The Tasting Table
Thursday, December 12th at 4:00:
* Remember, when you purchase any of the featured wines during our tasting events, you will receive a 10% discount or the super-discounted sale price, whichever saves you more!
Special Thursday Tasting - Cabs Three Ways!
We're leading off this week with a special tasting of three versions of Cabernet Sauvignon from three appellations, all made by...
St. Helena, CA
For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties.
Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines.
Today, Michael Martini, third-generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and Wine World is very happy to present three of his finest this evening!
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon - $14.99: Sonoma County - This wine has fresh red plum and blackberry jam aromas and flavors that are supported by caramelized and toasted oak notes. (Click the links for full info.)
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - $26.99: Alexander Valley - Decadent blueberry and black cherry aromas and flavors. Notes of smoky cedar, dried herbs and licorice unfold around this wine's assertive tannins that will soften with age.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - $29.99: Napa Valley - This wine has fresh red plum and blackberry jam aromas and flavors that are supported by caramelized and toasted oak notes.
This Friday, Starting at 4:00:
A Very Special Guest!
This week we're being joined by a great friend who will help us kick off our Holiday Open House weekend by leading our Friday night beer tasting.
We hope you will join us and meet a brewing legend - the founder and owner of Heavy Seas Beer...
Mr. Hugh Sisson!!
Aside from being a hugely talented and successful brewer, Hugh is also one of the hosts of "Cellar Notes" - the long running radio show where you can get great pointers and personal reviews on wine, beer and spirits!
This show airs on NPR every Wednesday and Friday and can be heard on WYPR 81.1 FM. Wine World is a proud sponsor, and we hope you will tune in to this highly informative show!
Join Hugh and the staff of Wine World for this tasting of some of the world class beers brewed at...
Don't miss the fun, and definitely don't miss the beers! Here's the lineup for this evening with Hugh!
"Powder Monkey" Pale Ale - $8.99/6-Pack, $32.99/Case: A traditional English-style pale ale with an East Coast twist: UK Fuggles and Goldings dominate the flavor, but add subtle notes of citrus and flower from Cascade hops and you have a beer that is well balanced with a distinct bitterness and a slight malt sweetness! Eminently drinkable! 4.75% ABV, 29 IBU's.
"Loose Cannon" IPA - $9.49/6-Pack, $34.99/Case: Heavy Seas' flagship beer is a delightfully fragrant IPA whose huge hop bill offers a symphony of grapefruit, herb and pine aromas with a strong malt backbone. Triple hopped with Simcoe, Palisade and Centennial hops, Loose Cannon is a hop head's delight! 7.25% ABV, 45 IBU's.
"Peg Leg" Imperial Stout - $9.49/6-Pack, $34.99/Case: This full-bodied imperial stout pours an opaque mahogany color with a tan head. Its smell is dominated by notes of roasted coffee beans, with a slight hint of chocolate and a big dose of hops to add complexity to the aroma. A creamy mouthfeel makes this a smooth, utterly drinkable beer. 8% ABV.
"Winter Storm" Imperial ESB - $9.49/6-Pack, $34.99/Case: Let Hugh pour you his personal favorite! This winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm's aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming qualities. 7.5% ABV, 50 IBU's.
Also this Friday:
Do You Crave Chocolate?
If so, we've got your tasting tonight! Try something new from...
We are really excited about tonight's tasting of DeKuyper's "Crave" products! They are chocolaty and delicious, and you're gonna love them!
Crave Chocolate Cherry - $14.99: This one is brand new with a smooth, rich and sweet cherry taste that takes center stage while it complements the cocoa taste in the background...leaving a sweet finish with notes of fruit, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate.
Crave Chocolate Mint - $14.99: Peppermint lovers, this Chocolate Mint liqueur is just for you. It starts with sweet chocolate and vanillas that introduce peppermint to the palate-then it ends with a pleasant hint of peppermint that's cooling to the tongue.
Cooking with DeKuyper!
As an added bonus tonight, we will be joined once again by our friends from the...
We always have a great time when the chef from the Broadneck Grill visits and sets up their portable kitchen to do an in-store cooking demonstration!What's better is that they will be cooking with some of the same great flavors you just tasted, plus some other favorites from DeKuyper!
Here's what's on the menu for this Friday evening:
- Amaretto Shrimp made with DeKuyper Amaretto,
- Hazelnut Chicken with DeKuyper Hazelnut Liqueur,
- Crave Cherry Coco Bars, and
- Crave Mint Fudge Bars.You won't want to miss it, so please plan to be here from 4-7 PM this Friday!
And whenever you find yourself in Annapolis, remember the Broadneck for a really good meal at a very nice price!
Also this Friday:
Get ready for some unbelievable tasty vodka from...
Product of France
Most vodka takes itself way too seriously. It's pretentious. It's vain. It's expensive.
But Pinnacle believes vodka should be fun. It's smooth, and it can be made to taste like many of your favorite things. Plus it mixes with anything and everyone!
Tonight we're offering a taste of two of their newest flavor sensations, and we know you're going to enjoy them!
We'll see you at 4PM!
Pinnacle Caramel Apple - $10.99: Pinnacle Caramel Apple creates a taste reminiscent of freshly picked tart green apples covered in buttery caramel, leaving a crisp, smooth finish on the palate.
Pinnacle Cinnabon - $10.99: If you are one who can't resist a Cinnabon at the local mall (guilty!), chances are you won't stand a chance against Pinnacle Vodka's newest flavor! Introducing Cinnabon-flavored vodka!
This 70-proof vodka combines the decadent flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar and rich cream-cheese frosting with hints of caramel to re-create the magical taste of warm, freshly baked cinnamon rolls. And yes, it is as addictive as the original Cinnabon!
Special Guest this Friday Evening!
Meet Mr. Jonathan Palevsky!
WBJC Station Manager, On-Air Host, and Co-Host of "Word on Wine, Jonathan Palevsky will be at Wine World this Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 to meet and greet our customers and help us celebrate our...
Holiday Open House!
Aside from his duties at WBJC 91.5 FM - Maryland's only all classical radio station - Jonathan is very knowledgeable on wines from around the world, and is a great resource in this regard. He's also a really great guy!
He and Mary Zajac host the "Word on Wine" program every Thursday between 6:00 - 6:25 PM on 91.5 FM, and their "Wine Review" airs on Monday mornings at 7:45 AM.
Wine World is a very proud sponsor of these very informative and lively spots, as well as being an underwriter of WBJC in general! We hope you'll tune in regularly!
And we also hope you will make it a point to visit this Friday evening and meet Jonathan live and in person!
Only at Wine World!
Also this Friday:
The Elegance of Pinot Noir!
This evening, we will be demonstrating the variances that can be found between vineyards using one of the most delicate, elegant and flavorful grape varieties of all - Pinot Noir! They are all made by the masters at...
Belle Glos showcases distinctive Pinot Noirs produced from some of California's top wine-growing regions.
The vineyard locations can all be described as coastal, but the climate differences are significant, depending on the amount of fog, wind, sunlight, and soil type at each site.
Each wine is crafted to distill the purest essence of the vineyard into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir. The bottles are each robed in red wax, and present a very elegant appearance, hinting at the quality inside!
We would like to invite you to taste them all in a rare side-by-side setting, to allow you to discern the subtle differences each vineyard offers to the same grape.
It should be quite enlightening, definitely very tasty, and a lot of fun to boot!
2012 "Clark & Telephone Vineyards" Pinot Noir - $45.99: Santa Maria Valley - This vineyard is cooled by wind and fog that snakes in from the Pacific Ocean along a channel of the Santa Maria River. Deep scarlet red in color, this wine leaves little to the imagination with rich, expansive aromas of blackberry, raspberry, plum and sweet baking spices like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The palate is similarly intense with flavors of ripe blackberries, raspberries, warm cherry pie, blueberry and fresh cranberry, perfectly balanced with velvety tannins and a smooth toasty oak finish.
2011 "Las Alturas Vineyard" Pinot Noir - $45.99: Santa Lucia Highlands - Located in one of the highest-plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine and a foundation of sandy loam soil. The wine shows a dense, concentrated ruby color, hinting at its dark berry fruits and rich, textural components. On the nose we find aromas of raspberry, wild blackberry and a slight earthiness. The palate is supple and layered with exotic spices, a rich meatiness, ripe plum, currant and black cherry flavors. The ripe tannins are nicely balanced with acidity, and the finish is long and fulfilling.
2011 "Dairyman Vineyard" Pinot Noir - $45.99: Russian River Valley - Situated in the southern alluvial plains of the Russian River Valley, Dairyman Vineyard's proximity to the Pacific Ocean results in a cool morning fog and afternoon coastal breezes that elongate the growing season. This gives concentrated and flavorful berries, producing bright cherry characteristics, brown spice and cranberry aromas, and a keen minerality overlaid with a rich, velvety mouth feel. On the palate, the bright cherry opens the show, then evolves into a lush, sweetly spiced plum pudding, coating the mouth with a velvety richness. The wine then develops an intense mineral note, adding yet another dimension, lending way to silky tannins and a lengthy finish.
Also this Friday:
A Surprising Array of Wines!
For our final tasting for day 1 of our Holiday Open House, we've invited our dear friend Jessica from distributor Mondo Vino to wow us with some of her favorites!
Jessica has some fabulous wines that she's anxious for you to taste, and she's never let us down in the past, so get ready for a real treat!
Here's the line-up:
2011 Bookwalter "Couplet" -
$18.99$13.29: Save 30% on this outstanding blend of Columbia Valley Chardonnay and Viognier from Bookwalter's famed Conner Lee vineyard! It offers aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, nutmeg, ripe pears and melon. The bouquet is enhanced on the palate by a subtle minerality with Asian spices emerging on the final note. The bright, fresh fruit flavors are enhanced by a touch of sweetness and racy acidity indicative of this record breaking cold vintage.
2007 Ocone "Apollo" Aglianico - $19.99: Made from 100% Aglianico (an ancient native Italian grape variety), this wine offers an intense deep, ruby red color, refined delicate scents of blueberry and blackberry along with a note of vanilla from the influence of the barrique. Ample and soft on the palate with a balanced structure and finish, similar to its bouquet.
2008 Amador Foothills "Aglianico" - $24.99: The same Aglianico grape is used in this wine, but this time it is grown in the foothills just outside Sacramento. Aglianico is virtually unknown in California, but Amador Foothills Winery is pioneering the effort to bring this one home! The wine is stunning and intensely flavored, with a dark, inky color and shows impressive concentration. It has lush, perfumed aromas with a tarry note leading to intense boysenberry-blackberry flavors and a firm yet refined tannin structure.
2008 Vina Robles "Syrée" - $41.99: The grapes for Syrée are selected from two highly regarded vineyards: Syrah from Ryan Road and Petite Sirah from Creston Valley, both in southeastern Paso Robles. This blend offers a dark ruby color with aromas of ripe dark fruit with notes of rosemary and mocha. The flavors are full and ripe with firm tannins and a full bodied texture that leads to a long finish. This is an extremely elegant wine!
Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00:
Special Musical Guests!
Get ready for some "a cappella" music of the season by this foursome of very talented singers - the...
Just Sing! Quartet
They will be performing live from 1 PM to 2 PM this Saturday to set the perfect tone for our...
Holiday Open House!
You won't want to miss it so don't be late!!
This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:
Very Special Guests!
When most people in the Baltimore area hear the name "Hoiles", they immediately think of #23, Chris Hoiles, the man who spent 10 years behind the plate catching for the Baltimore Orioles!
And they should! In 2010, Chris was listed at number 24 on the list of "The 40 Greatest Orioles of All-Time" - one of only a handful of players ever to have hit 2 grand slams in the same game! You gotta love a game like that!
But this afternoon, our focus is on Dana Hoiles - wife of #23! For quite a while now, Dana has been designing jewelry that is dedicated to the fashion-forward and sports-minded. Her sports-themed line of original jewelry is the first clue to Dana's creativity.
Now she has her own line of wine, called "Love the Game", and she and Chris will both be on hand, signing autographs and taking pictures, but mostly offering you a free taste of this delightful new Pinot Noir from upstate New York!
Bring some O's memorabilia for Chris to sign, and while you're at it, have Dana sign a bottle of her Pinot Noir for you!
"Love the Game" Pinot Noir - $14.99: Dana Hoiles worked with the fine folks at Brotherhood Winery in upstate New York to create her "Love the Game" Pinot Noir. The result is a magnificent Pinot Noir in a true old world style.
This wine is light brick-red in color, has a nose of fresh berries and plums, with a hint of violets. It also displays bright fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry and black tea, which create a light to medium bodied wine with layered complexity staying true to form.
Also at 1:00:
More Special Guests This Saturday!
Al Spoler is the other host of the "Cellar Notes" radio spot heard each week on WYPR 88.1 FM. If you missed his co-host during yesterday's beer tasting, you get a second chance to meet one of the hosts of this show!
We are very happy to have him returning to Wine World this Saturday afternoon to party with us and meet and greet our wonderful customers and guests from 1:00 until 3:00 PM!
This is your chance to talk with one of the most informative, and genuinely nice people you would ever hope to meet, on the subject of wine, beer and spirits, each of which get discussed on the show!
And while you're here, enjoy today's other special attractions.
It's a party, so in addition to our free wine tastings, we will also present some light fare made by...
Amy and Tom Arno have been catering events large and small from their state of the art kitchen on wheels for almost a decade now. If you are planning an event for which you will need a caterer, stop by and see what they can offer.
They will be parked on Wine World's parking lot from 1-4 today, offering a full menu for your dining pleasure. If you don't feel like cooking, but you want something that's definitely delicious, check them out before you leave!
(Hint: don't miss their "Crabby Fries"! They're insane!)
The prices are very reasonable, and the quality is out of this world! That's why Elizabeth invited them to supply some of the light refreshments we plan to offer during today's festivities.
Also at 1:00:
An International Tasting
Get ready for some amazing wine imports from the good folks at...
We'd like you to meet our friend Patrick Harney from Bacchus who will be assisting us with this international tasting of amazing wines.
He personally selected today's lineup to offer you a unique and diverse tasting sensation, something just a bit different yet completely affordable. And "sensation" is the right word, because these are some sensational picks!
If the rest of today's festivities can't tempt you to visit us today, perhaps you will find your temptation on this table!
Here's what we will be pouring with Patrick this afternoon:
2010 Walden Côtes du Roussillon Rouge - $15.99: Rivesaltes, France - A blend of equal parts Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, along with a touch of Mourvedre, this wine offers bright aromas of black cherry, salted plum, mocha and wild herbs. On the palate, juicy red and blue fruit flavors are highlighted by notes of milk chocolate, black licorice, tarragon, smoke and a delightful saline minerality.
2010 El Libertador Malbec - $15.99: Mendoza, Argentina - An exotic, more decadent style of Malbec, harvested from some higher altitude vineyards. It is deep purple in color, and offers aromas of sandalwood, lavender, incense, black cherry, and blueberry. A plush, juicy Malbec with the richness and texture of a far more expensive wine, and with enough tannin to evolve for 1-2 years.
2011 Campos de Risca - $10.99: Jumilla, Spain - This blend of 90% Monastrell and 10% Syrah - all organically farmed - shows a very deep ruby red, with a hint of youthful violet at the rim. On the nose we find aromas of blackberries and dark fruits 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.
2010 Mas Sorrer Montsant - $17.99: Montsant, Spain - The Mas Sorrer Winery captures the charm of the Montsant region with its steep slopes covered in vines. This silky and bold wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot. It is packed with fresh and juicy plum and cherry notes, and boasts big, integrated tannins, with notes of mocha, black plum, black cherry liqueur, smoke, and fresh earth. A dose of spice and cedar helps to balance and add complexity.
Saturday at 1:00:
Wine World is also proud to offer some of the finest coffee available, some of which we will taste this afternoon in a very special tasting from...
At Counter Culture Coffee, building a sustainable business is a central concern. They seek coffee that not only tastes good but also does good, from our local communities to the communities around the world from which the coffee is sourced.
They also love teaching people about coffee - from preparation at home to all-around coffee knowledge to professional barista techniques.
You can also meet our good friend...
Alex Brown of Counter Culture
Alex will join us this afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 to share his vast wealth of knowledge of all things coffee!
He will be offering tastes of this year's Holiday Blend, as well as other prime coffees farmed in small lots from around the world! The coffees are always freshly roasted, unique and delicious.
Ask Alex about some of the various techniques you can employ to make better coffee, and learn more about how Counter Culture supplies pure, unadulterated coffee goodness that you just can't get in a can!
Also at 1:00:
The World's Most Awarded Single Malt!
What better way put an exclamation point on our Holiday Open House event than with...
"A day is a thought...a year is a philosophy", and at Glenfiddich, every year counts!
Time spent in the barrel is what gives all of these whiskies their own unique characteristics. We consider it time well spent, just as we consider these whiskies the perfect reward for a life well lived.
Treat yourself to this very special tasting - after all, who deserves it more?
12 Year Old - $45.99/750 ml, $82.99/1.75 L: Distinctively fresh and fruity with a hint of pear, this is a beautifully crafted single malt with a delicately balanced fragrance. Characteristic sweet, fruity notes develop into elements of butterscotch, cream, malt and subtle oak flavor. Long, smooth and mellow.
15 Year Old - $58.99: Richly layered from being matured in three types of oak cask: sherry, bourbon and new oak, before being married in a unique, handcrafted Solera vat.
It offers a balance of warm spice with honey and rich fruit. On the palate, it is silky smooth, revealing layers of sherry oak, marzipan, cinnamon and ginger. Full bodied and bursting with flavor, and a satisfyingly rich, lingering sweetness on the finish.