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Brian McGoldrick
 
May 27, 2020 | Brian McGoldrick

Unique Wines Available at Steve's Wine Bar

When thinking of summer reds,

...the natural path to go down might be lighter-bodied Pinot Noirs and Gamays, or grill-friendly, rich reds like Zinfandel or Rhone-Blends.  These are tried and true options, but there is a new wave of organic and biodynamic reds made from traditionally-rich varietals that check both the light-bodied and grill-friendly boxes.  In order to expose people to some fun products, Steve’s is currently featuring two organic/biodynamic reds to pair with your next BBQ or day on the porch!

The first of these is Mother Rock’s 2016 Force Celeste, a blend of Pinotage, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre sourced from the Swartland appellation of South Africa.  This wine is made via spontaneous fermentation before being aged in concrete for 9 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.  The first thing you notice is the intense, cloudy ruby tint of the wine.  This aesthetic richness is subverted by the nose, which is moderately intense, with notes of bright, tart cherry and strawberry with subtle hints of soil, flint, and game.  On the palate, this wine is bone dry, with medium tannin and medium plus acid.  This acidity, paired with a modest 11.5% abv, makes for a bright, tart, and refreshing wine with notes of fresh cherry, five spice, cinnamon, and subtle minerality.  The liveliness of this wine paired with its spice notes makes it a prime pairing candidate for rich BBQ, meat-based or otherwise! 

The second wine, Azienda Agricola COS’s 2018 Nero di Lupo comes to us from the Terre Siciliene IGP (Sicily).  This wine is 100% Nero D’Avola and also goes through spontaneous fermentation using native yeasts before being aged in concrete prior to bottling; an unorthodox method for a grape that is traditionally produced in a rich, ripe style.  This does not have the untouched look of the Mother Rock, as the wine is unfiltered, but not unfined, The nose is moderately intense, with dark red fruits like black cherry being mixed with tertiary notes of spice and violets.  The palate has medium plus tannin and acidity; retaining the dark red fruit and spice while adding subtle notes of game and leather.  This wine is tailor-made for foods roasted on an open flame, whether it’s pork, vegetable kabobs, or even pizza.

For a limited time, we are extending our traditional club member discount of 15% on these wines to everyone!  These are two delicious, and well-crafted wines that will reward an adventurous palate and those truly committed to the potential of a perfect food/wine pairing. 

Stop by and pick up a bottle or two before they are gone. 

Time Posted: May 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Steve Severance
 
May 23, 2020 | Steve Severance

Virtual Wine Tasting with Chris Dearden

Virtual Wine Tasting with Chris Dearden of Dearden Wines

Saturday, May 30th at 6pm

Featured speaker will be the Owner and Winemaker, Chris Dearden

We are excited to have an opportunity to share some more amazing wines, and a very cool Winemaker, with you on this episode of Virtual Wine Tasting at Steve’s. You may have tasted his always popular Trainwreck Cabernet Sauvignon served here at the bar. I respectfully tell people that it is Chris’ entry level wine, and it’s a damn good entry level wine. 😊

We will be discussing several wines during this tasting event and we have 5 of his many wines available for you to choose from for this event.

Sleeping Giant Chardonnay

Sleeping Giant Pinot Noir

Trainwreck Cab

Two Iron Cab

One Iron Meritage

You can read more about each of these wines further down in this post.

All are available online at Steves Wine Bar Products and Merchandise for purchase today and pick on Friday.


As per prior virtual tasting events, we will present the tasting via Zoom.
To participate in this tasting you simply need to order two or more of the Dearden wines from our webpage.
We will put the order together with our distributor on Wednesday for delivery on Friday for pickup prior to the tasting event on Saturday evening.
You will receive the Zoom invite on Friday via email.

Chris Dearden has been crafting fine wines in Napa Valley for over 25 years. Wine has been a part of his family life since childhood, where it was served regularly at dinner as a celebration of everyday meals. The third generation Californian was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley town of Porterville and always had an aptitude and love for agriculture and life sciences.

After several internships with wineries and research positions at UC Davis, he came directly to the Napa Valley and has never looked back. He held winemaking positions with William Hill, Madonna Estate, and Beaulieu Vineyard/Inglenook/Christian Brothers, and he spent three years at Seguin Moreau Cooperage where he credits learning more about winemaking than in the previous years as a day-to-day winemaker. Representing the company, he traveled to the finest winemaking regions in France, South America and California, Oregon and Washington State helping winemakers make better wines and learning how the best wines are made around the world.

He began a fourteen-year journey developing a Napa Valley winery from the ground up. He established the vineyard, brand, wine style and identity. During this period, he also developed the North American branch of the highly respected Gamba Cooperage, Costa Del Sol Consulting Company, luxury wine brands Chanticleer and Sleeping Giant, and a premium Pinot noir vineyard estate in the Carneros district of Napa Valley, which is a cornerstone of Chris’s great wines today.

2010 marked the beginning of a new chapter for Chris when he established the Dearden Wines Portfolio which today includes flagship Sleeping Giant Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir and Chardonnay; Little Giant Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay; Argus Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Rosato; One-Iron Red Blend; Two-Iron Cabernet Sauvignon; Three-Iron limited production Zinfandel; Train Wreck Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc; and Costa del Sol Red Blend.

Dearden’s Carneros vineyard property, which is fondly referred to as “Las Amigas Partners,” is planted to five different clones of Pinot noir and a small amount of Chardonnay on an 11.6-acre parcel. The residence and an historic water tower were refurbished and are an outward sign of the Dearden family’s respect for the past and loyalty to the future. To round out the vineyard, residence and newly restored historic water tower, plans are in the works for development of a boutique winery that will include the renovation of an existing barn. The Dearden family invites you to share the experience of this beautiful setting with them.

Chris lives in the beautiful Napa Valley with his high-school sweetheart wife Paige and their two children, Sam and Addie.


About the Wines

The “Sleeping Giant” is the section of mountain range of the Mayacamas that runs from the Northern edge of Mount Veeder in Napa almost up to the Yountville Veterans Home. It becomes the focal point of conversation as the sun sets on the Western hills. Chris Dearden has lived and produced fine wines in Napa Valley since 1986. A trained enologist from UC Davis, with an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Dearden has pursued single vineyard wines for Shibumi Knoll, V Madrone and Benessere in St. Helena and Chanticleer in Yountville. His Cabernets, Chardonnays and Italian varietals have garnered both critical and consumer acclaim since 1995.

Sleeping Giant Chardonnay

A delicious, full-bodied Chardonnay with just the right amount of buttery, fresh notes of lemon, green apple, caramel custard and almond nuances.

Sleeping Giant Pinot Noir

94 pts. Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis

Rich, deeply fruity, silky and sweet-tart with notes of raspberry, clove-studded ham, dried oregano and cocoa powder.

Trainwreck Cab

Everyone has a ‘train wreck’ of a day once in a while. This wine is meant to get your day ‘back on track’ with its broad appeal and approachability. Even if your day is going smoothly you will enjoy savoring our Train Wreck wines with your favorite meal or just your favorite person. Keep your ‘train wrecks’ on the table and in the fridge!

Chris Dearden loves to play golf and is pretty good on any course, but he can’t hit his low irons no matter how hard he tries. In fact, not many people can! The Iron Series wines were created so anyone could enjoy the pleasure of swinging an iron with ease. This collection of wines includes varietals that are food friendly, delicious, and delightfully better to drink than to swing!

Two Iron Cab

Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of red wines and the Napa Valley is world-famous for producing big, bold wines of outstanding character. Merlot was judiciously blended to produce a wine of structure, flavor and balance.

One Iron Meritage

Meritage is a term used to describe wines made from the Bordeaux varietals in California. A full-bodied red wine with tantalizing notes of berries, sage, dark chocolate and cherry cola.

 

Time Posted: May 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Steve Severance
 
May 19, 2020 | Steve Severance

Steve's Wine Bar Update - The Patio will open for Table Service this Friday!

Steve's Wine Bar Update


Our hours this week:

2pm - 7pm Tuesday - Saturday

Sunday 2pm - 6pm

NEW Order and Pick-Up number - 940-514-1852


What a start to the new week! We hope that your week has started off fantastic as well!

As you likely have heard, the bar scene is returning to Texas! Of course it won’t be as it was prior to March, but the governor has given bar owners the okay to open this Friday, if they so choose. We are still in a “startup” mode with this new opportunity, and please, know things will continue to change over the next few weeks.



We are opening up our patio for table service on Friday May 22!

  • Table service will include wine tasting, wine by the glass, and of course by the bottle
  • We are asking that you call ahead and reserve a table due to limited seating 940-514-1852
  • We will be requesting a maximum 90-minute reservation so we can serve as many of our customers and club members each day during our limited seating
  • Hours will stay the same through Memorial Day weekend
    • Tuesday – Saturday 2pm – 7pm
    • Sunday 2pm – 6pm
  • We will continue to provide online sales via our website for pick up
  • Of course we will continue to sell wine, beer and cigars to-go
  • Club members will still be have the option to request their tastings to-go. Please call ahead to pick up your tasting at 940-514-1852
  • Large groups of more than 6 people are not yet allowed based on State mandates. Please plan accordingly.

Inside seating will be in place starting Friday, May 29th. 

Stay tuned for details on that phase of our reopening.


While table reservations are a new way of doing things, COVID-19 related occupancy and social distancing requirements necessitate managing our available guest space very thoughtfully.

Guests who arrive without a reservation will be welcome based on available seating or may be asked to put in a reservation for the next available table.  


Specials and Events:

Live Music: We will continue to do our Live Streams on Wednesday evening. Please join us at 6pm on Wednesdays for these great musical experiences. This week we have Jeffry Eckels on Bass and Davy Mooney on Guitar!

Virtual Tasting Events will continue: We are working with Dearden Wines, the maker of Trainwreck and the Little Giant, to put together a special event the weekend of May 29th. So stay tuned for those details over the next few days.

Specially Priced cases of wine: We will continue the Dealers Choice cases of wine. We will also begin The Monday Dealers Choice Six Packs starting next week. These will be limited quantity six packs of wines to be sold only on Monday online at our website.


Thank you for your understanding and patience as we look to reopen by providing the highest standards of safety for our patrons, as well as our staff. 

We are grateful for your continued support of Steve’s Wine Bar.


Club Tastings to-go: Club members can call ahead and ask to have their tasting put together for them to take and taste the club wines from the comfort of their home.

Learn more about the club wines this month by checking out our blog at steveswinebar.com/blog.

Tasting Platinum Wines: If you are a Gold Club member and would like to also taste the platinum club wines, we will set that up for you take home along with your gold club wines for $10. 😊

Not a Club Member and still want to taste the wines?: If you are not a club member and would like to take a tasting home from this months featured wines, you may do so. Simply call ahead and we can set that up for you. The Gold Club tasting is $15 and the Platinum Club is $20. If you want to do all the wines, we have that set up for $30. 😊

Join the Club!


To-Go Glass of Wine: Of course all the wines we have on the keeper for the club are available to-go by the glass and the bottle.


Denton Main Street Association Give Away: 

We are participating in the Downtown Denton Main Street program that is running now through June 30th.

When you purchase $10 or more here at Steve’s Wine bar, you will receive a voucher. When you collect vouchers from 12 different businesses, you can turn those into Discover Denton and receive a special "I Supported Downtown Denton"  T-Shirt.


Live Jazz Facebook events.


 

Thank you again for your support!

Cheers from us all!

Steve, Karen and the entire Steve's Wine Bar Team

Time Posted: May 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
May 9, 2020 | Steve Severance

Virtual Wine Tasting with Klinker Brick

Join us for another Virtual Wine Tasting

Friday May 15th 6:00 - 8:00PM Central Time

We will be discussing 5 wines from Klinker Brick Winery from Lodi, CA along with the Klinker Brick history in the wine and grape growing business and how Lodi and that wine region continues to develop and grow.


The Felten family began growing grapes for wine production in Lodi in the late 1800s.  Steve is the 5th generation of grape growers and Farrah, his daughter, is the 6th!  In the beginning the family grew grapes to sell to individuals for home wine production.  During prohibition, the Felton’s continued producing grapes for home wine makers thus preserving many of their Zinfandel plantings.  As a result, today they own some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in the world.  As California wine production grew in quality and starting gaining recognition on an international scale, the Felten’s began to sell fruit to many of California’s premium producers.  When Steve took over he continued this tradition as well as consulting for and farming several vineyards for family and friends in Lodi.  It was not until 1996 when he was stuck with a lot of fruit that he called on the help of his friend and winemaker Barry Gnekow to help him make wine to sell on the bulk market rather than loose the fruit.  Steve enjoyed the process and over the next four years was able to convince his wife Lori that they should make wine under their own label from their family vineyards.  In 2000 they produced the first vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel and the next chapter in the family history began. 


We will be discussing 5 of their wines which include:

Albarino

Farrah Vineyard Syrah

Cabernet Sauvignon

1850 Red Blend

Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel

Purchase two or more of these featured wines by Wednesday evening online here. We will take delivery of these wines on Thursday for you to pick up and take home for the Friday evening Tasting Event.

Pick up a pair of our Titanium Crystal Glasses at a discount for your tasting. 

 

 


Our presenter for this tasting is Renée Roscoe from Klinker Brick.

Renée, a WSET II certified specialist, joined Klinker Brick Winery as Southeastern Sales Manager in January of 2017, bringing over 8 years’ experience in the wine business.  A Maryland native, Renée was born into a family passionate about food and wine quickly developing her own affinity for gastronomy. She earned a degree in Finance and Economics from The College of Charleston but found herself drawn to the world wine.  She worked with a local distributor for eight years in a variety of rolls before assuming her current position at Klinker Brick Winery.  In her free time Renee enjoys cooking for friends, traveling and running with her dog, Lola.


Albarino:

Most notably grown in the coastal regions of Spain, Albarino has found a new home in the Mediterranean climate of Lodi.  We harvest our 18 acres of Albarino vineyards in two lots, half of the fruit coming in very early in the season when sugars are low ensuring a racy acidity in the finished wine.  A perfect pairing with seafood and spicy dishes, look for round melon notes and aromas of juicy white peach.

Farrah Vineyard Syrah:

Rather than approaching Syrah with the “bigger is better” mentality, we prioritize balance in order to showcase the true qualities of this varietal from Lodi.  Ruby red in color, the wine gives aromas of Herbs de Provence, black raspberry and toast.  The palate bursts with ripe cherry and vanilla followed by a long finished.

Cabernet Sauvignon:

As the saying goes, Cab is king.  This mindset has led to many of the finest Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards in Lodi being ripped out and replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon.  While these vineyards provided settings that were optimal to Zinfandel, they do not produce the same quality with Cabernet.  Our philosophy is to keep our treasured Old Vine Zinfandel and search for microclimates in Lodi that are more appropriate for Cabernet.  The search has led us to expand to the furthest reaches of the AVA, especially to the east, where we have found pockets of volcanic soil in conjunction with moderately higher elevations.  Look for intense blueberry aromas with hints of clove and tobacco.

1850 Red Blend:

Inspired by the richness of Bordeaux blends, but crafted using distinctly Lodi grapes, 1850 is a blend of 60% Cabernet, 30% Petite Sirah and 10% Old Vine Zinfandel.  The result is a power house wine drawing on the structure of Cabernet, the aromatic elegance of Peitie Sirah and the bright fruit character of Old Vine Zinfandel.  1850 is the temperature at which bricks become over-fired, taking on the dense, dark characteristics emblematic of Klinker Bricks, a fitting name for a wine!  Notable for its violet blue fruit perfume, the aroma on 1850 draws your nose into the glass.  Deeper aromas of licorice and black pepper lead into dense layers of raspberry and plum are coupled with hints of cinnamon and spice.

Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel:

The Old Ghost Zinfandel represents the finest Old Vine Zinfandel Klinker Brick produces each year.  The name was derived from the Delta Tule Fog which comes up from the ground in the winter time in Lodi, keeping the vineyards moist and cool and surrounding the vines with an ethereal, ghost like fog.  With fruit yields less than one ton to the acre, these 100+ year old ancient vines produce thick skinned grapes, giving the wine it’s ethereal, concentrated qualities.  An intense nose of vanilla, caramel and botanicals lead to full-bodied flavors of luscious boysenberry and ripe cherry layered with dried herbs and cigar box.

Time Posted: May 9, 2020 at 5:55 PM
Steve Severance
 
May 3, 2020 | Steve Severance

Wine Tasting with Basel Cellars - Walla Walla, WA

SIP SESSIONS

With Steve's Wine Bar
 
Washington Winemaker, Dirk Brink

Shelter In Place will be different this Friday Evening
from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Central Time.



Purchase 2 bottles of our Featured Basel Cellars wines by Thursday
and join us Friday May 8th at 6:00 PM for a Zoom call and taste along with Winemaker Dirk Brink.

Wine may be picked up Friday afternoon.

The Session Link will be emailed to you prior to the event on Friday.

 


Featured Wines included in this special offer are: (Buy at least two)

 

Rosé of Syrah

This is our first-ever wine produced from the Rocks District in Milton-Freewater. This two-year-old Syrah planting produced beautiful mineral-rich fruit from the ancient cobblestones in one of the most distinct AVA’s in the world. All fruit was hand harvested early in the season and only two hours of skin contact was allowed after harvesting. A gentle press cycle was performed, followed by cold settling in stainless steel. A cool, slow fermentation lasted for about 45 days, maintaining freshness and varietal expression, while lees was stirred once a week for extra complexity and flavor. We extended the lees contact post fermentation and stirred for an additional two months to ensure depth and character in this Rosé.

The intriguing bouquet will reveal alluring fruit-driven hints of plum, raspberry, gooseberry and mandarin. This Rosé possesses an attractive floral component with notes of cherry blossom and potpourri. The pronounced minerality from the cobblestones is evident, with hints of chalk and smoke, alongside an exciting earthly element of mushroom and forest floor. The higher pH of the Freewater soil series delivered a wine with roundness and viscosity in the mouthfeel. The velvety texture in the mid-palate gives it a long and lingering sensation and balanced finish.The ripe and “sweet” flavors on the forefront are supported by fair acidity and create a subtle accent behind the fruit. This wine will be in its true element when paired with spicy crab cakes, shell fish pasta, pork shoulder with morel mushrooms or brie with truffle oil.

Claret

It is fruit driven with less tannins and acidity in comparison to their many of their other reds. 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 17% Malbec and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only neutral oak is used to make this wine for about 18 months. It shows hints of raspberry, plum, butterscotch. It is floral and perfumy. There is just enough tannins to support a great structure of the wine. It stands alone but will age for a short while.

Cabernet – Syrah

70% Syrah and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an interesting marriage of exceptional fruit from Mckinley Springs for the Syrah and Phinny Hills Vineyard for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The Syrah is co-fermented with Viognier and aged on Hungarian oak for about 20 months. They used about 7% of the viognier in the co-fermentation. This is a vibrant wine with notes of dark cherry, blueberry and orange peel. The Cabernet brings a great structure to the wine. There are notable layers in this wine. It’s got a wonderful mouthfeel but has fine tannins, great acidity which will allow you to cellar this wine for years to come.

Inspired

Grapes: 54% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot.
 
The best Cabernet Franc and Merlot they bring to the Cellar each year. The fruits come from different vineyards. 100% French oak for about 2 years. This wine shows a bouquet of plum, raspberry with darker notes of tobacco & mocca. Ripe fruits lingering in the mid palate merged with a lively acidity and perfectly integrated tannins. The subtle oak tones create a long and pleasant aftertaste.

 

Phinny Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Grapes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 5% Malbec
 
Nestled in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills at an elevation of 750 feet, these Cabernet vines are rooted deeply in rich mineral and gravelly soils and deliver fruit with distinct character. Primary fermentation in barrel and followed by 20 months aging in French and American barriques.
 
This intriguing Cabernet shows beautiful notes of tobacco, leather, black currant and blueberry. With a little aeration, exciting fruit flavors of dark cherry and blackberry will please the senses. The initial taste is soft and supple, with layers of silky fruit coating the mid-palate. The outburst of ripe, dark fruits is complemented by the use of subtle French and American oak. The beautiful integration between fruit and oak is polished well by mature tannins and fair acidity. This Cabernet Sauvignon can easily stand alone, but will be even more expressive and complex when paired with a firm textured cow’s milk cheese, braised lamb shanks, or blue cheese burgers.

Also, we have put together a discounted

2-pack of our Titanium Crystal Burgundy Wine Glasses.

Add a set of two to your tasting order this week.


 

Dirk Brink

Winemaker

"I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and was always surrounded by vineyards and wineries from a young age. I was always very intrigued by the winemaking process. I think my dad’s love for farming and agriculture and my mom’s patience and attention to detail stuck with me. I studied viticulture and enology in South Africa, and during this time worked at the world renowned Vergelegen and Delheim wine estates. I did my first winemaking Internship at Ingwe Wine Estate in South Africa, and came to the states in 2004 and started internships with Chateau St. Michelle, Bookwalter and then moved on to Assistant Winemaker at Kestrel Vintners and then Winemaker at Coeur d’ Alene Cellars before I came to Basel Cellars." 

"I met my beautiful wife Esther in 2005 working at Chateau St. Michelle and got married in 2012. We have one daughter named Anna Marie Lente, a true miracle and blessing from God. We also have an energetic Rhodesian Ridgeback called Cayenne that keeps us on our toes. We enjoy the outdoors, cooking, creating and living life to the fullest every day, and love the God that gave it to us!"

Time Posted: May 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
May 1, 2020 | Steve Severance

May Wine Club Wines -

“Blast from the Past”

May 2020 is a look back at wines we have found to be big winners from past wine clubs. These wines may look familiar as a few, like Pine Ridge, Aviary, and the Renegade, have been served regularly here at the bar. But all of these wines have not been on our wine club for year or longer. So we are now enjoying a new vintage on all of these wines.

View Steve's comments on the wines:

Part 1      Part 2

We are also offering wine-tasting to-go. We have picked up plastic to-go cups which we will be happy to put together in a to-go bag for you to sample at home. Until we are able to start serving you on premise, we want to give you a chance to take home the wine, sample it at home, and then choose your wines for you club. We will number the cap which will correspond with the wines listed here on the blog.

Just call ahead and we will put together your wines for your tasting.

940-514-1852 – Use for pick up and phone orders between 2pm and 7pm.


Gold Club Wines

1 Pine Ridge – white blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier – AVA Clarksburg, CA

Founded in 1978 by Gary Andrus, Pine Ridge Vineyards sits in the heart of the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, famous for Cabernet Sauvignon wines of distinctive power and elegance. Today, the winery owns estate vineyards in five premier Napa Valley appellations: Stags Leap District, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros.

Crisp, bright, and vivacious, an aromatic white blend boasting a bouquet of honeysuckle, orange blossoms, ruby grapefruit, white peach, and jasmine tea. The entry is both bright and mouth filling exhibiting refreshing acidity and roundness, opening to flavors of tangerine, lime, and lemon curd, lemongrass, ginger, white peach, and green apple. This delicious wine finishes clean and long with a lingering hint of lime.

2 Aviary Chardonnay – Napa Region, CA

Founded in 2010, Aviary Vineyards launched with the 2009 vintage of our Napa Valley Red Blend. That first vintage took advantage of tiny lots of different varieties from 13 different vineyards throughout Napa Valley.

The 2018 Aviary California Chardonnay is emblematic of the classic rich style we strive for every vintage. The wine starts lively with floral notes of hibiscus and warm baking spice, before proceeding to the mid-palate with an enticing texture of silky custard or flan. Notes of coconut and tropical fruits abound throughout: guava, pineapple and subtle notes of toasty vanilla bean. The wine finishes with a refreshing splash of tangy acidity complimented perfectly with some secondary hints of toasted hazelnuts. This wine pairs spectacularly with a bevy of main dishes, from roast chicken to creamy seafood pasta; but would also work very nicely aside an after-dinner cheese plate, or even crème brûlée.

3 Light Horse Pinot Noir – Napa Region, CA

Light Horse is a nod to the American West and to the invaluable horses that helped settle this vast and untamed region of the country. These are the wines you’ll turn to every day: classic, easy-drinking and fruit-forward California varietals that offer superior value and complement the foods you enjoy.

This enticing Pinot Noir possesses aromas and flavors of red cherry, cranberry, cassis and sweet spices. Elegantly structured with supple acidity and mellow tannins, hints of vanilla and oak linger on the palate and lead to a graceful finish.

4 Fortant Cabernet – Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Appellation Pays d'Oc

With 30 years of expertise in grape varieties and vineyards in the south of France, Fortant has taken a new step in its perpetual quest for excellence in the know-how of blending terroirs. The house produces for the first time exceptional wines in appellations of origin controlled Languedoc. The Fortant Grands Terroirs range is born with 6 carefully crafted wines, exploring remarkable terroirs in Languedoc.

Aromas of currants, blackberries, and dark cherries combine with highlights of toasty oak and floral earth on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of currant, blueberry, and blackberry that open up into suggestions of rose petal, earth, and oak. Dark fruit and supple tannins.


Platinum Club Wines

5 Mettler Cabernet – Lodi, CA

As one of Lodi’s oldest farming families, they take a lot of pride in farming their vineyards both organically and sustainably. Integrity for the land along with responsible farming practices ensures that the wine grapes are of the highest quality for our wines. The family is involved from the vineyard to the bottle; growing, harvesting, trucking, winemaking and sales.

Inviting aromas of dark cherry, cola, cedar, mineral, and earth followed by a graceful mingling of cherry, cranberry and sweet oak flavors with a whisper of vanilla. On the palate, the rich mouthfeel is moderated by juicy acidity, and the long finish is reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux. This elegant and poised Cabernet is accessible now, and its structure and complexity will see it through many years of aging.

6 Ancient Peaks Renegade Red Blend - Syrah, Zinfandel, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Petite Sirah – Paso Robles, CA

Ancient Peaks Winery represents the shared vision of three longtime local winegrowing and ranching families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms. In 2005, the three families acquired ownership and control of Margarita Vineyard. The obvious potential of the vineyard ultimately inspired the three families to become vintners as well as winegrowers. They knew that they could cherry-pick their favorite blocks and make distinctive wines with a strong sense of place.

The 2017 Renegade comes from the estate Margarita Vineyard on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. From missionaries to gunslingers, roughriders to outlaws, a colorful cast of characters has traversed the ranch’s rugged terrain since the 18th century. An intensely flavored blend that pushes the envelope, defiantly bold and daringly elegant. Loaded with enticing aromas of blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, sandalwood and savory tobacco. A rich, juicy texture reveals flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, cedar, cocoa and baking spice. A lingering jammy fruit character is joined by black pepper spiciness on a smooth, rounded finish.

7 Sean Minor Nicole Marie Red Blend - 50% Merlot - 25% Petite Sirah - 25% Zinfandel – North Coast, CA

Initially, the brand was called Four Bears because of their four children - three sons and a daughter. “Early on, we would convene at the kitchen table to taste various lots of wine, play around with potential blends and talk about what we liked and didn’t like. At one point, our 4-year-old likened this practice to the idea that we were like Goldilocks searching for just the right bottle”.

Wines are produced from premier appellations throughout California, sourced from vineyard sites strategically located near the cool, marine influences of the sun-filled California coast. With the help of a family friend and colleague, Will Bucklin, the initial production featured a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast Chardonnay, and Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc.

Fast forward to today - the children have grown up, the business has evolved and the name has changed (Sean Minor Wines). “Since we don’t own vineyards, we work diligently with sustainable, experienced farms throughout California and Oregon”.

The Nicole Marie Red Blend is deep ruby in color and displays aromas of ripe blueberry, dark cherry, cassis and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of blueberries and dark cherry combined with hints of oak spices that coat the palate. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.

8 Dante Super Tuscan – Merlot and Sangiovese – Tuscany, Italy

A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. “Super Tuscan” is a term used to describe red wines from Tuscany that include the use of non-indigenous grapes, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The creation of super Tuscan wines was a result of the frustration winemakers had towards a slow bureaucracy in changing the wine law of Italy during the 1970’s. Winemakers began mixing ‘unsanctioned’ wine varieties (like Merlot) into their blends to make high quality wines. The legal system eventually yielded in 1992 with the creation of IGT, a new designation that gave winemakers the ability to be more creative.

Intense ruby red color, intense aroma of oak and fruit. Characteristic flavor of red berries and plums with persistent oak finish. Gentle and harmonious, flavor of cherry and plum, fruity with oak finish.

Ideal to accompany roasts, chops and mature cheese.

This fine wine is mostly made from selected Sangiovese grapes from selected Tuscan vineyards with sandy, clayey and calcareous soil. Following the old traditional vinification method, completely mature grapes are harvested from vineyards and crushed almost immediately. The wine is filtered and stored at constant temperature in oak casks and small barriques for a minimum period of 12 months, in order to obtain warmer tones and colo Color: Intense ruby red color.

Time Posted: May 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
April 21, 2020 | Steve Severance

Chilean Sip and Learn Event

SIP SESSIONS

With Steve's Wine Bar
 
SIP SESSION
with Chilean wine expert Carlos Miquel.
Shelter In Place will be different this Saturday
from 6:00 – 7:30 PM Central Time.


• Did you know that Chile exports more wine than the US?
About a half billion dollars more.
• Did you know Chile has some of the oldest vines in the world? Unaffected by phylloxera, Chile never had to graft to resistant stock.
 • Did you know Chile is the 7th largest producer of wine? Chile has seen the most growth among the major producers over the past 5 years.
 
Purchase 2 bottles of our Featured Chilean wines by Thursday
and join us Saturday April 25 at 6:00 PM for a Zoom call when we interview Carlos Miquel and examine the history of Chile and their incredible wines.

All featured wines have been rated 92 points or better by several renowned professionals!

The Session Link will be emailed to you prior to the event on Saturday.
 


• Featured Chilean Wines included in this special offer are: (Buy at least two)

- Vina Chocalan "Vitrum" Red Blend. $31
- Vina Chocalan "Alexia" Red Blend $54
- Calyptra Grand Reserve "Assemblage" Red Blend $44
- Calyptra Inedito Limited Edition Red Blend $60
- Calyptra Zahir 100% Cabernet Sauvignon $75


It’s your choice.

Order wines online and pick the wines up this Friday or Saturday.  Drink one, both or all of them before the class, save them for the class or watch the class and then drink them. It's your choice.

We have a limit on available wines in Texas, so order soon before they run out.

Questions:

steve@steveswinebar.com


JOIN US for a SIP SESSION from Chile

Carlos has been in the wine industry for over 20 years representing Chilean wineries in the USA, in 2014 he saw the opportunity to set up an importing business for smaller, family owned , estate grown and bottled wineries.  He is currently the importer for both Viña Calyptra and Viña Chocalan from Chile in the US, and is a certified WSET wine educator.


A Little More About the Wines:


ALEXIA: 70% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot.
Powerful deep bouquet combining black fruit, cassis with fresh spice and hint of menthol notes. Well integrated notes of cedar in balance with cherry licorice. Fleshy on the palate, rich and concentrated wine, build on tight tannins that will ensure long keeping. Lush and velvety texture with a long finish. Decanting is recommended.

VITRUM: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 4% Carmenère, 2% Petit Verdot.
Brilliant and deep ruby red color. A powerful and expressive nose, sweet and spicy notes. This wine offers ripe red fruits aromas and jam. Great character and structure in the mouth, it is a bodied wine with a good volume. Soft and firm tannins that provides a high potential of ageing. Creamy, with anisette notes that melts with smoky and chocolate bitter flavors.
 
CALYPTRA GRAND RESERVA  "ASSEMBLAGE": 67% Syrah, 33% Merlot
A wine with a beautiful dark ruby-red color with violet highlights. Outstanding fruit with a nose full of red berries, black cherry, black pepper, hints of violets. Those elements come through on the palate with fresh black and red fruit, revealing a full-bodied wine. This wine opens generously, very silky and lush on the palate. In mid palate, it is round and velvety with very fine tannins and the excellent acidity enhance its liveliness and balance.
Decanting is recommended for at least 1 hour.  

It has a cellaring potential of 10 to 15 years. 

CALYPTRA "INEDITO": Cabernet Sauvignon: 58%; Merlot: 25%; Syrah: 17%
Dark ruby-red color.  A powerful wine with very good level of soft and rounded tannins.  On the palate, it is perfectly balanced, full-bodied and superbly voluptuous on the mid-palate with extremely fine, firm, and sweet tannins. Each bottle is numbered.  The wine is elegant and has a very well defined character. With an excellent cellaring potential.

CALYPTRA "ZAHIR": 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
A wine with a beautiful dark red color with ruby-red highlights. Subtle on the nose, with a big range of aromas that shows an amazing complexity. Red fruits such as cherry, plums, cassis, and raspberry. A robust wine with very good level of soft and rounded tannins. The wine is elegant and has a very well defined character. On the palate, it is perfectly balanced, full-bodied and superbly voluptuous on the mid-palate with extremely fine, firm, and sweet tannins. Its out-standing acidity gives the wine a youthful, refreshing feeling. Its structure gives this wine cellaring potential of at least 30 years.    

Time Posted: Apr 21, 2020 at 6:51 AM
Steve Severance
 
April 4, 2020 | Steve Severance

April Wine Club Wines

April Gold Club Wines

Mont Gravet Cotes de Gascogne, Gascony, FR (2018)

A crisp, acidic, and approachable white made from the oft-misunderstood Colombard grape, one that was until relatively recently used for brandy production.  These grapes are grown in Gascony, France, which is found in the very southwest corner in France.  The grapes are aged in stainless steel, undergoing malolactic fermentation and aging on their lees, resulting in a rich, creamy texture.  This region benefits from having a combination of Oceanic and Mediterranean climates, providing ample sun for the production of this lovely white that shows floral and citrus notes on the nose followed by friendly ripe stone fruit on the palate.

Klinker Brick ‘Bricks & Roses”- Lodi, CA  (2018)

Klinker Brick is one of the most recognized and well acclaimed producers in the Lodi region, named after the odd-colored ‘klinker bricks’ used in the production of the early 20th-century houses still present in Lodi.  This rose is a combination of Grenache, Carignane, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, utilizing both Rhone and ‘Old Vine’ varietals.  Unlike many substantial production wineries, the grapes used for “Bricks & Roses” are designated for just that, and are not surplus from red wine production.    This wine is made in a ‘Provence’ style, signifying no skin contact, no oak, and little tannin, making for a clean, acidic rose highlighted by notes of melon, grapefruit, cherry, and hints of minerality.  Drink this with clean, lean proteins or rich salads. 

Lunaria Coste di Moro, Montepulciano, IT (2016)

Another entry in the rapidly-expanding world of biodynamic wine.  This red is made from 100% Montepulciano from its namesake Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOP.  The winemaking process, like some of our previous biodynamic selections, involves the grapes being rested on their indigenous yeasts following de-stemming and pressing.  This is followed by aging in oak, stainless steel, and in the bottle.  This wine is characterized by plush, fresh red fruits such as cherry and red plum accented by savory notes of hay, oregano, and tar, making a wonderful pairing for cured meats or rich tomato-based pastas. 

Loca Linda Malbec, Uco Valley, AR (2018)

Brighter red fruits like cherry and raspberry combined with soft tannins and approachable acidity give this Argentinian red its profile.  Produced by Loca Linda or “Crazy Beautiful” Wines, this fun, easy red is representative of its name, and will go well with a wide variety of savory dishes. 

April Platinum Club Wines

Onderra Reserva Rioja, Spain (2014)

Bodegas Ondarre is based in Viana and makes a very enjoyable range of Rioja wines. This cuvée of Tempranillo with 15% Mazuelo and Garnacha is a case in point, with plenty of perfume, succulent berry fruit and a gentle balsamic finish. A tight, drawing palate is tannic and high in acidity. Like the nose, this tastes saucy, earthy and tomatoey, while a steady finish confirms that this is traditional Rioja reserva.

Familia Deicas Tannat, Uruguay  (2015)

A winery under the umbrella of the legendary Paul Hobbs, Familia Deicas is bringing a storied vinicultural history to the generally underappreciated wine-growing regions of Uruguay.  This 100% Tannat is sourced from four estate vineyards in order to create an ideal representation of the country’s flagship varietal.  This wine pours an inky purple with a nose dominated by earth, herbs, and blue fruits.  You will probably find this wine more akin to some of the more structured reds of Languedoc and Rhone, as this wine’s tannins are apparent, but well integrated with bright acidity and fig notes to round out.

KWV Petit Verdot, South Africa (2017)

KWV is amongst South Africa’s most admired and consumed producers, and one of the very few that you will find producing a 100% Petit Verdot every year!  Generally forgotten among its other Bordeaux counterparts, Petit Verdot is generally used for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot for its hallmark inky purple color and immense structure.  KWV’s rendition is aged 8 months in oak and shows notes of dark red fruit, graphite, and spice on the nose.  The palate is surprisingly ripe, with luscious black cherry and plum notes but balanced out with formidable tannins and acid, making a perfect accompaniment for any red meat. 

Hess “Allomi” Cabernet Sauvignon- Napa Valley, CA (2016)

From amongst the most recognizable and respected producers in CA, Hess’s “Allomi” is sourced from the estate’s Allomi vineyard in Northern Napa Valley.  This has all of the prerequisite hallmarks of a Napa Cabernet, with Cabernet Sauvignon making up the bulk of the blend, with Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Merlot adding color and structure.  This sees 18 months in 27% American Oak.  On the nose, you will find black fruit, floral notes, and vanilla from the oak.  On the palate, this is a decadent wine, clocking in at 14.5% ABV with a palate dominated by ripe black fruits, bittersweet chocolate and velvety tannins.

Learn more about this months wines from Steve.

Time Posted: Apr 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM
Steve Severance
 
March 17, 2020 | Steve Severance

Steve's and the Corona Virus....

Steve’s Wine Bar Status Update

We have an immediate change in our operations for the coming week(s).

In anticipation that the City of Denton will be implementing restrictions on restaurants and bars, we will be holding off serving beverages for on-premise enjoyment. We have also cancelled all live music for this coming week. We will evaluate the plans after this weekend and see what the rest of the month holds for us.

We anticipate the restaurants around us are able to and will offer food to-go and delivery and we hope you will support our neighbors by ordering food from them.

Steve’s Wine Bar is in a unique position as our TABC license allows us to sell wine and beer to-go!

With that said, we will stay open to offer our customers and club members the opportunity to stop by and pick up wine and beer to-go. When you order food from the restaurants around us, consider stopping into Steve’s and purchase some wine or beer to pair with your meal. And even a glass of wine to-go while you wait for your food to be prepared.

During this time we will have to reduce our staff. You may see at times only Karen and/or Steve here at the bar. As you know, all of our people are very important to us and they will see a reduction in income due to the loss of hours worked.

We want to be able to help them out during this time period and we have several ways you can help them and the business.

Order Products Online with us:

  • We will be placing some of our inventory online each day at our website for people to purchase and stop in to pick up their wine to-go. Products will change based on what we have in inventory, so check back to see what is new online.
  • If you would like to have it ready by a particular time, please email us at info@steveswinebar.com and we will pull the wine you have purchased, or want to purchase when you when you arrive, for you prior to stopping by.
  • If you don’t want to wait to see what we are putting online, we will also be open for you to browse our inventory and pick and choose wine from our racks and wine cellars.

Join our Wine Club:

  • If you are not a club member but would like to enjoy discounts on your purchase of bottles of wine, you can sign up online at /Wine-Club. You will not only receive a discount on the bottles purchase online, but each month you receive two bottles from your club level which have been handpicked by Steve for the month. Check out this months’ list of wines on our website blog. We have some great tasting Washington Wines.
  • During this time of reduced services, we will also modify our club membership discounts on bottles purchased online. We hope this will be an added benefit to you, our club members, to help us stay the course during these concerning times.
  • Platinum Club members currently receive a 15% discount on individual bottles and 20% off for cases of wine of 12 bottles or more. We are increasing that discount to 20% off for a bottle of wine and 25% off a case of wine.
  • Gold Club members currently receive a 10% discount on a bottle and 15% off on a case of wine. We will increase each of those discounts by 5% to 15% and 20% respectively.

Purchase a Digital Gift Card: Main Page at steveswinebar.com

  • We have gift cards available to purchase on our main page of our website. When you purchase one of these cards you will receive a digital code which can be used when we open up for regular business in the weeks to come.

Online Tip: 

  • We have setup an online tip which we will use to help offset the loss of income to our tipped employees. Click on the pull down menu on tip and choose an amount. If you are able to help support our team through this method, we welcome and thank you for your help and support!

Take a walk around downtown:

  • Stop in and grab a glass of wine or beer to go and enjoy a nice walk around the square.

These are trying times and we hope to be able to manage these turbulent waters ahead of us with your help. Karen and I are committed to do what we can to see this through, and your continued support through the programs listed here will be tremendous.

As always, thank you for your support, your friendship, and love.

Cheers!

Steve and Karen and the entire Steve’s Wine Bar Team.

 

Time Posted: Mar 17, 2020 at 1:10 PM
Steve Severance
 
March 16, 2020 | Steve Severance

March Wine Club Wines

Steve's March Wine Club Wines

Gold Club Wines

Bieler Family Pinot Grigio “Daisy” (2018)

A blend of four white grape varieties, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Muscat, co-fermented at the precise moment of optimal ripeness. Daisy opens with gorgeous aromas of grapefruit, lychee, licorice and summer flowers, framed by a flinty minerality. The palate delivers an intriguing interplay between rich, ripe notes and a firm acid backbone. There's a beautiful sense of lightness, texture and freshness to the fruit flavors that linger on the finish. The balance is exquisite.

Springtree Chardonnay (2018)

Spring in the Yakima Valley is a time of renewal. The harshness of winter gives way to a season of softness and warmth that awakens the senses to the beauty of the region. The wines of Springtree reflect this feeling. Sourced from some of the finest blocks in our estate vineyard, this gently crafted artisanal wine caresses the palate with a fresh, fruit forward expression, finesse, and balance true to the terroir in which it was grown. Co-fermented with Viognier, this Chardonnay displays refreshing notes of pears, lemon zest, and honeydew melon.

In Sheep's Clothing, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (2016)

Dark brooding blackberry balanced by bright Bing cherry notes, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from both Wahluke Slope and Red Mountain in Washington state. The opulence of fruit is dominant, balanced by smooth tannins and a long finish. This Washington Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by renowned winemaker Andre Mack, famous for his Oregon projects.

Drumheller Cellars, Columbia Valley Merlot (2017)

Like their namesake, the wines of Drumheller are dramatic and distinct. Drumheller approaches winemaking thinking about elegance, and the resulting wines show very delicate flavors with impressive balance and character. A pretty aromatic profile and fresh texture make them perfect for either sipping or pairing with food. This Merlot opens with aromas of blueberry, subtle spice and rose petals with hints of cocoa. Balanced in style, this wine is structured yet lively.

Lone Birch Red Blend (2018)

For four generations, the Miller family has farmed in the Yakima Valley – Washington’s oldest established AVA and home to some of the state’s finest vineyards. The winery is named after a 70 year old birch tree that sits in the vineyards. This red blend of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese imparts a bouquet of dark berry and spice leading to a smooth finish with smooth finish with soft lingering tannins.

Platinum Club Wines

Sleight of Hand Cellars – The Spellbinder, Red Blend (2017)

The 2017 Spellbinder is a gorgeous blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 5% Syrah. It is dramatically aromatic, with classic Cabernet characteristics like fresh herb and earth notes framed by graphite overtones. Medium bodied, the Spellbinder shows both red and dark fruit characteristics, including Bing cherry, blackberry, and cassis, that finishes with soft tannins and bright acidity. This wine is the perfect everyday wine that drinks well alone or as an accompaniment to a broad spectrum of foods, from meaty fish to pork and chicken.

Revelry Range, Grenache 63%/Syrah 37% Red Blend (2016)

Founded in 2005, Revelry Vintners is a progressive producer of premium wines, highlighting the viticulture and the dynamic quality of Washington State's Columbia Valley. Range is a blend of Grenache from the southern reaches of Washington State, and Syrah grown 100 miles to the north. The product of two classic Rhone varietals, each grown in vastly distinct locales, this wine is a sultry, and incredibly balanced array of flavor. It is the extent to which, or the limits between which variation is possible.

Basel Cellars Claret, Red Blend  (2016)

It’s no secret that any good glass of wine is made in the vineyard. The Walla Walla vineyard is certified sustainable and salmon safe. The distinct terroirs of Double River and Double Canyon are revealed in the beloved Bordeaux-style red blend. The expressive and vivid dark berry fruit from Double Canyon complements the bright and floral characteristics of the Double River Vineyard fruit and creates a beautiful multi-layered wine. It is said over and over again that Walla Walla and the Eastern Washington terroir are something special—that there is nothing else like it in the world. In addition to being located along the same latitudinal axis as some of the most famous wine regions in the world, Walla Walla is one of the few places whose vines are planted on their original roots. 36% Cab Sauv, 36% Merlot, 18% Cab Franc, 10% Malbec

*Owen Roe Cab Franc Rosa Mystica (2017)

Owen Roe is committed to practicing the highest standards of winemaking. Since the first vintage in 1999, the goal has been simple; to produce beautiful wines from superior sites in the Pacific Northwest. A place where the fruit ripens slowly and fully, resulting in excellent acidity and balance. All of the grapes are hand harvested, handled with minimal processing, small-lot fermented and aged in French oak barrels. This vintage of Cabernet Franc from the Yakima Valley is more opulent than versions past. The beautiful fragrance of Cabernet Franc is redolent of violets, tobacco leaf, and blackberries.

*Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet (2016)

Nestled in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills at an elevation of 750 feet, these Cabernet vines are rooted deeply in rich mineral and gravelly soils and deliver fruit with distinct character. Aged for 20 months in French and American barriques. This intriguing Cabernet shows beautiful notes of tobacco, leather, black currant and blueberry. With a little aeration, exciting fruit flavors of dark cherry and blackberry will please the senses.

The initial taste is soft and supple, with layers of silky fruit coating the mid-palate. The outburst of ripe, dark fruits is complemented by the use of subtle French and American oak. The beautiful integration between fruit and oak is polished well by mature tannins and fair acidity. This Cabernet Sauvignon can easily stand alone, but will be even more expressive and complex when paired with a firm textured cow’s milk cheese, braised lamb shanks, or blue cheese burgers. Enjoy!


*Baby Big Dog – Take only one, plus a lower priced wine, as part of your two Platinum Club member wines.

 

Time Posted: Mar 16, 2020 at 10:37 AM