Fall Flights Continue

Our Tuesday tastings roll on in November and December with a number of exciting events.

9020-RedGrey_1_smallTues, Nov 4: “90 Plus Under 20”

Our newest series, 90 Plus Under 20 introduces you to a selection of fantastic, top rated wines (all receiving at least 90 points from world renowned critics) and all coming in at a great value of less than $20. We’ll kick off this new Tuesday tasting feature with a representative from Pinnacle Imports to discuss some of the boutique distributor’s best (and bargain) wines. So swing by and taste a few fantastic wines and stock your cellars for the holiday season! This week we’re featuring several fantastic Spanish wines:

  • Bodegas as Laxas Albarino—A consistently highly-ranked white (2013 and 2012 both received 90s from Wine Enthusiast and Stephen Tanzer) this crisp, light white is perfect for the last warm days of fall as well as being a great complement to seafood, chicken, and pasta. Tasting of golden plums and green apples with a clean citrusy finish, a great tasting wine at the bargain price of $17 a bottle.
  • Hazana Tradicion Rioja—Robert Parker gives this juicy red blend 90 points and calls it “mind blowing” for good reason. At only $14 a bottle, this blend of tempranillo and graciano delivers red berry flavors balanced by vanilla and rounded out by aging in French and American oak.
  • Castano Solanera—Another fantastic Spanish blend combining monastrell (mourvedre), cabernet sauvignon, and grenache, this wine receives a whopping 94 points from Robert Parker. A deep red tasting of raspberries and cherries with a wonderfully spicy balance of cloves and cinnamon, this blend is perfect for the holiday season and comes in at only $18 a bottle.

Flight of three: $11

Tues, Nov 11: “Far Flung Pinots: Wines with Altitude”

Pinot noir is the hardest grape to grow and harvest, needing a unique combination of sun, shade, and cool breezes often found in only deep valleys near large bodies of water. That’s why it often comes with a hefty price tag. But we’ve searched the world over (at least our tastebuds have!) to come up with 3 fantastic pinots from 3 very different regions.

  • Willamette Valley Whole Cluster, Oregon—From the area that has quickly become renowned for its world-class pinots, this unique wine is made by pressing the entire cluster (stems and all) of perfectly ripened grapes to produce a refreshing red that’s bright ruby in color, opens into a mouthful of cherries and strawberries, and ends with the tanginess of twigs and earth.
  • Botanica, South Africa—The South African sun often wreaks havoc on pinot noirs. Luckily the vineyards at Botanica in the Elgin Valley are fanned by the cool breezes found at the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean at the very southern tip of the African continent. Cool night time temperatures allow this delicate grape to grow to perfection. Hand-picked, destemmed, and allowed to ferment as whole berries, the result is a beautiful silky red, tasting of cherry, herbs, and a hint of vanilla.
  • Peregrine, New Zealand—A few of you may remember this amazing pinot from the South Island that we served when we first opened. Well it’s back, and better! The 2009 vintage has arrived and it is just as elegant as the 2008, feature dark plum and cherry flavors with a hint of oak. Already winning awards and 90+ rankings from Stephen Tanzer, Wine Enthusiast and other international critics, this one is a keeper.

Flight of three: $12

beau-joubert_smallFri, Nov 14: “Select South Africans and Meet the Makers”

Start off Artwalk with a special wine tasting of 4 South African wines from Beau Joubert, a 17thcentury farm in the Stellenbosch Wine Region. Meet the Managing Director of the vineyard, Andrew Hilliard, who will discuss the details that go into making some of the best old-vine wines from the region. Featured wines include:

  • Oak Lane Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc Blend—A blended white that balances guava and other tropical fruits with citrus and tangy green pepper.
  • Beau Joubert Old Vine Chenin Blanc—Hands down, one of the most elegant chenin blancs around, this soft, creamy, white combines both zesty citrus flavors with a hint of oak.
  • Beau Joubert Shiraz—A full bodied, Rhone style shiraz that features pepper, cloves, dark currants, and plums.
  • Beau Joubert Ambassador—A red blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz that results in a complex wine tasting of dark berries, stewed fruits, spice, mocha and cigars.

Tasting: $14

Tues, Nov 18: “Select South Africans”

If you missed our Friday tasting, stop by for a flight featuring 3 wines from the renowned Stellenbosh vineyard.

  • Beau Joubert Old Vine Chenin Blanc—Hands down, one of the most elegant chenin blancs around, this soft, creamy, white combines both zesty citrus flavors with a hint of oak.
  • Beau Joubert Shiraz—A full bodied, Rhone style shiraz that features pepper, cloves, dark currants, and plums.
  • Beau Joubert Ambassador—A red blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz that results in a complex wine tasting of dark berries, stewed fruits, spice, mocha and cigars.

Flight of three: $12

Tues, Nov 25: No tasting planned due to the coming holiday

YevetteArt2_smallTues, Dec 2: Fine Art & Fine Wine Event

Join us at the Firehouse as we unveil our first art show from local artist Yevette Ward. Trained at the University of South Alabama and former manager of the Arts Blanche Gallery, Yevette is a mixed media artist who works in a variety of mediums (ink, watercolor, acrylic) and styles (realist, impressionist, and cubist). This show will be the first in a series of 4 shows that Yevette is holding around Mobile in December and will feature a series of futuristic skylines of Mobile.

Tues, Dec 9: “Bubbles from Around the World”

Get ready for New Year’s Eve by testing out 3 fantastic sparkling wines from 3 different countries.

  • Ca Furlan Prosecco, Italy—Originating from Veneto in northern Italy, fine bubbles with light lime, nectarine and floral notes make this crisp sparkling perfect for the holidays.
  • Segura Viudas Aria Cava, Spain—Produced in Penedes, a famous wine region outside Barcelona, pineapple, almonds, honey and pears are blanced by a yeasty flavor for a more full bodied bubbly.
  • Domaine Rosier Brut Cremant, France—From the first region in France to produce sparkling wines (sorry Champagne!) this sparkling starts off with floral notes, blossoming into tropical flavors with a hint of bread to produce a creamy, elegant white.

Flight of three: $11

Tues, Dec 16, 23, 30: No tastings planned due to the holidays

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