2014 New Year’s Eve Tasting 5pm – 8pm

German Gilabert Cava Brut Nature NV ● – 14.57 – 50% Macabeo, 30% Xarlel-lo, 20% Parellada, Vine Age 30-35 years old, Farming Practicing Organic, Production 2000 cases, From the subzone Alt Penedes, where the highest elevation plots are located. Only native grapes are used, Brut Nature. Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel vats; Base wine rests on the lees for 45 days; Secondary fermentation in the bottle, a la Methode Champenoise; Raised on the lees 18 to 20 months before disgorgement; Bottled with no dosage. Character: Fresh, fine bubbles, citrus, mineral, medium bodied, elegant, concentrated, dry, and long.

Domaine du Petit Coteau Vouvray Brut NV ● – 22.57 – Dry in style, freshly crisp with apple skin and lemon flavors. The wine has a touch of almonds to balance the intense fruity acidity. A bright apéritif wine. – Roger Voss. Very delicate and fresh nose, Harmonious on the palate with a nice acidity, A lot of volume and a very long finish typical of Vouvray’s best soils. The quality of a vintage sparkling Vouvray.

Cote Mas Estate Cremant Brut Rosé NV ● – 15.57 – Refined scents of honeysuckle, peach & apricot. A soft mouthfeel of grapefruit & a hint of blood orange. After primary fermentation, “Liqueur de Tirage”, a blend of sugar & yeast, is added to the juice a few hours before bottling. A second fermentation then takes place in the bottle, which lasts about 3 weeks. After one year of ageing “sur pointe”, the bottles are chilled (to freeze the lees) & opened. The lees are expelled & the “Liqueur de Dosage” is added. The bottle is then sealed & released after twelve months of ageing. Juicy, rhubarb, nice length on the finish. Strawberry dominates with nice tangy acids. Good juice, here to stay for a bit. Obviously incredibly popular, but a go-to for a reason.

Graham Beck Rosé 2009 – 23.57 – This South African bottling is a good value and one of the best New World sparkling roses. The blend of 82 percent pinot noir and 18 percent chardonnay includes whole clusters of estate-grown fruit jointly crushed together.Following fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was bottled for the secondary fermentation, extending contact with the lees for 36 months. In the glass, a fine mousse offers aromas of raspberry, brioche and rose petals. On the palate, taste watermelon sherbet, ripe strawberry, lime zest, appealing minerality and a hint of spice.

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