Our Tuesday Tastings continue in October with three different events, including one for a very special cause!
Tues, Oct 14: “Just Say No-oak!”
Can’t see the forest through the trees? This trio of three unoaked chardonnays allows you to experience the acidity, creaminess, and fruitiness of this popular grape without having to wade through the flavors of the oak aging process. These three light whites from around the world are aged in stainless steel allowing the flavor of the grape and the expertise of the winemakers to shine through.
- Chamisal—Consistently well-ranked by Wine Enthusiast for a reason, this Central Coast California Chardonnay tastes of tropical fruits and vanilla but ends with crisp minerality.
- Healdsburg—Another Cali Chardonnay (this time North Coast), this unoaked white combines peach, pineapple, and honey with a hint of citrus.
- Yalumba Y Series—From the fantastic South Australian Vineyard, this medium-bodied white tastes of peaches, nuts, and honey but is balanced by grapefruit flavors to deliver a juicy mouthful with a clean finish.
Flight of three: $9
Our Oct 21 tasting features several great wines for a great cause. If you aren’t familiar with HandCraft Wines, they are a beautiful selection of California wines grown from Italian varietals. But just as important, the founder has a strong personal and corporate commitment to supporting breast cancer awareness. Over the last two years, HandCraft has donated more than $200,000 to breast cancer research, awareness and prevention in addition to supporting Walk for the Cure and launching HandCraft Cares and HandCraft Heroes.
For this tasting, we’ll be featuring three of their wines. Firehouse Wine Bar will also be donating $5 of each tasting to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer South Alabama Walk taking place on Oct 25. So come on down and raise your glass to toast to health and happiness!
Featured HandCraft Wines:
- Chardonnay—This award-winning chardonnay combines apple, peach, pear balanced by lemon and light oak to create a creamy mellow white smooth from start to finish.
- Pinot Noir—A light, bright, fruit-forward red tasting of cherry, vanilla and strawberry.
- Petite Sirah—A more full-bodied, jammy red, with hints of blueberry, plum and pepper.
Flight of three: $13 (Note: $5 of each tasting will be donated to the charity event noted above)
Tues, Oct 28: Shiraz and all that Jazz
Join us for a tasting of three spicy southern-hemisphere shirazes (that’s syrah north of the equator) from the regions that made them famous.
- La Capra—From Paarl, South Africa, this family owned vineyard (Fairview) is sustainably farmed and produces and number of great vintages, include this medium to full-bodied red that tastes of juicy dark berries, black pepper, and fruit cake.
- Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier—The dash of robust white grape viognier adds a touch of flower and honey to this deep dark shiraz from southern Australia tasting of black cherries, rhubarb, cinnamon and dried fruit.
- Ball Buster (yes you read that right)—A fantastic Shiraz out of the Barossa Valley in Australia, this deep dark red consistently ranks 90 points and up with Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer… for a very good reason. Full bodied, tasting of berries, plums, currants and spicy chocolate it’s a full fanciful mouth.
Flight of three: $10
Tues, Nov 2: 90+ under $20
Get ready to stock your cellars with some great wines (all ranking 90 pts or above with world-famous critics Stephen Tanzer and Robert Parker) but coming in at prices that don’t break the bank. We’ll kick off this new Tuesday tasting feature with a representative from Pinnacle to discuss some of the boutique distributor’s best (and bargain) wines. Stay tuned for the lineup on our first featured flight and more come…