Featured Wine for August
FIRESTONE MERLOT – 2013
The fruit for this Merlot comes from several vineyard blocks on our estate, each with a unique soil structure, trellising style and microclimate. It is this diversity that allows us to create an exceptional final wine. Captivating aromas and flavors of black cherries, violets, sweet oak, cola and vanilla are complemented by soft tannins in this full-bodied Merlot.
Blend: 84% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Firestone Vineyard specializes in expressive high-quality wines from estate and select vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles. Long considered a destination for visitors to Santa Barbara County’s wine country, Firestone produces an array of Bordeaux-influenced wines in competitively-priced categories.
Founded in 1972 by Leonard and Brooks Firestone, Firestone Vineyard was Santa Barbara County’s first estate winery. In September 2007, Bill Foley acquired the Firestone winery and 380 vineyard acres in Los Olivos, as well as the Firestone tasting room in Paso Robles. Bill has continued the Firestone tradition in striving for the very best in vineyard management and cutting edge winemaking discipline. The vineyard focuses on optimal physiological balance in the vines yielding wines that are brightly flavored, crisp and delicious. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah vineyards are located on a series of mesas that have gravelly sub-soils, ideally oriented for perfect exposure
HEARST THREE SISTERS CUVEE – 2013
Winery: Hearst Ranch
Wine Name/Vineyard: “Three Sisters Cuvee Red”
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 42% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre & 25% Grenache
Region: Paso Robles
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 2,200
Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
Review date: April 3, 2017
Wine Review: This bright red colored Rhone styled red blend opens with a blueberry and cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a tasty blend of gentle red plum with notes of dried cherry. I also detected some faint hints of strawberry and oak in the background. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins show nice length. This wine is food friendly and would pair nicely with a pork tenderloin with sage. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: Our 2013 Three Sisters Red is a compelling blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. While these three varietals are related by lineage, they each possess a distinct personality adding intrigue to the composition. The nose opens with bright Grenache driven notes of concentrated raspberry jam. As you continue to inhale, the Mourvedre component delivers secondary notes of spice and hints of wet earth. The dominant Syrah portion brings flavors of ripe plum and structured depth to the mid-palate. This wine has a playful mid-weight viscosity which makes it at ease with or without food.
Organic status: not organic
Currently we are featuring the smooth sounds of Genny Axtman and Bruce Anthony of Déjà Vu, performing on alternate Friday nights.
Wine & Paint Party
Don’t miss out … get your tickets early!
Wine and Paint night is an opportunity for you to let out the inner Van Gogh. With the help of your complimentary glass of wine and delicious appetizers, you and a few other hopeful artists will be able to create a painting that’s worth hanging in the garage. With the help of one of our art instructors, and under the influence of a fine wine, the process becomes easy. You will enjoy the company, the fun, and the food.
Sign up for one now. These events sell out quickly, so don’t hesitate. $35 per person includes a complimentary glassed wine and appetizers. All of the paint supplies you need will be waiting for you at your painting stations. This event is for anyone who either wants to improve their painting skills or wants an excuse to go out with friends and enjoy a glass of good wine. Reservations are made by calling 859-1925 and are non-refundable.
A Wine Tasting Event Sample Menu
|Discoveries Pinot Grigio||Chicken Satay w/ Thai Sauce|
|Los Vascos Chardonnay||Caprese Skewer|
|Tapiz Torantes||Chicken Masala/Basmati Rice|
|Gen 5 Chardonnay||Salmon Caper spread on Cracker|
|Gruner Veltliner||Cheesy Artichoke Won Ton Cup|
|St George Merlot||Rosemary Cheese w/Ellie’s Bread|
|Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel||Margherita Pizza|
|Guenoc Petite Sirah||Blue Cheese/Pecan dip w/Honey drizzle|
|Periano Cabernet Sauvignon||Antipasto Cup|
|Kuleto Nap Blend||Cracker/Brie/Pears/Honey Balsamic Drizzle|
|Villa Jolanda Moscato||Raspberry/White Chocolate Bar|
WINE TASTING: This event sells out and unfortunately we have to turn away a few at the door. Always remember to get those tickets early. The cost was $35 per person and included 10 different wine samplings. The paired food for each wine was impressive. Rare cheeses, skewers, fresh fruit, fine chocolates were on the menu and complimented each wine that was presented. Good conversations and wonderful people filled the room. Thanks Denis
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Ellie’s Wine Bar is neighborhood establishment that offers quality wines at a reasonable price, amazing appetizers made fresh when they are ordered, and entertainment from some of the finest musicians in Siskiyou County.
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