This email is about the September 2013 Wine & Beer of the Month Club selections, with tasting notes and technical details about what is going in your Bin.
Upcoming Event & Reminders
- TONIGHT! September 5th: Widmer + Cigar City Gentlemen’s Club Beer and Old Fashioned cocktail event. Starting at 5pm, drop in!
- September 6th: Friday Wine Flight – Select Wine Club Wines Featured this Friday
- September 7th: Ladies Night! Saturday nights, 7-9pm – special menu
- September 9th: Member Monday – Buy 1/Get 1 drinks for Members 4pm-close
- September 11th: Whiskey Wednesday – 1/2 price Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey
- September 12th: Trivia Night! Fabulous Firsts!
- Summer Cocktail Menu
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 these three wines for only $12. This week we’re pouring the Vintage Red, Reserve Red, and Premier Red wine selections found below.
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?
Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc
(Stellenbosch, South Africa)
This full-bodied wine burgeons with whimsical passion fruit and melon flavors, while the crisp acidity complements the tropical fruit flavors on the palate.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
(Western Cape, South Africa)
Intense red colour with a purple rim. A spicy profile with ripe black fruit and violets. Smooth and rich on the palate with soft tannins, good density and a hint of oak. A well balanced, unpretentious wine made for easy drinking.
Sourced from Malmesbury in the Swartland the Syrah provides the spice and aroma while the Mourvedre adds structure and weight to the blend. The pungent Viognier component boosts the perfume profile. French oak matured with the Viognier blended prior to bottling.
When the farm was founded, the Franschhoek valley was far wilder than it is today – as the wolf trap we once discovered goes to show. Today, the mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard. No evidence of wolves has ever been found though, so we created this wine to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by. The Wolftrap is a rich, deep red blend that includes Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Viognier.
65% Syrah, 32% Mourvedre, 3% Viognier
Santa Carolina Reserve Chardonnay
(Casablanca Valley, Chile)
Visually you’ll see an intense yellow color with glints of green. Look for sweet floral aromas with a pleasant touch citrus peel. Generous peach and apricot aromas with a crisp acidity and fresh finish show up on the palate.
Pair with salmon and ricotta salad or crab crostini.
Santa Carolina Reserve Merlot
(Colchagua Valley, Chile)
Visually look for a deep, young violet color. On the nose look for mature black fruit, blackberries, and exotic spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg among a thin smokey layer. For mouth feel, expect a medium body, with soft persistent tannins.
Pair with grilled vegetables, lasagna, or meatloaf.
Ideal with antipasti, fish and white meat. It is straw yellow, dry, elegant, harmonic and fresh. This wine comes from 15-20 year old vines, and pours a pale straw color. Look for a delicate fresh and fruity nose, and on the palate it is dry, meaning no sugar, and comes across with a crisp, fresh acidity.
Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon
(North Coast, California)
Rich in structure, Chasing Lions has dark fruit aromas of black cherries, violets, and cassis. Blackberry, anise and raspberry notes enhance the bouquet. This wine has the structure and finesse to allow it to develop for at least an additional 5-7 years.
Aging: 60% (2 year old) French & 40% (2 year old) American Oak
Time in barrel: 10 months
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot
Super fresh, with straw, lemon zest and quince notes that extend through the finish, while fleur de sel and flint add a riveting feel underneath.
Pair this with fatty rich foods such as goat cheese and crackers, white fish, lemon shrimp, or avocado crab salad.
Coming from the town of Savigny-en-Sancerre, just north from Sancerre proper. Grapefruit aromas, it finishes with citrus overtones rather than the grassy, herbaceous notes some others might exhibit. A small production producer, offering good value.
The house of Eric Montintin is probably the youngest in the Loire Valley, it was started in 1995 from scratch. Each wine is vinified in stainless steel tank. The wine then matures on its lees for 5 months before bottling.
90 Points – Wine Spectator, 90 Points Wine Advocate
100% Sauvignon Blanc
(Columbia Valley, Washington)
“Bright medium red. Currant, mocha and chocolate on the nose. Smooth and dry on the palate, with plum and currant fruit flavors complicated by a floral element and subtle minerality. The persistent, very suave finish features broad, fine-grained tannins and lingering notes of sweet red fruits and earth.” – Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar
This Columbia Valley Merlot includes grapes from Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval, Champoux and Weinbau vineyards. The diversity of these well managed vineyards provide for a full range of fruit expression which allows us to craft complex, multi-layered wine true to Columbia Valley terroir as well as the varietal character of the grapes.
92% Merlot; 7% Cabernet Sauvignon; 1% Cabernet Franc
Anniversary Club Red
Shafer Napa Merlot
(Napa Valley, California)
“From one of the most difficult vintages in our history comes a wine that richly rewards all our efforts – from fragrant aroma through the round, full mouth to its long, polished finish this wine offers both layered complexity and easy-to-love juiciness. In the nose and mouth I get so many scents and flavors – red and black cherry, red and black plum, smoke, white pepper, sage, oregano and wet earth. This lush package is kept together in a structure of fine, ripe tannins.”
~ Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez
Flatter Merlot’s fruit by adding a similar element of fruit to poultry, pork and meat dishes (duck
breast with dried cherry-Merlot sauce, roast chicken with cranberry-wild rice stuffing). Carmelized
onions, roasted garlic and mushrooms are pleasant companions.
75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot
Fine 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.
Ballast Point Sculpin Imperial IPA
(San Diego California)
The Sculpin is a testament to Ballast Point’s humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart. It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.
This delicious Ballast Point Ale won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup 2010 in the International Pale Ale category. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting.
Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the tastiest. Something that has a sting but tastes great, sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.
RateBeer: 100/100, BeerAdvocate: 100 world-class
7% ABV, 70 IBUs, 22oz bottle
New Belgium Trip Series Segal Ranch Cascade Rye IPA
When the head brewer from Elysian found the Segal Ranch in Washington he thought these were the best hops around. For the team effort of Elysian and New Belgium, they sourced 85% of the hops from this Cascade hop farm, and supplemented with 15% Nelson Sauvins from New Zealand. The result is a delicious beer.
6.1% ABV, 60 IBUs, 22 oz bottle
Sam Adams Wee Heavy
This bold Scottish ale is known for its striking character. Layers of dark roasted malts create a deep rich smoothness that’s encircled by an earthy smokiness. Its peat smoked malt adds the unique flavor of the Scottish highlands to this complex and hearty brew.
Brewed with exclusively Zeus Hops
10% ABV, 30 IBUs, 12 oz bottle (also available in four packs)
Bale Breaker Field 41 Pale CAN
Don’t be fooled by the powerful hop aroma of Field 41 Pale Ale. This perfectly sessionable, but generously dry-hopped, Pale Ale drinks easy with a smooth bitterness and is named for the hop field that is home to Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect beer for a day on the river or afternoon on the slopes.
4.5% ABV, 38 IBUs, 12 oz CAN (available in six packs)
Bale Breaker Top Cutter IPA CAN
6.8% ABV, 70 IBUs, 12 oz CAN (available in six packs)
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.
Schneider Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin Weizen Bock
Originally brewed in 2011 exclusively to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ABT cafes in Holland.
A complex bottle-re-fermented wheat bock. An exotic hop-flowery nose is balanced by malty spiciness, lightly sour hop-fruitiness and a fine bitter finish. This bottle is designed to cellar and has been cellared just for Rare Beer members.
A rich golden and cloudy bottle fermented wheat beer. The aroma reminds you of blossoms, freshly mowed grass, even grapes, gooseberry and kiwi. These intensely fruity aromas are balanced by a malty nose. You feel a thrilling contrast of exotic flowery notes and malty spicy impressions finished by a fine bitterness surrounded by slightly sour fruitiness.
RateBeer: 98, BeerAdvocate: 92 outstanding
7.3% ABV, 20 IBUs, 750ml bottle
Caldera Mogli Chocolate Porter
Chocolate, bourbon, oak-aged Imperial Porter. Look for cocoa powder, cocoa nib, truffle flavors. Beautiful aromas and tempered smoothness from oak aging. Look for vanilla, coffee and mocha flavors and aromas too.
Ratebeer: 99, BeerAdvocate: 95 world-class
8.5% ABV, 22oz wax capped bottle