Friday Wine Tasting 10.6.17

This Friday we’ll be pouring Mercer Estate Wines. The Mercer Family can trace its agricultural roots in the US back to the 1700s. Settling in the Washington State area, the Mercers became the founding wine growers of what is now the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Their love of the land is aparent in their wines, each crafted to show the delicate influence the vineyard can have on the fruit.

The cool climate of Washington is ideal for growing Pinot Gris. Gentle ripening allows for bold fruit flavors while preserving a clean, vibrant acidity. Peach, melon and honeysuckle aromas lead you into a palate that is full and lush with ripe stone fruit notes and a clean fresh minerality.

This red blend is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah giving it ideal balance between bold, juicy fruit and firm, complex structure. The wine opens with notes of blackberry and plum with underlying sweet sage and vanilla flavors. The tannins are sleek but powerful supporting a soft, velvety palate.

this is dark, brooding and complex Cabernet Sauvignon modeled after the Old World style. The nose is rich and welcoming with aromas of blueberries, plumb and dried tobacco. The palate is an ideal mix of power and elegance offering flavors of blackberry, caramel and dried mint. Through it all, sleek tannins and a gentle acidity keep this wine from feeling overly heavy.

Washington State is ideal growing climate for Merlot where the cool temperatures can reign in this easily ovver-ripened grape. This wine is warm and welcoming offering a nose of ripe cherries and holiday spices. The palate is round and velvety with supple tannins and ripe notes of blackberry and toasted cedar. Both powerful and elegant, this wine is an ideal companion to any holiday meal.

Wine & Tapas at The Blue Star 10.17.17

Join us and experience the unique flavors of Mendoza and the Uco Valley wines.
Taste our chef-inspired pairings from Head Chef, Brian Blasnek and hear from the vigneron from DiamAndes, Bruno Laplane, exclusively here in Colorado Springs for this event!
And there’s more….a portion of every ticket sold helps Colorado Springs Food Rescue, whose mission is to cultivate a healthy, equitable food system in the greater Colorado Springs community.
Call today to reserve your seat!

Friday Wine Tasting 9.29.17

We love hosting our wine tastings for lots of reasons. It’s a great way to introduce you to new wines, to encourage curiosity and exploration, and to take a bit of time to educate you more about wine in general. But it’s also a great chance to simply get to know you. To take a few minutes after what might have been a hard week to relax, socialize and unwind. Wine can be a great ice breaker and a wonderful reminder of the happier, finer things in life. We hope to see you there!

Brilliant gold in color, this full bodied and complex Chardonnay offers a rich nose of ripe pear, Golden Delicious apple and hints of brioche. The palate is smooth and slightly creamy with fresh fruit flavors enhanced by notes of toasted oak.

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, this wine show a nose of juicy black fruits, cedar and dried herbs. The palate is full and juicy, dominated by flavors of ripe cherry, plum and cassis. Fine grained tannins linger into the smooth finish accompanied by flavors of tobacco and bittersweet chocolate.

By selecting Zinfandel grapes from different areas throughout the property, vintners are able to make a “field blend” with enhanced complexity. Extra fermentation time gives this wine enhanced flavor and color extraction giving us a deep ruby red wine with bold cherry and red fruit flavors. Silky and soft with a clean acidity, this wine is a delicious and decadent experience.

This Merlot blend from the Columbia Valley in Washington is a playful, approachable wine that is sure to please. Enticing aromas of blackberries and plum lead into a smooth, silky palate full of black cherry and violet flavors.

Friday Wine Tasting 9.22.17

Come join us this afternoon from 3-7 pm.  Here’s what we’ll be pouring:

This is a Chardonnay from southern Burgundy. It opens with a bright and youthful yellow color. Its nose is intense and rich with notes of ripe stone and tropical fruits. The bright fruit notes continue into the palate along with clear undertones of warm spice and a bracing minerality. Full, rich and ripe, this is a standout Chardonnay.

A stellar value, this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre treats you to a dense and delicious ruby colored wine. Vibrant cherry flavors mingle with notes of earth, pepper and dried herbs. The palate shows bright acidity and a chewy texture with easy tannins making this an easy and agreeable sipper.

Carignan is a French grape with a tumultuous past. In the time immediately after the phylloxera epidemic, Carignan was highly valued in the recovery efforts due to its heartiness and high yields. But, like many high yield grapes, quality was allowed to suffer and the grape slipped into obscurity as a minor blending component. However, with effort and age, this grape can produce complex powerful wines such as this one. Black raspberry and ripe cherry flavors dominate with undertones of licorice and spice creating an alluring, luscious taste sensation.

This Grenache-Syrah blend from the Languedoc is a vibrant, balanced and elegant wine. Notes of blackberry, plum, licorice and dried herbs abound on a seductively ripe and smooth palate. Fine tannins and mouthwatering acidity make this an effortlessly drinkable wine, sure to be a hit at any backyard barbecue.

Friday Wine Tasting 9.15.17

Free wine is a great way to wrap up your week! Come by from 3-7 pm for our weekly tasting. Here’s what we’ll be pouring today!

This nonvintage Italian Sparkling wine shows a bright sea shell pink color with fine, frothy mousse. It has a nose of sweet cherry and raspberry with hints of vanilla. The palate is light and soft with ripe red fruit and berry notes and a balanced, clean finish.

This vibrant Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a deep red with a bright fruity nose. Notes of black and purple fruit flavors add richness to the soft palate before giving way to complex notes of bramble, leather and licorice.

Named for the altitude of the Runquist winery, this red is a blend of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Barbera, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and more. The wine is deeply colored with a bouquet blue fruits, black raspberry, hazelnut and sweet vanilla. Rich and concentrated fruit flavors blend into a smokey toasted oak background while mature tannins ensure this wine will continue to develop with time.

One of the premier producers in Argentina, Famiglia Bianchi truly knows how to make Malbec shine. A deep, brooding purple in color this wine has aromas of ripe plums and cherries with hints of sweet baking spice.The palate is full and soft with dark fruit and rich notes of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla oak. Round tannins and intense, lingering texture will keep you filling your glass.

Friday Wine Tasting 9.8.17

Today we’re tasting wines from two of California’s powerhouse vineyards. Come by and give them a try!

This Russian River Chardonnay was fermented half in French oak and half in stainless steel. This, along with malolactic fermentation, creates a wine that is both rich and lush as well as vibrant and lively. Ripe stone fruit and crisp apple notes are elevated by a bright acidity while notes of lemon curd and brioche fill out the soft, round finish.

This Central Coast red is dubbed “claret” for its use of traditional Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec. The nose offers aromas of cherry, vanilla and toast. The palate is medium bodied and silky with notes of candied cherry and baking spice. This is a versatile wine with a combination of bright acidity and soft tannins making it an easy food pairing.

Produced from fruit grown in the Paicines appellation in the Central Valley of California, this wine is blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The aromas of dark cherry and cocoa are mirrored in the lush, full bodied palate. Soft tannins add to the velvety mouth feel and carry into the long, lingering finish.

This is the vineyard’s flagship wine, named after Ezio Donati, the first Donati to be born in the states. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers a bold, rich and almost decadent experience. Dark fruits and rich earth dominate the nose while black cherry, warm spice and aged leather mingle on the complex palate. Lush, full tannins and a moderate acidity linger into the long finish.

Friday Wine Tasting 7.28.17

Come cool off with a free wine tasting! Here’s what we’ll be pouring:
This Oregon white is a blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Viognier, It has wonderfully vibrant floral and spice aromas. The palate is dominated by tropical fruit flavors and a slight sweetness that is balanced by a crisp acidity. Stainless steel fermentation on the lees adds a creamy texture that adds to the richness and decadence of this wine. Enjoy it by itself or with some spicy Thai food!
This is a classic delicate, yet complex Oregon Pinot Noir. It is a bright, light ruby color presenting aromas of bright red berries and a hint of toasted oak. The palate is smooth and balanced with slightly more body than you’d expect, finishing with length, sweet-tart red fruit and cleansing acidity.
This Columbia Valley red blend of Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals offers a playful, juicy, fruit forward experience. Raspberry and plum dominate the nose and palate balanced by notes of dried herbs, purple flowers and hints of smoke. Full bodied with soft tannins, this is an easy to enjoy, versatile wine.
This bold Columbia Valley wine is a blend of Bodeaux varietals Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The nose is bright red fruit, warm wood spice and hints of dried violets. The palate is rich and plush with silky, supply tannins and vibrant, energetic acidity. The berry and spice notes continue on the palate, lingering into the long finish.

Friday Wine Tasting 7.21.17

End your week on a high note by joining us for our free wine tasting: today from 3-7 pm. Here’s what we’ll be pouring:

This beautiful sparkling rosé from Provence, France offers an amiable nose of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. The palate is clean and delicate with a fine, mouth-filling mousse and persistent flavors of red berries and a hint of spice.

A renowned producer of small batch Pinot Noir, A.P. Vin sources this wine exclusively from the Kanzler Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast. Graceful and lively, this bottle offers notes of rich dried red fruits, delicate flowers and damp forest floor. Silky and supple with moderate body and fine tannins, this wine will continue to age gracefully for the next several years.

One of acclaimed Michael David Winery’s big hits, this Lodi blend pairs the wild, untamed muscle of Syrah with the refined, polished structure of Petite Sirah. Aromas of baked berry cobble, espresso and roasted nuts rise aggressively from the glass. The palate is full bodied and velvety with rich flavors of jam, toffee, dark chocolate and warm tobacco on the finish. A big, gregarious wine and an excellent value.

A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, offering a joyous explosion of color and fun! It is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate. It reveals remarkable richness with a finish that is slightly dry and seems to linger.

Friday Wine Tasting 7.14.17

Come by and cool off with some free wine! Here’s what we’ll be pouring today from 3-7 pm.

The Fiano grape is thought to be indigenous to Campania, Italy and is known for concentrated fruit and intense aromatics. The clay and chalk soils of the vineyards lend a clean mineral crispness to the wine, enhancing the attractive notes of white flowers, ripe pear and apricot. Chill this down for an excellent and refreshing sunny day wine.

Beaujolais-Villages takes its name from the 38 villages from which it can source its fruit and can be an approachable introduction to the more prestigious Cru Beaujolais. Produced by one of the most recognizable names in Beaujolais, this wine offers bright cherry and blackberry flavors with smooth, easy tannins. Incredibly versatile with food pairings, this wine can be served room temperature or slightly chilled.

Rosso di Montalcino is made of 100% Sangiovese (same grape as in Chianti). This deep ruby red wine spends one year in oak barrels imparting plentiful tannins, spice and complexity. Cherry, cranberry and bright pomegranate fruit is bolstered by a bright acidity and dusty lingering finish.

Clos de Los Siete is an Argentinian project of acclaimed Bordeaux producer Michel Rolland. Predominantly composed of Malbec, this is an inky, deep, dark and complex wine. The nose is pure and alluring offering fresh, juice fruit notes. The palate is full and fleshy with round tannins, vibrant acidity and generous fruit flavors enhanced by a lingering, dominant profile of baking spice.