blended together, contribute to the overall complexity of the finished wine.
Claret “Skyside”, Newton Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2016
Aromas of plum, blackberry, allspice, vanilla and juniper mingle on the nose. The flavors continue onto its broad, round palate, supported by cedar and cocoa notes.
Cabernet Sauvignon “Skyside”, Newton Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2016
Bursting with red and purple fruit flavors, including cherries, plum and cassis. Hints of vanilla and spice mark the lingering finish.
Chardonnay “Skyside", Newton Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2016
White nectarine and vanilla spice are intertwined with baked apple and caramel notes, accented by ripe melon and fresh pineapple flavors.
Merlot “Unfiltered”, Newton Vineyards, Napa Vally, CA, 2014
Smoky, blueberry aromas are punctuated by whiffs of earth and sweet caramel. The palate is dark, brooding and inky, with Dutch cocoa and mocha mingling with ripe fruit flavors, including satsuma plums.
Chardonnay "Unfiltered", Newton Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2014
Pink grapefruit, fresh fig and pear aromas are enhanced by elements of spice and vanilla. Flavors of lemon curd, marzipan and white peach evolve in the mouth, enlivened by beautifully balanced natural acidity.
Cabernet Sauvignon "Unfiltered", Newton Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2014
“Black currant and plum mingling with cocoa and vanilla notes. “
Cabernet Sauvignon "Yountville Single Vineyard" Newton Vineyards, CA, 2014
Instantly appealing with abundant blueberry fruit with beetroot, couverture, licorice and black olives.
Alberto Bianchi, Winemaker
Alberto Bianchi did his first crush at Newton in 2014; in April 2016, he returned to become Newton’s Winemaker.
Born in Milan, Italy, Alberto earned a Bachelor degree in viticulture and enology from the University of Milan, then went on to achieve a double Master degree in the same subjects from the University of Turin and the University of Lisbon.
In addition to his experience as an early winemaker at Newton, Alberto has worked at Cape Mentelle in Australia’s Margaret River region, Terrazas de Los Andes in Argentina and Cloudy Bay Vineyard in New Zealand. He previously held winemaking positions in Italy’s Piedmont, Tuscany and Campania regions at Viticoltori de Concilis, Marchesi de Frescobaldi and Terre da Vino; at Preignes le Vieux in France’s Languedoc region, and Yealands Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand.
Andrew Holve, Assistant Winemaker
Andrew Holve joined Newton in 2015. Prior to Newton, Andrew worked at Ridge Vineyards as a lab intern during harvest. He has also worked harvest at Kenwood Vineyards and Patz & Hall in California and Church Road Winery in New Zealand. Andrew holds a Masters Degree in Viticulture and Enology from University of California at Davis.
WS = Wine Spectator WE = Wine Enthusiast WA = Wine Advocate RP = Robert Parker JS = James Suckling
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Sauvignon Blanc, Paul Cluver, Elgin, ZA, 2015
Forks & Corks 2017: "Bronze Award". The color is clear and bright, with a hint of green. The nose is clean and fresh with expressive granadilla, grape fruit, gooseberry and black currant characteristics. These flavors follow through onto the palate, which has a lovely creamy texture – the result of the higher Semillon portion. Wine Advocate: 91 (Neil Martin)
Chardonnay "Estate", Paul Cluver, Elgin, ZA, 2014
The 2014 Chardonnay has an attractive nose of dried honey, dried mango and a touch of walnut that is very well defined. The palate is fresh and crisp with harmonious almond and hazelnut notes infusing the tropical tones on the long and tender finish. One drop will never be enough! Another great Chardonnay from Andries Burger. Wine Advocate: 93
Pinot Noir, Paul Cluver, Elgin, ZA, 2016
This wine has a lovely luminosity – the color is bright plum skin. The nose has delicate earthy almond aromas combined with cranberry, pomegranate and raspberries. On the palate these characteristics follow through combining with interesting seaweed, umami savory flavors.
The Family and Team
Central to the success of the wine and farming business is the Cluver Family – a close-knit group with a visionary, pioneering spirit. Four of the five Cluver siblings are currently involved in the business, taking over the reins from parents Paul and Songvei.
The property is approximately 70km south-east of Cape Town, South Africa and has been in ownership of the Cluver Family since 1896. The wine business forms part of larger holistic farming business called ‘De Rust Estate'. In addition to the vineyards and cellar, there are apple and pear orchards, a Hereford stud and eco-tourism activities, including amphitheatre concerts, on the farm. This estate forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere. Half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity.
Whether you are looking for a notable bottle to present as a hostess gifts throughout the holiday season, or that special bottle of bubbles to toast the New Year on New Year’s Eve, Michael’s Wine Cellar has a variety of Champagnes and international sparkling wines which will accommodate any budget or occasion.
Inspired by the classic Christmas carol The 12 Days of Christmas, this holiday season Michael’s Wine Cellar presents 12 Wines of Christmas!
Each bottle featured as part of Michael’s “12 Wines of Christmas” is available at special holiday prices throughout the promotional period: December 25th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018. Available exclusively online only.
On the first wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Cabernet Sauvignon “Three Saints”, Dierberg, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, CA, 2014 for only $16.95
MICHAEL KLAUBER: 88 Points
“This warm, dry vintage also promoted an increase in tannin and color concentration. They sought to balance the extra structure with cooler ferments and shorter macerations to deliver a more open, approachable Cabernet Sauvignon.”
On the second wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Cotes du Rhone, Saint-Cosme, Rhone Valley, FR, 2016 for only $12.95!
WINE ADVOCATE: 89 Points
“Saint Cosme’s 2016 Cotes du Rhone looked good on my recent visit. It’s mostly Syrah, blended from vineyards in Vinsobres and the Gard, offering lovely floral and peppery aromas, dark fruits, medium to full body and a softly dusty finish. It should drink well for 6 years.”
On the third wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Chardonnay “LVE: Legend Vineyard Exclusive”, Raymond Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2014 for only $42.95!
WINE SPECTATOR: 88 Points
“Smoky, toasty, buttery oak is the dominant theme here, casting a weighty presence relative to the understated green apple and citrus fruit. Time should even things out. Drink now through 2019.”
On the fourth wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Champagne “Belle Epoque”, Perrier-Jouet, FR, 2008 for only $144.95!
WINE SPECTATOR: 94 Points
“This finely knit and lithe Champagne is smoky up front, opening into a lovely range of pastry, glazed apricot, lemon curd and candied ginger notes in the glass. Vibrant acidity drives the satinlike finish. Drink now through 2030.”
On the fifth wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Champagne “La Grande Dame”, Veuve Cliquot, FR, 2006 for only $127.95!
WINE SPECTATOR: 94 Points
“A waft of spring blossom draws you into this elegant Champagne, whose subtle notes of poached quince, toasted brioche and mandarin orange gracefully ride the satiny mousse, supported by a vibrant backbone of acidity. Disgorged February 2016. Drink now through 2029.”
On the sixth wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Red Blend “The Chocolate Block”, Boekenhoutskloof, Swartland, ZA, 2015 for only $29.95!
WINE ADVOCATE: 88 Points
“The 2015 Chocolate Block is a blend of 71% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cinsault and 1% Viognier. Previous vintages have been Western Cape, this being the first W.O. to be Swartland. It has an attractive blackberry, cedar and dark chocolate scented bouquet, strangely the Cabernet Sauvignon making a big impression upon the Syrah. The palate is medium-bodied and quite austere compared for this label.”
On the seventh wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Sparkling “Bliss Demi Sec”, Graham Beck, Western Cape, ZA, NV for only $16.95!
WINE ADVOCATE: 89 Points
“The Non-Vintage Bliss Demi Sec has a reduced but quite compelling bouquet. As its name implies this bubbly is guaranteed to instill feelings of unadulterated bliss in all of those fortunate to taste this fabulous fizz. A deeply satisfying experience from the first sublime sip to the last tantalizing tingle.”
On the eighth wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Chateau La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande de Pomerol, FR, 2005 for only $59.95
WINE ADVOCATE: 93 Points
“A gorgeously dense ruby/purple-colored wine, the 2005 La Fleur de Boüard is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged nearly 20 months in new oak. A big wine (14% alcohol), it is rich, concentrated, full-bodied and performs far above its official pedigree. It can be drunk over the next 10+ years.”
On the ninth wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Château Ferrière, Margaux, FR, 2014 for only $38.95!
WINE ADVOCATE: 89 Points
“The 2014 Ferrière has a floral nose: wilted rose petals and a touch of Asian spice complementing the slightly muted black fruit. The palate is smooth and caressing on the entry with well-judged acidity. This will probably be one of the earlier-drinking 2014 Margaux, and it will give pleasure over the next ten years, possibly more.”
On the tenth wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Chardonnay “Antica”, Antinori Family Estate, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 for only $27.95!
WINE ADVOCATE: 91 points
“Fresh apple blossom, green apple skin and citrus notes are present in the tart, minerally, naked 2013 Chardonnay that does a California imitation of a premier cru from Chablis. The long experience of the Antinori family making wines is reflected in this medium-bodied, stylish, well-made Chardonnay. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.”
On the eleventh wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…Bolgheri Rossa “Aska”, Banfi, Bolgheri & Tuscany, IT, 2014 for only $26.95!
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 89 Points
“A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this opens with ripe dark berry and baking spice scents. The dense palate delivers black currant, tobacco and mocha flavors, fleshed out by round tannins. Drink through 2020.”
On the twelfth wine of Christmas my true love gave to me…White Blend “Ashbourne”, Hamilton Russell, Walker Bay, ZA, 2015 for only $16.95!
WINE SPECTATOR: 88 Points
“Lemon peel, star fruit and verbena notes stream through, backed by a light echo of yellow apple on the finish. Drink now.”
The holiday season and Champagne go hand in hand. What better way to celebrate a season of joy than with the most joyous of beverages? Michael’s Wine Cellar just had its annual Holiday Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting and, like last year, and the year before, it was a sold-out event. 2000 Dom Perignon, 2006 Dom Perignon, Roederer Cristal, Veuve Clicquot “La Grande Dame”- pretty much the who’s who of Champagne was poured to those lucky enough to join us. Most of the women wore dresses and jewelry and several men wore jackets and that adds to the idea that this was a special event. I would imagine that if this had been a high-end Cabernet tasting, that same “what to wear” mentality would have been nowhere in evidence. Champagne seems to make an event special.
I can recall vividly the first time I had sparkling wine. It was December 31, 1986. My friends and I were sitting on our sleeping bags and chairs in Pasadena waiting for the New Year’s Day Rose Parade. I remember four things that night: it was unusually cold, the girl I was smitten with didn’t feel the same way and my friend Jim had stolen 2 bottles of Cold Duck from his parent’s refrigerator. And I remember spitting out this sickly-sweet bubbly because it tasted terrible. “How could anyone like this?” I asked anyone who would listen. It was a few years later that I had “Champagne” again, during a wedding toast, and once again I wondered why people drank this stuff. Admittedly, this is well before I got into wine or real Champagne.
Back to the Michael’s Wine Cellar tasting… almost everyone in attendance lingered at the high-end, crazy expensive tables and it got me and Kelly Fried (a local wine rep) talking about how great it was that there would be lots of leftovers of the great stuff that guests ignored simply because they had never heard of it! I told her I would rather have 3 bottles of the 2010 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs than 1 bottle of Roederer “Cristal,” because I actually like it better, and it’s a 1/3 of the price. I’m not saying the “Cristal” is bad, I‘m just saying it’s not my style. Kelly asked me if we could continue this conversation in the lounge later in the evening, because she had to sell more wine.
There are two types of sparkling wine drinkers, those who drink it on special occasions and those who like Champagne all the time. Kelly and I definitely do not fall into the “special occasion only” kind. (That’s not to say we aren’t special!) We agree that good champagne is delicious alone and that it also pairs well with almost any kind of food. I have often wondered if there is really any food with which Champagne doesn’t pair well.
Now to the Michael’s On East Lounge…..Kelly and I sat, thrilled to be off our feet and very excited as we splurged on a bottle of Champagne Krug. Krug is one of the great houses in Reims. This wine is distinguished by it deep color and very fine bubbles. It is fresh and lively with apple pie, nuts and brioche characteristics. Since Kelly and I had already been waxing poetic about pairing options, we got carried away and ordered (I promise you we shared and didn’t finish anything) the Charcuterie Plate, Duck Tacos, Beijing BBQ Spare Ribs and House-Cured Salmon Crostini. I even went into the freezer and pulled out and fried chicken tenders typically reserved for children. (I can do that because I have that kind of pull.)
Needless to say, the Krug went with EVERYTHING! The lady next to us tried the wine and some of the food and said, “I had no idea – wow!” Kelly said to her, “Sean and I are starting a mission today to see if we can find a food with which Champagne doesn’t pair well. We are going to start with sushi!” I quipped, “We know full well that Champagne is a perfect wine for sushi, but any reason to eat sushi is reason enough for me!”
As I was headed home I thought about the Krug and the appetizers and how spectacular they were individually and together. I also realized the best part of the night was the company and the conversation. But ya know, that’s how it should be really.
We’re sorry if you missed all the bubbly personalities last week, but that’s no reason to miss out on the bubbly! Click here to shop online for Champagne and Sparkling Wines from Michael’s Wine Cellar.
Our team at Michael’s Wine Cellar is honored to be recognized in Wine-Searcher’s Inaugural Retailer Awards!
Michael’s Wine Cellar received the following awards in December 2017:
SILVER 2017 ~ European List in Florida
SILVER 2017 ~ French List in Florida
The new award provide allows Wine-Searcher to recognize independent merchants and stores who sell the best selection of wine representative of a particular region.
Using Wine-Searcher’s global database of 9,804,213 offers from 22,428 stores, the program identified those with ranges that best represent specific wine regions. These awards recognize price lists that Wine-Searcher consider excellent in addition to the quality of the wines, the wine regions represented and the variety of vintages stocked.
The winners were calculated using the following factors:
• Stores must have a Merchant Star Rating of or above.
• Stores must have been listed with Wine-Searcher for at least a year.
• There must be a minimum of 15 wines to represent a particular wine region.
• Each wine must have an aggregated critics’ score of 80 points or above.
These awards recognize independent merchants and stores, and Michael’s Wine Cellar is featured is pleased to be featured! We hope you’ll visit our retail shop in Sarasota soon, and shop regularly online.
(The Cyber Monday sale excludes Michael's Wine Club & select wines featured as part of this year's Wine, Women & Shoes fundraising campaign.)
Reservoir; Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskey - Retail Pricing: $94.95
Imagine receiving three amazing bottles of hand-picked wines delivered to your door each month... Sip and celebrate in grand style with all-new Michael's Wine Club! What differentiates Michael's Wine Club? Michael, of course! Michael Klauber has a personal relationship with many of the wineries represented in each package and personally guarantees that he has tasted and recommends all featured wines. Michael's Wine Club, offering three-bottle monthly themed packages featuring boutique wines, is now available for $60 a month plus tax and shipping. We invite you to personally join the club or secure a gift subscription today! Click here to order online, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 249 with any questions.
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We hope you'll enjoy another tale from our knowledgeable wine specialist Sean King at Michael's Wine Cellar. It began on Friday night about 48 hours before Sarasota was predicted to be hit (punched really) in the gut by hurricane Irma. Lots of Sarasota had left town including many of the Michael’s On East staff. With a great deal of the restaurants around being closed, we were quite busy and I was able to step away from the Wine Cellar to the Restaurant floor and help with wine. Around 7:30 pm, I began to notice a trend. DChampagne Glassesiners from the bar to tables were asking about and ordering what I would call “ special occasion” wines. As I opened a bottle of 2006 Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Rose for a four top in the Lounge and knowing that I still had a 2009 Colgin to open, it occurred to me that this was a special occasion. Everyone in this Restaurant wasn’t sure what our city was going to look like on Monday. This was quite literally the calm before the storm. Most of the guests were regulars and two different tables said the exact same thing to me “ I have always wanted to try this wine.” As the evening ended, I believe I said “ good luck” or “ be safe” more than I ever had.
As Saturday went from morning to afternoon Robin, Michael and I were in the Wine Cellar putting stuff away and talking about the craziness of it all and what we were going to drink since we were going to hunker down at home. I asked Michael if he was going to open up anything special and he slyly smiled and said “Bordeaux'. (We all had some Champagne.) As the afternoon turned to evening, I began having multiple conversations via texts with friends, winemakers and sommeliers from around the country asking me what I was drinking and what they would open from their cellars if they were in a similar situation. One of our team members texted me around 5 pm on Saturday: "Wines I’m consuming way too young tonight because they may not make it through the storm….2014 Turley “Ueberroth” and a 2008 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux. What about you?”