February 22, 2018 4:30-7:30 p.m.
“New Italian Wines for Winter Dining”
Italian wines have always held a special place for us when it comes to our dinner table. The Cellarmaster’s wife’s family name is Palermo and her dad, ‘Shuffles,’ was one of the original founders of Twin Trees Restaurant and their famous pizza. Since Italian wines always reflect their place of origin, Italian food to match them follows the same sense of place. This week’s tasting selections, we think, also reflect this and are wonderful for every day or an exceptional Italian dinner party! Here’s what we’re pouring…
Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2016 DOCG Italy (Piedmont)
92 points James Suckling
Made from 100% Cortese grapes, Villa Sparina Gavi is straw yellow in color with fragrances of flowers and hints of peach. It is full and rich in taste with flavors of tropical fruits and just a hint of white pepper. Delightfully balanced from its fragrant beginning to its lovely long finish
San Felice Chianti Classico 2015 Italy (Tuscany)
92 points James Suckling; 91 points Wine Spectator
“A pretty and refined Chianti Classico with plenty of strawberry, cherry and orange character on the nose and palate. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh and soft finish. Drink now.” JS “Rich and dense, with bright black cherry, earth, tobacco and tar flavors fanning out through the long finish. There’s plenty of fruit, but also depth and harmony. Sangiovese, Colorino and Pugnitello…” WS
Santi Solane Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC 2015 Italy (Verona, Veneto)
The delicious red blend is 70% corvina and 30% rondinella grapes. Clean and dry, the fruit is soft and fleshy with just a hint of spice. The palate is a mix of black fruit and black licorice and just a whiff of chocolate, all in perfect balance.
Rocca della Macie ‘Sasyr’ IGT 2014 Italy (Maremma, Tuscany)
91 points James Suckling; 87 points Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate
Rocca delle Macìe is one of Tuscany’s leading wine estates. ‘Sasyr’, as its name suggests, is a singular and sublime blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Syrah grapes from the Tuscan vineyards of Rocca delle Macìe. ‘Sasyr’ has a nose of intense red fruit aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry and raspberry. On the palate, the wine has a succulent, supple well-structured palate with a silky smooth finish and is highly versatile with many styles of Italian food.
March 1, 2018 Thursday 4:30-7:30 p.m.
The Outrageous (and outrageously luscious) Wines of Michael David Winery
March 21, 2018 Wednesday 7:00-8:00
Ladies Night Out–Whiskey and Rye for Women
All classes and tastings in The Cellar are FREE. Thanks for your support of The Cellar at Harbor View Wines and Liquors.
Cellarmaster Dale Record can help you find the “perfect” bottle Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p..m; Thursday 10 to 8; Friday 1 to 6; and Saturday 10 to 1. However, all Harbor View sales associates are happy to assist you if Dale isn’t available. Dale can also be reached by phone. Pick up one of his business cards the next time you visit The Cellar.