Hamilton Russell Vineyards Dinner

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. Please join us for our next event! Hamilton Russell Vineyards (South African) Wine Dinner Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity  This wine dinner will be hosted Winery Proprietors Anthony & Olive Hamilton Russell who will be traveling from South Africa for our event! AnthonyOliveHamiltonRussellAnthony Hamilton Russell took over Hamilton Russell Vineyards from the founder, Tim Hamilton Russell, in 1991. Anthony narrowed the winery's focus to Pinot noir and Chardonnay only and registered Hamilton Russell Vineyards as an Estate, committing to work only with grapes from their terroir. Anthony with his wife Olive along with their winemaking and viticultural teams are completely dedicated to expressing the personality of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir in their wines. Tiny yields and intense worldwide demand keep the elegant, highly individual, Estate grown Pinot noir and Chardonnay in very short supply. Anthony & Olive look forward to offering you the following featured wines from their portolio during this special five-course South African Wine Dinner: Welcome 2015 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc First Course 2015 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2008 Ashbourne Sandstone Second Course 2014 Southern Right Pinotage 2008 Ashbourne Third Course 2014 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2007 Ashbourne  Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to register via phone. (Phone reservations are available Monday through Friday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Reservations are required as seating is limited. 
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Featured Whiskies

WhiskeyFollowing the popular Whiskey Obsession Festival, Michael's Wine Cellar is thrilled to host a special Whiskey Tasting - featuring the BEST OF The Whiskey Obsession Festival - at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Here are the select spirits offered at this special tasting, recognized as just a few of the "best of!" Scotch, Aberlour A’Bunadh Bourbon “Ocean”, Jefferson’s Whiskey "Pecan", William Wolf Whiskey "Diamond Peak", Stranahan, Colorado Whiskey "Straight Rye", Michter's US*1, 750ml Bourbon "Double Oaked", Woodford Reserve Click here to register for the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival Whiskey Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $25 per person and reservations are required.
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Best of Whiskey

WhiskeyOur team looks forward to hosting the Grand Tasting of the Fourth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival on Friday, April 1 in the Ballroom. Click here for details and tickets to the Whiskey Obsession Festival, and prepare to explore hundreds of fine spirits from Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, France, and the US! Following the popular Whiskey Obsession Festival, Michael's Wine Cellar will host a special Whiskey Tasting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The intimate tasting will feature select spirits recognized as the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival's Grand Tasting set for Friday, April 1. Click here to register for the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival Whiskey Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $25 per person and reservations are required.
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April Events

ChardonnayEnjoy a Bordeaux Wine Tasting, casual Saturday afternoon Wine Tasting or the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival this April at Michael's Wine Cellar. The Michael's On East culinary team is challenged to design five-course menus inspired by exquisite wines each month for its popular wine dinner events. This month, lovers of French wines will rejoice as Michael Klauber himself hosts a Bordeaux Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $125, plus tax and gratuity, per person and reservations are required as space is limited. Click here to register. It's also almost time for another Open House Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. But regulars, need to pay attention to the calendar this April. Michael's April Open House Wine Tasting will be held on the SECOND Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Admission is $10 per person. Click here to register. Following the popular Whiskey Obsession Festival, Michael's Wine Cellar will host a special Whiskey Tasting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The intimate tasting will feature select spirits recognized as the "Best of" the Whiskey Obsession Festival's Grand Tasting set for Friday, April 1. Admission is $25 per person and reservations are required. Click here to register.
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4/2 Wine Dinner Menu

Michael-BordeauxWe are thrilled to announce the featured menu and wines for our Bordeaux Wine Dinner - hosted by Michael Klauber himself! Saturday, April 2, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Featured Wines & Menu: PASSED HOR D'OEUVRES Grilled Prosciutto Wraps with Stilton, Pears & Endives Tuna Crudo with Fresh Gooseberries & Ginger-Scallion Vinaigrette Blue Crab Fritters with Stone Ground Mustard Aioli Champagne Pommery "Brut Apanage", NV FIRST COURSE Butter Poached Maine Lobster Scallion-Farro Risotto, Young Peas, Roasted Butternut Squash, Foie Gras Nage & Crispy Salsify Root Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Leognan, 2010   SECOND COURSE  Pan-Roasted Maple Leaf Duck Breast Baby Turnips, Pearl Onions, Sautéed Trumpet Mushrooms, Truffle Pommes Purée & Porcini Crème Aü Jüs Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc, 2010 Chateau de Chambrun, Lalande-De-Pomerol, 2010   THIRD COURSE  Black Pepper-Crusted Bison Loin Mashed Cauliflower, Thyme-Buttered Heirloom Baby Carrots, Braised Cipollini Onions, Fava Beans, & Bordeaux Demi-Glace Chateau La Dame de Montrose, St. Estephe, 2009 Chateau Les Pagodes de Cos, St. Estephe, 2009   DESSERT Apricot Tian & Peach with Almond Cream Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2010 Click here or call for reservations as this event is expected to sell-out quickly: 941-366-0007, ext. 229. $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity
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Bordeaux Wine Dinner

Michael-BordeauxMichael's extravagant five-course wine dinners are often hosted by visiting winemakers, but some of our most popular events are hosted by a true Bordeaux expert: our own Michael Klauber. Please join us for a special Bordeaux Wine Dinner featuring fabulous wines from top vintages - hosted by Michael himself! Saturday, April 2, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Featured Wines: Welcome: Champagne Pommery "Brut Apanage", NV First Course: Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Leognan, 2010 RP: 90pts Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Leognan, 2010 RP: 94pts Second Course: Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc, 2010 RP: 93pts Chateau de Chambrun, Lalande-De-Pomerol, 2010 RP: 93pts Third Course: Chateau La Dame de Montrose, St. Estephe, 2009 RP: 91pts Chateau Les Pagodes de Cos, St. Estephe, 2009 RP: 94pts Dessert: Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2010 RP: 94-96pts Click here or call for reservations as this event is expected to sell-out quickly: 941-366-0007, ext. 229. $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity
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Debut Vintage of Ulysses

PRE-SELL FOR NEW CHRISTIAN MOUEIX ESTATE: ULYSSES Ulysses Wine Pre SaleWe are thrilled to offer wine lovers a special pre-sell opportunity to purchase “Ulysses,” the New Napa Estate of Christian Moueix of Chateau Petrus and Dominus. Contact Michael’s Wine Cellar (941-366-0007, ext. 249) to secure your bottles ($169.95) of the debut vintage! Very limited. The wine, estate bottled, calls to mind “authenticity, purity and radiance.” Ulysses is a distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It should be decanted prior to serving. Our first vintage, Ulysses 2012, is a finely sculpted wine with elegance and lift. "The 2012s are so delicious to drink now and they really are crowd pleasers in every sense of the word." - James Suckling, 97 Points "I had the privilege to taste this new estate vineyard wine from Christian Moueix several months before the 2012 would be released. Moueix purchased the old Schmidt Ranch, which is just to the north of his iconic Napanook vineyard. The AVA is different, as he is on the southern border of the Oakville appellation. This is pure valley floor soil with great drainage, just to the south of Martha's Vineyard and the famous To Kalon of both Mondavi and Andy Beckstoffer. Several vintages have been made, but not yet released. The first official release is the 2012. This is a completely different style of wine than those produced at Dominus. While the property is much smaller (40 acres vs. the very large Napanook vineyard), a similar élevage is employed, with 40% to 50% new French oak, and bottling after the wine spends 20 months in wood. Moueix told me that the site, even though it is so close to Napanook, is warmer in the summer by several degrees and colder in the winter, Additionally, the soils are deeper. What Moueix has done is produce a wine that is in complete contrast to Dominus. The wines of Dominus are known for their silky complexity, and even though there is virtually no Merlot in any of the top vintages, they always have an almost Pomerol-like lushness and opulence. Ulysses, on the other hand, is a Napa version of a first or second growth Pauillac. The crème de cassis, the licorice, the purity and the graphite notes are present in all three of these vintages, just in varying degrees." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 93 Points
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March 5 Tasting

Wine Glass & Bottle at SunsetTis the season for visitors! From family and friends taking advantage of our gorgeous weather for the entire season, to nieces, nephews or grandkids visiting during spring break, it's time to find new "house wines" to entertain at your place. Join us tomorrow, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 in the Wine Cellar, to taste dozens of international wines and discover a few new favorites to take home. Click here to register online in advance, or simply join us at the door. Admission is $10 per person.
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Wine Dinner Menu

Jamieson Ranch VineyardsWe're thrilled to announce the menu for next Saturday's Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Wine Dinner set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Michael's Wine Cellar! Admission is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make wine dinner reservations, click here or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Wine Dinner Menu & Featured Wines  Passed Hors d’Oeuvres Shrimp Ceviche Cara-Cara Orange, Heart of Palm, Meyer Lemon & Avocado Parfait Ahi Tuna Tartare Fresh Ginger, Cracked Black Pepper, Blood Orange Olive Oil Crispy Pork Chicharon Taco Cilantro-Marinated White Onions on Corn Tortillas Prosecco, LaLuca, Veneto, IT, NV   First Course Pan-Seared California Halibut Fava Beans, Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnuts & Parsnip Hash Braised Pork Belly, Crispy Shallots & Roasted Garlic Seafood Nage Sauvignon Blanc “Silver Spur”, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Napa Valley Chardonnay “Egan Vineyard”, Reata, Sonoma Coast   Second Course Syrah-Braised Kobe Beef Short Rib Artisan White Grits, Crispy Baby Artichokes, Green Peas, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & White Truffled Demi-Glace Pinot Noir, Reata, Sonoma Coast Red Blend “Whiplash” Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Third Course   Porcini-Crusted Lamb Tenderloin Trumpet Mushrooms, White Bean Purée, Carrot Emulsion, Crisp Salsify & Thyme Cabernet Demi-Reduction Cabernet Sauvignon "Double Lariat", Jamieson Ranch, Napa Valley Zinfandel “Whiplash”, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Lodi   Dessert   Milk Chocolate & Chestnut Cream Macaron Candied Orange Peel, Poached Figs & Grand Marnier Anglaise Port, Delaforce “LBV”, 2008
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Limited Release Whiskey

OrphanBarrel-TheGiftedHorseLimited Release Whiskey: The Gifted Horse from Orphan Barrel The Store has obtained another limited release whiskey from Orphan Barrel! Call or stop in the Wine Cellar ASAP to purchase one of six bottles available of “The Gifted Horse.” (Available for $99.95/bottle.) Here's how this exclusive bottle came to be, from our friends at Orphan Barrel: As we were preparing our next Orphan Barrel release, the unthinkable happened, we made a whopper of a mistake, emptying barrels of much younger whiskey into a batch of beautiful 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. With bated breath, we tasted this monumental blunder… and quickly agreed this was one gift horse we shouldn’t look in the mouth. With a final balance of roughly 39% 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ad 61% 4-year-old Corn Whiskey and Indiana Bourbon Whiskey, this unusual blend has aromas of apple skins, almond and toffee, and tasty hints of cream caramel, oak resin and bosc pear. Our gaffe is your gift. We hope you’ll agree that this happy mistake created something surprisingly special.
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Dominus Signed Bottle

DominusAn exclusive bottle will be available at the auction for this special event! Purchase your dinner tickets now and be prepared to bid on a bottle of Dominus, signed by Christian Moueix.  An absolute dream for wine collectors! Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation Event: Tasting of the MMD Legends An exclusive wine dinner set for March 10, 2016 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Featured Menu & Wines:
Les Amuse Bouche Grilled Octopus & Fingerling Potato Hash with Quail Egg & Salmon Roe Ahi Tuna Lollipop with Sweet Ginger-Soy Vinaigrette & Toasted Pistachios Rosemary Skewered Beef Tenderloin with Moroccan BBQ Sauce Port-Braised Mission Figs with Truffle Goat Cheese, Panzanella Crumbs & Pomegranate Louis Roederer Rosé 2010 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2009 Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Le Dinner Butter Poached Maine Lobster Black Truffle Arancini, Heirloom Baby Carrots, Confit Teardrop Tomatoes & Turmeric Cray Fish Bisque Garnished with Crispy Taro Louis Roederer "Cristal" 2006 Pan-Seared California Halibut Vegetable & White Bean Ratatouille, Cauliflower-Sorrel Purée & Mote Sturgeon Caviar Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly-Fumé 2009 Domaines Ott Blanc de Blancs 2013 Fennel Spiced Venison Loin Anise-Orange Carrot Puree, Thyme-Scented Seared Trumpet Mushroom, Sweet Potato Allumettes, Grilled Baby Zucchini, Buttered Salsify Root & Shiraz Demi-Glaze Dominus Estate 2011 Pio Cesare Barolo 2011 Goat Cheese Brûlée Dried Fruit Phyllo Sachet Dark Chocolate-Grand Marnier Truffle & Milk Chocolate-Hazelnut Truffle
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Winery Profile: Jamieson Ranch

Winery Profile: Jamieson Ranch Vineyards -Jamieson Ranch VineyardsJamieson Ranch Vineyards is the southernmost winery in the Napa Valley, one of the world’s foremost winemaking regions. The estate’s more than 300 acres of gently rolling hills and terraced vineyards benefit from the cooling fog and breezes from the nearby San Pablo Bay, climatic conditions that favor the production of exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The unique architecture of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards is reminiscent of a majestic western mountain lodge, replete with soaring ceilings, seating around a cozy fireplace, an observation gallery overlooking the barrel room and production area, and a spectacular wraparound veranda that affords sweeping views of the Napa Valley and San Pablo Bay. Wines on Tap JRV is the first winery in Napa to offer wines on tap and refillable growlers. The growlers are a full liter in a stylishly branded, returnable, refillable and environmentally-friendly container. Jamieson Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Reata Pinot Noir and Reata Chardonnay are now available on tap, and can be purchased by the glass on-site, or taken home in in a signature growler. Prices vary based on varietal. JRV’s Light Horse Foundation In an effort to enrich the lives of people in need, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards established a charitable foundation in 2013. The guiding principal of the Light Horse Foundation is our belief that individual actions, taken consistently over time, can affect major change. That is why we focus on grassroots organizations by donating a percentage of profits from the sale of our Light Horse wines, with a minimum annual commitment of $50,000, to this foundation. Ready to taste for yourself? Please join us for a Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Wine Dinner on Saturday, March 5. Click here for more details, featured wines and reservations for this special event at Michael's Wine Cellar.
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Jamieson Ranch Wine Dinner

Jamieson Ranch VineyardsMichael's Wine Cellar will host an extravagant Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Featured wines will include: * Prosecco, LaLuca, Veneto, IT, NV * Sauvignon Blanc “Silver Spur”, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA * Chardonnay “Egan Vineyard”, Reata, Sonoma Coast, CA * Pinot Noir, Reata, Sonoma Coast, CA * Red Blend “Whiplash” Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA * Cabernet Sauvignon "Double Lariat", Jamieson Ranch, Napa Valley, CA * Zinfandel “Whiplash”, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Lodi, CA * Port, Delaforce “LBV”, 2008 Admission is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make wine dinner reservations, click here or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Michael’s Wine Dinners are extravagant, multi-course feasts paired with fine wines from around the world and visiting wine personalities. Our wine specialists select each wine, and our culinary staff creates a menu to complement the intricate layers of the wines.
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Blind Cabernet Tasting

Bordeaux Wine GrapesPlease join us at Michael's Wine Cellar for a special wine tasting event: A Blind Tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon from Around the World! Tuesday, March 8, 2016 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This special class will offer a tasting of four Cabernet Sauvignons from different locations around the globe as attendees learn how the environment of each region effects the grapes. Admission is $20 per person and reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Light bites will be available. Click here to make reservations online now or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229.
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Grapes of Humanity Menu & Wines

  GrapesofHumanityWineDinnerGrapes for Humanity Global Foundation Event: Tasting of the MMD Legends An exclusive wine dinner set for March 10, 2016 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Featured Menu & Wines:
Les Amuse Bouche Grilled Octopus & Fingerling Potato Hash with Quail Egg & Salmon Roe Ahi Tuna Lollipop with Sweet Ginger-Soy Vinaigrette & Toasted Pistachios Rosemary Skewered Beef Tenderloin with Moroccan BBQ Sauce Port-Braised Mission Figs with Truffle Goat Cheese, Panzanella Crumbs & Pomegranate Louis Roederer Rosé 2010 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2009 Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Le Dinner Butter Poached Maine Lobster Black Truffle Arancini, Heirloom Baby Carrots, Confit Teardrop Tomatoes & Turmeric Cray Fish Bisque Garnished with Crispy Taro Louis Roederer "Cristal" 2006 Pan-Seared California Halibut Vegetable & White Bean Ratatouille, Cauliflower-Sorrel Purée & Mote Sturgeon Caviar Ladoucette Baron de L Pouilly-Fumé 2009 Domaines Ott Blanc de Blancs 2013 Fennel Spiced Venison Loin Anise-Orange Carrot Puree, Thyme-Scented Seared Trumpet Mushroom, Sweet Potato Allumettes, Grilled Baby Zucchini, Buttered Salsify Root & Shiraz Demi-Glaze Dominus Estate 2011 Pio Cesare Barolo 2011 Goat Cheese Brûlée Dried Fruit Phyllo Sachet Dark Chocolate-Grand Marnier Truffle & Milk Chocolate-Hazelnut Truffle
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2/6 Wine Tasting

FebruaryWineTasting-Love-Red This Saturday at Michael's Wine Cellar! Bring your Valentine along for a relaxing Saturday afternoon together, or stop by to select a select bottle for your Valentine's Day celebrations later this month. February Open House Wine Tasting Saturday, February 6, 2016 2-4 p.m. $10/person Featured Wines: Table 1 Transatlantic Wines Champagne "Brut", Laurent-Perrier, FR, NV Fume Blanc, Dry Creek Vineyard, Sonoma County, CA, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Emmolo Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Shiraz/Viognier, Terlato - Chapoutier, Victoria, AU, 2012 Syrah, Qupe, Central Coast, CA, 2012 Zinfandel "Heritage Vines", Dry Creek Vineyard, CA, 2013 Table 2 LTD Wines Rose "Mourvedre", Babylonstoren, ZA, 2015 Chardonnay “Unoaked”, Lapis Luna, Lodi, CA, 2011 Viognier, Babylonstoren, ZA, 2013 Red Blend "Babel", Babylonstoren, ZA, 2013 Shiraz, Babylonstoren, ZA, 2012 Zinfandel "Romanzo Moon", Lapis Luna, Lodi CA, 2012 Table 3 Noble Wine Malbec “Premium Reserve”, Piattelli Vineyards, Mendoza, AR, 2013 Carmenere “Gran Reserva”, Alcance, Valle del Maule, CL, 2013 Moscato Giallo, LOVO, Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio, IT, 2014 Table 4 Stacole Fine Wines Albarino, Burgans, Rias Baixas, ES, 2013 Chenin Blanc "Game Reserve", Graham Beck, Coastal Region, ZA 2014 Chardonnay, Martin Ray, Russian River Valley, CA, 2014 Red Blend "Red Jasper", Raats, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2013 Garnacha "Tres Picos", Borsao, Campo de Borja, ES, 2012 Moscato d'Asti "La Serra", Marchesi di Gresy, Piedmont, IT, 2014 Table 5 Southern Wine & Spirits Sparkling "Perle", Ferrari, Trento, IT, 2004 Sauvignon Blanc, Uppercut, North Coast, CA, 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, Vieux Lazaret, FR, 2011 Red Blend “Serve”, Honor Winery, CA, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Divining Rod, CA, 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape “Domaine du Vieux Lazaret", FR, 2012 Table 6 BreakThru Beverage Sparkling "Mirabelle Brut', Schramsberg, CA, NV Vouvray "Sec", Laurent Kraft, FR 2013 Chardonnay "Russian River Ranches", Sonoma-Cutrer, CA, 2013 Cotes du Rhone "Grenache", Dom. Andre Brunel, FR, 2011 Pinotage, Fairview Vineyards, Paarl, ZA, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA, 2012 Table 7 Michael's Wine Cellar Sparkling "Rosa Regale", Banfi Vintners, Brachetto d'Acqui, IT, NV Chateau Marjosse Blanc, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2014 Chateau La Prade, Cotes de Francs, FR, 2010 Chateau La Vieille Cure, Fronsac, FR, 2010 Chateau de Chantegrive, Graves, FR, 2009 Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes, FR, 2010 (375ml) No RSVP is required for this casual Saturday afternoon wine tasting, but you are welcome to click here to make online reservations in advance for this Saturday's Open House Wine Tasting.    
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Forks & Corks Wine Tasting

This Saturday at Michael's Wine Cellar! Forks & Corks "Open House" Wine Tasting Dozens of international winemakers and winery owners will be journeying from their prized properties around the globe to Sarasota for the Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival. We hope you'll plan to join us for our retail tasting event hosted by many special guests this Saturday! Alexander Valley Vineyards, Harry Wetzel IV and Max Vater Hess Collection, Kate Ayers Hook & Ladder, Michael & Lori De Loach Pedroncelli, Ed St.John Rombauer, Luke Clayton Willamette Valley Vineyards, Mary Joli Badenhorst, Bartholomew Broadbent Catena Zapata, Pablo Piccolo Marchesi di Gresy, Alberto di Gresy Mas Janeil, Fancine Lurton Monchiero, Carbone Francesco & Lucrezia Carbone Paul Cluver, Liesl Rust Shug Carneros, Axel Schug Zenato, Vittorio Marianecci La Fleur de Boüard, Coralie de Boüard Plus featured wines from Baglioni, RouteStock, Chateau Les Crostes, Domaine Cordier Pere & Fils, Domaine du Tariquet and Raats Family. Michael's Retail Forks & Corks Wine Tasting Saturday, January 30, 2016 3-5 p.m.  All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy! Admission is $10 per person. No RSVP is required for this casual Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m. Click here to make online reservations in advance for this casual tasting event    
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Madeira & Port Class

PortWineGlassesUPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Please join us for a special Madeira & Port Side-by-Side Comparison Class at Michael's Wine Cellar! Tuesday, February 9, 2016 6:30 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $50 per person Advanced reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Click here to register now for this special tasting and comparison class. Featured spirits will include:  SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF TWO MADEIRA VARIETALS Blandy’s 10-Year Old Sercial Blandy’s 10-Year Old Malmsey SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF TWO RESERVES Cockburn’s Special Reserve Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF TWO 10-YEARS Graham’s 10-Year Tawny Cockburn’s 10-Year Tawny SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF TWO 20-YEARS Graham’s 20-Year Tawny Cockburn’s 20-Year Tawny
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La Fleur de Bouard

LaFleurdeBouardWe’re thrilled to announce that Coralie de Boüard of La Fleur de Boüard in Bordeaux will be joining us again in Sarasota for our Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting, 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. Coralie will join more than a dozen international winery owners and winemakers at this special tasting event. Click here to make reservations online. Haven't had a chance to meet Coralie during past visits to Sarasota and Michael's Wine Cellar? Here's some background about her family's winery, compliments of TheWineCellarInsider.com: La Fleur de Bouard is owned by the de Bouard family. When Hubert de Bouard purchased the property in 1998, it was called La Fleur Saint Georges. Following the age old custom of renaming a wine after a change in ownership, they rechristened their new property, La Fleur de Bouard. The de Bouard family are well known for their Bordeaux wine vineyards in St. Emilion, which include Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue as well as their estate in the Cotes de Francs appellation, Chateau de-Francs. Hubert de Bouard purchased the estate in 1998 from a French insurance company. 1998 marked the debut vintage for La Fleur de Bouard. However, today Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is managed by Coralie de Bouard, the daughter of Hubert de Bouard. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard sits on the plateau of Lalande de Pomerol in Neac, which is not far from Pomerol. The terroir is clay and sandy soil with a base of gravel underneath. The 25 hectare vineyard of La Fleur de Bouard is planted to 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vine density is 6,500 vines per hectare in the oldest vines. However, new plantings take place at 8,500 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines at La Fleur de Bouard is 25 years old. However, they have old vines that are close to 45 years of age in their vineyards as well. In 2011, La Fleur de Bouard completed a multi-year reconstruction of their entire wine making making facilities and the chateau, making this one of the most modern estates in the Right Bank. The most striking new feature is their hanging, reverse, stainless steel, conical vats. To produce the wine of La Fleur de Bouard, the grapes go through a pre-fermentation, cold maceration at 10 degrees Celsius and a 3-4 week maceration in stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is performed in a combination of 75% new oak barrels, 15% one year old barrels and 10% takes place in tank. The wine is aged on its lies in 75%, new French oak barrels for between 18-24 months, depending on the character of the vintage. The blend for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is usually quite close to the planted acreage. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard produces a special cuvee called La Plus La Fleur de Bouard. The grapes come from a small, 2 hectare parcel of very old Merlot vines planted in their clay soils. This high quality, character filled wine is the perfect ringer for a Pomerol tasting. It is the benchmark for any wine from the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. The blend of La Fleur de Bouard as well as that of Le Plus varies depending on the vintage. It ranges from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc to almost 100% Merlot. However, for Le Plus, the majority of the time, it’s usually closer to 100% Merlot, while La Fleur de Bouard is closer to the vineyard plantings. There is a second wine, La Fleur Saint Georges. The average annual production for La Fleur de Bouard is close to 7,000 cases per year.
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La Spinetta Wine Dinner

-LaSpinetta-GiorgioRivettiPlease join us for a special Italian Wine Dinner hosted by La Spinetta's leading winemaker Giorgio Rivetti. Michael's Wine Cellar will host an extravagant La Spinetta Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Featured wines will include: Aperitif Vermouth Bianco Cocktail with Lime & Sage 1st course Contratto Millesimato La Spinetta Vermentino 2nd Course La Spinetta PIN La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti “Ca di Pian" 3rd Course La Spinetta Barbaresco “Bordini" La Spinetta Barolo “Garretti" Dessert Course La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti “Bricco Quaglia" Admission is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make wine dinner reservations, click here or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. LaSpinetta-Rivetti-Sign Michael’s Wine Dinners are extravagant, multi-course feasts paired with fine wines from around the world and visiting wine personalities. Our wine specialists select each wine, and our culinary staff creates a menu to complement the intricate layers of the wines.
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239