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Waterford Wine & Spirits Delafield Grand Opening and Summer Sampler

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Date: Saturday, July 22
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Location: 631 Genesee Street, Delafield
Cost: FREE
Format: Festival!

Yes, it’s true.  After a decade of selling wine on Brady Street we just couldn’t get enough – Waterford Wine Company is expanding!  In addition to our flagship store on Milwaukee’s East Side, we added a second location in the heart of downtown Delafield, at 631 Genesee Street.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Waterford without a giant party. So not only are we having our Grand Opening on the 22nd, but we will also host our 2017 Summer Sampler.  That’s right—we will be pouring more than 40 wines, beers and spirits for you to taste and purchase.

We want to thank you all for your business over the years which has allowed us to grow.  Please come join us at the new store to celebrate our expansion.  Cheers and see you soon!

Of Structure and Grace: Gorgeous Dry Riesling

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: 1327 E. Brady Street
Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Riesling is one of the greatest, most age-worthy, most powerfully expressive wines on the planet, and we are going to prove it to you.  Across the world and through various vintages, this tasting will explore the structural intensity and graceful power of Riesling.  I DO believe Riesling is one of the greatest grapes in the white wine world and I think this collection of wines will convince you, too.

Diversity and Deliciousness in Spain

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Date: Thursday, July 13
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: 1327 E. Brady Street
Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

With its great diversity of grapes, wine regions and winemaking styles, Spain continues to be one of the most dynamic places to be drinking these days.  Aged Riojas, powerful Riberas and Priorats, and a whole myriad of white wines from Godello to Alvarinho are there to tempt and delight.  At this tasting we’ll explore as many wines and regions as possible.

White Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like white Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity of a red wine, with the refreshment, energy and richness of a white.

Yet for how wonderful it is, white Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); is it oaked; or unoaked? And, why do white Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of white Burgundy!

New Selections in Scotch

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Date: Thursday, June 22
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $50 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

So much to explore, so little time – Single Malt Scotch. Here at Waterford we play host to a great many collectable, one-of-a-kind Scotches. From Origonal Bottlers to Independents, we’ve got it all. And of course, what is better than shopping for Scotch? Drinking it. Come and taste some of our newest features.

Champagne

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Date: Thursday, June 15
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Champagne is one of the world’s greatest wine regions yet no matter how much we talk about it, most Americans drink it only once a year – at New Years.  It’s time to rectify this paucity of bubbly in our lives.

This tasting explores the wide world of Champagne (with a few sparklers thrown in for comparison), its history, wine making traditions, and current controversies.  But more than anything else, it’s a great way to spend an evening – drinking Champagne!

Back By Popular Demand: Spring Whites

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Date: Thursday, June 8
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

We adore esoteric white wine at the shop, and it’s time to share the love! Come join us on a stroll through some of the world’s greatest white wine-growing regions.   Come mid-May, the weather will be perfect to savor France’s Burgundy and Loire, and Italy’s and Austria’s, treasures. Let’s explore the best there is to offer.

The Rosé Festival

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: Noon to 4 pm

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Festival
Rosé – no longer your grandmother’s blush wine. Dry rosé is serious stuff: it drinks like a red wine but you chill it like a white. Is it the ultimate patio pounder? Or is it the gateway to delicious hedonism for those of us who usually just drink red? Whatever your motive, come to the festival and explore some of the best rosés available in Wisconsin!

Wine Series No. 2: Spring Reds

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm
Date: Thursday, June 1
Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)

Format: Seminar, RSVP required
We also love esoteric red wine here at the store! In this second tasting of the series, we will explore some of the world’s best lighter-bodied red wines that are perfect for late spring with occasional hints of summer. From high-altitude Spain to Italy’s Alto Adige and Tuscany and cool-weather France, we’ll explore the best there is to offer.   

Perfect Party Trifecta

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm
Date:  Thursday, May 25
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required
You’re hosting an upcoming cocktail or dinner party…OR you’re wondering if you have the moxie to pull one off successfully.
You’ve come to the right place!
We’re going to provide you a grand slam of banging wines, and all you need are three hits:
1) Get on base with a bubbly.
2) Slide smartly into a nice white;.
3) Then lay a stunning red on the crowd. 
All you ever needed was these three in your line-up! We’re going to taste 3 flights in each category, and whatever combo you choose will bring you to automatic induction into party royalty.

Wine Series No. 1: Spring Whites

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm
Date: Thursday, May 18
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)

Format: Seminar, RSVP required
We adore esoteric white wine at the shop, and it’s time to share the love! Come join us on a stroll through some of the world’s greatest white wine-growing regions.   Come mid-May, the weather will be perfect to savor France’s Burgundy and Loire, and Italy’s and Austria’s, treasures. Let’s explore the best there is to offer. 

The Glorious Bounty of South Africa

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)

Format: Seminar, RSVP required
Long forgotten as a historic vine growing region, South Africa has emerged within the last decade as a serious New World contender. Dramatic “Cape-style” Bordeaux blends, powerful whites, and an exceptionally talented group of young vintners are making South Africa’s wines better than ever. This tasting not only explores the history of the region, but also its many wine treasures.

Cru Beaujolais: An Exploration Across Beaujolais’ Ten Crus

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2017 at 10:18 am

Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

While many associate Beaujolais with its main export – Beaujolais Nouveau – these wines are not the best of the region. In fact, they are a far cry from it.

The best of Beaujolais lies in Cru Beaujolais, the upper vineyards of the region that sit on granite, creating wines of depth, breadth, and soaring beauty to rival anything else that Burgundy has to offer.

This tasting will showcase the best of the best from each Beaujolais Cru. We will explore the region’s rightful station of producing world-class wines.

The 2017 Barolo and Barbaresco Festival

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival
The wine of kings and the king of wines: Barolo.
This event will showcase some of the greatest producers in Barolo, Barbaresco and all of Piemonte.  It allows you to explore (at a friendly $30 tasting price) the complex issues of wine production, environment and climate that go into making some of Italy’s greatest wines.
But we won’t stop there.  We will also sample other varietals from these regions:
Dolcetto, Barbera, Arneis, Gavi, blends, etc.  For the novice Italian drinker, this tasting offers an exceptional entree to Italy’s grandest wines.  For the connoisseur, it’s an unprecedented opportunity to pick your favorites.
Mark your calendars – this is a tasting not to miss.

White Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like white Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity of a red wine, with the refreshment, energy and richness of a white.

Yet for how wonderful it is, white Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); is it oaked;  or unoaked?  And, why do white Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of white Burgundy!

2011 Pierre Damoy Bourgogne Rouge

In Burgundy, Uncategorized on February 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

This Bourgogne Rouge is cut from the cloth of all Domaine Damoy wines – dominated by Gevrey Chambertin.  However, try as Pierre Damoy might, putting grand cru wine into a Bourgogne-priced bottle is not a good business strategy.  So here, in this bottle, he blends in the vineyards of Fixin and Couchey.  It makes perfect sense – Fixin and Couchey both touch Gevrey Chambertin to the north and hold a similar fruit profile, yet don’t command the same fruit prices.  Meaning we get something that tastes like a Gevrey Chambertin (and nearly a premier cru at that) for the price of a humble Bourgogne.

And Pierre make a broad style of red Burgundy – on the nose are loads of blackberries, blackcurrant, notes of truffle, and a touch of earth.  The palate is expansive – yes, it’s a Bourgogne, but remember the blend – Gevrey Chambertin comes through richly across the mid-palate, accentuating the fruit characteristics present on the nose, filling in with a black cherry profile that delightfully accentuates the smooth, perfectly mature richness of the body.  This is not some tart cranberry-fruited red Burgundy, this is a gorgeously aged and beautiful Gevrey from one of the region’s top producers. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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Big Red: Shiraz and Syrah

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Is any wine “bigger” than an Australian Shiraz?  Doubtful.

But Australia is a continent, not just a small community, and Syrah is grown worldwide.  The grape offers a fantastic diversity of flavors and tastes, all the while remaining one of the most majestic wines in the world.

Sadly, most people do not gravitate to Shiraz in their drinking pleasure.  The solution?  To taste as many Syrahs as possible in order to convert the world to how amazing these wines can be.

2015 d’Ourea Tire Bouchon Cotes du Rhone

In Cote du Rhone, Uncategorized on February 23, 2017 at 12:01 pm

doureaCork Puller (Tire Bouchon) is a great name for this fun Cotes du Rhone that is just darn easy to crank open and throw back.  Bright cherry fruit aromas come straight out of the glass mixed with black pepper, healing touches of spice, seek blackberries and hints of herbes de Provence.  The palate is full-bodied, doctor yet also has zip and verve – the perfect kinda red wine for roasted lamb with garlic aioli, or grilled tuna with a sun-dried tomato salsa, or even just slightly chilled alongside a thick-cut bacon, avocado and tomato sandwich. The finish is smooth and supple, and ends with a fruit-driven minerality. You’ll want to guzzle it down just as much as I do.

Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

By founding a Pinot vineyard in Willamette Valley in 1966, David “Papa Pinot” Lett was making a statement for the rest of the world to hear – that this valley was an ideal place for a cool-climate grape, capable of producing wines with finesse, longevity, and elegance.

A few pioneers followed David’s example and today, Willamette’s Pinot production is booming.  This tasting explores the valley’s history, its five subzones and how they affect the finished wines, and how winemaking styles interrelate with all of these factors.

Scotch: Smooth Operators

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $50 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

How smooth can a Scotch be?  I betcha want to know.

And I bet you want to know why.

Is it the malted grain, the barrel, the age, the caramel, the water or the location?  What makes a Scotch taste just absolutely lusciously smooth to the point of complete and utter refinement?  We’re gonna find out.

This Scotch taste is a flip of most of our Scotch tastings – we’re putting together a specific set of non-peated, ever so gentle, but ever so delicious Scotches that just should not be missed.  Now don’t be mistaken – our enthusiasm for a calm sea doesn’t mean we’re bad sailors or that these Scotches are boring – they are, in fact, some of the best we have around.  So come on in, and let’s taste some amazing Scotch.

Red Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 (credited back against a six bottle purchase)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Burgundy is supposedly the greatest place to plant Pinot Noir on the face of the earth.  Yet to many, its laws, its labels, its sheer mass of complexity remains daunting – so daunting it creates a barrier to enjoying these fabulous wines.

At this tasting, we aim to break down that barrier.  As the Burgundians like to say, the region is complex, but not complicated.  While we taste some of Burgundy’s great wines, we will explore the diversity, learn to relish in its explicit details, and enjoy navigating the complexities of Burgundy.

Italy’s Powerhouse Reds

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 (credited back against a six bottle purchase)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

From Super Tuscans to Amarone, Montepulciano to Negro Amaro, Italy produces some of the world’s most robust red wines.  The diversity is huge, with 2,000 native grape varieties (and vastly different prices to boot). This is an arena of wines that truly needs to be tasted in order to be explored.

So no matter what your experience level with Italian wines, from dipping your toes in to experienced collector, come and taste some of the most dynamic of Italy’s powerhouse red wines.

2012 Pauillac de Haut-Bages Liberal

In Bordeaux, Uncategorized on January 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Pauillac de Haut-Bages Liberal is the “forward” drinking wine from the Chateau.  It has been chosen from barrels that drink well right now: an effusive nose of red currants, linden, blackberries, and Pauillac-like gravel power are all expressed boldly on the nose.  The palate blooms to a Cabernet musculature featuring loads of blackberry, creme de cassis, wood smoke and reduced vanilla and spices.  There is enough fun-loving fruit for this wine to be cocktailed, by why deny yourself?

Start a bottle while making the steak Diane ribeye chop with porcinis roasted in Cognac and finished with demi-glaze, and then go ahead and play right on through while eating said steak.  That’s what the Bordelaise would do, and you should, too.  You might even need a second bottle. Please contact us for pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or sommelier@waterfordwine.com.

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Malbec & More – a Tasting through Argentina

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 (credited back against a six bottle purchase)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Born of France but now famous from Argentina, Malbec is one of the world’s great comeback wine stories.  Almost relegated to extinction in Southern France during the 17th century, the vines transplanted high in the Andes, in what would become Argentina, by a few brave monks.  Nursed by the Incas’ flood irrigation systems, there Malbec made a home and was consumed domestically for many decades.

But then one man, Nicolas Catena, in the early 1990s set about restoring Malbec as an internationally famous grape variety.  His quest – to make the absolute best possible Malbec that the world had ever known, and that further competes against the greatest red wines in the world.

Did he succeed?  Come taste through the history, geography and everything else that is exciting in the world of Argentinian winemaking.

Scotch

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Date: Thursday, January 12
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $50 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

The peat, the barrel, the malt, the spirit, the land – Scotch.  At this tasting we take an exploratory look across Scotland, sampling and tasting all kinds of spirit.  Our goal?  To explore the wonderful wide world of Scotch!

Kopke Colheita Ports Back to 1966

In Port, Uncategorized on December 21, 2016 at 11:15 pm

kopkeColheita Ports are single vintage Tawny-style ports. To explain: Port comes in two styles. Rubies (which include Ruby, LBV and Vintage Ports) emphasize their fruit character and are aged in bottle. Tawnies (which include Tawny, 10-, 20–year Tawny, and Colheita) emphasize their smooth richness and are aged in barrel. When Colheitas are released from the winery they are ready to drink immediately. And because Kopke has such a long history, they offer some exceptional values in extremely long-aged Colheitas.

These Ports are beauties, and what better gift can there be to celebrate a milestone anniversary or other special occasion? This year, we are featuring 1996 and 1966. Cheers!

Please contact us for pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or sommelier@waterfordwine.com.

The Bordeaux & Cabernet Festival

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 11 am to 5 pm. Expanded hours!
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

How amazing would it be to have the best of the best of Cabernet from across the entire world, all at once?

Even better – how amazing would it be to taste two-thirds of Bordeaux’s Grand Cru Classe wines, all at once? Take a look below, I think you’ll agree, the list is impressive and offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience in tasting Bordeaux.

But it gets better as we go further than just Bordeaux. If you like Napa Cabernet, Sonoma, Bolgheri, Margaret River or even places farther afield – we’ve got it, and we will be pouring it.

Truly, what we have stacked up for you in terms of Cabernet-based wines is some of the best of the best in the world. And not only that, but for a mere $30 (which can be credited towards a purchase) you get to taste them all at once.

The Cabernet Festival was always a revelatory experience, and now it’s even more amazing. Come early, stay late, but whatever you do, mark your calendars – this one is not to miss.

Dusted Valley Cellars Winemaker Tasting Event

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Date: Friday, December 9
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: Free
Format: Open House

You see, there was a time when a state by the name of Washington highly influenced the young, burgeoning mind of yours truly. A time of long hair and longer dreams. Dreams like those of Eau Claire’s favorite daughter, Janet Johnson, owner of Dusted Valley Winery in Columbia Valley. The year was 2003, and Janet, her husband, Chad, sister Cindy and brother-in-law, Corey, set out to grow wine in the Walla Walla Valley. All these Wisconsin farm kids did was found the 40th winery in the valley. Now there are more than 400.

My dear friends, let us be aloof, a bit uncouth, and stain a tooth with these lovely selections.  We’ll be pouring our Christmas Cab, Dusted Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, at the lowest worldly price of $24.99, and other favorites from Dusted Valley. Here to kick it off is the lovely Janet Johnson.  Not only is she one of us, she is a fabulous one!  A tasting not to be missed.  I guarantee it.

2012 Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra

In Barolo, Uncategorized on December 6, 2016 at 1:14 pm

conternoRavishing.

That is simply the word for the smell of this wine.  Dream of delivering 12 dozen roses to Sophia Loren’s open arms and you’ll get just a glimpse of pleasure that this wine’s bouquet delivers – a truly stunning display of red flowers, Morello cherries, wild carnation, spiced orange peel, pomegranate and savory herbs come up and out of the glass.  The palate is sumptuously rich throughout the entry, but then at the back reveals the true nature of Ginestra – power.  It is solidly an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove.  This wine has spent approximately four years in very large, old oak cask, so the tannins are supple and incredibly integrated, while at the same time imparting in every sip exactly who’s boss.  You can drink this wine now (it is, afterall, already almost five years old), but it will continue to drink incredibly well for the next 40 years.

This Barolo is the total package, a showstopper – power, grace, perfume, longevity, and incredible deliciousness.  It is the definition of Grand Cru, and wine just doesn’t get much better than this.  To live life without amazing Barolo, this amazing Barolo, would be a crime – let’s not commit it. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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The Bordeaux & Cabernet Festival

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 11 am to 5 pm. Expanded hours!

Location: Waterford Wine Com­­pany
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

How amazing would it be to have the best of the best of Cabernet from across the entire world, all at once?
That’s what the Cabernet Festival is about.  If you like Napa Cabernet, Sonoma, Pauillac, Saint Estephe, Graves, Bolgheri, Margaret River or even places farther afield – we’ve got it, and we will be pouring it.

Here’s a great way to taste across the world, but also up and down all kinds of different price points.  Check out the list of wines here. And hold on to Saturday, December 10!

Touring Napa Cab’s AVAs

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Date: Thursday, November 17
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful places on Earth to make wine.  With its climate, soil, geography – and colorful personalities – it makes some of the best Cabernet on Earth.  The question is, how to sort through this enormous (and expensive) volume of gorgeous wine?

The way Napa wineries do it is through American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs.  These AVAs are defined by geography with the intent that they highlight a specific style of wine.  Learn the key AVAs, and you’ve got Napa down pat.

At this tasting, we will  tour Napa’s AVAs, looking to increase our knowledge of the terroir and develop our appreciation for these majestic wines.

Sparkling: Champagne and More

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

The holidays are fast approaching, and you know you’re going to need Champagne – whether it’s for a toast on New Year’s Eve, a Mimosa at Christmas, or simply a Tuesday night bubbly for when the neighbors drop in – you need Champagne.

Yet Champagne can be expensive. And while you deserve the very best, perhaps not everyone in your sphere (or at your holiday table) merits a reach up to the top shelf.

So maybe, just maybe, greatness can be found in the world of sparklers beyond Champagne.  At this tasting, we will explore a variety of sparklers from around the world, from Champagne to Cava, and from very lavish to the greatly affordable.  Your holidays just got better!

Bordeaux

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited toward a $30 purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Bordeaux’s reputation is great, and this collection of wines will showcase why.

At the tasting, we will explore the history, classifications, pricing structure, ageability, and three main regions of Bordeaux, plus track the 1855 Grand Cru Classification system and what it means to us today.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and get to know Bordeaux better. For the consummate aficionado or the casual imbiber, here is a rare opportunity to study Bordeaux. We got some amazing selections in; come learn what the best of the best is all about.

2014 Beringer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

In Pinot Noir, Uncategorized on November 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

beringerThis is packed and stacked Pinot Noir – oceans of baked red cherry fruits, spiced orange peel, a touch of truffle and black cherry are all loaded into the palate.  It feels like a $40 Pinot Noir should – its generous weight and full texture create a gorgeous drinking experience.  Being mostly from the lower Russian River (although the bottle does hold the Sonoma Coast designation for legalities) the mid-palate has Russian River Valley’s sublimely soft and integrated tannins.

Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Scotch

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2016 at 9:39 am

Date:  Thursday, medicine October 27
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person
Format: Seminar, pharm RSVP required

Okay, once again, I am attempting to bring a couple of new Scotches into the state – this time Signatory and Duncan Taylor.  But once again, I am having trouble getting this all confirmed.  So what I will say, is that if you sign up now for this Scotch tasting, we’re going to pour you some amazing stuff. I just don’t quite know what it is yet!

The Brunello Festival

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Date: Saturday, online October 22
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, drugs credit towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Brunello – the legendary wine of Tuscany produced in only the
greatest of vintages with a longevity not shorter than a human lifespan. We are going to taste 40 of them. Need I say more?

But we won’t stop there. At this open-house, come-when-you-like, stay-as-long-as-you-want Festival of Italian wine, we will be exploring not only Brunello, but also Vino Nobile, Chianti and all their Super Tuscan brethren.

If you are just starting down the path of exploring the wines of Tuscany, or you already have a cellar full of Brunello from 1947, this tasting is an extravagant tour through some of Italy’s most majestic wines. In other words, it is not one to miss.

Sweater Weather: Autumn Delights on Cool Nights

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Date: Thursday, advice October 13th
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, prostate purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

So long and farewell to the “quenchers” and “patio pounders” of summer. As the temperature descends, cravings turn toward fleshy and hedonistic; you need fortifying. Under the broad theme of deliciousness, this tasting explores an eclectic array of wines that compliment the new season.

2013 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee Bordeaux-Style Cabernet Blend

In Cabernet, Uncategorized on October 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm

gunnyAn extraordinarily pronounced nose of fresh blackberries, advice cassis, cialis vanilla wood, purchase blackcurrants, minerals and blueberry liqueur reveal a complex core of fruit characteristics.

Like many Bordeaux, this is a Cabernet blend, with the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  It is most evident on the palate: a cascade of ripe, concentrated fruit with a full-bodied, multidimensional experience of blackcurrants, crushed black cherries, and hints of chocolate and roasted hazelnuts.  The tannins are seamlessly integrated in a velvety smooth drinking experience that can be enjoyed now or over the next decade.  Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

2004 Dumangin Champagne Le Vintage

In Champagne, Uncategorized on October 6, 2016 at 10:14 am

dumanginThis Champagne has now spent 12 years on the lees and it’s now as vigorous, thumb concentrated and layered as any Champagne that I’ve ever had.  The nose opens with a deep expression of white chocolate, hazelnuts, honeycomb and truffles.  This effusive bouquet leads to an endlessly sumptuous and complex mouthfeel that is drop-dead gorgeous. It coats the palate in layers of ripe fruit (2004 was a great year in Champagne), while at the same time giving a diamond-like brilliance that is clear and precise.  The finish lasts for a full minute in its creamy, hedonistic intensity.  If wine were like a love story, clearly it would be in aging and time that it reaches the most profound expression.

Twelve years is a long time to hold onto any wine, and cellaring is an expensive process.  At its simplest, the opportunity costs are enormous. That’s one of the reasons why when we buy a bottle of Dom Perignon, we’re paying so much for it.  But recently I was introduced to the house of Dumangin.  Years ago they started laying down their “Le Vintage” Champagne in small quantities.  The goal, of course, was to some day sell it – but only at the perfect moment in its evolution.  That perfect moment has arrived.  Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

2013 Clos du Val Cabernet, The Return

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm

closvalPowerful and classic Cabernet aromas of blueberries, black cherries, and ultra-rich blackberries come across the glass with a hedonistic intensity that will bring a smile to the taster.  For all of its rich concentration, the wine does not lack complexity – notes of sous bois, truffle, Margaux-esque mocha, and a Pauillac-like pencil lead all layer into the taste.  When the rest of Napa Valley gets too ripe, Yountville delivers perfectly harmonious Cabernet.

The finish is long and brilliant, with fully resolved tannins making it utterly delicious to drink now, or to cellar up to 10 more years. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, case purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

By founding a Pinot vineyard in Willamette Valley in 1966, David “Papa Pinot” Lett was making a statement for the rest of the world to hear – that this valley was an ideal place for a cool-climate grape, capable of producing wines with finesse, longevity, and elegance.

A few pioneers followed David’s example and today, Wilamette’s Pinot production is booming.  This tasting explores the valley’s history, its five subzones and how they affect the finished wines, and how winemaking styles interrelate with all of these factors.

Magnificent Australia

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Date: Thursday, clinic September 29
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, here purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

I’ll admit that over the years, Australia’s wine scene has taken a beating.  On the one hand are snotty sommeliers saying that Australia only makes overdone fruit bombs.  On the other hand is the perception that Australia only produces cheap plonk.  What a Catch-22 to be stuck in!

But here is the truth (which we will, of course, attempt to uncover via drinking): Australia is as diverse and as rich a wine country as the United States, and just like the United States there is a vast array of wine—everything from Two Buck Chuck to Cult Napa Cabernet.

This tasting aims to showcase the best of the best in Australia, regardless of price or hipster sommeliers.  Australia is producing fantastic wines, and tasting them is a great way to learn!

Red Burgundy (Pinot Noir), Complex, but not Complicated

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Date: Thursday, medical September 22
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, online purchase one seat, view get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Burgundy is supposedly the greatest place to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the face of the earth.  Yet to many, its laws, its labels, its sheer mass of complexity remains daunting – so daunting it creates a barrier to enjoying these fabulous wines.

At this tasting, we aim to break down that barrier.  As the Burgundians like to say, the region is complex, but not complicated.  While we taste some of Burgundy’s great wines, we will explore the diversity, learn to relish in its explicit details, and enjoy navigating the complexities of Burgundy.

The Spanish Festival

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Date: Saturday, cheap September 17
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Spain – a diverse country with a whole lot to love. From the zesty coastal whites of Green Spain to the long-lived, majestic reds of Rioja and Priorat, to sparkling Cava, spritzy Txakolina and other off-the-beaten-path delights, this country offers a spectrum of excitement and many delicious values. Come explore at our first-ever Spanish Festival.

The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines: Barolo, Barbaresco & Beyond

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Date: Thursday, tadalafil September 8
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, doctor credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, recipe RSVP required

Barolo – said to be Italy’s greatest red wine, a wine of unyielding strength, enormous complexity, that will last a century or more.  And deep down inside my drinking heart, I truly love Barolo.  And you should, too.

Yet for all its supposed greatness, to many, Barolo remains a mystery.  Is it too expensive for what is in the glass?  Why is it so dry with fearsome tannins?  When is the right time to drink a wine that is going to age for 100 years?  And what do you drink it with?  Finally, how do we even know it’s a Barolo just by looking at the label?

This tasting aims to be a fun-loving, yet sensorally detailed and aggressive approach to studying the depths of this great wine.  We will explore the geography, the traditions, and the winemaking styles that all make Barolo what it is today.
Come taste the wine of Kings and the King of wines.

Zin, Glorious Zin

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Date: Thursday, story August 25
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, purchase credited towards a six bottle purchase

Zinfandel is America’s variety: It is here, help in California, where Zinfandel truly becomes great wine, a player on the international stage showing not only the significance of terroir but also dynamic differences in styles. However, Zinfandel used to be a thro away grape variety made into sweet blush wine. A handful of wineries in the early 1970s changed all of that. By finding specific vineyards for making wine these wineries set a course for Zinfandel to become one of the greatest wines of the world.

The King of All Cabernets? Napa Valley Explored

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2016 at 9:31 am

Date: Thursday, healing August 18
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, prostate credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, order RSVP required

Napa is truly a great place to grow Cabernet. But like many famous wine regions, Napa’s Cabernet has become quite expensive. If Screaming Eagle at $1,000 a bottle is your Tuesday night wine, I applaud you and hope that I can continue to be of service.

So how can we to decide what’s best for the rest of us in Napa Cabernet? By tasting, of course.

At this tasting, we will explore Napa’s history, its vastly different terroirs, and its winemaking styles, all in an attempt to find those perfect value driven Napa Cabernets. By value, I don’t mean the cheapest of the cheap. I mean absolutely great, world class Cabernet that lacks the “ego” price of so many Napa wineries.

For the Napa enthusiast, or the casual imbiber wanting to explore, this is a tasting not to miss.

Washington State Ascending

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Date: Thursday, pharmacy August 11
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, buy cialis purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Where is the one place in the world where the majority of the wines receive 90 points or higher at an average price of less than $30?

Some mystical fantasyland conjured up by Wine Spectator? Nope. The place is heaven on earth – Washington State.

But Washington doesn’t stop at great QPR. Its terroir produces wines of balance, depth, longevity and beauty – across a myriad of styles, including Cabernet, Bordeaux blends, Syrah, Chardonnay and more.

Yet for all of Washington’s delicious wines, to many it remains in the shadows of California. This tasting aims to change that. Via selecting a wide range of some of the newest and best producers in Washington, we will highlight something for everyone across this great state.

Special Selections at Waterford

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Date: Thursday, August 4
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Tonight we make a tasting of wines that are particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Come and taste these wines that are “must have/must drink” wines. There’s a whole lot to love here. Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them up!

2014 Jermann Pinot Grigio

In Pinot Grigio, Uncategorized on July 26, 2016 at 12:31 pm

jermannThe 2014 Jermann Pinot Grigio does not depart from the foundation laid by its predecessors.  This is BIG Friulian white wine with lots of stone fruits – peach, drugs apricot, click and touches of pineapple are mixed with the sea spray, ailment brine, and piercing minerality you have come to expect; the finish is of fresh water with touches of fruit and minerals.  It pairs perfectly with everything from bitter green salads to anchovies to chicken roasted with pancetta.

Texture is the key in Friuli, and Jermann is one of its masters.  This Pinot Grigio is powerful and primary right now.  But it will age – I drank a magnum of the 1998 in 2012 (as did many of you with me), and it was awesome.  Wild and exotic to be sure, but darned  amazing all the same. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Bordeaux: Majestic Giant

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Date: Thursday, troche July 28
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, viagra credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Bordeaux’s reputation is great, and this collection of wines showcases why.

At the tasting, we will explore the history, classifications, pricing structure, ageability, and three main regions of Bordeaux, plus charting the 1855 Grand Cru Classification system and what it means to us today.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and get to know Bordeaux better. For the consummate aficionado or the casual imbiber, here is a rare opportunity to study Bordeaux. We got some amazing selections in; come learn what the best of the best is all about.

Give It To Me, Baby! – The Funk Festival

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Date: Saturday, doctor July 23
Time: noon to 3 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, stomach credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Open House, RSVP required

Tired of mulling over your same old, same old options for wine, finding yourself muttering those timeless words of Rick James: “Give me that stuff / that funk / that sweet /that funky stuff?” Hey, no judging here. Not only that, you can consider those prayers to the gods of funk answered!

At our first-ever Funk Festival, you can sample more than 20 wines from grapes and regions so far off the beaten path, some aren’t even recognized by the authorities.  Also try wines from familiar grapes, made in styles unique among their peers.  Never fear: These babies may be different, but they are, first and foremost, downright delicious.

Come get some of this funk for yourself!

2015 d’Ourea Tire Bouchon Cotes du Rhone

In Cote du Rhone, Uncategorized on July 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

doureaCork Puller (Tire Bouchon) is a great name for this fun Cotes du Rhone that is just darn easy to crank open and throw back.  Bright cherry fruit aromas come straight out of the glass mixed with black pepper, healing touches of spice, seek blackberries and hints of herbes de Provence.  The palate is full-bodied, doctor yet also has zip and verve – the perfect kinda red wine for roasted lamb with garlic aioli, or grilled tuna with a sun-dried tomato salsa, or even just slightly chilled alongside a thick-cut bacon, avocado and tomato sandwich. The finish is smooth and supple, and ends with a fruit-driven minerality. You’ll want to guzzle it down just as much as I do.

Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Of Structure and Grace: Dry Riesling at Its Best

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Date: Thursday, health July 21
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, unhealthy purchase one seat, unhealthy get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

This tasting is an unapologetically hard-core look at DRY Riesling.  Please, if you believe Riesling is sweet, this tasting is not for you.

But if you would like me to try and prove to you that Riesling is one of the greatest, most age-worthy, most powerfully expressive wines on the planet, then you should absolutely sign up.  Because it is, and that is exactly what I am going to try and do.

Across the world and through various vintages, this tasting will explore the structural intensity and graceful power of Riesling.  I DO believe Riesling to be one of the greatest grapes in the white wine world and I believe this collection of wines will convince you, too.

Rediscovering Spain

In Uncategorized on July 8, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Date: Thursday, look July 14
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, cialis credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, health RSVP required

Spain: a diverse country filled with rich winemaking and culinary traditions, juxtaposed with an exciting new vibe. If you haven’t tasted through the wines of Spain lately, come rediscover what makes them such a delight. We’ll journey through the different regions and styles, the exciting mix of traditional and cutting-edge winemaking techniques, the elegance and power. Some wines will be familiar and some, new. There will be something for everyone!

Islands in the Stream

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2016 at 8:37 am

Date: Thursday, buy cialis July 7
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, seek purchase one seat, get the second one free – so bring a friend! ($30 original ticket price is still refunded on a six bottle purchase.)
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

No eye patch required for this oenelogic voyage. Just bring an adventurous palate as we savor the spoils of the world’s great island terroirs. From the Mediterranean to the Tasman Sea, this tasting will cover sublime esoteric grapes grown in the most exotic locales. Arrrr!

We’ll be closed on Sunday & Monday.

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2016 at 8:36 am

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In celebration of the Fourth of July, we will be closed on Saturday. We’re open regular hours Friday and Sunday. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Get Down with Summer Bubbly

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2016 at 11:50 am

Date: Thursday, cialis June 30
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person
Format: Seminar, order RSVP required

Make the party POP with fun, fizzy (and affordable!) bubblies from U.S.A., Italy, Spain and, of course, France. Refreshing, invigorating sparklers are perfect for celebrations, cookouts, picnics and the patio, especially when they come at a price you can afford to get down with all night long.

Whether you are freshly graduated or just turned legal, newly married or minted single, just got promoted or got the day off tomorrow, there’s a million reasons to celebrate summer in Wisconsin. Let these fizzes be your inspiration. We’ll give you awesome pairing ideas, too. So come get your sparkle on!

Complementary Cabernets? Napa and Bordeaux, Compared

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Date: Thursday, nurse June 23
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, ailment credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Bordeaux and Napa Valley – the world’s premier Cabernet wine growing regions. Are they so different from one another?

Is Bordeaux, through the pursuit of ripeness, concentration, and new oak, becoming more and more like Napa? Or perhaps Napa, under the signature of balance and elegance, is growing more and more like Bordeaux.

This tasting is aimed at exploring a thought – maybe not one that the vintners themselves would ever care to entertain – that Napa and Bordeaux are now more alike than ever. Through a combination of wines, we will try and match the two, comparing new and old, traditional and modern. For anyone exploring Bordeaux (or Napa) for the first time, this will be an eye-opening tasting.

Cellaring 101

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

It’s every wine lover’s fantasy: having the perfectly aged bottle on hand for any occasion that may arise. And while we’d all love a cellarful of grands crus treasures, building a collection can be a daunting (and pricey) task.

So here is a seminar for the rest of us! Come taste affordable cellar-worthy gems and sample some of their big-big brother counterparts along the way. Learn how you, too, can create an awesome stable of wines you won’t actually be afraid to drink. Win!

Treasures of Sonoma

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Date: Thursday, here June 9
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

The amazing diversity of Sonoma County—geography, climate and soil—allows winemakers here to craft world-class wines that are surprisingly varied. At this tasting, we will explore regions classically celebrated for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, small pockets making arguably the best Zinfandel in California, and windswept climes producing fabulous Bordeaux-inspired gems. Discover how hot days and cold nights add up to ripe flavors and juicy acidity in the delicious wines of Sonoma and its renowned AVAs.

Spring Whites

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Date: Thursday, treatment June 2
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

We love esoteric white wine at the store, and it’s time to share it!  By June second, the weather should be warm, the wines will be chilled, and we’re going to walk through some of the most exciting whites we’ve got!

Celebrate National Chardonnay Day!

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm

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The 2013 Beringer Private Reserve is the kind of Chardonnay that gets on stage and announces – when I’m good, medical I am very good, drug but when I’m bad, buy I’m better.  It emerges from the glass with a suave statement of captivating power that demands attention: rich, roasted pineapple fruit, Madagascar vanilla beans, a textural richness, a developed sense of muscle and energy, all culminating in a finish that is long, lingering, expressive and utterly delicious.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Scotch

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Date:  Thursday, and May 26
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, pill credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Ok, once again I am attempting to get a couple of new Scotches in the state – Kilchoman, Tamdu, Arran and then Chieftains as an i ndependent bottler.  But once again, I am having trouble getting this all confirmed.  So, what I will say is that if you sign up now for this Scotch tasting, we’re going to pour you some great stuff, I just don’t quite know what it is yet!

Red Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Date: Thursday May 19
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, tadalafil credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like Red Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity.

Yet for how wonderful it is, Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); is it oaked;  or unoaked?  And, why do red Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of red Burgundy!

The 2016 Barolo and Barbaresco Festival

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Date: Saturday, remedy May 14
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, sovaldi sale credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

The wine of kings and the king of wines: Barolo.

We are going to taste forty of them.  And it gets even better!
This festival, here we will be having Martina Minuto from Moccagatta Barbaresco and Marco Marengo from M. Marengo Barolo join at the festival to pour their own wines as well as party with us!

This event will showcase some of the greatest producers in Barolo, Barbaresco and all of Piemonte.   It allows you to explore (at a friendly $30 tasting price) the complex issues of wine production, environment and climate that go into making some of Italy’s greatest wines.

But we won’t stop there.  We will also sample other varietals from these regions:

Dolcetto, Barbera, Arneis, Gavi, blends, etc.  For the novice Italian drinker, this tasting offers an exceptional entree to Italy’s grandest wines.  For the connoisseur, it’s an unprecedented opportunity to pick your favorites.
Mark your calendars – this is a tasting not to miss.

Special Selections at Waterford

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Date: Thursday, cialis May 5
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Tonight we make a tasting of wines that are particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Come and taste these wines that are “must have/must drink” wines. There’s a whole lot to love here. Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them up!

Jarvis Wine Dinner

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Date: Wednesday, rx May 4
Time: 6:30
Location: Carnivor, treat 718 N. Milwaukee St. 223-2200
Cost: $150
Format: Restaurant Wine Dinner, RSVP to Carnivor

Jarvis Estate is a Napa Valley winery noted for its ultra-premium, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.  Join Carnivore and Waterford Wine Company as we welcome Jarvis to Milwaukee at this extravagant wine dinner featuring five courses of food and four of Jarvis’ top wines.  Please RSVP directly to Carnivor at the number listed above.

Winemaker Visit: Ingrid Groiss

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2016 at 12:38 pm

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Date: Friday, check April 29
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: completely FREE!
Format: Open House

Join us as we welcome one of our favorite Austrian vintners to town – Ingrid Groiss!  She will be pouring a selections of her gorgeous wines, and they are as charming as she is!  Stop on in and meet the woman behind the magic!

Get More From Your Bottle

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Date: Thursday, salve April 21
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

We’ve got 6 simple tricks for you that will increase your drinking pleasure by 300%.  Want to know what they are?  Of course you do … but you have to come to this tasting!

The tasting is designed to demystify (in a fun, imbibing way) some of the most common questions our clients ask about wine – what is the “proper” temperature, how do I know if I like it, how do I handle a snotty sommelier, what is the appropriate wine to match fish / red meats / you know name it; how long can my wines age?

We tackle all of these questions and more in an informative, slightly silly, and definitely inebriated fashion at this exploratory tasting.  Come join us!

2013 Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge

In Burgundy, Uncategorized on April 14, 2016 at 5:48 pm

lerouxThe ’13 nose jumps with juicy raspberry freshness, online bouncing around the room like a prancing kitten.  The palate bubbles with Bing cherries, decease fresh strawberries and pomegranates.  It’s frisky and exuberant, patient chock-full of minerality and zestiness.  As several Burgundians explained to me, the wines are straight, crisp and crunchy.  And frankly, I fell in love with them.  Now I am going to guess that some of you will find the wine a touch lean, so here is what you’re going to do.  You’re going to get yourself jambon, slightly chill this Bourgogne, and have at it.  Your spine will now tingle with pleasure.

Fresh red Burgundy works with food like nothing else.  Or, you can just lay these wines down.  I’m guessing you can get two decades out of this bottle.  They’ll fill in and round out as time goes on. Please contact us for pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or sommelier@waterfordwine.com.

A Smackdown Among Not Quite Friends: Oregon Pinot Noir and California’s New Style

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Date: Wednesday, April 13
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

For many years the mantra of Oregon Pinot Noir vintners has been “we’re not California – we make a more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir (wink-wink).”

Yet that does not concur with my most recent tasting experiences.

California is absolutely exploding with new talent, in cooler and harsher climates, making Pinot just as elegant and sophisticated as Oregon, if not better.

I think that does it.

This tasting aims to chart a course through some of the newest, and most exciting, Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon available in Wisconsin.  The goal is to explore style and climate, searching for differences in complexity and age-worthiness.

Winemaker Dinner: Anne Hubatch of Helioterra

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Date: Monday, doctor April 11
Time: Reception 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm
Location: Easy Tyger, 1230 E. Brady St. Milwaukee
Cost: $70 per person plus tax and gratuity
Format: Winemaker dinner, RSVP required

Please join us for a night of amazing wine as we are taken on a vinous journey of the Northwest by local daughter Anne Hubatch.

How did a gal from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, grow up to become one of Oregon’s up-and-coming winemakers?  It all started with her love for the land.

After earning a degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin, Anne found herself called out West – to the heart of Oregon wine country.  There she realized her passion to become a winemaker. Through hands-on exposure to Oregon’s wine industry, Anne began her decade-long, experiential wine training with some of Oregon’s best winemakers — David Adelsheim & Dave Paige (Adelsheim Vineyard), Joe Dobbes (Dobbes Family Estate/Wine By Joe), and Alfredo Apolloni (Apolloni Vineyards).

In 2009, Anne introduced her first solo vintage – Helioterra Wines.  Anne selects grapes from the top-notch Northwest vineyards to craft her wines.  We think the wines are delightful, Anne even more so.  Please join us in welcoming Anne back to Milwaukee!

White Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2016 at 8:42 am

Date: Wednesday, medicine April 6
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like white Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity of a red wine, with the refreshment, energy and richness of a white.

Yet for how wonderful it is, white Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); is it oaked;  or unoaked?  And, why do white Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of white Burgundy!

We’ll be closed for a party this Sunday.

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2016 at 12:52 pm

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In celebration of the store’s 11th birthday, Waterford Wine Company will be closed on Sunday, April 3. Please stop by our open house on Friday or see us on Saturday. Regular store hours will resume on Monday. Thank you for your patronage these last 11 years!

The Power Packed Wines of France

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

Date: Thursday, clinic March 31
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, illness credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, remedy RSVP required

True, French wine can be intimidating.  But behind those names that seem designed to repel Americans, there are some glorious wines.  And while some French wines—like the people—tend to be lean and austere for our American tastes, we’re gonna avoid those and head straight on into the meaty, power-packed, big and bold red wines of France.

For those of you who’ve ever been left scratching your head at French wine in all its various guises, it’s time to come see what this glorious country is all about.

Ridge Wine Dinner at Carnevor

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2016 at 8:31 am

Date: Tuesday, sovaldi March 22
Time: 6:30
Location: Carnevor Restaurant (718 N. Milwaukee Street)
Cost: $95 (price includes food and wine, site not gratuity)
Format: Wine dinner, RSVP required (RSVP to Carnevor at 414-223-2200)

Join Carnevor and Waterford Wine Company as we welcome David Gates, VP of Viticulture at Ridge Vineyards to Carnevor for a five course, four wine dinner.  Ridge is one of America’s best producers of Zinfandel (to say nothing of Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay) and these wines absolutely cannot be beat!  What better way to celebrate than to pair them with a fabulous meal!

Oww! We Want the Funk!

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2016 at 8:46 am

Date: Wednesday, pharm March 16
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

To respond to the immortal words of George Clinton, we’re gonna give up the funk.  This tasting features a lineup packed with grapes you’ve likely never heard of and are even less likely to have tasted.  Well, that’s all about to change.  Heck, we even have a wine made from a grape not recognized by the TTB!

Sure, there are a few of you intrepid wine explorers that will have had one or two of these grapes.  But here, we’ve got them all in a row to sate your curiosity.

And these are not just weird for the sake of being weird.  This is a lineup of compelling, and most importantly, delicious wines that you will be glad to add to your repertoire.

Special Selections at Waterford

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Date: Thursday, click March 10
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, pills credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, pills RSVP required

Tonight we make a tasting of wines that are particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Come and taste these wines that are “must have/must drink” wines. There’s a whole lot to love here. Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them up!

The Vino Nobile Wines of Dei at AP Restaurant

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Date: Wednesday, medicine March 2
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: AP Restaurant (814 S. 2nd St. Milwaukee)
Cost: $60 (price includes food and wine)
Format: Wine dinner, salve RSVP required (RSVP to Waterford Wine Company)

Please join us in welcoming Caterina Dei, drug owner and winemaker at Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.   Her essential goal—shared by winemaking expert Paolo Caciorgna, technical director of the winery—has always been that of producing excellent and elegant wines that represent the terroir, by making the most of native vine species and the undisputable quality of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

This night, along with AP Restaurant, we pair her great wines with some fantastic cuisine.  Surely one of the best ways to appreciate this noble wine region!

We will update the wine list and menu as they are finalized.

Champagne Bubbly Festival

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 at 5:08 pm

champagne-1262279028Date: Saturday, healing February 27
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!

What could be more fun than 40 bottles of bubbles?  Especially to chase away the winter blues.

And frankly, as Americans, we should all drink more Champagne.  Not only is it simply just darn tasty, it’s cheerful, celebratory, and one of the greatest good pairing wines on the planet.

Yet for all its majesty, we usually only drink Champagne once a year, which doesn’t really allow for exploring and understanding all of its vast greatness.  So at this festival, we are going to remedy that.

On Saturday, February 27, we will be opening 40 different Champagnes / sparkling wines.  If you have never tasted Champagne before, now is the best time to explore.  If you are an avid collector, what better way to discover new gems than to taste three-plus dozen at once?  Truly, this is a festival not to miss.

Big Red Spain

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Date: Thursday, doctor February 25
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, healing credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, physician RSVP required

Let’s just say it – Spain is making some of the biggest, most dramatic, most flavorful red wines on the planet.  Its amazing combination of very old vines, modern winemaking equipment, and skillful young winemakers has resulted in a flavor revolution to the point where the wines cannot be denied (and oftentimes at extremely great prices as well).

Yet time and time again, we meet clients who have yet to taste or know the beauty of Spain’s big red wines.  Well, now is your chance.  If you are a lover of Napa Cabernet, or Australian Shiraz, and you haven’t yet explored Spain, here is the perfect intro.  Come discover how great these wines can be!

America’s Greatest: Zinfandel

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Date: Wednesday, ask Feb. 17
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Zinfandel is America’s variety: it is here, in California, where Zinfandel truly becomes great wine, a player on the international stage showing not only the significance of terroir but also dynamic differences in styles.  However, Zinfandel used to be a throwaway grape variety made into sweet blush wine.  A handful of wineries in the early 1970s changed all of that.  By finding specific vineyards to suit the grape, these wineries set a course to make Zinfandel one of the greatest wines of the world.

Malbec

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

Date: Thursday, troche February 11
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Born of France but now famous from Argentina, Malbec is one of the world’s great comeback wine stories.  Almost relegated to extinction in Southern France during the 17th century, the vines transplanted high in the Andes, in what would become Argentina, by a few brave monks.  Nursed by the Incas’ flood irrigation systems, there Malbec made a home and was consumed domestically for many decades.

But then one man, Nicolas Catena, in the early 1990s set about restoring Malbec as an internationally famous grape variety.  His quest – to make the absolute best possible Malbec that the world had ever known, and that further competes against the greatest red wines in the world.

Did he succeed?  Come taste through the history, geography and everything else that is exciting in the world of Argentinian winemaking.

Teutonic Wine Company Wine Dinner at Ardent

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Date: Wednesday, pharmacy February 10
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Ardent Restaurant (1751 N. Farwell Avenue)
Cost: $100 (price includes food and wine)
Format: Wine dinner, clinic RSVP required (RSVP to Waterford Wine Company)

Teutonic Wine Company is a small, family owned winery based in Willamette Valley, Oregon, crafting Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling of dramatic character – and I do mean that.  Not only are these wines stunningly beautiful, they are stunningly like nothing else, and need to be tasted to be understood.

Ardent is one of Milwaukee’s hottest restaurants, characterized by a warmth and passion, an enthusiasm, and revolutionary zeal for creating bold and new cuisine.  The dishes are as clever as they are tasty, as radical as they are deeply soul-satisfying.

To say that these two forces are going to be an utterly delightful and captivating mashup in hedonistic delectation would be to understate the case – for the epicure in you, this evening is going to be one that you’ll always remember.  Don’t miss it.

The menu is not complete yet, but we will be adding it as soon as possible.  A partial list of wines is below (all of Teutonic’s wines are of extremely low production, if we sell out of one we will replace it with another of equal caliber).

Biodynamics Festival & Seminar

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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Date: Thursday, online February 4
Time: Seminar: 5 – 6 pm, Festival: 5 to 7:30 pm
Location: Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E. Brady Street, 53202
Cost: $40 per person for seminar & festival
$15 per person for just the festival
All fees credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival & Seminar (you can attend one, or the other, or both, just let us know)

Biodynamic farming practices originated in the 1920s when a group of farmers, frustrated by the declining health of their plants and soils, sought the advice of philosopher Rudolf Steiner.  The result was a holistic approach to the treatment of plants, soils and the humans and animals that occupy and work the land.

In recent years, modern winemakers have embraced these philosophies as a buffer to the effects of industrialization and standardization in the realm of winemaking. Additionally, the principles of biodynamics have potential in the moderating of climate change effects around the wine growing world.

In addition to researching biodynamics, Rudolf Steiner also developed a philosophy of education embodied in the Tamarack Waldorf School just down the street from Waterford Wine Company.  Therefore, it is Waterford’s pleasure to have this tasting’s fee go as a donation to the school.  It is also why the tasting is being held in the school (a very holistic approach, don’t you think?).

This event is in two parts – a seminar about biodynamics, and a tasting of biodynamic wines.  You can attend one part, or the other part, or both.  If you attend both, you would first go to the seminar and then the tasting.  If you just attend the tasting, you can pop in at any time.  Space is limited, so pre-registration for the event is much appreciated.

To register, call us at 414-289-9463. See the full list of wines here.

 

Magnificent Australia

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Date: Thursday, help January 28
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, case credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, medical RSVP required

January 26th is Australia Day! And it’s a great time to celebrate Australia – with Australian wine, of course.

I’ll admit that over the years, Australia’s wine scene has taken a beating.  On the one hand are snotty sommeliers saying that Australia only makes overdone fruit bombs.  On the other hand is the perception that Australia only produces cheap plonk.  What a Catch-22 to be stuck in!

But here is the truth (which we will, of course, attempt to uncover via drinking): Australia is as diverse and as rich a wine country as the United States, and just like the United States there is a vast array of wine—everything from Two Buck Chuck to Cult Napa Cabernet.

This tasting aims to showcase the best of the best in Australia, regardless of price or hipster sommeliers.  Australia is producing fantastic wines, and tasting them is a great way to celebrate Australia Day!

Italy’s Big Reds

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Date: Wednesday, seek January 20
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

From Super Tuscans to Amarone, Montepulciano to Negro Amaro, Italy produces some of the world’s most robust red wines.  The diversity is huge, with 2,000 native grape varieties (and vastly different prices to boot). This is an arena of wines that truly needs to be tasted in order to be explored.

So no matter what your experience level with Italian wines, from dipping your toes in to experienced collector, come and taste some of the most dynamic of Italy’s powerhouse red wines.

Special Selections

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Date: Thursday, buy cialis January 14
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

This tasting will be a staff presentation of red and white wines from every part of the store that Ben has pointed out to the staff as particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Come and taste these wines that Ben tipped the staff off to as “must have/must drink” wines. As he says, “There’s a whole lot to love here.” Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them up!

2012 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Barossa Blend

In Syrah, Uncategorized on December 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm

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The backbone of the Keyneton Barossa Blend is Shiraz from the Hill of Grace, tadalafil and that absolutely explodes from the glass: an effusive nose of blackberries, viagra sale plums, ambulance and sun-ripened raisins cascades onto the senses.  Cabernet reinforces these flavors by adding complexity with its ferrous notes, Bing cherry smells, and hints of graphite, spice box, and mocha.  The palate is fully integrated with supple tannins, balanced, fresh acidity, and a long mineral-driven finish.  This wine is harmonious and graceful to drink now, yet will also cellar down for 20 years or more.

Please contact us for pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or sommelier@waterfordwine.com.

Ageworthy Wines

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Date: Wednesday, medicine December 16
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, order credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Here at Waterford Wine, we are often faced with the question, “I want a special gift bottle of wine, that I can open five, 10, or maybe even 20 years from now for a celebration; what would you recommend?”

And while many wines will age, some do not.  Evaluating a wine now for what it will taste like in the future is one of the toughest skills to acquire.

So what does make a wine ageworthy?  Does it matter if it is from the Old World or New?  How will it taste once it ages?  And how can we know now, based on taste and price, how long the wine will last?  This tasting answers all of these questions and more!

The Cabernet Festival: Napa, Bordeaux, and Super Tuscans

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

The Cabernet Festival: Napa, ampoule Bordeaux, and Super Tuscans
Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: Noon until 4 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Cabernet is the king of grapes, and this tasting will showcase its regal power.

We start in Cabernet’s homeland, and arguably its greatest expression: Bordeaux.  But we won’t stop there.  The Cabernet Festival showcases the royalty of Napa Valley, the earthy power of Sonoma, treasures of the Tuscan Coast with the Super Tuscans, and such far-ranging diversity as Chile, Washington State, Margaret River, and Argentina.

December is a very busy time for all of us, but when will you ever get another chance to taste 50 of the greatest Cabernets on Earth?  Or for that matter, to explore them back and forth, tasting and deciding upon your personal favorites?

The tasting runs noon until four. Stop in at any time, taste 10 wines, taste all 50, but whatever you do, don’t miss this spectacular selection.  Please plan to join us.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Date: Thursday, thumb December 3
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

By founding a Pinot vineyard in Willamette Valley in 1966, David “Papa Pinot” Lett was making a statement for the rest of the world to hear – that this valley was an ideal place for a cool-climate grape, capable of producing wines with finesse, longevity, and elegance.

A few pioneers followed David’s example and today, Wilamette’s Pinot production is booming.  This tasting explores the valley’s history, its five subzones and how they affect the finished wines, and how winemaking styles interrelate with all of these factors.

The Burgundy Festival

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Date: Saturday, order November 21
Time: 1 pm until 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, medicine credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

The best way to understand the wines of Burgundy is to immerse yourself in this great field. Besides going to Burgundy, when do you ever get the chance to explore, 20, 30, even 40 different wines from the region side by side?

That is what this festival is all about.

I truly believe that Burgundy is one of the greatest places in all the world to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And I love sharing great wines with friends. Those two things come together on Saturday, November 21, in what is always one of Waterford’s most dynamic tastings – the Burgundy Festival.

The Burgundy Festival has always been a good time, but this year we kick it up a notch. We have three brand-new, breathtaking Burgundy portfolios to sample from. Each portfolio contains almost unlimited new selections from their producers. What this means to us: Our exploration of Burgundy just became wider, more free-ranging, and even more in-depth.

As always, for everyone from the novice Burgundy taster to the seasoned collector, this is a tasting not to miss.

Amarone in a Very Serious Way

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Date: Thursday, healing November 19
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, remedy credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Amarone is Italy’s blockbuster—a massively powerful wine, arguably one of the most powerful reds in the world.

Yet for all its richness, it remains a bit of a mystery.  Certainly it isn’t as well known as some of the other power reds like Cabernet or Shiraz, and it isn’t made like them, either. This Italian treasure is unique in the world for its process of Appassimento, or drying of the grapes, which creates a wine of immense body and concentration.

This tasting opens with an exploration of the taste of Amarone by examining the grapes themselves and the conversion process that happens at winemaking.  From there, we will discuss the stylistic differences within the area itself.  Finally, we will explore the differences in Amarone from across the region, from Classico to outlying areas.

For lovers of big red wine, here is a chance to add another game to your playbook.  Please join us in tasting these magnificent wines.

Sparkling: Champagne and More

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Date: Thursday, recipe November 12
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

The holidays are fast approaching, and you know you’re going to need Champagne – whether it’s for a toast on New Year’s Eve, a Mimosa at Christmas, or  simply a Tuesday night bubbly for when the neighbors drop in – you need Champagne.

Yet Champagne can be expensive. And while you deserve the very best, perhaps not everyone in your sphere (or at your holiday table) merits a reach up to the top shelf.

So maybe, just maybe, greatness can be found in the world of sparklers beyond Champagne.  At this tasting, we will explore a variety of sparklers from around the world, from Champagne to Cava, and from very lavish to the greatly affordable.  Your holidays just got better!

The King of All Cabernet: Napa Valley Explored

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Date: Thursday, ed November 5
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, viagra credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, treat RSVP required

Napa is truly a great place to grow Cabernet.  But like many famous wine regions, Napa’s Cabernet has become quite expensive.  If Screaming Eagle at $1,000 a bottle is your Tuesday night wine, I applaud you and hope that I can continue to be of service.

So how can we to decide what’s best for the rest of us in Napa Cabernet?

By tasting, of course.

At this tasting, we will explore Napa’s history, its vastly different terroirs, and its winemaking styles, all in an attempt to find those perfect value driven Napa Cabernets.  By value, I don’t mean the cheapest of the cheap.  I mean absolutely great, world class Cabernet that lacks the “ego” price of so many Napa wineries.

For the Napa enthusiast, or the casual imbiber wanting to explore, this is a tasting not to miss.

POP! Celebrate Global Champagne Day

In Champagne, Uncategorized on October 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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Drink it as a cocktail, sale drink it with popcorn (an amazing pairing), drink it with potato chips and truffled crème fraiche dip, drink it with poached lobster, drink it with a seared steak – Champagne is the ultimate vin de gastronomie and the J. Lassale can handle all this and more:

The Imperial Preference opens with that toasty richness that harkens to mind the warmed hearth in your cabin up North, after a night where you’ve let the cinnamon buns rise near the fire, ready at the crack of dawn to give up their heady expression of life-giving nourishment.   On the palate this wine kisses you with such an unfettered, full of life, devil-may-care attitude about PDA that a couple of glasses in, those Frenchy cheek kisses are much easier to manage. The toastiness of the nose gives way to a palate loaded with the scent of strawberries, baking spices, and framboise; then finishes with dark cherries shaved with cocoa.

This Friday, let’s plan a great day (Global Champagne Day) and thoroughly enjoy it. Stop into the store to taste this beauty between 4 and 7 (unless we sell out of it). Or contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

NEW! Impex Scotch: Arran, Kilchoman, Isle of Skye, Tamdhu and more

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Date: Thursday, seek October 29
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $40 per person
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Join us as we welcome Ed Kohl, CEO and Managing Director of Impex Scotch and Keeper of the Quaich, to Waterford Wine Company.  Ed is a leading whisky expert and spirit specialist and is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in the Scotch industry.  Previous to founding Impex Scotch, he spent 15 years developing Signatory Independent Bottlers as well as the distillery Edradour.  Ed is a man who knows his Scotch.

At this tasting, we will explore Ed’s hand-selected portfolio, ranging from two of the newest and hottest distilleries in Scotland – Arran and Kilchoman—to his custom blends as well as independent bottlings ranging from Isle of Skye to Tamdu.  Come join us for a dram and welcome Ed to Wisconsin.

Scotch – An Engaging Round-Up

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Date: Wednesday, ampoule October 28
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $40 per person
Format: Seminar, buy cialis RSVP required

The peat, advice the barrel, the malt, the spirit, the land – Scotch.  At this tasting we take an exploratory look across Scotland, sampling and tasting all kinds of different spirit.  Our goal?  To explore the wide world of Scotch!

Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Their Best

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Date: Wednesday, shop October 21
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, look credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity, refreshment, energy and richness.

Yet for how wonderful it is, Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); And, why do Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer an educational and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of Burgundy!

2011 Convento de Las Claras Heritage

In Tempranillo, Uncategorized on October 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm

lasclarasIf you like powerful, online rich, medical dense and fruit-driven red wines, case this is the wine for you. It’s 100% Tempranillo and hails from Ribera del Duero, in Spain. This wine simply rocks it out of this world.  Blueberries, blackberry liqueur, violets, vanilla, truffle and wild raspberry practically jump out of the glass of this inky-colored gem.

The palate is equally tremendous, loaded with tannins that are fully integrated into a glorious drinking experience that is mouth-coatingly rich.  This wine is so full-powered that I like it best the second day open, suggesting that it can live at least a decade more in your cellar.

For anyone who loves brawny red wines, this is one not to miss. Look no further (and spend no more) – we’ve got your new hot jam right here.  Check it out. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Bordeaux, A Majestic Giant

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Date: Thursday, pharmacy October 15
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Bordeaux’s reputation is great, and this collection of wines showcases why.

At the tasting, we will explore the history, classifications, pricing structure, ageability, and three main regions of Bordeaux, plus charting the 1855 Grand Cru Classification system and what it means to us today.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and get to know Bordeaux better. For the consummate aficionado or the casual imbiber, here is a rare opportunity to study Bordeaux. We got some amazing selections in; come learn what the best of the best is about.

Biodynamic Wines: The Ultra-Terroir

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

This tasting will be a staff presentation of biodynamic wines—those done with even more intensive methods and care than organic wines—that Ben has pointed out to the staff as particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Biodynamic practices are being used in many of the top vineyards in the world. Come and taste these gems that Ben tipped the staff off to as “must have/must drink” wines. As he says, “There’s a whole lot to love here.” Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them up!

The Joys of Exploration: Spain

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2015 at 8:30 am

Date: Thursday, pharm September 24
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, malady credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, health RSVP required

Fifty autonomous communities, with four official languages, all organized into one exciting country we know as Spain! Sample multiple wine regions with Erin Grace of Select Sellars to explore the diversity of flavors and styles. From mountains to high deserts, and from rocky coastlines to dense green forests, this is the country with the greatest number of acres under vine in the world.

Chardonnay: Diverse and Amazing

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Date: Thursday, medical September 17

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, drug credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Chardonnay – one of the most ubiquitous and misunderstood grapes in the wine world. There is a reason this grape produces some of the most prized white wines in the world, and this tasting will show why. Come and explore the amazing diversity this grape has to offer.

The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines: Barolo

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Date: Thursday, pills September 10

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, online credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Barolo – said to be Italy’s greatest red wine, a wine of unyielding strength, enormous complexity, that will last a century or more.  And deep down inside my drinking heart, I truly love Barolo.  And you should too.

Yet for all its supposed greatness, to many Barolo remains a mystery.  Is it too expensive for what is in the glass?  Why is it so dry with fearsome tannins?  When is the right time to drink a wine that is going to age for a 100 years?  And what do you drink it with?  Finally, how do we even know it’s a Barolo just be looking at the label?

This tasting aims to be a fun loving, yet sensorially detailed and aggressive approach to studying the depths of this great wine.  We will explore the geography, the traditions, and the wine making styles that all make Barolo what it is today.

Winemaker Dinner: Donkey & Goat

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Date: Tuesday, link September 8
Time: 6 pm
Location: All Purpose Restaurant
Cost: $60 per person (includes all food and wine, but not gratuity)

While often marked as “natural winemakers” first and foremost, Donkey & Goat is more accurately portrayed as thoughtful but ambitious traditionalists working in the New World California climate.

Tracey & Jared Brandt, owners of Donkey & Goat, work diligently to keep their fruit pristine and conditions for winemaking strictly controlled so that they can allow nature to run her course during the fermentations.  This means very close work with growers, careful handling on the sorting table, and thorough preparation in the cellar.

Here are some of the most radical and intriguing wines to come out of California in decades.  Join us and AP Restaurant as we welcome Jared Brandt, owner and winemaker at Donkey & Goat, as he introduces his wines to Wisconsin.

We’ll be closed on Monday.

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

pretty rosesWaterford Wine Company will be closed on Labor Day, stomach but open regular hours on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. We wish you a safe and fun-filled weekend. Cheers!

Red Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Date: Thursday, rx September 3

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, story credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, and RSVP required

Nothing in the wine world can compare to the elegance and sophistication of Burgundy.

Yet for how wonderful it is, red Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean?  And, why do the different crus taste different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines of Burgundy!

Special Selections in Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Date: Thursday, August 27

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

This tasting will be a staff presentation of Pinot Noirs that Ben has pointed out to the staff as particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Come and taste these wines that Ben tipped the staff off to as “must have/must drink” wines. As he says, “There’s a whole lot to love here.” Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them up!

2013 Inama Soave Classico

In Soave, Uncategorized on August 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

inamaSoave, and pronounced like Rico is at the helm, thumb is the exotic and essential Italian answer to hot summer days.

Soave is a white wine growing region that spans from Venice to Lake Garda in Northern Italy.  The grape of Soave is the utterly hard to pronounce Garganega (now you know why everyone refers to the wines as Soave).  Garganega, medicine when planted within the Classico zone of Soave, produces wines of class: elegant, smooth and full-bodied on the palate, combined with crisp, refreshing minerality.  If you will, it carries the best characteristics of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc combined.

The 2013 Soave Classico opens with a delicate nose of cherry blossoms, lilies of the valley and lemon verbena.  Joining these flavors on the palate is a sweet marzipan note with refined and lingering notes of Asian pear.  This Soave is an example of all that is great about Italian white wine.  It is exotic wine, outside of the everyday humdrum of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc; like neither, but pleasing to those who enjoy either.  It is Soave at its most expressive, essential for getting Italians through their hot summer days. Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Glorious, Glorious Small Grower Champagne

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Date: Thursday, help August 20

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, treat credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

For years I have been tasting Champagne under the banner of a “revolution is coming” – a revolution in quality, production methods, and vineyard management via the popularity/introduction of small farmers making fizz.

As the saying goes, “The revolution is now.”  We have a host of new and exciting Champagnes – all different, provocative and incredible.  If you think you have had all the Champagne there is to explore, don’t miss this tasting!  Or, if you just love fizz, come and sample these sensational beauties!

2008 Chateau de Lascaux Languedoc-Pic Saint Loup “Les Nobles Pierres”

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm

lascauxThe vines here are 35 years old and planted into fractured limestone.  The soil lends freshness and finesse to this powerful wine, order making it extremely ageworthy.  Further, the vineyard sits between the sea and the mountains, with the Mistral wind creating a unique microclimate that intensifies the wine’s complexity.  And that very much shows:

Here is the 2008 vintage, just rippling into its early efficacious fruit-driven stage.  Inky-colored to the rim.  Incredibly fresh notes of currants, violets, white truffle, blackberries and baking spices are just some of the incredibly compelling aromas that this wine brings.  The palate is strapping with a decadent texture, delivering an incredible purity of fruit while providing substantial lift, focus and elegance.  Here at seven years of age, this beauty is in full bloom and ready to let it rip – but don’t let that worry you – I predict at least 15 more years of heady drinking pleasure awaits.

Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Rose Around the World

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Date: Thursday, pharmacy August 13
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, order credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

With summer breezes and porch sitting comes the inclination to drink wines that are cool and crisp, yet still offer more than simple quaffability.  Sparkling to still, bright pink to salmon to onion-skin in color, some with a bare hint of sweetness and some bone-dry: These roses from around the world are highly enjoyable. Get behind the cork (or screwcap) and find out how regional differences dictate the grapes in the blend, the method of production and the perfect pairings for the myriad styles of rose available.

2010 Silverado Vineyards Estate Grown Napa Cabernet

In Cabernet, Uncategorized on August 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

sliv csThe Cabernet opens with an effusive and beautiful bouquet of blackberries, cialis baking spices, case rich mocha and cedar, followed by graphite and pencil lead. In addition to its friendly price (see below), Silverado Vineyards has held this back in their cellar. It drinks amazing right now. The palate is supple and silky, with voluptuously smooth tannins fully integrated, and flavors of black cherry and kirsch lasting long into the finish. I started drinking it as a cocktail, assuming I was going to share it at dinner. Instead, I finished the bottle all by myself, in the kitchen – it’s just that good.

Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Pure Refreshment in Both Red and White Wines: The Loire Valley

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

Date: Thursday, view August 6
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

From West to East, the Loire River Valley is an embarrassment of riches.  On the far west, it starts with the amazing wines of Muscadet – incredibly refreshing and shockingly long-lived (and a real bargain for the quality of wines).  On the far east end, it finishes with the incredibly powerful Sauvignon Blancs of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.  But that is to say nothing of hundreds of great wines in between – including some utterly refreshing red wines made from Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot d’Anuis.

But the Loire gets even better – almost all of its wines remain relatively unknown.  So for those of us game for a little exploratory drinking, top wines can be had on the cheap!  So come, join us at this tasting to explore the wonderful wine world of the Loire Valley.

Wild Abandon in Spain: A Fun-Loving Tour of Hidden Spanish Gems

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Date: Thursday, order July 30
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, treat credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, sick RSVP required

The Spanish countryside has to be one of the most diverse in the entire wine world.  Not only does it have the most land planted to vines, it plays host to hundreds of its own grape varieties, all the way from Tempranillo to Verdejo.  This tasting aims to take a fun-loving, exploratory tour of the Spanish countryside.  Here at Waterford Wine, we believe that for those willing to explore, great riches of fabulous value can be found.  Come join our tour!

White Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Date: Thursday, recipe July 23
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like white Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity of a red wine, with the refreshment, energy and richness of a white.

Yet for how wonderful it is, white Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different and funny French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); is it oaked;  or unoaked?  And, why do white Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of white Burgundy!

Ben’s Special Selections II

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Date: Wednesday, try July 15
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, drug credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, medical RSVP required

This tasting will be a staff presentation of both red and white wines from every part of the store that Ben has pointed out to the staff as particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Come and taste these wines that Ben tipped the staff off to as “must have/must drink” wines. As he says, “There’s a whole lot to love here.” Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them up!

Winemaker Open House: Anne Hubatch of Helioterra Wines

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 12.22.41 PMDate: Friday, cheap July 10 (this Friday)
Time: 4 pm to 7 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: Free!
Format: Open House, sickness just stop on in.

Please join us for a night of amazing wine as we are taken on a vinous journey of the Northwest by local daughter Anne Hubatch.

How did a gal from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, grow up to become one of Oregon’s up-and-coming winemakers?  It all started with her love for the land.

After earning a degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin, Anne found herself called out West – to the heart of Oregon wine country.  There she realized her passion to become a winemaker. Through hands-on exposure to Oregon’s wine industry, Anne began her decade-long, experiential wine training with some of Oregon’s best winemakers — David Adelsheim & Dave Paige (Adelsheim Vineyard), Joe Dobbes (Dobbes Family Estate/Wine By Joe), and Alfredo Apolloni (Apolloni Vineyards).

In 2009, Anne introduced her first solo vintage – Helioterra Wines.  Anne selects grapes from the top-notch Northwest vineyards to craft her wines.  We think the wines are delightful, Anne even more so.  Please join us in welcoming Anne back to Milwaukee!

Bordeaux, A Majestic Giant

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Date: Thursday, discount July 9
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $50 per person, stomach credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Bordeaux’s reputation is great, and this collection of wines showcases why.

At the tasting, we will explore the history, classifications, pricing structure, ageability, and three main regions of Bordeaux, plus charting the 1855 Grand Cru Classification system and what it means to us today.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore, ask questions and get to know Bordeaux better. For the consummate aficionado or the casual imbiber, here is a rare opportunity to study Bordeaux. We got some amazing selections in; come learn what the best of the best is all about.

We’ll be closed on Saturday.

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2015 at 1:05 pm

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In celebration of the Fourth of July, we will be closed on Saturday. We’re open regular hours Friday and Sunday. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Kaboom!

In Cabernet, Uncategorized on June 30, 2015 at 11:58 am

boomCelebrate Independence Day with four amazing Cabernets from Washington State. We have ’em at the lowest national prices!

2013 L’Ecole No. 41 Columbia Cabernet

2012 Revelry Vintners “The Reveler”

2012 Waters “Interlude”

2011 Buty Winery Columbia Rediviva

Please contact us for pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

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White Burgundy: Explained and Revealed

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Date: Thursday, generic June 25

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, physician credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Nothing is quite like white Burgundy – the elegance, structure and longevity of a red wine, with the refreshment, energy and richness of a white.

Yet for how wonderful it is, white Burgundy can be a bit of a mystery – what is the grape (it’s not on the label); what do all those different French names mean (and why are there so many of them?); is it oaked; or unoaked?  And, why do white Burgundies taste so different from each other?

At this tasting, we offer a thorough and exciting tour through some of the great wines (and great values) of white Burgundy!

Ben’s Special Selections I

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2015 at 8:08 am

Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

This tasting will be a staff presentation of both red and white wines from every part of the store that Ben has pointed out to the staff as particularly awesome and utterly delicious. Come and taste these wines that Ben tipped the staff off to as “must have/must drink” wines. As he says, “There’s a whole lot to love here.” Come and snag some of the stellar wines the staff is drinking before they buy them all up!

The King of All Cabernets? Napa Valley Explored

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Date: Wednesday, prescription June 10
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, salve credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, advice RSVP required

Napa is truly a great place to grow Cabernet.  And with the 2012 vintage, things have never been better.

But like many famous wine regions, Napa’s Cabernet has become quite expensive.  If Screaming Eagle at $1,000 a bottle is your Tuesday night wine, I applaud you and hope that I can continue to be of service.
So how can we to decide what’s best for the rest of us in Napa Cabernet?

By tasting, of course.

At this tasting, we will explore Napa’s history, its vastly different terroirs, and its winemaking styles, all in an attempt to find those perfect value driven Napa Cabernets.  By value, I don’t mean the cheapest of the cheap.  I mean absolutely great, world class Cabernet that lacks the “ego” price of so many Napa wineries.

For the Napa enthusiast, or the casual imbiber wanting to explore, this is a tasting not to miss.

Friday (free) Tasting: Monastrell & More

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

redsWe will be tasting this week’s Honoro Vera along with some of our other favorites. Special prices on tasted wines tonight. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

Friday (free) Tasting: Chardonnay & More

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm

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We will be tasting this week’s Vie di Romans Ciampagnis Vieris Chardonnay along with some of our other favorites. Special prices on tasted wines tonight. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

A Smackdown Among (Not Quite) Friends: Oregon Pinot Noir and California’s New Style

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Date: Thursday, May 28

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

For many years, the mantra of Oregon Pinot Noir vintners has been “We’re not California – we make a more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir (wink-wink).”

Yet that does not concur with my most recent tasting experiences.

To put it flatly, Oregon seems lost in its own rhetoric, producing wines of the same caliber they always have.  One might say, resting on their laurels.  While California is absolutely exploding with new talent, in cooler and harsher climates, making Pinot just as elegant and sophisticated as Oregon’s—if not better.

This tasting aims to chart a course through some of the newest, and most exciting, Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon available in Wisconsin.  The goal is to explore style and climate, searching for differences in complexity and age-worthiness.

We’ll be closed on Monday.

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

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In honor of our veterans and service men and women, we will be closed on Memorial Day. We’re open regular hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

The Birth of the Cool: Chasing Syrah’s (& Shiraz’s) Character in Marginal Climates

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Date: Thursday, shop May 21

Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, rx credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, here RSVP required

Around the world, winemakers are creating a new breed of Syrah and Shiraz.

These new Syrahs reflect on Syrah’s birthplace: the Northern Rhone, which produces wines of elegance, structure, ageability, and of course, profound drinking enjoyment.

But what is most engaging about these new Syrahs is just how much terroir the grape is capable of revealing.  Planted in the right climates, made by respectful winemakers, Syrah is experiencing a glorious worldwide explosion of dynamic  wine production.

Yet for all its cool-climate character, Syrah also remains a chameleon, adapting with aplomb to varied climes.  Certainly, no exploration of Syrah would be complete without tasting as many of these Syrahs and Aussie Shirazes as we can.

Renaissance in White: Italy’s Exploding White Wine Scene

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

Date: Thursday, viagra sale May 14
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Italian Whites – it’s not just about Pinot Grigio anymore.

Italy is exploding with indigenous grape varieties, new growing regions, better farming methods, and creative experimentation.  Those of you who thought you had found your summer beverage of choice, think again – Italy’s white wine Renaissance will astound you!

Of Structure and Grace: Riesling at Its Best

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2015 at 11:24 am

Date: Thursday, nurse May 7
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, thumb credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, here RSVP required

Riesling is one of the greatest, most age-worthy, most powerfully expressive wines on the planet and we are going to prove it to you.  Across the world and through various vintages, this tasting will explore the structural intensity and graceful power of Riesling. I DO believe Riesling is one of the greatest grapes in the white wine world and I think this collection of wines will convince you, too.

A Celebration in Pink: The Rosé (and Loire) Festival!

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm

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Date: Saturday, doctor May 2
Time: 1 pm until 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, drug credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

You have been waiting for it all year!  The Rosé Festival!
This year, we thought we would spice up the tasting a bit.  In addition to sampling all of our rosés, we will also be taking a tour of the Loire Valley.  The Loire is home to many of France’s most profound rosés, but its contribution to the modern wine vernacular doesn’t stop there – Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and many other wines call the Loire Valley home.

In a high-spirited, open-house format, this tasting explores all the rosé wines we have on offer this year, as well as delicious selections from the Loire.

Friday (free) Tasting: Fresh Store Favorites

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

 

redsJoin us tonight to taste some of our favorites in store. Special prices on every tasted wine. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

Glorious Zinfandel

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Zinfandel used to be a throw-away grape variety made into sweet blush wine.  A handful of wineries in the early 1970s changed all of that.  By resurrecting old vineyards, these wineries set a course for Zinfandel to become one of the greatest wines of the world.

Come join us for this exciting exploration of California’s native gem.

Friday (free) Tasting: Join Us

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Wines-Red-White-PinkStop in tonight for a complimentary tasting of fresh store favorites. Special prices tonight on all tasted wines. Drop by our open house anytime between 4 and 7 pm. See you then!

Behold, the Power of Barolo

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Date: Thursday, treat April 23
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, generic credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, prescription RSVP required

Nebbiolo is considered the noble grape of Piedmont, and some would argue all of Italy.  It has everything you could want in a red varietal:  robust aromas of rose petals, spice and leather; scintillating acidity; loads of bright cherry fruit; tannins that reach ’til tomorrow; and ageability.

Historically speaking, Nebbiolo is near Biblical.  It was alluded to during the 1st century by Pliny the Elder as creating wines of exceptional quality.  In the 15th century, laws were put in place that anyone found cutting down a Nebbiolo vine might pay a hefty fine – or have his right hand cut off.

So why is it not part of our American vernacular of prime wine grapes? Your guess is as good as mine, but at this tasting we aim to change that by showcasing some of Barolo’s best.

Friday (free) Tasting: Refreshing Rosés

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

imagesWCXZKZ8UDiscover the pure refreshment of dry rosé from Provence.  Celebrate the beautiful weather (and the start of the weekend) with our four fabulous rosés, cialis fresh in store this week. Awesome prices, plus volume discounts apply.  See you between 4 and 7!

Exploring Spain

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Date: Thursday, healing April 16
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, check credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, buy RSVP required

Spain offers something for all wine lovers: iconic bodegas are the definition of traditional Spanish winemaking, and cutting-edge wineries stretch the boundaries of winemaking with delicious new offerings.  Wines that consistently over-deliver at an amazing price.  Spain offers such an exciting mix of traditional and new, and all will be on display at this tasting.  Come along and explore the bounty of Spain with us.

Friday (free) Tasting: See What’s New!

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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Join us tonight as we taste through some fresh store favorites. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7! It’s fun, free and educational. So bring your friends!

2013 Zorzal Terroir Unico Pinot Noir

In Pinot Noir, Uncategorized on April 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm

zorzalThe Michelini brothers have masterfully united Pinot Noir with a great terroir.

By moving their vineyards up into the Andes they still achieve all the sunshine Pinot needs, health but at the much cooler temperatures it requires to make a layered, vivacious drink.  The results are outstanding:

Pinot Noir’s high-toned strawberry and raspberry fruit is on full display in this lithe, elegant and imminently drinkable Pinot Noir.  The higher altitude ensures that the wine is soft and refined, without the jammy character of a hotter-climate Pinot Noir.  Its body remains silky smooth, with fully integrated and delicately layered tannins.  The finish lingers in its serene, lively-fruited spirit, making it a perfect wine for the coming of spring.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463.

Friday FREE Tasting: Our Fave Holiday Wines

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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Date: Friday, view April 18

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

Format: open house, tadalafil FREE!

Come taste our fabulous Big Break Zin and old-school Karl Erbes Riesling Spatlese.

Both are perfect to get your Easter (or Passover) celebration on. Stop in anytime today between 4 and 7. See you then!

Big American Reds: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Date: Thursday, salve April 2

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, thumb credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Everyone loves powerfully fruit-driven wines.  And nowhere else in the world do they make them quite like we do in America.

Yet what is the biggest of the big?  And why do we call them big?  Or rich, or powerful?

This tasting explores some greats of the American red wine scene – those producers making dynamic, richly styled reds with confidence.

Friday FREE Tasting: Spain & More

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm

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Come celebrate the weekend at Waterford Wine! Sample our delicious Zerran Montsant plus other fresh picks. Special prices tonight on all tasted wines. Stop by our open house today from 4 to 7. Happy Friday!

Chianti, Pure Italian Deliciousness

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Date: Thursday, case March 26

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, medicine credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, click RSVP required

In the rolling hills between Florence and Siena lie some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world, giving proof to the Roman ideal of the gentlemanly country life.

Although these hills have produced wine for thousands of years, the wine has never remained stagnant.  Chianti is actually one of the most dynamic wine-producing regions on the earth.  From the boom years of the 1950s, to the bust of the ’60s, to the rise of the Super Tuscans in the ’70s, and now, with a “return” to Riserva as its greatest designation, Chianti is in the midst of historical change.

This tasting explores the history, grape composition and geography of this great region – all through its many diverse and dynamic wines!

Friday FREE Tasting: Let’s Drink to Spring!

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2015 at 12:27 pm

springCome celebrate the new season with us at Waterford Wine. Sample our complex, order raspberry-rich Raymond Napa Cab, here plus other fresh-picked favorites. Special prices tonight on all tasted wines. Stop by the open house today from 4 to 7, and raise your glass to Spring 2015!

Fortified: Port

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Date: Thursday, see March 19

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, ampoule credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, RSVP required

The old British saying is that you should buy a little Port to lay down for all the special occasions in your life (or ideally, have a willing grandparent who does this for you!).

Port: one of the longest-lived of all wines, maturing into a stunning level of complexity found in few—if any—other wines in the world.

There are many styles of Port, some meant to be consumed upon release, others that have seen significant barrel aging, and finally, those exceptionally long-lived Ports known as Vintage.

At this tasting, we will explore the seven major styles of Port, as well as take a look at this exciting region’s DRY wines.

We’ll be closed for a party this Sunday.

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

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In celebration of the store’s 10th birthday, Waterford Wine Company will be closed on Sunday, March 15. Please stop by our open house tonight or see us on Saturday. Regular store hours will resume on Monday. Thank you for your patronage these last 10 years!

Burgundy, Complex, but not Complicated

In Uncategorized on March 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Date: Thursday, mind March 12
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, order credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Burgundy is supposedly the greatest place to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the face of the earth.

Yet to many, its laws, its labels, its sheer mass of complexity remains daunting – so daunting it creates a barrier to enjoying these fabulous wines.

At this tasting, we aim to break down that barrier.  As the Burgundians like to say, the region is complex, but not complicated.  While we taste some of Burgundy’s great wines, we will explore the diversity, learn to relish in its explicit details, and enjoy navigating the complexities of Burgundy.

Worldwide Chardonnay, Diverse and Amazing

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Date: Thursday, buy cialis March 5
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, unhealthy credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, drugs RSVP required

Chardonnay – one of the most ubiquitous and misunderstood grapes in the wine world.  Sure, many people find it easy to hate because of the bad examples. But there is a reason this grape produces some of the most prized white wines in the world, and this tasting aims to show why.  Come and explore the amazing diversity this grape has to offer.

Friday FREE Tasting: Washington State & More!

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

redsWe will be tasting this week’s Pendulum Red Blend along with some of our other favorites. Special prices on tasted wines tonight. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

Of Kings and Queens: The Barolo and Barbaresco Festival

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Date: Saturday, tadalafil February 28
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, store credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

The wine of kings and the king of wines: Barolo.

We are going to taste forty of them.  Does more need to be said?
This event will showcase some of the greatest producers in Barolo, cialis Barbaresco and all of Piemonte.   It allows you to explore (at a friendly $30 tasting price) the complex issues of wine production, environment and climate that go into making some of Italy’s greatest wines.

But we won’t stop there.  We will also sample other varietals from these regions: Dolcetto, Barbera, Arneis, Gavi, blends, etc.  For the novice Italian drinker, this tasting offers an exceptional entree to Italy’s grandest wines.  For the connoisseur, it’s an unprecedented opportunity to pick your favorites.

Mark your calendars – this is a tasting not to miss.

Friday FREE Tasting: Winter Warm-Up

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm

 

codyJoin us tonight as we taste through this week’s specials, the delicious Altes Garnacha, and a fabulous Midwestern bourbon sure to warm you up. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7! It’s fun, free and educational. So bring your friends!

Cabernet – Yes, But Will it Age?

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

Date: Wednesday, generic February 18
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, ampoule credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Here at Waterford Wine we are often faced with the question: “I want a special gift bottle of wine, that I can open five, 10, or maybe even 20 years from now for a celebration. What would you recommend?”
While many wines will age, Cabernet is one of the most popular.
But what makes a Cabernet age-worthy?  Does it matter if it is from Bordeaux or Napa?  How will it taste once it ages?  And how can we know now, based on taste and price, how long it will last?
This session answers all of these questions through a glorious exploration of Cabernet!

Friday FREE Tasting: Come Fall in Love

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

valentineTonight we’re tasting this week’s Valentine’s Day specials: Franciacorta, the Italian version of Champagne, and the rich, ripe, powerful Brunello from Uccelliera. Special prices tonight on these and other wines to  thrill your valentine’s heart. Stop by our open house between 4 and 7!

Friday FREE Tasting: Fresh Store Favorites

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm

redsJoin us tonight to taste some of our favorites in store. Special prices on every tasted wine. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

Washington State Ascending

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Date: Wednesday, salve February 11
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, here credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, find RSVP required

Where is the one place in the world where the majority of the wines receive 90 points or higher at an average price of less than $30?

Some mystical fantasyland conjured up by Wine Spectator?  Nope.  The place is heaven on earth – Washington State.

But Washington doesn’t stop  at great QPR.  Its terroir produces wines of balance, depth, longevity and beauty – across a myriad of styles, including Cabernet, Bordeaux blends, Syrah, Chardonnay and more.

Yet for all of Washington’s delicious wines, to many it remains in the shadows of California.  This tasting aims to change that.  Via selecting a wide range of some of the newest and best producers in Washington, we will highlight something for everyone across this great state.

Worldwide Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Date: Wednesday, try February 4
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, physician credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, clinic RSVP required

Pinot Noir is the darling grape of the Master Sommelier set.  Why?

Because not only does it create one of the most flavorsome and complex wines in the world, but it is also said to express better than any other grape the place it was grown in.

Meaning that for those who have caught the wine-tasting bug, Pinot Noir is different every place you plant it.  So great is this feeling that Burgundians refuse to even call their wines Pinot Noir – instead, they name each one by its precise location, and that is all.

But enough of talking (or reading) – it’s time for us to explore this great grape and investigate the claims of these Master Sommeliers – by tasting an amazing set of Pinot Noir!

Friday FREE Tasting: Napa Love!

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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Join us tonight for a tasting of our new Napa Cab, the 2011 Flora Springs, and other fresh store favorites. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7. It’s fun, free and educational. So bring your friends!

Friday FREE Tasting: New Super Tuscan

In Uncategorized on January 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

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Join us for a complimentary tasting of our delicious new Super Tuscan, ampoule Unlitro, for sale and other fresh store favorites. Special prices tonight on all tasted wines. Drop by our open house anytime between 4 and 7 pm. See you then!

The Glorious Bounty of South Africa

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Date: Thursday, tadalafil January 29
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, healing credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, decease RSVP required

Long forgotten as a historic vine growing region, South Africa has emerged within the last decade as a serious New World contender.  Dramatic “Cape-style” Bordeaux blends, powerful whites, and an exceptionally talented group of young vintners are making South Africa’s wines better than ever.  This tasting not only explores the history of the region, but also its many wine treasures.

The Cheese Course: A Wine Pairing Seminar

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Date: Wednesday, sickness January 21
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $60 per person, price includes wines and food.
Format: Wine Pairing, RSVP required

What doesn’t go together better than wine and cheese?  It’s a magical pairing that can inspire every cocktail party with the ease of a corkscrew and a cheese knife.

Yet I believe – and many have you have heard me utter this polemic – that cheese and wine rarely do go together.  In fact, when combined, they can create a cacophony of nithered phantophagists.

But I don’t want to objurgate the subject matter.  At this tasting, we’ll systematically work to combine tasty wines with tasty cheese to create partnerships that are so much more than the sum of the parts.

Come, bring your thirst and appetite, and most of all bring your joyous humor for this fun-filled wine pairing.

Menu and wines to be tasted here.

Friday FREE Tasting: CdP & More!

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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Come shake off that long, hard workweek with some sips of powerful Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Discover (or rediscover) CdP with this week’s featured Clos du Calvaire. We’ll pour some other store favorites, too! Special prices tonight on tasted wines.  See you between 4 and 7!

Friday FREE Tasting: Cold-Weather Favorites

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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Join us tonight as we taste through this week’s special, the deliciously powerful Altos Malbec, and other libations sure to warm you up. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7! It’s fun, free and educational. So bring your friends!

Washington State Ascending

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Date: Wednesday, diagnosis January 14
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, remedy credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Where is the one place in the world where the majority of the wines receive 90 points or higher at an average price of less than $30?

Some mystical fantasyland conjured up by Wine Spectator?  Nope.  The place is heaven on earth – Washington State.

But Washington doesn’t stop  at great QPR.  Its terroir produces wines of balance, depth, longevity and beauty – across a myriad of styles, including Cabernet, Bordeaux blends, Syrah, Chardonnay and more.

Yet for all of Washington’s delicious wines, to many it remains in the shadows of California.  This tasting aims to change that.  Via selecting a wide range of some of the newest and best producers in Washington, we will highlight something for everyone across this great state.

Friday FREE Tasting: Gorgeous Gems to Give and Receive

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm

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Come celebrate the season at Waterford Wine! Sample our luxurious Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Napa Cab, view plus the incomparable 2011 Quinta do Vesuvio Porto. We have the lowest national prices on these beauties. This tasting is not one to miss! Stop by our open house today from 4 to 7. Happy Holidays!

Champagne: A Collection of New Small Growers

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Date: Wednesday, ask December 17
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, remedy credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

It has been a bountiful year in Champagne, and we have a gorgeous crop of new small grower bubbly.

Small Grower Champagnes are those crafted by farmers from their own vineyards, creating Champagnes of distinction and definition.
So come, taste and explore some of the highlights of this outstanding year in Champagne!

Friday FREE Tasting: Fresh Store Favorites

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

chianti Doesn’t it feel good to make it to Friday! Come celebrate the little victories with your friends at Waterford Wine. Sample fresh store favorites. Enjoy special prices on tasted wines. Stop by our open house today from 4 to 7.

Bordeaux / Cabernet Festival

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Date: Saturday, drugs December 13
Time: 1 pm until 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, online credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Featuring the Bordeaux of Christian Moieux (owner of Chateau Petrus!)

Cabernet is the king of grapes, and this tasting will showcase its regal power.

We start in Cabernet’s homeland, and arguably its greatest expression: Bordeaux.  But we won’t stop there.  The Cabernet Festival showcases the royalty of Napa Valley, the earthy power of Sonoma, treasures of the Tuscan Coast with the Super Tuscans, and such far-ranging diversity as Chile, Washington State, Margaret River, and Argentina.

December is a very busy time for all of us, but when will you ever get another chance to taste 50 of the greatest Cabernets on Earth?  Or for that matter, to explore them back and forth, tasting and deciding upon your personal favorites?

Further, at this year’s tasting, we feature a slate of Bordeaux from master winemaker Christian Moieux, owner of Chateau Petrus (among many others). We will be offering a guided tour through the highlights of his portfolio.

Stop in at any time, taste 10 wines, taste all 50, but whatever you do, don’t miss this spectacular selection.  Please plan to join us!

Wine Tasting: Powerfully Textured Whites

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Date: Wednesday, prostate December 10
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, illness credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Yes, winter has come early to Wisconsin.

But that doesn’t mean that we have to stop drinking white wine.  There exists in this world powerfully textured white wines.  So powerful are these whites that most tasters – professional or otherwise – cannot tell their color when served blind.

Here is a collection of white wines so amazing that even if you only drink red wine, this will blow your mind.  Of course, if you love white wine, here is a tasting to relish in all its hedonistic glory.

 

The Burgundy Festival

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Date: Saturday, buy November 22
Time: 1 pm until 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Come one, come many, come all (but do notice the slight time change – we are starting at 1 pm) to the Burgundy Festival!

When will you ever have a chance to explore this much Burgundy?  Red wines, white wines, almost all the villages, and many Premiers Crus and Grands Crus as well.

This year we have packed the festival in with an enormous amount of wines, offering something for everyone.  If you are a Burgundy connoisseur, or just the casual taster wanting to learn more, this tasting is not to be missed.

Partial list of wines to be tasted here.

Not Nouveau: Cru Beaujolais At Its Best

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Date: Wednesday, capsule November 19
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, for sale credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

While many associate Beaujolais with its main export – Beaujolais Nouveau – these wines are not the best of the region.  In fact, they are a far cry from it.

The best of Beaujolais lies in Cru Beaujolais, the upper vineyards of the region that sit on granite rock, creating wines of depth, breadth, and soaring beauty to rival anything else that Burgundy has to offer.

This tasting, situated on the calendar right before the Nouveau invasion, will showcase the best of the best from Beaujolais. We will explore the region’s rightful station of producing world-class wines.

Friday FREE Tasting: Barolo’s Best-Kept Secret

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

red-wine-glass-green-istock_463x308Tonight we’re tasting all three of Luigi Pira’s delightful reds: the lovable Dolcetto, his refreshing Barbera and the mighty Barolo. Special prices this week on all Luigi Pira wines. Stop by our open house between 4 and 7 to savor these values!

Friday FREE Tasting: Tempranillo & More!

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

redsWe will be tasting this week’s Anciano Gran Reserva 10 Year, along with some of our other favorites. Special prices on tasted wines tonight. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

Amarone in a Very Serious Way

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Date: Wednesday, malady November 12
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, click credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Amarone is Italy’s blockbuster—a powerful red wine.  Unique in the world for its process of Appassimento, or drying of the grapes, it turns out wines of immense body and concentration.

However, it is not without controversy.  This tasting opens with an exploration into the taste of Amarone by examining the grapes themselves and the winemaking process.  From there, we will discuss the stylistic differences that are controversial within the area itself.
Then we’ll examine regionality within the Valpolicella zone with Sant’ Antonio.  Finally, we’ll explore how long Amarone can age by spanning back a quarter-century with the incomparable Speri Amarone.

Complementary Cabernets? Napa and Bordeaux, Compared

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Date: Thursday, ampoule November 6
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, clinic credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, diagnosis RSVP required

Bordeaux and Napa Valley – the world’s premier Cabernet wine growing regions.  Are they so different from one another?

Is Bordeaux, through the pursuit of ripeness, concentration, and new oak, becoming more and more like Napa?  Or perhaps Napa, under the signature of balance and elegance, is growing more and more like Bordeaux.

This tasting is aimed at exploring a thought – maybe not one that the vintners themselves would ever care to entertain – that Napa and

Bordeaux are now more alike than ever.  Through a combination of wines, we will try and match the two, comparing new and old, traditional and modern.  For anyone exploring Bordeaux (or Napa) for the first time, this will be an eye-opening tasting.

Friday FREE Tasting: No Tricks, Just Treats!

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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Join us for a complimentary tasting of the dazzlingly powerful Schiopetto Sauvignon and other fresh store favorites. Special prices tonight on all tasted wines. Drop by our open house anytime between 4 and 7 pm. See you then!

Friday FREE Tasting: Pomerol for All

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Come shake off that long, hard workweek with some sips of sumptuous Bordeaux. Discover (or rediscover!) Pomerol with this week’s featured Chateau Gazin l’Hospitalet de Gazin. You’ll see why it’s the chateau’s hospitality wine. We’ll pour some other store favorites, too! Special prices tonight on tasted wines.  See you between 4 and 7!

For the Love of Italy: Indigenous Grapes From the Boot

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Date: Wednesday, case October 29
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, remedy credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

We are mostly familiar with French grape varieties – Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, among others.

Yet there are thousands of grape varieties in the world. And Italy alone has 2,000 indigenous varieties!

So why do should we limit ourselves? It’s time to spread our wings and take a trip down the fantastic boot that is Italian wine.  At this tasting we will tour Italy through some its most amazing – and sometimes proudly esoteric – grape varieties!

Argentina: A Wine Pairing Seminar

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Date: Wednesday, malady October 22
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $60 per person, rx price includes wines and food.
Format: Wine Pairing, seek RSVP required

Argentina – now famous for Malbec.

But there is more to Argentina than Malbec – great Cabernet, fantastic Chardonnay, exciting Torrontes and some of the world’s oldest Cabernet Franc vines.  But even beyond these delights are the history, culture, and culinary wonders of Argentina.

At this tasting, Waterford Wine Company presents Argentina and its wines through the fun, exciting tradition of the asado grande – yes, the Asado Grande.  Not just a Great Grill, but a cultural tradition that gives us entry into the beautiful world that is Argentina.

Join us for a stimulating conversation across Argentina’s wine regions while enjoying several little snacks that will offer a perfect pairing to the wines.

It’s the ultimate in food, wine and fun!

“Natural” Wine: Forbidden Fruit or Just Flawed?

In Uncategorized on October 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Date: Wednesday, doctor October 15
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, illness credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

What is “natural” wine – and isn’t all wine natural?

Starting with some of France’s top wineries, a movement has begun to make wine in a more natural manner.  Natural meaning both crafting wines with only what Mother Nature gives them, but also embracing a philosophy of life.

Sounds simple?  It is, and it also results in some of the world’s newest, most exciting wines.

But there’s a flipside: Are these wines crafted more for pleasing the mind than the body? Not as delicious to drink as they are to ponder? Or do they make the greatest statement that a wine can make?

Come to this tasting and find out.

Friday FREE Tasting: Fun in Napa Valley

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

napaExplore Napa Valley with us tonight as we taste through this week’s special, Rutherford Hill Barrel Select, and some other Napa treats we love. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7! It’s fun, free and educational. So bring your friends!

The Brunello Festival

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm

The Full List Is Out:
Come One, healing Come Many, for sale Come All!  There is still room to sign up!

Date: Saturday, doctor October 4
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Brunello – the legendary wine of Tuscany produced in only the greatest of vintages with a longevity not shorter than a human lifespan.  We are going to taste 40 of them.  Need I say more?

But we won’t stop there.  At this open-house, come-when-you-like stay-as-long-as-you want Festival of Italian wine, we will be exploring not only Brunello, but also Vino Nobile, Chianti and all their Super Tuscan brethren.

If you are just starting down the path of exploring the wines of Tuscany, or you already have a cellar full of Brunello from 1947, this tasting is an extravagant tour through some of Italy’s most majestic wines.  In other words, it is not one to miss.

Friday FREE Tasting: Fresh Fall Favorites

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

redsTonight we’re tasting this week’s special, Honoro Vera Monastrell. Stop by our open house between 4 and 7 to savor this scrumptious red & more!

The Brunello Festival: Brunello, Vino Nobile, Chianti, and Super Tuscans

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Date: Saturday, October 4
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

Brunello – the legendary wine of Tuscany produced in only the greatest of vintages with a longevity not shorter than a human lifespan. We are going to taste 40 of them. Need I say more?

But we won’t stop there. At this open-house, come-when-you-like, stay-as-long-as-you-want Festival of Italian wine, we will be exploring not only Brunello, but also Vino Nobile, Chianti and all their Super Tuscan brethren.

If you are just starting down the path of exploring the wines of Tuscany, or you already have a cellar full of Brunello from 1947, this tasting is an extravagant tour through some of Italy’s most majestic wines. In other words, it is not one to miss.

Space is limited, sign up now!

Wines to be tasted are listed here. It’s going to be spectacular.

 

Friday FREE Tasting: Savor a Bit More Summer

In Uncategorized on September 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

chianti We made it to Friday! Come celebrate summer’s last weekend  with your friends at Waterford. Sample the Felsina, which Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate describes as “absolutely impressive and one of the best base Chianti Classicos I have tasted from 2011.” Discover fresh store favorites! Special prices on featured wines. Stop by our open house today from 4 to 7.

Friday FREE Tasting: Chilean Favorites

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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Come taste this week’s special, tadalafil Yali Cabernet Carmenere, and some of our other favorite Chilean wines. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7 tonight! Get your weekend on with Waterford Wine.

Scotch – An Engaging Round-Up

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

Date: Wednesday, generic September 10
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $40 per person
Format: Seminar, nurse RSVP required

The peat, the barrel, the malt, the spirit, the land – Scotch. At this tasting we take an exploratory look across Scotland, sampling and tasting all kinds of different spirit. Our goal? To explore the wide world of Scotch!

Please join us.

Friday FREE Tasting: Greek Out!

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

 

dionysusWe may be mere mortals, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get down with some seriously good Greek wine! Come celebrate the weekend with a divine assort of Peloppenesian delights.  We’ll also taste Italy’s superb Ravello Barolo. Special discounts tonight on featured wines. Drop by our open house tonight from 4 to 7 pm!

Amazing Riesling, Prepare to be Blown Away

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Date: Wednesday, August 27
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: AP Restaurant
Cost: $80 per person, price includes wines and food.
Format: Wine Dinner, RSVP required

Riesling:

Balance…of bone-crushing acidity and potential sweetness

Complexity…like a conversation with Paul Townsend about string theory

Finesse…as if Lionel Messi were shimmying through the Real Madrid defense

Longevity…suffice it to say, a sword of Valyrian steel does not last as long

Sense of Place…even Bigfoot’s footprint cannot encapsulate all the terroir that Riesling contains

This is our love affair with the world’s greatest grape expressed in full Technicolor.  Join Waterford Wine Company and AP Restaurant as we celebrate this enchanting variety.  We have always made the bold claim that Riesling is a magical wine to pair with food (sausage fest, anyone?), and now we shall back up that claim.

Come join us and revel in the drama of Riesling!

Friday FREE Tasting: Hot-Weather Faves

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Summer-WineTonight we’re tasting this week’s vinho verde special and some other hot-weather faves. Special prices on all tasted wines. Stop by our open house between 4 and 7 to savor these refreshers!

To Challenge the King: Barbaresco

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

Date: Wednesday, sale August 20
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, story credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Barolo is considered the king of wines and the wine of kings.  Yet less than 15 km away is the hillside of Barbaresco, which produces wines made from the same grape.  Does that 15 km change the grape so much?  Or is Barbaresco the steal of Piemonte, producing wines just as good but at half the price?

At this tasting we will challenge the king by exploring some of the greatest wines Barbaresco has to offer, all the while comparing them alongside Barolo’s best.

2013 Terra Antiga Vinho Verde

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

TAThink of Sauvignon Blanc with a little spritz.  Or think of spritely lemon- and lime-flavored mineral water with a hint of mint and basil and a touch of alcohol.

Either way, doctor it’s the perfect summertime pounder.  And I mean pounder.  In Portugal, purchase I have seen manos take down six bottles by lunchtime (not that you need to do this, pill but it’s certainly fun to try).  Here’ s why:

The Terra Antiga Vinho Verde jumps from the glass with fresh pineapple aromas, followed up with citrus notes of lemon zest, squeezed key limes and kaffir.  It’s vivacious and clean on the palate, making it oh so clean and easy to drink and perfect to pair with summer foods – be it grilled chicken and basil-apple salad or shrimp with papaya salsa – or a simple course of cheeses.  It is just slightly spritzy and low in alcohol so it goes down easy and briskly.  Delicios!

Oh, there’s one other thing that helps it go down easy.  It’s darn cheap.  And don’t get scared of that low price.  Good and fun don’t have to equate with rare and expensive in wine.  This is one such example.  There’s lots of supply and lots of demand.  So let the good times roll.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or sommelier@waterfordwine.com

Beat the Dog Days of Summer

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Wednesday, pills August 13
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, link credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, view RSVP required

As we start down the backslope of Summer, don’t despair at the same old offerings. Join us on the less-travelled path with an eclectic collection of refreshing and delicious wines perfect for summer evenings on the porch, patio, deck or pontoon boat.

With friends, family, food on the grill, and maybe even a firepit, these wines will match the occasion, bringing a spark of something different.

Friday FREE Tasting: Pouilly-Fuisse & More!

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

wwWe will be tasting this week’s Auvigue white Burgundy specials, plus some fresh store favorites! Special prices on tasted wines tonight. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

Chianti: A Profound Link of History, Culture and Wine

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Date: Thursday, nurse July 31
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Is there any place more steeped in the history and culture of its wines than Chianti?

This region offers vast and profound differences: it can yield an easygoing crowd-pleaser – a pizza wine – or it can offer up one of the most profound and complex wines produced in Italy. Its very composition—the grapes that make Chianti, Chianti—has changed over the years and winemakers have argued what the best “recipe” for Chianti may be.

Finally, Chianti is no small estate. It is an expansive series of hills with many different soils and exposures.

Clearly there is much for us to taste in this historic region of dynamic wines and passionate winemakers. This tasting explores the history, winemaking styles and current variances of Chianti, with its many derivations from Classico to Super-Tuscan.

Friday FREE Tasting: Rioja in Every Color!

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Wines-Red-White-PinkCome have fun discovering your favorite. Sample this week’s featured Cune Rioja Crianza, as well as CVNE’s Rioja Rosado and their Monopole Rioja Blanco. Special prices tonight only! Shake off the workweek with these scrumptious summer drinkers. See you between 4 and 7 today!

Friday FREE Tasting: Saint Cosme CdR

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

scCome taste this week’s special, nurse Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone, and some of our other favorites in store. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7 tonight! Bring your friends to our fun, educational tasting.

2012 Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone

In Cote du Rhone, Uncategorized on July 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

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This is Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone.  Saint Cosme is justifiably famous – they are a bit of a Robert Parker darling with some of their wines soaring up into the high 97+ region.  But beyond the points, buy cialis this “basic” Cotes du Rhone is just outstanding: full of fruit character you would expect of the Rhone (and a Parker darling): red and black fruits, recipe richness, concentration; but also more: garrigue, touches of barnyard, complexity and depth of character, and a structured, long-lasting finish.  I believe this “little” wine could go for a decade or more and just get better and better.

But as you know, what really turns me on is value, and this hits it in every sense of the word.  I used it in a blind wine-guessing game recently where the final question was, “Is it $60, or $10?”  And everyone guessed $60.  And THAT was a group of wine professionals.

I love selling this kind of wine – it allows almost everyone to reach into the vast wine world and pull out something dramatic, completely made with respect to its terrior, and from a great, charming, individualistic vigneron.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: 414-289-9463 or sommelier@waterfordwine.com

The World’s Oldest Wine: Sherry

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

Date: Thursday, recipe July 10
Time: 6 pm to 7:30
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $35 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, RSVP required

One of the world’s oldest wines, Sherry has been advocated by Shakespeare in Henry IV: “If I had a thousand sons, the first humane principle I would teach them should be, to forswear thin potations and to addict themselves to sack.”

Recently championed for a revival by sommeliers and adventurous consumers alike, the myriad forms of Sherry offer excellent food pairings and a specific view into the world of “natural” winemaking.

During this tasting, we will review the various styles of Sherry – Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Palo Cortado, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez – how they are made and what applications they have for the glass and the table.

If all you know of Sherry is the little glass of something sweet that your elderly relatives would request at the holidays, come and learn what the modern movement of traditional Sherry is all about.

We’ll be closed on Friday.

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

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In celebration of the Fourth of July, we will be closed on Friday. We’re open regular hours Saturday and Sunday. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Friday FREE Tasting: Royal & More

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

 

royalTonight we’re featuring this week’s special on Royal Chenin Blanc. Stop by our open house between 4 and 7 to savor this delicious white & more!

Winemaker Dinner: Anne Hubatch of Helioterra Wines

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 at 10:41 am

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Date: Wednesday, sovaldi sale July 2
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: AP Restaurant
Cost: $80 per person, price includes wines and food
Format: Wine Dinner, RSVP required

Please join us for a night of amazing wine and food as we are taken on a vinous journey of the Northwest by local daughter Anne Hubatch.

How did a gal from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, grow up to become one of Oregon’s up-and-coming winemakers? It all started with her love for the land.

After earning a degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin, Anne found herself called out West – to the heart of Oregon wine country. There she realized her passion to become a winemaker. Through hands-on exposure to Oregon’s wine industry, Anne began her decade-long, experiential wine training with some of Oregon’s best winemakers — David Adelsheim & Dave Paige (Adelsheim Vineyard), Joe Dobbes (Dobbes Family Estate/Wine By Joe), and Alfredo Apolloni (Apolloni Vineyards).

In 2009, Anne introduced her first solo vintage – Helioterra Wines. Anne selects grapes from the top-notch Northwest vineyards to craft her wines. We think the wines are delightful, Anne even more so. Join us for an evening of great wine and camaraderie!

See the menu and wine list here. Price includes food and wine but not gratuity. RSVP to Waterford Wine Company.

Friday FREE Tasting: Get Your Summer On!

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

SunKick off summer’s first weekend the right way: with some of our tastiest new selections in store. Come celebrate with us from 4 to 7 today. See you there!

To Decant, Or Not to Decant: Bordeaux, Brunello and Cabernet

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

Date: Wednesday, pills June 18

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

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

Format: Seminar, prostate RSVP required

To decant: pour a wine from its original bottle into another vessel.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet decanting can make or break a wine – from the triumph of successfully dodging sediment to the perils of oxidization.

But why decant? And how is it done? And for how long? And what is the most appropriate vessel for decanting? At this tasting, we explore all of these questions by (of course) drinking our way through a series of “tests” in Bordeaux, Brunello and domestic Cabernet.

TODAY: Our Rosé Festival, Spring On Brady Street

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

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Come join us this afternoon for a great day on Brady Street! Our Rosé Festival is from noon to 4. Sample 40 of the best rosés available in Wisconsin! These wines drink like reds, medical but chill like whites for the ultimate in refreshment.

Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Along with our annual Rosé Festival, Brady Street will be celebrating the Spring Art Festival.  All the businesses on Brady Street will be offering special sales. See you there!

Friday FREE Tasting: A Tour of Italy

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

gorelli2Come taste this week’s special, hospital Le Potazzine Rosso di Montalcino, cialis and some of our other favorite Italians. Drop by the open house anytime between 4 and 7 tonight! Get your weekend on with Waterford Wine.

We’ll be closed this Sunday.

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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In celebration of the store’s anniversary, Waterford Wine Company will be closed on Sunday, June 8. Please join us Saturday at the Rosé Festival, or see us Monday when we’re back to business as usual. We thank you for your patronage!

Spring On Brady Street: The Rosé Festival

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

roseDate: Saturday, unhealthy June 7

Time: Noon to 4 pm

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Festival

Rosé – no longer your grandmother’s blush wine. Dry rose is serious stuff: it drinks like a red wine but you chill it like a white.  Is it the ultimate patio pounder?  Or is it the gateway to delicious hedonism for those of us who usually just drink red?  Whatever your motive, come to the festival and explore some of the best rosés available in Wisconsin!

Along with our annual Rosé Festival, Brady Street will be celebrating the Spring Art Festival.  We’ll be pouring 40 different wines and all the other businesses on Brady Street will be offering special sales.  Come down and join us for a great day!

Natural Selection Theory – Australia’s Cutting-Edge Wineries

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2014 at 10:26 am

Date: Saturday, buy May 31
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $10 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Open House

Australia – as large as the continental United States and just as diverse, especially in terms of wine. Yet for decades, Australia has been dominated by one style of wine – fruity and alcoholic with a critter label.

But there is more to Australia – so much more. The last year has seen the rise of a new breed of winemakers. They label themselves “Natural Selection Theory.” Collectively, they are shifting the axis of Australian wine into elegance, age-worthiness, and aromatic and flavor complexity.

I’ll be straight out – this tasting is a game-changer. You’ve never seen Australian wine like this. Prepare to be blown away by the amazing collection of wines on offer.

We’ll be closed on Monday.

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

In honor of our veterans and service men and women, we will be closed on Memorial Day. We’re open regular hours Saturday and Sunday. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Friday FREE Tasting: Excitement from Austria

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

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Come celebrate the start of a long, ed beautiful weekend! Join us and taste through some of our most exciting new Austrian selections, capsule including the heavenly Stift Gottweig rosé. Special discounts tonight on all tasted wines. Drop by from 4 to 7 pm! See you tonight.

2012 Stift Goettweig Rosé Messwein

In Pinot Noir, Rose, Uncategorized on May 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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If every communion wine were this good, we would all be Catholic.

I’m not joking – this is amazing Messwein.

Saint Altmann, the bishop of Passau, found the monastery Stift Goettweig in 1083 just across the Danube from the town of Krems. The monastery was to be based on excellence in two occupations – vineyards and forestry. As the current Stift Goettweig monks put it, “Since that time, wine-growing has been the basis of the local economy, under continuous development.”

Monks are supposed to be humble, so I’ll put the quotation another way – these local boys have had nearly 1,000 years to perfect their winemaking craft. Think about it – this Messwein is not going to suck.

This frisky charmer hops out of your glass with aromas of morello cherries, ripe raspberries dipped in Grand Marnier, and subtle hints of just a dusting of cloves, nutmeg and vanilla pod in the background. And I do mean frisky – it’s bottled with just a touch of C02 under screw cap on purpose. This allows for no sulfur and leads to wines full of joy and verve. Hip monks, I tell you.

It’s made of 100% Pinot Noir, so while being beautifully vigorous and vinous, it’s also got Pinot’s charmingly soft sensuousness across the palate. Because it’s Pinot, and because it’s in screw cap, the monks prefer to release this just one year after vintage. They drink enough Burgundy to know that just a little extra time in the bottle coaxes out a sense of harmony and charity in the fruit character.

This is DRY rosé. The finish has all the minerality and freshness you need – the monks harvest early (around 11.5% ABV) to get a wine of elegance, purity and grace.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability:

414-289-9463

sommelier@waterfordwine.com

Friday FREE Tasting: See What’s New In Store!

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

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Tonight we’re featuring this week’s specials on La Ferme Du Mont Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Cotes du Rhone. Special prices this week, up to 50% off. Stop by our open house between 4 and 7 to savor these delicious reds!

La Ferme Du Mont Cotes du Rhone and CdP

In Grenache, Uncategorized on May 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Sometimes Robert Parker and I agree, story and this is one of those times. La Ferme Du Mont has hit it out of the park. We have two of their wines on offer this week – at the lowest national prices. I’ll turn it over to Bob for the descriptions:

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“More seriously endowed and loaded, cialis the 2011 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Le Ponnant offers copious aromas of melted licorice, order creme de cassis, blueberries and acacia flowers. This Grenache-dominated sleeper of the vintage is locked and loaded. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years. 90 points.

 

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“The prodigious 2010 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cotes Capelan boasts abundant notes of acacia flowers interwoven with blackberries, black raspberries, licorice, incense and a touch of graphite. The wine hits the palate with tremendous authority, impressive purity, a skyscraper-like texture and a full-bodied, layered finish that lasts for nearly 50 seconds. This remarkable Chateauneuf-du-Pape has a natural yet seductive feel. Drink it over the next two decades. 98 points.” – Robert Parker.

We have Wisconsin’s entire allocation of these wines so get them now, before they’re gone. Please contact us regarding pricing and availability:

414-289-9463

sommelier@waterfordwine.com

Friday FREE Tasting: Come Celebrate the Weekend!

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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It’s the start of the weekend! Come celebrate with us tonight as we sample wines that are excellent this time of year. Special prices tonight on each featured wine! Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. Bring your friends!

Friday FREE Tasting: Vincent Paris Saint-Joseph & Cornas!

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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We will be tasting this week’s Vincent Paris Saint-Joseph special, as well as some of his highly allocated single-vineyard Cornas! Special prices for tonight only. Stop in anytime between 4 and 7. See you then!

Friday FREE Tasting: Hot New Arrivals!

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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Date: Friday, April 25

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

Format: open house, FREE!

This Friday, we’re featuring some of the hottest new arrivals in store. Special prices tonight only! Please join us.

Graf Hardegg Veltlinsky Grüner Veltliner

Release price: $16.99

Tonight’s price: $9.99

Remelluri Reserva Rioja

Release price: $44.99

Tonight’s price: $26.99

Parson’s Flat Cabernet

Release price: $44.99

Tonight’s price: $34.99

We’ll also taste this week’s Tres Ojos Garnacha special.

Release price: $10.99

Sale price: $6.99

Stop in anytime Friday between 4 and 7. See you then!

Why I Love Saint-Emilion: Or Bordeaux, in a BIG Way

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Date: Wednesday, shop April 30

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $75 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, RSVP required

Saint-Emilion is one of the crowning glories of Bordeaux.

Yet it also has an extraordinarily large range of producers – both in terms of fame and quality.  Internal attempts within the region to designate who is heroic and who is just hype have resulted in a field of lawsuits, delays and ultimately, declassifications.  Yet prices (and expectations) remain very high.

So how to make sense of this mess?  A tasting, of course.

Join us as we taste through many of Saint-Emilion’s most prized producers across a series of vintages.  We will, of course, be exploring differing prices but also be looking at wine-making styles, wine blends, and the underlying terroir.  To any fan of Bordeaux’s wines, this is a tasting not to miss.

Barnyard Animals: The Power Packed Wines of Cornas

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

Date: Tuesday, viagra sale 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
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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!

 

Unico: The One and Only

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

The Wines of Vega Sicilia

Date: Thursday, nurse April 17

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Location: University Club

Cost: $125 (price includes food and wine, yes, including Unico)

Format: Wine dinner, RSVP required (RSVP to Waterford Wine Company)

Vega Sicilia is Spain’s most prestigious winery.  For the first 200 years of its existence, Unico, Vega Sicilia’s top wine, was only given to visiting royalty.  When Prince Charles married Diana, Unico was the wine of their wedding.

Now, for the first time Unico—along with all of Vega Sicilia’s wines—is being offered in Wisconsin.

Join Waterford Wine Company, Bavette la Boucherie, and the University Club in welcoming this most distinguished winery to Wisconsin.  At this wine dinner, we will be tasting through all of the winery’s Spanish properties, as well as the esteemed Tokaji producer Oremus.

Karen Bell, owner and chef of Bavette la Boucherie, has paired a delightful multi-course meal that combines her current experience at Wisconsin’s premiere butcher shop with her years of owning a restaurant in Spain.

The combination of Spain’s greatest wine with an authentic Spanish menu is not to be missed. The wines will be available for purchase the night of the event at substantially discounted prices.

Front and Center: 2012 Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc

In Drinking, Sauvignon Blanc, Uncategorized on April 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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While some may claim that the clay soils of Sancerre or the gravelly earth of Graves creates the world’s most striking Sauvignon Blanc, there I would argue that they have never tasted the outstanding white wines from Chalk Hill Winery’s estate.

With Chalk Hill’s Sauvignon Blanc you get the compelling Old World depth of taste and California propensity for extravagant fruit. Smells of fresh peaches, pineapple and pear surge from the bottle. The palate is extremely ripe – they believe in stirring the lees to enhance its already toothsome, luscious mouth feel – and carries the wine through its substrates of honeydew melon, lychee and mango flavors. It finishes with a lively, refreshing acidity and mineral purity. This is front and center California Sauvignon Blanc.

Curiously, one market that once considered Chalk Hill’s style of Sauvignon hackneyed, unsophisticated, and just un-elegant, has adopted it wholeheartedly – Bordeaux, France. Chalk Hill regularly plays host to aspiring French vintners, and the wine I always feel to be a kindred spirit is Chateau Margaux’s Blanc. To me the main difference is not in terms of style (Margaux’s Blanc clocks in at 15.5% alcohol with 33% new oak [more than Chalk Hill]), but rather price. Go ahead – I dare you to compare!

Enjoy this scrumptious wine as a cocktail on the patio, with a delightful salad of crab, avocado and grapefruit; or carry it on through a meal of roasted chicken with morels and ramps. Don’t worry, it’s bold enough to accomplish it all.

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability:
414-289-9463
sommelier@waterfordwine.com

Winter Be Damned: Spring Wines from Italy

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Date: Wednesday, advice April 9

Time: 6 pm to 7:30

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, stuff credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Seminar, buy RSVP required

This winter has gone on too long and I am tired of it.

So join me (Ben) on a tour of one of my favorite categories of wine – Italian whites. Italy’s wine scene is incredibly diverse and in that diversity lie numerous and incredible treasures. This tasting aims to explore as many as we can! And hopefully it will bring on spring!

Of Structure and Grace: Dry Riesling at Its Best

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Title: Of Structure and Grace: Dry Riesling at Its Best
Location: Cost: $30 per person, order credited towards a six bottle purchase
Description: This tasting is an unapologetically hard-core look at DRY Riesling. Please, if you believe Riesling is sweet, this tasting is not for you.

But if you would like me to try and prove to you that Riesling is one of the greatest, most age-worthy, most powerfully expressive wines on the planet, then you should absolutely sign up. Because it is, and that is exactly what I am going to try and do.

Across the world and through various vintages, this tasting will explore the structural intensity and graceful power of Riesling. I DO believe Riesling to be one of the greatest grapes in the white wine world and I believe this collection of wines will convince you, too.

Start Time: 6 pm
Date: 2014-04-02
End Time: 7:30 pm

A Tasting Tour of Scotland’s Six Single Malt Regions Featuring Small and Rare Distilleries

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Title: A Tasting Tour of Scotland’s Six Single Malt Regions Featuring Small and Rare Distilleries
Location: Cost: $40 per person
Description: Time: two seatings: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Location: Waterford Wine Company

Please join us as we welcome back Chris Riesbeck, Scotch Master for Gordon and MacPhail in the United States. To say that Chris knows his spirits is an understatement. This evening he will walk us through Scotland’s six single malt regions featuring small and rare distilleries. Many, if not all, of these selections are being shown for the first time in Wisconsin – if not the first time in the United States. Please join us for this fabulous tasting!

Note: there are two seatings. Please sign up for the 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm start time but not both. There will be substantial discounts offered on the Scotches poured. Cheers

Date: 2013-12-16

Cabernet Festival!

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2013 at 1:32 am

The Cabernet Festival: Napa, Bordeaux, and Beyond

Date: Saturday, December 14

Time: Noon until 4 pm

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Open House, RSVP recommended

 

Cabernet is the King of grapes, and this tasting aims to showcase its regal power.

No matter what your tastes are in Cabernet – Bordeaux, Napa, Super Tuscans, Loire, Stellenbosch, Margaret River, Maipo Valley –  the wines will be here.

December is a very busy time for all of us, but when will you ever get another chance to taste 40 of the greatest Cabernets on earth?

The tasting runs noon to four, stop in at any time, taste 10 wines, taste all forty, but whatever you do, don’t miss this spectacular selection.  Please come join us.

Your $30 will be credited to a six bottle purchase and there will be substantial discounts on all of the wines.

Wines to be tasted:

2006 Cos d’Esournel, Saint Estephe $249.99

2006 Château Pichon Longueville Baron, Paulliac $189.99

2006 Rauzan Segla “Segla” Margaux $54.99

2009 Chateau de Fieuzal Rouge, Pessac Leognan $69.99

2009 Gazin Le Hospitalet d’ Gazin Pomerol $79.99

2010 Chateau Moulin de Tricot Margaux  $49.99

2008 Domaine Jaugaret “St. Julien” $89.99

2009 Chateau Haut-Segottes St. Emilion Grand Cru $44.99

2009 Chateau La Peyre St. Estephe  $44.99

2010 Joguet Chinon Cuvee de Terroir $26.99

2010 Bernard Baudry Chinon “Clos Guillot” $31.99

 

2011 Far Niente Estate Cabernet Napa Valley $129.99

2009 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet $149.99

2010 Darioush “Signature” Napa Valley $89.99

2008 Viader Napa Valley $99.99

2010 Corison Napa Valley $84.99

2010 Groth Napa Valley $59.99

2011 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California $54.99

2010 Coho Cabernet Sauvignon, Summit Vine Ranch-Diamond Mountain $59.99

2011 Laurel Glen Counterpoint, Sonoma Mountain $31.99

2010 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Santa Cruz Mountains $49.99

2011 Honig Napa Valley $44.99

2011 Eberle Vineyard Select Paso Robles $19.99

2009 Chimney Rock Napa Valley $74.99

2009 Cade Cuvee Howell Mountain $64.99

2010 Artesa Elements Cabernet Napa Valley $19.99

2003 Scherrer Cabernet Sauvignon, Scherrer Estate, Alexander Valley $69.99

2010 Gramercy Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington $54.99

2010 Hedges Red Mountain Cuvee, Red Mountain, Washington $29.99

2010 Owen Roe Cabernet Franc, “Rosa Mystica”, Washington $44.99

 

2009 Vina Cobos Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Vineyard Mendoza, Argentina $39.99

2010 Rustenberg John X Merriman, Stellenbosch, South Africa $31.99

2010 Marcato “La Giareta” Cabernet Franc, Colli Berici DOC, Veneto $16.99

2009 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT $94.99

2009 Poggio Al Tesoro Sondraia Super Tuscan $54.99

2009 Maculan Brentino Super Tuscan $21.99

2011 Montesecondo “Rosso del Rospo”, Bolgheri Sassicaia, Italy $29.99

2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild’s Los Vascos Le Dix Chile, Maipo Valley $64.99

2010 Clos Ouvert “Primavera”, Maipo Valley, Chile $34.99

2007 Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet, Margaret River, Australia $64.99

The Cabernet Festival: Napa, Bordeaux, and Beyond

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Title: The Cabernet Festival: Napa, rx Bordeaux, salve and Beyond
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Description: Cost: $30 per person, sovaldi credited towards a six bottle purchase

Format: Open House, RSVP recommended
Presented in an open house format this tasting aims to celebrate Napa, but also allow Waterford Wine Company clients to compare and contrast, taste and select which Cabernets best fit your palate.

The open house format allows you to take all the time you need to sort through this vast list. Purchase wines that day and receive a substantial discount as well as a refund of your admission if you buy six bottles or more.

For lovers of Cabernet, this will be a tasting not to miss (wine list coming shortly!).

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-12-14

The Burgundy Festival! Featuring the Bouchard Room

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Title: The Burgundy Festival! Featuring the Bouchard Room
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Description: Cost: $30 per person, search credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Open House, clinic RSVP recommended

Burgundy is considered by many to be the ultimate place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Unfortunately, mind rarely are you offered the chance to taste these great wines before they sell-out. This tasting is an exceptional opportunity for the Burgundy lover (or anyone wanting to explore Burgundy more) to a taste across a wide range of producers and wines before purchasing them.
Although this is presented in an open house format please sign up in advance by responding to this email or calling 414-289-9463.

There will be special pricing on all wines for attendees on this day only. The entrance fee of $30 will be credited to your purchase of six bottles or more and all of the wines will have substantial discounts for this day only.

For anyone interested in Burgundy this is a tasting not to miss.

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-11-23
End Time: 16:00

Axis: Bold as Austria

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Title: Axis: Bold as Austria
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Description: Cost: $40 per person, there credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, ambulance RSVP required

Austria’s wines will blow your mind.

Home to the powerfully rich and succulent Gruner Veltliner, some of the most structurally intense and linear Riesling on earth, and equipped with magnificent red wines that rival the best of Bordeaux.

Austria is a “hidden gem” within the wider wine world. This tasting aims to explore as much of Austria as we can, focusing on the most brilliant producers we can find. All wines will have substantial discounts the night of the event.

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-11-20

Behold the Power of Nebbiolo

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Title: Behold the Power of Nebbiolo
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Description: Cost: $40 per person, drug credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Seminar, seek RSVP required

Nebbiolo is considered the noble grape of Piedmont, ask and some would argue all of Italy. It has everything you could want in a red varietal: robust aromas of rose petals, spice and leather; scintillating acidity; loads of bright cherry fruit; tannins that reach ‘til tomorrow; and age-ability. Historically speaking, Nebbiolo is near Biblical. It was alluded to during the 1st Century by Pliny the Elder as creating wines of exceptional quality. In the 15th Century, laws were put in place that anyone found cutting down a Nebbiolo vine might pay a hefty fine – or have his right hand cut off.

Join Weston Hoard from The Piedmont Guy as he shows us the many faces, characteristics and styles of this delicious berry of goodness as it is grown throughout the vast terrain of Piedmont: From the rolling Langhe hills, to the star-maker villages of Barbaresco and Barolo, and all the Roero in between.

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-11-07

Friday’s Tasting

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

White wine

 

This Friday, advice 4-7 pm

Location: Waterford Wine Company

Cost: FREE!

Format: Open House

It’s harvest time!  Beautiful sunsets, purchase chamber weather, and a great bottle of wine – what could be better?  Come, bring a friend, and taste some great wines that fit with the season (and we will have special pricing on all of these wines).

Wines to be tasted:

Yves Cuilleron Syrah Rose $16.99

Garrubba Ciro Rosso $21.99

Sierra Sol Tempranillo $9.99

Prudhon Saint Aubin Primer Cru Castets – email special at $19.99 (unless we sell out of it)

Wine Maker Visit: Sam Clarke of Thorn-Clarke Winey

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Title: Wine Maker Visit: Sam Clarke of Thorn-Clarke Winey
Location: Tuesday, malady September 10, discount 4 to 7 pm
Link out: Click here
Description: The Thorn-Clarke family have been grape growers in the Barossa Valley, pharmacy Australia, since the 1870’s. David and Cheryl Clarke’s (nee Thorn) passion for the wine industry led to them the planting the Kabininge Vineyard outside of the Tanunda. Now recognized worldwide for the greatness of their wines, David, Cheryl and son Sam are deeply committed to showing all the beauty and intensity that Australian wines can offer.
Please join us in welcoming Sam Clarke o Thorn-Clarke winery to Waterford Wine!

Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-09-10
End Time: 19:00

Cabernet Around the World

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Title: Cabernet Around the World
Location: $40 per person – credited to the purchase of six bottles or more
Link out: Click here
Description: Cabernet is the King of All Grapes.
Yet not all Cabernets taste alike, store and certainly not all Cabernets are priced alike. So what makes the difference? By exploring climate, ask soil types, blending practices, pricing and vintages of Cabernet, this tasting hopes to answer that very question – while (of course) drinking many an outstanding Cabernet.

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-08-14
End Time: 20:00

2011 Niepoort Docil Vinho Verde

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Docil 5

 

Vinho Verde.

Light, ailment crisp, viagra sale totally refreshing, citrusy and mineral: “Green wine” in Portuguese.  Not what you expect from a country whose most famous wine is red, brooding, and highly alcoholic.  But hey, Portugal gets as hot and as humid as Milwaukee in the summer and we still need something to drink – Vinho Verde.

And if you haven’t tried Vinho Verde, you should, because nothing is as purely refreshing as Dirk Niepoort’s Vinho Verde named “Docil”.

Let me describe:

Take as your starting point Muscadet – sea spray, lemon zest, verbena, granite and oyster brine all combine and are seated into a vibrant acidity.

Now move that Muscadet off its sandy French soils and into the hard granite of the Lima Valley in northern Portugal.  Those flavors are now joined with elements of white flowers, neroli, jasmine and rose blossom.

But we’re not quite at Vinho Verde yet: give this wine a long harvest time to build up and concentrate the flavors of Anjou and Seckle pears, honeysuckle and almond.

And then keep those harvest temperatures cool to the point of being almost “alpine”.  The resulting wine is super tasty, and vividly brilliant, all at a refreshingly low alcohol of 11%.

This is Dirk Niepoort’s Vinho Verde “Docil”.

Not only is this exceptional Vinho Verde, it’s just amazing wine.  But the production is small and there isn’t a lot to go around.  Don’t miss it!

 

Please contact us regarding pricing and availability: sommelier@waterfordwine.com or 414-289-9463

The Apogee of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: Burgundy

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Title: The Apogee of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: Burgundy
Location: Thursday, no rx August 22, there 6:00 – 8 pm, recipe $40 per guest
Link out: Click here
Description: This seminar is presented in affiliation with Alliance Française de Milwaukee. Please contact the Alliance Française to register at 414-964-3855 or visit www.afmilwaukee.org. Cost is $40 members/$50 non-members.

To quote Clive Coates, “Burgundy is the apogee: the pinnacle of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.”
Is he correct? We shall see.

This tasting aims not only to introduce Burgundy’s great wines to the attendees but to highlight its amazing diversity. A broad spectrum of styles and prices but also encompassing some of the greatest wines in the world – the apogee of which Mr. Coates speaks.

If you have the remotest inkling of an idea about Burgundy, or already thoroughly enjoy its wines, this is a tasting to attend and enjoy. We will see you there.

Wines to be tasted:
Comtesse Bernard Cherisey 1er Cru Puligny Montrachet $89.99
Domaine de la Greiffiere Macon La Roche Sud $16.99
Boyer Martenot Meursault En l’Ormeau $49.99
Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos Des 60 Ouvrees $79.99
Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne Rouge $19.99
Domaine Roulot Auxey Duresses $69.99
&more

Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-08-22
End Time: 20:00

Friday’s Wine Tasting: Alsace

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Title: Friday’s Wine Tasting: Alsace
Location: Friday, try July 12, capsule 4 to 7 pm, Free!
Link out: Click here
Description: Alsace – the home of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Gewurztraminer yet often forgotten in the modern wine drinking world. This Friday we take a look at this most exciting of French wine regions while exploring an exciting range of wines – all perfect for summer in Wisconsin.

Wines to be tasted:
2011 Kientzheim Kayserberg “The Furst” Riesling $16.99
2005 Domaine Charles Schleret Herrenweg Riesling $24.99
2011 Domaine Barmes Buecher Rosenberg Gewurztraminer $24.99
2011 Rene Mure Herrenweg Pinot Blanc $19.99

Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2013-07-12
End Time: 19:00

Grand Cru: Corton and Corton Charlemagne

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Title: Grand Cru: Corton and Corton Charlemagne
Location: Wednesday, diagnosis July 24, hospital 5:30 – 7:00 pm (dinner to follow), patient reservations required
Link out: Click here
Description: $50 per person – credited to the purchase of six bottles or more

Standing alone as the great last northern bastion of the Cote du Beaune, the hill of Corton is the only red wine Grand Cru of southern Burgundy, and the only white Grand Cru separated from its brethren of the south.

This magnificent hill produces some of the greatest wines in Burgundy, but is also truly unique – the red wines are like nothing produced in the Grand Crus of the Cote du Nuits and the whites taste nothing like the vineyards of Montrachet.

How to account for these differences? And how to showcase as well as understand the magnificence of this great vineyard? By tasting, of course.

This tasting explores a vast array of producers, vintages, sub-divisions within the vineyard, and wine making styles. For the experienced Burgundy lover this is a tasting not to miss.
Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2013-07-24
End Time: 19:00

Grand Cru: Corton and Corton Charlemagne

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Title: Grand Cru: Corton and Corton Charlemagne
Location: Wednesday, capsule July 24, viagra 5:30 – 7:00 pm (dinner to follow), medicine reservations required
Link out: Click here
Description: $50 per person – credited to the purchase of six bottles or more

Standing alone as the great last northern bastion of the Cote du Beaune, the hill of Corton is the only red wine Grand Cru of southern Burgundy, and the only white Grand Cru separated from its brethren of the south.

This magnificent hill produces some of the greatest wines in Burgundy, but is also truly unique – the red wines are like nothing produced in the Grand Crus of the Cote du Nuits and the whites taste nothing like the vineyards of Montrachet.

How to account for these differences? And how to showcase as well as understand the magnificence of this great vineyard? By tasting, of course.

This tasting explores a vast array of producers, vintages, sub-divisions within the vineyard, and wine making styles. For the experienced Burgundy lover this is a tasting not to miss.
Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2013-07-24
End Time: 19:00

Zinfandel

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Title: Zinfandel
Location: Wednesday, decease July 17, sovaldi sale 6:00 to 8 pm
Link out: Click here
Description: Zinfandel is America’s variety: it is here, pilule in California, where Zinfandel truly becomes great wine, a player on the international stage showing not only the significance of terroir but also dynamic differences in styles. However, Zinfandel used to be a throw away grape variety made into sweet blush wine. A handful of wineries in the early 1970s changed all of that. By finding specific vineyards for making wine these wineries set a course for Zinfandel to become one of the greatest wines of the world.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-07-17
End Time: 21:00

Grand Cru: Corton and Corton Charlemagne

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Title: Grand Cru: Corton and Corton Charlemagne
Location: Wednesday, diagnosis July 24, prescription 5:30 – 7:00 pm (dinner to follow), reservations required
Link out: Click here
Description: $50 per person – credited to the purchase of six bottles or more

Standing alone as the great last northern bastion of the Cote du Beaune, the hill of Corton is the only red wine Grand Cru of southern Burgundy, and the only white Grand Cru separated from its brethren of the south.

This magnificent hill produces some of the greatest wines in Burgundy, but is also truly unique – the red wines are like nothing produced in the Grand Crus of the Cote du Nuits and the whites taste nothing like the vineyards of Montrachet.

How to account for these differences? And how to showcase as well as understand the magnificence of this great vineyard? By tasting, of course.

This tasting explores a vast array of producers, vintages, sub-divisions within the vineyard, and wine making styles. For the experienced Burgundy lover this is a tasting not to miss.
Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2013-07-24
End Time: 19:00

Brady Street Festival!

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Title: Brady Street Festival!
Location: Saturday, mind July 27, All Day (11 am to 5 pm), $10 per guest
Link out: Click here
Description: The Brady Street Festival! Come and join us, as well as all the other businesses on Brady, in celebrating! We will be pouring 10 wines to keep you in good spirits. The $10 fee includes a GoVino glass – which is elegant, shatterproof, reusable and recyclable – it’s the ultimate party glass and you get to keep it!
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-07-27
End Time: 16:00

The Glorious Summer Bounty of France: The Loire Valley

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Title: The Glorious Summer Bounty of France: The Loire Valley
Location: Thursday, illness August 1, 6 to 8 pm
Link out: Click here
Description: This seminar is presented in affiliation with Alliance Française de Milwaukee. Please contact the Alliance Française to register at 414-964-3855 or visit www.afmilwaukee.org. Cost is $40 members/$50 non-members.

The Loire Valley is home to our favorite summer “patio pounder” – Sauvignon Blanc. Yet here in France, location matters, and not all Sauvignon Blancs are the same.

But the Loire cannot just be summed up in one grape variety. It is the vacation home to the Kings and Queens of France, the bread basket of France, and also offers all of its glorious grapes to us for a wonderful mid-summer bounty.

If you enjoy drinking seasonally, or just want to explore beyond the typical Sauvignon Blanc, the Lorie Valley of France offers up treasures that cannot be missed!

Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-08-01
End Time: 18:00

The Foundations of Wine

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Title: The Foundations of Wine
Location: Wednesday, pills August 7, malady 5:30 – 7 pm
Link out: Click here
Description: Does this statement ever occur to you – “I know what I like in a wine, medical but I don’t know how to describe it”?

Or maybe you host a client at a restaurant where the wine list is enormous and struggle with the sommelier in choosing the appropriate bottle?

Or when browsing in a wine store the vast price range from a $6 bottle of wine to a $600 bottle of wine leaves you curious about whether you can actually taste the difference?

All of these situations are now common for most adults. Over the past 20 years wine has moved into the main stream of U.S. culture and most of us are at some point expected to be able to understand it and purchase it competently. Yet, unfortunately, rarely is there an environment for learning about wine that is fun, entertaining and educational at the same time.

Until now. Please join us as Ben Christiansen, sommelier and owner of Waterford Wine Company, presents the foundations of wine.

In a decidedly not-snobby, hedonistic fashion, this tasting will provide a robust understanding of many different topics, including: three different methods of how to evaluate a wine, how to read a wine label and what wine label terms mean, how serving temperature affects a wine, how glassware and decanters change a wine’s character, contrasts between a wine’s price and region, and finally why we might choose to cellar a wine.

For anyone, novice to wine industry professional, this tasting is an exciting way to get more pleasure out of your wine drinking.

Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2013-08-07
End Time: 19:00

Friday’s Wine Tasting: Chardonnay, Diverse and Amazing

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Friday, drugs June 7, healing 4-7 pm FREE!

Chardonnay – one of the most ubiquitous and misunderstood grapes in the wine world.  Sure, search many people find it easy to hate because of bad examples, yet there is a reason this grape claims some of the most expensive white wines in the world as its own and this tasting aims to find out why.  Come and explore the vast and amazing diversity this grape has to offer.

 

Wines to be tasted:

House of Independent Producers Chardonnay $14.99

Domaine Cheveau Pouilly Fuisse Vers Cras $29.99

Saint Innocent Freedom Hill Chardonnay $14.99

& more

Friday’s Tasting: Glorious South Africa

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

This Friday, clinic 4-7:00 pm, prostate $FREE

Long forgotten as a historic vine growing region South Africa has emerged within the last decade as a serious “New World” contender.  Dramatic “cape-style” Bordeaux blends, decease powerful white wines, and an exceptionally talented group of young vintners make South Africa’s wines better than ever.  This tasting not only explores the history of region but its many wine treasures.

Wines to be tasted:

Royal “Old Vines” Steen $9.99

Riebeek Cellars Pinotage $9.99

Stark Conde Three Pines Syrah $44.99 — 94 points Robert Parker

& the Sleight of Hand Cellars Archimage!

Scotch: Black, Blue and Red All Over; Mortlach 15 Year

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Johnnie Blue

 

Ever wonder why Johnnie Red sucks yet Johnnie Blue is utterly pulchritudinous?

The secret is in the sauce, buy and while Mr. Walker prefers his blending to remain a mysterium tremendum the answer is obvious.  One is dominated by NGS, ed Neutral Grain Spirits, the other is mostly single malt, and mostly Mortlach. Let us ruminate:

NGS – the quisquilian, eglimious liquid whose name says it all: flavorless alcohol.

Remember, in blended scotches like Johnnie, it’s perfectly legal to add NGS.  In fact, most blends are a majority of NGS, with just a tiny bit of single malt added in.  Think of it this way: take your favorite single malt and add low grade vodka.  Add a lot of it.  It’s a great way to print money and make aqueous fluid reminiscent of the goo squeezed from an over-mircowaved cheese hotdog.

De bene esse…

Mortlach.  Mortlach is something utterly different.

Mortlach 15 year single malt Scotch is:

A monster.  But a big, friendly, soulful monster that’s playing for your team, able to crush the offensive line all by himself.  Think of a cross between John Gardner’s Grendel and Animal from the Muppets.  There is a huge viscosity to Mortlach: a honey, caramel, poached-pear sherriness that simply never leaves the palate.  As it lingers, candied fruits emerge: orange, lemon; a roasted almond nuttiness, a touch of a marcona’s sweet savoriness.

This intense and full-bodied dram is brought about by Mortlach’s unique set up of stills – two of regular size and then the “Wee Witchie”, a quarter-sized still.  The charge is distilled twice, and then Witchie takes it all the way – the reflux from the charge becomes this heavy, oily, larger-than-life sized spirit.  Punishingly operose, yet one sip betrays the worth.

But that’s not to say there isn’t complexity or depth or elegance here.  Big scotch can dance, prodrome the nose: heather, mineral water, fresh baked Scottish biscuits, imbriferous peat; mollitious and exciting, yet warming and calming as all great scotch should be.  When your heart needs a home this big Wookie of a dram is ready to welcome you in.

Ab ovo Johnnie Blue?

I’ll say it straight up: when Johnnie Blue grows up it wants to be the Chuck Norris that Mortlach is.

Here’s the catch.  Blue, like red and black, is also a blend of single malts.  But in Blue there’s no NGS , there’s just … you guessed it, Mortlach.  Years ago Mortlach’s owners agreed to supply Johnnie with all their needs.  A good sound plan, but one that means you never ever see Mortlach bottled as a single malt – it all goes to making Johnnie Blue what it is (although there’s still some rugose peccancy going on in there).

Except for now.  Our friends on the other side of the pond managed to snag some.  Not a lot, just a little.  I know it’s not cheap, but think of it in the context of Johnnie Blue – and then smile.  Mortlach is the real thing, the single malt that makes what-you-know-to-be great in Johnnie Blue great, at a quarter of the price.

Slàinte mhath!

 

Mortlach 15 Year

Please contact us regarding pricing: 414-289-9463 or sommelier@waterfordwine.com

Friday Night with Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

This Friday stop on in at Waterford and explore the wide world of Pinot Noir.  From Burgundy to the Russian River, stuff Edna Valley to Willamette, viagra sale Pinot has the ability to be a transcendent, ethereal, yet powerful wine all at the same time.

Come, bring some friends, socialize, and taste some of our favorites.  All are welcome, everyone will have a good time.  All of the wines being poured will have substantial discounts for this night only.

 

Wines to be tasted:

Pousse d’Or Chambolle Musigny Red Burgundy $89.99

JoVino Oregon Pinot Noir $16.99

Copain Tours Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $24.99

Bailyeana Edna Valley Firepeak Vineyard Pinot Noir $19.99

& the Con Class Special!

Tonight! Powerhouse: L’Aventure

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

l'aventure

 

Tonight! Friday, May 10, 4-7 pm, FREE!

Few wineries in California can summon the depth of flavor, the richness, the concentration as L’Aventure.  Join us as we welcome Michael Young from L’Aventure to Waterford Wine.  Michael will be pouring through the estate’s current selections and there will be substantial discounts on these wines for this night only.

 

Wines to be tasted:

2011 L’Aventure Optimus

2009 L’Aventure Cote a Cote – 95 pts. RP

2010 L’Aventure Estate Cuvee – 95 pts. RP

2012 L’Aventure Estate Blanc

2012 L’Aventure Estate Rose

& more

Friday Night in Spain

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Title: Friday Night in Spain
Location: Friday, ampoule May 3, remedy 4-7 pm, treat FREE!
Description: This Friday stop on in at Waterford and explore Spain. Taste power-packed fruit-driven wines contrasted with traditional, ethereal lighter styles. Taste bold drinking Granacha Blanc and pure, fresh Albariño. Come, bring some friends, socialize, and taste some of our favorites. All of the wines being poured will have substantial discounts for this night only.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-05-03
End Time: 19:00

Tresors “Treasures” in the Northern Rhone

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Title: Tresors “Treasures” in the Northern Rhone
Location: Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm, $50 per guest
Description: The Northern Rhone: a series of tiny appellations that produce extremely limited quantities of seriously long-lived red and white wines. These wines are some of the greatest treasures of France, while at the same time being very obscure. At this tasting we aim to explore these famous regions:

Hermitage was one of France’s most famous wines in the 18th and 19th centuries when the name alone was sufficient to justify prices higher than any wine other than a first growth Bordeaux.

Côte Rôtie is one of the most exciting, if geographically extremely limited, red wine appellations in France, in the far north of the northern Rhône.

Condrieu is a distinctive and fashionable white wine made in minuscule quantities in the northern Rhône. It is made exclusively from the Viognier grape, whose successful wines manage the unusual combination of a pronounced yet elusive perfume with substantial body.

And as many other wines as we can. Please come join us!
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-05-08
End Time: 21:00

Powerhouse: L’Aventure

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Title: Powerhouse: L’Aventure
Location: Friday, ampoule May 10, sovaldi sale 4-7 pm, buy FREE!
Description: Few wineries in California can summon the depth of flavor, the richness, the concentration of L’Aventure. Join us as we welcome Michael Young from L’Aventure to Waterford Wine. Michael will be pouring through the estate’s current selections and there will be substantial discounts on these wines for this night only.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-05-10
End Time: 19:00

Santa Barbara: Fashion or Fury?

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Title: Santa Barbara: Fashion or Fury?
Location: Wednesday, purchase May 22, 7 pm, $40 per guest
Description: Made famous by the movie Sideways, Santa Barbara hit the big time with Pinot Noir. But underneath the buzz are wine makers who have been working and exploring Santa Barabara’s terroir for 20 years or more. In so doing they have created a distinctive style of Pinot Noir that is now famous world-wide. But Santa Barbara is no one trick pony – Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Syrah among others make extraordinary wine here. There is much to explore.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-05-22
End Time: 21:00

Rosé Festival – Spring on Brady Street!

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Title: Rosé Festival – Spring on Brady Street!
Location: Saturday, pilule June 1, Noon – 4 pm, Open House Format
Description: Spring on Brady! At long last spring has seemingly arrived. Come and join us, as well as all the other business on Brady, in celebrating. We are combing our annual Rose / Loire Valley festival with the Spring on Brady Street Festival. We will be pouring forty different wines and all the other businesses on Brady Street will be offering special sales. Come down and join us for a great day!

Wines to be tasted:
We only have a partial list so far but I assure you there will be forty different wines – and we will update this list as we get more.

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-06-01
End Time: 16:00

The Barolo & Brunello Festival

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Title: The Barolo & Brunello Festival
Location: Saturday, buy April 13, Noon – 4 pm, Open House Format
Description: Brunello and Barolo: Italy’s greatest red wines.

We are going to taste forty of them. Does more need to be said?

This event aims to showcase some of the greatest producers in Brunello and Barolo, allowing you to explore (at a friendly $30 tasting price) the complex issues of wine-production, environment and climate that go into making some of Italy’s greatest wines.
But we won’t stop there. We will also explore the other wines from these regions – Super Tuscans, Rossos, Dolcetto, Barbera, white wines, blends, etc. The attempt will be to showcase as much as we can from each region in order to highlight why these wines are great.

For the novice Italian drinker this tasting offers an exceptional opportunity to explore Italy’s grandest wines. For the experienced Italian connoisseur this is an unprecedented opportunity to pick your favorites.

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-04-13
End Time: 17:00

Friday Night is White Burgundy Night!

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Title: Friday Night is White Burgundy Night!
Location: Friday, ed April 5, 4-7 pm, FREE!
Description: This Friday stop on in at Waterford and learn just a touch more about Chardonnay’s premier growing region: White Burgundy. Come, bring some friends, socialize, and taste some of our favorites. All of the wines being poured will have substantial discounts for this night only.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-05-13
End Time: 19:00

Classic Malts: Distiller vs. Distillery

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Title: Classic Malts: Distiller vs. Distillery
Location: Wednesday, remedy April 10, 7:00 pm, $40 per guest
Description: The company Diageo now collectively owns more distilleries than any other single entity. Releasing a set of “classic malts” they have inspired scotch fans to explore across their collection. But has ownership lead to homogenization? Does who pays the bills affect the taste of the scotch? This tasting aims to explore these questions and more.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-04-10
End Time: 21:00

The Wines of Duxoup Wine Works

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Title: The Wines of Duxoup Wine Works
Location: Friday, ed April 12, sovaldi 4-7 pm, FREE!
Description: Join us in welcoming Andy Cutter, owner and winemaker of Duxoup Wine Works of Sonoma to Waterford Wine on Friday April 12.

Duxoup was founded in 1981 by two free-spirited, inquisitive winemakers: Deborah and Andrew Cutter. Duxoup wines are silky, fruity, and come from venerable vineyards. The wines express not only terroir, but the highly skilled work of the two owners, respected for their independence and consistent quality. The wines are rare, but well worth the effort to find. Come join us at this free tasting.

Duxoup Syrah $19.99
Duxoup Charbono $19.99
Duxoup Sangiovese $19.99

Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-04-12
End Time: 19:00

Radicalism in the U. S. of A.

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Title: Radicalism in the U. S. of A.
Location: Wednesday, salve April 17, seek 7 pm, $25 per guest
Description: Skin contact, concrete eggs, blistering pH, purposeful exposure to oxygen, alcoholic extremes, heirloom grape varietals: yes, all this and more is being tested, matured and made into wine in the USA.

Are these explorations freaks of nature? Or are they the cutting edge? One thing is for sure: your palate will never be the same. Come to this tasting and explore the new wave of wine production in the USA!

Start Date: 2013-04-17
Start Time: 19:00
End Date: 21:00

Chateauneuf du Pape

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Title: Chateauneuf du Pape
Location: Wednesday, story April 24, 7 pm, $40 per guest
Description: The most prestigious, and most variable, appellation in the Southern Rhone: Chateauneuf du Pape. At its most exciting it is the exemplar of warm climate viticulture. Yet it can also be impossibly tannic, hedonistically jammy, stinky beyond the point of barnyard, or smooth as silk. What accounts for these differences? This tasting explores Chateauneuf du Pape in all its glory.
Start Date: 2013-04-24
Start Time: 19:00
End Date: 21:00

A Hidden Gem in Burgundy: the Pinot Noirs of Domaine Charles Audoin

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Title: A Hidden Gem in Burgundy: the Pinot Noirs of Domaine Charles Audoin
Location: Saturday, March 2, Noon to 3 pm, FREE!
Description: Please join Waterford Wine in welcoming Cyril Audoin, wine maker and owner of Domaine Charles Audoin, to Milwaukee on this Saturday.

Cyril Audoin is one of Burgundy’s young producers on the cusp of being recognized as great. As Allen Meadows of Burghound explains “I have noted before how good the Audoin wines are but this is the third vintage in a row [2010] where his wines are the reference standard for the appellation. If you haven’t tried them, you owe it to yourself, as well as your pocketbook, to give these beauties a try.”

This tasting is completely free and Cyril himself will be leading us through his magnificent collection of Burgundies. Please come and join us.

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-03-02
End Time: 15:00

Unexplored Italy: Down the Adriatic

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Title: Unexplored Italy: Down the Adriatic
Location: Wednesday, order March 20, 7:00, $20 per guest
Description: Italy – so many grapes, so little time. With 2,000 indigenous grapes of its own few of us know Italy beyond Brunello and Pinot Grigio. But up and down the backside of the Boot are magical wines, crafted with skill and integrity, referencing the historical spirit of the world’s oldest wine producing country. Why let these beauties go unexplored?
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-03-20
End Time: 21:00

The Barolo & Brunello Festival

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Title: The Barolo & Brunello Festival
Location: Saturday, sick April 13, order Noon – 4 pm, mind Open House Format
Description: $30 per guest – credited against purchase of six bottles or more

Brunello and Barolo: Italy’s greatest red wines.

We are going to taste forty of them. Does more need to be said?

This event aims to showcase some of the greatest producers in Burnello and Barolo, allowing you to explore (at a friendly $30 tasting price) the complex issues of wine-production, environment and climate that go into make some of Italy’s greatest wines.
But we won’t stop there. We will also explore the other wines from these regions – Super Tuscans, Rossos, Dolcetto, Barbera, white wines, blends, etc.. The attempt will be to showcase as much as we can from each region in order to highlight why these wines are great.

For the novice Italian drinker this tasting offers an exceptional opportunity to explore Italy’s grandest wines. For the experienced Italian connoisseur this is an unprecedented opportunity to pick your favorites.

Mark your calendars – this is a tasting not to miss.

Wines to be tasted:
(We are compiling the list of Barolos and Brunellos and will have it out shortly!)

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-04-13
End Time: 16:00

Magnificent South Africa

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Title: Magnificent South Africa
Location: Wednesday, malady February 13, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Believe it or not, this is one of our best tastings.
Long forgotten as a historic vine growing region, South Africa has emerged within the last decade as a serious “New World” contender. Dramatic “cape-style” Bordeaux blends, powerful white wines, and an exceptionally talented group of young vintners make South Africa’s wines better than ever. This tasting not only explores the history of the region but its many wine treasures.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-02-13

The Chateauneu du Papes and Cote du Rhones from Domaine de la Mordoree

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Title: The Chateauneu du Papes and Cote du Rhones from Domaine de la Mordoree
Location: Wednesday, February 20, 4:00- 7:00 pm, FREE
Description: Join us as we welcome Fabrice Delorme, owner and winemaker of Domaine de la Mordoree, for an open house, drop in style tasting that is completely free! To quote Robert Parker, from The World’s Greatest Wine Estates:
“Delorme’s objective as a winemaker is to be unintrusive [[[is that really the quote? Check spelling]]] and maintain total respect for his terroir and the fruit it produces. His dream is to achieve a perfect balance between concentration, terroir and flavors. Delorme seems to be moving in the direction of biodynamic farming. He represents the best of an enlightened approach to winemaking that has one foot in the traditions of the past and one in the future.”

Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-02-20
End Time: 19:00

A Tour of Spain

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Title: A Tour of Spain
Location: Wednesday, stuff February 27, cialis 7:00 pm, malady $20 per guest
Description: From Godello to Grenacha Blanc, Bobal to Tempranillo Spain is conquering the world with its own indigenous varieties. This tasting explores the grapes, tastes, and geography of Spain’s great wine revolution.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-02-27

A Tour of Spain

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Title: A Tour of Spain
Location: Wednesday, search February 28, medical 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: From Godello to Grenacha Blanc, Bobal to Tempranillo Spain is conquering the world with its own indigenous varieties. This tasting explores the grapes, tastes, and geography of Spain’s great wine revolution.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-02-28

Classic Malts: Distiller vs. Distillery

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Title: Classic Malts: Distiller vs. Distillery
Location: Wednesday, find March 6, viagra 7:00 pm, $40 per guest
Description: The company Diageo now collectively owns more distilleries than any other single entity. Releasing a set of “classic malts” they have inspired scotch fans to explore across their collection. But has ownership lead to homogenization? Does who pays the bills affect the taste of the scotch? This tasting aims to explore these questions and more.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-03-06

Classic Malts: Distiller vs. Distillery

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Title: Classic Malts: Distiller vs. Distillery
Location: Thursday, ampoule March 7, troche 7:00 pm, $40 per guest
Description: Same tasting as above, just a different day. Sign up for one or the other but not both!
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-03-07

Pinot Noir for Under $25

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Title: Pinot Noir for Under $25
Location: Wednesday, drugs January 16, healing 7:00 pm, case $20 per guest
Description: Pinot Noir fruit is in such high demand that vintners can’t seem to get enough of it. But how has the recent Pinot boom affected the quality of the wines? Can this, the most delicate vinis vinifera grape handle being produced in large quantities? Or, is Pinot, like sushi, something you don’t want cheap? Come and taste for yourself!
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-01-16
End Time: 21:00

Friday’s Wine Tasting

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Title: Friday’s Wine Tasting
Location: Friday, January 18 (and every Friday) 3-7 pm, Free!
Description: What better way to kick off the weekend than a stop past Waterford Wine for a little socializing and wine sampling? We’ll be pouring several delicious gems (including this weekly special). Meet up with a few friends, or make some new ones here before heading out to your favorite Brady Street destination for dinner.
See you Friday!

Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2013-01-18
End Time: 19:00

East of Eden: Zinfandel & its Brethren in Contra Costa County and the Sierra Foothills

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Title: East of Eden: Zinfandel & its Brethren in Contra Costa County and the Sierra Foothills
Location: Wednesday, prostate January 23, ask 7:00 pm, search $20 per guest
Description: Beyond Napa Valley to the east lies the Central Valley of California. Long known for its vast industrial wine operations, the region is now changing. In Contra Costa County some of the oldest Zinfandel vines are being revitalized. In Amador, Lodi and El Dorado new wineries are being established at a record pace. Throughout the area vintners are finally exploring bold grape varieties like Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, and Mataro.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-01-23
End Time: 21:00

Friday’s Wine Tasting

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Title: Friday’s Wine Tasting
Location: Friday, January 25, 3-7 pm, Free!
Description: What better way to kick off the weekend than a stop past Waterford Wine for a little socializing and wine sampling? We’ll be pouring several delicious gems (including this weekly special). Meet up with a few friends, or make some new ones here before heading out to your favorite Brady Street destination for dinner.
See you Friday!

Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2013-01-25
End Time: 19:00

Central Tuscany: An Exploration of Sangiovese in Chianti, Vino Nobile and Montefalco

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Title: Central Tuscany: An Exploration of Sangiovese in Chianti, order Vino Nobile and Montefalco
Location: Wednesday, troche January 30, check 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Sangiovese, the native grape of Tuscany and the backbone of Chianti, can be a bit of a chameleon. Some wine makers choose to emphasize its elegant, structural side. Others quest for power, aiming at dark rich fruit character. This tasting aims to explore not just wine making styles but also the regionality of Sangiovese – how it changes as we taste down the Italian peninsula.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-01-30
End Time: 21:00

Friday’s Wine Tasting

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Title: Friday’s Wine Tasting
Location: Friday, January 11 (and every Friday) 3-7 pm, Free!
Description: What better way to kick off the weekend than a stop past Waterford Wine for a little socializing and wine sampling? We’ll be pouring several delicious gems (including this weekly special). Meet up with a few friends, or make some new ones here before heading out to your favorite Brady Street destination for dinner.
See you Friday!

Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2013-01-11
End Time: 19:00

Festivus On Brady Street

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Title: Festivus On Brady Street
Location: Saturday, sovaldi December 1 (This Saturday), ampoule 1 pm to 5 pm (Open House Format), $10 per guest
Description: Come celebrate Brady Street with us and all our other neighborhood merchants! Presented in an open house, walk in and check-it-out format, this tasting is a fun frolic through some of our favorite full bodied winter wines! We will be tasting 10 wines, for $10, and you get to keep the glassware. Come party with us and celebrate Festivus!
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2012-12-01
End Time: 18:00

Chardonnay, Diverse and Amazing

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Title: Chardonnay, store Diverse and Amazing
Location: Wednesday, rx December 5, 7 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Chardonnay – one of the most ubiquitous and misunderstood grapes in the wine world. Sure, many people find it easy to hate because of bad examples, yet there is a reason this grape claims some of the most expensive white wines in the world as its own and this tasting aims to find out why. Come and explore the vast and amazing diversity this grape has to offer.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-12-05
End Time: 21:00

Scotch: The Islands and Beyond

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Title: Scotch: The Islands and Beyond
Location: Wednesday, check December 19, 7 pm, $40 per guest
Description: Distilleries on the Scottish Islands are said to pick up dramatic flavors not encountered in other scotches – sea weed, medicine, salt spray – and are believed to come from the ocean. Meaning that the proximity of maturation warehouses to the ocean affects the flavors of the finish spirit. Yet is this true? Is it possible to taste through a range of “ocean-affected” scotches and sense the difference between them and their inland brethren? This tasting aims to find out.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-12-19
End Time: 21:00

Sparklers! And Everything that Bubbles

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Title: Sparklers! And Everything that Bubbles
Location: Thursday, no rx December 27, look 7 pm, seek $20 per guest
Description: Before you go off and by Dom Perignon for the holiday come and taste through a huge range of Sparklers and Champagne!

What makes a sparkling wine sparkle? And what is the difference between sparkling wines and Champagne? Does it matter how the bubbles are made? Does it matter where the fermentation takes place? We explore all of these questions and more in a bubbly crusade from Champagne to Cava!

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-12-27
End Time: 21:00

Fêtes at Waterford: Meeting and Greeting Robert Sinskey

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Title: Fêtes at Waterford: Meeting and Greeting Robert Sinskey
Location: Friday, store November 2, stuff 3-7 pm, order Free!
Link out: Click here
Description: Robert Sinskey Winery all began when a six-month assignment assisting his father turned into a twenty-five year obsession.

Rob Sinskey is an atypical vintner. He is a native Californian and a wine guy who did not attend wine school. Instead, Rob received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City, where the only thing happening in agriculture was conducted in apartment closets. Over the past twenty-five years he has grown his 100% organic and Biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of premium vineyards in the Carneros and Stags Leap districts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

For us at Waterford, Rob Sinskey is an absolute Napa legend. A true connosieur of craftsmanship his wines are unlike any others in the Valley, expressing refinement, elegance and purity. Come and taste with the man himself as he personally escorts you through his selections.

Please note, even though the event runs until 7 pm, Rob Sinskey himself can only attend from 3 to 5 pm (he has the Lombardi Food and Wine Gala to get to that night!).
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2012-11-02
End Time: 19:00

10 Years of Folk Machine, Hobo and Banyan

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Title: 10 Years of Folk Machine, stuff Hobo and Banyan
Location: Saturday, online October 20, cheap 1-4 pm, Free!
Link out: Click here
Description: Join us as we celebrate 10 years of one of our favorite wine producers – Kenny at Folk Machine / Hobo / Banyan winery. We love his wines and we are part of his “Westward Expansion”. If you can’t make it to Healdsburg California (where Kenny, in person, is celebrating) come join us instead!
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2012-10-20
End Time: 17:00

A Pasta dish for Gulfi’s single Cru Nero d’Avolas

In Drinking, Eating, Nero d'Avola, Pasta, Uncategorized on September 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Again, site excuse the writing but I just had to jot the amazing pairing down:

 

The “red” pasta dish was as follows (this is a much longer process).

 

Buy beef short ribs.  Salt and pepper heavily.  In a large braising pot well coated with oil sear the beef short ribs until well caramelized on each side.  This may take some time.  I used to have very fancy Viking stove in my old condo.  With the power of that stove (and a big brazier set on top) I could do about 20 short ribs at a time.  With my current stove and cook ware I can only handle about three.  So this is a slow process.  But the caramelization makes the dish very tasty.

 

Once all short ribs are caramelized add them all into the pot, preferably the one you seared them in.  You need a big pot.  Top with water.  Add carrots, onions and celery until you are at the top of the pot in a ratio of 4:2:1.  Add a bay leaf and parsley stems if you want to be extra fancy.  Cover with cheap but not sweet red wine.

 

Bring to a simmer.  Not a boil.  A simmer.  If you boil the dish the meat will be tough and the grease will be forced into the sauce which makes the sauce tasty slimy instead of silky.

 

Simmer for three to five hours or until beef is tender.

 

Remove all vegetables.  Throw them away or puree them into a very rustic (yet very tasty) tapenade for bread (and add salt to).  Remove the beef.  It should shred apart.  After shredding the beef put the beef bones back in the pot.  There should still be a significant amount of liquid still in the pot.  Reserve the beef and refrigerate.

 

Simmer the liquid until reduced by a factor of ten, skimming the pot of all grease.  This may take an additional 10 more hours or so (my batch this time took overnight).

 

When liquid is reduced gather two more components.  First freshly peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes in an amount equal in volume to the remaining beef liquid.  Italians typically used canned so you can save quite a bit of labor using canned tomatoes.  I did not do this.  Second, get a volume of heavy cream equal to the amount of beef liquid.

 

Combine the beef stock, tomatoes and cream.  This will become your sauce.

 

Reduce the sauce until desired consistency is reach.  Add salt to taste.  Add pepper to taste.

 

Add the beef back to the sauce.  Adjust seasonings.  Keep warm.

 

Make and cook pasta.

 

Toss with warmed sauce and beef.  Top with Parmesan (the parmesan is really important, it harmonizes and pulls the dish together).

 

Serve.

 

Barbaresco: A Jubilee of Nebbiolo

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Title: Barbaresco: A Jubilee of Nebbiolo
Location: Wednesday, pilule October 31, capsule 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Barbaresco: 100% pure Nebbiolo. Perfumed, elegant and powerful, all at once. Waterford is welcoming many new producers and this tasting explores as many as we can. For fans of Nebbiolo, it is a tasting not to miss. Wines listed on the tasting page.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-10-27
End Time: 21:00

Sparkling Wine from Champagne to Cava

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Title: Sparkling Wine from Champagne to Cava
Location: Wednesday, capsule October 24, click 7 pm, $20 per guest
Description: What makes a sparkling wine sparkle? And what is the difference between sparkling wines and Champagne? Does it matter how the bubbles are made? Does it matter where the fermentation takes place? We explore all of these questions and more in a bubbly crusade from Champagne to Cava! Wines listed on the tasting page.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-10-24
End Time: 21:00

Of Chalk and Steel: Chablis

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Title: Of Chalk and Steel: Chablis
Location: Wednesday, search October 17, search 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Chablis may conjure images of sickly sweet boxed wine to the American wine drinker. Yet it is the birthplace of Chardonnay, a French wine region that makes the steeliest, chalkiest, driest most mineral of all renditions of this grape. Some commentators say that it is the only place in the world where Chardonnay truly expresses itself. And now, it is undergoing a revolution. Come to this tasting and find out what the excitement is all about. Wines are listed on the tasting page
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-10-17
End Time: 21:00

Washington State

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Title: Washington State
Location: Wednesday, find October 10, pharmacy 7:00, unhealthy $20 per guest
Description: For years we have discussed Washington as a side show to California, but now it is in ascendance. With more than 600 wineries, a proliferation of new wine regions, as well as landing on the front page of Wine Spectator, there is clearly much to explore in Washington. This tasting we specifically look a new crop of vintners in Washington State! Wines listed on tasting page.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-10-10
End Time: 21:00

Zinfandel!

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Title: Zinfandel!
Location: Wednesday, cialis October 3, illness 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Zinfandel used to be a throw away grape variety made into sweet blush wine. But a handful of wineries in the early 1970s changed all of that. These pioneering wineries set a course for Zinfandel to become one of the greatest wines of the world. This tasting focuses on Zinfandel but adds just a bit more spice by showcasing a few domestic Syrahs as well. Come compare and contrast these varieties! Wines listed under the tasting page.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-10-03
End Time: 21:00

Who are the Burgundians? Complexity and Diversity in American Pinot Noir

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Title: Who are the Burgundians? Complexity and Diversity in American Pinot Noir
Location: Wednesday, medical September 26, buy cialis 7:00 pm, sales $20 per guest
Description: You have heard it before: “our wine is Burgundian styled”, or “we make Pinot Noir like Burgundy”. In fact, it seems that almost every American Pinot Noir producer is questing after the holy grail of Burgundy. Yet are they really? And how fruitful is this quest?
In the main this tasting compares American Pinot Noir to Burgundian Pinot Noir. Yet hopefully the questions we raise are greater than mere comparison: are American wineries deluding themselves (and their customers) as to the quality and make up of their wine? Or should American Pinot Noir be anything like Burgundy? Or is American Pinot Noir so diverse that the comparison is moot? This tasting explores these questions and more through a diverse and exceptional field of Pinot Noir.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-09-26
End Time: 21:00

Wine and Food: An Afternoon in Italy

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Title: Wine and Food: An Afternoon in Italy
Location: Saturday, pharmacy September 22, for sale 2-5 pm, $75 per guest
Description: Join Sommelier Marc Beaudoin and Chef Ben Christiansen on a gastronomic adventure through Italy. Marc and Ben have recently been sharing their love of Italian wine and Italian food, doting on the magical experience of combining the two. On Saturday the 22nd, Marc and Ben bring their love of Italy to you.

This tasting features four different tables of Italian wines (twelve wines in all) expertly paired with six different dishes. There is no rush in enjoying the food and wine – you will have a chance to mix and mingle throughout Waterford wine for the entire afternoon, sampling the gastronomic joys of Italy as you go. As always at Waterford Wine space is limited – RSVPs are required.

Wines to be tasted:
A cocktail to start!
Eugani Prosecco $12.99
Taber Lagrien Riserva $59.99
Dellago Pinot Bianco Riserva $29.99
Le Vigne de Zamo Friulano $29.99
Rinaldi Dolectto $22.99
Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi $79.99
Palazzone Rocca di Tufo Orvieto $14.99
S. Michele Colline Teramane Montepulciano d’Abruzzo $49.99
Allois Settimo $21.99
Gulfi Carjcanti $49.99
Gulfi Rossjebleau $49.99
Morodero Oro $49.99
Menu TBA – please check back on our website!
There is no cancelation policy for this tasting.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-09-22
End Time: 21:00

Seductive Charms: Cabernet Franc

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Title: Seductive Charms: Cabernet Franc
Location: Wednesday, treat September 19, story 7:00 pm, thumb $20 per guest
Description: Cabernet Franc – the “other” Cabernet. Often ignored in favor of its offspring, Cabernet Franc is wrongly thought to be inferior. But now a new crop of vintners, both here in American and abroad, are taking Franc to new levels of complexity, density, and richness. Yet questions remain: can it be great on its own? How well does it express terroir? This tasting explores all these questions and more.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-09-19
End Time: 21:00

Richly Dry Whites: Elegance and Opulence

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Title: Richly Dry Whites: Elegance and Opulence
Location: Wednesday, mind September 12, decease 7 pm, diagnosis $20 per guest
Description: Yes! Back by popular demand!

There is a folk-wisdom within the wine drinking public that white wines are only for the summer. Or that they are “simpler” then red wines. Or maybe you are one of those wine drinkers who only drinks red wine. Then this tasting is for you. Richly Dry Whites explores the world wide wealth of wines whose expression and flavor are textured, elegant, and opulent.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-09-12
End Time: 21:00

Winners and Losers in Bordeaux

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Title: Winners and Losers in Bordeaux
Location: Wednesday, patient August 8, cialis 7:00 pm, $30 per guest
Description: A common saying in the wine world is “Bordeaux is the best of France, and it is the worst of France.”

The “best” refers to Bordeaux’s wines – exceptional not only in France but the rest of the world as well. The “worst” refers to how those wines are sold, through a unique – and some would say archaically dysfunctional – tier of middlemen.

Now here is the argument – the middlemen claim they are needed to represent Bordeaux’s wine estates. The prestigious estates (with some exceptions) are content with the status quo. The less well known estates claim that the system simply excludes them and their wines while inflating the prices of the top tier.

This tasting aims to discuss the current trade practices in Bordeaux while cycling through a collection of Bordeaux’s most exciting estates – from hidden gems to the absolutely famous.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-08-08
End Time: 21:00

Fresh, Delicious Richness: Pesquie Viognier

In Drinking, Special Offers, Uncategorized on June 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Viognier has a thick skin.  Literally, hospital not metaphorically. 

The grape Viognier (Vee-unh-yea!) has a very thick skin.  And while most of us don’t spend our time pondering the pellicule of vitis vinifera it’s the skin that gives Viognier is strikingly pronounced aromas of white peaches, generic pineapple and grapefruit while still having a dry, cure yet full bodied taste. 

For farmers, however, Viognier’s thick skin has one serious complication.  It turns out that the qualities that make Viognier such an exciting wine also make it very difficult to grow.

The skin is the last part of a wine grape to ripen.  And unfortunately the skin carries most of the flavor compounds, the flavonoids, that make wine tasty.  Viognier’s genetic programming for a very thick skin means a long “hang time” – time on the vine after veraison – to fully ripen.  The longer the hang time, the more sunlight combined with photosynthesis that ripens Viognier’s berries into the sublime apricot, peachy, and pineapple flavors we expect. 

Now here comes the complication.  As Viognier hangs on the vine, gaining those flavors, it also gains sugar and loses acidity.  Initially this sounds quite tasty: nobody wants to suck on a lemon and lemonade tastes better with more sugar.  But once inside the winery all that sugar in Viognier (or most) gets fermented into alcohol.  The result tastes like hot, alcoholic Kool-Aid; or Lemonade Port.  And while these drinks may have been exciting at frat-parties of yore, they tend to lack the refreshment of a fun-drinking, back-yard patio wine.   

But planting Viognier in the right location gets around these faults.  “Right” meaning plenty of sun but relatively cool temps and nitrogen poor soils.  The combination is important.  The sun exposure ripens up the skin, the coolness preserves acidity while keeping sugar low, and nitrogen poor soils slow down photosynthesis.  The result is a balanced, fresh, but most of all utterly delicious wine.

And this is exactly what Chateau Pesquie has done.  Pesquie is in the Cote du Ventoux (CdV), which is east of Chateauneuf du Pape and inland from the Mediterranean.  While CdV may not be as famous as its neighbors, wine has been made here for over 2,000 years.  And Chateau Pesquie is considered its greatest practitioner.     

And with their 2010 Viognier, this shows: a bouquet of apricots, lychees and spring flowers soars from the glass – this is perfectly ripened Viognier.  But unlike so many other Viognier’s this one is fresh and balanced on the palate.  Fruit notes of pineapple, caramelized oranges and grapefruit ride through the finish, trailing off with a refreshing sense of minerality.  While Viognier is always full bodied with fruit character, Pesquie’s Viognier gives all of this delicious richness while still remaining at 12.5% alcohol. 

A perfect wine for the backyard BBQ, or just cocktailing on a summer day, Pesquie’s Viognier is not to be missed!

 

2010 Pesquie Viognier

Release Price:  $19.99

Sale Price:  $12.99

 

We will probably sell out of this selection.  If we don’t will be tasting this wine (along with five others – see below) on Friday from 3 to 7 pm.  AGAIN, there is a good chance we will sell of it.  But please come and enjoy our other wines!  

All orders must be secured with a name, credit card number, and phone number.  All orders will be available at the time of purchase. 

When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged.  The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge.  Offer is good while supplies last. 

Ben Christiansen wrote this article and Tim Hansen edited it.

And as always…

 

Friday’s FREE Wine Tasting

This Friday 3-7:00 pm, $FREE – Open House Format

 

This Friday, and every Friday, Waterford Wine offers up a casual, open house wine tastings.  Come in after work, stop by with friends, and enjoy the taste of some great wines!

 

Groovy Hunting: Hopler Grüner Veltliner

In Drinking, Gruner Veltliner, Uncategorized on April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

It’s time to get your Grüvee on!

Don’t mind the umlauts – this is Grüner Veltliner, search the perfect wine for spring!  Veltliner (for short) is one of Austria’s native white grape varieties where it is highly prized.  If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry.  Very little of it makes it out of Austria, and what does gets sucked up by the Germans, Italians and Swiss.

Why the fever for the flavor that results in this Hapsburg Hoover?  Because if you haven’t had it before, Veltliner has a kind of magic – it takes the aromatic vibrancy of Sauvignon Blanc and mates it with the sensual palate weight of White Burgundy.

No, Veltliner isn’t exactly either of these two things.  But, if you drink Sauvignon Blanc or White Burgundy and want to try something, Veltliner isn’t going to disappoint!

Unfortunately, the last couple of vintages in Austria have been short.  Meaning Mother Nature had her way with Austria: inclement weather (frost at flowering and hail just before harvest) dramatically lower crop yields, greatly reducing the quantity of wine available.  So this year, the hunt was on for great GruVee (another nickname – this grape is so charming it needs at least three nicknames to contain itself).

But (as if you can’t tell), I love Veltliner and I want to spread the joy around.  This led me to the Burgenland, a wine growing region about 65 miles south of Vienna and surrounding the shallow lake Neusidel.  Here, the young Christof Höpler makes Veltliner that is different from our known favorites and all the tastier for it.

To tell the truth: I have known Christof and his wines since 2007 (ok, so I didn’t exactly break a sweat in my “hunt” for Great GruVee) and early on was not blown away.  The back-handed compliment from industry insiders was that his wines “solid at their price”.  But I have also always known that Christof isn’t dumb, and watching him refine his Veltliners through the years has been exciting.  With the 2010 vintage he has hit a home run.

The harlequin green-yellow color of Hopler’s 2010 Gruner Veltliner simply laughs with the joy of spring.  Just looking at a bottle makes the weather seem warmer, the afternoon longer, and the taste buds salivate.  So there is no reason to wait.  Crack open a bottle and on the palate its juicy Bartlett and Starkrimson pear flavors will dance with kaffir, tropical fruits and a subtle touch of basil.  There is a bit of lasciviousness in it, like it wants to tell you dirty jokes to make you smile.  The finish is creamy and fleshy and leaves you with an exotic touch of arugula.  For anyone who loves Sauvignon Blanc, or is tired of oaky-Chardonnay, this Veltliner is everything you need to enjoy spring.

In a word – it’s delicious.

 

2010 Hopler Gruner Veltliner

Release Price:  $14.99

Sale Price:  $9.99

All orders must be secured with a name, credit card number, and phone number.  All orders will be available at the time of purchase.

When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged.  The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge.  Offer is good while supplies last.

Ben Christiansen wrote this article and Tim Hansen edited it.

Pennies on the Dollar: Yali Cabernet

In Cabernet, Drinking, Special Offers, Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Chile is a unique position in the wine world – straddling the categories of “Old World” and “New World”.

Chilean wine fits into the Old World, capsule a category that usually includes just European wines, because of its outstanding three hundred history of producing Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals.  Some of these varietals, like Carmenere, harken back to traditional French wine-making that is almost non-existent in its home country today. 

On the other hand Chile’s wines have such a fun-loving freshness of fruit and purity of flavors that they are undeniably New World.  The climate of Chile’s Central Valley is relatively different from Bordeaux.  Bordeaux is rainy, wet, and cool.  The Central Valley is dry, sunny and cool.  And this changes the wines.  Think of California Cabernet (sun, dryness) with just a touch of restraint and a hint of Old World sous bois and pastis adding complexity (cool). 

The two traditions of Old World and New World are tied together in Chile by centuries old family wineries operating on a model that closely resembles modern Bordeaux.  Like their current Bordealise cousins these estates have the skill, tradition, and capitol to make great wine.  Our example is Yali Cabernet made by the Ventisquero family.   

Yali Cabernet bursts from the glass with bright, fresh raspberry aromas and hints of cherries macerated in Merlot with mint and star anise.  Unlike Bordeaux’s Cabernets, Yali Cabernet’s palate is soft and supple without drying tannins.  A touch of Carmenere is blended in, creating complexity and lengthening the finish with flavors of blueberry, lavender and ripe blackberries.     

But best of all, unlike Bordeaux or California, Chile’s Cabernets are pennies on the dollar, a value far beyond their price.

2010 Yali Cabernet

Winery Release Price:  $9.99

Sale Price:  $6.99

We will be tasting this wine on Friday along with a selection of five other wines.  Stop in and join us!

 

Sicily: An Odyssey in Wine

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Title: Sicily: An Odyssey in Wine
Location: Thursday, ask March 8, 7:00, $20 per guest
Description: This repeats Wednesday night’s tasting. Please come to one or the other but not both! Please RSVP.

Italy’s largest and most productive wine growing area is Sicily. But when most of us think of Sicily we think of shotguns and blood vendettas, not wine. And if we do think of wine, we think of Marsala in all its cheap, innocuous, grocery store incarnations.

But Sicily is changing, and changing for the better. Here is a region as large and geographically diverse as all of northern Italy. Its wines should reflect that diversity both in character and in quality. And they do.

This tasting explores the current drama of Sicilian wine – from richly brooding, almost Zinfandel like Nero d’Avolas to the Grand Cru Burgundy likeness of Nerello Mascalese. For anyone with a broad interest in wine we invite you to explore an Odyssey of Sicilian wine.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-03-08
End Time: 21:00

Sicily: An Odyssey in Wine

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Title: Sicily: An Odyssey in Wine
Location: Wednesday, store March 7, 7:00, $20 per guest
Description: Italy’s largest and most productive wine growing area is Sicily. But when most of us think of Sicily we think of shotguns and blood vendettas, not wine. And if we do think of wine, we think of Marsala in all its cheap, innocuous, grocery store incarnations.

But Sicily is changing, and changing for the better. Here is a region as large and geographically diverse as all of northern Italy. Its wines should reflect that diversity both in character and in quality. And they do.

This tasting explores the current drama of Sicilian wine – from richly brooding, almost Zinfandel like Nero d’Avolas to the Grand Cru Burgundy likeness of Nerello Mascalese. For anyone with a broad interest in wine we invite you to explore an Odyssey of Sicilian wine.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-03-07
End Time: 20:00

Australia Day! An Exploration of the Unexpected

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Saturday, March 3, Noon – 4 pm, Open House Format

$20 per guest – credited against purchase of six bottles or more

Australia’s wines are now tragically associated with critter labels such as the jumping kangaroo.  Yet to sum up this continent, as large as the lower 48 United States, under one wine making style is unjust.  And this tasting aims to change that.

Since 2008 a handful of family-owned, hand crafted Australian wineries have banded together to present Australia wine beyond the simple clutches of cheap Shiraz.  We at Waterford are proud to help these families showcase how distinguished Australian wines can be.

 Presented in an open house format we welcome any and all tasters but especially those who hold the belief that Australian wine cannot be more interesting than your typical grocery store critter-labeled Shiraz.  Please come and join us in celebrating Australia’s Day!

Wines to be tasted:

2008 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay $99.99

2007 Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz, McLaren Vale $45.99

2008 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River $18.99

2010 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz, South Australia $54.99

2006 Pewsey Vale “The Contours” Riesling, Eden Valley $34.99

2009 Henshke Henry’s Seven, Barossa $44.99

 2010 Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay, South Australia $14.99

2009 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz/Viognier, South Australia $14.99

2011 Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose, South Australia $14.99

2009 Yalumba Bush vine Grenache, Barossa Valley $19.99

2006 Yalumba “The Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $49.99

2008 Jim Barry “the Cover Drive” Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawara $19.99

2008 Jim Barry “The Lodge Hill” Shiraz, Clare Valley $19.99

2010 Brokenwood Semillon, Hunter Valley $34.99

2010 Cullen Ephraim Clark Sem/Sauv, Margaret River $49.99

2009 Plantagenet Estate Riesling, Great Southern $31.99

2009 Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra $29.99

2007 Kilikanoon Prodigal Grenache, Clare Valley $44.99

2008 d’Arenberg Wild Pixie Shiraz/Rousanne, McLaren Vale $44.99

A Renaissance in Bordeaux

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Join us this Friday for an exploration of Bordeaux’s Renaissance.

Bordeaux used to be an area defined and managed by the 1855 classification system.  However, medical within the last five years wines from outside that classification are taking the world by storm in terms of their high quality and low prices.  Come join us for this informative, cialis “open house” style tasting and explore some of these great finds in Bordeaux!

Wines to be tasted:

2010 Chateau Graville Lacoste Graves Blanc $19.99

2007 Chateau Bellevue Lussac St. Emilion $24.99

2006 Chateau Ferrande Graves $18.99

2008 Chateau de Fontenay Cotes de Castillon $12.99

2009 Chateau L’Argenteyre Medoc Cru Beourgeois $17.99

2009 Chateau de Bon Ami Bordeaux $8.99

& more!

Chateauneuf du Pape, Cote du Rhone, and More:

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

A Mid-Winter Festival!

Tuesday, find January 17, 4:00 – 8 pm, Open House Format

$20 per guest – credited against purchase of six bottles or more

 

It’s cold outside but it’s warm at Waterford!  Join us and Greg Ross, Vice President of Vineyard Brands, one of the hottest importers of French wine, for an open-house-festival-style tasting! 

 

For anyone interested in Chateauneuf du Pape, Hermitage, the Cote du Rhone, or any one of Rhone’s many wine subdivisions, this is a great tasting to explore through a huge selection of wines – no matter if they are $100 or $10. 

 

Although this is presented in an open house format we very much appreciate pre-registration.  Please sign up in advance by responding to this email or calling 414-289-9463. 

 

There will be special pricing on all wines for attendees on this day only.  The entrance fee of $20 will be credited to your purchase of six bottles or more.   

 

For connoisseur or novice this is a tasting not to miss.

 

Wines to be tasted:

2007 Chateau Beaucastel Chateaunuef du Pape Blanc

2009 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

2008 Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rge

2008 Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Prestige

2007 Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape “Les Sinards”

2008 Pallieres Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable”

2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

2006 Domaine de La Grange de Pare Vin de Paus del’Herault

2007 Nicolas Hermitage Rouge

2004 Jasmin Cote Rotie

2008 Graillot Cornas Rge “Equis”

2009 Barruol Hermitage “Les Pierrelles”

2009 Faury St-Joseph Rouge

2009 Graillot, Maxime Croze Hermitage “Dom. des Lises”

2009 Calendal Plan de Dieu

2010 Clape Saint-Peray Blanc

2010 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve

2009 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge Reserve

2009 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages

2007 Perrin Vacqueyras “Les Christins”

2010 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge Cru Nature

2010 Pesquie Vin de Pays Viognier

2009 Pesquie Cotes du Ventoux Quintessence Blc

2009 Gassier, Michel Lou Coucardier Blanc

2009 Gassier, Michel Nostre Pais Rouge

2009 Domaine Roche Cote du Rhone Villages “Cairanne”

2010 Trinquevedel Tavel Rose

2010 Henri Brunier Le Pigeolet Rouge

2008 Durban Muscat Beaumes-de-Venise

 

Do to the small production of these wines some of this list may change.  We will supplement the list if necessary.

 

Upcoming Wine Tastings

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Friday Nights at Waterford

Friday, rx January 6 (and every Friday!), online 3-7 pm, FREE!

What better way to kick off the weekend than stopping by Waterford to taste some wine and socialize with friends?  Join us each and every Friday between 3 and 7 pm for a free sampling of some of our new arrivals, current specials, and staff favorites!  See you Friday!

 

Washington State

Wednesday, January 11, 7:00, $20 per guest

January tastings begin with our annual exploration of Washington State.  For years we have discussed Washington as a side show to California, but now it is in ascendance.  With more than 600 wineries, a  proliferation of new wine regions, as well as landing on the front page of Wine Spectator, there is clearly much to explore in Washington.  Ben is even going to bring a back vintage of Andrew Will to taste!  Come join us in drinking the wines of this extraordinary state!

Wines to be tasted:

2007 Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet $35.99

2008 Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval Cabernet $34.99

2009 Owen Roe Lady Rosa $44.99

2007 Andrew Will Two Blondes Vineyard $54.99

2008 Buty Rediviva of the Stones $49.99

2010 Beast Riesling “Sphinx” 23.99

& more!

 

Chateauneuf du Pape, Cote du Rhone, and More:

A Mid-Winter Festival!

Tuesday, January 17, 4:00 – 8 pm, Open House Format

$20 per guest – credited against purchase of six bottles or more

It’s cold outside but it’s warm at Waterford!  Join us and Greg Ross, Vice President of Vineyard Brands, one of the hottest importers of French wine, for an open-house-festival-style tasting! 

For anyone interested in Chateauneuf du Pape, Hermitage, the Cote du Rhone, or any one of Rhone’s many wine subdivisions, this is a great tasting to explore through a huge selection of wines – no matter if they are $100 or $10. 

Although this is presented in an open house format we very much appreciate pre-registration.  Please sign up in advance by responding to this email or calling 414-289-9463. 

There will be special pricing on all wines for attendees on this day only.  The entrance fee of $20 will be credited to your purchase of six bottles or more.   

For connoisseur or novice this is a tasting not to miss.

Wines to be tasted:

2007 Chateau Beaucastel Chateaunuef du Pape Blanc

2009 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

2008 Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rge

2008 Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Prestige

2007 Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape “Les Sinards”

2008 Pallieres Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable”

2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

2006 Domaine de La Grange de Pare Vin de Paus del’Herault

2007 Nicolas Hermitage Rouge

2004 Jasmin Cote Rotie

2008 Graillot Cornas Rge “Equis”

2009 Barruol Hermitage “Les Pierrelles”

2009 Faury St-Joseph Rouge

2009 Graillot, Maxime Croze Hermitage “Dom. des Lises”

2009 Calendal Plan de Dieu

2010 Clape Saint-Peray Blanc

2010 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Blanc Reserve

2009 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge Reserve

2009 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages

2007 Perrin Vacqueyras “Les Christins”

2010 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge Cru Nature

2010 Pesquie Vin de Pays Viognier

2009 Pesquie Cotes du Ventoux Quintessence Blc

2009 Gassier, Michel Lou Coucardier Blanc

2009 Gassier, Michel Nostre Pais Rouge

2009 Domaine Roche Cote du Rhone Villages “Cairanne”

2010 Trinquevedel Tavel Rose

2010 Henri Brunier Le Pigeolet Rouge

2008 Durban Muscat Beaumes-de-Venise

Do to the small production of these wines some of this list may change.  We will supplement the list if necessary.

  

Zinfandel!

and Touch of Syrah to Compare…

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest

Zinfandel used to be a throw away grape variety made into sweet blush wine.  But a handful of wineries in the early 1970s changed all of that.  These pioneering wineries set a course for Zinfandel to become one of the greatest wines of the world.

 Now, many California wineries are looking for other long-forgotten grapes that may have great potential.  One such grape is Syrah, and a few bold, innovative wineries are crafting its potential. 

This tasting focuses on Zinfandel but adds just a bit more spice by showcasing a few domestic Syrahs as well.  Come compare and contrast these varieties!

Wines to be tasted:

2009 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel $32.99

2006 Rosenblum St. Peter’s Church Zinfandel $49.99

2009 Wine Guerilla Russian River Valley Zinfandel $15.99

2008 Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel $15.99

2008 Neyers Old Lakeville Road Syrah $34.99

2006 Branham Rockpile Zinfandel $29.99

& more!

 

Champagne: Vintage vs. Non-Vintage; or Tete de Cru’s Compared

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Title: Champagne: Vintage vs. Non-Vintage; or Tete de Cru’s Compared
Location: Thursday, sale December 29, remedy 7 pm, $50 per guest
Description: Champagne! Before you go off and buy that super expensive bottle of bling champagne for New Year’s Eve come to this tasting and explore what it is all about. Focusing on some of the greats of the Champagne world this tasting explores just how fabulous (or just how over-priced) those Champagnes actually are.

Champagnes to be tasted:
2000 Dom Perignon $125.99
1998 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne $249.99
1995 Bollinger RD $249.99
NV Vilmart Grand Ceiller $69.99
NV Billiot Brut Reserve $49.99
NV Chartogne Taillet $39.99

Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2011-12-29

Christmas Eve at Waterford!

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Title: Christmas Eve at Waterford!
Location: Saturday, viagra sale December 24, order 11 am to 5 pm (Open House Format), $10 per guest
Description: If you’re coming to a liquor store on Christmas Eve you either have a problem or are running away from one. Either way, we don’t care, and are ready to party. So come join us for a great way to kick-start your Christmas!

Presented in an open house, walk in and check-it-out format, this tasting is a fun frolic through some of our favorite full bodied winter wines! We will be tasting 10 wines, for $10, and you get to keep your Riedel glassware. Come party with us and celebrate Christmas!

Wines to be tasted:
We aren’t sure yet but they will be good!

Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2011-12-24
End Time: 16:00

Amarone: In a Very Serious Way

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Title: Amarone: In a Very Serious Way
Location: Thursday, ailment December 22, patient 7:30 pm, pharm $50 per guest
Description: Amarone is Italy’s block-buster, powerful red wine. Unique in the world for its process of Appassimento, or drying the grapes, it turns out wines of immense concentration and body.

However, it is not without its controversies. This tasting opens with an exploration into the taste of Amarone by examining the region’s long-term benchmark producer Allegrini. From there we discuss the controversial “massive” producers of Dal Forno and Bussola. Next we take a look at regionality within the Valpolicella zone with Sant’ Antonio and Lonardi. Finally, we take a look at how Amarone ages going back almost fifty years via Speri and Bertrani.

This is a tasting not to miss.

Wines to be tasted:
2000 Speri Amarone $149.99
1967 Bertrani Amarone $349.99
2004 Dal Forno Amarone $399.99
2004 Bussola Amarone $66.99
2007 Allegrini Amarone $89.99
2007 Sant’ Antonio Amarone $49.99
& more!

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 12-22-11

Upcoming Burgundy Tasting!

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

2009 Burgundy: A Great Vintage

Saturday, purchase December 17, healing 11 am to 4 pm (Open House Format)

$30 per guest – credited against purchase of six bottles or more

2009 is one of the greatest vintages for Burgundy, buy cialis considered by many to be the ultimate place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Unfortunately, rarely are you offered the chance to taste these great wines before they sell-out.  This tasting is an exceptional opportunity for the Burgundy lover (or anyone wanting to explore Burgundy more) to taste across a wide range of producers and wines before purchasing them.

Although this is presented in an open house format please sign up in advance by responding to this email or calling 414-289-9463. 

There will be special pricing on all wines for attendees on this day only.  The entrance fee of $30 will be credited to your purchase of six bottles or more.    

For anyone interested in Burgundy this is a tasting not to miss.

Wines to be tasted:

2009 Bruno Colin Santenay Rouge Viellies Vignes
2009 Lucien Boillot Volnay
2009 Guillemot Savigny les Beaune Serpentieres 1er Cru
2009 Domain Vincent Santenay Rouge 1er Cru “Gravieres”
2009 Domain Vincent Santenay Rouge 1er Cru “Passetemps”
2009 Domain Vincent Auxey Durresses Rouge 1er Cru “Bretterins”
2009 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Rouge
2009 Domaine Roulot Auxey Durressses
2009 Cherisey Blagny Rouge 1er Cru “Genelotte”
2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Passetoutgrain
2009 Bouchard Pouilly Fuisse
2008 Bouchard Beaune du Chateau Blanc
2009 Bouchard Bourgogne Rouge
2008 Bouchard Beaune du Chateau Rouge
2009 Bouchard Beaune Clos de la Mouse
2009 Bouchard Beaune Greve 1er Cru Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus
2009 Fevre Chablis “Champ Royaux”
2009 Fevre Chablis “Vaillons”
2009 Villa Ponciago Fleurie la Reserva
2008  J.M. Boillot Volnay Rouge
2009 Girardin Pinot Noir “Emotion de Teroirs”
2009 Girardin Chassagne Montrachet Blanc Viellies Vignes
2009 Girardin Rully V.V. Blanc
2009 Girardin Puligny Montrachet “Champ Gains”
2009 Girardin Pommard 1er Cru “Vignots’
2009 Girardin Maranges 1er Cru Fuissiere
2009 Girardin Chambolle Musigny Viellie VIgnes
2009 Thomas Morey Bourgogne Rouge
2009 Matrot Volnay Santenots Rouge
2009 Matrot Monthelie Rouge
2007 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc
2007 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Rouge
2004 Domaine Leroy Nuits St. Georges
2009 Pousse d’Or Pommard 1er Cru Jarroliers
2009 Pousse d’Or Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets
2009 Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru Ouvrees
2010 Verget Macon-Villages
2010 Verget Pouilly Fuisse

 

Do to the small production of these wines some of this list may change.  We will supplement the list if necessary.

Upcoming Tastings

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Please RSVP for the upcoming wine tastings by calling 414-289-WINE (9463), patient or just stop by the store.  All of the following tastings will be presented by Ben Christiansen.

 

 

Scotch: Down the River Spey

Friday, no rx December 2, 7 pm, $20 per guest

Speyside is now universally acknowledged as the heartland of Scottish Whiskey production.  With over half of Scotland’s operating distilleries, this series of Glens creates a wide variety of tastes and aromas across all of their drams.  This tasting begins the exploration of the Speyside area by looking into the small section around the Lower Spey River.

 

Scotches to be tasted:

Aberlour 12 Year

Aberlour A’bunadh

Glen Grant 22 Year

Caperdonich 36 Year

Longmorn 13 Year

Benriach 15 Year Maderia

& more!

 

 

Festivus On Brady Street

Saturday, December 3, 11 am to 5 pm (Open House Format), $10 per guest

Come celebrate Brady Street with us and all our other neighborhood merchants!  Presented in an open house, walk in and check-it-out format, this tasting is a fun frolic through some of our favorite full bodied winter wines!  We will be tasting 10 wines, for $10, and you get to keep your Riedel glassware.  Come party with us and celebrate Festivus!

 

Wines to be tasted:

2008 Schug Pinot Noir $26.99

2005 Il Borro Polissena Super Tuscan $29.99

2005 Branham Rockpile Zinfandel $31.99

2008 Sauveuse Rhone Blend $19.99

2007 Trust Cabernet $34.99

2009 Bucchi Verdiccio $21.99

2009 Prager Auchleiten Stoockkultur Gruner Veltliner $79.99

& more!

 

 

 

Chardonnay, Diverse and Amazing

Wednesday, December 7, 7 pm, $20 per guest

Chardonnay – one of the most ubiquitous and misunderstood grapes in the wine world.  Sure, many people find it easy to hate because of bad examples, yet there is a reason this grape claims some of the most expensive white wines in the world as its own and this tasting aims to find out why.  Come and explore the vast and amazing diversity this grape has to offer.

 

Wines to be tasted:

2008 Morin Chitry Chablis $19.99

2008 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay $89.99

2009 Varner Bee Block Chardonnay $43.99

2009 St. Innocent Justice Vineyard Chardonnay $28.99

2009 Pousse d’Or Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets $149.99

& more!

 

 

 

Napa Cabernet: Controversies and Comparisons in Eden

Wednesday, December 14, 7 pm, $30 per guest

Napa Valley is now world famous for great Cabernet.  But despite its picturesque beauty, under the surface much controversy is brewing.  Issues of price levels, ripeness, alcoholic strength, land evaluation and sub-divisions of the valley all now mark the wines.  This tasting explores what makes Napa Cabernet great via these current events. 

 

Wines to be tasted:

2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia $149.99

2007 Shafer One Point Five Cabernet $66.99

2008 Chappellet Signature Cabernet $59.99

2007 Lewelling Wright Vineyard Cabernet $74.99

2005 Dunn Cabernet $89.99

2008 Robert Sinskey POV $39.99

& more!

 

 

2009 Burgundy: A Great Vintage

Saturday, December 17, 11 am to 4 pm (Open House Format)

$30 per guest – credited against purchase of six bottles or more

2009 is one of the greatest vintages for Burgundy, considered by many to be the ultimate place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Unfortunately, rarely are you offered the chance to taste these great wines before they sell-out.  This tasting is an exceptional opportunity for the Burgundy lover (or anyone wanting to explore Burgundy more) to a taste across a wide range of producers and wines before purchasing them. 

 

Although this is presented in an open house format please sign up in advance by responding to this email or calling 414-289-9463. 

 

There will be special pricing on all wines for attendees on this day only.  The entrance fee of $30 will be credited to your purchase of six bottles or more.    

 

For anyone interested in Burgundy this is a tasting not to miss.

 

Wines to be tasted:

2009 Bruno Colin Santenay Rouge Viellies Vignes

2009 Lucien Boillot Volnay

2009 Guillemot Savigny les Beaune Serpentieres 1er Cru

2009 Domain Vincent Santenay Rouge 1er Cru “Gravieres”

2009 Domain Vincent Santenay Rouge 1er Cru “Passetemps”

2009 Domain Vincent Auxey Durresses Rouge 1er Cru “Bretterins”

2009 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Rouge

2009 Domaine Roulot Auxey Durressses

2009 Cherisey Blagny Rouge 1er Cru “Genelotte”

2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Passetoutgrain

2009 Bouchard Pouilly Fuisse

2008 Bouchard Beaune du Chateau Blanc

2009 Bouchard Bourgogne Rouge

2008 Bouchard Beaune du Chateau Rouge

2009 Bouchard Beaune Clos de la Mouse

2009 Bouchard Beaune Greve 1er Cru Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus

2009 Fevre Chablis “Champ Royaux”

2009 Fevre Chablis “Vaillons”

2009 Villa Ponciago Fleurie la Reserva

2008  J.M. Boillot Volnay Rouge

2009 Girardin Pinot Noir “Emotion de Teroirs”

2009 Girardin Chassagne Montrachet Blanc Viellies Vignes

2009 Girardin Rully V.V. Blanc

2009 Girardin Puligny Montrachet “Champ Gains”

2009 Girardin Pommard 1er Cru “Vignots’

2009 Girardin Maranges 1er Cru Fuissiere

2009 Girardin Chambolle Musigny Viellie VIgnes

2009 Thomas Morey Bourgogne Rouge

2009 Matrot Volnay Santenots Rouge

2009 Matrot Monthelie Rouge

2007 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc

2007 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Rouge

2004 Domaine Leroy Nuits St. Georges

2009 Pousse d’Or Pommard 1er Cru Jarroliers

2009 Pousse d’Or Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets

2009 Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru Ouvrees

2010 Verget Macon-Villages

2010 Verget Pouilly Fuisse

Do to the small production of these wines some of this list may change.  We will supplement the list if necessary.

 

 

Amarone: In a Very Serious Way

Wednesday, December 21, 7 pm, $50 per guest

Amarone is Italy’s block-buster, powerful red wine.  Unique in the world for its process of Appassimento, or drying the grapes, it turns out wines of immense concentration and body. 

 

However, it is not without its controversies.  This tasting opens with an exploration into the taste of Amarone by examining the region’s long-term benchmark producer Allegrini.  From there we discuss the controversial “massive” producers of Dal Forno and Bussola.  Next we take a look at regionality within the Valpolicella zone with Sant’ Antonio and Lonardi.  Finally, we take a look at how Amarone ages going back almost fifty years via Speri and Bertrani. 

 

This is a tasting not to miss. 

 

Wines to be tasted:

2000 Speri Amarone $149.99

1967 Bertrani Amarone $349.99

2004 Dal Forno Amarone $399.99

2004 Bussola Amarone $66.99

2007 Allegrini Amarone $89.99

2007 Sant’ Antonio Amarone $49.99

& more!

 

 

Champagne: Vintage vs. Non-Vintage; or Tete de Cru’s Compared

Wednesday, December 28, 7 pm, $50 per guest

Champagne!  Before you go off and buy that super expensive bottle of bling champagne for New Year’s Eve come to this tasting and explore what it is all about.  Focusing on some of the greats of the Champagne world this tasting explores just how fabulous (or just how over-priced) those Champagnes actually are.

 

Champagnes to be tasted:

2000 Dom Perignon $125.99

1998 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne $249.99

1995 Bollinger RD $249.99

NV Vilmart Grand Ceiller $69.99

NV Billiot Brut Reserve $49.99

NV Chartogne Taillet $39.99

 

 

 

Please do not wear perfume or cologne of any kind to these tastings. 

 

All of these tastings maintain a 48 hour reservation cancellation policy. 

 

Convenient street parking with additional parking located in the lot across the street.

 

 

Spatchcocked! … Another Tall Turkey Tale From Waterford Wine

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

In my nonage, recipe Spatchcocking a turkey seems to be one of the noblest achievements consummated in the kitchen.  While the current tendency may be for umbrella or thumb my personal preference is for the Deba and bare hands. 

This Thanksgiving, advice take your turkey to new heights and Spatchcock it – and here is how!  [For those who have Spatchcocked or been Spatchcocked before please skip to step eight (8)]. 

P.S. – Don’t miss Waterford Wine’s Turkey Tasting this Wednesday (see below)!

Method:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove turkey from fridge and place on cutting board.  Remove all outer coverings as well as innards including giblets, discount neck and kidneys.  Reserve innards. 

2.  Open one (1) bottle of Pali Pinot Noir.  Pour three (3) ounces of Pali Pinot Noir into prepared tasting glass.  Sip lightly while breathing through the lips, thus enhancing olfactory experience.  Note rich raspberry aromas and svelte palate.  Finish liquid in tasting glass.

3.  Turn turkey breast side down.  Run hands up spine slipping under the inner thigh of left leg.  With confidence fold leg backwards against spine swiftly.  This motion is much like a half-nelson executed in high school wrestling class.  It should result in leg popping away from frame as if dislocating an opponent’s shoulder.  Repeat on right hand side.  Sever skin surrounding leg joint.  The legs should now be completely free from frame.

4.  Good work!  Reward self with a (1) Waterford Old Fashioned.  Feel “load taken off” upon first harsh swallow of cocktail.  Note how much easier second sip is.  Repeat until palate acclimated to higher proof liquid and legs numb.  Think cautiously about finishing a Waterford cocktail with such rapidity.  Finish cocktail while pureeing “caution” in Cuisinart.  Boldly make second Old Fashioned while “tasting” three (3) more ounces of Pali Pinot: so soft, so deliciously smooth, isn’t Pali Pinot wonderful?

5.  Grab one of the turkey’s wings.  While holding Deba against wing’s base, lift up and snap back at second joint.  Sever skin at lowest joint and scrape vigorously upwards until bone exposed.  Pop off wing tip from bone.  Deep fry wing tip.  Congratulations!  You have now made the world’s largest hot wing!  Pour hot sauce on wing while tasting Pali Pinot.  Note how hot sauce renders Pinot un-tasteable.  Switch to Old Fashioned.

6.  Repeat instruction five (5) with other turkey wing and second (3) Old Fashioned.  Pali Pinot: probably the greatest Pinot on earth with its enticingly complex aromas of Bing cherry, blackberries and nutmeg. 

7.  Now, the hard part. 

8.  Remove turkey’s backbone via standing turkey upright, inserting Deba to the left side of tail and with much force thrusting downwards.  Note how own thumb is also nearly severed from left hand with such a vigorous thrust.  Quickly locate remaining Old Fashioned.  Sanitize wound via repeated applications of Old Fashioned to laceration.  Realize you have nothing to drink and want to feel numb across entire body, not just in legs.  Screw effeminate wine-geek  idea of “tasting” and pour large (12 oz) glass of Pali Pinot.  Not wanting to get a wet vac, clean up spillage of wine from five ounce glass by bending down and sucking liquid from floor with lips.  Pali Pinot: very tasty indeed, now with rich sous bois accents and forest floor adding complexity.  Wrap left hand in Glad Wrap and note the new found irony in name.

9.  Get caught in this act by huge ghoulish nephew “Peter” whose boy-child peach fuzz once again reveals three day old snuffled Doritos.  Much later realize this is where events might have taken a wrong turn: have Peter decline invitation to Pali Pinot but accept his generous offer to share an “exotic Chesterfield” in poorly ventilated basement room.  Lose track of fifteen (31.5) minutes via concisely proving how cool Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride actually is.  Using G4 Blackberry reference You-Tube video of haggard looking Steppenwolf.  Catch self singing into Blackberry while recording instead of watching YouTube video.  Light second exotic Chesterfield.  Wonder if this is what is meant by “hot-box”, wonder where Peter is (?), wonder how Peter has Chesterfields when they are only sold in South Africa these days; stare meaningfully into space for a couple of minutes (11) while humming Yo La Tengo’s My Little Corner of the World. 

Suddenly computate that if Peter wasn’t a hallucination then all of the Thanksgiving guests have arrived!

8.  Slipping in blood on basement stairs trip into kitchen landing head first and eye-to-wing with turkey which has fallen onto floor due to Deba knife logged halfway into body cavity. 

B.  Realizing time is at a premium, develop new turkey cooking method via plugging turkey into electrical socket with exposed wing tip.  Feel strange quivering in all bones and land against refrigerator realizing that “electrocution” is a portmanteau word.     

12.  While yelling “I’m alive” (!) make dramatic entrance into living room.  Momentarily endure stares of disbelief from dinner guests while quickly pouring everyone generous glasses of “This Fabulous Pali Pinot Noir”. 

E. 3. With silly, effete swirling of glass make references to wine’s legs and aroma.  Discuss how profound Pali Pinot’s floral notes are when combined with delicious Santa-Barbara fruit characteristics.  Pound remainder of bottle.  Pine for more.  Purchase more at Waterford Wine Company via fictitious web-based application.  One month later wonder why five chocolate turtle doves are delivered to door-step.  Suspect fraud, drink another Waterford Old Fashioned.   

13.

42.  Find yourself very funny and very clever while rhyming the daring repartee “Fred, you’re paunch is its own planetoid whose orbit collided with an alien mongoloid while the proportion of your proboscis is directly opposite your…” stopping in middle realizing you are speaking out loud.  Decide to play doctor and anaesthetize all guests.  Mix large batch of Old Fashioned.  Pour 10 oz Old Fashioned to each guest while genuflecting obviously insincere apologies.  Return to kitchen allowing guests to “marinate”. 

14.  Locate fire extinguisher and large stiff spatula.  Discharge fire extinguisher into flaming bloody carcass of unknown origin and species plugged into electrical socket on kitchen counter.  Scrape what appears to be turkey meat off walls with spatula.  Creatively arrange shards of meat on large platter. 

21.  Proudly serve platter to unconscious guests while remembering Julia Child’s dictum: “Never apologize for anything from your kitchen.”

 

All you need for a Waterford Thanksgiving:

2009 Pali Huntington Pinot Noir

Retail Price:  $21.99

Sale Price:  $16.99

As soon as it’s opened Pali Huntington Pinot Noir jumps from the glass with aromas of wild raspberry pie.  Like California sunshine in a bottle, no Pinot is as deliciously sacchariferous as a Santa Barbara Pinot.  With the Thanksgiving meal, this Pinot perfectly complements the disparate elements of the meal, from the stuffing to the cranberry sauce, without overwhelming the Turkey.  Pali lightly oaks this Pinot, bringing out a lingering vanilla and nutmeg note on the finish.  A delightful match for Thanksgiving, it and be drunk anytime and bring pleasure!     

 

The Waterford Old Fashioned

Suggested List Price of Package:  $89.99

Special price via this email:  $59.99

“This is a True Old Fashioned – a cocktail that announces itself and leaves the Cosmo crowd crying for soda pop.  It’s boozy and bold, making you wondering why you would drink anything else.  Welcome back to a true cocktail.”

Click here for complete details.   

 

Bring Your Unsuspecting Relatives:

The Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Taste Off!

Wednesday, November 23, Noon to 7 pm (Open House Format), $10 per guest

Presented in an open house, walk in and check-it-out format, this tasting is a fun frolic through some of our favorite wines – all perfectly matched up to your Thanksgiving dinner.  This year we will be featuring our Pinot Shoot-Out, dishing out our tasty Old Fashionds (yes, the special is back on!  You know you want some), as well as KVH rockin’ the white wine room.

We will be tasting 10 wines, for $10, and you get to keep your Riedel glassware.  Come party with us!

 

Half case and full case discounts apply to this offer.

All orders must be secured with a name, credit card number, and phone number.  All orders will be available at the time of purchase. 

When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged.  The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge.  Offer is good while supplies last. 

Ben Christiansen wrote this article.  Tim Hansen edited it.

 

This article makes reference to Mason Williams “Them poems”, one of the greatest collections of poems in the human language.

Scotch: Down the River Spey

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Title: Scotch: Down the River Spey
Location: Wednesday, malady November 30, prescription 7 pm, stuff $20 per guest
Description: Speyside is now universally acknowledged as the heartland of Scottish Whiskey production. With over half of Scotland’s operating distilleries this series of Glens creates a wide variety of tastes and aromas across all of their drams. This tasting begins an exploration of the Speyside area by looking into the small section around the Lower Spey River.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-12-02
End Time: 21:00

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé … but why drink toilet water? Drink Amarone instead!

In Amarone, Beaujolais, Drinking, Special Offers, Uncategorized on November 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

That’s right; it’s that time of year again!  The third Thursday in November when the audacious French traits of being xenophobic and snooty towards Americans combine in the swinish hoax known as Beaujolais Nouveau! 

Sure, viagra this year we could again drink toilet water from the armpit of Burgundy – Beaujolais Nouveau – while some effete, rx stubble crusted Frenchman chortles.  We could also tax ourselves right into another Marshall Plan to bail the EU out of its debt crisis too!  Actually, come to think of it, Beaujolais Nouveau is essentially a great bit of tomfoolery designed to bail out what can only be thought of as run-off from France’s huge nuclear power industry.  They ship toxic waste into Algeria; why not put it in wine bottles, affix eye-catching labels, and send it to those silly Americans too! 

No!  And let’s say it together – never again shall we drink Beaujolais Nouveau.  But let’s not get carried away.  This Thursday, and in fact, this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday lets drink the good stuff.  Let’s drink Amarone. 

Yes, Amarone.

Amarone, the very antithesis of Beaujolais Nouveau.  Where Nouveau is a thin, vapid French wine made via the new-fangled machinations of carbonic maceration, Amarone is Italy’s heavy weight champion, inspiring awe in the imbiber via its dramatic depths completed through the age old process of Appassimento.  A vino da meditazione, Amarone’s rich power is guaranteed to knock your socks off as well as spank the Thanksgiving turkey across the table.  It is a wine not to be trifled with or to be missed. 

Amarone hails from Valpolicella, the inland hills up from Venice, Italy.  It is primarily made from the grapes Corvina and Corvinone.  But unlike many Italian wines where the region or grape plays a key role in flavor, Amarone’s distinction comes from a process.  This process is the Appassimento, or drying of the grapes. 

Here is what happens: the grapes are picked normally, like every other place in the world.  They are then spread out on perforated straw mats.  These mats are placed in an open air warehouse where fans constantly blow air across them.  This combination dries the grapes out, in essence, creating raisins. 

All of us know the flavor difference between run-of-the-mill concord grapes and Sun-Maid raisins.  You can imagine a similar difference when a wine is made via appassimento.  But you don’t have to imagine what Amarone is like because we’ve got one on special, right here – Sant Antonio’s!

Sant Antonio’s Amarone opens with smells of blackberry jam spread on warm buttered toast.  It feels so silky, so supple going down that it warms you like a late night snack from Grandma sneaked to bed and munched under the covers.  Amarone is never a simple wine, and Sant Antonio’s revels in its complexity.  Waves of aromas like bittersweet chocolate, violets, musk, vanilla and espresso a combine into a fascinating, heady drinking experience.  It truly is a vino da meditazione, a wine to meditate with, as it draws you down into its deep dark depths.  Once there, it will snuggle you like a fur coat worn on the beach of a freezing opal sea.  Experience this Amarone slowly, and cherish every drop. 

As you can imagine, Amarone is never cheap.  It is extremely difficult to make and the very act of creating it, the appassimento, lowers the yield, typically by half.  What would have been a $30 wine automatically costs $60.  The brothers Castagnedi however, want to spread their love of Amarone far and wide.  Take advantage of this charitable offer on their Amarone because, as any Italian will tell you, Amarone is not a wine for every day occasions, but it is a wine to have as often as you can. 

 

2007 Sant Antonio Amarone

Retail Price:  $59.99

Sale Price:  $39.99

 

And, just to show you we aren’t mean to the fine vintners of Cru Beaujolais, here is another offer!

 

2010 Lapierre Morgon, Cru Beaujolais

Retail Price:  $26.99

Sale Price:  $21.99

 

Here at Waterford, Lapierre’s Morgon is one of our favorite wines.  Yes, it comes from Beaujolais, but from one of the “crus” of Beaujolais – Morgon.  It is decidedly not nouveau. 

We love and prize this wine for its delightful lightness of being, its bright cherry fruits that seem to bound forth with the excitement of a child that just learned how to ride a bicycle, and its charming way of smiling at you like a freshly burped baby.  If Amarone is for contemplation, Lapierre’s Morgon is for dancing.      

The 2010 vintage gives us the bittersweet reminder that Lapierre’s Morgon has been handed down to the next generation.  Marcel Lapierre lost his battle with cancer just before completing the 2010 harvest, and his talented son Mathieu is now at the reigns. 

2010 is a great vintage for Beaujolais, especially Morgon, and we would like to think that this wine reflects Marcel’s character: his extraordinary gifts as a winemaker, his brilliant quick wit, his radiant good humor, and his enviable love of life.  His wines are of the same personality, full of youthful excitement, snappy jocose acidity, and joie de vivre. 

When Marcel started making his Beaujolais the region was known only for Nouveau, which gave rise to Beaujolais’ unjustified reputation as the arm-pit of France producing toilet water wine.  That reputation is rightly reserved to Nouveau.  Despite these misperceptions and through his belief in natural, non-interventionist wine-making, Marcel started a revolution in Beaujolais.  And that revolution has gone on to change the entire world of wine.    

Vive le Gamay!  Vive le Lapierre!  Vive le Cru Beaujolais!

 

 

 

We will be tasting these wines on Friday and Saturday (as long as we don’t sell out of them!)

Half case and full case discounts apply to this offer.

All orders must be secured with a name, credit card number, and phone number.  All orders will be available at the time of purchase. 

When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged.  The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge.  Offer is good while supplies last. 

 

This piece was edited by Tim Hansen who notes that sneaked is the correct usage, not snuck.

 

Some of the ideas of this piece, “wine of meditation”, “inspire awe”, among others are derived from Nicholas Belfrage’s book Barolo to Valpolicella published by Faber Books.  If you are at all interested in Italian wine this book is indispensable.

Parts of the Lapierre section, specifically “Marcel’s character” are from a personal communication with Bruce Neyers at the Kermit Lynch National Sales Office.  Thank you Bruce for your heartfelt email regarding Marcel Lapierre.

 

Amarone bottle tag: richly styled gorgeously fruit driven wine.  Drink as a cocktail or serve with boldly flavored foods.  Drink now until 2022. 

 

Lapierre bottle tag: bright, cheerful, crisp light wine.  Drink as a cocktail or serve with light foods including poultry and seafood.  Drink now until 2013. 

Upcoming Tastings!

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Please RSVP for the upcoming wine tastings by calling 414-289-WINE (9463), here or just stop by the store.  All of the following tastings will be presented by Ben Christiansen.

Friday Nights at Waterford

Friday, cialis October 28 (and every Friday!), 3-7 pm, FREE!

What better way to kick off the weekend than stopping by Waterford to taste some wine and socialize with friends?  Join us each and every Friday between 3 and 7 pm for a free sampling of some of our new arrivals, current specials, and staff favorites!  See you Friday!

 

Oregon Pinot Noir

Wednesday, November 2, 7 pm, $20 per guest

With its first plantings of the grape in 1966, Oregon has become one of the top US sites to grow Pinot Noir.  This tasting explores Oregon’s rise to fame, the character of the resulting wines, and current wines within the region.

2009 Adelsheim Pinot Noir $24.99

2008 Adelsheim Bryan Vineyard Pinot Noir $69.99

2008 Saint Innocent Shea Vineyard $49.99

2007 Brandborg Umqua $19.99

2009 Bergstrom “Old Stones” Chardonnay $28.99

2009 Penner Ash Willamette Valley $44.99

2008 Dobbs Willamette Valley $24.99

& more!

 

Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon, and Chenin, Compared

Wednesday, November 9, 7 pm, $20 per guest

The Loire Valley is the birthplace of many of the world’s most famous varieties – Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc, to say nothing of Chenin Blanc.  Yet for all the fame that these varieties have achieved the Loire Valley itself remains relatively unknown.  Using the Loire as a background this tasting compares and contrasts these varieties across the world and discusses the differences.   

Wines to be tasted:

2009 Andrew Will Cabernet Franc $29.99

2007 Charles Joguet Les Petite Roches Chinon $26.99

2010 Boulay La Cote Sancerre $44.99

2010 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc $36.99

2010 Agnes & Rene Mosse Anjou Blanc $26.99

2010 Jeanne d’Arc Chenin Blanc $18.99

& more!

 

Chateauneuf du Pape

Wednesday, November 16, 7 pm, $20 per guest

30 years ago the wines from Chateauneuf du Pape were considered rustic and backward.  Now, this region is home to some of France’s, if not the world’s, most famous wines.  This tasting takes a critical look at the area, exploring not only the wines from Chateauneuf du Pape, but also some of the surrounding villages of the Cote du Rhone and beyond. 

Wines to be tasted:

2006 Andre Brunel Chateauneuf du Pape $54.99

2008 Vieux Telegraph Rouge $71.99

2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cote du Rhone $29.99

2007 Oliviers Reserve Chateauneuf du Pape $36.99

2009 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas $34.99

2007 John Duval Plexus $36.99

& more!

 

Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Taste Off!

Wednesday, November 23, Noon to 7 pm (Open House Format), $10 per guest

Presented in an open house, walk in and check-it-out format, this tasting is a fun frolic through some of our favorite wines – all perfectly matched up to your Thanksgiving dinner.  This year we will be featuring our Pinot Shoot-Out, dishing out our tasty Old Fashionds (yes, the special is back on!  You know you want some), as well as KVH rockin’ the white wine room.

We will be tasting 10 wines, for $10, and you get to keep your Riedel glassware.  Come party with us!

Wines to be tasted:

2010 Buty Semillon $21.99

2010 Lapierre Morgon $24.99

2005 Storybook Mountain Anteaus Zinfandel Blend $39.99

2008 O’Shea Scarborough “Over the Line” Riesling $21.99

2009 St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir $19.99

2008 Torii Nor Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $26.99

2006 Solena Domaine Danielle Laurent $44.99

2009 Hedges CMS $13.99

2009 Laumra Sicilia Rosso $8.99

& more!

 

Scotch: Down the River Spey

Wednesday, November 30, 7 pm, $20 per guest

Speyside is now universally acknowledged as the heartland of Scottish Whiskey production.  With over half of Scotland’s operating distilleries this series of Glens creates a wide variety of tastes and aromas across all of their drams.  This tasting begins an exploration of the Speyside area by looking into the small section around the Lower Spey River.

Scotches TBA.  But there will be nine of them (and they’ll be delicious!)  Stay tuned.

  

Please do not wear perfume or cologne of any kind to these tastings. 

All of these tastings maintain a 48 hour reservation cancellation policy. 

 

Convenient street parking with additional parking located in the lot across the street.

 

 

The Friday Slide at Waterford

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Title: The Friday Slide at Waterford
Location: 4-7 pm, view a free wine tasting
Description: Join us this Friday at Waterford Wine as we taste our most recent wine specials as well as some new arrivals to the store. And, sick of course, join us in a taste of Shannon Ridge Roussanne! Come on in and have a good time! Cheers!
Date: 2011-10-07

Upcoming Tastings

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Please RSVP for the upcoming wine tastings by calling 414-289-WINE (9463), unhealthy or just stop by the store.  All of the following tastings will be presented by Ben Christiansen.

 

 

Examining Red Burgundy

Thursday, capsule September 8, 7 pm, $20 per guest

In Burgundy, wines are graded on the quality of the land that they are produced from.  This is the famous Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru appellation system.  Yet many artisan wines from “lesser” appellations are now valued at far higher market levels than those with a greater pedigree.  Is the appellation system breaking down? Do these producers represent a rewriting of the famous terrior that makes up Burgundy?  Or is it mere marketeering by savvy wine producers? 

 

This tasting examines the Burgundy appellation system with a critical eye on producers who seem to be defying its qualifications. 

 

Wines to be tasted:

2009 Jean Marc Vincent Auxey Duresses 1er Cru Bretterins $49.99

2009 Jean Marc Vincent Santaney Rouge 1er Cru Passetemps $49.99

2008 Vincent Girardin Grand Cru Corton Renards $165.99

2009 Roulot Bourgogne Rouge $39.99

2008 Coche Dury Bourgogne Rouge $69.99

2008 Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne Rouge $34.99

2008 Robert Chevillon Nuits Saint George $64.99

2008 Comtesse Bernard Cherisey Blagny 1er Cru $59.99

2008 Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Chamues $159.99

 

 

Brunello, Chianti & SuperTuscans

Wednesday, September 14, 7 pm, $20 per guest

Brunelllo is assumed to be the greatest expression of Sangiovese – higher than Chianti Classico, better than Vino Nobile, and of more pure expression than Super Tuscans.  Yet is this the case?

 

This tasting examines some of the new wines from the great 2006 vintage of Brunello while comparing them to its sister regions within the area.  A wide ranging collection of Tuscany’s wines will be accompanied by an exploratory lecture into the themes that draw these wines together.  

 

Wines to be tasted:

2006 Conti Costanti Brunello $89.99

2006 Lisini Brunello $89.99

2006 Casanova di Neri Teunta Nuova Brunello $79.99

2003 Casanuova Cerbaie Brunello $36.99

2005 Il Borro “Polissena” Supertuscan $29.99

2007 Tignanello THE supertsucan $94.99

2006 Petrognano Pomino Supertuscan $16.99

2007 Majnoni Guicciardini Chianti Classico Riserva $22.99

2009 Querceto Chianti $9.99

2007 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $29.99

 

 

Cabernet Around The World

Wednesday, September 21, 7 pm , $20 per guest

What makes Cabernets taste different?  This tasting goes around the world exploring climate, soil types, blending practices, pricing and vintages of Cabernet. 

 

Wines to be tasted:

2008 Groth Napa Valley $56.99

2005 Robert Young Scion Alexander Valley $54.99

2007 Andrew Will Two Blondes Vineyard $64.99

2008 Hedges Red Mountain $16.99

2009 Graceland Strawberry Fields South Africa $29.99

2008 Bramare Cabernet Argentina $34.99

2005 Le Ville Cure Fronsac Bordeaux $49.99

2008 Maculan Fratta Italy $99.99

& more!

 

 

Ridge Vineyards: Zinfandel, Cabernet and Chardonnay

Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm, $20 per guest

Ridge Vineyards holds a remarkable place in California’s wine pantheon.  Not only can they take credit for the revival of Zinfandel, theyalso produce Monte Bello, a Cabernet-based winethat arguably holds the record for California’s best Bordeaux blend.  This tasting explores a wide range of wines, all from Ridge Vineyards.   

 

Wines to be tasted:

2009 Ridge Chardonnay Estate $39.99

2007 Ridge Monte Bello $139.99

2009 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah $29.99

2009 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel $22.99

2008 Ridge Lytton Estate Zinfandel $32.99

2009 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel $24.99

2007 Ridge Carignane $29.99

2009 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel $32.99

2006 Ridge Geyserville in MAGNUM YEAH! $89.99

 

 

 

Please do not wear perfume or cologne of any kind to these tastings.  All of these tastings maintain a 48 hour reservation cancellation policy.  Convenient street parking with additional parking located in the lot across the street.

Brady Street Festival!

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

Title: Brady Street Festival!
Location: Saturday, click July 30, online 11 am – 4 pm , $10 per guest
Description: The Brady Street Festival! Come and join us, as well as all the other business on Brady, in celebrating! We will be pouring 10 wines as well as offering substantial discounts on those wines. The $10 fee includes a Riedel glass, which you get to keep!
Date: 2011-07-30

Mezzogiorno: A Journey in Southern Italy

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

Title: Mezzogiorno: A Journey in Southern Italy
Location: Thursday, shop July 28, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Southern Italy, the Mezzogiorno, has always lagged behind the North in terms of economy and urbanization. And this is also true of much of their wines – Trebbiano, Aglianco and Fiano – have never found the markets that Sangiovese in the North has. This tasting aims to explore the wines of the Mezzogiorno, in all their glory.
Date: 2011-07-28

Out of Obscurity: Languedoc & Rousillon

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

Title: Out of Obscurity: Languedoc & Rousillon
Location: Wednesday, cialis July 20, sale 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Long overshadowed by Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley as well as derided for inconsistency, France’s Languedoc and Rousillon regions have triumphantly emerged as breeding grounds full of experimentation and thrilling producers. In this tasting we explore the area’s history, sub-regions and noteworthy producers.
Date: 2011-07-20

Wine for a Sun-drenched Spanish Plaza

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

Title: Wine for a Sun-drenched Spanish Plaza
Location: Wednesday, troche July 13, ailment 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: The world would be well improved to practice the Spanish art of daily drinking; wines of gusto and of refreshment that enhance conversation and quality of life. In this tasting a myriad of wine styles and regions will be explored with drinkability as the common thread.
Date: 2011-07-13

Powerful Reds: Provence’s Mourvedre

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

Title: Powerful Reds: Provence’s Mourvedre
Location: Wednesday, purchase July 6, sales 7 pm, advice $20 per guest
Description: Summer in Provence – rich powerful red wines that taste great in the summer. Based on the native grape Mourvedre these powerfully packed wines are not quite Cote-du Rhones and not quite Cabernet, but still incredible red wines for the summer!
Date: 2011-07-06

The Wines of Chile’s Coast and Argentina’s Andes

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Title: The Wines of Chile’s Coast and Argentina’s Andes
Location: Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Though Chile and Argentina share a border, their wine industries have very little in common. Chile’s best new vineyard sites are capitalizing on their proximity to the ocean and its cooling effects, where Argentina’s greatest vineyards are in the high altitudes of the Andes mountains subject to a rain shadow with little precipitation. This tasting will show off South America’s greatest wine regions through a discussion of climate, site, and some of the less common wines being produced there, along side their most lauded styles.

Wines to be tasted:
2010 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc $14.99
2009 Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay $19.99
2007 La Playa “Axel” Carmenere $19.99
2008 Decero “Remolinos Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon $18.98
2009 Belasco “Llama 100 Year Old Vines” Malbec $14.99
& more

Date: 2011-06-29

Heaven on Earth: 1981, Napa Valley

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Title: Heaven on Earth: 1981, stomach Napa Valley
Location: Wednesday, buy cialis June 22, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: In 1981, a small group of vintners came together to Sponsor the Napa Valley Wine Auction. At the time they never would have guessed that it marked a turning point for the valley, and a harbinger of things to come.
Now Napa Valley has literally exploded in terms of winemaking, viticulture and tourism. While tasting wines Napa wines from 1981 is not possible discussing the topics of the day: farming locations, historical wineries, fruit quality, innovative wine making technique is possible. This tasting seeks to explore the current issues involved in Napa winemaking by examining the past.
Wines to be tasted:
2008 Frog’s Leap Cabernet $39.99
2006 Reguschi Cabernet $53.99
2007 Darioush Cabernet $76.99
2009 Raymond Field Blend $9.99
2007 Napanook $39.99
2005 Storybook Mountain Anteaus $39.99
& more!

Date: 2011-06-22

Washington State

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Title: Washington State
Location: Wednesday, cialis June 15, advice 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Long a side show to California, Washington State is starting to make some of the most dramatic wines in the United States. This tasting explores the grape types, wineries, and areas of Washington that are responsible for the excitement.
Wines to be tasted:
2007 Dunham Truntina $24.99
2009 CMS $12.99
2006 Seven Hills Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet $34.99
2007 Waters Walla Walla Valley Cabernet $42.99
2009 Andrew Will Cabernet Franc $27.99
2010 Two Mountain Riesling $12.99
2008 Gilbert Estate “Black Label” Chardonnay
& more!

Date: 2011-06-15

Thwarting Dyspepsia: Aperitifs and Digestifs

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Title: Thwarting Dyspepsia: Aperitifs and Digestifs
Location: Wednesday, sales June 8, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Just as one ingests Dramamine on a jarring sea voyage, it’s well advised to medicate and enhance the gustatory voyage with a proper digestive. In this tasting we will explore the rich European history of Aperitifs and Digestifs as we sample Vermouth, Amaro, Absinthe and more.
Aperitifs and Digestifs to be tasted:
Dolin Dry Vermouth $14.99
Dolin Vermouth Blanc $14.99
Montifaud NV Pineau des Charentes White $25.99
Cocchi Americano $19.99
Cocchi Vermouth di Torino $19.99
Cardamaro Vino Amaro $16.99
Luxardo Amaro Abano $20.99
Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro $29.99
Germain-Robin Absinthe $50.99
& more!

Date: 2011-06-08

Spring on Brady, Open House Format

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Title: Spring on Brady, hospital Open House Format
Location: Saturday, June 4th, 11 am – 4 pm, $10 per guest
Description: Spring on Brady! At long last Spring has seemingly arrived! Come and join us, as well as all the other business on Brady, in celebrating! We will be pouring 10 wines as well as offering substantial discounts on those wines. The $10 fee includes a Riedel glass, which you get to keep!
Wines to be tasted:
(Visions of Pinot)
Brandborg Pinot Noir $16.99
Torii Mor Oregon Pinot Noir $24.99
Ancien Toyon Vineyard Pinot Noir $36.99
Tablas Creek Esprit de Beacastel $49.99
(Cabernet for the Spring!)
Branham Cabernet Napa Valley $29.99
Seven Hills Klipsun Vineyard $34.99
& more!

Date: 2011-06-04

Rosé Festival!

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Title: Rosé Festival!
Location: Saturday, mind May 21st, unhealthy 12 – 5 pm, healing FREE!
Description: Open House at Waterford Wine Company
Join Waterford Wine Company, Bolzano meats, and Indulgence Chocolatiers for a spring festival of Rose wines! On this Saturday not only will we be pouring our complete collection of 2010 rosé wines but also offering tastes of charcuterie, chocolates as well as special deep discounts to all those customers wearing pink clothing prominently on that day! Completely free, come and stop in any time on Saturday and taste what spring is all about – the fun freshness of vibrant rosés!

Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2011-05-21

Spring Fever: Hugo Gruner Veltliner

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Is there a wine more eager to leave the bottle than Gruner Veltliner?  Like a Wisconsin Spring that has been delayed far too long by April’s torrid rains, and Vetliner’s adolescent vernal instincts burst from the bottle, health leap into the glass and slide gratefully down the parched palate.

Alas, buy just like this Wisconsin’s April, spring in 2009 for Austria was a rained out gloomy affair: flowering saw hail and soaking thunderstorms, and while the rest of the year was immaculate for growing grapes the effort was mostly wasted – there were very few grapes to grow.

Many a farmer and vintner responded to this shortage by raising prices to cover their shortfall in quantity.  While perfectly understandable it sadly resulted in wines more expensive than our regular spring fever for the flavor of Gruner Veltliner could substantiate.  So right from the get-go the search was on: fleshy, juicy Veltliner at a price that wouldn’t limit spring’s verdant consumption. 

And like a morel hunter in a forest of Elm trees, Markus Huber vinified a beautiful harbinger of the year to come: Hugo Gruner Veltliner.

Located in the Traisental, that small area of lower Austria south of the Danube from the city of Krems, Huber’s winery isn’t exactly on the beaten path of wine-tourism.  But this is to our advantage.  Most of the area’s “vineyards” are actually just family gardens, tended with lots of love and care but too small to be much commercial use – except to Markus Huber.  10 generations of Hubers have made wine in the Traisental and Markus, facing the same ’09 shortage as everyone else, called in some neighborly favors in order to make his fun and fresh springtime tipple, Hugo Veltliner.

Hugo bounds from the glass with all the anxious enthusiasm of a child receiving unexpected May Day candy.  Delicate pear and persimmon fruits intermix with an almost Chablis-like minerality drawing across the breath of the palate.  It is a precious little papoose of a Veltliner, pure energy and dimpled baby-faced smiles.  It drinks quickly and easily, brushing away Spring’s potential showers.  The finish is with Veltliner’s classic spicy Romaine note – a lingering touch of the wild.    

Within every passing thundercloud is a silver lining: our record setting cool and rainy April was greatly loved by one Wisconsin native – the morel mushroom.  And along with morels comes fiddlehead ferns, ramps and asparagus – all perfect culinary partners to Hugo Gruner Veltliner.  Cheers! 

 

2009 Markus Huber “Hugo” Gruner Veltliner

Suggested List Price:  $13.99

Special price via this email:  $9.99

We will be tasting this wine on Friday and Saturday.

All orders must be secured with a name, credit card number, and phone number.  All orders will be available at the time of purchase.  Half case (5%) and full case discounts (10%) do apply to this special offer.

When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged.  The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge.  Offer is good while supplies last. 

This piece was edited by Tim Hansen.

Upcoming Tastings

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Please RSVP for the upcoming wine tastings by calling 414-289-WINE (9463), thumb or just stop by the store.

 

A Journey to South Africa 

Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest

Long forgotten as a historic vine growing region South Africa has emerged within the last decade as a serious “New World” contender.  At this tasting we examine the country’s many specialties.  

Wines to be tasted:

2008 Oak Lane Chenin Blanc $8.99

2007 Neil Ellis “Groenekloof” Sauvignon $19.99

2008 Right Whale Pinotage $26.99

2006 Bokenhoutskloof Syrah $54.99

2006 Ernie Els Engelbretch Els Bordeaux Style Blend $39.99

& more!

American Whiskey: The Revolution is Now

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest

Once American Whiskey meant Bourbon, and Kentucky Bourbon at that. 

But now the revolution has begun and the United States is wide open for small batch, hand crafted distillers and their resulting Whiskies.  This tasting explores the new world of these producers from around the country while also glancing back at their roots in Bourbon and Scotland in order to expound on their differences.  

Sprits to be tasted:

Dry Fly Washington Wheat $39.99

Whipper Snapper Oregon Spirit $29.99

McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt $39.99

Koval Dry Rye #4 $49.99

Willet Pot Still Reserve $37.99

Four Roses Mariage 2009 $79.99

& more!

Amarone and Soave: The Wines of the Veneto

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest

Creating wines whose differences couldn’t be more extreme the Veneto is one of Italy’s current hot-beds of experimentation and development.  From rich, rasinated Amarones of immense power to perfumed, minearally intense Soave, the Vento is a wine lovers exploration delight!

Wines to be tasted:

2001 Bussola TB Recioto Valpolicella Classico $149.99

2006 Lonardi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso $21.99

2003 Dal Forno Roman Vapolicella Superiore $149.99

2010 Adami Bosco di Gica Prosecco $17.99

2009 Pieropan Soave $17.99

2007 Inama Soave Classico Foscarino $21.99

& more!

 

Balancing Alcohol: From Napa Cabernet to French Chardonnay

Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest

Alcohol, the natural by-product of sugar fermentation has become an extremely sensitive topic in the wine industry.  With wine critics polarized across the issue, commentary such as “topping in at nearly 16% alcohol but ‘in balance’” have become common place.  Examining a wide range of wines this tasting aims to explore, not vilify, some of the world’s hot-climate wines while discussing the issue of balance.

Wines to be tasted:

2008 Nit de Nin $89.99

2010 Salvard Rose $16.99

2007 Shafer One Point Five Stag’s Leap District Cabernet $66.99

2008 Prager Achleiten Veltliner $49.99

2008 Buty Rediviva of the Stones $49.99

2006 Rolet Trousseau $19.99

& more!

 

Scotch: The Upper Spey

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest

Speyside is now universally acknowledged as the heartland of Scottish Whiskey production.  With over half of Scotland’s operating distilleries this series of Glens creates a wide variety of tastes and aromas across all of their drams.  This tasting begins an exploration of the Speyside area be looking into the small section around the Upper Spey River.

Distilleries to be featured:

The Glen Livet

Imperial

Tamdhu

Aberlour

Tormore

& more!

Waterford Wine Company

1327 E. Brady St.

Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-289-WINE (9463)

Convenient street parking with additional parking located in the lot across the street.

Scotch: The Upper Spey

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Title: Scotch: The Upper Spey
Location: Wednesday, medical June 1, 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Speyside is now universally acknowledged as the heartland of Scottish Whiskey production. With over half of Scotland’s operating distilleries this series of Glens creates a wide variety of tastes and aromas across all of their drams. This tasting begins an exploration of the Speyside area be looking into the small section around the Upper Spey River.

Distilleries to be featured:
The Glen Livet
Imperial
Tamdhu
Aberlour
Tormore
& more!

Date: 2011-06-01

Balancing Alcohol: From Napa Cabernet to French Chardonnay

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Title: Balancing Alcohol: From Napa Cabernet to French Chardonnay
Location: Wednesday, see May 25, no rx 7:00 pm, cure $20 per guest
Description: Alcohol, the natural by-product of sugar fermentation has become an extremely sensitive topic in the wine industry. With wine critics polarized across the issue, commentary such as “topping in at nearly 16% alcohol but ‘in balance’” have become common place. Examining a wide range of wines this tasting aims to explore, not vilify, some of the world’s hot-climate wines while discussing the issue of balance.

Wines to be tasted:
2008 Nit de Nin $89.99
2010 Salvard Rose $16.99
2007 Shafer One Point Five Stag’s Leap District Cabernet $66.99
2008 Prager Achleiten Veltliner $49.99
2008 Buty Rediviva of the Stones $49.99
2006 Rolet Trousseau $19.99
& more!

Date: 2011-05-25

Amarone and Soave: The Wines of the Veneto

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Title: Amarone and Soave: The Wines of the Veneto
Location: Wednesday, order May 18, thumb 7:00 pm, prostate $20 per guest
Description: Creating wines whose differences couldn’t be more extreme the Veneto is one of Italy’s current hot-beds of experimentation and development. From rich, rasinated Amarones of immense power to perfumed, minearally intense Soave, the Vento is a wine lovers exploration delight!

Wines to be tasted:
2001 Bussola TB Recioto Valpolicella Classico $149.99
2006 Lonardi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso $21.99
2003 Dal Forno Roman Vapolicella Superiore $149.99
2010 Adami Bosco di Gica Prosecco $17.99
2009 Pieropan Soave $17.99
2007 Inama Soave Classico Foscarino $21.99
& more!

Date: 2011-05-18

American Whiskey: The Revolution is Now

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Title: American Whiskey: The Revolution is Now
Location: Wednesday, purchase May 11, cialis 7:00 pm, order $20 per guest
Description: But now the revolution has begun and the United States is wide open for small batch, hand crafted distillers and their resulting Whiskies. This tasting explores the new world of these producers from around the country while also glancing back at their roots in Bourbon and Scotland in order to expound on their differences.

Sprits to be tasted:
Dry Fly Washington Wheat $39.99
Whipper Snapper Oregon Spirit $29.99
McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt $39.99
Koval Dry Rye #4 $49.99
Willet Pot Still Reserve $37.99
Four Roses Mariage 2009 $79.99
& more!

Date: 2011-05-11

A Journey to South Africa

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Title: A Journey to South Africa
Location: Wednesday, health May 4th, ambulance 7:00 pm, $20 per guest
Description: Long forgotten as a historic vine growing region South Africa has emerged within the last decade as a serious “New World” contender. At this tasting we examine the country’s many specialties.

Wines to be tasted:
2008 Oak Lane Chenin Blanc $8.99
2007 Neil Ellis “Groenekloof” Sauvignon $19.99
2008 Right Whale Pinotage $26.99
2006 Bokenhoutskloof Syrah $54.99
2006 Ernie Els Engelbretch Els Bordeaux Style Blend $39.99
& more!

Date: 2011-05-04

Buty Winery Tasting with Owner Caleb Foster!

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Title: Buty Winery Tasting with Owner Caleb Foster!
Location: Friday, stuff March 11, drugs 4 to 6 pm, FREE! (Open House Format)
Description: Caleb Foster, owner and wine-maker of Buty winery, will be visiting us the Waterford Wine Company this Friday to taste his wines from the new vintage! Always a favorite of ours, Buty is one of Washington State’s most dynamic wineries. Come and see what the excitement is all about! This tasting is completely FREE and we will have special pricing on Buty wines for this tasting only!
Wines to be tasted:
2009 Buty Semillon $21.99
2008 Buty Chardonnay $32.99
2006 Buty Phinny Hill Columbia Rediviva $42.99
2007 Buty Phinny Hill Columbia Rediviva $42.99
2008 Buty “Of The Stones” $49.99
2009 Buty Columbia Valley Merlot / Cabernet Franc $39.99

Date: 2011-03-11

A New Spain

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Title: A New Spain
Location: Wednesday, and March 2, here 7:00 pm, cialis $20 per guest
Description: For the last decade Spain’s wine frontier has been driven by its powerfully assertive red wines. But now winemakers are coming to terms with their excesses and examining issues of balance and subtlety while still maintaining their dramatic expression of fruit. This tasting explores a new breed of Spanish wines!
Date: 2011-03-02

Open House: Australia Day!

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Title: Open House: Australia Day!
Location: Saturday, search January 29, 12:00 – 5:00 pm FREE!
Description: Australia Day! Just like American’s celebrate the Fourth of July Australians celebrate Australia Day!

Australia – a continent whose greatest wines remain untasted, untested, and unknown to many of us; but they don’t need to be. We all know the Jumping Kangaroo, but why not come and tasting Coonawara Cabernet, Victoria Shiraz, great Barossa Cabernet, and, of course, amazing Margaret River Chardonnay.

On a cold and ugly Saturday in mid-winter why not come to Waterford and celebrate Australian wine?

Date: 2010-01-29

Christmas Eve!

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Walking through the Waterford Wine Company’s door on Christmas Eve means one of two things. 

You either have a problem

or…

You are getting away from a problem.

Whichever the case may be, drinking will help. 

And that is why on Christmas Eve Waterford Wine Company raises the roof and gets buzzed-up.  Bring your in-laws, your fussy children, small pets, cooking questions, queries for esoteric liqueurs and last remaining gift cards.  Come thirsty too: for $10 we will be pouring 12 wines, 1 scotch, and you get to keep the Riedel tasting glass.

Cheers, happy holidays, and all the best — the staff at WWC.

Scotch: BenRiach

In Boozing, Scotch, Uncategorized on December 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Title: Scotch: BenRiach
Location: Friday, nurse December 17, generic 3:30 – 6:30 pm, FREE!
Description: BenRiach, located in the Scotch heartland of Speyside, is presently one of the most expressive and innovative of Scotch houses. Presented by “White-Dog” Serrano this tasting explores BenRiach’s current distinctive offerings from unique barrel treatments to sophisticated usage of their own floor maltings. Significant discounts on all BenRiach’s products will be offered on this day and the tasting is absolutely free! It is an event the scotch lover should not miss!
Date: 2010-12-17

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