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
mike@anchoragewinehouse.com
Land Line Huffman Store
907 677 9050
Items filled on a first come first serve basis.
Thank you for your order.

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine
Were at it again! Australian Tasting and Dinner at Suite 100.
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   How It Works

Tariff for this soirée is
$55.00 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 Visa, Master Card,
Discover, Cash and Check.
Payments expected
at time of reservation.
24 hr cancellation refund offered

Australia’s Still Rockin! Tasting and Dinner at Suite 100

Dear Oenophile
Negociants USA is one of the most respected Australian and New Zealand importers in the business. On Thursday, Sept 12th, 6:30 pm at Suite 100 Marc Wittenberg our regions sales manager will conduct a tasting of Yalumba, Jim Barry, Langmeil and Ringbolt. Kelly will again prepare his exalted cuisine.
There was a time when Australia was the shining star. The newest and coolest in the world of wine. Then the spot light moved on. Bulk shipments went way up and drowned out the greatness of Australia. But that top 10% is still there cranking out the goodness and, for me, it’s time for a visit! Tickets are $55 per reservation. All reservations need to be made and paid in advance. To reserve seating call Mike at 907 677 9050 or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com
Wines
Seating
Jansz Premium Cuvee Tasmania 92pts James Halliday
1st Course
2012 Yalumba Y Series Viognier South Australia 91pts James Halliday
2010 Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon Clare Valley Coonawarra 91pts Wine Advocate
2nd Course
2011 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River West Australia 87 pts Wine Advocate
3rd Course
2011 Langmeil Hang’in Snakes Shiraz Viognier Barossa Valley 4+ Stars Restaurant Wine
2010 Yalumba Strapper GSM Barossa Valley 90pts James Halliday
Desert
Yalumba Antique Tawny Port South Eastern Australia 88pts Wine Spectator

Sincerely
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

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Alexandria Nicole Cellars With Owners/Winemaker Jarred & Ali Boyle

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine
Alexandria Nicole Cellars Tasting Wed June 26th 6:30pm Bay Shore Club House
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   How It Works

Tariff for this tasting is
$45.00 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 Visa, Master Card,
Discover, Cash and Check.
Payments expected
at time of reservation.
24 hr cancellation refund offered

Dear Oenophile

There’s going to be a hot time in the old town nextWednesday June 26th 6:30pm as your friends at Anchorage Wine House host Jared and Ali Boyle at the Bay Shore Club House. Jarrod and Ali are living the dream with 267 acres of grapes above the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills area. Jarrod named the winery after his wife Ali and thus Alexandria Nicole Cellars was born. In 2011 Alexandria Nicole Cellars was named Washington Winery of the year and not inconsequentially started distribution in the great state of Alaska!
Jared makes our kind of wine with big aromatics and complex non fruit characteristics and flavors that are hallmarks of killer fruit and wine making skill.
This time we have plenty of seating at rounds of ten in the cozy and comfortable Bay Shore Club House (map).  Tasty treats will be provided by Event Divas of Alaska.
For reservations call Mike at 907 677 9050 or email at mike@anchoragewinehouse.com Costs are $45 per reservation.
Sincerely
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

Wines
2012 Riesling (Best Buy Great Northwest Wine)
2012 a2 Pinot Gris (Best Buy Wine Enthusiast)
2011 Crawford Viognier (Gold Denver International Wine Competition)
2011 Shepard Mark Roussanne Marsanne Viognier
(91pts Best Buy Wine Enthusaist )
2010 a2 Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Destiny Ridge Quarry Butte (Double Gold San Francisco Chronicle)
2010 Jet Black Syrah (Double Gold Best in Class Next Generation Wine Competition)

2010 Tommasi “Rafael” Valpolicella

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine
Dear Oenophile
A while back I was tasting through some wines with one of my best suppliers and out comes this Valpolicella from Tommasi. One sniff and I started laughing. “Patrick” I said “This stuff is gonna make me like Italian wine!” It’s true. There’s plenty to love here. The aromas are so engaging. They have this sultry perfume. It’s like dark spice, flowers, anise, fragrant woods it just keeps shifting. The mouth is sweet fruits similar to cherry but darker. It’s dry and there are mild tannin’s and a light delicate body with a finish well into the 30 second range. That said, this is one of the best salmon wines I can recommend. Buck the trend I say. Get out of the Pinot Noir rut. One sip and you’ll be hooked! 
To order email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com or phone 907 677 9050 Available at all three Anchorage Wine House locations. Dimond, Jewel Lake and Huffman.

List Price $17.99 Your Price $14.99!

Cheers
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

Tommasi Rafael Valpolicella

To Order

mike@anchoragewinehouse.com
Land Line Huffman Store
907 677 9050
Items filled on a first come first serve basis.
Thank you for your order.

Memorial Day Australian Tasting

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine
Second Nature SB bottle shot

   How It Works

Tariff for this soirée is
$35.00 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 Visa, Master Card,
Discover, Cash and Check.
Payments expected
at time of reservation.
24 hr cancellation refund offered

Saturday Afternoon Australian Tasting withLeigh GilliganOwner Dowie Doole and Gilligan Wineries

Dear Oenophile
Didn’t get out of town? I have a great idea! Sign up for our Australian tasting atSouthside Bistro on Saturday afternoon May 25th from 1pm to 3pm.  Meet our very own Keith Hoffman and winery owner Leigh Gilligan. Keith owns Turnagain Vines Distributorship which representsDowie Doole. He also has his own label, Aurora, showcasing McLaren Vale Shiraz and Cabernet. Keith works on the slope but during his time off heads to Australia to make wine. Leigh Gilligan runs the day to day operations at Dowie Doole owns the the Old Rifle Range vineyard in McLaren Vale and has his own label Gilligan. It’s quite an honor to have him in town. Dowie Doole, Aurora and Gilligan are off the charts. You’ll see, and for only $35 bucks. Plus the tasty and filling appetizers from Southsides wood fired oven. For reservations call Mike at 907 677 9050 or email mike@anchoragewinehouse.com

Wines
Aurora Shiraz McLaren Vale
Aurora Rutherglen Muscat
Gilligan SGM Blend
Gilligan Rhone White
Gemtree Tiger Eye Shiraz
Dowie Doole Second Nature Sauvignon Blanc
Dowie Doole Second Nature Cabernet Blend
Dowie Doole Merlot

Cheers
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

St Hallett Gamekeeper’s Shiraz Grenache Touriga

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine
Dear Oenophile
Ah, now here’s a truly interesting mix. St Hallett’s of course, in Australia’s Barossa Valley cranks out great wines at a great price. This little pup is a blend of 61%, 32% and 7% of the above stated varietals. It’s the Touriga Nacional that perks my interest. It tosses in lovely spice and adds dark tones to the fruit. Touriga Nacional is one of the major components in Port. To wit, the Portuguese are now making some killer dry red out of it. Albeit the tannin levels are heroic. So that’s a challenge. At any rate this is a lovely drop that drinks nicely beyond its price point. Hints of black pepper and supple cherry fruit coat the pallet. Its well fleshed, not tannic and will leave you saying “I’ll have a bit more of that”. After a glass I am sure that you and the Gamekeeper will be good friends.
Avalible at all three locations Huffman, Dimond and Jewell Lake.

List Price $16.99 Your Price $12.99

Thank You
Mike McVittie CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

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To Order

mike@anchoragewinehouse.com
Land Line Huffman Store
907 677 9050
Items filled on a first come first serve basis.
Thank you for your order.