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Posted on May 31 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

EWCo. presents the inaugural “Grab a Friend & Grab a Bottle to Share” event!  Come in and Select ANY Wine from our Racks or Library Wine Room and Enjoy it at the Wine Bar.  The best part? The Cost is only the Out-the-Door Sales price (that means Wine Shop price, which is less than the usual Wine Bar service cost).

 

That could mean an Argentine Torrontes for just $13.99, or an ’03 Napa Reserve Cabernet from the Library Wine List for $99 (one can only imagine what such would cost if ordered from a fine dining establishment’s Wine List?).  Need more incentive? If you enjoy that bottle in the Wine Bar, take another one home & SAVE 50% Off! 

 

This Event will occur on Friday June 4 starting at 5:00.  RSVPs appreciated, but not required.  WHITE WINE DRINKERS READ THIS CAVEAT: We do not have every White Wine cold in our refrigerator (especially since some Library Wines are one-of-a-kind selections).  So you may want to come in before the event to pre-select a bottle or check our Wine Lists on the EWCo. website and let us know what to chill for you.

The Current EWCo. Library Wine Selections can be found here.  Here are some examples of value or  unique Whites/Roses/Sparkling that you must call ahead in order to have chilled in time for Friday’s event:

 

Jeio (NV) Prosecco Sparkling Brut, Veneto, Italy – $17.99

Black Hand 2004 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay – $19.99

Garrettson 2005 “The Limoid Cior” Roussanne, Paso Robles, CA – $30.99

Scholium Project 2005 “Nereides”(Chard) Guman Vineyard, N. Coast, CA – $44.99

Kenneth Volk 2005 Bien Nacido Vyd Pinot Blanc, Santa Maria Valley, CA – $25.99

Huber 2005 Santa Rita Hills, Unoaked Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, CA – $29.99

Treana 2001 Mer Soleil Vyd Viognier-Marsanne,  Monterey, CA – $24.99

2006 Matthiasson Napa Valley White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla Gialla and Tokai Friulano) – $37.99

Jaffurs 2006 Viognier, Santa Barbara, CA – $23.99

Paringa 2004 Individual Vineyard Sparkling Shiraz, South Australia – $29.99

Mantra 2004 “Bliss” Dry Rose (Merlot, Cab, Zin), Sonoma, CA – $19.99

UPCOMING EVENTS: “Tasty Tuesday” 6/8 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” Tasting of Happy Wines & Screening of Monty Python’s “Life of Brian More info: http://www.essentialwineco.com/calendarofevents/

*The fine print: no rainchecks, one 50% bottle per patron, offers cannot be combined, discounts off non-sales pricing and EWCo. encourages responsible alcohol consumption and reserves the right to refuse service. 

Jan & Fern at the Chocolate & Wine "Tasty Tuesday" (4-5-10)

Posted on May 28 10 | Filed Under Blog

In November of 2008, Dan Hawks was our initial musical performer in the “Essential Music Lounge“.  In 2009, we had a run of weekly Friday and Saturday night performances. Later that year, we placed music on hiatus as the difficult economy affected attendance.  Performances returned in the New Year to initially enthusiastic participation.

 

Unfortunately, it’s become apparent again that presenting free weekly music isn’t viable.  I will not take up your valuable time with a lengthy explanation as to why.  Suffice to say that our consumer driven business has a Nielsen Ratings aspect to it.  If our offerings (be they wine, food or entertainment) do not garner sufficient patron interest, we cannot continue to offer them.

 

After much soul searching and with a deep sadness, we are taking a hiatus from weekly live music.  The “show will go on” this weekend with Jesse Bradley & “Sir” Roman Sirwinsky on Friday (5/28) and “Sand Two Guitars” on Sunday (5/30). 

 

We greatly appreciate the support of the many performers that have graced our humble performance space (from the Legendary Guitarist Jimmy Wyble to Harpist Lori Rasmussen to Dan Sawyer on Jazz Ukulele). 

 

We may present music on an occasional basis in the future, but doubt that regular weekly scheduling is feasible in the near term.   We extend our Appreciation and at the same time our Regrets to the past performers and supporters of the “Essential Music Lounge”.

 

Sincerely,

Jim “Casey“, Proprietor

Essential Wine Co.

Paul Weitz, Mark Hammond, Jimmy Wyble & Pete Thoennes (l-r)

Paul Weitz, Mark Hammond, Jimmy Wyble & Pete Thoennes (l-r)

Posted on May 27 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

Memorial Day marks the start of Summer and a new wine outlook.  Come by for a Tasting as its “Summertime & the Living is Easy” (as are the Wines, drinking that is!). Certified Wine Specialist “Casey” will pour and discuss Summer Wine Finds from S. African “Gewurz” to Paso Robles Grenache.

Tasting available beginning at 6:30 for $14.99 (includes service of complimentary paired “Tapas”). What a DEAL: Half Price Tasting if you take a bottle home & FREE if you Buy 3!
 

Among the Summer Wine Finds “Casey” will pour & discuss:

Gewurztraminer, Delheim Winery (2008) Stellenbosch, S. Africa 

Spanish White Blend, ”Basa Blanco” by Telmo Rodriguez (2008) Rueda, Spain 

Rose of Pinot Noir, Lucas & Lewellwn Vineyrads (2007) Santa Barbara, CA  

Grenache, Anglim Winery (2006) Paso Robles, CA  

For this night only SPECIAL Pricing will be offered on individual bottle sales to go. The Essential Wine Co. Food Menu and additional Tasting Night Specials will be available. Exact wine line-up subject to change.

Jim “Casey” is the Proprietor and Wine Buyer of Essential Wine Co. He pesonally selects every wine that is offered for sale and served. He earned a Certificate with Merit in Wine, Spirits & Other Alcoholic Beverages from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education. More info at http://www.wset.co.uk/about_us/default.asp

Certified Wine Specialist & EWCo. Proprietor Jim "Casey" personally selects every wine that is offered for sale and served.

Certified Wine Specialist & EWCo. Proprietor Jim "Casey" personally selects every wine that is offered for sale and served.

 

 

 

Posted on May 23 10 | Filed Under Blog

Excerpt from an Article by Josh Raynolds (May/June 2007 Issue of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar*)

C. Donatiello Winery

Chris Donatiello, who was formerly a sales honcho with the massive wine distributor Charmer Industries, moved to Healdsburg to overhaul the former Belvedere Winery. Two thousand six was the first vintage under the new regime, which includes winemaker Web Marquez of Anthill Farms. The focus is on pinot noir and chardonnay made in small (sometimes very small) lots from single vineyards in the Russian River Valley, and winemaking is in the back-to-the-future school of basket presses, open-top fermenters, gravity flow and small tanks.

Despite the obvious Anthill Farms connection, these wines are richer and weightier in style, with darker fruit character and more apparent structure. Donatiello told me that 2008 reminds him of 2006 in the Russian River Valley as it produced pinots “that are very approachable on release. In contrast,” he added, “the 2007s will be really slow to develop and need some time to loosen their structure.” He added that his winery bottled ’08s “a little earlier than usual to capture the fruit.”

Currently Essential  Wine Co. is proud to offer the C. Donatiello 2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir:

Pinot Noir, C. Donatiello Winery (2006) Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA Made by Winemaker Webster Marquez (William Selyem & Anthill Farms).   Barrel aged for 10 months 100% French Oak (40% New).  Seamless, balanced, and imbued with complexity and spice, it marries the warmth of ripe, sunny fruit to the powerful viticulture born from the Russian River Valley’s climate. Featuring notes of black pepper, dried cranberries, mocha, and cherry, it comes on strong and finishes clean.   91 Points from Pinot Report  Pairings: Prime Rib, White Cheddar Cheese.  14.2% abv Call EWCo. for Sales Price!

 

C. Donatiello Winery's Bottles have its distinctive logo of the letter "D" comprised of smaller letter "C"s.

Stephen D. Tanzer is editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read by wine professionals and other wine lovers in all 50 states and 34 countries, and the first American wine periodical to be translated into French and Japanese.

Posted on May 21 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

Join us Sunday afternoon for Music by “Sand Two Guitars Plus a 50% Red Wine Sale. Monday’s a day off so what could be better than Wine, “Tapas” Dining, Cool Tunes & Savings on Reds?

The 50% OFF Sale happens all day & Music begins 4:30′ish. NO COVER CHARGE! Sale Details:

All Day: Buy 1 Red, Save 50% Off the 2nd (Bottles To Go & By-the-Glass at Bar)

Featured Reds every hour at Half Price on a 1 Bottle Purchase: Domaine Baccara Beaujolais (1:30), Rata Pinot (2:30), Gouguenheim Tempranillo (3:30), Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet (4:30), Piuquenes Malbec (5:30), Pendleton Family Syrah (6:30).

15% Off All Half Bottles, All Day (includes Dessert Wines!)

–“Bargain Box of Wine” debuts. A foster home for our Orphan Bottles. Hopefully they can find a loving home via Deep Discounts!

Door Prize Drawings throughout the Day.

Half Price “Flights” of Wine from 3:30 to 5:00.

“Sand Two Guitars” will have Guest Guitarist Brad Rabuchin performing with Tom McDermott. Brad was a sideman during his prior EWCo. visit. We look forward to his return as a featured performer.

“Sand Two Guitars” perform from Bossa Nova to Ballads (”Body and Soul“) to the Great American Songbook (”It Could Happen To You“). They have a passion for keeping Jazz Alive & Vibrant and it comes through in their Live Performance! More info at http://www.sandtwoguitars.com/

Dave Smith & Tom McDermott of "Sand Two Guitars" are passionate about keeping Jazz Alive & Vibrant

Posted on May 20 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

Magnavino Cellars is the most recent addition to the small collection of wineries in Ventura County. Robert & Barbara Wagner of Magnavino Cellars will present a selection of its wines for “Tasty Tuesday” at Essential Wine Co. on May 25.

Tasting available beginning at 6:30 for $14.99 (includes service of complimentary paired “Tapas”). What a DEAL: Half Price Tasting if you take a bottle home & FREE if you Buy 3!

Come in and support a truly Local Winery. Magnavino Cellars doesn’t yet have a tasting room so don’t miss this rare opportunity to taste their handcrafted, artisanal wines!

Among the Magnavino Wines to be poured & discussed by Robert & Barbara:
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
2009 Viognier
2008 Sangiovese
2008 Zinfandel
2008 Syrah
Potential Surprise Wine?!?!

For this night only SPECIAL Pricing will be offered on individual bottle sales. The Essential Wine Co. Food Menu and additional Tasting Night Specials will be available. Exact wine line-up subject to change.

Magnavino Cellars is Located in Oxnard, Ventura County

Magnavino Cellars is located in the heart of the Ventura County Wine Trail with 10 varietals to choose from, the novice to the connoisseur will find a wine to tantalize their taste buds. Magnavino Cellars creates ultra-premium wines of character and distinction. More info: http://www.magnavino.com/

Magnavino celebrates the beauty of artisanal wines, hand-crafted to showcase complexity and balance leaving a lasting impression long after it leaves the palate. The current portfolio contains nine different varietals, which includes 4 whites and 6 reds. All of the wines made by Magnavino are distributed exclusively from the winery, through our website and wine club, and a handful of exclusive restaurants.

Posted on May 19 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

On FRIDAY May 28th, Essential Wine Co. presents a Classic Jazz “Pairing” with Virtuoso Guitarist Jesse Bradley & Upright Bassist Roman Sirwinsky. Had a tough week? Get the long holiday weekend started right by CELEBRATING Friday with Live Music, Unique Wines, Craft Beers, Delicious “Tapas” Style Dining & $5 HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS. No Cover Charge!

Jesse Bradley is a tasteful, swinging jazz guitarist, one who has his own fresh chord voicings. While his music will be enjoyed by the fans of the great 50’s and 60’s jazz guitarists, he has developed his own voice and his music is full of subtle surprises.” Scott Yano, acclaimed jazz journalist and author.

Jesse’s experience has been in many and various venues, places and with many musicians including Charlie Mariano, Mick Goodrick and Tom Harrell. He has lived and played in Boston, New York, Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF FUN, GOOD MUSIC, AND GREAT WINE & CRAFT BEER!

For video from past Essential Music Lounge Saturdays go to

Jesse's Guitar Work is Swinging & Tasteful

Posted on May 17 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

On SATURDAY May 22nd, Essential Wine Co. presents LIVE MUSIC by Sand Two Guitars. It will be Live Straight Ahead Jazz done Oh So Smooth in the Essential Music Lounge! 1st Music Set at 8′ish. No Cover Charge. Reservations recommended,but not required.

Sand Two Guitars” is Guitarists Dave Smith & Tom McDermott. From Bossa Nova to Ballads (“Body and Soul“) to the Great American Songbook (“It Could Happen To You“). Dave & Tom have a passion for keeping Jazz Alive & Vibrant and it comes through in their Live Performance! More info at http://www.sandtwoguitars.com/

Dave Smith & Tom McDermott of "Sand Two Guitars" are passionate about keeping Jazz Alive & Vibrant

For video from past Essential Music Lounge Saturdays go to

Posted on May 17 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

Kaleidos is a family owned and operated winery in Paso Robles. Kaleidos’ Winemaker and Owner Steve Martell will present a selection of his wines for “Tasty Tuesday” at Essential Wine Co. on 5/18.

Tasting available beginning at 6:30 for $16.99 (includes service of complimentary paired “Tapas”). Don’t miss this Camarillo event! Tastings in Paso at Kaleidos are “by appointment only” and production of its 90 Point Wines top out at a couple hundred cases.

Among the Wines to be poured & discussed by Steve:

2008 Kaleidos White, Paso Robles
2005 Osiris (Grenache Blend), Paso Robles
2005 Oakrock (Syrah-Cab Blend), Paso Robles
2004 Morpheus (Syrah-Grenache Blend), Paso Robles (Parker = 90 pts)
2004 Syrah, Paso Robles (Parker = 90 pts)

For this night only SPECIAL Pricing will be offered on individual bottle sales. The Essential Wine Co. Food Menu and additional Tasting Night Specials will be available. Exact wine line-up subject to change.
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Established in 2004, Kaleidos is nestled in the Templeton Gap of the Santa Lucia Mountains in Paso Robles. The winery and vineyard were established with the mission of producing the finest premium handcrafted wines. More at http://www.kaleidoswine.com/

Owner Steve Martell’s passion and focus is Rhone varietals. Steve has hand-selected all of the Westside vineyards where he currently procures fruit. Known as a hands-on craftsman and a purist in his winemaking technique, Steve’s down-to-earth approach to fine wine has produced consistently rich, full bodied and well-balanced reds.

Steve Martell, Winemaker & Owner of Family Operated Kaleidos Wines in Paso Robles

Tasty Tuesday” Testimonials: “Appetizers were a nice touch . . . Price point was reasonable.” — “Better than just sampling wines, was learning about what we were tasting!” — “We had a fun night out and hope to be back soon.”

Posted on May 16 10 | Filed Under Calendar of Events

Drop by and Experience some Quality Beer to Celebrate American Craft Beer Week PLUS enjoy LIVE MUSIC by Guitarist Jack Zigray! We’ll offer BEER SPECIALS & Feature Beer Friendly “Tapas Style Appetizers. For an added treat, the Allagash “Curieux” (11%) will be available by the Goblet! Music begins at 6:30. NO Cover Charge!

Jack will perform many of his wonderful instrumental selections on guitar and mandolin. He will also be singing some fine old standards, ballads and folk songs from the 30′s, 40′s thru the 80′s and more! Further info on Jack below and at http://www.jackzigray.com/don‘t.htm.

For video from past Essential Wine Co. Shows go to

Among the EWCo. Beer Offerings:
Double Dog Double Pale Ale” Flying Dog Brewery, Aspen, CO
English Fine Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Suffolk, England
Pilsner, Lagunitas Czech Style Pils, Petaluma, CA
Polish Pale, Okocim Brewery, Brzesko, Poland (500ml can)
Wheat, North Coast Brewing’s Blue Star, Fort Bragg, CA
Pumpkin Ale, Dogfish Head “Punkin” Ale, Milton, DE
Alaskan Brewing’s India Pale Ale, Juneau, AK
I.P.A., Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA, Milton, DE
Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter, Bend, OR
Strong Dark Ale, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Quebec, Canada
Belgian White Beer, DuBocq Blanche de Namur, Namur, Belgium
Belgian White Beer, De Proef Le Grande Blanche, Lochristi, Belgium
“Oh My” Tripel Ale, Allagash “Curieux”, Portland, ME

JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF FUN, GOOD MUSIC, AND GREAT BEER.

Jack Zigray performs a mélange of instrumental classical guitar, standards and vocal renditions of the Great American Songbook

Jack Zigray hails from the Bay Area where he performed for many years prior to “flying South” in the 80’s. He’s performed solo and in combos throughout SoCal from Santa Barbara down to the “OC”. Jack plays guitar, mandolin, violin, ukulele, harmonica as well as being a fine vocalist.

Jack’s entertainment career includes being a producer, promoter, agent and impresario. Among his accomplishments has been providing entertainment for the Camarillo Fiesta Days, the Camarillo Cafe and the Relay for Life.

Jack has recently returned to his roots as a solo artist. His performances are a mélange of instrumental classical guitar, standards and vocal renditions of the Great American Songbook.

Essential Wine Co.

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