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Wine of the Week: Twin Flags Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008 October 25, 2010

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Everyone has heard of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, but have you heard of a New Zealand Syrah?  Well, here is your chance to try one.  Syrah (pronounced as Sir-rah) is the exact same grape varietal as Shiraz and can trace its heritage back to Rhone Valley France. In the Rhone Valley it is primarily used in the northern regions to produce great wines from such areas as Hermitage and Cote Rotie. Syrah can produce rich full-bodied and opulent styled red wines with explosive characteristics. Generally, Syrah has a flavor profile of dried blackberry, dark raspberry, dark plum, pepper, smoked meat, and black olives.

LIOCO II.jpg Specifically, Twin Flags Hawkes Bay Syrah 2008 is an excellent example of what a New Zealand Syrah can deliver.  No one would ever mistake this beauty for Shiraz from New Zealand’s big brother to the north!  In blind tastings, this is more likely to be pegged as northern Rhone Syrah with the telltale onslaught of violets and black pepper spice. In the mouth, it shows a silky texture with flavors of blackberry, plum, blueberry, anise and vanilla. The finish is persistent and there is a re-emergence of the black pepper and a dusting of cocoa. This could easily handle spicy foods, but would be right at home with hearty cheeses, lamb or duck.

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Wine of the Week: Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009 October 18, 2010

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Centennial is a proud participant of a unique social movement known as “Fair Trade.” The intent of this socially and environmentally responsible movement is to benefit producers and workers in developing countries by promoting sales of a wide variety of products that directly impact the economic well-being of small and underdeveloped communities. Through Fair Trade, “Step by Step” directly improves the quality of life for the strong, honest and proud vineyard workers, their families, and their communities. The Fair Trade Certified™ program directly supports a better life for farming families in the developing world through fair prices, community development and environmental stewardship. What better way is there to participate in a humanitarian and environmentally responsible effort than by enjoying a glass of wine that is Fair Trade Certified?

“Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc is Fair Trade Certified™ from grapes sourced from 15-year-old vines planted in clay loam soils.  The grapes were hand harvested at peek ripeness then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Minimal aging on the lees softened and rounded out the wine unveiling a mix of fresh grapefruit and lime aromas with tropical fruit on the palate, brilliant acidity and a delightfully, lingering finish.  The combination of vineyard location and age, trellis system, and Fair Trade Certified™ make this wine one of the best examples Chile has to offer.”  Excerpt organicwinetradecompany.com

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Wine of the Week: Elm Tree Mendoza Merlot 2007 October 11, 2010

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Merlot (pronounced as Mair-lo) is a grape varietal that originally found its popularity and success in such classical growing regions as Pommerol in Bordeaux France and in Northern Italy.  Today, Merlot is used in some of the world’s most expensive and sought-after wines. Chateau Petrus from Bordeaux is generally made of 95% merlot and Masseto produced by Ornellaia in Italy is made from 100% Merlot. Generally, Merlot tends to have a flavor profile of plum, black cherry, blueberry, toffee, coffee, and chocolate.

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Specifically, the Elm Tree Mendoza Merlot 2007 showcases enticing characteristics of fresh blueberry pie with delicate notes of dried ginger, ground nutmeg and exotic cardamom.  This intense flavor profile is framed with a soft, supple and lush mouth-feel highlighted with an echo of boysenberries and fresh ripe strawberries.  This wine could certainly become a favorite for almost any “die-hard” red wine lover (especially when considering the price.)

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Interview: Adrian Murcia on Rioja October 6, 2010

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Wine of the Week: Domaine de Saint-Antoine Syrah 2007 October 4, 2010

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Domaine de Saint Antoine is a 20 hectare estate located in the heart of Costières de Nîmes located on the western edge on the Rhône River and is one of the fastest rising stars in the appellation. The estate is owned and operated by Jean-Louis Emmanuel and his wife Marlène. The estate is situated in a very warm micro-climate which allows the grapes to achieve outstanding ripeness. All of the grapes are de-stemmed to create this Provençal Syrah that is brawny, ripe, bursting with black and red fruits and well structured tannins intermingled with classic Rhône spices.”  Excerpt from robertkacherselections.com

photos.com picts 1974.jpg Historically, Costières de Nîmes is considered to be one the oldest wine producing appellations in Europe.  In fact, a number of references site the first plantings in this region back to the fifth century BC.  Generally, the red wines produced from this region are elegant and lightly structured with flavors of black cherries, red currants and floral notes; however they can also be rounder and more expressive with characteristics of blackberries, ripe plum and blueberries.  The possible style variance is not so surprising, considering that the red wines from this region can be produced from a multitude of varietals including: Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, and Cinsault.

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Wine of the Week: O.T.P Russian River Chardonnay 2008 September 14, 2010

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If you have been looking for a new favorite Chardonnay….look no further.  The O.T.P Russian River Chardonnay 2008 may appear to have a funny name, but it actual does define what this wine is all about.  O.T.P is an acronym that stands for “Of the Place” – highlighting their focus on terroir.  Recently, their efforts have been acknowledged by Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.  Josh Raynolds writes, “Light gold.  Tangerine, melon, candied ginger and sweet butter on the slightly smoky nose.  Plump, ripe and palate-coating, with good clarity and cut to the flavors of honeydew, candied citrus and honeysuckle.  Tactile, gently sweet but energetic wine with a long, velvety finish.  A bit more vivacity would have made this outstanding. Score: 89.”

ist1_2844857-fruit-and-cheese-plate-3.jpgIf you’ve ever wondered….The birthplace of Chardonnay is found in Burgundy France, where it is used to make such world renowned wines as Chablis, Pouilly Fuisse, and Montrachet.  It also serves as a major component for most Champagnes. In fact, if you find Champagne with the term Blanc de Blancs on the label – it is made with 100% Chardonnay.  Chardonnay obviously also found a “home away from home” in California and has become one of the most popular white wines in the United States.

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Dinner Club at Tre Amici April 12, 2010

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Prime steak with an Italian accent March 18, 2010

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We’re not talking about Bistecca alla fiorentina, the wildly popular Tuscan T-Bone Steak. We’re talking about a much better cut of meat for our next “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event:   top of the chart, wet-aged prime beef filet mignon prepared in a traditional style, with an Italian flair, at the beautiful Tre Amici Restaurant in North Dallas.  You’ll enjoy the Italian flair of Tre Amici, while tasting the delicious four-course meal that chef has prepared.  Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits will be pouring some great wines to compliment the meal.  We’ll taste Angels Landing 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2005 Windy Lane Napa Valley Merlot, and 2005 Windy Lane Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert, Rocca Cerrina Brachetto, N/V.  A sparkler with lots of strawberry fruit, bright and bursting with a lovely sweet finish that pairs beautifully with the Chocolate Truffle Cake we’ll be having for dessert! Molto bene! Join us for the special evening on Wednesday March 31st.  Reservations are limited for the special dinner.  Call Tre Amici at 972-250-4400 to make your reservation.

The Dish: Dining is divine with the Dinner Club March 15, 2010

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We are so excited to be hosting our next great “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event at Tre Amici, along with our good friends from Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits.  The four-course dinner and wine pairing takes place on Wednesday March 31st beginning at 6:30.  (more…)

Dinner Club at SMOKE March 3, 2010

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