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

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.

Out of This World Wine Tasting

Space Dog


Try Wines From Jupiter and Earth This Friday at
Nature Nook From 5:30 – 7:30


Okay, so maybe not really Jupiter… but we got your attention.

LaGaria Pinot Grigio
This Italian Style Pinot Grigio is medium-bodied with refreshing fruit, distinct character and balance. The grapes are grown on cool mineral-rich slopes in Val Lagarina, Italy, nourished by crisp aromas of apples, pears and white flowers that grow in the valley. Delicious to enjoy on its own or with poultry, fish or with your favorite Mediterranean dish.

Treana White Blend
From Hope Family Wines, Treana White is a blend of 50% Marsanne, 50% Viognier. The deep gold color and lush aromatics of honeysuckle, pineapple, and orange oil let you know you’re about to drink a wine that is smooth and rich. The juicy flavors of blood orange, peaches and apricots, along with subtle hints of dried herbs and finely ground white pepper are full and refreshing.

Drops of Jupiter Red Blend
This Petite Syrah-based red blend is fruit-forward and easy to drink. The ripe aromas of boysenberry, and soft, supple tannins lead to a smooth finish that makes this wine a favorite for anyone who loves juicy red wines.

Lenore Syrah
Lenore Syrah is a powerful and intensely concentrated wine. The hillside vines in eastern Washington contribute fragrance, texture, and purity of fruit flavors. Pair this crowd pleasing wine with barbecued baby back ribs or your favorite burger. Of course she’s a beauty on her own as well.

Some Like It Hot Wine Tasting

Some Like It Hot
We’ve Got Great Wines to Chill With and Grill With on These Hot Summer Days!
Join Us To Try Some,
Friday, June 24th
5:30 – 7:30 at Nature Nook



Whether you’re cooling off in the shade, or sweating off some calories by the grill, we have the perfect wine selection for your summer fun!

Dr. L Riesling
This popular Riesling is produced by one of Wine & Spirit’s Top 100 Wineries. It embodies the style of classic Mosel Riesling. With its bright fruit, refreshing acidity, low alcohol (just 8.5%) and affordable price, Dr. L Riesling is perfect for every gathering. The grapes used to make Dr. L come exclusively from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil that give it the fine mineral edge that is typical of the region.

Quivira Sauvignon Blanc
Blending Old World style Sauvignon Blanc with the New World, this Sauvignon Blanc is round and plump, yet finishes with cleansing acidity. Notes of herbs and slight signature grassiness are apparent on entry, flowing into flavors of tropical fruits, lime and gooseberries. A perfect partner for halibut and sautéed prawns or enjoy the Dry Creek with Quiche Lorraine or a tangy goat cheese.

MooBuzz Pinot Noir
This smooth Pinot Noir offers aromas of wild cherry, toasty caramel, and fresh strawberry. Your first sip starts with roasted cherry and strawberry mellowed by savory notes of grilled mushroom, forest floor, and cedar. Notes of watermelon rind, red berries, and sandalwood are noticeable on the finish. Pinot Noir is perfect with grilled salmon or grilled, herbed mushrooms.

Substance Cabernet Sauvignon
Classic plum and blackberry fruit intermixed with ample licorice, toasted bread and violet aromas and flavors, this Cabernet is concentrated, balanced and the real deal. You’ll want to serve this one with your favorite grilled steak or a juicy, gourmet hamburger. 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Lolailo Sangria
Lolailo Sangria is the perfect marriage of wine and sweet citrus fruit. The result is an excellent refreshing drink that is low in alcohol. Spice it up for parties with fresh fruit slices and non-alcoholic ginger beer for a great wine spritzer. Or pour it over crushed ice for an adult version of a slushie! The 125 liter bottle is a great buy!