Gus Kalaris founded Axios, a luxury Napa Valley wine brand in 1999 to much acclaim. The success of Axios has spawned the Worthy, Truth, Kalaris and Telios brands. In 2013 Kalaris purchased a home surrounded by over 10 acres of vineyards in Calistoga which now produces the exceptional Kalaris Wines. Wine Cellars is pleased to offer the prestigious Kalaris Wines all month long in February as our feautured Wines of the Month and know you will fall in love with these delicious gems!
Saturday, February 1, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bacchanal imports wines that represent the highest quality which represent the legacy and the tradition of the Italian wine-making ‘spirit’. The mission is to transfer their experience and knowledge to consumers that want to know and learn more about the “Wine World”, bringing them the wide range of grape varietals from Italy, inviting palates to appreciate the diversity of Italian wines through the appealing experience of their selections. Bacchanal strongly believes that their portfolio is a great opportunity to break into the Italian wine category. In fact, they import small-medium size wine producers that represent the genuine tradition in local wine-making, often using indigenous grapes that embody characteristics particular to their origin and region.Many of our producers make use of organic and/or bio-dynamic farming which is a guarantee of a stricter legacy to the terroir. Journey through Southern Italy with this exciting collection of wines that are sure to leave a lasting impression!
Friday, February 7, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Join us we explore the quality and expressiveness of white Burgundies in this fun tasting highlighting three of our newest arrivals. All debuting for the first time at Wine Cellars of Annapolis, we are extremely proud to bring you these unique wines. At fantastic quality for the price, they will make you feel like Spring has arrived early!
Saturday, February 8, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Spain has the most area planted to wine grapes in the entire world. That makes it possible for many many of its fantastic small wineries to fly under the radar while producing amazing wines at great values. Thats where renowned importer Aurelio Cabestrero, founder of Grapes of Spain, comes in. Hailing from Madrid, Aurelio has decades of experience in the wine industry in both Spain and the United States. His goal is to look for gems from all over Spain, regardless of how well known the Denominacion de Origen might be. He will have a varied selection of great wines to share, from lovely Cavas and Sherries in the south of Spain to complex, interesting reds from some of the more well-known areas such as Rioja and Ribiera del Duero. Aurelio and the team at WCA are excited for you to join us, and are looking forward to showing off these wines to you!
Saturday, February 15, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
European Cellars was founded by Eric Solomon in 1990. From the start, Eric championed unheralded wine growing regions and promoted young, innovative winemakers. His initial focus was France where he was an early proponent of the wines of the Rhône, the Languedoc and the Roussillon. His growing reputation in Europe as a new, dynamic and successful importer prompted Daphne Glorian, esteemed spanish winemaker to send him, unsolicited, a sample of her wine, Clos Erasmus in 1993. This wine would change Eric’s life professionally and personally as he added Clos Erasmus to his portfolio and convinced Daphne to marry him! For his pioneering efforts, Eric Solomon founder of European Cellars has been recognized by Robert Parker as his Wine Personality of the Year for 2002, remarking, “Solomon has a great talent for ferreting out spectacular wines from France and Spain. The quality of these selections is remarkable.” In 2006 he was awarded Best Importer of the Year by Food and Wine Magazine and he has been a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Writing in celebration of European Cellars’ 25th anniversary, Robert Parker followed on his earlier praise, writing, “I first tasted with Eric in 1991/1992, and I have watched him grow as an importer to the point where he may be the finest in the United States.” Join us as we welcome special guest Matt Carroll, East Coast European Cellars Representative as we roll out this great line-up of French & Spanish Imports from Eric's impressive portfolio of winemakers!
Saturday, February 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Behind every farm, winemaker, bottle and grape lies an untold story. Demanding authenticity, Cape Classics operates the “old-fashioned” way, with relationships and social responsibility at the forefront of their business. The wineries they represent embrace sustainable eco and social practices, doing their part to help preserve lands for future generations while improving the human condition now. The wines are expressive, crafted with passion and perspective. Join special guest Zingo Mungen from Cape Classics as he presents hand selected wines from their prestigious portfolio!
Saturday, February 29, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Founded by Eric and Ali Story in 2013, Smith Story is trully a wine of the people! The first step into building a sustainability driven family winery was in order to be a grape grower partner with Smith Story, the vineyard must be family or independently owned. In fact, their Kickstarter Campaign was “Farmers First” so their story would start with family owned farms from the very beginning. Now in 2018 they are actively working with 12 family vineyards throughout Anderson Valley and Sonoma County. Eric Story is the full-time winemaker and Katy Wilson is their consulting winemaker who has a pedigree from Flowers, Joseph Phelps, Craggy Range, Kamen and her own eponymous label LaRue Wines. Largely in part to their art of storytelling online before a single drop of wine was bottled, their story resonated with thousands of wine consumers across the nation and internationally. These consumers are best described as “Smith Story Supporters” helping to grow their supply channel through their local haunts and favorite wine shops. Their love of Smith Story has made them reach the success they’ve achieved to this very day and the quality of the wines keep them asking for more. We invite you to meet the owners of Smith Story Wines and you too will become a believer!