Free Tasting Friday with Vine Imports –

Chile & Spain – June 6, 4pm – 8pm

Lomas del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 13.57 – Casablanca, Chile. Sourced from Loma Larga vineyards, Lomas del Valle wines are oak-free, having a generous fruit expression, freshness and great natural acidity; this wines represents the commitment of Loma Larga with its terroir. The interest in wine in the Diaz family goes back to the nineteenth century.

Damana Verdejo 2009 – 13.57 – Peñín Guide 2011 rating – Tasting notes: Color: bright straw. Nose: fresh, fresh fruit, white flowers, expressive, varietal. Palate: flavorful, fruity, good acidity, balanced – Score: 91. Located at Olivares de Duero there are 22Hs. of vineyards with all the natural and technical elements which are necessary to produce modern quality wines trying to find nice expression of the terroir.

Lomas del Valle Pinot Noir 2011 – 13.57 – Dark red wine with a young, modest nose. Medium bodied delicious wine. Carried by its fruit and making quite a big number out of it. Very pleasant. Fresh, juicy cherry, soft spice, impressive balance. This amiable Pinot Noir hails from the seaward slopes of the Casablanca Valley, where the cool climate adds lean length to the ripe grapes. A touch of oak adds some moderate, gingerbread spice, but the fresh, friendly fruit is the main attraction here. A nice value Pinot Noir for lighter fare. Serving Suggestion: Classic hors d’oeuvres: bacon-wrapped scallops, tiny quiche, Caprese crostini, Spanakopita, little risotto cakes.

Bodegas Tabula Damana 5 Ribera del Duero 2010 – 15.97 – Deep red cherry in color, the nose is crammed with fresh red fruits counter balanced with spicy hints derived from brief ageing in barrel. On the palate there is a wealth of fresh, lively berry fruit flavors leading to a sumptuous yet elegant finish. Spain’s answer to Malbec, Ribera del Duero is bold and fruity, dark and delicious. Damana 5 so named as it is aged for 5 months in oak.

Cape Classics South African Wines – FRIDAY

 at East End Wines – Friday May 30 – 4pm – 8pm – Cape Classics

Indaba Chenin Blanc 2012 – 8.97 – Sold out at 11.99 elsewhere. Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted varietal and the Cape’s signature white. This fresh, vibrant version offers succulent flavors of tropical fruit, melon and pear, backed by bright citrus flavors and a touch of honey. Lively peppery notes and an underlying mineral character shine through on the finish. “Pale greenish yellow. Citrus and mint aromas accented by flowers and pepper. Round and slightly sweet (five grams per liter r.s.), but with sound acidity giving shape to the flavors of melon, honey and green pepper. A touch of oak adds complexity. This crowd-pleasing, aggressively priced chenin should be flexible at the dinner table.” – 88 Points International Wine Cellar

DMZ Cab Rose Western Cape 2013 – 11.57 – Demorgenzon. Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep salmon pink developing onion skin tones. Cherries and strawberry nose, followed by crispy summer fruit salad palate. The balance is perfect ending dry and crisp enticing you to take another sip! International Wine Cellar 89- ” Orange-pink color. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of pomegranate, strawberry and flowers. Wonderfully intense rose, with an impression of mineral cut and strong acidity giving grip and lift to the bracing palate. Just over five grams of residual sugar are eaten up by very high acidity. The palate-cleansing finish is dusty, fairly dry and long. An amazing value in pink wine. “

Excelsior Cabernet 2011 – 8.97 – This luscious, crowd pleasing Cabernet – consistently named a Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” – delivers serious bang for the buck! It’s packed with juicy flavors of blackcurrant, dark berries and plum, with notes of dark chocolate and spice. On the nose – spiced plum, dusty earth, and some menthol.  It was medium-bodied, with moderate tannins.  Alcohol is at 14.5%; acidity was good.  On first pour – dark fruits (blackberry and black currant), wood, and menthol with a lingering plum on the finish.

Thelema Mountain Red 2009 – 14.57 – 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, 14% Grenache, 14% Petit Verdot. Mountain Red offers Thelema pedigree at a fraction of the price. Generous dark berry, currant and plum flavors combine with notes of earth, black pepper and spice. This approachable, crowd pleasing red displays soft, supple tannins. 2009 was an outstanding vintage — one of the best the Cape has e ver seen, with idyllic warm, dry conditions during ripening. Berries were slightly smaller than usual, which translated into wines of intense, concentrated flavors.

Free Italian Wine Tasting – Chameleon Wines

Italian Wine Tasting – THURSDAY May 29, 5pm – 8pm – Chameleon Wines, with wine expert Alex Pagano –Chameleon 5 Wines

Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo A.O.C.Cantina Colle Moro Montepulciano Rosé 2012 – 10.57 – Dry, cherry fruit, pretty… Lots of fruit and juicy acidity. Refreshing. Bright strawberry fruit and clean spice. A style of wine that we love, from the hills of Guastameroli di Frisa, founded in 1961. Great clean fruit, dusty & light tannins/ tangy, pie cherry, red fruited, minerality coming through. A fruity rosé that’s unoaked to emphasize the fresh, red, berried aromas. Dry and fresh and a great wine to pair with hors d’oeuvres–especially fish-based starters.

Piedmont – Stefano Farina Barbera d’Alba 2010 – 13.57 – Vinous aroma, very delicate. When slightly aged the wine acquires a mature and well balanced taste. The wine has graphite and cherries on the nose and palate, with some dusty flavors. Compared to Barbera d’Asti, Barbera D’Alba can be a more highly concentrated and structured wine. Thus it draws greater benefits from barrel treatment.

Abruzzo – Cantina Colle Moro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011 – 9.97 – Dark ruby color, this straightforward Italian red shows flavorful cherry fruit, good balance and a soft finish. Delicious everyday table red. A delicately fruited red wine from Abruzzo that goes well with pasta with meat sauce or hard, aged cheeses. Unoaked.

Piedmont – Stefano Farina Nebbiolo d’Alba 2010 – 16.97 – An earthy version of Piemonte’s premier grape. Flavors of raspberry, plum and red currant. A softer, more accessible incarnation. Light-bodied, cherry red ripe fruit with undertones of sage and mushroom. Pair it with pizza, mushroom risotto, or a plate of aged cheeses & fruit.

Tuscany – Elisabetta Aulo Rosso Toscana – Bolgheri – 2009 – 18.57 – Destemmed and pressed, then fermented in large wooden barrels for 15 days The scents, on first impact, are floral with agreeable scents of ripe fruits like blackberries and raspberries. On the palate there is an agreeable sensation of delicacy that seems to be nearly sweet. On the finish, the joviality of the wine expresses the well balanced and well-bodied acidity.