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Wine & RKR Wine List. Introduction to Wine. Dr. Ben Dewald “Dr. The World ”. Born Holland Lived Mexico French Hotel School Cal Poly, Pomona Over 10 yrs International, Hospitality Experience. ( Europe, Mexico, USA, Asia ) . HK PolyU 9 years Masters in Training Doctorate in Education

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wine rkr wine list

Wine & RKR Wine List

Introduction to Wine

dr ben dewald dr the world
Dr. Ben Dewald “Dr. The World”

Born Holland

Lived Mexico

French Hotel School

Cal Poly, Pomona

Over 10 yrs International, Hospitality Experience. (Europe, Mexico, USA, Asia)

HK PolyU 9 years

Masters in Training

Doctorate in Education

Cal Poly 2002

F&B Director


wine definition
WINE Definition:

“Wine is the alcoholic beverage obtained from the fermentation of the juice of freshly gathered grapes, the fermentation taking place in the district of origin according to local tradition and practice”

  • A chemical process by which sugar is converted into alcohol

Natural sugar from Carbon dioxide gas

the grape pulp given off

Yeast occurs on the

skin of the grape


types of wine
Types of Wine
  • Table or Still Wines
  • Sparkling Wines - second fermentation
  • Fortified or Aromatized Wines - brandy added
wine vintage
Wine - Vintage
  • Year the grapes were picked
  • Some years are better
  • Great vintages don’t mean all great wines
  • Champagne and Port - vintages in exceptional years only
  • Vintage is replaced once previous vintage is sold out
  • Each vintage is different
wine labels
Wine Labels
  • Vintage -Year the grapes were picked
  • Type of wine or name of wine
  • Region - appellation
  • Producer
  • U.S. requires alcohol content, sparkling or still, warning label
wine tasting
Wine Tasting
  • Color/Clarity
  • Body - “legs”
  • Aroma - Bouquet
  • Taste - Sweet, Sour, Bitter or Salty
wine storage
Wine Storage
  • Dark, well ventilated, and insulated
  • Temperature controlled - constant 55- 60ºF
  • No movement
  • Store horizontally, label up, bin number
wine serving aids
Wine Serving Aids
  • Waiter’s tool, captain’s knife, bar key (church key)
  • “Ah – So”
  • Wine baskets - red wine
  • Wine buckets - lower or maintain temperature
    • 3/4 full - 1 part water to 2 part ice
    • Is this bottle chilled to your liking?
  • Glassware -
    • Saucer shaped sparkling - Marie Antoinette vs. Flute
    • White wine - 1/2 full
    • Red wine 1/3 full
wine information available for staff
Wine Information Available for Staff
  • Bin #
  • Phonetic Spelling
  • Year
  • Bottle Size
  • Price
  • Type
  • Origin
  • Serving Temperature
  • Characteristics of wine
  • Food pairing
food wine
Food & Wine
  • Whatever the guest desires
  • Traditional
    • Red wines with red meats
    • White wines with fish or fowl




sommelier wine steward
Sommelier/Wine Steward
  • Selects wines for wine list;
  • Maintains wine inventory;
  • Responsible for storage, handling, and conditions of wine cellar;
  • Wine consultant to guests
wine serving temperatures
Wine-serving Temperatures
  • White and Rosé wines chilled to 45-55 °F (7-13°C)
  • Sparkling wines 45 °F (7°C)
  • Most Red wines served 60-65 °F (16-19°C)
  • Very good Red wines 70 °F (21 °C)
wine service
Wine Service
  • Taking the order
  • Collecting the wine
  • Showing the bottle
  • Opening the bottle
  • Letting host taste
  • Serve wine
  • Top up glasses
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Serving Size Guidelines

1/2 Bottle - 2 people

Split - 1. 5 glasses

Bottle - 2 to 6 people

Magnum (2 bottles) 7 to 12 people


Serving (from the right)

White before Red

Decanting Red

Different Glasses for each wine

Bring new before taking old glass

Wine Service
wine training tasting benefits
Wine Training & Tasting Benefits
  • Increases wine sales
  • Gives servers confidence in making wine suggestions
  • More opportunities for suggesting substituted
wine list
Wine List
  • A sales tool that can generate revenue
  • List should be attractive, informative, easy to use
  • Organize in various ways: according to uses, dryness, sweetness, body, country etc.
  • Include appealing descriptions; Relate wine to food
white grapes
White Grapes

There are 50 major white grapes grown in the world today, 24 in California alone. The three most important grapes are listed here, ranked by texture from lightest to most full-bodied.

European wines will usually be identified by their appellation; elsewhere wines will be identified by varietal. Grapes Where they grow best

  • Riesling Germany; Alsace, France; New York State
  • Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, France; Bordeaux, France; New Zealand; California (Fumé Blanc)
  • Chardonnay Burgundy, France; California; Australia; Champagne, France

Other significant white wine grapes, listed alphabetically:Grapes Where they grow best

  • Albariño Spain
  • Chenin Blanc Loire Valley, France; California;
  • Gewürztraminer Alsace, France
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris Italy, Alsace, France
  • Sémillon Bordeaux (Sauternes), France; Australia
  • Viognier Rhone, France; California
champagne sparkling styles
Champagne & Sparkling Styles
  • Some Champagnes & Sparkling wines are bone dry, while others are off-dry and still others are sweet. The level of sweetness depends on the last step before the cork, dosage.
  • Extra Brut or Brut Natural – Bone dry - the driest of the dry
  • Brut – Dry. This is the typical style of Champagne, with no sweetness
  • Sec – Still very dry but with a hint of sweetness.
  • Demi-sec - While the definition is half dry, think of it as half sweet. This wine will be fairly sweet.
  • Doux – also known as rich, this wine is the sweetest you can get in Champagne –over 5% sugar. It's a dessert in itself and very rare.
sparkling wines champagne
Sparkling Wines & Champagne
  • Sparkling wines are enjoyed around the world for their festive addition to a meal or celebration.
  • Enjoy sparkling wines with salads, seafood, desserts, or alone as an aperitif.
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Sparkling Wines & Champagne


11 Schramsberg “Mirabelle” Brut nv 24

12 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, 01, Napa Valley, 375ml 24

13 Roederer Estate Brut, Anderson Valley, Estate Bottled 30

  • Roederer Estate Brut Rose, Anderson Valley,

Estate Bottled 33

15 Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, France 42

16 Borgo Magredo Prosecco NV, Italy 20

17 Maschio Prosecco Brut NV, Italy 18

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BorgoMagredoProsecco NV, Italy $5.50

100% Prosecco

Recently introduced, it has been very successful thanks to the delicate combination of acidity and fruit. Pleasant and lively on the palate with hints of green apples and wisteria flowers light straw-yellow color with refreshing effervesce.

Accompaniment: The perfect aperitif but also enjoyable with delicate first courses.

Bright and refreshing; peach nectar; citrus and floral aromas; round and flavorful with a long intense finish.

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Rosé Wine(row-ZAY)
  • A Rose by Any Other NameTechnically, a rosé is an "unfinished red wine," but the term seems so- secondary.
  • Rosé is a different sort of wine, with all the refreshing qualities of a white wine mixed with some characteristics of a red.
  • It can be made from many different grape varietals and in many different regions, the most popular and successful being Southern France, Spain, California & Italy.
ros wine summing it up
Rosé WineSumming it up
  • Successful Sites: Southern France, Spain, Italy, California
  • Common Descriptors: strawberry, raspberry
ros wines
Rosé Wines
  • Rosé wines can be a pleasant alternative to a meal. They are refreshing, crisp and cold and compliment the acidity in salad dressings. Rosé wines also work well with rich, grilled and smoky foods. Great for easy sipping and hot weather!


  • 20 Beringer White Zinfandel 06, California 12
  • 21 Horsehill Zinfandel Rose 08, California 25
  • 22 La Vieille Ferme 07, Côtes Du Ventoux, France 15
  • 23 Rivera 05, Castel del Monte, Apulia, Italy 25
  • 24 Hart Grenache Rose 07, Temecula Valley 20
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Horsehill Zinfandel Rosé 08 $6.00

The rosé wine features grapes grown from prize-winning Zinfandel cuttings from the historic De Ambrogio Ranch in Rancho Cucamonga.

This rosé is beautifully vibrant, almost neon pink, with light lavender edges.

The aroma is full of exotic fruit characters: cherries, watermelon and strawberry, all very showy and candy-like. The flavors mimic what the eye and nose behold – crisp fruit flavors that border on sour cherry, sweet watermelon and light strawberry. 

The first sip is light and refreshing, certainly an invitation for that second and third sip. Nicely balanced and definitely not too sweet.

Master Winemaker Jon McPherson, South Coast Winery, Temecula

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY)
  • White Wine’s Queen BeeLike Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best from rolling slopes in Bourgogne. Other popular Chardonnay sites include California (just about everywhere), Oregon, Washington, Other US, Australia, South Africa, South America and New Zealand.
  • Depending on climate conditions and the amount of wood aging, Chardonnay wines range from crisp and citrusy to buttery, rich and toasty. Chardonnay compliments shellfish, chicken and cheese dishes.
  • Wines are listed in descending order from no oak to heavy oak flavors.


  • Sterling “Vintner’s Collection ‘05, Central Coast 21
  • Alamos 06, Mendoza, Argentina 20

35 Dog Point Vineyard ‘02, Marlborough, New Zealand 37

38 Cambria ‘03, Santa Maria Valley, Katherine’s Vineyard 26

39 Chalone Vineyard, ‘01, Chalone AVA, Estate Bottled 35

40 Dehlinger ‘00, Russian River Valley, Estate Bottled 36

  • Domaine Alfred Chardonnay, ‘03 Edna Valley 34

43 Patz & Hall, Dutton Ranch ‘02, Russian River Valley 42

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Alamos Chardonnay 2007 – Argentina - $6.00

Alamos Chardonnay is made from grapes grown on the eastern slopes of the lower mountains of the Andes.

For more than 100 years the Catena family has been making rich and full-bodied wines that express the full potential of their vineyards.

Similar in style to a California Chardonnay but with a character it's own, Alamos Chardonnay displays flavors of apple, pear and butter that linger through the finish.

This balanced and full-flavored white wine is excellent with grilled fish, chicken, and pasta dishes.

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Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk)
  • One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors.
sauvignon blanc summing it up
Sauvignon Blanc Summing it up

Successful Sites:

  • Loire Valley, New Zealand, California, Chile, Italy

Common Descriptors:

  • grass, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit.
sauvignon blanc with food
Sauvignon Blancwith Food
  • Sauvignon Blanc is one of the worlds most distinctive and popular dry white wines. They range from very bright and tart, to rich, smooth and toasty.
  • Try Sauvignon Blanc with seafood, shellfish, chicken, and pasta dishes
sauvignon blanc
Sauvignon Blanc


50 Château Reynier Entre-Deux-Mers ’03, France 20

51 Pascal Jolivet ‘03, Sancerre, France 28

52 Brander ‘04/‘05, Santa Ynez Valley 23

  • Brancott Vineyards Reserve ‘03,

Marlborough, New Zealand 28

55 Dog Point Vineyard “Section 94” ‘04,

Marlborough, New Zealand 37

57 Robert Mondavi, ‘03, Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley 21

58 Spottswoode ‘03, Napa Valley 42

59 Lail Vineyards Georgia ‘02, Napa Valley 57

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Brander Sauvignon Blanc 2007 – California - $5.50

Crisp and dry with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and lime zest, spicy ginger and hints of mint lead to a palate that's bright with citrus and fresh cut grass.

Try this with oysters or just-plucked-from-the-sea crab with a touch of drawn butter.

riesling summing it up
RieslingSumming it up
  • Successful Sites:Germany, Alsace, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Washington State, California, New York State
  • Common Descriptors:steely, peach, mineral, floral, petrol, orange blossom, citrus
gew rztraminer summing it up
Gewürztraminer Summing it up

Successful Sites:

  • Alsace, Germany

Common Descriptors:

  • lychee nut, floral, perfume
  • Other than lychee, typical descriptors of Gewürztraminer are roses and perfume. It’s blend of fruits and acid make it a perfect match for spicy food like Indian and Thai.
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Riesling & Gewürztraminer
  • Both Riesling and Gewürztraminer pair well with many types of food. Particularly, chicken, seafood, cheese, and spicy foods! Think Asian cuisine.
  • The wines are listed in descending order, from lightest to most full bodied.
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Riesling & Gewürztraminer


70 Bonny Doon Pacific-Rim Riesling 05, Santa Cruz 18

71 Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett, 05,

Germany 33

72 Ch. Ste. Michelle Eroica, Riesling 05, Columbia Valley 33

73 Fess Parker White Riesling 05, Santa Barbara County 21

74 Chehalem “Reserve” Dry Riesling 05, Willamette Valley 26

75 Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Riesling 04, Alsace, France 33

76 Navarro Vineyards Gewürztraminer 02/05,

Anderson Valley 24

77 Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer 01, Alsace, France 50

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Fess Parker White Riesling 2007 – California - $5.00

This Riesling is well balanced, off dry in style and is sure to delight the senses for a refreshing experience.

On the nose, floral hints of honeysuckle abound with notes of orange peel, all-spice and lychee nut.

With its refreshing acidity, peaches, honey, apricot and pineapple shine through on the palate.

other white wines
Other White Wines
  • Wines in this section are great for wine and food pairings! They offer a change from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
  • All work well with salads, seafood, shellfish, chicken, and pasta dishes.
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Other White Wines

80 Albariño 06, Martin Códax, RíasBaixas, Spain 20

81 Champalou 05, Vouvray, France 25

82 PazoSenoransAlbarino 05, Rías Baixas, Spain 31

83 Planeta La SegretaBianco 05, Sicilia, Italy 16

84 VignaltaSirioMoscato del Veneto 05, Italy 22

85 Casal di Serra 05, Verdicchio dei Chastelli di Jesi, Italy 18

86 Vignalta Agno CastoColliEuganei Pinot Bianco 04, Italy 27

87 La Famiglia Pinot Grigio 03, California 20

88 Lungarotti Pinot Grigio 07, Umbria, Italy 21

89 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 03, Willamette Valley 26

90 Hugel Tokay Pinot Gris 99/00, Alsace, France 25

91 Ca’del Solo Malvasia Bianca 04, Monterey County 24

92 CastelloBanfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 06, Toscana 25

93 TriennesViognier, Sainte Fleur 05, France 27

94 BridlewoodViognier 05, Reserve, Estate Bottled 30

95 Vigne RegaliPrincipessaPerlante 06, Italy 23

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Lungarotti Pinot Grigio 2007, Umbria, Italy - $6.50

Vinified in stainless steel tanks at low temperature and kept on the fine lees until bottling.

Has a bit more weight than some pinots grigios, because it’s from the warmer Umbria region.

Aromas of apple and pear, with some minerality. Medium weight and dry, with firm, citrusy acidity. Chalk and almond on the finish.

Accompaniment: excellent aperitif yet perfect with all fish dishes, salads, and pastas.

red wines

Red Wines

Red Wines

red grape varietals
Red Grape Varietals
  • There are about 40 important red grape varietals grown in the world today. The major ones are listed below.
  • Generally speaking, as you go down the list the grapes will go from light to full-bodied in texture; low to high in tannin level; lighter to deeper in color (which generally corresponds to perceived acidity); younger to older in ageability.
  • In truth the redness of a wine depends on contact with the skin of the grapes: separate the grape from its skin soon enough after picking and you can make a very white red. For example, most wines made in Champagne are white wines made with a significant proportion of red grapes.
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Red Grape Varietals

European wines will usually be identified by their appellation; elsewhere wines will be identified by varietal.

Grapes Where they grow best

Gamay Beaujolais, France

Pinot Noir Burgundy, France; California; Oregon; Champagne, France

Tempranillo Rioja, Spain

Sangiovese Tuscany, Italy

Merlot Bordeaux, France; California; Washington State

Zinfandel California

Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux, France; California; Chile

Nebbiolo Piedmont, Italy

Syrah/Shiraz Rhone, France; Australia

  • Successful Sites: Northern Italy, Other Italy, Some California
  • Common Descriptors: juicy, cherry, blackberry, chocolate
barbera food
Barbera& Food
  • Barbera produces wines that are deep purple in color, high in acidity and dry in finish. These wines are enjoyed best while young and bright!
  • Enjoy with cheese dishes, seafood and grilled meats.


101 Eberle ‘02, Paso Robles 28

102 Contratto Solus Ad ‘98, Barbera D’Asti, Italy 36

801 Contratto Solus Ad ‘97 Barbera D’Asti , Italy magnum 75

103 Vietti Tre Vigne ‘02, Barbera D’Asti , Italy 29

104 Pio Cesare ‘04, Barbera d’ Alba , Italy 27

  • Successful Sites:Tuscany
  • Common Descriptors: tart cherry, red raspberries, olives, plum, spice
sangiovese food
Sangiovese& Food
  • Sangiovese produces Italy’s most recognized red wine, Chianti.
  • The wines are usually very dry, earthy and high in acidity.
  • Try Sangiovese based wines with seafood dishes, poultry, and grilled meats.


111 Seghesio 01, Alexander Valley 30

112 Falchini Chianti Colli Senesi, 05, Italy 20

113 Vignamaggio Chianti Classico 01, Italy 32

114 Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina 99 Riserva

“Vigneto Bucerchiale”, Italy 48

115 Rosso Di Montalcino, Castello Banfi 01, Italy 34

116 Brunello Di Montalcino, Castello Banfi 98, Italy 67

117 Collepino 06, Toscana 17

118 Centine 06, Toscana 20

119 Castello Banfi Cum Laude, Sant’ Antimo 04, Italy 51

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Falchini Chianti ColliSenesi 2005 - Italy

Ruby red, pleasantly rich, with appealing flavors of red berries. Warm, intense, dry, and velvety.

Good with heavy antipasto and pasta sauces, roasted poultry and meat, and most cheeses.

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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
  • Just as Merlot was pooh-poohed by Miles in Sideways, Pinot Noir was worshiped in its glorious difficulty.
  • Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir’s home and the classic wines from the grape hail from Burgundy. Pinot is the only grape allowed for AOC wines of the region. Pinot Noir mutates easily and so there are many different clones floating around in each wine region.
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Pinot NoirFood & Order Listed
  • Pinot Noir is the red grape of Burgundy.
  • It is well represented in the United States by California and Oregon. At its best, Pinot Noir can range from strawberry-scented, to plumy and earthy.
  • Rich stews, lamb, and roasted poultry dishes are great matches for Pinot Noir.
  • The wines are listed from lightest to full-bodied in descending order.
pinot noir
Pinot Noir


121 Aquinas 06, Napa Valley 20

122 Melville 03, Santa Rita Hills, Estate Bottled 36

123 Domaine Serene “Evenstad Reserve 04, Oregon 47

124 Dehlinger 00, Russian River Valley, Estate Bottled 53

125 Robert Mondavi 06, Carneros 28

126 Morgan “12 Clones” 04 33

127 Dog Point Vineyard, 03, Marlborough, New Zealand 45

128 Hitching Post 02/05, Santa Rita Earth 40

129 Domaine Alfred “Califa” 02, Edna Valley 49

  • Successful Sites:Bordeaux, California, Washington State, Chile, South Africa
  • Common Descriptors:plum, cherry, blackberry, spice, raspberry
  • Merlot is a varietal of Bordeaux. It is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, to create some of the world’s greatest red wines.
  • In California and Washington, as in the Pomerol and St. Emilion regions of France, Merlot is vinted into a wine of distinction.
  • Enjoy it with red meats, rich stews and cheese.


141 Raymond Estates 04, California 19

  • Miner 00, Napa Valley, Stagecoach Vineyard 47
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Raymond Estates Merlot 2005 – California $6.00

Full-bodied dry red wine; medium deep inky ruby red.

Aromas slightly tobacoo-like, with dark berry fruits to follow (boysenberry, blackberry); fleshy rich fresh fruit flavors.

Round tannins, supple texture, nice fruit richness.

  • Successful Sites: California
  • Common Descriptors: jammy, blackberry
  • Zinfandel grapes are used to produce many styles of wine. From off-dry blush wines to late harvest port styles; Zinfandel wines produced in California work with a variety of foods.
  • Try it with grilled meats, hearty stews and pastas.


151 Ravenswood Vintner’s Blend ‘03, California 20

152 Frog’s Leap ’03, Napa Valley 33

153 Ravenswood ‘02, Sonoma County 32

155 Howell Mountain Vineyards, Old Vines ‘01, Howell Mtn. 32

156 St. Francis Pagani Vineyard Reserve ‘00, Sonoma Valley 53

syrah shiraz
  • Successful Sites:Rhone, Australia, California, Washington State, South Africa
  • Common Descriptors:pepper, jam, meat, smoke
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161 Echelon 01, EspéranzaVineyard 23

165 Havens 02, Carneros 24

166 Morgan 01, Monterey 33

167 Melville 02, Santa Rita Hills Estate 28

168 GuigalChateauneuf- du-Pape, 01, France 57

169 Groom 02, BarossaValley, Australia 50

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Cabernet Sauvignon(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn)
  • King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon is the principle grape of the Medoc. It plays a supporting role in the blends of the right bank in regions such as St-Emillion and Pomerol. Most of the classic and cult wines of Napa Valley are made with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Sauvignon is considered the king of red wines!
  • Cabernet Sauvignon wines are best enjoyed with hearty dishes. Beef, lamb, and game are great matched with Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The wines are listed from light bodied to full-bodied in descending order.
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Cabernet Sauvignon


204 Frog’s Leap 04, Napa Valley 52

205 Provenance Vineyards 01, Napa Valley 50

206 Jordan 03, Sonoma County 60

207 Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso 99, Sonoma Valley 60

208 Terra Valentine 00, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain 44

209 LyndehurstSpottswoode 05, Napa 57

210 Richard Partridge 00, Napa Valley 53

211 Plumpjack 05, Napa Valley 99

212 Sharecropper’s 06, Columbia Valley 28

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Bordeaux Blends
  • The Fab FiveWith so much history under its belt, it’s no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines.
  • Centuries of making (and drinking) wine has led them to the blend that has become synonymous with Bordeaux.
  • Winemakers in the New World replicated this formula and have created successful blends in their respective areas - you may see Bordeaux blends from the US labeled Meritage (rhymes with heritage).
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Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 – Columbia Valley, Oregon - $7.00

Owen Roe's Sharecropper's label pays tribute to the tradition of partnership between landowners and the people who worked the land.

A blend of fruit from five vineyards - Outlook, 6 Prong, Elerding, Kestrel and Seven Hills - in four different Washington growing regions. The thoughtful vineyard selection, combined with the long 2007 growing season has created a wine that is complex and food-friendly. Savory herbs, blackberry and plum notes dominate the nose, complemented by cedary spice, all mirrored on the palate.

A perfect pairing for coffee braised bison short ribs.

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Bordeaux BlendsNotable Facts
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. These five red grapes are the components of a Bordeaux Blend.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot are usually the predominant variety,
  • while Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are the supporting cast.
    • These three grapes help to add color, structure or body in varying amounts.
  • A Bordeaux Blend typically uses at least three of the five grapes to be labeled as such. The beauty of the blend?
  • Each year the percentage of each grape in the blend will vary and the winemaker can include more of the variety that excelled in that particular vintage.
bordeaux blends summing it up
Bordeaux BlendsSumming it up
  • Successful Sites:Bordeaux, California, Australia, Washington
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Bordeaux Based Blends/Meritage

Meritage, rhymes with “heritage”. Meritage wines reflect the wine maker’s influence in blending Bordeaux grape varietals.


224 Ch. De Reignac 01, Bordeaux, France 44

225 Double T by Trefethen 03, Napa Valley 30

226 Ch. Reynier “Cuvee Heritage” 01, Bordeaux, France 30

227 Ch. Faugeres 00, St. Emilion Grand Cru, France 66

228 Aquinas Red Table Wine 99, Napa Valley 45

229 Joseph Filippi “CinqVignobles” 03, library reserve 38

230 DeuxMondes, by Joseph Fillipi 03, Cucamonga Valley 55

231 Lail, J. Daniel Cuvee, Napa Valley, 00 80

232 VignaltaGemolaColliEuganeiRosso 01, Italy 60

other red wines
Other Red Wines

Wines in this section are great for wine and food pairings! They offer a change to Cabernet Sauvignon. All work well with hearty dishes, grilled and roasted meats.


241 Bogle Petite Sirah 04, California 20

  • Joseph Filippi Cabernet Franc, 01, Cucamonga Valley 24

244 Treana 99/00 Central Coast, Red Table Wine 44

245 Este de Bodegas Alto Almanzora, 04

Monastrell, Tempranillo, Spain 13

246 CastelloBanfiSummas 99, Syrah/Cabernet, Italy 65

247 Rutherford Grove Petite Sirah 01, Napa Valley 50

  • BramareMalbec 02, Mendoza Marchiori Vineyard, Argentina 40

250 UmaniRonchiCúmaroRossoConero 03

Montipulcianod’Abruzzo, Italy 44

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Este De Bodegas Alto Almanzora 2005– Spain - $5.00

A powerful wine filled with aromas and bold flavors of cherry, black licorice, cinnamon and rich blackberry, with soft touches of chocolate and cola.

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Dessert, Fortified & Fruit Wines

These are wines made with addition of spirits to raise the alcohol content. The greatest are Port from the Douro region of Portugal, and Sherry from a region of Andalusia in southern Spain. Since wines in other countries are labeled as port, true Portuguese is now labeled

  • Sherry is a fortified wine from the area around Jerez, Spain ("Sherry" being the anglicized corruption of the word "Jerez"). Made primarily from the Palomino grape, Sherry is another of the world's great expressions of chalky soil (along with Chablis, Burgundy, and some Loire wines).
  • With non-vintage Champagne, Sherry is also one of the great expressions of the blender's art. In the Sherry Bodegas, fractional blending systems called Soleras, ensure a style of wine uniform from vintage to vintage. In the finest of these, space is left in the barrels of the solera for a special yeast called "flor" to develop and thrive. Sherries run from completely dry, light "finos" to nutty "amontillado" (remember "The Cask of Amontillado"?) to rich "oloroso." The latter two are often sweetened and sold as cream sherry or other proprietary brands. Interestingly, because of the fortification and the exposure to air-Sherry essentially being oxidized already!-an open bottle of Sherry will last almost indefinitely. Sherry is the perfect wine for tapas.
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Fruit Infused
  • A “Fruit Wine” is generally any wine that is fermented from a fruit other than grapes. None of the fruit character comes from the addition of fruit flavors but is the natural product of fruit fermentation. There are many different types of fruit wines, but the some of the most popular include: Red Raspberry, Blackberry, Cherry, Cranberry and Blueberry. These wines are big and intense in their fruit character as it typically takes over ten pounds of fruit to produce one gallon of premium fruit wine.
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Fruit Infused
  • “Fruit Wines” have a multitude of uses. They are often consumed slightly- chilled (55 degrees F) with a dessert course. For example, Blackberry and Red Raspberry wines are a great accompaniment with dense chocolate desserts as the wine cleanses the palette of the sweet chocolate.
  • Port is a sweet fortified wine from the grapes growing on the deep valley walls sloping down to the Douro River in Portugal. Its name coming from Oporto, Port is made from up to about 40 grape varieties, most of which are red. After a brief fermentation to about 6% alcohol, the still fermenting grape must is poured off into larger containers holding spirit, which kills the yeast and stops fermentation.
  • The young wine is then shipped from the vineyards to the Port houses in Oporto, where it stays in barrel for a year or two. At that time a "vintage" can be declared, and the Port bottled with a vintage designation. This Port virtually demands 15 or 20 years of bottle age. In order to have Port that is enjoyable at purchase or shortly after purchase, there are other "wood-aged" Ports, which have spend more time in cask. These can be young "Ruby" Ports, aged "Tawny" Ports (which will sometimes average up to 40 years in cask), and "Late Bottled Vintage" Ports. Port traditionally accompanies walnuts and stilton cheese.
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Dessert Wines
  • Dessert wines can be enjoyed on their own or with sweets to complete a meal.
  • Some dessert wines can actually be enjoyed with savory dishes.
  • Experiment and see which combinations of food and wine you enjoy!
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Dessert Wines

BIN Glass Bottle

Sparkling Dessert Wine

  • Banfi Rosa Regale, Italy 28

Sherry/Sherry Style

301 Galleano Sherry Crema, Cask 3, Cucamonga Valley 6.00 43

Late Harvest

401 Ice Wine, Chenin Blanc, Kiona Winery 375ml

Red Mountain ‘07 6.50 32

Fruit Infused

  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Framboise 375ml 4.00 20

Port/Port Style

601 Galleano 3 Friends Port 50

602 Warre’sColheits Port 1992, Portugal 6.00 43

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Kiona Winery, Ice Wine, Chenin Blanc 2007 – Washington - $7.00

A fascinating dessert wine with remarkably concentrated white peach, apple, and apricot flavors. Some burnt caramel flavors meld with the big acids and fruit flavors.

Very sweet and rich in texture, offering honey and wildflower aromas and flavors that persist nicely on the unctuous finish.

Goes lovely with fruit and ice cream!

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Bonny Doon Vineyard Framboise – Santa Cruz, California - $4.00

This exceptional dessert wine has an intense raspberry flavor.

This unique wine is delightful served chilled in a small glass or drizzled over vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, or chocolate.

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Galleano Sherry Crema Cask III – California - $6.00

Warm and toasty flavors of caramel and hazelnuts. Toasted marshmallow and a slightly coffee character on the nose.

Tight acidity helps to balance the sweetness.

Finishes with a lingering after taste of almond and vanilla cream.

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Warre’sColheita Porto 1992 - $6.00

Warre’sColheitas are tawnies produced from selected wines from a single harvest, matured in oak casks for a minimum of seven years. In cask, they acquire the exquisite balance, delicacy and mellowness of aged tawny Port.

Casks of the same wine often develop slightly differing characteristics during their maturing period and only those with the finest balance of fruit and mellowness have been selected for bottling as a Colheita.

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Opening Wine