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February 2014 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Feb - 06 - 2014

Dear Enotecans,

red-wineThis email is about the February 2014 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.

Enjoy these hand picked selections, we’re striving to find unique and special bottles for Wine & Beer club so that every month is a new Adventure!

Friday Wine Flight! Check it out we have restored the Friday Wine Flight! This week we’re pouring 3 Club Reds. Only $12, enjoy 3 oz. each of 3 delicious wines.  If you find a favorite, you can buy a glass pour, and we have more retail bottles available.

facebookCome take a picture of you and your beverage and post it on Facebook to enter to win a Free Growler fill or Wine Flight!


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-wineValentin Bianchi Elsa Torrontes
(Mendoza, Argentina)

Torrontes (say: toe ron tess) is a wine of pleasing fruit intensity both in the nose and on the palate. Well-integrated scents of grapefruit, spice, orange blossom and apple are apparent. On the palate, one immediately enjoys the crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with flavors similar to the aromas and a clean, bright finish.

Valentin Bianchi’s Torrontes grapes come from the Estate’s Dona Elsa Vineyards, which is situated in Rama Caida, San Rafael, Mendoza, at around 760 meters above sea level. This is one of the coolest areas in San Rafael. Hand-picked and twice sorted by hand, the Torrontes grapes are crushed and fermented over ten days at controlled temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius in stainless steel tanks.

100% Torrontes
Red WineTinto Negro Malbec
(Mendoza, Argentina)

TintoNegro, meaning “black wine” in Spanish, is meant to celebrate the essence of Malbec in Mendoza. Known for its dark, blackish color, Malbec is definitely a Tinto Negro.

Sourced from Mendoza’s Primera Zona of Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo the Mendoza blend is meant to showcase the exceptional value and approachable profile of Malbec. The wine’s soft, drinkable style is accompanied by light oak aging for additional complexity.

100% Malbec


Vintage Club

white-wineCloudline Pinot Gris
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)

The Pinot Gris (say: pee noh gree), which has been previously highlighted in Food & Wine Magazine, is vinified under the careful eye of consulting winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss. It’s made in a classic dry style with a lovely balance of ripe fruit and vibrant acidity. It is bottled under screw cap and arrives just in time for summer.

The wine suggests food pairings with every sip. Try it with most shellfish, cheeses, ceviche, sushi, and spicy cuisine, such as Thai and Indian.

Cloudline’s Pinot Gris is tank-fermented to emphasize the varietal’s freshness, acidity and floral aromatics. Citrus fruits and white flowers are abundant on both the palate and nose. The fine texture matches the light yellow hue.

100% Pinot Gris
Red WineRutherford Ranch Rhiannon

The Goddess Rhiannon is a figure of power and mystery in Celtic mythology, associated with magical birds and horses and the contrasting qualities of change and steadfastness.

Crafting a distinctive blend, likewise, balances change and steadfastness: the uniqueness of each harvest must consistently express the winemaker’s personal vision.

Divine Flavors of Bing Cherry, sweet raspberry and vanilla.


Reserve Club

white-wineNovelty Hill Roussanne
(Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington)

Our 2010 Roussanne (say: roo saan) offers inviting floral aromas with a juicy mouthful of fresh pear, a hint of minerality and just the right touch of acidity. Mouth-filling on the palate, the finish is long and expressive.

100% Roussanne


Red WineOrin Swift Locations I Italian Red
(Puglia, Italy)

Revealing an attractive color spectrum of crimson and scarlet with a slight magenta band on the rim, the wine explodes with aromas of macerated raspberries, dried lavender, plum tart, and toasty oak accents. The palate is immediately hit with super lusch flavors of ripe berries and spice, supported with a dense core that has just the right amount of characteristic acidity. The tannins are already velvety and soft which provide for a lingering finish with hints of minerality and some herbal notes.

Negroamaro, Nero d’Avola, Barbera, and native varieties from Puglia


Premier Club

white-wineCristom Viognier
(Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon)

Cristom’s 2011 Viognier (say: vee ohn yay) seems to want to be Riesling, given its apple blossom and honeysuckle aromatics and bright fresh lime, apple and pear palate strongly marked by tart fruit skin. To be sure, I believe I discern some more varietal-typical acacia in that aroma, too, and there is also a touch of schmaltz or oiliness – bright juiciness notwithstanding – to the wine’s texture, as well as white pepper and cress impingements in the finish. Ok, so Viognier it is, then; but what a blazingly bright one, whose finish leaves a saline and citric trail as much as it does the memory of invigoratingly incisive cress and pepper. This fine value is apt to be worth following through at least 2016.

93 points, Wine & Spirits
90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
90 points, Wine Spectator
Red WineOrin Swift Abstract

Abstract is a blend of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Grenache, Petite Sirah, and Syrah primarily from hillside vineyards.

Inky blue-purple in complexion, the wine bursts with a perfume of dark fruit, sage, acacia flowers, kirsch, and a hint of California chaparral. Voluptuous in texture, the wine is remarkably fresh on the palate with ripe blackberry, mulberry, roasted plum, black tea, and bitter chocolate. A sweet and soft tannin profile rounds out the finish, which lingers elegantly.


Anniversary Club Red

Red Wine Charles Smith Stoneridge Vineyard Badge Cabernet Sauvignon
(Stoneridge Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington)

This wine is full, rich and very complex. Black currant, pencil lead, warm earth permeates the nose as well as the palate of this compelling wine. Pure and uncompromised, single vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. —Charles Smith

It’s critical to allow this wine an hour or two to open up in a decanter. It’s huge and packed with flavors, and goes well with food. Look for blackberry, raspberry, orange peel, violet, and coconut aromas, and chocolate, cola, caramel, vanilla on the palate and fruits and berries on the finish.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon


beer-tapFine Beer Club

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.

Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.


Fine BeerMidnight Sun Moscow Rye Russian Imperial Stout
(Anchorage, Alaska)

First brewed as part of our 2011 World Tour series, MOSCOW Rye Russian Imperial Stout is a hefty, opaque black liquid that pours slowly and soulfully into your snifter. A high percentage of spicy rye and roasted dark malts create a dense, chewy yet elegant winter wonderland of flavors. And from AK we say: Let it Snow…in Moscow.

BeerAdvocate: 92
RateBeer: 99

11% ABV, 45 IBUs, 22oz bottle

Fine BeerLagunitas Hop Stoopid IPA
(Petaluma, California)

For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a guarantee built right into the name!

BeerAdvocate: 92
RateBeer: 100

8% ABV, 102 IBUs, 22 oz bottle


Fine BeerAmnesia Damnesia IPA
(Washugal, Washington)

Bigger and richer than the Kill Switch, and comprised of a different malt bill and hop profile. Citrus and herbal flavors with a smooth caramel depth.

6.7% ABV, 70 IBUs, 12oz CAN
Fine BeerWells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

Based on the Great British pudding, full of rich sticky toffee-ness.

Created by the Master Brewers behind Banana Bread Beer and Double Chocolate Stout, Wells & Young’s new beer is based on the quintessentially British dessert Sticky Toffee Pudding. The 5% ABV beer is brewed using natural accredited mineral water and the finest ingredients to combine the rich flavours of Sticky Toffee Pudding with traditional ale to create an indulgent beer.
Karl Ottomar, Head Brewer at Wells & Young’s explains: “Our dessert ales have been a huge hit across the world and we wanted to add a new, unique flavour into the mix. Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale was a natural fit, combining a quintessentially British pudding with our brewing expertise to create a rich, smooth beer with all the warmth and aromas of a dessert but without being overly sweet.

“This is very much a beer first and a dessert second, it is brewed with our trusted pale ale malt and a secret blend of complex sugars. The initial sweetness of Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale is tempered by a gentle bitterness from two of England’s most traditional hop varieties- Fuggles and Goldings. This delivers the sweet taste of caramel and toffee along with a smooth and robust aftertaste”.

5% ABV, 12oz 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.

Want to get a text message when we tap a new beer? Sign up here.


Fine BeerGoose Island Lolita Sour 2013
(Chicago, Illinois)

You might think this is a Russian style girly beer (a little Nabokov for you), but instead it is a very sophisticated Raspberry Belgian Ale. Fermented with brettanomyces (the little guys who give us that tart zing) and fresh raspberries, this brew is bright yet deep with spices and edges of the fruits natural tart quality to give it a white wine kind of finish.

BeerAdvocate: 92 outstanding
RateBeer: 99

8.7% ABV, 765ml cork and caged bottle


beerOdell Fernet Imperial Porter
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Fernet is one of my favorite liquor products, when I heard Odell aged a porter in Fernet barrels, gotta say I was pretty excited. We have this on tap right now in the Drinkery & Refuge, it’s a truly unique beer experience. If you’ve never had Fernet before, I recommend ordering it straight or in our “Fernet The Ginger” cocktail when you order a glass of the beer. Sure you’ll be double fisting it, but the unique flavor experience deserves the attention.

Over the past year, we’ve collected empty Fernet Barrels from our friends at Leopold Bros. Distillery. Their distinct Fernet includes lavender, honeysuckle, ginger root, bitter aloe, dandelion root, rose petals, chamomile, and pepper. Inspired by the herb & spice flavors of this dark minty liqueur, we promptly filled the barrels with a rich porter. The roasty chocolate malt character is infused with hints of mint and licorice from the herb-soaked oak, creating a decadent flavor and aroma.

9.8% ABV, 60 IBUs, 750ml cork caged bottle




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