May Friday Wine Tastings

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Blind Tasting (Now every First Friday!) – Friday May 4th, 6-9pm

First Friday May 4th, 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 taste and reveal the wines in groups. This tasting is $15 per person at the door. No tickets necessary. Brooklyn South cheese and meat boards are available too for $10. Winesmith always serves wine by-the-glass, even during tastings. Cheers!

Refreshing Whites – Friday May 11th, 6-9pm

Friday May 11th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Refreshing White wines: an impressive Austrian Grüner Veltliner, a delicious Alsatian Pinot Blanc, a crisp, floral Spanish Macabeo, a crushable German Elbling, a porch-pounding French Côtes De Gascone and a seafood-friendly Picpoul De Pinet. This tasting is $15/person at the door. No tickets necessary. Brooklyn South cheese & meat boards available too for $10.Winesmith always serves by-the-glass & retail, even during tastings. Cheers!

Natural Wines – Friday May 18th, 6-9pm

Friday May 18th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Natural Wines: a delicious, slightly fizzy Chilean Moscatel blend (dry), a savory, rustic Rhone Grenache/Syrah blend, a crowd-pleasing, dry, effervescent Italian Lambrusco, it’s sister Malvasia, an Abillo Real Spanish Orange wine (not made from oranges 😜) and a slightly tart, meaty Spanish Monastrell. This tasting is $15/person at the door. No tickets necessary. Brooklyn South cheese & meat boards available too for $10. Winesmith always serves by-the-glass and retail, even during tastings. Cheers!

Chillable Reds – Friday May 25th, 6-9pm

One of my most popular tastings last summer. Friday May 25th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Chillable Reds: a lip-smacking Loire Valley Gamay, a crushable Spanish Graciano, a savory, meaty Italian Gaglioppo, a lush French Grenache, a lighter “pizza night” Spanish Grenache and a heady Minervois Syrah blend. This tasting is $15/person at the door. No tickets necessary. Brooklyn South cheese and meat boards are available too for $10. Winesmith always serves by-the-glass and retail, 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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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

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

2014 Errekalde Txakolina Hiruzta Txakoli Blanco, Spain

Hondarrabi Zuri and Gros Manseng are the varietals. Zesty on the nose with lime pith, lime juice, crushed apple, white pepper and chalky minerals. Scents carry through on the slightly effervescent palate with bright lime and apple flavors backed by just a hint of creme fresh. Finishes zippy, dry and clean with lime, apples and minerals lingering. Tasty stuff from the Basque region in Spain. This screams for mussels or your favorite shellfish. $19.99