We offer two free wine tastings every week. On Fridays from 3-6, it’s blind tasting time. The concept is really simple: two wines both “brown bagged”, you guess the grape or region, if you get close, you get a 10% discount off your purchase.
On Saturdays from 2-5, the tasting format is simple. Just come by and head back to the bar for a free sampling of 4 to 6 wines. After you taste, you can head back up front to get a 10 minute chair massage with my wife Lynn who is a licensed massage therapist. Your first massage is free! If you want more than 10 minutes, the cost is just $1 per minute payable by cash or check only please! Here’s what’s on tap for this Saturday. All of the wines are less than $10, and if there’s any wine left over from Friday, we’ll pour that too:
1. 2010 Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc – This walks a fine line between the bright, grapefruity flavors of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and the fatter, more tropical notes of one from California. Terra Andina has been called one of the top value brands in the world by a number of wine critics.
2. 2010 Tilia Chardonnay – This is the entry level label from Catena, and in all reality, Tilia is what used to be Alamos (Gallo bought the Alamos “brand name”, but not the vineyards). Bright pineapple and pear notes meld with floral notes, vanilla and spice.
3. 2009 Terra Andina Carmenere – Carmenere is sort of to Chile what Malbec is to Argentina. Its origins can be traced to Bordeaux, but early European immigrants brought the grape with them. This one is soft, smooth and jammy with black raspberry, spice and toasty oak notes.
4. 2009 Entrada Malbec – This could easily turn into your new house wine! It’s very affordable, it’s lush and friendly, and it really exhibits true Malbec varietal components. Black cherry, plum and mulberry all work together in this soft and juicy “chugging wine”.