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September 2017

Phoenix

Elena Walch Tasting Event – Phoenix

September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Elena Walch is a leading Alto Adige wine estate, in family hands, and belongs to the elite in Italian wine production, with international success. Encouraging quality and innovation, Elena Walch stood at the head of the Alto Adige quality revolution and has gained local and international esteem for her efforts. The philosophy of the estate is dedicated to its terroir – the idea that wines must be the individual expression of their soil, climate and cultivation in the vineyard – and that this must be maintained according to principles of sustainability and passed on to the next generation. The picturesque single estates of Castel Ringberg and Kastelaz are the heart of Elena Walch’s vineyards, now working on a vineyard surface of 55 hectare. With sustainability being one of the core values at Elena Walch, the wines reflect the various terroirs they originate from. Finally, with the aim of making only the highest quality wines, Elena Walch has been honored with several national as well as international awards.

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.

Phoenix

Patricia Green Cellars Tasting Event – Phoenix

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Come meet Jim Anderson from Patricia Green Cellars!! We will be featuring a special selection of wines, sent in from the winery. These wines will highlight the vast differences in soil types and microclimates of the wines produced by Patricia Green and Jim Anderson.

Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. With Patty and Jim’s stewardship the winery is noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountains appellations. Patricia Green cellars focus is to produce Pinot Noirs that show the distinct characteristics of the sites and vintage within the context of the wines. 

Come and taste what Willamette Valley is all about!!

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 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.

$45

Chandler

Wines of the World: Volume IX: Bordeaux. Thursday, September 21st. Chandler.

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This event is sold out.  We will be offering more Bordeaux seminars in October: October 18th in Scottsdale, and October 20th in Chandler.  

 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to dive deep into the world’s most famous wine region.

Bordeaux is arguably the most important wine region in France, if not the world.  The wines of Bordeaux have been considered some of the best produced for hundreds of years.  Wars have been fought over control of the region and ancient cultures celebrated its wines.  Even today, Bordeaux wine are the most sought after and collected anywhere.  Although planted to the wine grape for thousands of years, Bordeaux first became important internationally in A.D. 1152, when Henry II of England wed Eleanor of Aquitaine who controlled the region.  With this royal marriage, Bordeaux officially came under the control of the English, and the wines began to be exported.  Today Bordeaux is considered the world’s most commercially successful wine region, if not its highest quality one.  With nearly 20,000 producers, red wines dominate the region, and Bordeaux is the home to both Cabernet and Merlot.  As we will see in our seminar, dry white wines from this region are also very good, and the late harvest Semillon grapes that are infected with botrytis are hard to top as far as dessert wines go.  Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about this iconic wine region.  We are only doing one night of this seminar in September.  There will be others in October.

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!

We will enjoy the following wines:

2008 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage

2004 Dom Ruinart

2006 Veuve Clicquot ‘La Grande Dame’

1998 Dom Perignon P2

Krug Grande Cuvee

2008 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose

…each paired with distinctly specific dishes that Chef Kevin Binkley has selected.

Moet Hennessy’s Private Client Director, Seth Box will take us through the journey of some of the best Champagnes the planet has to offer. Seth began working in the wine business in 1999 after moving to the Napa Valley to follow his passion for wine. While in Napa, Seth held several wine production positions, including time at Joseph Phelps. By 2002, he was offered a role as assistant wine maker in New Zealand’s Marlborough district, and later that year, moved to Italy into a full time wine making position with the Ceretto family in Piedmont. In addition to wine making, he was also the first non-family member to represent Ceretto as export manager.

In 2005, Mr. Box returned to the U.S. when he was recruited as Brand Manager for Moët Hennessy to manage their Italian Wine portfolio. By 2008, he was promoted to Director of Education, and in 2014 became their Private Client Director.

$395 per person

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Cellar is open to all clients during normal business hours

Scottsdale

Pio Cesare Tasting Event

October 4 @ 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.

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

October 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Scottsdale

Tasting Room Reserved – private event

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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.

Chandler

Torbreck Barossa Valley Tasting!

October 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Torbreck is considered one of the best wine producers in the world, and it is a real treat to host them here at Vinum55 Chandler.  Torbreck was established in 1994 and is located at Marananga on the western ridge of the Barossa Valley in Australia. It is named after a forest situated just south of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Founded by David Powell, a former lumberjack who worked in various vineyards to hone his oenological skills, Torbreck’s first releases in 1997 of a 1995 Runrig (Shiraz/Viognier) and 1996 The Steading (Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz) were greeted with rapturous applause by critics and connoisseurs alike. The winery is overseen by Senior Winemaker Craig Isbel and his team.  There will be an amazing lineup of wines, so RSVP while there is still room

 

Scottsdale

Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Phoenix

Private Event

October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Phoenix Tasting Room will be closed for a private event.

Phoenix

Hanzell Vineyards Tasting Event – Phoenix

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

In 1948, Ambassador James D. Zellerbach acquired 200 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains one mile north of the Sonoma Plaza.  The Ambassador’s ambition was to create a small vineyard and winery dedicated to best traditions of Grand Cru Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of extraordinary quality and longevity. The Zellerbachs planted 6 acres in 1953 (now the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in America) and created the first vintage in 1957. They name their winery Hanzell, a contraction of Mrs. Hana Zellerbach’s name, and embarked on what would become recognized as one of California’s most enduring and historically important wine estates. The original 6 acre vineyard has grown to 46 acres today, allowing Hanzell to produce 5,000 cases annually; 3/4 Chardonnay and 1/4 Pinot Noir. Through five decades Hanzell has pursued empirical winemaking and established traditions on which great cellar-worthy winemaking is predicated.

Come taste for yourself Sonoma’s finest expression of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!!

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

October 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

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