Wine Tasting

Thursday, March 15, 2018
3:00p - 6:30p

[Featured wines are subject to change due to its availability]

Aloha Grapes Gang —

Gad Zooks, I think I'm turning into a slug! I wake up to gray skies; I go home with grey skies; and this wet cold is making me just want to stay home and watch the Home and Garden cable network.

At least this Thursday's wine tasting should brighten anyone's spirit. We'll be tasting the latest vintage by Chateau de Juge's white Bordeaux, the 2016 Straight Shooter Pinot Noir from Dundee, Oregon, a tasty Shiraz from Shoofly, and a great Cabernet Sauvignon hailing from Coonawarra, South Australia – Penley Estates.

Looking forward to seeing you and your friends at this Thursday's tasting. Randy


Chateau de Juge, 2016 Blanc, Cadillac—Bordeaux, France ($12 per bottle) –
Chateau de Juge's blanc is a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and a splash of Muscadelle. From the right bank of the Garrone river, the wine shows refreshing lemon and apricot flavors. Ideal for a luncheon featuring light salads.


Maison L'Envoyé, 2016 Straight Shooter, Pinot Noir, Dundee, Oregon ($17 per bottle) –
Maison L'Envoyé ("The House of the Messenger") has been a champion of discovering growers and vineyard sites that produce outstanding wines that are undervalued. The Straight Shooter Pinot Noir comes from Oregon's Willamette Valley in the famous Dundee AVA. The 2016 vintage shows wonderful strawberry, cherry and rhubarb flavors over a medium frame with a clean finish. Perfect with smoked duck breast over orzo and mushrooms.

Shoofly, Shiraz, South Australia ($13 per bottle) –
Shoofly’s Shiraz grapes are sourced from McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Adelaide in South Australia. The 2014 shows wonderful blackberries and anise on the nose. Flavors include deep black fruit, blueberries, spice, especially pepper on a heavy frame. Shoofly would pair nicely with a leg of lamb or smoked ham with sweet pineapple relish.

Penley Estate, Phoenix, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, South Australia 
($19 per bottle) – According to Steve Fisher, the field representative for Penley, the 2013 vintage had ideal weather conditions that promoted ripe fruit with no disease issues. Stands of eucalyptus trees served as wind breaks for the vines and the hot winds during the daylight hours often blow the oils of the eucalyptus trees onto the vines and grapes, which in turn gives the Penley Phoenix a soft note of mint/menthol on the finish. Flavors include blackberries, black currants, bay leaf and spice. A superb Cabernet that is tasting well now.

A wine tasting service fee of $5.00 per person will be assessed at the door. This service fee will be discounted off of any bottle purchased at the wine tasting. Thank you for your understanding.

Randy Nunokawa