Saturday, October 25, 2008

Con Sur Tasting ~ Oct. 29, 2008

Last year around this time of the year, I discovered the wines of Cono Sur when reading Decanter Magazine. They had just put out there year end edition and Cono Sur was featured in several "Best of" categories; many for Pinot Noir and other cool climate wines. These are all sound values that have been good movers for the shop. Cono Sur reintroduced me to the virtues of Chilean wine. I was pleased they were imported by my friend, Joe Ancona from Vineyard Brands, and distributed by Chuck Johnson and Tays. This will be a very fun tasting.

We are fortunate to have Jose Luis Lavin, Export Director, help host a tasting of their wines. It is always nice to have winery representatives tell their own story. I will serve Scallop Ceviche, for the white wines, and Cheese, Hanna's Olive Tapenad with crusty bread for the reds.

The tasting costs $10 per person and there is a 2 bottle purchase request per person / 4 per couple. Please make reservations by calling 442-2207 during business hours Tuesday through Saturday. I am sorry but I do not take reservation via email or left on the answering machine. Please be willing to pay for the tasting if you cancel with less than 72 hours of notice.

Best, Paul Vernon

Top Ten Wines

Cono Sur Wines

White Wines

Riesling "Bio-Bio Valley" 2007 $12

Sauvignon Blanc "Central Valley" 2007 $11

Sauvignon Blanc "Vision-Casablanca" 2006 $15

Chardonnay "Sustainable Farming-Colchagua" 2006 $13

Chardonnay, "Vision-Casablanca" 2006 $15

Red Wines

Pinot Noir "Central Valley" 2007 $11

Pinot Noir "Vision-Colchagua" 2007 $15

Camenere "Colchagua" 2007 $12

Cabernet Sauvignon/Camenere "Organic Farming" 2007 $13

Cabernet Sauvignon "20 Barrels" 6 pk) 2005 $30

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Qupé Wine Tasting with Owner and Wine-maker Bob Lindquest

The Goat's Beard Farm Cheese and Wine tasting has sold out.....but...

We are fortunate to have Columbia native Bob Lindquist, owner and wine maker of Qupé Vineyards at Top Ten Wines for a tasting on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00Pm. Bob is one of the pioneers of the wine industry in Santa Barbara. He is also one of the original Rhone Rangers, wine makers who specialize in Syrah, Grenache, Marsanne and Rousanne. We will be trying some of his very highly allocated Hillside wines. Bob Lindquist literally changed the face of the California wine scene.

“Qupé is dedicated to producing handcrafted Rhône varietals and Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast. We employ traditional wine making techniques to make wines that are true to type and speak of their vineyard sources. Our goal is to make wines with impeccable balance that can be enjoyed in their youth, yet because of the good acidity from cool vineyard sites can also benefit from ageing. We are committed to sourcing grapes from some of the best and most prestigious vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.”

- Bob Lindquist

We will start the evening at 7:00PM with Kir and Peche Royals. We will try Bob's wine served with an variety of cheeses, and finish the evening with some 20+ year old vintage Warre's Porto from 1985 with house-made Biscotti and Candy Factory dark chocolate.

There is a cost of $10 per person for this tasting and we hope you will find some of these stunning wines to take home. It is a good time to start getting your cellars ready for the Holidays.

Best, Paul Vernon

Qupé Tasting
with owner Bob Lindquist

October 21, 2008 7:00PM

Marsanne $21

Roussanne Hillside Estate $43

Syrah Central Coast $18

Grenache Purisima Mtn. approx. $40

Syrah Bien Nacido $30

Syrah Hillside Estate $47

Friday, October 10, 2008

Goat's Beard Tasting

The next tasting is on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM featuring 10 wines from around the world and the hand crafted cheeses from Goat's Beard Farm.

I have been looking to the tasting with Goat's Beard Farm for some time. If you are not familiar with Goats Beard, they are producers of award winning goat cheeses located just 30 minutes Northwest of Columbia in Harrisberg, Missouri. We will try 10 interesting wines paired with 5 different hand crafted cheeses; 2 wines with each type of cheese. We will have a guest at the tasting to discuss the process of making Goat cheese. Chuck and Tays will also be on hand. We will be taking orders for the cheese at the tasting. They are also available at the Root Cellar on Broadway and at the Farmers Market.

The tasting costs $10 and a 2 bottle purchase per person, $20 and 4 bottles per couple. Make reservations by calling 442 2207. Please do not leave reservations on the answering machine or via email. The list of what will be tasted follows.

Top Ten Wines
Goat's Beard Farm
Goats Cheese and Wine Tasting

Fresh Goats Cheese

Denis Gaudry “AOC” Pouilly Fume 2006 $27
Neil Ellis “Western Cape” Sauvignon Blanc 2006 $18

Osage Orange

Willamette Valley Vineyards “Oregon” Riesling
2007 $15
George Duboeuf “Des Capitans” Julienas 2007 $18


George Duboeuf “AOC” Macon Villages 2006 $14
Kings Ridge Pinot Noir Oregon 2006 $21

Prairie Bloom

Chateau Montfort “AOC” Vouvray 2006 $15
Dona Paula “Mendoza” Malbec 2007 $15

Montiteau Blue

Schlink Haus “QMP” Auslese 2007 $16
Rosenblum Cellars “California” Zin Port $19