It is hard to believe we are just a couple of weeks away from the Denton Day of the Dead Festival and Halloween. Are you planning to host a party, or go out and enjoy the festivities with friends? If so, we have some fun wines for you to order and show your "holiday spirit"!
We are ordering a few cases of wine from the Paso Robles Winery, Chronic Cellars. There is a limited amount of product here in Texas and we want to give you a chance to grab a few bottles that are ideal for your spooky experiences.
Go online to check out our specials on six different wines. They are all very tasty Paso Robles wines and are super friendly to the pallet and the eye.
The labels are all ideal for the Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities. And bonus, the juice in the bottle is pretty tasty too!
2015 Dead Nuts Zin Blend
2020 Pink Pedals Rose
2020 Purple Paradise Zin Blend
2020 Sir Real Cabernet
2019 Sofa King Bueno Syrah Blend
Spritz and Giggles Sprakling Wine
2020 Suite Petite Sirah
As an incentive to jump online today and purchase some wine, we are pricing them at a very low price. And each day they will increase in price by $1 until the 27th. Order online ASAP and pick up the wine at Steve's Wine Bar October 27. We will be doing a pick up party and special tasting with the wines that evening (10/27) 6-8pm while Twilight Tunes is happening in the park across the street from our place. You can come in and pick up your wine anytime after 2pm that day or over the weekend to be ready for your parties that weekend and Halloween night. We will also be selling the wine by the glass and bottle that evening for Twilight Tunes and over the weekend for Day of the Dead October 28 - 30th while supplies last.
Order your wines today at Our-Wines-and-Products/Specials
Again, each day our price will go up by $1 on each bottle until the 27th, so get in early to get the best pricing.
There is limited availability in Texas, so take advantage of this opportunity today!
DENTON, Texas -- The streets are quiet on the Denton Square, normally bustling during this Thursday lunch hour, and most businesses are operating on limited hours due to COVID-19, which has affected musicians and small business owners alike.
Marked by red framed doors and windows on a near empty Industrial Street is Steve’s Wine Bar, doing the same to limit the spread of novel virus COVID-19 and allowing only to-go orders of their selections of beer, wine, and cigars. On a normal night, glasses clinking and the smooth sounds of jazz would ring through the air. It’s a hotspot for jazz. Now, it’s dark inside, as it’s not yet open, dimly illuminated by the light falling through the windows.
At the back, a silver-haired man clad in khaki shorts and a light blue shirt arranges the patio seating. He’s the namesake of Steve's Wine Bar, Steve Severance. Before COVID-19 forced gatherings in public places to be reduced significantly or stopped completely, Steve had booked performances up until May for the bar. Though concerts can no longer be held with a live audience, Steve and his wife, Karen Severance, still find ways to accommodate the new changes and offer some sense of normalcy to customers and performers.
“I actually made an offer, just kind of a general public offer, to people out there if they’re looking for a piano to play on,” Steve said. “And they want to practice or play while we’re open, they’re more than welcome to do so.” Steve said there were no takers at the time, but wouldn’t mind having someone playing as customers come in to pick up their to-go orders.
Since then, Steve’s Wine Bar has streamed a couple of musicians playing live on Facebook. Karen, who Steve calls the face of Steve’s Wine Bar, said social distancing and not being able to sit and talk with customers has been hard for them since they’re sociable people.
“We’re like ‘that’s to-go, you can’t stay here.’ They want to stay and talk. We had a woman yesterday who just lost her sister, and I gave her a glass to-go,” Karen said. “She just wanted to talk a little bit, so keeping our distance, we let her talk. It's really hard on her because she’s not able to be around anybody.”
Staff have also had to deal with the effects of COVID-19, adhering to social distancing and limiting the amount of people in one space. Therefore, only one employee a day is scheduled to come in for a shift. For some of these employees, this is their sole source of income, and COVID-19 has brought unforeseen circumstances.
“We base everything on, not so much the wine, but coming in to enjoy your company, your friends, so that’s what makes it difficult,” Karen said. “I feel really bad for our staff. For them, we’re hoping that maybe we could come back and work out something if we
could get one of the loans that are available to us so that way we could take care of them in this time.”
Before the declared pandemic caused by coronavirus, Steve had a 12 hour workday that he spent the first half tending to the business’s social media page and website and other tasks related to the bar. The other half was spent servicing the bar and interacting with patrons. “I’m always working on something for the wine bar,” Steve said. “My day just kind of flows from about 8 or 9 in the morning until the time I get home about midnight. The morning is spent at home.”
But when Steve isn’t working on something for the wine bar, he’s playing his trumpet. Steve said he prefers big band jazz, and it has been in his life from an early age. He got his degree in music performance and really enjoys big band jazz, which brought him to L.A. after college. “That's kinda the background on jazz is I grew up with it by listening to lots of big bands,” Steve said. “Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, you name it.”
Steve is also plays trumpet for the First United Methodist Church in Denton with a group called Mosaic, which has been together 4 years and he sometimes has the band play at the wine bar. “I play at the First United Methodist Church, 9:45 service is called the Mosaic Service, and we’ve got a 13-piece band,” Steve said. “It’s got 6 horns in it, and I play trumpet. We do a fun variety of music that is written specifically for the band that we do at church. Then we also do other fun things, funk and blues, and lots of mixed stuff.”
Jeffry Eckels, a full time musician and friend of the Severances, met Steve around when the bar first opened in 2016, is another part of the Mosaic ensemble. Before COVID-19, they’d perform every Sunday. Prior to that, during their encounter in 2016, Steve saw Eckels playing at a coffee shop on Wednesday nights and wanted him on board as a jazz bassist at the wine bar. “The gentleman I knew who was performing every Wednesday night at a coffee shop, called the White House, when they shut down, he lost his Wednesday night gig,” Steve said. “When I approached him and said, ‘hey, i’m opening a wine bar, would you like to move your gig from there over to my place?’ that kind of kickstarted the idea of some jazz.”
Eckles describes Steve’s trumpet playing happily, remarking on his humbleness when it comes to trumpet. He said Steve is an incredible trumpet player and performer but won’t admit it. In regard to performing together, Eckels said he was discussing options for live streaming with Steve at the wine bar and giving the people something to enjoy. “We’re in the process of fixing, in fact, you beat me to the punch, I was gonna call him this morning trying to figure out the best way to get audio into the video and we’re thinking about doing the “COVID Sessions,” Eckels said. “We physically distance, of course. But he’s got a beautiful grand piano there. Maybe a duo or a trio and Steve and the engineer and we stream live from there.”
There are many musicians who want to play at the bar, and it has been a go-to spot for many UNT jazz professors. With a welcoming, familial atmosphere where locals flock, Eckels has described the bar as “Denton’s ‘Cheers." With the role Steve and Karen play in contributing to Denton’s noteworthy music scene, giving musicians a platform to perform is still important. While the music scene has gone quiet in Denton, as has much of the life here, jazz still finds a way at Steve’s Wine Bar.
Steve has always been a dreamer. In the future, he hopes to spice up the Denton Jazz scene even more, maybe introducing new events. Like many other small businesses in the area, he’s got big plans he wants to put into motion. “I’d love to come up with a little Industrial Street Jazz Fest,” Steve said. “I think that'd be a lot of fun.”
Jeffrey Eckles passed away in July of 2020. We all miss him very much. He was the driving force behind the musical experience people now have when visiting Steve's Wine Bar. Some of the most incredible music happens during the live performances and customers are always amazed at the talent and music they see and hear while enjoying their evening at Steve's.
The Mosaic Service continues at FUMC but is now at 9am.
Steve's Wine Bar is still hosting live music on a weekly basis. The schedule of events can be found on their webiste under Events or on their Facebook Events page.
Please take a moment and log on to https://bestofdenton.com/#//
If you don't see Steve's Wine Bar listed in a category you feel we should be considered, please write us in. Some of the areas I see that we should be considered are:
Thanks in advance for doing this. Here's to another successful Best of Denton election!
Reserve your spot at the tasting party on April 26th
For the month of April, we are featuring 5 wines from our friends at Opolo. We have these wines available by the glass and by the bottle through April. We will be tracking the sales of our Opolo products and for those who come in and enjoy these wines, we will be entering their names into a drawing for a Magnum of Summit Zinfandel.
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.
We will be rotating the wines by the glass. We have started the month with the Opolo Sparkling and the Cabernet.
We will host a party/tasting event the evening of April 26th. Jeff Faber will be in town to party with us and personally do the drawing for the Magnum of wine. You will not need to be present to wine the Magnum. We will have other giveaways that night which you will need to be present for those prizes. Reservations can be made here: Opolo-Tasting-Event
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 14 years, Jeff has been the National Spokesperson 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!
We will be open as usual on Saturday. We have a killer band playing that night, so take a moment and visit our website to learn more and reserve your seats!
Family-owned, Certified Sustainable and 100% estate grown wines from beautiful and diverse Monterey, California.
CALIFORNIA HAS 17 GRAPE GROWING DISTRICTS; MONTEREY COUNTY IS DISTRICT 7
Surrounded by coastal beauty and rich farming heritage, Monterey is recognized as one of the most beautiful and diverse winegrowing regions in the world.
Monterey County is a good place to call home for District 7. Their wines are thoughtfully crafted to reflect the best of what Monterey has to offer: vibrant fruit, complex flavor and excellent structure. We are serving their Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. And what’s additionally special is that we are doing a raffle in the near future on a special guitar hand painted guitar. More details on the instrument to come in future communications, but for every bottle, or 5 glasses you consume of District 7 wine, you will have a ticket put in for the drawing. We plan to sell 40 cases of District 7 wine before we will do the drawing. So stop in and enjoy by the glass or buy a few bottles.
Cabernet - A big, fruit-packed wine with aromas of blackberry, raspberry and cassis. Smooth and balanced with a lingering black fruit finish.
Pinot Noir - Smooth and silky, with aromas of raspberry and cherry, a palate of bright red fruit and subtle notes of toast on the finish.
Chardonnay - A bright wine with a lively array of melon, passion fruit and citrus flavors and refreshing, crisp acidity.
District 7 Wines
Sadly, this also means the Private Valentine's Day Wine and Chocolate event is cancelled. If you have reservations, you should have received an email from us with details on picking up your wine and chocolate. Contact us via email or phone if you did not receive your notification.
Visit our online store and shop for wine and other products. When checking out use our Snow30 Coupon to receive discounts on many of our products.
Note: Not all products are eligible for this discount as they are either already discounted or not approved for discounting. All products are to be picked up at Steve's Wine Bar, 111 Industrial Street when ready. We will notify you by email when your order is ready for pick up.
We have put together some special pricing on this wine. Purchase a bottle or two for $35 a bottle. Wish to pick up a few more? Buy a three pack for $30 a bottle or a 6 pack for $25 a bottle. You can pre-buy your wine online or stop by the bar and place your order with one of our wine specialists. Shop online: steveswinebar.com/Our-Wines-and-Products/Specials
The vineyards that contribute to this wine span most of the AVA’s (American Vinicultural Areas) in the Napa Valley and include the Pope Valley at the North end of the valley, through St. Helena and the Oak Knoll district and end up in the Carneros AVA in the Southern end of the valley. They are blended together to form a harmonious and expressive wine.
The Cabernet Sauvignon portion of the wine includes 8% from the Silenus Estate Vineyards and another 21% from the Oak Knoll District AVA, 17% from the St. Helena AVA, 7% from Pope Valley. The Merlot comes primarily from the Oak Knoll AVA with 15% and the Carneros AVA with 8%.
The wine was aged for 22 months in 50% new French oak, 10% new American oak and the rest in neutral barrels. This blend of oak integrates perfectly with the lush fruitiness of the wine and lends just the right amount of tannins for a perfect balance.
Our Tyros Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep ruby red color with beautiful garnet tones reaching the rim. The nose introduces rich flavors of perfectly ripened plum, black cherries and playful notes of Tahitian vanilla bean. True to its classic Napa style, the palate is dominated by its fruit forward personality with secondary tones of bay leaf, dried rose petals and toasty oak lingering on its velvety long finish.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet: September 22 & 23, 2015
Merlot: September 16 & 17, 2015
Bottling date: August 14 & September 16, 2019
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/L
2020 Wine Enthusiast – 90 points & Editor’s Choice
2020 Wine Spectator – 90 points
Decanter – 90 points
We are ecstatic to announce our new Holiday 100 Case Challenge. We want to give you an incredible deal and sell 100 cases of wine in December. Help us achieve this goal by ordering online, or in store, and pick up here at Steve’s Wine Bar.
We’ve heard over and over again people love what we are doing here at Steve’s Wine Bar, but then tell us they continue to shop for their wine at big name retailers. We want to give you a reason to take the short drive to downtown Denton and shop with us. We have chosen 21 different wines which we are personally familiar with which will deliver immense value for you. We are discounting them at or below what you would spend at these other retail locations.
Buy two or more six packs of the same wine, or mix and match these six packs, to get the best bang for your buck!
We have worked with our distributors to put together a lineup of fantastic six-packs featuring some of the most respected names including: Peju, Chateau Ste Michelle, Trinchero, Neyers, and many more from a variety of regions around the world.
A few examples of the wines we are offering are:
This limited-time offer can net you some of the greatest names in Napa Valley for less than what you would pay at box stores, online, and other large establishments. If you desire to purchase just one 6-pack of wine, you are welcome to do so. BUT when purchasing two or more of these 6-packs, use promo code DEC30Off at checkout online for an additional $30 off each six pack!!!
Visit our website at steveswinebar.com/Our-Wines-and-Products/Specials to see all 21 wines available for you to take advantage of this month.
If you see a wine or two (or three) that you want to learn more about, we have an opportunity for you this weekend to stop by and grab a small sample of many of these wines so you can “try before you buy”. Stop in this weekend, 12/11 - 12/13, Friday night between 5pm and 7pm, Saturday between 4pm and 7pm and Sunday between 4pm and 6pm to sample the wines you are most interested in.
If you are looking for another wine which we don’t have in stock or in this special purchase event, let us know and we will see what we can do to get you your desired wine for a great price. These special orders will also go against our 100 Case Challenge! :-)
We hope you will be part of this fun challenge and grab some incredible wines. We are looking to you and all our customers to help us through this next round of COVID shutdowns and keep the business viable into 2021. We will continue these specials, and may add in some other wines before the end of the month. So if you have a wine you are interested in having us research for this challenge, let us know.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this special program.
All product is advance order, Order online or in the shop through Sunday, and each week orders will be placed with our vendors on Monday for delivery later that week for pick up. You will be notified by email or phone when your product arrives at Steve’s.
In the Spirit of Giving
When stopping by this weekend, please bring some shelf stable foods to fill this box by our front door.
We want to remind you that we are supporting the UNT Student Roteract group with their project to feed the homeless and others in need. Please drop by this week with some shelf stable foods and let's help out this group of young adults and support their project.
Employee Tips: With this new shutdown, please consider posting an Employee Tip during the holidays to share with our team. steveswinebar.com/product/Employee-Tip
940-514-1852 call in number
From the Entire Steve's Wine Bar Family - Happy Holidays!
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:
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.
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.