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Steve Severance
 
February 24, 2021 | Steve Severance

Opolo Virtual Wine Tasting 2021

 

Tasting Event: Saturday March 6th, 7pm Central Time

Join us for a fun online tasting event with Jeff Faber, VP of Marketing with Opolo Vineyards. We will be presenting 5 of their incredible red wines during this tasting event. Purchase two or more bottles of these wines online for pick up on March 5th or 6th, and/or purchase a tasting of all 5 wines to enjoy at home while participating in the tasting event.

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)

2017 SUMMIT CREEK MERLOT

2017 GRAND ROUGE

2017 SUMMIT CREEK CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2018 SUMMIT CREEK ZINFANDEL

2014 RHAPSODY RESERVE 

TASTE ALL 5 WINES ($15 a person)



There are two ways to join in the tasting:

1) Simply purchase two or more of these extraordinary wines and we will include you in our Zoom Tasting event

2) Order a tasting of all 5 wines to pick up and enjoy at home on Saturday March 6th during the Zoom Call.

 

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: Feb 24, 2021 at 8:43 AM
Steve Severance
 
February 14, 2021 | Steve Severance

Snow Day!

Due to the inclement winter weather, Steve's Wine Bar will be closed Sunday 2-14. 

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.

In the meantime, shop online with us and use this special coupon through Tuesday 2-16.

Snow30

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.

steveswinebar.com/Our-Wines-and-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.

Time Posted: Feb 14, 2021 at 1:58 AM
Steve Severance
 
February 4, 2021 | Steve Severance

February Wine Club - a Trip Through France

 

Gold Club Wines

1-Petite Sauvage 2019 Sauvignon Blanc- Touraine AOC-France    Video

A relatively well-known Loire white, this example offers a baby step into what many consider to be the apex of Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre).  Pouring a delicate pale straw hue, the nose offers citrus, herbs, and the quintessential minerality associated with Loire.  The palate is light-bodied with zippy acidity, full of ripe citrus and vegetal notes with slight granite-driven earthiness.  As you might expect, pair this with shrimp and you are in for a treat. 

2-Bonpas 2018 ‘Legende de Bonpas’ Luberon-Luberon AOC- France     Video

At the very Southeastern portion of the Rhone valley lies the Luberon region, which showcases a more Mediterranean climate in comparison to the rest of Rhone.  As such, harvest takes place relatively late, yielding fragrant, ripe wines.  The ‘Legende de Bonpas’ is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Clairette and Bourboulenc; representing key, but somewhat niche varietals in Rhone.  This wine pours a medium yellow with white hues.  The nose offers stone and tropical fruits accented by delicate floral notes. The palate is light-bodied with restrained acidity, and features ripe, but tasteful stone fruit and floral notes.  This screams oysters or other shellfish. 

3-Cave de Vignerons de Saumur 2018 ‘Les Pouches’- Saumur AOC- France      Video

Like our example from a couple of months ago, this Loire Cabernet Franc comes from the Saumur region, which serves as both one of many dry red and white hubs within Loire but also as the primary source for grapes for use in Cremant de Loire.  The ‘Les Pouches’ is a more daily-drinker friendly version of this style.  It pours a gorgeous deep ruby hue, with earthy and savory bell pepper notes dancing around fragrant raspberry and cherry aromas.  The body is full, with soft tannins and lively acidity.  The same ripe fruits remain, now accented by earth, savory spice, and black pepper.  This is an excellent BBQ wine, and would even be a candidate for an excellent chilled red.   

4-Chateau Bonnet 2016 Rouge- Bordeaux AOC- France     Video

When you think Bordeaux, particularly red Bordeaux, you might think of bouts between wine critics, absurdly expensive bottles, and waiting decades to try a wine.  The reality is, however, that there are plenty of accessible wines from this region; and they are more than worth trying.  Many of these use grapes from all over or from the higher-production areas of Southern Bordeaux.  Chateau Bonnet utilizes the prior, being an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  This sees no oak, and comes across as a fresh, green representation of the region at large.  The wine pours a medium ruby with deep purple hues.  The nose offers a blend of ripe strawberry, some slight herbaceous notes, anise, and licorice notes.  The texture is medium-bodied with medium acid and softer, woody tannins.  The fruit on the palate is fresh and tart, supplemented by slight peppery notes.  Try this with a lighter red meat or heavier seafood like salmon. 

Platinum Wines

5-Laurent Chardigny 2018 Bourgogne- Bourgogne AOC- France     Video

Like Bordeaux, Burgundy is often associated with hilariously expensive wines and wine fraud (Sour Grapes anyone?)  Additionally, much of the Burgundy available in the US is brought to market by negociants (companies or buyers who label bottles of wine made by smaller producers) which has added to a pervasive stigma when it comes to buying more affordable examples.  However, some producers are able to directly export delicious, affordable examples such as Laurent Chardigny.  With grapes (Pinot Noir) sourced near the legendary vineyards Nuits-Saints-George and Gevrey Chambertin, this red offers quality aspects of wines orders of magnitude more expensive.  This wine pours a dark ruby with brighter red hues, and offers aromas of red berries, earth, tea leaves, and wet stone.  The palate is medium-bodied with woody tannins and medium acidity- offering rich, fresh cherry and plum notes supplemented by fine minerality and spice.  This wine screams for game like venison, bison, or quail. 

6-Domaine La Manarine 2018 Cotes du Rhone Rouge-Cotes du Rhone AOC- France     Video

Cotes du Rhone has been featured on many of our recent lists; as such, you might be concerned about burnout- but you shouldn’t be.  The amount of variety contained just within Cotes du Rhone is absurd, with near endless amounts of permissible grape varieties and varying terroirs.  Domaine La Manarine’s vineyards rest on a key geological contributor to Southern Rhone’s terroir- smooth, large limestone pebbles called ‘galets’, which assist in expedited drainage and retention of heat during the night and the dreaded ‘mistral’ winds that regularly devastate Rhone and Provence.  One of the results?  Their scrumptious Cotes du Rhone Rogue.  This wine is made of 100% Grenache, and utilizes absolutely no oak, but still results in a rich, ripe treat.  This wine pours a dark ruby with nearly no transparency.  The nose offers delicious raspberry, plum, sweet baking spice, and rose hips.  The palate is heavy-bodied, with sweet tannins and balanced acid.  These ripe fruit notes continue through the palate with slight earthy notes that bring balance to the whole package.  Try this with lamb, venison, or maybe a hearty red meat-driven stew. 

7-Mas des Volques Duches d’Uzes ‘Volcae’- Duches d’Uzes AOC-France     Video

From winemaker Nicolas Souchon and consultant Phillipe Cambie, the Volcae is a vision of a Chateauneuf du Pape-style blend in an unorthodox appellation.  Duches d’Uzes is a relatively new AOC (2013) located in Southern Rhone towards the Western side.  Unlike much of Southern Rhone, this region largely avoids the Mistral winds and experiences a more Mediterranean climate.  Additionally, there is increased use of ‘Mediterranean’ varietals such as Carignan.  This blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan, provides both the tertiary notes of Rhone with the fruit you would expect from a warmer climate.  The nose offers red and black fruits, espresso, and hints of tar. The palate is richly-full bodied with firm tannins and balanced acid, while offering rich plum and blueberry notes, dark chocolate, and granite-driven minerality.  Like many rich reds, steak is likely the way to go, but something earthier like a mushroom-driven dish would also work well.       

8-Chateau Cap L’Ousteau 2015 Haut Medoc- Haut Medoc AOC-France    Video

The second of our featured Bordeaux wines for the month, this comes Haut-Medoc, south of all of it’s more famous neighbors in Margaux.  Unlike its neighbors, Haut-Medoc-based chateaus are generally more adventurous in their use of Bordeaux varieties, and often incorporate all or most of the five* into their wines, like our example.  This wine is mostly composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but also imparts significant portions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  This wine pours a deep ruby with slight maroon hues, indicating age.  The nose is complex, with wonderful tertiary notes of oak, black pepper, and bell pepper accented by blue and black fruits.  The body is full, with medium plus tannins and acid balancing between ripe fruits and savory espresso and spice notes.  This is a complex drink, and needs something with a ton of umami to effectively compliment it. 

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2021 at 1:45 PM
Steve Severance
 
February 4, 2021 | Steve Severance

Tyros Cabernet - Selinus Winery - Napa, California

Join us for a special purchase opportunity on this Napa Cabernet from Selinus Winery.

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

                  Tyros wine is the perfect expression of the Napa Valley.

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.

Tasting Notes:

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.

BLEND:

77% Cabernet Sauvignon

23% Merlot

SPEC:

Harvest Dates:

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

pH: 3.72

Alcohol: 14.5%

AWARDS:

2020 Wine Enthusiast – 90 points & Editor’s Choice

2020 Wine Spectator – 90 points

Decanter – 90 points

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2021 at 2:55 AM