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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CONNOISSEUR CLUB TRIP: Wines from South Africa

This summer's Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys advance as Michael & Terri Klauber and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel continue to surprise travelers with remarkable wine experiences in the bush, in addition to wildlife viewing on safari drives. Over the past week, the group has enjoyed spending time with Olive and Anthony Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards while on safari and an extravagent tasting at Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek. Our team in the Wine Cellar would be happy to introduce to you wines from both of these fabulous properties! Click here to browse wines from South Africa through our michaelswinecellar.com online wine shop. Stay tuned for more photos this coming week!  We invite you to join the GCCC's next culinary journey(s) around the world: Sip & Savor Europe & Taste of the British Isles. Reservations are booking quickly for these 2018 adventures!  

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Australian Wines

AustraliaExperience inspired Australian cuisine with your favorite mates throughout May at our adjacent restaurant Michael’s On East! With ever-changing lunch and dinner menus inspired by the world’s most exotic food and wine destinations, the Michael’s culinary team loves challenging themselves each month to perfect a unique worldly cuisine. This month, take a culinary journey with an Australian Epicurean Adventure in the award-winning Restaurant which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary! Click here to view the complete lunch and dinner menus, which are accompanied by these hand-picked wines: 
Chardonnay “Unoaked”, The Y Series - Yalumba, South Australia, AU, 2016 Pale straw with green tinges in color, this wine opens with aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruits such as paw-paw. There is a touch of complexity from the wild fermentation; just enough to let you know that under the pretty façade is a fun and adventurous wine. The palate is an alluring combination of fresh fruits, spices such as white pepper and just enough “wildness” to keep you coming back for another glass. It finishes with a fresh cleansing line of citrus zest.
Shiraz, The Y Series - Yalumba, South Australia, AU, 2015 Deep crimson in color, this wine shows intense youthful aromas of ripe dark berries, mulberry jam, Indian spice, and dark chocolate. Rich and ripe, the Y Series Shiraz is a glorious mouthful of South Australia with layers of ripe blackberries and black forest cake surrounded by soft, juicy, fully ripe tannins and a moreish finish. (Please note: Michael’s On East and Michael's Wine Cellar will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017.)
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Garden to Plate Wines

Please join us for a special "Garden to Plate" wine dinner at Selby Gardens! Featured-Items-GardentoPlateWineDinnerWines from around the world hand-picked by Michael, a remarkable menu designed personally by Phil, a picturesque bayfront garden prepared to host an extra-special wine dinner…. at the end of this month! All are welcome to join us for the highly-anticipated “Garden to Plate” Wine Dinner hosted by Nora & Billy Johnson and Jenny & Ken Pendery on Thursday, April 28 at Selby Gardens. Click here for details and reservations. Featured wines will include: 2011 Szegeti Pinot Noir Brut Rose, Austria This sparkler is a brilliant salmon color with red gold highlights. Aromas of strawberries and red cherries carry through to the palate, which finishes with a lively acidity and a delicate mousse. 2014 DeMorgenzon Maestro White, Stellenbosch, South Africa On the nose and palate, there are concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, as well as notes of spice and zesty citrus. The palate is full-textured, leaving you with a lingering aftertaste. It is an elegant wine with persistent nuances of honeysuckle and frangipani. 2014 Domaine Hubert Brochard Sancerre, Loire, France The Domaine Hubert Brochard Sancerre Blanc Aujourd'hui Comme Autrefois offers flavors of citrus and grapefruit with subtle floral nuances. Balanced with a lively acidity, this Sancerre Blanc is best enjoyed chilled and has an aging potential of 3 to 5 years. 2008 Marques de Grinon Summa, La Mancha, Spain Deep ruby-red in color with purple reflections, this wine shows rich notes of dark berries, clove, smoke and pepper. On the palate, layers of mineral and fruit notes are interwoven, accompanied by soft tannins, silky texture and excellent concentration 2013 Renacer Enamore, Mendoza, Argentina Dark ruby red in color, Enamore offers supple aromas of ripe berries, raisin, and plums. Sensual notes of exotic spices, charcoal and chocolate are seamlessly layered with the fruit. Full bodied, rich and complex, with a long finish beautifully framed by fine-grained tannins. This is a very special wine that will surprise many wine lovers.
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Wines for 11/21 Tasting

Join us this Saturday for our first Holiday Open House Wine Tasting of the season at Michael's Wine Cellar!

Discover over 50+ wines from around the world at this casual, walk-about wine tasting and annual toy drive. Our November Holiday Open House is set for this Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2-4 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar. As always, a fabulous "menu" of wines will be showcased; please take a peek below for a preview of this month's featured selections! Augustan Fine Wines Gruner Veltliner, Leth, Wagram, AT, 2013 $16.95 Pinot Grigio, Palmina, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2014 $16.95 Chardonnay, Ramey, Russian River Valley, CA, 2012 $29.95 Dolcetto, Palmina, Santa Ynez Valley, CA, 2013 $19.95 Merlot "Nelms Road", Woodward Canyon, WA, 2012 $21.95 Red Blend "Nicole Marie", Sean Minor, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 $19.95 Stacole Fine Wines Prosecco, Zardetto, Veneto, IT, NV $14.95 White Blend "Pinot & Toi", Maculan, Breganze, IT, 2013 $12.95 Chablis, Francine et Olivier Savary, FR, 2013 $27.95 Shiraz "Tournon", Michel Chapoutier, Victoria, AU, 2013 $14.95 Caberneet Sauvignon, Textbook Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 $25.95 Malbec "Q", Zuccardi, Mendoza, AR, 2011 $19.95 Southern Wine & Spirits Riesling, Trimbach, Alsace, FR, 2012 $19.95 Sauvignon Blanc, Esk Valley, Marlborough, NZ, 2014 $16.95 Red Blend "The Jetty", Tower 15 Wine Co, Paso Robles, CA, 2010 $21.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Girard, Napa County, CA, 2012 $28.95 Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre “GSM”, Barossa Valley Estate, AU, 2013 $15.95 Opici Wines Cava “Extremarium”, Mont Marcal, ES, NV $18.95 Chardonnay “Wolff Vineyard”, Mount Eden Vineyards, Edna Valley, CA, 2012 $21.95 Riesling "Impulse", C.H. Berres, Mosel, DE, 2009 $12.95 Pinot Noir, Primarius, Walla Walla Valley, OR, 2013 $15.95 Tannat, Garzon, Garzon, UR, 2013 $14.95 Cabernet Sauvignon "Double Lariat", Jamieson Ranch, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 $28.95 Liqueur "Almond", Amaretto, Gozio, IT $21.95 Transatlantic Wines Sparkling "Brut", Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, CA, NV $19.95 Sauvignon Blanc, Duckhorn, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 $29.95 Rose, Mulderbosch,  Stellenbosch, ZA, 2014 $10.95 Red Blend "Decoy", Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 $21.95 Shiraz/Viognier, Terlato - Chapoutier, AU, 2012 $15.95 Red Blend "Three Valleys", Ridge Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2011 $19.95 Premier Beverage Rose "Pinot Noir", Presqu'ile, Santa Maria Valley, CA, 2014 $19.95 Pinot Blanc/Auxerrois "Val St. Gregoire", Domaine Ehrhart, Alsace, FR, 2012 $16.95 Chardonnay "Village", Kumeu River, Kumeu, NZ, 2012 $19.95 Cotes du Rhone, Andre Brunel, Rhone Valley, FR, 2012 $11.95 Red Blend "Ranch House Red", Long Meadow Ranch, Napa, CA, 2010 $27.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Prelius, Tuscany, IT, 2013 $16.95 Robert Kacher Selections Rose, Chateau les Crostes, Cotes de Provence, FR, 2014 $21.95 Rhone Blanc, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2014 $11.95 Cotes du Rhone Blanc "Domaine de la Becassonne", Andre Brunel, FR, 2013 $15.95 Rhone, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2011 $11.95 Cotes du Rhone "Vieilles Vignes", Dom Santa Duc, FR, 2010 $17.95 Cotes du Ventoux "Fayard", Domaine de Fondreche, Cotes du Rhone, FR, 2010 $16.95 …Plus special selections from Michael's Wine Cellar! Please join us to stock-up for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and everyone's favorite holiday gift this season. Admission is $10 per person. Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Drive Plus, each year during Michael’s November and December Holiday Open House events, all guests are also asked to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation. Get into the spirit of giving by bringing an unwrapped child’s gift for local children in need this season. (No exceptions, don’t be a scrooge!) Toy donations will be collected for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
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South African Wines

Michael features South African Wines on ABC 7's Suncoast View

Michael talks South African wines on Suncoast View Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor of Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar, just returned from leading 80 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers through South Africa's winelands with his wife Terri and Ryan Hilton, our travel partner from Admiral Travel International. Yesterday, he joined the ladies of ABC 7's Suncoast View to take in an altogether different type of view - showcasing photos of the group's wildlife and winery experiences! Of course, Michael just had to offer Rebecca, Linda, Bobeth and Stephanie a taste - or rather a sip! - of South Africa in the studio. (Click here to view the video segment.) Michael showcased the following wines during this in-studio tasting on Suncoast View on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Each of these great wines are available at a great value from Michael's Wine Cellar! Enjoy these three South African wines, some of Michael's top picks, for under $20 a bottle. Please simply click the links below to purchase any wine online. Sparkling "Brut", Graham Beck, Robertson, ZA, NV Tasting Notes: A blend of 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir, the Non-Vintage Brut has a soft, creamy bouquet with touches of apple-blossom and yeast aromas. The palate is well defined with good acidity on the entry, citrus peel, fresh lime with a pleasing, commercially minded creamy finish. Their Story: Graham Beck wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. The success of the Robertson winery has been extended to the second Graham Beck cellar in Franschoek, one of the oldest winemaking regions in South Africa. "Disgorged February 2011, a blend of 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir with 8.6 gm/l residual sugar, the Non-Vintage Brut has a soft, creamy bouquet with touches of apple-blossom and yeast aromas. The palate is well defined with good acidity on the entry, citrus peel, fresh lime with a pleasing, commercially minded creamy finish. Unbeatable "bang for bucks" as they say. Drink now." -Wine Advocate Chardonnay, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2012 Tasting Notes: This is an elegant Chardonnay, with a scent of lemon, mandarin orange and hints of pine needles, complemented by a crisp finish on the palate. -Founded in 1682 and nestled in the valley of the Simonsberg in South Africa’s premium wine region, Stellenbosch. Rustenberg’s rich heritage and ethos has been informed by many centuries of human influence striving to understand and work with nature to produce wines of distinct character true to their terrior, variety and informed style.   Cabernet Sauvignon "Game Reserve", Graham Beck, ZA, 2013 Tasting Notes: The wine has a great complexity of black berry fruit, dark chocolate, plums and tobacco spice on the nose. This wine has a rich, juicy entry supported by a dense fruit core and firm tannins. An elegant creamy palate leads to a long lingering finish. -Graham Beck wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region.
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Forks & Corks Award Winners

In December 2012, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted "Top of the Class," an inaugural wine competition for the 2013 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival which was celebrated in Sarasota, January 25-27. Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to have all three "Best of Show" wines available for sale in the store.In December 2012, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted "Top of the Class," an inaugural wine competition for the 2013 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival which was celebrated in Sarasota, January 25-27. A panel of 16 area-based wine experts tasted nearly 250 wine entries from Forks & Corks participating wineries from around the world. The judges, each of whom sampled at least 60 wines apiece, spent nearly six hours evaluating the wines before coming up with the top winners. (A tough gig, right?) And the winners are: 2011 Highfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand $19.95 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling Willamette Valley, Oregon $12.95 2008 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Cabernet Blend Alexander Valley, California $54.95 (Very limited quantity available.) Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to have all three "Best of Show" wines available for sale in the store, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Michael's Wine Cellar
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Sarasota, FL 34239