1/16 Wines from Australia
1/17 Wines from Hungary
1/18 Balcones Whiskey
WINES FROM AUSTRALIA
Elish from Little Peacock
Thursday, January 16th, 6pm-8pm
10% Discount on Tasting Wines
Riposte The Dagger Pinot Noir 2018
Riposte is a family owned and run winery which is now led by third generation winemaker, Tim Knappstein. Along with his sons, Nick and Dale, Riposte has developed a "hands on from vineyard to bottle" philosophy and they keep to a small portfolio of wines concentrating on quality over quantity. The Dagger has a lot to offer. With notes of plum, dark cherry and earth notes, it's a wine with depth, and complexity.
Chalk Hill, Wits End Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Chalk Hill is one of McLaren Vale’s premier wineries and is owned by the Harvey family whose grape growing heritage dates back six generations in South Australia. Vineyards are certified organic while some biodynamic methods are employed along with IPM (integrated pest management). While they do produce Shiraz, the signature grape of Australia, they also make an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, a varitial not seen as often in the region. It’s rich and textured with notes of blackberry, earth, a hint of chocolate, smooth tannin, and a long satisfying finish.
David Franz, HP Shiraz 2017
Our third bottle offers something a little more well-known. It comes from Barossa, Australia’s most important winemaking region and is made from shiraz, the region's signature grape. It goes without saying that a lot of shiraz is produced in Barossa so when we find a bottle that stands out, we want to share it. David Franz is a passionate winemaker who believes wines are made in the vineyard. His Hydraulic Press (HP) is a tribute to his father and meant to reinforce his link to his family's winemaking past. It’s deep and rich displaying blackberry, chocolate and spice with smooth, structured tannin. A full and flavorful shiraz that will feel right at home next to a grilled steak.
WINES FROM HUNGARY
Athena from Palinkerie
Friday, January 17th, 6pm-8pm
10% Discount On Tasting Wines
Benedek, Pinot Noir 2018
The Benedek family winery lies in the heart of the Mátra Mountains. It’s a small estate in harmony with nature, and the wines reflect the Benedeks' love and care for the grapes. It’s a family affair with Péter handling winemaker duties, his brother Balázs helping out in the cellar and his parents tending the vineyards. And all of this takes place in a cellar built by Péter's grandparents. Originally harvesting only 1.5 hectares, production has increased to 17 hectares and is still growing. For this tasting, we’ll be sampling their pinot noir which is made from sustainably grown organic grapes with minimal sulfites added. It has aromas and a palate of cherries and strawberries balanced with a pleasing acidity. A delightfully easy drinking pinot! Organic, Sustainable, Vegan. Minimal sulfites added. Light & fresh with bright red fruit.
Gál Tibor, Titi Egri Bikavér 2016
In recent years, Hungarian wines have been gaining in prominence and Gál Tibor is one of the wineries leading the charge. Founded in 1993, it has emerged as one of the leading wineries in the Eger wine region. Their Egri Bikavér, ,also referred to as Bull’s Blood, is one of Hungary’s most famous wines.The name of the wine originates from an event that happened in Eger during a Turkish siege of the city. The Hungarian troops were fed local food and red wine from nearby vineyards and rumor spread that this dark red wine was mixed with bulls' blood to give the 2,000 soldiers strength. This may be folklore but it’s certainly a great story to share while enjoying this bottle with friends. It’s a blend of Kékfrankos (also known as Blaufränkisch), Kadarka (Hungary’s best known grape), Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot and the grapes are grown on sustainable vineyards located on the volcanic and limestone hills of Eger. It’s a smooth and easy drinking red showing savory red fruit, spice, and easy tannin. Drink it like a local and pair it with a hearty bowl of stew or a cut of game meat.
Saturday, January 18th, 6pm-8pm 5% Discount On Tasting Spirits
This Saturday we are excited to welcome Phil from Balcones Distilling of Waco Texas, tasting two of their award-winning craft whiskeys.
Balcones Baby Blue Whiskey
The first Texas whisky on the market since Prohibition, Baby Blue is crafted from roasted heirloom blue corn. This rich and oily maize adds new sophistication to the corn whisky tradition while keeping the freshness and verve of classic American distilling. Intentionally youthful, Baby Blue captures the essence of this prized corn with a round nuttiness, roasted overtones and refined complexity. The mouthfeel is viscous with a soft finish. A true Texas original that we are delighted to share with the world.
Balcones Rye Whiskey
Rye Mashbill which begins with Elbon Rye from Northwest Texas accompanied by crystal, chocolate and roasted rye. Driven by constant curiosity, we distilled our Rye in our copper pot stills, bringing new subtlety and perspective to our approach.