Case Imports Italian Wine Tasting

Italy Wine– Free at East End Wines 4-4-14, 4p-8p

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.”

Trevisiol Brut Cuvee Edoardo Sparkling NV – 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!”

Cantina Vallebelbo Barbaresco 2009 – 23.97 – 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.

Dessert – Cantina Vallebelbo San Maurizio Moscato d’Asti 2011 – 12.57 – Wine Enthusiast – Fresh, piquant and bright, this Moscato d’Asti opens with slightly green aromas of wild flower, cut grass, wild sage and dried hay. The wine is plush and creamy, with a long, sweet endnote that recalls honey, marzipan and peach.

Yes, we can host your private event

Private Events at East End Wines – Examples – Things we have done in the past year…

Bargain Summer Wines – $25 per person, 7 wines, 1 cider. $40 research & materials.

Bargain Tasting – Winter – $25 per person – 10 wines. $50 research & materials.

Big Six Tasting – Scalable / dependent on pour. $30 research & materials. As low as $10 per person with smaller, 1 oz tasting pour. Price does not include food. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Regional – Burgundy Class – $40 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials. Up to and including 1er Cru example.

Varietal – Cabernet Sauvignon Class – $30-$35 per person dependent on wines. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including “Super Second” style Bordeaux example.

Varietal – Chardonnay – Six wines. $40 per person. Up to and including 1er Cru Burgundy, Blanc de Blancs sparkling examples. $30 research & materials.

Holiday Pairings Class – Six wines. $30 per person. $30 research & materials.

Regional – Loire Valley – $35 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials.

Regional – Piedmont – $40 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials. Up to and including Barbaresco & Barolo examples.

Varietal – Pinot Noir Class – $35 per person. Six wines. $30 research & materials. Up to and including single vineyard California and village / 1er Cru Burgundy examples.

Popularity Contest – $35 per person. Nine wines. $45 research & materials. The most popular things at East End Wines.

Restaurant Wine Class – Six Wines. $35 per person. $30 research & materials. Like the big six wine class, with a concentration on wine in restaurants. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Varietal – Riesling Class. Five to six wines. $30-$35 per person. $25-$30 research & materials.

Varietal – Sangiovese – $35-$40 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including Super Tuscan and Brunello examples.

Varietal – Sauvignon Blanc. $30-$35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including a Sancerre example.

Varietal – Syrah. $35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including Northern Rhone & Single Vineyard Barossa examples.

Varietal – Tempranillo – $35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including Reserva Rioja & Cult Spanish examples.

Varietal – Zinfandel – $30-$35 per person. Five wines. $25 research & materials. Up to and including more expensive / polished example, dessert version.

Spanish Wine Tasting with DeVino

Friday March 28, East End Wines – 4pm-8pm Tasting Spanish Wines

Campos de Estrellas Brut Nature / No Dosage – 13.57 – D.O. Penedès. Just 10km from the sea, these 45 hectares have a silicate sandy soil which enhances acidity and has great drainage. In an underground cellar, the second fermentation takes place in the bottle, followed by 15 months ageing on the lees. Finally, the bottles are disgorged to remove the yeasts and the bottled is topped up with the same wine, with no sugar being added. In the Brut Nature, the acidity is more to the fore and the yeastiness from the ageing is more outstanding. This is a new favorite, pure and bright with zero dosage = super dry. Nice purity & focus & malic acid. Pretty, & the price is fair. Clean. Campos de Estrellas is made from the grapes grown on a single estate in the Penedès, close to Barcelona. In the Brut Nature, the acidity is more to the fore and the yeastiness from the aging is more outstanding. “Estrellas” are the stars, the bubbles in a flute of Cava as they rise and explode onto the palate. The aromas are fruity & citric, with complex scents of herbs like laurel leaves & orange peel. On the palate it has a well balanced acidity & a full structure. It finishes very dry.

Campos de Celtas Albariño 2011 – 17.57 – Around three hundred hectares of trellised vines, in the traditional ‘parral’ system. Albariño, the tiny bunches with tiny grapes giving a natural intensity. Campos de Celtas is made from Albariño alone, as the DO regulations dictate. A blend of grapes from slightly different soils gives a wine which has plenty of crisp acidity but also ripe pear and apple flavors. Juicy, clean, fresh lime, zip. Tasty, pretty. Classic. Needed a textbook Albariño – here it is!

Campos de Viento Tempranillo 2011 – 10.57 – D.O. La Mancha. Located in the province of Cuenca, the vineyards to the north of Mota del Cuervo are on rolling land at around 700m above sea level. The soils are deep, permitting a greater penetration of the soils. There are several different plots, altogether about 100 Ha. of vines giving small, concentrated berries. Campos de Viento Tempranillo is a pure expression of the grape variety, achieved by blending wines from different plots. Again! Grippy, coffee, mineral, leather. Lengthy. Blackberry. Juicy acid. A favorite in 2010, now 2011. The name, Campos de Viento, is inspired by the windmills that sit above town of Mota del Cuervo and can be seen for miles around. Old vine, big, ripe. Not jammy, not a boozy monster. The nose is typical of varietal Tempranillo, with a nose of fresh red fruits, like strawberries and subtle hints of fresh herbs. It shows characteristic cherry and leafy flavors, in a rather thick texture with a slightly candied note. Citrusy acidity keeps it fresh. The palate is well-structured with soft tannins & a medium length finish. Campos de Viento (windmill), Tempranillo from Ucles currently.

Viña Ijalba Livor Tempranillo 2011 ● – 12.97 – Line priced with the white – Cherry, juicy, softer, easier Tempranillo. Good to bring back. From the Rioja Alta sub-region of La Rioja. Fresh & tasty juice, clean aromas, with ripe red berry fruit & a bit of fennel frond, creamy. Dry, with round tannins and ripe fruit. (with 10% Mazuelo). This has been a big hit in the shop. We really like the balance at the low $.

Ijalba Rioja Crianza 2008 ● – 15.97 – 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. Aged for 12 months in barrel. Fruity nose with toasty vanilla. Balance of ripe red berry and cassis fruits and oak tannins. Full-bodied with ripe tannins. Designed to love bottle age this wine has a minimum of 18 months before release. Clean. Purity.