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Steve Severance
 
March 17, 2020 | Steve Severance

Steve's and the Corona Virus....

Steve’s Wine Bar Status Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Order Products Online with us:

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

Join our Wine Club:

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

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

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

Online Tip: 

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

Take a walk around downtown:

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

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

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

Cheers!

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

 

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

March Wine Club Wines

Steve's March Wine Club Wines

Gold Club Wines

Bieler Family Pinot Grigio “Daisy” (2018)

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

Springtree Chardonnay (2018)

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

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

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

Drumheller Cellars, Columbia Valley Merlot (2017)

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

Lone Birch Red Blend (2018)

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

Platinum Club Wines

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

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

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

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

Basel Cellars Claret, Red Blend  (2016)

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

*Owen Roe Cab Franc Rosa Mystica (2017)

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

*Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet (2016)

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

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


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

 

Time Posted: Mar 16, 2020 at 10:37 AM
Steve Severance
 
March 10, 2020 | Steve Severance

Week of March 10th at Steve's Wine Bar

Happy Sunny Tuesday!

Welcome to another week of great music, beautiful weather and, of course, delicious wine at Steve’s Wine Bar. We have a fantastic week of activities planned.

Instead of starting with our calendar of live music, let’s start with some talk about new wine in the house.


Washington Wines:

We are pouring ten new wines this month from the State of Washington. If you love wines from Washington, you will love these new wines. If you haven’t experienced very many Washington wines outside of the typical 14 Hands and Chateau St. Michelle, then you are in for a very pleasant surprise.

We have two whites - a Chardonnay and a Pinot Grigio, along with eight reds. This includes two Cabernets, one Merlot, one Cab Franc, and four red blends.

We also have a special Washington wine package featuring the Intrinsic Cabernet available for gift-giving or treating yourself! While we are not pouring this wine by the glass, we are selling it by the bottle. The package deal is a beautiful gift box including one bottle of Intrinsic Cabernet and two stemless wine glasses. These make a great wedding, anniversary or birthday gift. We only have a few left, so if you are looking for a gift or want the package for yourself, grab one or more before they are gone.


Four New Wines which have not been on our club:

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from guests, “What is your most buttery/oaky Chardonnay? Do you have Rombauer? That’s my favorite!” In the past we have responded with our two more Oaky/Buttery Chardonnays from Quilt and Aviary. In most cases our guests were pleased with those two options, but some felt they simply did not live up the buttery-ness of Rombauer. So, for a trial period, we have brought in two different Rombauer wines; their Chardonnay and their Sauvignon Blanc. We have both by the glass and by the bottle.

And if you’d like to try the entire line of Rombauer Wines without the airfare, we will be hosting Rombauer here at the wine bar on May 1st for a full portfolio tasting of their Napa wines. Mark your calendars if you would like to come out and enjoy their wines. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Also, from Napa, we now have a couple of wines from a very small, exclusive winery: The Reynolds Family Winery. We were turned onto this winery by one of our club members who raved about their wines and the estate. Reynolds has five vineyards where they grow the grapes to make their own wines.

We brought in their Estate Cabernet, which is grown on the Reynolds Family Estate Vineyard. It is their 14 1/2 acre property home and the vineyard sits in the shadow of Atlas Peak, just south of Stags Leap, where it enjoys cool breezes from San Pablo Bay to the south. The growing conditions in the locale are ideal for producing big, rich, complex wines.

We also have their Persistence Red Blend which, as the name implies, comes from their Persistence Vineyard. The Persistence Vineyard is a 20-acre property with 15 acres under vine. This property is planted with Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc.

For a limited time, both of these wines from Reynolds are available by the glass and by the bottle. Come out and enjoy these sophisticated Napa region wines.


Another event you should mark your calendar for is Messina Hof on March 28th. We will have the CEO and Winemaker, Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo in from the winery near College Station for a special “Vertical Tasting” of 4 of their wines. Have you ever wondered what a current vintage wine you are drinking today tasted like in the previous vintage(s)? A Vertical Tasting allows you that opportunity. We are finalizing the details on the wines we will present during the tasting and we will begin selling tickets to that event soon. Check out our next email/FB events/SWB website for ordering options. Seating will be limited for this event.


Wine Travel:

As you may remember, we’ve been working on a trip to Italy for a small group of our customers scheduled in June. However, with all the issues relating to travel outside of our country due to Covid-19, we have cancelled that trip for now and are looking at another trip that allows us to stay on the mainland of the US.

We are beginning work on that trip now, which will likely take us to the Walla Walla/Columbia Valley region of Washington, or the Paso Robles wine region in California. If you are interested in joining us, the plan is to travel for 4-5 days around the weekend of June 25. Email us and let us know if you would like to learn more.


Health Precautions:

In reference to the Covid-19 virus, we want to let you know what precautions we are taking on our end to make sure Steve’s Wine Bar is a safe place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends and family.

  • Employees are trained to be diligent on washing their hands.
  • Our focus is to continuously clean and disinfectant our tables, chairs, bar, bathrooms, door handles and other areas of the bar.
  • Our glass water bottles that are set on the table are cleaned and disinfected before going back in the cooler to chill.
  • All of our glassware goes through a two-stage cleaning process. First we wash/rinse them in soapy water, then they are cleaned and sanitized in our special high-heat glass washer behind the bar.

Please, if you are ill, stay home until you are better. No matter what virus is causing your illness, we want our space as safe as possible for you, for your family and friends, and for our employees.


VIP Program – Punch in your Cell Number:

At our old location we had a little red tablet by the checkout counter where our customers would punch in their cell number and earn one point for each visit. After so many earned points, they would receive a special gift for their continued support of Steve’s Wine Bar. When we moved, we discontinued the program, however, we have renewed the program through our vendor and now have the tablet set up right at the entrance to the bottle room. Next time you stop into Steve’s for a beverage, put in your cell number and earn a point for your visit. Then, when you have achieved a VIP point status, see one of us to claim your special reward. Some of the items you can earn: a wine bottle aerator, a sparkling wine stopper, and one of our Steve’s Wine Bar t-shirts. So come in and join; become a cell phone VIP!


Music and Activities for this week:

  • Tonight 8pm: Vaughn Faison’s smooth vocals are back along with Lizzi Trumbore as they present some of best duets from the jazz and rock idioms.
  • Wednesday 8pm: Jeffry Eckels Trio brings, a very full night of jazz.
  • Thursday 8pm: Mario Cruz and his quartet will be performing.
  • Thursday evening starting around 6pm, we will be having some fun for Steve’s 60th birthday. The team has put together some food to share with our guests and Karen has promised to open up some sparkling wine at some point in the evening. Mario has asked Steve to possibly play a tune or two during the evening with them. Steve is still on the fence about that part! 😊 Come by and encourage him to play.
  • Friday 8:30pm: The Scott Bucklin Jazz Trio brings a wide range of original and classic jazz to Steve’s Wine Bar.
  • Saturday 8:30pm: Rob Robinson is back for a solo show of original and classic rock music. Rob had performed here one time when he was traveling through Texas from the East Coast, and the audience loved him! He has recently moved to the DFW area and we are excited to host him this Saturday, and hopefully, more evenings in the future!
  • Sunday 4pm: The Mark Withers Trio will be performing and doing a live recording session. If you want to be part of that recording, come down and join us for a great afternoon of wine and music.
  • Jazz Combo Monday Nights: While we are usually closed on Mondays, the UNT Jazz department approached us to host a series of student-led jazz combo performances. We will open up for four Mondays in March/April to host these special performances. If you love jazz and the talent we see here at UNT within the jazz department, these are sure to be fun evenings. So stop in for a glass of wine or beer and enjoy some cool jazz. Concerts will be held on March 16, 23, 30, and April 6. Each night will feature 4-5 different combos performing 20- 30 minute sets. These will start at 5pm and go to 7:30 pm. We will open up for our guests at 4pm and we will close up no later than 9pm.

 Visit our Events page  and our Facebook Page


We thank you for your continued support and friendship. It is a pleasure sharing our space with you and bringing fun wines and music to Downtown Denton!

Steve and Karen Severance, and our great SWB staff

 

Time Posted: Mar 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM