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Monday, November 20, 2017

Wines to Be Grateful For

The Best of the Best for Your Holiday Table
Happy Almost Thanksgiving!
Treat yourself to the crème de la crème this holiday season. These hard-to-find, top-scoring wines will  impress your clients, friends and family.

Quantities are limited so orders will be filled on first-come, first-served basis.
The 2014 Carte Blanche Proprietary Red Wine is crafted by Food & Wine's Winemaker of the Year Helen Keplinger. Most of the fruit is selecting from the finest vineyard sites, including Beckstoffer's Missouri Hopper Vineyard, To-Kalon, Nobles Ranch and Lone Oaks Vineyard, to name a few.

Offering generous black fruits, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon displays a deep, rich mouthfeel. It should improve in your cellar for a decade. 93 points Wine Enthusiast.
In the Saint Helena appellation of the Napa Valley lies a vineyard with a heritage stretching back to the early days of California - the historic Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard.
Kata, created by David Beckstoffer, is worthy of the legacy. It has an elegant, almost feminine expression with notes of blueberry and blackberry combined with subtle hints of violet and rose petals. It's pure and silky on the palate, with a long finish and distinct floral notes. 94 Points Robert Parker
The Patria "Avoyelles" is crafted by superstar winemaker Tony Biagi. In his two decades as a Napa Valley winemaker, he has been the talent behind labels such as Duckhorn, PlumpJack, CADE, Hourglass and Paraduxx.
The 2014 Oakville Ranch Avoyelles is an intriguing blend of 56% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petite Verdot. It is deep, full-bodied, velvety textured and voluptuous, with superb density and pure, deep blue and black fruits. 95 points Robert Parker.
You'll probably recognize Philippe's name as he has more 100 point scores than any winemaker in Napa's recent history with Dana Estates, Hundred Acre, Quintessa and Dalla Valle.
This wine has a loyal following and it's no surprise why.  Similar to those from the Graves region in Bordeaux, the wine is perfumy with aromatics of dark fruit, graphite, tar and creosote. The finish on this fabulous 2014 is bigger than previous years and we suggest decanting a good three hours prior to serving. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. 96 Points Robert Parker. 
Impress your friends, clients and family with wine from one of Napa Valley's most prestigious estates.
Crafted by former Opus One Viticulture and Oenologist, Mike Silacci, this vintage's Opus One has mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it's Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. 97 Points from James Suckling  

Celia Welch is one of North America's most highly regarded winemakers; she's made wine for Scarecrow, Buccella, Barbour and Lindstrom to name a few. Today, she crafts fantastic wines from the esteemed Keever Estate, overlooking the beautiful town of Yountville in Napa Valley.
Bright purple aromas of boysenberry, mulberry, and warm summer briars invite a closer look at this fully ripe Cabernet.  Plush and satiny at entry, the purple fruit flavors are enveloped in mocha, vanilla and warm spice tones. Antonio Galloni 94 Points.
Kelly Barrett
Wine Club Manager
Bacchus & Venus Wines
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Offering 2014

Sans Liege "The Offering" Rhone Blend Santa Barbara 2014

It's that wonderful time of year again! Curt Schalchlin just released the new vintage of his highly sought-after wine called The Offering. We tried the 2014 yesterday, and it's wonderful, once again. 

This years blend is 47% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier from some of our favorite Central Coast vineyards (White Hawk, Bien Nacido, Larner and Alta Colina).

Find out for yourself why this wine is a total CROWD PLEASER -- stock up for summer barbecues, Labor Day Weekend and the approaching cooler temperatures!

Such a unique wine deserves a creative description from its winemaker: 

Running through the kitchen you eye the blueberry pie, steam still rising, on the window sill. Your mom sees the mischievous look in your eye and shoos you away with her dish towel. The pie's scent mixes with the aromas of rainbow peppercorn, tapenade and fresh picked strawberries which sit in a bowl on the table. With a screech, the screen door slams and you pick up your Schwinn with the new tires and take off. Flying around the corner you get a whiff of the ocean and the seaweed drying on the sand only a few blocks away. You reach the hideout; your friends have already started the game-cards in hand and a pile of beef jerky and tootsie rolls on the table.

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Bacchus & Venus Wines 
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Sausalito, CA 94965
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Ten Tips To Make It A Holiday To Remember

  • Every celebration starts well with the pop of sparkling wine. And, with its richness of texture, acidity and fine bubbles, it goes with most of what graces our Thanksgiving table. Pair it with raw oysters in a champagne and shallot vinaigrette as an appetizer. We’ve suggested the local Foundry, but we’ve curated a varied selection of both California and French Champagne for every budget.
  • Serve crab for your feast - the fishery is open and dungeness makes for fun festivities. If there’s butter involved, I root for buttery oaky Chardonnay. Our pick: Laird 
  • If your main course is a roast, lamb, venison or game bird, a more earthy Pinot or Dolcetto is in order. 
  • Even a dry bird is moistened by the high acidity and low tannins of a Pinot Noir. Your holiday ham will benefit from this match-up, as well. Our selection here. 
  • Add Port or Red Dessert Wine to your turkey brine; it will lend a toasty fruit flavor with a burnished glow. Drink the rest with your chocolate dessert. J.R Storey is our best seller.
  • Braise your root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, fennel, leeks, celery root) in a cast iron pan with two cups of Pinot Noir. Drink the rest with the bird or a brisket, both classic red wine pairings. Try the value priced Weatherborne or Outlier featured below. 
  • Turkey is fairly easy to pair with, but the array of side dishes are more complicated. The recommendations below are versatile enough to go with a variety of side dishes, from green bean casserole to a gourmet hazelnut and rosemary stuffing. 
  • Everyone will think you’re a real Martha Stewart (minus the jail-time) if you float some sliced peaches or berries in a martini glass filled with Moscato. Add a sprig of mint and piece of biscotti or shortbread and you’re done in time for the game. Click here for a selection of Moscato and after-dinner dessert wines 
  • Buy enough! You don’t have to open it all and there’s always Christmas and New Years. Better to have too much than too little. Here’s a handy formula:
    • Guests x hours x 2 = glasses. Glasses / 4 = bottles. Or, one bottle per average wine-drinking guest over the course of the afternoon/evening.

  • Reconstitute your leftovers with leftover white wine. It will moisten as you re-heat and add flavor, as well.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2016 Wine Trends from Your Experts at Bacchus & Venus

Better Wine = Better Sex
and other need-to-know
developments in the world
of wine from your experts
Bacchus & Venus

Have no regrets about the year 2015, drinking Rosé or chugging wine-in-a-can!
We've got big plans for 2016 -- count on Bacchus & Venus to keep you on top
of the New Year's biggest wine trends.
Could drinking red wine lead to better sex?
A new study out of Harvard University and the University of East Anglia found that
consuming foods and drinks rich in flavonoids, found in red wine, berries, and tea
may lead to a decrease in erectile disfunction.
Flavonoids may also reduce the risk of conditions including diabetes and
cardiovascular disease. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir
contain the highest concentrations of antioxidants and flavonoids.
Try 2013 Damselfly Petite Sirah for just $19/bottle or
Eighty-four 2010 Napa Petite Sirah for $78/bottle.
Thrice the Spice is Nice!
Spice consumption nearly tripled over the past half-century. A few years ago,
Sriracha was the unpronounceable hot sauce that you might find in Chinatown.
Now, you can get a Subway chicken sriracha melt with a side of sriracha potato chips!
Studies suggest eating spicy food more frequently can lower risk of death, and conditions such as cancer, heart and respiratory diseases.
Spicy foods are known to pair with fruity white wines like Viognier, and Gewürztraminer, but you can also match spice with lighter red wines. Low to medium tannin wines generally work best. As a rule, look for reds that are fruitier and/or spicy in style and have a good level of acidity.  Try 2014 Last Summer Grenache $39/bottle (only 90 cases made) or Parador 2011 Napa Tempranillo $34.
Harissa is the new Sriracha!
Restaurant analyst Maeve Webster believes the next sauce to experience a sriracha-like rise is harissa, a spread of dried chiles, garlic, tomatoes, caraway, paprika, coriander, and olive oil that's as common as ketchup in Tunisia. Try it with Clavo Albarino from Paso Robles $30/bottle.
Flutes are flying the Coupe
Will 2016 mark the death of the Champagne flute? Sommeliers and wine experts are forsaking the flute in favor of glasses that better show off their fizz. While flutes are festive, it's much harder to detect aromas from the tiny opening of a flute glass. Many sommeliers are opting to pour Champagne and sparkling wines into white wine glasses or Burgundy balloons.

Sparkling wine is not just for special occasions anymore - consumption is up nearly 10% over last year. Bacchus & Venus carries about half French and half California Sparkling. Our new favorite is from the Foundry Winery -- Blanc de Blanc Sangiacomo Vineyard 2013 ($56/bottle). 
Horizons are Broadening
Take Unoaked Chardonnay, for example. The wines have fresher, fruitier aromas and rich textures without the harsh overlay of oak.  For this reason, stainless steel and egg-shaped concrete tanks are gaining popularity over oak barrels for fermentation and aging. Pellet Sonoma Coast Sunchase Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay is one of our favorites at $40/bottle or
Y. Rousseau Mt. Veeder
no-malolactic (read: clean, not cream) with just 20% oak at $42/bottle.

On the other hand, one of our most popular white wines of 2015 was Vogelzang Sauvignon Blanc - aged in oak barrels - not traditional at all! It's proof that a growing number of consumers are breaking out of the box. And, if the varietal name is a tongue-twister with a few accent marks, people want to drink it. We've got a following for California-grown Graciano, Fiano, Malvasia Bianca, Tempranillo, 100% Petite Verdot, to name a few! 
Urban Wineries
Urban wineries are on the rise -- wines are being trucked to places like Treasure Island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. (Try Bravium Anderson Valley Pinot Noir $45/bottle.) Bluxome Street is in the heart of the city. (We love their Bluxome Street Chardonnay made in SF from grapes grown in the Russian River $37/bottle.) Now, Neighborhood Vineyards is growing a half acre plot of Pinot Noir in a city farm in the Portola area of San Francisco. No, that's not a castle overlooking the vineyard, it's subsidized housing. The vines are young still, so for now, try their lovely Cabernet Franc, soft and elegant at $28/bottle. 
Wine in a Can!
Portable, fun, and safer for poolside, boating, and outdoor concerts like the Sausalito Jazz Festival. Fiction Central Coast Pinot Gris in an ice cold can at just $10 -- there's no chance of broken glass and it looks like you're having an energy drink. We sold hundreds of these last Summer!  
Please call or email if we can help you find more wines to suit your tastes, your budget or your dinner party. You can reach us by telephone at (415) 331-2001 or by simply responding to this email.
Cheers to the New Year!


Your Wine Experts at Bacchus & Venus in Sausalito

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