Ridge Vineyards Spring Releases

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile
Ridge Vineyards is an American Gran Cru. They own their own vineyards and practice organic farming. In fact all of their vineyards should be organic by 2017. The vineyards are carefully tended by hand. Much of their vines are head pruned and dry farmed. Many of their vineyard sites date to the 1840′s and new plantings utilize bud wood from the old vines.
This is true non industrialized wine making. It is as simple and non invasive as you can get. You will not see centrifuges and millipore filters here. Barrel work is simple and wines are allowed to fall bright. Selection is heavy for each wine produced. You can’t get finer more pure wine anywhere. Ridge is the only winery I know of that put their ingredients on the label. Did you know that there are 60 allowable legal additives around the globe? Check out this link HERE and HERE!
The good news is we get some. The bad news is it’s a trifle. Hi ho, sign up quick I have a case of each at Huffman. Well worth the investment. The wines will live and live and live!
To order phone 907 677 9050 (Huffman) or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com

Cheers
Mike McVittie, C.S.W., Court of Master Sommeliers L1
Wine Manager Anchorage Wine House

Current releases are:

2013 East Bench Zinfandel 100% Zinfandel from a vineyard situated in Dry Creek north of Healdsberg
Price per 750ml $32.99

2013 Paso Robles Zinfandel 100% Zinfandel from the Benito Dusi Ranch planted in 1922
Price per 750ml $34.49

2013 Geyserville Zinfandel 73% Carignane 17% Petite Sirah 9% Mataro (Mourvedre) 1% Produced since 1966 from a vineyard located on the western edge of Alexander Valley Sonoma Co.
Price per 750ml $41.79Ridge 2013 Geyserville

Grahm’s Special Old Vines Edition Six Grapes Porto

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile
Every once in a while a wine just stops me in my tracks. Like this Graham’s Six Grapes Special Old Vines Edition. It really blew me away! So I ordered up right then and there, that was five months ago. I wanted you to have it for Thanksgiving and Christmas but hey that’s life.
The complexity on this wine is amazing! Spices, minerals, orange peel, rich coating vibrant blue and black fruits, no brandy burn, this wine is so complex it makes me giddy! Age on these vines runs to sixty years. Quantity at harvest is half ton or less. Some of the older vines are only yielding two to three ounces of fruit! This is a blend of 2011 and 2012. 500 cases were produced. For a more detailed report go here.
I have 16 bottles a paltry amount but for the luck few…………..
One bottle limit.
To order phone 907 677 9050 or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com. Wine available at Huffman only.
$41.79
Per 750ml
Thank You
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
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Marietta Cellars Suite 100

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile
Wednesday, March 18th at 6pm will see us back at Suite 100 for a dinner and tasting with none other than Chris Bilbro owner and founder of Marietta Cellars! I am so excited to have Chris do an event for us! I have sold Marietta almost since it’s inception. All through the 80′s and 90′s Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red continued to be top rated (90+ points) in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. This was well before the red blend craze. Top that off with the Arme, Christo and the legendary Cuvee Angeli and we have a power house tasting.
Ed Lopez Marietta’s head of sales will also be on hand. Ed and I have worked together for years with myself in retail and Ed in supply. He is a wealth of knowledge and a blast to be around.
Today Chris is letting his sons take over as the winery moves into a new realm producing just four red wines. The everyday table wine Old Vine Red Lot # 61, Christo Lot #2, Arme Lot #1 and the top of the line vintage dated 2011 Angeli Cuvee.
I’ve preached this before but the icon of winedom, France, has always produced blends. They are called Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne and so on. In fact they don’t even tell you they are made from grapes. Hence it is perfectly logical for me to see the beauty in offering a Rhone blend “Christo” and a Bordeaux blend “Arme”.
The wines are further enhanced by barrel aging the components and blending across vintages providing both complexity and consistency. Lessons learned from years of making Old Vine Red. This is quite brave but the results in my book are exceptional!
Kelly Nichols chef/owner at Suite 100 is working on the menu as we speak. In fact it’s Kelly’s cooking that fills these tastings so quickly!
Tariff for this function is $65.00 per reservation. Reservations may be made by phone at 907 677 9050 or by emailing mike@anchoragewinehouse.com.
Wine List
Meet & Greet
Lucian Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Rose
First Course
Marietta Old Vine Red Lot #61
Second Course
Marietta Christo Lot #2 Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Vioginer
Third Course
Marietta Arme Lot #1 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Fourth Course
Marietta Angeli Cuvee 2011 Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane

Thank You!
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
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Winery of the Year Charles Smith Dinner and Tasting at CampoBello Bistro

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile
Yes, you read that right. In 2008 Wine & Spirits magazine named Charles Smith’s K Vintners “Winery of the Year”. In 2009 Food & Wine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year”. Not bad for a self taught winemaker. Charles came to wine via a nine year stint producing rock bands in Denmark and Europe. In those days wining and dining was the natural thing to do. It created in Charles a passion for the finer wines in life. Retuning to Washington Charles set up a retail wine shop in Bainbridge WA. One thing led to another and today Charles Smith is large and in charge.
Heather de Savoye Northwest and International sales rep for the winery will be on had to explain the wines as we move through them.
We will be meeting in the private dining room of Campo Bello Bistro on Wednesday, Feb 25th, at 6pm. Reservations are $65.00 per person and maybe made by phone with Mike at 907 677 9050 or by emailing mike@anchoragewinehouse.com.

Meet & Greet
Secco Italian Bubbles Bianco Brut

First Course
Fresh seasonal greens with a roasted garlic dressing
Kung fu Girl Riesling

Second Course
Crispy Prosciutto wrapped Cod with a light mustard cream
Vino Pinot Grigio

Third course
Duck Breast a’Lorange with roasted potatoes and sweet pea puree
Boom Boom! Syrah
Velvet Devil Merlot
Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert
Brandied Plum Trifle
K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt Vineyards Wahluke Slope

Thank you
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

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King Estate & Suite 100 Everyone Wins!

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile.
Kelly (Chef/Owner Suite 100) loves challenging himself and his crew by creating delicious matches to the wines I bring him. This time it’s King Estate. Once the hallmark of Oregon Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Today they have a respectable line up of Chardonnay, Cabernet, Riesling and Rose! Mark my words the world will soon be abuzz about Oregon Chardonnay. You’ll see! As a special reward we will be sampling the 2010 NxNW Walla Walla Cabernet 52% Heather Hill, 48% Seven Hills. This is a rich aromatic Cabernet that can compete with any in the world.No surprise it’s Walla Walla fruit.
Here’s the specifics. We will be meeting on Wednesday, February 11th, 6pm at Suite 100. Tickets are $65 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 907 677 9050 or by emailing mike@anchoragewinehouse.com.
The menu is a work in progress but here’s the wine line up.

Meet & Greet
Acrobat Rose of Pinot Noir
First Course
King Estate Signature Pinot Gris
King Estate Signature Chardonnay
Second Course
Acrobat Pinot Noir
King Estate Signature Pinot Noir
Third Course
NxNW Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon
Dessert
NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Late Harvest Riesling

Cheers
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager Anchorage Wine House
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2012 Andrew Hardy’s Little Ox Shiraz

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

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Dear Oenophile
Ok, here’s the story. Andrew Hardy’s great great grandfather is Thomas Hardy founder of the famous “Thomas Hardy and Sons Wine Company”. Very talented, Andrew started his career with Brian Croser over at Petaluma, but that’s another story. Every year Andrew makes about 200 cases of Shiraz from cuttings off the original 1877 Tintara vineyard in McLaren Vale. The vineyard purchased by Thomas Hardy. These cuttings have been planted in a refurbished section. The resulting wine is spectacular. As a special note these vineyards (Bob’s Block and Pat’s Paddock) were tended by Andrew’s father until his death two years ago.
This is a 200 case run. I feel so very honored to have the opportunity to present it to you. A collectors piece, I hope many of you are starting verticals. That is, if you can stay out of it. Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar gave It 90pts. My notes. Red black in color. The nose shows oak with deep spiced blue and black fruits. The palate is seamless black fruit with well integrated tannin’s that add texture with out dryness. Coating and viscous there is an orange peal spice and lovely creamy wood vanilla. Layered and complex there are plenty of non fruit qualities. Firm and lengthy. My personal score is 17+/20.
To order call Mike at 907 677 9050 or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com. Wines available at all three locations Jewell Lake, Dimond and Huffman.

List Price $25.99
One btl price $21.99
Six btl Price $20.99
Twelve btl Price $19.99

One last thing. Ox is Andrews nickname. He uses it to differentiate between the two wines he makes. The Little Ox is from the cuttings and The Ox is from the 80 plus year old vines. Yep some of those old boys are still producing. Being the total geek that I am. I have a few bottles of ’05 The Ox. Robert Parker gave it 97 pts cost $111.39

Thank You
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

Unibroue Ales Tasting at Suite100 with four course dinner

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine



Unibroue Beer Dinner

 

 

Is beer as complex as wine? Find out with Unibroue’s bottle conditioned Ales. Dinner and tasting at Suite 100.

   How It Works

Tariff for this soirée is

$60.00 per person.

Reservations can be made by email at

mike@anchoragewinehouse.com

or by phone at 907-677-9050.

Reservations must be made

and paid in advance.

We accept American Express,Visa, Master Card,

Discover, Cash and Check.

Payments expected

at time of reservation.

24 hr cancellation refund offered

Tasting and Dinner with Unibroue Ales at Suite 100

Dear Oenophile

For the past 25 years Unibroue has been crafting honest Belgian style beers. These are true bottle conditioned Ales. They are made like champagne except the yeast is not removed. This leaves them cloudy and naturally fizzy. All their beers age like wine some up to 10 years. A wide range is produced from pale gold to inky black. Alcohols run from a moderate 5% ABV to a mouth filling 10.5% ABV. No weak sisters here. 25 years ago when the craft market was heating up Unibroue established it’s nich by producing Belgian Abby style ales. Back then very very few North American’s were making bottled conditioned beers. Today they are everywhere but Unibroue lead the way.

On Wednsday January 14th 6:00pm we will meet at Suite 100 where once again Chef Kelly will work his magic. Pricing will be $60.00 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 907 677 9050 or by emailing mike@anchoragewinehouse.com.

Menu

Meet & Greet

Unibroue Blanche De Chambly

1st Course

Unibroue Ephemere Apple

Unibroue Ephemere Crannberry

2nd Course

Unibroue Don De Dieu

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

3rd Course

Unibroue Maudite

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

4th Course

Unibroue Terrible

Thank You

Mike McVittie CSW

Wine Manager

Anchorage Wine House

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Bodega Bouza’s B6 & A8 Tannats

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile
Wine writers around the planet are starting to wake up to Uruguay’s potential. Fortunately for you we are on the cutting edge, even up here. Bouza’s regular Tannat’s are killer and we have the kick up versions! Not familiar with Tannat? It’s a Cabernet like wine from the Southwest of France. Tannat is Uruguay’s signature red.
Bodega Bouza has two vineyards. The original 5 hectares in Melillna and an additional 12 hectares in Las Violetas. The A8 is selected lots out of Melillna and the B6 is selected lots out of the Las Violetas. Both wines are table sorted and individual berry selected, yes, by hand. After fermentation the wine is gravity fed to the barrel room and aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for 14 months. The wines under go full malolactic fermentation and are bottled unfiltered. The bottles are hand numbered and hand wrapped and unless I’ve got my math is wrong there were only 13 to 14 barrels of each made.
2011 was a very hot vintage. The A8 comes from the cooler Melillna vineyard and so carries more non-fruit components. The B6 comes from the hotter Las Violetas vineyard and carries more blue and black fruits. Both are big rich and rewarding wines. For comparison the 2009 A8 earned 92 pts with R. Parker.
These ultimately delicious reds are available at all three locations Huffman Jewel Lake and Dimond. To order call Mike at 907 677 9050 or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com.

List Price $40.99 Your Price $36.89
Thank You
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

Ayala, Guigal and Ch Montelena Dinner and Tasting at Campobello Bistro

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile
Fall is under way and that means comfort food. So lets get comfortable! Thursday, Oct 23rd, 6:30 pm at Campobello Bistro we are going to eat and drink like the gourmands we are. Our guest speaker is Patric Will Vice President of Vintus. He is positively encyclopedic and passionate on the virtues of Ch Montelena, Guigal and Ayala Brut Champagne. Chef / owner Marsha Carol has planned a brilliant meal and is giving us use of the entire restaurant! Tarrif on this one is $68.00 per person. To make reservations call Mike at 907 677 9050 or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com

Wines & Menu
Meet & Greet
Ayala Brut Majur 92 pts WS
First Course
Seared Scallop in Shrimp Pernod Cream Sauce
2012 Montelena Chardonnay Napa
2011 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 90 pts Decanter
Second Course
Braised Endive, Roquefort Dressing, Chopped Egg, Brochetta
2009 Mas Bells Eaux Les Coteaux 91 pts WS
2009 Guigal Gigondas 91 pts WA, WE, IWC
2009 Guigal Chateauneuf du Pape 90 pts WA, WS
Palate Cleanser
Zest
Third Course
Lamb Lolly Chops, Fresh Demi-Glace, Cream Spinach
2010 Ch Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 92 pts WS
2009 Ch Boutisse St Emilion 89 pts WA
Desert
Orange Genoise, Chocolate Mouse filling, Chocolate Ganache
Quinta do Noval Black 90 pts WA

Sincerely
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Bouza Tempranillo Tannat Reserve
We’re talking Uruguay here. This is what? The last frontier of wine? Bodega Bouza was born in 1942. They took the French chateau model and went for quality over quantity. They have about 22 hectares of vineyard between two sites. There they grow Albarino, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tempranillo and Tannat. Tannat is Uruguay’s signature grape. Heroically tannic in it’s native town of Madiran (southwest France). Here it takes on a much more charming and altogether pleasing profile.
Today’s one hit wonder is a 2011, 60/40 blend of Tempranillo / Tannat. Aged nine months in French and American oak. It has taken numerous silver and golds in Europe and South America, but nothing here as this USA’s debut vintage.
These guys are serious about their wines. One taste and you’ll know. This liquid is black purple. The aromas are new and tight; sweet wood vanilla, cedar plank, blue-black fruit, licorice, humidity, and leather. The nose hasn’t really developed yet. The mouth is a knock out. It rolls in with rich blackberry-blueberry pie, sweet chewy tannins, viscosity and firm lengthy acids. It’s punchy. Drinks great now and over the next 5 years. In short it’s our kinda wine!
To order call mike at 907 677 9050 or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com. Available at Huffman only.

List Price $23.59
Your Price $19.89
Thank You
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

To Order
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