Glenlivet Tasting

Enjoy a special evening exploring six Scotch whiskeys from the Glenlivet Family: The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve The Glenlivet 18yr The Glenlivet 21yr Aberlour Abundah Longmorn 16yr Scapa Glansa Each guest will go home with a bottle of The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve as part of your registration! $49/person Click here for online reservations now. Space is extremely limited. 
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Whiskey Obsession Festival

WhiskeyObsessionFestivalIt's hard to believe, but our friend Turner C. Moore is already working on the final touches for this year's Whiskey Obsession Festival! Please join us for the 4th Annual Whiskey Obsession Spirits Festival! March 31 & April 1, 2016 Whiskey Obsession is one of the largest whisk(e)y shows in Florida, celebrating fine single malt, blended Scotch and American whiskies, Bourbon and rye, as well as whiskies from Ireland, Australia, France, England, and around the world. The elegant grand tasting event allows guests to sample over 200 premium spirits and interact with distillers, international brand ambassadors, importers, and industry professionals. Gourmet appetizers and a lavish buffet complement the selections. Click here for details about festival events and tickets.
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Scotch Tasting

Mike Green of Stacole Fine Wines will host our regular Whiskey Club Tasting this month at Michael's Wine Cellar. Please join us! Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:30 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar Admission is $10 per person which includes light hors d'oeuvres and tastes of each featured whiskey: Scotch "Blended", Bank Note, 5 Year Scotch "Soverign", Tullibardine, Highland Scotch "Cask Strength", Springbank, Campbeltown, 12 Year Scotch "Peated", Longrow, Campbeltown Click here to register online for this special event.
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Perdomo Cigar Dinner

Featured-Items-PerdomoCigarDinnerThe Michael's Wine Cellar team is thrilled to host a special Perdomo Cigar Dinner organized by our colleagues at Maduro Cigar & Bar. Perdomo Cigar Dinner Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:30 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar $74.95/person Hors D'oeuvres | Three-Course Dinner | Cigars | Dinner Wine Pairings | Scotch Tasting PERDOMO CIGAR DINNER MENU
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - COCKTAILS, CIGARS, HORS D’OUEVRES PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction Seared “Maryland-Style” Lump Meat Crab Cakes with Classic Rémoulade Beef & Bleu Cheese Wrapped in Bacon 7:30 PM - SEATED DINNER SALAD Michael’s Special Seasonal Salad Organic Tender Greens, Gorgonzola, Figs, Red Grapes, Candied Pecans & Pear-Poppyseed Vinaigrette Specialty Bread Basket ENTREE Braised Short Ribs Mirepoix with Pignolias, Basil & Parmesan Mash Roasted Haricot Verts & Baby Carrots DESSERT Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake Fresh Raspberries & Vanilla Anglaise  
Contact Maduro for more information and reservations: 941-925-4747 Space is limited for this special event.
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Whiskey Festival Schedule

Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors will travel to Sarasota, Florida for the Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including many small craft distillers.  We are pleased to host "Whiskey Obsession" - one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in the Southeast on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2015, on property at Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota.  Schedule of Events: Thursday March 26, 2015   The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Kim Lahiri Aroma Nosing Academy, Inverness, Scotland Cost $15 per person The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cost $45 per person Join eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors: Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Wes Henderson, Angel’s Envy Master Ambassador Josh Hatton, Co-Founder of the Jewish Whisky Company Gary Keimach, SVP with Gordon & MacPhail Randy Adams, Macallan Ambassador Rachel Ewing, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky Friday, March 27, 2015: The Whiskey Obsession Grand Tasting 6:30 VIP Admission 7:30 General Admission 8:00 pm Masterclass Session I Class 1: Jack Daniel’s Academy with Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller, Class 2: Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador. Class 3: Double Wood Maturation with Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky. 9:15 pm Masterclass Session II Class 4: Wine & Whiskey Nosing with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy, Scotland. Class 5: Angel’s Envy with Wes Henderson, Master Ambassador Class 6: Cigar & Whisky Pairing with Glenfiddich Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph and C&C Dram Club Cigars Founder Joe Chiusano. 10:30 pm Last Pour 10:45 pm After-Party at Made Restaurant   Three ticket levels are available, VIP at $195; General Admission at $95; and Companion at $45.   Click here for full details and tickets to this popular festival: Whiskey Obsession Festival.
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Whiskey Club Tastings

WhiskeyGlassesMichael’s Wine Cellar is pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Admission is $10 per person. Mark you calendar and check back soon for specific details about the spirits scheduled to be served at these special events! Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Tuesday, June 9, 2015 All members of the public are invited to attend these popular "Whiskey Club" tastings. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made in advance of each event online through All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event. Special Note: Whiskey lovers are also encouraged to attend the Whiskey Obsession Festival. Click here for details about the 3rd Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival set for March 26 and 27, 2015.  
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Specialty Scotch & Whiskey

In addition to 1,000 international wines from all major wine regions around the globe and craft beers, Michael's Wine Cellar features a wide selections of specialty spirits. Here's just a handful of our current offerings of special allocations! (We are proud to be the exclusive retailer in Sarasota for select products.) RhetoricOrphanBarrel BourbonOrphan Barrel "Rhetoric" 20 Year Bourbon $94.95 An ever-changing specimen, Rhetoric is an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock. A conversation piece if there ever was one. Orphan Barrel "Barterhouse" 20 Year Bourbon $89.95 wenty years in American Oak will make your average spirit a bit mellow. Take all the fight out. Well this here is no ordinary spirit, and twenty years is long enough to pick up a trick or two. For one barrel in particular, it was long enough to develop the gift of a silver tongue. The old rickhouse hands had it written off as a rumor. A character so smooth, it could clean out the card sharps and take the shirt off a travelling salesman's back. CompassBoxLostBlendCompass Box "The Lost Blend" Blended Malt Whiskey $99.95 An elegantly complex union of two fruity Highland single malts and a peaty Islay single malt. An ethereal fruit and herbal character and a sweetness on the palate is buttressed by an underlying smokiness. Click here for more about the story of this blended malt whiskey. Johnnie Walker Platinum Label Liter, $149.95 A contemporary and subtly smoky blend that embodies the characteristic full flavors of JOHNNIE WALKER® Blended Scotch Whiskies and reflects a strong sweet and elegant Speyside style. It has a rich, dark and intense flavor that rewards those who take the time to savor it. Glenmorangie "Companta" Limited Edition $106.95 Inspired by Dr Bill's travels across France's greatest vineyards and the friends made along the way, Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for 'friendship') is a refined balance between bold spice and rich, smooth sweetness; the result of a careful assemblage of spirit extra matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart and those of a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. Visit our retail store in Midtown Sarasota to pickup one of these special bottles, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Or, simply invite our knowledgeable team to help you select a special bottle for you - or those on your gift list this holiday season. Availability is limited.
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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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Father's Day Gifts

As Father’s Day approaches this weekend, many sons and daughters shop for the perfect tie (year after year!) and prepare for cookouts at home. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of a classic Bordeaux, six pack of assorted craft beers or great bottle of Scotch from Michael's Wine Cellar. Allow our team to help you select the perfect pairing for your barbecue at home, or a suggestion to accompany the "best steak in town" next door in the Restaurant. Here's a few specific Father’s Day gift recommendations from our wine and beverage specialists in the store: Scotch, Glenmorangie "Companta", Extra Matured, 750ml $119.95 Colour: Bright copper Nose: Cassis, cherries, dark chocolate, orange zest, hints of freshly cut wood and nutmeg. Palate: Mixed forest berries, chocolate fudge, hints of coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Finish: Long, fruity and spicy. Cabernet Sauvignon "Coffeestone", Graham Beck, ZA, 2011 $24.95 Exclusive to Michael’s Wine Cellar in the US! This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon epitomizes all the hallmarks of a world class Cab – truly a wine worthy of the title “king of the cultivars”. The origin of this wine’s curious name is a reference to the Coffeestone Vineyard in Firgrove, Stellenbosch where the fruit for this classy Cab was sourced. The soil where these old low yielding bush vines are planted is composed of deep granite gravel on laterite (coffeestone) and weathering clay (saprolite). The grapes were hand harvested at optimum ripeness, then fermented in open stainless steel tanks with regular punch downs to ensure optimum extraction and purity of fruit. The wine was matured for 18 months in new fill French Oak barrels. On the nose you’ll be greeted by whiffs of cederwood and cigarbox combined with rich dark berry fruit. While on the palate you’ll be treated to cassis, mulberry, spices and rich chocolate flavours. A full bodied, firmly structured wine with concentrated fruit, a balanced mouthfeel and long finish. This wine will develop in complexity for a further 5 – 10 years with careful cellaring. Barolo, Pio Cesare, Alba, IT,2009 $59.95 93 points, Wine Advocate The grapes are sourced from family owned vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba (Ornato), Grinzane Cavour (Gustava), La Morra (Roncaglie) and Barolo -Novello (Ravera). The balance comes from growers who have been providing grapes to the Pio Cesare family for generations. “Shows classic lines and elegant characteristics of mild spice and forest berry backed by dried ginger, blue flower and anise seed. Its tight, crisp and finely textured mouthfeel appeal to those with a preference for traditional Barolo. Again, this producer has done a good job managing the warmer vintage conditions." Can’t decide on a special bottle, or find a reservation date that works for dad plus the entire fam? Giving the gift of a Michael’s gift card ensures a perfect fit, and perfect gift. Michael’s gift cards are valid at both Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s On East. Click here to order gift certificates online (select in-store pick-up to ensure dad receives his  gift by Father’s Day) or call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 to purchase gift cards via phone.  
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Featured Spirits

WhiskeyFestivalBallroom   Attendees of this week's Whiskey Obsession Festival will have an exclusive opportunity to taste more than 200 Scotch, Bourbon and Craft Whiskies. (Click here for festival details and tickets.) Although this list is subject to change, we look forward to offering the following spirits for sale through retail purchases the evening of the Grand Tasting, or through special orders: Ardbeg 10 Year Ardbeg Corryvreckan Ardbeg Uigeadail Bulleit Bourbon Bulleit Rye Bushmill's 10 Year Bushmill's 16 Year Bushmill's Black Bush Bushmill's Honey Bushmill's Original Crown Royal Black Crown Royal Maple Crown Royal XO George Dickel #12 George Dickel #8 George Dickel Rye Glenmorangie 10 Year Original Glenmorangie 18 Year Glenmorangie Companta Glenmorangie Lasanta Glenmorangie Nectar D' Or Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Glenmorangie Signet Johnnie Walker Black Johnnie Walker Double Black Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Johnnie Walker Platinum Lagavulin 16 Year Oban 14 Year Talikser Storm Talisker 10 Year Talisker Distiller's Edition Amrut Fusion Single Malt 46% Amrut Intermediate Sherry Single Malt 57.1% Amrut Peated Single Malt 46% Amrut Single Malt 46% English Whiskey Company Classic Single Malt 46% English Whiskey Company Peated Single Malt 46% Sullivans Cove Double Cask Single Malt 40% Sullivans Cove French Cask Single Malt 47.5% Angel's Envy Bourbon Angel's Envy Rye Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask Balvenie 15 Year Single Barrel Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood Balvenie 21 Year Portwood Benromach 10 Year Benromach Peat Smoke Brenne Single Estate, French Single Malt Compass Box Asyla Compass Box Great King Street Compass Box Hedonism Compass Box Oak Cross Compass Box Orangerie Compass Box Spice Tree Compass Box The Peat Monster G&M Caol Ila Cask Strength G&M Glen Grant 10 Year G&M Mortlach 15 Year G&M Scapa 10 Year Glenfiddich 12 Year Glenfiddich 15 Year Glenfiddich 18 Year Glenfiddich 21 Year Hudson Baby Bourbon Hudson Four Grain Hudson Manhattan Rye Hudson Single Malt Jack Daniel's Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Jack Daniel's Honey Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Michter's US*1  Single Barrel Straight Rye Michter's US*1  Sour Mash Michter's US*1  Unblended American Whiskey Michter's US*1 Small Batch Bourbon Monkey Shoulder Blended Single Malt Old Forester 86* Old Forester Signature Papas Pillar Rum Blond Papas Pillar Rum Dark Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt Tullamore Dew 12 Year Special Reserve Tullamore Dew Phoenix Woodford Reserve Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Benchmark Brown Sugar Bourbon Benchmark Peach Bourbon Berkshire Cask Finished Bourbon Whiskey Berkshire New England Corn Whiskey Bird Dog Blackberry Bird Dog Hot Cinnamon Bird Dog Maple Bird Dog Peach Firefly Moonshine Apple Pie Firefly Moonshine Carmel Firefly Moonshine White Lightning Firefly Moonsine Peach Four Roses Single Barrel Four Roses Small Batch Four Roses Yellow Label Glenfarclas 10 Year Glenfarclas 12 Year Glenfarclas 17 Year Glenfarclas 21 Year Glenfarclas 25 Year Highland Park 12 Year Highland Park 15 Year Highland Park 18 Year Highland Park 25 Year Irishman Irish Cream Irishman Irish Cream Coffee Irishman Original Clan Whiskey Irishman Single Malt Whiskey Junior Johnson Midnight Moon 100 Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Apple Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Blackberry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Blueberry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Cherry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Cranberry Junior Johnson Midnight Moon Strawberry Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Macallan 15 Year Fine Oak Macallan 17 Year Fine Oak Macallan 18 Year Sherry Oak Macallan 21 Year Fine Oak Macallan 25 Year Palm Ridge Reserve St George Spirits Breaking and Entering Bourbon St George Spirits Single Malt St George Spirits Single Malt 30th Anniversary Tap 357 Tap Rye Port Templeton Rye Troy & Sons Blonde Troy & Sons Oak Cask Arran 10 Arran 14 Arran 16 Arran Amarone Cask Finish Arran Sauternes Cask Finish Arran Sherry Cask Finish High West American Prairie Reserve Bourbon High West Campfire High West Double Rye! High West Rendezvous Rye High West Son Of Bourye Isle of Skye 12 Isle of Skye 8 Kilchoman 100% Islay Kilchoman Loch Gorm Sherry Matured Kilchoman Machir Bay Reservoir Bourbon Reservoir Rye Reservoir Wheat Smokehead Smooth Ambler Old Scout Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 year Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye Smooth Ambler Stillhouse Barrel Aged Gin Smooth Ambler Yearling Wheated Bourbon Tamdhu 10 Auchentoshan 12 Year Basil Hayden Beam Signature Bernheim's Bookers Bowmore 12 Year Bowmore 15 Year Islay Darkest Elijah Craig 12 Year Evan Williams Single Barrell Glen Grant 10 Year Glen Grant 16 Year Glen Grant Major's Reserve Hakashu 12 Year Hankey Bannister Henry McKenna Hibiki 12 Year Jameson 12 Year Jameson Gold Reserve Jameson Middleton Barry Crockett Jefferson's Chef's Collaboration Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Jefferson's Small Batch Bourbon Jim Beam Black Knob Creek Rye Laphroaig 10 Makers 46 Old Pulteney 12 Year Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Pulteney 21 Rittenhouse Rye Russell's Reserve 10 Year Russell's Reserve 6 Year Speyburn 10 Year Speyburn Bradan Orach Wild Turkey 81 Wild Turkey American Honey Wild Turkey Forgiven Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Wild Turkey Rare Breed Wild Turkey Spiced Yamazaki 12 Year
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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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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239