Tomorrow: Champagne!

It's time for our most SPARKLING event of the season - and ten tickets are still available for tomorrow evening's Holiday Champagne Tasting.

Plus, earn DOUBLE Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on any purchase of 6+ bottles of sparkling wines during the event. Tis the season to celebrate with bubbly! Featured Champagnes & International Sparkling Wines: (Just a few of the 60+ Sparkling Wines to be poured tomorrow night!) Champagne "Grand Brut", Perrier-Jouet, FR, NV Champagne "Authentic Brut", Canard-Duchene, FR, NV Champagne "Brut Majeur", Ayala, FR, NV Champagne "Belle Epoque", Perrier-Jouet, FR, 2006 Champagne "Rose", Laurent Perrier, FR, NV Champagne "La Grande Dame", Veuve Cliquot, FR, 2004 Champagne "Brut Reserve", Billecart-Salmon, FR, NV Sparkling "Wedding Cuvee", Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2011 Sparkling "J. Schram", Schramsberg, North Coast, CA, 2006 Prosecco "Zeta Dry", Zardetto, IT, 2012 Cava “Extremarium”, Mont Marcal, ES, NV Click here for reservations for this popular event set for 6 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16. Admission is $50 per person.
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Kosher Wine for Hanukkah

Hanukkah-MenorahIt's time to pick-up your Kosher wines for Hanukkah! Kosher wine is produced according to Judaism’s religious law, specifically, Jewish dietary laws (kashrut). We are privileged to work with the Jewish community throughout the year catering many Jewish organization functions, special Temple events and many weddings offering a Kosher menu, so it is our pleasure to offer several Kosher wines available for retail purchase from our local wine and spirits shop, Michael’s Wine Cellar. Michael's Wine Cellar is currently offering the following Kosher wines: Chardonnay "Kosher", Alfasi, Valle Del Maule, CL, 2012 $9.95 Tasting Notes: Dry, crisp, and well-balanced with hints of apple and pear. Cabernet Sauvignon “Kosher”, Alfasi, Valle Del Maule, CL, 2013 $9.95 Tasting Notes: Full-bodied with flavors and aromas of dark berry and cherry and well integrated oak. Alfasi is produced by Chilean winemaker Héctor Saldivia. Héctor and his team have achieved several goals in the grape-producing and oenological areas. Their achievements range from obtaining over a thousand planted hectares and developing new wine production lines, to the introduction of new wine making techniques while consolidating the existing techniques. One of the main concerns and responsibilities that Alfasi has as a company is to care for the environment for the future generations. The vineyard is involved in knowing and resolving issues regarding global warming. It is for this reason that Alfasi has taken considerations in the matter and is working to neutralize its carbon dioxide emissions involved in wine transportation by purchasing carbon assets (carbon points) from the specialized environmental company, First Climate Alfasi wines are certified Kosher.  
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Sip & Shop on 12/5

ChardonnayEach Saturday through December, the knowledgeable team at Michael's Wine Cellar invites you to stop in the boutique wine and spirits shop to "sip and shop!" Join us this Saturday as we open a few bottles which will make great additions to your holiday shopping list and wine pairings: Chenin Blanc, MAN Family WInes, Coastal Region, ZA Chardonnay "Red Label", Newton Vineyards, Napa, CA Pinot Noir “Estate”, Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA Zinfandel "Sin Zin", Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA Click here for a map to our retail store located at 1283 South Tamiami Trail in Midtown Plaza, Sarasota. Michael's Wine Cellar's 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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Cyber Week - Wine Special

Cyber Monday becomes Cyber Week! Extended! We're extending ouronline #CyberMonday offer through www.michaelswinecellar.com for our wine-loving friends and clients across the country this year!  CyberMonday-Extended2015 Shop online  through Friday, December 4, 2015, and save 15% off all South African wines. Order now to take advantage of our entire Cyber Week of savings and stock-up for all your holiday celebrations and hostess gifts.  Simply enter the promo code ZA15 this Monday - Friday to take advantage of the special offer, valid on more than 75 South African wines Michael has specially-sourced through our Connoisseur Club trips to the Cape Winelands! Click here to shop now.
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South African Wines: Save 15%

Extended! We're extending ouronline #CyberMonday offer through www.michaelswinecellar.com for our wine-loving friends and clients across the country this year!  CyberMonday-WineSpecialShop online this "Cyber Monday" (November 30, 2015) through Friday, December 4, 2015, and save 15% off all South African wines. Order now to take advantage of our entire Cyber Week of savings and stock-up for all your holiday celebrations and hostess gifts.  Simply enter the promo code ZA15 this Monday - Friday to take advantage of the special offer, valid on more than 75 South African wines Michael has specially-sourced through our Connoisseur Club trips to the Cape Winelands! Click here to shop now.
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Cyber Monday Wine Special

Can't join us at our local retail wine store? We'll be featuring an online #CyberMonday offer through www.michaelswinecellar.com for our wine-loving friends and clients across the country this year!  CyberMonday-WineSpecialShop online this "Cyber Monday" (November 30, 2015) and save 15% off all South African wines Simply enter the promo code ZA15 this Monday to take advantage of the special offer, valid on more than 75 South African wines Michael has specially-sourced through our Connoisseur Club trips to the Cape Winelands! Click here to shop now.
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Small Business Saturday

We invite you to join the #ShopSmall movement and support all your favorite local, independent businesses today, on "Small Business Saturday!"

Shop Small for Small Business SaturdaySMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SIP & SHOP

Plus, "sip and shop" today with these featured wines at Michael's Wine Cellar: Mulderbosch Rose (South Africa), Passages Chardonnay (South Africa), Primarius Pinot Noir (Oregon) and Graham Beck Shiraz "Game Reserve" (South Africa).

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IN-STORE SPECIAL

Wine Breather - Decanter We hope you'll join us today to pick up your favorite boutique wines or small batch spirits, plus take advantage of a special one-day sale on one of our most popular holiday gifts! (This is also the same decanter used table-side for all red wines served in the Restaurant!) Wine Breather Regular Price: $39.95 #ShopSmall Saturday Price: $34.95 Valid today (Saturday, 11/28), in-store only, 10am - 5pm at Michael's Wine Cellar.
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Champagne Tasting

ChampageGlassesToastIt's the most wonderful - and sparkling - time of the year already! Michael is pleased to announce our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting! From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, put a little effervescence into your holiday cheer as you taste more than 20 fabulous Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. $50 per person Register now and prepare to stock up for all your holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Please click here to register online for this special Sparkling/Champagne Tasting or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve your glass! Reservations are required and space is limited. (The past years' tastings have sold out extremely quickly!)
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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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Holiday Wine Tastings

It's almost the most wonderful time of the year again! It's almost time for Holiday Open House Wine Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota!

Discover over 50+ wines from around the world at this season’s Holiday Open Houses: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2-4 p.m. 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. Please join us to stock-up for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and everyone's favorite holiday gift this season.
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Gourmet Gift Baskets

Gourmet Wine Gift BasketsIf you've been searching for Sarasota's most convenient location for gourmet gift baskets - complete with fine wines from around the world - you've come to the right place! A wide selection of gourmet gift baskets are readily available at Michael’s Wine Cellar throughout the holiday season, but we also invite you order customized baskets for the true Scotch aficionado, Champagne lover, Bordeaux collector or cult-like follower of California Cabs on your gift list this year.  Stop in the store to pick-up guaranteed-to-please gift baskets for clients, neighbors, your secret Santa at the office, your favorite friends and family members. Plus, Michael’s specialty gift baskets make great hostess gifts! Michael's Wine Cellar is located in Midtown Plaza just outside of downtown Sarasota. Drop by Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. to pick up a basket this holiday season and browse more than 1,000 international wines, craft beers and boutique spirits. If you'd prefer to order customized baskets, please simply call our retail specialists at 941-366-0007, ext. 249. Of course, if you or your gift recipient is the "no frills" type, simply click here to shop for hundreds of wines through our online wine shop.
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Wines for 11/14 Tasting

It's time for our most fashionable Open House Wine Tasting of the season at Michael's Wine Cellar! Please join us, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 to taste dozens of exquisite wines, poured by many visiting winemakers and owners joining us in Sarasota for Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting Forty Carrots Family Center! Featured wines will include:  2880 Rose, 2880, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2880, Napa Valley, CA, 2014 Red Blend, 2880, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay “Estate”, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2013 Pinot Noir “Estate”, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2013 Zinfandel "Sin Zin", Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2012 Chimney Rock Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Chimney Rock Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 White Blend "Elevage Blanc", Chimney Rock Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon "Stags Leap District”, Chimney Rock Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Collier Falls Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Estate”, Collier Falls Vineyards, CA, 2011 Zinfandel “Hillside Estate”, Collier Falls Vineyards, CA, 2012 Gamble Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Red Blend “Heritage Sites”, Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Hook & Ladder Winery Chardonnay “Estate”, Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA, 2013 Pinot Noir “Estate”, Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA, 2012 Iron Horse Vineyards Chardonnay “Estate”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2013 Sparkling "Classic Vintage”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2010 Sparkling "Wedding Cuvee", Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2011 Pinot Noir “Estate”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2012 Newton Vineyards Chardonnay "Red Label", Newton Vineyards, Napa, CA, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon "Red Label", Newton Vineyards, Napa County, CA, 2013 Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay, Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Petite Syrah, Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Red Blend “The Investor”, Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Estate”, Collier Falls Vineyards, CA, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “The Leap”, Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Wagner Family of Wine Sauvignon Blanc, Emmolo Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Chardonnay “Reserve”, Mer Soleil Vineyards, Santa Barbara, CA, 2012 Red Blend "Conundrum", Caymus Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2012   Admission is $10 per person for this casual, walk-about wine tasting. Click here for online reservations to our 2015 Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar.
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Shop Online for Wine

Purchase wines from Wine, Women & Shoes partner wineries and provide great beginnings to last a lifetime for families in our community!

WineWomenShoes-BlueShoeThis week is the week! Wine, Women & Shoes returns to Sarasota this week to benefit the parenting programs of Forty Carrots Family Center! Whether you secured a coveted ticket to the signature luncheon event, plant to join us for this Saturday's Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting, or simply wish to help Forty Carrots - and your favorite "soleman" - by purchasing wines, there are plenty of ways to support this important cause. From now until November 12, Michael’s Wine Cellar will donate 20% of sales of selected wines to the Parenting Program of Forty Carrots Family Center. On November 13 and 14, Michael’s will donate 10% to Forty Carrots. To identify Wine, Women & Shoes partner wines when shopping online, look for the blue shoe next to the winery name! Buy wine to support families. Shop online now: store.michaelswinecellar.com/wws Free local delivery for orders $350+ (Sarasota/Manatee Counties) WineWomenShoesBMOBank-2015  FortyCarrotsFamilyCenter   For 22 years, Forty Carrots has provided high quality, award-winning parenting education, child & family therapy and early childhood education to families in Sarasota & Manatee counties. From a teen who is struggling with the reality of motherhood to the parent trying to raise a spirited child, Forty Carrots benefits all families. Parenting educators and therapists serve almost 4,000 clients annually and 90% of families receive free services at 25 community partner locations. With your wine purchase, Forty Carrots will continue to help families create emotionally and physically safe environments that foster healthy minds, compassionate hearts and responsible behavior.
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Top South African Wine Picks

Featured-Items-SouthAfrica-StarryNight-FireWine specialist Bruce Nemet is our newest staff member at Michael’s Wine Cellar.  Bruce joins our team this fall having managed a wine retail store in his home state of North Carolina for a number of years and armed with a degree in enology from UC Davis. Studying wine was one of his earliest passions, which continues as strong passion today. Now semi-retired from a business he continues to own back in the Carolinas, Bruce decided to settle in Sarasota to enjoy the sunshine, beaches and the area’s vibrant cultural scene.  We like to think part of culture is, of course, wine! During the 1980s while working in the wine trade, Bruce was exposed to the (surprisingly at the time!) high quality of one of the world’s wine regions that we specialize in today in the wine shop – our South African wines. In fact, when coming to work at Michael’s Wine Cellar, Bruce was astonished and impressed to see the variety we inventory. Now, just in time for our many South African themed events this month, we’ve asked Bruce to select just a few of his favorite South African wines available from Michael’s Wine Cellar and online through www.michaelswinecellar.com. [Interested in tasting some of these special South African wines this week? Join us this Saturday, 2-4 p.m. to taste 60+ wines at a special South African Wine Tasting. Admission is $10 per person. Click here for more details and reservations.] Bruce’s South African Picks South Africa has quite a recent history of winemaking, particularly since the end of Apartheid.  In fact, one could say South Africa is undergoing a bit of enological revolution – biodynamic cultivation and sustainability (with a government certificate of approval for those wines that obtain it); an official study into vineyard terroir/varietal plantings; and an overall increase in wine quality and experimentation.  It’s been exciting to see the tremendous efforts of today’s new generation of South African winemakers! Graham Beck Wines All Under $20! The Robertson wine district is one of South Africa’s largest producers of wine in terms of quantity, but a handful of families have chosen quality over quantity.  The Beck family established the Graham Beck winery in 1983 and their “Game Reserve” portfolio of varietals is one of the best values in varietal wines we carry at Michael’s Wine Cellar – all under $20 a bottle!  In fact, the Graham Beck Brut NV (complete with a score of 87 from The Wine Advocate) sells for only $14.95!  These wines represent some of the best values we offer from any wine region in the world. In addition to being some of Bruce’s top picks, Graham Beck Wines have been a favorite of Michael Klauber’s personal South Africa favorites for years. MAN Family Wines All under $10! MAN Vintners fruit comes from a variety of areas throughout South Africa’s most important Coastal wine region, but the intent is consistent: value in varietal character.  The three proprietors’ wives - Marie, Anette and Nicky - do deserve some credit, however. (Not the least having to do with their husbands being on the job most of the time!)  Ever wonder how they came up with the name “MAN Vintners?” MAN was inspired by Marie (M), Anette (A) and Nicky (N). At Michael’s Wine Cellar, we proudly carry the Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz from MAN Family Wines.  All express a mouth-filling, well-balanced fruit forward style with the majority of wine maintained in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the fruit and allow the wine to best be drunk in its youth. (The Chardonnay is 15% barrel fermented.) In terms of value it doesn’t get much better than this! Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 $42.95 Chardonnay 2014 $29.95 Tim Hamilton-Russell, a retired advertising executive, decided in 1975 to establish a winery in a new (and much colder) region of South Africa: the Cape South Coast region.  The ocean breeze, called “The Doctor,” cools the climate enough to the point that Russell thought it would best suit the Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He was right!  In fact, he went on to produce what was regarded then as the finest wines in South Africa!  (Today there are over 15 wineries in the Walker Bay district, including two which were, incidentally, started by Hamilton Russel Vineyard winemakers who went off on their own.) Both of these wines are very rich examples of one of the finest estates in South Africa, both earning 90+ points as scored by The Wine Advocate! Michael and Terri Klauber, plus dozens of our Connoisseur Club Travelers, have enjoyed the great privilege of personally visiting these South African wineries over the years as part of our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys. If you are interested to traveling to Africa with us in the summer of 2017, click here to learn more about the special departures available through Admiral Travel International
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South African Wine Tasting

The first Saturday of November will bring a very special Open House Wine Tasting to Michael's Wine Cellar. Please join us, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 7 to taste dozens of South African wines! In fact, Stark-Condé's own Hans Schroeder will showcase his prized wines from Stellenbosch and personally talk with guests about South African wines. During the tasting, Londolozi Game Reserve Chef Anna Ridgewell will welcome guests with a selection of hors d’oeuvres from Londolozi as she prepares signature dishes for the wine tasting. Featured South African wineries will include:  *Babylonstoren, Stellenbosch, ZA *Boekenhoutskloof Winery, Franschloek, ZA *Bouchard Finlayson Winery, Walker Bay, ZA *Ernie Els Wines, Stellenbosch, ZA *Graham Beck Wines, Western Cape, ZA *Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, ZA *MAN Vintners, Coastal Region, ZA *Neil Ellis Vineyard, Stellenbosch, ZA *Passages Wines, Stellenbosch, ZA *Paul Cluver Wines, Elgin, ZA *Raats Family Wines, Stellenbosch, ZA *Rustenberg Wines, Stellenbosch, ZA *Rust en Vrede Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, ZA *Stark-Conde Wines, Jonkershoek, ZA *Southern Right Winery, Walker Bay, ZA Admission is $10 per person for this casual, walk-about wine tasting. Click here for online reservations to this South African Wine Tasting.
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Tim's Bordeaux Picks

Bordeaux Wine GrapesEach fall, as vintners around the world are tirelessly working to prepare and perform the frenzy of winery activities surrounding the annual harvest, we await the return a special friend at Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota. Wine specialist Tim Hart has been a part of the Michael's On East family for more than a decade, but we only have the great fortune of having Tim on-property in the Store during Sarasota's "season." Tim, a semi-retired teacher, professor and entrepreneur, these days works hard serving fellow wine lovers shopping at Michael's Wine Cellar and he deserves his relaxing summers up north. However, we know he loves to return to Sarasota each October, just in time for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting, in fact! You may also know about one of Tim's true loves: Wines from Bordeaux! He's shared just a few of his favorite Bordeaux wines, all available for under $20.00 from Michael's Wine Cellar and michaelswinecellar.com. Tim's Top Value Bordeaux Picks Bordeaux is the largest vineyard appellation in the world. Bordeaux wines are mainly blended from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with varying proportions of other regional varieties. Many are meant for early drinking, but some producers are making more structured wines that can age for many years. Here are some of Tim's current favorites. Chateau Marjosse Rouge, 2012 18.95 From the home estate of Pierre Lurton, who produces both Chateau d’Yquem and Cheval Blanc, this wine is solidly made and an exceptional value. It is medium-bodied with rich black cherries and spice flavors. It is a very seductive wine with an excellent balance of fruit and acid. I believe this is the best Marjosse Rouge wine I have ever tasted. It’s been my personal house red wine for 2015! Chateau Marjosse Blanc, 2013 18.95 This wine is considered a White Bordeaux, again from Pierre Lurton's estate. It is blended from equal parts of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. It’s crisp, fresh and lively with citrus and white flower notes. It has just the right amount of grapefruit and lime on the palate. Chateau Tour St. Bonnet, 2010 19.95 The Wine Advocate (WA) calls this wine a “ beautiful sleeper of the vintage.” The WA goes on to say that it’s a “staggering value” in the world marketplace. This wine possesses classic cedar wood, tobacco leaf, black currant and licorice, in a medium to full-bodied layered style. It’s ready to drink now with no cellaring necessary with this treasure. I have personally enjoyed Chateau Tour St. Bonnet wines for over thirty years.
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Save 20% on Rosé Wine

Last week, the Michael's Events & Catering team joined hundreds dedicated to finding a "Key to the Cure" at the annual fundraising event for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation at Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota. Now, we are extending the spirit of Key to the Cure through the end of October at Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar! GrapesPinkIllustrationJoin us in the Wine Shop and our adjacent Restaurant, October 15 - October 31, 2015 as we invite you to "Think Pink, Drink Pink:" Save 20% off all retail purchases of rosé wine from Michael's Wine Cellar (Discount available in-store only) AND Enjoy a Cosmopolitan (Cosmo) Martini at Michael's On East and help support the cause! Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation A percentage of sales from the Restaurant and Wine Cellar through October 31 will benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation.
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Tasting Events

Season has arrived in Sarasota and we know your social calendar is filling up quickly, so be sure to mark your calendar for this fall's tasting events at Michael's Wine Cellar: South African Open House Wine Tasting Saturday, November 7, 2015 2-4 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar $10/person Join us for a casual, walk-about tasting with winemakers from South Africa’s top wine farms! Our special guests will be traveling to Sarasota to share their prized wines at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a walk-about tasting in the local wine and spirits shop on a monthly basis. However, each November, the Michael’s team hosts an extra-fashionable tasting hosted by winemakers and properties participating in the annual Wine, Women & Shoes, Sarasota Signature Luncheon which sells out each year! Guests will have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this year’s Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting set for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. This casual tasting is open to the public and event admission is $10 per person. Join us in support of Forty Carrots Family Center! Holiday Open House Wine Tastings Discover over 50+ wines from around the world at this season's Holiday Open Houses: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2-4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. 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. Whiskey Club Tastings Michael’s Wine Cellar is pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month: (No October Tasting) Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Tuesday, December 8, 2015 $10/person Reservations are strongly encouraged. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event.  
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WWS Retail Tasting

Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting

Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a walk-about tasting in the local wine and spirits shop on a monthly basis. However, each November, the Michael's team hosts an extra-fashionable tasting hosted by winemakers and properties participating in the annual Wine, Women & Shoes, Sarasota Signature Luncheon which sells out each year! The Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting offers a great opportunity for members of the public to participate in the stylish weekend of Wine, Women & Shoes functions supporting Forty Carrots Family Center. (A particularly nice option if you weren't able to secure a highly-coveted ticket to the popular Signature Luncheon event!) Guests will have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this year's Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting set for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  This casual tasting is open to the public and event admission is $10 per person. Can't join us for the tasting events in Sarasota? You can still help support the Parenting Programs at Forty Carrots Family Center by buying select wines online through our web store:  store.michaelswinecellar.com/wws. Please click here to shop for these fine wines online and help support Forty Carrots! WineWomenShoesBMOBank-2015
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Wine, Women & Shoes

Purchase wines from Wine, Women & Shoes partner wineries and provide great beginnings to last a lifetime for families in our community!

WineWomenShoes-BlueShoeFrom now until November 12, Michael’s Wine Cellar will donate 20% of sales of selected wines to the Parenting Program of Forty Carrots Family Center. On November 13 and 14, Michael’s will donate 10% to Forty Carrots. To identify Wine, Women & Shoes partner wines when shopping online, look for the blue shoe next to the winery name! For 22 years, Forty Carrots has provided high quality, award-winning parenting education, child & family therapy and early childhood education to families in Sarasota & Manatee counties. From a teen who is struggling with the reality of motherhood to the parent trying to raise a spirited child, Forty Carrots benefits all families. Parenting educators and therapists serve almost 4,000 clients annually and 90% of families receive free services at 25 community partner locations. With your wine purchase, Forty Carrots will continue to help families create emotionally and physically safe environments that foster healthy minds, compassionate hearts and responsible behavior. Buy wine to support families. Shop online now: store.michaelswinecellar.com/wws Free local delivery for orders $350+ (Sarasota/Manatee Counties) WineWomenShoesBMOBank-2015  FortyCarrotsFamilyCenter
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239