The new wine tasting format, with individual samples available, is getting comments like: “It’s great to be able to taste the wines I want to try before I buy.” and “I like being able to pick what I’m going to try.” “Having a larger selection to choose from if fantastic!”
The Enoteca Speakeasy is open until 10 Thursday-Saturday, come on down for a later evening beverage!
Wine List This Weekend
You can view the entire list on our website here, but allow me to highlight the ones I’m most excited about:
The three C’s on our encryption wheel each represent one of the three varietal components: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each grape varietal adds a unique characteristic to the blend. The Zinfandel component is brimming with brambly, intense red berry flavors. Inky, intense Petite Sirah provides depth and color and concentration, while elegantly structured, silky Cabernet Sauvignon adds polish and complexity.
Blend Composition: 44% Zinfandel, 24% Petite Sirah, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Other Red Varietals
Click to watch the video review on YouTube. There are plenty of words to describe it as well if you’re more of a reader.
Thomas Halby Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Starting with aromas of concentrated cassis, cherry, slight mint, some caramelized oak notes on the nose. Followed by ripe cherry flavors, good depth and concentration with some minerality in the mid-palate, lingering finish (with “bittersweet chocolate” tannins)
93% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Napa Valley Malbec, 1% Napa Valley Petite Verdot, 1% Napa Valley Syrah
Valentin Bianchi New Age White Blend
Valentin Eduardo Bianchi has added a new style to its new world, refreshing wines. Bianchi, also known as Tincho, a term of affection that loosely translated means “young Valentin” began creating new twists to his New Age White. His new wine cocktail rapidly caught on with the restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the trend Setting Buenos Aires. Tinto became the name of his popular concoction made up of New Age White on the rocks with a slice of lime. Tincho has become an Argentine tradition that is catching on here in the United States. 88 PTS WILFRED WONG. Fun to drink, the New Age Vino Bianco is fresh and fun with a bit of spritziness on the palate; give this a good chill with a slice of lime.
This is a delicious crisp and refreshing way to wind down the summer. Try it on the rocks with a twist of lemon or lime!
Special Spirits This Weekend
We’re continually working on our drink menu, and you can see the progress on our website here. Check out these specialities for this weekend!
- Basil Cocktail
It’s not a martini because it’s made with vodka instead of gin. It’s a special made with fresh basil.
It’s like a Manhattan but made with Old Tom gin, which is a special pre-prohibition style of gin.
- Peach Bellini
Made with fresh peach puree, Grand Marnier cream, with champagne.
What’s on Tap?
You can check out the entire on-tap list on our website any time, but these are my current favorites:
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Putting this on tap today was a treat. First, I didn’t close the handle and got to take a little chocolate shower. Smelled good. The beer is a medium bodied German bock (strong) style beer, flavored with cocoa nibs. The chocolate sneaks up on you, it’s there, it’s clear, but by no means is it a sledgehammer. Well balanced, refreshing body and the wonderful chocolate flavor.
The best part of having this on tap is how freaking RARE it is! The only way to get this beer in bottles is in the WINTER sampler pack, and you get 2 bottles when you buy 10 others. It’s ON TAP folks, get a growler fill up ASAP, and have a pint while we’re filling it.
Here’s what the brewery says:
Smooth, rich, and dark, with the robust flavor and creamy texture of chocolate.
To create Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, we wanted to take the flavor beyond the taste of dark roasted malt. For this year’s brew we worked with a blend of cocoa nibs including Ecuador nibs from TCHO®, an artisanal chocolate maker in San Francisco. We started with hand selected Noble hops from Bavaria and combined them with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts. This dark beer has a big, malty character with the added sweetness of chocolate. We slowly age the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs, the primary ingredient in chocolate. Known for their quality, these cocoa nibs harvested in Ecuador, impart complex aromas and flavors from chocolaty to fruity, nutty, earthy, and citrusy.
5.8% ABV, 30 IBUs
Growler: [Member: $22.49 / Retail: $24.99]
Local favorite, freshly brewed, and ready to drink. Tons of IBU’s, 10% ABV, what’s not to love?
Here’s what the brewery says:
“Diabolus Canis Imperiosus IPA”
The Devil Dog will chew you up and leave you whimpering for more.
At 98 IBU’s and 5.6 pounds of hops to the barrel it is an all out assault on the senses.
Devil Dog Started as a labor of love but quickly took on a life of its own, leaving us drooling like Pavlov’s dogs at the mere mention of its name.
Triple dry hopped and at 10% ABV, more than one of these bad boys will cause you to howl at passing strangers and chew up your toys, or anything else you can get your sharp little teeth on.
Hops: Columbus, Northern Brewer, Ahtanum, Cascade and Simcoe
Malt: Pale, Carmel and Munich
Growler: [Member: $13.49 / Retail: $14.99]