Bordeaux Offer on July 13

You've heard of "Christmas in July," but Michael's Wine Cellar is launching new special offers sure to bring out the gift-giving - or simply celebration spirit - in all wine connoisseurs EACH WEEK this summer! Cyber Monday Wine SaleToday, the Michael's Wine Cellar team is announcing a new series of "Cyber Monday" specials, available exclusively through the online shop at MichaelsWineCellar.com this summer. With unique access to some of the most sought-after wines from around the world, we are thrilled to debut our first special offer to our loyal clients and fellow wine lovers! Simply place your order by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 13 and save 15% off your web purchases of Bordeaux wines. Valid on online orders only of $50 and more. Shop now by clicking here. To take advantage of the discount, enter promotional code "bordeaux15" to take advantage of this special offer.  Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Promo code is case sensitive.
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Wines for 7/11 Tasting

We hope you enjoyed a safe and happy Independence Day weekend last week. Due to the holiday, we our July Open House Wine Tasting was scheduled for the second Saturday of the month. Thus we look forward to seeing you at Michael's Wine Cellar, 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, July 11! Table 1 Southern Wine & Spirits Sparkling "Rose", Mumm Napa Valley, CA, NV Sauvignon Blanc "Josh", Joseph Carr, Sonoma County, CA, 2012 Chardonnay "Karia", Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Merlot "Josh", Joseph Carr, CA, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Darcie Kent, Central Coast, CA, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Girard, Napa County, CA, 2012 Table 2 Premier Chardonnay "Wild Ferment", Errazuriz, Casablanca Valley, CL, 2011 Chardonnay "Morino", Beni di Batasiolo, Langhe, IT, 2011 Riesling, Willamette Valley Vineyards, OR, 2013 Pinot Noir, Hook & Ladder Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA, 2013 Chianti "Castiglioni", Frescobaldi, Tuscany, IT, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Freakshow", Michael & David, 2012 Table 3 Stacole Prosecco "Zeta Dry", Zardetto, IT, 2012 Trebbiano "San Benedetto", Zenato, Lugana, IT, 2013 Vinho Verde, Casal Garcia, PT, NV Cabernet Sauvignon, Slingshot, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Red Blend “Ungrafted Red”, Ghostrider, Lodi, CA, 2014 Malbec "Q", Zuccardi, Mendoza, AR, 2011 Table 4 Opici  Chenin Blanc, Lion's Lair, Swartland, ZA, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg, Western Cape ZA, 2014 Viognier “Wilson Vineyard”, The Crusher, Clarksberg, CA, 2013 Red Blend "Sugar Beet Ranch", The Crusher, Clarksburg, CA, 2011 Red Blend "Cos de los Siete", Michel Rolland, 2011 Shiraz "Estate", Groot Constantia, Constantia, ZA, 2010 Table 5 Transatlantic Rose, Mulderbosch, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2014 Fume Blanc, Dry Creek Vineyard, Sonoma County, CA, 2013 Chardonnay "Silver", Mer Soleil, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, 2013 Red Blend "Big Easy", Ernie Els, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2011 Dolcetto d'Alba, Pio Cesare, Alba, IT, 2012 Zinfandel, "Decoy", Duckhorn Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2012 Table 6 Augustan Pinot Gris, Adelsheim, Willamette Valley, OR, 2013 Rhone Blend "Guilhem Blanc", Moulin De Gassac, Languedoc, FR, 2014 Chardonnay "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyards, Edna Valley, CA, 2013 Pinot Noir "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyards, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2013 Merlot "Nelms Road", Woodward Canyon, WA, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sean Minor, Napa Valley, CA, 2011 Table 7 Michael's Wine Cellar Sparkling "Rosa Regale", Banfi Vintners, Brachetto d'Acqui, IT, NV Pinot Gris, Drystone, Central Otago, NZ, 2008 Albarino, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Central Coast, CA, 2012 Tempranillo "Termes", Numanthia, Toro, ES, 2011 Chateau Tour St. Bonnet, Medoc, FR, 2010 Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon, FR, 2011 Admission to these monthly wine tasting events is $10/person for each event. Advanced registration is available online, but not required. Guests are always welcome at the door!  Of course, Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members receive points on all retail purchases.
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Bottled in Bond 1897

We're thrilled to announce another new arrival at Michael's wine and spirits shop in Sarasota! “Bottled in Bond 1897” Old Forester Bourbon $56.95 (Only four bottles available.) Here's the insider update from InsiderLouisville.com: To be labeled Bottled in Bond, the bourbon must have been the product of one distillation season, one distiller, and from one distillery. Legally, it must have been aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at full 100 proof. This bourbon will be called Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond. The name comes from the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. The bourbon was created by mirroring production techniques of the 1897 time period. Old Forester was the founding brand of Brown-Foreman in 1870, created by George Garvin Brown.
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Rhetoric Arrives!

RhetoricBourbonHot off the delivery truck! We're thrilled to announce a new arrival of this special limited production Bourbon. Michael's Wine Cellar has just received six bottles of Bourbon "Rhetoric", Orphan Barrel, 21 Year, 750ml. This special find is priced aggressively at $119.95 per bottle, and yes, only six bottles are available. These won't last long! Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Bourbon Comes To Retail By Nino Marchetti, The Whiskey Wash Diageo’s Orphan Barrel project, love it or hate it, has stirred up quite the discussion since it debuted last year around strong consumer desires focused on anything whiskey with an older age statement. While some of the bottlings are one-off releases others, such as Rhetoric, aim to be more once a year shots into retail markets. Last year we saw Rhetoric as a 20 year old bourbon, and though there’s no official word from Diageo yet, I’ve noticed a whole bunch of 21 year old has started trickling over the last few weeks into liquor stores. The Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old, with an average retail price of $129 as of this post, looks as if it will be the second of six planned under this particular name from what I can tell over at its website (the oldest listed there is a 25 year old scheduled for a 2019 release). What Diageo is doing here with Rhetoric by staggering its stock over the years is, according to them, "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." Click here to read the full article on The Whiskey Wash.
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July 11 Wine Tasting

NOTE DATE FOR JULY: This event will be held on the SECOND Saturday of month due to the Independence Day holiday. Join us on Saturday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting and taste dozens of international wines. Admission is $10/person. Online reservations are available at www.michaelswinecellar.com; however, reservations are not required. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn points on all retail purchases during Open House events. Guests are always welcome!
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Michter's Whiskey Tasting

MichtersWhiskeyWe are pleased to announce the featured spirits for next Tuesday's Whiskey Club Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar: Whiskey "Sour Mash", Michter's US*1, 750ml Bourbon "Small Batch", Michter's US*1, 750ml Whiskey "American", Michter's US*1, 750ml Whiskey "Straight Rye", Michter's US*1, 750ml Click here to register online. June 2015 Whiskey Club Tasting PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH ONLY Tuesday, June 16, 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.
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June 6 Wine Tasting

Featured-Items-White-Red-WineJoin us on Saturday, June 6, 2-4 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting! Admission is $10/person (Online reservations are available, but not required.) Stop by to pick-up a special bottle for Dad this month. (Remember Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, 2015.) FEATURED WINES FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 6th WINE TASTING: Vine Craft Cava, Tarantas, ES, 2012 $13.95 Cotes du Roussillon Blanc, Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier, FR, 2013 $14.95 Bourgogne Blanc "Le Clos", Dom des Valanges, FR, 2014 $18.95 Pinot Noir, Alta Maria Vineyards, Santa Maria Valley, 2011 $26.95 Cotes du Roussillon "Villages", Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier, FR, 2013 $14.95 Red Blend "Perlita", DiamAndes, Mendoza, AR, 2013 $13.95 Transatlantic Wine & Spirits Sparkling "Brut", Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, CA, NV $19.95 Sauvignon Blanc, Duckhorn, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 $29.95 Chardonnay, Stags' Leap Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 $19.95 Pinot Noir, Meiomi, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 $19.95 Zinfandel "Decoy", Duckhorn Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA, 2012 $21.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Justin Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA, 2013 $25.95 Opici Fine Wines Riesling "Impulse", C.H. Berres, Mosel, DE, 2009 $13.95 Sauvignon Blanc "Reserve", Tinga, Limari Valley, CL, 2014 $13.95 Chardonnay "Butter", Jam Cellars, CA, 2013 $16.95 Cabernet Sauvignon "Three County", Light Horse, CA, 2012 $12.95 Red Blend "1682", Rustenberg, ZA, 2012 $13.95 Red Blend "C", Bodegas Carchelo,  Jumilla, ES, 2013 $13.95 Southern Wine & Spirits White Blend "Bella Luce", Ferrari Carano, Sonoma, CA $14.95 Pinot Grigio "Velante", Bertani, IT, 2013 $12.95 Chardonnay "Josh", Joseph Carr, North Coast, CA, 2013 $12.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Grace Lane, Columbia Valley, WA, US, 2012 $11.95 Red Blend "Double Decker Red", Tamas, CA, 2012 $10.95 Super Tuscan "Villa Rosso", Antinori Family Estate, Toscany, IT, 2011 $21.95   Michael's Wine Cellar Sparkling "Brut Blanc De Noirs", Gruet, NM, US, NV $16.95 Arneis "Blange", Ceretto, Langhe, IT, 2013 $19.95 Chardonnay, Miner Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 $26.95 Cabernet/Syrah, Mas de Guiot, Pays du Gard, FR, 2010 $15.95 Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de Fontbonau, Rhone Valley, FR, 2009 $25.95 Chateau Cap de Faugeres, Castillon, FR, 2011 $19.95   Premier Beverage Gewurztraminer, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2014 $11.95 Cotes du Rhone Blanc "Perrin Reserve", Perrin & Fils, FR, 2013 $11.95 Rose de Malbec "Crios", Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2012 $11.95 Merlot, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA,  2011 $17.95 Shiraz "Skaapveld", MAN Vintners, ZA, 2013 $9.95 Cotes du Rhone "Grenache", Dom. Andre Brunel, FR, 2012 $12.95 Wilson Daniels Sparkling "Mirabelle Brut", Schramsberg, CA, NV $23.95 Pinot Gris, Ponzi Vineyards, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 $18.95 Chardonnay "Village", Kumeu River, Kumeu, NZ, 2012 $19.95 Rose "Pinot Noir", Presqu'ile, Santa Maria Valley, CA, 2014 $21.95 Pinot Noir "Route 99", Routestock, Willamette Valley, OR, 2013 $19.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Prelius, Tuscany, IT, 2013 $16.95 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn points on all retail purchases during Open House events. Guests are always welcome!
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Perdomo Cigar Dinner

Featured-Items-PerdomoCigarDinnerThe Michael's Wine Cellar team is thrilled to host a special Perdomo Cigar Dinner organized by our colleagues at Maduro Cigar & Bar. Perdomo Cigar Dinner Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:30 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar $74.95/person Hors D'oeuvres | Three-Course Dinner | Cigars | Dinner Wine Pairings | Scotch Tasting PERDOMO CIGAR DINNER MENU
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - COCKTAILS, CIGARS, HORS D’OUEVRES PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction Seared “Maryland-Style” Lump Meat Crab Cakes with Classic Rémoulade Beef & Bleu Cheese Wrapped in Bacon 7:30 PM - SEATED DINNER SALAD Michael’s Special Seasonal Salad Organic Tender Greens, Gorgonzola, Figs, Red Grapes, Candied Pecans & Pear-Poppyseed Vinaigrette Specialty Bread Basket ENTREE Braised Short Ribs Mirepoix with Pignolias, Basil & Parmesan Mash Roasted Haricot Verts & Baby Carrots DESSERT Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake Fresh Raspberries & Vanilla Anglaise  
Contact Maduro for more information and reservations: 941-925-4747 Space is limited for this special event.
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June 6 Wine Dinner Menu

Wine DinnerMichael’s Wine Dinners are 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. We are pleased to announce the specially-designed menu for this weekend's Old World vs New World Wine Dinner, 7 pm on Saturday, June 6, 2015. $95/person, plus tax & gratuity Reservations are required as seating is limited for this special event. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve via phone. Old World vs New World Wine Dinner Featuring the Wilson Daniels Portfolio Passed Hors D'oeuvres Mini Maine Lobster Tacos Avocado, Tomato Concasse & Cilantro Crème Fraîche Crispy Frog Leg Lollipop Spiced Strawberry Jam & Red Blood Micro Greens Fig Crostini Chive Goat Cheese, Braised Onion Relish & Crispy Applewood Smoked Bacon Sparkling "Blanc de Noirs", Schramsberg, CA, 2011 First Course Roasted Key West Shrimp & Jumbo Diver Scallop Country-Style Grits, Roasted Pancetta, Fennel Shrimp Bisque & Onion Straws Chablis "Saint Martin", Domaine Laroche, FR, 2013 Chardonnay "Village", Kumeu River, Kumeu, NZ, 2012 Second Course Pan-Seared New England Halibut Brown and White Beach Mushrooms, Crustacean Nage, Shaved Asparagus & Blue Crab Chari Rice with Marcona Almond Butter Moulin-A-Vent, Ch. Moulin-A-Vent, FR, 2011 Pinot Noir, Ponzi Vineyards, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 Third Course Roasted Veal Tenderloin Prosciutto de Parma, Truffle Butternut Squash Purée, Heirloom Baby Carrots, Braised Leeks, Pinot Noir Reduction & Sweet Potato Allumettes Red Blend, Tenuta dei Pianali Coronato, Bolgheri, IT, 2008 Red Blend, Double Eagle, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 Dessert Mascarpone Sabayon Charlotte Florida Peach Compote & Crushed Amaretti White Blend "Vin Santo Chianti Classico", Castello di Volpaia, Tuscany, IT, 2007
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Father's Day Gifts

Is your Dad a connoisseur of Whiskey? Or would he like to be? Stop in Michael's Wine Cellar and allow our knowledgeable team to help you select a special bottle of Whiskey, Bourbon or Scotch for Dad this year.  (Remember: Father's Day is Sunday, June 21.) We also feature a variety of specialty cigars available for purchase at our retail store. If you already know his favorite Burgundy, Bordeaux or other favorite varietal, click here to shop online for hundreds of estate and domaine-bottled wines from around the world. Or enjoy a night out with Dad at Michael's monthly Whiskey Club Tasting on Tuesday, June 16. (Please note date change this month!) Admission is just $10/person. Of course, gift cards to Michael's Wine Cellar and Michael's On East are always a popular gift for Father's Day or any holiday throughout the year. Be sure to place your order now to ensure the gift card can be delivered prior to Dad's big day.
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Old World vs New World

Please join us for a special wine dinner as we compare Old World and New World wines with each extravagant course. Old World vs. New World Wine Dinner Saturday, June 6, 2015 7-10 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar This event will feature prized wines from the Wilson Daniels portfolio: Sparkling "Blanc de Noirs", Schramsberg, CA, 2011 Chablis "Saint Martin", Domaine Laroche, FR, 2013 Chardonnay "Village", Kumeu River, Kumeu, NZ, 2012 Moulin-A-Vent, Ch. Moulin-A-Vent, FR, 2011 Pinot Noir, Ponzi Vineyards, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 Red Blend, Tenuta dei Pianali Coronato, Bolgheri, IT, 2008 Red Blend, Double Eagle, Napa Valley, CA, 2012 White Blend "Vin Santo Chianti Classico", Castello di Volpaia, Tuscany, IT, 2007, 375ml Michael’s Wine Dinners are 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. $95/person, plus tax & gratuity Reservations are required as seating is limited for this special event. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve via phone.
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June Events

No sleepy summer here! Michael’s Wine Cellar continues our monthly tasting events throughout the summer. Open House Wine Tasting  Saturday, June 6, 2015, 2-4 pm $10/person Click here to register online. Whiskey Club Tasting PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30 pm $10/person Click here to register online. Please also join us for a Maduro's Cigar Dinner on June 11 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Click here for event details. Click here to browse all upcoming events.
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Summer Whiskey Tastings

The Michael’s Wine Cellar team is pleased to continue offering our popular Whiskey Club tastings in the Store each month throughout this summer. All members of the public are invited to attend these popular "Whiskey Club" tastings. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made in advance of each event online through www.michaelswinecellar.com. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event. Admission to each event is $10 per person. Upcoming Whiskey Club Tasting Events Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (Please note date change!) Click here to register now for the June 16th Whiskey Club Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Tuesday, September 8, 2015  
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Date Change!

Michael’s Wine Cellar is pleased to offer Whiskey Club tastings in the Store each month. Please mark your calendar with an important date change for June! June 2015 Whiskey Club Tasting Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Click here to register now for the June 16th Whiskey Club Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $10 per person. All members of the public are invited to attend these popular "Whiskey Club" tastings. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made in advance of each event online through www.michaelswinecellar.com. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event.
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Double Points

Do you make the most of your Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club membership? We love rewarding you for your good taste throughout the year - especially each summer when we extend DOUBLE rewards to our most loyal members. Each Thursday, May 14 through September 30, 2015, we invite you to earn double points on all retail purchases at Michael's Wine Cellar. That's right, shop on Thursdays, 10 am - 6 pm in the Store for your weekend supplies from craft beers to boutique spirits and more than 1,000 international wines, and you'll receive x2 the number of points in your Connoisseur Club account!  Also on Thursdays, enjoy half-priced bottles of wine during lunch and dinner in the Restaurant, Michael's On East. No exclusions! Plus earn Double Points on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the Restaurant at Michael's On East. TGIT! These special offers are available beginning the week of May 11, continuing through September 30, 2015. Some restrictions apply. Not valid in conjunction with special events or in combination with any other offer. The Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club is a lifestyle rewards club for all who love great food, fine wine and world travel. Be sure to visit the Connoisseur Club website at GulfCoastConnoisseurClub.com to check your points online, learn about participating venues and special offers exclusive to Connoisseur Club members. Click here to learn more about the program, sign-up as a new member or check your point balance online.
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Summer Wine Tastings

This summer, Michael's Wine Cellar continues to feature monthly wine tastings on Saturday afternoons at the retail wine store located just outside of downtown Sarasota. Join us for a casual, walk-about tasting with visiting wine representatives as they feature a variety of estate and domaine-bottled wines ranging in price from $9.95-$35.95 each month. Saturday, June 6, 2015 2-4 pm  Saturday, July 11, 2015 2-4 pm  Saturday, August 1, 2015 2-4 pm  Admission to each tasting is $10 per person. Of course, Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members continue to earn points on all retail purchases in the store throughout the year.
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Wine Lovers Thursdays

Start your weekend off on Thursdays this summer! Each Thursday, May 14 through September 30, 2015, Michael, Phil and their knowledgable teams in the Restaurant and Store are ready to introduce you to a new favorite bottle of wine, with special savings or bonus points for you! Double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Points: Thursdays in the Store at Michael's Wine Cellar (Plus earn Double Points on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the Restaurant.) Wine Lovers Thursdays: Enjoy half-priced bottles of wine during lunch and dinner in the Restaurant, Michael's On East. No exclusions! These special offers are available beginning the week of May 11, continuing through September 30, 2015. Some restrictions apply. Not valid in conjunction with special events or in combination with any other offer. The Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club is a lifestyle rewards club for all who love great food, fine wine and world travel. Be sure to visit the Connoisseur Club website at GulfCoastConnoisseurClub.com to check your points online, learn about participating venues and special offers exclusive to Connoisseur Club members. Click here to learn more about the program, sign-up as a new member or check your point balance online.  
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Domaine Serene Tasting

Featured-Items-DomaineSerenePlease join us on Wednesday May 13, 2015 for "An Evening with Domaine Serene" hosted by Brand Ambassador Angie Cheatham and Augustan Wine Imports representative Robin Stephenson.
Featured Wines:

Champagne Reception
Champagne "Longitude 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs", Larmandier, FR, NV ($49.95)

Domaine Serene
Chardonnay "Evenstad Reserve", Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 ($54.95)
Rose, Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 ($29.95)
Pinot Noir "Yamhill Cuvee", Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 ($48.95)
Pinot Noir "Evenstad Reserve", Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, OR, 2012 ($69.95)

Space is limited and reservations are required. Admission to this special wine tasting event includes tastes of the featured wines and light hors d'oeuvres

$25 per person
Click here for online reservations, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229.
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Meet Winemakers at Tasting

Join us for a special wine tasting with winemakers and winery owners from across America on Friday, May 8. This special wine tasting event will be held 5-7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar. We invite you to meet these distinguished hosts! Grieve Family Winery: David Grieve, Proprietor & Vance Rose, Winemaker Presqu'ʹile Winery: Matt Murphy, Proprietor & Dieter Cronje, Winemaker Schramsberg: Hugh Davies, Vintner & Proprietor Hyde de Villaine (HdV): Stephane Vivier, Winemaker Ponzi Vineyards: Brenna Patterson, Director of Sales Coppersea Distilling: Christopher Williams, Distillery Manager “Made in America” Wine Tasting Friday, May 8 5-7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Admission to this special wine tasting is $25/person and reservations are required. Please click here to register now. Space is limited. Special note: All attendees will receive DOUBLE Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on all retail purchases the evening of the "Made in America" Wine Tasting.
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Mother's Day: Crios Wines

The Crios wines offer an incredible great value - and are perfect gifts for mom (daughter, grandmother or great-grandmother!) this Mother's Day. Click here to purchase the Crios rosé through our secure online wine shop, or stop in the retail store, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m. CriosRose_IMG_7994In a country dominated by male winemakers, Susana Balbo stands out not only for her gender, but for her incredible skill and experience. She has been making wine since she earned her enology degree in 1981, and she has probably produced a wider variety of wines than any other winemaker in Argentina. Susana was the first Argentine winemaker to be hired as a consultant to make wine outside of Argentina. She has made wine in Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Spain, and she spends a month each year in a different wine region of the world studying with local winemakers and growers. After 25+ years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios". Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. Like Susana's own crios (a boy and a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact, and represents Susana and her children, José and Ana. The artifact illustrates the interconnectedness of every generation, and the irony that we will be both the parent and the offspring at different times in our lives. In 2011, Susana passed the winemaking reins for Crios to her own son, José Lovaglio, a graduate of UC Davis. José continues to translate his mother’s vision while bringing his own unique, modern style to the wines. Click here for more details about the Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2014. Click here for more details about the Rose de Malbec "Crios", Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2012. *Impact magazine gave Crios its 2009 "Hot Brand" award *Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate stated "All Crios wines are phenomenal values worth buying by the case." *Wine & Spirits named Crios "Value Brand of the Year" for 2009, 2007, and 2004!" Courtesy of Vine Connections
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239