Thursday, July 31, 2014

Join WHWC for the Wines of Stéphane Tissot (Jura, France)

The Wines of Stéphane Tissot
Jura, France
WHWC Winebar
Saturday, June 16th, 2012
2-6 PM*

With Special Guest Amanda Linn
Winewise/The Vienna Wine Company

A wine region nestled in the mountains between Burgundy and Switzerland, the Jura possesses a colder climate, late harvest times, and enormous diversity of soil structure. Marl, clay and limestone- based soils provide the framework for unique wines to thrive, such as the indigenous Savagnin, Trousseau, and Poulsard. Tissot’s quest for “aromatic diversity” has led to the creation of more than 30 different bottling: he makes seven different Chardonnays alone. Tissot believes that the different grape varietals and different winemaking techniques are due to the fact that the Jura was Spanish for the greater part of the 17 th century (80 years) – this is how sherry-like Vin Jaune came to the Jura. Tissot went completely biodynamic in 2004, claiming it an easier way to keep yields low while increasing minerality and acidity. Winewise distributor Amanda Linn will be on hand to answer your questions.

The Program - taste all 5 for $13
NV Tissot Brut Cremant du Jura
2010 Tissot Arbois Chardonnay Classique
2008 Tissot Arbois Blanc Selection Jura
2010 Tissot Poulsard Arbois VV Sans Souffre
2008 Tissot Arbois Trousseau "Singulier"
DATE: Saturday, June 16th, 2012
TIME: 2-6 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
PRICE: $13 – taste all 5
*We will also be featuring a flight of wines from PASO ROBLES for your tasting pleasure

Happy Hour with Tyler Winery & Samsara Winery

Meet the Winemakers
Happy Hour with
Tyler Winery & Samsara Winery
WHWC Winebar
Friday, May 18th, 2012
5-7 PM*
Join us as we welcome Chad Melville of Samsara and Justin Willett of Tyler to the winebar on Friday May 18 th . These two young guns are working tirelessly to produce vividly balanced reds and whites that reflect all the site-specific typicity of Central Coast terroir.

Considered one of the hottest up-and-coming talents Justin Willet founded Tyler winery in 2005 when he was just 23 years old. He is regarded as a specialist in crafting exemplary Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of delicacy from top vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Barbara AVAs

As one of the driving forces behind Melville Vineyards, Chad has had a significant impact on the growth and quality of the Santa Rita Hills region. Not content to just run the family winery, Chad started his own project in 2002. He produces bold, lively, high-pitched reds of Grenache, Syrah, and Pinot Noir from vineyards in Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, and Mendocino.

The Program
2010 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir Rancho La Vina
2009 Pinot Noir Melville
2009 Syrah Verna’s
2009 Grenache Larner
2010 Chardonnay Zotovich
2010 Chardonnay Dierberg
2009 Pinot Noir Presidio
2009 Pinot Noir Dierberg
2010 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Q Block
DATE: Friday, May 18th, 2012
TIME: 5-7 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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PRICE: $30/person prepaid*
*Sorry, no shared entry


Taste the Ancient Pannonian Terroir of Slovenia, Hungary, & Croatia
Saturday, April 21st, 2012
2-6 PM
Bordered on its eastern side by Friuli, Slovenia has developed a knack for crafting uniquely savory whites to pair with all sort of difficult-to-match cuisines like Thai, Malaysian, and Indian.
New Hungarian reds are bright, spicy, and easy to drink – not your grandfather’s Bullsblood!
The Ancient wine culture of Croatia is the origin of the most famous American grape – Zinfandel. Here is your chance to taste the original.
Special guest Stetson Robbins & Michael Newsome of Blue Danube Wine Co . on hand to answer questions
Flight 1 – Taste all 5 for $12
2010 Kögl Mea Culpa Pinot Gris
2009 Kögl Magna Domenica Albus
2010 Geyerhof Grüner Veltliner Kremstal
2009 Kabaj Rebula Brda
2008 Batic Pinela Vipavska
Flight 2 – Taste all 5 for $11
2010 Dingac Plavac Peljesac
2009 Geyerhof Blauer Portugieser
2008 Terzolo Teran Istria
2008 Eszterbauer Tüke Bikáver
2009 Rosenhof Orion Eiswine Grüve
DATE: Saturday, April 21st, 2012
TIME: 2-6 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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PRICE: See Flight Prices Above

Italian Wine Series continues with Cristiano Garello

Italian Wine Series
Cristiano Garello
of Tenute Sella, Piedmont & Biondi, Etna
WHWC Winebar – Saturday, March 31st, 2012
2-6 PM*
Join WHWC as we welcome Cristiano Garello, winemaker at Tenute Sella in Piedmont and consulting winemaker at Biondi Etna Outis in Sicily, to the winebar on Saturday March 31st. Garello will pour one flight of selections as well as a number of bonus pours from his two properties. Tenute Sella is one of the oldest active Italian wine producers, producing wine in the alpine foothills in northern Piedmont since 1671. Their oldest current vintage holding at this time is 1881. This is prime territory for Nebbiolo, with small amount of Croatina and Vespolina adding to blend. Erbaluce, an aromatic indigenous white varietal will also be available.

Flight 1
2010 Sella Coste della Sesia Rosato ‘Majioli’ (100% Nebbiolo) $2
2009 Sella Coste della Sesia ‘Doranda’ Erbaluce (100% Erbaluce) $2
2007 Sella Bramaterra (100% Nebbiolo) $3
2005 Sella Bramaterra I Porfidi (100% Nebbiolo) $4
2005 Sella Lessona Omaggio a Quintino Sella (100% Nebbiolo) $6
Bonus Pours
2009 Biondi Etna Bianco Outis (Carricante/ Moscadella dell-Etna) $2
2009 Sella Coste della Sesia ‘Casteltorto’ (60% Nebbiolo 35% Croatina 5% Vespolina) $3
2005 Sella Lessona (100% Nebbiolo) $4
*We will also be pouring a flight of South African wines on 3/31/2012
DATE: Saturday, March 31st, 2012
TIME: 2-6 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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PRICE: See Flight Prices Above

A Sparkling Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And for this special occasion, discriminating palates demand rosé. Among wine drinkers who know their Champagne, rosés are considered the crème de la crème. Classic rosé Champagne tends to be richer and fuller than its golden counterpart. Luxuriously creamy, the wine’s delicious berry flavor explodes in the mouth, then lingers endlessly on the palate. It’s power meets elegance.They can be a bit more expensive than golden Champagnes, a reflection of the fact that they are more difficult to produce, and they’re far more rare. But for a limited time only, we want to make this luxurious gem available to all our subscribers for an exceptionally low price–in fact, the best price in the country!Boutique producer Père & Fils is located in the village of Verzenay on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims. They’ve been making wines from their Grand Cru vineyards since the 1930s. Their 11 hectares of land are comprised of a mosaic of 80 parcels of some of the finest land in the region. Proud to produce an independent Champagne from such prestigious vineyards, the producers of Champagne Godmé interpret their terriorcarefully. This singular synergy of elements yields an incredibly special, limited production Champagne.Special Email Subscriber Offer:For this special occasion, we’re offering this wine at 40% off the regular list price (33% off our regularly low price). Offer valid till close of business on Tuesday, February 14th (7pm PST).

NV Godmé Brut Rosé Champagne Grand Cru $68.95 (List $78)
$46.80 – special Valentine’s Day pricing
(use promo code: GODMEROSE)

92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): “The new release of the Godmé Père et Fils Brut Rosé is another classic in the making from this consistently excellent house located in the grand cru village of Verzenay on the Montagne de Reims. The wine is made up of a blend of eighty-five percent pinot noir and fifteen percent chardonnay, with a touch of red wine added back into the blend to give the rosé its delicate salmon color. The bouquet is a complex and snappy blend of orange, sweet cranberry, a touch of smokiness, a beautiful base of soil, sourdough bread and a distinct topnote of caraway seed. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and racy, with very refined mousse, bright acids, a lovely core of fruit and outstanding length and grip on the very long and low fat finish.”

Click here to view all rosé Champagnes in stock

Happy Hour with Sergio Germano of Ettore Germano Wines

Italian Wine Series:

Happy Hour with Sergio Germano of Ettore Germano Wines
Serralunga d’Alba, Piedmonte

Friday February 10th, 2012
5-7 PM
Taste 6 – $15

Join us as we kick off our Italian Wine Series on February 10th with Sergio Germano of Ettore Germano. Located on the south-east edge of the Barolo appellation, Serralunga d’Alba produces wines of structure, substance, and uncompromising quality.

“Sergio Germano is a dynamic…man who confidently runs this important estate which, year after year, scales new peaks of quality and reliability.” – Gambero Rosso

The Germano estate is comprised of 13.5 hectares (approximately 35 acres) and grows Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Chardonnay, Riesling, and the indigenous white Nascetta, all of which are estate vinified. Though the Germano family has been making wine in Serralunga for the past century and a half, their current location started as a 3 hectare plot cultivated by Ettore Germano and his father Alberto, who sold most of their grapes to other winemakers. Ettore’s son Sergio Germano is typical of the new generation of producers in the Langhe; after completing six years of study at the school of Enology in Alba he made wine for a few years at Fontanafredda, one of the largest wineries in the area, before returning to the family winery in 1993. Today Sergio and his wife Elena, plus a small staff oversee all aspects of cultivation and winemaking.

Fusing modern scientific understanding of winemaking with immense respect for tradition yields wines of precision, regional typicity, and limitless enjoyability. So join us Friday February 10th for the wines of Ettore Germano.

The Program
2010 Ettore Germano Nascetta
2010 Ettore Germano Riesling Herzu
2008 Ettore Germano Barbera “Vigna della Madre”
2008 Ettore Germano Dolcetto d’Alba Pra di Po
2006 Ettore Germano Barolo Prapo
2010 Ettore Germano Langhe Nebbiolo
DATE: Friday, February 10th, 2012
TIME: 5-7 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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WHWC Presents – Greek Night

Join us for Greek Night on
Friday, January 27th
5-7 PM
Taste all 8 – $15

Greece is both the birthplace of Western civilization and in many ways the birthplace of our modern wine culture. The wines of Greece were the most important wines in all of antiquity. But somewhere long ago, they seemed to have lost their way. Now, thanks to a new breed of winemakers and exporters, the Greek wine revival has begun. Come and taste for yourself as we feature some of the most exciting new wines to come out of Greece. These wines of rare and exotic indigenous varietals truly capture the essence of classic Greece.

Joining us for our Greek Happy Hour will be Markus Stolz, WSET certified Greek wine expert. Stolz, a resident of Greece since 2003 has made it his mission to bring the finest examples of modern-styled Greek wines to the international market.

So join us for an evening of spirited and unique wines, regional appetizers, political debates (if you’re so inclined), and good cheer. Not exactly a toga party, but this happy hour tasting is the perfect way to get the weekend started! See you there – Opa!

The Program  
2010 Tetramythos Roditis Patras – white  
2010 Mylonas Assyrtiko (organic) – white  
2010 Zafirakis Malagousia (organic) – white  
2010 Kir-Yianni Petra – white  
2010 Tselepos Moschofilero Mantinia – white  
2010 Tetramythos Agioritiko Peloponnese – red  
2008 Zafirakis Limniona – red  
2008 Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro – red  
Taste all 8 – $15

DATE: Friday, January 27th, 2012
TIME: 5–7 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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An Afternoon with Revel Wine & Terroir Society Wines

An Afternoon with Revel Wine
& Terroir Society Wines

WHWC is pleased to host the inaugural joint tasting of indie California wine distributor Revel Wine and Terroir Society Wines, a New York based importer of indigenous Italian varietal wines. As of December 2011 these two quality initiators have joined forces and are now delivering their hand-selected artisan wines to the people who love to drink them all over California.

After working as sommelier at Suzanne Goin’s renown LA bistro AOC, Tom Hunter and northern Cal Partner Matthew Plympton founded Revel Wine four years ago in San Francisco, expanding into LA in January 2011. Their mission was simple: to identify the best small West Coast producers and then proffer them to the public. Revel’s portfolio presents a new generation of American growers and winemakers, many of whom espouse natural, organic, or biodynamic practices in their vineyards, and encourage spontaneous fermentations with wild yeasts. These terroir-driven California, Oregon, and now New York wines foster the sense of place in wine, in keeping with the concept of minimal handling for optimal quality.

Michael Wingate founded Terroir Society Wines in New York City in 2004. With the help of New York partners Alexis Beltrami and Link Larsen, Michael was able to expand the operation westward when he and his family relocated to San Francisco in 2009. Specializing in distinctive Italian wines of only indigenous varietals, Terroir Society represents small, family-owned wineries all over Italy who produce traditional, terroir-driven wines. Most of their wines are organic or sustainably farmed, and all are made with passion and respect for the place from whence they come.

The Program

Flight 1: Revel Wine Pour Retail
2009 Peay Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Estate Sonoma Coast TBA $57.95
2009 Knez Chardonnay Anderson Valley Demuth Vineyard TBA $35.95
2009 Evening Land Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs La Source TBA $58.95
2009 Hobo Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley TBA $15.95
2007 Piedrasassi Syrah California Mr. Smith TBA TBA
Taste all 5 – TBA
Flight 2: Terroir Society Wines Pour Retail
2009 Vini Menhir Verdeca IGT Puglia TBA $12.95
2009 De Angelis Rosso Piceno Marche TBA $10.95
2008 Vini Menhir Primitivo IGT Salento Primo TBA $11.95
2009 Grillo Ribolla Gialla Colli Orientali del Friuli TBA $17.95
2009 Grillo Schiopettino Colli Orientali del Friuli TBA $19.95
Taste all 5 – TBA
DATE: Saturday, February 4th, 2012
TIME: 2–6 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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An Afternoon with Robert Craig of Robert Craig Winery Napa Valley

An Afternoon with Robert Craig
Robert Craig Winery Napa Valley
Saturday January 28th
2-6 PM
WHWC Winebar

Now celebrating three decades of producing distinctive Cabernet Sauvignons from vineyards in the highest, most remote reaches of the Valley, Robert Craig is a pioneer of Napa Valley mountain vineyards and a visionary in creating mountain Cabernets that emphasize ripe fruit, supple tannins, balance and integration.

During the 1980’s Bob developed over 300 acres of vineyards on Mt. Veeder and served as GM of the Hess Collection Winery. Spearheading the campaign to have Mt. Veeder designated as a special appellation district in 1990, he also consulted on the Spring Mountain Appellation’s creation. These new appellations located at Napa Valley’s highest elevations reinforce the importance of "terroir" in producing wines with enormous sense of place.

Bob’s long-held dream to hand-craft Napa mountain Cabernet materialized in 1992 when he founded his own winery with three friends. His ultra-premium Napa Valley winery is renowned for Affinity, a classic Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon blend, and powerhouse Cabernets from Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder and Spring Mountain AVAs. These award-winning, structured, and stylish Cabernets convey a unique personality derived from the soils, climate and varietal characteristics of each growing region. While the winery is not open to the public, WHWC pleased to welcome Robert Craig for an afternoon with us for your drinking education and pleasure.

The Program Pour Retail
2009 Robert Craig Mt. George Cuvée Napa Valley TBA $24.95
2008 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Howell Mountain TBA $76.95
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mount Veeder TBA $69.95
2008 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Affinity TBA $42.95
2009 Robert Craig Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley TBA TBA
Taste all 5 – TBA

Also on the program is a flight of Leroux red and white Burgundy

DATE: Saturday, January 28th, 2012
TIME: 2–6 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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Wines for Thanksgiving: South American Stallions w/Maximo Morrone

Wines for Thanksgiving:
South American Stallions w/Maximo Morrone
Saturday November 19th
2-6 PM

Join us at the winebar for an afternoon of hand-picked Argentine & Chilean selections from Wine Spectator’s Importer of the Year, TGIC Importers. Argentina and Chile offer a breadth of quality value bottles ideal for you Thanksgiving fare and festivities. Rep Maximo Morrone will be on hand to answer questions about the wines, schmooze, and regale you with stories of his homeland (Argentina).

Wine Pour Retail
2008 Kaiken Corte Malbec-Bonarda-Petit Verdot $2 $13.95
2008 Montes Carmenère Colchagua Valley Marchigue Vineyard Alpha $2 $17.95
2008 Pascual Toso Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva La Barrancas $2 $17.95
2009 Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza $2 $19.95
2008 Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Medrano $9 $84.95
Taste all 5 – $15
Wine Pour Retail
2009 Ravines Dry Riesling Finger Lakes NY $2 $15.95
2010 Künstler Riesling Trocken Rheingau Stielweg Old Vines $4 $39.95
2009 Marionnet Touraine Red Première Vendange $2 $15.95
2008 Fogdog (Freestone) Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $3 $26.95
2009 Siduri Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Chehalem Mountains $3 $27.95
Taste all 5 – $13

See you there!

DATE: Saturday, November 19th, 2011
TIME: 2–6 PM
PLACE: Woodland Hills Wine Company
22622 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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