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Phil 2011/10/26

Here is a preview of Cheers Holiday Wine tasting in Bloomington Thursday night November 3rd. See you there!



Mark Nordstrom- The Wine Company


Argyle Brut

Shows vanilla and pear in the nose, tiny bubbles, creamy texture; has been labeled as America’s best bubbly.  92 Points- Wine Advocate.


McManis Viognier

Aromas of apricot and honey, excellent mineral notes, pear and grapefruit finish.


Cline “Cool Climate” Chardonnay

A soft, toasty mouth feel, an elegant, great value wine; goes well with fish or seafood.


Cline Oakley Red

A blend of five grapes. spicy, raspberry flavors;  a great wine for grilled foods.


ROCO Pinot Noir

A rich nose of blackberry, flavors of red fruits and exotic spices, a long finish; as good as it gets from Oregon.


Cline Cashmere

A blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache, very smooth texture, cherry and chocolate notes with some spice.



Rolf Moe- New France Wine

 Arbanta Rioja

Tempranillo produced by third generation organic farmers.  “Very good value”-

Wine Advocate.


Montoya Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

Seventy year old vine Zin with ripe berry and black plum.  A nice blast of pepper spice at the end.



Runquist 1448

The name refers to the elevation of this Amador County Winery.  A big, intense and concentrated red blend.



Pierpaolo Pecorari Pinot Grigio

Estate grown and hand-picked.  Taste the difference.  Richer and more concentrated than its peers.


Casamaro Verdejo

A great value Spanish white.  Lush fruit balanced by crisp acidity.



Crios Torrontes

A fantastic varietal native to Argentina.  Super floral with a lean focused finish. 
“Textbook Torrontes”- Wine Advocate.



Dave Richardson- Phillips Wine & Spirits

 A by Acacia Pinot Noir

Aromas of violets, spice, and black cherry with hints of vanilla.  A dark full finish with hints of oak.



Rosenblum Contra Costa Zin

The wine is deep red with hints of wood, leather, and black fruit on the nose.  Spice and ripe fruit best describes the taste of this wine.




Dona Paula Estate Malbec

Lush flavors of raspberry, boysenberry, and plum with a rich, lengthy finish.



Starling Castle Gewurztraminer

Fresh aromas of rose petals and apricots.  Semi-sweet with a hint of spice and mild acidity.




Dona Paula Estate Torrontes

Floral and sweet tropical fruits on the nose.  Flavors of apples and grapefruit.



Roederer Brut Estate

Crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice, and hazelnut flavors.  Fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavor.


Paul Ragghianti- Grape Beginnings

 Lagaria Pinot Grigio

A brilliant, smooth, medium-bodied, fresh and well balanced wine; extremely eclectic with food; ideal for aperitifs and parties.

Grayson Chardonnay

Aromas of bright peach and pear.  The pallet offers green apple with a crisp finish showing gentle hints of apple pie and toasted French oak.

Chateau Ducasse

A Bordeaux Blanc blend of Semillion, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.  This is a rich, full, aromatic wine that is a perfect go-to white, pairing well with anything from fish to poultry, picnic fare to Indian curries.

Liberty School Cabernet

This Cab opens with aromas of black cherry, plum and violets, followed by subtle flavors of red berries and cedar on the mid-palate.  Firm yet supple tannins finish off this approachable, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon, making it ideal for a variety of food pairings.


Meiomi Pinot Noir

Bright, deep garnet color.  Aromas of cola, blackberries and a sweet cedar note.  The wine unloads with flavors of bright cherry, cola, dried leaves undertoned with vanilla, leather and high style oak.



 Terrebrune Bandol Rouge

A blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault from Provence.  Framed structure, tannins that are fond but not aggressive.  Aromas of black fruits are mixed with liquorice.  Ideal for meals from grilled fish to game to red meats.



Mike Ellis- Quality Wines

Tintara Shiraz

Flavours of dark forest fruits, plum and cocoa complement the sweet vanilla oak, along with savoury spice and cedar, all carried on a balanced structure of fine grained, juicy tannins to give a palate of rich and even persistence. 



Franciscan Cab

Rich bouquet of deep blackcurrant, dark cherry and blackberry.  Hints of sweet vanilla with enticing mocha and tobacco notes add complexity to the dark, dense layers of fruit.


Franciscan Chardonnay

Lively, crisp, and balanced.  Layered with ripe apple and bright citrus flavors that are framed by rich vanilla and cream.  Elegant and full, with a long vibrant finish of pear and honey.


Wild Horse Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir showcases vibrant aromas and flavors of cherry, pomegranate, cola, and Asian spices, a very approachable food friendly wine with a light spice finish.


Wild Horse Viognier

This Viognier is full of flower and fruit aromas commonly associated with this varietal.  It’s mouthwatering, made with 100% Viognier grapes and has incredible aromas of orange blossom, honeysuckle and peach with flavours of citrus and tangerine.  


Ruffino Prosecco

Crisp, clean and delicate with fine bubbles caressing the palate.  Intense sensations of apples and peaches drive a pleasant aftertaste that is reminiscent of fruity and floral aromas.





Chris Brown- Paustis & Sons


Educated Guess Cab Sauvignon

The first wine out of the Roots Run Deep group on wines.  This cab boasts 100% Napa Valley fruit and is aged twelve months in French and American oak to further enhance the rich qualities of the wine.


Steele Carneros Pinot Noir                                

Sourced from the Durell and Sangiacomo Vineyards, both situated in the cool Carneros region of Napa and Sonoma Counties.  Fermentations are carried out with as little manipulation as possible.  After fermentation the wine is aged for nine months in a combination of French, Oregon and Hungarian barrels.

Epiphany Cellars Gypsy Red

Gypsy is 47% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 19% Counoise, 10% Cinsault and 2% Syrah.  Only 1300 cases of this Rhone style, Santa Barbra red wine were made.


Salneval Albarino

The winery is located near the province of Galicia which is known to be the most prestigious white-wine producing region of Spain today.




Starmont Chardonnay

Grapes from Oak Knoll and Carneros are whole cluster pressed and aged for nine months in French oak for the stunning 100% Chardonnay.



Fess Parker Riesling

Not the most well known from the Fess Parker lineup this 100% Riesling is from two Fess Parker vineyards.  Done in 100% stainless steel this Riesling is a true contender when it comes to American Rieslings.



Phil 2011/3/30

Here is the Preview of Cheers Bloomington's Spring Wine tasting Event!


Lukas Peters

Domace Vino
Opolo Viognier 2008 -Great concentration of tropical fruit leads on the palate. The wine shows apricot, Crenshaw melon, pineapple, and papaya, and a viscous intensity that lingers for a rich long finish. All of this concentrated fruit is accented with a touch of exotic spiciness that highlights the richness of the wine and leaves a clean and refreshing impression on the palate. A very big-bodied wine with loads of forward fruit makes this Viognier particularly good with smoked and grilled items, as well as full flavored foods and ripe cheeses, it is also excellent as an aperitif. 
Anam Cara Pinot Noir 2007 -Plum, raspberries and dusty rose petals on the nose blend with pomegranate, tea and toasty spices on the palate. All framed by the vineyard’s signature minerality, silky texture and rich yet soft tannins. The nicely rounded mid-palate rolls lingeringly into the sustained finish.     *90 points Wine Advocate*
Opolo Mountain Zinfandel- 2008 Appropriately named both for its bountiful bouquet of fruit, as well as where the grapes are grown, a refined Zinfandel that captivates the nose with pomegranate, fig, and cranberry. Raspberry jam dominates the mid-palate nuanced by savory butterscotch overtones. Vanilla, white and cayenne peppers, and cinnamon spice makes for a lively finish.
Poderi la Collina Barbera d'Alba 2005-This wine is a deep color pomegranate with purplish reflexes. It has ample and intense clean sense of smell with notes of rose, cocoa, tobacco and vanilla. It is loaded with full harmonic savory taste and has pleasant lingering finish.
Amavi Syrah 2008-Remarkable aromas of violets and ripe berries mingle with the light essence of soil and brambles.Rich flavors of ripe dark fruits ― raspberries, blueberries and cranberries ― embrace subtle hints of minerality and citrus.  This wine flaunts an amazing combination of balance, sophistication and power. *91 pts Wine Enthusiast*

Allyson Tarnowski

Grand Pere Wines

Chartron Le  Fleur White Bordeaux -This dry, crisp Sauvignon Blanc reveals zesty grapefruit, melon, and fig characteristics as well as light to medium body, a good texture, and a dry finish. It is a textbook, well-made example of a dry white that shames many New World Sauvignon Blancs selling for twice the price. Delicious as an apéritif, with fish, sea food and light meats
Dogajolo Bianco-Dogajolo Bianco has an intriguing aroma that is both fruity and aromatic. On the palate the fruit and acidity perfectly complement each other and there is a velvety texture that extends through the long, soft finish.   Grape Varietals are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Grechetto

Domaine de Mt Auriol Viognier -Fragrant aromas but somewhat lighter and drier than its more famous Rhône brothers (Condrieu and Chateau Grillet). Limes, honeysuckle and orange peel with a spicy tinge to the palate.
ZIN 91 -82% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Syrah, 3% Syrah 
A blend of fruit from some of the best vineyard sites throughout California is used in the production of this wine. The vast majority of the Zinfandel grapes come from the Paso Robles region in central California, whereas the Petite Sirah is grown in Clarksburg - located just south of Sacramento - while the balance of the fruit is cultivated in Napa Valley.  The aromas are classic of an old vine Zinfandel: spicy and jammy. Notes of black pepper, raspberry, and boysenberry lead to hints of cinnamon, sandalwood, and clove to create the bouquet. On the palate, the wine carries over the spicy notes, as well as black cherry and cassis flavors. The oak-aging gives it a supple and velvety texture. Fruit-forward with balanced acidity and alcohol.
Beso de Vino Seleccion Syrah/Garnacha -Intense red color that borders on violet. Aromas of wild fruits and forest floor, black olives and spices. Full bodied and concentrated with notes of cocoa, spice and fruits. Finishes soft and long with well balanced tannins.
Johan Estate Pinot Noir 2006 -100% Norwegian Dag Johan, owner of Johan Vineyards came to Oregon because of his passion for Burgundy.  Johan’s conviction that Oregon grows Pinot Noir as well if not better than Burgundy  led him to purchase his vineyard in the Williamette Valley.   Aged 16 months in French Oak, it is elegant with soft tannins and balanced with firm structure.  This wine shows lots of berry and spice notes, furnishing good acidity and earthy tones.  Only 670 cases made.

Paul Raghiannti

Grape Beginnings

Yard Dog White – From McLaren Vale in South Australia, this wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Semillon. It offers herbal aromatics and floral notes of pear and peach.
Monchhof Estate Riesling – This Mosel Riesling exhibits mineral details in the nose and a refreshing citrus component with pear and white peach fruit on the palate.
Caymus Conundrum – This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Viognier. It’s an exotic white wine that offers a floral bouquet and notes of honeysuckle and spice.
Yard Dog Red – From South Australia, this wine is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petite Verdot. It displays a luscious array of dark berry fruits and hints of lavender and dried spice
Grayson Zinfandel – This wine shows a dark color and flavors of mixed raspberries, strawberries and brambles with hints of spice including black pepper and cinnamon.

Chris Brown

Paustis & Sons Wine

Steele Zinfandel- This Zinfandel depicts fresh red fruit, mint, ripe prune and raspberry characteristics, nice dark fruit and allspice fill the mid palate that is complimented with a dusty fig finish. It’s a mouthful of flavor.
Rocca delle Macie Orvieto -50% Trebbiano Toscano, 20% Verdello, 20% Grechetto and Drupeggio, and 10% Malvasia Toscana.  Bouquet, Intense, fruity, very elegant.  Taste, Dry and fresh, with a slight hint of almonds in the aftertaste.  Serve at 50 to 54 degrees.
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano  -100% Montepulciano. Dashing wine with exuberant and savory flavors of juicy black fruit, coffee, chocolate and vanilla, with tannins that are smooth as silk. 
Honig Napa Valley Cabernet  -Complex black cherry, berry and plum fruit characters, interwoven with anise, clove and black pepper. Rich and graceful, with a full mid-palate and a lengthy finish, complemented by toasted oak and cocoa powder tannins.  Wine Spectator 92 points.  Wine Advocate 90 points. 
Laforcine Vouvray  -bouquet of honeysuckle, quince, marzipan, ginger, and apricot, this proves amazingly dense and rich in the mouth, with deep, bitter-sweet walnut and fruit pit notes, yet elegance and a nearly perfect balance of fruit and acidity.

Jason Healsth


Sweet Bitch Pinot Grigio:Italy -Soft and Fruity, with an off dry finish. Perfect for spring deck openings.
Piattelli Rose of Malbec:Argentina -Hints of Strawberry and Cherry aromas, with a dry, crisp finish. Not a White Zindandel fans wine Sassy
Bitch Pinot Noir: Chile -Elegant flavors of Raspberry and black currant, with a touch of smoky oak. 100% Pinot Noir, and very sassy!
Piattelli Premium Malbec: Argentina -Rich garnet color and intense nose of strawberry and nutmeg on the palate. Boutique wine producer with a 91 point Robert Parker rating.
Trentadue Old Patch Red: Sonoma California- A blended wine made primarily of Zinfandel, rich and spicy. When we say this wine comes from an Old Patch of vines, we mean it!

Rolf Moe

New France Wine

Vicolo Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Italy -Light bodied, with crisp citrus fruit and a clean finish.
Charles Smith “Kung Fu Girl” Riesling Columbia Valley, Washington -Single vineyard Riesling with a burst of green apple, balancing acidity, and a touch of sweetness that makes you want more.
 Reserve de la Saurine Southern Rhone, France -Grenache and Carignane blend that is medium bodied with a core of soft blackberry/cherry fruit and perfect balance.
Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California -A Napa Cab that has it all; Deep black currant fruit and a hint of cedar and vanilla are all wrapped up by firm but silky tannins. 
Runquist Z Zinfandel Amador County, California -An ode to Zin. Big and bold, with a ton of sweet black fruit in the middle, a dash of black pepper, and a finish that goes on forever.