This email is about the September 2012 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.
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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? Here’s an explanation to help!
First, the Wine & Beer Club is a subscription to flavor. It’s a monthly subscription that you can join to receive pre-selected high quality beverages automatically.
We taste different wines all the time, sometimes 100’s in a month. It’s hard work but we do it so we can find the best flavors, values, and unique bottles to share with you. Subscribing to the Wine of the Month Club means you will try something new in the price range(s) you select, from the wine color(s) you select. The exact bottles are cherry picked by us from domestic and international sources, and constitute an adventure in wine!
The wine club is a great way to learn about wine and beer, experience a variety of unique wine & beer, broadening your horizons.
What’s going on with the Enoteca tasting room?
The tasting room has been transformed into a fully operational battle sta…, I mean bar, or speakeasy… or… well, go to the Facebook poll and register your vote. Whatever you like, we’re here to serve it, and we have expanded hours to see you. During the day we can serve pints and fill growlers, and pour wine by the glass. For the full bar tender experience, come in from 4-close Tuesday-Saturday.
See our beverage selections:
New Bartenders: We have two bar tenders who will be here at different times during the week, come on in and try something new, find out what you like! Come meet Hannah and Jake, and taste something unique!
The wine and beer for this month’s Club has arrived and will be in your Bin on Friday!
If you’re not a Club Member yet, learn about the Wine & Beer Club? It’s a great way to learn more about wine and craft beer, and have your experience expanded. 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.
Wine Club Tasting…
Come taste Wine of the Month Club selections 4-7 Friday, and 4-7 Saturday. Taste a flight of 2 oz. each of the 3 Reds for $8 or 2 oz. each of the 3 Whites for $8. Glass pours will be available for all the wines as well, and the Anniversary Red is only available by the glass.
September Wine Club: It’s back to school, and time to revisit the fundamentals. We have Cabernet and Chardonnay in the Vintage Club, good solid examples of their varieties. We go for Rhone style wines in the Reserve Club, made in California, and for Premier we’re hitting the hearty varieties of Malbec and White. Washington produces some excellent blends, so the Anniversary Red features one of those great blends, a big bad Red Mountain slugger.
For beer club we take a walk on the wild side…. More details below.
And without further adieu here’s the lineup for Club and Tasting:
Alta Vista Premium Chardonnay
It is a 100% varietal proceeding from our vineyard Alabneve. It is characterized by distinctive pineapple and pear aromas with a fresh and persistent palate length . It undergoes a brief cold maceration, and 30% of the wines is fermented in American and French barrels to build the structure on the palate without overpowering the primary aromas.
Alta Vista Premium Cabernet Sauvignon
It is a 100% varietal proceeding from our vineyards in Mendoza. In order to enhance its distinctive blackberry fruity notes, this wine is aged for 12 months in American and French oak barrels.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Odisea Veritable Quandry White Blend
Wow, check out the variety list on this one! By blending in all sorts of varieties, the winemaker is able to achieve a complex and interesting flavor profile that you won’t find in every bottle of wine. Pensive, deep in quandry.
The wine begins with exotic aromas of passionfruit, crushed pineapple, honeysuckle and guava, which lead to flavors of green papaya, ripe grapefruit, banana oil and asian pears with hints mineral and savory spice. Beautifully fragrant, fresh, and flavorful, displays a smooth texture and medium body with a deftly balanced acidity. A refreshingly dry, complex white with a multi-layered personality and a crisp lingering finish.
35% Verdelho, 20% Torrontes, 15% Albarino, 10% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne, 5% Vermentino, 5% Viognier
Odisea Veritable Quandry Red Blend
A lot like a Rhone blend, but with a few surprises! Just about everything you could ever want in a red wine, all in one bottle!
Displays a dark ruby, purple color. Intense black cherry, cassis, blackberry and ripe plum fruit intermingle with white pepper, eucalyptus, wet stone, vanilla and toast. A medium to full-bodied red that is opulent, layered and complex with a bright juicy acidity that carries the ripe fruit. Balanced and supple on the palate, the tannins are dusty and well integrated, providing structure and backbone. The fruit persists on the finish with touches mineral, spice and earth.
25% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 17% Tempranillo, 14% Petite Sirah, 12% Old Vine Field Blend, 12% Alvarelhao, 3% Carignane
Spann Vineyards Gustafsson Vineyard Chardonnay
From Sonoma’s cool Carneros appellation and just under two acres in size, the Gustafsson vineyard produces exceptional chardonnay grapes. We whole-cluster press these and put the wine directly in French oak barrels to ferment on the natural vineyard yeast. We stirred the lees (dead yeast cells falling to the bottom of the barrel) daily to draw extra flavor from them. The wine was aged for six months in barrel before bottling, then bottle aged for nine months prior to release. This is richly flavored with aromas and flavors leaning toward peach and pineapple. It’s naturally crisp acidity gives it excellent balance. Just two barrels (50 cases) were made.
(Stone Valley Vineyard, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, Washington)
bed soil character of an earthy, mineral finish, with the fruit strength of old vine qualities of Pepper Bridge. The wine shows big
bright berry fruit flavors and hints of white pepper and spice.
consistent for great fruit development. Once again we had a long hot summer for good growing conditions. Fall conditions were
perfect for flavor development.
Anniversary Club Red
Terra Blanca Onyx Red Blend
(Red Mountain, Washington)
The ONYX jumps out of the glass with a huge concentration of dark fruits. Smooth textures and flavors of marionberry fruits wash over the mouth with a long, rich cassis and dark chocolate finish.
This is one big “bad boy” bottle of wine! Red Mountain is a tiny AVA in Washington that produces some of the most intense and delicious wines found anywhere. This is the top end premium blend from the winery that pioneered this area, bringing Keith Pilgrim’s expertise to bear on outstanding fruit.
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
Beer Club selections are not open for the tasting event, but a few bottles are available for purchase.
Beer Club this month is about getting WILD! These beers both feature wild yeast strains that produce exceptionally unique and interesting flavors in beer. The first one from Sierra Nevada and Russian River (the people who make Pliny the Elder, no we can’t get it) is not overly sour or tart, but has that frisky note of dryness that you’d expect from a wild yeast fermented beer. It’s fairly user-friendly right now if you choose to pop the cork immediately, but it will change over time and become something else in the future. Your Beer Club subscription contains one bottle, I suggest picking up at least one more to try in 6 months or a year, or pick up a few and taste them ever 6 months or 12 months to see how it evolves. This is true beer geekery.
The second beer in the Club is an old hat for *sour* beer drinkers. Yes, it’s sour, and on purpose. The main reason brewers use wild yeast strains is to get the wine-like souring notes in their beer. Does sour sound too weird? Think of it as “tart” like grapefruit is tart or pie cherries. In fact pie cherries would be a good thing to keep in mind when tasting Monk’s Cafe, it’s an Oud Bruin style that reminds me of those.
Take a walk on the Wild Side!
Sierra Nevada and Russian River Collaboration Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different:
The liquid manifestation of change over time.
Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon – this ale will progress in the bottle for many years.
8.3% ABV, 750ml bottle
Van Steenberge Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour 12oz
Brewed for Monk’s Café in Philadelphia, but also available for retail purchase elsewhere. Oud Bruin in style; a traditional blend of young and old beers.
Mildy tart sour ale. Light bodied with a lactic/sour nose and a bit of sweet and sour in the finish. Very refreshing!
There is a famous restaurant-bar in Philadelphia with the name Monk’s Café. This restaurant is known all over the USA as one of the best places to find an extensive selection of Belgian beers, and also great food cooked in Belgian beer. The owner Tom Peters is one of the many people who fell in love years ago with Belgian beer, and one of the few who had the passion and tenacity to learn all about it.
In 2002 he finally had the opportunity, and the courage to convince the Van Steenberge brewery to bottle its famous ‘BIOS – Vlaamse Bourgogne’ under private label for him. The Flemish Burgundy of the Van Steenberge brewery is an old brown in style, aged in oak, and is one of the oldest brews made by the brewery, at least brewed for over 300 years. Tom Peters knew the beer long since, but always had trouble finding some bottles, even in Belgium. Indeed, the beer is only brewed once a year. A final tasting of a whole line of Belgian Old Browns in the Brugs Beertje bar (Brugge) tilted the decision: this is the best old brown ale in the world! And Tom went to the brewery to see Mr. Paul Van Steenberge and Mr. Jef Versele, the owners of the brewery.
5.5% ABV, 12oz bottle
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