Wine Accessories

Wrap-up your holiday shopping with one-stop at our retail wine and spirits store in Midtown Plaza, Sarasota. Visit Michael's Wine Cellar, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. today ("Super Saturday!"), or shop online anytime for hundreds of international wines. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wine Pairings for Each of Your In-Home Holiday Gatherings ~~~~~~~~~~ Easy-to-Please "Secret Santa," Hanukkah & Hostess Gifts: Gourmet Gift Baskets, Bottle of Bubbly or Bordeaux & Single Malt Scotch ~~~~~~~~~~ Craft Beers & Seasonal Ales (Mix and Match to Create your Own Six-Pack!) ~~~~~~~~~~ Restaurant & Wine Shop Gift Cards (For a Limited Time, Receive a Bonus $20 Gift Certificate with Each $100 Gift Card! ) ~~~~~~~~~~ Wine Accessories! [caption id="attachment_2478" align="alignnone" width="576"]new-norm-wine-breather-silver-transparent-decanter Wine Breather: $39.95
Michael's Personal Pick![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2479" align="alignnone" width="450"]Corkcicle Corkcicle Classic Wine Chiller: $19.95[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2474" align="alignnone" width="250"]vacu-vin-wine-saver Vacu Vin Wine Saver: $12.99[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2477" align="alignnone" width="278"]VacWineStoppers Vacu Vin Extra (2-Pack) Wine Stoppers: $5.99[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2475" align="alignnone" width="271"]True_TwinProngWineOpener_Ahso "Ah-So" Two-Prong Wine Opener: $8.99[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2476" align="alignnone" width="210"]NeptuneIceCubes Neptune Ice Ball Tray: $9.99[/caption]   Please note: Delivery can no longer be guaranteed by Christmas for online orders. 
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Forks & Corks Wine Dinners

We are thrilled to announce the details for the Forks & Corks scheduled to be hosted at Michael's Wine Cellar, Michael's On East and the Michael's On East Ballroom this January! Although tickets to the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting sold out in just three minutes last month, there are many opportunities to meet visiting winemakers throughout the weekend including these special events on property at Michael's: Italian Wine Dinner Friday, January 23, 2015 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Michael’s Wine Dinners are spectacular events featuring visiting winemakers as host to extravagant five-course feasts designed to complement a specific winery or portfolio. On Friday, Jan. 23, our Italian Wine Dinner will feature superstar wineries Altesino (with winemaker/manager Guido Oralesi) from Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino!) and Vittorio Marianecci from Zenato, Valpolicella - famous Amarone producers! $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Presqu'ile Wine Dinner Saturday, January 24, 2015 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Enjoy a special opportunity to meet owner & winemaker Matt Murphy from Presqu’ile Winery, Santa Maria Valley, CA. Created by two transverse mountain ranges on the Pacific Coast, Santa Maria Valley provides a unique west-to-east flow of cool marine breezes ideal for producing exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Wines from this true family-owned and operated boutique property have just recently become available in Florida! Please join us to welcome these fantastic California wines to Florida! $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here to make reservations online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 Also mark your calendar for Michael's Retail Forks & Corks Wine Tasting, 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015. All are welcome to attend a casual afternoon tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar in celebration of Forks & Corks. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet winemakers and winery owners from around the world, plus, of course, taste the wines that are their true pride and joy! $10 per person No RSVP required for this Saturday afternoon wine tasting, simply join us at Michael’s Wine Cellar, but please note the time: 3-5 p.m. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are also accepting reservations for Forks & Corks University, an educational program scheduled for the morning and afternoon on Saturday, January 24 this year. Click here for details and reservations
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Sparkling Wines for Tasting

Hot off the presses! We've just confirmed the Champagnes and other international sparking wines to be featured at Michael's Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17. Register now and prepare to stock up for all your holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Admission is $50/person.  Reservations are required and space is limited. (The past years' tastings have sold out extremely quickly - especially when we release details such as this amazing line-up of sparkling wines!!) 2014 Champagne Tasting* Champagne "Gold Label Reserve", Veuve Cliquot, FR, 2004 Champagne "La Grande Dame", Veuve Cliquot, FR, 2004 Champagne "Rose Cuvee Reserve", Veuve Cliquot, FR, NV Champagne "Yellow Label", Vueve Clicquot, FR, NV Champagne "Blanc de Blancs", Ruinart, FR, NV Champagne "Brut Grand Rose", Moet, FR, 2004 Champagne "Dom Perignon", Moet, FR, 2004 Champagne "Etoile", Chandon, FR, NV Champagne "Ice", Moet, FR, NV Champagne "Imperial", Moet, FR,NV Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Noirs", Gruet, NM, US, NV Sparkling Wine "Brut", Graham Beck, ZA, NV Sparkling Wine "Contratto", IT, 2009 Sparkling Wine "Rose", Graham Beck, ZA, NV Sparkling Wine "Zeta", Zardetto, IT, NV Champagne "Brut Rose", Pommery, FR, NV Champagne "Brut Royal", Pommery, FR, NV Champagne "Cuvee Louise", Pommery, FR, ? Champagne "Belle Epoque Brut", Perrier Jouet, FR, 2006 Champagne "Grand Brut", Perrier Jouet, FR, NV Sparkling Wine "Cuvee M", Mumm, Napa Valley, CA, NV Champagne "Brut Reserve", Billecart Salmon, FR, NV Champagne "Rose", Billecart Salmon, FR, NV Champagne "Brut Tradition", Voirin Jumel, FR, NV Champagne, Duval Leroy, FR, NV Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Blancs", Schramsberg, US, 2011 Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Noirs", Schramsberg, US, 2010 Prosecco "Filo Dora", Tommasi, IT, NV Champagne "Brut Majeur", Ayala, FR, NV Champagne "Rose Majeur, Blanc de Blancs", FR, NV Champagne "Brut Premier", Roederer, FR, NV Champagne "Rose", Laurent Perrier, FR, NV Sparkling Wine, Roederer Estate, CA, NV Champagne "Brut", Laurent Perrier, FR, NV Champagne, Pol Roger, FR, NV Cava "Rose", Mont Marchal, ES, NV Cava, Mont Marchal, ES, NV Champagne "Authentic Brut", Canard-Duchene, FR, NV Champagne "Authentic Rose", Canard-Duchene, FR, NV Champagne "Brut", Piper Heidsieck, FR, NV Champagne "Cuvee Brut Sublime", Piper Heidsieck, FR, NV Sparkling "Brut", Piper, Sonoma, CA, NV Champagne "La Francoise", Taittinger, FR, NV Champagne "Prestige Brut", Taittinger, FR, NV *Subject to Change
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Cyber Monday Begins Early!

Cyber Monday SaleLast year, Michael Klauber offered his first-ever "Cyber Monday" specials through the online shop at MichaelsWineCellar.com. With unique access to some of the most sought-after wines from around the world, in 2013, we featured special pricing on select Bordeaux wines. Now, the Michael's Wine Cellar team has expanded our #CyberMonday offers to the entire online wine shop, including hundreds of international wines.  Plus, we're kicking off Cyber Monday early! On BOTH Sunday, November 30 and Monday, December 1, 2014, save 20% on your web purchases of $100 and up. Shop now by clicking here: store.michaelswinecellar.com Simply enter promotional code "CyberMonday" to take advantage of this special offer. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Special offer limited to the first 100 online orders. Other restrictions may apply. Promo code is case sensitive.
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Specialty Scotch & Whiskey

In addition to 1,000 international wines from all major wine regions around the globe and craft beers, Michael's Wine Cellar features a wide selections of specialty spirits. Here's just a handful of our current offerings of special allocations! (We are proud to be the exclusive retailer in Sarasota for select products.) RhetoricOrphanBarrel BourbonOrphan Barrel "Rhetoric" 20 Year Bourbon $94.95 An ever-changing specimen, Rhetoric is 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. A conversation piece if there ever was one. Orphan Barrel "Barterhouse" 20 Year Bourbon $89.95 wenty years in American Oak will make your average spirit a bit mellow. Take all the fight out. Well this here is no ordinary spirit, and twenty years is long enough to pick up a trick or two. For one barrel in particular, it was long enough to develop the gift of a silver tongue. The old rickhouse hands had it written off as a rumor. A character so smooth, it could clean out the card sharps and take the shirt off a travelling salesman's back. CompassBoxLostBlendCompass Box "The Lost Blend" Blended Malt Whiskey $99.95 An elegantly complex union of two fruity Highland single malts and a peaty Islay single malt. An ethereal fruit and herbal character and a sweetness on the palate is buttressed by an underlying smokiness. Click here for more about the story of this blended malt whiskey. Johnnie Walker Platinum Label Liter, $149.95 A contemporary and subtly smoky blend that embodies the characteristic full flavors of JOHNNIE WALKER® Blended Scotch Whiskies and reflects a strong sweet and elegant Speyside style. It has a rich, dark and intense flavor that rewards those who take the time to savor it. Glenmorangie "Companta" Limited Edition $106.95 Inspired by Dr Bill's travels across France's greatest vineyards and the friends made along the way, Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for 'friendship') is a refined balance between bold spice and rich, smooth sweetness; the result of a careful assemblage of spirit extra matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart and those of a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône. Visit our retail store in Midtown Sarasota to pickup one of these special bottles, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Or, simply invite our knowledgeable team to help you select a special bottle for you - or those on your gift list this holiday season. Availability is limited.
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Holiday Champagne Tasting

Champagne PoppingMichael is pleased to announce our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting! From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, put a little effervescence into your holiday cheer as you taste more than 20 fabulous Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. $50 per person Register now and prepare to stock up for all your holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Reservations are required and space is limited. (The past year's tastings have sold out extremely quickly!) Please click here to register online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve your glass!
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Wine Dinner Menu

Michael, Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine have just completed the finishing touches on the extravagant menu for this Friday evening's Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner! Passed Hors d’Oeuvres Blue Crab Fritters with Roasted Apples, & Saffron Rouille Fennel Spiced Duck Breast with Onion Jam & Sweet Potatoes Allumettes Butter-Poached Oyster Shooter with Crispy Apple Wood Smoked Bacon & Salmon Caviar Hollandaise Cremant d’Alsace, Domaine Ehrhart, FR, NV First Course Pan-Roasted Mote Sturgeon and Maine Lobster Spiced Crawfish Bisque, White Truffle Pomm Puree & Ruby Micro Greens Chassagne-Montrachet “Virondot”, Domaine Mar Morey, FR, 2011 Second Course Confit Of Veal Breast Chanterelle Mushrooms, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pearl Onion, Hashed Petits Pois, Burgundy Demi Glace & Crispy Leeks Givry 1er Cru “Clos de Cellier aux Moines”, domaine Joblot, FR, 2010 Beaune 1er Cru “Cent-Vignes”, Albert Morot, Burgundy, FR, 2009 Third Course Fig & Espresso Braised Kobe Short Ribs, Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard, Parsnip Puree & Chive au Jus Gigondas, “Prestige des Hautes Garrigues”, Domaine Santa Duc, Rhone Valley, FR, 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Les Cailloux”, Domaine Brunel, 2011 Dessert Trio of Desserts Tarte Titan, Calvados Crème Brulee, Pistachio Macaron Muscat Beaumes de Venise, Domaine de Beaumalric, FR, 2011 This annual event is one of our most highly-anticipated functions of the year. While Robert (Bobby) Kacher is unable to join us in Sarasota this year, Michael Klauber will personally be hosting the affair with a member of his Bobby's team. Friday, November 21, 2014 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $95/per person plus tax and gratuity Reservations are required as seating is limited for this special event. Click here to make online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve via phone.
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Visiting Winemakers at Tasting

Spend this Saturday afternoon sipping wines for a great cause! Wine, Women & Shoes Open House Wine Tasting Open to the public! Saturday, November 15, 2014 2 to 4 p.m. $10/person Simply click here to register online now, or pay at the door. While the format of this Saturday's tasting is similar to our monthly Open House events in the store, we are thrilled to be welcoming many winemakers and owners as special guests who will be pouring their prized wines: 2880 Wines, John Kane-Hartnett Antinori, Erik Saccomani Blackbird/Recuerdo/Bespoke, Ian Fenwick B.R. Cohn Winery, Dan Cohn Bodega Catena Zapata, Jorge Liloy Ferrari, Jamie Stewart Hook and Ladder, Michael and Lori DeLoach Miner Family Wine, Gary Brookman Pali Wine Company, Justin Molis Porter Family Vineyards, Tom Porter Stags Leap, Elizabeth DeLouise-Grant Wines will be available for purchase during the event, with a percentage of sales benefiting Forty Carrots. Michael's Wine Cellar is the proud “official wine retailer” of Sarasota’s Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting the important parenting programs at Forty Carrots Family Center. While the Signature Luncheon and a variety of exclusive Wine, Women & Shoes Sarasota events have been sold out for some time, the entire community is invited to taste 50+ wines and meet these proprietors or winemakers this Saturday at Michael's Wine Cellar. Wine, Women & Shoes is an ultra stylish fundraiser for Sarasota’s one and only, Forty Carrots Family Center.
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Northern Italy Wine Dinner

WineTastingSarasotaMy wife Terri and I recently led a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey in partnership with Malaka & Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International to Northern Italy (September 5-14, 2014). Our trip specifically explored throughout Tuscany and the Piedmont & Veneto regions with highlights including wine tastings in legendary cellars, indescribably decadent dinners and truffle hunting adventures to unexpected discoveries in tiny villages plus the thrills of high fashion (and Ferrari!) in Milan. On the heels of our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip our culinary team is thrilled to present Northern Italy Epicurean Adventure lunch and dinner menus in the Restaurant throughout October. Each featured dish has been inspired by the top restaurants enjoyed by the Connoisseur Club travelers! Most importantly for readers of our wine blog: these journeys are also wine-buying trips! Guests on the trip have the opportunity to purchase wines via Michael’s Wine Cellar. Plus, I bring back new favorite wines for Sarasota residents and visitors to enjoy in the Restaurant and Store. Now we are thrilled to announce a special event which will feature many of the top wines from the recent Connoisseur Club winery visits!  Northern Italy Wine Dinner 7 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at Michael’s Wine Cellar $95/person Advanced reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to secure your reservation.

Northern Italian Wine Dinner Menu October 18, 2014

Passed Hors D’Oeuvres

Truffled Beef Tartar with Goat Cheese Crumbles on Crostini

Grilled Octopus with Olive Oil Confit Cherry Tomatoes & Balsamic Reduction

Tuna Cannolis with Micro Greens

Zardetto “Zeta” Prosecco Superiore, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, IT,2012

First Course

Black Olive and Tuscan Bread Crusted Halibut

Baby Vegetables, Roasted Yellow Pepper Oil, Mussels & Saffron

 Lugana "Riserva Sergio Zenato", Veneto, IT, 2010

Arneis "Blangé", Cerreto, Langhe, IT, 2012

Second Course

Prosciutto & Sage-Wrapped Duck Breast

Ricotta Gnocchi con Salsa Della Nonna, Eggplant, White Beans,

 Toasted Pine Nuts & Brunello di Montalcino Gastric

 Brunello di Montalcino, Altesino, Tuscany, IT, 2009

Brunello di Montalcino, San Polo, Tuscany, IT, 2008

Third Course

Roasted Rack of Lamb

 Red Wine Risotto, Confit Baby Artichokes,

Cipollini Onions, Roasted Baby Carrots, Trumpet Mushroom,

 Barolo Demi-Glaze & Fresh Truffles

Red Blend "Corbaia", Castello di Bossi, Tuscany, IT, 2009

Barolo, Cerreto, Piedmont, IT, 2010 Corvina "Cresasso", Zenato, Veneto, IT, 2007 Dessert

Ricotta Cheesecake with Honey & Figs

Hazelnut Short Bread & Vin Santo Sauce

Moscato d'Asti, Cerreto, Piedmont, IT, 2012

   
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Holiday Wine Tastings

Subpage Photos - Wine Tasting Guests1 Admission to Open House Wine Tastings at Michael’s Wine Cellar is now $10 per person. We began the "new and improved" Open House format including the $10 admission on October 4 and have already received extremely positive feedback. We thank you for your support as we continue to improve the guest experience and enhance the wine selection at our Saturday afternoon tasting events. Please join us for the Michael's Holiday Open House Events this Season: November Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive Saturday, November 22, 2-4 pm $10/person (This event has passed.) December Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive Saturday, December 13, 2-4 pm $10/person Click here to register online now. To expedite the check-in process, please consider paying cash at the door or registering online in advance. We proudly collect toy donations for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program each holiday season. Thank you in advance for your generosity to this local program serving area families and children in need. The Store will also host a special Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting on Saturday, November 15. Click here for details.   
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October Bourbon Tasting

Whiskey Glass for Tasting ClubOn Tuesday, October 14, Michael's Wine Cellar hosts its next monthly Whiskey Club tasting. We will start promptly at 6:30 pm! October's event will feature Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye, Bulleit 10 Year and "Rhetoric" 20 Year from the Diageo Orphan Barrel series (very limited bourbon!) Admission is $10 per person and reservations are strongly encouraged. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event. Click here to register now for the October 14th tasting in the Store.
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Register for 10/4 Wine Tasting

We now invite you to register online in advance of each Open House Wine Tasting event in the Store. Saturday, October 4  2-4 pm $10/person We appreciate your support as we continue to improve the guest experience - and enhance the wine selection! - at our tasting events at Michael's Wine Cellar. Beginning in October 2014, admission to Open House Wine Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar will be $10 per person. To expedite the check-in process, please consider paying cash at the door or registering online in advance. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members will continue to earn points on all retail purchases at Michael's Wine Cellar. We hope you plan to stop in to explore dozens of international wines, plus earn DOUBLE POINTS all on retail purchases from the store during this Open House event. (Our final "Double Points Saturday" in the store which coincides with a tasting this season!) The special double points offer cannot be combined with other offers. Please click here to register now for this Saturday's Open House Wine Tasting.  
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Italian Winery Profile: La Spinetta

LaSpinettaGiorgio Rivetti's magic touch with Moscato, Barbera, Nebbiolo and, more recently, Sangiovese, Colorino, Vermentino and Sangiovese Rose have taken the wine world by storm. He produces approachable yet age-worthy wines that command the attention of wine critics and consumers alike, year-in and year-out. Their lushness, aromatics, concentration, and length are unrivaled. Rivetti's speedy ascent, from Moscato producer in the 1970's, to venerated Barbaresco and Barolo vigneron today, is studded with success. The genius of La Spinetta encompasses a vast array of great wines, all boasting Giorgio Rivetti's inimitably approachable and voluptuous style. From Moscato to Nebbiolo to Sangiovese, whatever Giorgio touches turns to gold. His pioneering single-vineyard Barberas and Barbera/Nebbiolo blend Pin are considered to be the best of the Langhe. His Barbarescos and Barolo are at the very top of their category. In fact, his wines are among Italy's most celebrated, as he has attained the coveted "Tre-Bicchieri" award for more than 30 of his wines throughout his relatively short career. Click here for more information about the La Spinetta winery.
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Italian Winery Profile: Il Borro

Established more than one thousand years ago, Il Borro has ancient and mysterious origins, now lost in the mists of time. Perhaps the Etruscans founded the settlement, but there is no concrete evidence to support this thesis. What is certain is that Il Borro was a lookout point on the Roman road Cassia, where a fort was built, due to its strategic location. Records show that the Mascagni family owned the castle until 1254, when Marchese Borro Borri, a Milanese nobleman, bought the property. He later became the Mayor of Arezzo. By1512, the property had passed through his family to Girolamo del Borro, philosopher and scientist. But it was under the patronage of his son Alessandro, that the Il Borro we know today was established. Alessandro dal Borro, visionary and an important figure in Tuscan politics, is the true “father” of Il Borro. The Il Borro family eventually sold the domain and were succeeded by some of the most famous and revered families in Europe: the Medici of Florence, Tornaquinci, the Torriani of Milan, the house of Waldemburg Hohenlohe, and since 1904, the Savoy dynasty. Finally in 1993, and having visited the property many times, Ferruccio Ferragamo bought Il Borro, determined to restore the estate to its former glory. Click here for more information about Il Borro.
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Monarch Crown Royal

Now available in the Wine Cellar for a limited time! Whiskey “Monarch”, Crown Royal, 750ml ($79.95) Monarch Crown Royal"In 1939, Crown Royal was masterfully crafted as a gift to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at their inaugural royal visit to North America. Today, we proudly celebrate our 75 years of exceptional whisky with this limited edition offering. Showcasing Crown Royal's signature Coffey Rye Whiskey, this exquisite blend is meticulously crafted using some of the finest, most unique hand-picked whiskies from our extensive stocks. The result is an exceptionally rich and smooth whisky highlighting an elegant complexity of light spice and dried fruit.” As of September 12, 2014, Michael's Wine Cellar offers 6 bottles in stock. This product has limited availability. Monarch Crown Royal Whiskey is available for purchase in store only.
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Open House Wine Tastings

Michael's Open House Wine TastingPlease note this important update for Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members! Beginning in October 2014, admission to Open House Wine Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar will be $10 per person. To expedite the check-in process, please consider paying cash at the door or registering online in advance. Thank you for your support as we continue to improve the guest experience - and enhance the wine selection - at our tasting events. Please join us for the October Open House Wine Tasting scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Admission is $10 per person. 
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Wines for September Tasting

Wine Tasting Guests at Michael's Wine Cellar We look forward to hosting Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members and visitors alike tomorrow at Sarasota's favorite wine tasting! Join us tomorrow, Saturday, September 6, 2-4 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar for our September Open House Wine Tasting. (Together with Malaka and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel, Michael and Terri Klauber are thrilled to be leading another amazing Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey throughout Northern Italy this week, but rest assure our Wine Cellar team has put together another great line-up for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting.) We look forward to seeing you tomorrow in the Store! Table 1 Southern Wine & Spirits White Blend, Slices, ES, NV Sauvignon Blanc, Girard, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Chardonnay "Unoaked" , Joel Gott, Montery, Sonoma, Napa, CA, 2012 Meritage "The Swell", Tower 15 Wine Co, Paso Robles, CA, 2011 Red Blend "Double Decker Red", Tamas, CA, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Franciscan Estate, Napa Valley, CA, 2011 Table 2 Premier Beverage Muscadet, Domaine de la Quilla, Loire, FR, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc "Sincerely", Neil Ellis, Western Cape, ZA, 2013 Macon-Charnay, Domaine Manciat-Poncet, Maconnais, FR, 2011 Red Blend "Tillerman", Hook & Ladder, Russian River Valley, CA, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Neil Ellis, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2011 Cotes du Rhone "Grenache", Dom. Andre Brunel, FR, 2012 Table 3 Stacole Fine Wines Prosecco, Zardetto, Veneto, IT, NV Riesling "Shine", Heinz Eifel, Rheinhessen, DE, 2013 Chardonnay, Martin Ray, Russian River Valley, CA, 2013 Chianti Classico, Castello di Bossi, Tuscany, IT, 2009 Primitivo "Orion", Liveli, Salento, IT, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Traditions", Milbrandt, Columbia Valley, WA, 2010 Table 4 Transatlantic Moscato d'Asti, Saracco, IT, 2013 Fume Blanc, Dry Creek Vineyard, Sonoma County, CA, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Decoy, Sonoma County, CA, 2013 Red Blend "Borgaio", Catello di Meleto, Tuscany, IT, 2011 Dolcetto d'Alba, Pio Cesare, Alba, IT, 2012 Red Blend "E", Locations, ES, NV Table 5 Augustan Moscato d'Asti "Moncalvina", Coppo, Canelli, IT, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Honig Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 Chardonnay "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyards, Edna Valley, CA, 2012 Cotes du Ventoux "Fayard", Dom. de Fondreche, Cotes du Rhone, FR, 2010 Cotes du Rhone "Mon Coeur", JL Chave Selection, FR, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyard, CA, 2011 Table 6 Opici Cava "Brut Reserva", Mont Marcal, Castellvide La Marca, ES, NV Riesling "Marine Collection", Carey Chen, US, NV Chardonnay, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2012 Pinot Noir, Primarius, Walla Walla Valley, OR, 2012 Red Blend, JAM Cellars, CA 2012 Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2012 Table 7 Michael's Wine Cellar Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2013 Pinot Gris, Breggo, Anderson Valley, CA, 2010 Chablis "Petit", Isabelle & Denis Pommier, FR, 2012 Red Blend "Frontier", Guardian Peak, Stellenbosch, ZA, 2011 Chateau Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2011 Tempranillo "Crianza", Urbion, Rioja, ES, 2008 Through September 2014, Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members receive free admission to Michael’s monthly Open House Wine Tastings and not-yet members are welcome to attend for a one-time $10 fee which includes your new GCCC membership. Plus, every Saturday is a Double Points Saturday at Michael’s Wine Cellar this summer. However, please note the important update below regarding our monthly Open House Wine Tasting events. UPDATE FOR CONNOISSEUR CLUB MEMBERS Beginning in October 2014, admission to Open House Wine Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar will be $10 per person. To expedite the check-in process, please consider paying cash at the door or registering online in advance. Thank you for your support as we continue to improve the guest experience - and enhance the wine selection - at our tasting events. Please join us for the October Open House Wine Tasting scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  
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New Whiskey Club

Whiskey Glass for Tasting ClubDo you hear the pipes a calling? They are calling you to Michael's new "Whiskey Club" tastings begin on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Each month, on the 2nd Tuesday, the Wine Cellar will host a special tasting of some of the finest whiskey and bourbons currently available. These new monthly events will provide educational background information for each spirit poured. Our inaugural tasting will feature a lineup of Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch:
  • Glenmorangie "Original" - 10 Year
  • Glenmorangie "Lasanta" - Aged in Sherry Casks
  • Glenmorangie "Nectar d'Or" - Aged in Sauternes Casks
  • Glenmorangie "Quinta Ruban" - Aged in Port Casks
Join us at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 9, as we demonstrate the effects of aging whiskey in different types of barrels. Admission is $10 per person and reservations are strongly encouraged. Click here to make online reservations now. All of the products tasted will be available for purchase or special order the night of the event. Plus, attendees will receive a $5 coupon for any purchase made (or special order placed) that night. As Sarasota's Scottish forefathers would say, Sláinte!
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Il Borro - Familia Ferragamo

Michael and Terri arrived in Italy today, September 1, 2014, to connect with Malaka and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International as they jointly lead the Summer 2014 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey through Northern Italy. The group began their travels together at Il Borro in Arezzo, Italy. Click here for photos from their first winery visit. Il Borro WineryEstablished more than one thousand years ago, Il Borro has ancient and mysterious origins, now lost in the mists of time. Perhaps the Etruscans founded the settlement, but there is no concrete evidence to support this thesis. What is certain is that Il Borro was a lookout point on the Roman road Cassia, where a fort was built, due to its strategic location. Records show that the Mascagni family owned the castle until 1254, when Marchese Borro Borri, a Milanese nobleman, bought the property. He later became the Mayor of Arezzo. By1512, the property had passed through his family to Girolamo del Borro, philosopher and scientist. But it was under the patronage of his son Alessandro, that the Il Borro we know today was established. Alessandro dal Borro, visionary and an important figure in Tuscan politics, is the true “father” of Il Borro. The Il Borro family eventually sold the domain and were succeeded by some of the most famous and revered families in Europe: the Medici of Florence, Tornaquinci, the Torriani of Milan, the house of Waldemburg Hohenlohe, and since 1904, the Savoy dynasty. Finally in 1993, and having visited the property many times, Ferruccio Ferragamo bought Il Borro, determined to restore the estate to its former glory. Click here to learn more about the close friendship our colleagues Malaka and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel enjoy with the Ferragamo family.
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239