Rosé & Red Wine for Valentine's Day

This week, Michael Klauber will be visiting Sarasota's ABC 7 to share a few suggestions regarding rosé and red wines for Valentine's Day with viewers of Suncoast View. Tune in at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 as Michael "sabers" a bottle of sparkling and explains his wine suggestions as Michael, Linda, Bobeth and Stephanie taste the wines with decadent chocolate. Here are just a few of Michael's personal recommendations for your sweetheart: Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2013 $9.95 Petite Cassagne Rose Wine A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Super fresh and bright, this summer sipper displays deep flavors of strawberries, minerals and sweet herbs. Domaine de la Petite Cassagne is located four kilometers from the village of St Gilles on south/south-eastern exposed slopes of the Costières de Nîmes. The soils here are characterized by cailloux deposited by the Rhône River centuries ago. "A pure style, with watermelon seed, rose water and white cherry notes lined with a tangy hint and backed by a lingering stony finish." -Wine Spectator Sparkling “Rosa Regale”, Banfi, Brachetto d’Acqui, IT, 2011 $18.95 Rosa Regale In 1979, John and Harry Mariani, family Proprietors of Banfi Vintners, acquired a mid-18th century winery, known as Bruzzone, revitalized it and renamed the facility Banfi Piemonte. Here, with the same detailed care as a century ago, our skilled winemakers produce "Rosa Regale" Brachetto d'Acqui D.O.C.G. This rare Brachetto, a semi-dry, red sparkling wine cherished by the courts of Europe over two centuries ago, owes its reincarnation to Banfi. Rosa Regale is created in one of Italy's smallest production zones, the Brachetto d'Acqui Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, commonly referred to as DOCG. It is crafted from 100% Brachetto grapes grown exclusively at the La Rosa Vineyard in the town of Acqui Terme located in the Piedmont region of Italy. The label features a single red rose, representing the wine's origin from this single vineyard La Rosa estate. Rosa Regale's quality comes from the vineyards. However, since this is a sweet, aromatic wine, winemaking techniques are also essential to preserve the grapes' elegant scent. After a careful harvest, the must is allowed to macerate on the skins for 2 to 3 days, thus resulting in a limited actual alcohol content. In this way, a deep beautiful pink color is obtained, thanks to the time spent in contact with anthocyanin-rich skins. The pressing technique is fundamental to the final result: "soft" and elegant. Rosa Regale is produced using the Charmat process or Metodo Italiano (Italian Method). This method forces the second fermentation to happen in large stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, rather than in the bottle like the traditional méthod champenoise. This process is best used on sparkling wines that are meant to be enjoyed young and relatively fresh. Red Blend "The Chocolate Block" Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek, ZA, 2012 $32.95 Chocolate Black Wine The Chocolate Block has a rustic, earthy bouquet with a touch of saddle-leather and Provencal herbs. The palate is smooth and rounded on the entry and is armed with crisp acidity to cut through that plush dark berried fruit interlaced with rosemary, white fennel and white pepper. Very svelte and harmonious towards the slightly oaky finish and demonstrating good length, The Chocolate Block is a well-crafted Rhone(ish) blend from Mark Kent and his team. Founded in 1776, Boekenhoutskloof is one of the oldest farms situated up the "Valley" in the Franschhoek foothills. Marc Kent is the winemaker, cellarmaster, and part owner of this homestead and wine farm. "Toasted savory and anise notes lead the way, backed by soft plum and blackberry paste flavors. A toasty hint holds sway on the finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Viognier. Drink now." -Wine Spectator Heart Corks Remember, Michael's Wine Cellar will be open 10 am - 6 pm on Valentine's Day this year, Saturday, February 14, 2015. Of course, our adjacent Restaurant Michael's On East will be hosting dozens of couples celebrating Valentine's Day in style on Saturday, February 14. However, the culinary team in the Restaurant invites you to take a month-long Epicurean Adventure to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. Michael's French Epicurean Adventure menu offers a two-course lunch for $18.95 or three-course dinner for $34.95 through the month of February. Please note: Epicurean Adventure menus are not available on holidays including Valentine's Day.
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Kacher Selections Wine Dinner

It's one of our most highly-anticipated Wine Dinners each year! We'll be featuring French wines from Robert Kacher Selection's prestigious portfolio on Friday, November 21, 2014. (While Bobby is unable to join us in Sarasota this year, a member of his team will host the dinner alongside Michael Klauber as we explore these carefully-selected wines together.) Held monthly under candlelight at Michael’s Wine Cellar, Michael’s Wine Dinners are extravagant, multi-course feasts paired with fine wines from around the world. Michael’s culinary team creates a customized menu to complement the intricate layers of the hand-picked wines. $95/per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required as seating is limited for this special event. Click here to make online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve via phone. Please Note: We have the great pleasure of being featured on a network TV program this season! Please be aware that several elements of this wine dinner will be filmed.
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Whiskey Club Tastings

Michael’s Wine Cellar is pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store on at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Admission is $10 per person. Reservations are now being accepted for our November and December 2014 events: Tuesday, November 11 - Reserve Now Tuesday, December 9 - Reserve Now Reservations are strongly encouraged. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event.  
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Featured Wineries

The Michael’s Wine Cellar team is proud to be the Official Wine Retailer for Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting Forty Carrots Family Center. It's our pleasure to work with dedicated teams of "Solemen" – and many sole sisters - who commit to selling these fabulous wines for a good cause. We'd like to share just a few highlights about the remarkable wineries participating in Wine, Women & Shoes Sarasota this year. (Michael claims its our best offerings of wines yet!) The Parenting Program of Forty Carrots Family Center receives 20% of purchases made through November 13, 2014. Forty Carrots receives 10% of purchases made from November 14 – November 17, 2014. These donations are based on all purchases of these selected wines and special wine packages over the select time period. Advanced online orders will be fulfilled as orders are received, so shop online now for all your holiday gatherings! 2880 – These Napa Valley wines are created by the founder of Forty Carrots Family Center, Betsy Kane-Hartnett and her husband John Kane-Hartnett. When people ask Betsy, “Why 2880?” she tells them, “It’s the number of minutes it took John to realize he didn’t want our second date to end.” John tells them, “It’s our address.” Either way, 2880 is a labor of love and a celebration of family and friends. The Forty Carrots team has always been grateful to be part of their Sarasota family. Marchesi Antinori – This legendary Italian producer dates back to 1385. The Antinori family is one of the world’s oldest winemaking families, with the 26th generation currently involved in the operation. The Antinori estate makes some of the greatest wines of Tuscany, Solaia, Tignanello and Guado al Tasso. Blackbird Vineyards  – “Merlot” is French patois for “Little Blackbird.”  Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol (Bordeaux)-inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District. The vineyard’s valley floor topography presents optimum growing conditions for Winemaker, Aaron Pott, to produce elegantly styled, appropriately balanced red wines that offer short and long term cellaring potential. Bodega Catena Zapata – In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, and began the Malbec revolution.  More than 100 hundred years and four generations of winemakers later, the Cantena family estates continue to offer exceptional wines which he pioneered in the region. The family and the winery’s employees take great pride in carrying on the tradition that began over a century ago, featuring wines which now garner outstanding reviews from worldwide media. B.R. Cohn Winery – B.R. Cohn Winery is one of few remaining family owned and operated estate wineries located in the Sonoma Valley. Founded by Bruce Cohn, manager of the Doobie Brothers, today Bruce’s eldest son Daniel Cohn oversees the winery business and serves as CEO of B.R. Cohn Winery and Olive Oil Company, making it a true family operation. Music, philanthropy and wine blend well as the winery hosts annual musical festivals. Cantine Ferrari – The well-known and respected Italian producer of Champenoise-method sparkling wines. The legend of Ferrari began with a man, Giulio Ferrari, and with his dream of creating a wine in Italy inspired by the very finest French Champagne. Ferrari was born over a century ago in 1902 through his efforts. By 1906, the awards started to roll in and Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would shortly become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy. Hook & Ladder Winery – In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing 24 acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.  Today, their vineyards produce cool climate grapes widely recognized as some of the finest in the world. Miner Family Winery – Miner Family Winery is a dynamic, family-owned winery tucked along the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation in the heart of Napa Valley.  The Miner ranch runs exclusively on solar power. The winery is well-known for its powerhouse collection of red wines. Pali Wine Co. –  Pali Wine Co. was created in 2005 with a goal of producing vineyard designate and American Viticultural Area -specific Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from prestigious sites in California and Oregon at the best possible price, without compromising winemaking. Through a combination of hard work, a passion for wine and business acumen, Pali has quickly emerged as one of California’s most notable producers. The winery is named after the Pacific Palisades community in which the founders live. Porter Family Vineyards – This family owned and operated boutique vineyard and in-cave underground winery produces outstanding wines. Their story started five million years ago when a small sandpiper wandered along the shore, seeing a world we will never know. The tiny tracks the sandpiper left behind were covered with sediment and fossilized by the geological forces that created what is now the Porter Family Vineyards in the Coombsville region of Napa Valley. The family retains the fossilized footprints of the sandpiper found on their property as a reminder of the incredible history of the winegrowing site. We also enjoy the great pleasure of seeing Tom and Beverly Porter in town each year as they are seasonal residents to our area. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignons from its historic Stag Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famous 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the “Judgment of Paris.” Today, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars wines provide a strong link to the origin, style, and character of the limited-production estate wines, but they are produced in quantities that make them more accessible. For those of you also supporting one of our dedicated “solemen” working hard to sell wine for a good cause: Be sure to reference your “soleman” name and their team name in the comments field when placing your order.
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Cigar Dinner

NestorMirandaCigarCollectionWhile Michael's Wine Cellar is host to numerous special tasting events and wine dinners each month, we are thrilled to present a unique affair with our friends from Maduro's Cigar & Wine Bar. Join us for an evening of fine cigars with Nestor Miranda featuring the new Nestor Miranda Collection. Meet the man behind this hugely popular brand as you enjoy a three-course dinner including two cigars, wine and Scotch tasting. Cigar Dinner with Nestor Miranda Monday, November 3, 2014 6.30 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. - Cigars, Cocktails & Passed Hors D'Oeuvres 7.30 p.m. - Seated Dinner After Dinner - Cigar & Scotch Tasting Tickets are on sale now and space is limited. $79.95/person Call 941.925.4747 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your reservation through our colleagues at Maduro's Cigar & Wine Bar. Please note the event location: Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239 in Midtown Plaza
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Shop Online Now

WWS_WineOnlineNew for 2014, Michael's Wine Cellar is thrilled to offer online ordering for Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting Forty Carrots Family Center! Click here to shop online now and place your order. Be sure to order the select "Wine, Women & Shoes" wines and a percentage of your order will be donated to Forty Carrots Family Center. The Parenting Program of Forty Carrots receives 20% of all purchases of these select wines made through November 13. Forty Carrots receives 10% of purchases made November 14 - 17, 2014. (For those of you also supporting one of our dedicated "solemen" working hard to sell wine for a good cause: Be sure to reference your "soleman" name and their team name in the comments field when placing your order.) Breaking News!!!  We just received word that a few coveted seats are available for special Wine, Women & Shoes events! Enjoy the full wine experience at a Wine, Women & Shoes Winemaker Dinner in held in private homes on Saturday, November 13. A few tickets remain to select dinners. Click here for details about these extravagant winemaker dinners.
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Wine, Women & Shoes Tasting

Wine, Women & Shoes Sarasota 2014As the proud "official wine retailer" of Sarasota's Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting the important parenting programs at Forty Carrots Family Center, we love working closely with a talented team of sole sisters and solemen throughout the year. This summer, our team in the Store has been hard at work assembling fabulous wine packages - from the classic Wine, Women & Shoes Wardrobe to Big Bad Reds and the Ferrari Frizzante - sold through a series of fundraising events. While the Signature Luncheon for Wine, Women & Shoes Sarasota has been sold out for some time, we are thrilled to invite the entire community to taste 50+ wines on Saturday, November 15, poured in store by the proprietors or winemakers for these popular wineries. Spend the afternoon sipping wines for a great cause! Wine, Women & Shoes Open House Wine Tasting Open to the public! Saturday, November 15, 2014 2 to 4 p.m. Admission to this special tasting event is $10 per person. Simply click here to register online now, or pay at the door. Wines will be available for purchase during the event, with a percentage of sales benefiting Forty Carrots. Wine, Women & Shoes is an ultra stylish fundraiser for Sarasota’s one and only, Forty Carrots Family Center.    
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Italian Winery Profile: Altesino

AltesinoNear the end of 2002, Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, owner of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, purchased the Altesino winery. Winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino’s hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.  Amid the eastern hills of Montalcino near Siena in central Tuscany, stands the magnificently elegant 14th century-built Palazzo Altesi, home to the Altesino winery and a marvelous resort. Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged some conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been a leader, unafraid of innovation. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine’s personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance. Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of cru wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. They also pioneered the concept of Brunello futures (wine purchased before its release) with its 1985 vintage. Click here for details about the Altesino winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: Castellare di Castellina

The Castellare estate, located in Tuscany’s Castellina in Chianti, is one of the best examples of tradition in the area. The winery’s owner, Paolo Panerai, has closely studied the world’s best wineries and applied this understanding and experience to viticulture in Italy. Castellare di CastellinaIn the town of Castellina, one of Chianti’s best locales, Castellare’s vineyards are at 1200 feet elevation – only a few Chianti Classico vineyards are higher. The vineyards of this 46-acre property are found in a natural amphitheater in the heart of the Classico region. At Castellare, the yield-per-acre is very low, far lower than the maximum level allowed by Chianti Classico DOCG rules, which enhances the concentration of aromas and flavors. The estate has also become a virtual refuge for wildlife, including many of the birds pictured on their labels. With each vintage, the Castellare label features a different bird, symbolizing the estate’s commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. The birds selected for the labels are among the rarest creatures in Chianti, and represent birds threatened by extinction, mostly due to synthetic chemical products and hunting, both of which are forbidden on this property. Click here for more information about the Castellare di Castellina winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: Castello di Bossi

Castello di BossiWith a history dating back to the 9th century AD, the Castello di Bossi estate has evolved with the times. A dynamic team leads the estate and never shies from technological innovation, while remaining true to the terroir of Chianti. It is this balance that has been a key part of Marco Bacci’s vision as he has brought Castello di Bossi to the highest ranks of international wine. (In the last 10 years, Marco has added two properties to his holdings: Renieri in Montalcino and Terre di Talamo in the Morellino di Scansano appellation.) The Bossi Castle is located in the town of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southernmost appellation of Chianti Classico, amid evergreen woods and long rows of vines. With his brother Maurizio, Marco is creating high-quality wines from some of the top Tuscan appellations. Following in his father's footsteps, Marco's son Jacopo joined the company in 2004. First involved on the production side, Jacopo has come to be especially active in the US and Asian markets. Click here for more information about the Castello di Bossi winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: Castello di Volpaia

The first document that mentions the cultivation of vines in Volpaia dates back to 1172. In 1250, Volpaia was a founding member of the Lega del Chianti (Chianti League) and played a pivotal role in protecting Chianti Classico integrity and reuniting the broken Consorzio. Castello di VolpaiaCastello di Volpaia is located in the medieval village of Volpaia. The Estate is more than 900 acres divided between vineyards, olive groves and woods. The winery is fully devoted to Organic Farming techniques for producing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and wine, in particular Chianti Classico. Owned by Carlo and Giovannella Mascheroni Stianti assisted by their son Nicolo' Mascheroni Stianti, the family decided to commit their considerable energies toward modernizing the winery and producing world-class wines while keeping the external structure of the 11th-century village intact. They were the first in the Chianti Classico region to utilize temperature-controlled fermentation techniques. An amazing “wineduct” that connects the winery’s stainless-steel fermentation tanks in the upper part of the village to the various barrel cellars in the lower portion of the village was installed. The family also painstakingly converted several historical sites to cellars, offices and apartments. Achieving their desired level of quality has been a decades-long process, and one that is never finished. Click here for more information about Castello di Volpaia.
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Italian Winery Profile: Ceretto

 Ceretto WinesFamed Italian gastronome and intellectual Luigi Veronelli wrote, "The land, the land, the land, the land, always, the land." The Ceretto family has sustained this same philosophy since the sixties when Bruno and Marcello joined their father Riccardo in the family business in Alba. The two brothers' objective was to select vineyards in the most historically important areas for the production of great wines. This idea, spawned by a visit to Burgundy, would prove the wisdom of the Ceretto family, placing their bottles among the greats of oenology and elevating Barolo and Barbaresco among the most appreciated and prestigious wines in the world. The idea was revolutionary at the time for a territory in which the concept of "cru" was completely unknown. This intuition was most-notably seen as they began to display their crus as manifestations of their special terroir. The Ceretto family is one of the largest vineyard proprietors in Piedmont with more than 400 acres of estate-owned vineyards, located primarily in the Langhe and Roero region, including in the prestigious DOCG areas of Barolo and Barbaresco. The family name is synonymous with estate-grown, carefully-produced wines that express true varietal character with purity and elegance. The family owns four wine estates in Langhe, each devoted to the production of specific wines and each named for its geographic location. They were the first in Piedmont to invest in the image of their wine, dedicating careful attention to packaging design and working with creative designers to refashion wine labels and bottles. Click here for more information about Ceretto wines.
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Italian Winery Profile: Marchesi di Gresy

Marchesi di GresyIn the 1960’s, Alberto di Grésy spent much of his time supervising the agricultural operations of the family estates where he concluded early on that he didn't want to limit himself to selling the grapes from his vineyards to the finest wine producers in the area, as was the tradition in the Langhe. In 1973 Alberto di Grésy began vinifying his own wine: the objective to produce wine with the best available technology while respecting tradition, and to transfer as much as possible of the character and personality of the terrain, vineyard site and varietal into the bottle. Famous in ancient Roman times when the estate was known as "Villa Martis", today Martinenga's 29.5 acres of Nebbiolo vineyards are considered to be one of the greatest single vineyards dedicated to the production of Barbaresco d.o.c.g. Ideal southern exposure and a particular composition of the soil (blue marl), produces fruit that is transformed into a Barbaresco of extraordinary class and finesse. The winery, recently expanded, provides the means to produce products of the highest quality, with respect to the oenological tradition. Click here for more information about Marchesi di Gresy.
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Italian Winery Profile: Marchesi de' Frescobaldi

Marchesi de' FrescobaldiThe history of the Frescobaldi family begins around the year 1000,during the same time period as the birth of the banking industry of Medieval Florence. The Frescobaldis quickly became the absolute protagonists of political and economic life earning them the right to the title ‘treasurers to the English Crown’. They inscribed their name in the history of Florence commissioning grand public and architectural works such as the Santa Trinità Bridge on the river Arno, and the construction of the Church of Santo Spirito designed by Brunelleschi. Among the most illustrious representatives of the family, Dino Frescobaldi played an important role: poet of the dolce stil-novo, he was celebrated for having recovered and returned to his friend in exile, Dante Alighieri, the first cantos of the Divine Comedy, allowing Dante to continue his work. The family’s start in wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. From the beginning, the family has demanded that their wines be of quality and reflect the uniqueness of their terroirs, and by the beginning of the 1400s great Renaissance artists such as Donatello had become faithful clients. A century later, Frescobaldi wines were served at the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth. Click here for more information about Marchesi de' Frescobaldi.
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Italian Winery Profile: Poggio Scalette

Poggio Scalette takes its name from the landscape, which is characterized by dry, stonewalls supporting terraces on which the vineyards and olive groves are planted. From a distance the impression is of a series of stairs climbing the slopes of Greve. After the death of its previous owner, Poggio Scalette remained abandoned for years until Vittorio Fiore, one of Italy’s most famed winemakers, discovered the property in 1991 with his wife, Adriana. In 1996, 42 additional acres of land became available, enabling them to expand. It was discovered that the plot of land known as Il Carbonaione was the first area to be replanted after World War I (1914-1918), which means these vines, more than 90 years old, are a rare example of the original clone of the famous Sangiovese di Lamole variety in the Chianti Classico area. Il Carbonaione, Poggio Scalette’s signature wine, is the culmination of knowledge and experience and therefore an important message of quality. Vittorio Fiore dedicates this wine to Tuscany and to Sangiovese — the region and the variety that have allowed him to fulfill his aspirations to produce superb wine. Click here for more information about the Poggio Scalette winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: San Polo

San Polo is a beautiful estate located in the southeastern part of Montalcino at 1,300 feet above sea level overlooking the Sant’Antimo Valley and Mount Amiata. It is comprised of 52 acres, 40 of which are dedicated to vines. Twenty acres are currently producing Brunello di Montalcino, while the rest are dedicated to Rosso di Montalcino and IGT wines. The vineyards at San Polo were planted between 1990 and 2000 and the first wines were produced in 1997. All vineyards have been planted at high density and are sustainably farmed. Winemaking at San Polo takes a comprehensive approach of quality and sustainability. Natural compost and nitrogen-rich plants have replaced chemical treatments in the San Polo vineyards. Picturesque olive groves and a magnificent farmhouse enrich the property with genuine Tuscan charm, while the modern, underground winery and cellar provide the best environment and technology for state-of-the-art winemaking. Winemaker, Nicola Biasi, meticulously manages the estate-grown fruit and strives to keep energy consumption to a minimum during the winemaking process. The ultimate goal at San Polo is to maximize the expression of the unique hilltop terrior of Montalcino, while preserving it for future generations. Click here for more information about San Polo Montalcino.
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Italian Winery Profile: Zardetto

Located in the heart of the famous Prosecco territory between Conegliano and Valdobiadene, Zardetto has been a leader in sparkling wine for more than 40 years. This vibrant and refreshing off-dry Prosecco is produced from carefully selected grapes grown on the finest hilltop vineyards, after which Zardetto’s state-of-the-art winery blends modern techniques and traditional practices that result in an acclaimed brut. As one of the first companies to introduce and distribute Prosecco outside Italy, Zardetto continues to conquer the global market with a wide portfolio of high-quality products. Owner Fabio Zardetto made his way to the forefront of modern Prosecco production thanks to a long lineage of winemaking. The Zardetto philosophy is steeped in the potential of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene hills, aiming to make sparkling Prosecco that truly emphasizes the characteristics of the beloved land. This requires a consistently high level of quality, from exploring new soil in search of unique characteristics, to a significant investment in technology. Fabio personally oversees the entire process, from the vine to the final customer, utilizing his rich knowledge of every hill and terroir in the Prosecco DOC to source the best grapes of the region. Click here for more information about Zardetto wines.
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Italian Winery Profile: Zenato

Founded in 1960 by Sergio and Carla Zenato, the Zenato winery was originally based on the production of quality wines from an indigenous varietal, Trebbiano di Lugana. Over time, the winery has been passed to Sergio and Carla’s children, who have maintained and expanded upon this vision. Zenato has also explored another important area of Italian wine production — Valpolicella. It is here that they have dedicated endless efforts to the improvement and success of Amarone production, a wine of noble attributes and prestige. The Zenato winery possesses a strong link to the richness of its local history and culture, and continues to develop this connection today. The estate is based in a territory that surrounds Lake Garda, with an extraordinary microclimate that allows for an optimal growing season. Cherishing a ‘frank and simple’ approach to life, Zenato is committed to producing affordable wine of exceptional quality. Click here for more information about Zenato wines.
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Italian Winery Profile: Allegrini

Allegrini WineryFor centuries, the Allegrini family has defined winemaking in the Valpolicella area north of Verona. Today, they operate one of the most highly-acclaimed Italian estate wineries, renowned in particular for their exceptional Amarone production. As one of the first families to develop several cru vineyards, including the famed La Poja dedicated to 100% Corvina, they continue to demonstrate a respect and devotion to Valpolicella wines paired with a modern sensibility. Based in northeastern Italy, the Allegrini estate is steeped in the culture and heritage of Fumane di Valpolicella, a small village just north of Verona. Since the 16th century, the Allegrini family has handed down grape growing and wine producing traditions from one generation to the next. Records reveal that the family played a prominent role in the local community as one of the most important landowners, involved in agricultural work and upholding local traditions. In modern times, the well-earned Allegrini reputation is considered to be a direct result of the intelligence and hard work of Giovanni Allegrini, an instinctive man who dedicated his resources to the land and innovative wine-producing techniques. Giovanni was among the first to question local viticultural procedures, and as a result, he revolutionized accepted practices, while combining the science of oenology with strict grape selection to create several of Valpolicella’s most famous wines. Today, Giovanni’s children continue his legacy. Click here for more information about Allegrini wines.
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Spanish Wine Class

Please join us for a special class to explore Spanish wines at Michael's Wine Cellar! Tuesday, October 7 6:30 - 8:30 pm The team in the wine shop is excited to offer Michael's next educational wine tasting featuring wines from Spain. The featured wines will showcase the broad range of styles and varietals available from Spain, along with their exceptional quality and value. 2013 Raventos Silencis ($19.95) 2013 Papa Godello ($16.95) 2012 Descendientes de J. Palacios Petalos del Bierzo ($22.95) 2012 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses Priorat ($44.95) 2011 Artadi Vinas de Gain Rioja ($24.95) 2007 Pecina Crianza Rioja ($21.95) Spanish Wine Class ArtazuArtadi Vineyards was recently selected as Spanish Winery of the year and the 2011 Rioja was scored 89 points by The Wine Advocate! Reservations are required for this special tasting event as seating is limited. $35 per person Please click here to register now, or simply call 941-955-CORK (2675) if you wish to register via phone.  
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