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.