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Mark your calendars for November 15, 2016!  That’s a Tuesday, and not the usual Thursday night tasting nights! Come and taste some fabulous wines from Northern Italy including Lambrusco, Amarone and Chiaretto just to name a few! Curious? Sign up for this tasting today and find out what it’s all about! $40 per person, led by Hicks Fine Wines Manager Marcia!

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Feb 4, 2016 marks the first tasting here at the store!  If you are interested, please call the store for more details or check the events page!  I’m starting to fill up the calendar for bar pours, starting in March and for future sit-down tastings!  As things are confirmed I will post them on the events page, so please keep checking back!  There might be something that will pique your interest! Cin Cin!

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Make sure you sign up for the first tasting of the new season, which is slated for September 10, 2015 at 7 pm!  Marcia will lead you through a discussion and tasting of Merlot grapes and wine! Come and find out what makes this grape so special, when some think it’s just a so-so grape! Tasting is $40/pp and you can hold your spot by calling or emailing!  Phone 781-569-5000, or email marcia@hicksfinewines.com.  There is a $25 deposit to hold your spot for this tasting.

Stay tuned to the Newsletter due to be released this week!


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20150328_1235182010 Drouhin Vosne-Romanée
Just north of Nuit St. Georges in the Cote de Nuit, comes one of the most celebrated villages in all of Burgundy, producing such wines as Romanée-Conti and Richebourg
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
“Supreme elegance! Beautiful colour, with intense and bright reflections. The diversity of the aromas is striking: wild cherry, nutmeg, camphor wood, fine leather…Later on, the wine takes on a subtle aroma of truffle, producing the most varied palette. With its perfect balance between tannin and acidity, the wine has a fleshy, sturdy body. Powerful and long aftertaste. A wealth of harmonious sensations characterizes this great Burgundy”. 
Great for cellaring!  You can drink now with decanting or hold for 10-30 years
20150328_1236142013 Droin Les Clos Chablis Grand Cru
This father and son team of Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin are located in Chablis, Burgundy’s north for steely, minerality driven expressions of Chardonnay. With centuries of winemaking behind them, this wine has great finesse, is always developing with hints of vanilla.  wine.  A stunning wine that is beautiful now, but suggested to hold for 4-5 years before drinking and can cellar for 10 years and beyond.
20150328_1235582010 Staglin Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
From the estate vineyards in the Rutherford Bench comes this unfined and unfiltered Chardonnay.  Don’t let the cloudiness fool you.  This wine is stunning with layers of fruit, minerality and creaminess.  100% barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in 68% new oak, and some malolactic fermentation, there are tropical notes of key lime, banana cream pie and notes of Madagascar vanilla with just a wisp of toasty oak. Absolutely stunning now, but some age will add even more layers of complexity.  Drink now to 2020.


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20150204_200328One of the biggest mandates here at Hicks Fine Wines was to have regular tastings – educational seminars to inform our customers about different styles, varietals and regions of wine that they may not otherwise taste or be interested in.  Our aim is to have different professionals in the house presenting and educating.  This past Wednesday, we had our first winemaker sharing his wines with us.  Andreas Bender, winemaker from the Mosel region of Germany was in the house and a sampling of 5 German wines were tasted.  Add to that great food pairings from Privada, a local wine and tapas restaurant, and cheese pairings from the Cavern, PLUS 3 additional French wines, it was indeed a Bender!  (I hope Andreas doesn’t mind the play on words with his name…he’s a good natured guy!

A Gewurztraminer, dry Riesling, Auslese style Riesling, Pinot Noir and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc); we tasted almost the whole gamut of grape varietals normally coming out of Germany.  The Pinot Noir was especially exciting, as there are not too many of these in the Alberta market (French Pinots, yes…German Pinots, NO!) From the reaction of the sales, I would say it was an enjoyable wine.  And truly it is. Red berries with a hint of vanilla,  balanced by mouthwatering acidity and tannins, this could be anyone’s “everyday” Pinot. ($22.95) Then there’s the 2013 Gewurztraminer that is hugely aromatic and full of roses, lychee, with those nutmeg hints, again with mouthwatering acidity and an exceedingly long finish.  This wine was sold out during the Christmas season (GREAT turkey wine, btw!) and Andreas dubbed this “luggage wine”, as he brought a couple of bottles in his suitcase especially for this tasting!  But do not fear!  Expected shipment to arrive and be in the store by the end of the month!  Another great value at $22.95.  Drinking superbly now, but Andreas says will age beautifully over the next 3-5 years.  Why not buy three and experiment?  You’ve got nothing to lose at this price! The Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) is fresh and lively with flavours and aromas of apples, stone fruits and an obvious minerality.  We can say this is an exclusive – Hicks Fine Wines is the only store to carry this wine in any suburb and one of two stores in the greater Edmonton area.  Get it before it sells out, as the new shipment will not arrive until summer!  $23.95.


20150206_114110 (1)Let’s not forget about the 2013 Hofpasch – Andreas’ take on the Auslese style…yes, it’s sweet, (for all you geeks out there, 135 g/L residual sugar), but so far away from cloying with its laser sharp acidity that balances the sweetness perfectly!  This one would be incredibly fun to age.  I would love to see where age takes this wine, and well…Andreas literally JUST told me I could age it for 120 years….umm…20 maybe, because I think the wine will outlive me!  Haha!!  This one is $35.95 – a little more of an investment but SO worth that price!

It was a great evening! Everyone left satisfied with smiles on their faces, along with an autographed bottle (or 2) of German wine.  For those of us who are wine geeks, a winemaker is like a ROCKSTAR so you DO want him/her to sign your wine bottle(s)! If I were to guess, I’d say that approximately 30 bottles of Bender wine left the store that night…good for all parties involved in the whole circle of wine. So, here’s to a successful wine tasting and many more to come!  Cheers!






(L-R) Eberhard Tamm, Enotri Wine Marketing; Andreas Bender, Winemaker, Marcia Hamm, Hicks FIne Wines Store Manager; Doug Hicks, Hicks Fine Wines Owner



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