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.

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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.

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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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    Cyber Monday Sale Starts at Midnight: Save 15% Off Wines Online

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    In addition to our retail wine shop, did you realize Michael's Wine Cellar offers a convenient online store for hundreds of boutique wines? This Cyber Monday is the perfect day to try ordering online from your favorite wine merchant! MichaelsWineCellar.com will automatically apply a 15% savings for all purchases of $100.00 or more on Cyber Monday (11-27-17). 

    (The Cyber Monday sale excludes Michael's Wine Club & select wines featured as part of this year's Wine, Women & Shoes fundraising campaign.)

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    Reservoir; Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskey

     
    Reservoir Distillery is a multiple Double Gold award-winning distillery located in Richmond, Virginia, created by proprietors and lifelong friends Jay Carpenter and David Cuttino. While tailgating at a Virginia Tech football game and enjoying a respected brand-name bourbon, we decided that – if we combined our innate talents and passions for fine whiskey – we could produce a highly exceptional spirit that reflected our Virginia roots and desire to bring our friends and family together. Just like that, Reservoir was born.
    Unlike other brands focused on quantity, Reservoir does not follow a set schedule for aging; instead, we personally taste every barrel to determine when it is ready. In fact, we will age some 5-gallon barrels as long as two years which is the equivalent to 15 or more years in a 53-gallon barrel. Whiskey flavor profiles will shift depending on proof and temperature, so we proof every bottle to 100 so that consumers can adjust the whiskey to suit their particular tastes. It takes a personal touch to make an exceptional whiskey, and just like our distilling process, our bottling procedures are hands-on and end with each bottle being personally signed by one of our dedicated distillers. Reservoir’s goal is to provide our customers with impeccably crafted products and, hopefully, an experience that enhances their lives.
    Reservoir BourbonBourbon:
    Our Tasting Notes:
    Pour neat with a single cube sweating allowing the whiskey to open over the course of time
     
    Nose: Vanilla, chalk, corn and toast
     
    Palate: Char, pencil shavings, coffee and pecan with a medium to full body
     
    Finish: Tobacco leaf transitioning into a sweet cherry finish that lingers
     
     
     
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    Our Tasting Notes:
    Pour neat with a drop to open up to taste but savor over time as she develops on her own terms
     
    Nose: Honey and crème brulee, rye spice and yeast, some orange peel/citrus perhaps
     
    Palate: Sweet notes of dark chocolate, anise, spicy with pepper
     
    Finish: Resolves into a dry finish leaving cola and molasses on the tongue, classic rye shortstop
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    Wheat Whiskey:
    Our Tasting Notes:
    Pour neat with a splash of water to blossom and mellow in the glass.
     
    Nose: Port, hint of oak, honey, and caramel notes
     
    Palate: Velvet texture, sweet but not cloying given the lack of corn, perfumed notes of rose petals
     
    Finish: Orange peels, herbaceous, and honeyed with a long lasting mouth feel Click Here For Purchasing

    Reservoir; Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskey - Retail Pricing: $94.95

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    Reservoir; Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskey

    Reservoir Distillery is a multiple Double Gold award-winning distillery located in Richmond, Virginia, created by proprietors and lifelong friends Jay Carpenter and David Cuttino. While tailgating at a Virginia Tech football game and enjoying a respected brand-name bourbon, we decided that – if we combined our innate talents and passions for fine whiskey – we could produce a highly exceptional spirit that reflected our Virginia roots and desire to bring our friends and family together. Just like that, Reservoir was born.

    Unlike other brands focused on quantity, Reservoir does not follow a set schedule for aging; instead, we personally taste every barrel to determine when it is ready. In fact, we will age some 5-gallon barrels as long as two years which is the equivalent to 15 or more years in a 53-gallon barrel. Whiskey flavor profiles will shift depending on proof and temperature, so we proof every bottle to 100 so that consumers can adjust the whiskey to suit their particular tastes. It takes a personal touch to make an exceptional whiskey, and just like our distilling process, our bottling procedures are hands-on and end with each bottle being personally signed by one of our dedicated distillers. Reservoir’s goal is to provide our customers with impeccably crafted products and, hopefully, an experience that enhances their lives.
     
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    Our Tasting Notes:
    Pour neat with a single cube sweating allowing the whiskey to open over the course of time
    Nose: Vanilla, chalk, corn and toast
    Palate: Char, pencil shavings, coffee and pecan with a medium to full body
    Finish: Tobacco leaf transitioning into a sweet cherry finish that lingers
     

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    Our Tasting Notes:
    Pour neat with a drop to open up to taste but savor over time as she develops on her own terms
    Nose: Honey and crème brulee, rye spice and yeast, some orange peel/citrus perhaps
    Palate: Sweet notes of dark chocolate, anise, spicy with pepper
    Finish: Resolves into a dry finish leaving cola and molasses on the tongue, classic rye shortstop
     

    Wheat Whiskey

    reservoir wheat whiskey 680x1024Our Tasting Notes:
    Pour neat with a splash of water to blossom and mellow in the glass.
    Nose: Port, hint of oak, honey, and caramel notes
    Palate: Velvet texture, sweet but not cloying given the lack of corn, perfumed notes of rose petals
    Finish: Orange peels, herbaceous, and honeyed with a long lasting mouth feel
     
     
    Reservoir; Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskey – Retail Pricing: $94.95
     
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    Michael's Wine Club Debuts!

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    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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    Halloween-Inspired "Spirits" & Wines

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    No TRICKS only TREATS! Check out our recommended list of Halloween-inspired wines and spirits available at Michael's Wine Cellar:

    • Cabernet Sauvignon "Freakshow", Michael & David, 2014, $19.95
    • Zinfandel "Sin Zin", Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2013, $18.95 Zinfandel "Romanzo Moon", Lapis Luna, Lodi CA, 2012, $16.95 Red Blend, 19 Crimes, AU, 2015, $11.95
    • Cabernet Sauvignon, Ghost Block, Oakville, CA 2014, $69.95
    • Cabernet Sauvignon, Ghost Block, Oakville, CA 2014, $69.95 Whiskey, Jim Beam "Jacob's Ghost - White Whiskey", 750ml, $21.95
    • Moonshine "Cafe Moonshine - Full Throttle", S'Loonshine, 750ml, $34.95
    • Moonshine, Catdaddy "Original Spiced", 750ml, $27.95|

    Wines Named with Edgar Allan Poe Inspiration:

    • Merlot "The Rook", Corvidae, Columbia Valley, WA, 2014, $13.95
    • Syrah "Lenore", Corvidae, Columbia Valley, WA, 2016, $13.95Click here to shop online anytime, or stop in the retail store, 10 am - 6 pm, Monday - Saturday.
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    To Drink or Not to Drink: A Hurricane Dilemma

    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.

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    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?”

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    I, taking comfort in my heritage (thanks to Rebecca, one of the bartenders in the restaurant whose mother brought me back a big bag of Taytos from Ireland), enjoyed the bag of Irish crisps, a cold beer and my companion Clyde the dog at our local pub. I am not sure who loves Taytos more Clyde or me. (By the way - Taytos is definitely worth Googling! Here I sit in Michael's Wine Cellar asking you what if anything special you drank? Please email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and let me know. We will happily post your responses in part two of this update….because like hurricane season, this story isn’t over yet.

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    Sip & Shop: October 2017

    Each Saturday at Michael’s Wine Cellar, we invite you to “sip & shop” as you browse thousands of wine, spirits and beer offerings available at the retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota. This month our knowledgeable team of wine specialists will be pouring:

    (Our Open House Wine Tasting will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2-4 pm. Admission is $10 per person.)

    Saturday, October 14

    • Chardonnay "Game Reserve", Graham Beck , ZA, 2014 - $16.95
    • Chenin Blanc "Original", Raats, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2016 - $12.95
    • Red Blend “Optima”, Rupert Wines, Wesern Cape, ZA, 2012 - $19.95
    • Pinotage, Barista, Western Cape, ZA, 2016 - $12.95

    Saturday, October 21

    • Chardonnay "Bramito del Cervo“, Marchesi Antinori, Umbria, IT, 2015 - $17.95
    • Pinot Grigio, Due Torri, Delle Venezie, Tipica, IT, 2015 - $9.95
    • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Masciarelli, IT, 2014 - $11.95
    • Chianti Classico, Castello di Bossi, Tuscany, IT, 2013 - $19.95

    Saturday, October 28

    • Sauvignon Blanc, Ritual, Casablanca Valley, CL, 2014 - $14.95
    • Chardonnay, Rayun, Central Valley, CL, 2014 - $9.95
    • Cabernet Sauvignon “Antiguas Reservas”, Cousino-Macul, CL, 2012 - $15.95
    • Red Blend, Primus, Colchagua Valley, CL, 2014 - $17.95
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    Upcoming Wine Class & Tasting Events

    Please mark your calendar and start registering now for upcoming events at Michael's Wine Cellar. October Open House Wine Tasting: This Saturday, October 7, 2-4 pm
    Our monthly casual, walk-about wine tasting featuring dozens of international wines returns this Saturday afternoon at Michael's Wine Cellar! $10 per person. Simply join us at the door!

    Australian Wine Class Tuesday, October 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Join us for another educational wine class as Gary O'Brien presents some great wines from Down Under! Admission is $25 per person. Click here to register now as space is limited.
    Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting (with more than a dozen winemakers/special guests!) Saturday, November 11, 2-4 pm $10 per person. Simply join us at the door, or click here to register online.

    Be sure to buy lots of wine during this tasting as a percentage of sales benefits Forty Carrots Family Center!

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    Wine, Women & Shoes ~ 2017 Wine Tasting

    Wine Women & Shoes Wine Tasting 2017Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a walk-about tasting in the local wine and spirits shop on a monthly basis. However, each November, the Michael’s team hosts an extra-fashionable tasting hosted by winemakers and properties participating in the annual Wine, Women & Shoes, Sarasota Signature Luncheon which sells out each year!

    The Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting offers a great opportunity for members of the public to participate in the stylish weekend of Wine, Women & Shoes functions supporting Forty Carrots Family Center. (A particularly nice option if you weren’t able to secure a highly-coveted ticket to the popular Signature Luncheon event!)

    Guests will have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this year’s Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting set for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

    This casual tasting is open to the public and event admission is $10 per person.

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    South Africa & "Pinot Noir's Next Big Thing"

    South African Wine Bottle Wine Glass FlagThe secret is getting out...  Michael's Wine Cellar Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber has been following the rise of South Africa's wine industry for decades. From leading bi-annual wine-buying trips to the Cape Winelands with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, to hosting visiting South African winemakers for tastings and wine dinners and featuring these prized (and often quite affordable) wines in our adjacent restaurant Michael's On East, you can rest assure we have some tremendous wines from South Africa available for Michael's guests.  So this week, Michael was pleased to come across this WineSearcher article covering several of his close winemaker friends and colleagues from South Africa, including Hamilton Russell Vineyards and Paul Cluver Wines. Pinot Noir's Next Big Thing August 8, 2017 ~ winesearcher.com "The great grapes of Burgundy have found a rather surprising new home, James Lawrence argues. If one were to imagine the most likely candidate for producing refined, elegant Pinot Noir, South Africa might, to put it mildly, not come very near the top of the list.... ...Yet a recent tasting of various South African Pinots, grown in diverse sites across the Western Cape, strongly hinted that this proud nation is one of world's great unsung heroes of producing memorable and evocative Pinot Noir, albeit in small volumes."  Click here to read the entire article on winesearcher.com.
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    Featured Article: BYO (Build Your Own) Wine Collection

    Wine News Build Your Own Wine CollectionWine, travel & lifestyle writer and blogger Nicole Carbon recently had the opportunity to speak with our team at Michael's Wine Cellar about building your personal wine collection. Please click here to read the complete featured article as featured in the Venice Gondolier Sun on August 5, 2017. 
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    Sip & Shop on Saturdays in August

    Each Saturday at Michael’s Wine Cellar, we invite you to “sip & shop” as you browse thousands of wine, spirits and beer offerings available at the retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota. (Please also join us for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting on Saturday, August 5, 2-4 pm. Admission is $10/person. Simply join us at the door, or click here to register online in advance.) On Saturdays this month our knowledgeable team of wine specialists will be pouring: 
     
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    • Chardonnay, Rayun, Central Valley, CL, 2014 - $9.95
    • Sauvignon Blanc, Veramonte, Casablanca Valley, CL, 2014 - $11.95
    • Malbec "Clasico", Altos Las Hormigas, Mendoza, AR, 2015 - $11.95
    • Red Blend, Primus, Colchagua Valley, CL, 2014 - $17.95
    Saturday, August 19, 2017
    • Prosecco “Brut”, Cantine Maschio, IT, NV - $12.95
    • Sauvignon Blanc “Route 29”, Routestock, Napa Valley, CA, 2015 - $17.95
    • Zinfandel "Sin Zin", Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2013 - $18.95
    • Cabernet Sauvignon “Horse Heaven Hill”, Silver Totem, WA, 2014 - $17.95
    Saturday, August 26, 2017
    • Vinho Verde, Casal Garcia, PT, NV - $9.95
    • Gruner Veltliner "Singing", Laurenz V. and Sophia, Kremstal AT, 2014 - $15.95
    • Tempranillo “Crianza”, Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero, ES, 2014 - $19.95
    • Bobal “Old Vine”, 11 Pinos, Manshuela, ES, 2014 - $11.95
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    Restaurant Honored with Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence”

    We hate to brag, but we think our talented team at Michael's Wine Cellar may have had a hand in a major achievement at our adjacent Restaurant, Michael's On East. Here's the full announcement as Michael's On East receives its first-ever "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator!

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    After 25 Consecutive Years in “Award of Excellence” Category, the Restaurant is Honored with an Upgrade in Award Level during 30th Anniversary Year Michael’s On East Among 3,592 Winners Worldwide; Full 2017 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue [Sarasota, Fla.] (July 27, 2017) 

    Michael’s On East has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards. The Restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers. After 25 consecutive years being recognized with the “Award of Excellence,” Michael’s On East won its first-ever “Best of Award of Excellence” honor this year.

    “Our unique wine program is a true prize of the Michael’s operation, boasting 12,700 bottles on property. It’s certainly an outstanding time to be honored with this upgraded award as we marked our Restaurant’s 30th anniversary this past spring,” said Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On East.Klauber’s personal experience with the Wine Spectator restaurant award program dates back decades as he accepted the “Grand Award” in 1982 for the wine program he created on Longboat Key at The Colony. “Every detail at Michael’s On East is designed with our discerning guests in mind as they enjoy inventive cuisine with fine wines–often from winemakers we have enjoyed personal relationships with for many years! Our guests also have the unique benefit of purchasing wines they discover on the Restaurant’s wine list from our adjacent retail store, Michael’s Wine Cellar. We take tremendous pride in providing remarkable wine experiences for true wine lovers, and couldn’t be more excited to receive the ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ distinction this year,” Klauber added.“Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor & Publisher, Wine Spectator. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the Awards program is thriving—with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.”

    Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,335; 1,168; and 89 winners this year in each respective category. The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, currently on newsstands and online at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward.

    About Wine Spectator Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

    About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame and received their 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award as well as the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2017. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s Events & Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

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