Grafen Neipperg Lemberger Trocken 2013

Bright raspberry, cranberry, blueberry skin, vanilla bean, dusty minerals and a distinct spicyness on the back end  of the savory nose. Clean and pure with cranberry joining the scents on the light bodied palate. A crisp, lifting acidity carries the cranberry and mineral flavors for minutes  on the dry finish.  This is extremely well balanced, well made German Lemberger. It’s definitely on par with Cru Beuajolais or even Burgundy, and with that a steal for $24.99.

The Lemberger varietal originated in Austria where it is known as Blaufränkisch. This winery was the first to take it to Germany hundreds of years ago. There are a few Washington State wineries that produce this varietal today.


The Photography of Khalid Hameed: Friday March 4th 6-9pm

Please join us Friday March 4th 6-9pm for Winesmith’s second art show featuring the photography of Khalid Hameed. Khalid will be here to show selected color and black and white photos. You can check out some of his work here:
Admission is free so you can spend your money supporting our local artist. Wine by-the-glass is always available too. Cheers!image

Wine Tasting Benefit for CFC International in Emmett’s Honor

Emmett is an amazing boy who loves to dance, play with cars, and has a very rare disease. In fact he’s one of 420 in the entire world (one of 7 in Florida) with a genetic disorder called CFC Syndrome, a condition that typically affects the heart (cardio-), facial features (facio-) and skin (cutaneous). Emmett has two severe heart lesions – hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and pulmonary stenosis; cerebral palsy, PVL of the brain, developmental disability and seizures. He’s two now, but in his first year of life he spent more days in the hospital than at home.

CFC International, a non-profit organization, works hard with families whose children have CFC Syndrome to help pay for treatment, research and trips to see doctors that have knowledge of the disease. Many of the families affected by CFC face severe financial hardship from the care and treatment of their children.

Please join us Wednesday March 9th from 6-8pm for a special evening of wine in benefit for the CFC International in Emmett’s honor. We will be tasting 15 of my newest, favorite wines in the store. Dan from Eat This! will be providing us with his amazing charcuterie board and other tasty bites. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 the day of with all proceeds benefiting CFC International. Email 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.


Wine Tasting Benefit for Bernie Sanders for President


This is it friends: the one chance we have to change the direction of our country during our lifetime. Please join me Wednesday March 2nd 6-8pm for an amazing wine tasting in benefit for the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign. I have a ton of new wines in the store and we’re gonna taste them all in Bernie’s honor. Dan will be providing us with his always delicious fare as we sample 15-20 of my newest favorites. The tasting is $20 in advance, $25 the day of with all proceeds benefitting the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign. Email 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.

2014 Angels & Cowboys Rosé Sonoma County

Light strawberry and cherry scents with a hint of minerals and sunshine.  Bright and clean on the palate with juicy cherry, strawberry seed and a briary wildflower note. Finishes bone dry with juicy, mouthwatering cherry and mineral flavors lingering. This wine shocked me. If I had tasted it blind I would have guessed Provence, France except for the California sunshine shining through.  Clean, crisp, delicious Cali rosé… and I’ve rarely said that.  Really pretty wine. Enjoy.


2012 Montiore Estate Pinor Noir Graham’s Block 7

Warm black cherry scents backed by savory spices and wildflowers. Soft and juicy up front with cherries and fine minerals carrying through to the powerful yet elegant, dry finish. Very tasty Oregon Pinot Noir. Graham’s Block 7 is single vineyard Pinot, all Dijon clones. This wine is limited as it’s mainly made for Montinore’s wine club. $45


2013 Field Recordings Fiction Red Paso Robles

Briary raspberry, cherry, plum, hay and a hint of spearmint on the extremely fragrant, perfumed nose. Lush red fruits flood the palate with whisps of toasty oak and fine minerals supporting. Good acidity keeps this fresh and long on the dry finish.  Absolutely delicious. 31% Zinfandel, 26% Tempranillo, 15% Mouvedré, 10% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Touriga Nacional.