December 2014 Wine Tasting Calendar

   

TASTING THE TOP 100’S – “Year End Highly Rate Wines” Thursday, December 4 thru Sunday, December 7 2:00pm – 5:00 pm (Thursday 4-7:00pm)

$10.00 per person


A number of publications have just released their top 100 wines of the year, and we’ll taste some that are late year releases and have gotten special attention from major publications.

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BUBBLES AND SWEETS TASTING – “Holiday Sparkling and Dessert Wines” Thursday, December 11th 4 -7:00pm $10.00 per person.


Join us for a special tasting on Thursday Evening from 4:00 to 7:00pm when we’ll expand the tasting to feature a dozen sparkling wines, champagnes, ports, and dessert wines.

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WINES OF PORTUGAL - "From Vino Verde to Tawny Porto" Friday, *December 12  thru Sunday, December 14 2:00pm - 5:00 pm $5.00 per person

*December 12 - Cancelled due to weather, will resume December 13-14

Portugal is best known for its sweet dessert wine production. But we will explore the Duoro region and others for interesting table wines in addition to some of our favorite ports.

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O'BRIEN'S “LASTCHANCE” HOLIDAY WINE TASTING AND SALE Saturday, December 20th 2:00pm to 4:00pm $10.00 per person


Join us in the wine department for a tasting that will feature 15 premium Cabernets, Chardonnays, and other fine wines. Take advantage of a one time special discount. A number of other wines will be on sale during the tasting. Note Special time!!!!!

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NO TASTING THURSDAY, FRIDAY or SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th- 21st

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WINES OF WASHINGTON STATE -

“A Northwest Sampler” Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28 2:00pm – 5:00 pm $5.00 per person


Washington continues to receive accolades for their whites and reds. Most of the wine grapes grown in the state come from the western part of the state resulting in immensely concentrated wines.

                  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

Fall means Oktoberfest but your celebration needs not to be centered on beer. Rieslings, German or domestic are also important to autumn harvests and cultural celebration. They come in a variety of styles and regional differences with varying levels of sweetness. Look for Rieslings from Germany’s Mosel Valley or Washington State‘s Columbia Valley. Rieslings tend to be tangy with flavors ranging from peach and tropical fruit off set by good acidity. Foods you would normally pair with the Fest beers work for Rieslings as well. Grilled bratwurst, soft pretzels with mustard, or roasted pork loin.

 Joe's Cheese Corner
   Castelinhos of Portugal

 

Yancy’s Fancy Cheddars
Roasted Garlic Cheddar Cheese Curds
Buffalo Wing Cheddar Chesse Curds

This New York State producer has become famous for their naturally made cheese. What is a Cheddar Cheese Curd? Cheese Curds are simply fresh cheddar cheese before it has been pressed into a block to age and thus become "aged cheddar." Pure, simple and wholesome, cheese curds are high in calcium and make a great nutritious snack for kids and adults alike! Perfect for your Ocktoberfest celebrating too!

 

 

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