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.

 

Friday, March 27th 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!

 

Washington State's First Premium Winery!

 

Wine World happily invited you to enjoy the ground-breaking wines of...

 

Columbia WInery  

 

Columbia Winery

Richland, WA

 

 For more than 50 years, Columbia Winery has taken a progressive approach to winemaking and led the way to the production of premium wines in Washington State.

 

The winery was founded in 1962 by a visionary group of 10 friends who realized the potential of growing wine in Washington State, as it has the same latitude as Europe's best winegrowing regions.

 

In 1979, Master of Wine David Lake was named head winemaker and furthered the progressive spirit that began with their founders. Under Lake, Columbia Winery produced the first series of vineyard-designate wines and the first Pinot Gris, Syrah and Cabernet Franc wines in Washington.

 

Today, this innovation continues through a talented and creative winemaking team, led by Winemaker Sean Hails.

Using grapes selected from south-facing slopes in top quality regions, the Columbia winemaking team crafts a portfolio of distinct, food-friendly wines with fruit-driven flavors and a firm acidity.

 

Wine World is happy to offer them to you at a price range that makes them a great "everyday" option!  Please join us this Friday evening, and get to know these great innovative wines!

 

2013 Chardonnay - 11.99:  This Columbia Valley wine offers bright aromas of pear, apple and hints of tropical fruits that extend to the palate.

 

Blending with 7% Semillon and 3% Chenin Blanc offers a balanced acidity, while nine months of aging on fine lees produces an enriched mouthfeel and texture with a supple finish.

 

Integrated sweet vanilla oak notes create an elegant Chardonnay that is distinctly Northwest.

 

NV "Composition" Red Blend - 11.99:  "Composition" showcases the art of blending. By selecting Columbia Valley grapes from multiple vintages - Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot (primarily from 2011) - they have crafted a blend with the best flavors of each year.

 

Rich and medium-bodied, this wine has blackberry aromas and ripe red fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry and plum that are framed by hints of spicy oak. With a balanced acidity, soft tannins and a lingering finish, this Composition is truly a work of art.

 

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - 13.99:  This rich full-bodied wine has aromas of ripe black currant, plum and cedar. Blended with 11% Syrah, 10% Malbec and 3% Merlot, it is well-structured with firm tannins and ripe dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant layered with notes of toasty oak and cocoa.

  

Columbia Winery Offerings

 

Also this Friday:

  

Deep, Dark, Mysterious...

 

We invite you to discover the world of...

 

Apothic Wines  

 

Apothic Wines

 Modesto, CA

 

Inspired by the "Apotheca," a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red offers a truly unique wine experience.

 

Apothic winemaker Debbie Juergenson crafts bold, captivating blends by using only the most distinctive California grapes. From vintage to vintage, the character and flavor of the individual varietals guide the shape of each blend.

 

To craft Apothic wines, Debbie looks for a unique blend of grapes to create intense aromas and bold flavors. Each vintage, she lets the grapes guide the way from the vine to the cellar, crafting this unforgettable wine.

 

"I strive to tell a story with each blend of Apothic," Debbie explains. "Whether it's one of drama, intrigue or romance, the wines of Apothic are truly original."

 

Taste this wine with us this evening, and you decide which story is being told by this emphatic red blend!

  Apothic Red

2013 Apothic Red - 9.99:  A captivating blend of three distinct grapes, with the dark fruit flavors of Syrah, brambly spice of Zinfandel, and a smooth elegance of Merlot.

 

Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla.

 

The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend.

  

This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:

  

Chile

 

Organic Chilean Wine

 

 Chile has one of the best and most diverse conditions for wine production in the world, and our first wine on today's tasting lineup exemplifies the commitment required to create wines that truly reflect their origin, and showcase this unique diversity.

 

Please join us in this tasting of an amazing Sauvignon Blanc produced by South America's first "carbon neutral" winery...

 

De Martino Logo  

 

De Martino

 Isla de Maipo, Chile

 

Sustainability means more to some wine producers than others.

 

De Martino is one of Chile's leading organic producers, owning 12% of all certified organic vineyard area in the country. Their "Estate" wines aim to preserve the premium quality of their Estate vineyards by creating unique wines of great character using only this 100% organic fruit.

 

This is quite a shift in the paradigm of winemaking in Chile, and it didn't happen by accident! Much effort was involved.

 

These wines are crafted with minimal intervention in the cellar, leading to an honest and clean representation of the wine's origin. They are wines of outstanding quality and character, expressing the Maipo Valley's ability to produce terroir-driven, world-class wines without relying on chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

 

None is more characteristic of this "reinvention" of Chilean wine than De Martino's Sauvignon Blanc, and that is why we have selected it to lead off today's tasting lineup.

 

We'd like to invite you to come taste it with us this afternoon.

 

2014 De Martino "Estate" Sauvignon Blanc - 9.99:  This 100% Sauvignon Blanc from select estate vineyards in the Maipo Valley, characterizes the De Martino Sauvignon Blanc essence of De Martino's "fruit as protagonist" attitude. Picked early in the morning, rushed to the winery and whole cluster pressed while still cool, the juice is fermented in stainless steel vats allowing the distinctiveness of the grape to shine through.

 

It captures the aromas of white peach and citrus, with soft herbaceous notes lingering in the background. The palate is fresh and clean, featuring bright acidity that recalls and highlights the citrus character.

 

Intensely alive with flavor and well balanced on the tongue, the peachy notes reappear and linger on the finish. Just knowing its organic composition makes this wine taste somewhat cleaner and more satisfying, urging you to pair it with food!

 

Also at 1:00:

  

Teamwork at Its Finest!

 

We are happy to present wines that spawned from a great relationship between a renowned grower, and a talented team of winemakers! Join us for a taste of...

 

The Crusher

 

The Crusher 

Clarksburg, CA

 

 Grapes for The Crusher wines are grown by the Wilson family, a respected grape-growing family with deep roots in the Clarksburg region, south of Sacramento. They have been growing grapes here since 1922.

 

During much of this time, they have had an enduring partnership with the Sebastiani family. It's a joint venture that has worked quite well for generations, given the high quality of their fruit and the Sebastiani's reputation for quality winemaking for more than 115 years!

 

Clarksburg is just 20 miles from the Napa Valley, and they share many of the same attributes with their famous neighbor - particularly the considerable temperature fluctuations. The constant hot days and cool nights that make Napa such a hot commodity also makes Clarksburg perfectly suited for growing premium wine grapes.

 

However, Clarksburg has one tremendous advantage: property values! Land remains much more affordable, even though the wines from this appellation are quickly gaining a reputation for outstanding quality!

 

The lower cost of production gets passed down, allowing the Sebastiani's to create these premium tasting wines at a fraction of the cost of similar wines just a few minutes' drive to the west!

 

Don't let the low price fool you!  If you've never tasted the Clarksburg difference, today's tasting is a great place to start!  Enjoy quality wine at a great value price!

 

Here's what we'll be pouring today:

 

2012 Pinot Noir - 12.99:  With a warm and inviting bouquet, this wine's aromas of wild cherry, raspberry and toasted cedar lift out of the glass. It's an elegant wine with silky texture and crisp acidity typical of grapes grown in cool-climate regions. Delicious flavors of boysenberry, tart cranberry and pomegranate seed marry with a faint hint of caraway in the background creating layered complexity.

 

2011 Merlot - 12.99:  This is an expressive wine with focused aromas of black raspberry, mocha and fennel fronds along with a hint of smokiness. Juicy, slightly tart flavors of plum and blackberry contribute to the bright acidity of this wine and are accompanied by cocoa powder and dried strawberry notes. On the finish, the toasty French oak influence comes through as caramel, warm spice and cinnamon stick.

 

2012 "Sugar Beet Ranch" Red Blend - 12.99:  Named in tribute to the agricultural roots of Clarksburg, "Sugar Beet Ranch" is an edgy blend of 56% Tempranillo, 30% Petite Sirah and 14% Pinot Noir.  It opens with a fruity bouquet of cherry cola, ripe berries, and bacon coupled with toasty notes of cedar and sassafras.

 

On the palate, a flavorful array of boysenberries, raspberries and blueberry pie take center stage complemented by hints of vanilla and root beer on the finish. This medium-bodied wine is wonderfully balanced with bright well-integrated acidity. The velvety tannins and jammy mouthfeel also help make this wine exceptionally food friendly.

 

2012 Petite Sirah - 12.99:  This one is a knockout wine that captures a genuine sense of place and vintage! The characteristic Clarksburg Petite Sirah that compromises the majority of this wine displays dark aromas of wild blueberry, black licorice and purple plum. A 6% inclusion of Pinot Noir adds a layer of plush, round and supple flavors.

 

This deeply expressive wine fills the palate with blackberry jam and dried cherry, mingling effortlessly with cinnamon bark and molasses. 80% of the wine was aged on French oak promoting notes of caramelized vanilla bean. The remainder of the oak is Hungarian, which enhances characteristic notes of gaminess such as mushroom and tobacco leaf. The mouth-coating tannins add structure and complexity to this full-bodied and food friendly wine.

  

The Crusher Wines  

 


 
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