October 2014 Wine Tasting Calendar

ROMBAUER VINEYARDS – “New Release Tasting”

Thursday, November 6th           4:00pm – 7:00pm                         $10.00 per person

One of Modesto’s favorite wineries, Rombauer Vineyards, comes to O’Brien’s for a tasting of their new and current releases.   

 

   

WINES OF PIEDMONT- “Italy’s Northern Treasure”
Thursday, October 16 thru Sunday, October 19
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person


Piedmontese wines have been called powerful when referring to their Barolos, most food friendly when matching Barberas, and easiest to drink with their Mosacto d Asti. We’ll taste all these and others as we explore one of Italy’s most famous wine regions. 

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NEW GRAPE DISCOVERIES – “Wine Types Less Traveled”
Thursday, October 23, thru Sunday, October 26
2:00pm -5:00m (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person


One of the pleasures of wine discoveries is something new that catches you off guard. We will explore California grape types that might not be household names such as Verdelho, Gruner Veltliner, and Dolcetto.

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MERLOT, MALBEC, AND CABERNET FRANC – “Underappreciated Classic Reds”
Thursday, October 30 thru Sunday, November 2
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00pm on Thursday) $5.00 per person

Often overlooked, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc are three important grapes that can stand up on their own . Here is a chance to taste favorites from a number of regions that are very friendly wines that match well with a number of cooler weather foods.

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SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR – “Tasting the Other Side of the Globe”
Friday, November 7, thru Sunday, November 9
2:00pm - 5:00 pm $5.00 per person

We’ll visit the warmer winter regions as we taste favorites from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina or the newest region, Uruguay! They are changing the global wine scene along with providing some terrific values.

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PINOT NOIR FOR THE HOLIDAYS – “A Sideways Tasting”
Thursday, November 13, thru Sunday, November 16
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00pm on Thursday) $5.00 per person


With the holidays fast approaching, here is a great opportunity to shop for a terrific match for Turkey Day and gift giving. We’ll feature wines from premium California and Oregon wine producers. In addition, we’ll have all our biggest names in Pinots on sale for this weekend.

                  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

 

Yancy’s Fancy Cheddars
Roasted Garlic Cheddar Cheese Curds
Buffalo Wing Cheddar Chesse Curds

This New York State producer has become famous for their naturally made cheese. What is a Cheddar Cheese Curd? Cheese Curds are simply fresh cheddar cheese before it has been pressed into a block to age and thus become "aged cheddar." Pure, simple and wholesome, cheese curds are high in calcium and make a great nutritious snack for kids and adults alike! Perfect for your Ocktoberfest celebrating too!

 

 

 

 

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