August 2014 Wine Tasting Calendar



SPECIAL ROSE TASTING – “New and Interesting Grapes

4:00 -7:00 PM Thursday Evening, July 31st    

$5.00 per person

Dry Roses have become increasingly popular and we hope you can join us for a sampling of 8 examples from around the globe. We’ll feature local finds plus selections from France, Tempranillo Rose from Rioja in Spain, and a Cabernet Rose from South Africa. These are ideal summer wines that are refreshing and easy to drink!


A TASTE OF SPAIN – From Jerez to Rioja

Friday, August 1 thru Sunday, August 3 2:00pm - 5:00pm

$5.00 per person

Spain has more land planted to grapes than any other country in the world. In the past decade the Spanish wine industry has gained a reputation for producing exceptional wines at a good value.


“OLD VINE” REDS – Tasting Wines with a History ”

Friday, August 8 thru Sunday, August 10 2:00pm -5:00pm (No Tasting on Thursday) $5.00 per person

We’ll focus on Zinfandels but will include others reds that are from vineyards that can be over 50 years old. We’ll also include reds from heritage clones. Sorry…No Tasting on Thursday Evening the 7th.



Thursday, August 14 thru Sunday, August 17 2:00pm -5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

Spanish Missionaries introduced grape vines and wines to this area long before Napa Valley was established. Several microclimates exist here creating a wide variety of grape types and growing areas. Join us as we explore the wine diversity of Edna Valley, Paso Robles, and Arroyo Grande.


CAL-ITALIA TASTING – “Italian Grapes in Northern California”

Thursday, August 21 thru Sunday, August 24 2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

California countryside reminds many of wine regions in Italy. Not surprisingly, there has been an increase in Italian varieties planted here, especially in the Sierra Foothills. Samples might include Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Barbera, or Dolcetto with some fun foods to match.


WINES OF OREGON – “A Northwest Sampler” Thursday, August 28 thru Sunday, August 31 2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday)

$5.00 per person

Over Labor Day Weekend we’ll visit our neighbors to the north. They excel in producing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.



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



 Joe's Cheese Corner
   Castelinhos of Portugal



Here is a distinctive cheese that crosses borders, It has a nutty flavor and buttery aroma of an aged Parmigiano Reggiano with the rich creamy textue of of a young Dutch gouda. Aged over 5 months, it is perfect for shredding over summer tomato salads or backing in your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.



























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