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Cheers : Preview Of The Ladera Wine Tasting Event

Posted by Phil on 2015/7/6 15:07:33 (1070 reads)

On Thursday, July 30, Cheers will host a wine tasting event with Dan Saaverda of Napa Valley's Ladera Winery, owned by a local Wayzata family. Located high on Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain, Ladera produces outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as exclusive limited releases. This tasting event will take place in the club room at Rare Steak & Sushi located in the Life Time Athletic Club, 755 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie, Minn. As of the posting of this article, there were only five spots left for this event, so book your spot here today before it sells out!

Here is a a preview of the wines we will taste

 

2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Ladera Sauvignon Blanc expresses refreshing aromas of passion fruit, honeydew melon and spiced pear with underlying notes of lemongrass and citrus zest that add to the wines appeal. The palate is pure and focused with a lively underlying acidity leading to a long and persistent finish.

 

 

Vineyard Notes:

Sauvignon Blanc is a blend comprised of three Sauvignon Blanc clones: Clone #1, Sauvignon Musque and Liparita. These three selections offer unique differences in style, all with inherent varietal distinction. The vintage was a text book growing season, with warm summer days offering an abundance of sunshine from start to finish. Healthy vines and lower than average yields allowed for slow and steady maturation of the grapes, producing wines with intense fruit expression, pronounced depth and great balance.

2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes:
The 2012 vintage was a text book growing season, with warm summer days offering an abundance of sunshine from start to finish. Healthy vines and lower than average yields allowed for slow and steady maturation of the grapes, producing wines with intense fruit expression, pronounced depth and great balance.

The 2012 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe fruit aromas of blackberry and black currant with spice notes of cassis and fresh clove. The intense palate is pure and structured packed with black fruits and supple tannins that extend through the wine’s finish.

Vineyard Notes:
The 2012 Ladera Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from an ever changing array of select vineyard blocks. Each site compliments one another offering differences in clones, soil and micro-climates, that when blended result in a consistently rich, complex wine with striking aromas and intense fruit expression.

To this we then add just the right amount of other blending varietals to end with a very approachable but still intense wine. Picking for this vintage occurred between October 5th and October 23rd.

2011 Stile Blocks

The 2011 Ladera STILE Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon displays classic characteristics of cooler vintage conditions with heightened fruit aromas, elegant structure and lively acidity making it an approachable wine in its youth but also with great age ability.

Fresh fruit aromas of black currant, plum and anise are supported with subtle notes of graphite and fresh mint. The medium-bodied palate is layered with red and black fruits, plush texture with fine-grained tannins and balanced.

 

Vineyard Notes:

The 2011 Ladera STILE Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from our Estate vineyard on Howell Mountain. The STILE Blocks illustrate a unique aspect of our vineyard, carefully selected to arrive at the profile we envisioned. The vineyard ranges from 1,600 to 1,800 feet in elevation and sits above the typical fog line receiving longer sun exposure during the growing season producing wines with great structure and exceptional aging potential. A combination of the high elevation, the volcanic and red clay soils and a commitment to excellence, the fruit is able to achieve full physiological ripeness keeping with the other wines from Ladera…Hillside, Intense.

2010 Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard Notes:

The 2010 Ladera Howell Mountian Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced exclusively from our estate vineyard located directly opposite the winery at 1,600 to 1,800 feet in elevation, the red volcanic mineral rich soils allows the fruit to achieve full physiological ripeness producing ripe flavorful winesw with great structure and exceptional aging potential. Harvest began on October 19th and finished on October 25th 2010.

Winemaker Notes:

The 2010 Ladera Howell Mountian Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best our vineyard has to offer. Rich and decadent, this deep ruby Cabernet Sauvignon displays gorgeous aromas of ripe blackberries and black cherries with notes of fresh mint, cocoa, vanilla and nutmeg. The concentrated and well-structured palate is rich and pure with ripe black fruits, firm yet supple tannins, and a refreshing beam of acidity that carries through to a long and persistent finish.

2012 Pillow Road vineyard Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes:
The 2012 Pillow Road Pinot Noir exhibits the quality of this amazing vintage. Lush aromas of fresh raspberries and red cherries are highlighted by notes of cola and cinnamon spice. An elegantly balanced wine, the palate is soft and seamless with bright red fruit, sweet supple tannins and juicy acidity – Classic Russian River.

Vineyard Notes:
The Pillow Road vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley of West Sonoma County, southwest of the city of Sebastopol in an area affectionately known as the Sebastopol Hills. Previously identified with Gravenstein apple orchards and counter culture lifestyles, it is now known as a premium Viticultural region renowned for producing world class Pinot Noir. Famous for its Goldridge soils, large temperature swings and sweeping morning fog the vines at Pillow Road thrive in ideal climatic conditions that produce exceptional wines capturing the best expression of this unique vineyard.

The first plantings were in 2000 to Pinot Noir clones 777, 115 and 4 with more recent plantings of Calera and Swan. The different clones complement one another in the final blend, offering bright fruit tones with elegance, depth and structure.

 

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Cheers : Calling all California wine enthusiasts, especially Cab lovers!

Posted by Phil on 2015/6/1 13:30:00 (979 reads)

Calling all California wine enthusiasts, especially Cab lovers!

 

 

On Thursday, July 30, Cheers will host a wine tasting event with Dan Saaverda of Napa Valley's Ladera Winery, owned by a local Wayzata family. Located high on Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain, Ladera produces outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as exclusive limited releases. This tasting event will take place in the club room at Rare Steak & Sushi located in the Life Time Athletic Club, 755 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie, Minn.

 

 

The evening presents a unique opportunity to learn about and taste the creations of a premier Napa Valley winery with strong Minnesota roots. We will taste Ladera's Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, "Stile Blocks" Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Laderas' Howell Mountian Reserve Cabernet. In addition to the Cabernets, Dan has selected to showcase a very limited Pinot Noir, Ladera's Pillow Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 'S'  at this tasting. 
 

 

With only 25 seats available for this special tasting, reserve your spot today by clicking here. Tickets are only $25.00 per person and include the wine tasting, appetizers, and gratuity.

 

 Dan Saavedra— Western Regional Sales Manager, Ladera Winery

 

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Danny moved to Napa after completing his MBA in hospitality and tourism at the University of New Orleans. He has worked across the country in fine dining, with emphasis on New Orleans, and spent time with Gallo in hospitality and special events. Danny has passed both the CSW and CSS exams as well as the Introductory Sommelier exam, and he enjoys snowboarding, fishing, music and cooking.

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Cheers : Preview of our evening with fourth generation winemaker Chester Osborn

Posted by Phil on 2015/4/7 14:30:00 (1274 reads)

Preview Of An Evening With Fourth Generation Winemaker

Chester Osborn

On Thursday,May 14, at 7:00 p.m. Cheers will host fourth-generation Australian winemaker Chester Osborn at JJ’s Coffee Bar and Wine Bistro in Eden Prairie.  The cost for this is only $25.00 per person, which includes a wine tasting, appetizers, tax and gratuity. There are only 40 seats available for this event, so book your spot here today. The evening is a unique opportunity to personally get to know a pioneer in Australian wine making and taste his creations. We will sample eight wines, some of which were exclusively  selected by Chester for this event. You can see a preview of the wines we will taste below.  Chester is not a wall flower, prepare to be entertained.

 

Here is a video that introduces you to the d’Arnberg family and their vineyard:

 

 

Here is a preview of the wine we will taste

 

The Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre

Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre - McLaren Vale

 

The Story Behind The Name

The name ‘Stump Jump’ pays homage to a significant South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough. As well as clearing the land around McLaren Vale, it was adopted worldwide in the late 19th century because of its ability to ride over stumps and gnarled roots, saving valuable time and energy.

http://www.darenberg.com.au/wine/38/2011-The-Stump-Jump-Grenache-Shiraz-Mourv%C3%A8dre

2013 Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne

McLaren Vale, Viognier (55%) Marsanne (45%)

 

The Story Behind The Name

Many of McLaren Vale’s vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature was the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little crustacean that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this, McLaren Vale’s first ever blend of Viognier and Marsanne. “Hermit” is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage, where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.

http://www.darenberg.com.au/wine/32/2013-The-Hermit-Crab-Viognier-Marsanne

2010 d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache

McLaren Vale Shiraz (50%) Grenache (50%)

 

The Story Behind The Name

This wine is named in honour of d’Arenberg principal, Francis d’Arenberg Osborn, who is universally known as d’Arry. A lifetime in wine has seen d’Arry recognised as a Winemakers Federation of Australia Patron and a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the wine industry.

http://www.darenberg.com.au/sites/default/files/TastingNotes/2010%20d%27Arry%27s%20Original%20Shiraz%20Grenache.pdf

2012 The Custodian Grenache

100% McLaren Vale Grenache

 

The Story Behind The Name

During the vine pull scheme of the early 1980’s d’Arry Osborn refused to touch his old Grenache vineyards. When his son Chester started in the business as Chief Winemaker in 1984 he set about acquiring  more old vine Grenache grapes and vineyards at a time when it was considered un-fashionable. Today d’Arenberg is the keeper of nearly one third of McLaren Vale’s old bush vine Grenache and has earned the title of ‘Custodian’ of the variety. 

http://www.darenberg.com.au/wine/7/2012-The-Custodian-Grenache

2008 AND 2010 The Galvo Garage Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot

McLaren Vale (85%) Adelaide Hills (15%) Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Merlot (16%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Petit Verdot (10%)

 

The Story Behind The Name

Garagist’ is a French term used to describe producers in Bordeaux that make wine in their garage outside of the strict ‘Appellation Controlee’ system. d’Arenberg wines are all made in a small-batch processing, very hands-on way (or feet, as the reds are all foot-trod) as the garagists’ do. Our reds are all made in the old galvanized garage/shed/winery, hence ‘Galvo’.

http://www.darenberg.com.au/sites/default/files/TastingNotes/2008%20The%20Galvo%20Garage.pdf

 

2010 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier

100% McLaren Vale - Shiraz (92%), Viognier (8%)

 

The Story Behind The Name

The vineyards and bushland that surround the d’Arenberg winery are home to the native Australian bird, the Kookaburra, famous for its distinctive laughing call. Much to the amusement of the family, Chester Osborn’s daughters, Alicia and Ruby, named two wild Kookaburras who regularly visited their house the “Laughing Magpies”. The Magpie plumage is black with a stripe of white feathers and bears no resemblance to its famous cousin, but to this day the name has stuck. The Osborn’s thought the name was a good choice for McLaren Vale’s first ever Shiraz Viognier blend combining the (black) Shiraz and its white partner, Viognier.

http://www.darenberg.com.au/wine/15/2010-The-Laughing-Magpie-Shiraz-Viognier

Non Vintage DADD Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier

52% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 8% Pinot Meunier Adelaide Hills

 

The Story Behind The Name

Since 1912, four generations of the Osborn family has tended the 19th century vineyards at their d'Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Joseph Osborn purchased the property and vineyard, Frank built the winery and d'Arry created the red stripe adorning each bottle. The current Chief winemaker, Chester Osborn draws inspiration from his Great Grand-Dad, his Grand-Dad and his Dad to make the winery's first sparkling white wine. Their contributions have been so significant he felt they each Dad deserved their own D in the title.

http://www.darenberg.com.au/wine/56/NV-DADD-Sparkling-Chardonnay-Pinot-Noir-Pinot-Meunier

 

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Cheers : The Results are In! Best in Show Cheers Spring Wine Tasting events!

Posted by Phil on 2015/4/1 2:00:00 (767 reads)

Best In Show!

Thursday, March 19th and Thursday March 26th 2015   Cheers hosted our two annual spring wine tasting events.  You can see the wines we tasted here.
We asked our guests to vote on their favorite white and red wines.  They did, and the results are in!

As promised, we put all ballots into a bag, shook 'em up and selected our random winners.  The winners receive one bottle each of the best in show wines. Our winners have been contacted. Thank you to everyone that voted.

Here Are your Winners:

Best In Show Chanhassen

FORIS Moscato

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

CONUNDRUM Red

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

 

Best In Show Bloomington

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

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.

 

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Cheers : Meet Fourth Generation Winemaker Chester Osborn

Posted by Phil on 2015/3/30 12:00:00 (758 reads)

You’re Invited!

Thursday, May 14th, 7:00pm

JJ’S Coffee co. & Wine Bistro

7942 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie

Meet Fourth Generation Winemaker Chester Osborn

$25.00

Includes Tax & Gratuity

Only 40 seats available, book your spot today!

Click Here To Book Your Tickets

Cheers Wine & Spirits and Old Bridge Cellars present an evening with fourth generation winemaker Chester Osborn. The evening will feature light appetizers and a tasting of d’Arenberg’s most acclaimed current releases. d’Arenberg has 100 years of winemaking history shared among four generations of the Osborn family who have tended the family’s vineyards and made wines with the distinctive red striped label. One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with its range of idiosyncratic wines that consistently offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale, South Australia. Chester is not a wall flower, prepare to be entertained.

 

This event is by invitation only and space is limited to the first 40 people

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