April-May 2016 Wine Tasting Calendar


O’BRIEN’S ZIN FEST Annual Zinfandel Tasting”  Saturday, April 16    2:00 - 4:00 pm                       $10.00 per person

If you love Zinfandel, this is your day. We’ll break out a dozen Zins including new releases and many favorites. A lot of our best Zins will be on sale this weekend.



A LAKE COUNTY SAMPLER – “Exploring North of Napa” Friday April 15 and Sunday, April 17 2:00pm - 5:00 pm $5.00 per person

Lake County has emerged as an important producer of premium wines and one of the fastest growing regions in northern California. They have built a reputation for their Sauvignon Blanc and a number of full flavored reds.


WINES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN – “A Coastal Wine Cruise” Thursday, April 21 thru Sunday, April 24 2:00pm - 5:00 pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person

We’ll explore wine districts that are close to the Mediterranean coast as we visit France, Spain, Italy and Greece. We’ll including terrific seafood wines from several island destinations.


A TASTE OF LODI – “Their Powerhouse Reds” Thursday, April 28 - Sunday, May 1 2:00pm – 5:00pm ( 4:00 to7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person.

Contrary to the old song, Lodi is now a good place to get stuck, with its growing number of excellent wines creating a destination worth investigating, especially their trademark Zinfandels.


PINOT NOIR FINDS – “Good Values from around the State” Thursday, May 5 thru Saturday, May 7 2:00pm – 5:00pm ( 4:00 to7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person.

Pinot Noir continues to grow in popularity and good values remain hard to find. From the Russian River to Monterey County, we’ll travel the state to find new favorites in time for Mother’s Day.

*Note: No Tasting on Sunday, Mother’s Day.

























O'Brien's - Dale Rd
4120 Dale Rd.
Modesto, CA 95356 
(209) 545-8100 
O'Brien's - Roseburg
839 W. Roseburg   
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 524-9234

O'Brien's -Riverbank
6331 Oakdale Rd.
Riverbank, CA 
(209) 869-9050



Cheese from Joe

Matos St. George Cheese

 Joe and Mary Matos grew up on the lush volcanic island of Sao Jorge in the Portuguese Azores. It happens to be an island that is noted for its delicious cheeses, and lucky for us, when Joe and Mary relocated to Santa Rosa in the 1970s, they carried the recipe for their homeland's native cheese with them. Putting their personal American spin on the original recipe, St. George is a full-flavored cow milk cheese with a cheddary depth and a rich texture. It is firm but will crumble, making a tasty addition to a salad. Serve it with a Portuguese dry red table wine.




"The Wine Guy"

Patio Friendly Non Oaked Chardonnays

With weather warming up it is time to put a few extra bottles of Chardonnay in your frig or cellar and fire up the BBQ. Non oaked Chardonnays continue to grow in popularity and generally are more food friendly than the richer heavier oaked examples. Ideal for outdoor dining, look for terrific examples of these crisper tropical non oaked Chards from Mer Soleil, Tolosa, Morgan and Chamisal wineries. Perfect for grilled fresh halibut whose season just started, or a grilled garlic cilantro chicken breast.


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