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July 2016

Pop-Up Tasting: An Ode to Bila-Haut

Friday, July 1, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Bila-Haut is the Roussillon-based domaine of Michel Chapoutier, renowned winemaker of France’s Rhone valley (and one of the only producers to put braille on all of his labels). The consistent performance of Chapoutier makes him one of our “go to” producers. His Bila-Haut line should satisfy New and Old World wine lovers alike and his wines work both as weeknight warrior wines or as a centerpiece to a fancy Saturday night meal. Of all the Chapoutier wines we’ve tried, we have yet to find one that isn’t good, much less great. Come on down to our Bila-Haut pop-up tasting -- you can thank us later! 

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The Power and Elegance of Monteviejo Vineyards

Saturday, July 2, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Over the past decade Argentina has evolved from a country not well known on the global wine scene to the New World’s fastest growing exporter of wines. Bodega Monteviejo is owned and operated by Chateau Le Gay, of Pomerol and the wines made at this very special property in Argentina are treated with the same dedication and care as those produced back home in Bordeaux. Situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains, in one of the highest growing wine regions in the world, the resulting wines are powerful, intense and elegant and have the ability to age like a great Bordeaux!

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Study of Italy Part 1: Southern Italian Values

Saturday, July 9, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We have tasted so many fantastic Italian wines lately that we couldn’t possibly fit them all in one tasting. Therefore, in the first of our Italian series, we will focus on Southern Italian values. This outstanding line-up has something for every budget. And with prices like this, these sun kissed wines will have you singing “la dolce vita”!

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Study of Italy Part 2: Italian Wines for the Heart and Soul

Saturday, July 16, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Italy has the highest percentage of land planted to vine in the world. Among Italy’s 20 wine-producing regions, Tuscany and Piedmont are the most famous, however, every region of Italy boasts its own unique wines that express something special about the area’s character. With crisp whites from the mountains of the north, to the silky reds from Tuscany and the hearty wines of Sicily, the wine from each region reveals the true heart and soul of Italy! 

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Pop-Up Tasting: Winemaker Matt Stafford of Craggy Range

Friday, July 22, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

We are extremely excited to welcome New Zealander Matt Stafford, chief winemaker for Craggy Range, to WCA this Friday. If you don't know Craggy Range, get acquainted, because we can't think of another wine company that's managed to roll Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire and Rhône styles into one harmonious group of wines so successfully. These award winning wines now grace the tables of the finest homes and restaurants internationally and this is your chance to talk to the winemaker first hand, taste these special wines and go home with a signed bottle!

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

Saturday, July 23, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Backyard barbeques, picnics on the beach, parties on the patio, drinks on the boat, relaxing on the porch and more. Just about every activity in the summer calls for a bottle or two of wine! So we are popping the corks on some all-time favorites from the sunshine state. Fun, friendly and full of good times, you'll want to stock up this week on these "party wines" that will go perfectly with all of your summer fun. 

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Pop-Up Tasting: A Burgundy Bonanza!

Friday, July 29, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

When we think of wines for warm weather al fresco dining, one of the fist regions that come to mind is Burgundy, France. Crisp whites and light body reds are the hallmarks of Burgundy and there are great values to be found in the smaller, lesser known appellations like Saint-Bris and Mercurey. Stop by tonight’s pop-up tasting and treat yourself to a great summer sipper from Burgundy!

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Eric Solomon Knows Wine - AND BONUS TASTING new vintage of Archive Pinot Noir!

Saturday, July 30, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

We've said it before and we'll say it again: northeastern Spain and southern France are the most exciting, diverse and undervalued wine regions on Earth. Importer Eric Solomon of European Selections figured this out in 1989 and has been finding unique wines ever since. Both regions enjoy a varied landscape, with the Mediterranean ocean, the Pyrenees Mountains and extreme changes in elevation offering a wide range of climates and soil types, resulting in a treasure trove of excellent and interesting wines, both white and red, that sell for a song.

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