Get Ready for Fall Wine Tasting, Friday, Sept. 16th

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Just like comfort food warms us in the Winter, the perfect wine can take the chill out of a cool Fall day. Join us with our wine reps from Wine Trends as we kick off Fall with the perfect defense against cool weather. (I had to throw a little football lingo in there too!)

Friday, September 16th, 5:30 – 7:30

Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer
You can’t talk about fall wines without a good German Oktoberfest Gewürztraminer! This wine is clean, fruity and wonderfully light on its feet, showing off the aromatic charm of the variety without being heavy. It has a deliciously juicy texture and a delightfully delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses.

Bonnie Doon “Gravitas”
Gravitas is a white Bordeaux-style blend with a small splash of Orange Muscat (2.5 percent) that lends a floral note. The majority of the blend is Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has a soft, round, approachable style with emphasis on the fig and melon character of the Semillon. The Sauvignon delivers aromas of grapefruit and citrus as well to add a bit of minerality.

R Collection Red Blend
This easy-drinking red blend is a lovely crimson in the glass with aromas of dark cherry, star anise and a hint of white pepper followed by flavors of strawberry and raspberry. Medium bodied and well-balanced, the velvety mouthfeel culminates with a lengthy, satisfying finish.

La Flor Cabernet
This Cabernet has excellent ruby color with spicy aromas and jam notes that show its complexity. Aged 30% in oak you get slight hints of tobacco with a round palate and soft tannins.

Enjoy The Fruits of Someone Else’s Labor at Wine Tasting Tonight!

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You work like a dog all year. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the long weekend!

Join us tonight, Sept. 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 and start the Labor Day weekend off with some great wines…

Revelry Riesling
The infatuation with the Riesling grape at Revelry stems from an appreciation for the old world style produced in regions of Austria and Germany. In like fashion, their Riesling has incredible minerality and flavor – with a slight sweetness and yet enough acid to make it age worthy.

Chime Chardonnay
100% Estate Chardonnay. Raised in stainless steel, this wine is all about pure white peach and honeysuckle aromatics, with a bright snappy palate and a clean finish. 91pts. from justwinepoints.com

Chime Pinot Noir
Chime California Pinot Noir is fragrant, spicy and fruit driven – a great example of high class Pinot Noir. Displaying bright crushed raspberry and cranberry elements on the nose, Chime California Pinot Noir is flavorful, expansive, soft and delicious.

Chime Red Blend
This California red blend has remarkable aromatic elements including dark berries and mocha. On the palate the wine is bright and pure, with characteristics that typify a versatile food wine. Not a touch of oak was used in maturing this wine.

Obviously Good Wine Tasting, August 19th

Spy DogSome go by an Alias, some have secrets to keep, and others just choose to Stand Out. Either way, they’re all obviously good wines or we wouldn’t choose to share them with you.
Friday, August 19th
5:30 – 7:30

The Whip
Murrieta’s Well, The Whip is the winery’s tribute to the great white blends of the world; a sophisticated yet approachable blend of aromatic white grapes. Fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrels, this wine displays full-bodied aromas and flavors of white peach, vanilla, butterscotch and orange blossom with an extended and balanced finish. Blend: 285 Semillon, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Orange Muscat, 11% Viognier, 11% Gewurztraminer, 1% White Riesling

Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay
This single vineyard Chardonnay is a beautifully rich, yet balanced style of Chardonnay that represents the best the Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellation has to give. In addition to the classic Chardonnay aromas of apple and pear, Arroyo Seco consistently delivers aromas of tropical fruits and stone fruits. This is distinctly a California style of Chardonnay but is consistently well balanced with ample acidity. The wine was aged sur lie for 10 months in the same French and American oak barrels which adds a creamy note to the wine and enhances the texture.

Carmela Benagas Rosé
This tasty Cabernet Franc Rosé from Mendoza, Argentina is an attractive cherry red color with ruby hues, exploding with different flower and fruit perfumes. The taste is intense and refreshing with flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberry that last in the mouth.

Alias Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir opens with bramble berry, wild strawberry, and rhubarb notes that accentuate the classic Pinot Noir aromas from the barrel. The palate is dominated by the same wild fruits in the aromas, with bright acid that is well integrated in the wine. The Pinot Noir also has dusty notes as well as a mild vanillin from the oak. The textures on the palate are very subtle, giving this Pinot Noir a bit of sexyness, both inside and out. Enjoy it slightly chilled.

Stand Out Red Blend
From SLO Down Wines in California, this red blend has a rich, dark color and alluring aromatics of cola, dark cherry, clove and vanilla. The texture is a fine balance of creamy goodness with a nice fistful of tannins. The flavors explode with loads of berry and sweet spices. Supple and lush, it’s simply delicious. 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and Just a touch of MAGIC

Dogs Days of Summer Wine Tasting, August 5th

Dog_Wine_2Lighten Up The Dog Days
of Summer This Friday at
Nature Nook From 5:30 – 7:30

Join us for some refreshing summer wines to cool down the August heat. Plus, we’ll be serving some of our great dips and awesome no-bake cheesecake.

McNab Ridge French Columbard
This patio pleasing, Riesling-esque white wine is crisp, refreshing and slightly sweet. French Colombard pays tribute to wine pioneer John Parducci who made his first French Colombard varietal wine in 1945. Also, Bill Neimi who spent decades farming choice grapes. John’s grandson, Rich, winemaker and Bill’s grandson, Alvin join forces to honor their grandfathers.

McNab Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 
This awesome Sauvignon Blanc begins with clean crisp flavors of lemon, tropical fruit and varietal nuances. The acidity is mouth watering with a lightly tart finish. A go to wine for any occassion, enjoy with fresh oysters, goat cheese or citrus glazed chicken.

McNab Ridge Fred’s Red
A ball-fetching, car chasing doggone good red wine that’ll go great with that summer grill out. Deep ruby in color, the blend has juicy fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry with a touch of mocha and smoke. The smooth wonderful flavors give way to great structure and a long finish.

McNab Ridge Carisma 
A lightly sparkling and sweet red wine, meant to be served chilled. Carisma Mendocino Syrah has floral aromas of violets and lavender that are joined by flavors of red fruit and sweet cranberry, all embellished with a prickly zest. Serve chilled as an aperitif or with poultry, fish or vegetarian faire.

True Grit Wine Tasting, July 22nd

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Show True Grit…
“Make A Decision and Stand By It”
Come to Nature Nook Friday, July 22nd at 5:30 and fill your glass with some great wines.

Parducci True Grit Reserve Chardonnay
True Grit Chardonnay beckons with summer fruit and spicy wood smoke aromas rounded out with companionable tastes of rich pear, lemon crème, and apple butter. 89 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Parducci True Grit Reserve Red Blend  
Parducci True Grit Reserve Red has inviting aromas of plum, black
cherry, and creamy coconut that lead to velvety smooth flavors of dark blueberry and cherry accented by leather and spice cake. 89 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Scarpetta Pinot Grigio
The grapes for this Italian Pinot Grigio are fermented in stainless steel after being de-stemmed and left on the skins for approximately 12 hours, resulting in a wine with clear and bright aromas and flavors. This wine is crisp and dry with medium high acidity and tastes of stone fruits, lavender, honey, pear, white flowers and minerals.

Trouble Maker Red Blend  
Comprised of varietals that flourish in Paso Robles’ distinct growing
region, Troublemaker consists of Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the backbone of the wine, setting the stage for a fruit-forward style and a full body.  91 points – Wine Enthusiast

Conundrum White Blend  
Sourced from California’s premier winegrowing regions, this wine is both exotic and bright, a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli and Viognier. It lures you in with scents of apricot, pear and honeysuckle. Initial sweetness is balanced by natural acidity, and we love the hint of oak that plays with flavors of peach, apple and citrus. The long finish will leave you longing for another glass.