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Top Wines of 2019

Sat, December 28, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

$91 – $129
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Our seventh annual class on the year’s best wines. Wine Spectator published its top 100 list in November, and wines on that list start to jump.  It’s not uncommon for wines at the top of the list to double in value. Bully for them.

We wait until January to get the final votes into our own list of the Greatest Wines of 2018. We like to make sure we taste every possible awesome wine, and we need those extra months. Our list is based on the tasting notes of our top three Sommelier-Instructors and their Advanced students. After sampling over 2K  of the best-of-the-best wines in 2018, the wines in this class are our very favorite wines.  If you want a fun class in which you taste the greatest wines of 2018, this is a no-brainer.  We feature wines at every price point, from amazing values to extraordinary splurges.

Top Wines of 2018

Forgotten are Found
1. Envinate 2016 “Benje” Blanco, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Canary Islands (#7)

2. Remi Niero 2013 “Les Ravines” Condrieu, Rhone (#8)

Gaze over the Mediterranean
1. Eduardo Torres Acosta 2016 “Versante Nord” Nerello Mascalese, Mt. Aetna (#5)

2. Jezreel 2014 “Adumim” Red, Jezreel Valley, Israel (#6)

Left Bank
1. Château La Vieille Cure 2015 Fronsac, Bordeaux (#3)

2. L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley (#4)

Ancient Monsters
1. Carmen Rodríguez Méndez 2012 “Carodorum” Seleccion Especial Toro Reserva (#2)

2. Ravenswood 2015 Zinfandel, Old Hill Vineyard, Sonoma (#1)

Top Wines of 2017

1. Granbazán 2015 Etiqueta Ámbar Albariño, Rías Baixas (Spain)

2. Philippe Bornard 2012 “Les Chassagnes” Savagnin, Côtes Du Jura (France)

1. Bulgariana 2011 Pinot Noir, Danube Plain (Bulgaria)

2. Substance 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley (Washington)

Napa Shmapa
1. Mount Eden 2011 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz (California)

2. Sleight of Hand 2009 “The Funkadelic” Syrah, Walla Walla (Washington)

Young Wines
1. Chateau Musar 2003 Red Blend, Bekaa Valley (Lebanon)

2. R. Lopez de Heredia 2005 “Vina Tondonia” Rioja Reserva (Spain)

Top Wines of 2015

Unexpected Whites
1. St. Urbans-Hof 2011 Zickelgarten Riesling Spätlese (FR)

2. Moss Wood 2011 “Moss Wood Vineyard” Chardonnay, Margaret River (AU)

Newsletter Hits
1. Feudi di San Gregorio 2011 Primitivo, Manduria (IT)

2. Quinta de Lemos 2009 Touriga Nacional, Dao (PT)

Cellar Home Runs
1. Domaine Courbis 2005 “Les Eygats” Cornas (FR)

2. Antichi Vigneti Di Cantalupo 2007 “Collis Carellae” Ghemme (IT)

Fatty Corks
1. Celler Burgos-Porta 2009 “Mas Sinén Coster” Priorat (SP)

2. Denner Vineyards 2011 “Mother of Exiles” Red, Paso Robles (CA)



Sat, December 28, 2019
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$91 – $129
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