The Tasting Table

The Tasting Table

Wine World is proud to be the only major beverage store in our area to afford you the opportunity to sample several of our products before you make your purchases each week.

We invite you to take advantage of these free tasting opportunities so you may learn about new products, discover how your taste buds will react to the experiences, and to develop new favorites.

The following is this week's tasting schedule.

 

Monday Evening, December 15th at 4:00:

  

Special Monday Evening "Tap Takeover"!

 

We're keeping the celebration alive this week with a special "tap takeover" event this Monday evening! We're going to have some very special brews for you to taste, and to fill your growlers!
 
Tonight's takeover is by...
 
Yards Brewing Co  
 
 Yards Brewing Co.
Philadelphia, PA 
 
Since 1994, Yards Brewing has had its roots in British inspired ales. They strive to achieve balance and subtlety through careful selection of ingredients and an unwavering commitment to artisanal production practices.
 
Their humble beginnings taught them to take their craft seriously but not themselves, and instilled a strong desire to be a positive force in the communities they serve.
 
Tonight our friend Jason, the East Coast Representative from Yards, will be serving our community in Wine World's next tap takeover!
 
At this moment, I don't even know what beers will be tasted! When I spoke to Jason, he promised to have an Imperial Stout, knowing Elizabeth's preference for that dark malty style of brew. Beyond that, he only smiled and said that we'll be quite happy with the lineup!

 

That's part of the fun of having so many taps available, and the flexibility to change them out at a moment's notice!  But suffice it to say, there's certainly something for everyone, and if I read Jason correctly, there will be some very special selections among them!
 
Bring your own growler or pick up a new one when you get here! They're very reasonably priced and come in 3 convenient sizes:  32 oz (2 pints), 64 oz, and the big 2-liter "swing top" version!

 

Wine World Growlers

 

 

Special Day!

 

Thursday Evening, December 18th 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!

 

Napa Valley Wines!

 

Our friend Tony from our Reliable-Churchill distributor wanted to show off some of his finest Napa Valley wines, so of course we told him to bring them on!

 

We're having a special wine tasting on Thursday this week to showcase these magnificent wines!

 

Let's start in the little town of Rutherford with wines by...

 

Provenance Vineyards  

 

Provenance Vineyards  

Rutherford, CA

 

From the heart of the Napa Valley, we are very pleased to present a pair of wines grown in the famed "Rutherford Dust" that will surely brighten your holidays this year.

 

Winemaker Chris Cooney's commitment to tradition and innovation allows him to create wines of high quality and intuitive expression. He has worked harvests all over the world - including in Germany and Australia - before earning his master's degree from UC, Davis.

 

"Winemaking is about expressing the character of the place," he says. "Each vineyard has its own distinct personality, and we try to highlight and polish the best attributes while smoothing out any rough edges. Our goal is to get all the grapes to play nice with each other."

 

Once you taste these wines, you'll see just how nicely they play together!


2012 "Rutherford" Sauvignon Blanc - 19.99:  Bright, fresh and crisp,  this vivid Sauvignon Blanc brims with exceptionally juicy-ripe tropical fruit and citrus expression. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, honeydew melon and orange blossom layer the aromas and lemon-custard flavors. Hints of minerality and French oak spices add even further dimension to this wine's profile. The texture is seductive as the silky flavors glide across the palate and culminate in a tangy mango finish.

 

2011 "Rutherford" Cabernet Sauvignon - 39.99:  The expansive aromas and flavors of this magnificent Cabernet Sauvignon, grown in the famed "Rutherford Dust", are filled with brambly blackberry, dark plum, black cherry and cassis character. Hints of clove, black pepper and mocha add warmth to the aromas, while toffee and hazelnut notes from oak aging linger on the dark-fruit palate. Cocoa powder tannins, a signature of the Rutherford terroir, firmly frame the generous, mouth-filling flavors, while promising great aging potential.

 

  

 

Our next wines are aptly named - they're from...

 

Sterling Vineyards

 

 Sterling Vineyards

Calistoga, CA

 

No trip to the Napa Valley is complete without a visit to Sterling Vineyards. Located near the town of Calistoga at the north end of the valley, the winery looks like a shining white castle sitting high on a hill.

 

Accessed by a short cable car ride from the parking lot to the front entryway, the observation deck offers the most spectacular view of the valley's beauty. This beauty is reflected in the wonderful wines they produce here. (Click this link for a short photo gallery tour!)

 

The winemakers believe wines should express true varietal character, and they craft each with this objective in mind. Choosing gentle techniques tailored to bring out the aromas and flavors of each variety's terroir results in exceptional quality that shines anywhere, with intriguing complexity that brings out the best in a wide variety of cuisines.

 

We are very happy to present this tasting of two of these wines for your enjoyment and consideration.


2011 "Napa Valley" Merlot - 25.99:  The rich, distinctive character of Napa Valley abounds in this juicy Merlot. Dark raspberry-truffle aromas take the lead, followed by glints of hibiscus and clove. Velvety smooth, the palate has a juicy pomegranate-blueberry character wrapped in sweet oak and baking spices. The fruit flows through the lengthy finish, laden with brambly berries and accented by licorice root. The wine has a robust texture and complex structure that make it a magnificent dinner offering.

 

2011 "Napa Valley" Cabernet Sauvignon - 28.99:  Smooth and elegant, this wine delivers the reputed charm of its pedigree. Intense aromas, led by toasty oak and spice, unfold with layers of cardamom, cedar, dark chocolate and anise over briary fruit. Velvety, plush and round, the palate delivers style and sophistication with enjoyable, rewarding accessibility. Layers of red fruit, brown sugar, and black licorice are joined by chocolaty tannins that melt into a long finish.

 

Napa Valley Wines

 

Special Event!

 

Also this Thursday, Starting at 5:00:

 

Stella Chalice Engraving Tonight!

 

Here's a perfect gift idea for the beer lover on your list! 

 

Stella Artois

 

Stella Artois

Leuven, Belgium

 

This Thursday from 5-7 PM, Stella Artois is going to have their "Chalice Engraver" on loan to Wine World! 

 

During this timeframe, each 12-pack will be accompanied by a free Stella Artois chalice that will be personalized with your own message etched directly onto the base of the glass!

 

Then to top it off, it comes with a velvet satchel to make the perfect presentation for the recipient! What a great gift idea for the beer drinker on your shopping list!

 

It all starts at 5:00, and only goes until 7:00, so be sure to get here early, and start thinking of the message you want to deliver. And while you wait for the engraving, enjoy the classic taste of Stella Artois on our tasting table! 

 

Stella Artois - 8.49/6-Pack, 13.99/12-Pack, 24.99/ case:  This Belgian Pilsener is made with traditional malted barley and the finest European hops to provide superior quality and its full characteristic flavor. These all natural ingredients give Stella a clean, crisp palate, and the fresh, pale malt aromas offer a sweet herbal note balanced by a pleasantly bitter lingering hoppy finish. Its unique taste differentiates it from other European lagers.

 

The history of Stella Artois can be traced back to 1366 in Leuven, Belgium. To celebrate the Christmas season, the Artois Brewery introduced a special beer they called "stella" (star) because of its exceptional clarity. Demand was so great, the brewery soon turned this special seasonal into its year-round flagship. Stella Artois has been a world classic ever since. 5.2% ABV

  

Stella Artois Chalice  

 

Only at Wine World!

 

Friday Evening at 4:00:

 

The End of a Long Week!

 

It's WOLO Friday!!

 

WOLO Food Truck

 

Wine World knows that it's been a long week, and we appreciate you stopping in to visit us! 

 

We've got some great things lined up for you to taste this evening, and when you've finished your shopping, it'll be time to kick back and get into weekend mode!

 

Who could blame you if you didn't feel like cooking when you finally get home?  Certainly not us, and certainly not the guys from WOLO!

 

WOLO stands for We Only Live Once. And because of that, we should eat "Food That Rocks"! The kind of food they prepare and serve from their gourmet kitchen on wheels! 

 

WOLO is one of the finest food trucks to serve Harford County, and we've invited them to set up on our parking lot this Friday so you can have them do the cooking tonight!

 

Check out their menu and see what looks good to you! I know... everything! Once you decide, you can place your order on your way into the store, enjoy our free tastings, make your selections, and pick up your food order on your way out!

 

It couldn't be any easier - get in, get out, and get on with the weekend!  Just look for the big red truck on our lot!

 

WOLO Food Truck and Catering

 

Wine World's Got It!

 

Another Special Event!

 

Friday Evening, Starting at 4:00:

 

Limited Offer - Free Custom Labels!
 

This limited offer is usually reserved strictly for members of "The Stillhouse" - Knob Creek's members only arena that offers in depth insights into this fine Bourbon whiskey, among other privileges. 
 

But since Elizabeth asked them so nicely, they agreed to forego the formalities for Wine World's customers during today's tasting of...

 

Knob Creek 

 

Knob Creek

Clement, KY 

   

We've scheduled a representative from Knob Creek Bourbon, makers of the best 9 year old straight Kentucky bourbon on the planet, to be on hand to print customized labels to personalize your gift of Knob Creek to the Bourbon lover on your Christmas list! 
 
 

And if you need some inspiration for what to put on your personalized label, we have a little something you can taste while you think it over!

 

Knob Creek Bourbon - 33.99/750 ml, 54.99/1.75 L: This small batch Bourbon is the brain child of Booker Noe, the grandson of Col. Jim Beam himself!   
 

Booker had the curiosity and wisdom to experiment with small batches of bourbon using slightly different recipes and techniques, and taking special note of the differences that each batch exhibited. Today's Knob Creek is the culmination of all of the best!

 

It is carefully and patiently crafted to produce a rich, sweet and complex taste unusual in a 100 proof spirit. The smoothness results from nine years spent resting in heavily toasted American oak barrels. 

 

The whiskey and the wood get to know each other well in that time, and works with the bourbon to completely remove the sharpness, replacing it with a nutty aroma, subtle hints of fruitiness, and a long-lasting finish that you just can't get from big batch bourbons!

 

Like Booker likes to say:  "Drink Life Deeply!"

  

Knob Creek Personalized Label

 

Also this Friday:

  

An Incomparable Taste of Quality!

 

This evening, we are being joined by our friend Mickey Nolan from Republic National Distributing to help us present this incredible lineup of amazing wines!

 

 

A Taste of the Best of Alsace:

 

Among the elite group of Alsatian wine estates, one stands alone in its relentless dedication to capturing the taste of each of its distinguished vineyards...

 

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht  

 

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

 Alsace, France

 

With an unbroken winemaking lineage in Alsace since 1620, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht is the archetype of its region and one of the world's greatest wine producing estates!

 

You might find it hard to believe, given France's proclivities toward wine, but Olivier Humbrecht was the first Frenchman (and one of the world's only winemakers) to ever attain "Master of Wine" status - the top honor in the wine world!

 

His wines are recognized for their overriding sense of terroir because every aspect of viticulture and winemaking is tailored to achieve that goal, and the estate's vineyards have been certified organic and biodynamic since 2002.

 

Elizabeth had the good fortune to meet Olivier a few years ago while he was touring the United States, and found him to be amazingly approachable... just a good natured "farmer" who happens to make world class wines! 

 

We invite you to join us this evening for a taste of Alsace as produced by Domaine Zind-Humbrecht!

 

2012 Pinot Gris - 28.99:  Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) makes fresh, crisp, charming wines with apple, pear, almond and acacia flower aromas and clean, stone fruit flavors, or creamy, honeyed wines with spice, blossom and mineral aromas.

 

The nose on this wine shows typical limestone influence, with nice nutty, toasty and slight mineral hints. The palate is powerful and dense and aeration brings out some honey character as well as ripe fruits. The finish is quite velvety.

 

2012 Muscat - 28.99:  This wine is a blend of Muscat d'Alsace which offers exotic aromas of tropical fruits, flowers, rose petals and citrus blossoms, and Muscat Ottonel (the most delicate member of the Muscat family in terms of color, aroma and flavor) from the Herrenweg Vineyard. The nose is very intense and refined with floral and fruity aromas. The palate is delicate and the dry finish makes a very interesting wine.

 

2012 Gewürztraminer - 28.99:  Gewürztraminer has unmistakably heady intensity with pungent aromas of litchis, tropical fruits and rose petals. Its flavors are ample, fruity and spicy rather than complex.

 

This 91-point wine highlights the floral aspects with a hint of rose along with elegant spice. You will find it elegant, approachable and long on the palate.

  

 A Blast from the Past:

Olivier Humbrecht

Elizabeth and Olivier Humbrecht

meet in 2007!

 
 
Try a Shining Star in Merlot!
 
We're happy to present this Washington State offering that combines the art of old world wine-making with new world innovation to create Merlot wines considered among the world's best. It's produced by...
 
  Northstar Winery Logo
 

 Northstar Winery
Walla Walla, WA

 

Diversity of vineyards and sub-appellations within the Columbia Valley are Northstar's hallmarks. Fruit is selected from the very best possible sources throughout the Columbia Valley.

 

Winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld works closely with each grower to achieve specific quality and yield parameters. Vines average 15 years old and yield grapes with concentrated varietal flavors of cherry and plum with elegant tannins.

 

Fruit from more than 10 separate vineyards and 14 different blocks contributed to the blend to help achieve the complexities exhibited in this wine! 

 

We hope you will enjoy it with us this Friday, and as an added incentive, we're offering this incredible Merlot at $10 off the regular price! We know you'll enjoy that! 


2010 "Columbia Valley" Merlot - 39.99 29.99:  Epitomizing power and finesse, this Wine Advocate 93-point Merlot is crafted from the finest grapes grown throughout the Columbia Valley AVA of eastern Washington State.

 

The inclusion of 18% Cabernet and 4% Petit Verdot enhance the rich concentrated aromas of black cherry, raspberry and cream that lead into flavors of clove, cinnamon and maple. It is subtle and soft with a lingering toasted oak finish. This wine was created to enjoy now, or for many years to come as it will age gracefully.

 

 

An Exceptional Cabernet!

 

When it comes to California Cabernets, there is no better place than the Napa Valley. And within this small valley, there are pockets that produce exceptional wines.

 

Today we're offering a taste from one of the best...

 

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

 

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Napa Valley, CA

 

 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars has a long and distinguished wine reputation and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.

 

Best known for their estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, over the years their wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide.

 

They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.

 

Today, we will taste one of their more stellar offerings... a wine that offers the best of the best! We hope you will join us!

 

2011 "Artemis" Cabernet Sauvignon - 55.99:  Derived from a spectrum of fruit grown across the Napa Valley, Artemis demonstrates how astute grape selection and skillful blending can create a wine of lush fruit flavors balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance. Each site lends its personality to the aroma, flavor, structure and texture of the finished wine. A small amount of Merlot (14%) was blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon for another layer of complexity.

 

The 2011 Artemis offers inviting aromas of red currant and cranberry mixed with hints of vanilla and dried herbs. On the palate, the wine has a soft entry with dried cherry, blackberry, currant and savory herb flavors. The wine has a medium-bodied mouthfeel with round, satin-like tannins. Enjoy this wine now or over the next 8 years.

 

The Best of the Best

 

 

This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:

  

Great Buys Under $20!

 

Our good friend Joe Kent has some great values on some lovely wines in store for us this Friday evening, starting with this outstanding version of Pinot Grigio made by...

 

Livon Logo

 

 Azienda Agricola Livon

Dolegnano, Collio, Italy

 

Friuli is a lucky land in the northeastern corner of Italy where ancient vines grow typical grapes of the region, unique in the world. Here the wine is not only a "palate enjoyment", it is a hallmark of their culture and tradition.

 

The Collio are hills that are bathed in full sun at midday, protected from behind by the foothills to the Alps and facing toward the nearby Adriatic Sea, which has a positive influence on the climate and prevents extreme temperature ranges.

 

The soils are extremely crumbly and poor in organic substances, but have very good drainage where the vine roots can go deep into the earth and tap the essence and uniqueness of the terroir. It is what gives the wine-grapes of the Collio their exceptional quality.

 

We thought we'd try to match that quality with an equally exceptional price!

 

2013 Pinot Grigio - 19.99 15.99:  This straw yellow wine reflects slight ash grey colored glints in the glass, offering one aspect of its name - Grigio is Italian for grey! It has a fragrant bouquet, reminiscent of vanilla and lime flowers, and the palate shows a zesty acidity and strong steely backbone. The finish is long and satisfying.

 

 

Our next selections come from California's central coast region from...

 

DeLoach Vineyards

 

DeLoach Vineyards

Santa Rosa, CA

 

Based in Sonoma's Russian River Valley, DeLoach Vineyards was named in Wine & Spirits Magazine a "Top 100 Winery" for the twelfth time!

 

They strive to produce distinctive wines that spotlight unique terroirs in a socially and environmentally responsible way, practicing sustainable viticulture and utilizing minimally intrusive winemaking techniques.

 

We hope you will enjoy these selections from their "Central Coast" collection - wines that represent some of the best valued in the industry!

 

2012 "Central Coast" Chardonnay - 13.99:  Crafted without the influence of oak barrels, this Chardonnay delivers floral and citrusy aromas with a palate of super-ripe tropical fruits, hints white peach and honeydew melon supported by pleasant minerality and nicely balanced acidity.

 

2012 "Central Coast" Pinot Noir - 13.99:  Ruby in color, this wine showcases aromas and flavors of juicy fruit such as strawberry and red cherries, with a hint of gingerbread. With a well-balanced structure, this wine is medium in body and has a nice long finish. Rated 89 points by Wine Spectator!

 

2012 "Central Coast" Merlot - 13.99:  This Merlot offers opulent flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and dusty chocolate all underlined by toasty vanilla oak. The wine's soft, lush, texture and smooth tannins make it a wonderful wine to enjoy right now.

 

 

We close this tasting with a magnificent red blend from...

 

 

Clos La Coutale

Cahors, France

 

The Clos la Coutale estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of the valley amid the meanders of the river Lot. Its soil, containing gravel, silicates and limestone clays is particularly suitable for vines. It enjoys a micro-climate which ensures that the grapes ripen fully early in the season.

 

The vines belong to the two types that are traditionally used in the making of Cahors wine:  Cot (aka Malbec) which makes up the wine's core. Its round grapes, their thick skin, rich in coloring matter and in tannin, lend character. The other grape is Merlot, which tones down the wine's youthful hardness, and improves the bouquet.

 

Six generations of experience goes into every bottle, and we really think you're going to pleasantly surprised by this one!

 

2011 Clos La Coutale "Cahors" - 16.99:  The village of Cahors in southwestern France is thought to be the origin of the Malbec grape, which makes up 80% of this wine. The remaining 20% is Merlot, which when you think about the cocoa essence so prevalent in Merlot, makes it a natural partner with the earthiness of Malbec.

 

This is a hearty, rustic red wine with aromas of cherry and dark berries. The palate shows fig, prune, black pepper, dark berries, black tea, and some vegetal notes. This Cahors has everything a savvy wine drinker wants:  it is ready for immediate consumption, has excellent structure to age, and comes in at a great value price!

  

Great Under $20's  

 

Also at 1:00:

  

Vodka, American Style!

 

This afternoon, we're presenting a taste of the best Handmade Vodka produced in America from...

 

Tito's Handmade Vodka  

 

Tito's Handmade Vodka 

 Austin, TX
 
Made from 100% corn, and micro-distilled in an old fashioned pot still by Tito Beveridge himself, Tito's Handmade Vodka is designed to be savored by spirit connoisseurs and everyday drinkers alike.
 
It's a great American success story that is as compelling as it is complex. And with one taste, we think you'll be convinced that Tito's has earned a place among the best vodkas in the world at a price that could make any American smile! 
 
This week Wine World is offering you a taste of this great vodka, plus $1 off our regular low price! You can't beat that!

 

Tito's Handmade Vodka - 19.99 18.99/750 ml, 23.99 22.99, 29.99 28.99/1.75 L:  You can't get flavor like this from a mass produced product!  Made from 100% corn, and micro-distilled six times in an old fashioned pot still, it has the level of smoothness you want and deserve.
 
It was a surprise winner of the Double Gold medal at the World Spirits Competition - Tito didn't bother to show up... he figured some "big name" would probably take the prize! Good thing for Tito that those judges only go by taste - and their decision was unanimous!
 
We'd like to invite you to judge Tito's Handmade Vodka for yourself and discover how amazing this American "spirit" truly is!

 

Tito's Handmade Vodka

 

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