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Steve Severance
 
September 16, 2020 | Steve Severance

Miner Family Vineyard Virtual Tasting

We have another fantastic Virtual Tasting scheduled for the evening of September 24th 6pm – 7:30pm.

Join us as we welcome Mike Steffel, VP of Sales and Marketing with award winning Napa winery, Miner Family Vineyards.

Buy two bottles of these featured wines or ONE of the Oracle, and you will receive a link to the Zoom Event to join us for this special tasting.

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Miner is a dynamic family-owned winery tucked along the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation in the heart of Napa Valley. Founded in 1998 by Dave and Emily Miner, Miner Family Winery crafts reserve-style wines by sourcing fruit from Napa Valley and other specially selected California vineyards .


The People

Things all began for Dave Miner following a number of years spent working in the software industry. Dave got his start in wine in 1993 as President of Oakville Ranch Vineyards, owned by his late uncle, Robert Miner. Having spent years as an enthusiastic wine consumer and collector, Dave had a natural affinity for the business.

Emily Miner, a Minnesota transplant and graduate of Santa Clara University joined Oakville Ranch as the Tasting Room Manager. It was there Dave and Emily met and fell in love.

Over the years they have sought and secured a number of California’s finest vineyard sites, but only those allowing complete farming control. It is this level of detail and control, from vine to wine, that ensures a wine’s consistency and quality. The relationships with these owners and farmers are paramount to all that they do.

Each wine at Miner is crafted in a style to encapsulate the distinctive elements and the indelible fingerprints of their respective vineyards.



Our featured speaker is Mike Steffel. Born and raised in Minnesota Mike has spent over 20 years in the Wine Business. Before joining Miner Family WInes, he worked for a number of national distributors along with managing two estate wineries. The two other wineries were O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery on Howell Mountain and Domaine Serene in Oregon.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Vineyards

A few of the vineyards that are part of or influences the featured wines include:

Stagecoach Vineyard: is one of the most ambitious vineyard developments to date. Situated upon a stagecoach trail from the 1800s, this 800-acre vineyard was planted around enormous rocks and boulders atop the eastern hills of Napa Valley. At nearly 1,500 feet above the valley floor, this vineyard consistently produces bold, age-worthy wines from it’s famously red, rocky, volcanic soils.

Gary’s Vineyard: Located inland from Monterey in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Garys’ Vineyard is widely recognized for producing some of the finest Pinot Noir in California. Named after partners Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni, the vineyard was planted in 1996 using obtained budwood from a famed vineyard in Burgundy

Genny’s Vineyard: owned by the Garvey family and named after matriarch Genevive (“Genny”), is located in the cooler Carneros region of Napa Valley and is planted to three different clones (Robert Young, 76, and 96) of Chardonnay.


The Wines

The various styles of wine Miner Vineyard’s creates include Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone and a little Italian. The wines we are featuring for this tasting include:

Napa Valley Chardonnay: Sourced from select low-yielding vineyards in Napa Valley, our Chardonnay is characterized by crisp apple, ripe melon and citrus flavors, gently balanced with toasty French oak. Our winemaker uses malolactic fermentation in moderation to retain the wine’s bright acidity. More than a decade after our Chardonnay put us on the map, this wine remains a classic.

Pinot Noir, Gary’s Vineyard:   This 50-acre vineyard was planted in 1995 by friends and growers Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni along the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley. With plenty of lovely, rich tannins, this Pinot offers up flavors of dark red fruit, subtle oak, nutmeg-clove spice. Aged for 14 months in French Oak.

Emily’s Cabernet: Emily’s is their eponymous offering in remembrance of Emily Miner, co-founder of Miner Family Winery. This blend is as expressive and elegant as our muse.

Emily is honored by the crafting a decadent and rich wine layered with aromas of black fruit and hints of mocha, espresso and toasted oak. Truly iconic Napa Valley for a truly iconic woman.

Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard: Challenged by the rocky volcanic soils of this mountainous vineyard site, the vines at Stagecoach produce fruit of extraordinary quality and intensity. This meticulously farmed property is hand-picked according to our winemaker Stacy Vogel’s specifications. Loaded with rich ripe fruit and spice notes with touches of toasty oak, our Merlot has a nice grip from fine tannins on the lengthy finish.

The Oracle: The Oracle is an exceptionally balanced, full-bodied red blend made from grapes grown at Stagecoach Vineyard in the eastern hills of Napa Valley. In Greek mythology, the oracle was a source of inspiration and revelation. We hope that you will find the answers to life’s most compelling questions while enjoying The Oracle with friends and family.


As always, the plan for our virtual tasting is for you to buy some of the featured wines to join in the Zoom Tasting on the 24th.

Typically the minimum is a two bottle buy, but this time around, we have a couple of higher end wines and if you would like to purchase a single bottle of the Oracle, we will include you in the tasting event.

Trust us, you will love these wines and we hope that you will be part of this special tasting.

Pre-orders are being done now and we will take orders online or in the bar up through Tuesday. We will place the order with the distributor for delivery on Wednesday the 23rd for pick up prior to the tasting event on Thursday evening.

You can buy online HERE.

Time Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
September 11, 2020 | Steve Severance

Special Wine - Special Opportunity

Castello Banfi 2015 Brunello di Montelcino


 

A special Wine and a special Opportunity

  • Have you ever wondered about wines that are considered special, collectible, unique, and highly rated?
  • Have you spent time with a friend who pulls an aged bottle of wine to drink that sells for hundreds of dollars?
  • Would you like to be that person who pulls a highly rated and expensive wine for your friends?
  • Ever wonder how someone can afford a super expensive wine? (shhh…buy low)

We have a fun opportunity with an Italian Brunello from Castello Banfi from Tuscany which hits all of the marks.

Highly rated by several experts including James Suckling, Wine Spectator, and Wine Advocate.

Ready to drink today, but also ready for you to lay down for years to come to improve flavor as well as the potential price of the bottle. Imagine laying this special wine down for a few years and pulling a bottle from your collection to share with friends, or to have as part of a special meal with your loved ones.

We have several options for you to consider if you would like to grab a few bottles to enjoy at home.

Check our this brief video, feel free to pause the video to read more about the wine and the winery.

We are doing a pre-buy on the wine.

Order a single bottle of wine or a multi-bottle pack:

  • Standard 750ml bottle at $110*
  • Half bottle 375ml at $50*
  • 1.5L bottle at $200* (equal to two standard bottles)
  • 3L bottle at $340* (equal to four standard bottles)
  • 6L bottle at $580* (equal to eight standard bottles) – That’s a big bottle!
  • Order a 3 or 6 pack of the 750ml bottles with added discounts
  • Order a 6 or 12 pack of the 375 bottles with added discounts

You can buy online at /Our-Wines-and-Products/Red or stop by the bar and order your wines in person. We will combine all the orders and send it to the distributor for delivery on September 29th for you to pick up at the bar.

*For our wine club members, your standard discounts apply on all options, including the multi-bottle packs.

Don’t delay and get your order in ASAP to take advantage of this special purchase.


About the wine:

Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese, select clones.

Production Technique: A meticulous grape selection is followed by vinification with skin contact for 10-12 days. Released in the 5th year after harvest, the wine is aged for a minimum of 4 years, including 2 years in oak barrels of various sizes, mainly French oak barriques and partly in Slavonian oak casks.

  • Color: Intense ruby red with garnet reflections.
  • Bouquet: Ethereal, violet, vanilla with hints of licorice.
  • Taste: Full, soft, velvety, with  traces of spice.
  • Alcohol Content: 13-14%.

Perfect with red meats, wild game and aged cheeses.


About the Winery:

Banfi was founded in 1978 thanks to the will of the Italian-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani.

Positioned at the confluence of the Orcia and Ombrone rivers, the Banfi estate extends along the southern slopes of the township of Montalcino across 7,100 acres of land; one third of the property is under specialized vine and the balance is shared between olive groves, wheat fields, plum trees, truffle stands, forest and scrub. 

From the beginning, the goal of the two brothers was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines.

Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's foremost enologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.

Since the beginning, the Castello Banfi wines achieved outstanding accolades from the most acclaimed wine writers and opinion leaders from all over the world.

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
September 9, 2020 | Steve Severance

Concierge Wine Service

Our in-house wine specialist Brian, has taken a leading role in learning and sharing information about our wines and specials. You likely see his daily posts on Facebook and the videos we have done to help our customers choose the right wines during this time of limited service. 

The Concierge Service entails the following:

  • 30 minute One-on-One service with Brian to help review wines with you that we currently have in stock (or special orders of wines we do not have in house).
  • Special In-Bar Service: Brian will directly work with you here in the bar to identify the types of wine you might be looking for and help pick the appropriate wines.
  • Complimentary Wine: During your time with Brian, you will have the opportunity to sip on a complimentary glass of wine, typically one of our higher end wines we have chosen to serve that day.
  • 35% off a Case of 12 or more bottles from our inventory*: The plan is to help you find 12 or more wines that you would like to take home. When picking 12 or more wines we will increase your case discount to 35%.
  • Special Order: Based on availability from our distributors, we will offer special pricing on cases of wine you would like us to special order for you. Our plan is to give you pricing that is as good, if not better than what you can get those same wines through your big-box retailers.

*This does not include the current months wine club wines.

Our hope is to offer you a fun and informative experience when considering all the wine options we have here at Steve’s.

We are offering this special service on Tuesday and Sunday. This is a reservation program so please call in to set your time to meet with Brian. If need be, to work with our customers schedules on Tuesday and Sunday, we will stay open a bit later based on reservations for the day.  

Call our main number at 940-514-1852 to reserve your time.

Time Posted: Sep 9, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Steve Severance
 
September 4, 2020 | Steve Severance

September 2020 Wine Club Notes

Old World VS New World

The “Blind-Tasting Challenge” is back for September. In the past when we have done this, it has always been very well-received.  It’s a fun exercise in allowing your senses do the decision making rather than the label, region, or varietal, to pick your favorite wines. 

This month we are doing the Old World VS New World.

We have four wines on each club. Both clubs have a mix of old world and new world wines. Your challenge is to pick which wines are from which world.

We have 4 varietals on each club: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Chardonnay, Garnacha/Grenache, and Cabernet.

Platinum Club members of course will taste all 8 wines. You will have the chance to not only choose which of your four wines are old or new world, but you will be able to compare the varietal on which is old or new world. 

Gold Club members have four different wines to taste and pick which is which. If you would like to take on the varietal challenge as well, you can add on the platinum tasting for just $10 a person.

When you pick up your tasting, we will give you a sheet to use to select if the wine is old world or new world. Return that when you come in to pick up your bottles and you can see how well you did.

NOT A CLUB MEMBER? Join today online and come and be part of the challenge. Or you can also simply purchase a tasting for you to pick up and enjoy at home or on our patio. Gold Club Tastings are $15 a person, Platinum Club Tastings are $20 a person, OR do both for $30 a person. You can stop in and ask to purchase a tasting to-go, or have the server help get you signed up for the club.

Sign up online here

We look forward to having you join us in this challenge and look forward to seeing you soon!


CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay from Chablis, FR (Chablis AOC)

Among the most respected regions in the world of cold-climate Chardonnay, Chablis produces maybe the hyperbolic examples of the style.  This section of Burgundy is responsible for producing clean, lean versions of Chardonnay that stand in stark contrast to the heavily-oaked, rich examples produced here in the US.  This is a quintessential example of the style.  On the nose, look for aromas of lemon peel, crisp green apple, and flinty minerality.  On the palate, see if you find the vein of salinity intertwined within the crisp tree fruit character supplemented by notable acidity and minerality. 

Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina (Mendoza DOC)

Argentina is probably not the first place you would think of when it comes to Chardonnay.  It is far from the most-planted white variety in the country, and rarely finds its way to the US market unless it is distributed by larger brands or one connected to a prominent domestic brand (Think Felino of the Paul Hobbs portfolio).  This is not to speak ill of its quality, however, as Argentinian Chardonnay is a treat and will appeal to fans of other new world styles.  In this example look for aromas of baked apple, ripe pear, and butter, with notes of vanilla, creme brulee, and ripe tree and stone fruits on the palate.


PINOT GRIS

Pinot Gris from Tuscany, Italy (Toscana IGT)

Italian Pinot Grigio is most often sourced from the Northeastern region of Alto Adige; one of Italy’s cooler climates that turns out crisp, mineral-driven interpretations.  When sourced from a hotter region such as Tuscany, however, Pinot Gris usually displays a fruitier, riper character.  In this example look for aromas of apricot and melon and notes of pear, stone fruit, honey, and cream on the palate. 

Pinot Gris from Mendocino County, CA (Anderson Valley AVA)

Anderson Valley is known as one of the premier areas for Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines in California, housing the wineries of many Champagne’s most prominent houses such as Louis Roederer’s (Cristal, Champagne Deutz) Roederer Estate and Scharffenberger.  It would make sense then that cool-climate friendly grapes such as Pinot Gris would thrive in this cool, coastal climate.  Take note of the aromas of stone and citrus fruits mixed with fresh lemongrass and the palate laden with lime zest, apricot, pear and subtle notes of beeswax supplemented by well-integrated acidity and minerality.  


GRENACHE

Grenache from El Dorado, CA (Fair Play AVA)

When we think of Rhone Varietals from California, we generally think of the regions that housed the initial ‘Rhone Rangers’ effort such as Santa Barbara (Bonny Doon, etc) and Paso Robles (Tablas Creek, etc.).  They have found their way all over the state, as there are plantings of Grenache from the South Coast AVA’s all the way to Lake County.  This example is from the larger Sierra Foothills region; an area primarily known for Zinfandel, but one that is expanding its wine repertoire.  In this example look for aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and star anise playing with robust dark red fruits.  On the palate, look for rich black cherry, blueberry, vanilla, and spicy smoky mesquite.

Grenache (Garnacha) from Spain

Standing in stark contrast to the Grenaches of Rhone and even the New World, Spanish Garnacha is like if wine was a ‘warm blanket.’  Due to its Mediterranean climate, Garnacha’s tend to display heightened notes of tertiary notes such as spices and oak influence.  They can be manipulated greatly during the winemaking process, and use a wide variety of oak programs to yield different levels of richness or approachability.  In this example, look for notes of five spice and reduced raspberry on the nose, with notes of rich plum, baking spices, and vanilla supplemented by firm tannins and lip-smacking acidity.


CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cabernet Sauvignon from Puglia, IT (IGT Puglia)

IIf you have had Italian Cabernet Sauvignon, it likely has been sourced from Tuscany, which has built its reputation with its approachable and legendary Super Tuscan blends.  However, the variety is planted in select amounts all over Italy, with one of the more recent and prominent examples being Puglia.  This region is located on the ‘heel’ of the boot that is Italy, and experiences a warm, Oceanic climate.  This weather makes for reds with restrained tannins, moderate acidity, and fresh, lively fruit flavors.  In this example, look for notes of black cherry, raspberry, and spicebox notes such as anise, and cinnamon on both the nose and palate.

Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, CA (Paso Robles AVA)

We have long loved Cabs from this Central Coast region of California.  The status of Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years, and can be found just about everywhere at a wide variety of price points.  Cab’s from this area are often excellent examples of how very hot climates interact with late-ripening varieties.  In this example, look for aromas of macerated blueberries, reduced black cherries, and black peppercorn and notes of dark red fruits, five-spice, and rich vanilla on the palate.  

Time Posted: Sep 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
August 23, 2020 | Steve Severance

Opolo Virtual Wine Tasting

 

Tasting Event: Saturday August 29th, 6pm Central Time

Opolo’s estate vineyards were established in 1995, with sites on both the west and east side of Paso Robles. The topographically diverse, coastal landscape of the westside vineyards provides for an intense and unique flavor profile. The heat and dryness of the east side vineyard make it an ideal microclimate for growing Bordeaux varietals. Home to a wide range of varietals, the estate vineyards help allow the team at Opolo to create many unique single varietals as well as award winning blends.

Most important in making high quality wine is starting with high quality grapes. Opolo’s vineyard team carefully monitors each lot of grapes throughout the season in order to produce the highest quality fruit possible. From taking leaf, petiole, and soil samples, to monitoring water uptake in the vines, all aspects of viticulture is carefully notated and examined with the intent of producing only high quality fruit for our winery. The entire Opolo production team works together every year to provide the best quality product possible.

At Opolo we believe a strong, cooperative relationship with the land and our environment is crucial.  We practice sustainable methods in both the winery and vineyard operations in order to preserve our environment, water and local wildlife. Opolo is a “SIP” Certified operation as well as certified organic by “CCOF” in our 64 acre walnut orchard.  We continue to be great stewards of the land and invite you to come to our vineyards and see our operations!

Opolo Vineyards has a long established reputation of growing and producing award winning wines in Paso Robles, California. With nearly 300 acres of vines on the east and west side of Paso Robles, Opolo Vineyards is privy to a wide range in climate, soil and growing potential—allowing extensive range of varietals to flourish. This variety combined with the passion behind the brand has made Opolo a favorite of wine enthusiasts everywhere.

Check out this video of their vineyards and property.


 

Join us as we feature 5 of their wines for this tasting

(Click on each wine to learn more about the wine and pricing)

NV SPARKLING

2017 GRAND ROUGE

2017 SUMMIT CREEK CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2018 SUMMIT CREEK ZINFANDEL

2014 RHAPSODY RESERVE


 

Simply purchase two or more of these extraordinary wines this week and we will include you in our Zoom Tasting event on

Saturday August 29th at 6pm Central Time.

Purchase your wine here.


 

Our guest speaker and presenter for the evening is Jeff Faber.

A proud native of Chicago, IL. Jeff Faber grew up on the North Side of the city and moved to California in 1993. He spent many years in Broadcasting working behind the microphone for CBS and ABC radio before launching his own start-up company. Like so many people whose breath is taken away when they visit the California Central Coast, Jeff fell in love with the area and quickly learned that almost everyone you know either owns or a winery or an olive oil ranch. 

"The most beautiful part about this area is how willing everyone is to share their knowledge of their craft. You work a few harvests, turn off your cell phones and lose yourself in the magic. You literally feel yourself decompress. What compelled Jeff to give up his company and start working for Opolo was that he wanted to learn the business from the ground up. “I literally knew very little about wine and wanted to stomp grapes, pour yeast into the tanks, experiment with blends, see the effect dry farming has on the flavor of grapes, etc"…At Opolo, they encourage you to do everything which is the very best way to learn a skill set. 

For the past 12 years, Jeff has been the National Sales Manager for Opolo meeting people in city after city acting as a full-time “palate hunter” and helping folks have fun and learn a little more about themselves and of course, wine!

Here is a fun video of Jeff at the 2012 Opolo Crush. 

Time Posted: Aug 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
August 7, 2020 | Steve Severance

August 2020 Wine Club Wines

We find ourselves in another month of business to-go here at Steve's Wine Bar. As we have done over the last three months, we have been sending our monthly wine tastings with our club members to enjoy at home and then pick their favorite wine from their tasting. This month we decided to create a menu that pairs with each of these wines you will be enjoying. You may want to craft your meal at home with our recipe's for a four course meal, or pick up a meal from our partner this month, Chestnut Tree on the Square. Our friend Suzanne Johnson will be putting together the meals for you take home and simply pop in the oven to finish the process in your kitchen. You will then be able to taste your wines with each course to make your decision on your favorite wines.

The process is simple; you will see we have once again 4 wines on each club level. Each course will pair with the corresponding menu item.

  • The first course - Crisp White Wine - Whipped Goat Cheese with Asparagus Pesto and Ciabbata
  • The second course - Bright Dry Rosé - Spring Greens Salad with Fresh Cherries, Radish, Red Bell Pepper, Fennel and Burrata with Dijon Vinaigrette.
  • Our third course - Pinot Noir - Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Salmon, Grilled Corn and Wild Mushroom Salsa over Cauliflower "Risotto", is ready to pair with our Pinot Noir.
  • And the fourth course - Dark Red - Chocolate Tasting with Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Petite Fours and Macerated Berries.

You may request the recipes for these items by email at info@steveswinebar.com. Call the Chestnut Tree, or order online, ahead of time, and they will prepare the meal to pick up in advance of you stopping by Steve's to pick up your tasting. 

Chestnut Tree - Call to order your meal - or order online @ www.chestnuttearoom.com. 940-591-9475
Steve's - Call to order your tasting to-go 940-514-1852

GOLD WINES

1 - Januik 2017 Bacchus Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA

Riesling outside of France and Germany (and recently Australia) has earned a pervasive, but unfair, reputation as overly ripe and sweet.  This could not be further from the truth, as many winegrowing regions from Washington to Oregon to New York are producing balanced, complex versions of this oft-misunderstood grape.  An excellent example of this is Januik’s 2017 Bacchus Vineyard Riesling.  It pours a light to medium gold color with white hues.  The nose is complex, offering honeycrisp apple, peach, and bready notes with the slightest hint of petrol.  The palate is layered with notes of ginger, honey, apple, apricot, and sleek minerality.  This is easily enjoyable now, but has the acidity and structure to lay down for a year or two.

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2 - AYET 2019 Vin Gris- IGP Pays d’Oc-FR

From the eternally versatile appellations of Languedoc, this vin gris displays some of the hallmark characteristics of ‘blush’-style wines from the regions and the grapes that compose them.  A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan,This wine pours a pale pink/pale copper with shimmering white hues.  The nose offers a whimsical blend of red berries, minerality, and the slightest hint of cotton candy.  The palate offers a slightly-heavier-than light body enveloping fresh cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate cut by sleek minerality and zingy acidity.

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3 - Portlandia Vintners 2018 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

Oregon has firmly established itself as the New World benchmark for cold climate Pinot Noir; a title that stretches across all price points.  Among the newer entries into the winegrowing scene in the Willamette Valley is Portlandia, a multi-AVA-focused (Dundee Hills, Mcminnville, and Yamhill-Carlton) winery with an emphasis on Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.  Their 2018 is a lovely combination of Oregon’s quintessential fruit profiles and an approachability akin to the heavier-bodied pinots of Napa and Sonoma.  It pours a rich ruby with subtle purple hues.  The nose is a rich medley of red fruits including raspberry, black cherry, and rhubarb.  The palate offers these fruits cut with subtle notes of five-spice and earthiness woven within a lush body with balanced acidity.

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4 - Bakan 2018 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo-Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG-IT

An underdog in the seemingly endless list of food-friendly Italian wines, Montepulciano is often overlooked for its Sangiovese-based counterparts.  This is in spite of the fact that it is the second highest planted red grape in Italy.  It most often finds its home in Abruzzo, a sizable region East of Rome that runs along the Adriatic coastline.  This particular version goes through a rigorous vinification process before release; aging in oak and bottle.  It pours a rich ruby with garnet hues and offers a nose of bittersweet chocolate, plum, dried cherry, and vanilla.  The palate is rich with notes of plum, tart cherry, and slight hints of savory spice.  The tannins are soft and well-integrated and the acidity prevents the overall rich profile from becoming too heavy.

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PLATINUM WINES

5 - Domaine Raoul Gautherin et Fils 2018 Vaillons 1er Cru- Chablis- FR

Old World-purists rejoice!  Burgundy has reached the wine club!  This rendition comes from the premier cru of Vaillons, located near the actual town of Chablis.  This uber-savory rendition of Chardonnay will challenge the way you think of the grape.  It pours a light gold with green hues.  The nose offers a crisp combination of pear, apple, and slight vegetal tinges (Think hay or lemongrass).  The palate offers the quintessential slate-like minerality associated with Chablis that cuts through a juicy core of stone fruit and citrus; all accented by bright acidity. 

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6 - Mirabeau en Provence 2019 ‘Classic’ Rosé- AOP Côtes de Provence-FR

After a brief hiatus, Provence is back on the wine list.  Pandemic or not, this region still reigns supreme in rose production; attracting the attention and investment of movie stars and musicians alike.  Mirabeau en Provence’s ‘ Classic’ version embraces the beautiful simplicity that has made this region famous.  The 2019 vintage pours a brilliant pink color with white hues, offering notes of cherry, raspberry, and tart red currant on the nose cut by a subtle smokiness.  The palate doubles down on the cherry and other red fruits with hints of minerality and blowing acidity. 

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7 - Sebastopol Hills 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir- Russian River Valley-CA

It seems somewhat of a misnomer to call any part of California practically ‘cold-climate’, but the Pinots and Chardonnays from Southern Sonoma and Napa would beg to differ.  Pinot from the Russian River Valley AVA and its sub-AVA’s in particular are among the most critically acclaimed in the world of cold-climate Pinot Noir.  Sebastopol Hill’s (located towards the southern end of the region)  2017 vintage of their RRV-sourced Pinot Noir embraces the requisite characteristics wholeheartedly.  The wine pours a beautiful ruby to pale ruby, and offers notes of bing cherry, fresh vanilla, and savory leather.  The palate offers a core of red fruit accented by orange peel, cola, and savory herbaceousness.  This is all brought into balance by subtle minerality, balanced acidity, and silky tannins. 

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8 - Opolo 2018 Summit Creek Zinfandel- Paso Robles-CA

Paso Robles has long been one of the more heralded regions for Zinfandel growth in CA (Makes sense as it is the region’s heritage grape!).  Though the market focus of the region may currently be on rich, ripe Cabernets, the Zin’s have character and prestige all their own.  Opolo’s 2018 ‘Mountain’ Zinfandel displays the balance of power and nuance that has come to characterize Zinfandels from the central coast.  This wine pours an inviting ruby color with rich purple hues.  The nose offers rich blue and dark red fruits accented by floral notes, black pepper, and subtle mesquite.  The palate is HUGE, with the fruit retained from the nose accented and perfumed by the 15.5 ABV while still offering subtle woody and peppery notes.  The tannins are silky-smooth and the acidity holds everything in balance. 

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Time Posted: Aug 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Steve Severance
 
August 5, 2020 | Steve Severance

Virtual Tasting with Reddy Vineyards

Join us for a wonderful tasting from the award winning winery Reddy Vineyards

Sunday August 16th, 6pm

Reddy Vineyards was founded in 1997 by acclaimed viticulturist Dr. Vijay Reddy. His vast expertise in both soil chemistry and farming led him to plant grapes along with other pioneering farmers in the Texas High Plains. His passion for the vineyard turned into a lifetime pursuit to perfect and cultivate fine wine grapes from this unique growing region. Dr. Reddy’s son Akhil launched the first Reddy Vineyards 100% authentic estate-grown and bottled wines in 2019.

The Texas High Plains American Vitcultural Appellation was established in 1993 in the West Texas High Plains. The region is the foundation of Texas winegrowing, including more than 8 million acres and encompassing 22 counties. The region’s major cities include Lubbock, Brownfield and Amarillo. 85% of the wines made in Texas come from the Texas High Plains AVA.

Reddy Vineyards winery is located in Brownfield, Texas, just outside of Lubbock in the Texas High Plains. State-of-the-art equipment is configured to produce high-quality fine wines. Reddy uses a super-efficient Pellenc harvester that picks and destems the clusters and sorts the fruit right in the vineyard, saving fuel and personnel hours while delivering very high-quality fruit and eliminating the need for a sorting table and separate de-stemmer. The winery is fitted with stainless steel tanks including small lot two-ton fermenters, and single bins for micro fermentations, hand punch downs and pumpovers provide winemaking options for the diversity in the vineyard. All tanks are temperature controlled for heating and chilling. The wines are pressed with a bladder press and is moved to barrel by pumps. The winery is also equipped with its own lab.

Reddy Vineyards has the pick of the best fruit from the vineyard giving its winemakers a fantastic selection to create blended and single-varietal wines. The Reddy Family decided to focus on what its vineyards and Texas can do best—warm-climate varietals expertly crafted and blended to showcase richness, forward fruit, body and succulent soft tannins in the red wines, and clean varietal character in the white wines. 


Fearturing two chilled wines and Three Red Blends

2017 Marsanne - 100% Marsanne

2019 Rose – Cinsault and Mourvedre 

2015 Field Blend - field blend of red Italian grape varietals 

2017 Field Blend - field blend of red Italian grape varietals 

2018 M3 Red Blend - Merlot, Malbec, Mourvedre estate blend 

As in our previous tastings, simply do an advance purchase on two or more of these featured wines and you will be invited to join us on the Zoom call with Eric Sigmund from Reddy Vineyard. Pick up at the bar prior to the tasting on the 16th.

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Or simply stop in and pick up a few in person.


Our presenter for this tasting will be the COO of Reddy Vineyards, Eric Sigmund

Eric Sigmund’s path to wine came somewhat unexpectedly and at the expense of a lucrative career he spent years training for. Three years out of law school, working in international law in Washington DC, he took a weekend job at Total Wine & More stocking shelves and hand-selling wine to help pay off his student loans. As a law career began to look less and less fulfilling, he made a dramatic shift and took a full-time job at Total as a sales associate at one of the chain’s largest stores. He eventually became a supervisor, then wine manager for the company’s flagship store in Maryland where he was handling foundational wine training for 30 sales associates, overseeing 70 staff members and managing 50 million in annual sales. He was promoted again to the corporate office where he built partner relationships and import agreements with wineries in Europe as the assistant French fine wine buyer.w

A friendly introduction from a law-school classmate who grew up with Akhil Reddy connected Eric with Reddy Vineyards as they planned to launch the estate-grown Reddy Vineyard wines and build a new state-of-the-art winery. With his extensive on-the-job wine experience, studies and mind for business and law, he was a good fit. In February 2019, he moved his family to Texas to work full-time with the Reddys.

Eric saw the potential of Reddy Vineyards before he moved to Texas, and since then he’s become even more bullish on the future of Texas wineries like Reddy who are steadfastly focused on raising the state’s quality and reputation as a fine wine producer dedicated to growing and producing 100% authentic Texas estate-grown wines.  “One of the reasons I was really attracted to coming to Texas was that I believe Texas is on the verge of being a major national force in the wine industry,” he added. “I believe in 10-15 years Texas will be right up there with California, Oregon and Washington.”

As Chief Operating Officer, Eric’s responsibilities include “whatever it takes to run a winery— from soup to nuts,” he says.  He helped build out the winery, was involved in winemaking, from blending and tasting trials to topping, racking and lab analysis of  the first vintages of the Reddy Wines and he’s responsible for the winery’s legal, human resources, business planning, sales and distribution strategies.

Eric spends a lot of time tasting with both wine industry trade and consumers in the Dallas area to share the Reddy Vineyards wines along with his passionate belief in the future of Texas wines. He holds a Wine & Spirits Education Trust Advance Level certification, is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the American Society of Wine.

 

Time Posted: Aug 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
July 16, 2020 | Steve Severance

Virtual Tasting with Januik-Novelty Hill Winery

It’s been a while since we last hosted a virtual wine tasting here at Steve’s, so it’s about time to get another one on the calendar.

I’m excited to have one my favorite wineries from Washington for this next tasting event. Joining us will be Winemaker, Andrew Januik. We have been enjoying the Januik wines for many years, well before they were even distributed in retail or restaurants here in the Texas region. We first tasted the Januik wines while visiting friends in Houston and they raved about the wine. After drinking through a few bottles, when we arrived back home, we called up the winery and joined their wine club.

Andrew, the son of Mike Januik who started the winery, will be our featured speaker for this tasting event.

Mike and Carolyn Januik established Januik Winery in 1999. It was the realization of a dream that took hold in 1980 when the couple sold their Ashland, Oregon wine shop for Mike to study winemaking at UC Davis.

After graduation, the Januiks moved to Washington to be closer to family. California friends thought it was a risky move. Washington wines were largely unknown. But over the ensuing decades, Mike proved them wrong. He crushed his first grapes in Washington in 1984 and quickly developed a reputation for quality winemaking just as the state’s reputation for world-class wines began to take hold.

The Novelty Hill and Januik partnership began in 2000, shortly after Mike began consulting on the planting of the Alberg family’s Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills in Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Though an uncharted growing region at the time, Mike liked what the site offered and was intrigued by the Albergs’ interest in planting a diverse selection of clones. He encouraged the family to consider making wine from the site; they agreed, provided Mike serve as winemaker. Novelty Hill was born.

From the start, it has been a family-run operation. In the fall of 2009, Andrew Januik joined his dad in the cellar full-time. Today, he collaborates with Mike and winemaker Scott Moeller on all aspects of production in addition to crafting his own label, Andrew Januik Wines, launched in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Join us for a wonderful tasting event of several Januik and Novelty Hill wines on Friday, July 24th, 6 – 7:30pm.

Order your wines here

  • Simply purchase two (or more) of the featured wines, and you will receive a formal invitation to the Zoom Session.

  • Wines ordered online prior to 5pm on Wednesday July 22 will be delivered to Steve’s Wine Bar on Thursday the 23rd for customer pick up.


The wines we are featuring this tasting include:

2017 Bacchus Vineyard Riesling - at Januik Winery, they believe single vineyard wines should only be made when a particular site yields an exceptional wine that reflects the unique character of the vineyard. Bacchus Vineyard is located outside Pasco on a southwest facing slope which overlooks the Columbia River. Planted at Bacchus Vineyard are two of Germany’s best Riesling clones, Geisenheim 198 and Neustadt 90, from which our Riesling is made.

Bright and refreshing, the Bacchus Vineyard Riesling is brimming with apricot, peach and grapefruit flavors and aromas. Punctuated with mineral notes, the finish is crisp, balanced and lingering.

2017 Novelty Hill Chardonnay – Stillwater Creek Vineyard (Ten Vintage have been rated 90+)

91 pts. Wine Enthusiast, Editor’s Choice - “Beautifully balanced flavors.”

Round and generous, this barrel-fermented Chardonnay offers fresh pear and crisp apple aromas and flavors that echo across the palate and wrap around a rich, creamy finish. Sur lie aged for added mouthfeel and richness.

Novelty Hill’s Stillwater Creek estate vineyard is located on the Royal Slope of the Frenchman Hills in Washington State’s Columbia Valley. The fractured basalt found throughout the site imparts an appealing mineral character to Chardonnay planted here. Innovative clonal selection distinguishes the vineyard as well, including Entav clone 95, a relative newcomer to the Columbia Valley. 

2017 Novelty Hill Royal Slope Red Blend

A delicious Merlot-based blend from top Columbia Valley vineyards

From Novelty Hill's Stillwater Creek estate vineyard and other top Columbia Valley sites comes this delicious, medium-bodied red. It is an aromatic wine with mouth-watering layers of wild berries, sweet cherry and black currant. Balanced and lively across the mid-palate, with a fresh, fruit-forward finish that lasts.

Blend: 46% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc

2017 Novelty Hill Syrah Columbia Valley - 91 pts. Jeb Dunnuck - "This is classic Syrah all the way."

A classic Washington State Syrah with aromas of coffee bean, smoked meat and dark fruit gaining focus on the palate. Wild blackberry, dark plum and savory notes of olive and black pepper are woven throughout, with refined tannins adding dimension across a long, flavorful finish.

Planted in 2000 on a steep, south-facing slope with one of the most elite grape clone selections in Washington State, Stillwater Creek quickly earned a reputation as one of the Columbia Valley’s top vineyards. Clones 1, 99, 174 and Joseph Phelps are grown here, making Stillwater Creek home to one of the most diverse Syrah clone selections in Washington.

2016 Januik Merlot Klipsun Vineyard - 90+ pts. 12 years running

100% Merlot

Among the great vineyards of Washington State, Klipsun ranks right at the top. Wine & Spirits Magazine has named it one of the 25 greatest vineyards in the world.  Located in the Red Mountain appellation, it produces wines with great power, depth, and concentration.  The wines from this vineyard tend to be very long-lived.

An intensely dark ruby red color is followed by notes of raspberries, blackberries, and spice. On first impression, it becomes apparent that this wine is one that will age beautifully for many years to come. The nicely proportioned palate shows tremendous length as well as an abundance of spice and fruit as it evolves in the glass.

2016 Januik Cabernet Columbia Valley

98% Cabernet Sauvignon; 2% Merlot

This supple, bold Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with red and black fruit flavors as well as plum, mocha and cedar notes in the nose. Its texture is quite refined and shows great structure across the palate, imparting a long, ample finish that was developed in part from the use of new French Oak barrels.

 

Time Posted: Jul 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Steve Severance
 
July 3, 2020 | Steve Severance

July Wine Club Wines - Wines from around the world

Wines from around the world

It's July, and it's the month we recognize the official birth of the United States. We recognize that we are a country built on people who have come to this land from many other countries. So this month we do a salute to 8 different countries, past and present, through wine. 

Call to order your tasting to-go 940-514-1852


Gold Club Wines

(1) Storm Point 2019 Chenin Blanc - Swartland, South Africa

In our trip around the world we begin with the premier grape of South Africa: Chenin Blanc.  This extremely versatile grape accounts for 18% of total acreage, and is made into just about any style you can imagine.  As such, many regions have some amount of Chenin Blanc growth, but for this month we will be looking to the Southwest region of Swartland; a relatively new area with a particular focus on more savory examples of the grape.  The 2019 Storm Point, named after the ‘Cape of Storms’ moniker once bestowed upon the ‘Cape of Good Hope’ showcases this focus extremely well.  It pours a clear pale straw with light yellow hues.  The nose is wonderfully fresh, with notes of florals, citrus zest, and salinity.  The palate follows suit with restrained stone fruit notes and elderflower.  This is all contained within a light, crisp texture with bright acidity; likely the result of the winemaker’s choice to avoid malolactic fermentation.  The salinity and nuance of this wine makes it an ideal candidate for clean, grilled seafood and shellfish. 

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(2) Matahiwi 2019 Pinot Gris - Wairarapa, New Zealand

With the more well-known wine regions of the world, we made an effort to bring in varietals off of the beaten path; case and point, New Zealand Pinot Gris.  Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay compose the bulk of white varietal growth in NZ by a wide margin, but the same characteristics that make it such a haven for fragrant, bright Sauvignon Blanc make it a haven for Pinot Gris as well.  Wairarapa, located on the most Southern point of the North island, displays the cooler climate characteristics of the South island, which makes for an extremely fragrant version of this Burgundy mutation.  This Pinot Gris pours a pale straw with light green hues, exploding with notes of melon, ripe pear, and grapefruit.  The palate yields a plethora of tropical fruits accented by lively acidity and minerality.  The fruit in this wine makes it an ideal candidate for Thai cuisine or even sushi!

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(3) DFJ Vinhos PAXIS “Bulldog” 2013- Lisboa VR- Lisboa, Portugal

We know Portugal for the production of fortified wines such as Port and Madeira along with the almost innumerable grapes that go into their production, but many of these grapes are also used to produce long-lived, well-structured dry wines.  Coming from the Lisboa ‘Vinho Regional’, the PAXIS “Bulldog” is a largely equal blend of Touriga Nacional (too-REE-ga nah-syo-NAHL), Touriga Franca (too-REE-ga f-RAN-ka) and Tinto Roriz (tin-toh ror-ij); the latter of which is a local iteration of Tempranillo.  This wine does an excellent job of showing the potential of these grapes in a fresher, untouched context.  The 2013 vintage pours a rich garnet with purple hues.  Time has not muted a rich bouquet of fresh cherries and raspberries accented by savory spice.  The tannins have smoothed into a velvety consistency, surrounding a core of rich dark blue and black berries with noted minerality.  This wine is in its optimal window, so pair it with grilled red meats and hearty vegetables like asparagus. 

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(4) Durigutti Bonarda Classico 2018- IG Lujan de Cuyo, Agrelo, Rivadavia- Mendoza/San Juan, Argentina

Often known for Malbec and Torrontes, Argentina boasts an impressive selection of grape varieties used in the production of fine wine.  Not far behind in Malbec in the red department, is Bonarda.  Believe or not, there is a solid chance that you have already experienced this grape, as it has become popular for blending in a multitude of large-production red blends, generally under the name of Charbono.  The minds behind this rendition, Hector and Pablo Durigutti, were key figures in the establishment of Argentina as the top producer of high quality Malbec, and have since shifted their focus to a holistic catalogue of grape varieties in their eponymous catalog in order to further the winegrowing profile of Argentina.  Drawing from some of the highest quality subregions of Mendoza and San Juan, this Bonarda is an excellent example of the grape's potential.  It pours a rich purple color with blue hues, yielding lush blue fruits accented by notes of five spice and cinnamon.  Rich notes of black cherry and plum are woven seamlessly with mocha and mint, creating a nuanced and decadent wine.  This wine screams for a plate of short ribs or venison. 

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Platinum Club Wines

(5) Kavaklidere Ancyra Narince 2018-Tokat-Central Anatolia, Turkey

With regards to wine production and distribution, Turkey is relatively self-contained, with much of the resulting wine remaining within its borders (Something that will likely change as its wine laws become more integrated with the EU standards).  Kavaklidere has been one of the lone forces bringing Turkish wine to the masses, with a massive portfolio of different lines utilizing both non-indingenous and native grapes.  One of the latter is Narince ( Nair-inj-uh), one of the more prominent white varieties.  The 2018 vintage of their Ancyra line pours a brilliant light yellow with white hues.  The nose yields bright notes of mandarin, peach, and fragrant florals.  The palate will reward lovers of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay lovers alike, with fresh peach, Meyer lemon cut by zingy acidity and minerality.  The Ancrya line is named after the latin term for anchor or Ankyra, so use this to “anchor” a dish of meaty octopus or grilled chicken. 

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(6) August Kessler ‘Daily August’ Pinot Noir 2017- VDP Gutswein- Rheingau, Germany

Though generally not thought of as the European king/queen of cold-climate Pinot Noir, Germany has rapidly gained a reputation for producing focused, savory, and approachable renditions.  They generally fall into a lighter category, sharing many characteristics with those produced in New Zealand and the most savory examples from Oregon.  The advantage Germany’s renditions have over these is an established and notoriously rigorous classification system, which puts the AOC and DOC systems of France and Italy respectively to shame.  This system is why Germany is seen as one of the more consistent quality wine-producing regions in the world, and this wine displays that perfectly.  The ‘Daily August’ pours a medium ruby with light purple hues.  The nose explodes with notes of dried cherry and currant accented by ‘green’ notes of red pepper and earth.  The palate is a luscious exercise in ripeness balanced with structure, with ripe cherry and cola notes balanced by well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity, resulting in a complex red that you can enjoy during any time of the year.  Pair this with a savory dish focused on various mushrooms. 

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(7) Lost High Plains ‘Texoir’ Mourvedre 2018- Texas High Plains AVA- Texas

As the Texas wine scene continues to develop its standing among the winegrowing scene in the US, it is becoming clear which grape varieties work well within the state’s climate and geography.  Mourvedre, a grape notorious for its late ripening and budding tendencies, works extremely well in this unforgiving climate, and many winemakers have taken notice.  There is a developing plethora of styles ranging from austere examples resembling something closer to red Burgundy to rich, ripe roses layered with notes of bubblegum and cotton candy.  A recent addition to this pool is the ‘Texoir’ line developed by Lost High Plains, whose goal is to display the potential of single-varietal, hot-climate wines from the Texas High Plains AVA.  The 2018 Mourvedre pours a dark ruby to purple color with a nose filled with reduced blue fruits, earth, and smokiness.  The palate is intensely focused and ever-evolving, beginning with a core of plum and blackberry, and eventually evolving into a finish of mocha and smoky wood notes; all enrobed in well-integrated tannins.  This is an unmistakably rich wine that can be enjoyed now or 3 years from now with rich braised lamb or beef dishes.

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(8) Los Aljibes Red Blend 2007- DO Vino de la Tierra de Castilla- Albacete, Spain

First, can we talk about how cool it is you are about to enjoy a wine that has aged beautifully since 2007?  Back to the wine; WAY down on the list of varieties grown in Spain are the grapes of Bordeaux.  Despite this, many of the highest quality wines of Spain use Bordeaux varieties to balance with Tempranillo; perhaps most notably in the fabled Vega-Sicilia portfolio. Many wineries have continued this trend by producing blends composed completely of these varieties, including the Los Aljibes, which uses a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc aged for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak.  It pours a lovely garnet with purple/red hues.  Ripe cherry, raspberry, and red plum are woven with cinnamon and five spice on the nose.  The palate is rich and full-bodied with lush red and blue fruit accented by bittersweet chocolate, granite, and oak.  Time has softened the velvety tannins and acidity, leaving a complex, impeccably balanced wine to accompany ribeye or venison. 

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So come join us this month and taste through all of these wines.

Gold club members can add-on the Platinum tasting for only $10 a person.

For those who are not club members, you can still join us for tasting. The Gold Club Tasting may be purchased for $15 a person, and the Platinum Club is available at $20 a person. If you are feeling adventurous, you may try all 8 wines for $30. 

Time Posted: Jul 3, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Steve Severance
 
June 26, 2020 | Steve Severance

Steve's Covid 19 Update - June 26 Changes

Steve's Wine Bar Update


Our hours this week:

2pm - 7pm Tuesday - Saturday

Sunday 2pm - 6pm

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


ANNOUNCEMENT

 

WE WILL BE CLOSED TO TABLE SERVICE STARTING TODAY JUNE 26TH.

With the new mandate from Governor Abbott, we will be open for to-go business only.

Our hours during this period will be 2pm to 7pm Tuesday – Saturday and 2pm – 6pm on Sunday.

Our online store is open for business and we invite you to place your orders online for pick up here at Steve’s Wine Bar.

Additionally, you may call in your order and club members can place their order for their club wines and To-Go Tasting. (940) 514-1852

Thanks for your support, encouragement, and understanding.

From all of us here at Steve’s, Thank You!!!

Stay safe and well and we hope to see you soon.

 


Cigar Tasting: We will push this new event out a month and hope we can deliver a fun Sunday afternoon of cigars and wine the last Sunday in July.

“Cigar Sunday”

July 26th, Micah Walker, our in-house cigar guy, will be working with me to craft a different pairing of select cigars, wine and beer which we will enjoy on the patio. We will do a special priced pairing during Sunday afternoon and early evening. Plan to join us for our first cigar special event.


 

Wine Club: Wine Club Wine Info is online on our blog.


 

Wine online – If you are looking for a great deal, purchase one of our Dealer’s Choice cases for a mix of really tasty wines. Or simply place your order for your favorite wine(s) and we will have it ready for you to pick up.


 

Check out our Facebook page – Brian is doing a daily write up on our wines. If you would like to learn more about what we have in stock or on special, visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/steveswinebar/

 

Time Posted: Jun 26, 2020 at 9:09 AM