Now that we have successfully completed a year of complimentary Saturday afternoon wine tastings for our wine club members we asked ourselves…what next? Our goal is to give our WC members every opportunity they can to get down to CV and try the next latest/greatest wine, best deal, or hidden gem you never knew about. We understand that Saturday afternoons just don’t work for everyone so we decided why not taste during the week? One day we will offer 3 NEW RELEASES…anything from the obvious, a new vintage release, or maybe a completely new winery from California, Oregon, Washington or anywhere in the world. The following Thursday we will be tasting 3 IMPORTS to help introduce you to wines that your palate may not be familiar with tasting. We appreciate Import wines from all different regions including, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa to name a few.
Again, the goal here is to procure international wines that we know you will want to taste and hopefully purchase for yourself. Not only are you getting to taste more wines (as part of your WC membership) but you are getting more one-on-one time with CV’s Jay Johnstone that can help you pick the wines that are best for you.
To get this kick started we are tasting NEW RELEASES tonight from 6-8pm in the CV Wine Bar (front window so you can’t miss him) but going forward it will be the 2nd Thursday of the month. Next Thursday (10/22) we will introduce the IMPORT tasting from 6-8 but going forward it will be the 3rd Thursday of every month! Again, this is limited to 2 persons per wine club membership and is absolutely complimentary. No need to make a reservation…just drop on by!
What We Are Tasting Tonight?
By Jay Johnstone
The Senses Estate Vineyards are located in the West Sonoma Coast region. Specifically right smack dab in the small town of Occidental. Founded by three childhood friends who grew up on the land, they decided to go into the wine biz and make wine in the True Sonoma Coast region style which is known for delicate, distinguished wines that exhibit great depth and balance. It was then they enlisted the services of one of the most sought after winemakers in the world Thomas Rivers Brown. It’s Thomas’ expertise with Burgundian varietals and his love for Occidental’s Sonoma Coast region that makes these wines so amazing and an ideal fit for Senses Winery. Just to give you a little background on TRB, in 2008 he was the youngest winemaker to score not only one, but two perfect “100 point” ratings from Robert M. Parker, The Wine Advocate. Then in 2010, Thomas was again awarded two top “100 point” ratings from Wine Spectator’s James Laube. This made Thomas the first American winemaker to ever receive 100 points from Wine Spectator. This same year Thomas was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Food & Wine. Since then, Thomas has gone on to receive three consecutive 100 point ratings from The Wine Advocate.
Betz Famiy Winery is located in Columbia Valley, WA and they specialize in Rhône-Inspired Wines. Available only to a select few or by mailing list only, the Betz Wines are also some of the most interesting hidden gems you’ll find anywhere. If you haven’t heard of them, then here is your chance to taste what the best of Columbia Valley has to offer. Only 28 cases total of Betz Wines were available to the whole state of California for distribution, and Carpe Vino secured the lions share to offer the CV faithful. Plus, all the wines from 2013 vintage were highly praised by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
2013 Senses B.A. Theriot Chardonnay (Sonoma County) $64.95/bottle
2013 Senses Hillcrest Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) $54.95/bottle
2013 Betz “Cuvee Frangin” Red Wine (Columbia Valley, WA) $35.95/bottle – unpublished discount: $29.95/bottle on six +