Tasting with Chameleon – Friday – 5p – 8p – Free

California Reds for the Chilly Texas Winter –

Ballard Lane Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – 12.57 – The warm days and cool nights in the Paso Robles region of California are perfect for growing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This wine has cassis, black cherry, chocolate, and smoky oak aromas, good structure, firm tannins, and a lingering finish. The grapes were night harvested and cold soaked for several days to enhance color extraction, then fermented for 7 days. The wine was then aged on French and American Oak for 9 months.

Art + Farm Wine – Girls in the Vineyard Cabernet 2011 – 19.57 – The sustainably farmed Beckstoffer Family Amber Knolls Vineyard is where the girls call home. They look like a lovely rich and elegant garnet. And the smell is a blend of cassis, currant and the deepest darkest cherry. Palate – Cassis and bramble fruit with a hint of Mother Earth and sufficient cocoa to make it interesting. East End Wines Top 200, #30!

Jeff Runquist 1448 2012 – 15.97 – “The ‘1448’ has deep thick color and one would expect form a wine that is predominately Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. The aromas feature smoky currants and concentrated black fruits. Mocha, caramel, and milk chocolate provide a sweet inviting bouquet. The flavors are big, rich and creamy. Dense ripe black fruits flow across a deeply toasted oak background. The time in small barrels contributes to the rich body and luscious mouth-feel. As with all the Jeff Runquist Wines the tannins are mature and well integrated leading to a smooth lingering finish.” Reviewed by: Producer

SmashBerry Red 2012 – Central Coast – 11.57 – This easy drinking California red table wine is mostly Merlot with some Cabernet and Petite Sirah. It has aromas of red cherries, red berries and coffee that fill the nose. On the palate, it is fruit forward with lots of Bing cherry, blackberry, and blueberry jam flavors with hints of sarsaparilla and coffee with very soft tannins and a nice finish. Merlot (40), Cabernet Sauvignon (30), Petite Sirah (30) East End Wines Top 200, #192.

We know it does not actually get cold. It is however, probably as cold as it will get. Drink red

Free Tasting – Case Imports – Italy –

FRIDAY – December 12th – 5pm-8pm –

Case Imports

Trevisiol Brut Cuvee Edoardo Sparkling (Prosecco) – 20.57 – This Expressive Italian Chardonnay Sparker Is Not Dry, Not Sweet, But A Perfect Balance Of Both! Pale Yellow. Floral, citrus fruit. Harmonious, elegant and fresh fruit. Very well balanced.  Area of production: Valdobbiadene, Collalto. Appellation: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC. Paolo Trevisiol – “The difference between himself and four previous generations? Paolo’s sole interest is in making a small amount of quality wine, as opposed to the large productions of the past; he still rotates every bottle of his top spumante by hand!”

Di Calla Orvieto 2011 ● – 17.57 – Umbria. Organic. Di Calla Orvieto tends to have a light nuttiness that is pleasing and unique. The mid palate is filled with floral and citrus notes that keep the overall profile fresh and deliciously vibrant. This is an ancient style of wine first produced in the middle ages around 1450 AD. Wine Spectator – “A simple white, with light lemon curd, crunchy apple and spice notes. Drink now. 200,000 cases made.”

Vallebelbo Le Filere Barbera d’Asti D.o.c.g. 2011 – 11.57 – Costigliole d’Asti, Calosso d’Asti, Canelli hills. 100% Barbera. Juicy, bright, simple. Clean, medium length, tangy acid. Ripe fruit. A great deal. Bouquet: intense winey, delicate scent. Taste: Dry, full-bodied, with strong acidity and slightly tannic. Wants roasts, boiled meats, game, and very savory dishes.

Vallebelbo Cesare Pavese Barbaresco 2009 – 26.97 – Inexpensive Barbaresco. Grip, dusty, acid, drinks out of the bottle. Drying. Blackberry, bramble, smaller French casks? Very good deal. Nose – Characteristic, vanilla, ethereal, intense and pleasant Palate: Dry, full, velvety harmonious. “How do they do it? This is crazy. This is one of the best deals you will ever see on Barbaresco. I am stunned by how good this wine is for the money.” – Sam Hovland, Stunned Person.

Spanish Wine Tasting with DeVino –

Campos de RiscaDecember 5th, East End Wines – 5p – 8p

Bodega Viña Ijalba -

Bodega Viña Ijalba Genoli White Wine Rioja 2012 ● (Viura) – 11.97 – Organic – a white wine grape used on either side of the Pyrenees, in the north and east of Spain and the southernmost reaches of France. A versatile grape, it is used in still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines. The wines can be fresh, floral and aromatic when harvested sufficiently early and aged in stainless steel, as this one is. Also called Macabeo in sparkling wine.

Bodega Viña Ijalba Livor Tempranillo 2012 ● – 11.97 – Organic – Aromas of bright cherries and spice are followed with straightforward tastes of juicy, red fruit and hints of herbs.  The finish is spicy and the acidity is balanced.  A terrific mid-week wine that pairs really well with lamb or pork! 100% Tempranillo in a clean, unoaked style. Cherry fruitiness and old-fashioned Rioja crispness. A silly quotient of character and quality for the price.

Campos de España –

Campos de Luz Garnacha 2012 – 12.57 – Winter was very dry and cold. There was a little light rain in the spring, but virtually none throughout the growing season, leading to a perfectly healthy, but relatively small harvest, with intensely colored grapes. The color is a deep red, with the bright hints of purple at the edges indicating youth. Aromas of fresh red and black fruits, flowers and a touch of black pepper. On the palate it is rich and well-balanced, with subtle tannins providing support to the fruit to give a rounded finish.

Campos de Risca Monastrell 2011 ● – 13.57 – Organic – Monastrell, resistant to drought, with straggly bunches of small berries. The berries themselves have thick skins and high acidity, so they need all of that sun to ripen properly. In recent times, small amounts of Syrah have been planted too. Very deep ruby red, with a hint of the violet colors of a young wine. On the nose aromas of stewed black berries and jams, with spicy notes of pepper. The palate has a good acidity which keeps the wine fresh and juicy. Full and weighty, the wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste.