September/October 2014 Wine Tasting Calendar

 

 

WINES OF THE RHONE VALLEY – “A Trip to Southern France”
Thursday, September 25 thru Saturday, September 27
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

We’ll visit one of the oldest grape growing regions in Europe and the robust wines of
the Rhone River Valley. We’ll sample the Cote d Rhone appellation along with other regional classics.
Sorry – No Tasting on Sunday, September 28th

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O’BRIEN’S OKTOBERFEST – “Premium Beer and Riesling Tasting”
Thursday, October 2 thru Sunday,   October 5
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

We’ll deviate from our regular wine tasting this week as we celebrate Oktoberfest with a sampling of special imports and micro brews. Bring on the brats and pretzels. And for the non beer drinking wine enthusiasts we will feature a selection of Rieslings from around the globe.

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NAPA VALLEY CABERNETS – “Best Buys For Under $25.00”
Thursday, October 9 thru Sunday, October 12
2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

We’ll sample Napa Cabernet Sauvignon sleepers that are good values and would make great gifts or party wines for the upcoming holiday season.

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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.

                  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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