Waterford Estate Wines from South Africa

Waterford Estate - Winery Photo - South Africa My wife Terri and I have the great pleasure of leading three groups of Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers through South Africa's winelands and safari experiences this summer. In most cases, we enjoy the opportunity to purchases wines during our travels. However, we were privileged with a special treat on July 26 and 27, 2013, as Kevin and Heather Arnold of Waterford Estate Wines hosted extraordinary wine dinners at Londolozi Game Reserve. Unfortunately, these wines are not currently available for sale in the United States. However, if you are able to enjoy their wines abroad or visit their Stellenbosch winery, you will not be disappointed! -- Waterford Estate was created through a very special partnership between two families who had a shared dream to create a wine farm where life is cherished, the seasons mark time and the fruit always reminds of blessings, abundance and the beauty of nature. Waterford Wines Ltd was founded in 1998 when Jeremy and Leigh Ord purchased this prime Stellenbosch vineyard land (previously part of the Stellenrust Farm). Nestled in the picturesque Blaauwklippen Valley, in the Stellenbosch region, this 120-hectare property boasts ancient citrus groves, rolling lawns, water features and fragrant lavender beds. Kevin and Heather Arnold were responsible for identifying this unique site, planning the new winery and resurrecting the existing vineyards and orchards, and have been instrumental in developing Waterford into the showcase estate it is today. www.waterfordestate.co.za
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As We Depart to South Africa...

Michael and Terri Klauber on South Africa Safari 2011 As my wife Terri and I prepare to depart on another amazing wine-buying trip to South Africa, I wanted to take a moment to share a few sentiments with wine connoisseurs who may be following our journey online. The two of us have absolutely fallen in love with South Africa over the past several years. We find it interesting how many people don’t realize South Africa’s long, rich history in winemaking and are looking forward to introducing our guests to some of the most historic and celebrated wineries from this region. South Africa’s original grapes came from some of the top European wine growing regions, but the wines were not widely accepted globally until the past few decades. As South African “wine farms” were rebuilt and updated following Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 and the end of Apartheid, independent family-owned wineries have risen again, strongly making a mark on the international wine stage. This summer, three groups of Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers will enjoy some of the top wines from these diverse wine regions through special winery visits I have personally arranged. We'll also be participating in awe-inspiring safari experiences lead by our friend Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International. Of course, South African cuisine originated with the Spice Route, resulting in flavors inspired by the present day countries of India and Morocco as well as European and Asian influences. We say that you'll find the dishes aromatically spiced, rather than “hot” spiced. The variety of seafood, farm-raised game and fresh regional produce of South Africa is some of the best you’ll find in the world. I'll try to share menus and insights about the cuisine as we go! I hope you'll continue to follow our travels through this blog and our Facebook posts  in the coming weeks. It's going to be an amazing wine, food and safari adventure! - Michael
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Cigars & Cigar Zin for Father's Day

Might I suggest pairing a fine cigar with a great bottle of Zinfandel for the old man this Father's Day? In partnership with Maduro Cigar & Bar, the Wine Cellar is currently featuring the following cigars available for purchase in store: "La Vita Vanilla", Tatiana $4.95 "Bully", Romeo Y Julietta $7.95 "Hemingway Short Story, Arturo Fuente $7.95 "2000 Natural", Davidoff $15.95 "1964 Anniversary", Padron $19.95 "Classic Collection Especial Tubo", Montecristo $16.95 Zinfandel "Old Vines" Cigar Zin, CA, 2011 The Cigar Zin has notes of deep black fruit with a punch of spice and crushed black pepper on the nose. The rich, lush and well-structured wine is hearty with exotic fruit characteristics. Cigar Zin is available for $14.95 in store or online. Of course, if you have something else in mind for dad this year, Michael's Wine Cellar offers more than 1,000 international estate and domaine-bottled wines (200 under $20!), premium and boutique spirits plus craft beers. Stop in the store, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Keep in mind that the restaurant and store will be closed on Father's Day (Sunday, June 16, 2013). Wishing all my fellow fathers a wonderful Father's Day! - Michael
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Montalvo Tequila

Montalvo Tequila with Agave Plants Michael's Wine Cellar offers a broad array of premium and boutique spirits in the store's physical location in Sarasota, Florida. Now, we are proud to offer the entire line of Montalvo Tequila to online shoppers through our web store. Montalvo is a handcrafted, meticulously formulated and triple distilled tequila produced from only the highest quality Blue Agave plants from the Lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Montalvo takes great pride in ensuring the brand’s premium quality by handcrafting in small batches, using hand-selected Blue Agave plants picked at the peak of maturity and employing a third distillation. Montalvo is available in three varieties: Plata, Reposado and Añejo. Headquartered in the Tequila region of Mexico, with satellite offices in the U.S., Montalvo is committed to environmental initiatives and works closely with tequila manufacturers in the region to responsibly distill tequila while leaving as minimal a carbon footprint as possible. Montalvo’s triple distillation is a process that further removes impurities and taste contaminants, ensuring the purest tequila and smoothest experience. Less than 5% of today’s tequilas undergo triple distillation; most are double distilled, a more economical but less refined practice. Montalvo's Mission is to create the purest form of modern tequila by combining ancient, generations-old traditions with modern techniques. Click here to buy these three premium tequilas online through www.michaelswinecellar.com.
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Rosé Wines for Summer

These easy to drink, refreshing selections are perfect for summertime picnics, graduation parties or any day at the beach, or on the water.

Rose Wine

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World-Class Wines Under $20

However, Michael's Wine Cellar is also host to a wide array of special value-priced wines: think affordable Bordeaux, everyday Pinot Noir and fantastic Chardonnay that won't break the bank. Our clients frequently turn to our experienced culinary and beverage specialists as they select many of the "finer things in life" for elegant galas, special anniversaries and weddings. (The Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar team, of course, delivers flawlessly!) However, Michael's Wine Cellar is also host to a wide array of special value-priced wines: think affordable Bordeaux, everyday Pinot Noir and fantastic Chardonnay that won't break the bank. Plus, our store specializes in limited-production, estate and domaine-bottled wines, a specialization that allows us the luxury of working closely with many family-operated properties and small production wineries. Click here to browse more than 200 selections under $20 a bottle. 
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Kosher Wine for Passover

Michael's Wine Cellar invites you to tart your Sedar dinner with a nice bottle of kosher bubbly!Michael's Wine Cellar invites you to tart your Sedar dinner with a nice bottle of kosher bubbly! Our store is pleased to offer the following kosher white and red wines in stock for 2013 Passover celebrations. (However, we do make sure to have kosher wines available throughout the year at Michael’s Wine Cellar.) Remember: the store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday, but you can shop online anytime. Plus, free local delivery is offered for orders of $100 or more. Moscato “Kosher Dulce Spumante”, Bartenura, IT, 2011 $18.95 Chardonnay “Kosher”, Alfasi, Valle Del Maule, CH, 2010 $9.95 Chardonnay “Kosher”, Yarden, Galilee, Israel, 2009 $19.95 Meritage “Yasmine Kosher”, Recanti, Galilee, Israel, 2010 $11.95 Malvasia “Kosher”, Bartenura, Salento, IT, 2012 $12.95 Merlot ”Kosher”, Yarden, Galilee, Israel, 2006 $27.95 (Our Sarasota-based catering operation is proud to work closely with a number of temples and Jewish community organizations throughout the year, but our online wine shop allows us to serve clients throughout the country!)
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Extra Rewards to Share Your Great Taste!

For any season give the very best of Sarasota: Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar gift cards to share the gift of great food, fine wines and culinary culture. Happy holidays to friends near and far! In celebration of a great holiday tradition in the restaurant industry, we are pleased to offer a special gift to you: Receive a $20 bonus gift certificate with every $100 gift card purchase! For a limited time only, so be sure to purchase your holiday gifts for clients, family, friends and neighbors today. Click here to purchase gift cards online, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or stop in the restaurant to purchase gift cards. Gift cards are valid for Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar purchases.
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Bubbly for Every Season!

Champagne isn’t just for special occasions, Champagne makes every occasion special.

My daughter Molly is the true Champagne lover in our family, but I do love a good bottle of bubbly. Locally, we host a hugely popular Champagne Tasting each December in our store. What does that mean to our online clients? Great access to fabulous sparklings as we stock up each holiday season. However, I've always said: "Champagne isn't just for special occasions, Champagne makes every occasion special." With so many options, there’s no excuse to let the bubbles fade out at New Year’s Eve. Click here to view our current selection of Rose, Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and other sparkling wines.

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Spanish Wines

In the summer of 2012, our group explored Spain's La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions to discover new gems...My wife Terri and I have the great pleasure of leading travelers on exclusive wine buying trips throughout some of the world's most exciting food and wine destinations each year. Organized in conjunction with Admiral Travel International and through my personal friends in the wine industry, each Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In the summer of 2012, our group explored Spain's La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions to discover new gems to bring back to many personal cellars, and great wines I was able to source for our store. Click here to view our latest selections of Spanish wines.  Cheers! Michael Klauber
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Forks & Corks Award Winners

In December 2012, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted "Top of the Class," an inaugural wine competition for the 2013 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival which was celebrated in Sarasota, January 25-27. Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to have all three "Best of Show" wines available for sale in the store.In December 2012, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted "Top of the Class," an inaugural wine competition for the 2013 Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival which was celebrated in Sarasota, January 25-27. A panel of 16 area-based wine experts tasted nearly 250 wine entries from Forks & Corks participating wineries from around the world. The judges, each of whom sampled at least 60 wines apiece, spent nearly six hours evaluating the wines before coming up with the top winners. (A tough gig, right?) And the winners are: 2011 Highfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand $19.95 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling Willamette Valley, Oregon $12.95 2008 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Cabernet Blend Alexander Valley, California $54.95 (Very limited quantity available.) Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to have all three "Best of Show" wines available for sale in the store, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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The Best of Bordeaux

"After spending nearly two weeks there at the end of January, this is unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted," Robert Parker declared on March 1, 2012 when making his final remarks about 2009 Bordeaux for The Wine Advocate. The frenzy around 2009 Bordeaux has continued to build ever since, and Michael's Wine Cellar continues to feature spectacular "sleepers of the vintage." Have you discovered the quality of the cru bourgeois and the petits vins available? Please click here to view Michael’s great values among this superior vintage of Bordeaux.
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What are Bordeaux Futures or “En Primeur”?

I'm often asked about my the processing of buying Bordeaux through "Futures." Please take a moment to review my take on “En Primeur,” the French term for purchasing Bordeaux wine while it is still maturing in barrel. Wine buyers, critics and representatives traveled to Bordeaux in mid March for the 2010 En Primeur tasting, while the wine is still in the barrel. Once again, the 2010 Bordeaux vintage is being applauded by wine experts as a great vintage in modern history. The critics are saying… “Bordeaux 2010 is an exceptional vintage”! James Lawther of Decanter.com, was in Bordeaux for the 2010 En Primeur tastings. He has this to say about the 2010 vintage… “Only time will tell if it is better than 2009. “Adding, :The wines of 2010 are more ‘classically’ defined.” Why buy now? There are significant advantages to buying futures now, here are a few reasons we think you might want to consider. • To purchase wines at the initial release prices. Wines re-released after bottling or sold at retail in an excellent vintage will usually be considerably more expensive. • To secure allocations of small-production wines that may not be commercially available after “En Primeur” release. When they are gone, they are gone. • To own a wine from the start of its life – provenance is priceless. You know that you bought it and have controlled its storage from the beginning. • To purchase a birth year vintage for a child, grandchild or godchild. • To purchase a wedding year vintage. • To be able to choose large format wines – magnums or double magnums. Or to be able to order half bottles – especially in Sauternes. • To purchase the latest vintages of a Château that you have followed and purchased over the years. This is especially important for wines where there is always more demand than there is supply. En Primeur Terms Bordeaux futures basically work like other market-traded commodities. Investors buy wine that has not yet reached the market. This allows the investor to obtain a potentially rare wine, at a bargain, then watch it increase in value. The wine is still in the barrels, un-bottled, and won’t be released for 12 to 18 months. Wine will begin to arrive after about 2 years. Availability Many of these wines have very limited availability. Purchases are on a first-come first-served basis and are available by the solid case only (12 bottles unless otherwise noted). Bottle prices are displayed for comparison purposes only and do not indicate that these wines are available by the bottle. 2010 Bordeaux will be delivered in the spring/summer of 2013. Pricing Prices are “net”, very date sensitive and are subject to change without notice. Case discounts and Connoisseur Club points do not apply. Payment Full payment is required to confirm order. Priority for additional limited stock or special wines will be based on client’s purchase history. Placing Your Order Futures are available throughout our website. You may also e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Michael’s Wine Cellar at (941) 366-0007 Ext. 249. Our Bordeaux Relationship Michael Klauber is a Bordeaux specialist and has spent a considerable amount of time in France exploring the vineyards, tasting the wines, and building relationships with the Chateaux owners.
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239