Friday Wine Tasting 11.10.17

Come join us for our weekly free tasting!

Gruet continues to produce high quality, value driven Champagne style wines out of New Mexico. This Blanc de Blancs (meaning Chardonnay only) is bone dry with delicate, persistant bubbles. The nose is fruit forward with citrus and green apple notes that are mirrored on the palate. Bright acidity and a delicate, but firm structure make this sparkler a great companion to sushi and shelfish.

This Syrah out of Santa Barbara, CA offers firm, full structure with great weight and depth of flavor. Blueberry and blackberry notes are bolstered by rich flavors of vanilla spice and mocha all coming together in a long, peppery finish.

This wine from Carneros is an elegant, graceful example of the Merlot varietal. The nose is bright and welcoming with plenty of blueberry and cranberry fruit with hints of dried mint and cedar. The palate is smooth and full with thick, chewy tannins and lush flavors of pomegranate, plum and cherry preserves with a sweet and spicy vanillin finish.

Wines give attention to fruit from high altitude because these vines are stressed, resulting in grapes with more intense flavor, structure and complexity. A deep ruby-purple in color, this wine is equally intense in it’s bouquet. Purple and blue fruit notes are matched with a strong oakiness and hints of pepper and dried flowers in the finish. The tannins are fine and the acidity is bright, making this an ideal wine to pair with roasted meats.

Friday Wine Tasting 11.3.17

We’d love to see you this evening and share some delicious wines. Come on by!

Handcrafted from the family’s vineyard, this Chardonnay is a fusion of style. Numerous hand pickings throughout the ripening period are used to produce three distinct Chardonnays that are later blended into a final wine just prior to bottling. The styles range from a crisp, fruit driven style fermented and aged in stainless steel, to a softer, more round French oak barrel fermented Chardonnay. The resulting combination is the perfect balance of fresh, pure Chardonnay fruit with aromas of crisp green apple, light citrus, and spiced peach.

This Oregon Pinot Noir is deep garnet in color with complex aromas of raspberry, blackberry and black pepper with a touch of leather. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with dark fruit flavors, raspberries and earthy spice notes. The wine has a bright mouth feel integrated with soft round tannins for a lengthy and complex finish.

This Paso Robles Merlot presents perfectly ripe fruit leading to bright plum and black cherry aromas complemented by subtle earth, vanilla, and spice. While inviting and lush, the palate also shows the serious side of Merlot. Dry and structured, its fine tannins and fresh acidity make this a standout at the table, and for those with the patience, in the cellar as well.

This Old Vine California blend is produced as a tribute to the generations of farmers who have cared for and nurtured these vineyards. Like these vines, they have struggled and persevered, putting down deep firm roots. The nose opens with aromas of dark cranberry, baking chocolate, orange zest and a hint of cigar box. Rich blackberry and raspberry flavors coalesce with chocolate-covered cherries. This wine has good weight, with mature soft and supple tannins and a silky, lingering finish.

Friday Wine Tasting 10.27.17

Come try these pre-Halloween sippers:

This Chardonnay greets you with a bright and bold nose of apple, orange blossom and vanilla spice. It is medium-full in body with honey drenched notes of pear and pineapple developing into fresher notes of Meyer lemon and crushed stone in the finish.

Bright candied fruit flavors and vibrant acidity are hallmarks of Oregon Pinot Noir and this wine is true to its roots. Sweet-tart notes of cherry and orange peel soften and deepen as this wine sits, giving you a lush, fruit forward and accommodating experience.

This stellar Spanish Garnacha (Grenache) is powerful yet restrained. It is an inky red in color and offers a classic nose of red fruit and dried lavender. The palate is more fruit forward than in typical in Old World wines and offers loads of jammy red fruit, violets and hints of spice. Lush and silky, this is a versatile wine for every occasion.

A blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, this wine offers dark brooding aromas of black licorice, chocolate, anise and vanilla. The palate is equally rich and complex with notes of dark berry cobbler, mocha and plum leading into to long, velvety finish.

Friday Wine Tasting 10.20.17

Come out and try:

This sparkling wine is made in the traditional Champagne style, but comes from the far Northern region of Alsace. Delicate, refined and a beautiful pale salmon color, this wine offers a perfumed nose of wild strawberries and white flowers. Medium bodied with a lively crisp acidity, the palate continues the red berry fruit and floral profile, finishing with a fresh minerality.

From one of the accepted best areas for New World Pinot Noir, the Willamette Valley, Oregon, this deep garnet wine offers a bright nose of cherry, cranberry and hints of dark earth. The palate is medium bodied and smooth with fine, but firm structure and ripe flavors of raspberry, strawberry and warm baking spice with a lively, tart finish.

This multi-vintage blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Carignane, Grenache and Petite Sirah is named for the beloved vineyard dog, Lord Sandwich. It offers rich, appealing fruit on the nose along with warm baking spice notes. The palate is silky and smooth with fine tannins and ripe flavors of blackberry, plum and peppery spice.

This blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is sourced from vineyards from throughout Washington State. Deeply colored with excellent balance between acidity, structure and body this wine offers a rich bouquet of dark berries, cedar and bittersweet chocolate.

Friday Wine Tasting 10.13.17

Here’s what we’re pouring this afternoon:

Although it is considered part of the New World, Chile makes a Sauvignon Blanc more in kind with Old World Bordeaux than with other New World SB heavyweights, New Zealand and California (this applies too to their Cabernet Sauvignon). Opening with a delicate yet intense nose, this wine offers vibrant tropical fruit flavors, white floral notes and a fresh, clean minerality.

This wine hails from the Rosario Valley in Chile which has a cool, maritime climate. This is an excellent location for Chardonnay which can become flabby and cumbersome if overly ripened. Allowing the grapes to slowly ripen has preserved a mouth watering acidity and vibrant texture while still delivering robust, tropical fruit and floral notes.

You may not automatically think of Pinot Noir when it comes to Chilean wines, but the cool climate and plentiful sun can be an ideal environment for this picky, temperamental grape. Sourced from the Aconcagua Valley in central Chile, this wine offers a bold nose of cherries and blueberries. The fruit flavors continue on the soft and silky palate with hints of peppery spice presenting in a long, pleasant finish.

Composed of selected lots of Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot this is a vibrant, bright medium bodied blend. The nose offers rich red fruit and hints of bittersweet cocoa. The palate is smooth with round, firm tannins and bold flavors of violets, damp earth and berry jam with notes of toasted oak on the finish.

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.