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May 2017

Phoenix

Vinum 55 Rose Week!! – Phoenix

May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in tasting the finest Rose’s that 2016 has to offer!

Chandler

Vinum 55 Rose Week!! – Chandler

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

Join us in tasting the finest Rose’s that 2016 has to offer!

Tasting Room Reserved – Phoenix

May 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Phoenix

Pam Starr – Launch of 1 Post Cabernet from Crocker & Starr – Phoenix

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Change your plans. Don’t miss this one.

We have been waiting to make sure the new label was approved before we announced this very special tasting for you.
You may have just heard of Crocker & Starr wines – but never had them. They are very hard to come by and critically acclaimed.

Charlie Crocker & Pam Starr are launching a new Cabernet. It’s never been shown anywhere. She’s labeling a few samples and sending them down, you all will be the first to enjoy it.

1 Post is a small lot, 100% Cabernet from the Estates heritage vineyard blocks, comprised of heirloom selection clones and planted every 9 rows.

Meet Pam Starr, co-proprietor and winemaker.

Scottsdale

Scottsdale closed for private event

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Scottsdale closed for private event from 3pm to 7pm

Phoenix

Tasting Room Reserved for Private Event – Phoenix

May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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

Scottsdale

Scottsdale Tasting Room Closed for Private Event

May 19 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Scottsdale Tasting Room Closed for Private Event

Chandler

Craggy Range Tasting

May 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for this very rare opportunity to meet and taste wines with Craggy Range’s winemaker, Matt Stafford.  As you may already know, Craggy Range produces a collection of iconic wines from multiple regions in New Zealand. Owner Terry Peabody and his family pursued the single vineyard approach to winemaking, planting on green fields and bare land ensuring a focus on quality from the very beginning.  This is an event that is not to be missed.

Scottsdale

Scottsdale Tasting Room Closed for Private Event

May 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Scottsdale Tasting Room Closed for Private Event

$35

Chandler

Wines of the World: Alsace

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

This event is now sold out.  Please enroll for night two on Friday, May 26th.

We at Vinum 55 are proud to announce the fifth volume of our Wines of the World Program

How it Works:

Each month, our Sommeliers select one of the World’s most important wine regions to showcase at Vinum55 – Chandler.  For every region featured, we will offer a special tasting event, and an educational seminar focused on the grapes, geography, history, culture, and wine making techniques of that region.  Our intent is to provide members with opportunities to learn more about lesser-known wine regions and producers across the world.  Of course, there will also be opportunities to order your favorite wines from the tastings. Our last event, which focused on the south of Australia, was a huge success thanks to all of the amazing people who attended.  Now we invite you to join us for our fifth event on Thursday, May 25th 2017.  The focus will be on Alsace–a rare French wine region that is devoted almost exclusively to white wine: Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and and muscat.  Since we will be tasting the quintessential producers of the region, we highly recommend that you do not miss this!  The event is free for members, and $35 for non-members. However, if a non-member joins Vinum55 that night, the $35 will be refunded.

Alsace

Located in northeastern France along the German border is the classic wine region of Alsace.  The region itself is a narrow, north-south-running strip nestled in the eastern foothills of the Vosges Mountains along the banks of the Rhine River.  There is a very strong German heritage and tradition in the region even though it is a part of France.  This is because Alsace actually used to be part of Germany.  In fact, Alsace has bounced back and forth between German and French control throughout the centuries.  This hotly contested region was officially deemed part of France in 1945 as one of the accords of the peace treaty that ended the European campaign of World War II. 

As far as the winemaking is concerned, the German heritage of Alsace is clear.  As you will see, Alsatian wines are bottled in the tall, tapered bottles used by German winemakers.  In addition, the vineyards and winemakers of Alsace have German sounding names, and the grape varieties grown there are German.  The major difference between German and Alsatian wines is that many German wines are sweetened and made from under-ripe grapes, whereas Alsatian wines are made from riper fruit and are almost always produced in a dry style.  To be sure, the white wines of Alsace are some of the best in the world.  In fact, Alsace is a very unique wine region in that it is devoted almost exclusively to white wine (the major varietals being Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat).  While the Pinot Noirs made in the area are of good quality, they don’t quite stand up to those of Burgundy. However, as you will see at this seminar, there are great sparkling Rosés made from Pinot Noir grapes in Alsace.  

 To learn more about this amazing wine region, please join us for this very special event.

$35

Chandler

Wines of the World Volume V: Alsace (Night 2)

May 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We at Vinum 55 are proud to announce the second night of our fifth volume of our Wines of the World Program

How it Works:

Each month, our Sommeliers select one of the World’s most important wine regions to showcase at Vinum55 – Chandler.  For every region featured, we will offer a special tasting event, and an educational seminar focused on the grapes, geography, history, culture, and wine making techniques of that region.  Our intent is to provide members with opportunities to learn more about lesser-known wine regions and producers across the world.  Of course, there will also be opportunities to order your favorite wines from the tastings. Our last event, which focused on the south of Australia, was a huge success thanks to all of the amazing people who attended.  Now we invite you to join us for our fifth event on Friday, May 26th 2017.  The focus will be on Alsace–a rare French wine region that is devoted almost exclusively to white wine: Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and and muscat.  Since we will be tasting the quintessential producers of the region, we highly recommend that you do not miss this!  The event is free for members, and $35 for non-members. However, if a non-member joins Vinum55 that night, the $35 will be refunded.

Alsace

Located in northeastern France along the German border is the classic wine region of Alsace.  The region itself is a narrow, north-south-running strip nestled in the eastern foothills of the Vosges Mountains along the banks of the Rhine River.  There is a very strong German heritage and tradition in the region even though it is a part of France.  This is because Alsace actually used to be part of Germany.  In fact, Alsace has bounced back and forth between German and French control throughout the centuries.  This hotly contested region was officially deemed part of France in 1945 as one of the accords of the peace treaty that ended the European campaign of World War II.

As far as the winemaking is concerned, the German heritage of Alsace is clear.  As you will see, Alsatian wines are bottled in the tall, tapered bottles used by German winemakers.  In addition, the vineyards and winemakers of Alsace have German sounding names, and the grape varieties grown there are German.  The major difference between German and Alsatian wines is that many German wines are sweetened and made from under-ripe grapes, whereas Alsatian wines are made from riper fruit and are almost always produced in a dry style.  To be sure, the white wines of Alsace are some of the best in the world.  In fact, Alsace is a very unique wine region in that it is devoted almost exclusively to white wine (the major varietals being Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat).  While the Pinot Noirs made in the area are of good quality, they don’t quite stand up to those of Burgundy. However, as you will see at this seminar, there are great sparkling Rosés made from Pinot Noir grapes in Alsace.

To learn more about this amazing wine region, please join us for this very special event.

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved

May 31 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

June 2017

Chandler

Silver Oak and Twomey

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

Whether you are a newcomer to the world of wine, or you’re an eperienced veteran, Silver Oak Cellars require little introduction. For over 40 years, this winery has produced delicious and distinctive Cabernets from both Napa Valley and Alexander Valley. Each Cabernet is food-friendly, extensively aged to be drinkable upon release, and perfect for enjoying with friends or family.

 Silver Oak’s second line, Twomey, steps away from Cabernet to craft Pinot Noir, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc from outstanding vineyards and growing regions from California to Oregon. Their approach is holistic, combining leading edge winegrowing practices with traditional techniques and sensibilities. They embrace modern scientific methods in their vineyards – mapping, planting, tracking, pruning, irrigating and tending to each block, each row and each vine individually. In the cellar the team at both Silver Oak and Twomey are constantly experimenting with innovative techniques and technologies that improve the quality of their wines.  Don’t miss this special tasting opportunity.

Large Format Options will be available in very limited quantities.

Chandler

Justin Vineyards and Winery Tasting Event

June 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Did you know that Justin Winery was Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2015 American Winery of the Year?

Originally inspired by Chateau Margaux and the iconic style of “Left Bank” Bordeaux wines, Justin Baldwin founded the winery in 1981 and pursued his dream of creating wines that would rival the finest in the world. Drawn to Paso Robles, Baldwin discovered the combination of ancient calcareous soils and elevation ideally suited to produce grapes with intense flavor and great structure he sought to create. Throughout its 35-year history, JUSTIN has stayed true to the original winemaking philosophy, combining the best of viticulture with the art of blending. JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, along with its sister winery in Sonoma, Landmark Vineyards, continue to create wines that garner high ratings among critics and wine lovers alike.

Please join us for this amazing tasting event.

We will be tasting:

2016 Justin Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles

2016 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay, California

2011 Landmark Damaris Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

2014 Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley

2013 Justin Vineyards ‘Justification’, Paso Robles

2014 Justin Vineyards ‘Savant’, Paso Robles

2013 Justin Vineyards ‘Isosceles’, Paso Robles

2010 Justin Vineyards ‘Isosceles Reserve’, Paso Robles

 

 

 

 

Phoenix

Pop- up tasting at Phoenix – Curious Cork Imports

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

Join us in tasting wines from the Curious Cork Imports portfolio. We’ve hand selected these gems that over-deliver in your glass!

Phoenix

Jules Taylor Tasting Event – Phoenix

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

We at Vinum55 are happy to announce a very special evening with New Zealand winemaker, Jules Taylor.

To understand and appreciate the wines of Jules Taylor, one needs to understand the story that brought these extraordinary small-batch wines to life. Having studied zoology, only to discover a shortage of available positions in her field, Jules continued her studies in the sciences, this time focusing on the farming and chemistry involved in producing great wines. Upon completion of her post-graduate studies in Oenology and Viticulture, Jules Taylor went on to get her hands dirty working abroad in Italy and Australia.  On returning home to Marlborough, she slotted straight away in to a job making wine for Kim Crawford, Saint Clair and Cape Campbell, and that was where Jules Taylor Wines begun, producing 200 cases under her own label in 2001.

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved

June 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved

June 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Cellar is open to all clients during normal business hours

$35

Chandler

Wines of the World, Volume VI: Beaujolais, France

June 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This Event is now SOLD OUT.  

Please sign up for night 2 and 3 on Friday June 23rd in Chandler, and Friday June 30th in Phoenix.

 

We at Vinum 55 are proud to announce the sixth volume of our Wines of the World Program

 

How it Works:

 

Each month, our Sommeliers select one of the World’s most important wine regions to showcase at Vinum55.  For every region featured, we will offer a special tasting event, and an educational seminar focused on the grapes, geography, history, culture, and wine making techniques of that region.  Our intent is to provide members with opportunities to learn more about known, and lesser-known, wine regions and producers across the world.  Of course, there will also be opportunities to order your favorite wines from the tastings. Our last event, which focused on the Alsace region on the border of France and Germany, was a huge success thanks to all of the amazing people who attended.  Now we invite you to join us for our sixth event on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017.  The focus will be on Beaujolais–a French wine region that is technically part of Burgundy, but only for administrative purposes.  Aside from proximity (Beaujolais is just south of Burgundy), the two regions have close to nothing in common.  The climates, soils, and geology are dissimilar; the grapes are not the same, and three are drastically different wine making techniques. 99% of the grapes grown in Beaujolais are gamay noir, but there a very small amount of Chardonnay (which we will also taste). There is so much to learn about this very distinct wine region, so we highly recommend that you do not miss this!  The event is free for members, and $35 for non-members. However, if a non-member joins Vinum55 that night, the $35 will be refunded.

 

 

$35

Chandler

Wines of the World, Volume VI: Beaujolais, France. 2nd Night – Chandler.

June 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This Event is now sold out.  Please join us for night 3 at our Phoenix location on Friday, June 30th

 

We at Vinum 55 are proud to announce the sixth volume of our Wines of the World Program.

How it Works:

Each month, our Sommeliers select one of the World’s most important wine regions to showcase at Vinum55.  For every region featured, we will offer a special tasting event, and an educational seminar focused on the grapes, geography, history, culture, and wine making techniques of that region.  Our intent is to provide members with opportunities to learn more about known, and lesser-known, wine regions and producers across the world.  Of course, there will also be opportunities to order your favorite wines from the tastings. Our last event, which focused on the Alsace region on the border of France and Germany, was a huge success thanks to all of the amazing people who attended.  Now we invite you to join us for our sixth event on Friday, June 23rd, 2017.  The focus will be on Beaujolais–a French wine region that is technically part of Burgundy, but only for administrative purposes.  Aside from proximity (Beaujolais is just south of Burgundy), the two regions have close to nothing in common.  The climates, soils, and geology are dissimilar; the grapes are not the same, and three are drastically different wine making techniques. 99% of the grapes grown in Beaujolais are gamay noir, but there a very small amount of Chardonnay (which we will also taste). There is so much to learn about this very distinct wine region, so we highly recommend that you do not miss this!  The event is free for members, and $35 for non-members. However, if a non-member joins Vinum55 that night, the $35 will be refunded.

 

 

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