Menu for Wine Dinner

Wine DinnerChef Jamil and Chef Catherine have just completed the finishing touches on the menu for our magnificent French Wine Dinner set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Michael's Wine Cellar. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. As with all of Michael's wine dinner events, reservations are required. Seating is limited. PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES Feuille Roquefort & Quail Egg Crispy Prosciutto De Parma Chive & Tarragon Blue Crab Salad Sweet Corn Coulis & Caviar Crispy Pancetta Mont Chevré & Pear Rosé “Esprit”, Chateau Gassier, Cotes de Provence FIRST COURSE Pan-Seared Black Striped Bass Butternut Squash Bisque, Crawfish & Green Pea Risotto, Baby Artichokes, Watercress Salad & Fennel Dust Chablis “St. Martin”, Domaine Laroche Chablis Premier Cru "Les Vaillons", Domaine Laroche SECOND COURSE Coriander Breast of Duck Applewood Bacon & Spinach Parsnip Purée, Pinot Noir Black Currant Demi-Glace, Roasted Acorn Squash & Toasted Almonds Pinot Noir "de la Chevaliere", Domaine Laroche, Beziers Moulin a Vent, Chateau Moulin a Vent THIRD COURSE  Roasted Lamb Loin Crispy Potato & Onion Lyonnais, Braised Red Beets, Gremolata Oil, Sweet Potatoes Allumettes, Heirloom Baby Carrots, Côtes du Rhône & Black Truffle Demi-Reduction Côtes du Rhône Villages "Les Becs Fins", Tardieu-Laurent Cabernet Franc "Clau de Nell", Anne Claude Leflaive, Anjou DESSERT Roasted Peach & Almond Cream Crepes Tokaji "Mad Cuvee", Royal Tokaji, HU, 2012   
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Stop & Sip the Rosé

Rose WineThere's nothing quite as good as a chilled glass of rosé wine on a hot day!  Reputations can be tough to shed. Perhaps none are more stubborn than rosés. Why? The wine industry–by cranking out millions of bottles and casks of bland, too-sweet white zinfandel in the 1980s–did its best to kill the notion that pink wine can be a tasty, refreshing, refined drink. Rosé wines can be dry or sweet, with a rose pink color. Rosé is made in the same manner as white wine, but using red grapes. The bunches are picked and crushed, and depending on how long the juice and grape skins sit together in the tank, the more red color is passed on to the juice. The juice is then drained off and fermented separately. The manufacturing process and health benefits of a rosé wine are similar to those associated with white wines, including improved cardiovascular health and potent antioxidants! If you are ready to stop and sip the rosés, we invite you to join us for a special blind tasting this July! Blind Rosé Wine Tasting Tuesday, July 12, 2016 6.30 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar: The Tasting Room Join us to taste rosé wines from around the world. Only 20 seats are available. Please click here to register now.
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Upcoming Wine Tastings

Wine Glass & Bottle at SunsetPlease join us this summer for Michael's popular Open House Wine Tastings! These casual, walk-about wine tastings held on Saturday afternoons at Michael's Wine Cellar feature 50+ international wines. Admission is $10 for each event. Upcoming Wine Tastings: Saturday, July 9, 2016 2-4 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 2-4 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016 2-4 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 2-4 p.m.
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Sip & Shop in July

Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store Through the month of July, we invite you to "sip and shop" at Michael's Wine Cellar each Saturday afternoon. Saturday, July 2, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Matua, Marlborough, NZ, 2014 - $11.95 Rose “Esprit”, Chateau Gassier, Cotes de Provence, FR, 2015 - $17.95 Red Blend, Purple Heart, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 - $17.95 Zinfandel "Heritage Vines", Dry Creek Vineyard, CA, 2013 - $18.95 Saturday, July 16, 2016 Gavi di Gavi, La Caplana, Piedmont, IT, 2014 - $13.95 Chardonnay "Lamelle", Il Borro, Tuscany, IT, 2012 - $18.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Prelius, Tuscany, IT, 2014 - $16.95 Molise Rosso “Ramitello”, Di Majo Norante, IT, 2011 - $15.95 Saturday, July 23, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Bouchard Finlayson, Walker Bay, ZA, 2014 - $19.95 Chardonnay "Estate", Paul Cluver, Elgin, ZA, 2014 - $18.95 Red Blend "1682", Rustenberg, ZA, 2012 - $13.95 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Passages, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2012 - $16.95 Saturday, July 30, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc "Terrunyo", Concha Y Toro, Casablanca, CL, 2011 - $19.95 Chardonnay "High Mountain Vines", Catena, Mendoza, AR, 2013 - $17.95 Merlot "Select Terroir", Santa Ema, CL, 2014 - $9.95 Cabernet Sauvignon “Antiguas Reservas”, Cousino-Macul, Maipo Valley, CL, 2012 - $15.95 Of course, on Saturday, July 9, we invite you to join us for the Wine Cellar's monthly Open House Wine Tasting, 2-4 p.m.!
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French Wine Dinner

It's summertime in the Sarasota and time to enjoy a special evening out! Please join us as Michael's Wine Cellar hosts a magnificent French Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Wine Dinner Round Table FEATURED FRENCH WINES: Welcome Rose “Esprit”, Chateau Gassier, Cotes de Provence, France First Course Chablis “St. Martin”, Domaine Laroche, France Chablis Premier Cru "Les Vaillons", Domaine Laroche, France Second Course Pinot Noir "de la Chevaliere", Domaine Laroche, Beziers, France Moulin a Vent, Chateau Moulin a Vent, France Third Course Cote du Rhone Villages "Les Becs Fins", Tardieu-Laurent, France Cabernet Franc "Clau de Nell", Anne Claude Leflaive, Anjou, France Dessert Tokaji "Mad Cuvee", Royal Tokaji, HU, 2012 (375ml) $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. As with all of Michael's wine dinner events, reservations are required. Seating is limited.    
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Double Points through 6/18

Spirits for Father's Day - A Winning Gift for Dad!  WineCellar-Double Points Spirits Offer for Dad Earn DOUBLE GCCC POINTS on all Spirits from Michael's Wine Cellar the week prior to Father's Day, June 13-18, 2016. (Father's Day is Sunday, June 19 this year!) Why not upgrade your dad's bottle of MaCallan, introduce him to a new bottle of Bourbon or surprise him with a limited edition whiskey? We had originally planned to extend our Double Points offer exclusively on Brown Spirits, but we'd hate to see your dad left out if he's a gin or vodka type of guy. Pick-up a special bottle for DAD at Michael’s Wine Cellar and earn DOUBLE POINTS this week at Michael's Wine Cellar! Double Points offer valid in-store only, through Saturday, June 18, 2016. Not valid with any other offers. Of course, Michael's Gift Cards are always sure-to-please gifts for Dad as well. Click here to purchase a gift certificate online for dad, or stop in the Restaurant or Store to purchase in-person and hand-deliver to guarantee arrival by Father's Day.
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Limited Release: Pluribus Red Blend

The Michael's Wine Cellar team is pleased to announce another limited release wine, available only while supplies last through the store. Call 941-955-CORK (2675), stop in to shop in our retail wine store, or click here to purchase this wine online - quickly! Only six bottles are available of this limited release wine. Pluribus Red Blend WineRed Blend “Pluribus”, Bond Estate, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 $449.95 Tasting Notes: Pluribus expresses the character of an estate located at an elevation over 1,100 feet on the dramatic slopes of Spring Mountain. the name refers to the latin word for many, and was chosen to signify the various facets involved in creating a fine wine: from the sun, soil, and climate of a vineyard, to the team of people who guide a wine through its evolution. A breathtaking mountainous 7-acre site with steep exposures to the north, east and southeast, the soil is comprised of volcanic bedrock. Pluribus, which debuted in the 2003 vintage, is defined as a bold, rich and concentrated wine; elements of dark plum, roasted coffee, and scents of cedar are inherent throughout the vintages. Our enduring vision at BOND is to create a portfolio of wines that are diverse in their geographic representation and “Grand Cru” in quality, all under the umbrella of one philosophy, one team, one mark. Sourced from select hillside estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines of BOND vividly demonstrate the range of Napa Valley’s finest terroirs. From the more than sixty vineyards we have worked with over the past quarter century we have slowly and vigilantly selected five sites. BOND became our covenant and shared commitment to produce only the best expression of the land. The Wine Advocate (95+) “From a 7-acre parcel on Spring Mountain, the 2012 Pluribus Proprietary Red Wine exhibits the white flowers (acacia?), blueberry and black raspberry fruit that comes from this high elevation site. It is full-bodied but very tannic, backward, coiled and relatively tight, behaving in that sense more like a 2013 than a 2012. This wine is set for a long life of 30+ years. Forget it for another 4 or 5 years, then consume it over the following three decades.”
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Rhetoric 22 Year Bourbon

Featured-Items-Rhetoric-June2016We're pleased to announce another opportunity to buy a limited release Whiskey from the Store! Bourbon “Rhetoric”, Orphan Barrel, 22 Year, 750ml $129.95
Ten steps ahead in a dance of discourse, Rhetoric candy-coats and compels with equal amounts of art. Proper, eloquent, and poetic, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey speaks a language to which you could listen for hours. Each sip starts with a smoky, leathery nose that translates into vanilla oak, toasted rye, and dried fruits, and concludes with a long, full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate. 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.
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July 9 Wine Tasting

Wine Glass & Bottle at SunsetMichael's July Open House Wine Tasting is set for the SECOND Saturday of the month so we don't interfere with your holiday weekend plans of Independence Day weekend. Please join us on Saturday, July 9 for a relaxing Saturday afternoon at Michael's Wine Cellar as we feature 50+ international wines. July Open House Wine Tasting Saturday, June 9, 2016 2-4 p.m. $10/person
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Limited Release Products

The Michael's Wine Cellar team is pleased to announce two new (very!) limited release products available only while supplies last through the store.
Whiskey “Single Barrel” Michter’s US*1, 10 Year
$199.95 (750 ml) Only three bottles available! 
-Mature in age and truly exceptional in quality, Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon has earned its place as an enduring favorite of the most discerning whiskey connoisseurs. The “Best American Whiskey” according to Food & Wine magazine, our 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon represents the culmination of over a decade of patient aging in our specially chosen, new charred American white oak barrels.
Limited Release Whiskey and Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon “Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard”, Paul Hobbs,  St. Helena, CA, 2013 
$299.95 Only six bottles available!  Click here to purchase online.
Tasting Notes:
Sourced from hand selected blocks, this muscular cab shows concentrated notes of cassis and espresso with cool herbal aromas of lavender and wet earth. The brooding palate leads with blueberries, dark chocolate, and minerality. Finishing with stunning intensity, the polished tannins are complemented by graphite and hints of cigar box.
Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allows us to produce wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity. Paul Hobbs wines are fermented with native yeasts, aged in French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard has a Mission Haut-Brion-on-steroids character, as it seems to be all gravel pit. Loads of wet pebbles, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied opulence, and just a killer, skyscraper-like mouthfeel and stunning finish make for one of the most provocative and fabulous wines in this portfolio. Drink it over the next 25+ years. This is world-class and can stand up against anything made in 2013, as could the following wines as well.”
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Spanish Wine Dinner Menu

Spanish BodegaChef Jamil and Chef Catherine are pleased to release the menu for our Spanish Wine Dinner set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Robert Schafer of Classical Wines of Spain will be hosting this special event as he showcases highly-rated wines from his prized portfolio. Welcome
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres Duck Picadillo Empanada with Romesco Sauce Crispy Oyster Shooter with Yellow Tomato Gazpacho Chorizo & Shrimp Croquette with Smoked Paprika Aioli Cava “Extremarium”, Mont Marcal, ES, NV First Course Pan-Roasted Striped Bass  with Spiced Crawfish Bisque Butternut Squash Risotto Crispy Chorizo, Roasted Baby Carrots & Fava Beans Chardonnay “Barrel Fermented”, Principe de Viana, Navarra, ES Verdejo, Martinsancho, Rueda, ES Second Course Second Course Coriander-Crusted Breast of Duck Braised Pork Belly, Anise Carrot Purée,English Green Peas, Baby Artichoke & Pinos Manchuela Reduction Bobal “Old Vine”, 11 Pinos, Manchuela, ES Red Blend "C", Bodegas Carchelo, Jumilla, ES Third Course

Fennel-Crusted Colorado Rack of Lamb Truffled White Beans, Shiitake Mushroom Ragù, Roasted Parsnips, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Ribera del Duero Demi-Glace 

Tempranillo “Reserva”, Valenciso, Rioja, ES Tempranillo, Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero, ES Dessert 

Crème Caramel Black Mission Figs & Candied Fennel

Bodegas Toro Albala " Don PX Reserva", Monteilla-Moriles, ES, 1986 
$95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to register online now, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Held monthly under candlelight at Michael’s Wine Cellar, Michael’s Wine Dinners are extravagant, multi-course feasts paired with fine wines from around the world. Reservations are required as seating is limited for this special event.    
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June 4 Wine Tasting

Michael's Open House Wine TastingSchool's (almost) out for the summer and we think it's time for mom and dad to enjoy a relaxing Saturday afternoon at Michael's Wine Cellar! Please join us for Michael's next "Open House Wine Tasting," monthly casual, walk-about wine tastings featuring 50+ international wines! June Open House Wine Tasting Saturday, June 4, 2016 2-4 p.m. $10/person Click here for online reservations, or simply join us at the door.
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Spanish Wine Dinner

Please join us for Michael's first wine dinner of the summer!  Michael's Wine Cellar will host a magnificent Spanish Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Wine Dinner Round Table FEATURED SPANISH WINES: Welcome Cava “Extremarium”, Mont Marcal, ES, NV First Course Chardonnay “Barrel Fermented”, Principe de Viana, Navarra, ES Verdejo, Martinsancho, Rueda, ES Second Course Bobal “Certified Organic- Old Vine”, 11 Pinos, Manchuela, ES Red Blend "C", Bodegas Carchelo, Jumilla, ES Third Course Tempranillo “Reserva”, Valenciso, Rioja, ES Tempranillo, Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero, ES Dessert Bodegas Toro Albala " Don PX Reserva", Monteilla-Moriles, ES, 1986 $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to register online now, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Held monthly under candlelight at Michael’s Wine Cellar, Michael’s Wine Dinners are extravagant, multi-course feasts paired with fine wines from around the world. Reservations are required as seating is limited for this special event.    
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Wine Tasting VIPs

SPECIAL GUESTS ALERT! AnthonyOliveHamiltonRussellAnthony & Olive Hamilton Russell of South Africa's Hamilton Russell Vineyards will be pouring their prized Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at this weekend's Open House Wine Tasting! Join us in the Wine Cellar, 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, May 14. Admission is $10/person. Click here for online reservations or simply join us at the door.
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Rosé Wines for Mom

Rose WineMichael's talking rosé wine on Suncoast View this afternoon. If you think mom would appreciate pink wines more than pink roses, stop by the Store to pick up a special bottle for mom today or tomorrow! Many of Michael's picks are available for under $20 from Michael's Wine Cellar.
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Sip & Shop in May

Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store Through the month of May, we invite you to "sip and shop" at Michael's Wine Cellar each Saturday afternoon. Sip & Shop on Saturday, May 7, 2016 Trebbiano "San Benedetto", Zenato, Lugana, IT, 2013 - $12.95 Arneis "Blange", Ceretto, Langhe, IT, 2013 - $19.95 Molise Rosso “Ramitello”, Di Majo Norante, IT, 2011 - $15.95 Sangiovese, Alverdi, Rubicone, IT, 2014 - $9.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, May 21, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Honig Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2014 - $16.95 Chardonnay, Reata, Carneros, CA, 2012 - $19.95 Merlot "Bench Vineyards”, Pedroncelli, Dry Creek Valley, CA, 2013 - $14.95 Zinfandel “Old Vine”, XYZin, CA, 2013 - $14.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, May 28, 2016 Moscatel Seco "Botani", Jorge Ordonez, ES, 2011 - $17.95 Albarino, Legado del Conde, Rias Baixas, ES, 2012 - $15.95 Granacha "Old Vines", Breca Garnacha de Fuego, Calatayud, ES, 2013 - $9.95 Tempranillo "Dehesa La Granja", Alejandro Fernandez, ES, 2007 - $19.95 Of course, on Saturday, May 14, we invite you to join us for the Wine Cellar's monthly Open House Wine Tasting. Admission is $10 per person for this casual, walk-about tasting featuring 50+ international wines.  Click here for directions to Michael's Wine Cellar. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday. For the convenience of shopping 24 hours a day online, simply click here to shop our web store.
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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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May 14 Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting Guests at Michael's Wine Cellar Michael's monthly Open House Wine Tasting will be held the SECOND Saturday in May. (Regulars, please make note in your calendars!) Please join us in the Wine Cellar for this casual, walk-about tasting featuring 50+ international wines. May Open House Wine Tasting Saturday, May 14, 2016 2-4 p.m. $10/person Click here for online reservations, or simply join us at the door. We hope you'll be able to attend Sarasota's favorite wine tasting!
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Sip & Shop in April

Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store Through the end of April, we invite you to "sip and shop" at Michael's Wine Cellar each Saturday afternoon. Sip & Shop on Saturday, April 16 Rose “Pinot Noir”, Balletto, Russian River Valley, CA, 2015 Chardonnay “Estate”, Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA, 2013 - $16.95 Chardonnay, Martin Ray, Russian River Valley, CA, 2014 - $17.95 Pinot Noir, Inman Family, Russian River Valley, CA, 2011 - $19.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, April 23 Sauvignon Blanc "Game Reserve" Graham Beck, ZA, 2014 - $19.95 Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2011 - $16.95 Red Blend "Babel", Babylonstoren, ZA, 2013 - $18.95 Pinotage, Passages, Coastal Region, ZA, 2014 - $16.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, April 30 Rose “Vinha Grande”, Casa Ferreirinha, Douro, PT, 2014 - $16.95 Torrontes "Series A", Zuccardi, Salta, AR, 2013 - $13.95 Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2014 - $14.95 Carmenere “Casa”, Lapostolle, CL, 2013 - $12.95 - $12.95 Of course, on Saturday, May 14, we invite you to join us for the Wine Cellar's monthly Open House Wine Tasting. Admission is $10 per person for this casual, walk-about tasting featuring 50+ international wines.  Click here for directions to Michael's Wine Cellar. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday. For the convenience of shopping 24 hours a day online, simply click here to shop our web store.
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Chardonnay Blind Tasting

ChardonnayOn Tuesday, May 10, Michael's Wine Cellar invites you to a Blind Tasting of Chardonnays from around the World. This special class lead by our own Robin Schwartz will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.! Please register now and join us to taste six different Chardonnays from six different locations around the globe. Admission is $20 per person. Click here to register online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229.
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239