April Friday Wine Tastings

Blind Tasting (Now every Frist Friday!) – Friday April 6th, 6-9pm

First Friday April 6th, 6-9pm we are tasting Blind. Blind means the wines will be brown-bagged so you don’t know what you’re tasting until after. I ask that you be here for a 6:10pm, 7:10pm or 8:10pm start time as we will tste and reveal the wines in groups. This tasting is $15 per person at the door. Must be 21 to attend. Winesmith always serves wine by-the-glass, even during tastings.

Spain’s Other Varietals – Friday April 13th, 6-9pm

Friday April 13th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Spanish varietals other than Tempranillo & Grenache: a meaty, savory Monastrell, a refreshing Macabeo, a white Txakoli, a rosé Txakoli, a heady red Rioja and a Ribeiro blend of Souson, Brancellao, Ferrol & Mencía. This tasting is $15/person at the door. Winesmith always sells wine by the glass, even during tastings. Cheers!

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Todd’s B-Day Wine Tasting – Friday April 20th, 6-9pm

Friday April 20th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting my current favorite wines (wines I  want to drink) to celebrate my 43rd birthday. Lots of Bubbly, Natural wines, rosé and savory reds. 15-20 amazing wines plus a selection of fine cheeses. Trust me, it’s gonna be sick. $20/person. Tickets available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/158988 or at the shop.

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Rosé – Friday April 27th, 6-9pm

Friday April 27th in the 6-9pm window we are tasing dry rosé: a full-bodied Austrian Lagrein blend, a delicious Tuscan Sangiovese rosé, a classic Provence style, a spritzy Spanish Txakoli, a Chilean sparkling País and an Oregon Pinot Noir Rosé. This tasting is $15/person at the door. Winesmith always serves wine by-the-glass, even during tastings. Cheers!

Friends of Strays Benefit Wine Tasting – Wednesday March 28th, 7-9pm

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Friends of Strays is a no-kill animal organization dedicated to caring for those who cannot speak for themselves – our animals. Their staff is dedicated to helping homeless animals in Pinellas County and beyond find their forever homes.
Please join us Wednesday March 28th, 7-9pm for a special wine tasting in benefit for Friends of Strays. Taste 15 of the hottest wines in St. Pete along with Dan’s world famous charcuterie board. Tickets are $25 in advance here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/150534 and $30 the day of with half of ticket sales and 10% of my wine sales during the tasting benefiting Friends of Strays Animal Shelter. Must be 21 to attend.

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Bubbly Tasting – Friday December 29th, 6-9pm

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** There will only be 50 tickets sold for this tasting.
The way we always end the year at Winesmith. Friday December 29th, 6-9pm we will be tasting Bubbly: my favorite Champagne of the year, a rich, Frizzante Pignoletto from Italy, an absolutely gorgeous Cremant de Bourgogne, a full, soft Cremant de Limoux, a funky, yeasty Altesse/Molette blend from Seyssel, France and a bright, crisp Spanish Cava. This tasting is $20/person in advance, $25 the day of and includes Dan’s famous cheese board. Get your tickets here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/131634 or in the store. Must be 21 to attend.
Winesmith always sells wine retail & by-the-glass, even during tastings. Cheers!
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2016 Fongoli Rossofongoli Umbria Rosso

Natural wine. Organic. 60% Sangiovese, 40% Montepulciano.

Black and blue fruits, mushrooms, copper and dusty clay scents on the yeasty nose. Fucking delicious. Dark and brooding with blackberry, plum, blueberry, hay, copper and light orange tea notes. This wine has a lot going on. Finishes bone dry with black fruits, tea, minerals and hay carrying on for days. Great acidity. Grippy tannins. Great food wine. Charcuterie, yes… but can also stand up against a pork or pot roast or grilled red meats. Serve this with a slight chill. $20

2015 Marenas Viñedo & Bodega Cerro Encinas Monastrell – Córdoba-Andalucía, Spain

Natural Wine – No sulfites added. Unfiltered. Plums, stewed tomatoes, petrol and dark earth scents on the slightly tart nose. Bold on the palate with black fruits, smoke, cherry skin and bracing minerals. Finishes grippy and dry with slightly tart black fruits and minerals coating the palate. Really delicious. $20

2013 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir

IMG_4426 13.1% ABV. For California this is pretty earthy/funky on the floral, expressive nose; blackberry and black cherry scents are fascinating when combined with flaky pie crust, wet moss, light licorice and orange and black tea scents.  Pure as fuck, this beauty seamlessly coats the palate with dark, tart cherry, cherry skin, toast, dark earth and blackberry flavors. Finishes dry and crisp with bright acidity carrying the blackberry, pie crust, tea, leather and wet earth flavors. Head-shaking delicious, and the best California wine I’ve tasted in years.  Kudos Hirsch Vineyards! $69.99