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January 2018

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved- Private Event

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Cellar will be open during normal business hours.

Scottsdale

Cloissonne & Fulcrum Tasting Event with Proprietor and Winemaker David Rossi

January 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A Fulcrum is the point on which an object balances. This was the name winemaker David Rossi chose for his winery when he founded it in 2005—years before the word balance became an essential element in any discussion about great New World Pinot Noir. For David, a Fulcrum represented the style of winemaking he spent years refining. It was also an ideal metaphor for his belief in leveraging the finest grapes to create balanced, complex and age-worthy Pinot Noirs.

Fulcrum is a winemaker’s winery, where no corners are ever cut. It is guided solely by David’s palate and a winemaking vision that has been developed over more than 20 years. From this vision, David produces a small portfolio of vineyard- and appellation-designated Fulcrum and On Point Pinot Noirs. These wines are made in limited quantities using grapes from a handful of acclaimed sites in the Anderson Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Carneros and Chalone appellations. Though both Fulcrum and On Point capture the meeting point between grace and strength, they offer different stylistic expressions of David’s balanced approach to Pinot Noir. Fulcrum is the most deeply structured expression of David’s winemaking, with On Point offering a softer, yet equally alluring, side of great Pinot Noir.

Come join us at Vinum 55 Scottsdale to sample these wonderful wines and meet their maker, David Rossi.

$45

Chandler

Wines of the World Volume XII: The Russian River Valley

January 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is now sold out.  Please enroll for the second night on January 26th.  Thank you.

 

The Russian River.

It’s fitting that the Russian River Valley appellation lies at the geographical heart of Sonoma County. This is where some of wine country’s best known and most beloved varietals really earned their reputation. This is the appellation that set the standard for California, and perhaps New World, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while remaining home to sought-after old vine Zinfandel. By wide margins, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel top the charts in this AVA, and in that order. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc are next in acreage, but the small amount of cool-climate Syrah produced here may get more attention among wine collectors.  The Russian River Valley AVA does not strictly outline the path of the Russian River, which flows from Mendocino County south-by-southeast through Alexander Valley, makes an abrupt left at Healdsburg, and cuts west through rugged terrain to the Pacific Ocean. Rather like a heart in its shape, roughly 15 miles wide and tall, the AVA occupies a “sweet spot” that’s cool, but not too cold.

 

Don’t miss our first seminar focused on a California Region!

 

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The cellar will be open to all clients during normal business hours.

$45

Chandler

Wines of the World Volume XII: The Russian River Valley (Night 2)

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is now sold out.  To get on the waiting list please email jared@vinum55.com  Thank you.

The Russian River.

It’s fitting that the Russian River Valley appellation lies at the geographical heart of Sonoma County. This is where some of wine country’s best known and most beloved varietals really earned their reputation. This is the appellation that set the standard for California, and perhaps New World, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while remaining home to sought-after old vine Zinfandel. By wide margins, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel top the charts in this AVA, and in that order. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc are next in acreage, but the small amount of cool-climate Syrah produced here may get more attention among wine collectors.  The Russian River Valley AVA does not strictly outline the path of the Russian River, which flows from Mendocino County south-by-southeast through Alexander Valley, makes an abrupt left at Healdsburg, and cuts west through rugged terrain to the Pacific Ocean. Rather like a heart in its shape, roughly 15 miles wide and tall, the AVA occupies a “sweet spot” that’s cool, but not too cold.

 

Don’t miss our first seminar focused on a California Region!

 

Phoenix

Owen Roe Tasting Event with Matt Rice

January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Owen Roe’s goal is simple; to produce beautiful wines from top notch sites in the Pacific Northwest. Since their first vintage in 1999, owners Julie and Ben Wolff and David and Angelica O’Reilly have been committed to practicing the highest standards of wine marking and showcasing the unique terroir of the prestigious regions of the Yakima and Willamette Valleys. All of their grapes are hand harvested, handled with minimal processing, small lot fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Over the years Owen Roe has developed a diversified portfolio including Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Oregon and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Bordeaux-style blends from Washington.

 

February 2018

Scottsdale

The Four Graces Barrel Auction Event with Winemaker Marc Myers

February 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

About The Four Graces and Marc Myers:

The Black family purchased an existing vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley in 2003 as a family retreat. They immediately began turning the estate into a sustainably farmed, well-tended vineyard with the goal of producing rich, elegant, delicious and complex wines.

That same year The Four Graces was founded. The winery is named in honor of the Black’s four daughters.

In 2005 the Blacks purchased the Doe Ridge property in Yamhill Carlton to continue the growth of the brand. They chose a site in a differing appellation to add complexity and variety.

This vineyard has been turned into one of the largest experiments of its kind with forty acres farmed sustainably through the L.I.V.E (low impact viticulture and enology) program.

Today The Four Graces is owned by Bill Foley and produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc renowned nationally and internationally for their balance, elegance, complexity, and richness. The wines are crafted under the guidance of Marc Myers who has been in the industry since 2008 and believes both the Dundee and Yamhill-Carlton estates are stunning at first glance and he can’t wait to work with the fruit that comes off of these properties.

Marc Myers was born and raised in Paradise, California and his childhood was spent enjoying the greater outdoors of California, Oregon and Washington. He was introduced to winemaking at a young age due to his parents making wine as a hobby while he was growing up. His family often enjoyed wine with dinner and wine was a central part of their greater family culture.

It was truly in the cards that Marc would later attend UC Davis and receive his degree in Viticulture and Enology in 2008. He was always interested in science, agriculture and creative expression and believes wine is at the intersection of these interests. Marc started interning prior to graduation at Trefethen in Napa Valley. Upon graduation he worked as a viticulture assistant for Diageo Chateau and Estates and then Paraduxx until 2014. He then worked for Gran Moraine and La Crema (Jackson Family Wines) prior to becoming Winemaker at The Four Graces.

Marc believes both the Dundee and Yamhill-Carlton estates are stunning at first glance and he can’t wait to work with the fruit that comes off of these properties. His excitement comes from the fact that The Dundee Hills AVA produces vibrant and expressive Pinot Noir. He truly believes there is an elegance in Dundee Hills Pinot Noir that is hard to find anywhere else.

A little back story about the event…

Every year we at Vinum55 head up to Willamette Valley for the Pinot Noir Barrel Auction.  The Pinot Noir Auction captures the essence of place through the lens of vintage and variety.  The trade-only auction honors the pioneering spirit of the Willamette Valley and, for two days, offers industry movers and shakers a series of special tastings and gatherings, culminating in a live auction. We went, we saw, we came home with a barrel!

Now we are to going to share that barrel from The Four Graces with you!

Our special barrel:

The 2015 Noir la Grace auction lot is a true field blend.  Block 18, located at the top of our Doe Ridge vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, was planted in 2005 with an adventurous spirit.  No single clone was selected for the block, we instead planted a randomized mix of Dijon clones with the hope of truly capturing the essence of the terroir.  The block is harvested when the various clones reach a harmony of ripeness.  After fermentation this wine was aged for 18 months in French oak. This field blend block also goes into our Doe Ridge Estate wine, which is the pinnacle blend from our vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton. One barrel, (60 bottles) is all that will ever exist.

Join us on Thursday, February 1st at Vinum55 Scottsdale for a truly one-of-a-kind chance to taste this exceptional lot of Pinot Noir and hopefully snag some for yourself. The winemaker, Marc Meyers will also be on hand to meet and greet and talk about our barrel!

There’s a very limited amount of this wine available so get your RSVP in today!

$20

Chandler

Wines of the World Presents: Pairing Food and Wine Volume I: Cheese and Wine.

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event is now sold out. If you would like to be on the waitinglist please email jared@vinum55.com.  Thanks you!

 

We at Vinum 55 are proud to announce an all new educational program that focuses on the marriage between wine and food.

 

How it Works:

Each month, our Sommeliers will select a unique lineup of high-quality wines and foods to pair with eachother. Some events will focus on specific varietals, and others will focus on broader themes.  Our intent is to provide members with opportunities to learn more about using their palates to enhance their dining experiences.  We will take a commonsense and scientific approach to pairing food and wines based on body, flavors, sensory perception, palate awareness, and pure joy.  Of course, there will also be opportunities to order your favorite wines from the tastings.  We invite you to join us for our inagural event on Friday, February 2nd, 2018.  The focus will be on the basics: Wine and Cheese Pairings.

Tickets to this event, because it includes food and service, is $20 for Vinum55 members, and $40 for non-members. However, if a non-member joins Vinum55 that night, the $20 will be refunded.  Space is limited to 14 people per event, so secure your spots quickly.

 

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

February 3 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The cellar will be open to all members during normal business hours.

Phoenix

Phoenix Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

February 5 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The cellar will be open to all members during normal business hours.

Phoenix

Trimbach Tasting Event

February 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Scottsdale

TOR Kenward Family Wines Tasting Event

February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A little bit about Tor Kenward:

The fanatic. The fantasist. Rules by equal part instinct and equal part logic. A willful revisionist, meticulously blending, over and over until he gets it right.

“To me, one of the most enjoyable parts of the wine business is the challenge – when the heat’s on and there is pressure. You’re trying to work out the timing. All of those stressful things have become part of the enjoyment for me. It used to bother the hell out of me – I wanted to get everything perfect, perfect, perfect. And now it’s – you still want to do the same thing, but you realize you’re not totally in charge.”

2016 marks my 40th year as a Napa Valley vintner. The first 27 years were with Beringer Vineyards helping build a wine company known to collectors for its reserve and single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. I retired in 2001, and with my wife, Susan, started our dream: TOR Kenward Family Wines. Our plan was simple. Our wines would come from only the best blocks in great vineyard sites I knew and revered. All our wines are hand-made in every sense and in very small quantities.

My first three decades in the Napa Valley laid the foundation. I had extraordinary mentors all willing to openly share their knowledge and passion. Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, Warren Winiarski, Ed Sbragia, Maynard Amerine and many others encouraged me to learn and experiment. We tasted together and exchanged information. Beringer also sent me to travel and walk Europe’s most renowned vineyards, talk and taste with other winemakers, taste more, kick the dirt where world class wines are grown, and listen.

Our winemaking is driven by what I heard and learned making small experimental lots of wine at Beringer. Great vineyards deserve respect, and experience has taught me that in winemaking, less is more.

Please join us Friday, Feb. 9th at Vinum55 Scottsdale to taste some fantastic Napa Valley juice and meet the man behind the wine, Tor Kenward.

Phoenix

Frederick Wildman Tasting Event

February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$500

Chandler

The Judgment of Chandler Fundraising Event

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Vinum55 Chandler, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, will be hosting a world-class fundraising event.  The concept is amazing: we will be reenacting the 1976 Judgment of Paris blind tasting that revolutionized the wine world.   All ticket sales are considered donations and are tax deducible. All the money raised goes to the Boys and Girls club of the East Valley.  If you  donate any wine for the Auction, then you will bee guaranteed an opportunity to attend this exclusive event.

 

Without the generosity of volunteers and donors, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley would not be able to offer life-changing programs to more than 38,000 children and teens every year.  Many children have no adult supervision after school. Studies have shown the hours between 3 and 8 p.m. are the hours most kids are likely to get involved with crimes, be victims of crime or engage in other risky behavior. The Clubs provide an alternative to the dangers of the streets. Moreover, the Clubs provide stimulating activities that build character, self-esteem, values and skills.

Don’t miss this chance to drink wold-class wines with world-class people for a world-class cause.

Admission to the event requires a $500 tax-deductible donation per person to the Boys and Girls Club.

 

Phoenix

Gary Farrell Tasting Event

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

March 2018

Scottsdale

Kerr Cellars Tasting Event With Cristie Kerr

March 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cristie Kerr – Founder, CRISTIE KERR WINES

Cristie Kerr is one of the most accomplished professional golfers of her generation, with two Major Championships and 19 LPGA titles to her name. She is a widely recognized breast cancer spokesperson whose foundation, Birdies for Breast Cancer, has raised millions of dollars to help fight the disease. Her passion for wines began in 2003 while playing in the Napa Valley and visiting its fabled vineyards. In 2008 she created Curvature Wines, a partnership with Suzanne Pride Bryant, co-owner of Pride Mountain Vineyard and a breast cancer survivor. Proceeds from Curvature benefit breast cancer programs and the wines received numerous accolades, including being served in the White House at affairs of State.

At Kerr Cellars a meticulous attention to detail in winemaking from soil to bottle is our labor of love. Our small batch wines are produced from the finest and most exclusive vineyards, and each vintage is handcrafted by winemaker Helen Keplinger.

Helen Keplinger – WINEMAKER, KERR CELLARS

Helen Keplinger has been the Winemaker for Kerr Cellars since early 2013. She is widely recognized as one of the top winemakers in California. After graduating from UC Davis with a Masters Degree in Enology she worked with industry all-stars Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, Michel Rolland, and David Abreu to name a few. Helen proceeded to build her resume as the winemaker at some of the most recognized wineries in California including Cellers Melis (Priorat), Kenzo Estate, Fort Ross, Sarocka, Scully, Arrow & Branch, Bryant Family Vineyards and Grace Family Vineyards.

In 2006 Helen started Keplinger Wines with her husband DJ Warner and since then, Keplinger Wines has sold out of every vintage they produced and received incredible reviews along the way. Helen was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Food and Wine magazine in 2012 and in 2014 she graced the cover of Wine Spectator magazine’s June issue. The cover story described Helen’s work as “one of the most exciting and innovative wineries to emerge in California in years.”

Join us Thursday, Mar. 8th at Vinum55 Scottsdale to taste these great wines from Kerr Cellars and a meet & greet with the founder, Cristie Kerr.

Scottsdale

Troon Country Club Somm Lead Tasting – Private Event

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The cellar will be open during normal business hours.

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