May 2015 Wine Tasting Calendar

   

FROG JUMP FLAVORS – “The Wines of Calaveras County”

Thursday, May 7 - Saturday, May 9 2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00-7:00) $5.00 per person

The world famous Calaveras Frog Jumping takes place next weekend in Calaveras County so we’ll pay attention to the growing number of award winning wines from this nearby neighbor. Bring out mom on Mother’s Day weekend and we might find one of their wines a perfect match for frog’s legs.

Sorry…No tasting offered on Mother’s Day, May 10th.

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PINOT NOIR FINDS – “Good Values from around the State”

Thursday, May 14 thru Sunday, May 17 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 and Carneros to Monterey County, we’ll travel the state to see how they shape up.

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BBQ WINES FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND – “Getting Ready for Summer”

Thursday, May 21 - Sunday, May 24 2:00pm – 5:00pm (4:00 to 7:00 on Thursday) $5.00 per person


We’ll celebrate the Memorial Day weekend with some favorite whites and reds as we kick off the warm weather season and holiday BBQs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  LOCATIONS
 
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

      

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TOM’S WINE NOTES

Attention wine Lovers! Every April I help organize one of our area's best wine event. In it's 39th year, the Columbia Wine Tasting takes place on Sunday, April 19 in Columbia State Historic Park. Over 70 wineries and food specialists are on board for a terrific spring afternoon. All proceeds benefit the Columbia College Culinary Arts Program. Click  winetasting.events.gocolumbia.edu for tickets and a list of wineries. Hope to see you there!

 Joe's Cheese Corner
   Castelinhos of Portugal

 

Oakdale Cheese Co. Gouda Here is an aged Gouda from local producer that has been getting a ton of attention. The American Cheese Society recently awarded it 1st place in the Dutch Style category and out of 1,685 entries , place 3rd place in the over all "Best of Show"! Very nutty with dynamic richness that will transport you to Holland! Try with a fulled bodied Chardonnay or foothill Syrah.

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TIPS FROM TOM

 If you need a warm up in this cold and foggy weather, look no further than a glass of port. Styles range from nutty, amber and distinctive tawny ports to grapey, full flavored, and inky vintage ports. While true vintage Ports from Portugal tend to need age and are more expensive, look for labels that indicate LBV, or late bottled vintage, which offer dark berry flavors, less tannins, and rich drinkability. Terrific California producers creating similar styles include Ficklin, St. Amant, and Robert Hall wineries. Enjoy a glass at night with a chunk of blue cheese or roasted honey glazed almonds.

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