Benefit Wine Tasting for Hannah’s Homeless

Wednesday December 16th, 6-8pm

The Holidays can be an especially trying time for those not fortunate enough to afford housing. It’s a real, constant problem in our town. Hannah’s Homeless is a non-profit resource center that focuses on helping our local homeless population. They provide clean clothes, hygiene items, laundry service, phone access and non-perishable food to meet clients immediate needs. They also provide referrals and counseling services to assist people with finding solutions that are more long term.

Please join us Wednesday, December 16th from 6-8pm for a special evening of wine in benefit for Hannah’s Homeless. We will be tasting 15 of my newest, favorite wines in the store. Dan from Eat This! will be providing us with his world famous charcuterie board and other tasty bites. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of with all proceeds benefiting Hannah’s Homeless. Email stpetewinesmith@gmail.com indicating how many tickets you would like and I will email you an invoice through Square. It’s super easy and convenient. You can also stop by the store for tickets or call 727-826-0791. Must be 21 to attend.

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Winesmith & The Homemade Broadcast’s Art Show in Benefit for Hannah’s Homeless

Friday December 4th, 6-10pm

Please join us for Winesmith’s first ever art show in benefit for Hannah’s Homeless, a non-profit resource center that focuses on helping our local homeless population. They provide clean clothes, hygiene items, laundry service, phone access and non-perishable food to meet clients immediate needs. They also provide referrals and counseling services to assist people with finding solutions that are more long term.

Will Kuncz of RadioStPete.com’s The Homemade Broadcast and Winesmith have teamed up to bring you works from local artists Chad Mize, Derek Donnelly, Tracey Tanner, Julie Brookins, James Blevins, Vanessa Walden Culver and Will Kuncz. A portion of the art sales and by-the-glass wine proceeds will go to Hannah’s Homeless. This is a free show in hopes you will buy art, wine and/or make a donation to Hannah’s Homeless.

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2014 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Smoke, volcanic ash, bright cherry, cranberry with a little of the barnyard – manure and hay – on the savory, meaty, mouthwatering nose.  This gave me goosebumps from the first sniff. The brightness of the cranberry and cherry is remarkable against the earthy, volcanic-rocky backbone. Fuck. This is amazing.  Brilliant acidity leads into the intense, dry finish highlighting cranberry and minerals. This wine will destroy your Thanksgiving dinner, and by that I mean it’s perfect. If you’re into Cru Beaujolais, this is a must try. I can see why this area is nicknamed the “Burgundy of the Mediterranean”. Power, complexity, richness and elegance delivered in a light bodied vessel. $24.99

This wine is composed of Nerello Mascalese (roughly 95%) and Nerello Cappuccio (roughly 5%). The estate is located in the northern slopes of the Mount Etna volcano on the island of Sicily, with vineyards between the village of Solicchiata and the town of Randazzo. Sustainably farmed and certified Organic in 2010. Check their website out as you drink this wine. It’s almost as impressive and a good read.  http://www.tenutaterrenere.com

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2012 Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Lemberger

Black and blue fruits with hints of cocoa and sweet tobacco on the zesty, spicy nose.  Soft and blue on the palate with a fine mineral structure. Black tea and orange-laced acids lead into the juicy, mouthwatering, dry finish. This is really tasty. Bright black/blue fruits delivered in a savory-spicy package. I would compare this to a Loire Valley Chinon (Cabernet Franc). Lemberger is also known as Blaufränkisch (blue Frankish) in Germany, Franconia in Italy and is mainly grown in Washington State, Idaho and the Finger Lakes region in the U.S. $14.99

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2011 Tenute Girolamo Monte Tre Carlini Negroamaro Puglia

Blackberry and black cherry with hints of tobacco, anise and smoke on the inviting nose. Dark and lush up front as scent flavors transition to Ceylon tea, fine minerals and soft tannins on the dry finish. This screams for lamb; maybe some roasted beats and white potatoes. Now I’m hungry. Thanks Italy. 😉  $19.99

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2013 Gorman Winery The Devil You Know

This smells of Bordeaux.  Integration and balance.  Leather, earth, blackberry, cassis – sweet herbs and savory spices forming a seamless scent. Luscious power and graceful elegance dance on the palate.  High toned blackberries lead into the dexterous, focused-mineral, dry finish with starbursts of tea and citrus acids carrying it on.  Head-shaking delicious. The first time I’ve tasted this wineries wines and they are profoundly good.  Columbia Valley, Washington. 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 18% Malbec, 6% Petite Verdot & 3% Cab Franc. $34.99

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2013 Mark Ryan Board Track Racer The Shift

I love it when the first smell of a wine gives me goosebumps. I think it speaks to the wines balance, and I know it’s going to be good.  Seamless scents of black fruits, rainwater, minerals, cocoa, smoke and an underlying glycerin; gorgeous. Black and blueberries rush the palate but are checked by crisp minerals and a taught acidity. Toasty espresso and dark chocolate flavors carry into the extravagant, dry finish with orange zest and tea laced minerals lingering.  Fuck, I love Syrah. Cabernet is easy to love; Syrah seduces you. This has 5% Grenache in the blend. Enjoy. And thank you Mike MacMorran for making this beauty. $34.99

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