Barnyard Animals: The Power Packed Wines of Cornas

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 22

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $35 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Cornas: one of France’s tiniest appellations producing some of the country’s most robust wines. Not only are these wines power-packed, they are also extremely long lived. Yet for all their majesty, this region remains relatively unknown.

This tasting aims to change that. Using as many vintages as we can, the tasting explores the producers, terroirs and styles of Cornas.

Friday FREE Tasting: Easter in Italy & More!

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm



Date: Friday, April 18

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

Format: open house, FREE!

Robert Parker has said of Giorgio Rivetti’s wines: “They are some of the finest produced in Italy.”

However, over the years, the wines from Rivetti’s La Spinetta estate have had on and off availability.  This Easter, we at Waterford Wine Company are proud to welcome La Spinetta back to Wisconsin! And we aren’t just offering one wine, but two – the Super-Tuscan Il Nero di Casanova, and its dry rosé counterpart – Il Rosé di Casanova.

Il Nero di Casanova delivers a strawberry jam-like richness intertwined with smoked meats, exotic spices, black currants and Indian tea.  The finish is suave and rich, making Il Nero one of Italy’s finest Super-Tuscans.

Il Rosé di Casanova is like a field of wild strawberries bursting with fully ripened intensity while hints of grapefruit, orange peel and mint echo in the background. It is beautifully crisp, balancing freshness around a core of minerality.

Both are perfect for your Easter celebration. We will also sample the Jason-Stephens Cabernet special.  Stop in anytime Friday between 4 and 7. See you then!


King of Cab? Jason-Stephens 2010 Estate Cabernet

In Cabernet, Drinking on April 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm


Napa Valley is the undisputed King of American Cabernets.

But it wasn’t always, and in fact, historically, there have been many other valleys – Sonoma, Livermore, Santa Clara – that could’ve laid claim to being the King of Cabernet. And it’s worth exploring because Napa’s full-bodied powerhouse style of Cabernet is possible to achieve, at less than half the price.

Let me introduce you to Santa Clara Valley and the dynamic winemaking team of Jason Goelz and Stephen Dorcich. With their Jason-Stephens 2010 Estate Cabernet, the depth of their skills and the power of Santa Clara Valley show:

This is a sumptuous, fine-knit and fabulously concentrated Cabernet that hits all of the Napa Valley sweet spots on the palate: a gorgeous bouquet of blackberry, kirsch, creme de cassis, minerals and toast come soaring out of the glass. These soaring aromatics are matched with a palate that is exquisite and pure, boasting flavors of raspberries, blueberries, minerals and fresh toast. The 2010 is an utterly compelling effort that I believe will put Santa Clara Valley back on the map and break Napa’s patriarchy over California Cabernet.

For every Cabernet lover out there, all that you need is right in this bottle – except the price. With Napa’s great Cabernets now routinely starting at $50 (and quickly climbing far above $100) Jason-Stephens’ Cabernet has always been a great bargain. Now, it’s an exceptional one. Don’t miss it.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: