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!
Purchase wines from Wine, Women & Shoes partner wineries and provide great beginnings to last a lifetime for families in our community!
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!
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/wwsFree local delivery for orders $350+ (Sarasota/Manatee Counties)
It was such a pleasure hosting the leadership of Castello di Volpaia for a special tasting in the store last season. Now, it seems others will be catching onto "Chianti's Hidden Treasure."
Chianti's Hidden TreasureMitch Frank, Wine SpectatorOctober 31, 2015
"Volpaia is one of those seductive Tuscan places that tempts people into quitting their jobs and uprooting their lives. The hilltop town sits nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, looking over Chianti Classico, reachable only by a narrow road that climbs through sunbathed vines, olive trees and cypresses. A relic of the 12th century, the old village is home to fewer than 60 people, living behind walls that Siena's medieval soldiers found intimidating and modern visitors find charming.On a sunny but cool morning, just a few tourists are walking on the old stone streets, soaking in the fresh air and historic charm, never suspecting that one of Tuscany's best wines is coursing through steel pipes beneath their feet. Volpaia's chief commercial enterprise is Castello di Volpaia, a winery that produces outstanding Chiantis and super Tuscans. Its Chianti Classico Riserva 2010, 93 points and retailing for about $30, earned a spot in Wine Spectator's Top 100 last year. (Here's a chart of selected recent releases.)"Click here to read the entire Wine Spectator article.
Click here to shop for Italian wines online through our web wine store.
Please join us for a spectacular wine dinner at Michael’s Wine Cellar as we feature South African wines with each extravagant course. Melissa Hoffman will host this special affair featuring wines from the esteemed Broadbent Selections portfolio.
South African Wine DinnerSaturday, October 3, 20157 pm at Michael’s Wine CellarNOTE: Specific wines and the five-course menu will be announced soon. These special selections are currently under development with our wine specialists and culinary team.Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve via phone.
$95/person, plus tax & gratuity
Reservations are required as seating is limited for this special event.
Meet Bartholomew Broadbent of Broadbent Selections during a special wine tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar!
Broadbent Selections Wine Tasting
Tuesday, September 15
Click here to register now to taste 20 wines from these remarkable properties!
Elderton Wines - Australia | Weingut Markus Huber Vineyard - Austria | Dr. Hermann Wines - Germany | Chateau Musar - Lebanon | Spy Valley Wine - New Zealand | Casa Ferreirinha - Portugal | Broadbent Madeira - Portugal | Badenhorst Family Wines - South Africa - De Wetshof - South Africa | Warwick - South Africa | Beaumont Wines - South Africa | Delaire Graff Estate - South Africa | Inman Family Wines - CaliforniaKnown as a lively, witty and informative wine lecturer, Bartholomew Broadbent is also one of the world’s foremost authorities on Port and Madeira. He is credited for being responsible for the growth of Port consumption in North America during the mid 1980s and was responsible for the re-introduction of Madeira to America in 1989, instrumental in its growth since then. His company, Broadbent Selections, Inc., founded in 1996, is now one of America's leading wine importers. Bartholomew was named one of the “fifty most influential people in the wine world” by Decanter Magazine (June 1997). In 2013, IntoWine.com ranked him 48th in the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S Wine Industry.”
Next Tuesday, September 15, the Michael's Wine Cellar team is thrilled to welcome a true wine industry legend to Sarasota.
Please join us for a special wine tasting featuring the Broadbent Selections portfolio, hosted by the one and only Bartholomew Broadbent!
Broadbent Selections Wine Tasting
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Admission is $25 per person which includes tastes of up to 20 wines
Click here to register now for this special wine tasting. Space is limited.
Here's a little insight into the Broadbent Selections Philosophy:
When we look for wines to import, at Broadbent Selections Inc., we have a few absolutes. First and foremost, the wine must be the very best of its type. It’s not enough for a wine to please us; its quality and value must bowl us over. It’s been said that the difference between a good meal and a great meal is that, with the former, you finish the meal thinking, “The food was good”. With a great meal however, you think, “Life is good”. And that’s precisely what we we look for, and what we’re proud to represent; wines that gratify not just the palate, but the soul. Yet, we do more than represent wine. We also represent the people and passion behind those wines, which is why, since we were founded in 1996, our focus has always been on family-owned wineries-on places with personality and stories, and on wines that come from the heart. Quality and character: those are absolutes. We’re extremely proud of both the wines we represent at Broadbent Selections and the great people behind them.
Remember our September Open House Wine Tasting will be held on the SECOND Saturday of the month, that's this weekend!
We look forward to seeing you at Michael's Wine Cellar, 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, September 12, 2-4 p.m., for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting in the store.
Admission to these casual, walk-about wine tasting events is $10/person for each event.
Guests are always welcome at the door, but you are welcome to RSVP in advance by clicking here to register online now.
Of course, Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members receive points on all retail purchases.
We extend our FINAL online offer of the summer this Monday, August 31, 2015!
For one day only, save 15% off your web purchases of all bottles of Syrah through www.michaelswinecellar.com. To take advantage of the special discount, simply enter promotional code: "syrah15" while shopping online.Click here to shop now!
Valid only on online orders of $50 and more. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Other restrictions may apply.
Michael features South African Wines on ABC 7's Suncoast View
Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor of Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar, just returned from leading 80 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers through South Africa's winelands with his wife Terri and Ryan Hilton, our travel partner from Admiral Travel International.
Yesterday, he joined the ladies of ABC 7's Suncoast View to take in an altogether different type of view - showcasing photos of the group's wildlife and winery experiences! Of course, Michael just had to offer Rebecca, Linda, Bobeth and Stephanie a taste - or rather a sip! - of South Africa in the studio. (Click here to view the video segment.)
Michael showcased the following wines during this in-studio tasting on Suncoast View on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Each of these great wines are available at a great value from Michael's Wine Cellar! Enjoy these three South African wines, some of Michael's top picks, for under $20 a bottle. Please simply click the links below to purchase any wine online.
Sparkling "Brut", Graham Beck, Robertson, ZA, NV
A blend of 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir, the Non-Vintage Brut has a soft, creamy bouquet with touches of apple-blossom and yeast aromas. The palate is well defined with good acidity on the entry, citrus peel, fresh lime with a pleasing, commercially minded creamy finish.
Their Story: Graham Beck wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. The success of the Robertson winery has been extended to the second Graham Beck cellar in Franschoek, one of the oldest winemaking regions in South Africa.
"Disgorged February 2011, a blend of 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir with 8.6 gm/l residual sugar, the Non-Vintage Brut has a soft, creamy bouquet with touches of apple-blossom and yeast aromas. The palate is well defined with good acidity on the entry, citrus peel, fresh lime with a pleasing, commercially minded creamy finish. Unbeatable "bang for bucks" as they say. Drink now."
Chardonnay, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2012
This is an elegant Chardonnay, with a scent of lemon, mandarin orange and hints of pine needles, complemented by a crisp finish on the palate.
-Founded in 1682 and nestled in the valley of the Simonsberg in South Africa’s premium wine region, Stellenbosch. Rustenberg’s rich heritage and ethos has been informed by many centuries of human influence striving to understand and work with nature to produce wines of distinct character true to their terrior, variety and informed style.
Cabernet Sauvignon "Game Reserve", Graham Beck, ZA, 2013
The wine has a great complexity of black berry fruit, dark chocolate, plums and tobacco spice on the nose. This wine has a rich, juicy entry supported by a dense fruit core and firm tannins. An elegant creamy palate leads to a long lingering finish.
-Graham Beck wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region.
Stroll from station to station tasting 50+ reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines while talking with visiting wine specialists. Michael's monthly Open House Wine Tastings are casual events, recognized as some of the best wine tastings in Sarasota!
Admission to each Open House Wine Tasting is $10 per person.
September Open House Wine Tasting
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 2-4 p.m.
October Open House Wine Tasting
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2-4 p.m.
November Holiday Open House Wine Tasting*
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2-4 p.m.
December Holiday Open House Wine Tasting*
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2-4 p.m.
*Each year, during Michael's 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.
Michael's Wine Cellar is located at 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza in Sarasota. We look forward to hosting you in the retail store soon!
Each month in the Restaurant at Michael's On East, the culinary team creates unique two-course lunch and three-course dinner menus inspired by exotic food and wine destinations. This August, an Epicurean Adventure to Jamaica is offered, August 3 - 31, 2015. Our wine specialists have selected the following wines to be paired with this speciality menu, for a limited time only. The wine pairings are available for $5 during lunch or $10 during dinner with each Epicurean Adventure menu in the Restaurant. Enjoy!
White Wine Pairing:
Riesling "Essence", S.A. Prum, 2013
Tasting Notes: Fresh fruit flavors of pineapple and apricot are perfectly balanced by a racy acidity and mineral character
Red Wine Pairing:
Petite Sirah “Grower’s Selection”, The Crusher, Clarksburg, CA, 2013
Winemaker’s Notes: Inky in color, our 2013 Petite Sirah is brimming with aromatics; wisteria blossom, cherries and crème brulée perforate the senses. Dense flavors of milk chocolate, blueberry and clove mingle harmoniously to create this deep, rich and expressive wine. Spending nearly fourteen months in 90% French oak, the presence of a vanilla core is undeniable. Together these dark fruit flavors, spice notes and floral aromatics create a wonderfully refined glass of wine with a polished finish.
Mike Green of Stacole Fine Wines will host our regular Whiskey Club Tasting this month at Michael's Wine Cellar. Please join us!
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
6:30 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar
Admission is $10 per person which includes light hors d'oeuvres and tastes of each featured whiskey:
Scotch "Blended", Bank Note, 5 Year
Scotch "Soverign", Tullibardine, Highland
Scotch "Cask Strength", Springbank, Campbeltown, 12 Year
Scotch "Peated", Longrow, Campbeltown
Click here to register online for this special event.
California. South America. Oregon. South Africa. France...
Where does your favorite Chardonnay hail from? Regardless of where your preferred grapes are harvested, all bottles of Chardonnay are "on sale" this Monday through Michael's Wine Cellar's online wine store.
Simply place your order on Monday, July 27, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. and save 15% off your web purchases of all Chardonnay wines. Valid on online orders only of $50 and more.Shop now by clicking here.To take advantage of the discount, enter promotional code "chardonnay15" to take advantage of this special offer.
Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Promo code is case sensitive.
Still learning about wine? We thought we'd share this detailed description of this popular grape, prepared by our friends at Wine-Searcher.com.
CHARDONNAY (Courtesy of Wine-Searcher.com) Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America.Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is no easy task. While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety's intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in oak barrels contributes notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon. Extended lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavors. Because of this high level of winemaker involvement, Chardonnay has become known as the "winemaker's wine."Chardonnay Vines: The variety itself (although often said to be relatively flavor-neutral) is responsible for most of the fruity flavors found in Chardonnay wines. These range from the tropical (banana, melon, pineapple and guava) to stonefruits (peach, nectarine and apricot), citrus and apples.Climate plays a major role in dictating which fruit flavors a Chardonnay will have. Broadly speaking, warm regions such as California, Chile and much of Australia tend to give more tropical styles. Temperate zones such as southern Burgundy or northern New Zealand create wines marked out by stonefruit notes. The very coolest Chardonnay vineyards (those in Chablis, Champagne and Germany) lean towards green-apple aromas.Mineral descriptors such as chalk, wet stones and crushed seashells also find their way into Chardonnay tasting notes. These are sometimes attributed to the soils in the vineyard, although the relationship between soil and wine flavor has become widely exaggerated. The most famously minerally Chardonnay wines are those of Chablis, one of the very few wine regions to focus on a largely unoaked style of Chardonnay.Although most famous for its still, dry wines, Chardonnay is used to produce an impressively diverse range of wine styles. The variety is put to use in sparkling wines all over the world (most famously Champagne), when it is usually paired with Pinot Noir. Canada even produces sweet Chardonnay ice wines.Chardonnay is particularly popular with wine producers, not least because it has a reliable market of keen consumers. The variety produces relatively high yields, will grow in a broad spectrum of climates and can be made into wine of acceptable quality with relative ease. In poor vintages, deficiencies can be covered up with oak flavors, reducing the financial impact of a bad harvest.In the vineyard, Chardonnay presents a few viticultural challenges, but none that can't be solved with age-old techniques or a little help from technology. (Were this not the case, the variety would certainly not be as successful as it is.) In very warm climates, Chardonnay grapes tend to lose their natural acidity, resulting in flat, overblown wines. This can be partially corrected with a simple addition of acid, or by harvesting early and compensating for lack of flavor by using oak and malolactic fermentation. Vignerons in cooler climates have a quite different problem with the variety, as the vines bud and flower early in the season, making them susceptible to spring frosts. Vignerons in Burgundy (particularly in Chablis) have traditionally mitigated this with braziers between the vine rows. These are not just for warmth – they also create frost-preventing air currents.
'Tis the season to enjoy a lovely rosé! Take advantage of another exclusive online offer from the Michael's Wine Cellar team by placing your web order today, Monday, July 20, 2015.
Simply place your order by 11:59 p.m. today (7-20-15) and save 15% off your web purchases of all rosé wines. Valid on online orders only of $50 and more.Shop now by clicking here.To take advantage of the discount, enter promotional code "rose15" to take advantage of this special offer.
Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Promo code is case sensitive.