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Fri, Dec 15th, 6-8 PM: Ammunition Wines

 

Wine of the Highest Calber! Red, White, and Rose! Put away your Arbuckles and come on in, we'll grease your holler! Check out Ammunition here.

 

 

 

Tasting list: 

Sauvignon Blanc

Chardonnay

Pinot Noir

“The Equalizer” Red Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Events



Friday Theme Nights


Sign up for our weeky email blast here and dont miss our weekly specials, events. and information about our our Friday theme nights. It may be a visiting winemaker, a fun wine tasting (Girl Scout cookie pairing anyone?) or maybe a blind tasting. Whatever the event, there will be wine involved! 



Happy Hour!


Rough day? Boss yell at you? Was the foam on your double macchiato this morning not up to snuff? We've got the antidiote! Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm we do $10 tastings. 



Champagne 101


Sparkling wine is wine that has significant levels of carbon dioxide to make it fizzy. The most well known example of sparkling wine is Champagne, a sparkling wine that is made in the Champagne region of France (wine made in France, as well as many other countries in Europe is more about the region than the particular grape used to make the wine). Sparkling wine not made in France is referred to as… well, Sparkling Wine.

 

Some sparkling wines from other regions have made a name for themselves and have become know by other names: Asti (Spumante- Near the town of Asti in Italy), Cava (Spain), Prosecco (Italy), Sekt (Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria), and Cap Classique (South Africa).

 

Champagne is made primarily from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the lesser know Pinot Meunier. Sparkling wines from other countries can be made with a variety of different grapes, typically a grape indigenous to that country. 

 

One thing that differentiates all Champagnes and Sparkling wines is how the secondary fermentation takes place. This usually contributes to both the taste, and the cost of the wine. These two methods are:

  • Methode Champenoise or Metodo Classico: the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle.
  • Charmat method: the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks.

 

What you Need to Know:

Types of Champagne:

  • Prestige Cuvee (cuvee de prestige): Usually designates the top of the line for a producer: Louis Roederer’s Cristal, Moet & Chandon’s Dom Perignon.
  • Blanc de Noirs: A white wine made from the pinot noir and/or pinot Meunier grapes (the skins are removed from the process early on, hence the white juice)
  • Blanc de blanc: A white wine made from Chardonnay grapes.  
  • Rose': aka "Pink Champagne", typically, a small amount of Pinot Noir red wine is added during blending.

 

Sweetness:

Sweetness is determined by the amount of sugar added after the second fermentation (called dosage). From driest to sweetest, Sparkling wines use the following to designate how sweet their bubbly is:


  • Brut Zero (no sugar added)
  • Extra Brut
  • Brut
  • Extra Dry
  • Sec
  • Demi-sec
  • Doux (sweetest).

 

In my next post I’ll delve into some of the more popular types of sparkling wines mentioned above. 



Now Tasting


Wine Tasting List (Ammunition Wines-12-15)

Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Sonoma County, CA

This wine is an explosion of fruit. A true representation of the best Sauv Blanc Sonoma County has to offer. A tropical mix of pineapple, guava, pear and white peach gives this wine an awesome summer feel. Clean, crisp acidity and a finish with flavors of mandarin oranges. Lemon zest and rich, ripe pineapple lingers on the tongue. Full of flavor and richness from start to finish. $19.99

 

Chardonnay

2016 Sonoma County, CA

Fermented entirely in stainless steel, this wine shows aromas of honeysuckle and citrus rind with crisp flavors of green apples and citrus. The wine finishes clean and balanced with a delicate sense of elegance. $19.99

 

Pinot Noir

2016 Sonoma County, CA

Ripe black cherry framed by a subtle oakiness dominate the aromas of this medium-to-full bodied Pinot Noir. Earthy cherry and strawberry flavors with subtle oak tones of vanilla spice that are embraced by smooth, silky tannins. This wine is enjoyable now and will continue to improve for years to come. $24.99

 

“The Equalizer” Red Blend

2014 Sonoma County, CA (Merlot 65%/Cab 15%/Syrah 8%/Petit Sirah 8%/Malbec 4%)

We call it The Equalizer for a reason: it levels the playing field with wines priced in another stratosphere. Deep purplish to ruby in color. Its nose has plenty of blackberry, black cherry, baking spice and mocha notes that are at once intense yet elegant. A long and complex finish with a balance of sweet fruit and soft tannins. $19.99

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Paso Robles, CA (85% Cab / 15% Petit Verdot)

Dark garnet velvet in color and texture, this Cabernet from Paso Robles highlights what the region is quickly being know for, those delicious Bordeaux grapes. Featuring rich dark fruits with notes of black cherry, blueberry and spice, this full bodied Cabernet showcases complex tannins and finishes with savory pepper spice and black currant from the Petit Verdot. This wine is enjoyable now and will age extremely well for many years to come. $19.99

Premium List

Kieu Hoang Winery Estate Pinot Noir

2014 Carneros, Napa Valley, CA

The Estate grown 2014 Pinot Noir is a Rich, full bodied yet elegant wine. Complex aromas that range from Blackberry, Raspberry, and Dried Black Plum. Enjoy by the glass or with your favorite meal. Kieu Hoang Winery is located in Napa Valley in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Carneros District is the southernmost grape growing region in Napa Valley. The fog and evening breezes off nearby San Pablo Bay make the Carneros AVA the coolest wine producing region in the valley, ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Uncorked Pinot Club Selection November 2017. $39.99

 

Bonafede Sangiovese

2014 Napa Valley, CA

This isn’t your Grandma’s Sangiovese…. Rich and spicy aromas spring from the glass. This is a wine of structure and dusty texture dominated by concentrated flavors of black cherry and blackberry infused with savory notes of smoked meat, aged leather and salted capers and a round finish. Hearty yet smooth, much like it’s namesake…. Only available at Uncorked! $44.99

 

“The Hunter” Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 “Stagecoach Vineyard”, Napa Valley, CA (95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.25% Petit Verdot, 1.75% Malbec)

This Cabernet has a bold and muscular foundation crafted in a luscious and velvety style. A wine with the mythic quality “harmony”. Low yields and very small production make this bottle a rare find indeed! We’ll keep the tasting note short and sweet and let the wine do the talking……. $74.99