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October 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Oct - 04 - 2013

Dear Enotecans,

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

Friday Wine Flight!  Check it out we have restored the Friday Wine Flight!  This week we’re pouring 3 Club Reds, including the very special Anniversary Red Anthology.  Only $12, enjoy 3 oz. each of 3 delicious Red wines.

Upcoming Event & Reminders

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



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-wineCono Sur Bicycle Viognier
(Valle de Colchagua, Chile)

Dressed in the beautiful medium golden colour characteristic of this variety. Sweet fruity notes of apricots, citrics and peaches combine with pleasant oak aromas. Fresh and lively in mouth, this Viognier with concentrated stone fruits, is fresh tasty, full and savoury. A wine of great character, density and structure, with a good acidity level and great persistence.

This is a well-suited wine for dishes that may seem hard to pair, such as sweet-and-sour preparations (glazed jam, Teriyaki sauce). Other suggestions are spicy Chinese noodles with shrimps, falafel, pasta with peas, chicken and ricotta, and crispy fried chicken sandwich.

100% Viognier


Red WineCono Sur Bicycle Carmenere
(Valle de Colchagua, Chile)

This wine’s deep, beautiful red-carmine colour is typical of the variety it represents so well. A delicious and velvety Carmenere, which displays red fruit aromas combining perfectly with spicy hints. In mouth it’s definitely an intense wine, tasty, juicy and elegant. Appreciate its excellent structure and a balanced acidity. Drink young: from 2 to 3 years.

It’s a good choice for almost any type of meat. Also, different kinds of pâté and cold cuts are a good option to begin with. A few dishes that go great with this wine are meat stews, sautéed lamb chops, lentils or beans soups, and stuffed tacos or burritos. As far as cheeses are concerned, it pairs well with blue cheeses, and hard ones like Asiago.

85% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot, 2% Carignan, 1% Alicante Bouchet


Vintage Club

white-wineFinca Antigua Viura
(Rioja, Spain)

This white wine from Finca Antigua is made entirely of Viura harvested in early September. The wine is fermented in stainless steel at a relatively low temperature for a long period to preserve the brilliant fruit and floral aromas of the Viura grapes. This wine is a great example of what modern Viura is all about.

Finca Antigua Viura is a lightbodied white wine with moderate acidity. It shows floral notes and white fruit on the nose, while the palate is soft with a citrus apple finish.

Drink it as a cocktail or with salads, shellfish, seafood, or fruit salads.

100% Viura


Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz Douro Red Wine
(Douro, Portugal)

Prazo de Roriz is principally Tinta Barroca (36%) and Tinta Roriz (31%) with 10% Tinta Francisca, 9% each of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional and a smattering of other grapes. Despite the name of the wines, some of the grapes also come from Perdiz, not just Roriz. This year’s version is ripe and meaty, not particularly concentrated, but nicely textured and well balanced.

36% Tinta Barroca, 31% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinta Francisca, 9% Touriga Franca, 9%Touriga Nacional


sleight-of-hand-magician-rieslingReserve Club

White WineSleight of Hand The Magician Riesling
(Evergreen Vineyard, Ancient Lakes AVA, Washington)

The Magician is 100% Riesling from Evergreen Vineyard, located on the cliffs high above the Columbia River in the middle of Washington State. Evergreen has established itself as the premier vineyard site for cool climate varietals, and this wine is a testament to that. This was a warm vintage, but Evergreen’s location mitigates the heat that helps allow for extra hang time for the grapes, which means more flavor, while maintaining the beautiful acidity that is the framework for this wine. Bright, crisp, and juicy are the hallmarks of this Riesling, full of green apple and pear notes, juicy minerality, and refreshing citrus notes. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by the acids, and if ever there were a perfect wine for spicy foods, this is the one! Enjoy with your friends and family.

When the Wine Advocate gave this wine 88 points they said: “…Very lively and fresh, with notions of lychee, star fruit and tangerine, it is a medium-bodied, juicy and crowd-pleasing effort that is very well made….”

100% Riesling



Red WineSleight of Hand Spellbinder Red Blend
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

This Spellbinder is a blend of 50% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 9% Syrah, and 2% Sangiovese. The fresh red and black fruits are buoyed by bright acids that are the hallmark of the cooler 2011 vintage in Washington State. The Spellbinder has always been crafted with the idea that wine is meant to be paired with food and shared with friends, and this vintage is no different. Although this wine will certainly age gracefully, it is already approachable and will make a great table companion to roasted meats, pasta, and poultry dishes.

50% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 9% Syrah, 2% Sangiovese


Premier Club

White WineCade Sauvignon Blanc
(Napa Valley, California)

Have you heard of PlumpJack winery?  We’ve been looking forward to these wines for years now, Cade is another winery by the PlumpJack team.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of pear, green melon, cucumber, peach, Mandarin orange blossom, and white flowers. The palate is laced with flavors of lemon, lime, green apple, and grapefruit.


100% Sauvignon Blanc


Red WineSpann The Powerlifter
(Carneros, California)

Betsy Spann started powerlifting to maintain muscle tone, build bone density and stay in shape; concepts that also describe this blend. Petite Sirah has dense black fruit flavors and plenty of muscle while Mourvedre and Grenache add curves in just the right places. The Powerlifter Lifter ideally pairs with richly flavored foods. Only 90 cases made.

76% Petite Sirah, 13% Mourvèdre, and 11% Grenache.



Anniversary Club Red

Red WineConn Creek Anthology
(Napa Valley, California)

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts

Anthology is a Greek word that refers to a collection of literary or artistic works. It is the inspiration behind Conn Creek’s Anthology, which is made from a collection of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards and diverse AVAs for growing Bordeaux varieties. The AVAs are like a gourmet pantry of spices, each contributes distinct characteristics to the blend, resulting in a wine of generous flavor, with layers of depth and complexity.

“Rich aromas of black fruits reminiscent of Loganberry pie nestle among toasted spices, fennel, and beeswax. Juicy dark berries drive the flavors with added notes of cream, vanilla, and spice. Fine grained tannins form a luxurious structure that supports the lingering mouth-filling finish.” – Mike McGrath, Winemaker

92 points Wine Spectator

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot



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.

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


Fine BeerMcEwan’s Scotch Ale

William McEwan opened the Fountain Brewery in Fountainbridge, then a suburb on the outskirts of Edinburgh, in 1856, using funds loaned by his mother and his uncle.  Today Wells & Youngs owns the brand and has only recently restarted importing it to the United States.  This has been one of the most-requested beers at Enoteca, during its import hiatus.  Well, it’s back, and delicious!

8% ABV, 4 pack, 12 oz bottles


Fine BeerGreen Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA
(Seattle, Washington)

Named after a super-robust New Zealand hop, Green Bullet(tm) is a well-balanced Triple IPA being bottled today for the 1st time ever. Brewmaster, Chuck Silva initially released this Pacific Gem to celebrate the Green Flash 9th Anniversary in 2011, and it was an immediate hit!

A full-bodied Triple IPA, Green Bullet combines New Zealand grown Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops. Significant pine and citrus hoppiness hit the palate at first sip, accentuated by tropical notes of mango and pineapple, ending with a moderately aggressive, bitter finish.  Also available in 4 packs.

10.1% 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 BeerMidnight Sun TREAT Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter 2012
(Anchorage, Alaska)

This beer has been cellared for one year.  The flavors and texture has come together beautifully, it’s like biting into a piece of rich pumpkin chocolate cheesecake.

Intriguing doses of sweet spices, cocoa nibs and pumpkin transform an exceptional porter into a mesmerizing potion. Pour this tantalizing brew into a snifter and experience its many eccentric nuances, which will delight your taste buds.

This is the same award-winning recipe that garnered a GOLD MEDAL at GABF in 2007. Formerly known simply as Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, we’ve named it T.R.E.A.T.: The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment.

Food Pairing: TREAT melds rich decadent flavors into an enticing brew that is perfect for pairing with both sweet and savory dishes. Add depth to desserts like pumpkin cheesecake, bread pudding and tiramisu. Reduce this porter down then glaze grilled meats. Mix Moroccan spices with TREAT to marinate lamb shanks before slow-roasting. The options are endless. But the most important step is pouring yourself a lovely glass of TREAT to enjoy with the rewarding results of your efforts.

RateBeer: 100, BeerAdvocate: 92 outstanding

7.8% ABV, 30 IBUs, 22oz bottle


beer Alaskan Smoked Porter 2012
(Juneau, Alaska)

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 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.

Ratebeer: 100, BeerAdvocate: 93 outstanding

6.5% ABV, 22oz

Alaskan Smoked Porter Cheesecake
  • 24 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 pints sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 24 oz. Alaskan Smoked Porter
  • 1 cup shortbread cookie crumbs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil beer until reduced to 3/4 cup. Set aside to cool.

Combine cream cheese and white and brown sugars. Mix well. Add salt, vanilla and eggs (one at a time), beating until mixture is smooth. Add sour cream, cornstarch, the reduced beer and blend.
Press cookie crumbs into bottom of a lightly greased springform (or equivalent) pan.

Carefully pour batter into the pan and smooth until level. Place in oven with a pan of water on the rack beneath. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until center is set but still jiggles. Remove and cool overnight in the refrigerator. Serve chilled with fresh raspberries and glasses of Alaskan Smoked Porter.

beer Boulevard Coffee Ale 2013
(Kansas City, Missouri)

Incredible coffee beer, that is not a stout.  Starting with an ale base, this coffee beer expresses a delightful subtlety in it’s coffee.

Neighbors for nearly twenty years, Boulevard Brewing Company and The Roasterie share a passion for making extraordinary beverages. In Coffee Ale, our two celebrated brewing traditions come together in a long-awaited collaboration. Ethiopian Sidamo from Africa’s Great Rift Valley has been carefully blended with rye, oats, and malted barley, and spiced with Perle and Styrian Golding hops. The delightfully fragrant beer presents a glowing, tawny-amber hue. The clean, crisp acidity of the air-roasted coffee mingles with malt on the palate, lingering faintly in a subtly sweet finish.

Ratebeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 90 outstanding

9.3% ABV, 26 IBUs, 750ml cork-caged bottle


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