Wine Events

ChampageGlassesToastPlease mark your calendar now and start registering for these popular wine tastings and wine dinners at Michael's Wine Cellar! WINE DINNERS Newton Vineyard Wine Dinner Hosted by Michael Ray Saturday, October 1, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here for online reservations. Domaine Vincent Girardin Burgundy Wine Dinner Hosted by Marco Caschera Friday, October 7, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here for online reservations. Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner Hosted by the one and only Bobby Kacher! Saturday, November 5, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael’s Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Online reservations will open soon. OPEN HOUSE WINE TASTINGS Join us for these monthly, casual, walk-about wine tastings to taste dozens of international boutique wines. Saturday, October 1, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2-4 p.m. (This year's "Wine, Women & Shoes" Retail Tasting where you'll have an opportunity to meet many visiting winemakers!) Admission is $10 per person for each of the Open House Wine Tastings listed above. Saturday, December 10, 2-4 p.m. Tis the season! Please simply donate a unwrapped toy as admission! There is no admission fee to attend this "Holiday" Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive. All guests must donate an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program as admission in December.
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Vincent Girardin Wines

Domaine Vincent Girardin Winery VineyardsPlease join us to taste some of the very best of Burgundy! Domaine Vincent Girardin Burgundy Wine Dinner Hosted by Marco Caschera  Friday, October 7, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Space is limited and reservations are required. FEATURED WINES: 
Welcome:
Bourgogne Blanc, Vincent Girardin, FR
 
First Course:
Macon-Fuisse “Les Vieilles”, Domaine Vincent Girardin, FR
Pouilly-Fuisse “Les Vieilles Vignes”, Domaine Vincent Girardin, FR
 
Second Course:
Meursault “Les Narvaux”, Domaine Vincent Girardin, FR Puligny-Montrachet “Vieilles Vignes”, Domaine Vincent Girardin, FR
 
Third Course:
Volnay “Vieilles Vignes”, Domaine Vincent Girardin, FR
Gevrey-Chambertin “VieillesVignes”, Domaine Vincent Girardin, FR
 
Dessert:
Port, Warre’s “LBV”, 2004
Click here for online reservations.  
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Newton Vineyard Dinner

featured-items-newtonvineyardWe look forward to a special Newton Vineyard Wine Dinner hosted by Michael Ray, Moet Hennessy Portfolio Specialist, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Please see the featured wines and custom five-course menu below! Click here to make reservations for this Newton Vineyards Wine Dinner. Space is limited and reservations are required. $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Newton Vineyard Wine Dinner Menu Saturday, October 1, 2016

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres Spicy Tuna Cone Salmon Caviar Moroccan BBQ Grilled Shrimp Yellow Tomato Gazpacho & Crispy Shallots Crispy Pork Chicharrón Taco Cilantro-Marinated White Onions on Corn Tortillas Sparkling "Etoile Brut", Domaine Chandon, CA, NV    First Course Pan-Seared Jumbo Diver Scallop Green Peas, Butternut Squash Risotto, Crispy Artichokes Foie Grass Nage & Crispy Salsify Root Chardonnay "Red Label", Newton Vineyards, Napa, CA Chardonnay "Unfiltered", Newton Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA   Second Course Spiced Manchester Quail Roasted Acorn Squash, Truffled Creamed Swiss Chard Buttered-Poached Heirloom Baby Carrots  & Claret Demi Reduction Pinot Noir, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, NZ Claret "Red Label", Newton Vineyards, Napa County, CA   Third Course Thyme-Braised Wagyu Boneless Short Ribs Roasted Cipollini Onions, Anise-Spiced Sweet Potato Purée, Chanterelle Mushrooms & Cabernet Au Poivre Sauce Cabernet Sauvignon "Unfiltered", Newton Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA Malbec “Reserva”, Terrazas de los Andes, Mandoza, AR    Dessert Belgian White Chocolate Linzer Torte Raspberry, Mascarpone & Pink Guava Champagne "Demi Sec", Veuve Clicquot, FR, NV    
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Burgundy Wine Dinner

Please join us for a Burgundy Wine Dinner! Domaine Vincent Girardin Burgundy Wine Dinner Hosted by Marco Caschera  Friday, October 7, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Click here for online reservations. Vincent Girardin was born in Santenay, in the Côte de Beaune and is part of a winemaking family whose origins date to the 17th century (11th generation). Now in his forties, Vincent began in 1982 with only 2 hectares (5 acres) of vines. When his father retired, Vincent took over several additional hectares to which he could devote himself. Vincent Girardin is a man of conviction. He knows what he wants. He has grasped his professionally with both hands. 
Vincent’s roots are deep in the most prestigious terrors of Burgundy. He knows every vine, every parcel of land. He also ensures that the very highest quality is maintained by following each wine’s development every step of the way, at all times respecting the most important element of Burgundy – the individuality of its terroirs. It is this very personal touch that conjures up the richness, harmony and elegance that make Vincent Girardin’s wines so sought-after. Vincent Girardin’s wife Veronique, has worked alongside Vincent at the Domaine since 1994. Today, the Domaine represents 20 hectares. Domaine Vincent Girardin Winery VineyardsVincent Girardin’s Winemaking Philosophy: We use the most modern winemaking equipment. During the winemaking period, we try to be as careful as we can with the grapes in order to have the best possible terroir extraction.The alcoholic fermentation is slow with natural yeasts, which are on the grape berries. The ageing is long, on ne lees in French oak. We follow the lunar calendar for the bottling. The white wines nd their essence in their nesse, an extreme aromatic purity, at a focal point between acidity and richness. The red wines are fruity and elegant, with supple tannins. A successful vintage requires a strict and daily monitoring for each wine. Because each bottle represents a different hillside and a different exposure, the winemaker’s decisions are paramount.
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October Wine Events

PortWineGlassesWe kick-off the month of October with two wine events in the Wine Cellar. Click here to view the featured wines and make reservations for our Newton Vineyards Wine Dinner set for 7 p.m.on Saturday, October 1. $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity If you are simply looking for a casual, walk-about tasting, please join us for Michael's October Open House Wine Tasting from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Admission is $10 per person. Cheers!
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October Wine Pairings

featured-items-eatlikealocal-restaurantweek Each month, the culinary team at Michael's On East is challenged to design a unique menu inspired by the world's most exotic food (and wine!) destination as our wine specialists at Michael's Wine Cellar work hard to select perfect wine pairings for the featured menus. This October, Michael's culinary team at Michael's On East looks forward to celebrating the rich flavors of Italy and its classic Italian wines. In fact, October will will be a perfect time to "Dine to the Nines" at dozens of local, independent restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties as part of "Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week, October 3-9, 2016. (Michael's On East is closed on Sundays including Sunday, October 9.) As you enjoy Michael's special Italian menu as part of Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week, we invite you to sip these hand-picked wine pairings designed to complement the two-course lunch ($19) and three-course dinner ($29) menus. WINE PAIRINGS Featured for $5 Each in October at Michael's On East Trebbiano "San Benedetto", Zenato, Lugana, IT Brilliant gold in color, Sergio Zenato Riserva Lugana offers an intense yet elegant floral bouquet. Beautifully layered on the palate, this wine tantalizes the senses with notes of stone fruit, vanilla and white flowers. Nero D’Avola, Stemmari, Sicily, IT Deep ruby-red with pleasant reflections of violet, this wine's bouquet is intense and covered, with notes of currant stick out, wild strawberries, and pomegranate. Soft and velvety, distinct characteristics of fruitiness come forth.
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Wine Dinner Menu

Iron Horse VineyardsSuzanne Watters of Kind Wines will be hosting a special Iron Horse Vineyards Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine have just completed the finishing touches on their five-course dinner, perfectly paired with the featured wines from Iron Horse Vineyards! Iron Horse Vineyards Wine Dinner September 23rd 2016 PASSED HORS D'OEUVRES Ahi Tuna Poke Mini Tacos Shallots, Sesame Seeds, Soy Sauce, Avocado & Jicama Slaw Served in Crispy Wonton Shells Fennel-Spiced Duck Breast with Onion Jam & Sweet Potatoes Allumettes Fresh Mission Figs Truffle Goat Cheese, Panzanella Crumbs & Pomegranate Gastrique Sparkling “Ocean Reserve, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County FIRST COURSE Butter-Poached Maine Lobster Light Clam Curry Sauce, Crispy Oysters, Roasted Garlic Scented Swiss-Chard & Micro Cilantro Classic Vintage Brut, Iron Horse, Green Valley Sparkling "Wedding Cuvee", Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County SECOND COURSE Pan-Seared Halibut Mediterranean Fava Bean Stew, Toasted Baby Artichokes & Basil Pistou Chardonnay "UnOaked", Iron Horse Vineyards, Russian River Valley Chardonnay “Estate”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County THIRD COURSE Fennel-Crusted Veal Tenderloin Baby Wild Mushrooms, Calvados Demi Reduction, Caramelized Pearl Onions & Chimichurri-Crispy Fingerling Potatoes Pinot Noir "Estate", Laetitia Pinot Noir “Estate”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County DESSERT Riesling-Poached Bartlett Pear Baked in a French Almond Cake, Honey Chèvre Ice Cream & Blackberry Coulis  Sparkling “Russian Cuvee”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity  Our recent wine dinner events have sold out quickly, so be sure to secure your tickets today by clicking here.  
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Iron Horse Wine Dinner

Iron Horse VineyardsSuzanne Watters of Kind Wines will be hosting a special Iron Horse Vineyards Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Our recent wine dinner events have sold out quickly, so be sure to secure your tickets today by clicking here. Please join us to enjoy the following featured wines: Welcome: Sparkling “Ocean Reserve, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA 1st Course: Classic Vintage Brut, Iron Horse, Green Valley, CA Sparkling "Wedding Cuvee", Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA 2nd Course: Chardonnay "UnOaked", Iron Horse Vineyards, Russian River Valley, CA Chardonnay “Estate”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA 3rd Course: Pinot Noir "Estate", Laetitia, CA Pinot Noir “Estate”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma County, CA Dessert: Sparkling “Russian Cuvee”, Iron Horse Vineyards, Sonoma Country, CA
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Sip & Shop in September

Sip and Shop wines for September We continue inviting you to "sip and shop" each Saturday afternoon through September at Michael's Wine Cellar. Since we are offering a Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure feature in the Restaurant this month, our team in the Wine Cellar thought we should carry through the California theme! Saturday, September 3, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Emmolo Winery, Napa Valley, CA, 2014 - $18.95 Chardonnay, Hess Collection, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 - $14.95 Pinot Noir, Bread & Butter, CA, 2014 - $12.95 Merlot “Estate”, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2013 - $18.95 Saturday, September 17, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Uppercut, North Coast, CA, 2015 - $11.95 Chardonnay “Four Bears”, Sean Minor, Central Coast, CA, 2014 - $12.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Martin Ray, Sonoma County, CA, 2012 - $16.95 Zinfandel "Sin Zin", Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2012 - $18.95 Saturday, September 24, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc “Sidebar High Valley”, Ramey, Lake County, CA, 2014 - $19.95 Chardonnay “Estate”, Alexander Valley Vineyards, CA, 2014 - $16.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, The Divining Rod, CA, 2012 - $14.95 Zinfandel “Old Vine”, XYZin, CA, 2013 - $14.95 Of course, on Saturday, September 10, we invite you to join us for the Wine Cellar's monthly Open House Wine Tasting. Admission is $10 per person for this casual, walk-about tasting featuring 50+ international wines.  Click here for directions to Michael's Wine Cellar. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday. For the convenience of shopping 24 hours a day online, simply click here to shop our web store.
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Napa Valley Wines

Map with Wine GlassEach month, the culinary team at Michael’s On East challenges itself to create new dishes inspired by the world’s most exotic destinations. This September, Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe are thrilled to present a “domestic” Epicurean Adventure. While Michael's monthly featured menus are often inspired by the world’s most exotic destinations, this month you are invited to venture to one of the most delicious states in the USA. Take a culinary journey to Napa Valley in California, from the comfort of your favorite table at Michael’s On East! The Michael’s On East three-course Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, September 1-30, 2016. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $15 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If California wines are more your style, Michael's is happy to offer the Uppercut Sauvignon Blanc from California's North Coast and the Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena to accompany the Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure lunch and dinner menus. These hand-selected pairings are available for $5 each. Michael also invites you to taste more than a dozen wines from California at the September Open House Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Admission is $10 per person. Click here to make online reservations for this month's Open House Wine Tasting, or simply join us at the door!
Call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com for all current menus and restaurant reservations for Michael's On East.
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Riesling Class

We continue our monthly series of special tasting events in the Wine Cellar into the fall with a Riesling "Class" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13. Featured Wines: Riesling-Dry "Selenium Vineyard", Pacific Rim, Yakima Valley, WA, 2013 Riesling, Trimbach, Alsace, FR, 2012 Riesling "Lenz", Fred Loimer, Kamptal, AT, 2012 Riesling "Scharzhofberger Spatlese", Bischofliche Weinguter, DE, 2012 Riesling “H”, Dr. Hermann, Mosel, DE, 2013 Riesling Kabinett “Estate Bottled”, Thomas Schmitt, DE, 2014 Admission is $25 per person. Reservations are required as space is limited. Click here for reservations.  
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Conte della Vipera

ContedellaViperaOur team at Michael's Wine Cellar is thrilled to present you a special offer from the Antinori family! Castello della Sala ‘Conte della Vipera’ 2013 $24.95 A perfect blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon! Refreshing and vibrant, this wine with high acidity and no malolactic fermentation is perfect for our warm Florida summer days. Click here to purchase online. (Note: This wine is expected to be available by mid-August.) Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: 90 Points The 2013 Conte della Vipera is another delicious wine from the Antinori family (owners of Castello della Sala). This blended white shows very nicely in this vintage with stone fruit, white almond, yellow rose and fresh summer peach. In the mouth, the wine delivers medium texture, creamy consistency and a long finish. Conte della Vipera never skips a beat. It should hold for the next five years. Interesting Facts from Our Friends at Castello della Sala This "Conte della Vipera" wine is named after the first owners of Castello della Sala. The wine label depicts the chapel of St. John, built in the XV century and located in the territory of the Castello della Sala. The first issue of the wine took place in 1997. "Conte della Vipera" is made from Sauvignon Blanc with a little Semillon grown in vineyards, which are located at an altitude of 250 to 350 meters above sea level, on the basis of the rich deposits of marine fossils with infiltration of clay minerals. This terroir allows the harvest of Sauvignon Blanc with a good sugar concentration and the maximum expression of the varietal aroma and flavor with hints of minerals and fruits. The 2013 season was marked by frequent and abundant rainfall during all phases of vegetation and subsequent warm weather without the excessive heat. Unlike previous years, the maturation of the grapes was gradual and ended a little later than usual. The Sauvignon Blanc was harvested during the first ten days of September, while the Semillon was removed from the vines in late September, two weeks later than usual. Harvested grapes showed excellent health, fine acidity and excellent varietal flavor. Immediately after hand-picking the grapes has been sent to the winery, where it is cooled by means of a conveyor with cold water. This process is important to preserve aromas of grapes. After soft pressing musts was again cooled at 10 ° C for natural decantation. Fermentation tanks of stainless steel was held at a controlled temperature not exceeding 16 ° C. Then the wine is stored at low temperature (10 ° C) to prevent the malolactic fermentation and preserving the greatest extent possible varietal character grapes.
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Pinotage

Pinotage: South Africa's Grape Varietal As explained by our friends at Wine Access, Pinotage is a recent addition to the wine world, having been created in South Africa in 1925, by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I Perold. Perold crossed the Pinot Noir and Cinsaut grapes with the aim of acquiring the best qualities of both parents: classic Pinot Noir flavors with a bountiful crop from sturdy, disease resistant vines. Pinotage is a versatile and food-friendly wine. If you haven't had the opportunity to explore food pairings at one of our specialty South African wine dinners and menus at Michael's On East, we suggest pairing Pinotage with robust Mediterranean dishes, Cape Malay-spiced lamb chops, blackened fish, charcuterie, or even foods with plenty of spice such as curry dishes.Michael's Wine Cellar's own Robin Schwartz first came across Pinotage while living in New Zealand years ago. (Kiwis love their South African wines when not drinking wines from their native country!) Robin participated in a full-day wine trip while she was vacationing in South Africa, stopping by and loving the wines from Fairview Vineyards. In fact, she bought a few bottles of the Fairview Vineyards Pinotage to take home with back then. Luckily for Robin, today we carry the wines from Fairview Vineyards in the store at Michael's Wine Cellar, which are also available for purchase online. We hope you'll stop in the retail shop or try ordering a bottle of the Fairview Vineyards Pinotage from our online wine shop today. Pinotage-LanzeracInterestingly, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is known as the home to the first bottled Pinotage. Steeped in a history dating back to 1692, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the majestic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch in South Africa. If you are ready to try South Africa's original grape varietal IN South Africa, please join us in the summer of 2017 for the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club's "A Taste of Africa" trip escorted by Michael and Terri Klauber of Michael's On East and Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International.) The Lanzerac Wine Estate is just one of numerous winery experiences available during this exclusive food and wine-focused and luxury safari journey.
 
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Wine Pairings in the Restaurant

PortWineGlassesEach month, the culinary team at Michael's On East is challenged to design a unique menu inspired by the world's most exotic food (and wine!) destination as our wine specialists at Michael's Wine Cellar work hard to select perfect wine pairings for the featured menus. The following wines will be featured in the Restaurant this August, hand-selected to be paired with Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine's Indonesian Epicurean Adventure. Viognier/Chenin Blanc/Grenache Blanc, The Wolftrap, ZA, 2012 Complex flavors of fruit blossom, dried fruit and spice. Rich creamy texture with some minerality and elegant oak nuances. Balanced natural acidity with concentrated flavors that lingers on the palate. Pinot Noir "Light Horse", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA, 2013 This deep garnet Pinot Noir showcases ripe cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromatics that commingle with anise, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. Sumptuous red berry flavors blossom on the palate, while supple acidity and silken tannins contribute to the wine’s innate elegance.
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New Rose: Domaine Tempier

Rose domaine tempier bandolThere's a reason it's called "Michael's Wine Cellar." Michael Klauber himself, our legendary Co-Proprietor who has served as a wine judge and international wine merchant for 30 years, still has his hand - and trusted palate - in the wine buying process for our boutique wine store. This summer, Michael directed our wine specialists to bring in "the grandfather of all rosé wine." Allow our team to introduce you to this fine rosé from one of the most famous estates for rosé in Provence, France. Rose, Domaine Tempier, Bandol, FR, 2015 $42.95 (Click here to purchase online.)
Tasting Notes
The presence of Mourvedre gives this wine its strong character, balance and complexity. An intense fruit and floral nose make this an attractive rosé.The palate is rounded and full with fruity aromas of peach and pomegranate, followed by delicate spice notes and a pleasant freshness created by acidic balance and complexity.
Domain Tempier Bandol Rose Located in the heart of the Bandol terrior, Domaine Tempier was already in existence during the reign of Louis XV (1715-74). The house was built in 1834 and the estate gained recognition in 1885 when it won its first gold medal. The architect of this rebirth in the wake of the phylloxera epidemic that had devastated France's vineyards was Leonie Tempier, who replanted the vines on rootstocks and in 1880 had a barrel cellar and cement fermentation tanks built. The grapes used for this rosé come from selected parcels where the vines are on average 20 years old.
Wine Spectator (91 Points)
“Bright white cherry and watermelon rind notes are pure and racy, gaining a light savory hint through the finish and showing an echo of white pepper. Pure, with latent depth, this should go into reserve for fall and winter drinking. Drink now through 2017.”
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Sip & Shop in August

Michael's Wine Cellar Retail Store Through the month of August, we invite you to "sip and shop" at Michael's Wine Cellar each Saturday afternoon. Sip & Shop on Saturday, August 13, 2016 Rose, Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, FR, 2014 - $9.95 Cotes du Rhone Blanc "Perrin Reserve", Perrin & Fils, FR, 2015 - $11.95 Cotes du Rhone, Saint-Cosme, Rhone Valley, FR, 2014 - $14.95 Cotes du Roussillon “Le Petit Pas”, Mas Janeil, FR, 2014 - $16.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, August 20, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc "East Side", Pedroncelli, Sonoma County, CA, 2014 - $12.95 Chardonnay, Ferrari-Carano, Sonoma, CA, 2013 - $19.95 Zinfandel "Romanzo Moon", Lapis Luna, Lodi CA, 2012 - $14.95 Cabernet Sauvignon, Uppercut, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 - $18.95 Sip & Shop on Saturday, August 27, 2016 Albarino, Burgans, Rias Baixas, ES, 2014 - $13.95 Chardonnay "High Mountain Vines", Catena, Mendoza, AR, 2013 - $17.95 Red Blend “Perlita”, DiamAndes, Mendoza, AR, 2014 - $13.95 Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2014 - $14.95 Of course, on Saturday, August 6, we invite you to join us for the Wine Cellar's monthly Open House Wine Tasting. Admission is $10 per person for this casual, walk-about tasting featuring 50+ international wines.  Click here for directions to Michael's Wine Cellar. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday. For the convenience of shopping 24 hours a day online, simply click here to shop our web store.
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Glenmorangie Dinner

Glenmorangie Original Bottle Please join us for our first whisky dinner at Michael’s Wine Cellar! Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner  Thursday, August 4, 2016 6:30 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Hosted by Glenmorangie Ambassador Clarke Boyer Enjoy chef-inspired food pairings accompanying Glenmorangie products including: Original, Extra Matured Range, Signet and 18 Year. Admission is $125 per person and each attendee will receive a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 Year to take home. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please click here to view the complete menu and make online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to register via phone.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GLENMORANGIE DIRECTLY FROM THE SOURCE: THE TALLEST STILLS Our stills are the tallest in Scotland. Their long copper necks stand at 16ft 10 1/4 inches (the same height as a fully grown adult giraffe!) Which means that only the very purest vapors make it to the top, giving a smoother, more elegant whisky. THE FINEST CASKS At Glenmorangie we select the nest oak casks in which to mature our whisky. But that’s not all because we then only use each cask twice for Original (whilst many others use their up to ve or six times), this ensures that the maximum amount of avor is always extracted during maturation, delivering a rounder and more complex taste. Glenmorangie has been pioneering the technique of extra maturation in order to perfect the different nishes of our whiskies and bring new avors to our range. THE MEN OF TAIN Glenmorangie’s story is not just about whisky, it’s also about people. The 16 Men of Tain are proof of this. Entrusted with the secrets of our distillery, the men use their dedication, skill and attention to ensure Glenmorangie is the most outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whisky. There was a time when the Men of Tain would queue up for a daily dram of whisky with their lunch. Huddled together they would pass around a metal cup - blackened through constant use - and share a joke at the expense of one of the lads. This tradition is still fondly remembered by some of our more long serving men.
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Whisky Dinner

Michael’s Wine Cellar will host its first-ever five-course whisky dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016! Hosted by Glenmorangie Ambassador Clarke Boyer, this Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner will feature chef-inspired food pairings accompanying Glenmorangie products including: Original, Extra Matured Range, Signet and 18 Year. Glenmorangie is a well-recognized Single Malt Scotch brand founded in 1843 in the Highland town of Tain in Scotland. Admission is $125 per person and each attendee will receive a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 Year to take home. (Yes! You read that correctly!) Space is limited and reservations are required. Please click here to view the complete menu and make online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to register via phone.
CLARKE-BOYER-Glenmorangie Dinner HostCLARKE BOYER An expert in the industry, Clarke Boyer is the Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador for the Southeast region. While earning his BA at the University of Denver, Clarke began his 15 year career within the spirits industry as a bartender. After taking a 500-mile cycle tour throughout Scotland, Clarke began a 6 year tenure as a distiller and blender. Most recently, Clarke worked in market management with William Grand & Sons and Campari USA. A huge advocate for Scotland and single malt whisky, Clarke brings a breadth of knowledge to the Southeast region This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

White Wine Glass GrapesPlease join us for our next specialty wine tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Tuesday nights are the perfect night for educational and fun wine events at your favorite boutique wine store! Blind Tasting of Sauvignon Blanc Wines from Around the World Tuesday, August 9, 2016 6:30 p.m. $20 per person Seating is limited to just 20 guests. Please click here to register now for this Sauvignon Blanc Tasting. 
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Old Scout Smooth Ambler

Smooth AmblerSmooth Ambler Spirits won two awards at Whiskey Magazine's 2016 World Whiskies Awards in New York held earlier this year. Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon received a Gold Medal for the category, and Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon was awarded "Best Single Barrel Bourbon in the World" by an international panel of judges comprised of leading journalists, whiskey enthusiasts, and world renowned retailers and bartenders. Our team at Michael's Wine Cellar reports that they love the Smooth Ambler because is one of our featured Bourbons which is truly created "grain to glass." Stop in the store to pick-up a bottle, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. One of the fine merchant-bottled spirits Smooth Ambler has brought to market in unique and authentic ways, Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon celebrates the West Virginia distillery's efforts to provide spirits, hailing from their home state, that are worthy of being symbols of high quality all over the world. Truly hand selected, blended in small batches, never chill-filtered, and bottled at a healthy drinking proof of 99 (or higher for the barrel proof Single Barrel) the spirits Smooth Ambler curates are designed to provide maximum drinkability, utmost nuance, and refreshing transparency in labeling; acknowledging the skill and talent of their origin-distillery while reflecting Smooth Ambler's approach to market. Spirits from Smooth Ambler are available in 33 markets throughout the United States, as well as 8 markets overseas, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and France. About Smooth Ambler Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits set out to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients. Located in the rural Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, Smooth Ambler produces world-class spirits with state-of-the-art distillery equipment in conjunction with the natural resources of the region; high-valley mountain air, crisp, clean water, ideal temperature variations, and friendly folks. Complementing their exceptional line of WV-made Appalachian Spirits is that of their Artisan Merchant Bottled products. From time to time in their travels they come across great spirits – not of their making, but of their liking – that might not otherwise be brought to market. In homage to the centuries-old Scotch & Irish practice of independent bottling, Smooth Ambler takes these exceptional products under their care and once in West Virginia, they are further cultivated and then bottled faithfully and honestly. The finest in Appalachian Whiskey & Spirits, Smooth Ambler is "The Spirit of WV"!
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