Winery Spotlight Series: February 22, 2023

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Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner

Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
with Guest Speaker, Cynthia Lohr
Paso Robles, California

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines with guest speaker Cynthia Lohr, Co-Owner of J. Lohr Vineyards. She will be joining us LIVE on the big screen nationwide, sharing the six wines below.

Wines Tasted:

  1. J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
  2. J. Lohr Bay Mist White Riesling
  3. J. Lohr Wildflower Valdiguie
  4. J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
  5. J. Lohr Pure Paso® Proprietary Red Wine
  6. J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please contact your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go from your local participating store and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

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About J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines:

Founded 50 years ago and still family-owned and operated today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has established itself as one of the industry’s most respected wine brands. Jerry Lohr’s remarkable career continues in close, hands-on partnership with his children and co-owners Steve, Cynthia, and Lawrence. J. Lohr farms over 2,700 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, now recognized as one of the world’s best spots for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. In 2022, J.Lohr Vineyards was named one of the Top 100 Wineries by Wine & Spirits magazine. Learn more about their story here.

About Cynthia Lohr, Chief Brand Officer / Co-Owner:
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As the daughter of California wine pioneer, Jerry Lohr, Cynthia grew up in the vineyards and cellars absorbing all aspects of the wine industry. After graduating from UC Davis, Cynthia chose her own path in strategic marketing communications and brand/business development for leading Internet and Technology Companies. It wasn’t until 2002 that Cynthia decided to join the family business as their Director of Communications. In 2009, she was named Marketing Vice President leading the family business to their recognition as the 2010 “American Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. She is also responsible for the company’s J. Lohr Touching Lives program – a partnership with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc® – funding more than 8,000 mammograms for women through sales of wines from the J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard. In 2019, Cynthia was named Chief Brand Officer – she shares the operational oversight of the company along with fellow Lohr family co-owners, father, Jerry, and brothers, Steve and Lawrence. Learn more about Cynthia and the J. Lohr family team here.

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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January Collector’s Wine Club: Iowa

Collectors Wine ClubMica_Cabernet_Bottle_ImageBuccella
Mica
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

Made from the same vineyards as their flagship winery, Buccella, the Mica grapes are made to express more fruit forward wines that are fresh with plush tannins. This generous Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black cherry, and cassis with hints of dark chocolate and caramel. The palate is fresh, lively and bright with luscious and smooth tannins and flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco and boysenberries.

Analysis: 14.2% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa, California

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Founded in 2002 by Bill Deem and his wife, Alicia; the couple discovered their mutual love for the wine industry over a bottle of 1990 Gaja, shared on their very first date. They chose the name “Buccella,” meaning “mouthful” in Latin, to highlight the big, bold, concentrated flavors that make their wines so luxurious. Their goal is to create wines that bring people together, initiate new relationships and celebrate life’s most monumental moments. Learn more about their story here.

Photos and Information © Buccella– All Rights Reserved.


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2014 “Page-Turner”
Oakville, Napa Valley, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

This juicy, well-integrated red blend is deep ruby-purple in color with aromas of blackcurrant, sweet cherry, licorice, clove and plum. The palate has spicy and floral notes of red and blackcurrants with hints of white chocolate. It’s a concentrated, yet medium-bodied wine with sweet tannins and a round mouthfeel.

Analysis: 14.6% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
Region: Oakville AVA, Napa Valley, California

WINEMAKER’S NOTES:
“Our ‘Page-Turner’ release reflects our commitment to careful blending of classic “Right Bank” varieties grown in Oakville. Vintage 2014 gave us six barrels (about 150 cases). Hand-pruned, hand-picked and hand-sorted, with twenty-two months maturation in small French oak barrels, it displays the textbook qualities of Oakville’s finest red wines.”

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Jonathan Pey and his wife, Susan, set out to find wines that married the refinement of their favorite French and Italian wines with the rich, powerhouse wines they often found in Napa Valley.  Through their connections, Susan and Jonathan were able to create their first vintage of Oakville Cabernet and claimed it was a “textbook Oakville Cab”; thus the birth of TEXTBOOK wines. Today, the couple continues to work closely with other partners and winemakers across Napa Valley to create superior and consistently high quality wines. Learn more about their story here.

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January Sweet Club: Iowa

Sweet Wine Clubchambers-rutherglen-muscadelle-bottleChambers Rosewood Vineyards
Muscadelle
Rutherglen, Australia

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This wine is dark bronze-gold in color with hints of amber. It has intense, fresh and fruity aromatics with characters of honey, butterscotch, crème brûlée, creamy caramel, dried oranges, orange blossom, dried pears, tea-cake, malt and green tea. These characters are also evident on the palate which is luscious with a hint of jasmine and fresh layers of flavor which linger in the mouth. This wine has a luscious texture with the gentle warmth of clean spirit and well-balanced sweetness complementing the finish.

Analysis: 18.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:

          • Halliday Wine Companion
            • 2023 Rating: 92
            • 2022 Rating: 92
            • 2021 Rating: 91
            • 2020 Rating: 94
            • 2019 Rating: 93
          • Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide – 92 pts.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Since establishment in 1858, in Victoria’s famed Rutherglen region in Australia, winemaking duties at Chambers Rosewood have been passed down from father to son through six generations. Today, Chambers Winery and Vineyards are operated by Stephen Chambers, supported by his father, the legendary Bill Chambers. This relaxed family-owned winery has been producing Muscats and Muscadelles that have been recognized all over the world for their complexity, intensity and balance for centuries. Learn more here. >

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Jana Winery
Tickle Me Pink
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The four components of this wine make for a foxy, sassy, and yummy wine with aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry rosemary and thyme. There is a hint of fresh carbonation on the finish that makes it refreshing and surprising.

Varietal: 68% Lodi Chardonnay, 24% Lodi Riesling, 5% Mystery Wine, 3% Syrah
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.19
RS: Off Dry, 2.6%
Produced: 1,556 at 12/750 ml

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: These sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a soft cheese, such as a brie. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES:
“Making this wine gives me the chance to produce a true European type Rosé in a light, crisp and off dry style, similar to the wines we produced while working as an apprentice and going to winemaking school in Europe. I had a fun time putting this blend together. It is mainly Chardonnay and Riesling, with a little something mysterious thrown in to give it that mischievous character and flavor. The Syrah adds spice and color.” – Jana Winery

ABOUT THE WINERY:
In 1979 Scott Harvey developed an ambitious winery plan for the Santino family. As Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery, Scott is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Over the years, Scott honed in on his skills within the wine industry, becoming Partner, Winemaker and President of other wineries before starting his own venture with his most ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran. Learn more here. >

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Winery Spotlight Series: January 11, 2023

Brassfield Estate Winery

Brassfield Estate Winery

Brassfield Estate Winery
with Guest Speaker, Jonathan Walters
Clearlake Oaks, California

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring Brassfield Estate wines with guest speaker Jonathan Walters, General Manager/Vineyard Manager of Brassfield Estate Winery. He will be joining us LIVE on the big screen sharing the seven wines below.

Wines Tasted:

  1. Serenity Rosé Pinot Noir
  2. Brassfield Pinot Gris
  3. Brassfield Sauvignon Blanc
  4. Serenity Proprietary White Blend
  5. Brassfield Pinot Noir
  6. Brassfield Cabernet Sauvignon
  7. Eruption Proprietary Red Blend

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please contact your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go from your local participating store and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

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About Brassfield Estate Winery:
© Winemaker, Carlos Valadez of Brassfield Estate Winery

Winemaker, Carlos Valadez

The wines of Brassfield Estate Winery reflect the distinctness of diversity and their sites – from the elevated valley floor of High Serenity Ranch to the unique intensity of Volcano Ridge Vineyard. Handcrafted by Brassfield’s winemaking team, with a focus on sustainable farming, classic techniques, and purity of flavor results in fruit-driven, balanced, and delicious wines. Their winemaker, Carlos Valadez, has generational roots at Brassfield and is focused on sustainable viticulture practices and classic winemaking techniques. Learn more about their story here.

About Jonathan Walters, Vineyard & General Manager:
© Jonathan Walters, General Manager of Brassfield Estate

Jonathan Walters, GM/Vineyard Manager

Jonathan spent many years honing in on his hospitality and management skills before joining the Brassfield Estate Management team in 2014. While studying Agronomy and Horticulture at Texas A&M, Jonathan had the privilege to work at many different fine dining establishments as well as the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library. After graduation, Jonathan arrived in Lake County in 2009 and quickly became involved in many aspects of the wine community. Before starting his career with Brassfield Estate, he worked for Robinson Lake Vineyards and sat on the Executive Board of both Lake County Wine Grape Commission and the Lake County Winery Association. Learn more about Jonathan and the Brassfield team here.

Photos and information © Brassfield Estate Winery – All Rights Reserved.


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Brassfield Estate Winery
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December Sweet Club: Iowa

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Chocolate Bar Chocolate Port
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This full-flavored chocolate port was hand crafted for those who love two of the best delights in the world: chocolate and port. Designed for the aficionados of dessert wine and rich chocolate, this port-style wine is a very sophisticated infusion. Enjoy this wine after dinner with dried fruits, nuts, and all types of chocolate.

Analysis: 18% alcohol / volume
Residual Sugar: 70 g/L

Food Pairing Recommendations: Try it with dried apricots and cherries, chocolate-covered strawberries, pecan pie or anything chocolate. 

ABOUT SAN ANTONIO WINERY:
With over 100 years of winemaking, San Antonio Winery is the oldest and largest producing winery in Los Angeles – making it an essential component of the city’s cultural and historical landscape. The winery still sits on its original location on Lamar Street, and it is the last vestige of the rich winemaking tradition in greater Los Angeles. Learn more about the winery here.

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Stella Rosa Cranberry wine bottleStella Rosa®️ Wines
Cranberry
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

A little tart and a little tangy, it can’t get better than that! This refreshing wine reveals a vibrant blush color and is combined with the natural cranberry flavor. It is lively with the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. Give yourself a little boost in your day with this semi-sparkling wine. Serve with fresh fruit, cheese, spicy cuisine, and desserts.

Region: Piedmont, Italy
Analysis: 5% alcohol / volume

Food Pairing Recommendations: This flavor pairs wonderfully with roasted herb butter potatoes, honey glazed BBQ chicken, Arugula salad with apples and walnuts, brie and green apple grilled cheese or cranberry pie.

ABOUT STELLA ROSA:
It all started in 1917, when the Riboli family founded Los Angeles’ historic San Antonio Winery. Back then, Los Angeles was the prime location for wine growing in all of California. For some time, the wine industry reigned as one of Southern California’s most economically significant and popular industries of that time. After surviving Prohibition and about a century later, the Riboli family has continued its artisan winemaking tradition through four generations. From within the tasting rooms of San Antonio Winery, customers repeatedly requested a sweeter, light, refreshing wine. The Riboli family took this unique opportunity to create a new semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine style, which today, they are a leader of. And so, Stella Rosa was born. Learn more here.

our-story-mapMADE AND IMPORTED FROM ITALY:
To create the Stella Rosa wines, their family chose the region of Asti, a province in Piedmont, Italy, as the source for its aromatic grapes. The area of Asti has particular significance to the Riboli family, as it is the birthplace of their family matriarch, Maddalena Riboli. Their first Stella Rosa wine was Moscato D’Asti, which has become a flagship of their line. Soon after, Stella Rosa Rosso was created – the brand’s first semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red wine blend, and first wine of its kind to be brought to America from Asti. The rapid phenomenal successes of these two wines began the lineage of Stella Rosa, which now boasts over 20 distinctive flavors.

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: These sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a soft cheese, such as a brie. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

Photos, Videos and Information © Stella Rosa Wines – All Rights Reserved.


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Winery Spotlight Series: November 9, 2022

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Goosecross Cellars
with Guest Speaker, Christi Coors Ficeli
Yountville, Napa Valley, California

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring Goosecross Cellars wines and guest speaker Christi Coors Ficeli, Co-Owner of Goosecross Cellars. She will be joining us LIVE on the big screen sharing the six wines below.

Wines Tasted:

  1. Goosecross Sauvignon Blanc
  2. Goosecross Chardonnay
  3. Goosecross Merlot
  4. Goosecross Proprietary Red Blend
  5. Goosecross Zinfandel
  6. Goosecross Cabernet

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please call your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go from your local participating store and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

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About Goosecross Cellars:

Located in Yountville, California, Goosecross Cellars sits in the heart of the Napa Valley. The winery dates back four decades and is now owned by Christi and Dave Ficeli – husband and wife duo who always wanted to have a small family winery that they could pass down from one generation to the next. Christi and Dave’s love for wine is reflected in the grapes they grow and the wines they make; with the guiding vision and experience of their winemaker, Bill Nancarrow, they are able to create distinct, vineyard-driven wines that respect the roots and history of the Napa Valley soil. Learn more about the winery’s history and philosophy here.

About Christi Coors Ficeli, Co-Owner:

The great, great granddaughter of beverage industry pioneer, Adolph Coors, Christi Coors Ficeli was raised in an entrepreneurial family that always put an emphasis on achieving your dreams through vision, dedication and collaboration. Christi got her first taste for the wine business in 1998, when she joined the team at Gallo Winery (where she also met her now husband, wine industry executive, David Ficeli). After leaving Gallo, Christi went on to receive her MBA from the University of Denver before joining the Coors family business. She held many positions at Coors Brewing that brought her and Dave to Napa, Denver and eventually Chicago (although nothing felt quite like home in the way Napa did). Finally, in 2012 Christi, with the help of family funding, developed a business plan and set out to find a Napa Valley Winery – which eventually led her to Goosecross in the spring of 2013. Christi and Dave have since purchased the Goosecross Winery from the Coors Family and their dream lives on to create something special for themselves, their kids, and all those that visit the winery.  Learn more about Christi and the Goosecross Team here.

Photos and information © Goosecross Cellars – All Rights Reserved.


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Goosecross Cellars
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
6:00pm CST/ 7:00pm EST
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Winery Spotlight Series: October 12, 2022

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Robert Craig Winery Spotlight
with Guest Speaker, Elton Slone
Napa, California

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring Robert Craig wines and guest speaker Elton Slone, President and CEO of Robert Craig Winery. He will be joining us live on the big screen sharing the six wines below.

Wines Tasted:

  1. Robert Craig Chardonnay, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California
  2. Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
  3. Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cuvée, California
  4. Robert Craig Howell Mountain Merlot, Napa Valley, California
  5. Robert Craig Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, California
  6. Robert Craig Howell Mountain Zinfandel, Black Sears, Napa Valley, California

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please call your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

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About Robert Craig Winery:

Founder Robert (Bob) Craig began his long and storied career at The Hess Collection in the 1980s. In 1990, Bob Craig founded his eponymous winery on Howell Mountain with three friends from business school. In 2004, CEO Elton Slone joined the winery and became a full partner in 2007. Following Bob’s retirement in 2012, Slone has continued to move the business forward with the other three founding partners. Known for producing small-lot, site-expressive wines from high elevation vineyards, Robert Craig Winery consistently garners high scores and positive accolades from the wine press. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

About Elton Slone – CEO and President:

Since his arrival at Robert Craig Winery in early 2004, Elton Slone has continued the Craig’s commitment to producing properly expressive cabernet sauvignons from mountain vineyards in the Napa Valley. His career spanning nearly three decades in the luxury wine industry have made Elton a fan of single vineyard, cellar worthy wines that display balance, nuance and complexity. Today, he spends much of his time traveling around the country to share the Craig word and wines with other wine enthusiasts. He brings his passion for old world wines to the new world of Craig with a production philosophy based on site expression. Learn more about Elton and the rest of the Robert Craig team here.

Photos and information © Robert Craig Winery – All Rights Reserved.


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Robert Craig Winery
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October Sweet Club Iowa

Sweet Wine ClubRobert-Mondavi-Private-Selection-Naturally-Sweet-Pinot-NoirRobert Mondavi Private Selection
Naturally Sweet Pinot Noir
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The Naturally Sweet Pinot Noir is made sweet naturally by pausing fermentation early in the winemaking process, so 100% of the sweetness comes from the grapes’ naturally occurring sugar. This means the wine is made with no added sugar, and it is also lower in alcohol to offer a more thoughtful indulgence.

The wine shows off rich color, fruit-forward aromatics, and exceptionally soft tannins. There are notes of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, followed by notes of vanilla and spice due to the judicious oak aging.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Analysis:
9% alcohol / volume
Food Pairing: Grilled steak, barbecue brisket sandwiches, or spicy Thai dishes.

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with a sharp cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY:
Robert Mondavi built his winery in Northern California in 1966, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and other key grape varieties to create some of the world’s finest wine. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery produces critically acclaimed, top-rated, world-class wines adored by industry experts, master sommeliers and consumers alike. Robert Mondavi Private Selection captures Roberts 26 years of legendary winemaking expertise in a different way to seek depth and substance. By balancing longstanding traditions with a forward-looking approach, the winery is able to explore what wine can be, not just what it “ought” to be to offer the most flavorful of wine experience. Learn more here.

Information © Robert Mondavi – All Rights Reserved.


Sugar-Sweet-Wine-Wine-Bottle-ImageJaM Cellars
Sugar Sweet White
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This soft, sweet, delicious Californian Moscato has just the right kiss of sweetness. It is super fruity and refreshing with a lower alcohol content. There are notes of honeyed citrus blossom, lush peach and sweet Meyer lemonade with a bright and refreshing finish.

Varietal: 100% Muscat
Analysis:
8.5% alcohol / volume

Serving:
Chilled straight from the fridge, or kept cool in an ice bucket
Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with a variety of flavors:

  • Have a little salty-sweet moment with your favorite bag of potato chips (nothing fancy).
  • Look for something spicy such as a Spicy Pad Thai, or Kung Pow Chicken.
  • Take a bite of bitter with pickle, or a batch of Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts
  • Double down on dessert and pair with your favorite sweet treat.

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an herbal or spicy cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT JaM CELLARS:
Second-generation Napa Valley vintners, John and Michele (the “J’ and “M” in JaM) are the master-minds behind JaM Cellars. After a decade of crafting ultra-premium wines in the Napa Valley, the husband & wife team decided to launch a line of super-approachable wines that could be enjoyed anytime. Learn more about their story here.

Information © JaM Cellars – All Rights Reserved.


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Winery Spotlight Series: September 21, 2022

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The Duckhorn Portfolio
with Guest Speaker, Kyle Lee
California and Washington State Wines

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring Duckhorn Portfolio wines and guest speaker, Kyle Lee, joining us live on the big screen. Kyle Lee, District Manager for The Duckhorn Portfolio and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), will be sharing the six wines below from The Duckhorn Portfolio.

Wines Tasted:

  1. Decoy Sparkling, Brut Cuveé NV, California
  2. Decoy Limited, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California
  3. Calera, Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California
  4. Migration, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California
  5. Postmark, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California
  6. Canvasback, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, Washington State

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please call your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

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About The Duckhorn Portfolio:

One of North America’s premier luxury wine companies, with ten renowned wineries, eight state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, seven beautiful tasting rooms and more than 1100 coveted acres of vineyards spanning 24 sustainably farmed Estate properties. Established in 1976, when legendary vintners Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded Napa Valley’s iconic Duckhorn Vineyards.  Today, their wines are sold throughout the USA and 50 countries around the world. Learn more here.

About Kyle Lee, CSW:

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Kyle Lee, CSW

Kyle Lee is the District Manager for Wisconsin and Minnesota for The Duckhorn Portfolio. Responsibilities include managing sales, distribution, trade education, hosting events, and sharing the Duckhorn Portfolio family of brands. After graduating college, where Kyle was a 4-year letter winner on the university’s baseball team, he began a career in the wine industry as a Sales Representative for a distributor in Wisconsin. Kyle’s many accomplishments include numerous performance recognitions and completion of requirements to become Certified Specialist of Wine. When not working, Kyle enjoys spending time on the lake or in the mountains, golfing, skiing, and hanging out with family, including his wife and his adorable 3 year old daughter, Raegan. He and his wife are also expecting their 2nd child any day!


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The Duckhorn Portfolio
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July Collector’s Wine Club: Iowa

Collectors Wine ClubRobert-Craig_Stick_Blend_2017_bottle_imageRobert Craig Winery
2017 “The Stick” Red Blend
Candlestick Ridge Vineyard
Napa Valley, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend is dense, powerful and beautifully concentrated. The nose is perfumed with luxurious  aromas of black currant, boysenberry, cedar box and Herbes de Provence. The intensely layered palate excites with cassis, plum, and graphite. It is rich and seductive with a velvety texture that finishes long and perfumed.

Analysis: 14.8% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
TA: 6.3 g/L
pH:
3.77
Maturation: 18 months in 70% new French oak
Appellation:
Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker: Jason Price
Critical Acclaim:
93 pts. JamesSuckling.com

VINTAGE:
The 2017 harvest was the first in the area following a 5 year drought. The soils and water table had been replenished and the vines took off early in the season and weather patterns were about normal until late August. In early September, heat spikes hit the valley and set record or near record temperatures. With plenty of water available most vineyards were heavily irrigated and the temperatures cooled in mid-September to more normal levels. The quantity of grapes was quite low, but quality looked to be excellent. A huge wildfire at the end of harvest threatened vines that still had fruit, but luckily the vast majority of grapes were already safely in the winery for the year.

TERROIR:
Just down the road from the estate, Candlestick Ridge is the northernmost vineyard in the Howell Mountain AVA and is slightly warmer than the summit ridge where the Winery Estate vineyard lies. Candlestick is influenced by warm air from Pope Valley to the east and is protected from the constant wind that hits the ridge line. The big subsurface boulders were removed during the replanting, leaving thin tufa soil on top of a rocky volcanic bedrock.


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2018 Howell Mountain Zinfandel
Black Sears Vineyard
Napa Valley, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

True to the Howell Mountain, the 2018 vintage is beautifully clean and focused with boysenberry and bramble berry wrapped in a subtle pepper spice on the nose and palate. This Zinfandel is balanced and elegantly structured through the finish.

Analysis: 14.8% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Zinfandel
TA: 6.3 g/L
pH:
3.57
Maturation: 18 months in 60% new French oak
Appellation:
Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley, California
Winemaker: Jason Price

VINTAGE:
February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in the spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

TERROIR:
Black Sears has “King of the Mountain” bragging rights on Howell Mountain – topping out at 2,400 feet, making it officially the highest vineyard on the mountain. The vineyard is located just past the gate of the Howell Mountain estate, and now the winery surrounds it – literally – having purchased the vineyard just on the other side of it as well. For 25 years, winemakers have clamored for the Zinfandel grown here: both biodynamic and organic, the site is dry farmed and the vines are pruned in the old world style with no trellising. Zinfandel thrives in the mountain’s well-drained, rocky, volcanic soils and moderate climate.

ROBERT CRAIG WINERY:
Bob Craig always had a passion for Napa Valley Mountain Cabernets, so naturally, he founded his eponymous winery on Howell Mountain with three of his friends from business school. In 2004, the team was joined by CEO Elton Slone, who later became a full partner in 2007.  After Bob’s retirement and departure from the wine business in 2012, Slone has continued to move the business forward with the other three founding partners. Today, the winery is still known for producing small-lot, site-expressive wines from high elevation vineyards. Robert Craig Winery consistently receives high scores and positive accolades from the wine press. Learn more about the winery here.



Hess Collection Allomi Cabernet SauvignonThe Hess Collection
2018 Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon
Allomi Vineyard

Napa Valley, California
375 ml (half bottle)

BOLD WINE STYLE

“The combination of steady heat and well-drained clay loam soils in our Allomi Vineyard allows fruit to ripen evenly, gaining welcomed complexity and layers of flavor. We consistently see beautiful yields from the Allomi Vineyard, and this vintage was no different. On the nose, this wine delivers delicious aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and elegant expressions of lavender alongside a touch of vanilla. Allomi Cabernet is concentrated upon entry with dense, but well-integrated tannins that provide a round, plush mouthfeel. Layers of juicy black fruit, notably black cherry and black plum, lead to elements of espresso supported by a subtle oak spice that adds to the personality of the wine and reminds us why this is one of our most popular Napa offerings.” – Dave Guffy, Director of Winemaking

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah, 5% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
TA: 0.58 gms/100ml
pH:
3.76

Harvested: October 8 – November 2, 2018
Maturation:
18 months in 27% new American oak
Appellation:
Napa Valley, California

Winemaker: Dave Guffy
Food Pairing: Chocolate Lave Cookie Recipe >

 

VINTAGE:
Budbreak began on schedule at the end of February, and Spring brought moderate temperatures that progressed into a warm Summer without any disruptive heat spikes. Steady, consistent growing conditions provided the perfect environment for the fruit to mature and develop. As the moderate, even temperatures continued into the Fall, harvest started slightly later than normal, and in some areas, extended long into the first week of November. With such lengthy hang time, the fruit matured consistently and was picked when it was at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in bottle.

VINEYARD:
A pioneer by nature, Donald Hess was determined to defy convention and pursue winemaking in the far reaches of the Napa Valley. In 1995, he sought out the Allomi Vineyard with a vision to uncover its potential. Once a dormant beauty, the Allomi Vineyard now gives life to luxury Napa Valley wines. The estate vineyard is located in the gently rolling hills of northeastern Napa Valley. The 210-acre vineyard is focused into 35 unique growing blocks with six different Cabernet clones that add diversity of flavors and complexity to this wine.

THE HESS COLLECTION WINES:
Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse micro-climates and soils uniquely suited to wine grape growing. It is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world. The Hess Collection wines are family owned, sustainably farmed and dedicated to reflecting a true sense of place. There wines are recognizable for their elegant, rich and complex flavors and a tradition of excellence. Learn more about the Hess story here >

Chocolate Lava Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Lava Cookie Recipe – pairs with Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon


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