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August 2017
$35

Chandler

Wines of the World, Volume 8: Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia.

August 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is now sold out.  Please check availability on our August 25th, and August 30th dates.  Thank You

 

Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a small wine region in the northeastern  corner of Italy.  Bordering Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east, Friuli is both culturally and historically rich.  For centuries, northern European and Near Eastern tribes moved through the region on their way to the Mediterranean, and today the region seems just as much Austrian as it it does Italian.  As far as the wines go, Friuli is acclaimed as one of the top places in the world for racy whites and stunning reds.  Friuli’s pinot grigios, sauvignion blancs, and ribolla giallas (Jared’s favorite), are some of the most refreshing, crisp, and stunning single-varietal whites in the world.  The reds are sure to impress as well.  With Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir growng in the warmer pockets of this mountainous region, Friuli will impress the American palate as much as the European.  While most of the vineyards in the region are located in the southern plains (just like the Veneto), the best are situated on sloping Alpine foothills.  To learn more about this unique, and often under-represented region, please join us on August 24th.

Slovenia

While Slovenia is not as well know of a wine region as Friuli, the two regions have much in common including climate, geography history, and the ablity to produce amazing wines.  Often called ‘The Green Treasure of Europe,” half of Slovenia is covered in forest.  This seminar will focus on the western Slovanian wine region of Primorska which hugs the Italian border and the Adriatic coastline. Those of you who attend this event will have a lot of fun with Movia Puro, which is a sparkling wine that we have to open underwater. Don’t miss out!

Scottsdale

Women and Wine Luncheon

August 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Calling all wine loving ladies!

You are cordially invited to a special “lunch & learn” wine tasting focused on fun and female winemakers.

Vinum 55 client and CSW, Colleen Limpic will lead us through a tasting of aromatic white wines from around the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to sip, savor and learn with fellow Vinum 55 clients at this all female event. All levels of wine experience welcome!

Your $20 registration fee includes the wine tasting and a choice of one lunch entree.

$35

Chandler

Wines of the World Volume 8: Friuli Venezia Giulia & Slovenia

August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is now sold out.  Please register for the 3rd night of this seminar at our Phoenix location on Augusts 30th.

 

Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a small wine region in the northeastern  corner of Italy.  Bordering Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east, Friuli is both culturally and historically rich.  For centuries, northern European and Near Eastern tribes moved through the region on their way to the Mediterranean, and today the region seems just as much slovanian as it it does Italian.  As far as the wines go, Friuli is acclaimed as one of the top places in the world for racy whites and stunning reds.  Friuli’s pinot grigios, sauvignion blancs, and ribolla giallas (Jared’s favorite), are some of the most refreshing, crisp, and stunning single-varietal whites in the world.  The reds are sure to impress as well.  With Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir growng in the warmer pockets of this mountainous region, Friuli will impress the American palate as much as the European.  While most of the vineyards in the region are located in the southern plains (just like the Veneto), the best are situated on sloping Alpine foothills.  To learn more about this unique, and often under-represented region, please join us on August 24th.

Slovenia

While Slovenia is not as well know of a wine region as Friuli, the two regions have much in common including climate, geography history, and the ablity to produce amazing wines.  Often called ‘The Green Treasure of Europe,” half of Slovenia is covered in forest.  This seminar will focus on the western Slovanian wine region of Primorska which hugs the Italian border and the Adriatic coastline. Those of you who attend this event will have a lot of fun with Movia Puro, which is a sparkling wine that we have to open underwater. Don’t miss out!

Phoenix

O’Shaughnessy Tasting

August 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for this exclusive tasting experience of one Napa’s finest – O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery.  O’Shaughnessy is a small, family owned vineyard and winery located on Howell Mountain. Their quest to make great Cabernet Sauvignon is the driving force behind all of their growing and winemaking decisions. Come see for yourself and taste some of Napa’s finest wines.

$35

Phoenix

Wines of the World Volume 8: Friuli Venezia Giulia & Slovenia @ PHX Location

August 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a small wine region in the northeastern  corner of Italy.  Bordering Austria to the north and Slovenia to the east, Friuli is both culturally and historically rich.  For centuries, northern European and Near Eastern tribes moved through the region on their way to the Mediterranean, and today the region seems just as much slovanian as it it does Italian.  As far as the wines go, Friuli is acclaimed as one of the top places in the world for racy whites and stunning reds.  Friuli’s pinot grigios, sauvignion blancs, and ribolla giallas (Jared’s favorite), are some of the most refreshing, crisp, and stunning single-varietal whites in the world.  The reds are sure to impress as well.  With Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir growng in the warmer pockets of this mountainous region, Friuli will impress the American palate as much as the European.  While most of the vineyards in the region are located in the southern plains (just like the Veneto), the best are situated on sloping Alpine foothills.  To learn more about this unique, and often under-represented region, please join us on August 30th.

Slovenia

While Slovenia is not as well know of a wine region as Friuli, the two regions have much in common including climate, geography history, and the ablity to produce amazing wines.  Often called ‘The Green Treasure of Europe,” half of Slovenia is covered in forest.  This seminar will focus on the western Slovanian wine region of Primorska which hugs the Italian border and the Adriatic coastline. Those of you who attend this event will have a lot of fun with Movia Puro, which is a sparkling wine that we have to open underwater. Don’t miss out!

$35

Chandler

Private Event – Students of Wine Seminar: Australia vs California

August 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Students of Wine will be hosting their first Australia vs. California class. Don’t have plans yet to kick off your long weekend? Join us!

This class will be led by Jared Silverman, Sommelier atVinum 55 Chandler. Jared has been committed to the wine industry in Arizona for over a decade.

The theme for this class is an Australia vs. CA varietal comparison, and here is the fantastic lineup we have for you:

• 2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia
• 2014 Ramey Wine Cellars Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California
• 2015 Giant Steps Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Australia
• 2015 Lompoc Wine Co. Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills, California
• 2013 d’Arenberg The Custodian Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia
• 2014 Sans Liege ‘Groundwork’ Grenache, Central Coast, California
• 2012 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia
• 2013 Rubicon Estate Inglenook RC Reserve Syrah, Rutherford, California

That is a LOT of wine for your money so you don’t want to miss this fun and educational event.

The cost is $35. Sign up now to guarantee your spot!
https://www.meetup.com/Students-of-Wine/events/241652833/

September 2017

Chandler

Chandler Tasting Room Reserved – Private Wine Tasting

September 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Cellar will be open during normal business hours

Phoenix

Private Event – Phoenix Tasting Room Closed

September 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Cellar is open to all clients during normal business hours.

Chandler

Chandler Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

September 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Cellar will be open during normal business hours.

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

September 12 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Cellar is open to all clients during normal business hours

Chandler

Henriot/Bouchard Tasting – Chandler

September 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for this unique tasting experience.  Established in New York City in 2005 by the Henriot family, Maisons and Domaines Henriot America is an import company specializing in the distribution, sales and marketing of high-end wines produced by wineries which are references in their own region. Representing centuries of family winemaking expertise, the portfolio includes the Henriot family brands, as well as leading producers from Italy and France.  We have an amazing lineup prepared, so don’t miss out.

Chandler

Niner and Preston Parker – Double Tasting

September 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for this rare event with two amazing wineries.  The winemakers from both wineries (who are married to each other) will be here, and you get to meet them!  Space is limited, so RSVP to reserve your spot.

Niner

Niner Wine Estates currently farms a total of 223 acres across three different vineyards in Paso Robles and Edna Valley. They are known for their estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as their flagship blend Fog Catcher; however.  However, they grow a wide range of varietals and specialize in small lot bottlings that get allocated primarily to their Wine Club Members.

Preston Parker

Preston Parker is a family owned, boutique winery, dedicated to making small production, hand crafted wines. They work with some of the top vineyards in California to produce wines that are unique, have a sense of place, express terroir, and are not your everyday wines. Their goal is to create wines that excite the palate and drive you to want to experience our future wines.

 

Chandler

Signorello Tasting

September 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Signorello Estate is a one-of-a-kind reflection of a wholly unique Napa Valley hillside vineyard and terroir. Planted and cultivated by the Signorello Family since 1977, these grapes are the foundation of their richly structured, intensely flavored Estate wines. Ray Signorello, Jr. has left no stone unturned, no philosophy unexplored, no ancient or modern viticulture and winemaking idea untried in his decades-long quest to produce the perfect Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for his customers (and he did very well).  We at Vinum55 are very impressed with Signorello’s entire lineup, and the Chardonnay is one of the best in California.  Don’t miss out!

 

Chandler

Chandler Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Cellar will be open during normal business hours.

Chandler

Rabble Wine Company Tasting

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Rabble Wine Company creates Central Coast flavors with edgy and historical labels. Their Central Coast winery showcases the best fruit from Paso Robles and the Santa Maria Valley. Their wine style exemplifies bright acidity, all while showcasing true varietal characteristics. Balance is the theme throughout, keeping alcohol levels below 15% and finely-tuning tannins to deliver a lush, full bodied wine with balanced acidity.

The labels all incorporate beautiful public domain art rooted in history: woodblock prints from the 1500s, illustrations by John James Audubon, and etchings from William Blake and John Boydell.  Come check out their truly interesting lineup.

Scottsdale

Martinelli Tasting Event with Regina Martinelli!

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us with the Great-Granddaughter of the Original Jackass – Regina Martinelli.

The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy, making their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. Giuseppe had been a winemaker in Italy and with his viticulture knowledge he was hired to plant a vineyard for a farmer in Forestville. Within two years he earned enough money, and borrowed some from a local wood cutter, to purchase land of his own. Working side by side on a 60 degree slope, Giuseppe and Luisa planted a small area of Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria vines, which later became known as the Jackass Hill vineyard. Over 100 years later, this south easterly exposure remains the steepest non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma County.

October 2017

Scottsdale

Moet Hennessey Grand Cuvee Dinner featuring Chef Kevin Binkley

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’ve paired the best with the best.

Six different Moet Hennessey Grand Cuvees, paired the Chef Binkley’s genius pairings. It will be a one of a kind experience!

More details to come.

Scottsdale

Pio Cesare Tasting Event

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Pio Cesare has been producing wines for more than 100 years and through generations. The tradition began in 1881, when Pio Cesare started gathering grapes in his vineyards and purchasing those of some selected and reliable farmers in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco districts.

At Pio Cesare, there has always been a conviction that great wine can come only from the finest grapes and the winery’s output has always been limited through adherence to the highest standards. Pio Cesare limits its production by using only the most mature and healthy grapes. The ripening of the grapes is carefully monitored and the harvest is rigidly controlled with each grape selected by hand.

Today, the estate is managed by Pio Boffa, great-grandson of Pio Cesare. Under his stewardship, the wines of Pio Cesare have become famous throughout the world. We will be enjoying the wines with Pio Boffa.

Chandler

Eyrie Vineyard Library Release Tasting

October 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Eyrie was the first vineyard to plant vines in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and they are coming to open up some old bottles!

In early 1965, after earning a degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis, and several months of research in Europe, 25-year old David Lett moved to Oregon with “3,000 grape cuttings and a theory.” He was particularly determined to prove that stylistically pure Pinot noir could be grown successfully outside of Burgundy. In February, David planted his cuttings to root in a rented nursery plot, and began his search for the perfect vineyard site. This was the first planting of Pinot noir and related varieties in the Willamette Valley, and the first Pinot gris in America.

In 1966, David found his ideal site, a 20-acre hillside in the Red Hills of Dundee, about 30 miles SW of Portland. In the spirit of kinship, David and his new bride Diana named their fledgling vineyard for the red-tailed hawks who make their home (EYE-ree) in the fir trees at the top of the first plantings. In 1970, David and Diana produced their first vintage. Just a few vintages later, The Eyrie Vineyards 1975 Pinot noir would become the first American Pinot noir to compete successfully with the renowned Pinot noirs of Burgundy (Paris, 1979; Beaune, 1980).

Over the following decades, The Eyrie Vineyards established a reputation for elegant wines that are true expressions of  variety and place and possess legendary aging abilities. In 2005, after completing his studies, Jason Lett took over from his father as winemaker and proprietor of The Eyrie Vineyards. Combining the spirit of innovation with respect for tradition, Jason continues David and Diana’s pioneering legacy.

AVA Tasting Panel – Tasting Room Reserved

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Cellar will be open to all clients during normal business hours.

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