Are You Using the Right Wine Glass?

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Are You Using the Right Wine Glass?

by Kristin @ ilovewine.com

To the casual wine drinker, the shape of the wine glass probably doesn’t matter much. They can get by with a single set of glasses that they pull out for reds, whites, or that new rosé, and have a perfectly enjoyable evening. But for the budding wine enthusiast, using the right wine glass can make all the difference in the world. Suddenly you’ll be able to smell and taste all those gorgeous subtleties so often described by sommeliers.

Wine Glass Basics
Wine glasses have three main parts: the bowl, the stem, and the base. Each of these may vary, but the shape and size of the bowl is the key to matching the glass to the wine. Why is this?

  • Wine surface area. A wider bowl provides a greater surface area, allowing for more evaporation and interaction between wine and air.
  • Aroma delivery. The shape and size of the bowl also determines how aroma vapors are trapped and how they meet your nose.
  • Temperature control. It’s easier to keep wine cooler if the bowl is smaller.
  • Smoothness. Wines may taste smoother from a glass with a wider mouth. 

So, where do you begin in building your stemware collection? Here we present nine of our favorite wine glass sets arranged by category.

Nine of Our Favorite Wine Glasses
We recommend picking up at least one set for reds, whites, champagnes, rosés, and dessert wines. Of course the best thing is to build a deeper collection based on your favorite styles. Until you know what those are, these wine glasses will help you explore all the possibilities.

Red Wine Glasses
Red wine glasses tend to have larger bowls and wider mouths. This allows a greater surface area for the wine to interact with oxygen, which brings out fruitiness and tempers tannins.

314beX-xlbL.jpg1. Nachtmann Red Wine Glasses
This set of four red wine glasses is an excellent starter set for any wine enthusiast. They’re beautiful, affordable, and the perfect size for reds. In an age where stemless wine glasses are becoming more common, we also love the long stems.

These crystal glasses are also exquisitely crafted. Nachtmann is a division of Riedel, which makes some of our favorite stemware.

31ne4AsAnzL.jpg2. Riedel VINUM Bordeaux Glasses
Riedel also makes varietal-specific wine glasses which are wonderful for exploring particular styles that you love. This VINUM series is an excellent step up, offering a more nuanced tasting experience without breaking the bank. These generously-sized glasses are perfect for bolder reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots.

31ArGEj53KL.jpg3. Riedel VINUM Syrah Glasses
For enjoying a Syrah, we recommend this set from the Riedel VINUM series. The shape highlights the tannins for a better overall balance with the fruitiness of this style. Winemakers in regions specializing in Syrahs contributed to the design of this stemware to showcase the style brilliantly.

White Wine Glasses
Smaller bowls are better for white wines since they maintain cooler temperatures and keep the surface of the wine closer to the nose. They beautifully accentuate the floral notes of white wines.

Full-bodied whites like Viogniers and Chardonnays tend to shine in white wine glasses with slightly wider bowls. These are still smaller than those of your typical red wine glass, of course.

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These white wine glasses from Nachtmann are our most often recommended starter set. They come in sets of four and are made of clear glass finished with platinum for more durability.

Just like the set of red wine glasses from Nachtmann, they’re as beautiful as they are affordable. These, plus a lovely bottle of white wine, make a thoughtful gift for a new wine lover.

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These Riedel VINUM glasses are specifically balanced for enjoying Sauvignon Blancs and other lighter white wines. They’ll bring out the floral aromas so you can appreciate the delicate nuances with every glass.

These come in sets of two but are priced so well that once you taste the difference, you’ll likely replace your starter white wine glasses with them.

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Glasses
Champagnes and sparkling wines also taste quite different depending on the shape of the glass. Overall, these glasses have longer, slimmer bowls than glasses for reds or whites. Champagne flutes are the most recognizable variants, but the others vary in bowl shape. Tulips have wider bowls that enhance fruitier sparkling wines, for example.

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Just a few sets of these Nachtmann champagne glasses and you’ll be ready for your next celebration. Once again, Nachtmann offers an elegant and affordable option for adding to your collection. These come in sets of four, and while they are delicate, they’re remarkably sturdy for champagne glasses.

31g6RZ-I1pL.jpg7. Riedel VINUM Champagne Glasses
If you prefer champagne glasses with a more classic, straight-edged silhouette, this set from the VINUM collection is for you. Much like the Nachtmann series, these are very sturdy. Many people cringe at the thought of putting champagne glasses in the dishwasher, but many users report safely sending these through. (We still wash all ours by hand.)

Rosé Glasses
While rosés are more reminiscent of whites in appearance, they’re better in slightly wider bowls than white wine glasses traditionally have. While there are no hard and fast rules about serving them, specialty glasses for rosés can accentuate the aromas.

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This set of rosé glasses from Riedel is from their See, Smell, Taste (SST) series which also optimizes the tasting experience for different varietals. The bowl allows plenty of room for aromas to develop and add depth to every sip.

Dessert and Fortified Wine Glasses
Glasses for dessert wines and fortified wines vary as much as the wines themselves. Some are more decorative than practical, but as with all wines, the glass can make a substantial difference in what you can smell and taste. We recommend just picking up a few of these for the specialty wines you like.

WineGlass9. Riedel VINUM Port Glasses
These beauties from Riedel are our favorites for drinking port, bringing out its sweetness and rich fruitiness. The small, narrow mouth helps minimize evaporation since the alcohol content is high. Although they’re small, they have an excellent weight in your hand, too.

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Prosecco vs Champagne: Which one is right for you?

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Prosecco vs Champagne: Which one is right for you?
by Kristin @ ilovewine.com

Celebrating something exciting? (Such as the New Year!) Does the occasion call for some bubbly? (Yes!) If it does, you may find yourself in the wine aisle at the store debating between which sparkling wine to choose. Most people assume that big celebrations only call for champagne, but there is another alternative from the vineyard that you might like just as well, Prosecco.

For as long as people can remember, champagne has been the celebratory drink of choice. This white, sparkly wine is known for bringing your taste buds to life and your spirits high. But, another sparkly white wine that can help you celebrate equally as well is prosecco. Known as one of Italy’s choice wines, prosecco has been assisting people to ring in celebrations while keeping their wallets happy.

What is Prosecco?
Prosecco is a white sparkling wine that is exclusively made in the northeastern part of Italy. It’s almost exclusively made in the Treviso province. There are other types of prosecco made in places such as Friuli Venezia Giulia.

This white sparkling wine is not always bubbly, however. Two versions of prosecco, DOC, and DOCG, can be made in semi-sparkling or even still versions. These varieties can keep your pairings and occasions perfectly meeting your needs.

Prosecco is also made from a very specific type of wine – the prosecco (also known as Glera). This is one of the characteristics that sets it apart from many other white sparkling wines, especially champagne. The refermenting process typically takes place in steel tanks, commonly known as Charmat Method (or the Italian method).

What is Champagne?
Champagne is a white sparkling wine, much like prosecco. Many people regard champagne as the symbol of luxury or celebration. The price tag typically reflects these two thoughts, as well.

For champagne to get its most notable feature, the bubbles, it must go through a refermenting process inside the bottle. This method is known as the ”Methode Champenoise” (metodo classico according to Italians).

In order to properly make champagne, the following grapes are most commonly used:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Chardonnay

There are other types of grapes that some vineyards use to produce champagne, but they are less likely.

What are the biggest differences between champagne and prosecco?

  • Champagne is made in France.
  • Prosecco is made in Italy.
  • Champagne is made through a refermenting process inside the bottle.
  • Prosecco is made through a refermenting process in a steel tank.
  • Champagne has a higher price tag.
  • Prosecco is great for everyday budgets.
  • Both are from different types of grapes
    (Prosecco is made with only prosecco grapes, and champagne is made with a mixture of different grapes).
  • Champagne is usually served at a wine party, while Prosecco might be better for more intimate events.

Profiles of Champagne and Prosecco
Let’s take a look at the most popular flavors of each of the white sparkling wines.

Champagne  Prosecco
Citrus  Honeydew Melon
Peach  Green Apple
Toast  Pear
White Cherry  Cream
Almond  Honeysuckle

What food is best paired with Prosecco?
The best part of choosing prosecco for your wine of the night is the wide range from sweet to dry it comes in. There different levels of sweetness and dryness. If you are looking for something very dry, Prosecco DOC and Superiore (two different types of prosecco) have a Brut that will meet those needs. Demi-Sec is typically the sweetest you will find.

Dry proseccos typically pair well with such foods as sushi, seafood, small sandwiches, or mild cheeses. This is a great appetizer or cocktail hour beverage choice.

Sweet prosecco is great with foods like macarons, ice cream, popcorn, or even sponge cakes. You will find this the perfect choice as an after-dinner beverage choice.

What food is best paired with champagne?
Champagne is a great choice to help enhance the flavor of your foods, ranging from cheese to pasta.

Some of the best pairings you will find are mushroom dishes, seafood and fish, nuts, and also popcorn. If you are looking to really take your taste buds to the next level, pair champagne with lobster. This is an unbelievable combination that will leave you wanting more.

How do you choose champagne vs prosecco for your next occasion?

Whether you are celebrating something exciting or looking for an everyday type of white sparkling wine, choosing champagne vs. prosecco can be a difficult decision.

Think about the following questions before purchasing your next bottle of bubbly:

  • Are you looking for a budget-friendly white sparkling wine?
  • Do you want something that is great for everyday occasions or good for special occasions only?
  • Do you want your wine to boost your taste buds and food experience?
  • What kind of tasting experience are you looking to have – full body, dry, sweet, etc.?
  • Budget-friendly? Prosecco
  • Everyday occasions? Prosecco
  • Special occasions only (money is no issue)? Champagne
  • Enhance your food experience? Champagne or Prosecco
  • Dry or Sweet? Champagne or Prosecco

Conclusion
Ready to try out your next white sparkling wine? Now you are ready to make the best-informed decision about whether or not prosecco or champagne is right for you. Of course, attending a tasting to get a true feeling for which sparkling wine you prefer is probably the best option. There is nothing like tasting the wine on your tongue while pairing it with some delectable food choices. Once you are able to see the difference between the two wines in person, you will know which one is the best fit for you.

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What Does a Wine Aerator Do?

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What Does a Wine Aerator Do?

by Avery at ilovewine.com

You may have noticed that fancy restaurants prefer to open your red wine and leave it to aerate or ‘breathe’ for a while before pouring your glass, or that you are encouraged to swirl your wine glass when tasting a new bottle for the first time. Often you will see wine aerators used professionally. This is because exposing your wine to air causes oxidation. When this happens, the unwanted and volatile compounds in the wine, such as ethanol and sulfites will evaporate more quickly and leave you to appreciate more of the aromas and floral bouquets of your wine.

However, leaving your bottle of red wine to breathe before pouring can be frustrating for most wine drinkers, even the very patient ones. The good news is that by purchasing a wine aerator, you can speed up this process and aerate your wine instantly. Aerators come in a range of sizes and designs, with many different features. However, they all provide a small chamber where wine mixes with the necessary oxygen levels before then reaching your glass. By first moving the wine through this chamber, the volatile compounds evaporate and leave only the best tasting wine. This process can also eliminate unwanted sediment from your glass.

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We suggest the Menu Red Wine Decanter Wine Breather by Peter Orsig!

The elegant Menu Winebreather Carafe adds 10x more oxygen to your wine in under 2 minutes. Simply press the decanter onto the top of an opened bottle of wine and flip it over so the wine pours into the decanter. You can serve the wine directly from the beautifully designed carafe, or flip it back over once it's done to pour the aerated wine back to serve directly from the original bottle. The Menu Winebreather Carafe is the most effective aerator on the market and was the undisputed winner of a Eurofins aerating test.
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How Many Bottles in a Case of Wine? – The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine in 2018

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How Many Bottles in a Case of Wine?  

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Case of Wine in 2018
by Nicole at ilovewine.com

Planning a wedding? Prepping for a party with your family and friends? Maybe you want to organize a wine tasting? If so, buying a case of wine may be in order.

When it comes to figuring out how many cases of wine you need, it is always helpful to know how many bottles come in a case. It might also be useful to understand the benefits of buying a case versus multiple bottles of wine.

When you buy a case of red wine for your event, you will end up saving money in the long run. Purchasing wine bottles for a large event will ramp up a significant price. But, opting for a case of wine will save you money in the long run.

How many Bottles are in a Case of Wine?
Now that you know buying a case of wine is the best option, it’s vital to know how many bottles are actually in a case of wine so that you can effectively plan.

In a standard case of wine, you will receive 12 bottles of wine. Each wine bottle (if standard size) contains 750 milliliters of wine. Therefore, if you have 12 bottles, you will have 9 liters or 2.3 gallons of wine in one case of wine. Just make sure you have a good wine opener that can handle the long wine list you have created.

How many Cases Should You Buy?
The biggest question when it comes to planning a party is how many cases you should buy for your guests. There is a simple formula that you can follow that will allow you to accurately estimate how many cases of wine would be sufficient for your occasion.

Let’s say you were inviting 100 guests to your wedding. If the wedding lasts for four hours, you will do the following equation:

100 guests X 4 hours X 1 glass/hour = 400 glasses.

Then, you take the 400 wine glasses and divide it by five glasses that you find in each bottle. You will get 80 bottles of wine. And, if you wanted to make sure that both wine lovers are taken care (red and white lovers), you can divide the 80 by 2 to get 40 bottles of red and 40 bottles of white.

If you have figured out that you need 80 bottles of wine for your 4-hour wedding for 100 guests, you will then need to figure out how many cases you will need. Divide the 80 bottles of wine you will need to keep the 100 guests happy at a wedding by 12 (how many bottles are in a standard case), and you will get 6.6 cases. Round that up to 7 cases of wine, and your wedding is sure to be a hit, with wine glasses never being empty.

How Should You Select Your Wine?
Remember that there are many different wine lovers out there. Buying multiple cases of red wine may not do your party much service. However, if you choose a variety of wine to compose your case of wine, you will be sure to please everyone.

A great way to start with your wine selections is to choose:

Five bottles of red wine
Five bottles of white wine
Two sparkling wines
Make sure to choose some bold and light red wine and white wine to keep the selection interesting and versatile, and that you will always have a wine bottle of the variety you prefer at hand.

Choosing the wine to create an exceptional case for your next party can be easy and affordable!

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Drinking in Autumn- Best Red Wines for Fall

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Drinking in Autumn - Best Red Wines for Fall
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Wine enthusiasts are always looking for an excuse to replenish their wine racks. And what better time to do it than the changing of the season? As the days become shorter and the nights draw in, your heating bills will go through the roof, and that brisk evening walk around the lake with the dog will surely be followed by a glass of soul-warming wine. While it’s impossible for us to prevent any of those tedious early morning treks in the dark to try and de-ice your car, we can help you make those dull rainy evenings more pleasurable.

Fall is a magical time of the year. There are the rusty colors and a hundred hues of brown and reds, the heart-warming stews, the greatly anticipated countdown to Christmas, and not to forget the wine. Of course everyone has their wine preference, however, research shows that this is the time of year that people begin consuming more red; and as we inch closer to winter, these reds become fruitier and warmer. It’s no secret that chilled white wines are refreshing while reds are warming, and these are the two secrets when choosing a good wine for the fall months.

Most households start serving heartier dishes at this time of the year. Stews and casseroles are common features, which is why the best wines of the season are those that are better paired with such dishes. The French and Italians win when it comes to matching their food to wine, but you can do the same. Here are just a few of the best red wines that will complement your hearty stews and warm you as the chill begins to set in.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Jax, Calistoga, Napa Valley, 2016
This wine offers dark, concentrated depth and character. Aromas of blackberries, cassis and forest floor, this indulgent and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon showcases great length and focus on the palate.

Red Wine "Belle Cousine", Hyde Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA, 2013
Pretty blackberry and blackcurrant notes on the nose are brightened by a pinch of spice. In the glass, a clean black fruit core fills the mouth, warmed by layers of mocha, earth and subtle hints of mint and cigar box. Very firm, polished fine-grained tannins provide structure and extraordinary persistence, with promises of even greater length in time. —Stéphane Vivier, Winemaker

Malbec, Achaval-Ferrer, Mendoza, 2017
The textbook definition of Malbec in a very good vintage. Bright ruby-red. Fresh and floral, featuring blackberry, raspberry and violets. Dense, thick with a noticeable mineral frame. Old World acidity with silky tannins and a lengthy finish.

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Rosé wines to try by Nicole Carbon

Check out Nicole’s amazing article on rosé wines below! 

Don’t forget to join us for our Mother’s Day Sale going on NOW between May 9-12! 
Save 15% Off All Rosé Wines when you shop in-store!

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

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

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

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Halloween-Inspired "Spirits" & Wines

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

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

Wines Named with Edgar Allan Poe Inspiration:

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

We hope you'll enjoy another tale from our knowledgeable wine specialist Sean King at Michael's Wine Cellar. It began on Friday night about 48 hours before Sarasota was predicted to be hit (punched really) in the gut by hurricane Irma. Lots of Sarasota had left town including many of the Michael’s On East staff. With a great deal of the restaurants around being closed, we were quite busy and I was able to step away from the Wine Cellar to the Restaurant floor and help with wine. Around 7:30 pm, I began to notice a trend. DChampagne Glassesiners from the bar to tables were asking about and ordering what I would call “ special occasion” wines. As I opened a bottle of 2006 Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Rose for a four top in the Lounge and knowing that I still had a 2009 Colgin to open, it occurred to me that this was a special occasion. Everyone in this Restaurant wasn’t sure what our city was going to look like on Monday. This was quite literally the calm before the storm. Most of the guests were regulars and two different tables said the exact same thing to me “ I have always wanted to try this wine.” As the evening ended, I believe I said “ good luck” or “ be safe” more than I ever had.

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As Saturday went from morning to afternoon Robin, Michael and I were in the Wine Cellar putting stuff away and talking about the craziness of it all and what we were going to drink since we were going to hunker down at home. I asked Michael if he was going to open up anything special and he slyly smiled and said “Bordeaux'. (We all had some Champagne.) As the afternoon turned to evening, I began having multiple conversations via texts with friends, winemakers and sommeliers from around the country asking me what I was drinking and what they would open from their cellars if they were in a similar situation. One of our team members texted me around 5 pm on Saturday: "Wines I’m consuming way too young tonight because they may not make it through the storm….2014 Turley “Ueberroth” and a 2008 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux. What about you?”

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

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Sip & Shop: October 2017

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

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

Saturday, October 14

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

Saturday, October 21

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

Saturday, October 28

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

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

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

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

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Sip & Shop - 8/26/17

Each Saturday at Michael’s Wine Cellar, we invite you to “sip & shop” as you browse thousands of wine, spirits and beer offerings available at the retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota.  This Saturday our knowledgeable team of wine specialists will be pouring:  Vinho Verde, Casal Garcia, PT, NV - $9.95
Gruner Veltliner "Singing", Laurenz V. and Sophia, Kremstal AT, 2014 - $15.95
Tempranillo “Crianza”, Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero, ES, 2014 - $19.95
Bobal “Old Vine”, 11 Pinos, Manshuela, ES, 2014 - $11.95
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Rosé Wines from Around the World

Join us for another educational wine class and special tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar! On Wednesday, September 27th, we look forward to hosting you for “Rosé Wines from Around the World.”  This special seated tasting will begin promptly at 6.30 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required.  $25/person  Click here to register now for to taste Rosé Wines from Around the World!
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Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting

Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a walk-about tasting in the local wine and spirits shop on a monthly basis. However, each November, the Michael’s team hosts an extra-fashionable tasting hosted by winemakers and properties participating in the annual Wine, Women & Shoes, Sarasota Signature Luncheon which sells out each year! The Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting offers a great opportunity for members of the public to participate in the stylish weekend of Wine, Women & Shoes functions supporting Forty Carrots Family Center. (A particularly nice option if you weren’t able to secure a highly-coveted ticket to the popular Signature Luncheon event!) Guests will have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this year’s Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting set for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  This casual tasting is open to the public and event admission is $10 per person.
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Wine, Women & Shoes ~ 2017 Wine Tasting

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

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

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

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

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Sip & Shop on Saturdays in August

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

Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to host another educational wine tasting class. Please join us on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, as we present "Wines from Washington State." The Michael's Wine Cellar team looks forward to welcoming Gary O’Brien with Augustan Wines Importers as our guest speaker for this special event.  Admission is $25 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 249 (Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm) for phone reservations. 
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In the Back of My Mind I Knew I Was Neglecting You…A Promise to You, Wine 

Nuits St George Aux Murger(Another sharing session by Sean King, Wine Specialist with Michael’s Wine Cellar) Why do we do it? Why do we neglect and forget about the people and things that bring us pleasure? I began thinking about this after I received a phone call from an old friend I hadn’t been in contact with for awhile. After the 20-minute phone call ended I looked at my phone–I could hardly believe that it had been almost 16 months since she and I had spoken. We had been pretty close friends for many years. We shared good meals, great conversations and more than a few bottles of wine, but as we both got busier and older we slowly began to lose touch with one another. Fortunately, in this case, we were able to catch up enough to plan on her coming to Florida for a long weekend. If only our wines were as forgiving... Pure Gold Without the Karats Those of us who make an effort to buy multiple bottles of some of our favorite producers’ wines from multiple vintages can sometimes forget that each year has distinct similarities and often times big differences. Some wines will be OK with us not checking in on them for five, six, or even ten years, while others will simply fade from neglect. I have always had a certain affection for red Burgundies from Domaine Meo-Camuzet. Maybe that’s because my first real experiences were the 1996 and 1997 vintages. I bought some mixed cases of the Vosne Romanee and Nuits St. George Premier Crus and some Grand Cru. The 96s almost required 12 years of cellaring to begin to show what they were capable of. They were rich and full with subtle oak and lots of acidity.  The 97s were the opposite. Riper fruit, generous oak and significantly less acid and around 2003 they were simply delicious—nothing earth shattering or profound but just a really good bottle of Pinot Noir. As is the case with most collectors, life got busier and I bought more wines as the weeks, months and years passed. The thing of it is, each year that I got older, so too would every bottle of wine I owned. In the back of my mind, I knew I had a few bottles of these 1997 Meo-Camuzets and I knew the likely weren’t getting any better.  So, early in the summer of 2011 I decided to open a bottle of Nuits St George “Aux Murgers.” As I feared it was tired, lacking life and past its prime. I was so disappointed. Not in the wine, but in myself for allowing this to happen. I really let this bottle down along with the two others I owned, and I let down Jean Nicolas Meo because he made really good wine in a not-so-great vintage. I thought about the places where I had enjoyed these other bottles. My little yard in Berkeley in the late spring after planting 12 types of heirloom tomatoes. Thomas Brown’s living room while watching a U.S. Open match between Agassi and Sampras while eating take out sushi after a typical 14-hour harvest day. More than once at one of the great restaurants in the world, Chez Panisse, alone or with friends. These were all good memories and because of my neglect, my last memory of 1997 Meo-Camuzet is one of regret. Pouring out a Bottle for the Deceased Wine Sean's Kitchen for Wine Party On a long drive back from Savannah last year I thought about family, friends and wines. I tried to take mental stock of some of the wines that I had not tried in a long while and approach them with the some of the meticulous enthusiasm I had when I started out buying wine to cellar. With that, I called a couple friends and my uncle and we gathered at my house on a Saturday to cook, catch up and open up something we could taste that likely needed to have its life expectancy gauged. Quintarelli ValpolicellaOver the course of the evening my uncle and two friends shared our thoughts on our lives and, of course, the two bottles of 1996 Quintarelli Valpolicella classic. The wine had good color with classic brick around the edges. It smelled dusty with dried fruit and Amarone like aromas. It was balanced, pretty and big despite a supple mouth feel. It was—as I think we all agreed—wine that will likely not get much better, but will hang around in the cellar for another three or four years. It was a beautiful bottle of wine that was 20 years old. (My uncle even commented that it was the same as the Italian loafers he was wearing). We toasted the people we know would have loved such an evening that weren’t with us and we toasted the lost wine we left unopened in the cellar and promised we would not disappoint the late Guiseppe Quintarelli by forgetting and regretting because his wines are like our real friends…..they deserve better. So please don't forget about the prized wines lurking in your home cellar, and when you are ready to continue adding to your cellar - or starting one! - please turn to our team at Michael's Wine Cellar. 
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Sip & Shop in July

Sip & ShopEach Saturday at Michael’s Wine Cellar, we invite you to “sip & shop” as you browse thousands of wine, spirits and beer offerings available at the retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota. (Please also join us for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting on Saturday, July 8, 2-4 pm. Admission is $10/person. Simply join us at the door, or click here to register online in advance.) On Saturdays this month our knowledgeable team of wine specialists will be pouring: 
July 1, 2017
Sauvignon Blanc “Virginia’s Block”, Davis Bynum, Russian River Valley, CA, 2014 - 15.95
Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2016 - $9.95
Red Blend "Conundrum", Caymus Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2014 - $19.95
Pinot Noir "Undone - Undone”, PJ Valckenberg, Rheinhessen, DE, 2015 - $9.95
 
July 15, 2017
Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette, OR, 2015 - $16.95
Chardonnay “Four Bears”, Sean Minor, Central Coast, CA, 2015 - $12.95
Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2015 - $14.95
Monastrell “Silver Label”, Juan Gil, Jumilla, ES, 2014 - $15.95
 
July 22, 2017
Chardonnay “Unwooded”, Yalumba Y Series, South Australia, AU, 2016 - $12.95
Pinot Gris, Holm Oak Vineyards, Tasmania, AU, 2016 - $19.95
Shiraz, Yangarra, McLaren Vale, AU, 2012 - $16.95
Red Blend, 19 Crimes, AU, 2015 - $11.95
 
July 29, 2017
Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg, Western Cape ZA, 2015 -  $12.95
Chardonnay "Estate", Paul Cluver, Elgin, ZA, 2014 -  $18.95
Red Blend "The Left Bank", Neil Ellis, ZA, 2014 - $13.95
Pinotage, Barista, Western Cape, ZA, 2016 - $12.95
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Sip & Shop in June

Sip & ShopEach Saturday at Michael’s Wine Cellar, we invite you to “sip & shop” as you browse thousands of wine, spirits and beer offerings available at the retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota.  This month our knowledgeable team of wine specialists will be pouring:  (Please also join us for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting on Saturday, June 3, 2-4 pm. Admission is $10/person.) Saturday, June 10, 2017
Rose "Guilhem", Moulin De Gassac, Languedoc, FR, 2016 - $9.95
Pinot Grigio, Palmina, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2014 - $18.95
Red Blend "Cirque du Vin", Peachy Canyon, Paso Robles, CA, 2012 - $16.95
Pinot Noir "Undone - Undone”, PJ Valckenberg, Rheinhessen, DE, 2015 - $9.95
 
Saturday, June 17, 2017
 
Sauvignon Blanc, Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 -  $19.95
Chardonnay, Aviary Vineyards, CA, 2015 - $16.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, Trim, CA, 2013 - $13.95
Merlot, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 - $17.95
 
Saturday, June 24, 2017
 
Vinho Verde, Casal Garcia, PT, NV - $9.95
White Blend, Tenuta Forconi, Toscany, IT, 2015 - $12.95
Red Blend "Les Mines", Priorat, Priorat, ES, 2011 - $16.95
Valpolicella "Superiore", Zenato, IT, 2013 - $13.95
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239