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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
Steve Severance
 
February 28, 2020 | Steve Severance

Last Friday of February

Happy Friday!

Are you looking forward to a beautiful weekend as much as I am? I certainly am excited and thankful about the beautiful weather, and the upcoming fun activities here at the wine bar.

I am also especially thankful for all the wonderful support we receive from you, all of our guests, and especially our team here at Steve’s! The fun and great experiences we have had over the last 10 months here at the new location have been very special. Karen and I were speaking about this last night with a few people at the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band concert about how, at times, we feel completely unworthy of the growing success that has been created here in Denton. We can always say thank you to you for being part of our project, but I am sure we don’t express how deeply that thankfulness goes in our hearts. Thank you for believing in us as well as supporting us as we continue to try new things and of course new wine here at Steve’s.


I wanted to send you an email about some upcoming events here at Steve’s over the next week and some highlights of weeks to come.

Tonight at 8:30pm we have the Friends4 Band with Vocalist Natalie Gandy. And a special birthday gathering for our friend Angela!

Tomorrow 3pm we have our Dance and Wine Specialist, Cher, teaching a dance class focusing on the Merengue. I don’t know what memory or vision this brings to your mind….but I think of the movie Dirty Dancing when I hear Merengue. The class starts at 3pm and runs to 5pm. $35 per person includes the lesson and a glass of wine (or beer)! Tickets are on sale at steveswinebar.com.

Saturday evening we have a quiet night without music. Yes, even on a Saturday night, it’s nice to offer a bit of down time for our club members and guests to kickback and simply enjoy an evening with friends and good conversation.

Sunday afternoon at 1pm we are hosting the Denton Benefit Leagues annual Tea. This will be the first time at Steve’s, and we hope that everyone enjoys the gathering and the specials on Mimosa’s, Bellini’s and other sparkling sippers….and of course the tea.

Sunday evening at 6pm we have our first ever Trivia Night lead by the our very own Kylie Macentee, also known worldwide as Midnight Lucy. So, if you are in the mood for some trivia fun, come on down and join the party.


Looking at the first week in March we have a couple more “quiet nights” for our guests on Tuesday and Friday, then we go into the rest of the month with music every night! The list of music events is long, but a few you should be aware which are unique are:

Saturday March 7th we have two shows that evening with our special guest, bassist Eddie Gomez. Rather than a cover charge, we are selling tickets to each show. They are $15 a person to be up close and personal with Eddie, Ed Soph, and Stefan Karlsson. Or if you wish to stay the entire night, tickets are $25. We anticipate the seats will sell out, so get your order in now. You can purchase your tickets online today!

Starting on Monday March 16th and then the following three Mondays, we are hosting the UNT Jazz Combo Concert series. This is a special night to come in and hear some of the best jazz talent UNT has to offer. Each night will start at 5pm (doors will open at 4pm) and you will experience 4 jazz combos performing 20-30 minute sets of music. The event will wrap up before 8pm and we will close up for the evening by 9pm. The events are free to attend. If this interests you, please mark your calendar for March 16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th. All concerts will run 5-7:30pm.

Also in March, on Saturday the 21st, we are doing a special musical tribute to Lyle Mays, who recently passed away. Lyle was an 11-time Grammy award winner pianist, wrote and arranged nearly all the music with the great Pat Metheny Group, and of course is one of the most recognized UNT Jazz Alumni. The event will start at 8pm and run through 10:30pm. We will have several special guests sitting in throughout the night along with special video tributes from others who cannot make it back to Denton for this event.

Thursday, March 26th, 8 – 10pm, one other special event we will be hosting in March will be a performance by trumpet player Mike Steinel and his quintet. Mike and his band are recording a new CD. While a few of his band members are in town from other parts of the country for the recording session we will host them that evening for this special performance.


As I mentioned earlier in the email, there is a lot of music happening here in March, with music every night beginning on the 10th.  Stay tuned for all of the events as we post those online at steveswinebar.com and on our Facebook page.


 Visit our Events page  and our Facebook Page


"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence" - Robert Fripp.

People wonder if the glass is half empty or half full…they miss the point….the glass is refillable!

We love filling your glass with music and wine. Thank you for allowing us to do so!

Once again, thank you for all your support!  Have a fantastic weekend!

Steve and Karen Severance, and our great SWB staff

Time Posted: Feb 28, 2020 at 12:52 PM
Steve Severance
 
February 17, 2020 | Steve Severance

Happy Presidents' Day Newsletter

Happy Presidents’ Day!

What a fantastic day it has been here in mid-February. We hope you had a chance to be out in this beautiful weather and are excited for the week ahead (even though it chills back down to the 50’s).

This last weekend was a blast starting on Thursday with Galentine’s Day followed by Valentine’s Day. We were presenting red roses along with our special chocolates for those in attendance enjoying some wine. We had stocked up on the chocolates, both on the individual and the six packs, so we still have plenty available for people to enjoy.

Saturday was the Grand Premier of our new piano. The house was packed with people, many of whom we have never seen before. That was likely due to the nice article the Denton Record Chronicle did on Thursday about Dave Meder and our new piano.

Of course how can leave out our fun Sunday night performance with our Mosaic Band from FUMC of Denton. Everyone had fun with the wide array of music we played and once again, the house was packed. We truly appreciate all those who are coming out to enjoy the live music.


This week we have another full week of activities at the bar:

  • Tuesday 8pm: Gwynne Montgomery is back with a range of Love Songs.
  • Wednesday 8pm: Jeffry Eckels is joined by Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph for a fun evening of jazz.
  • Thursday 8pm: The Legacy Trio of Jim Riggs, Neil Slater, and Lynn Seaton are back. This will be the first time for Neil to play on our new piano!
  • Friday 8pm: Saxophonist extraordinaire, Mario Cruz will be performing with his quartet.
  • Saturday 2-4pm: “Dancing with Wine”  led by our own Cher.
  • Saturday 8-11pm: Quincy Davis presents UNT Student Showcase with music from Wayne Shorter. The first set will feature Austin Ford (trumpet), Ty Baker (a. sax), Holly Holt (piano), Brandon Broussard (bass) and Quincy Davis (drums). We will be featuring the music of Wayne Shorter. The second set will open up into a jam session.
  • Sunday 6pm: Cher is back for another round of “Dancing with Wine.”

 Visit our Events page  and our Facebook Page


Have you voted yet? It’s that time of year when the Best of Denton voting is happening. We would love to have your support in the Bars and Nightlife section in several categories as well as in the Shopping category for Best Wine Shop. If you happen to not see us listed in the patio section, and feel so inclined, please write us in for that recognition!


Thanks once again for all your support! I hope you have a great week and we’ll see you soon!

Steve Severance

Time Posted: Feb 17, 2020 at 3:36 PM
Steve Severance
 
February 9, 2020 | Steve Severance

Let's Dance!

Gloomy Sunday....

Come to Steve's this evening to lift your spirits on this gloomy Sunday afternoon for a bit of Tango with Cher at 6pm. 


Today @ 6pm – Do you want to Dance? Our first ever Dance Class will take place with Cher Anabo teaching the basics of the Tango. This will be a series of 2 hour classes to be held over the next several weeks. $35 a person which includes the class and a glass of wine or beer! Tickets are limited (20 per session) and are available online at our website and in the bar. Other dates for the dancing are Feb 22 and 23 and the 29th. Tickets will be available online for these additional dates beginning February 11th. 

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that allow you to "slide" a bit (no rubber soles).


Check out the rest of our great activites, music and specials this week.

  • Tuesday Feb 11th, 8pm we have Mister Joe (Pinson) performing his original music with Jeffry Barnes and Steven Heffner.
  • Wednesday Feb 12th, 8pm with Jeffry Eckels and friends.
  • Thursday, Feb 13th 8pm with Davy Mooney and his Guitar Jam.
  • Also on Thursday the 13th – it is officially Galentine’s Day. Gals, gather your best girlfriends together and celebrate the awesomeness of the ladies in your life. We will have some special treats and pricing on wine for you.
  • Friday the 14th is Valentine’s Day and we will be hosting live music, and to help make the evening extraordinary, you will receive a very special chocolate and a rose with your glass of wine. Music will be provided by the extraordinary pianist, Francis Vidil.
  • Saturday the 15th is another special evening of music starting at 7pm with the UNT Jazz Faculty performing. They are helping with a fundraiser for the new baby in house and the cover charge and tips during their 7 – 8:30 session will go to the piano fund.
  • At 8:30 that same evening we have vocalist Marion Powers joining us with her quartet. And as the evening plays on, we will likely see some of the UNT Jazz Faculty join in the fun for the later set. (There will be a second cover charge to go to Marion’s group at 8:30)
  • And finally…on Sunday the 16th, the Mosaic Band is back at Steve’s. So we will fill up the house with some fun Christian, Soul, Funk, and Jazz music with our 13 piece band!!!

 Visit our Events page  and our Facebook Page


Have you voted yet? It’s that time of year when the Best of Denton voting is happening. We would love to have your support in the Bars and Nightlife section in several categories as well as in the Shopping category for Best Wine Shop. If you happen to not see us listed in the patio section, and feel so inclined, please write us in for that recognition!


Do you like chocolate? Do you like spirits and wine with chocolate? If you did not already know, we have the 6 packs of the Quintessential spirit filled chocolates in stock. We’ll be ordering more to have during the Valentines Day month as well.

Imagine perfection manifesting itself as rich, dark chocolate caressing your taste buds. As the delicate shell gives way, the pure liquid flavor essence cascades into your mouth. A small sigh escapes your lips. Your body relaxes and suddenly you remember where you misplaced your smile.


Thanks once again for all your support! I hope you have a great week and we’ll see you soon!

Steve Severance

Time Posted: Feb 9, 2020 at 8:07 AM
Steve Severance
 
February 4, 2020 | Steve Severance

Weekly Email Feb 4, 2020

Happy February!

We hope you had a Great Super Bowl Weekend and your team was the superior one which took home the all-important Vince Lombardi trophy! We had a nice time at the bar with several people bringing food to share and to enjoy the game together.

We have a lot of news to get to so I’m going to dive in.


Music this week and other fun activities to put on your calendar include:

Tonight – Ginny Mac at 8pm. As we have so many people asking to reserve tables, we will not be doing any reservations for tonight's performance. In the months to come we will have a handful of Reserve Seats available to purchase online. So be on the lookout for that. It will start in March.

Wednesday 8pmThe Premier of our new baby grand piano will take place with the Jeffry Eckels Trio with Dave Meder on Piano. 

Thursday 8pm – Dave Meder is back with his trio for a second night of showcasing the new piano.

Friday 8:30pm – Scotty Bucklin and his trio will perform. He is excited to get to play on the new piano!

Saturday 8:30pm – The Friends 4 band with Natalie Gandy on vocals.

Sunday 6pm – Do you want to Dance? Our first ever Dance Class will take place with Cher Anabo teaching the basics of the Tango. This will be a series of 2 hour classes to be held over the next several weeks. $35 a person which includes the class and a glass of wine or beer! Tickets are limited (20 per session) and are available online at our website and in the bar. Simply ask your server to add a ticket or two to your tab. Other dates for the dancing are Feb 22 and 23 and the 29th. Tickets will be available online for these additional dates beginning February 10th.

Tuesday Feb 11th, we have Mister Joe (Pinson) performing his original music at 8pm with Jeffry Barnes and Steven Heffner.

Music is also planned for Wednesday, Feb 12th, with Jeffry Eckels and on Thursday, Feb 13th with Davy Mooney.

Also on Thursday the 13th – it is officially Galentine’s Day. Gals, gather your best girlfriends together and celebrate the awesomeness of the ladies in your life. We will have some special treats and pricing on wine for you.

Friday the 14th is Valentine’s Day and we will be hosting live music, and to help make the evening extraordinary, you will receive a very special chocolate and a rose with your glass of wine.

Saturday the 15th is another special evening of music starting at 7pm with the UNT Jazz Faculty performing. They are helping with a fundraiser for the new baby in house and the cover charge and tips during their 7 – 8:30 session will go to the piano fund.

At 8:30 that same evening we have vocalist Marion Powers joining us with her quartet. And as the evening plays on, we will likely see some of the UNT Jazz Faculty join in the fun for the later set. (There will be a second cover charge to go to Marion’s group at 8:30)

And finally…on Sunday the 16th, the Mosaic Band is back at Steve’s. So we will fill up the house with some fun Christian, Soul, Funk, and Jazz music with our 13 piece band!!!


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Our February Wine Club wines are coming in this week and we will kick off the new month of tasting this Friday at 5pm. So come out and join us this weekend for some great wines and discussion. We will once again host our “First Tasting Sunday” event for our club members and guests the afternoon of the 9th which includes some snacks and tasty treats to enjoy during your tasting. Our wines this month were chosen to support our friends from down under. We have 9 wines from Australia and New Zealand for this months featured club wines.


Have you voted yet? It’s that time of year when the Best of Denton voting is happening. We would love to have your support in the Bars and Nightlife section in several categories as well as in the Shopping category for Best Wine Shop. If you happen to not see us listed in the patio section, and feel so inclined, please write us in for that recognition!


Do you like chocolate? Do you like spirits and wine with chocolate? If you did not already know, we have the 6 packs of the Quintessential spirit filled chocolates in stock. We’ll be ordering more to have during the Valentines Day month as well.

Imagine perfection manifesting itself as rich, dark chocolate caressing your taste buds. As the delicate shell gives way, the pure liquid flavor essence cascades into your mouth. A small sigh escapes your lips. Your body relaxes and suddenly you remember where you misplaced your smile.


I hope I have not overwhelmed you with too much information. But as you can see, we have a lot going on to start out this month of love.

Thanks once again for all your support! I hope you have a great week and we’ll see you soon!

Steve Severance

Time Posted: Feb 4, 2020 at 10:34 AM
Steve Severance
 
August 19, 2019 | Steve Severance

Boutique Wine Tasting with Cordant-Nelle Winery

Cordant-Nelle Winery

Don’t look for the term “boutique winery” in the dictionary — it’s not there! But most wine enthusiasts can agree that the boutique image includes a passionate artisan vineyard (perhaps family-owned), a fiercely individual and unique style, and limited production.

When you look at their passion for creating special small batch wines, you will agree, this is a team of people who take a boutique approach to their wine.

We are pleased to present a special tasting with Tyler Russell from Cordant-Nelle Winery in Paso Robles, California.

Come join us as we taste through 5 wines on August 29th 5pm to 8pm at Steve’s Wine Bar in Denton, Texas.

Click here to learn more and RSVP for the tasting.


TYLER RUSSELL

It all started for Tyler (a California native) while working in a wine shop in Upstate New York. While stocking shelves and conversing with customers about wine, Tyler quickly discovered that he had a role to play in this industry.

In his early 20’s, Tyler packed his bags and headed to Paso Robles to pursue his dreams. It didn’t take long for him to get a tasting room gig at Dover Canyon Winery where he was shown the ropes of the trade, honing his knowledge while performing any job big or small. After Dover Canyon Tyler began methodically crafting his winemaking and cellar skills at other Paso Robles wineries including Justin, Zenaida and Calcaerous, while investing his spare time into his own project called Nelle Winery which produced its first wines in 2008.

In 2014 Tyler joined forces with business partner David Taylor to create Tyler David Wine Works, which continues the Nelle label and also created the Cordant Winery label.


We will be tasting 5 of Tyler’s wines at this event.

The 2016 Cordant Central Coast Pinot Noir boasts loads of fresh potpourri, pomegranate cherry, Palo Santo, and leather on the nose. The nose is confirmed on the palate with added Earl Grey and dried orange peel. Perfectly in balance, this wine is soft and elegant.

WINEMAKER NOTES: Sourced from a selection of vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Rita Hills, and Edna Valley, where each site is picked at optimum ripeness determined by taste.

340 Cases produced. Cellar potential 6-10 years.

The 2016 Nelle Grenache is a blend of several Central Coast Grenache vineyards from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County. It is rich and savory, with a beautiful herbaceous quality, as well as caramelized fig, black olive, black pepper, fennel and purple-flower flavors. This wine will easily seduce you into finishing the whole bottle.

267 cases produced. Cellar potential 10-12 years.

The 2016 Nelle Syrah is a blend of several Central Coast Syrah vineyards, from Paso Robles, Monterey County, and Santa Barbara County. Blending vineyards that include both cooler climate and warmer climate characteristics, this Syrah is dense and robust. Flavors of A&W Root Beer float, warm vanilla bean, campfire, espresso, scorched earth, and river mint. This wine will continue to develop beautifully over the next 3+ years.   

434 cases produced. Cellar Potential 8-10 years.

The 2016 Nelle Coastview Vineyard Syrah – The Coastview Vineyard is located in the Gabilan Mountains in Monterrey County. Elevated 2000 feet above the Salinas Valley, it is planted in decomposed granite and veins of limestone. This Syrah is full of deep meat complexity and the aromas are fresh and fruity in its youth. This Syrah is bright with inky dense blackberry, Asian plum, fresh ground black pepper, dried lavender and silky tannins. It is balanced and shows great aging potential.

98 cases produced. Cellar potential 8-12 years. 

The 2016 Nelle Maniacal - Paso Robles - Grenache takes the spotlight in this blend "GSM" showcasing beautiful blue and black fruit flavors. On the mid-palate, Syrah shows its pretty little face in the form of roasted coffee, meat, and pencil shaving. The finish is longer than this tasting note and leaves a lingering taste of purple violets and lavender.

50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre

199 cases produced. Cellar potential 8-12 years.

Time Posted: Aug 19, 2019 at 9:13 AM
Steve Severance
 
February 8, 2019 | Steve Severance

New Chocolates at Steve's Wine Bar

New chocolates for your tasting pleasure!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, we have added some new chocolates to our line of products. These are spirit filled (cognac) and wine filled (cabernet) chocolates made right here in Texas! We also have 1/2 lb boxes of Dark Chocolate Bark to enjoy with you wine.

We have the Cabernet filled chocolates as individual tastes or a 6 pack box to share (or not). We also have the French Cognac filled chocolate as individual serving at this time.

Come and try these out and let us know if you would like us to expand our options to include other spirits and flavors.

Our provider is Quintessential Chocolates, which specializes in the centuries old art form of casting “Liqueur Praliné” or the European style Liquid Center Chocolates (“with a sugar crust”). "The process we use is more than 200 years old. To our knowledge, we are still the only manufacturer of this specialty confection in America and we have been creating these chocolates since 1984".

Europeans primarily make Brandy filled chocolates. Since Americans do not typically drink Kirschwasser as a rule, they created liquid center chocolates filled with premium spirits, wines, coffees and fruit nectars…flavors that cater to American tastes. "We may have been the first company worldwide to create such a wide spectrum of wine varietals and may even be the only manufacturer in the world to create non-alcohol liquid centers in this manner made with coffees and fruit nectars"

These confections are all handmade in the traditional centuries-old method. They cast the liquid centers into freshly made cornstarch molds. In this process, sugar crystals literally lock together, forming a crystalline shell only a few sugar crystals thick. This forms an edible moisture barrier to prohibit the chocolate from pulling the flavor, and the alcohol out of the liquid center (or allowing it to evaporate through the wall of chocolate). Because of this, you truly do have a large volume of liquid inside a very thin chocolate shell. You must place the entire product within your mouth or your chin may have all the fun!

The other exciting aspect of this sugar shell is the way it actually enhances the flavor within. Just as sugar on sliced strawberries will bring out the flavor, this sugar shell intensifies the liquid flavor. It is so good at this that you can do a taste test between two bourbons – a sour mash and a straight – and you will be able to distinguish the difference. You can even tell the difference between two straight bourbons, where one is a 10 year old handmade Kentucky bourbon.

"It is so distinctive that we have even had Vintner’s identify the wine within the chocolate and the Vineyard!"

From start to finish the process takes 3-5 days to complete. Because the wines, coffees and nectars have more suspended solids (pectins, botanicals, etc) within, they can get in the way of the sugar shell formation. When they get in between the sugar crystals bonding to sugar crystals, then it makes for a more fragile shell. These products will actually require additional time and these suspended solids can also effect shelf-life. Once the liquid capsules are formed, all of the cornstarch is removed, then the capsules are enrobed (literally covered) in rich dark chocolate.

Now that you know how it's done, it's time to stop by Steve's and give them a try!

 

Time Posted: Feb 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Steve Severance
 
September 11, 2018 | Steve Severance

Weekly Email 9-11-18

 Happy Tuesday to you!

What a week last week! The wine club kicked off with a bang! We ran out of two of the wines over the weekend. No worries though, more cases are on order, but we certainly found a couple of winners right off the bat. I’m not going to spoil it for you on which two were the hot ones. You will have to come in and check it out for yourself. 😉

We also finalized the lease on the new location. The new spot is 111 Industrial between Roosters and Tex-Tapas. There is a lot of work to be done on the facility before we can move in, but for those who have been asking, I’d like to say that we will hopefully fly through (crossing fingers) with all our permitting, work, and set up and be able to start hosting guests there early November.

As far as this week goes:

  • Tonight 8-10pm: Gwynne Montgomery Johnson is back with her group for our Tuesday night Vocal Jazz evening
  • Wednesday night 8-10pm: Lineage is at full force with all four of the regulars back on stage together
  • Thursday night 8-10pm: The Legacy Trio of Riggs, Seaton, and Slater
  • Sunday 6-8pm: The Mosaic band of Laura Byrd and Vaughn Faison on vocals, Jeffry Eckels on bass, John Sturino on Drums, and Alex Kishiyama on piano

We are heading into the festival months; here are a few dates you should mark on your calendar:

This weekend September 13th – 16th is Grapefest in Grapevine. If you are attending, please wear your Steve’s Wine Bar t-shirt and take selfies at the event. Post them to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tag us showing you are at the fest. If you don’t have a Steve’s Wine Bar t-shirt, we have them at the bar for you to pick up. We’ll be thanking you with a bit of complimentary wine for sharing your pics online. 😊 So, stop in soon after to grab a beverage on us from our regular wine and beer menu.

October 20th is the Industrial Street Pop-Fest

October 27th is the Day of the Dead Fest

Both are happening right outside our front door! So plan your weekend accordingly when it comes to your club tastings that month. If all goes well with the new place, we may throw open the doors there for people to hang out and enjoy their beverages those two weekends.

Call to Action: Do you visit the Next Door app on your phone or computer? We’ve just added Steve’s Wine Bar as a local business. We’d love to have you visit the page and give us a glowing recommendation 😊

https://nextdoor.com/pages/steves-wine-bar/recommend/

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Steve and Karen

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2018 at 8:41 AM