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July 2019

Phoenix

Domaine Ott Tasting

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

n 1896, after a tour of France’s many vineyards, Marcel Ott, a young graduate in agronomy engineering from Alsace, finally found an estate that inspired him. To set the scene, we are in Provence. The Mediterranean is lapping at the shore a mere stone’s throw away…

In these parts, growing vines is the legacy of ancient times. Alas, a short while before Marcel Ott’s discovery, phylloxera had wreaked havoc on the vines. The land was cheaper, but the vineyards would have to be replanted. The wine had lost a great deal of its soul in the vineyard’s reconstruction. Marcel Ott bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provencal wines from noble grape varieties.

Chandler

Hedges Family Estate Tasting

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

Scottsdale

Rosenthal Tasting

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For over 30-years founder Neal Rosenthal has been importing fine wines from Europe, focused on presenting the finest examples made in the classical western European tradition. With a passion for working with producers that capture an ephemeral sense of place in their wines, Rosenthal is proud to put forward a selection that is both distinctive and consistent in style.

Wines are selected for concentration, purity of flavors, and clarity of expression. All products brought to the marketplace by RWM are produced in as natural a manner as possible, with a strong belief in sustainable and organic agriculture. Selections have a striking balance between finesse and power which results in exceedingly age worthy wines.  RWM refuses to stray from this high standard despite the rigors of a marketplace that frequently casts about for the newest wine making fad or demands more wine from the “hot sources”.

Check out the selective offerings available to taste below, and don’t miss the chance to get your hands on these highly respected wines of France!

The Line Up:

2013 Chateau Simone Palette Blanc

2015 Chateau La Peyre Saint-Estephe

2014 Chateau Moulin de Tricot Margaux

2014 Chateau Haut-Segottes Saint-Emilion

2016 Chateau Le Puy Duc des Nauves

2015 Chateau Le Puy “Emilien”

Chandler

Food & Wine Pairing: Backyard BBQ Party!

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

Caterer and Certified Sommelier Sam Perez is going to throw a backyard party the right way!

Seating is limited to 20 people.

$35/member and $45/non-member

August 2019

Phoenix

Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

August 1 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Chandler

Reds to Chill With

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

We’ll take every opportunity to cool down this summer! It may seem surprising, but many reds can often benefit from a slight cooling on the bottle. Come check out the sweet relief of a temperature break. And go ahead, put a chill on that red!

Phoenix

Schloss Vollrads Tasting

August 6 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 pm

Chandler

A Tasting with The Sorting Table Importers

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

The Sorting Table Importers search for wine growers who own and tend to their own vineyards, farm using sustainable, organic, or bio-dynamic practices, are passionate to make the best wines they can, and are considered to be exemplary producers in the wine region they call home. Sorting Table imports, markets, and distributes-providing access to these incredible wines throughout the United States.

Scottsdale

Lieu Dit Tasting with Eric Railsback

August 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

About Lieu Dit:

The story of Lieu Dit winery follows the path of two unique individuals, and merges in the heart of Santa Barbara where wine connoisseurs, founders, and old friends Eric Railsback and Justin Willett first met.

Sharing a common interest in the “mysteries” of wine, French viticulture, and the strong passion to produce balance and purity in every bottle – Eric and Justin formed a dynamic partnership, creating this California winery with a classic, French twist known as Lieu Dit. Established in 2011, this winery has become a reflection of these two journeys in wine. Our guest Eric has expertise coming from some impressive beginnings in the world of wine – from working in fine wine restaurants, running the wine program at Gordon Ramsey, leading the sommelier team at the renowned RN74, to ultimately opening his own store “Les Marchands”.  It is with good reason that Wine Enthusiast named him in their “2014 Sommeliers of the Year”. But it is his own personal love of the French language, and a “strong connection” to French wines that shines through in his work, and inspires him to bottle up some of the European style in his California home at Lieu Dit.

What makes the grapes thrive at Lieu Dit, is a fusion of cool climates, marine derived soils, and just as importantly – Railsback and Willett’s three step focus on grape variety, alcohol level, and age. Down to the name “Lieu Dit,” which literally means “said-location,” there is an expression of place and its natural character that comes through in each wine. Additionally, there is a nuanced French and Californian sense of place that makes up these elegant wines, of which you will surely not want to miss!

Chandler

Food & Wine Pairing: A Taste of Little Italy with Worth Takeaway

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

 

Local favorite of Downtown Mesa, Worth Takeaway is joining us to show their culinary skills extend far beyond a beautiful sandwich (though their sandwiches are known to be life-changing)

$35/member and $45/non-member

 

**The Event is sold out. Please contact ruth@vinum55.com to be placed on the waiting list**

Scottsdale

Patz & Hall Tasting

August 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This iconic winery has been making spectacular Chardonnay and Pinot Noir since the late 80’s, specializing in beautiful single vineyard expressions. Over the years, they’ve figured out that the key to success is partnering with the finest winegrowers in California, and this mindset has allowed them to establish themselves as one of the most highly regarded producers in the area.

You do not want to miss sampling these beauties!

These wines are absolutely stunning and worthy of any collector’s cellar!

…or locker 🙂

About Patz & Hall

The concept for Patz & Hall originated in the 1980s when assistant winemaker James Hall and national sales manager Donald Patz developed a close friendship while working alongside each other at Flora Springs Winery and Vineyards. James and Donald uncovered a shared passion for a rich and compelling style of wine made by applying traditional winemaking methods to fruit from top-tier, small vineyards. Inspired to merge their winemaking and sales talents, James and Donald teamed with partners Anne Moses and Heather Patz, to establish Patz & Hall.

Together, they turned Patz & Hall into one of California’s most highly regarded wineries with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard wines. To reach their goal of creating exceptional limited-production wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the four founders each utilized their specialized knowledge and expertise on different segments of the winery’s operations. This balanced approach, in company with a devotion to fostering close personal relationships with scores of California’s finest growers—people like Larry Hyde, Lee Hudson and the Martinelli and Pisoni families—became the cornerstones of the winery’s success.

Phoenix

Superstition Meadery Tasting

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

Superstition Meadery started with humble beginnings in Skull Valley, to their historic renovation in Downtown Prescott, to building a state-of-the-art production facility, Superstition Meadery is proud to be Arizona’s Meadery. They have introduced over 150 unique Meads in the past 7 years. Their Meads range from Dry to Sweet, still to sparkling and is the most flavorful beverage you could ever drink. Their Meads are available all over the United States, Europe and Asia. They are founding members of the American Mead Makers Association. Combining the best Bees in the world, Arizona Honey, with the best international ingredients they can source

Chandler

Wines of the World: Chile and Argentina

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

Join us for our next installment of the Wines of the World series where we will be tasting some of the delicious wine of Chile and Argentina. We are offering 2 scheduled events this month.

Along with our partners at Quench Fine Wines and Action and Spirits, we bring you a unique and elevated wine education experience without the stuffiness of a classroom setting.  Space is limited.

 

**This event is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email ruth@vinum55.com**

Chandler

A Tasting with Textbook Napa Valley Vintners

August 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Textbook wines are so named because they consistently exhibit the characteristics that define classic Napa Valley and Oakville District wines: in short, these wines are ‘textbook’ examples of the finest that Napa Valley has to offer. Owner and winemaker Jonathan Pey draws upon a lifetime of experience in fine wine:  he has overseen winemaking in France, Italy, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand. All grapes are hand-picked from the very best sustainably-farmed Napa Valley vineyards.
The hand-sorted grapes are fermented in small lots, fined in the traditional method with organic egg whites and bottled unfiltered. This style of production has made the winery an industry-leading producer of inspiring Napa Valley wines enjoyed by discerning wine consumers across the U.S. and abroad.

Phoenix

Bevan Cellars Tasting with Victoria de Crescenzo

August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

They spent three years looking for the right property. When they found eight acres in Bennett Valley just a mile from where Russel grew up, they didn’t have to ask any questions, they knew it was where they belonged. The winemaking techniques have remained constant since their first vintage. They inspect every grape after it has been removed from the stem, discard every one that doesn’t meet our standards; typically sacrificing six to eight percent of our fruit during this process. From that stage on, every wine is crafted to maximize balance and textures. Each of our vineyards imparts their fruit with such pure flavors that we strive to bring all of the components into harmony.

Scottsdale

**J Dusi Winery Tasting- A Paso Robles Gem!**

August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

About J Dusi

Janell, great-granddaughter of Sylvester and Caterina Dusi, was born and raised on the famous Paso Robles Dusi Vineyard and was taught the old world Italian style of winemaking from her grandfather Dante.

Her family’s heritage dates back to the early 1920’s, and the farming practices that were implemented by her great-grandparents over eighty years ago are still the standard she follows today. Janell says “one thing that I know for sure; winemaking is part science, part art and 100% passion.”

Janell takes great pride in her ability to blend tradition and progress. Her family has partnered together to purchase other vineyards planted to different varietals, which has allowed Janell to produce more hand crafted wines to highlight her “spice rack” in the cellar.

From Janell-

My name is Janell Dusi.  My true passion is Zinfandel.  My label is J Dusi Wines.  I am a farmer and I am a winemaker.  I continue a legacy and also the dream: A family tradition with a new perspective.

We Will Taste:

2018 J Dusi Rose

2017 J Dusi Pinot Grigio

2016 J Dusi Model M

2017 J Dusi Dante Dusi Zinfandel

2017 J Dusi The Don

Phoenix

Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

August 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chandler

Fortified Wine Experience

August 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Come experience the joy of the sweet and the savory-a tasting of lovely little bites with Sherry and Madeira wines!

**This seated event has reached capacity!**

**Please email ruth@vinum55.com to be placed on the wait list**

Phoenix

Tasting Room Reserved – Private Event

August 23 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Chandler

Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting

August 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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