Best Champagne for Mimosas

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Our team is often asked, "What's the best Champagne (or sparkling wine) for Mimosas?" In sunny Sarasota, it's an appropriate question to pose throughout the year, many days of the week. However, even Floridians plan more Mimosa-focused affairs in the spring and summer months, from holiday brunches and wedding showers to regular weekend family or girlfriend gatherings. 

In general, we suggest a dry or semi-dry sparking wine to balance with your preferred fruit juice. A Cava or dry Prosecco represent great choices, as well as a true Champagne - preferably Brut. While traditional mimosas simply consist of a sparkling wine and orange juice, I also find pomegranate or grapefruit juices to be delicious morning spirit mixers. 

If you are looking for a regular go-to sparkling for Mimosas, we personally recommend the following affordable wines, regularly available for purchase from our retail store or online: 

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A pale yellow color with soft green reflections. Expressive bouquet highlighting subtle notes of lime fruit. Fresh and lively on the palate, a perfect balance between fruit and acidity. Following his artistic and entrepreneurial spirit, in 1984 Joseph Helfrich designed a bottle with a revolutionary shape. He named it Joséphine. It stood out from the crowd with its original curves, slanted neck and generous body. It represented a genuine challenge at the time as a special bottling chain needed to be built for it. The first brand of French wine was born and its name was JP Chenet.

Sparkling Brut Graham Beck Robertson ZA NV Sparkling "Brut", Graham Beck, Robertson, ZA, NV 
A blend of 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir, the Non-Vintage Brut has a soft, creamy bouquet with touches of apple-blossom and yeast aromas. The palate is well defined with good acidity on the entry, citrus peel, fresh lime with a pleasing, commercially minded creamy finish. The two adages: ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’, and ‘focus on getting the basics right the first time’ are what guides Graham Beck Wines in their quest to craft highly individual wines of exceptional quality and universal appeal. Graham Beck Wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. The first wine was produced in 1991 and the cellar’s maiden vintage Graham Beck Brut, was selected for the 1994 inauguration of President Nelson Mandela. 

Sparkling Brut François Montand FR NV Prosecco, Zardetto, Veneto, IT, NV
"Lots of apple and cream up front, with a medium froth and a clean grapefruit and mineral finish." - Wine Spectator. Almost a hundred years have now gone by since Bepi Zardetto lost his horse and cart fully loaded with wine barrels during the retreat from Caporetto, on the Italian front of the First World War. A hundred years over which a family has traced its history along a straight, continuous line marked by the work and passion of its members. Between the silver medal won by Ernesto Zardetto in 1934 in the Sweet Wine category (or, as he called it in his dialect, vin da botìglia [wine for bottling]) and the success of Zardetto Prosecco on the international market and the tables of the world, there is a long bountiful path paved with the same extraordinary dedication to creating wines that the Zardetto family has passed on from father to son. 

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Cheers! The kids are back in school!

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Summer is just about over and the kids are going back to school. Below we've created a wine & spirit "supply list" to get you through the month! Shop now!

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Celebrating Summer with Rosé Wine

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Summer is in full swing in Sarasota, and it's the perfect time of year to enjoy a fabulous bottle of rosé! Our Wine Director Sean King will tell you that the best rosé wines come from Provence, the warmest area of France.

This July, Sean selected a trio of rosés from Provence in honor of Linda Carson of ABC 7's birthday! Click here to view the complete Suncoast View segment, and scroll down to shop for Sean's selections.

RoseWineSuncoastViewIMG 9818Henri Gaillard Cotes de Provence 2017
$15.95
Brilliant rose with rose petal highlights, the wine displays delicious strawberry and raspberry notes with a touch of exotic fruits aromas. To be enjoyed at any time as an aperitif or like a dessert wine.

Chateau Minuty “M” Cotes de Provence 2017
$18.95
Fresh rounded pomegranate and wild strawberry fruit, served at the perfect temperature. Good concentration but with elegance and delicacy. Dry finish.

Billecart Salmon NV Brut Rosè Champagne
$79.95
“The NV Brut Rose is a pretty, gracious wine. Freshly cut roses, red berries and spices take shape nicely in the glass as the wine shows off its understated, timeless personality. Billecart-Salmon’s NV Brut Rose is a reliably tasty wine.”
-Wine Advocate

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Red, White & Bubbly

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Cheers to Our Amazing Country!
In honor of America's Independence Day our staff has picked out a few Red, White & Bubbly (Sparkling) wines! We offer home delivery, package shipping and in-store pick-up! From our families to yours, we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

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National Rosé Day!

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June 9th is National Rosé Day!

Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the globe!

Three major ways to produce rosé Wine:
Skin Contact, Saignée, and Blending

Rosé wines can be made:
Still, Semi-Sparkling or Sparkling

A wide range of sweetness levels:
Highly Dry Provençal Rosé, Sweet White Zinfandels and Blushes.

Rosé Wines Available In The Cellar!

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MICHAEL'S WINE STORE

The newest addition to the Michael’s family is the hip, urban Michael’s Wine Cellar which hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines.

The Wine Cellar also offers premium & boutique spirits, imported & craft beers and more than 200 boutique wines under $20.

Store hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The wine store can also be transformed into a magical space perfect for any type of special event, including luncheons and rehearsal dinners for up to 125 guests and up to 300 guests for receptions.

An outdoor covered patio with wrought iron tables and chairs is adjacent to Michael’s Wine Cellar. www.michaelswinecellar.com

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National Wine Day

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It's National Wine Day...although every day is “wine day” at Michael's Wine Cellar!
Join Us in the Cellar for these Special Offers & Tasting Events!
Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE EVENT
Sip’N Shop Amazing Wines from Spain!
Thursdays, Through Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on Thursdays for all retail purchases in the Wine Cellar. Not a member yet? Sign up here
June 1 – 30
Michael’s Wine Club – Explore Oregon!
Join Michael's Wine Club now to receive three boutique wines – personally selected by our own Michael Klauber – at your doorstep each month. The Wine Club is also the perfect gift for all who truly appreciate great wine. This month is a great time to thank your dad; remember Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17. We hear grandpas and uncles also love wine! 
Saturday, June 2, 2 – 4 p.m., $10
Open House Wine Tasting - Casual, Walk-About Tasting
Bring a friend to our monthly Open House and try over 30 wines! We’re certain you’ll discover a new favorite, or two, to take home. All featured wines will be available for purchase. 
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE EVENT
Sip’N Shop Amazing Wines from Italy!
Saturday, June 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m., $50
Bordeaux Wine Tasting Event!
Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and tastes of more than 30 Bordeaux wines! Each guest will receive a $25.00 retail voucher for purchases of $50.00 or more of the Bordeaux wines that are being showcased this night. Reservations are required.

Monday, June 11, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., $25
This Way! Three Way Wine Tasting (Taste 3 Wines - 3 Different Ways!)
Michael's Wine Cellar Classes are held once a month. Enjoy the history and intriguing facts about wine while you sip your way throughout the evening! A wonderful display of cheese and fruit, along with baskets of sliced French bread are available at each class. Reservations are required. 
Wednesday, June 13 – Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Happy Father’s Day Sale! 
Save 15% off all Scotch when you shop in-store!
Don't forget to sign your Dad up for the Wine Club, too! 
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE EVENT
Sip’N Shop Amazing Wines from France!
Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE EVENT
Sip'N Shop Australia: Wines from the Land Down Under
Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE EVENT
Sip’N Shop Fantastic Rosé Wines! 
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Grapes & Grilling

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May is National Barbecue Month! 
It's time to uncover your grill, start the fire and let the backyard party begin!

Here at Michael’s Wine Cellar we are excited to help you pair your sizzling BBQ plates with the perfect wine! From steaks to veggie burgers we have the wine for you!

Burgers & Steaks
Tempranillo "Crianza", Vina Bujanda, Rioja, ES, 2013 
Tempranillo Crianza Vina Bujanda Rioja ES 2013
Vina Bujanda Crianza, made from 100% Tempranillo has an excellent balance. It has low to moderate acidity. The palate consists of fresh strawberries and spice that age into flavors of rich cherry and tobacco. 

Spicy Sausage
Shiraz "The Boxer", Mollydooker, South Australia, AU, 2016 
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A double punch of fruit! Initially, your taste buds will experience cherry, red berries and plum flavours that develop beautifully into that of spice, licorice, chocolate and cream. The soft tannins and underlining structure contribute amazing depth and lusciousness. The Boxer is undoubtedly a WOW wine that will surely lead you to fill your glass first, as it won’t last long once the bottle is open!

Chicken
Chardonnay "Mirth", Corvidae, WA, 2016
Chardonnay Mirth Corvidae WA 2016
The Mirth is quintessential Chardonnay exhibiting bright tropical notes and excellent purity of flavor and balance unencumbered by oak flavor. The wine is fermented and cellared in stainless steel to preserve its freshness and varietal character. Pair this refreshing Chardonnay with a chanterelle herb frittata, lemon roasted chicken, or a mango avocado and smoked salmon salad.

Pork Chops
Chianti Classico, Castello Di Bossi, Tuscany, IT, 2013 
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“The Castello di Bossi 2013 Chianti Classico plays its cards close to its chest. It embodies the delicate and polished side of Sangiovese without the extra distractions that come with over extraction or abundant oak. This wine speaks of the vintage and the grapes. Delicate notes of tar and smoke rise above wild berry and cherry aromas.” Wine Advocate: 90

Ribs
Zinfandel "Old Vine", Plungerhead, Lodi, CA, 2015 
Zinfandel Old Vine Plungerhead Lodi CA 2015
Brambly fruit notes with wild raspberry notes slowly slide behind white peppercorn notes and hints of forest floor on the aroma. In the mouth, the flavor takes a turn towards ripe cherries steeped in a basil syrup, watermelon jolly rancher candy, cracked pepper, fried sage, with hints of rosemary, toasted cardamom, and black raspberries. 

Veggie Burgers
Grüner Veltliner "Lois", Loimer, Kamptal AT, 2016
Gruner Veltliner Lois Loimer Kamptal AT 2016
Pale yellow color, this wine is purely aromatic and lively! Lovely aromas of fresh apples and citrus, this wine surprises on the palate with great spice components as well as exotic fruit and a refreshing acidity.

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Rosé wines to try by Nicole Carbon

Check out Nicole’s amazing article on rosé wines below! 

Don’t forget to join us for our Mother’s Day Sale going on NOW between May 9-12! 
Save 15% Off All Rosé Wines when you shop in-store!

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Winery of the Week: Susana Balbo Wines

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“The creation of my wines at Susana Balbo Wines is to me the maximum achievement as a winemaker, product of all my efforts and many years of hard work. I could say that the winery is like my third child, a dream come true.” Susana Balbo

You can purchase these two amazing Malbec Crios in our online store!
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Rose de Malbec "Crios", Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2017 
Winemaker's Notes: A beautiful, deep, vibrant rose color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rose wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. 
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Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2016 
Tasting Notes: Beautiful reddish-purple color. The aromas are a mix of freshly crushed black cherries and subtle coffee and vanilla notes, just enough to frame the exuberant fruit.

About Susana Balbo
In 1999, after working more than 20 years as a consultant winemaker for national and international wine companies, Susana decided to have her dream come true and started to build Susana Balbo Wines in the heart of Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. After more than 10 years of steady growth in foreign markets, another one of her dreams was fulfilled: her children, José, winemaker graduated from UC Davis (California) and Ana, Bachelor of Business Administration from University San Andrés (Buenos Aires) decided to go on with the family tradition and join Susana Balbo Wines team.
During the last years, Susana and her team have been working tirelessly on meeting the international highest quality standards and have showed their commitment to some of the major issues of the 21st century: food safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Susana’s life reached its peak in 1999 with the birth of Susana Balbo Wines. She was able to achieve her lifelong dream: to have her own winery and to create her own wines. 
Crios in Spanish means “offspring” and was created in 2001 as a tribute to her son, José, and daughter, Ana. The wines, like her children, are full of energy and complexity. The message of motherhood, family and childhood perfectly illustrated with three overlapping hands on the label.
To create her wines, Susana Balbo combines the “knowledge of the terroir" & "winemaking skills". The art of blending is, according to Susana, the expression of the winemaker’s top talent. A way to show the ability to play with different aromas and flavors obtained from different terroirs, as does a painter with his palette.
Far from major consumption and industrial centers of the world, Argentina is characterized by being a country of large tracts of fertile land with the most diverse climates. Mendoza is a province located on the west side of the country, and a big part of its territory is occupied by mountains.
Being situated at the foothills of The Andes Range is the main advantage of our wines quality. During the winter, these high mountains accumulate the ice of the purest water which will slowly melt during the spring and summer months to provide a unique source for the development of our vineyards. 

To learn more about Susana Balbo Wines visit: http://en.susanabalbowines.com.ar

 

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Winery of the Week: Hamilton Russell Vineyards

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“We are not so much using Hamilton Russell Vineyards to make Pinot noir and Chardonnay as we are using Pinot noir and Chardonnay to express the beauty and personality of Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Our terroir, in effect, "chose" these varieties as its most individual and beautiful expression.” - Anthony Hamilton Russell

These amazing wines are available in the Michael's Wine Store:

White Blend “Ashbourne”, Hamilton Russell, Walker Bay, ZA, 2015 
Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Right, Walker Bay, ZA, 2016
Pinotage, Southern Right, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, ZA, 2016
Chardonnay, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, 2016

If you do not see a wine you are looking for give us a call today at 941-955-CORK (2675)

or 8 09Anthony 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.

hr 2016 testPinot 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.

hr char2016 1Chardonnay: Bright, vibrant natural acidity and a marked dry minerality combine with structural length and complexity in this elegant, classically styled wine.

The Estate:

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.

Associated Properties:

logoAshbourne 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/

logo123Southern 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

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Winery of the Week: Alexander Valley Vineyards

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Alexander Valley Vineyards is one of Sonoma's pioneer wineries!

Come shop our collection of Alexander Valley Vineyards today! Click here!

Merlot, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, CA, 2015 (375ml)
Tasting Notes: There are spicy, earthy aromas of red cherry, vanilla, oak, cedar, plum and cassis in the glass. This wine has broad mouthfeel with flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, dark fruits and chocolate. This is a big, nicely balanced wine
Chardonnay, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2015
Tasting Notes: Apple, pear, fresh fruit, pineapple, vanilla and floral notes. 
Zinfandel "Sin Zin", Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2014
Tasting Notes: Spicy, jammy, seductive, Rich flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum with a long finish. The original California classic.
Merlot "Estate", Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2015
Tasting Notes: Aromas of cherry, dusty plum, cassis, cola, eucalyptus and cocoa powder in the glass. This is a fruit forward wine with nice balance and flavors of red cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, dark fruits and dark chocolate. 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2015
Tasting Notes: There are aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, cassis, plum, vanilla and a slight cocoa and chocolate note. 
Chardonnay, Ferrari-Carano, Sonoma, CA, 2015
Tasting Notes: Aromas of lemon, pear, green apple, orange blossom, lychee and peach perfectly balanced by flavors of vanilla and graham with a floral finish. 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Jordan, Alexander Valley, CA, 2013
Tasting Notes: Well-defined bouquet with dusky red fruit intermingling with cocoa and dark chocolate.
Red Blend "Cyrus", Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, CA, 2012
Tasting Notes: Dark purple color with flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries.

Alexander Valley Vineyards 
Story

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.

Vineyards

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.”

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Wine of the Week: Collier Falls

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Collier Falls is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Healdsburg, California’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley.

They make limited quantities of hillside estate red wines from 20 acres of their own sustainably-farmed vineyards. Each year they strive to grow outstanding fruit and make world-class wines here in Sonoma County. They hope the wines of Collier Falls express the true flavors of the grapes, and are exceptional examples from this wonderful winegrowing region. Their name comes from the waterfall below the Zinfandel vineyards.

Stop in and shop or shop these wines online at www.michaelswinecellar.com
Petite Sirah, Collier Falls Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, Ca, 2011
Petite Sirah Collier Falls Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Ca 2011
In 1997 they saved the top 8 rows of our Zinfandel block for Petite Sirah vines to blend with our Zin. 6 years later the Petite tasted too good to blend and we decided to bottle it as a stand alone varietal. This 100% estate-grown Petite Sirah is inky black in color with aromas of eucalyptus and cracked peppercorn alongside floral nuances of honeysuckle and violet. Dark, layered flavors of blueberry jam, blackberry cobbler, and tea leaves highlight the mid-palate. This is an opulent, full-bodied wine that shows surprising restraint and soft tannins, accentuated by a plush and lingering finish with a touch of vanilla oak. Only 126 cases made.
 

Zinfandel "Hillside Estate", Collier Falls Vineyards, Ca, 2013ZINFANDEL HILLSIDE ESTATE COLLIER FALLS VINEYARDS CA 2013
The wine shows striking colors of deep crimson and black. A complex bouquet offers distinct aromas of butterscotch, jelly donut and damp forest. This is a robust, full bodied Zinfandel displaying rich flavors of strawberry and fig, with hints of eucalyptus and powdered sugar. Its long finish highlights lingering notes of cola, tobacco, charred wood and black pepper. Pairs perfectly with duck breast and wild rice. Only 357 cases made.

 

 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON HILLSIDE ESTATE COLLIER FALLS VINEYARDS CA 2012Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Estate", Collier Falls Vineyards, Ca, 2012
The wine is deep, dark red in color with aromas of blackberry, cinnamon and clove. This elegant, balanced and spice driven Cabernet has a very approachable palate with distinct notes of red currant and vanilla. They recommend 20-30 minutes of decanting to fully showcase its soft flavors and lingering finish of red fruit. Only 323 cases made.

 

 

PRIMITIVO LATE HARVEST COLLIER FALLS VINEYARDS DRY CREEK VALLY CA 2011

Primitivo "Late Harvest", Collier Falls Vineyards, Dry Creek Vally, Ca, 2011 
This dense, purple, brooding wine belies its elegance. Deep, smoky aromas are softened by violet and floral notes. Complex flavors of blueberries, baked blackberry, and plum highlight the mid-palate. The wine finishes with hints of dark chocolate and toasted walnut. It’s full-bodied and structured with soft tannins. Enjoy now or cellar for 10-15 years.

 

Collier Family
A trip to Wine Country in 1992 changed Barry and Susan Collier's future together. That weekend encouraged them to sell their home and move to Sonoma County, and by 1997 they were growing grapes and making wine as Collier Falls.
Vineyards
They farm 20 acres in the northwest corner of Dry Creek Valley at elevations exceeding 1,000 feet. These steep vineyards of rocky, clay soil produce mountain fruit with great color, character and intensity. Exactly what winemakers love to craft distinctive, hillside estate wines. The vineyards also sit above the fog line. So while morning fog cools the valley floor, the hillside fruit enjoys plenty of sunshine. And during the warmer parts of the day, these southeast facing vineyards get early shade, creating an ideal temperature balance for the grapes — lots of sun to develop ripe flavors and varietal characteristics, and cooler periods to help the fruit achieve balance and complexity.
Sustainability
Sustainability at Collier Falls involves the integrated management of land, water, vegetation, animals and insects. They seek exceptional quality in the fruit, and feel a responsibility to preserve the part of the ecosystem for future generations of Sonoma County winegrowers.
  • Erosion control– Hillside farming has its challenges. All vineyard blocks are terraced to reduce the impact of erosion. Underground drainage, catch basins and silt ponds collect soil and water run-off, protecting the ecosystem of the natural streams and ponds surrounding the property.
  • Natural pest control– They maintain a completely pesticide free environment. Owl boxes in the vineyards provide homes for native Barn Owls, while Douglas-fir and Redwood trees on the surrounding hillsides serve as raptor perches for hawks and falcons. These birds help control the populations of gophers and voles in the vineyard. They also release ladybugs to combat the detrimental spider mite.
  • Conservation and irrigation– A natural underground well is the water source, and the installation of a drip irrigation system allows us to minimize water usage in the vineyard. They can also add beneficial organic elements like potassium, calcium and nitrogen to the drip irrigation system. This ensures the soil and vines get specifically tailored supplements to maintain a healthy and balanced growing environment.
  • Leaf pulling– Removing leaves around the grape clusters improves air circulation throughout the vine canopy, which reduces the risk of bunch rot and allows us to farm without spraying fungicides on the vines. Leaf pulling also helps to reduce the numbers of leafhoppers and mites that may be present.
  • Cover crops– They plant two different types of native grasses (Zorro Fescue and Blando Brome) to stabilize the soil, reduce erosion, and reduce dust and spider mites in the vineyards. They also plant Crimson Clover which attracts beneficial insects and acts as a green manure by adding nitrogen to the soil.
  • Organic fertilizers– They add a mixture of manure, grape pomace and compost to the vineyard soil to improve soil quality and structure, and to increase the levels of beneficial microorganisms.
Collier Falls
Natural springs and creeks in the mountains of Dry Creek Valley create the 30-foot waterfall that inspired the name Collier Falls. Just a few steps south of our hillside Zinfandel vineyards, the dense forest suddenly transforms into this beautiful scene.
 
The waterfall runs year round, and at its peak during the rainy season spills over 5 million gallons of water per day. Each year, steelhead trout arrive here to spawn. The water creates Fall Creek and feeds into Dry Creek, which flows into the Russian River, and connects to the Pacific Ocean.
For more information visit https://www.collierfalls.com/vineyards.
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Winery of the Week: Paul Hobbs

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“The wines we are currently producing are the result of years of perseverance, patience and experimentation in our continuing adventure with wine.” - PAUL HOBBS

Stop in and shop or shop online at www.michaelswinecellar.com

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.

WINEMAKING
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.

PRACTICES
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.

 

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Winery of the Week: Newton Vineyards

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Winery of the Week: Newton Vineyards

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.

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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.

estate people albertoAlberto 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.

AndrewAndrew 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.

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20 Wines Under $20

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20 Wines Under $20
Do you have a favorite everyday indulgence?
A glass of wine, or bottle, that helps you wind down most evenings? 
Or perhaps you are ready to explore new varietals and learn more about wine?
No matter your experience in the world of wine, the wide selection of boutique wines at Michael’s Wine Cellar offers everyone - from beginners to experienced wine collectors - fabulous selections, including plenty of great values. With more than 200 international wines under $20, it was difficult to narrow the list, but we did it!

Here are 20 top wines under $20, highly-recommended by the Michael's Wine Cellar team!

    WS = Wine Spectator   WE = Wine Enthusiast   WA = Wine Advocate   RP = Robert Parker   JS = James Suckling
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    Winery of the Week: Paul Cluver

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    Winery of the Week: Paul Cluver

    Family owned and family run winery, focused on producing wines that reflect the uniqueness of the cool-climate Elgin terroir. The family is proud to have pioneered the Elgin appellation and for being seen as a leader in the sustainable farming.

    Shop Paul Cluver Wines NOW at Michael's Wine Cellar!

     

     

    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.

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    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.

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    Bubbles To Toast

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    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.

    • Earn Double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Points on all retail purchases of three bottles or more at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Valid in-store & online!
    • Plus enjoy all the New Year specials below between December 28th-30th, 2017 at Michael’s Wine Cellar!

    ONLINE BUBBLE SPECIALS!

    Cava “Brut”, Aria, ES, NV

    Cava “Brut”, Aria, ES, NV

    Special Pricing $10.95
    Regular Pricing $11.95

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    Prosecco “Brut”, Cantine Maschio, IT, NV

    Prosecco “Brut”, Cantine Maschio, IT, NV

    Special Pricing $10.95
    Regular Pricing $12.95

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    Sparkling “Brut”, Graham Beck, Robertson, ZA, NV

    Sparkling “Brut”, Graham Beck, Robertson, ZA, NV

    Special Pricing $14.95
    Regular Pricing $16.95

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    Sparkling “Brut Rose”, Graham Beck, Western Cape, ZA, NV

    Sparkling “Brut Rose”, Graham Beck, Western Cape, ZA, NV

    Special Pricing $14.95
    Regular Pricing $16.95

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    Sparkling “Sweet Star”, Domaine Chandon, CA, NV

    Sparkling “Sweet Star”, Domaine Chandon, CA, NV

    Special Pricing $17.95
    Regular Pricing $19.95

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    Sparkling “Brut”, Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, CA, NV

    Sparkling “Brut”, Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, CA, NV

    Special Pricing $17.95
    Regular Pricing $19.95

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    Champagne “Brut”, Piper-Heidsieck, FR, NV

    Champagne “Brut”, Piper-Heidsieck, FR, NV

    BEST DEAL
    Special Pricing $24.95

    Regular Pricing $33.95

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    Champagne “La Cuvée Brut“, Laurent-Perrier, FR, NV

    Champagne “La Cuvée Brut“, Laurent-Perrier, FR, NV

    Special Pricing $32.95
    Regular Pricing $34.95

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    Champagne “Brut Excellence”, Gosset, FR, NV

    Champagne “Brut Excellence”, Gosset, FR, NV

    Special Pricing $36.95
    Regular Pricing $38.95

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    Sparkling “Brut Rose”, Schramsberg, North Coast, CA, 2014

    Sparkling “Brut Rose”, Schramsberg, North Coast, CA, 2014

    Special Pricing $37.95
    Regular Pricing $39.95

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    Champagne Brut “Imperial”, Moet & Chandon, FR, NV

    Champagne Brut “Imperial”, Moet & Chandon, FR, NV

    Special Pricing $37.95
    Regular Pricing $39.95

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    Champagne “Grand Brut”, Perrier-Jouet, FR, NV

    Champagne “Grand Brut”, Perrier-Jouet, FR, NV

    Special Pricing $39.95
    Regular Pricing $42.95

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    Champagne “Yellow Label”, Veuve Clicquot, FR, NV

    Champagne “Yellow Label”, Veuve Clicquot, FR, NV

    Special Pricing $44.95
    Regular Pricing $49.95

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    Sparkling “J. Schram”, Schramsberg, North Coast, CA, 2008

    Sparkling “J. Schram”, Schramsberg, North Coast, CA, 2008

    BEST DEAL
    Special Pricing $57.95

    Regular Pricing $109.95

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    Champagne “P2 Dom Perignon”, Moet & Chandon, FR, 2000

    Champagne “P2 Dom Perignon”, Moet & Chandon, FR, 2000

    BEST DEAL
    Special Pricing $249.95

    Regular Pricing $299.95

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    12 Wines of Christmas

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    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.

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    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.”

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    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.”

    12 days of christmas 3 150x150On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 4 150x150On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 5 150x150On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 6 300x190On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 7 190x300On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 8 150x150On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 9 268x300On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 10 150x150On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 11 300x203On 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.”

    12 days of christmas 12 150x150On 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.”

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    Bubbles & Bubbly Personality

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    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.

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    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. 

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    Wine Shop Honored by Wine-Searcher’s Inaugural Retailer Awards

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    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

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    Sarasota, FL 34239