Sam Hovland is at Vine Vault –

I have taken a position with Vine Vault after almost six years at East End Wines – Now we will try to fill it – The Vine Vault will be a downtown spot, at 501 Congress, where wine enthusiasts will be able to store their collections – We will also have tastings and dinners regularly.

Brochure – collector full spread_051515

If you are able, would you please forward this information to possibly interested parties? I would love to show you the site as we get everything finished and start moving wines in. 
Thank you for all of the great support at East End Wines over the years – I had many great times there, and I had hoped to find wines for you from there until the end of my days. I hope to see you again soon.
Please drop me a line if you would like to hear about future tastings and dinners, or make contact with Vine Vault through the website –
Sam Hovland I Sommelier, SGD
| Vine Vault LLC | Taking Wine Enjoyment to the Next Level
| m. 512 806 4636 | Vine Vault 770 655 2224
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| s. 501 Congress Ave, Suite 100-A, Austin TX 78701
Sam French Wine Adventure
(That is wine in the bag, of course…)

Free Tasting at East End Wines –

09-11-2015 – 5pm – 8pm –


Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Monferrato Futurosa Chiaretto Rosé 2013 & 2014 – 14.57 – Pinot Nero / Barbera blend out of Piemonte. Bouquet: Fine and intense, very fruity with notes of wild strawberries and red berries. Taste: medium bodied wine, fresh, elegant and persistent. Good deep berry flavors. Round mouthfeel and dry finish. Lighter than you’d expect.

Donkey and Goat Claim Jumper Rosé 2014 – 1 L – 21.97 – Usually the wines from this vineyard go for about $38- $40 for 750 ml – here, in a one off, fruit from the vineyard was saved from the King Wildfire and made into a rosé and offered in a liter bottle for $22. Tangy blood orange fruit, zippy, non-interventionist winemaking. Great cranberry and tangy red fruit notes, juicy acid, a great and nerdy wine.

Pascal Pibaleau Perlette Petillant Naturel NV Biodynamic – 20.57 – Grolleau and Gamay, using ancestral method, bottled while it is still fermenting, no sugar dosage added. 40 year old vines, 250 cases produced. Touraine, Loire Valley. Cranberry and strawberry fruit, 100% natural, lightly bubbly, probably falling somewhere between frizzante and spumante. Used for the Loire Valley wine class. Very sad that Pascal Pibaleau is going to retire.

Pascal Pibaleau Gamay Nature No Sulfites Added, Organic, Biodynamic 2013 – 17.57 – 100% Gamay. Carbonic maceration. 49 year old vines. Natural yeast. A bit more acid than Gamay from Beaujolais, volcanic soils giving some interesting mineral notes and white pepper, herbal stuff going on. Only 11.6% alcohol, with fresh red floral scents.

Grab Bag tasting with Favorite Brands

Free Tasting – Favorite Brands – East End Wines – Friday 9-4-2015 – 5pm-8pm

 Ela Label

Ela Vinho Verde 2013 – 7.57 – Portugal. Juicy, clean, Atlantic influence Minho province Vinho Verde on the cheap from Claudia Rodrigues. So good we keep it in even though the label looks like a tampon commercial. Refreshing green fruit with white floral notes, lightly spritzy. Inexpensive, low alcohol, Texas summer pool pounder. Arinto, Azal, Loureiro, Trajadura? Alvarinho? A mix of the usual suspects, not sure what is in there, and don’t care too much… This is very good stuff to have around in the summer.

Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 17.57 – New Zealand. More crisp, cooler vintage, intense. Tree fruit, lemon zest, tropical, classic Marlborough grapefruit. Medium body, nice and crisp, aromatics above with some varietal cut grass action happening. More ripe than Loire for comparison, but cooler 2012 is bringing a little pyrazine based jalepeno pepper on the nose and palate.

Poppy Chardonnay 2013 – 13.57 – Central Coast, CA. Youthful notes of lemon and honeysuckle are layered over ripe melon, nutmeg, and clove. The perception of sweetness is derived from fruit ripeness, aging on regularly stirred yeast lees in the presence of aged French Oak. Balance between barrel fermentation and stainless steel fermentation, partial malo, barrel aging and stainless steel aging. Some juicy acid, some softer, light creaminess, but not buttery, hint of oak, not clobbering. A crowd pleaser.

Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2012 – 17.57 – The 2012 has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months time it receives in, only, French oak barrels. – From the winery. From the very nice Bill Easton (and Jane O’Riordan) Blended from 25, 40, 60, and 80 year old vines, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Aged in new and aged French oak.