This week we will have Brian Mankowski, CSW, with us tasting the wines of Gerard Bertrand. This prestigious winery has won numerous accolades, among them Best Value Winery from the Wine Spectator and the European Winery of the Year in 2011 from Wine Enthusiast. We will be starting off the night with our new house champagne, a delicious Cremant de Limoux, followed by a Picpouls and a Chardonnay for the whites. From there we move on to the reds, starting with a Pinot Noir, a Corbieres (GSM) and lastly Chateau L'Hospitalet Rouge. Hors d'oeuvres and entertainment will be provided.
We are happy to have Nicole and Ramsay of Johnson Brothers Distributing sampling Wines of Spain. We will be enjoying an Albarino, dry rose of grenache, and four reds, a gsm blend, a Tempranillo, and two garnachas, one a vinas viejas (old vine) that has very concentrated flavors and is almost purple. Our chefs are whipping up some great tapas and we even have a flamenco guitarist on hand for the occasion. Hope you can make it.
We just wanted to let everyone know that our famous wine tastings will be starting up sometime soon, hopefully the first Thursday after Mothers Day. We haven't set the date in stone as we are still pretty busy (thank you all), but it is getting close. We are excited about some ideas we've had to make them better than ever. Look for your weekly e-mail if you are already on our list, or sign up to receive a weekly update on what we are doing each week. See you soon!
Join us for some grouper tacos or pork carnitas while enjoying a car show, arts and crafts, live music and a kids zone at the Holmes Beach field by City Hall.
Join us for some grouper tacos or pork carnitas while enjoying arts and crafts, live music and a kids zone at the Holmes Beach field by City Hall.
We are extremely happy to announce that this Thursday we will have an incredible tasting in conjunction with the Sarasota Originals Forks and Corks Festival. We will have winemaker Bertrand Ambroise of Maison Ambroise in Burgundy and Phillipe and Corrine Ehrhart of Domaime Ehrhart in Alsace all here with us, each pouring three of their wine offerings. Also on hand we will have Craig Baker, Division Sales Manager for Robert Kacher Selections, pouring two more wines from Chateau Mas Guiot, located in Costieres de Nimes, 15 miles from where the Rhone River meets the Mediterranean in the south of France. From Alsace you will be able to sample a Cremant Sparkling Chardonnay, a Tokay Pinot Gris and an elegant old vine Riesling. From Burgundy a delicious Bourgogne Blanc made from 100% chardonnay, a Bourgogne Rouge from pinot noir, and Aries, a fantastic blend of 50% Bertrand's vielles vignes pinots blended with juice sourced from such famous communes as Nuits St. George, Volnay and Pommard. Craig will be pouring a Grenache-Syrah blend and Syrah de Numa, a jammy, powerful wine made using the finest grapes harvested and producing only a few hundred cases. All of these wines are imported by Robert Kacher Selections and not available in stores, only restaurants and fine wine shops, and rarely do you get the opportunity to meet the people responsible for making them. Greg and the Chefs are preparing some fantastic hors-d'oeuvres to pair with these eight delicious wines, so join us for our Grand Finale Tasting of this year, as, unfortunately, season is upon us, and we won't have another tasting until sometime around May.
The weather is cooperating so this Thursday we will taste 6 new wines of Spain, 2 whites and 4 reds. All of the wines are from Vinecraft Wines who are a new portfolio to us, so we have never seen these before. We will have a real nice garnacha and a couple of different styles of tempranillos to try along with two interesting whites. The kitchen will supply the tapas, so join us for one of our last tastings of the year, 5:30, this Thursday, in the courtyard.
Our weekly wine tastings will be weather and business permitting for the next few weeks. Check back on Wednesdays on the website, or sign up for our weekly email that tells you what we will be tasting that week. Tastings will stop by mid February as season will be kicking in and we will require the courtyard for our dining guests.
We are happy to announce that we have decided to offer happy hour at the bar seven days a week from 4:30 to 6:30 starting immediately. Previously it was not available on weekends. We have also added four wine pours to the offerings, including a reisling, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and a malbec in addition to the chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon we have always offered. We look forward to serving you.