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Phil 2016/7/8

Nothing can be more frustrating than having a meal or occasion pop upand finding yourself without wine. Just as you always have a few “staples” in the pantry, perhaps consider stocking up on a variety of wine so that if something pops up or someone pops over, you are prepared.  Stocking up is also a great way to save at Cheers as we offer case and multi case wine discounts every day of the week.

 

 

Here is our list of wines you should always have on hand

 

Phil 2016/4/25

Ladies and Gentlemen We Have Our Winners!

Thursday, April  14th and Thursday April  23rd  2016  Cheers hosted our two annual spring wine tasting events.  They were very fun evenings with six vendors on hand, each with six wines available to sample. You can see the wines we tasted here. As always, the event was well attended and a good time was had by all. A few lucky raffle winners left with some fabulous prizes. Once again we asked our guests to vote on their favorite white and red wines. 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, and (as of this posting) will pick up their wines soon.  Thank you all for enjoying the evenings with us.  Thank you also for participating in the best of show voting. 

The  winning wines were “hands down” with overwhelming vote counts.

Here they are, your Best In Show!

Best In Show Chanhassen

Best in Show White Wine

Wente “Morning Fog” Chardonnay

Crisp flavors of green apple and tropical fruit, balanced by subtle oak, cinnamon and vanilla from barrel aging.  With a mouth-filling body and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a medium-long, refreshing finish.

Best in Show Red Wine

Stella Rosa Rosso

From the village of Santo Stefano Belbo in Piedmont comes the delicious original Stella Rosso, a refreshing semi-sweet red wine best served chilled and accompanied with fresh fruit and cheese.

Best In Show Bloomington

Best in Show White Wine

Goldschmidt Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

This sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of lemon, grapefruit, and cut green grass and flavors of mandarin orange and apricot.  Finishes elegantly with a mineral note of wet stones.

 

Best in Show Red Wine

Ghostrider Red 

This decadent red blend finishes with soft tannins, dark fruit and elaborate oak 

 

Phil 2016/3/30

Cheers Wine & Spirits Spring Wine Sale and Tasting Events

Wine Sale

Monday April 11th

through

Saturday April 23rd

*Wine Discounted 15%

*Multiple Case Wine Purchases Discounted 20%

Tasting Events

Chanhassen:

Thursday, April 14th 6-8pm

Bloomington:

Thursday, April 21st 6-8pm

 

*No further discounts or coupons apply. Not valid on certain items. Must be 21 years old to attend events.

 

Below you will find the preview of this year’s Annual Spring Wine Tasting Event and Sale to be held Thursday, April 14th from 6- 8 pm at Cheers Chanhassen, and Thursday, April 21st from 6-8pm at Cheers Bloomington.

 

The staff at Cheers personally selected these wines. The selections have a focus on spring and summer sipping. Enjoy some robust red wines as well as some whimsical whites, roses and a few sparklers. We hope to see you on Thursday, April 14th in Chanhassen and Thursday, April 21st in Bloomington!

 

Here's the Preview For the Chanhassen Event:

Thursday, April 14th 2016, 6-8pm Cheers Chanhassen

Christie Farrell from Bourget Imports will feature the following selections:

Gateway Vinho Verde

A flowery, focused nose of ripe pears and green apples. It is clean and fresh with vibrant acidity that makes the mouth water. Light body with a slight effervescence keeps the wine bright and lively while crisp flavors of juicy green apples and balanced acidity give structure to the wine. The lower alcohol content makes this a perfect white to serve as an aperitif.

Heinz Eifel Spatlese Riesling

An elegant Riesling that offers a palate of different stone and tree fruit notes such as peach and apricot.  Luscious and full-bodied with a long and fresh finish.  Always an award winning Riesling!

Mont Gravet Rosé

100% Cinsault, A wonderfully fresh and fruit forward dry Rosé wine. The wine has lovely aromas of raspberry and blackberry and is full body and long on the palate.

Chateau Guilhem Chardonnay

Made from 100% Chardonnay, this area is very different from the rest of Languedoc with its cooler climate. The higher elevation makes for higher toned aromatics in white varietals. This Chardonnay is made with no oak and fermented in stainless steel to capture fruitness and express apple and yellow plum flavors.

Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone

Complex yet affordable, this classic Côtes du Rhône is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. Its aromatic palate of bold, ripe fruit gives way to a spicy earthiness with every sip. Nice acidity with relaxed tannins means this red is ready for any food pairing you dish up.

Paris Valley Road Cabernet:

Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with soft Merlot for a balanced mouth-feel while adding Cabernet Franc for aroma and Malbec for color. This blended wine has layers of complexity with a good balance of tannin and acidity. Aromas of plum, maraschino cherry and sweet tobacco are complimented by a rich roasted coffee bean and cocoa powder finish.

Bill Anderson from Paustis Wine will feature the following selections:

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel

Vibrant, ripe notes of summer raspberry and plush, round flavors of pomegranate meld with fresh cracked peppercorn, juniper and anise.  Playful and serious at the same time, the mouth-coating tannins relax into a smooth and supple finish: long, lingering and full of enjoyment.

3 Pears Pinot Grigio

With perfumes of fresh cut pear and pippin apple, this Pinot Grigio has ample peach and lush pear flavors, rounded into a honeyed-sweet and crisp finish.

Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc

Aromas of fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit, and white peach flavors set on a light body with pops of lime zest and passion fruit.  Bright, clean and flavorful.

Wente “Morning Fog” Chardonnay

Crisp flavors of green apple and tropical fruit, balanced by subtle oak, cinnamon and vanilla from barrel aging.  With a mouth-filling body and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a medium-long, refreshing finish.

Casillero del Diablo Malbec

A deep, inky purple wine with aromas of luscious dark fruit mixed with hints of spice.  The palate is mouth-filling with black fruit flavors of dark plum layered with spicy cocoa and a toasty yet lush, balanced finish.

Stella Rosa Rosso

From the village of Santo Stefano Belbo in Piedmont comes the delicious original Stella Rosso, a refreshing semi-sweet red wine best served chilled and accompanied with fresh fruit and cheese.

Steve Strand from Southern Wine will feature the following selections:

14 Hands Stampede Red Blend

 Aromas of spice and cedar, leading to flavors of cola and cherry.  A lighter oak regimen shows off the wine’s unique characteristics, including lively acidity and a dramatic enduring finish

Chateau St. Jean Bijou Chardonnay

Crisp and elegant, driven by a core of forward fruit flavors with subtle nuances of French oak. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation giving it a rich texture balanced by bright acidity. The lightly oaked profile of the Bijou Chardonnay makes it very food friendly pairing well with a wide range of dishes.

Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c 

This sparkling wine has an intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.

Matua Sauvignon Blanc's

The lively nose shows tropical and citrus fruits with subtle herbaceous characters. Its crisp fresh palate offers classic Marlborough acidity, structure and length

19 Crimes Red Blend

Bright hues of dark berry fruits shine as the strong vanilla aroma rises from the glass. Flavors of chocolate and cedar spice are accomplices in a finish that is soft, fruity, and fresh.

Layer Cake Shiraz

Aromas of cocoa, warm spice and dark fruit are very powerful from the first whiff. In the mouth, the wine is layered with rich blackberry, dark cherries and hints of dark, creamy chocolate ganache. The finish lingers on, hanging on your palette while the fruit and spice flavors slowly change and fade.

Derek Lindquist from Wine Merchants will feature the following selections:

Clifford Bay New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Tropical aromas of guava, melon and citrus.  Expressive fruit flavors with lovely grapefruit overtones.  Finishes crisp, dry and flinty.

Avalon CA Cabernet

A blend of Cab from Napa Valley, Paso Robles and Lodi Counties. Aromas of blueberry jam, strawberry tart and boysenberries lead to rich black cherries, red raspberries and plum. 

Avalon CA Chardonnay

A blend of Chard from Santa Barbara County and Russian River Valley.  Aromas of apples, orange blossom and guava.  Hints of vanilla and baking spice leads to a crisp and refreshing finish.

Calista Pinot Noir

Aromatics of dried cherries, rose petal, violet and roast coffee bean.  Rhubarb, cherry and notes of cranberry flow through to the palate to a balanced and lengthy finish of dark fruit and black tea.

Charles Smith Vino Rose

Compelling aromas of Italian melon, faint cherry, camellias, and dried herbs. Mouth-watering. 100% Sangiovese. Pure, mineral, satisfying. 

Risata Moscato d'Asti
Frizzante!  Vibrant flavors and aromas of ripe stone fruit, tangerines, and honey. The wine is concentrated and flavorful, but not overly rich or heavy; sweet, yet balanced.

Maggie Manahan from Grape Beginnings will feature the following selections:

Kris Pinot Grigio 

Brilliant lemon-green in color, Kris offers enticing aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine, and hints of almonds.

Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc 

An elegant and crisp wine with citrus notes, and a fresh clean finish

Grayson Chardonnay 

 Bright, brisk acidity and good minerality with notes of pineapple and apricot. The palate offers green apple fruit with a crisp finish and gentle hints of apple pie and vanilla flavors.

Renacer Punto Final Malbec  

A classic Argentine Malbec showing lovely and plush dark cherry fruit with a bit of new oak, vanilla and spice from the barrel treatment.

Klinker Brick Zinfandel 

With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. 

Hey Mambo Sultry Red Blend

Juicy plum and medium tannins sidestep with pananche, cheating this deep crimson wine’s outgoing personality. 

Mark Nordstrom from The Wine Company will feature the following selections:

Cline Viognier

Floral and citrus notes in the nose.  Peach, pineapple and apricot flavors lead to a lingering finish.  Pair with chicken, sushi and Gruyere cheese.

Ponzi Pinot Gris

 Aromatics of tangerine and hints of vanilla.  Earthy flavors of fresh quince with golden apple sweetness on the finish.

Twin Island Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw in color with a fragrance of tropical fruit and fresh herbs.  Very crisp, shows fresh grapefruit and coriander flavors.  Very zesty.

Mossback Pinot Noir  

A ruby red wine with rich aromas of black cherry and mocha.  Flavors of vanilla and raspberry.  Elegant and soft with a long, dusty cocoa finish.  Think Salmon!

Garnacha de Fuego

Amazing purple color.  Raspberry, black cherry and pepper nose and blueberry and plum flavors lead to a finish of mild licorice and spice.

Cline Cashmere

 A Rhone blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache.   Dark cherry and raspberry notes lead to a finish of chocolate and black pepper.  Think Steak!

Here's the Preview For the Bloomington Event:

Thursday, April 21st 2016, 6-8pm Cheers Bloomington

Rolf Moe from New France Wine will feature the following selections:

Renideo Pinot Grigio, Italy         

The bouquet is rich with aromas of tropical fruit followed by delicate floral aromas.  On the palate, the wine is fresh and well-balanced.

Casamaro Rueda, Spain

Fuller bodied with distinct notes of peach, honeysuckle and a hint of citrus.  Enjoy the crisp acidity and long, lingering finish!

Portuga Tinto, Portugal  

Castelao, Syrah and Cabernet make up this fantastic value from the Lisbon area.

Elk Cove Pinot Noir, Willamette, Oregon 

Cherry garnet in color with an earthy aroma of black currants, fresh tomato and dried rose petal.  Flavors of sour cherry and plum with underlying layers of cinnamon stick and coffee bean.

Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey, California

A hearty core of black cassis fruit and silky tannins make this a drink-me-now Cab at a bargain price.

Shannon Ridge Petite Sirah, Lake Co., California

Big and chewy, inky in color, with sweet black fruit and massive tannins.

Derek Lindquist from Wine Merchants will feature the following selections:

Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir

Showcases mouthwatering, candied watermelon, tart pomegranates and fresh strawberries, with just a hint of spicy cherry cola. Proudly boasts a clean, smooth palate with well-balanced acidity, and is neatly tied up with a pleasant vanilla, caramel finish

Colpetrone Sagrantino

Ample nose of red fruit with spices and a subtle hint of vanilla.  Well structured with concentrated tannins. Big, rich flavor profile with good acidity.  A great food companion.

Archery Summit Vireton Pinot Gris

Enticing aromas of honeysuckle, ripe cantaloupe, lemongrass and flint.  Opens with notes of Asian pear, Key lime and honeydew melon, the palate exhibits a lively, fresh mouthfeel.  Subtle minerality lingers on the clean, lasting finish.

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling

Crushed minerals run through the heart of this pure and satisfying Riesling. The aromas of white peach, lime leaves, and crush stone echo in the palate with a long, fresh finish.

Duck Pond Chardonnay

Full bodied Chardonnay displays aromas of apple, vanilla and cinnamon.  The palate is lush and rich with soft acidity.  Mostly stainless steel fermented with only a small portion barrel fermented.

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut

Delicate pear and floral notes backed by toasty almond.  On the palate is lively citrus, toast and apple flavors overlaid with persistent effervescence, a creamy mid-palate and toasty finish.  

Dave Richardson from Phillips Wine & Spirits will feature the following selections:

Cecchi Sangiovese

Bright aromas of ripe raspberry, red fruit, and violets with fruit flavors of ripe raspberry and plum.  Perfect with Italian pasta dishes!

The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel

Aromas of plum, cherry and cinnamon spice. Good density, supple tannins, bright acidity, and long smooth finish.  Great with smoked barbecue ribs .

Hess Napa Valley Allomi Cabernet

Distinct notes of vanilla and oak spice. Classic red fruit flavors set off by currant and blackberry.  Showing a round plush mouth feel.

Folie a Deux  Russian River Chardonnay

Complex aromas of honey, green apple, tropical fruits and baking bread.  Tastes of pineapple, with light butter notes. Balanced crisp acidity.

Sea Glass Pinot Grigio

Aromas of lemongrass, grapefruit, and honeysuckle.  Ripe flavors of pear, apple and tangerine. Great with all kinds of seafood.

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

Aromas of pineapple and citrus. The wine fills the palate with bright fruit flavors, round fullness, finishing with crisp refreshing acidity

Bill Anderson from Paustis Wine will feature the following selections:

The Crusher Petite Sirah

Inky in color and brimming with aromas of wisteria blossom and cherries.  Dense flavors of milk chocolate, blueberry and clove mingle harmoniously to create a deep, rich and expressive wine.

The Crusher Chardonnay

This Chardonnay has great acidity; bright notes of orange peel and lemon prevail.  Flavors of papaya, nectarine, pineapple and lemon tart create a crisp wine with an elegant finish.

Sixth Sense Syrah

Typical of a Lodi Syrah, 6th Sense is big, juicy and doesn’t hold anything back.  Initial flavors of ripe blackberry, boysenberry and a hint of allspice lead to a chocolate and tobacco laced finish. 

Trivento Reserve Malbec

Medium-bodied, with some creamy hints to the red currant, dried berry and brambly flavors, flanked by cedary notes and a juicy finish. This brilliant South American red has been awarded a best value rating from Wine Spectator for the last 4 vintages!     

Banfi Chianti Riserva

The aroma is complex and rich of balsamic scents with notes of jam, tobacco, and chocolate flavors. 

Goldschmidt Vineyards "forefathers" Sauvignon Blanc

This sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of lemon, grapefruit, and cut green grass and flavors of mandarin orange and apricot.  Finishes elegantly with a mineral note of wet stones.

Maggie Manahan from Grape Beginnings will feature the following selections:

Clean Slate Riesling

Ripe peach flavors balance ripe acidity, hints of lime and characteristic mineral notes.

Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc 

This is fun blend of Semillon & Sauv Blanc, refreshing mineral start with some apricot in the finish.

Kris Pinot Grigio

Brilliant lemon-green in color, Kris offers enticing aromas of acacia flowers, citrus, tangerine, and hints of almonds.

Catena Malbec

Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes, with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of sweet spice, and leather. 

Ghostrider Red 

This decadent red blend finishes with soft tannins, dark fruit and elaborate oak 

Alto Limay Joven Pinot Noir 

A medium-bodied red wine with soft tannins, plenty of floral aromas, combined with red fruits scents such us strawberry and blueberry.

Steve Strand from Southern Wine & Spirit will feature the following selections:

14 Hands Stampede Red Blend

 Kicks things off with aromas of spice and cedar, leading to flavors of cola and cherry.  A lighter oak regimen shows off the wine’s unique characteristics, including lively acidity and a dramatic enduring finish.

Chateau St. Jean Bijou Chardonnay

Crisp and elegant, driven by a core of forward fruit flavors with subtle nuances of French oak. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation giving it a rich texture balanced by bright acidity. The lightly oaked profile of the Bijou Chardonnay makes it very food friendly pairing well with a wide range of dishes. 

Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c 

An intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.

Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc

A delicious wine with aromas and flavors of yellow peach, pear, quince, Meyer lemon, mango and fruit cocktail. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds body, complexity and depth

Z. Alexander Brown Pinot Noir

 Exhibits caramel notes and hints of toasty oak.  Medium body and tannins balanced by red fruit such at Bing cherry and strawberry.

Z. Alexander Brown Cabernet Sauvignon

Unfolds with rich aromas of black cherry, cola and mocha. Bold tannins frame a powerful mid-palate layered with mouth-filling flavors of ripe blackberry, black currant and chocolate covered cherry, as well as subtle hints of baking spice. Smooth and balanced, an elegant finesse defines the long and lingering finish. 

Mark Nordstrom from The Wine Company will feature the following selections:

Ponzi Pinot Gris

Aromatics of tangerine and hints of vanilla.   Earthy flavors of fresh quince with golden apple sweetness on the finish.

Arindo Verdejo

A very bright wine in the nose.   Crisp pineapple, pear and apple flavors.   Great balance and perfect with fish or seafood.

Chateau Campuget Rose

 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache Noir.   Red fruit aromas lead to flavors of black currents.  Great with BBQ ribs.

Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zin

A bright juicy Zinfandel with flavors of black cherries and plums.  Great with baby back ribs or a cheeseburger.

Honoro Vera Garnacha

Dark fruit in the nose.   Spicy plums, cracked pepper lead up to a ripe and round finish.   Think of steak and pasta with this wine.

Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of blackberry and violets.   Raspberry and spice lead to a toasty oak finish.

 

 

Phil 2015/11/13

Ladies and Gentlemen "Your Best In Show!"

 

Thursday, November 5th and Thursday November 12th 2015   Cheers hosted our two annual holiday wine tasting events.  They were very fun evenings with six vendors on hand, each with six wines available to sample. You can see all the wines we tasted here. As always, the event was well attended and a  good time was had by all. A few lucky raffle winners left with some fabulous prizes!

Once again we asked our guests to vote on their favorite white and red wines. As promised, we put all ballots into a bag, shook 'em up and selected two random winners, one from each event.  The winners receive one bottle each of the best in show wines from the evening they attended. Our winners have been contacted, and (as of this posting) will pick up their wines soon.  Thank you all for enjoying the evenings with us.  Thank you also for participating in the best of show voting. 

For the most part the winners were, “hands down." However, the winning red was a winner at BOTH Bloomington and Chanhassen! That’s a first. The whites ran a little closer with the winner in Chanhassen squeaking out the win by one vote. Next week we will post a more thorough accounting of the winners but for now… (Cue the music)…

Here they are, your Best In Show!

 

Best In Show White Wine, Bloomington

Mark Nordstrom- The Wine Company

Pichot Vouvray 100% Chenin Blanc

From the Loire Valley in France, fantastic aroma of spice, pear and a hint of honey showing a little chalkiness with an elegant finish.

 

Best In Show White Wine, Chanhassen

Derek Lindquist- Wine Merchants

Astoria Sparkling Moscato , Italy

 Fine and persistent bubbles with straw yellow and greenish reflections. The wine is delicately sweet with a basis of fresh fruit flavors of peach, pear, and apricot balanced with gentle notes of white petals and sage. The finish is balanced and well rounded.

Best In Show Red Wine, Bloomington AND Chanhassen

Michael David Freakshow Cab

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Lodi, this delicious, dense purple-colored wine possesses plenty of crème de cassis, licorice, spice box and cedar notes in a medium-to-full-bodied, supple, explosively fruity, fruit-bomb style.

 

Phil 2015/10/26

 

Below you will find the preview of this year’s Annual Holiday Wine Tasting Event and Sale to be held Thursday, November 5th from 6pm-8pm at Cheers Bloomington, and Thursday, November 12th from 6pm-8pm at Cheers Chanhassen.

 

TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO SAVE!

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 with a focus on holiday entertaining.  We’ve selected some robust reds as well as some whimsical whites, roses, sparklers, and “oddities”.  We hope to see you on either Thursday, November 5th in Bloomington or Thursday November 12th in Chanhassen!

 

Here's the Preview for the Bloomington Event:

Thursday, November 5th 2015, 6pm-8pm Cheers Bloomington

 

 

Mark Nordstrom- The Wine Company

J Hofstatter Pinot Grigio 

A classic and very expressive wine, bright straw, yellow in color with an attractive aroma of citrus fruit, peach, and melon.  A great match with fish and seafood.

 

Pichot Vouvray 100% Chenin Blanc

From the Loire Valley in France, fantastic aroma of spice, pear and a hint of honey showing a little chalkiness with an elegant finish.

Pedroncelli Zin Rose

100% Zinfandel.  Aromas of rose petals, vanilla, and strawberries with flavors showing cherries and red berries.  A perfect match with ham and spicy oriental dishes.

Blau Red Blend

50% Carignane, 25% Syrah, and 25% Garnacha.  Dark fruit aromas and flavors show blueberry and plum, great balance on the palate.  Match with spaghetti, stewed meat, and pork sausage

Cline Pinot Noir

Notes of cedar and lilacs with hints of dark chocolate make this an elegant and complex wine.  Great with lamb, pork, and grilled salmon.

Cline Cashmere Red Blend

A very smooth red that shows cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes.   The finish shows cracked pepper and plums

 

 

Matt Anderson- Margron Skoglund

Le Rovole Barbera d'Asti 

Hailing from the Asti region in Northwest Italy, this wine is made from 100% Barbera.  Featuring notes of fresh blackberries, low tannins, and high acidity, pair this red with mushroom risotto or baked root vegetables.

Tre Monti (Campo di Mezzo) 

Rising above the lands known for Parmigiano Reggiano, tortellini, and aged balsamic vinegar, the Tre Monti winery produces wines from organically-farmed vineyards.  Campo di Mezzo is a medium body red made from the Sangiovese grape and aged in stainless steel to retain it’s freshness.

Vina Oropendola Rueda

Originating on the high plains of Rueda in Northwest Spain, this wine is made from one of the country's most respected white grapes, Verdejo.  Coming from vines between 40 and 120 years old produces intense flavors of citrus rind and minerals.  A touch of yeast on the finish is from the two months of aging on the lees.

Sembro Ribera del Duero

Along the banks of the Duero river in North-Central Spain is where you can find the highly regarded wine region of Ribera del Duero.  Sembro is made entirely from the Tempranillo grape (known locally as Tinto Fino).  Notes of red fruits, leather, and dry earth are accompanied by four months of aging in French oak.

Quinta de Santa Eufemia Fine White Porto 

Established in 1864, Quinta de Santa Eufemia has long been respected for their ports.  This white Porto has been aged for 3 years and features notes of honey, lemon meringue, and a hint of caramel.  Mix with tonic water and a wedge of lime for a refreshing cocktail.

Bodegas LAN Crianza 

From the heart of Rioja comes the well known wines of Bodegas LAN.  Constantly aiming for wines that respect both traditional and modern styles of winemaking, this red is crafted from 100% Tempranillo and aged for one year in barrels comprised of both French and American oak, followed by another year in bottle.  Notes of dry cherry, leather, and firm tannins make for a great pairing with Manchego cheese.

 

 

Bill Anderson- Paustis Wine Company

Bogle Essential Red

A compelling blend of California’s finest plantings of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, this wine surpasses all expectation for pure enjoyment.   With rich, enticing layers of complexity, ripe fruit, intense with flavors of boysenberries and sweet cherries and luscious vanilla aromas.  Juicy and silky throughout, with a finish that lingers of black licorice and spicy pipe tobacco.

Michael David Petite Petit

A brilliant blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, this opaque purple-colored wine exhibits gorgeous aromas of camphor, blueberries, blackberries, licorice, toast and subtle background smoke.  Dark plum, vanilla bean, and a dusting of cocoa powder develop on the palate

Michael David Freakshow Cab

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Lodi, this delicious, dense purple-colored wine possesses plenty of crème de cassis, licorice, spice box and cedar notes in a medium-to-full-bodied, supple, explosively fruity, fruit-bomb style

Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

Displaying the perfect balance of tropical fruit, acidity and creamy notes of butter, vanilla and subtle oak from barrel aging, this Chardonnay has a round mouth-feel and a crisp, long finish.

Santa Rita 120 Moscato

A full expression wine from Limari Valley, the 120 Moscato has a nose with lots of lychee, ginger, white roses, jasmine, ripe fruit and hints of citrical flowers.  On the palate it is delicate and deep with a refreshing finish.

Stella Rosa Bianco

Stella Bianco is a Moscato-based “semi-sweet” wine from the Piedmont region of Italy with a refreshing taste and clean finish.  Sweet but not overly sweet with just enough bubbles, it is great as an aperitif or with light meals. 

 

 

Derek Lindquist- Wine Merchants

Ladera Pillow Road Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley - 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.

Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico

 Italy - rich, full bodied wine with a deep ruby red color. It has an intense fruity aroma with notes of spicy cloves and a wonderfully refined black cherry and plum fruitiness on a long finish

Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

South Africa - Big Bang for your buck!  Packed with juicy flavor of blackcurrant, black cherry and plum, with subtle hints of dark chocolate and spice.

Excelsior Chardonnay

 South Africa - Dynamic flavor of green apple, citrus and tropical fruit on a full, creamy palate.  Hints of peach, orange blossom and delicate toasty notes combine with a mineral edge.

A to Z Pinot Gris

Oregon - complex aromatics of lime, kiwi, apple, pear, lemon blossom leading to honey, lychee, mango, grapefruit and tangerine skin. On the palate, the wine is juicy, bright and succulent with lively fruit and mineral notes. Finishes crisp and clean.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier

California - Aromas of fresh lemon, fuzzy peach, and ripe honeydew melon; mingled with touches of citrus blossom and white tea. The clean, vibrant palate enters with sweet lychee and honeyed tangerine fruits.  Balanced by vibrant acidity and hints of yellow apple and key lime pie that last through the crisp and refreshing finish.

 

 

 

Mike Turner- Johnson Brothers

Josh Legacy

 This complex red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah contains grapes sourced from Central Coast Counties of California including Lodi, Sonoma, and Napa.

Insurrection

 An Australian red blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, big and bold yet balanced. This wine Scored 90 points with the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Cupcake Black Forest

This Central Coast red blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah presents deep flavors of spicy dark cherry with hints of mocha.

Sileni Sauvignon Blanc

From the Marlborough region of New Zealand, this wine bursts with ripe  tropical fruit flavors of grapefruit and melon with  a little zing at the end.... A classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Candoni Moscato

An Italian semi sparkling wine that is very fruity and fragrant. This versatile fresh wine could accompany or finish a holiday meal.

Bolla Prosecco

 Another Italian sparkling wine but a bit drier with ripe fruit flavors of apple, pear,  and peach. Fresh and fruity, great acid and lively a finish.

 

 

Cheryl Poepping- Wirtz Wine Division

Murphy Goode Minnesota Cuvee Chardonnay

Minnesota, it’s the land of 10,000 lakes and the homeland of Murphy Goode’s esteemed winemaker Dave Ready Jr. Not so coincidentally, it’s also the source of the American White Oak barrels used to age and ferment this wine.

St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc

Intensely fruity and lightly herbal in flavor, this is a crisp, balanced wine with a very long finish, tasting of pear, grapefruit, guava, pineapple, and lemongrass.

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages

This crisp, fruit-forward, juicy wine has expressive aromas and flavors of ripe red berries, with nice weight in the mouth.

J Lohr Syrah

Aromas of black tea and blueberry. This wine opens up in the glass to reveal smoke, baking spice and bright pomegranate fruit.

Hey Malbec

Juicy black fruits combine with violets and black pepper. An amazing wine that’s lovely on its own or with juicy red meat.

Pacific Oasis Riesling

Fresh flavors of green apple, honey, apricot and lemon marry with a semi-sweet finish. This IS your Thanksgiving winner!

 

 

Here's the Preview for the Chanhassen Event:

Thursday, November 12th 2015, 6pm-8pm Cheers Chanhassen

 

 

Clay Arvidson-  The Wine Company

Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurztraminer

100% Organic.  Classic floral aromas of grapefruit and pear.  Flavors show tropical spice with good minerality.  Pair with spicy dishes and your Holiday Turkey!

Alexander Valley Vineyards Rose

100% Sangiovese.  A light salmon hue with aromas of watermelon and raspberry and flavors of strawberry and raspberry.  Great with grilled shrimp and oriental dishes.

Cline Chardonnay

A  clean and crisp wine with notes of citrus and pineapple, the finish is very smooth with a hint of vanilla.  Pair with shellfish, chicken, and roast pork.

Cline Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

 Deep red velvet in color with delicate spearmint and strawberry aromas and a touch of chocolate and lilacs on the palate.  Great with lamb and grilled salmon.

Cline Ancient Vine Carignane

 80 year old vines.   Great balance with plush fruit, dark ruby color, this wine offers aromas of spice and plums with excellent acidity and tannins.  Match with grilled meat and red sauce pastas.

 McManis Petite Sirah

Vivid purple in color, the nose shows blackberry and boysenberry, hints of chocolate and toffee and a smooth and soft texture.  Elegant with ripe black fruit flavors, this wine screams for steak!

 

 

 

Bill Anderson- Paustis Wine Company

Banfi Centine

Centine is a delectable blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on hillside vineyards in southern Tuscany. Intense ruby red in color with dark fruit and floral nuances. A perennial favorite of Wine Spectator…it has garnered “top value” status three vintages in a row.

Hahn Merlot

Dark purple and full of flavor, this fragrant Merlot showcases sweet raspberry aromas backed by wisps of black pepper.  A taste reveals a round, well bodied red wine with darker flavors of cassis and chocolate framed by medium tannins and a soft touch of acidity.

7 Deadly Zins

Aged in American oak, it is an opulent, delicious, sexy, full-throttle Zinfandel boasting lots of briary, peppery, mulberry and black cherry fruit notes, a full-bodied texture and terrific purity as well as opulence. It is a delicious, staggering value in Zinfandel.

Relax Riesling

Relax Riesling is America’s favorite Riesling, and it’s no surprise!  It has the crisp, fruity flavor, hints of citrus and clean finish that today’s wine consumers are seeking.  Perfect on its own or as a compliment to a wide variety of cuisines.  

Bogle Essential Red

A compelling blend of California’s finest plantings of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet and Petite Sirah, this guilty little pleasure surpasses all expectation for pure enjoyment and approachability. Offering rich, enticing flavors of boysenberries and sweet cherries, Essential Red is luscious, juicy and silky throughout.

Bogle Sauvignon Blanc

Freshly mowed grass and green citrus notes permeate the aromas of this wine, while lemongrass, asparagus, and a touch of white pepper enliven the  palate. This full entry leads to a crisp finish, filled with zest of lime and zingy acidity. Finishing bright and satisfying, this wine make your mouth water for more!

 

 

 

Dave Richardson-  Phillips Wine & Spirits

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

Bursting with lemon and lime notes, and tropical aromas of pineapple and guava.  Excellent minerality and balanced acidity.

Joel Gott Pinot Gris

 Lemon lime and orange blossom aromas with a rich palate.  The bright minerality and acidity are balanced by soft floral aromas and a round mouthfeel.

Joel Gott Chardonnay

 Aromas of pear, melon, orange blossom and citrus with bright acidity and mouthwatering peach and minerality to round out the palate.

Ménage a Trois Silk

This red blend offers cherry and ripe raspberry flavors that mingle with delicate hints of rose petals and toasty spice, and glide gracefully across your palate like liquid silk.  

Joel Gott Pinot Noir

Aromas of dried cherries, boysenberries, and strawberries with hints of vanilla and white pepper.  Dense and rich on the front of the palate with well-balanced acidity on the mid-palate, and a long finish.

Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of roasted blue fruit, sweet blackberry and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice.  The wine has dark, concentrated fruit on the palate, velvety tannins on the mid-palate, followed by a long, vibrant finish.

 

 

Derek Lindquist- Wine Merchants

Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir, California

 Mouthwatering candied watermelon, tart pomegranates, and fresh strawberries with a hint of spicy cherry cola.  Clean, smooth palate with well balanced acidity neatly tied up with a pleasant vanilla and caramel finish.

Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec, Argentina

Aromas of plum and black cherry notes with a touch of black pepper. The palate is soft and round with ripe, saturated berry flavors. Finishes spicy and full with chewy tannins.

Jack's House Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Aromas of plums underscored by dark chocolate and coffee.  On the palate the flavor opens bright, followed by plush black currants and a nice lingering finish. 

Jack's House Chardonnay , California

Aromas of bright citrus and tropical notes.  On the palate the flavor has fresh stone fruit and green apple with a clean and crisp finish.

Evolution White #18, Oregon

 Spicy and floral on the nose yet lush and tropical on the palate with a soft and round sweetness that is tempered by a burst of citrus, leaving the finish clean and crisp.

Astoria Sparkling Moscato , Italy

 Fine and persistent bubbles with straw yellow and greenish reflections. The wine is delicately sweet with a basis of fresh fruit flavors of peach, pear, and apricot balanced with gentle notes of white petals and sage. The finish is balanced and well rounded.

 

 

Paula Wilson- Johnson Brothers

Josh Cabernet

Aromas of rich, dark fruits and baking spices on the nose.  Juicy, with plum and blackberry flavors.

Josh Chard

A French style Chardonnay, balanced with bright fruit flavor, soft acidity, and great subtle oak fragrance.

Cupcake Prosecco

A crisp, dry sparkling wine from Italy with refreshing aromas of peach,  grapefruit and  honey dew.  Great for any occasion or celebration.

Insurrection

An Australian red blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, big and bold yet balanced. This wine Scored 90 points with the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Save Me San Francisco Pinot Noir

A generally soft wine with relatively low tannin and a silky finish. Nice flavors of ripe cherries and strawberries. Great with Turkey!

Cocobon Red Blend

A delicious blend of Merlot, Zinfandel and Petit Sirah.  Aromas of ripe cherries and mocha.  A nice red blend for any occasion.

 

 

Lin Deardorff- Parley Lakes Winery

Parley Vu Rose

Crisp, clean, fruit forward dry Rose.  Serve with grilled shrimp or as an aperitif.

Lake View White

 Aromatic white wine similar to a medium-dry Alsace Riesling.  Pairs well with grilled chicken or spicy Asian foods.

Brianna Breeze

 This approachable white wine has a delicate nose of pear and citrus and a soft, delicate finish.  Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with light cheeses.

 

La Crescent

An intense nose of apricot, peach, and a bit of citrus.  This aromatic white works well on its own or with spicy food.

Barn Quilt Red

A smooth red wine that is both jammy and silky.  Serve at cellar temp or slightly chilled.  Great with pizza, pasta, and friends!

Marquette

Medium-bodied red wine that is well-balanced with hints of vanilla and chocolate.  This wine pairs best with red meats, spicy pasta, and aged cheese.

 

Phil 2015/10/15

 

Save the Dates!

Cheers Annual Holiday Wine Sale and Tasting Events

 

Cheers Bloomington- 9340 Ensign Avenue South

Thursday, November 5th 6:00pm-8:00pm

Tasting event at Cheers Bloomington only

 

Wine sale is at BOTH LOCATIONS all day!

All Cheers wine* will be discounted 15%

 

Cheers Chanhassen- 530 West 79th Street

Thursday, November 12th 6:00pm-8:00pm

Tasting event at Cheers Chanhassen only

 

Wine sale is at BOTH LOCATIONS all day!

All Cheers wine* will be discounted 15%

*No additional discounts apply.  No discount on clearance items or anything marked “no further discounts.”

 

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, and Cheers has a great opportunity to sip and save on holiday wine!  Cheers annual holiday wine tasting events will feature a variety of wine with an emphasis on holiday entertaining.  You’ll find assorted white varietals, hand selected by Cheers’ staff that are perfect to pair with turkey or ham as well as an interesting selection of reds to accompany a “roast beast” or an evening fireside.  We’ll be focusing on some old favorites as well as some new additions to Cheers eclectic selection!  Your friends and neighbors at Cheers Wine & Spirits look forward to welcoming you into our living room to kick off the holidays.  All day, both days, our wine* will be discounted 15%.  CHEERS!

 

Phil 2015/4/7

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

 

Click Here To Book Your Spot Today!

Phil 2015/3/30

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

Phil 2015/3/3

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

and 

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

 

TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO SIP AND SAVE!

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

or

Thursday March 26th in Bloomington!

Click on "Read More" below to see the preview

Phil 2015/2/5

Save The Dates!
Cheers Spring Wine Tasting Events and Sale
 

Cheers will host our annual spring wine tasting events and sale on March 19th and 26th! Check out the details below. We are currently working with our vendors, hand selecting the wine for this fun and informative event. We are focusing on new and exciting additions to Cheers' eclectic collection as well as old favorites, and "off the beaten track" selections that pair with spring. Our vendors will be on hand to discuss, and sample wine from around the world! As always we will be posting a preview of the event at right here at www.cheersmn.com.

If you are not yet signed up on Cheers' mailing list, be sure to do that here so we can let you know when the preview is up.

We appreciate your business and we look forward to seeing you at one OR BOTH Tasting events!

 
 

Thursday

March 19th

Wine Tasting Event Cheers Chanhassen 6:00-8:00

Join us at Cheers Chanhassen

530 West 79th Street Chanhassen, MN 55317
Thursday March 19th 6:00-8:00
Tasting event at Cheers Chanhassen only.

Wine sale BOTH LOCATIONS all day!
All Cheers wine* will be discounted 15%
*No additional discounts apply, no discount on clearance items or anything marked “no further discounts”


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Thursday

March 26th

Wine Tasting Event Cheers Bloomington 6:00-8:00

Join us at Cheers Bloomington

9340 Ensign Ave South Bloomington, MN 55438
Thursday March 26th 6:00-8:00
Tasting event at Cheers Bloomington only.

Wine sale BOTH LOCATIONS all day!
All Cheers wine* will be discounted 15%
*No additional discounts apply, no discount on clearance items or anything marked “no further discounts”


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