Wine Tastings, Special Wine Dinners, Events
Join Matt Garofalo (of Oconee Cellars, in Greensboro) and Riedel Ambassadors on Saturday March 24th for a live demonstration on the effects that the shape of a wine glass has on each unique varietal and how stemware translates and delivers the bouquet, taste, balance, and finish of a wine to the senses.
Attendees will get to taste the wines from Wagner Family – Owners of Caymus Vineyards and wines from Silver Oak, the Festival’s Featured Vintner for 2018!
Tickets include a set of four Riedel Veritas wine glasses (MSRP $138).
Purchase your tickets soon as Event will sell out!
April 2015 Wine Club Selections
We chose two wines from the Australian award winning Jacob’s Creek Winery. As an award winning Californian winemaker, Ehren Jordan’s boutique winemaking style embraces innovative techniques including late harvesting and wild yeast fermentation, offering a complexity of flavor and silky texture. Working together with Bernard Hickin, Jacob’s Creek’s Chief Winemaker and master of Australian terroir and intense varietal flavor, they have developed a range of wines that show the hallmarks of Californian craft and the rich, ripe characters of Australian wine. Two Lands captures Californian craftsmanship and Australian character, bringing together the best of both worlds.
A great article was written on this winery on The Wine Spectator’s website. Click here to follow the link to this informative article.
Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Shiraz 2013 $14.99
A full-bodied, flavorful Shiraz showing ripe red berry fruits, subtle oak and a generous prolonged finish. Ripe plum and blackberry with a hint of prune and dried fruits. Give it a try with slow cooked sticky beef short ribs.
Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Chardonnay 2014 $14.99
A vibrant, generous Chardonnay with ripe, soft melon & white peach flavors balanced with a hint of citrus & finished with subtle oak. White peach and melon varietal aromas with an attractive creamy nutty and toasty character. White peach and melon varietal aromas with an attractive creamy nutty and toasty character.
Connoisseur Club Selections
As one of Oregon’s founding wineries, their history is long and varied. From planting the first vineyard in the early 1970’s to farming 237 acres in the north Willamette Valley today, a great deal of learning, experimentation and collaboration has contributed to our company’s and our region’s success. On a beautiful June day in 1971, David Adelsheim and Ginny Adelsheim stood above an open field and were taken with the beauty of its orange and purple wildflowers. Five hundred feet below, Oregon’s north Willamette Valley stretched out in a patchwork of orchards, pasture and native trees. The field, rich with clay-loam soil, had a gentle southern exposure and was sheltered by the Chehalem Mountains. The Adelsheims had dreamed of planting a vineyard in the area since returning from a summer in Europe, where they were inspired by the artisanal foods and wines they encountered.
In 1972, the Adelsheims began planting their original 15-acre vineyard at Quarter Mile Lane with Pinot noir, Chardonnnay, Pinot gris, and Riesling, relying on family and friends for assistance. Although the Chehalem Mountains were, at this time, an unproven viticultural area, the Adelsheims were undaunted in pursuit of their dream to produce exceptional wines in Oregon’s north Willamette Valley.
Today, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include ten exceptional vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley, totaling 223 acres. A new generation of experienced wine industry professionals has joined with David Adelsheim in our passionate endeavor to lead the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.
Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 $ 29.99
92 Rating Wine Spectator
Taut, tart and surprisingly generous, blooming with juicy, cranberry-accented blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that linger easily on the sharp-edged finish. Best from 2016 through 2020. 15,221 cases made. –HS
Adelsheim Auxerrois 2013 $ 21.99
When two clones of Auxerrois (oak-sair-wah) were brought into Oregon from Alsace in 1977, they knew next to nothing about the variety. Still, after tasting some test wines made at Oregon State University, their interest was piqued. DNA testing has shown that Auxerrois, like Chardonnay, Aligoté, Gamay and 10 other varieties, is a cross between Pinot noir and an ignoble variety called Gouais blanc. Auxerrois is also the name of the area surrounding the town of Auxerre near Chablis, but the variety has disappeared from that area and all other parts of Burgundy. There are probably less than 5700 acres of it planted in the world. Its early ripening has allowed it to flourish in Luxembourg (even achieving Premier Cru status), but in Alsace, the variety is now mostly used with Pinot blanc in the production of Crémants d’Alsace. In the U.S., only two other producer make wine from this varietal.
Menu & Wine Pairing
Reception Price # of bottles ordered
Scharffenberger Brut Rose $ 28.99
1st Course Fresh Apalachicola Oysters w/ black lump caviar
Wine A 2013 Kruger-Rumph Trocken Riesling $ 23.99
Wine B 2013 Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio $ 15.99
2nd Course Arugula speck pear salad in a roasted garlic ranch
Wine A 2012 Terredora di Paolo Fiano di Avelino $ 23.99
3rd Course Sicilian Sea Bass w/ a Beurre Blanc Sauce on top of spaghetti squash with grilled asparagus
Wine A 2012 Four Graces Pinot Noir $ 25.99
Wine B 2012 Ceretto “Blange” Langhe Arneis $ 20.99
4th Course Garganelli in a roasted veal ragu w/ porcini mushroom
Wine A 2012 Zenato Alanara $ 20.99
Wine B 2012 Kuleto India Ink Red Blend $ 39.99
5th Course Sacher Torte
Wine A Ramos Pinto 10 Year Tawny Port $ 39.99
Receive 15% discount when you purchase 12 or more bottles of wine
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The Grand Tasting Monday September 29th
15% Discount when you Purchase 12 or more bottles
Table 1 Savannah Distributors Price # Bottles
Bodegas Bula Monstant $14.99
Cuvelier Collection Red $23.99
Roque Colombe Chateaunef-du-Pape $39.99
Ojai Chardonnay $27.99
Bodegas Obalo Rioja $15.99
Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee $23.99
The Royal Chenin Blanc (S. Africa) $11.99
Chassenay d’Arce Brut Champange NV $46.99
Table 2 United Distributors Price # Bottles
Von Strasser Estate Cabernet $74.99
Von Strasser Diamond Mnt. Cab $49.99
Antinori Marchese Chianti Reserve $36.99
Kendall Jackson Grand Res Chard $18.99
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Res. $24.99
Cambria Chardonnay $20.99
Table 3 Empire Price # Bottles
Elk Cove Pinot Gris $19.99
Meiomi Chardonnay $19.99
Hess Select Pinot Noir $19.99
Hess Block 19 $40.99
Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem $29.99
Colome Estate Red $29.99
Table 4 Prime Wine Price # Bottles
Chateau Teyssier St. Emillion Grand Cru $39.99
Patient Cottat Sancerre $25.99
The Pairing Chardonnay by Jonata $24.99
Castello di Ama ‘AMA’ Chianti $26.99
Neyers Sage Canyon Red $22.99
Livon Pinot Grigio $16.99
Fluer de California Pinot Noir $16.99
Star Lane Cabernet $29.99
Table 5 Quality Wines Price # Bottles
Hiedler Gruner Ventliner “Losess” $23.99
Novellum Chardonnay $14.99
Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chard $22.99
Cristom Jefferson Rsv Pinot Noir $37.99
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico $20.99
Saint Cosme “Les Duex Albions” $23.99
Tikal “Ptriota” Malbec/Bondra $20.99
Tournon Lady’s Lane Shiraz $49.99
Table 6 Northeast Sales Price # Bottles
Brancai Tre $ 24.99
San Felice Il Grigio Reserva $ 36.99
Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre $ 19.99
Viticcio Bere $ 11.99
Tommasi Ripasso $ 21.99
Table 7 Ultimate Price # Bottles
Cadaretta Sauvignon Blanc $17.99
Wild South Chardonnay $16.99
Tapiz Malbec $19.99
Formation Pinot Noir $18.99
Lamadrid Single Vine Reserve Cab $22.99
Table 8 Eagle Rock Price # Bottles
Molet Prosecco $13.99
Estampa Estate Malbec $13.99
Chozas Carrascal Tinto $13.99
Levendi Sweeny Rnch Chardonnay $30.99
Levendi Sweetwater Ranch Cab. $45.99
Tenute Costa Barolo $54.99
Table 9 National Distributing Price # Bottles
Domaine Charvin Cote du Rhone $22.99
Ridge 3 Valleys Zinfandel $25.99
Charles Smith Cabernet $19.99
Sanford Pinot Noir $22.99
Pierre Sparr Riesling $16.99
Talley Aroyo Chardonnay $16.99
Table 10 Georgia Crown Price # Bottles
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel $24.99
Ermisch Erendira Pinot Noir $34.99
Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec $24.99
August 2013 Wine Club Selections
There are a lot of exciting things going on this month at The Oconee Cellar! We will be celebrating our 15 year Anniversary of being in business in the Lake Oconee area. Stop by on Saturday August 17th and help us celebrate! Dock 103.9 FM will be broadcasting live from the store from 10:00 – 1:00 pm, free refreshments will be served from 11:00 – 1:00, lots of really good sales on some of the most popular Wine & Spirits, giveaways, and much, much, more. You don’t want to miss it! It is a great time to stock up for Labor Day Weekend.
On Monday August 19th we will have an Italian Wine Tasting at Da Corrado’s. We have had 5 consecutive sell outs at our tastings, so if you are interested in attending stop by The Oconee Cellar and pay $25 per person (optional $10 per person to raise funds for Theo Griswold) ASAP! Theo has been cleaning the floors here at the store since 2002. He retired from the Georgia Department of Human Resources in 2000 after 32 years of service and has owned his own business in 1989. He lost half his leg in March after undergoing what was supposed to be a simple procedure to correct an aneurysm in his lower leg. Corrado and I have teamed up to give away a Six Course Wine Dinner for 10 at his restaurant to help raise money for Theo’s hospital, medical, and doctors bills and to help him get the prosthesis he wants so he can continue to have an active lifestyle. Raffle tickets are on sale at The Oconee Cellar for $25 to win a chance at this great dinner. We will pick the winner at the September wine tasting. Cash donations are also being accepted.
Both of the August wine selections come from Dry Creek Vineyard, which is one of the few remaining family owned wineries left in California. With more than 40 years of grape growing and winemaking experience, their efforts continue to focus on the quality of wine in the bottle. When founder David Stare started Dry Creek Vineyard, he began the winery with a single-minded effort to offer the highest quality wine possible at a reasonable price. Dave realized that the success of the winery hinged upon providing that “something special” in the bottle to keep customers coming back for more.
Today, the second generation continues to build upon those early-established values. Dave’s daughter, Kim Stare Wallace and her husband, Don Wallace, are wholly committed to the quality of wine produced at Dry Creek Vineyard. With an eye toward the future, Kim and Don continue their passion to produce high quality wines while being mindful of the original vision of the winery.
Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2012 Retail $11.99
This wonderfully crisp, incredibly refreshing dry Chenin Blanc perfectly represents our love for this classic grape variety. At first swirl, fragrant aromas of tropical stone fruits such as white peach, melon, and citrus leap from the glass. A few minutes in the glass reveal the wine’s signature mineral characters, and even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety’s Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple flavors along with zesty citrus and, overall, an excellent sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle!
Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 2010 $ 15.99
This wine was first released in 1997 as Heritage Clone Zinfandel. Using old vine budwood grafted into a new vineyard, the Heritage bottling represents the best of a young vine Zin with distinctive old vine characters. The 2010 vintage may go down as one of the more difficult, challenging vintages of the last decade. With varied growing conditions, it was incredibly important to stay on top of the vineyard ensuring that the canopy was well managed. Late spring rains, a cool summer and then several heat spikes before and during harvest added to the challenge. However, our winemaking and vineyard team really came through, keeping a cool head and bringing in fruit that achieved full ripeness, flavor and balance.
The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering.
90 Rating by Wine Spectator!
A lively, zesty Zin, with raspberry and fresh sage aromas and appealing cherry, pepper and mineral flavors that finish with ripe and briary tannins. Drink now through 2017. 13,495 cases made. –TF
Chateau St. Jean, with its gracious style, elegant architecture and inviting gardens and tasting rooms, is the quintessential Sonoma winery. The winemaking estate is located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard in the wines.
In 1999, Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from the Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend of “five varieties.” The winery received high acclaim again when it received the “#2 Wine of the Year” from Wine Spectator for its 1999 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay $ 27.99 92 Rating Wine Spectator!
Graceful and understated, with delicate, fragrant floral, white peach, honeydew melon and smoky oak notes, all beautifully proportioned, offering a long finish. Drink now through 2019. 8,554 cases made. –JL
J Dusi Zinfandel Dante Dusi Vineyards 2010 $ 29.99
The Connoiseur Club red J. Dusi Wines Dante Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel comes from small producer/farmer in Paso Robles called Janell Dusi, who was born and raised on the Dusi Vineyard where his grandfather Dante taught him the old world Italian style of winemaking. His family’s heritage dates back to the early 1920’s, where grape growing has been a craft that has deep roots in the Dusi family. The farming practices that were implemented by his great-grandparents eighty years ago, are still the standard that we follow today. The unique, hand crafted quality of J Dusi Wines results from his intimate involvement in every step of the process: working in the vineyard, driving the tractor, hand picking my own fruit, crushing the grapes and fermenting the juice from the bins to the barrels to the bottle.
The intense flavor profiles of the “Dusi Fruit” are characteristic of the land’s unique micro climate and the family’s old-world, handcrafted grape growing techniques. This 100-acre estate is located just south of Paso Robles. A region that features the greatest day-to-night temperature variation of any appellation in California, providing ideal conditions for vibrantly flavored yet exceptionally balanced wines. The vineyard has been sought after by many fine wineries such as: Turley, Four Vines, Cypher, Tobin James, and JC Cellars. These local wineries have been purchasing the fruit for many years, creating their own versions of Dusi Vineyard designated Zinfandels. If you are a big fan of nice full bodied reds with lots of spice and character that you can enjoy by itself or with grilled meats, then this is a wine for you! Big, ripe, and jammy with lots of blueberry, raspberry, and spice. Just plain good!
Valentine Wine Tasting Monday 2/11/2013 Da Corrado’s Italian Ristorante
You and your loved one are invited to a Valentine Wine Tasting at Da Corrado’s Italian Ristorante on Monday February 11, 2013 starting at 6:00 pm. We will have rose’s for the ladies along with some live music playing after the wine tasting. We will taste 18 different wines along with some delicious food prepared by the staff at Da Corrado. We are filling up fast, so RSVP soon by bringing by your check or cash for $25 per person to The Oconee Cellar. We will surprise you with the wines we choose for the tasting! See you there!
New Wine List Tasting at Bone Island Grill Monday 2/25/2013
The Bone Island Grille wants your input on putting together a new wine list! There will be 24 different wines to sample, with selected wines paired perfectly with some of Executive Chef Jody Winfield favorite cuisine. Your vote will influence what new wines they put on the menu. It will be a lot of fun so don’t miss out! The tickets are on sale for $25 at The Bone Island Grill or at The Oconee Cellar ( please bring check or cash). We expect a big crowd, so get your ticket early.
Wine Tasting Monday July 16th a da Corrado’s
Next wine tasting at da Corrado’s is Monday July 16th! Sign up early by bringing a check or cash for $25 per person to The Oconee Cellar. We will taste wines from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa! The fun starts at 6:00 and is only open to the first 50 people to sign up.