January 2015 Wine Tasting Calendar


FAVORITE FINDS FROM ITALY – “Traveling the Italian Countryside” Thursday, February 5 thru Sunday, February 8 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (Thursday 4-7:00pm) $5.00 per person

We’ll highlight a number of Italian regions including Sicily, Lombardy, Campania, and Veneto. From Falanghina and Lugana to Aglianico and Nero d Avila, these are wines with character and regional influences.


ZIN FEST – “Zinfandel for Under $15” Thursday, February 12 thru Sunday, February 15 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (Thursday 4-7:00pm) $5.00 per person

Zinfandel is one of Modesto’s favorite reds and there are some great values out there. Warm your heart for Valentines Day and enjoy this all American wine on Presidents Weekend.


WINES OF BORDEAUX – “France’s Premier Wine Region”

Thursday, February 19 thru Saturday, February 21 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $10.00 per person

We’ll taste wines from one of France’s most distinguished regions, as we explore regional blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot from the right and left bank and then finish with a wonderful Sauterne.

**Sorry, but there is no tasting on Sunday, February 22.



Thursday, February 26 thru Sunday, March 1 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (Thursday 4:00 to7:00pm) $5.00 per person

Cool coastal climate weather along with warmer inland conditions creates a wide array of interesting wines from the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Enez Valley appellations.



Thursday, January 29 thru Saturday, January 31 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Judging has become the largest competition of American wines in the World. Over 5000 wines from 1500 producers were judged in early January and the results are in. We’ll pour Gold Medal winners including some Best of Class and Double Gold Medal wines.

******Please Note ---No Tasting on February 1, Super Bowl Sunday*****







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




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.



 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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