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Date: Saturday, July 1. Hosted From 2:00 - 3:30 PM
(Class Filled)

Theme: Wines of the Republic of Georgia

Special Guest:
Michael Kabilnitsky, Owner of Corus Imports

The Products:

NV Telavi Wine Cellar Brut Sparkling
Owns a bright golden color with aromas of elegant, mineral, toasted and ripe yellow fruit. Te mouth is rich with ripe apricot, melon and peach, supported by baked hazelnuts and buttery notes in the juicy finish.

2013 Maranuli Tsitska Dry White
Intense but elegant white flowers, yellow peaches, and toasted almonds aroms. Full bodied, citrus and ripe pear flavors with fried walnuts tones revealing oak aging. Buttery long finish is elegant and balanced, with green leaves and pineapple notes. Pairs well with grilled salmon, white meats and vegetable dishes.

2016 Telavi Wine Cellar Marani Saperavi Rose

Light pink color. A aromas of pomegranate and barberry combined with ripe peach and raspberry. Medium body, crisp and fresh, with flavors repeating the nose. Silky and round mid palate with lively rose petal, and well balanced finish. Enjoy with fish and cold meats, summer picnics and barbecues.

2015 Batono Saperavi Classic Collection

Dark crimson color. Varietal aromas of dark fruits and tobacco. Highly extractive. Smooth texture, flavors of prune, fig and spice. Long finish with soft-grained tannins.

2015 Batono Qvevruli Saperavi

Dark red, with purple rim color. Dry prune, cherry and cassis aromas. Highly extractive, with high viscosity, complex palate, with prune, cassis and mulberry, with light oak flavors. Long tannic finish.

Telavi Wine Cellar MaraniI Akhasheni

Dark red color. Fresh notes of blackberry, cherry and liquorices aromas. Black fruit on the palate, with notes of damson plum. Mid-palate is round and sweet, with blackberry jam flavor, followed by well-balanced finish. Pairs well with fruits, pies, cakes and farm cheese.

Date: Saturday, July 15. Hosted From 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Theme: Wines of Italy

Special Guest: Vickie Augustine,
Wine & Spirits Account Development Manager for Brescome Barton Distributors

The Products:

NV Ruffino Sparkling Rose
Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is fresh and fragrant with notes of strawberry and slight hints of rose petals. On the palate this wine has elegant bubbles and refreshing acidity, offering alluring flavors of delicate red berries and white fruits that linger through the finish.

2015 Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Bramito del Cervo' Chardonnay
90 Points Wine Spectator
This creamy white is medium-bodied and bright, offering rich notes of glazed apple, lemon meringue, dried marjoram and chopped hazelnut, enlivened by vibrant acidity and ending with a clean-cut, minerally finish. Drink now through 2021.

2014 Banfi Centine Rosso
90 Points James Suckling
Here's a thoroughly satisfying burger, pizza and red sauce pasta wine, well-made and nicely balanced. It's young, fresh and grapy, bursting with smoky, spicy black currant and plum scents and flavors nestled in a slightly shaggy, chewy texture. Gratifying richness and intensity for the price.

2011Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
91 Points Wine Advocate
Castello Banfi has maintained an excellent reputation for consistency over the years. The performance of its base Brunello offers solid evidence of this. If you look back at the scores over the years, you will see less fluctuation between the good vintages and the bad ones. That consistency is achieved thanks to significant investments in manpower and technology. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino beautifully illustrates my point. The wine is openly redolent of Sangiovese-driven aromas of wild berry, underbrush and spice. The finish is long, silky and the tannins are polished. This wine should hold well for the next ten years.