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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Cigars & Cigar Zin for Father's Day

Might I suggest pairing a fine cigar with a great bottle of Zinfandel for the old man this Father's Day? In partnership with Maduro Cigar & Bar, the Wine Cellar is currently featuring the following cigars available for purchase in store: "La Vita Vanilla", Tatiana $4.95 "Bully", Romeo Y Julietta $7.95 "Hemingway Short Story, Arturo Fuente $7.95 "2000 Natural", Davidoff $15.95 "1964 Anniversary", Padron $19.95 "Classic Collection Especial Tubo", Montecristo $16.95 Zinfandel "Old Vines" Cigar Zin, CA, 2011 The Cigar Zin has notes of deep black fruit with a punch of spice and crushed black pepper on the nose. The rich, lush and well-structured wine is hearty with exotic fruit characteristics. Cigar Zin is available for $14.95 in store or online. Of course, if you have something else in mind for dad this year, Michael's Wine Cellar offers more than 1,000 international estate and domaine-bottled wines (200 under $20!), premium and boutique spirits plus craft beers. Stop in the store, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Keep in mind that the restaurant and store will be closed on Father's Day (Sunday, June 16, 2013). Wishing all my fellow fathers a wonderful Father's Day! - Michael
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Kosher Wine for Passover

Michael's Wine Cellar invites you to tart your Sedar dinner with a nice bottle of kosher bubbly!Michael's Wine Cellar invites you to tart your Sedar dinner with a nice bottle of kosher bubbly! Our store is pleased to offer the following kosher white and red wines in stock for 2013 Passover celebrations. (However, we do make sure to have kosher wines available throughout the year at Michael’s Wine Cellar.) Remember: the store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday, but you can shop online anytime. Plus, free local delivery is offered for orders of $100 or more. Moscato “Kosher Dulce Spumante”, Bartenura, IT, 2011 $18.95 Chardonnay “Kosher”, Alfasi, Valle Del Maule, CH, 2010 $9.95 Chardonnay “Kosher”, Yarden, Galilee, Israel, 2009 $19.95 Meritage “Yasmine Kosher”, Recanti, Galilee, Israel, 2010 $11.95 Malvasia “Kosher”, Bartenura, Salento, IT, 2012 $12.95 Merlot ”Kosher”, Yarden, Galilee, Israel, 2006 $27.95 (Our Sarasota-based catering operation is proud to work closely with a number of temples and Jewish community organizations throughout the year, but our online wine shop allows us to serve clients throughout the country!)
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1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239