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Dave Matthews Weekend Tasting

You might know Dave from his day-job as a professional musician, but his passion for winemaking stretches back nearly as far as his love for music. With a winery in Virginia under his belt, Dave’s no amateur, but when he chose to lay down roots for roots in the California wine country, he knew he couldn’t go it alone. Veteran winemaker Steve Reeder has called Sonoma home for over two decades and among those in the know, he’s a bit of a legend in his own right. He’s got an artist’s soul and he lives, eats and breathes the vineyards where he made his reputation. When you get two people together who share the same passion, interesting things are bound to happen. Whether it’s finding the right notes and rhythms in a piece of music, or the right tones and flavors in a great bottle of wine, Steve and Dave know how to create something special that not only entertains, but really hits the spot. Like the saying goes, “Great minds drink alike.”

But we are also featured other wines and some brews. Don’t forget our nibbles.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463

When: Friday, January 13, 2012. 4:30 to 6:30pm, Saturday, Jan. 14 2012. 1 to 6 pm.
Cost: $5 for the Flight

Here are the wines being presented (click to see more):

  1. Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010
  2. The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay 2010
  3. The Dreaming Tree Crush 2009
  4. Betts & Scholls OG Grenache 2008
  5. The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
  6. Salva Tierra Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

The Beer Line Up:

  1. Pinkus Unfiltered U R Pils
  2. Žatec Dark Lager
  3. Stone 11 Vertical Epic
  4. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010
What: A long cool awesome vintage. Heightened minerality. White stone fruit, you know, apricot, nectarine, peach also satsuma and lime leaves. This girl is kickass as ever! We love Riesling from Evergreen Vineyard in The Ancient Lakes area of the Columbia Valley AVA.–From their Website
From: Columbia Valley, Washinton
Winery: Charles Smith Wines
Year: 2010

The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay 2010
What: The fruit jumps out of the glass and reminds you of roasted pear or baked apple pie. Big fruit and brown spices that are backed by a distinct Central Coast citrus note. The entry coats your mouth with these great flavors. Easy to enjoy, this wine will bring the coastal wine adventure right to your home.–From their Website

From: California
Winery: The Dreaming Tree
Year: 2010
Goes with: Delicious on a warm summer night with grilled seafood, seafood-and-chicken paella, fresh fava bean salad, or buttered radishes and smoked salt.

The Dreaming Tree Crush 2009
What: A blend of the North Coast’s finest varieties, this wine pulls you in with a smoky berry note and then jumps up with a raspberry jam.–From their Website
From: California
Winery: The Dreaming Tree
Year: 2009
Goes with: A quaffable wine that is tasty with Spanish orange and onion salad, or with Vietnamese-style grilled ribs and rice.

Betts & Scholls OG Grenache 2008
From: Barossa Valley, Australia
Winery: Betts & Scholls
Year: 2008

The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
What: The wines were aged in oak for 19 months and then carefully blended to bring out the true character of the varietal. Classic aromas of blackberry, cherry, and dry herb notes are wrapped by toasted vanilla and soft, mouth-filling tannins. It’s elegant and supple. A fun start or end to any meal or gathering.–From their Website
From: California
Winery: The Dreaming Tree
Year: 2009
Goes with: Grilled rack of lamb or rich lentil salad

Salva Tierra Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
What: The calling card of this great vintage is the depth and richness of the wines, while still maintaining a smooth and silky texture, without being too extracted or overripe. The wines balance the luscious Napa Valley fruit and the elegance of a wine with intense history. The wine is full of depth and complexity with typical Napa Valley Cabernet characteristics. The aroma is very fruit forward dominated by the blackberry notes, and underlying cassis and anise. The mouthfeel is deep and rich with plenty of big tannins for cellaring.–From their Website
From: Napa, California
Winery: Renteria Wines
Year: 2007

Pinkus Unfiltered U R Pils
What: Pale golden in color; light to medium in body; dry and well-balanced; clean hop and malt character
From: Munster, Germany
Brewery: Pinkus-Muller
– The Pinkus-Muller brewery traces its origins to the family’s arrival in the Northern Germany town of Munster in 1816. At that time, Johannes Muller and his wife Friederika Cramer started a brewery and a bakery. Since their arrival there have been 150 breweries in Munster. Only Pinkus remains.

Today, the fifth and sixth generation of the family operate the famous Pinkus-Muller Pub/Brewery. So dedicated to quality is Pinkus, that they are the world’s first brewery to brew with only organically grown barley malt and whole hop blossoms.

Pinkus Brewery is certified organic by USDA (from {WEB 2}MerchantDuVin Website

Žatec Dark Lager
What: Fairly full-bodied; clean malt flavor and aroma with notes of dark bread, caramel, and even a suggestion of toffee. Balanced by elegant herbal hops, and finishes with inviting smoothness. A refined dark lager
From: Czech Republic
Brewery: Žatec
Goes with: Polish sausage (kielbasa) or Italian sausage, roast turkey, black or pinto beans, hummus or paté. The rich dark malt flavors make a great pairing with spicy cole slaw, kim chee, or pickled vegetables. Try with homemade macaroni & cheese or with fresh-baked pumpernickel bread. Serve in a stemmed Zatec goblet or fluted pils glass at 42-45 °F.

Stone 11 Vertical Epic
What: As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. These bottle-conditioned ales are specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy them in a “vertical” tasting. Each one unique to it’s year of release. Each with its own “twist & turn” in the plotline. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year’s edition. To remind you, the remaining dates are:

The Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale pours a deep amber with a cream colored head of foam.
Aroma: The Belgian yeast strain we used this year has more pronounced banana aromatics than the clove flavors produced by some of the yeast strains we have used in past years. Mixed in with the banana esters are toffee malt notes, hints ofspice-clove and cinnamon-, and a trace of very mild green chili in the back. The aromas all blend together incredibly well.

Taste: Upfront the banana yeast-derived flavors are blended very nicely with toasted and toffee-like malt flavors, fruity esters, and balanced hints of cinnamon. Mid palate the Perle and Pacific Jade hops and the Hatch green chili flavors come through. The beer finishes dry, and bitter with just the tiniest hint of chili heat and a touch of alcohol.

Overall: Not your typical chili beer! The famous mild green chilies from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico add layers of delicious flavor with a very mild heat component. The base beer itself is very reminiscent of a European amber beer, with Perle and Pacific Jade hops, Munich and other roasted German and Belgian malts, hopped and brewed to a very Stone like TBD IBU and 9.4% abv. Cinnamon is a wonderful spice if used judiciously, which we did here-it doesn’t by any means dominate the beer’s flavor, but definitely adds a subtly complex spice note that blends amazingly well with the bananaesters and green chili. –From their Website
From: North County San Diego, California
Brewery: Stone Brewing

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
What: Big, Dark and Scary Imperial-esque Stout Brewed With Plenty of Dark Malts and Roast Barley And Loads of Sebastopol’s Hardcore Coffee for Deep Roasty Flavors and that Extra Krunk.–From their Website
From: Petaluma, Californina
Brewery: Lagunitas

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