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December 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Dec - 06 - 2013

Dear Enotecans,

red-wineThis email is about the December 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

This month we focused on celebratory Bubbly for the White wine clubs, and some special rich wines & beers for the holidays.

Friday Wine Flight! Check it out we have restored the Friday Wine Flight! This week we’re pouring 3 Club Reds, including the both Premier Wine Club options. Only $12, enjoy 3 oz. each of 3 delicious wines.

Upcoming Event & Reminders

You can always see what’s coming up at Enoteca by seeing the calendar on our left sidebar on our Events page.



Enoteca Drinkery & Refuge is a full service bar featuring 11 rotating craft beer only tap handles, a snazzy wine list and wine flights, an up scale Bourbon & Scotch list, and hand crafted fresh & flavorful cocktails. We are Food Friendly, which means you can bring your own food, including ordering from any of the 5 neighboring restaurants!

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What is Member Monday?

Member Monday means 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.

No Corkage for Members!

Wine & Beer Club Members have a new benefit to membership. Members can now drink any wine and beer from our retail store in the Drinkery & Refuge with no corkage fee! Simply bring your selection to the bar tender and he will add it to your tab and set you up with glassware and open the beer or wine. He’ll also decant a bottle of wine for you if you choose. You can read more 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!

Friday Wine Flight: Wine Club Selections

Every Friday we have a new wine flight to try, on Friday Only, in addition to our regular seasonal wine flight and rotating wine by the glass list. For this Friday, it is Member Flight! We have selected 3 of the Wine Club Selections for the member flight, which is 3 oz. each of selected three wines for only $12.

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?


white-wineJLohr Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
(Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, California)

Bright aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit and boxwood highlight this bright, crisp but well structured Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Arroyo Seco appellation. By fermenting part of the blend in new Acacia wood barrels, a rich textural component was developed to play off of the varietal brightness achieved with stainless steel aging of the remaining portion.
Jeff Meier, Winemaker

Serve with fresh oysters, shrimp ceviche with lime, chilis and melon salsa or a spring green salad with Chèvre and citrus.

99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Viognier


Red WineJLohr Wildflower Valdiguié
(Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, California)

The vibrant 2012 Wildflower Valdiguié is red-purple in color with bright aromas of blueberries, cherries, raspberries and red currants. The fruit complexion on the palate is equally bright, dominated by pomegranate and raspberry, with an earthy finish. Drink your last bottle just in time for the release of the new vintage! Serve chilled.
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Perfect with duck confit salad or as a complement to a charcuterie plate of serrano ham, dry sausage, paté, cornichon and hard cheese.

100% Valdiguié



Vintage Club

bubblyDomaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut Cuvee
(Limoux, Languedoc, France)

Domaine du Collin offers uncommon elegance and affordability in its sparkling white with a light, frothy mousse, fresh citrusy nose, medium body, both crisp and dry.  The chardonnay gives the wine its brightness and acidity, the chenin blanc adds richness, and the pinot noir adds depth.  Domaine du Collin is a bio-diverse farm in the Limoux region that produces its wines with no chemical fertilizers or weed killers.  Collin himself was raised by a vigneron in the Champagne region and brings his knowledge of champagne to Languedoc.  This is a great alternative to champagne for holiday parties.


Argento BonardaRed Wine

Bonarda doesn’t have much name recognition, possibly because it’s so hard to pin down what the term refers to: there are several grapes in several countries that share the name. Argento’s Bonarda is the same grape known in California as “Charbono,” and it makes dense, rich, tannic wines perfect for hearty meat dishes. This bottle lives up to the grape’s reputation, and our blind tasters were thrilled to discover a new alternative to Petite Sirah and hearty Cabs.

Dark berries, mint, a hint of vegetable, and a meaty aroma—this aggressive nose is everything you’d want in a big New World red.  It’s dry and tannic, with blackberries and chocolate to soften any harshness.

An intense nose of fresh raspberries with light floral notes. Ripe red berry fruit flavours are combined with a touch of violet and lead into a soft, round finish.

100% Bonarda



Reserve Club

bubblyTreveri Sparkling Gewürztraminer
(Yakima Valley, Washington)

A delightful combination of spice and exotic fruit aromas, Treveri Sparkling Gewürztraminer ignites a spark of variety with every sip. Easy to recognize but hard to put down, this bubbly will captivate your senses and enlighten your experience.

100% Gewürztraminer


Red WineSpice Route Mourvèdre
(Swartland, South Africa)

Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape of Good Hope in search of exotic spices.  Their nerve and dash inspire the Spice Route philosophy. We have found our signature wine style in the rolling hills along the Cape’s West Coast, where unirrigated vines produce grapes with small thick skinned berries – ripe fruit that is dense, rich and full flavoured. A passionate dedication to exceptional quality and traditional hand crafting captures the essence of this fruit in the wines of the Spice Route.

Mourvèdre greatly benefits from being fermented in open concrete fermenters, as there is ample time and opportunity to extract the maximum colour and flavour of the grapes. This makes an expressive and intense wine.

Vibrant cherry tempered by wild herb and smoky aromas. Lingering plum tomato and spice on the palate. A medium bodied wine, showing firm structure balanced by fresh fruit on the finish.

100% Mourvèdre


Premier Club

bubblyNicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve
(Champagne, France)

The Brut Réserve is aged for at least 3 years in our cellars, even though the legal minimum ageing requirement is 15 months.  A range of different cru make up the blend.  Pale yellow with silver tinges, brilliant and crystalclear revealing a persistent ribbon of delicate bubbles.  Initially restrained, fresh white fruit aromas of apple, pear and peach intermingle with curry and turmeric spices. As the bouquet becomes more expressive, ripe fruit notes jostle for position.  Clean on the attack, elegant and complex, a delicate bead imparts freshness on the finish.


Red WineCarpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon
(Napa Valley, California)

An impressive Cabernet, the winery’s best effort in years. Dry and firm in tannins, it shows a Bordeaux-esque elegance and balance, with sage and cedar notes framing underlying red currant fruit.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a classic winemaking style, respecting the characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine is fruit forward, elegant, and exhibits soft tannins, making it pleasant to drink in its youth. Oak is used sparingly to keep Carpe Diem fresh and vibrant. Grapes for the Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon have been selected exclusively from the best vineyards in world renowned Napa Valley. Vinified under the strict supervision of Christian Moueix’s winemaking team in Yountville, California, Carpe Diem embodies the essence of Napa Valley classic Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a refreshing and straightforward wine expressing its bountiful fruit with bright aromas of wild strawberries and soft tannins.



Anniversary Club Red

Red Wine Zenato Sergio Valpolicella Amarone
(Valpolicella, Italy)

95 Points Robert Parker, normally priced at $115.  Merry Christmas Anniversary Club Members!

Amarone Riserva “Sergio Zenato” is produced only in excellent vintages, from a selection of Corvina, Rondinella, and Oseleta grapes from the oldest vineyards on the Costalunga estate in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella. The particularly low yields have led to a wine of great concentration, with fragrances of vanilla and fruits, and a long, intense taste.

A wine of great class, produced only in outstanding vintage years. Corvina grapes, with the addition of some  rondinella and sangiovese, are selected literally vine by vine, and from only the oldest vineyards in the Classico zone of Valpolicella, in Sant’Ambrogio.

We utilize the traditional fermentatione techniques reserved for all our Amarones, then the wine undergoes a lengthy maturation of at least 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels.

This Riserva represents the most eloquent expression of our family experience and tradition, fully a world-class wine.

Its qualities indicate a cellaring for even beyond 20 years.

Amarone is harvested by hand in the first ten days of October.  Then, the grapes are left to raisin dry for 3-4 months in small trays (one layer only), well spaced out to allow good air circulation. The wine pressing takes place in January through destemming and premaceration of the skins on the must. Skin contact fermentation lasts 15-20 days, then the wine is aged in 75 hl. Slavonian oak barrels for 48 months, then aged in the bottle for 1 year before being released.
The color is a deep ruby red, it develops into a garnet red over aging.  The nose is extremely intense, spicy dried-fruit bouquet, full flavoured.  On the palate it is well structured, a truly magnificent wine.  Serve at 65 degrees F, and decant for about an hour before serving.

Ideal with roast meat, game, grilled steak and mature cheeses, but perfect as a meditation wine.

80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta


beer-tapFine 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.

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Fine BeerFull Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout 2013
(Hood River, Oregon)

This is another cellarable beer. This was released in January 2013, so we’ve been holding it until now for a Christmas treat.

After over a year of aging deep in the cellar of their brewhouse, Full Sail Brewing released their 2013 vintage Bourbon Barrel Aged offering, Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. This highly anticipated release from the Brewery’s vintage barrel series has been a Full Sail brewing tradition since 1998. Every year since, the Full Sail crew brews an imperial style dark ale and fills roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks, then waits patiently for a year.

According to Full Sail Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson, this beer was brewed in December of 2011 and has since aged in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, Jim Beam. This extended aging presents hints of vanilla and allows the Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon and oak. The aging combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for an extraordinary and wonderful taste experience. It has a strong roasted malt character and a full body. Chocolate and caramel nuances blend with the hops for a smooth Imperial Stout.

Wood barrel aging is an art form. When done right, it’s a wonderful thing. Our barrel aged beers became a Full Sail tradition when we joyfully discovered what happens when you pair vintage barrels, dedication, and patience. We rack this special beer in small batches, available in only very limited quantities. It cellars well, so if you store a few bottles in a dark, cool place and be patient, you will be rewarded for your effort and restraint.

BeerAdvocate: 89
RateBeer: 100

9.6% ABV, 40 IBUs, 22oz bottle


Fine BeerFort George North VII Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian IPA
(Astoria, Oregon)

A Barrel-Aged Imperial Belgian-Inspired IPA

2013’s North VII was brewed with a complex malt bill and a tremendous amount of hops.  Fermented with a Belgian yeast for a touch of spice, this Imperial IPA was then steeped for just the right amount of time in the freshest Kentucky Bourbon barrels this side of the Rockies.

A tractor-trailer sped 2400 miles through the night to deliver American Oak barrels to the Fort George Brewery, staves still engorged with Kentucky Bourbon.  Seventy-two hours after being emptied at the distillery these barrels were harboring a winter wonder, working their alchemy on the hop and barley elixir nestled within.  With the addition of more hops as the beer left the barrels, North VII was born – fully aromatic and pungent with vanilla, bourbon, oak and flowery lupulin magic. North VII was brewed with a complex malt bill and a tremendous amount of hops.  Fermented with a Belgian yeast for a touch of spice, this Imperial IPA was then steeped for just the right amount of time in the freshest Kentucky Bourbon barrels this side of the Rockies.

Too new for ratings.

9% ABV, 22 oz bottle


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.

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Fine BeerBig Sky Biere de Noel Belgian Quadrupel 2012
(Missoula, Montana)

This beer has been cellared for one year. The flavors and texture has come together beautifully.

A strong Begian style dark ale, Biere De Nöel is brewed in small quantities for the holidays. Hand packaged & bottle conditioned, this beer is best poured gently and enjoyed at 50˚ F.

Look for flavors of coffee, molasses, chocolate, brandied cherries, currants, and dried figs.

RateBeer: 99

10.13% ABV, 35 IBUs, 750ml cork and caged bottle


beerPort Brewing Santa’s Little Helper 2012
(San Marcos, California)

This beer has been cellared since last year for a Christmas treat.

Santa knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. This is one seriously naughty but nice beer. Black as coal that he’s known to leave for those children who haven’t behaved, but smooth and sweet like good kids who leave Milk and Cookies for the Jolly Old Fat Man.

BeerAdvocate: 90 outstanding

Ratebeer: 99

10% ABV, 22oz


beerLost Abbey Saison Blanc
(San Marcos, California)

Inspired by crisp white wines, Saison Blanc features New Zealand hops, golden raisins and white pepper for a decidedly bright, spicy, and robust low ABV beer. Finished with Brettanomyces at packaging, this beer will evolve for many more years to come.

Look for aromas of tropical fruit and Pineapple with wondrous notes of sweet malt.

Effervescent and crisp with a toasty, sweet malt character. Some hints of juicy ripe fruit and a subtle pepper bite. This beer can be enjoyed now or stashed away. The cellaring will allow the Brett to continue to evolve the flavor of the beer for years to come.

5.4% ABV, 375ml cork and caged bottle




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