September 2015 Wine Tasting Calendar

   

TASTING BLENDS – “Wines That Are All Mixed Up”

Thursday, August 27 thru Sunday, August 30

2:00pm - 5:00 pm (Thursday 4-7:00pm)                      $5.00 per person

Recently, some of the most interesting wines are a result of skillful blending to create a more complex and flavorful flavor. From GSM blends to “kitchen sink” reds, we’ll taste some wines that mix it up.

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Craft Beer Night with Dust Bowl Brewery Thursday, September 3 @ 4:00 – 7:00PM                                             $5.00 per person

Join us for a night at the wine bar with our area’s premier craft beer producers. We’ll have reps here to take us on a tasting of their highly regarded IPAs and more. A perfect start to your Labor Day weekend and keep summer rolling!. 

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WINES OF OREGON – “A Northwest Sampler” Friday, September 4 thru Sunday, September 6 2:00pm – 5:00pm                                        $5.00 per person

Over Labor Day Weekend we’ll visit our neighbors to the north. They excel in producing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley

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WINES OF THE RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY – “Sonoma’s Cool Climate Gem” Thursday, September 10 thru Sunday, September 14 2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday)                         $5.00 per person

While there only a handful of wineries in the region, a number of Northern California wineries take advantage of this cool climate region in western Sonoma, famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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TASTING MENDOCINO COUNTY – “Flavors of the North Coast” Thursday, September 18 thru Sunday, September 21 2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 till 7:00 on Thursday)                      $5.00 per person

The region is very diverse in its offerings, from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines on the coastal side to the warmer inland valleys featuring Cabernets, Zins and Syrahs.

 

 

                  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 of the Month


Nicasio Valley Formagella

Here is a certified organic farmstead cheese from Marin County. This creamery prides itself in having their cows derive a large part of their diet from grass growing in their pastures. Made in 3-4” rounds with a velvety white exterior, this is the mildest of their aged cheeses and is similar to a Camembert or Brie. Try with a dry rose wine or crisp sauvignon blanc.

 

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TIPS FROM TOM

"The Wine Guy"

 Last month I attended a blind tasting that was challenging, fun, and informative. And I do mean "blind!" As part of a wine seminar, our group was actually blindfolded and then passed several wines to smell and taste. We were forced to heighten our senses to order to describe an aroma and then pair it with a wine or food. It was a good exercise that you could duplicate at home with friends for a unique experience. Someone has to be the guide with eyes open that can move the glasses and foods to your guests. Ask me about more details if you would like to do it with friends. And watch for us to do something similar in the coming months at the store.

winetasting.events.gocolumbia.edu for tickets and a list of wineries. Hope to see you there!

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