March 2017 Wine Tasting Calendar

   

 EXPLORING SONOMA COUNTY – “Finding Regional Favorites” Thursday, February 23 thru Saturday, February 25 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (Thursday 4:00 to7:00pm) $5.00 per person

Cool coastal climate weather along side warmer inland conditions creates a wide array of interesting wines from important regions such as Russian River, Sonoma Valley, Chalk Hill or the Alexander Valley appellations.

SORRY – NO TASTING ON SUNDAY THE 26TH

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WINES OF BORDEAUX – “France’s Premier Wine Region” Thursday, March 2 thru Sunday, March 5 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. *********************************** WINES OF THE SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS – “Monterey’s Gem” Thursday, March 9 thru Sunday, March 12 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

The Santa Lucia Highlands sits inland in Monterey County but takes advantage of the cool breezes from the Pacific. We’ll sample Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along from this heralded area.

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ALEXANDER VALLEY– “Big Red Country” Thursday, March 16 thru Sunday, March 19 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person.

A well established appellation located in northern Sonoma County, the valley is best known for it warmer climate reds, in particular its Cabernets and Zinfandels.

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WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA – “Rising Stars in the Southern Hemisphere” Thursday, March 23 thru Sunday, March 26 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person.

Argentina and Chile have been producing wines for over 150 years and gained international acclaim for their wine. We will include Torrontes, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec among others.

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY APPELLATION – “Bay Area Wine Counties” Thursday, March 30 thru Sunday, April 2 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

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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JOE'S CHEESE CORNER


 

JASPER HILL HARBISON This wonderful Vermont cheese was recently voted the “Best Cheese in America” and it is easy to see why. Harbison is a soft-ripened cheese with a rustic, bloomy rind. Wrapped in strips of a spruce tree inner bark layer, it’s creamy texture develops in their vaults and continues to soften on the way to market. Woodsy and sweet but balanced with lemony mustard like flavors, it can be scooped as a decadent treat when a bit younger, the bark can be peeled away for sliced portioning. Spread on crusty artisan bread and pair with an oaked Chardonnay or a hoppy IPA.

 
       
  TIPS FROM TOM
            "The Wine Guy"

 A PORT IN EVERY STORM With winter recently coming on strong, it is the perfect time to open a decadent sweet bottle of port. Settle in front of a warm fire, find an old movie, and enjoy a glass along with some roasted walnuts, a creamy blue cheese, or your favorite dark chocolate. Look for one labeled “Late Bottled Vintage” if you like rich dark berry style or the ruby colored nutty and caramelized characteristics of a aged “Tawny” port. In either case ports will last several weeks or longer once they are opened, assuring you plenty of stormy night sipping!

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