2880 Red Blend in WSJ

2880 Red from Napa Valley makes The Wall Street Journal! 2880 Wine"Lush, ripe, and aromatically beguiling"...that's how The Wall Street Journal's Lettie Teague described the 2880 Red Blend in her March 2015 column. Click here to view the full article, or here to purchase the 2880 Red Blend from our online store. (Extremely limited availability.) Did you realize 2880 Proprietors John and Betsy Kane-Hartnett are long-time friends of the Michael's team? In fact, Michael and John were business partners years ago when our very first wine shop opened in Southside Village! We are proud to offer the Kane-Hartnett's wines from Calistoga, California today at Michael's Wine Cellar.
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Special Whiskies Available

We are pleased to offer these special products as standout spirits - "the best!?" which received rave reviews during the 2015 Whiskey Obsession Festival. Contact the Michael's Wine Cellar team via phone 941-955-CORK (2675) or stop in the retail store, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., to pick-up select products or place a special order for your favorite whiskey(s). Angel's Envy Bourbon Brenne French Single Malt Compass Box Lost Blend Jack Daniel's Rested Rye Michter's Straight Rye Reservoir Wheat Tullabardine 500 Sherry WhistlePig 10 Year Rye Angels-Envy-BourbonCompassBoxWhiskeyLostBlend JackDaniels-Rested_RyeReservoir-wheat-200 Whistlepig10yearMichters-Straight-Ryetullibardine-500 BrenneFrenchSingleMaltWhiskey
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"The Best" Whiskies

The results are in! Turner C. Moore will return to guest host one of our monthly Whiskey Club Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar. The creator and producer of the Whiskey Obsession Festival will be showcasing select whiskies which received the "best" reviews during the 3rd annual festival held just a few weeks ago on property at the Michael's On East Ballroom and Wine Cellar.Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 to taste the “Best of” the 2015 Whiskey Obsession Festival! Angel's Envy Bourbon Brenne French Single Malt Compass Box Lost Blend Jack Daniel's Rested Rye Michter's Straight Rye Reservoir Wheat Tullabardine 500 Sherry WhistlePig 10 Year Rye 
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May 9 Wine Tasting

Please note date change! The May Open House Wine Tasting will be held on the SECOND Saturday of the month!  Join us on Saturday, May 9, 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! Stop by to pick-up a special bottle for Mom this year. (Remember Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, 2015.)
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Made in America Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting Made in AmericaPlease Join us to taste wines which are truly "Made in America!" Taste select wines from Davies Vineyards, Double Eagle, Grieve Family Winery, Hyde de Villaine, Ponzi Vineyards, Presqu'ile Winery, RouteStock, Schramsberg Vineyards and Coppersea Distilling, plus guest appearances by select import wines from the Wilson Daniels Portfolio as well! Wilson Daniels “Made in America” Wine Tasting Friday, May 8 5-7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar This special tasting is open to the public! Enjoy many popular plus up-and-coming California and Oregon wines plus delectable hors d'oeuvres from Michael's On East - and meet many Winemakers and Distillers! 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. A Trade Tasting will also be held the same day, 1:30 - 4 p.m. in the Michael's On East Ballroom (This special event is open only to local bartenders, mixologists, servers, bar managers and restaurant managers in the Sarasota area.)  Industry professionals are invited to click here to register for the TRADE Tasting.  
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April 14 Whiskey Tasting

Please join the Michael's Wine Cellar team on Tuesday, April 14 to taste the "Best of" the recent Whiskey Obsession Festival! This month's monthly Whiskey Club Tasting will be led by guest host - and founder/producer of the Whiskey Obsession Festival - Turner Moore. Click here to register now to taste standout spirits from the popular festival. This month's tasting is $25 per person.
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Kosher Wine

Silver kiddush wine cup for passover - Kosher wineKosher 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 Sarasota/Tampa Bay region throughout the year, so it is our pleasure to offer several Kosher wines available for retail purchase from Michael’s Wine Cellar. Our wine and spirits shop 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. -Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced. 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. Alfasi wines are certified kosher.   Cabernet Sauvignon "Kosher", Recanati, Galilee, IL, 2013 $16.95 Tasting Notes: Bright ruby red in color with a bouquet of delicate smoky aromas with hints of spice. Medium-bodied, with flavors of blackberries, plums and herbs. A perfect companion for grilled meats, game, casseroles and robust vegetarian entrées. -Located in Israel’s Hefer Valley, the Recanati Winery is a showcase winemaking facility, equipped with the most innovative technology available today. Owned by Lenny Recanati, a native of Israel with ancestral roots stretching back to Italy, the winery is the fruit of Lenny’s life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the U.C. Davis wine program. Formerly a winemaker at Israel’s Amphorae and Carmel wineries, Gil brings to Recanati proven expertise in his field, allied to a devotion to artistry and craftsmanship in winemaking. Recanati wines are certified kosher.   Merlot "Kosher", Alfasi, Valle Del Maule, CL, 2013 $9.95 Tasting Notes: Well-balanced, with plum and mild oak notes, and a velvety-smooth finish. -Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced. 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. Alfasi wines are certified kosher.   Please note: Our wine inventory is constantly changing at Michael's Wine Cellar and www.michaelswinecellar.com. Please feel free to contact our knowledgeable team at 941-955-2675 if you are seeking a particular product or would like to place a special order.
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April 4 Wine Tasting

Prepare for your Easter celebrations by stocking up on new favorite wines for your holiday gatherings, or bring along visiting family and friends to taste for themselves at Michael's April Open House Wine Tasting! We hope you can join us, 2-4 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2015 for our monthly casual, walk-about wine tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $10 per person. While reservations are NOT required, we do invite you to make your online reservation in advance by clicking here.
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Whiskey & Wine Nosing Class

It's a "class," so it's completely acceptable to drink wine and whiskey this Thursday morning! Register now for The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y: A Masterclass on Intelligent Smelling The class will be lead by Kim Lahiri, Global Head of Training for the Aroma Nosing Academy based in the UK, and features their Whisky and Wine Aroma Nosing Kits. Three wines and three whiskies will be presented. Join us on a journey discovering your sense of smell. The world of aromas is a fascinating arena for enjoyable experiences that educate your nose. We will learn how not to deconstruct a whisky or wine aroma profile but rather how to re-construct the key aromas in well-known brands to create the complex aroma profile that influences your palate. Step by step we lead you through myriad aromas, help you to recognise the smell, and then to put a name to the smell. The talk will awaken your whole perception to nosing a whisky or your favourite wine, why you prefer certain whiskies/ wines to others, and how we can help you to select the profile of whisky/wine that you will truly enjoy in flavour terms. Remember 95% of all flavour comes from your sense of smell! The kits and accompanying guide booklets make wine or whisk(e)y nosing and tasting an even more pleasurable experience and dramatically increase your nosing and tasting knowledge! Let us guide you as we:
  • Introduce a series of key reference whisky aromas!
  • Educate you regarding nosing terminology/vocabulary!
  • Explain the whisky nosing and tasting process!
  • Identify the key aromas to be found in your favourite single malts! with the unique Whisky Aroma Kit Nose Training Systems
The Whisky Aroma Nosing Kits contain aroma nosing samples carefully selected by the leading specialist aroma scientist, Dr George Dodd, in conjunction with ScotchWhisky.net. Each of the Whiskey Obsession Festival events are selling out fast, but space remains available for this newest program addition! This Wine and Whiskey Nosing Class with Kim Lahiri of the UK’s Aroma Academy set for Thursday March 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m at Michael's Wine Cellar. This special event is designed to benefit both the wine and spirits industry reps and bartenders/mixologists as well as the general public. Please join us!
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March 7 Tasting

We are pleased to announce the full line-up for tomorrow's Open House Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. We hope you can join us, 2-4 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015 for this casual, walk-about wine tasting. Admission is $10 per person. While reservations are NOT required, we do invite you to make your online reservation in advance by clicking here. March 2015 Open House Wine Tasting Featured Wines Table 1: Stacole Fine Wines Chenin Blanc, Vinum Africa, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2011 Riesling, Loimer, Kamptal, AT, 2012 Chardonnay "Bon Vallon Estate", De Wetshof, Roberston, ZA, 2013 Pinot Noir "Estate", Paul Cluver, Elgin, ZA, 2012 Rhone Blend "Luberon", Dauvergne Ranvier, FR, 2013 Grenache "Nicolas Vieilles Vignes", Domaine Lafage, FR, 2013 Table 2: Augustan Wines Riesling "Scharzhofberger Spatlese", Bischofliche Weinguter, DE, 2011 Chardonnay "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyards, Edna Valley, CA, 2012 Chardonnay "Sonoma Coast", Patz & Hall, CA, 2013 Pinot Noir "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyards, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyard, CA, 2012 Malbec "Biutiful", Maal Wines, Mendoza, AR, 2013 Table 3: Transatlantic Chenin Blanc, Dry Creek, Clarksburg, CA, 2012 Vinho Verde, Octave, PT, NV Pinot Gris, J Vineyards, CA, 2014 Pinot Noir "Lyric", Etude, Santa Barbara, CA, 2013 Red Blend "Big Easy", Ernie Els, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2011 Red Blend "Gran Reserva", Amancaya, Mandoza, AR, 2011 Table 4: Premier Beverage Vouvray "Sec", Laurent Kraft, FR, 2012 White Blend "Field Blend", Stark-Conde, Jonkershoek Valley, ZA, 2013 Chardonnay "Padstal", MAN Vintners, Coastal Region, ZA, 2012 Chianti "Castiglioni", Frescobaldi, IT, 2012 Petite Sirah "Petite Petit", Michael & David, Lodi, CA, 2012 Cotes du Ventoux "Fayard", Domaine de Fondreche, Rhone, FR, 2010 Table 5: Southern Wine & Spirits Riesling, Trimbach, Alsace, FR, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc "Josh", Joseph Carr, Sonoma County, CA, 2012 Chardonnay "Josh", Joseph Carr, North Coast, CA, 2013 Zinfandel, The Federalist, Lodi, CA, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Divining Rod, CA, 2011 Red Blend, 19 Crimes, AU, 2011 Table 6: Opici Fine Wines Riesling "Dry", Undone, Rheinhessen, DE, NV Sauvignon Blanc "Reserve", Tinga, Limari Valley, CL Chardonnay, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2013 Red Blend "Sugar Beet Ranch", The Crusher, CA, 2011 Pinotage, Barista, Western Cape, ZA, 2012 Tempranillo, Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero, ES, 2010 Table 7: Michael’s Wine Cellar Chateau Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2011 Chateau Lilian Ladouys, St.- Estephe, FR, 2011 Chateau Charmail, Haut-Medoc, FR, 2010 Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac, FR, 2011 Chateau La Vieille Cure, Fronsac, FR, 2010 Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande De Pomerol, FR, 2011
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Whiskey Festival Schedule

Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors will travel to Sarasota, Florida for the Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including many small craft distillers.  We are pleased to host "Whiskey Obsession" - one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in the Southeast on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2015, on property at Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota.  Schedule of Events: Thursday March 26, 2015   The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with Kim Lahiri Aroma Nosing Academy, Inverness, Scotland Cost $15 per person The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cost $45 per person Join eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors: Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Wes Henderson, Angel’s Envy Master Ambassador Josh Hatton, Co-Founder of the Jewish Whisky Company Gary Keimach, SVP with Gordon & MacPhail Randy Adams, Macallan Ambassador Rachel Ewing, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky Friday, March 27, 2015: The Whiskey Obsession Grand Tasting 6:30 VIP Admission 7:30 General Admission 8:00 pm Masterclass Session I Class 1: Jack Daniel’s Academy with Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller, Class 2: Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador. Class 3: Double Wood Maturation with Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky. 9:15 pm Masterclass Session II Class 4: Wine & Whiskey Nosing with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy, Scotland. Class 5: Angel’s Envy with Wes Henderson, Master Ambassador Class 6: Cigar & Whisky Pairing with Glenfiddich Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph and C&C Dram Club Cigars Founder Joe Chiusano. 10:30 pm Last Pour 10:45 pm After-Party at Made Restaurant   Three ticket levels are available, VIP at $195; General Admission at $95; and Companion at $45.   Click here for full details and tickets to this popular festival: Whiskey Obsession Festival.
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Italian Wine Tasting on 3/11

During last summer's Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey, 31 travelers were granted exclusive access to some of Northern Italy's most well-known winemakers. The group experienced a multi-course wine luncheon hosted by mother and daughter team Giovannella and Federica Stianti at Castello Di Volpaia and toured the winery cellars in Tuscany on Sept. 4, 2014. Now, Michael Klauber and his team at Michael's Wine Cellar are pleased to host Federica Stianti in Sarasota.
Proprietor Federica Stianti of Castello di Volpaia will host an Italian Wine Tasting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at Michael’s Wine Cellar."The Stianti family were such gracious hosts last summer as our Connoisseur Club received a grand tour of their restored medieval village and learned about the olive oil and superb wines created at their estate located in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti production zone," remarked Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar. "After experiencing their generous hospitality, we look forward to welcome Federica to Sarasota. This is truly a special opportunity for our guests in Sarasota to taste with one of Tuscany's best!" This featured wine tasting on March 11 is open to the public for $10 per person. Admission will include tastes of seven wines paired with Italian meats and cheeses. Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here to register online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for reservations. Interested in experiencing a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip escorted by Michael and Terri Klauber of Michael's On East and Ryan and Malaka Hilton of Admiral Travel International in the future? Details were announced just last week for the 2016 departure: European River Cruise from Prague to Budapest on AMA Waterways' newest ship, September 8 - September 18, 2016.
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Afrohead Rum

AFROHEAD-RUMBorn and aged in the West Indies, AFROHEAD Premium Aged Dark Rum is a tribute to genuine inspiration. It is for those brave enough to drink in the greatness of life without the need for pretense or justification. It is meticulously crafted for the storytellers, the rebels, the pioneers. We are thrilled to debut two new featured spirits, now available online through the links below, or the Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store, Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. Rum, Afrohead, 7 Year, 750ml $34.95 Tasting Notes: Born in the West Indies and treasured all over the world, this silky smooth spirit vibrates with notes of toasty oak and a hint of honey. Its estery and creamy taste deliver hints of molasses and Bourbon wood accents with a ghost of vanilla for a smooth, warming, long finish. AFROHEAD Premium Aged Dark Rum is authentically crafted with blends of rum aged 7 years or older in once used Bourbon barrels. 80 Proof Rum, Afrohead, 15 Year, 750ml $58.95 Tasting Notes: Blended to perfection for a complete and complex flavor profile, AFROHEAD XO begins creamy and builds to a toffee and caramel taste on the palate. Hints of vanilla and smooth caramel echo in the notes of this bold, sensual spirit for a smooth, extra long finish. 86 Proof    
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Fleur de Bouard Tasting

RSVP now to meet Coralie de Bouard of Chateau Fleur de Bouard this Monday evening during a special Bordeaux Wine Tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Michael invites you to meet a member of one of Bordeaux’ “Royal Families" during this special wine tasting. Featured wines will include: Chateau Fleur de Bouard Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande De Pomerol, FR, 2010 $46.95 The Wine Advocate: 92 Points Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande De Pomerol, FR, 2011 $36.95 The Wine Advocate: 90 Points Bordeaux 2010
Chateau Thieuley Blanc, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2013
Chateau La Vieille Cure, Fronsac, FR, 2010
Chateau Barde-Haut, Saint Emilion, FR, 2010
Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon, FR, 2010
Chateau Le Petit Haut Lafitte,  Pessac Leognan, FR, 2010
Chateau Charmail, Haut-Medoc, FR, 2010
Bordeaux 2011 Chateau Marjosse Blanc, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2013 Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac, FR, 2011 Chateau Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2011 Chateau Fleur Cardinale "Grand Cru Classe, St.-Emilion, FR, 2011 Chateau Labegorce, Margaux, FR, 2011 Chateau Lilian Ladouys, St.- Estephe, FR, 2011   This Bordeaux Tasting featuring Chateau Fleur de Bouard is set for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $25 per person. Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations.
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Bordeaux Tasting

Meet a member of one of Bordeaux' "Royal Families!" RSVP now to meet Coralie de Bouard of Chateau Fleur de Bouard this Monday evening during a special Bordeaux Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. $25/person Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations.
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Rosé & Red Wine for Valentine's Day

This week, Michael Klauber will be visiting Sarasota's ABC 7 to share a few suggestions regarding rosé and red wines for Valentine's Day with viewers of Suncoast View. Tune in at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 as Michael "sabers" a bottle of sparkling and explains his wine suggestions as Michael, Linda, Bobeth and Stephanie taste the wines with decadent chocolate. Here are just a few of Michael's personal recommendations for your sweetheart: Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2013 $9.95 Petite Cassagne Rose Wine A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Super fresh and bright, this summer sipper displays deep flavors of strawberries, minerals and sweet herbs. Domaine de la Petite Cassagne is located four kilometers from the village of St Gilles on south/south-eastern exposed slopes of the Costières de Nîmes. The soils here are characterized by cailloux deposited by the Rhône River centuries ago. "A pure style, with watermelon seed, rose water and white cherry notes lined with a tangy hint and backed by a lingering stony finish." -Wine Spectator Sparkling “Rosa Regale”, Banfi, Brachetto d’Acqui, IT, 2011 $18.95 Rosa Regale In 1979, John and Harry Mariani, family Proprietors of Banfi Vintners, acquired a mid-18th century winery, known as Bruzzone, revitalized it and renamed the facility Banfi Piemonte. Here, with the same detailed care as a century ago, our skilled winemakers produce "Rosa Regale" Brachetto d'Acqui D.O.C.G. This rare Brachetto, a semi-dry, red sparkling wine cherished by the courts of Europe over two centuries ago, owes its reincarnation to Banfi. Rosa Regale is created in one of Italy's smallest production zones, the Brachetto d'Acqui Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, commonly referred to as DOCG. It is crafted from 100% Brachetto grapes grown exclusively at the La Rosa Vineyard in the town of Acqui Terme located in the Piedmont region of Italy. The label features a single red rose, representing the wine's origin from this single vineyard La Rosa estate. Rosa Regale's quality comes from the vineyards. However, since this is a sweet, aromatic wine, winemaking techniques are also essential to preserve the grapes' elegant scent. After a careful harvest, the must is allowed to macerate on the skins for 2 to 3 days, thus resulting in a limited actual alcohol content. In this way, a deep beautiful pink color is obtained, thanks to the time spent in contact with anthocyanin-rich skins. The pressing technique is fundamental to the final result: "soft" and elegant. Rosa Regale is produced using the Charmat process or Metodo Italiano (Italian Method). This method forces the second fermentation to happen in large stainless steel tanks prior to bottling, rather than in the bottle like the traditional méthod champenoise. This process is best used on sparkling wines that are meant to be enjoyed young and relatively fresh. Red Blend "The Chocolate Block" Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek, ZA, 2012 $32.95 Chocolate Black Wine The Chocolate Block has a rustic, earthy bouquet with a touch of saddle-leather and Provencal herbs. The palate is smooth and rounded on the entry and is armed with crisp acidity to cut through that plush dark berried fruit interlaced with rosemary, white fennel and white pepper. Very svelte and harmonious towards the slightly oaky finish and demonstrating good length, The Chocolate Block is a well-crafted Rhone(ish) blend from Mark Kent and his team. Founded in 1776, Boekenhoutskloof is one of the oldest farms situated up the "Valley" in the Franschhoek foothills. Marc Kent is the winemaker, cellarmaster, and part owner of this homestead and wine farm. "Toasted savory and anise notes lead the way, backed by soft plum and blackberry paste flavors. A toasty hint holds sway on the finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Viognier. Drink now." -Wine Spectator Heart Corks Remember, Michael's Wine Cellar will be open 10 am - 6 pm on Valentine's Day this year, Saturday, February 14, 2015. Of course, our adjacent Restaurant Michael's On East will be hosting dozens of couples celebrating Valentine's Day in style on Saturday, February 14. However, the culinary team in the Restaurant invites you to take a month-long Epicurean Adventure to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. Michael's French Epicurean Adventure menu offers a two-course lunch for $18.95 or three-course dinner for $34.95 through the month of February. Please note: Epicurean Adventure menus are not available on holidays including Valentine's Day.
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"Judgment of Paris" Author

Featured-Items-George-Taber-Michael-KlauberOur team was thrilled to welcome Brian Baker of Chateau Montelena to Michael's Wine Cellar this past week as he hosted a special wine dinner on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Typically, we gather guests around one long, candlelit table for these special wine dinner affairs. The single table, for just 38 guests, is an impressive sight and allows for the visiting winemaker to truly host the event at "his" table." We had an overwhelming response to Chateau Montelena enthusiasts anxious to attend this special event featuring the classic, ageworthy wines from this historic Napa winery... For good reason! "In 1976 Chateau Montelena helped put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines. The results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world's finest wines, and that California's wine industry had come of age." On this particular evening earlier in the week, guests were delighted with an added surprise host at our wine dinner event! WineDinner-George-Taber Chateau Montelena George Taber, author of Judgement of Paris, was gracious enough to share a few remarks with our guests.  "Judgment of Paris is the story of the comeback of California wine from the disaster of Prohibition to the victory in 1976 of Napa wines at a tasting in Paris, where nine of France’s most esteemed judges scored a California red and a white as better than the best France had to offer." Click here to shop for Chateau Montelena wines online through Michael's Wine Cellar. Click here to learn more about author George Taber. Click here to learn more about Chateau Montelena.
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2/3 Wine Dinner Menu

Michael’s Wine Cellar is thrilled to welcome Brian Baker of Chateau Montelena next week as he hosts a special wine dinner! 
Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner
 Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar $95/person, plus tax & gratuity
 Michael's On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe have just announced the specially-designed menu! 
Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner
 Menu Passed Hors D’Oeuvres  Maine Diver Scallop Ceviche with Green Peppercorns, Grapefruit & Chili Vinaigrette   Charred Venison Tartare with Celery Root & Chervil Salad, White Truffle Oil & Port Gastrique   Crayfish Brandade Croquettes with Smoked Tomato Remoulade   First Course  Butter-Poached Maine Lobster Black Truffled Arancini, Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Confit Teardrop Tomatoes & Fennel Lobster Bisque   Second Course  Red Mole Braised Pork Belly Corn Flan, Coriander-Spiced Roasted Acorn Squash & Trumpet Mushrooms   Third Course  Five-Spiced Grilled Lamb Loin Turmeric Yukon-Sweet Potato Pavé, Buttered Salsify Root, Roasted Baby Turnips & Pepper Corn Demi-Reduction   Dessert  Fig Hazelnut & Apricot Dried Plum Tarte with Praline Gelato   Space is limited and reservations are required. This event has sold out. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for waiting list information. Space is limited and reservations are required. Store-Promo-Boxes-ChateauMontelena Established in 1882, Calistoga-based Chateau Montelena is credited for helping California wine earn worldwide recognition. In 1976, Chateau Montelena was one of two Napa wineries to come out on top in a blind tasting held for a who’s-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Chateau Montelena produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Riesling varietals. The winery has been owned and operated by the Barrett family since 1972.  
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Forks & Corks Wine Competition

Best of Show WinesThe Sarasota-Manatee Originals recently announced Two “Best of Show” Wine Winners for the 2015 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival!

Sixteen wine experts sampled nearly 300 wines from around the world at the third annual Forks & Corks wine judging competition on December 1, 2014. Two wines garnered "Best of Show" status, including one from California and one from Italy. All of the competing wines will be showcased during the 2015 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, January 23-26, 2015.

(Yes, that's this weekend!! While tickets for the Grand Tasting sold out through the Sarasota-Manatee Originals back in November, no reservations are required to attend a casual walk-about tasting on Saturday, January 24 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is only $10 per person for this 3-5 p.m. tasting in the Store. Click here for details.) Now, back to this year's Forks & Corks Wine Competition... The judges, each of whom sampled about 60 wines apiece, spent nearly eight hours evaluating the wines before coming up with the top winners. The two "Best of Show" wines selected are the 2012 Presqu'ile Winery Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, CA; and the 2007 Zenato Cresasso from Veneto, Italy. Twenty-three white wines garnered gold, silver and bronze awards; 44 red wines were recognized with gold, silver and bronze awards; two sparkling wines received gold and silver recognition; and five dessert wines were given gold, silver and bronze awards. A complete list of the other award-winning wines is available below.  Steve Harner, proprietor of The Crow’s Nest and president of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, chaired the wine judging competition. "The results heighten anticipation about which wines people are going to want to taste and purchase at The Grand Tasting," says Harner, adding that the winning wines will be among the over 400 wines showcased and for sale at the sold-out Grand Tasting event in the courtyard of the Ringling Museum of Art on January 25. “The buzz among winemakers and wineries from around the country and world is that Forks & Corks, in eight short years, has become one of the most popular wine and food events in the United States," says Harner. "This year, more than 70 winemakers will converge on Sarasota and show off their favorite vintages. That's something to raise a glass to!" The Presqu’ile Winery, family-owned and operated, is located in the Santa Maria Valley on California’s Central Coast. Two generations of Murphys form the heart of Presqu'ile: Matt, Amanda, Jonathan, Lindsey, Anna, Madison and Suzanne, together with winemaker Dieter Cronje and vineyard manager Jim Stollberg. "Our wines reflect a relentless pursuit of quality," says Matt Murphy. "We strive for elegance, balance and authentic expression and share a minimalist philosophy of interference. Except for intensive-shoot and cluster thinning, hand-harvesting and hand-sorting, we let the exquisite fruit convey the essence of its respective variety, vineyard and vintage." Murphy adds that grapes are hand-harvested earlier than most, resulting in "brilliant wines" that are relatively low in alcohol. The winning 2012 Chardonnay received 93 points from Wine Enthusiast and is acclaimed for flavors that are "light and fresh, with peach and slight guava. That tropicality emerges even more throughout the long, lingering finish." (Matt Kettmann, November 2014.) The 2007 Zenato Cresasso comes from the Costalunga estate in Sant’Ambrogio, a hilly area in Valpolicella in Italy. Cresasso is named for the pebbly soil in which it is grown: "sasso" translates as stone, and "cre" is the prefix of cretaceous. Cresasso is the product of extensive study and patience on the part of the Zenato family who sought to craft a wine that truly encapsulates the uniqueness of this special terroir. This wine has a rich garnet color with flavors that evoke tart black cherries, plums, and tobacco—all characteristic of the Corvina grape. On the palate the wine is soft and elegant, with Zenato's trademark balance. "After years experimenting on 100-percent Corvina, Alberto Zenato and Silvano, the on-site winemaker, under the scrupulous direction of Sergio Zenato, were able to produce one of the most impressive 100-percent Corvina wines from the Veneto," says Vittorio Marianecci, brand manager for Zenato. "This is a wine that is very complex, powerful and elegant." We are thrilled to offer both "Best of Show" wines available for purchase at Michael's Wine Cellar. Stop in the store soon or shop online anytime. Click here to shop online now.   FORKS & CORKS 2015 MEDAL WINNERS White Wines Best of Show 2012 Chardonnay, Presqu'ile Winery, Santa Maria Valley, CA   Gold 2013 Chardonnay, LOLA Wines, Sonoma Coast, CA 2012 Chardonnay, Schweiger Vineryards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Chardonnay "Logan", Talbott Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA 2013 Chardonnay "Dutton Ranch", Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Russian River, CA 2012 Chardonnay, Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, ZA 2012 Chardonnay "Sleepy Hollow", Talbott Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Dog Point Vineyard, Marlborough, NZ 2013 Lugana di San Benedetto, Zenato, Lugana DOC, IT   Silver 2013 Pinot Grigio, Duca di Saragnano, Umbria, IT 2013 Gruner Veltliner "Lois", Weingut Loimer,  Kamptal, AT 2013 Greco-Fiano "Pipoli" , Vigneti del Vulture, Basilicata IGT, IT 2012 Muller Thurgau, Kettmier, Alto Adige, AT 2013 Sauvignon Blanc "Four Bears", Sean Minor Wines, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Bell Wine Cellars, Lake County, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Schweiger Vineryards, Sonoma Valley, CA 2012 Moscato "Allegro", Martin & Weyrich, San Joaquin, CA   Bronze 2012 Chardonnay "Rued Vineyard", Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Green Valley/Russian River, CA 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Line 39, Cecchetti Wine Company, Lake County, CA 2012 Torrontes, Recuerdo, La Rioja, Mendoza, AR 2012 Chardonnay, Saintsbury, Carneros, CA 2012 Sauvignon Blanc "Estate", Silverado Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2014 Chenin Blanc, Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, ZA 2013 Vin Gris Rosé "Four Bears", Sean Minor Wines, Carneros, CA     Red Wines Best of Show 2007 Cresasso, Zenato , Veneto, IT   Gold 2009 Amarone Classico, Zenato, Valpolicella, IT 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Earthquake", Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA 2008 Brunello di Montalcino "Montesoli", Altesino, Montalcino, IT 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Double Lariat", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards , Napa Valley, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Hook and Ladder Winery, Russian River Valley, CA 2011 Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Fantini Farnese, Abruzzi/Puglia, IT 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Schweiger Vineryards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Syrah, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Santa Barbara County, CA 2009 Sangiovese "Estate", Silverado Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA   Silver 2012 Primitivo "Alchimia", Duca di Saragnano, Puglia, IT 2011 Primitivo di Manduria "II Matane", Matane, Puglia, IT 2009 Aglianico del Vulture "Piano del Cerro", Vignetti del Vulture, Basilicata, IT 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Martin Ray Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Light Horse", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Freakshow", Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA 2011 Meritage "Illustration", Blackbird Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Pinot Noir, Sean Minor Wines, Carneros, CA 2010 Meritage "Cyrus Estate", Alexander Valley Vineyards, Alexander Valley, CA 2010 Red Wine "Heritage Sites", Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Silverado Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir, Butternut, CA 2012 Red Wine, DYN 2880, Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA 2010 Red Wine "19 Block Mountain Cuvée", Hess Collection, Mount Veeder, CA   Bronze 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sean Minor Wines, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon "Antiguas Reservas" Cousino-Macul, Maipo, ARG 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Shypoke Cellars, Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir "Light Horse", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA 2011 Pinot Noir, Presqu'ile Winery, Santa Maria Valley, CA NV Petite Sirah/Syrah "Que Sirah Syrah", Silkwood Wines, CA 2012 Shiraz "Jester", Mitolo, McClaren Vale, AUST 2008 Vecciano Super Tuscan, Duca di Saragnano, Tuscany, IT 2011 Meritage "Paramour", Blackbird Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir, Dutton Goldfield Winery, Green Valley of Russian River, CA 2009 Brunello di Montalcino DOCG "Vendemmia", Altesino, Montalcino, IT 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Humble Pie, Central Coast, CA 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon "Route 29", Routestock Cellars, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon "Synthesis", Martin Ray Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Trefethen Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, CA 2012 Pinot Noir "Kali Hart", Talbott Vineyards, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA 2013 Pinot Noir "Reserve", Angeline Vineyards & Winery, CA 2011 Syrah, Silkwood Wines,  CA 2012 Shiraz, Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl, ZA 2012 Petite Sirah, Shypoke, Calistoga, Napa Valley, CA 2011 Malbec, Bodega Colomé, Upper Calchaqui Valley, AR     Sparkling Wines Gold NV Brut "Blanc de Blancs", Ferrari, Trento DOC, IT   Silver NV Brut Rosé, Ferrari, Trento DOC, IT     Dessert Wines Gold 1983 Don Pedro Ximenez Gran Reserva Sherry "Toro d'Albala", Montilla de Morales, SP 2013 Muscat "Red Electra", Quady Winery, CA   Silver 2013 Muscat "Orange Electra", Quady Winery, CA 2013 Moscato d'Asti "LaSerra",  Marchesi di Gresy, Asti, IT   Bronze NV Sweet Vermouth "Vya", Quady Winery, CA   For more information about the 8th Annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival, visit www.dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks, or call 941-365-2800. For more information about The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, visit www.dineoriginal.com.    
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Winemakers at Tasting

Winemakers from many of the world's finest wineries are beginning to converge in Sarasota for one of our community's most anticipated events! This weekend, the Forks & Corks Foods & Wine Festival will offer a variety of winemaker events throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We have the distinct honor of hosting representatives - winemakers and winery owners! - from 15 properties at a special retail wine tasting in the Store this Saturday. Please join us from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 to taste dozens of wines from the following wineries! Admission is just $10 per person and reservations are NOT required for this event. (If you wish, online pre-registration is available by clicking here.) Altesino: Altesino is a leader in various, important innovations in the production of Sangiovese from Montalcino, causing it to stand out and become a reference point for the entire territory. Some of the positive contributions putting Montalcino on the world map are: the introduction of the "Cru" (Montosoli) concept in 1975, the first experiments with barriques in '79, the production in '77 of the first Grappa from a winery and the first Futures (purchasing wine before its release) for Brunello 1985. Over the last forty years an intense relationship has been developed with the land full of history, with its almost sensual beauty that is physically perceived and its subtle charm that reaches the body and soul. This is the philosophy that inspires Altesino to produce wine and maintain its culture. Marchesi di Gresy: Marchesi di GresyIn the 1960’s, Alberto di Grésy spent much of his time supervising the agricultural operations of the family estates where he concluded early on that he didn’t want to limit himself to selling the grapes from his vineyards to the finest wine producers in the area, as was the tradition in the Langhe. In 1973 Alberto di Grésy began vinifying his own wine: the objective to produce wine with the best available technology while respecting tradition, and to transfer as much as possible of the character and personality of the terrain, vineyard site and varietal into the bottle. Famous in ancient Roman times when the estate was known as “Villa Martis”, today Martinenga’s 29.5 acres of Nebbiolo vineyards are considered to be one of the greatest single vineyards dedicated to the production of Barbaresco d.o.c.g. Ideal southern exposure and a particular composition of the soil (blue marl), produces fruit that is transformed into a Barbaresco of extraordinary class and finesse. The winery, recently expanded, provides the means to produce products of the highest quality, with respect to the oenological tradition.   Zenato: The Zenato winery possesses a strong link to the richness of its local history and culture, and continues to develop this connection today. The estate is based in a territory that surrounds Lake Garda, with an extraordinary microclimate that allows for an optimal growing season. Cherishing a ‘frank and simple’ approach to life, Zenato is committed to producing affordable wine of exceptional quality. With a passion for the land and a dedication to vigorous research, innovation and quality improvement, Sergio Zenato strived to eclipse past results. He crafted wines that are known for their quality and consistency. Founded in 1960 by Sergio and Carla Zenato, the Zenato winery was originally based on the production of quality wines from an indigenous varietal, Trebbiano di Lugana. Over time, the winery has been passed to Sergio and Carla’s children, who have maintained and expanded upon this vision. Their daughter Nadia currently handles the marketing and promotional activity for the company, while their son Alberto oversees all aspects of production, from the growing of the vines to the completion of the bottling process. Zenato has also explored another important area of Italian wine production — Valpolicella. It is here that they have dedicated endless efforts to the improvement and success of Amarone production, a wine of noble attributes and prestige. Zenato has entered into international markets and received the highest accolades from the wine industry’s leading experts, praise that reflects the way in which the company operates on a daily basis. Today, Zenato continues to look to the future and invest in development projects based in the areas of Valpolicella and Lugana. Alexander Valley Vineyards: A family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. The historic property was originally settled in the 19th century by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s namesake. Since 1975 the Wetzel Family has been producing an array of estate wines that reflect the unique character of the property. AVV’s vineyard practices were initially recognized by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance in March 2006 and again in 2010 when named a Sonoma Green Business. CYRUS® is a  registered trademark of Alexander Valley Vineyards. Willamette Valley Vineyards: Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand watered the vines with thousands of feet of hose. Numerous classes at UC Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills and in 1989 he was ready to build his dream--a world class winery in the Willamette Valley—and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir, in sufficient quantities to be served and sold in the best restaurants and bottle shops in the world. A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The estate's approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and to achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Since they ferment and barrel each vineyard lot separately (sometimes as small as two barrels), the winery can save the best barrels for single vineyard bottlings and Signature Cuvée. A stylistic emphasis is on pure varietal fruit characters, with attention to depth, richness of mouthfeel, and balance. The wines are truly a collaborative effort of the entire vineyard and winemaking staff. The winery and underground cellar are carved into the top of an ancient volcanic flow, the soil red from its oxidized iron content and well-drained. This unique terroir is similar to the red clay soil found in the Grand Cru Pinot Noir vineyards of Romaneé-st-Vivant in Burgundy, where the "soil gives France's most perfumed, satiny, expensive wine" (Hugh Johnson, World Atlas of Wine). Saintsbury: Saintsbury was founded in 1981 by winemakers Richard Ward and David Graves. The winery was named in honor of George Saintsbury, an English man of letters best known for his Notes on a Cellar Book. The winery established its reputation early on for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and has long been a champion of these varieties. Silverado: Silverado's winemaking is rooted in the vineyards. The property is dedicated to expressing the delicious quality and character of grapes grown on each of six vineyards in the Napa Valley. Since its founding in 1981, the winery has grown to nearly 400 acres which is farmed organically and sustainably. From them, Silverado produces Estate and Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay. Hook & Ladder: In the midst of a 16-year career as a San Francisco Firefighter, Cecil De Loach discovered the Russian River Valley and grape growing. In 1970 he and wife Christine purchased Louis Barbieri’s Zinfandel Ranch planted in 1905. With that purchase, the De Loach family legacy in the Russian River Valley began. After selling the De Loach brand in 2003, Cecil founded Hook & Ladder Winery, a smaller project allowing the family to showcase the best of their 250 acres of fruit. Now in the third generation, Cecil’s grandson, Jason De Loach is hand-crafting wines showcasing the quality and character of a region that only four decades of experience and a family’s commitment can deliver. All Hook & Ladder wines are hand-made in small batches to craft the finest products possible. The wines have garnered hundreds of awards and 90+ ratings since their first vintage in 2003. The winemaking exhibits a consistent style emphasizing bright, bold flavors and aromas, along with elegant structure focused on the vineyards from which the wines are produced. With it’s great-tasting, and best-selling Chardonnay, Cabernet blend, and Zinfandel blend at by-the-glass pricing, it is arguable that Hook & Ladder wines are the best value in the Russian River Valley. Presqu’ile: Presqu'ile winery is a venture with deep roots. For over a century, four generations have partnered in farming, forestry, oil and gas and conservation. Today, two generations of Murphys form the heart of Presqu'ile: Matt, Amanda, Jonathan, Lindsey, Anna, Madison and Suzanne, together with winemaker Dieter Cronje and vineyard manager Jim Stollberg. The Presqu'ile Winery team brings together their heritage, pursuit of excellence, affinity for the land and the motto: If we aren't having fun, why bother? Presqu'ile arose from our penchant for fine wines, an inclination for adventure, and the discovery of Santa Maria Valley's ideal terroir. The property includes 73 acres of certified sustainably farmed vineyards on our 200 acre property where we craft Santa Maria Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. To complement the estate production, we partner with top growers to source additional outstanding fruit. Jaffurs Wine Cellars: Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhone varietal wines with a new-world independence. Their wines – Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc – are among the best in the county. Owner/winemaker Craig Jaffurs, produced his first professional wines during the 1994 harvest. All the Jaffurs wines are carefully made in small lots. Only about 5000 cases are produced each year – production is limited. All our wines are crushed, pressed, cellared and bottled in their Santa Barbara facility. O’Neill: O'Neill Vintners was founded in 2004 by Jeff O'Neill, former CEO of Golden State Vintners and third generation member of a California winemaking family with roots dating back to 1934. From grape supply through wine processing to bottling services, O'Neill is recognized as the preferred outsourcing partner for many of the world's leading beverage alcohol companies and brand owners. Today, O'Neill Vintners has grown to become the 8th largest U.S. winery and has earned a reputation as one of the premier custom wine producers in California. Gamble Family Vineyards: My (ad)venture in wine seems to me to be a natural progression of history. As a third generation Napa farmer, I have been influenced all my life by my forebears' lives in agriculture. They have left, as part of their legacy, their deep and abiding affinity for the land from which came not only their livelihood, but also a life full of purpose. I am hopeful I can transfer that way of life to yet another generation. Given this legacy, one does not continue farming for dispassionate reasons alone—there are easier ways to make a living. And thus, taking the next step and putting one’s name on a bottle of wine does not come lightly. All our wines are produced in small quantities, with the careful attention to farming my forebears would expect. I hope you will try one or more of my wines and let me know if you agree. - TOM GAMBLE OWNER / Farmer Ferrari Spumante: Established in northern Italy’s Trentino region over a century ago, Ferrari has earned a worldwide reputation as the premier source of luxury metodo classico sparkling wines from Italy. All Ferrari wines are produced according to the regulations of the metodo classico Trento D.O.C, a process akin to that used by the finest Champagne houses. Ferrari’s best-known wines – Ferrari Brut, Perlé and Giulio Ferrari – are blanc de blancs, meaning they are made from 100% Chardonnay, apparent in their remarkable delicacy and finesse. Ferrari was founded in 1902 by Giulio Ferrari. After studying in France, Giulio returned to Trentino convinced that his native region’s terroir was ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes suitable for the production of world-class sparkling wines. A pioneer in Italian viticulture, Ferrari was the first Italian winemaker and viticulturalist to dedicate his vineyards almost entirely to Chardonnay – and by 1906 the awards had begun to roll in. Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would soon become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy. In fact, Ferrari is a perennial 22-time winner of the Tre Bicchieri award, Italy’s highest wine accolade, often with Giulio Ferrari and with the most recent honor going to the 2005 Ferrari Perlé Nero bottling in 2012. In 1952, Giulio Ferrari, not having any children, chose friend and local merchant Bruno Lunelli as successor for his beloved business. Today, the third generation of the Lunelli family is at the helm, overseeing 300 acres of prime estate vineyards in Trentino. Production is in the hands of a capable team of eight winemakers, led by chief winemaker Marcello Lunelli, and four agronomists. The pursuit of excellence in all areas of Ferrari production and management is an enduring family legacy with several cousins involved from the new generation: Marcello’s cousin, Matteo Lunelli, is the Chairman of Ferrari F.lli Lunelli SpA, Camilla Lunelli heads up global communications, and Alessandro Lunelli, an engineer by training, is responsible for planning and technical oversight. Plus Castello di Querceto and Dow's Port!  
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Sarasota, FL 34239