Category Archives: Wine

German/Austrian Winemaker Tasting February 26, 2015

Special Winemakers Tasting!

Thursday February 26th

 4-6:30pm

Dear Customers,
 We are privileged to welcome Thomas Hansen from Weingut Hansen-Lauer in Bernkastel-Kues, Germany, and fellow winemaker Martin Hugl from Hugl-Weine located in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf, Austria this Thursday for a special tasting featuring some of their delicious wines! You won’t want to miss this. They will be pouring from 4-6:30pm. Hope to see you here.
Mr. Bill
 
Thomas Hansen is the third in the generation of the Hansen family to produce top quality wines at Weingut Hansen-Lauer in Bernkastel-Kues, overlooking the picturesque Mosel River in Germany.
Weingut Hansen-Lauer, with its perfect blend of soil and climate, produces white wines exclusively of the Riesling grape, carefully crafted by master winemaker Thomas Hansen. His expertise assures exquisite wines for the most discriminating wine lover.
Hansen-Lauer’s two hectares of vines are situated amid the Germany’s finest growing region which produces many of the best and costliest white wines in the world. Bernkastel-Kues, a picturesque village and tourist mecca overlooking the Mosel River, has long been the home of the finest Rieslings in Germany. Home of Germany’s famed Wine Symposium, Bernkastel is a community famed for its celebration of winemaking and good living.
For you Gruner Lovers…
Come meet Martin Hugl!
Martin graduated from the AGRO-HAK Agricultural College and subsequently studied at the University of Applied Sciences for International Business Relations. Since 2007 he has been responsible for quality control in the vineyards and for wine-making and he is the first point of contact for sales.Hugl-Weine is a young, family-run winery, it’s located in the north-east of Austria, in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. The owners, Sylvia and Martin Hugl, make use of the experience of their parents and combine it with their know-how and modern techniques to create high-quality wines. They combined their family estates, Hugl and Wimmer, with the 2013 vintage.

Their main focus is on Grüner Veltliner in all its diversity.  Their goal is to produce easy-drinking wines suitable for every occasion, with fruity, fresh white wines and elegant, classic red wines.

We hope to see you on February 26!

Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest

Support the Mill Mountain Zoo with Santa Luz Wines

Help Support The Mill Mountain Zoo, by purchasing Santa Luz Cabernet & Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. We are donating $1 per bottle to one of Roanoke’s favorite attractions.
Mill Mountain Zoo is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates – including 7 endangered species! The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is full of fun adventures for the entire family. And the excitement doesn’t stop with the animals! Experience breathtaking views from the Zoo’s amphitheater and take a ride on the popular Zoo Choo Train. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop before you leave. There’s something for everyone at Mill Mountain Zoo! Open daily from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
 
We love our furry and not so furry friends!

Hurry in while supplies last. Limited Time Only.

Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest

New! 2014 October Issue of Wine Spectator

WS103114_coverUS.indd

 

In the Oct 31, 2014 Issue:

Information from http://www.winespectator.com/issue/show/date/2014-10-31

Sicily

Sicily, Italy’s largest and most southerly island, is a place of many distinctions. Its wines, climate and geography, its people and more. Yet these diverse strands weave an alluring tapestry, and help make Sicily one of Italy’s most exciting wine regions today.

FREE Wine Charts:

Sicily: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Sicilian wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Tuscany: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Tuscan wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Loire Valley: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Loire Valley wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Sicily’s Wine Renaissance – A combination of local culture and modern innovation is transforming the Medi­terranean’s largest island into a winemaking hot spot. From Mount Etna’s elegant reds based on the native Nerello Mascalese grape to crowd-pleasing Chardonnays, diversity and quality abound

FREE: Sicily Alphabetical Listing – More than 330 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

ABCs of Sicilian Terroir

Recommended Sicilian Wines – 80 wines that deliver the flavors of Sicily

Profiles of Leading Producers – Wineries both large and small are defining the taste of Sicily and setting new standards for quality across the island

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Sicily’s Local Reds: Get the inside scoop on this Italian island’s indigenous varieties as senior editor Alison Napjus tastes wines made from Nero d’Avola and Frappato with Francesca Planeta.

Features

    Tasting Reports

Tuscan Triumphs – Trailblazing super Tuscans and traditional Sangiovese lead the way

FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing – More than 800 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Challenges in the Loire – Unfavorable weather in 2012 leads to a mixed bag of quality

FREE: Loire Valley Alphabetical Listing – More than 600 wines were reviewed for this report. Afree alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

    People

Masters of the Mosel – Brothers Thomas and Oliver Haag craft distinctive German Rieslings at their neighboring estates

Loyal to Lirac – Château de Montfaucon’s Rodolphe de Pins sheds light on an unsung corner of the Southern Rhône

    Wine

Italy’s Green Heart – Long overlooked, Umbria is gaining recognition with characterful reds and whites

WineSpectator.com: Letter from Europe: Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture.

Grapevine

    World

Earthquake Rumbles Napa Valley – With harvest just days away, vintners assessed damage and began cleaning up

Finger Lakes Vintners Protest Gas Storage Plan

Peter Michael Named Distinguished Service Award Winner

Wine Ad Battle Back in Court

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

    People

In Memoriam – Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

Sicilian Chef Pino Cuttaia – Pino Cuttaia cooks his way to the top of Italian gastronomy by sticking to his roots

    Cheese

What to Ask Your Cheesemonger

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on cheese.

    Spirits

Kentucky Bourbon Country

    Things We Like

Unique Cuisine in San Francisco

Music for Wine Lovers

A Comprehensive Guide to Italian Grapes

    Retrospective

Super Tuscan Flaccianello – The super Tuscan evolves over 26 vintages

Departments

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue – Marvin R. Shanken

    Letters

Feedback

    Savvy Shopper

Italian Reds, West Coast Whites and Red Burgundy

    Columns

James Laube – Screaming Eagle and Two-Buck Chuck

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer – Cynics of site specificity

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer’s provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

    A Perfect Match

Mimmo Ferraro’s Veal Scaloppine, Fried Egg and Fresh Truffles with Barbaresco – Chef Mimmo Ferraro, Ferraro’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Las Vegas

WineSpectator.com: Find hundreds more wine-friendly recipes, with suggested wine matches, in our online Recipe Search.

Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest

October is Virginia Wine Month

MBWC Homepage2

 

We hope to add even more wine tastings with Virginia Wineries to our tasting schedule in October, but you can go ahead and count on these!

 

ABOUT THE WINERIES

Fincastle Vineyard & Winery

www.fincastlewine.com

Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produces wines using traditional Bordeaux small scale techniques. From the vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay come wines pressed gently and aged in oak. After 10 years in the planning, David, Georgia, and their son, Richard opened Botetourt County’s first farm winery in 2003 with a special emphasis on quality and not quantity. According to the Virginia Wine Guide “Fincastle’s 2001 reds are beautifully handcrafted blockbuster wines, dark, lush and intensely flavored.”

Built into the hillside by our farmhouse, the winery is a gravity-fed operation, thus insuring the completely natural handling of the wine. The unique construction of the winery utilizes top-level in-ground primary fermentation storage, below which are three levels of barrel storage, providing for the downward flow of wine during racking.

The vineyard can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 100. A simple desire to “do something with the land” has blossomed into a thriving vineyard where once there were only cows and hay.

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars

www.amrheins.com

All 2014 Wines are ESTATE-GROWN!! AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is a multi-award winning winery with a multitude of White and Red grape varietals produced!

CrossKeys Vineyards

www.crosskeysvineyards.com

CrossKeys Vineyards is a beautiful 125 acre Estate situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Here we produce a wide array of award winning, estate, grown, produced, and bottled wines. Surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, CrossKeys Vineyards is the perfect setting for a relaxing day trip, romantic dinner, grand wedding, and everything in between.

 

Share on FacebookTweet this PostPin Images to Pinterest