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. 

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

Anniversary August is jam packed with amazing wine tastings.

Refreshing Whites – Friday August 4th, 6-9pm
First Friday, August 4th, in the 6-9pm window we are tasting Refreshing Whites to help beat this heat: a bone dry, crisp Australian Riesling, a zesty Sauvignon Blanc from Uruguay, a dry, citrusy white Rioja, a delicious, floral Alsatian Pinot Blanc, a seafood-craving, Languedoc Picpoul De Pinet and a dry, crisp Alsatian Brut. This tasting is $15/person. Must be 21 to attend. Winesmith sells wine by-the-glass and retail Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm or later. Cheers!

Chillable Reds – Friday August 11th, 6-9pm
The most popular Friday tasting this year. I’ve had many customers request it so we’re doing it again but with a few new wines. Friday August 11th in the 6-9pm window we will be tasting Chillable Reds: a lovely, rustic Loire Valley Pinot Noir/Gamay blend, a not-to-dry, not-to-sweet, savory Italian Lambrusco, a slightly tart, dry Spanish Trepat, a juicy, easy drinking Argentinian Malbec, a bone-dry, rustic Chilean peasant wine and a 100% Chilean Carignan from a 125 year old, dry farmed vineyard. This tasting is $15/person. Must be 21 to attend . Cheers!

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St. Pete Women’s Collective Benefit Tasting – Wednesday August 16th, 7-9pm
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. Advaced tickets are available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/107332. Must be 21 to attend.
Winesmith sells wine by-the-glass and retail and Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm. Cheers!

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Rosé – Friday August 18th, 6-9pm
Friday August 18th in the 6-9pm window we are tasting dry rosé: a light, refreshing Argentinian Cab/Malbec blend, a 100% Pinot Noir Rosé from Argentina, a delicious Pinot Noir rosé from Oregon, a surprising, six grape Washington State blend, a classic, crisp version from Provence and an effervescent Portuguese Vinho Verde rosé. This tasting is $15/person. Must be 21 to attend.

 

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Winesmith’s 3 Year Anniversary Grand Tasting – Friday August 25th, 6-9pm
Three years. Thank you to all my wonderful customers who have helped me get this far. Please join us Friday August 25th in the 6-9pm window for a grand tasting of my 20 best wines in the shop plus charcuterie & other tasty bites. Many of these wines will be in the $25-$50 range. This tasting is $25/person in advance, $30 the day of space permitting. There will only be 50 tickets sold for this grand tasting. Advanced tickets are available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/107526. Must be 21 to attend.
Winesmith sells wine by-the-glass and retail Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm or later. Cheers!Buy tickets for Winesmith's 3 Year Anniversary Grand Tasting

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!

Buy tickets for St. Pete Women's Collective Benefit Wine Tasting

Winesmith’s 3 Year Anniversary Grand Tasting – Friday August 25th, 6-9pm

IMG_4318Three years. Thank you to all my wonderful customers who have helped me get this far. Please join us Friday August 25th in the 6-9pm window for a grand tasting of my 20 best wines in the shop plus charcuterie & other tasty bites. Many of these wines will be in the $25-$50 range. This tasting is $25/person in advance, $30 the day of space permitting. There will only be 50 tickets sold for this grand tasting. Advanced tickets are available here http://buytickets.at/winesmith/107526. Must be 21 to attend.
Winesmith sells wine by-the-glass and retail Monday-Saturday 12ish-9pm or later. Cheers!

 Buy tickets for Winesmith's 3 Year Anniversary Grand Tasting

Todd Smith St. Pete Winesmith Pt.3

Part 3 of my interview by Gio Cerro includes how and why I got into the wine business.

Not A Money Mission

If there is one thing about wine that you want to tell people.

Drink what you like, that’s it.

What was your job before the winesmith.

I had a lot of jobs. Right before this I worked at The Ale & The Witch for two and a half years in between wine gigs. It was nice enough of a job pouring beer. I made a lot of money there, place is crazy it’s like a circus there. Before that I was the wine buyer in American Spirits downtown for six for six years and that’s what really kind of gave me this idea.

This was going to be just a wine bar initially and I changed it at the last minute, because I have such a retail background. I wanted to do that as well. When it first opened it was just retail I didn’t have my by the glass…

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