Free Tasting – Case Imports – Italy –

FRIDAY – December 12th – 5pm-8pm –

Case Imports

Trevisiol Brut Cuvee Edoardo Sparkling (Prosecco) – 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!”

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.”

Vallebelbo Le Filere Barbera d’Asti D.o.c.g. 2011 – 11.57 – Costigliole d’Asti, Calosso d’Asti, Canelli hills. 100% Barbera. Juicy, bright, simple. Clean, medium length, tangy acid. Ripe fruit. A great deal. Bouquet: intense winey, delicate scent. Taste: Dry, full-bodied, with strong acidity and slightly tannic. Wants roasts, boiled meats, game, and very savory dishes.

Vallebelbo Cesare Pavese Barbaresco 2009 – 26.97 – 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.

Free Texas Keeper Cider Tasting – Thursday

 – 5pm – 8pm. East End Wines.

 Texas Keeper Number One

TEXAS KEEPER – CRAFT CIDER – AUSTIN, TX – Texas Keeper was started in 2013 by three long-time friends born and raised in Austin. We literally hand built the cidery and had a good time doing it. Our name comes from the Hicks’ Texas Keeper, an apple variety first cultivated in Lamar County, Texas around the 1880s. Before modern refrigeration, “keepers” were apples that stored well, improved with age, and were therefore available for longer periods of time.

Texas Keeper – Golden Russet 2013 – Single Variety, Size – 750 ml – 16.97 a bottle – Golden Russets are one of the classic American cider apples, probably originating in New York before 1800. This single fermenter of Golden Russet was a rarity, in that it produced a perfectly balanced cider when finished completely dry. Our 2013 Golden Russet carries notes of honeysuckle, ripe pear, peach, tamarind, and a hint of passionfruit. Residual Sugar < 2g/L. Alc/Vol: 8.7%. Unfiltered.

Texas Keeper – No.1 – Size – 750 ml – 12.57 a bottle – The No. 1 is a blend of five apples fermented individually and blended to craft a well-balanced, dry cider with notes of peach, pear, tropical fruit, light green apple, and a crisp lingering acidity. Apples: Northern Spy, Ida Red, Ben Davis, Golden Russet, Golden Delicious. Residual Sugar: 12 g/L. Alc/Vol: 6.8%. Unfiltered, Lightly Effervescent

Texas Keeper – Goldrush 2013 – Single Variety – Size – 750 ml – 15.97 a bottle – Our first single varietal release.  Made from 100% Goldrush apples.  This crop of Goldrush tasted like lemons and limes coming through the press.  Those characteristics mellowed into grapefruit and Myer lemon during fermentation. Apples: Goldrush. Residual Sugar: 16g/L. Alc/Vol: 7.7%. Unfiltered, Lightly Effervescent.

Spanish Wine Tasting with DeVino –

Campos de RiscaDecember 5th, East End Wines – 5p – 8p

Bodega Viña Ijalba -

Bodega Viña Ijalba Genoli White Wine Rioja 2012 ● (Viura) – 11.97 – Organic – a white wine grape used on either side of the Pyrenees, in the north and east of Spain and the southernmost reaches of France. A versatile grape, it is used in still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines. The wines can be fresh, floral and aromatic when harvested sufficiently early and aged in stainless steel, as this one is. Also called Macabeo in sparkling wine.

Bodega Viña Ijalba Livor Tempranillo 2012 ● – 11.97 – Organic – Aromas of bright cherries and spice are followed with straightforward tastes of juicy, red fruit and hints of herbs.  The finish is spicy and the acidity is balanced.  A terrific mid-week wine that pairs really well with lamb or pork! 100% Tempranillo in a clean, unoaked style. Cherry fruitiness and old-fashioned Rioja crispness. A silly quotient of character and quality for the price.

Campos de España –

Campos de Luz Garnacha 2012 – 12.57 – Winter was very dry and cold. There was a little light rain in the spring, but virtually none throughout the growing season, leading to a perfectly healthy, but relatively small harvest, with intensely colored grapes. The color is a deep red, with the bright hints of purple at the edges indicating youth. Aromas of fresh red and black fruits, flowers and a touch of black pepper. On the palate it is rich and well-balanced, with subtle tannins providing support to the fruit to give a rounded finish.

Campos de Risca Monastrell 2011 ● – 13.57 – Organic – Monastrell, resistant to drought, with straggly bunches of small berries. The berries themselves have thick skins and high acidity, so they need all of that sun to ripen properly. In recent times, small amounts of Syrah have been planted too. Very deep ruby red, with a hint of the violet colors of a young wine. On the nose aromas of stewed black berries and jams, with spicy notes of pepper. The palate has a good acidity which keeps the wine fresh and juicy. Full and weighty, the wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste.