2015 Bodega Gotica Campo Grande Verdejo – Rueda, Spain

Scents of sunny lemons, white flowers, white pepper and chalky minerals. Green tea and lime join the scents on the clean palate. Finishes dry and zippy with lime, white pepper and minerals. Straight forward and savory. $13.99

St. Pete Women’s Collective Benefit Wine Tasting – Wednesday August 16th, 7-9pm

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Please join us Wednesday August 16th, 7-9pm for a special wine tasting in benefit for the St. Pete Women’s Collective. Their mission is to empower women through community and creative enrichment in St. Petersburg and the greater Bay area. They focus on women-centered spaces, community collaborations, education, and workshops.

We will be tasting 15 amazing wines plus charcuterie and other tasty bites. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of with half the door and 10% of my wine sales during the tasting benefiting The St. Pete Women’s Collective. Advanced tickets are available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/107332. Must be 21 to attend.
Winesmith sells wine retail and by-the-glass Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm. Cheers!

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Benefit Wine Tasting – Wednesday, July 12th, 7-9pm

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Please join us Wednesday July 12th, 7-9pm for a special wine tasting in benefit for The Florida Wildlife Corridor. They champion the public and partner support needed to permanently connect, protect and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor – a statewide network of lands and waters that supports wildlife and people.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor now embarks on its most important journey – to accelerate the rate of conservation in Florida by 10% annually in order to protect 300,000 acres within the Corridor by the end of 2020.
We will be tasting 15 amazing wines plus charcuterie and other tasty bites. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of with half the door and 10% of my wine sales during the tasting benefiting The Florida Wildlife Corridor. Tickets are available here: http://buytickets.at/winesmith/100930. Must be 21 to attend.
Winesmith sells wine retail and by-the-glass Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm. Cheers!

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March Friday Wine Tastings

Red Blends – Friday March 3rd, 6-9pm

First Friday, March 3rd, in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Red Blends: a savory Côtes du Rhône, a meaty yet clean French GSM, a South African Pinotage based Bordeaux-styled blend, a super-value Portuguese, a Loire Valley Pinot Noir/Gamay and a big, balanced Napa blend. This tasting is $15/person at the door. Must be 21 to attend.

Winesmith sells wine retail & by-the-glass Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm. Cheers!

Pinot Noir & Cabernet, Friday March 10th, 6-9pm
Grand Prix Weekend calls for some fast, curvy reds. Friday March 10th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Pinot Noir & Cabernet: a racy red Burgundy, a delicious value Oregon Pinot, a bold, heady California Pinot, a 2010 Southern Tuscany Cabernet, a gorgeous French Cab and a suave Paso Robles Cabernet. This tasting is $15 with advanced ticket purchase and $20 the day of. Tickets available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/86874. Must be 21 to attend.

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Bubbly – Friday March 17th, 6-9pm
St. Patrick’s Day at Winesmith is, of course, a sparkling wine tasting. Friday March 17th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Bubbly: a bone dry, crisp Cava, a refreshing, not-too-sweet Prosecco, a full and lush Cremant de Limoux, a Cabernet based French Rosé, a Pinot Noir based beauty from Tasmania and a rich Pinot Menuier based Champagne. There will also be a selection of fine cheeses. This tasting is $20 with advanced tickets and $25 the day of. Tickets available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/87074 Must be 21 to attend.

Crisp, Dry Whites – Friday March 24th, 6-9pm
Friday March 24th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Crisp, Dry Whites: a high-acid Alsatian Riesling, a mineral driven Spanish Verdejo, a serious white Rioja, a rare German Elbling, a dry, finely textured Cava and a bone dry Australian Riesling. This tasting is $16 at the door. Must be 21 to attend.

Rocking $14.99 Wines – Friday March 31st, 6-9pm
I love finding great $14.99 wines that drink over $20 retail.
Friday March 31st we are tasting wines that rock for $14.99: an impeccably balanced California Petite Syrah, a silky, smoky Tannat from Uruguay, a rustic French Malbec, a killer, unoaked French Cabernet, a big South African blend and a white Rioja that comes close to white Burgundy. This tasting is $15 at the door. Must be 21 to attend.

$20 Bombs: Friday February 24th, 6-9pm

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We’re in for a special treat this tasting: Winemaker Frederic Brouca will be here to pour his delicious Faugeres GSM blend and possibly a few of his other wines. Here is a good article about him: Frederic Brouca

$20 gets you a lot of wine for your money. Friday February 24th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting $20 Bombs: a robust Rosso Di Montalcino, a meaty yet clean French GSM blend, a bold Côtes du Rhone, a meaty Languedoc Mourvèdre, a California Zin/Cab blend and a Napa Valley blend for Cabernet drinkers. This tasting is $20/person. Must be 21 to attend.

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Bubbly: Friday February 17th, 6-9pm

imageMy most popular Friday tasting: Bubbly. Please join us Friday February 17th in the 6-9pm window for the good stuff: a $50 Champagne from Bouzy, a crisp refresher from Alsace, a delicate Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, a funky, yeasty French country sparkler, a Pinot Noir based beauty from Tasmania and a dry rosé from New Mexico. Chef Sean Gwynn, formerly of Twisted Cork Grille and currently providing catering and personal chef services through Creative Craft Cuisine, will be here sampling some of his tasty creations. This tasting is $25 per person in advance, $30 the day of. Tickets available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/81714. Must be 21 to attend.

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2011 Oddero Barolo

Holy Fuck. This is why I’m in the wine business. 

Goosebumps immediately. A field of the prettiest roses you’ve ever smelled in your life, strawberry, glycerin, saddle leather, hay, pencil shavings, dry mustard, toast and fine minerals on the gorgeous, gorgeous nose. I could smell this all day. Scents transition seamlessly to the palate with fresh plum, tobacco leaf, black tea, pepper and spice flavors supporting. Finishes dry, savory, complex and meaty with waves of plum, rare beef, truffle, glycerin, spice and fine minerals.  I haven’t had a wine experience like this in a while, but it’s why I love being in the business. Today is a rare treat; this wine is fucking amazing. 100% Nebbiolo. $49.99