1979-02 February Classic Newsletter

February 1979 Selection of California Wine


Carl H. Wente came to this country from Hannover, Germany, along the Leine River. He did ranch work in various parts of the country and ultimately came to work for Charles Krug in the Napa Valley. In 1883 Wente acquired a third interest in a 50 acre parcel in the Livermore Valley, and by the turn of the century had bought out his partners. To his original holding he added the Hayes Ranch which he purchased in 1896. The winery was built on the original plot, where it still stands. Carl's sons, Ernest and Herman were later respons­ible for establishing the winery's fine reputation.

The Petite Sirah has a somewhat clouded past, but it is believed to have originally been brought to the Rhone Valley of France from Persia. Some authorities say that the grape carried to France by the Crusaders is not the same Petite Sirah we grow in California. They do, nonetheless, bear a striking resemblance.

This Wente Petite Sirah is a beautiful garnet color; has a full body, and a pleasant lingering finish.

$3.25/fifth $32.30/case

February 1979 Selection of Imported Wine


This wine takes its name from the town of Oppenheim, which is directly south of Nierstein, in Rheinhessen, Germany. Its vineyards are found largely to the south of the village on gently sloping soil that falls away toward Dienheim and the flat plain in the direction of Worms. Some of the best Lagen (specifically named vineyards) are Kreuz, Sackträger, Herrenberg, Steig and Krötenbrunnen, from which our wine comes.

The vineyards of this area cover approximately 450 acres and are about one-third Rieslings, with the balance being planted to Sylvaner and Müller Thurgau. All three varieties are native to either Austria or Germany. The Müller-Thurgau is actually a cross between the productive Sylvaner and the high quality-low yield Riesling.

This Oppenheimer Krotenbrunnen Auslese is a rich golden color, and has a fragrant, almost flowery nose. It is luscious on the palate and has a clean lingering finish. Being an Auslese, it is slightly sweet, and should be served with glazed meats or desert.

$5.99/fifth $64.70/case

Every wine offered is personally tasted and evaluated by our wine managers for value versus quality. You can buy them confidently as sound wines in their class. Take advantage of this opportunity to stock up.

There is a limited supply of each wine, so stock up on your favorite selections while they last. Come in, phone, or fill out the order form and mail it

A qualitatswein from the Rheinhessen. Well balanced and soft on the Palate.

From Muscadet in the north of France. Dry, crisp, well balanced and perfectly delightful.

One of Germany's most famous wines. Just a hint of sweet ness, light and soft.

Famous Italian red. Soft and dry with a pleasant fin ish.

From the vil lage of Piesport on the Mosel River. Pleasant and refresh- ing.

One of the most popular Italian white wines. Light, dry and refreshing.

This tradition- al wine from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is very Popular. Light, crisp, and well bal anced.

Chateau bottled white Bordeaux from Entre-deux-Mers. Dry, and delicate.

From the Mosel Saar-Ruwer region of Germany. Fruity and light.

BERNKASTELER DOCTOR RIESLING AUSLESE 1976 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler #20 $37.69/fifth
BERNKASTELER DOCTOR RIESLING AUSLESE 1975 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler #21 $32.59/fifth
BERNKASTELER DOCTOR RIESLING KABINETT 1977 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler #22 $19.99/fifth
BERNKASTELER DOCTOR AUSLESE 1976 Dr. H. Thanisch #23 $40.57/fifth
BERNKASTELER DOCTOR KABINETT 1977 Dr. H. Thanisch #24 $25.89/fifth
BERNKASTELER GRABEN RIESLING AUSLESE 1976 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler #25 $11.99/fifth
RENTADUE EARLY BURGUNDY 1975 #27 $ 3.50/fifth
BERSANO ASTI SPUMANTE #29 $ 8.40/fifth
SUTTER HOME WHITE ZINFANDEL 1978 #30 $ 3.75/fifth
SUTTER HOME ZINFANDEL 1975 #31 $10.50/mag.

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CELLARMASTER "WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB" – for a fun way of discovering new wines each month We select one domestic and one imported wine and feature it in our wine shop. We send you a bottle of each selection monthly. We send you a newsletter describing the wine and its background. We restrict our selections to the popular price range, not to exceed $10.00 for the two bottles of wine each month. We deliver to the Palos Verdes Area at no charge. We ship statewide at nominal charges of whatever our cost is for such shipping. If you are new to wines, it is a good way to learn about them. If you are a seasoned connoisseur, we invite you to test our evaluations and make your recommendations for future selections. Please send me the domestic and imported selection each month. NAME PHONE STREET CITY ZIP □ Charge my regular account at your shop. □ Bank America □ Visa □ Master Charge No._________________________Expiration__________ Date_____________Signature________________________ "WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB" CELLARMASTER SELECTIONS Mail to: Palos Verder Wines & Spirits 77 MALAGA COVE PLAZA PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CALIFORNIA 90274 ------------------------------------------------------------- WINE ORDER FORM Use the form below for ordering any wines or items you wish from this newsletter, or any other wines available. We deliver in Palos Verdes at no charge ($20 minimum). We ship statewide nominal charges of whatever our cost is for such shipping. PLEASE SEND ME THE WINES LISTED BELOW: NO. BOTTLES NO. CASES NUMBER & NAME OF WINE PRICE TOTAL □ Send C.O.D. □ Charge my regular account SUB TOTAL___________ □ BankAmericard □ Mastercharge □ Visa 6% SALES TAX________ No.________________________________________ TOTAL_______________ Expiration Date:______________________________ Signature_____________________________ Name (print)______________________________ Address____________________________City_________Zip_______Phone_______________ Mail to: 77 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verder Estates, CA 90274

Give a beautiful Simi Gift Box to your valentine. Each attractive wood box contains 2 fifths of Simi's Gold Medal winning Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon for only $7.99 each

Our Palos Verdes Chapter of Les Amis du Vin started the year with a sold out seminar on twel­ve of California's great Chard­onnay wines. We were forced to restrict participation in this unique event due to the limited number of bottles available of some of the wines served. Most of our seminars will not be limited in attendance, but once or twice a year we want to hold speciality tastings, such as this one, which must be for a smaller group. Priority seating will be given to L.A.D.V. mem­bers for these smaller events.

This was also our first seminar to be held at The Hungry Tiger at the Peninsula Center. We were very pleased with their accommodations and hope to meet there frequently. Incidentally, The Hungry Tiger has an excel­lent oyster bar, with its own menu of perhaps a dozen sea food specialities, that can pro­vide the light supper recommend­ed as a prelude to our evening seminars.

Our chapter will hold a Pinot Noir event during the last week of March. California's winemakers continue to improve their Pinot Noir techniques and some of the new wine regions such as Paso Robles are adding additional Burgundy-like flavors. How good are they? Come to our March event and see. We will have one or two outstanding French Burgundies for taste com­parison. The details will be in­cluded in next month's mailing.

Al Hausrath,
Chapter Director