The Tasting Table
This Friday, Starting at 4:00:
This entire weekend we're having a party at Wine World that has been 9 years in the making!
That's right, it's our birthday, and we're ready to party!
Tonight we'll be entertained by the steel drum stylings of
He is an award winning steel-pan virtuoso who has been captivating audiences locally and internationally since he was 16 years old!
He has played some very prestigious concert venues from the Du Maurier Jazz Festival in Toronto, Ocean Dome in Japan, the Water Festival in Sweden, to the Apollo Theatre!
This week, he will add Wine World to that list, and we believe he has never played for a finer audience!
We are very fortunate to have him join us setting the mood with some great Caribbean sounds, and we hope you will be here to enjoy the music with us!
We also have lined up our friends from the...
They are returning with their traveling kitchen to team up with some more friends to do some...
Cooking with DeKuyper!
I've been told the menu will include:
Shrimp in Amaretto Sauce made with DeKuyper Amaretto
Hazelnut Chicken with DeKuyper Hazelnut, and
Rum Cake made with Cruzan Light Rum!
This is always a fun time every time we do it, and we really want to see you here to celebrate with us!
And of course we have some great tastings lined up for you, so without further disruption from me, here's what we have in store for you this Friday!
This Friday's Tastings:
* 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!
It's a Wine World!
Today we are starting out by tasting wines from around the "Wine World" with our friend Jason from...
As we open our celebration of 9 years of Wine World, we asked Jason to go through his portfolio of wines from Europe and South America, and pick out some really great values to kick off our Birthday weekend!
We think he came up with a great line up, and we can't wait to taste them with you. It all starts at 4PM Friday, so we'll see you here then!
2012 Crios Torrontes - $15.99: Salta, Argentina - Made from 33 year old vines, this wine offers enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, white pear, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has beautiful structure and acidity along with enticing fruit flavors and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be fully appreciated.
2010 Vincent Girardin Bourgogne "Cuvée-Saint-Vincent" - $19.99: Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France - This 100% Chardonnay is a fresh and elegant fruity offering done in a pure Burgundy style. Soft on the palate with a bit of vanilla and honey, more caramelized and less citric than wines from further south, and a noticeable chalky minerality makes it a perfect wine for discovering the complexity of Chardonnay in Burgundy.
2013 Inti Bonarda - $9.99: Mendoza, Argentina - This wine is a softer purple color with light violet glints on the edges denoting its youth. The nose offers ripe black fruit and lactic hints, and the palate is light with very tame tannins leading to a nice dry finish. This would be a great choice for barbecue!
2011 Famille Perrin Côtes-du-Rhône Villages - $12.99: Orange, France - This well-balanced wine is a characteristic expression of the southern Rhône. Made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, this wine shows a dark ruby color with purple reflections. The nose is intense with aromas of cherry and licorice while the palate enjoys a pleasant freshness with a thyme and rosemary influence on the back note. Full-bodied and generous with elegant tannins, this GSM will surprise you!
2010 Laura Hartwig Carmenere Reserva - $15.99: Colchagua Valley, Santa Cruz, Chile - The color of this red wine is such a deep violet it almost appears black in the glass! The dense color is complemented by the richness of the red fruits and berries found on the nose. These elements carry over to the palate where they are joined by a spicy black pepper note. Round and pleasant in the mouth, the wine finishes long and smooth with great tannin structure.
2012 Bex Riesling - $9.99: Nahe Valley, Mosel, Germany - This lovely Riesling is pale yellow in color and offers notes of mandarin orange blossom, green apple and honeysuckle. The wine carries flavors of key lime pie, star fruit and lime zest through the palate. The finish is balanced with amazing minerality, punctuated by acid and tropical fruit tones.
Also this Friday:
Time to Celebrate!
When it's time to party, we know we can count on our pal Jimmy Walker to bring the goods! And once again, he has come through with some outstanding wines for our tasting table!
Join us this Friday evening to get a taste of these incredible wines. Let's start with one that helped establish the "California Style" of Sauvignon Blanc, made by...
Emmolo carries on a family tradition dating back to 1923, setting the bar for Napa Sauvignon Blanc made from grapes that are grown on the original Rutherford property that remains in the family to this day.
We'd like to invite you to taste this wine with us this Friday evening!
2013 Emmolo "Napa Valley" Sauvignon Blanc - $22.99: Light and soft-bodied, this remarkable Sauv Blanc from 2 Napa vineyards offers a firm acidity balanced with a stark, steely flavor. It is a subtle wine that is driven more by its minerality than by the fruit. The Rutherford vines bring a sharp citrus element that is augmented by the minerals of the Oak Knoll vineyard.
Its aromas are fresh and clean, evoking the scent of early morning after a first rain, with a hint of honeysuckle and underlying notes of tangerine and wet stone. The wine enters the palate with a crisp yet soft quality, flowing into flavors of flower blossom and ending with a mouthwatering finish of fresh-squeezed grapefruit. A long-lasting, zesty minerality leaves the sensation of both subtlety and brightness.
Now Let's Taste Some Great Reds!
If you're a fan of full, rich red wines, you're not going to want to miss this tasting of Single Vineyard wines from...San Jose, CA
Four decades ago, Jerry Lohr, one of an early handful of pioneers in the Central Coast region, set about putting in vineyards of various wine grapes dedicating them to the vines he felt would grow best in the particular climate and soil type.
Over the past 40 years, he has amassed quite a lot of acreage of vineyards scattered through what has developed into some of the finest growing areas in California!
Today we celebrate with this tasting of some of his finest vineyard-designated wines! And since we hate to celebrate alone, we're counting on you to join us!
We'll see you this Friday starting at 4 PM.
2010 J. Lohr "Highlands Bench" Pinot Noir - $34.99: Made from 100% Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County, this intensely colored, fuchsia-red wine presents the jammy, wild strawberry dimensions of SLH terroir in its aroma. The bouquet is a fine layer of espresso coffee and sandalwood. Richly textured, elegant and supple, this inaugural vintage of Highlands Bench Pinot Noir leaves ripe fruit and a touch of sage on the finish.
2011 J. Lohr "Hilltop" Cabernet Sauvignon - $29.99: The Hilltop vineyard is located in Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County. Minimally blended with 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec and 1% Syrah, this magnificent Cabernet is darkly-colored with a red-purple hue, and has everything you're looking for! Varietal aromas of violet and ripe black plum are complemented by hazelnut, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. The dense but approachable mid-palate is followed by a round, intense fruit finish.
2011 J. Lohr "Tower Road" Petit Sirah - $20.99: This breathtaking wine, also from Paso Robles, contains only 2% Syrah and 1% Zinfandel for a counter-spice element to bring out the full character of the Petit Sirah. The winemaker himself has this to say: "Inviting aromas of homemade olallieberry pie with a delicate pastry-like French oak barrel signature precede the rich, soft fruit flavors. The finish is long with a touch of fine talc on the palate." This dense and delicious wine will open up early with a splash-decant, and should develop in the bottle for up to 10 years.
Saturday at 1:00:
Meet the Brew Master Himself!
Today, we'll be joined by the man who founded Baltimore's own...
This week we're being joined by a great friend who will help us kick off our "Birthday Saturday" tastings!
We hope you will join us and meet a true Baltimore 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 these world class beers from Heavy Seas:
"Gold" Ale - $8.99/6-Pack: This easy-drinking session beer pours a deep golden color. It smells slightly floral and herbal, thanks to a hopback full of Cascade and Centennial hops. Gold is tasty and refreshing, with a round mouthfeel. In 2010, it took awards at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup! 4.5% ABV, 17 IBU's.
"Loose Cannon" American IPA - $9.99: Heavy Seas' flagship beer presents a carefully cultivated interplay of Simcoe, Palisade, and Centennial hops to create a most fragrant IPA! The nose bursts with notes of grapefruit, herbs, and pine. Bitterness is somewhat subdued by the floral quality that pervades the taste. The color is burnished gold, and the mouthfeel is creamy. A strong malt backbone balances out this triple-hopped beer. 7.25% ABV, 45 IBU's.
"Red Sky at Night" Saison - $9.99/6-Pack: Red Sky at Night is a Belgian Saison-inspired golden ale, with wonderful spicy, fruity, herbaceous flavors and aromas. Made with Slovenian hops, light candi sugar and a dynamic strain of Belgian yeast for a complex balance, and to enhance the finish, providing a crisper, more drinkable brew! This seasonal is a "gotta try"! 7.5% ABV, 17.5 IBU's.
"Peg Leg" Imperial Stout - $9.49/6-Pack: 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, but Simcoe and Fuggles hops add complexity to the aroma. The roasted barley is detectable in the taste, and this complements the bitterness from the Warrior hops-balancing out the sweetness from the load of malts used in brewing Peg Leg. A creamy mouthfeel makes this a smooth, utterly drinkable beer. 8% ABV.
While you taste, enjoy some great snacks from...
WOLO - Food that Rocks!
That's right! The WOLO food truck is coming back to Wine World this Saturday afternoon.
They will be providing some lovely snacks to our guests from 1 till 4 during our afternoon tastings, but for those who are a bit hungrier, or who simply want to take a great meal home with your other purchases, they will have the WOLO truck open for business in our parking lot until 7PM!
This is the second time we've had them out, and the first time was such a huge hit, we had to include them in our birthday plans! After all...
We Only Live Once!
Also at 1:00:
Many of you have met Brenden over the years, but for those who have not, allow me to introduce you.
Brenden is a young man who has been with Wine World for several years now. He started out stocking shelves before he was old enough to purchase the products!
Like many young people, he had an interest in them, but his was more of an intellectual curiosity rather than a desire to go out and get plastered (as is unfortunately so often the case!).
Out of respect for Elizabeth, he asked permission to simply smell the wines that would be put on our tasting table in order to detect the aromas that are described in the tasting notes. It seemed odd at first, but there's no age limit on nosing a wine!
As it happens, it helped him refine what has turned out to be a rather well tuned olfactory sense! This is something you are either born with or not - it can't be learned!
On his 21st birthday, his first purchase was not a bottle of cheap wine, nor a 6-pack of beer... he went for a 15 year old Single Malt! He probably still has most of that bottle!
He began to take classes designed to help him understand wines in order to be a better sales person. Elizabeth has offered this to many of her people, but Brenden wasn't satisfied with the introductory course.
He has continued his studies at various venues on his path toward becoming a "Certified Wine Educator" and has already earned the title "Certified Specialist of Wine"!
As time went by, he became Wine World's import wine buyer and has completely reset our shelves with amazing finds and great values for you, our customers. He also has a collection of rare finds that he holds aside for those who are looking for something extra special when it comes to wines. That's another good reason to get to know him!
His wine senses have taken him to Europe twice - once to Italy, and most recently to France to evaluate the 2013 Bordeaux futures for us!
Today he will lead a tasting of European and South American wines that he personally brought into the store, and which we certainly agree are some incredible wines at very fair prices; some are out and out values!
We hope you will join us this Saturday for our birthday celebrations, and while you're here, stop by and meet Brenden at the tasting table, and allow him to pour you a taste of this great lineup:
2011 Trimbach Riesling - $24.99: Alsace, France - There's something special about Alsace wines. Perhaps it has to do with the wild yeasts that are found there, but Alsatian wines have a depth of flavor that is hard to describe. Riesling is one of the world's finest grape varieties, but in Alsace it is iconic.
Its delicate bouquet, the fine balance between its dry personality, its distinguished fruitiness and its natural vitality contribute to its exceptional richness. Elegant and dry, Trimbach Riesling is a fine example of this king of Alsace wines! Please allow Brenden to pour you a sample!
2011 Château de Marsan Cadillac-Côtes-de-Bordeaux - $15.99: Cadillac, France - The vineyards sit along the banks of the Garonne river directly across from Sauternes in the heart of Bordeaux, so it is not surprising that this ripe red wine would be a Cabernet/Merlot blend.
Remarkable power and harmony are showcased by its balanced and silky attack. It is fragrant and full of black fruits such as black-currant and plum. These flavors carry over to the palate, where a touch of dark chocolate emerges on the back note. Its tannins are firm but not overly astringent, and the medium length finish closes with notes of toast and cocoa. Quite a complex wine in this price range!
2013 Bodegas R.J. Vinedos "Reunión" Malbec - $13.99: Mendoza, Argentina - This sustainably farmed, single vineyard estate wine is composed of 100% hand harvested Malbec from the Los Sauces of Mendoza.
It has a deep, concentrated red color with purple hints. It is a very expressive wine with ripe, fruity aromas of plum and cherry, as well as notes of chocolate. Soft and round on the palate, with velvety and mature tannins, it has a well balanced, long and full-bodied finish.
2011 Nicolis "Seccal" Valpolicella Ripasso, DOC - $23.99: Veneto, Italy - This wine, named for the vineyard, is left to referment with the skins of the Amarone and Recioto grapes, which are still intact and slightly sweet. This technique allows the body, color, extract, aromas and alcohol content to be increased, and the wine becomes more suited for a long aging.
It has a strong ruby red color, with an intense, classic bouquet suggestive of ripe fruit, spices and tobacco. Full-bodied, generous, warm, long lasting and pleasantly dry, this is a magnificent food wine!
2012 Abeillon Muscat Moelleux - $10.99: The Muscat grapes used to make this golden yellow nectar were allowed to hang until they had nearly become raisins. This natural drying concentrates the sugars and intense aromas which include white flowers, honey and fruity peach.
The taste of this delicate semi-sweet (aka "moelleux") wine is reminiscent of dried apricots and orange. The palate is complex and full making it an outstanding wine to serve with cheeses or desserts, or enjoyed as an aperitif. Serve it well chilled.
Another Special Guest!
Al Spoler is Here this Saturday!
Al is the other half of the "Cellar Notes" team heard on WYPR 81.1 at 5:35pm every Wednesday and Friday!
He and Hugh Sisson have been teaming up for more years than they care to admit (20+) doing their show.
Today, they do it again, but instead of the broadcast booth, they will be here at Wine World!
While Hugh is busy pouring beer for our beer loving guests, Al will be making the rounds, meeting with and greeting each of you with his own personable charms!
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!
If you're looking for a good selection to pair with a particular food, or if you want a personal recommendation for a wine that you may never have heard about before, talk to Al, and see where the conversation leads.
We already know, you'll be pleasantly surprised by his insights, depth of knowledge, and easy-going style!
It all happens this Saturday...
Only at Wine World!