April 2015 Wine Tasting Calendar

   

SAN FRANCISCO BAY APPELLATION – “Bay Area Wine Counties”

Thursday, March 26 thru Sunday, March 29 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

It is one of the newest regions, encompassing 5 counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay. Contra Costa County is a major player and we will focus on a wide range of whites and reds.

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GEWURZTRAMINER AND GRENACHE – “G Wines for Easter”

Thursday, April 2 thru Saturday, April 4 2:00pm - 5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

We’ll enjoy the spiciness of Gewurztraminer and the food friendly flavors of Grenache, two under appreciated grapes. Perfect for celebrating Spring and Easter, we’ll taste wines from around the world.

**No Tasting on Easter Sunday.

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O’BRIEN’S ZIN FEST – “Annual Zinfandel Tasting”  

Saturday, April 11    2:00 - 4:00 pm $10.00 per person

If you love Zinfandel, this is your day. We’ll break out a dozen Zins including new releases and many favorites. A lot of our best Zins will be on sale this weekend.

A LAKE COUNTY SAMPLER – “Exploring North of Napa”

Thursday, April 16 thru Sunday, April 19 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person.

Lake County has emerged as an important producer of premium wines and one of the fastest growing regions in northern California. They have built a reputation for their Sauvignon Blanc and a number of full flavored reds.

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WINES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN – “A Coastal Wine Cruise”

Thursday, April 23 thru Sunday, April 26 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person


We’ll explore wine districts that are close to the Mediterranean coast as we visit France, Spain, Italy and Greece. We’ll including terrific seafood wines from several island destinations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  LOCATIONS
 
O'Brien's - Dale Rd
4120 Dale Rd.
Modesto, CA 95356 
(209) 545-8100 
 
 
O'Brien's - Roseburg
839 W. Roseburg   
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 524-9234


O'Brien's -Riverbank
6331 Oakdale Rd.
Riverbank, CA 
(209) 869-9050

      

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TOM’S WINE NOTES

Fall means Oktoberfest but your celebration needs not to be centered on beer. Rieslings, German or domestic are also important to autumn harvests and cultural celebration. They come in a variety of styles and regional differences with varying levels of sweetness. Look for Rieslings from Germany’s Mosel Valley or Washington State‘s Columbia Valley. Rieslings tend to be tangy with flavors ranging from peach and tropical fruit off set by good acidity. Foods you would normally pair with the Fest beers work for Rieslings as well. Grilled bratwurst, soft pretzels with mustard, or roasted pork loin.

 Joe's Cheese Corner
   Castelinhos of Portugal

 

Nicolau Farms Casiago Here is a new arrival from one of our favorite local producers. Italian classic style Asiago crafted as a true California Farmstead Cheese, made up of Nicolau Farms 75% Jersey cow milk and 25% goat milk. The light buttery notes and silky smooth textures make this a staple cheese in any kitchen. Mildly aged, it is a marvelous melting cheese and yet becomes more complex and dryer as it ages.

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TIPS FROM TOM

 If you need a warm up in this cold and foggy weather, look no further than a glass of port. Styles range from nutty, amber and distinctive tawny ports to grapey, full flavored, and inky vintage ports. While true vintage Ports from Portugal tend to need age and are more expensive, look for labels that indicate LBV, or late bottled vintage, which offer dark berry flavors, less tannins, and rich drinkability. Terrific California producers creating similar styles include Ficklin, St. Amant, and Robert Hall wineries. Enjoy a glass at night with a chunk of blue cheese or roasted honey glazed almonds.

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