New Sancerre Wine

NEW ARRIVAL! Sancerre, Domaine Vincent Delaporte, FR, 2012 $23.95 This new arrival comes complete with tasting notes from our Wine Cellar Manager Gary O'Brien: The nose of this vintage is ripe melon fruit, with hints of apricot and mango intermixed with floral aromas. The palate is clean, wet stone and flint minerality with nuances of citrus and gooseberry. The mouthful is rounder than I remember but balanced with the acidity offers a pleasing finish that lingers moderately. When I thought about what I might like to have this wine with, the first though that jumped out at me was sushi, which is notoriously difficult to pair wine with. I think that the acidity will cleanse the palate, similar to what the pickled ginger does, and that the richness of the fruit and minerality will nicely balance with the fresh fish. If you are not a sushi fan, this obviously will pair very well with other seafood dishes and lighter meat dishes. And honestly, it drinks pretty darn well by itself too! Click here to purchase this wine now through our online store.  
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Visit Michael's Wine Shop

Panoramic of Michael's Wine Cellar Store Although we invite you to shop online for hundreds of international wines around the clock through michaelswinecellar.com, we hope to have an opportunity to host you in our Sarasota wine shop soon! The Michael’s Wine Cellar retail location hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines - including more than 200 boutique wines under $20 - premium & boutique spirits, imported & craft beers and more. The store is conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Sarasota in Midtown Plaza, adjacent to Davidson Drugs, Massage Envy, Starbucks, Panara Bread and Elysian Fields. The Store is located adjacent to the Michael’s On East Restaurant and Ballroom in Midtown Plaza. Multiple 30 or 60 minute parking spots located in front of the store provide maximum convenience for quick shopping trips to our boutique wine shop. Regular Store Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.   [showmap name='Michaels_Wine_Cellar'] (At the intersection of U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail and Bahia Vista St. Michael’s Wine Cellar 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza Sarasota, FL  34239 941-955-CORK (2675) Click here to shop for wines online through our secure web store. 
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April Wine Tasting

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members know to look forward to the first Saturday of (most) months for Michael's regular Open House Wine Tastings. Of course, first time attendees and visitors are always welcome! Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store Join us on Saturday, April 5, 1-4 p.m., for Michael's April Open House Wine Tasting in our wine shop located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota. We invite you to taste dozens of international wines, all great values at $9.95-$24.95 a bottle, at this casual, walk-about tasting event. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members receive free admission to Michael's monthly Open House Wine Tastings and not-yet members are welcome to attend for a one-time $10 fee which includes your new GCCC membership. We look forward to hosting you on Saturday, April 5!
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Featured Wines

Wine Tasting Guests at Michael's Wine Cellar "Hot off the presses," we wanted to share the featured wines for this afternoon's wine tasting: Table 1 OPICI Rose de Malbec "Crios", Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Bouchard Finlayson, Walker Bay, ZA, 2012 Chardonnay, Leese-Fitch, CA, 2011 Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2012 Granacha, Xiloca, Ribera del Jiloca, ES, 2010 Tempranillo "Reserva", Lorinon, Rioja, ES, 2009 Table 2 TRANSATLANTIC Sparkling "Cuvée 20 Brut", J Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA, NV Chenin Blanc, Dry Creek, Clarksburg, CA, 2012 Vermentino "Solosole", Poggio al Tesoro, Tuscany, IT, 2010 Chianti Classico, Castello di Bossi, Tuscany, IT, 2009 Red Blend "Frontier", Guardian Peak, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2010 Palazzo della Torre, Allegrini, Veneto, IT, 2010 Table 3 STACOLE Sparkling "Brut Blanc De Noir", Gruet, NM, US, NV Orvieto "Terre Vineate", Palazzone, Umbria, IT, 2012 Albarino, Burgans, Rias Baixas, ES, 2011 Merlot "Reserve", Angeline, Russian River, CA, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinum Africa, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2011 Monastrell, Juan Gil, Jumilla, ES, 2011 Table 4 REPUBLIC NATIONAL Sauvignon Blanc, Morgan Vineyards, Monterey, CA, 2011 Pinot Grigio "San Angelo", Banfi Vintners, Toscana, IT, 2012 Chardonnay "Gran Reserva Serie Riberas", Concha Y Toro, Colchagua Valley, CH, 2011 Merlot, Villa San-Juliette, Paso Robles, CA, 2010 Red Blend, "The Riddler Lot 2", Stratton Lummis, Napa Valley, CA, N/V Cabernet Sauvignon, Lincourt, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, 2010 Table 5 AUGUSTAN Moscato d'Asti "Moncalvina", Coppo, Canelli, IT, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Honig Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Pinot Gris, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 Pinot Noir, Wallace Brook Cellars, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011 Malbec "Clasico", Altos Las Hormigas, Mendoza, AR, 2012 Table 6 SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS Sauvignon Blanc "Mary's Vineyard", Trinchero, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Chardonnay "Unoaked" , Joel Gott, Montery - Sonoma - Napa, CA, 2012 Pinot Noir, Folie a Deux, Sonoma, County, CA, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "815" Joel Gott, CA, 2011 Grenache, Shattered, Catalanes, FR, 2011 Table 7 PREMIER White Blend "Classic", Domaine Tariquet, Cotes de Gascogne, FR, 2011 Cotes du Rhone Blanc "Becassonne", Domaine Brunel, Rhone Valley, FR, 2011 Sancerre, Domaine Vincent Delaporte, FR, 2012 Pinot Noir, Routestock, Willamette Valley, OR, 2011 Syrah/Mourvedre Viognier, The Wolftrap, Western Cape, ZA, 2011 Red Blend "C.M.S" Hedges, Columbia Valley, WA, 2011 Table 8 MICHAEL'S WINE CELLAR Prosecco "Col de Salici", Valdobbiadene, Veneto, IT, NV Viognier, Parallax, Amador County, CA, 2009 Albarino, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Central Coast, CA, 2012 Chateau Le Cleret "Cuvee Cornelia", Bergerac, FR, 2009 Syrah, Daniel Gehrs, Central Coast, CA, 2009 Tempranillo, Flor de Vetus, Toro, ES, 2009 Table 8 BORDEAUX Blanc de Camarsac, Bordeaux, FR, 2011 Chateau Marjosse Blanc, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2012 Chateau Feret-Lambert, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2010 Chateau Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2010 Chateau Le Conseiller, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2010 Chateau La Prade, Cotes de Francs, FR, 2010 Join us today, Saturday, March 1, 1-4 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar for Michael's monthly Open House Wine Tasting. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members receive free admission to Michael's monthly Open House Wine Tastings and not-yet members are welcome to attend for a one-time $10 fee which includes your new GCCC membership.
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Wine Tasting this Saturday

Wine Tasting Guests at Michael's Wine Cellar It's hard to believe it's already that time of the month! Join us this Saturday, March 1, 1-4 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar for Michael's monthly Open House Wine Tasting. As always, taste dozens of international wines at this casual, walk-about tasting event. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members receive free admission to Michael's monthly Open House Wine Tastings and not-yet members are welcome to attend for a one-time $10 fee which includes your new GCCC membership. See you soon!
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Whiskey Festival Details

Whiskey Glasses It's hard to believe but in just one month twenty-five distillers and professional brand ambassadors will travel to Sarasota to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, India, Australia, Japan, and the United States.  Whiskey Obsession is one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in Florida and will held March 27 and 28, 2014 on property at Michael's Wine Cellar and the Michael’s On East Ballroom. We are proud to host this popular event, created and produced by Turner C. Moore. The festival will kick off this year with the Panel of Whiskey Experts on Thursday, March 27, 2014, featuring eight distillers and ambassadors each presenting their favorite spirits.  The panel occurs in Michael’s Wine Cellar and is limited to forty guests; the cost of this event is $45 per person.  The panelists include: David Blackmore, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie Master Brand Ambassador Gary Keimach, Gordon & MacPhail Senior Vice President David Laird, Balvenie and Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Jimmy Russell, Russell’s Reserve and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Raj Sabharwal, Amrut and English Whisky Company Brand Ambassador James Wills, Kilchoman Brand Ambassador Al Young, Four Roses Brand Ambassador Louisa Young, Arran Senior Brand Manager The grand tasting will occur on Friday, March 28, 2014. VIP entrance begins at 6:30 pm and general admission at 7:30 pm.  (Last pour is at 10:30 pm followed by an after party at our friends at Made Restaurant in downtown Sarasota.) This year, VIP ticket holders will also receive a $50 retail voucher to be used on March 28 toward the purchase of featured whiskeys! Additionally, five seminar classes will occur during the Friday night grand tasting, allowing guests to participate in intimate discussions with these industry professionals: The Glenmorangie Academy with David Blackmore, Master Brand Ambassador Suntory: The Art of Japanese Whisky with Gardner Dunn, Brand Ambassador Cigar and Whisky Pairing: Balvenie and Torano with David Laird, Brand Ambassador Four Roses: 2 x 5 = Unlimited Possibilities with Al Young, Brand Ambassador Smooth Ambler Spirits: Current and Emerging Whiskies with John Foster, Distiller Visit www.WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com for complete details and to purchase tickets. We are looking forward to hosting another sell-out festival! 
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Jura Diurachs' Own Scotch

 Jura Scotch Whiskey lovers may have already recognized our new Wine Cellar Manager Gary O'Brien from attending the store's whiskey tastings in the past as well as the inaugural Whiskey Obsession Festival in 2013. He's very tuned into our Scotch and whiskey offerings and recently brought in a new 16-year old single malt scotch from Isle of Jura. This Scotch helps fill a gap in mid-to-older scotches at a great price.  It also brings in a new region of Scotland! Jura is located Southwest of Scotland and Northeast of Islay, roughly due west of Glasgow. This is one of my personal favorites, and I hope you'll enjoy picking up a bottle from the store or sipping Jura by the glass in the restaurant.
Turner Moore, creator and producer of the Whiskey Obsession Festival, also weighed in about the store's new addition: Gary - You are right. Jura is in the Inner Hebrides and Islay’s neighbor, just a bit Northeast, very scenic with its iconic “Paps” hills visible for miles.  The other Jura releases I’ve tasted have a distinctly maritime character but without the predominantly peaty/ smoky flavor of many other island whiskies.  Also, their ambassador Louisa Young will be joining us at the Whiskey Obsession Festival.  

Scotch, Isle of  Jura "Diurach's Own", 16 Yr, 750ml  $82.95  Rich & full-bodied with hints of citrus fruit and toffee

This is one patient customer - biding its time for 14 years in American white oak before spending a final two years in ex-Amoroso Oloroso sherry casks for an unbelievably full-bodied finish. Christmas seems to come early with all sorts of treats - dark chocolate, orange and honey. Its 16-year odyssey has provided countless flavours for you to explore.
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French Wines for Valetine's Day

What will your Valentine LOVE this year? Classic old world wines from Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Languedoc, a true Champagne or bright Rosé ? In fact, our Wine Cellar associates have selected a few suggestions for those interested in a "Tour of France," one of the world's most romantic destinations and greatest wine-growing regions! Champagne "Rose", Veuve Clicquot, FR, NV The Veuve Clicquot Rosé is a true symphony of wine, orchestrated by Madame Clicquot in1818 when she blended, for the very first time in Champagne history, a selection of the finest black and white grapes. With this wine-making method, consisting of blending red wines and white wines, Madame Clicquot reinvented rosé wine, breaking away from the other champagne Houses whose rosé wines were traditionally produced by macerating black grapes in colourless juice. Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Tariquet, Cotes de Gascogne, FR, 2011 Offers an especially soft, lush, ripe melon-scented and –flavored variation on its grape, with suggestions of cucumber, dill, and mint. Cotes de Nuits Villages, Bertrand Ambroise, Cote de Nuits, FR, 2010 Featuring low-toned and lightly cooked blackberry and beetroot – also offers attractively toasted nut accents; a sufficient sense of primary juiciness to assuage its slight finishing chew of tannins; and a salinity to stimulate salivation. Serve it over the next 4-5 years. - The Wine Advocate Remember, Michael's Wine Cellar offers free shipping or local delivery on all orders of $100 or more. This convenient service may just allow you a few extra moments to enjoy with your Valentine!   
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Porter Wine Dinner Menu

Wine Dinner Round Table Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. At 7 p.m. on Friday, February 28, the Michael's Wine Cellar team will welcome Tom and Beverly Porter of Porter Family Vineyards to host a special wine dinner event. UPDATE: The Porter Family Vineyards Wine Dinner has sold out. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to be placed on the waiting list.  Our culinary team has just announced the menu!

Porter Family Vineyards Wine Dinner Menu

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Miso-Glazed Shrimp with Tarragon Remoulade, Crispy Caper Berries & Micro Greens

Duck Confit with Baby Artichoke Purée, Roasted Shallots & Red Beet Relish

Spicy Ahi Tuna Cucumber Roll with Ginger Aioli, Micro Cilantro & Tobiko Caviar

Sandpiper Rose, Porter Family Vineyards, 2012

First Course

Pan-Seared Yellowtail Snapper Mascarpone-Whipped Polenta, Smoked Organic Black Mussel Saffron Broth, Butter-Poached Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Crispy Leeks

Chardonnay, Porter Family Vineyards, 2012

Second Course

Moroccan BBQ Duck Breast & Five-Spiced Pork Belly

Sweet Potato Dumplings, Braised Baby Bok Choy, Roasted Parsnips & Merlot Demi Reduction

Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon “Sandpiper”, Porter Family Vineyards, 2010 Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon “Cave Dweller”, Porter Family Vineyards, 2010

Third Course

Grilled Spiced Venison Strip Loin

Turmeric Butternut Squash & Yukon Potato Pavé, Seared Trumpet Mushrooms, Roasted Rainbow Baby Carrots & Thyme-Cabernet Demi-Reduction Cabernet Sauvignon “Atlas Peak”, Porter Family Vineyards, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate Grown”, Porter Family Vineyards, 2009

Dessert

Artisan Cheese Plate

Double Chocolate Mousse Tart Toasted Pecan Crust, Drizzled with Carmel & Chocolate Swirl Syrah, Porter Family Vineyards, 2010

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Valentine's Day Wines

This month, our adjacent restaurant (Michael's On East) is inviting you to take an Epicurean Adventure to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. "While I love our team's inventive exploration of so many cuisines throughout the year, each February I see an opportunity to showcase several of my first loves: classic old world wines from Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Languedoc paired with French cuisine-from the gastronomic grandeur of Paris to simple 'la petit' dishes of the Provence and Burgundy countryside. Of course, if your romantic plans this month include candlelit dinners at home, our knowledgeable Wine Cellar team will be happy to help you select a nice bottle of Champage or rosé to enjoy with your sweetheart." - Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor, Michael's On East & Michael's Wine Cellar In fact, our Wine Cellar associates have selected a few sweetheart-pleasing wine suggestions to offer you, our loyal online followers: Champagne "Cuvee Rose", Oudinot, Epernay, FR, NV $39.95 A lively, luxurious rosé Champagne with ripe strawberry fruit, a hint of cream and a crisp, dry aftertaste. Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Tariquet, Cotes de Gascogne, FR, 2011 $9.95 Offers an especially soft, lush, ripe melon-scented and –flavored variation on its grape, with suggestions of cucumber, dill, and mint. Cabernet Sauvignon "Red Label", Newton, Napa County, CA, 2010 $22.95 This deep garnet-colored Cabernet Sauvignon offers luscious black cherry, spicy cedar and rich mocha aromas that follow through to the palate, accented by appealing earthiness and smooth tannins. Dense and intenseyet bright and lively, this well-structured wine lingers on the palate with signature Newton balance. Remember, Michael's Wine Cellar offers free shipping or local delivery on all orders of $100 or more. This convenient service may just allow you a few extra moments to enjoy with your Valentine!   
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Fisher Vineyards Tasting Wines

Fisher Vineyard Tasting We are thrilled to welcome Cameron Fisher to Michael's Wine Cellar on Wednesday, February 19 to host a special wine tasting featuring her family's Sonoma County and Napa Valley wines. The walk-about tasting event with Fisher Vineyards will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and reservations are required. $35 per person. Click here for reservations. In addition to Fisher Vineyard's Unity Rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the following wines will be featured: Mountain Estate Vineyard, Chardonnay SONOMA COUNTY On our Mountain Estate, these vines grow on a steep, rocky, Northeast-facing slope at an average elevation of 1,300 feet, receiving early morning sun and minimal exposure to hot afternoon temperatures. Planted in 1999, this vineyard has proven ideal for the gradual ripening and maximum maturation of Chardonnay grapes. Tasting Notes: Beautiful aromatics of citrus blossom, citrus fruit and lemon custard. On the palate this wine opens beautifully into a honeyed, full-bodied expression of mountain terrior, showing both rich phenolic content and minerality. The high-tone citrus notes are complimented by a hint of stone fruit and finish with bright, mouthwatering acidity. - Whitney Fisher, Winemaker Mountain Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon SONOMA COUNTY Following more than 30 years adapting farming practices to the mountain climate and terrain around the winery, we are pleased to produce this wine from several Bordeaux varietal vineyard blocks yielding fruit of mature character and balance. The heart of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon grown on steep, west facing terraces that rise above the early renowned Wedding Vineyard, reaching a towering elevation of 1,400 feet. Other contiguous vineyard blocks incorporate a great diversity of soils and exposures, providing additional complexity and unmistakable mountain terroir. Tasting Notes: Aromas of dark chocolate, currant and black tea are followed by expressions of black cherry and ripe blackberry. On the palate, the ultra dark fruit notes are met with flavors expressive of the hillsides where it grows - lavendar, sage, forrest floor and crushed rock minerality. The textire also speaks of mountain fruit boasting dense structure and rich tannins. - Whitney Fisher, Winemaker Coach Insignia, Cabernet Sauvignon NAPA VALLEY The Coach Insignia honors our family's tradition of craftsmanship, first represented in fine automobiles of the 20th century with Body by Fisher and now in Fisher Vineyards' wines of the 21st century. The Coach Insignia Cabernet represents the pinnacle of our winemaking craft, comprised of the finest selected lots of Bordeaux varietals from our Napa Valley Estate. Tasting Notes: Black cherries, plums, spices, menthol and licorice are some of the many nuances that inform the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Coach Insignia. A dark, brooding wine, the 2010 is endowed with considerable gravitas and pure depth. The 2010 should be gorgeous starting in another year or two, once the tannins soften a touch. Today, it is the wine's serious depth and pure vibrancy that stand out most. (93+ Points) - Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate Cameron, Red Wine NAPA VALLEY Cameron is named after the youngest member of the Fisher Vineyards family, Cameron Nelson Fisher, and appropriately comes from our younger vines ranging from 6 to 10 years of age on our Napa Valley Estate at the foot of the Palisades Mountains in Calistoga. We are proud to present a blend of the powerful precocious wines made from these vineyards, with an overwhelming sense of exuberance that is ready to impress! Tasting Notes: This wine is a one-way ticket to the Old World, boasting intense aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, fennel and Queen Anne's Cherries. Reminiscent of our early 90's Cabernets, 2011 Cameron is intensely tied to the terroir, offering earth driven flavors and aromatics. No longer a secret quest, many sommeliers and savvy consumers have been seeking just this style of vintage - one that express true varietal characteristics with purity and clarity. Enjoy! - Whitney Fisher, Winemaker
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Porter Wine Dinner

Porter Vineyards Tom and Beverly Porter of Porter Family Vineyards from the Coombsville region of Napa Valley will host an extravagantfive-course wine dinner, showcasing inventive dishes designed for their celebrated wine portfolio. Last year's Porter wine dinner was a sell-out, with guests placing record orders of these California wines. UPDATE: The Porter Family Vineyards Wine Dinner has sold out. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to be placed on the waiting list.  $95, plus tax and gratuity Tom Porter grew up in Adrian, Michigan with an intense interest in science and technology. “My father was a chemist, affording me access to the chemicals necessary to build rockets in the basement. My journey to electronics occurred after a few explosions on the launch pad and my father rather forcefully suggesting that perhaps I should consider applying my energies to some other science projects.” Following graduation from school, Tom enrolled at Michigan Tech in the electrical engineering program. In June 1968, one week after graduation, he drove to Rochester, Minnesota to begin what turned out to be a 27 year stay at IBM.  At IBM, Tom had the opportunity as an engineer to work on a broad spectrum of exciting projects including the development of IBM’s first digital modem and the automated ticketing system for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (Bart). His proudest accomplishment was a patent for the mechanics inside the 3.5 inch floppy disk that ultimately became the industry standard and shipped in every PC for nearly 15 years. In 1973, Tom married his soul-mate, Beverly and they now have three children and four grandchildren. In 1978, IBM offered Tom an engineering management position that started a new career in technology management, spanning 25 years and three companies. Most recently he was CTO and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Seagate Technology responsible for Technology Strategy, Technology Development, Product Development, and Advanced Research. In 2005, Bev and Tom purchased a 20 acre vineyard in Napa, California and constructed a 17,000 square foot underground cave to house the winery. “This resulted in a most wonderful unintended consequence as their daughter (Heather), her husband (Steven), and their son (Tim) decided to move to Napa and join us in the development of Porter Family Vineyards.” Bev and Tom have established a family foundation that supports children in need. Over the past 10 years the foundation has helped build a children’s home in Tanzania, Africa, supported a teen group in Sarasota and aided troubled kids in Boston. Each winter when the grape harvest is done, the new wines are resting in barrels, and the cold rains come to California, Tom and Bev head for Longboat Key for “The Season” – a fortunate opportunity for guests of this upcoming wine dinner at Michael’s Wine Cellar! Michael’s wine dinners are held monthly with unique themes for each event. Each wine dinner features eight wines paired with an extravagant five course menu.  
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Welcome Cellar Manager

Gary Obrien Wine Cellar Manager It's been busy January, full of special Bordeaux tastings, new product arrivals, wine dinners and Forks & Corks festivities at Michael's Wine Cellar and throughout Sarasota. Thus, we most apologize for our slightly tardy formal introduction to the newest member of Michael's experienced and knowledgable team: Gary O’Brien, who started in early January as Wine Cellar Manager. A native of Tallahassee who has lived in Naples, Savannah, New York City, Birmingham and Cincinnati, Gary O’Brien found his way to Lakewood Ranch, Florida in 2009. His wife Allison is a general dentist “out east” in Lakewood Ranch where they reside with two four-legged, furry children: a 12-year-old Golden/Chow mix named Ritz and a 10-year-old tabby cat named Ginger. You may recognize Gary as an attendee or volunteer from many of the food, wine and spirits festivals we’d had the pleasure of hosting on property and in the community. He’s also known to enjoy a cigar or two when hitting the links or participating in a poker tournament.  Gary has taught numerous wine education classes, specialized comparative tastings and seminars on Riedel stemware. (And he is anxious to present special programs for local wine collectors and Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members as part of his new position with our store.) At Michael’s Wine Cellar, Gary is looking forward to utilizing his background in fine wine sales, retail sales and sales management, coupled with his personal passion for wine and food.  With additional professional experience in finance, project management and information technology, we know he will be a great fit and welcome addition to our team!  
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Whiskeys Announced for Festival

Whiskey Glasses It's hard to believe but the 2nd Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival is almost upon us! It's our pleasure to host this event organized by Turner C. Moore, and we are thrilled to offer a huge variety of spirits available for sale in conjunction with the festival. Festival organizers have just announced a sneak peek of the distillers for the March 27 and March 28 affairs: Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey Master Distiller (celebrating 60 years of distilling!) Al Young, Four Roses Ambassador David Blackmore, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador David Cuttino, Reservoir Master Distiller Jeffrey Karlovitch, Lost Distillery Company Founder Dick and Marti Waters, Palm Ridge Distillers Randy Adams, The Macallan Ambassador Trey Zoeller, Jefferson's Master Blender John Foster, Smooth Ambler Distiller James Wills, Kilchoman Ambassador Louisa Young, Isle of Arran Ambassador Raj Sabharwal, Amrut, Sullivan's Cove, and Stalk and Barrel Ambassador Troy Karnes, High West Distiller Gary Keimach, Benromach and Gordon & MacPhail Ambassador Lauren Shayne, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ambassador Gabrielle Shayne, Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ambassador Lesley Taylor, Jameson Ambassador Click here for details and tickets to the 2014 Whiskey Obsession Festival.  
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SUPER Points on Beer

Beer Create your own 6pack As we all gear up for the "Big Game" - this Sunday's Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl - there is one thing the "big game" is known for... well, several things, I guess! Along with the epic battles of legendary NFL players and storied team franchises, big-ticket - not to mention hilarious - TV commercials, the Super Bowl is known for over-indulging on chicken wings and gourmet munchies paired with your favorite brew. Although Michael's Wine Cellar truly specializes in international wines, we are also pleased to offer you a wide variety of craft beers and seasonal ales year-round. If you are still stocking up for this weekend's football game, you are in luck. The store is offering double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on all beer purchases through 6 p.m. this Saturday, February 1, 2014. Stop in today and "create your own six-pack," or two.
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February Wine Tastings

Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store After a busy weekend tasting hundreds of wines from dozens of winemakers and owners in town for the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, it's hard to believe but we are already gearing up for more tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar! Open House Wine Tasting this Saturday Please join us this Saturday, February 1, for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting in the store, 1-4 p.m. Remember that no RSVP is required for these Saturday afternoon events and admission is simply $10 per person for first-time attendees. Of course, admission is free for all Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members. _____________________________________________________ RSVP Now for Fisher Vineyards Tasting Hosted by Cameron Fisher on Feb. 19 Fisher Vineyards grows and produces wines from both its Napa Valley Estate and Spring Mountain Estate (Sonoma County). Established by Fred and Juelle Fisher in 1973, their three children - including the youngest Cameron - are now leading the way to a second generation of fine wines. We are pleased to announce that Cameron Fisher will host a special walk-about tasting on Wednesday, February 19, 6-8 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and tastes of all featured Fisher Vineyards wines. $35 per person. Click here to register online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for reservations via phone. Space is limited and reservations are required.
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Fisher Vineyards Tasting

Fisher Vineyard Tasting   Cameron Fisher of Fisher Vineyards will host a special walk-about tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar, 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and tastes of all featured Fisher Vineyards wines. $35/person Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Founded in 1973 by Fred and Juelle Fisher, Fisher Vineyards grows and produces wines from both its Napa Valley Estate and Spring Mountain Estate (Sonoma County). Today, Fred and Juelle's three children, Whitney, Robert and Cameron, have joined Fisher Vineyards and are leading the way to a second generation of fine wines. The Fisher Vineyards Mission: To grow and produce wines of consistent, world-class quality that express their unique mountain or valley heritage in the truest sense of terroir; the resulting wines should pay tribute to the land we are fortunate to care for, as well as each member of our team, which together will yield a classic balance and style that transcend time. "We are small in size but great in scope with both mountain and valley estate vineyards. Our wines reflect the great care we have given these vineyards; those who drink the wines and those who write about the wines, sing their praise, and we are grateful." - Fred J. Fisher, Proprietor Cameron is the youngest and final member of the family to join Fisher Vineyards. After graduating from Colby College with a BA in English, Cameron moved to San Francisco where she worked for Outside Magazine. It wasn't long, however, before the wine industry called her name. In the spring of 2006, she moved north to St. Helena where she began working for Duckhorn Wine Company. One year later, Cameron joined the team at Fisher Vineyards where she works in sales and marketing. Cameron has been pursuing her wine studies through the Court of Master Sommeliers and recently passed the Certified Sommelier exam!
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Saturday Tasting, 3-5 p.m.

Wine Tasting Guests With so many sold-out Forks & Corks events around town, we are thrilled to offer one opportunity that is still open to all to attend! All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks as we welcome more than a dozen winemakers and showcase the "fruits" of their labor, 3-5 p.m. this Saturday, January 25! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy. Michael's Forks & Corks Retail Tasting is free for Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members, or $10 per person for first-time attendees. We look forward to showcasing wines from:  Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, California Domaine Laroche, Chablis, France Rombauer Vineyard, Napa Valley, California Hook & Ladder Winery, Russian River Valley, California Pascual Y Toso Winery, Mendoza, Argentina Pedroncelli Winery, Dry Creek Valley, California Domaine Ehrhart, Alsace, France Domaine du Tariquet, Armagnac, France Maison Ambroise, Burgundy, France Castello Banfi, Tuscany, France Vina Santa Rita, Chile Aviary, Napa Valley, California Le Mistral, Monterey, California Trinchero, Napa Valley, California Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina Weingut Loimer, Langenlois, Austria Bonny Doon Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County, California   No RSVP required for this Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m.
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New Boutique Spirits

CatdaddyMoonshine-TRUGin Michael is always staying ahead of the newest trends and specialty offerings in the spirits industry. Participating in regular conference calls with top dogs from other legendary restaurants across the nation, reading and contributing to industry publications and blogs, and - most importantly - seeking input from our loyal guests. Earlier this month, Michael was chatting with long-time friend and Restaurant regular Terry McKee of NUOVO Salon when the conversation turned to a few specialty bottles Terry was interested in enjoying at Michael's On East. Michael was pleased to oblige with the addition of Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine and TRU Organic Gin. Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine is an ultra-smooth spirit that's handcrafted in small batches, made from corn and triple distilled in North Carolina by Piedmont Distillers. Catdaddy is infused with a proprietary blend of all natural spices and flavors to create a spicy meets sweet taste. Only the Founder and Master Distiller know the exact recipe which created its one-of-a-kind flavor, but most people taste hints of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. True to the roots of Moonshine, Catdaddy is inspired by traditional moonshine recipes and distilling processes, made from corn and is handcrafted in small batches. However, this small distillery uses a state-of-the-art distillation process to make a superior quality spirit that's very clean and ultra-smooth. TRU Organic Gin is an uncompromising union of nature and craft. A marriage of organic American wheat, pure water and whole, hand-processed ingredients to produce ideal building blocks for any cocktail. Its complex flavors and storied look result from a 16th century technique that pre-dates double distillation and requires a full two months to make. This spirit offers a rare look at gin's origins and makes for fine sipping and farm-to-glass cocktails. Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine and TRU Organic Gin are now available for purchase from the retail store at Michael's Wine Cellar and also ready for your enjoyment in a cocktail in the Restaurant. Cheers! (And thanks for the recommendation, Terry!)
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French Wine Dinner Menu

Robert Kacher French Wine Dinner Hosts Your Hosts from Left to Right: Michael Klauber, Bobby Kacher, Phillipe Ehrhart, Kelly Moore, Corrine Ehrhart, Domaine Ehrhart, Bertrand Ambroise
Friday, January 24, 2014 Domaine Ehrhart & Maison Ambroise – French Wine Dinner, 7 p.m. Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. On Friday, Jan. 24, Robert “Bobby” Kacher, a close friend of Michael Klauber, will bring winemakers and owners from two of his top wineries to the series of Forks & Corks events. Kacher will be joined by Corrine and Phillipe Ehrhart of Domaine Ehrhart and Bertrand Ambroise from Domaine Bertrand Ambroise during the elegant exploration of two of France’s most famous wine regions, Alsace and Burgundy. $95, plus tax and gratuity Reservations required: 941-366-0007, ext. 224 Domaine Ehrhart is a small estate of almost 52 acres located in the village of Wettolsheim, about five kilometers from Colmar. Looking out the back door of Philippe and Corinne Ehrhart’s winery, guests enjoy a view of Alsace’s noble vineyards of Steingrubler, Rosenberg, Brand and Hengst. The Ehrhart family has been making wine in this region since 1725. Two generations ago Philippe Ehrhart’s grandfather Eugene began employing organic farming methods, which he believed would help him produce better wines. Philippe and Corinne continue to farm their vineyards with the same strong commitment, and today all of the wines of the domaine are certified organic by the French government. The domaine of Bertrand Ambroise was established in the late 18th century in the village of Prémeaux-Prissey, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Today the estate has expanded to 42 acres which are worked diligently by Bertrand and his family. Bertrand produces some of the finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. His genuine passion and his detail work in the vineyards and the cellar have created a worldwide demand for his wines. Michael's On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has just released his carefully-crafted courses for this Friday's French Wine dinner:

Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Tempura Frog Legs Lollipop with Spicy Strawberry Jam

Cured Salmon Roll with Chive-Cream Cheese and Caviar

Braised Pork Belly Slider Caramelized Vidalia Onion, Grain Mustard on Gruyere Gougères Cremant, Domaine Ehrhart

First Course

Pan-Seared Branzino

Crayfish Bisque, Corn & Fava Bean Risotto, Baby Zucchini, Fennel & Micro Greens Riesling, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ehrhart, 2012

Pinot Gris, Im Berg, Domaine Ehrhart, 2011

 

Second Course

Roasted Thyme Poussin

Pearl Onions, French Peas, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Potato Pavé,

& Burgundy Demi-Reduction

Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc, Maison Ambroise, 2011

Bourgogne Rouge, Vieilles Vignes, Maison Ambroise, 2009

Third Course

Porcini-Crusted Rack of Colorado Lamb

Yellow Foot Mushrooms, Truffle-Scented Fingerling Potatoes, Haricot Verts Satchel, Roasted Shallots & Cotes de Nuits Jus Cotes de Nuits Villages, Maison Ambroise, 2011

Nuits Saint Georges, Maison Ambroise,  2011

Dessert

Tarte au Fromage Blanc, Caramelized Apples Aspic & Blueberry Compote

Domaine Tariquet Armagnac Classique
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Sarasota, FL 34239