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Saturday, 4-1-17, 4-7p

Let’s explore

Cabernet Francs, single varietal, 

Cabernet Franc (“Cab-err-nay fronk”) is medium-bodied red wine whose origins likely lie in the Basque country of France. The wine is loved for its savory, bell pepper-like flavors, medium-high acidity and mouthwatering taste. It is an ideal food pairing wine.

Think Strawberry, Roasted Pepper, Red Plum,

Medium-bodied wines like Cabernet Franc can pair with a wide variety of foods due to their natural high acidity and slightly reduced tannin (the astringent quality in red wine). Higher acidity makes it possible to pair with tomato-based dishes, vinegar-based sauces (smoky BBQ anyone?) or rich veggies like black beluga lentils. If you learn only one tip about pairing Cabernet Franc, it is to match it with real herbs in your dish.

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Saturday 3-25-17, 4-7p 

Let’s do Chardonnay

The Right Stuff

French, Oregon, California.

These Chardonnay’s will have you rethink what you thought.

Tasting fee $10

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Saturday 3-4-17, 4-7p

tasting fee $10, $15p couple

Party wines: What are they? Wines that keep your respect for quality, and drink more for the money, at a price point you can buy by the case for your next occasion.

We’ve all been to the “Party” and remember: what awful wine they had, note to self: BMO

Join us as we celebrate Post Marti-Gras with quality, value wines you will be proud to serve at your next get together, because life is too short to serve bad wine!

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Join us this Saturday for exciting, eclectic tasting experience 

2-25-17, 4-7p, tasting fee $10pp, $15 per couple

2 Whites, 3 Reds

Also, the Historic Madeira Series available for tasting as well.

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Scarpetta Wines

Italian wine tasting February 4, 2017, 4-7p

Hand selected by Booby Stuckey, James Beard award winning MS, 1 of 246 Master Sommeliers in the World

Tasting fee for 5 wines $10pp

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The wines of Oddero, Big, Fabulous, Barolo’s

Janurary 14, 2017, 4-7p, tasting fee is $20pp for this special eventvignarionda2006a

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This Saturday, 12-17-16, starting 4-7p with BIG REDS, Cab. Sauv., Syrah, vintage Tempranillo, Malbec.

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Saturday December 10, 2016 4-7p

With Italian Wine Specialist Ciro D’ Fioro, a Naples Italy native.

Soave, Dolcetto, Barbaresco, Barolo, and Moscato

Hey, you can even get a crash course in Italian, and sip some great wines,

barolo-wine-1030x567tasting fee $10

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This Saturday: 12-3-16, 4-7p

Wines to Give and Receive

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tasting fee $10

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Today: 11-19-16

Ports

Vintage Ports 4-7p $10 tasting fee

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grape-shot

It’s our 5TH Anniversary, so time to make it a Party

2 Sommeliers

1 Chef creates 5 courses paired with Bubbles, starting with Pacific Petit Oysters

12 Bubbles

Grower Champagne, Top Spanish Vintage Cava, French Limoux, Italian Franciacorta, and Ports

November 12, 2016 4-?? $50 pp

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Saturday’s 4-7p

We’re always tasting Saturday’s, $10 tasting fee, $5 reduced fee with 2 or more bottles of wine purchased

With David Lower, Wine Specialist, enthusiasts,

This is an available Event Space with an interesting Mid-Century Modern building

Book now for your Party, Holiday, Special Occasion

Chef available, Sommelier.

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Today 8-6-16

5 Burgundy’s , and the Oregon connection

Refine Pinot Noir, Redefined Chardonnay

Archaeological evidence establishes viticulture in Burgundy as early as the second century AD, although the Celts may have been growing vines in the region previous to the Roman conquest of Gaul in 51 BC. Greek traders, for whom viticulture had been practiced since the late Neolithic period, had founded Massalía in about 600 BC, and traded extensively up the Rhône valley, where the Romans first arrived in the second century BC. The earliest recorded praise of the wines of Burgundy was written in 591 by Gregory of Tours, who compared it to the Roman wine Falernian.

$10 tasting fee

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Thursday May 26,2016 6:30p

6 lucky guests will taste a 2001 Sherwin Family Cabernet Sauvignon, with Sommelier Avery Genge to teach us about the complexity of older vintages, terrior, how price reflects quality.  This is a private limited seating event.

Please RSVP By Tuesday May 24, 2016

Tasting fee $25 per person

david@blackdoorwinecompany.com

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Saturday 5-21-16, 4-7p
Cider 101 class with Philippe Bishop
from Alpenfire Cidery in Port Townsen
Micro Artisan Ciders, Mr Bishop will be pouring his family’s Ciders, some barrel aged, and very limited to 10 cases, we’ll be tasting them. Teaching us all about the Cider creation, types of apples that make the very best, one of which has a red flesh.

These are not your applely, sweet, 2 dimensional ciders.
Tasting fee for Cider Class 101 $10-$15 for couples
9 unique Ciders in all.

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Today 5-6-16 the store will be closing at 5:30p for a Private event.

We will reopen Saturday at 12p

Thank you

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Today: 4-16-16 4-7p tasting fee $10

Tasting Mackey Cellars from Walla Walla, with Sommelier Avery Genge, and wine Specialist David Lower

 

 

 

For Now: Support your local wine merchant, we’ve moved to The Hilltop and want to introduce our store, staff, offering the following to you:

Enjoy wonderful wine tastings Saturday’s, education on all my wines, you also get: Wine Consultation, recommendations, access to some of the best Sommeliers in the NW, special orders, Pairing advise, 10% discount on all mixed/full cases, invitation to private tasting that are limited to small groups.

We also offer Private tasting events at your place of business, or your personal selection.

What people are saying: “Kind, helpful, great unique selection of the NW and the World, Great Venue, Fun Tastings”.

I, and my team of Wine Sommeliers, Specialists are here for you.

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Tastings coming in April:

April 9, 2016

Rotie Cellars, owner, wine maker Sean Boyd has produced some amazing Rhone Styled wines such as: Northern Blend (mostly Syrah) Southern Blend (mostly Grenache, Mourvendre), and tasty whites, some of the wines we will taste at this tasting will only be available here at the store.

4-7p tasting fee $10

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April 30, 2016 4-7p

Italian wines with Italian Wine Specialist Ciro D’onofrio

Ciro has new wines from Italy we will be tasting.

Tasting fee $10

 

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Tasting coming in March:

Saturday March 19,2016, with French Wine Specialist George Phillipe as we tour European wines and a Washington Rhone Styled wine.

4-7p tasting fee $10

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Today 3-5-16

Mr Richard Holmes from Cotes De Ciel, specifically Ciel Du Cheval vineyard on Red Mountain, One of the oldest AVA’s in Washington State.

4-7p Tasting fee $10, 5 wines

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Today 2-27-16

Wine maker Mr Doug McCrea, with Sommelier Avery Genge will be pouring Spanish varietal wines.

Mr McCrea has been instrumental in putting Washington State on the map, beginning in the 70’s.

Join us 4-7p $10

 

 

 

 

 

2-12-16

Sweetheart Reds, One Acre wines, a very small Napa winery, native to Napa, producing some stunning California Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah.
With Sommelier Avery Genge

$15 per person, couples $25

Feb. 12, 2016 4-7p

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February 20, 2016 with Italian Ciro: Italian Gems

We’ll be pouring some Italian Gems

$10 per person, $15 couple

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2-27-16

Winemaker Doug McCrea, Salida –Spanish varietals of Washington State.

Doug started making wine before 1988, honing his skills and segueing into the Spanish varietal wines.

Pouring his Spanish varietals at this tasting, Sommelier Avery Genge will guide us with these wines.

2-27-16 $10 tasting fee, $15 for couples 4-7p

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March 5, 2016

Winemaker Richard Holmes will be pouring his Reds From 2013 Cotes De Ciel

The only 100% Counoise, from 1 acre, others: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot.

Mr. Holmes first vintage, 2012, won some of the greatest accolades from wine critics, with all 8 of his wines getting 90 plus points!! First Vintage!!

Mr. Holmes started wine path with his father planting vines on Red Mountain, Ciel Du Cheval, one of the most in demand vineyards in the State, all top producers source grapes from this vineyard, if you have money and the knowall to produce exceptional wines.

This is a winemaker to watch in the near future.

March 5, 2016 4-7p $15, $25 per couple

Do Not Miss this tasting

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Date: TBA

Sommelier Dorian Woodson and the wines of Baer, Washington State

Winemaker Lance Baer founded Baer Winery in 2000 with a single passion—to bring something unique to Woodinville. After years of working with some of the most prestigious wineries in the area, Lance wanted to take his winemaking skills in his own direction. Lance succeeded in handcrafting blends distinctly his own, and in April 2003 the first vintage of the winery’s signature blend, Ursa, was released. Ursa, a feminine expression of red wine, predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc, was soon followed by Arctos, a bolder Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend.

Great accolades have been rewarding this winery, Do not miss this one!!

$20 per person, $15 ea. per couple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubbles, Bubbles and more Bubbles

Join us as we pour, swirl, and taste 15 different Bubbles.

Saturday December 5, 1015, 4-7p

Tasting fee $20

Grower Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, Cremant

Two Sommeliers, and a Frenchman pouring 15 different sparkling wines

Learn, taste,

you do have Champagne tastes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New location, A New beginning, and A New wine tasting, Join us for “The Big Bang tasting”, The Barolo’s of ODDERO, Italy. Here on the Hilltop at 1215 Earnest S. Brazill St. (aka S. 12th St.) November 7, 4-7pm tasting fee $15- 4 Barolo’s and a Barbera D’ Alba

A wonderful opportunity to try Barolo for the first time, or if your a fan of these wines a good time to taste at fraction of their costs.

With Sommelier Avery Genge

Barolo’s, from the 17th century Estate of ODDERO. I love Barolo, and you will too! I had the privilege to have the great-great grandson of the founder here at the New Hilltop location, tasting through the fabulous wines his family still produces on the Estate. These Barolo’s are very limited, arriving in October, and usually sold out by November, not released again until the next year! Founded by the current family’s great-great grandfather in 1878, these are single vineyard Barolo’s. Expressions of the different terriors. Sommelier Avery Genge will guide us with a short but informative narrative, a visual map, describing the locations of these single vineyards and the different soil types that make these wines what they are known for. With tasting notes to help you understand.

There will be a Spanish tasting as well with Sommelier Sarah Nugent, Sarah will be pouring some top notch wines from Spain.

Cheers! drink good wine.

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                May 16, 2015 4-7p tasting fee $15, reduced (to $5)  on 2 or more purchased bottles of Force Majeure Guest winemaker: Todd Alexander from Force Majeure and Sommelier Dorian Woodson All Red Mountain AVA, “I’ve raved about this producer in the past, and I continue to do so here. If anyone doubts that great wine is made in the vineyard, I urge you to taste through this lineup as the quality of the fruit shows in each wine…I’ve put these wines in numerous blind tastings with the best wines in the world and they always hold their own.” – Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate Rieslings with Sommelier Dorian Woodson, Dorian will guide us through the World of Rieslings from France, Washington, Oregon, and upper New York  State. Don’t think sweet! think rich ripe pear, tart green apples with a creaminess, great with most foods, grilled, satay, salads. It’s warmer weather and time sip Rieslings out on the deck! Saturday 5-9-15 4-7p tasting fee $5 and the garden will be open to enjoy.               January 10, 2015 4:00p-7:00p “France’s Wines Found off the Beaten Path” with wine Specialist Ashley Salo We’ll be tasting some wonderful wines from Frances hidden gems. Tasting fee $5.00 small plate bites         1374608424_71518_150x150

December 6, 2014 It’s a Small Vineyards Tasting Event at Black Door Wine Company We will taste wines of Italy, Spain and Macedonia at this much awaited event. With Small Vineyards every bottle of wine bears a gold seal, signifying that the wine is hand- harvested, earth-friendly, and from a family-owned estate. By importing wines from small estates, Small Vineyards is helping to protect unique grape varietals, local winemaking styles, and preserve a special way of life. Small Vineyards scours and tastes thousands of wines in the Mediterranean for the best wines, originating from these estates. When: December 6, 2014 Time: 4:00-7:00 pm Fee: $5.00 per person Black Door Wine Company 3906 N. 34th St. Tacoma, WA 98407 www.blackdoorwinecompany.com For More Information: David @ 206-359-0466 or david@blackdoorwinecompany.coDecember 6, 2014, 4:00p-7:00p tasting fee $5.00   Saturday November 22, 2014, 5:00p-7:00p Alsatian wines ( Northeast France ) and a Finger Lakes Riesling (upper New York State), Cru Beaujolais and French Cidre, and a local Cider from Finnriver with Sommelier Dorian Wood. These wines are perfect for Thanksgiving, as well as our fine selection of Pinot Noir’s, Rieslings we stock. **********************************************         A Special Release Tasting Party in Tacoma, Washington for Cotes de Ciel Wines at Black Door Wine Company Ciel Du Cheval is on the Red Mountain AVA and is renowned for growing some of the most notable grapes in the state of Washington. Meet winemaker Richard Holmes who planted his grapes on his fathers Red Mountain property in 1975, known as Ciel Du Cheval. Mr. Holmes having graduated from UC Davis with a Enology Degree will release his first red wines from Cotes Du Ciel Winery. Some of his reds will include a Reserve Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot from his 2012 vintages. His first wine, a 2012 Viognier we’ve tasted, and love its elegant and pure minerality. Simply Beautiful! When: October 18, 2014 Time: 5:00-7:00 pm Fee: $5.00 per person Black Door Wine Company 3906 N. 34th St. Tacoma, WA 98407 Contact: David @ 206-359-0466 for further information

August 23, 2014 Saturday 5-7pm

$5 tasting fee

Fabulous & Esoteric Red and White Wines of Europe

Domaine Les Cantates 2012 Jacquère Cru Chignin Rene Quenard’s family has been farming vineyards in Chignin for over 300 years. In the early 20th century they planted their first vines on the slopes of the “Savoyarde” mountain where the famous Bergeron apricot orchards bloom. The Quenard vineyards are planted to traditional Savoyard varietals: Gamay, Pinot Noir, Mondeuse, Roussanne and 4 of their 18 hectares planted to Jacquère whose vines range from 30-100 years in age. In 2008 the Domaine was purchased by Claire & Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger of Champagne. Claire, a native of Savoie bought the property with the goal of keeping the old traditions in place. Claire began by making a few modernization updates and has increased the quality level of the Domaine’s wine. Bodegas Arzabro 2013 Txakoli “Luzia de Ripa” 90% Hondarrabi Zuri, 10% Izpiriotza Txikia Bodegas Arzabro is a family owned, handcrafted winery, established in 2007, producing Txakoli wines from 15 acres of their own vineyards of the varieties “Hodarrabi Zuri” (Petit Courbu) and the minor variety “Izpiriotza txikia” (Petit Manseng). The vineyards are located in Delika village, in the high valley of the Nervion River in the Basque Country, on limestone soils & clay mixed with gravel creating good drainage. Hondarribi Zuri is the main variety used in all kinds of Txakoli by law and is characterized by a medium to high acidity graduation. The philosophy of the Bodega is based on minimal intervention in the production process. They support and practice organic viticulture & production of wine. After harvest, all pruning remains are converted into compost as organic fertilizer to the soil and avoid any use of herbicides. Luzia Ripa was a unique woman and a nun who lived in the 16th century in the region. She was in responsible for managing the vineyards attached to her religious center. She left written testimony in which she described in detail the work required essential to the vineyards at the time, with their costs, problems and achievements. The female wine makers gave this name as a tribute to her. Domaine Les Cantates 2012 MondeuseOnly 1 hectare is planted to the traditional Mondeuse varietal. In 2012 Vintage the winery rebranded itself as “Les Cantates”. The rocky soil & sunshine bring intensity to the typical aromas of the wine, apricots, peaches, blackberries and cherries along with spicy notes and nice minerality. Their goal is to be respectful of the land and so grapes are all hand harvested. Fermented with natural yeasts and aged 6-12 months in stainless steel. Podere Ruggeri Corsini 2009 Autenzio Rosso Podere Ruggeri Corsini Winery was founded in 1995 thanks to a passion for the countryside and great wines. Loredana Addari and Nicola Argamante, both graduated in Agriculture and specialized in wine-growing and enology, decided to change their lives, leaving their city jobs to buy a small farm business (which at the time only produced and sold its’ grapes) in Monforte d’Alba, in the heart of the Langhe, Cuneo. It’s a family run business, owned by the two agronomists and Loredana’s brother, Lorenzo. The winery was given the name “Corsini” as it represents the ancient hamlet in Monforte d’Alba, made up of very old stone houses, whereas Ruggeri stems from Nicola’s maternal side of the family, as his mother who strongly believed in him and Loredana, supported them financially, helping them to make their dream come true. The Albarossa vine is obtained by crossing Chatus (Nebbiolo di Dronero) x Barbera, which gives origin to wines with an elevated alcoholic content and the smoothness of an intense polyphenol component (which never shows any signs of astringency), to contribute to the maintenance of a sustained acidity. The result is a wine of a deep ruby-red colour, with hues of violet, and a rich, complex bouquet where the perception of fruit prevails over the floral traces, accompanied by a spicy component (tobacco). Thanks to an elevated alcoholic content and glycerine, it has a warm flavour that is well structured, smooth and harmonious, full-bodied, has a lingering aroma, and is never ‘flimsy’ due to its correct acidic balance. Moulin De La Gardette 2010 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault Gigondas “TraditionGigondas vineyards have undoubtedly been producing wine at least since Roman times; according to some, the name of the village in Roman times was “Jocunditas”, Latin for “Happy Town”. Back in 1670 the Archives de Rochegude noted the quality of the vineyards on the stony hill of la Gardette just outside the village of Gigondas, so it is no surprise that the Meunier family has been making good wine here for five generations. Until the middle part of the 20th century the slopes of la Gardette were not devoted solely to vines as they are now but grew olives, apricot & cherries, and even the Jurdic family goats grazed there. In 1946 Victor Jurdic was in the vanguard of those winemakers who knew that Gigondas wines could establish a reputation of their own, and produced the first wines to be bottled under the la Gardette name. The appellation Moulin de la Gardette first appeared in 1958 after Genevieve Jurdic married Laurent Meunier who came from a struggling artistic and literary family in Paris. The “Moulin” refers to the old windmill that once stood on the hill of la Gardette. As their enterprise prospered, the Meunier family added other plots of land close to around la Gardette. Nowadays, Jean Baptiste Meunier who took over the family business in 1990 tends to the mature vines whose average age is around 65 years in twenty-five parcels of Gigondas garrigue.

With Sommelier Dorian Wood

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Save the Date!
Sake 101 Coming to Black Door Wine Company
September 6, 2014, 5-7pm 
This is the first Sake Event in Washington’s South Sound!
This is a limited seating event for 16!
We will taste 8 different Sake wines alongside Sommelier Avery Genge.
He will teach us about Sake, how to drink it, and introduce the growing regions in Japan + much more. $20 per person in our private tasting room.
James Bond: “No, no. I like sake. [sip] Especially when it’s served at the correct temperature, 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit, like this is.”
And of course, Sake bottles will be available for purchase.
Please schedule with us! RSVP at 206-359-0466 or email david@blackdoorwinecompany.com
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A Black Door Wine Company Tasting Event
The Distinctive Sauvignon Blanc White Wine
 
Sauvignon Blanc wine is a favorite summer grape wine. It offers many aromas, flavors and styles from winemakers and their wine producing regions around the world. Always, mineral driven, and crisp, with citrus notes and possible influences of oak, this varietal is a perfect wine to enjoy on a summer day with seafood.
 
We will taste and explore Sauvignon Blanc wines from off the beaten path – the 2012 Domaine Ciringa release from the Slovenian territory Ciringa with vines planted on ancient seabed hills, the 2009 Sattlerhof Sernauberg release from Austria, the 2012 Goisot Saint Bris Exogyra Virgula release, an aromatic and biodynamic certified wine from Burgundy, the 2013 Domaine Andre

Neveau Sancerre Le Gran Fricambault Silex release from Loire, France, and the 2012 Cloudlift Updraft release from Washington State, a favorite at our recent winemaker visit to our tasting room.

Date: August 9, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tasting Fee: $5.00 per person
Venue:
Black Door Wine Company
3906 N. 34th St.
Tacoma, WA 98407

Coming September 6,2014

   

Sake 101, with Sommelier Avery Genge. We will learn the basics, what Sake is, made from and regions, tasting through 8 Sake’s,  the event will take place at Black Door Wine Company’s tasting event room. This is a RSVP event. Fee for this Sake 101 is $25 per person, please contact us to reserve a place for you.   ******************************************************

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Now that summer is in full swing….

Summer Sports Prevail– Come About, Hole in One, Breakaway, Cross Court Shot— Then it’s time to enjoy a chilled glass of wine off course.

Black Door Wine Company is tasting some beautiful 2012 vintage white wines at our next event. We’re presenting Oregon’s Yamhill Vineyards Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris from the oldest winery in McMinnville, Columbia Valley’s Tranche Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012 and Italy’s Tavo Pinot Grigio 2012.
Let’s taste and learn what these refreshing wines are all about, especially on a hot day.
Sommelier, Avery Genge will be on site to answer your questions and to speak about the wineries. Enjoy our summer garden at this tasting event.
Date:  July 26, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tasting Fee: $5.00 per person
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Saturday, August 9,2014 we will be tasting through 5 Sauvignon Blancs from around the World, a white wine for summer and pairing well with seafood, salads, grilled chicken.

From 5-7 pm Tasting fee $5

It is Rosé Wine Tasting at Black Door Wine Company! Join us this Saturday! 

Commanderie de Peyrassol - Cotes de Provence Rosé

You’re invited to our 3rd Annual Rosé Wine Tasting at Black Door Wine Company in in the south sound. The weather is warm and the rosé is chilling for this popular event!

Dry rosé wine plays nice with what you’re eating this summer— most anything hot from the grill, including fish, veggies, chicken & steak. Some of the most common grape varietals used in dry style rosé are Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsualt and Pinor Noir.

Join us at this summer event to taste through several styles of rosé.

Date:  Saturday, July 12,2014

Time: 5:00 pm -7:00 pm

Fee: $5.00 per person

We are uncorking some of the best new vintages of Rosé Wine at this event.

And, the garden at Black Door Wine Company is now open to enjoy this summer at our events private and public events.

Cheers!

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It’s French Champagne season at Black Door Wine Company

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footerImage_150x117Please join us on November 16, 2013 from 4:00 – 7:00pm in our tasting room for our     annual Champagne tasting. We’ll pop corks on more than $500.00 worth of Champagne bottles at our annual event. This is our most popular tasting of the year accompanied by petites bouchees to amuse your palette.

We represent the small grower Champagnes which are some of the very best, true Champagnes, very much terrior driven flavors, growers taking more time, attention to details that result in finer profiles, traditional practices Sans chemicals, family Champagne houses. Some making wines for 100-200 years!

vide$20 per person, $35 for couples

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