New Wines: Patagonia and Neighbors

Barda by Bodega Chacra, Argentina 2015
Malbec ain’t the only game in town… There’s more to Argentina than its famed Varietal and this Pinot Noir proves it. Barda has all the elegance and finesse one demands from a Pinot, with a little South American spice. While Pinot is not synonymous with Argentina, it’s not an anomaly. Fifty years ago, more than 4,000 acres of Pinot Noir were planted in Patagonia. Most of it went into sparkling wines, but by 2000 less than 500 acres of Pinot Noir remained in the region. Italian born Owner, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, was drawn to the region and made his first vintage was 2004. He called it Chacra, a regional term meaning “farm.” He’s been bottling world class Pinot ever since with with a hands off wine making mantra and some hearty old vines.

Bonarda, Altos Las Hormigas, Argentina 2015
Bonarda is the second most plant grape in Argentina and is usually made with little or no oak. It thrives on the rich soils and generous climate of Argentina. The wine is dense, inky, and purple, with a rustic, hearty juiciness, ripe acidity, and warm tannins, perfect for BBQ. Altos Los Hormigas Bonarda is made with 100% Bonarda grapes from high-trellised vineyards located in a unique microclimate in the area of Medrano and Carrizal de Abajo, Mendoza. Aged in concrete tanks to preserve freshness.

Torrontes, Dos Minas, Argentina 2016
Dos Minas (“two chicks” in Argentine slang) is named for Lucía Romero & Heather Willens, the winemakers who brave the wild desert landscape of Cafayate to produce this high altitude wine from 65 year old vines. Only 1,000 cases are made of the Torrontés using grapes from 65-year old vines.

Cab Frac, Maquis, Chile 2014
Located in Colchagua Valley, the Hurtado family has owned the Vi¤a Maquis vineyard for more than a century, but it wasn’t until almost 15 years ago that the family decided to make their own wine out of the grapes in their own backyard. They built an incredible gravity flow winery and set out to make the Maquis winery one of the great properties in all of South America $$$.

Blanco de Pinot Noir, Bodega Aniello, 2016
Hmmm. White Pinot Noir? Taste this blind and cold for a real mindf*ck. Made by pressing Pinot noir with skin contact before fermentation (the ‘Blanc de Noir’ winemaking process typical of Champagne). 100% Pinot Noir from estate-owned vineyards in Patagonia where clay soil and a strong tendency to retain humidity allow for a slow and complete maturation of this early-ripening varietal.

Va-Va-Vermouth!

… And it’s not just for your martinis. It has been mistreated for years in the United States, tragically misaligned as a necessary evil collecting dust behind the bar when in fact it is a complex and refreshing blend of wine, herbs, and spirit. What could be wrong with that? Trust me, it’s delicious on the rocks with or without a splash of soda.

What is Vermouth?

“Vermouth is not a spirit. It is, at its foundations, a wine. … It is delicious. The French know this. So do the Italians. Argentines and Chileans like it so much their cocktail hour is called l’hora del vermouth  [the vermouth hour]. In some regions of Spain bodegas have barrels of vermouth to dole out after-work aperitivos… Yet in the United States, peoples’ understanding of vermouth is still stuck in the days tragically mistreated and misaligned.

Handled properly, fresh vermouth brings complexity to a Martini, spice and strength to a Manhattan, softness to an Americano, richness and balance to all. It is also delicious on its own, and has plenty of character to stand up on its own, and has plenty of character to stand up on the rocks.”

Excerpt from The Mixellany Guide to Vermouth & Other Apéritifs

Jared Brown & Anistatia Miller

Try a flight of 3 of our favorites on the rocks for $18 and see for yourself! Soda splash and recommended garnish will be made available to you to create your own Vermouth Cocktails!. Flights available anytime between 5-9pm.

Adult Coloring Workshop

De-stress and unwind alongside Whiz Kids SLO at The Station with our Adult Coloring Workshop and discover why this is quickly becoming one of the hottest new hobbies! Choose from three of the chicest coloring books we’ve seen… or bring your own artwork to color. We will also offer pencil sharpeners and colored pencils for you to use, or if you prefer your own supply, then by all means, bring your own! Both ticket prices include a glass of wine and the use of colored pencils. $20 without coloring book (bring your own), $35 includes your very own coloring book to take home with you.

 

 

Adult Coloring Workshop

De-stress and unwind alongside Whiz Kids SLO at The Station with our Adult Coloring Workshop and discover why this is quickly becoming one of the hottest new hobbies! Choose from three of the chicest coloring books we’ve seen… or bring your own artwork to color. We will also offer pencil sharpeners and colored pencils for you to use, or if you prefer your own supply, then by all means, bring your own! Both ticket prices include a glass of wine and the use of colored pencils. $20 without coloring book (bring your own), $35 includes your very own coloring book to take home with you.

 

 

Braid Bar Workshop

BRAIDS, WAVES, & BEAUTY ESSENTIALS
Whether you’re about to venture off to the festivals, or you’re looking for some fresh hair styles for spring and summer… This fun and informative workshop will be sure to teach you some new hair styling and braiding tips and tricks! Join Hair and Makeup Artist, Danielle Roberts for an evening of braided hairstyles, wavy locks, and wine! Danielle will be teaching you four braided looks, as well as some techniques for creating the perfect lived-in waves. We will also be raffling off some of her favorite beauty essentials! Tickets include all hair accessories needed to create these styles, Danielle’s favorite travel hair spray, worksheets to recreate your favorite braid at home or on the road, and a complimentary glass of wine! Limited seats available.

Danielle Roberts is a Hair and Makeup Artist, who has built her business on the Central Coast for nearly four years. She has spent time organizing and teaching hair and makeup classes for women all over the Central Coast, and loves to share her skills, tips, and knowledge. She has a Bridal Hair and Makeup business, is a proud home-schooling mama, loves to read and dance, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Join her for this fun and inspiring evening!

Come With Hair Prepped:
– Washed the day/night before
– Product free
– Class recommended for those with hair shoulder length and longer

New Wines 02-12-16

A rundown of some of the new wines at The Station!

Tatomer Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2014 $38

Tatomer Pinot

Winemaker Graham Tatomer has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle as a winemaker to watch. He studied on and off for four years under one of Austria’s best winemakers, Emmerich Knoll, learning how to make world class Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. Upon returning to the States, he too began making world class Alsatian varietal wine, creating a niche in the Chardonnay heavy land of Santa Barbara County. Formerly the winemaker at Martian Ranch in Los Alamos, he has recently decided to devote himself to his private label which newly features Pinot Noir. This blend comes from a few vineyards and consists of the 115, 667, 777 and pommard clones. Rare to see in a retail shop, we’re thrilled to feature at The Station!

 

 

 

Enoteca Bisson 

The steep hillsides of the Ligurian coastline in Northwest Italy takes a heroic effort to produce wine from. Mechanization is impossible so only truly passionate winemakers are willing to painstakingly produce wine from the terraces first planted by the ancient Greeks. You wonder why anyone would until you taste the quality that these steep, stony soils produce.

 

 

Vermentino Intrigoso 2013 $25

Bisson Vermentino

This Vermentino comes from Enoteca Bisson winemaker Pierluigi Lugano’s most prestigious vineyard site: “Trigoso”.  These steeply terraced vineyards produce low yields whichare then fermented and aged in stainless with extensive lees contact during both stages. The result is a full bodied wine with rich flavors and golden color. Only 100 cases are allocated to the US each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glera Vino Frizzante 2014 $18

Glera

This lightly sparkling wine is distinct as Lugano insists on producing it in a bone-dry style. It is fermented and aged in stainless, and bottled early the following year to preserve freshness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lange Nebbiolo DeForville 2014 $19

DeForville Nebbiolo

The DeForville family began producing wine in Piedmont in 1860 and now features their 5th generation of family wine makers. The importer, Rosenthal Wine Merchant, has been working with the family since 1978.

This Nebbiolo comes primarily from the younger vines of the various “cru” vineyards in Barbaresco. The average age of the vines is 30 years.  The grapes are hand harvested and the wine is fermented in stainless steel for 10 days to 2 weeks and then is aged in large oak barrels for an additional year before being bottled.

 

 

2012 Celler Credo Miranius $18

Miranius

The rare quality driven, single-vineyard vintage Cava producer also makes a remarkable still wine from the same Xarel-lo grape. The still version’s grapes come from low yielding, north facing limestone slopes. They are also the first biodynamic winery in the Penedes region, just south of Barcelona, Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Lucien Crochet Sancerre $27

Lucien Sancerre

The cousin of previous Station favorite Francois Crochet, this family knows the secrets of Sauvignon Blanc. The importer has been working with Lucien for over 30 years. Only organic supplements are used in the vineyards and harvest is manual. The soils are clay and limestone. Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled cuves between 14 and 18 degrees celcius. In contrast to many Sancerre producers, the wine lies on its lees for a considerable time with racking done in late spring, which is when many producers choose to bottle. Instead, Lucien elects for more aging time, with bottling usually occurring a full year after harvest.

Adult Coloring Workshop

De-stress and unwind alongside Whiz Kids SLO at The Station with our Adult Coloring Workshop and discover why this is quickly becoming one of the hottest new hobbies! Choose from three of the chicest coloring books we’ve seen… or bring your own artwork to color. We will also offer pencil sharpeners and colored pencils for you to use, or if you prefer your own supply, then by all means, bring your own! Both ticket prices include a glass of wine and colored pencils. $20 without coloring book (bring your own), $35 includes your very own coloring book to take home with you.

 

 

Adult Coloring Workshop

De-stress and unwind alongside Whiz Kids SLO at The Station with our Adult Coloring Workshop and discover why this is quickly becoming one of the hottest new hobbies! Choose from three of the chicest coloring books we’ve seen… or bring your own artwork to color. We will also offer pencil sharpeners and colored pencils for you to use, or if you prefer your own supply, then by all means, bring your own! Both ticket prices include a glass of wine and colored pencils. $20 without coloring book (bring your own), $35 includes your very own coloring book to take home with you.

SOLD OUT! New date available March 2nd.

 

Station Seminar: The Dry Side of Portugal

Portugal is known (for good reason) for their sweet dessert-style Port wines… but the dry wines of Portugal also deserve attention. We like to call Portugal a “Gateway” wine region for lovers of California wines. While varieties like Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, or Tinta Roriz may not be overly familiar names, the style of the wines, growing conditions, and the blending techniques lend a familiarity to them for those already entrenched in Paso Robles’ love of blends. The best part about Portuguese dry wines is the VALUE. This region could possibly give you the best bang for your buck, if you know what you’re looking for. Join Station Manager, Jenna Congdon, on an overview of the country’s grape growing regions, along with a flight of 8 Portuguese wines.

Adult Coloring Workshop

De-stress and unwind alongside Whiz Kids SLO at The Station with our Adult Coloring Workshop and discover why this is quickly becoming one of the hottest new hobbies! Choose from three of the chicest coloring books we’ve seen… or bring your own artwork to color. We will also offer pencil sharpeners and colored pencils for you to use, or if you prefer your own supply, then by all means, bring your own! Both ticket prices include a glass of wine and colored pencils. $20 without coloring book (bring your own), $35 includes your very own coloring book to take home with you.

 

SOLD OUT! Next Coloring date at The Station with Whiz Kids SLO is February 10th!