This email is about the August 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.
Upcoming Event Reminders
- Month of August: Dog Days of Summer (stay tuned for details)
- August 3rd: Ladies Night! Saturday nights, 7-9pm – special menu
- August 5th: Member Monday – Buy 1/Get 1 drinks for Members 4pm-close
- August 15th: Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover!
- September 5th: Widmer + Cigar City Gentlemen’s Club Beer and Old Fashioned cocktail event.
What is Member Monday?
Member Monday is a brand new benefit we are now launching. Every Monday, Members who get wine and/or beer of the month subscription can come to the Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge for Buy 1/Get 1 Free drinks!
Choose from our rotating Wine by the Glass List, if you like beer we feature rotating 11 Tap Handles of Craft Beer, and we also sport quality Scotch and Bourbon, and make excellent historic mixed drinks and original cocktails.
Member Monday is pretty straight forward, but you can read the fine print here.
Why Should I Join the Club?
Not in the Wine or Beer of the Month Club yet? You’ve heard about this Wine & Beer Club but aren’t quite sure what it is? Click here to find out what you’re missing! The wine club is a great way to learn about wine and beer, experience a variety of unique wine & beer, broadening your horizons. If you’re a novice to wine, the Wine of the Month Club will expose you to all sorts of tasty bottles and you’ll be an expert in no time! If you’re more of a wine connoisseur, try the higher end club selections to automatically own highly recommended bottles. Come by this weekend and try a few free tastes to get an idea what the different levels are about!
Wine Club Tasting – Free Flight Friday…
Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4-6pm Friday. We will have all of the wines below open for tastes, pick 3 to try. At the end of the bar we have a table set up with the wines and you can come to the server there for each of your 3 free tastes and she will pour a sample for you.
Club Member Valet Bin Service!
We will now be getting stuff from your Bin for you. Simply come to the front counter and let us know your name or Bin number, and we will go get your selections for you. We still have the Sign Out sheet at the counter, so sign out while you’re waiting.
And without further adieu here’s the lineup for Club and Tasting:
Budget Wine Club
Budget wine club costs only $20 per month and includes two bottles. They can be red, white, pink, or any combination. These are some excellent wines at great prices. Learn more at Budget Wine Club: New Wine Club option. Did you know you can add it to your existing Club Membership?
La Piuma Pecorino
Have you had a Pecorino (say: peck-O-reen-O) before? It’s a unique grape variety, well known to the Italians in Chieti Italy. It’s nice and crisp for the summer, with smooth melon and bright citrus flavors intermingling.
A brilliant yellow color, and aromas of melon and citrus lead to a bright and dry taste. Serve with appetizers, fish dishes and light cheeses.
Carpazo Sangiovese Toscana
Round, with blackberry and black cherry flavors, this is a juicy red. There are firm tannins lurking beneath the surface, adding texture to the finish.
Made exclusively with Sangiovese grapes, this wine is refined for several months in medium oak barrels before being distributed.
Caparzo, with owner Elizabetta Angelina Gnudi, and winemakers Massimo Bracalente and Francesca Arquint, aims to make top quality products using meticulous and traditional techniques, while at the same time applying a modern outlook in its commercial relations with efficiency and capability. More than thirty years have passed since the first vines were planted and the first steps in wine-making taken. In this period, Caparzo, bolstered by its background in the Brunello tradition and the different terroirs of the area, has proved its ability to produce wines with a creative flair and spirit of innovation that achieves top standards in quality.
Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc
(Lake County, California)
This is what Lake County is all about, the fine Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc is racy with notes of dried citrus peel and light herbs; superbly focused.
At elevations ranging from 1,400 to 3,000 feet and located at the base of Mount Konocti, once an active volcano, the Red Hills AVA features rolling hills, red volcanic soils, and a lake effect breeze from Clear Lake, one of North America’s oldest natural lakes. Three parallel Sauvignon Black vineyard blocks provide the fruit for this wine. Each vineyard is harvested at different degrees of ripeness.
These are blended together to create a wine that has aromas of fresh melon and lemongrass. The crisp, refreshing flavors include melon and grapefruit notes. This is a zesty wine with nice depth and richness.
91 Points, Wilfred Wong
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alto Cinco Garnacha
After harvest, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented primarily in stainless steel tanks. Grapes from lower elevations went through a cold maceration for several days to extract aromatics and berry fruit flavors, while grapes from the higher elevations were sent directly to the fermenter for an extended fermentation to preserve the intensity of flavor in the old vine grapes. The wine was aged for 6 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels for additional roundness and texture.
The wine tastes of ripe, juicy wild strawberry, red cherry and blackberry framed by supple tannins. Floral notes of violet and rose petal complement the oak notes of mocha and vanilla on the finish.
Try Alto Cinco with roasted meats & poultry or hearty fish stews. With crispness and silky tannins, it’s delightful paired with tomato dishes such as classic Catalan grilled bread with tomatoes, garlic and olive oil or simply on its own.
94% Garnacha, 6% Tempranillo
Gustave Lorentz Pinot Blanc Reserve
The Pinot Blanc Reserve is light gold-yellow in color, with an intense, fresh nose of citrus fruits, refined complexity. The expressive, charming and approachable aromas carry through to the palate, with a pure attack, nice balance, strong fruitiness and a dry elegant finish dry, elegant finish.
The grapes come from various hillside vineyards around the village of Bergheim, with a predominance of heavy clay/limestone soil. They are hand-picked, usually around the beginning of October, with the whole grapes pressed. The pressed juice is separated from the free-run juice and undergoes 12 to 24 hours of “debourbage” or settling, to eliminate impurities, which are then filtered out. Fermentation takes place, using a combination of natural and selected yeasts, in stainless steel vats. The wine goes through two rackings, the first to separate the lees from the wine and the second to clarify the wine. It sits in tanks for five months, and has the potential to age for an additional five years.
The Pinot Blanc Reserve is a great match for both hot and cold appetizers, especially mussels and cold seafood plates. It also is a perfect aperitif and the most versatile wine coming from the Alsace.
100% Pinot Blanc
Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel
(Amador County, California)
Elevated aromas of baked berry pie, licorice and pepper intermingle with oak notes of vanilla and mesquite. The Jam Bomb delivers again with a brambly blueberry middle surrounded by ripe flavors of boysenberry and blackberry. A big splash of Barbera, together with a little Petite Sirah and Mourvedre keep this wine rocking your palate from its jammy start to its velvety berry/cinnamon finish.
This Zinfandel lives on the edge of conventionality and crazy: Part tarry molasses. Part brambly berry. All in Maverick’s one-of-a-kind balanced and weighty style.
Think big flavors or rich meats when pairing this wine. Go for a cioppino, grilled steak, Beef Wellington, rack or leg of lamb, spare ribs or pork chops.
Tranche Cellars Slice of Pape Blanc
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
The Slice of Pape Blanc is a dramatic wine with a bouquet of violets and jasmine, fresh ripe cantaloupe, and a hint of sea mist. The palate is a see-saw balance between fruit and savory elements. Remarkably complex with flavors of dried apricot, peach pit, apple skin, tangerine, plantain, kumquat, rawhide, and ocean brine. The waxy, oily texture is cut through in the end by meyer lemon and lime zest like acidity. The savory notes linger for minutes after you swallow, finishing more like a red wine.
The cooler year was ideal for these white Rhone varietals of Roussanne and Viogner. Grapes were harvested by hand through mid to late September, whole bunch pressed into tank, and then racked into neutral oak for fermentation. The Roussanne component was allowed to ferment until peak of dryness, with complete malolactic fermentation and regular stirring to help build a mouth filling complexity. Following completion of its fermentation, the Viogner was then blended to contribute the aromatic lift and retain the wine’s freshness and acidity. This particular blend pairs well with many types of cuisines and has the right weight and texture to drink in the summer or winter.
Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
(Walla Walla Valley, Washington)
This is just a spectacular Cab-Sauv. This wine is made entirely from our estate vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley and has it goin’ on, so to speak. It has a beautiful bouquet on the nose, great fruit and silky tannin on the palate, and a lingering finish that will keep you wondering for minutes.
Aged 18 months in barrel 65% New (70% extra tight grained Wisconsin, 30% French) 35% Neutral. Extra-tight-grained American oak is harvested from the area we grew up in Northern Wisconsin, milled in Minnesota, and then air dried for 3-4 years and coopered in California.
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 6% Merlot
46% Minnick Hills, 27% Sconni Block, 27% Birch Creek
100% Estate -Walla Walla Valley
Anniversary Club Red
Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir
(Russian River, California)
Chuck Wagner of Caymus and Mer Soleil fame is the wine making genius behind this incredible bottle of wine. Not only is it freaking delicious, it’s a beautiful was enveloped bottle. Yes please!
The aromas are abundant with bright cherry, cranberry and brown spice, reminiscent of warm cinnamon toast topped with plum jam. On the palate, the bright cherry opens the show, then evolves into a lush, sweetly spiced plum pudding, coating the mouth with a velvety richness. The wine then develops an intense mineral note, adding yet another dimension, lending way to silky tannins and a lengthy finish.
100% Pinot Noir
Fine Beer Club
Beer Club selections are not open for the tasting event, but a few bottles are available for purchase.
Each month the Fine Beer Club members receive $20 worth of beer in whatever configuration fits. We may include large format bottles, smaller bottles, six packs, even (gasp!) cans. Some are darker, some are lighter, but all in all it’s a great way to explore beers from international and domestic sources. Fine Beer Club is a variable number of bottles each month, in a huge range of beer styles, but always interesting and unique $20 worth of beer. This club focuses on new releases, specialty beers, and a wide variety of styles. This is for the craft beer explorer.
Great Divide Brewing Oatmeal Yeti Stout
Belgian Yeti is out, Oatmeal Yeti is in. The new addition to the Yeti series is in your Beer Club Bin this month, drink now or age it for a future opening! Some would say it’s the best Yeti yet… i. It’s seasonal so get it while it’s here.
Much like its legendary predecessors, this Yeti is big, bold and dark. The addition of rolled oats softens Yeti’s notoriously roasty backbone and the small amount of raisins added in the brew kettle create a unique dark fruit character. Just as admired as those that came before it, Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout is a softer beast.
Pair with duck poutine, steak au poivre, grilled portabella mushrooms, Stilton blue cheese, banana cream pie.
RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 93 outstanding
9.5% ABV, 22oz bottle
Goodlife Brewing Descender IPA
The descent from the top of the mountain to the bottom should be exhilarating. Whether it’s a gradual descent or a screaming race that gets you to the bottom, this beer is created to help you enjoy the experience.
Life is loaded with peaks and valleys, where we associate the valleys with the reward post ascending the peak. Like the flow of the stream slows in the valley, put the cell phone away, sit back and relax with this IPA, and enjoy the journey.
This beer is a hop lover’s dream that has balance you will appreciate. We created it for you so you can take time out from the rigors of life and descend to a valley full of hops – sounds good, no, great!
Malt: NW Two Row, Bonlander Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal 60, Carafoam
Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, Galaxy, Warrior
Brewed with a process called “Hop Bursting,” resulting in a beer with a balance and quality that you will not forget!
RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 92 outstanding
7% ABV, 70 IBUs, 22 oz bottle
Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad brewed with Plums
Ovila® Abbey Ales are a series of Belgian-inspired beers brewed in collaboration with the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, CA. An homage to the time-honored monastic brewing tradition, Ovila Abbey Ales combine the quality and craft of those dedicated artisans with a dose of American brewing innovation. Featuring ingredients grown by the monks on the grounds of the abbey, Ovila Abbey Ales are a fresh twist on the ancient brewing tradition.
Ovila Abbey Quad with plums is heady with aromas of caramel, rich malt, and dark fruit-balanced by the spiciness and delicate fruity notes of a traditional Belgian yeast. This beer features sugar plums grown on the grounds of the Abbey, and harvested by the monks in Vina. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.
RateBeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 87 very good
10.2% ABV, 375ml cork caged bottle
Lagunitas Brewing Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky body. A filtered pale wheat ale that is great for both IPA and wheat beer fans. 50% Wheat malt, and all the C hops.
Way smooth and silky with a nice wheaty-esque-ish-ness. Just the little sumpin’ sumpin’ we all need to kick Summer into full swing! Ingredients: Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water, and Hops.
RateBeer: 99/99, BeerAdvocate: 94 outstanding
7.5% ABV, 64 IBUs, 12 oz bottle (available in six packs)
Rare Beer Society
Rare Beer Society is a subscription to special and rare craft beers for a true craft beer lover. Exclusively limited-release beers, can be a variable number of bottles not exceeding a total cost of $35 in one month. This club focuses on beers that have low-availability, special reserve series beers, and hard-to-find exclusives. Included will be vintage beers suitable for aging, perhaps beers that we have cellared to perfection at Enoteca, and beers that appeal primarily to advanced craft beer enthusiasts.
Bruery White Oak
White Oak is a blended beer– 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it “White Oak Sap”), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.
RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 88 Very Good
12% ABV, 20 IBUs, 750ml bottle
Rogue Brewing Old Crustacean Barley Wine 2012
While the official story is 1 year of aging, if you’re brave go for 3 years or better yet 5 years. Thanks to beer club member Bret I recently had an Old Crustacean from the 90’s that was truly incredible. Come see the empty bottle on the wall of fame.
An unfiltered and unrefined Barleywine. Intense, robust, malty and dark. The cognac of beers. A huge beer in a big bottle, this is a beer designed for sipping. Old Crustacean is brewed with eight ingredients, Great Western Harrington, Klages, Hugh Baird Carastan and Munich Malts, Chinook and Centennial Hops, free-range coastal water and PacMan yeast. Old Crustacean is best when aged for one year. We did that for our Rare Beer members.
Ratebeer: 97, BeerAdvocate: 99 world-class (bros)
11.5% ABV, 110 IBUs, 750ml ceramic flip top and capped bottle