Riesling Class

We continue our monthly series of special tasting events in the Wine Cellar into the fall with a Riesling "Class" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13. Featured Wines: Riesling-Dry "Selenium Vineyard", Pacific Rim, Yakima Valley, WA, 2013 Riesling, Trimbach, Alsace, FR, 2012 Riesling "Lenz", Fred Loimer, Kamptal, AT, 2012 Riesling "Scharzhofberger Spatlese", Bischofliche Weinguter, DE, 2012 Riesling “H”, Dr. Hermann, Mosel, DE, 2013 Riesling Kabinett “Estate Bottled”, Thomas Schmitt, DE, 2014 Admission is $25 per person. Reservations are required as space is limited. Click here for reservations.  
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Conte della Vipera

ContedellaViperaOur team at Michael's Wine Cellar is thrilled to present you a special offer from the Antinori family! Castello della Sala ‘Conte della Vipera’ 2013 $24.95 A perfect blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon! Refreshing and vibrant, this wine with high acidity and no malolactic fermentation is perfect for our warm Florida summer days. Click here to purchase online. (Note: This wine is expected to be available by mid-August.) Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: 90 Points The 2013 Conte della Vipera is another delicious wine from the Antinori family (owners of Castello della Sala). This blended white shows very nicely in this vintage with stone fruit, white almond, yellow rose and fresh summer peach. In the mouth, the wine delivers medium texture, creamy consistency and a long finish. Conte della Vipera never skips a beat. It should hold for the next five years. Interesting Facts from Our Friends at Castello della Sala This "Conte della Vipera" wine is named after the first owners of Castello della Sala. The wine label depicts the chapel of St. John, built in the XV century and located in the territory of the Castello della Sala. The first issue of the wine took place in 1997. "Conte della Vipera" is made from Sauvignon Blanc with a little Semillon grown in vineyards, which are located at an altitude of 250 to 350 meters above sea level, on the basis of the rich deposits of marine fossils with infiltration of clay minerals. This terroir allows the harvest of Sauvignon Blanc with a good sugar concentration and the maximum expression of the varietal aroma and flavor with hints of minerals and fruits. The 2013 season was marked by frequent and abundant rainfall during all phases of vegetation and subsequent warm weather without the excessive heat. Unlike previous years, the maturation of the grapes was gradual and ended a little later than usual. The Sauvignon Blanc was harvested during the first ten days of September, while the Semillon was removed from the vines in late September, two weeks later than usual. Harvested grapes showed excellent health, fine acidity and excellent varietal flavor. Immediately after hand-picking the grapes has been sent to the winery, where it is cooled by means of a conveyor with cold water. This process is important to preserve aromas of grapes. After soft pressing musts was again cooled at 10 ° C for natural decantation. Fermentation tanks of stainless steel was held at a controlled temperature not exceeding 16 ° C. Then the wine is stored at low temperature (10 ° C) to prevent the malolactic fermentation and preserving the greatest extent possible varietal character grapes.
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Pinotage: South Africa's Grape Varietal As explained by our friends at Wine Access, Pinotage is a recent addition to the wine world, having been created in South Africa in 1925, by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I Perold. Perold crossed the Pinot Noir and Cinsaut grapes with the aim of acquiring the best qualities of both parents: classic Pinot Noir flavors with a bountiful crop from sturdy, disease resistant vines. Pinotage is a versatile and food-friendly wine. If you haven't had the opportunity to explore food pairings at one of our specialty South African wine dinners and menus at Michael's On East, we suggest pairing Pinotage with robust Mediterranean dishes, Cape Malay-spiced lamb chops, blackened fish, charcuterie, or even foods with plenty of spice such as curry dishes.Michael's Wine Cellar's own Robin Schwartz first came across Pinotage while living in New Zealand years ago. (Kiwis love their South African wines when not drinking wines from their native country!) Robin participated in a full-day wine trip while she was vacationing in South Africa, stopping by and loving the wines from Fairview Vineyards. In fact, she bought a few bottles of the Fairview Vineyards Pinotage to take home with back then. Luckily for Robin, today we carry the wines from Fairview Vineyards in the store at Michael's Wine Cellar, which are also available for purchase online. We hope you'll stop in the retail shop or try ordering a bottle of the Fairview Vineyards Pinotage from our online wine shop today. Pinotage-LanzeracInterestingly, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is known as the home to the first bottled Pinotage. Steeped in a history dating back to 1692, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the majestic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch in South Africa. If you are ready to try South Africa's original grape varietal IN South Africa, please join us in the summer of 2017 for the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club's "A Taste of Africa" trip escorted by Michael and Terri Klauber of Michael's On East and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International.) The Lanzerac Wine Estate is just one of numerous winery experiences available during this exclusive food and wine-focused and luxury safari journey.
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Wine Pairings in the Restaurant

PortWineGlassesEach month, the culinary team at Michael's On East is challenged to design a unique menu inspired by the world's most exotic food (and wine!) destination as our wine specialists at Michael's Wine Cellar work hard to select perfect wine pairings for the featured menus. The following wines will be featured in the Restaurant this August, hand-selected to be paired with Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine's Indonesian Epicurean Adventure. Viognier/Chenin Blanc/Grenache Blanc, The Wolftrap, ZA, 2012 Complex flavors of fruit blossom, dried fruit and spice. Rich creamy texture with some minerality and elegant oak nuances. Balanced natural acidity with concentrated flavors that lingers on the palate. Pinot Noir "Light Horse", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA, 2013 This deep garnet Pinot Noir showcases ripe cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromatics that commingle with anise, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. Sumptuous red berry flavors blossom on the palate, while supple acidity and silken tannins contribute to the wine’s innate elegance.
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New Rose: Domaine Tempier

Rose domaine tempier bandolThere's a reason it's called "Michael's Wine Cellar." Michael Klauber himself, our legendary Co-Proprietor who has served as a wine judge and international wine merchant for 30 years, still has his hand - and trusted palate - in the wine buying process for our boutique wine store. This summer, Michael directed our wine specialists to bring in "the grandfather of all rosé wine." Allow our team to introduce you to this fine rosé from one of the most famous estates for rosé in Provence, France. Rose, Domaine Tempier, Bandol, FR, 2015 $42.95 (Click here to purchase online.)
Tasting Notes
The presence of Mourvedre gives this wine its strong character, balance and complexity. An intense fruit and floral nose make this an attractive rosé.The palate is rounded and full with fruity aromas of peach and pomegranate, followed by delicate spice notes and a pleasant freshness created by acidic balance and complexity.
Domain Tempier Bandol Rose Located in the heart of the Bandol terrior, Domaine Tempier was already in existence during the reign of Louis XV (1715-74). The house was built in 1834 and the estate gained recognition in 1885 when it won its first gold medal. The architect of this rebirth in the wake of the phylloxera epidemic that had devastated France's vineyards was Leonie Tempier, who replanted the vines on rootstocks and in 1880 had a barrel cellar and cement fermentation tanks built. The grapes used for this rosé come from selected parcels where the vines are on average 20 years old.
Wine Spectator (91 Points)
“Bright white cherry and watermelon rind notes are pure and racy, gaining a light savory hint through the finish and showing an echo of white pepper. Pure, with latent depth, this should go into reserve for fall and winter drinking. Drink now through 2017.”
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Sip & Shop in August

Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store Through the month of August, we invite you to "sip and shop" at Michael's Wine Cellar each Saturday afternoon. Sip & Shop on Saturday, August 13, 2016 Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2014 - $9.95 Cotes du Rhone Blanc "Perrin Reserve", Perrin & Fils, FR, 2015 - $11.95 Cotes du Rhone, Saint-Cosme, Rhone Valley, FR, 2014 - $14.95 Cotes du Roussillon “Le Petit Pas”, Mas Janeil, FR, 2014 - $16.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, August 20, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc "East Side", Pedroncelli, Sonoma County, CA, 2014 - $12.95 Chardonnay, Ferrari-Carano, Sonoma, CA, 2013 - $19.95 Zinfandel "Romanzo Moon", Lapis Luna, Lodi CA, 2012 - $14.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Uppercut, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 - $18.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, August 27, 2016 Albarino, Burgans, Rias Baixas, ES, 2014 - $13.95 Chardonnay "High Mountain Vines", Catena, Mendoza, AR, 2013 - $17.95 Red Blend “Perlita”, DiamAndes, Mendoza, AR, 2014 - $13.95 Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2014 - $14.95 Of course, on Saturday, August 6, 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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Glenmorangie Dinner

Glenmorangie Original Bottle Please join us for our first whisky dinner at Michael’s Wine Cellar! Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner  Thursday, August 4, 2016 6:30 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Hosted by Glenmorangie Ambassador Clarke Boyer Enjoy chef-inspired food pairings accompanying Glenmorangie products including: Original, Extra Matured Range, Signet and 18 Year. Admission is $125 per person and each attendee will receive a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 Year to take home. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please click here to view the complete menu and make online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to register via phone.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GLENMORANGIE DIRECTLY FROM THE SOURCE: THE TALLEST STILLS Our stills are the tallest in Scotland. Their long copper necks stand at 16ft 10 1/4 inches (the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe!) Which means that only the very purest vapors make it to the top, giving a smoother, more elegant whisky. THE FINEST CASKS At Glenmorangie we select the nest oak casks in which to mature our whisky. But that’s not all because we then only use each cask twice for Original (whilst many others use their up to ve or six times), this ensures that the maximum amount of avor is always extracted during maturation, delivering a rounder and more complex taste. Glenmorangie has been pioneering the technique of extra maturation in order to perfect the different nishes of our whiskies and bring new avors to our range. THE MEN OF TAIN Glenmorangie’s story is not just about whisky, it’s also about people. The 16 Men of Tain are proof of this. Entrusted with the secrets of our distillery, the men use their dedication, skill and attention to ensure Glenmorangie is the most outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whisky. There was a time when the Men of Tain would queue up for a daily dram of whisky with their lunch. Huddled together they would pass around a metal cup - blackened through constant use - and share a joke at the expense of one of the lads. This tradition is still fondly remembered by some of our more long serving men.
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Whisky Dinner

Michael’s Wine Cellar will host its first-ever five-course whisky dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016! Hosted by Glenmorangie Ambassador Clarke Boyer, this Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner will feature chef-inspired food pairings accompanying Glenmorangie products including: Original, Extra Matured Range, Signet and 18 Year. Glenmorangie is a well-recognized Single Malt Scotch brand founded in 1843 in the Highland town of Tain in Scotland. Admission is $125 per person and each attendee will receive a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 Year to take home. (Yes! You read that correctly!) Space is limited and reservations are required. Please click here to view the complete menu and make online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to register via phone.
CLARKE-BOYER-Glenmorangie Dinner HostCLARKE BOYER An expert in the industry, Clarke Boyer is the Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador for the Southeast region. While earning his BA at the University of Denver, Clarke began his 15 year career within the spirits industry as a bartender. After taking a 500-mile cycle tour throughout Scotland, Clarke began a 6 year tenure as a distiller and blender. Most recently, Clarke worked in market management with William Grand & Sons and Campari USA. A huge advocate for Scotland and single malt whisky, Clarke brings a breadth of knowledge to the Southeast region This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

White Wine Glass GrapesPlease join us for our next specialty wine tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Tuesday nights are the perfect night for educational and fun wine events at your favorite boutique wine store! Blind Tasting of Sauvignon Blanc Wines from Around the World Tuesday, August 9, 2016 6:30 p.m. $20 per person Seating is limited to just 20 guests. Please click here to register now for this Sauvignon Blanc Tasting. 
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Old Scout Smooth Ambler

Smooth AmblerSmooth Ambler Spirits won two awards at Whiskey Magazine's 2016 World Whiskies Awards in New York held earlier this year. Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon received a Gold Medal for the category, and Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon was awarded "Best Single Barrel Bourbon in the World" by an international panel of judges comprised of leading journalists, whiskey enthusiasts, and world renowned retailers and bartenders. Our team at Michael's Wine Cellar reports that they love the Smooth Ambler because is one of our featured Bourbons which is truly created "grain to glass." Stop in the store to pick-up a bottle, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. One of the fine merchant-bottled spirits Smooth Ambler has brought to market in unique and authentic ways, Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon celebrates the West Virginia distillery's efforts to provide spirits, hailing from their home state, that are worthy of being symbols of high quality all over the world. Truly hand selected, blended in small batches, never chill-filtered, and bottled at a healthy drinking proof of 99 (or higher for the barrel proof Single Barrel) the spirits Smooth Ambler curates are designed to provide maximum drinkability, utmost nuance, and refreshing transparency in labeling; acknowledging the skill and talent of their origin-distillery while reflecting Smooth Ambler's approach to market. Spirits from Smooth Ambler are available in 33 markets throughout the United States, as well as 8 markets overseas, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and France. About Smooth Ambler Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits set out to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients. Located in the rural Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, Smooth Ambler produces world-class spirits with state-of-the-art distillery equipment in conjunction with the natural resources of the region; high-valley mountain air, crisp, clean water, ideal temperature variations, and friendly folks. Complementing their exceptional line of WV-made Appalachian Spirits is that of their Artisan Merchant Bottled products. From time to time in their travels they come across great spirits – not of their making, but of their liking – that might not otherwise be brought to market. In homage to the centuries-old Scotch & Irish practice of independent bottling, Smooth Ambler takes these exceptional products under their care and once in West Virginia, they are further cultivated and then bottled faithfully and honestly. The finest in Appalachian Whiskey & Spirits, Smooth Ambler is "The Spirit of WV"!
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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.”
Wine Advocate (100)
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Sarasota, FL 34239