Thanks for your support of Imbibe and for all the great suggestions. One request that we hear frequently is for more wine education.
Well, you asked, we heard, and here we go! The series of four classes, held once per week for an hour, will open with a basics of tasting class and then will move forward to explore and focus on tasting various varietals.
Our goal is to help you increase your understanding and enjoyment of wine while keying in on what you like. We are offering two time slots each week to fit your schedule - but we must reach a minimum number of guests in order to make them successful. Call Imbibe at 633-WINE (9463) to make your reservation - and ask a friend to sign up with you!
Monday Classes run from 6pm-7pm
May 3rd Wine Tasting Basics
May 10th Exploring Chardonnay
May 17th Exploring Sauvignon Blanc
May 24th Exploring Cabernet Sauvignon
Saturday Classes run from 11am-12pm
May 8th Wine Tasting Basics
May 15th Exploring Chardonnay
May 22nd Exploring Sauvignon Blanc
May 29th Exploring Cabernet Sauvignon
The series of four classes is only $50.
For specific questions regarding the curriculum ask for Richard or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Wines this Week…
2008 Artesa Chardonnay $14.99 Artesa is one of Napa’s most exciting wineries. The architecturally-acclaimed facility opened as Codorniu Napa in 1991, dedicated solely to méthode champenoise sparkling wine production. But in 1997, with the arrival of a world-class winemaker and a $10 million conversion, the winery shifted focus dramatically. Artesa was born with the inaugural release of ultra-premium still wines in September 1999. The state-of-the-art winery sits high on a southern Napa Valley hilltop overlooking 150 acres of estate chardonnay and pinot noir vineyards in the renowned viticultural appellation of Carneros. This 2008 Chardonnay is a beautifully balanced wine with delicate flavors of pear, green apple and a hint of oak. Medium to full-bodied, it is sleek and focused with a long, clean finish. A staff favorite! ~Deanna
2007 Casa Piena Cabernet Sauvignon $149.00 Founded by Carmen and Gail Policy, the name Casa Piena means ‘full house’ in Italian and was chosen to honor the five Policy children as well as the timeless relationship between family and fine wine. Dedicated to crafting expressive Cabernet Sauvignon that embodies the robust opulence of world-class Napa Valley winemaking, Casa Piena is made in small lots from the finest estate grown grapes. Following are winemaker Thomas Brown’s tasting notes: “The elegance that defines Casa Piena is certainly evident in the 2007 vintage, but it also contains a concentrated fruit quality that we weren’t sure was possible from this area. The fruit is darker in profile than the 2006, more purple/black than red/black, and much deeper at this point in the wine’s evolution. The soil driven elements are present but are masked by the layers of blueberries, blackberries and melted chocolate that the year gave us. This wine feels rounder than its predecessor and has in common with other great wines what we think sets them all apart, the ability to drink great young, middle-aged and old aged.” Imbibe is please to offer this outstanding wine to it’s fine wine customers. ~Deanna
2009 Golan Moscato $13.99 This wine was produced from Muscat Canelli grapes grown entirely in the cool climate, rocky volcanic soil and high altitude of the Golan Heights. By stopping fermentation early the result is a wine that is lightly sparkling, aromatic and sweet. Its relatively low alcohol (6%) makes it unusually light and refreshing wine. This wine is enjoyable as an aperitif, makes an excellent Sunday brunch beverage and goes well with desserts. This is also a delightful wine to include with your Passover feast. ~Deanna
2008 Apothic Red $10.99 It’s back and better than ever! The 2007 vintage of this ‘masterful’ blend of flavorful Syrah, rich Zinfandel and smooth Merlot was no flash in the pan. The 2008 is just as delicious with ripe and juicy black cherry fruit and soft tannins that make the wine another user-friendly favorite. ~Deanna
Until next time, keep pulling those corks!
- The Imbibers