April 2015 Wine Tasting Calendar

   

PREMIUM BLENDS – “Wines with Funny Names and Big Flavors”

Thursday, April 9, Friday April 10, and Sunday, April 12 2:00pm - 5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

A number of wineries are producing special higher end blends with interesting names. From The Prisoner and Smoke and Mirrors to Duck Tape Red and Train Wreck, we’ll feature reds whose name does not fully describe what is in the bottle!

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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.

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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.

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A TASTE OF LODI – “Their Powerhouse Reds” Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3 2:00pm – 5:00pm ( 4:00 to7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person


Contrary to the old song, Lodi is now a good place to get stuck, with its growing number of excellent wines creating a destination worth investigating, especially their trademark Zinfandels.

 

 

 

 

                  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

Attention wine Lovers! Every April I help organize one of our area's best wine event. In it's 39th year, the Columbia Wine Tasting takes place on Sunday, April 19 in Columbia State Historic Park. Over 70 wineries and food specialists are on board for a terrific spring afternoon. All proceeds benefit the Columbia College Culinary Arts Program. Click  www.winetasting.events.gocolumbia.edu for tickets and a list of wineries. Hope to see you there!

 Joe's Cheese Corner
   Castelinhos of Portugal

 

Oakdale Cheese Co. Gouda Here is an aged Gouda from local producer that has been getting a ton of attention. The American Cheese Society recently awarded it 1st place in the Dutch Style category and out of 1,685 entries , place 3rd place in the over all "Best of Show"! Very nutty with dynamic richness that will transport you to Holland! Try with a fulled bodied Chardonnay or foothill Syrah.

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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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