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November 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Nov - 01 - 2013

Dear Enotecans,

red-wineThis email is about the November 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 Thanksgiving Dinner wines & beers.  Check out these delicious Pinot Noir’s, White Burgundy, Riesling, and Rhone blends!  Every wine is from international sources this month as well, except the Anniversary Red.  Enjoy!

Friday Wine Flight! Check it out we have restored the Friday Wine Flight! This week we’re pouring 2 Club Reds and a White, 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-wineCampuget Cotes du Rhone Blanc
(Rhone Valley, France)

Nice and delicate aromas of exotic and citrus fruits. The touch of viognier brings sweetness and a floral hint. Very fresh and balanced month with again this soft exotic touch. Long and nice finish.

60% Grenache Blanc, 40% Viognier
Red WineCampuget Cotes du Rhone Rouge
(Rhone Valley, France)

Lovely hints of dark fruit accompanied by a more Mediterranean side of black olive and pepper; typical of certain Syrahs. The touch of viognier brings sweetness and a floral hint. Tannins presents a mouth which remains light and silky with a wonderful sweetness as an accompaniment.

92% Syrah, 8 % Viognier


Vintage Club

the-better-half-sauvignon-blancwhite-wineBetter Half Sauvignon Blanc
(Marlborough, New Zealand)

Here in Marlborough the Weather Gods treated us kindly, the vineyards that produce the grapes for the better half thrived in near perfect conditions and delivered us a clean crop that was bursting with flavour. We have aimed to preserve the essence of these flavours in the wine by harvesting the grapes in the chill of the night and a long slow cool fermentation.

colour: Pale lime

nose: Aromas of lime, melon, and guava mingle with herbal notes

palate: Punchy citrus & guava flavours roll out to a long lingering finish. This wine shows great persistence of flavour.

I tried this wine with a zucchini, sweetcorn & feta salad the other day – it was a great match. This wine should work with any seafood or foods with fresh fruit flavours.

100% Sauvignon Blanc
Better Half Pinot NoirRed Wine
(Marlborough, New Zealand)

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came from the upper regions of Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere valleys. These grapes thrived in the clay soils of warmer vineyards sheltered from up and away from the cool sea breeze of the coastal climate. The fruit was hand picked at optimum ripeness and brought straight into the winery where the hands on approach continued with lees stirring and fermentation with hand selected yeast strains.

colour:Bright crimson.

nose:Bright violet aromas combine with red summer berries and a hint of dried herb.

palate:The floral notes are reflected on the palate along with clean fruit flavours and smooth tannins.

This would be well matched to rare Roast beef and fresh field mushrooms.

100% Pinot Noir


vessigaudmapReserve Club

White WinePierre Vessigaud Macon-Fuisse White Burgundy
(Burgundy, France)

Deep and bright golden yellow robe. A lot of tears on the glass announcing a consistent wine. A nose very ripe and expressive showing floral, moka, tea and mineral notes. Displaying frankly notes of spices, tea, and honey. In the palate, the wine is rich, concentrated and onctuous. Characterized with peach, pears and roasted almonds notes. An astonishing long finish ! Can be cellared up to 6 years.

Directly pressed after harvest, whole bunch of grapes, wild yeast Fermentation in barrels and Ageing for 12 months in 45hl barrels. Clarified naturally thanks to gravity. Manual harvest in cases, long and direct crushing, fermentation of 100% in 20 year old oak barrels called “foudres” of 45hl. The Estate is working as organic since 1998. Pierre started the conversion officially in 2010.

We included a map of France to show where this wine comes from!

100% Chardonnay
Red WineJules Taylor Pinot Noir
(Marlborough, New Zealand)

The wild fermentation along with extended lees maturation in a barrel has added complexity and texture to the palate on this Pinot Noir. This has created a supple wine with good weight and fruit intensity, which is already showing chocolate and cherry aromas mingled with hints of oak. The wine has a wonderfully vivid, violet hue.

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were grown in the Awatere and Brancott Valleys and picked by hand from late March as optimum ripeness was reached in each block. The wine was fermented completely using indigenous yeast and combined with rigorous hand plunging to ensure a good extraction of colour and tannins. Portions of the blend remained on skins post fermentation, while others were pressed at dryness and then transferred to French oak and stainless steel barrels for maturation.

100% Pinot Noir


Premier Club

White WineWeinbach Cuvee Theo Riesling
(Alsace, France)

The Domaine’s Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered as the king of Alsace wines. It holds a special place in our vineyards and in our hearts. The Schlossberg soil magnifies its expression, the different plots give birth to different cuvées. They harmonize marvellously with fish (cooked or raw), shellfish and seafood, and choucroute (a typical Alsacian dish made of cabbage and sausage). Of course, they go well with coq au vin as with some white meat dishes, not forgetting goat cheese.

This Riesling Cuvée Théo comes from Clos des Capucins. The Riesling Cuvée Théo is lively, it has body and finesse. It is lovely served with all kind of fish dishes.  Bright straw. White stone fruits and flowers on the nose and palate. Displays lively acid lift, with the zesty, persistent finish featuring a lingering note of lime. From 33-year-old vines in the Clos.

100% Riesling
Red WineEnrique Foster Reserva Malbec
(Mendoza, Argentina)

Comes from vines averaging over 60 years old.

This is a huge wine, deep red violet with dark fruit aromas, firm structure, full-bodied, long finish. Excellent with rich spiced dishes, strong cheeses, roast or grilled meats, tuna, salmon and chocolate.  12 months in French oak and 9 months in bottle, in our underground cellar.

93+ Points Wine Advocate

100% Malbec

Anniversary Club Red

Red WineJ Lohr Cuvee Pau Cabernet Sauvignon
(Paso Robles, California)

J.Lohr is well known for their delicious value priced wines, which we carry in spades.  This is from their highest end line, I was blown away by how delicious this is.

The inspiration for this blend comes from the Grand Cru wines of the Pauillac district of Bordeaux composed primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot accents. Winemaking is given the freedom to emulate these great wines without the restrictions of varietal percentages, instead keenly focusing on the texture and complexity of the blend that nature delivers with each vintage.

This growing season started dry and finished wet in Paso Robles. Preseason rainfall was well below normal for the third year in a row, recording just half of the 12-inch annual average at our home ranch weather station. Chilly April temperatures limited vine growth in the first month after budbreak, but were followed by a warmer month of May with a one-day temperature spike reaching 104°F just after bloom. The low yielding Cabernet block selected for Cuvee PAU ripened a full two weeks ahead of an unlikely weather event that hampered the vintage with over 6 inches of rainfall. This vintage marks the inclusion of the highest-ever fraction of Malbec in the Cuvée PAU blend (15%), bringing a fresh red fruit finish to the palate.

Bottle-aged 16 months prior to release

Pair with grilled rosemary lamb chops with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted beets.

Rich fruit density with notes of browned butter and black tea.

The 2009 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU blends a toasty hazelnut barrel bouquet with black fruit aromas that evolve in the glass. The palate is rich in fruit density, with notes of browned butter and black tea, followed by a bright red fruit finish from the high percentage of Malbec. Open and decant an hour before serving.
Steve Peck, Red Winemaker

Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Malbec 15%, Petit Verdot 10%, Cabernet Franc 2%


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 BeerBoulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad BBQ Quadrupel
(Kansas City, Missouri)

This is another cellarable beer.  Reports have it that after some age, a year or two at least, everything comes together for a perfect balance.

Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

Aroma: Bourbon, cherry, vanilla, dark fruit, oak, Belgian yeast (clove, spice)
Barrel Character: At the forefront; warm, toasty, boozy, earthy
Finish: Lingering dry bitterness with bourbon and a hint of tart cherry

BeerAdvocate: 94/100
RateBeer: 99/95

11.8% ABV, 26 IBUs, 750ml cork-and-cage bottle
Fine BeerOskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout 2013
(Longmont, Colorado)

In honor of next Friday’s International Stout Day, we put 2 cans of Ten Fidy in the Beer Club.  Drink one now and cellar one for next year!  During International Stout Day we will be tapping a keg of 2012 Ten Fidy, try a side-by-side comparison!

This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt.  Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.

BeerAdvocate: 97/100

RateBeer: 98/100

10.5% ABV, 98 IBUs, 12 oz CAN x 2


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 BeerFull Sail Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter 2012
(Hood River, Oregon)

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

Brewed in January 2011, our Imperial Porter was carefully aged for a year in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Austin Nichols. This aging amplifies our robust porter and brings out hints of chocolate, figs, vanilla and oak. Deep black in color, with a roasty malt flavor and a rich malt and vanilla sweetness that’s smooth and amazingly drinkable. A wonderful addition to any beer cellar.

RateBeer: 99

9.5% ABV, 40 IBUs, 22oz bottle
beer Stone Double Bastard Barleywine 2012
(Escondido, California)

This beer has been cellared since last year. The flavors have come together nicely, smoothing out the smokiness into a nice bacon expression. It will continue to age well if you’re brave, but it is also delicious now.  The new 2013 vintage is coming soon, keep an eye out for the announcement.  Including 3 liter bottles!

The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited “vintages” each year on November 1 and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine.

Food Pairing: Alaskan Smoked Porter may be enjoyed with smoked seafood, cheese and other robust foods and as an after-dinner drink. It pairs beautifully with everything from bleu cheese to vanilla ice cream and raspberries. This unique beer is also a wonderful flavoring ingredient in sauces, seafood dishes and even cheesecake.

BeerAdvocate: 95/100 outstanding/world-class

Ratebeer: 99/100

11.2% ABV, 22oz
beer Grand Teton Cellar Reserve Oud Bruin 2013
(Victor, Idaho)

This beer has been cellared about 1/2 a year, but we recommend cellaring another year and a half!

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Grand Teton Brewing. In celebration, we’re bringing back three of our favorite styles for this year’s Cellar Reserves. Our Oud Bruin was first brewed in 2007 and quickly became a brewery legend.

The “Oud Bruin” or “old brown” style beers, brewed in and around Oudenaarde, on the river Scheldt in East Flanders, are notable for their complex combinations of malt, long boiling times (which provide some caramelization of the wort), and multi-strain, top-fermenting yeasts, some with lactic and acetic character. These are often “provision beers,” bottle-conditioned for cellaring, to be brought out when they can be savored. Their thirst-quenching sweet-and-sour character makes them perhaps the most refreshing beers in the world.

Our Oud Bruin is firmly in the East Flanders tradition. We used American 2-Row barley and German melanoidin malt (for red color) as well as maize (to lighten the body). The wort was boiled in the kettle for four hours and hopped lightly with Idaho Galenas for balance.

We fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness. Finally, we bottle-conditioned the beer according to the “methode champenoise,” so it can be laid down, to be brought out when it can be truly enjoyed.

Because of its lactic and acetic sourness, this is a wonderful beer for cooking and pairing with food. Unlike any wine, Oud Bruin complements vinegary dishes such as salads or even pickles. Its flavors will enhance those of shellfish, liver, rabbit, and game birds like quail. The acidity of the beer tenderizes beef and is ideal for braising—try it in the classic Belgian Carbonade Flamande.

6% ABV, 17 IBUs, 750ml bottle


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