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


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 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.

Buy tickets for Friends of Strays Beneift Wine Tasting

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

2016 Tenuta Migliavacca Vino Rosso – Piedmont, Italy

Natural wine. Barbera, Grignolino, and Freisa are the varietals. Scents of tart cranberries and cherry skin with the slightest barnyard hay. Dry and grippy on the palate with cranberry, cherry and minerals. Finishes very dry and rustic with the tart red fruits and minerals. Perfect for spicy, cured meats and dry, hard cheeses. $19.99

2013 Bodegas Pardevalles Prieto Picudo Tinto – Castilla y Leon, Spain

Prieto Picudo is the varietal. Meaty scents of plum, blackberries, black pepper, spice and coffee. This tastes like you just ate a huge steak and had an espresso after. Soft, lush, yet powerful on the palate with black fruit, coffee and pepper. Finishes meaty, clean and dry with plum and coffee flavors carrying on. Really savory and delicious. Serve with steak. Amazing, bold wine for $13.99.