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Cheers : Spring Wine Tasting Event Preview

Posted by Phil on 2015/3/3 13:20:00 (2551 reads) News by the same author

Spring Wine Tasting Event Preview


Below you will find the preview of this year’s annual Spring wine tasting event and sale to be held:


Thursday March  19th from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at Cheers Chanhassen


Thursday March 26th  from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Cheers Bloomington



Cheers entire wine inventory* Will be discounted 15% all day both days at both Cheers locations!

(*excludes closeout items or anything marked no further discount)

The staff at Cheers personally selected these wines. These selections have a focus on spring and summer sipping. We’ve selected some robust reds as well as some whimsical whites, roses, sparklers, and “oddities”.  


We hope to see you on either Thursday March 19th in Chanhassen


Thursday March 26th in Bloomington!

Click on "Read More" below to see the preview


Here's the Preview For the Chanhassen Event:

Thursday March 19th 2015, 6:00-8:00 Cheers Chanhassen


Mark Nordstrom from The Wine Company will feature the following selections

Cline Cashmere White

Bright flavors of peach and pear, aromas show vanilla notes.  Great with spicy dishes and seafood pasta.   A great value!

Dr. Loosen, “ Dr. L Riesling”

 Bright pear, apricot, lime and mango flavors, zippy acidity, and low alcohol make Dr. L. perfect for brunch.   This Mosel Valley win is also great with spicy Asian food.

Pavao Vinho Verde

 Bright, dry and wonderfully racy, this offers ample lime in both the nose and the mouth, flirting with fresh apples and nectarines.   Lightly sparkling and heavily gulpable, Pavao is the epitome of refreshment.

Friends White

 A spicy, floral nose with hints of passion fruit, honeydew melon and citrus both in the bouquet as well as the flavor.  Fresh, crisp and flavorful, a white which works on its own as well as with your meal

Friends Red

A wine blend to share with your friends and friend want-to-be’s.  A delicious blend of reds from Sonoma County, that are well balanced and great with a burger, steak or pizza.  Yummy!

Cline Sonoma Coast Merlot

 Great balance, firm tannin structure and delicious flavors of black cherry and coffee, with a fascinating herbal spice characteristic.  Pair this wine with grilled rib-eye, teriyaki chicken or curried lamb.  Great with a bold and spicy meal.



Andrew Hardgrove from Wirtz Signature Wine Team will feature the following selections

Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Pinot Gris 2013

This wine contains ripe citrus flavors with rich aromas of tropical mango, melon, and juicy peach. The bright fruit flavors and layered texture contribute to this wine’s versatility.

Kendall Jackson AVANT Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Handcrafted and cold-fermented in stainless steel to preserve the grape's alluring, fruit-forward aromatics layered with notes of lemongrass and subtle minerality

J lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2013

A top chardonnay for the money; very balanced with great fruit and just enough oak; creamy texture, with good acidity.

La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2012

Monterey Pinot Noir developed beautifully with this additional time to mature, while retaining its natural juicy acidity and freshness. This release offers up both savory and sweet tones, with pomegranate and blackberry taking the lead on the palate.

Kendall Jackson AVANT Red Blend 2012

Enticing aromas of ripe raspberry and bold black cherry are complemented by hints of spice and dark chocolate to deliver a smooth and lingering finish.

J lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

High-toned Paso Robles Cabernet with a lovely bouquet of toasted pastry and vanilla.



Bill Anderson from Paustis Wine will feature the following selections

Lafage Cote Est White

A stunning perfume of dried apricots, honeyed citrus and white flowers.  A crisp, elegant, slightly more textured, medium-bodied white with wonderful purity, freshness and length.

Honig Sauvignon Blanc

 A crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc with flavors of peach, lemon grass and hints of jasmine and pea shoots that are balanced by grapefruit and lime.  Medium bodied with a bright, lingering finish.

Mondoro Asti

Pale yellow with fast moving bubbles and a distinct and intense nose of honey and ripe peach.  An intensely sweet and fruity sparkling wine with notes of orange blossom, honey and candied pears.

Hahn Pinot Noir

 This wine’s bouquet charms with scents of red cherry, ripe strawberry, cola and spice.  On the palate it is soft with flavors of plum and black cherry.

Goldschmidt Chelsea Merlot

 Medium garnet in color, this wine shows berry fruit and floral aromas of violet and rose petal with flavors of red cherry and strawberry.  Medium to full-bodied with soft and supple tannins and vanilla and spice on the finish.

Educated Guess Cabernet

 Rich, ripe, and focused with juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, milk chocolate and dusty notes all tied together with a creamy French vanilla middle and a finish that lingers.



Aaron Barger from Rootstock Wine Co. will feature the following selections

Ca Lojera Lugana

A little known Italian white that is not miss, starts with a sweet melon flavor elegantly balanced by a salty middle and crisp finish. Incredibly versatile for food pairing. For fans of Pinot Grigio as well as Sauvignon Blanc

Eric Louis Sauvignon Blanc

Crisp with a racy citrus acidity, a hint of grass, and a wonderful mineral finish. Great with cheese, also good with fish and poultry. Fantastic with Sushi!

L'agnostique Chardonnay

Unoaked Chardonnay showing flavors of pear and melon. Clean and refreshing without being overly sweet, it's an excellent pair with chicken, white fish, and greens.

Colli Euganei Prosecco

A fresh dry sparkler with excellent, fine effervescence and lightly fruity floral aroma. Great as an aperitif, with shellfish or breakfast.

Valforte Montepulciano

Opens with a tart cherry flavor that gives way to plum and a firm, yet fruity finish.  Excellent with tomato based sauce, blue cheese and red meat.

Cantina del Glicine 'La Sconsolata' Barbera

Dry, pleasantly tart and complex with spiced dark fruit flavors. This wine is an excellent pair with meats, cheeses, pasta and poultry.



Paul Ragghianti from Grape Beginnings will feature the following selections

FORIS Moscato

An aromatic explosion of ripe peaches and honeysuckle blossoms. This juicy low-alcohol wine pairs with ripe melon, soft cheeses or prosciutto.

KRIS Pinot Grigio

Brilliant lemon-green in color, KRIS offers aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine and hints of almonds. Pairs well with salads, risotto, pasta and grilled white meats or salmon.

MEIOMI Chardonnay

Bright layers of citrus fruit, pineapple, minerality and pear aromas, with a complex palate of exotic spice, tropical fruit and apple. Rich and ripe, with depth and complexity, it is a great wine to pair with food.


With a deep ruby color, this wine has aromas of plum, black currant, blackberry, smoke and earth. Concentrated flavors of raspberry and black cherry dominate with lingering hints of cherry on the long and satisfying finish.


Floral aromas with tones of lavender, berries, chocolate and bacon. The fruit driven palate is balanced with a tannin middle core.

MEIOMI Pinot Noir

Brilliant, rich garnet color; aromas of strawberry, plum and cherry. Flavors of boysenberry, plum, cherry cola and toasty mocha lend complexity and depth on the palate.



Jon Robertson from TKO Wines will feature the following selections

Emile Beyer -  Pinot Blanc (France)

The Domaine Emile Beyer represents 14 generations of winegrowing centered around the charming village of Eguisheim, the very heart of Alsace wine production. Today both modern and traditional techniques are used to produce wines of great character and finesse. Hand-harvested at small yields and fermented in ancient oak foudres, the wines of Domaine Emile Beyer are classic expressions of the unique terroirs of Alsace and complement the finest world cuisines.

Luna Pinot Grigio (California)

The 2012 Pinot Grigio is a pale straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, guava, and honeysuckle carry the nose. Hints of green apple pastries fill the mouth and the fleshy texture carries through to a refreshing and balanced finish. 94.4% Pinot Grigio, 4.6% Chardonnay, and 1% Albarino. The 2012 vintage was a perfect growing year due to idyllic weather conditions. The growing season was pleasantly warm, with no heat spikes or cold rainy days. This provided for even ripening which caused complex and balanced flavor development.


The Janodets produce several excellent wines from numerous plots. However, it is the Moulin-à-Vent, the king of Beaujolais, that reigns at this estate. Deep, brooding and quite Burgundian in nature, the Domaine des Fines Graves Moulin-à-Vent is one of the most masculine and ageworthy of all Beaujolais wines.

Maimai Red Blend (New Zealand)

Lively fruit on the front palate of plums, boysenberries and a slight tobacco finish. Lovely seamless texture through the palate with fine tannins and broad round finish. The well integrated and subtle oak adds complexity and softens the mouth feel giving this mid weighted wine a juicy and pleasant finish.

Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)

This Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the typicity of Maipo Alto very well with notes of ripe red fruit, black pepper, vanilla, nuts, and a classic note of fine herbs such as tarragon and bay leaf. Big bodied and concentrated on the palate with well-rounded tannins, this is a wine that does an excellent job of transmitting our terroir while reflecting the landscape of our vineyards. Estate grown, produced, and bottled.

Asylum Zin (California)

The 2012 Asylum Zinfandel exudes vibrant colors of aubergine and dark raspberry. Dried red roses, all spice, coffee toasted walnuts and crushed cranberry resurrects your senses. Succulent blackberry, dark cranberry, dried underbrush and tobacco spill out of the glass. Firm, yet smooth integrated tannins with lush acidity are found on the lengthy finish.



Here's the Preview For the Bloomington Event:

Thursday March 26th 2015, 6:00-8:00 Cheers Bloomington



Mark Nordstrom from The Wine Company will feature the following selections

Friends White A spicy, floral nose with hints of citrus and melon, a fresh and flavorful white that matches with salads or chicken off the grill, a perfect spring and summer slammer

Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc

 The palate shows grapefruit papaya flavors, a hint of thyme leads to a refreshing, juicy finish, a perfect match for fish and seafood

Inama Soave Classico

 Golden rich color, aromas of ripe peaches lead to a juicy mouth feel  and a surprisingly sweet almond finish, zippy freshness

Friends Red

A wonderful fun blend which will change every vintage, this wine is rich and full that you can just sip or match it with burgers and pizza

Carol Shelton “Wild Thing” Zinfandel

 Aromas of plum and raspberry that also show hints of vanilla-oak, very smooth and creamy in the mouth which lead to a long and lush finish

Rio Madre Rioja

 A very spicy nose of clove and lavender, juicy red fruit flavors lead to a long structured finish, great with pork ribs or lamb



Andrew Hardgrove from Wirtz Signature Wine Team will feature the following selections

Clos Du Val Chardonnay 2011

The warmer climate of 2012 produced truly spectacular Chardonnay fruit from our Carneros vineyard. The resulting wine is pale gold in color and opens with aromas of fresh apple, brioche, pear and pineapple. It is full bodied and displays flavors of tropical fruit, citrus and vanilla. The mouthfeel is silky, yet vibrant and has a long, lingering finish.

King Estate Pinot Gris 2013

In the 2013 vintage, lemon and orange blossom honey collide with rose water. This wine has a fresh, fruit forward front palate with a racy acidity balanced by roundness from contact with the lees. Seamless structure and a generous finish make this wine a true delight.

Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2013

Dry Creek has made yet another delicious Chenin Blanc at a screaming fair price. Pleasantly and conservatively sweet in smell and taste, it shows nice melon and pineapple flavors, with a fresh, creamy texture.

Louis Jadot Pinot Noir

Reflective of the Jadot style, Pinot Noir Jadot is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture offset by round, gentle tannins in a wine of medium body and elegant structure. The very typical, fragrant varietal bouquet is complemented by a delicious, lingering finish.

J lohr Valdigue (red wine)

The vibrant 2013 J. Lohr Estates Wildflower Valdiguié is red-purple in color with profuse fresh fruit aromas of cherry, red currant. On the palate is equally bright, dominated by pomegranate and raspberry

Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

This wine displays beautiful aromatics of bright red cherry, red raspberry and dried thyme qualities that mingle with darker elements of black cherry, espresso and cassis.



Rick Brouillette from Phillips Wine will feature the following selections

Truvee  Chardonnay

Lush and complex. Pear, pineapple, honeysuckle and green apple flavors complimented with a kiss of French oak.

B&G Vouvray  (Chenin Blanc)

Pale straw in color with green highlights. A lovely, intense white wine with floral notes and peach and pear flavors.

Boutari Moschofilero  (Mo-sko-FEE- leh-roh)

Floral, apple aromas with citrus notes.  Dry and light with ripe melon flavors balanced with a grapefruit and lemon-like acidity for a fresh, clean finish.

Woodwork Pinot Noir

Striking interplay between Pinot Noir and toasted white french oak.

Notes of strawberry and plum complimented with coffee, caramel and a hint of black spice.

Legend of the Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

This bold cab releases rich, fruit flavors with dark chocolate notes.

Beaulieu Napa Merlot

Silky tannins and a balanced acidity support the expansive, rich flavors throughout the delicious, lingering finish.



Bill Anderson from Paustis Wine will feature the following selections

Fess Parker Riesling

  A refreshing, off-dry wine with prominent peach, apricot and melon aromas and flavors.

Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc

 Light, crisp and refreshing with lemon, peach and grassy notes on the nose with ripe tropical fruit flavors on the palate.  Bright and lively finish.

Cristalino Brut Rose Cava

Beautiful scents of raspberry and cherry on the nose with fresh, clean strawberry and cherry flavors in the mouth and a consistent bead. The finish is clean and crisp and invites another sip. An excellent match for fried appetizers such as calamari or light desserts such as creme brulee. It is also excellent on its own or with fresh fruit.

Evodia Garnacha

Offering a lovely perfume of spice box, mineral and wild cherry, this perfectly balanced mix of flavors lends itself to an intensely fruity wine with loads of taste, a smooth texture and a pure, fruit filled finish.

7 Deadly Zins

Crushed berry, soft oak and cigar box notes create a fragrant appeal that leaves you wanting more.  Explosive, concentrated fruit in the mouth with plenty of acidity to balance the ripeness, offering crushed wild berry compote on the finish.

Banfi Chianti Classico

 Deep ruby-red with rich notes of cherries, plums and iris.  Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes, supple tannins, good acidity and a lingering finish.



Paul Ragghianti from Grape Beginnings will feature the following selections


 The bouquet offers notes of citrus fruit. Fresh and lively revealing exotic fruits on the palate. Serve as an aperitif, it will pair with grilled fish, salads or shellfish.

FORIS Moscato

 An aromatic explosion of ripe peaches and honeysuckle blossoms. This juicy low-alcohol wine pairs with ripe melon, soft cheeses or prosciutto.

KRIS Pinot Grigio

 Brilliant lemon-green in color, KRIS offers aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine and hints of almonds. Pairs well with salads, risotto, pasta and grilled white meats or salmon.


 Floral aromas with tones of lavender, berries, chocolate and bacon. The fruit driven palate is balanced with a tannin middle core.

BERE Tuscan Red

 This blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot fills the mouth with flavors of currants and berries. This Super Tuscan value is balanced, fresh and fruity.


 A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre.  Complex aromas of cherry, blackberry, strawberry and spice; soft and fruity with gentle tannins. The finish is long and smooth and a touch rustic reflecting its terroir.



John Seaman from World Class Wines will feature the following selections

Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc

A real gem from Sonoma County. Bright citrus, along with hints of tropical fruit. A great springtime sipper.

Parrallel 45 Rose

This blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah has aromas of fresh Strawberries and a deliciously dry finish. Drink Pink!

Frisk Riesling

A fresh and fun Riesling from Australia. Flavors of peach and pear with an exciting spritz.

Locations France (F)

 An American winemakers take on Classic French varietals of Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet. Deep, dark, rich and intense. Plenty of notes of black current and blackberries. Not a wine for the shy.

Location Italy (I)         

A rich and full bodied red from multiple Italian regions. Nero d’Avola  gives it plenty of plum notes and jammy character.

Locations Spain (E)

Classic varietals of Tempranillo, Grenache and Carignan. This was Dave Phinney’s first offering with locations and he knocked out of the park. Bursting with dark fruit and a little bit of spice.



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