Sauvignon Blanc Day & Moscato Day

Champagne GlassesWe all love an excuse for a party or opportunity to try a new bottle of wine. Plus, what could be better than bonus points? This month, we've learned of two "wine holidays:" Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 5 and Moscato Day on May 9.  In honor of these pseudo holidays, Michael's Wine Cellar will be offering Double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Points on the featured wines, 10 am - 6 pm, on their respective "holidays." (Points are awarded in-store only at Michael's Wine Cellar.) Our knowledgable wine specialists have also selected a few recommendations for you!  Sauvignon Blanc Day: Friday, May 5, 2017
Sauvignon Blanc, Klein Constantia, Constantia, ZA, 2014
retail $14.95
Sauvignon Blanc, Frenzy, South Island, NZ, 2016 (BTG in restaurant)
retail $11.95
Sauvignon Blanc, Honig Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2015
retail $18.95
Moscato Day: Monday, May 9, 2017
Moscato d'Asti "Bricco Quaglia", La Spinetta, Piedmont, IT, 2016 (BTG in restaurant)
retail $17.95
Moscato d'Asti "I Vignaiolo di S. Stefano", Ceretto, Piedmont, IT, 2015
retail $19.95
Moscato d'Asti "Moncalvina", Coppo, Canelli, IT, 2015
retail $13.95
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Australian Wines

AustraliaExperience inspired Australian cuisine with your favorite mates throughout May at our adjacent restaurant Michael’s On East! With ever-changing lunch and dinner menus inspired by the world’s most exotic food and wine destinations, the Michael’s culinary team loves challenging themselves each month to perfect a unique worldly cuisine. This month, take a culinary journey with an Australian Epicurean Adventure in the award-winning Restaurant which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary! Click here to view the complete lunch and dinner menus, which are accompanied by these hand-picked wines: 
Chardonnay “Unoaked”, The Y Series - Yalumba, South Australia, AU, 2016 Pale straw with green tinges in color, this wine opens with aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruits such as paw-paw. There is a touch of complexity from the wild fermentation; just enough to let you know that under the pretty façade is a fun and adventurous wine. The palate is an alluring combination of fresh fruits, spices such as white pepper and just enough “wildness” to keep you coming back for another glass. It finishes with a fresh cleansing line of citrus zest.
Shiraz, The Y Series - Yalumba, South Australia, AU, 2015 Deep crimson in color, this wine shows intense youthful aromas of ripe dark berries, mulberry jam, Indian spice, and dark chocolate. Rich and ripe, the Y Series Shiraz is a glorious mouthful of South Australia with layers of ripe blackberries and black forest cake surrounded by soft, juicy, fully ripe tannins and a moreish finish. (Please note: Michael’s On East and Michael's Wine Cellar will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017.)
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Upcoming Open House Wine Tastings

Wine Cellar International Red RackThe Michael's Wine Cellar team looks forward to hosting you monthly for casual, walk-about wine tastings at our retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just south of Downtown Sarasota.  Please mark your calendar for upcoming events. Admission is $10 per person and you are always welcome to simply join us at the door!  Each Open House Wine Tasting is featured 2-4 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar.  UPCOMING WINE TASTINGS Saturday, May 6, 2017 Saturday, June 3, 2017 Saturday, July 8, 2017 Saturday, August 5, 2017 Saturday, September 9, 2017 Saturday, October 7, 2017
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Special Tasting: Best of the Whiskey Obsession Festival

Whiskey Obsession FestivalCreator and Producer of the Whiskey Obsession Festival Turner C. Moore returns to Michael’s Wine Cellar to feature stand-out spirits from this year's grand affair!
Special Tasting Event: Best of the Whiskey Obsession Festival
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 South Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza
Sarasota, FL 34239
$25 per person
Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and tastes of select whiskies - top products from the 2017 Grand Tasting: Bourbon "Double Oaked", Woodford Reserve, 750ml Scotch "India Pale Ale", Glenfiddich, 750ml Scotch "Nectar D'Or", Glenmorangie, 750ml Scotch, Oban, 14 Yr, 750ml Wheat Whiskey, Reservoir, 750ml Whiskey “Rye”, Rittenhouse, 750ml Whiskey "10 Year Rye", WhistlePig, 750ml
  Reservations are required as seating is limited to 30 guests. Click here to register online now for this "Best of" Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. 
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Sip & Shop in April

Sip & ShopEach Saturday at Michael’s Wine Cellar, we invite you to “sip & shop” as you browse thousands of wine, spirits and beer offerings available at the retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota. This month our knowledgeable team of wine specialists will be pouring:
April 1, 2017
Chardonnay "Overlook", Landmark, Sonoma County, CA, 2014 - $19.95
Sauvignon Blanc, Gamble Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 - $19.95
Merlot, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 - $17.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, Grayson Cellars, St. Helena, CA, 2015 - $11.95 April 8, 2017 Please join us for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 8, 2-4 pm. Admission is $10/person. Click here to register in advance or simply join us at the door. 
April 15, 2017 (Stock up for your Easter celebrations!) Zweugelt "Rose", Weingut Markus Huber, Traisental, AT, 2015 - $19.95
Riesling "Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese", Carl Graff, Mosel, DE, 2016 - $15.95
Garnacha "Tres Picos", Borsao, Campo de Borja, ES, 2014 - $16.95
Zinfandel “Old Vine”, XYZin, CA, 2013 - $16.95
April 22, 2017
Sauvignon Blanc, Southern Right, Walker Bay, ZA, 2015 - $16.95
Chardonnay, Passages, Coastal Region, ZA, 2014 - $16.95
Pinotage, Fairview Vineyards, Paarl, ZA, 2015 - $14.95
Red Blend, Protea, Western Cape, ZA, 2012 - $14.95
April 29, 2017
Sauvignon Blanc “La Gitana”, Bodegas Hidalgo, ES, 2015 - $16.95
Albarino, Burgans, Rias Baixas, ES, 2015 - $13.95
Red Blend "Les Mines", Priorat, Priorat, ES, 2011 - $16.95
Tempranillo “Vendimia”, Hazana Vina Viejas, Rioja, ES, 2014 - $11.95
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Bordeaux Madness

BORDEAUX MADNESS For a Limited Time: Special Sale Prices on Many of Bordeaux's Best [caption id="attachment_3995" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Bordeaux Winemakers Jérôme Ducasse (La Vintage), Anne Riives (Chateau d'Issan & Chateau Pedesclaux), Hugo Bernard (Domaine de Chevalier), Mattieu Bordes (Chateau Lagrange), Michael Klauber, Pauline Lurton (Chateau Ferriere & Chateau Haut Bages Liberal), Jean Philippe Janoueix (Chateau La Croix St Georges), Caroline Decoster (Chateau Fleur Cardinale) and Coralie de Boüard (Chateau La Fleur de Boüard)[/caption] Bordeaux MadnessThis past January, Michael Klauber and his team at Michael's Wine Cellar enjoyed spending time with this wonderful group of winemakers - many we have already followed for years plus several new vintner friends - as part of the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival. In fact, many of their wines received medals in the 2017 Forks & Corks Wine Competition!

We continue to celebrate their Bordeaux Chateaux with a special online sale this spring. Please be sure to shop now as these "Bordeaux Madness" special prices are available only for a limited time. (Plus many of these extraordinary vintages are limited as well!)

Click here to take advantage of special sale prices  on these fine Bordeaux wines. BORDEAUX MADNESS BEGINS TODAY!
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Sip & Shop in March

Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Wine ShopEach Saturday at Michael's Wine Cellar, we invite you to "sip & shop" as you browse thousands of wine, spirits and beer offerings available at the retail store located in Midtown Plaza, just outside of downtown Sarasota.  This month our knowledgeable team of wine specialists will be pouring:  (Please also join us for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting on Saturday, March 4, 2-4 pm. Admission is $10/person.) Saturday, March 11, 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Matanzas Creek Winery, Sonoma County, CA, 2015 - $15.95 Chardonnay, Dreyer, Sonoma County, CA, 2014 - $16.95 Zinfandel "Romanzo Moon", Lapis Luna, Lodi CA, 2012 - $16.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Grayson Cellars, St. Helena, CA, 2015 - $11.95 Saturday, March 18, 2017 Pinot Grigio, Palmina, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2014 - $18.95 Chardonnay "Butter", JaM Cellars, CA, 2015 - $16.95 Petite Sirah “Grower’s Selection”, The Crusher, Clarksburg, CA, 2013 - $11.95 Pinot Noir "Bishop's Peak", Talley Vineyards, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2014 - $19.95 Saturday, March 25, 2017 Torrontes "Series A", Zuccardi, Salta, AR, 2015 - $14.95 Chardonnay "High Mountain Vines", Catena, Mendoza, AR, 2014 - $17.95 Red Blend “Reserva - Organic”, RedPuro, Mendoza, AR, 2015 - $12.95 Malbec "Clasico", Altos Las Hormigas, Mendoza, AR, 2015 - $11.95
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South African Wine Tasting

South African Wine Bottle Wine Glass FlagPlease join us for our "monthly" special wine class facilitated by our knowledgeable team at Michael's Wine Cellar!  This month we'll be covering one of Michael Klauber's personal favorite wine regions of the world: South Africa. South African Wine Tasting Tuesday, March 7, 2017 6:30 pm
Admission is $25 per person. Make your reservation in-person while shopping at our retail store, or contact us via phone at 941-955-CORK (2675).
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2017 Calendar of Wine Events

Wine Cellar International Red RackThe Michael's Wine Cellar team loves to host you for a variety of wine and spirits tastings. We'll be announcing many winemaker dinners and whiskey tastings throughout 2017, but we encourage you to mark your calendar now for our monthly Open House Wine Tastings!  2017 Open House Wine Tastings  Saturday, February 11 Saturday, March 4 Saturday, April 8 Saturday, May 6 Saturday, June 3 Saturday, July 8 Saturday, August 5 Saturday, September 9 Saturday, October 7 Saturday, November 9 (Benefiting Forty Carrots Family Center as part of Wine, Women & Shoes!) Saturday, November 18  Saturday, December 2 These casual, walk-about wine tastings are offered 2-4 pm on select Saturday afternoons. Admission is $10 per person and advanced reservations are NOT required for these events. We look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers!  Schedule of events is subject to change.
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Sparkling Wine Tasting

Champagne GlassesBack by popular demand, the Michael's Wine Cellar team is offering another wine class!
Please join us as we pop the bubbly, specifically bottles of bubbles from almost everywhere EXCEPT Champagne, France! It will be an eye-opening exploration of international sparkling wines. International Sparklers! An Educational Wine Tasting Featuring Six Sparkling Wines Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:30 pm at Michael's Wine Cellar
Featured Wines:
Prosecco, Zardetto, Veneto, IT, NV
Cava “Brut - Grand Reserva”, Geliva, ES
Sparkling "Brut", Francois Montand, FR, NV
Sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne "JCB No. 21", Jean-Charles Boisset, FR, NV
Sparkling "Brut", Graham Beck, Robertson, ZA, NV
Sparkling "Brut", Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, CA, NV
Admission is $25 per person and advanced reservations are required. Click here to make online reservations. 
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Forks & Corks Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting guestsPlease join us for one of Michael's best wine tastings each year! Michael's Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting will be a casual, walk-about wine tasting hosted by 22 visiting winemakers, winery owners and special guests participating in the 2017 Forks & Corks festivities! Forks & Corks Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar Saturday, January 28, 2017 3-5 pm (Please note time! 3-5 pm) Admission is $10 per person Click here for online reservations in advance, or simply join us at the door. Featured Wineries: Alexander Valley Vineyards Barone Pizzini Castelluccio/Podere Poggio Scalette Chateau d'Issan & Chateau Pedesclaux Chateau D'Or et de Gueules Chateau Fleur Cardinale Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, Chateau Ferriere, Chateau Durfort Vivens Chateau La Croix St Georges Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Chateau Lagrange Chateau Phelan Segur Coppo Winery Domaine de Chevalier El Enemigo/Catena Klein Constantia/Anwilka Estate L'Ecole º41 La Favorita Michael David Winery Napa Cellars Paul Cluver Wines Saintsbury Vignobles Mayard
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Forks & Corks 2017 Events

Forks and Corks 2017Please join us for multiple wine events offered by the Michael's Wine Cellar and Michael's On East team as part of the 2017 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival!  Michael's Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting Saturday, January 28, 2017 3-5 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar Hosted by 10+ visiting winemakers and winery owners participating in the Forks & Corks festivities! $10 per person; no reservations required. Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner - SOLD OUT Friday, January 27, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar  Hosted by Diane de Puymorin, Chateau d’Or et de Gueules; Françoise Roumieux, Vignobles Mayard & Robert “Bobby” Kacher $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. A Night in Bordeaux - SOLD OUT Featuring Seven Chateaux & Visiting Winemakers! Saturday, January 28, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your complete name and contact information to be added to the wait list for the Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner or A Night in Bordeaux. 
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Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy DriveEach December, the Michael's Wine Cellar team invites you to join us for an annual toy drive supporting the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program as part of our Holiday Open House! Please join us this year! Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive Saturday, December 10, 2016 2-4 p.m. Stroll from station to station tasting 50+ reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines while talking with visiting wine specialists. Michael’s monthly Open House Wine Tastings are casual events, recognized as some of the best wine tastings in Sarasota! Each year, during Michael’s Holiday Open House & Toy Drive, all guests are asked to donate an unwrapped toy as admission to this special wine tasting event. Get into the spirit of giving by bringing an unwrapped child’s gift for local children in need this season. (No exceptions, don’t be a scrooge!) Toy donations will be collected for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Don’t forget to bring your holiday gift shopping list. The store has great gifts for Mom, Dad, Uncle Bob and your neighbors. Michael’s Wine Cellar is located at 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza in Sarasota.  
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Cyber Monday: Bordeaux

Cyber Monday SaleCyber Monday. It's a shopping "holiday" which has become synonymous with online deals for electronics and pretty much anything you could imagine giving as a gift over the holiday season! Our wine specialists at Michael's Wine Cellar are certain everyone on your gift list isn't interested in a new flat screen TV this year. On the other hand, a classic Bordeaux is sure to please! From young, ready-to-drink whites to rare reds from the Right or Left Bank, Michael Klauber always offers a wide-range of Bordeaux wines at great prices in-store at Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota and online. This "Cyber Monday," Michael invites you to take advantage of a special offer for all Bordeaux wines purchased online through Check back later this week for a special online code to save 20%!
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Shop Small for Big Rewards

American Express Shop Small This Saturday, November 26 (the Saturday following Thanksgiving known as "Small Business Saturday" in recent years), Michael's Wine Cellar is offering rewards on top of rewards! First of all, shop in-store, 10 am - 6 pm, to earn DOUBLE POINTS  as a member of the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. Of course, first-time shoppers are invited to join the free loyalty program so you can continue to be rewarded for your good taste throughout the year! Plus, as a participating merchant in American Express' Small Business Saturday program, you'll have an opportunity to earn additional perks! Now through December 31, 2016, American Express® Card Members can earn more rewards when they Shop Small®. Click here for details, and be sure to shop regularly at Michael's Wine Cellar and dine regularly at Michael's On East these holiday season!
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Menu for 11/5 Wine Dinner

Robert Kacher SelectionsChef Jamil has just released the menu for our most popular wine dinner of the year, hosted by our dear friend Bobby Kacher of Robert Kacher Selections! Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner (Hosted by Bobby Kacher himself!)  Saturday, November 5 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity
  WINE DINNER MENU   Passed Hors d’Oeuvres Crawfish Beignet with Saffron Rouille Truffle Duck Pâté with Gooseberry Jam Sautéed Escargots with Mote Caviar, Carrot Allumettes & Micro Greens  Cremant d’Alsace, Domaine Ehrhart, NV   First Course Butter-Poached Maine Lobster & Pan-Seared Jumbo Diver Scallop Green Peas & Butternut Squash Acini di Pepe, Shallots & Citrus Beurre Blanc Rosé, Chateau Les Croste, 2015 Chablis 1er Cru “Mont de Mileu”, Charly Nicolle, 2014   Second Course Maple Leaf Farm Duck Confit & Five-Spiced Pork Belly Parsnip Purée, Grilled Baby Zucchini, Roasted Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes & Burgundy Demi-Reduction  Givry Blanc “En Vaux”, Domaine Joblot, 2014 Givry Premier Cru “Clos de la Servoisine”, Domaine Joblot, 2014   Third Course Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb Root Vegetable & Flagellate Ratatouille, Fennel Seed Spiced Oil, Grilled Trumpet Mushroom & Grenache Au Jus Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée Alex”, Famille Mayard, 2012 Cote Rotie, Michel & Stephane Ogier 2011   Dessert Beaumes de Venise, Domaine Beaumalric Please be sure to register immediately for this November's Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner as just a few spaces remain available. Reservations required. Click here for online reservations.
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Robert Kacher Wine Dinner

featured-items-winedinner-headoftableIt's almost time for our most popular wine dinner of the year! Each November, we are thrilled to have Michael's dear friend Bobby Kacher of Robert Kacher Selections join us in Sarasota to host an annual wine dinner featuring his French portfolio. Please be sure to register immediately for this fall's Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner as just a few spaces remain available. Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner (Hosted by Bobby Kacher himself!)  Saturday, November 5 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar
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November Wine Events

CalendarPlease mark your calendar for our wine events at Michael's Wine Cellar this November!
Open House Wine Tasting Saturday, November 52-4 p.m. $10 per person Click here to register online in advance, or simply join us at the door. Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner Hosted by Bobby Kacher Saturday, November 5, 7 p.m. $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Reservations required. Click here to register now. Space is limited for this popular annual wine dinner hosted by Bobby Kacher himself! 
Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Wine Tasting Saturday, November 192-4 p.m. $10 per person
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Holiday Champagne Tasting

Champagne GlassesIt’s (almost!) the most wonderful – and sparkling – time of the year already! Michael is pleased to announce our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting! From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, put a little effervescence into your holiday cheer as you taste more than 20 fabulous Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. $75 per person Each ticket will receive a $25.00 retail voucher for purchases of $50.00 or more. Vouchers are only accepted that evening for items being showcased at the Sparkling and Champagne Tasting. Prepare to stock up for all your holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Click here to make reservations now. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required.
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Barr Hill Products

Barr Hill Tom Cat GinOur Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber is a passionate man. He's passionate about wine, passionate about food, passionate about the Sarasota community, passionate about hospitality and passionate about traveling the world to discover and bring back the latest and greatest products and cuisine from around the globe to residents and visitors in Sarasota. This summer, Michael and his wife Terri discovered a special line of spirits while traveling in Maine: Barr Hill Gins and Vodka from Caledonia Spirits craft distillery. The Klaubers were introduced to these spirits by a mixologist at the Camden Harbor Inn. In fact, these exclusive product have just become available in the state of Florida – with Michael helping to make it happen so that his guests in the Restaurant and Wine Cellar will be able to enjoy these fine spirits! Reserve Tom Cat Barr Hill Gin Barr Hill Gin Barr Hill Vodka Or stop in the Michael’s On East Lounge or Dining Room soon to try a Bee’s Knees cocktail.  
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Michael's Wine Cellar
1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239