September Newsletter

September Newsletter     Volume 1, Edition 8
From the Manager’s Desk
Is summer almost over already?  It seems I was just talking about spring and summer whites and roses, and now it’s back to school and all things pumpkin spice!  Ha!  It’s hard to believe that a year ago, I started my journey with Hicks Fine Wines!  Although the store was not yet open, I was busy meeting with sales reps, tasting wines, and putting together a starting inventory. We started out with about 750 SKU’s, and now, well above one thousand SKU’s! Needless to say, we are growing, and for those of you making regular appearances at the store, know that we are always looking to bring in new product and try new things! (Stay tuned for a final taste count!) I for one, am looking forward to the fall season and a chance to bring all of you some perfect pairing wines for Thanksgiving turkeys and hams! Not only is it pumpkin season for the rest of the world, no exceptions here either! Watch for new pumpkin beers to arrive on the shelf in the next few weeks!
Bar Pours are BACK!  Don’t miss the first one with Susan Giacomin of Winequest in a Double Feature September 11 & 12. As always, the website is a good resource to check dates for tastings and bar pours. Some dates just may not make it into the newsletter and you wouldn’t want to miss that tasting would you, and there are some GREAT ones coming down the pipe you will NOT want to miss!
~Marcia J. Hamm
New on the Shelf
. John Duval 2012 ‘Entity’ Shiraz (Australia)unbelievable Shiraz from the former winemaker at Penfolds!  It’ll put a bit of a dent in your pocketbook, but totally worth it! $62.95
. 2012 Glimmer of Hope (Australia)cherries, berries, plums with a hint of spice in the Shiraz/Cab blend! $18.95
. Lost Inhibitions Red & White (Canada) – say what you want to say with these cheeky labelled blended wines. Yes, the labels are fun, but the wine is decent too!  $34.95
. 2014 50th Parallel Gewurztraminer (Canada)– Well made, aromatic wine, from winemaker Grant Stanley.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this wine would be perfect! $28.95
. 2013 Evodia Garnacha (Spain) – this could very well be your next everyday drinking table wine!  Juicy fruit with earthy undertones$20.95
. 2011 Duas Quintas Ramos Pinto(Portugal)– from the Douro, this little gem has eight port grapes in the mix and is full, lush and plush! A steal of a deal! $21.95
. 2012 Quinta Santa Eufemia (Portugal) – another massive blend of mostly Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz that doesn’t disappoint!$24.95
. 2014 Painted Wolf Chenin Blanc(South Africa) – great acidity balanced by good fruits and full mouth feel! $20.95
. 2011 Mezzacorona Tereldego (Italy) – a little Teroldego anyone? One of those weird and wonderful Italian only grapes that is delicious and fits right in to this store! $23.95
. 2013 Fontetinta Morellino de Scansano and Fontetinta Vermentino (Italy) – the red is made in the village of Scansano and has flavours of cherries (Morello where the name comes from)$26.95 (red) & $22.95 (white) 
. 2014 Domaine de L’Amauve (France) an absolutely beautiful wine with Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Ugni Blanc at a ridiculous price!  $23.95
A Word from the Owner...
Welcome back from your various summer holidays and vacation! We are on the uphill to Christmas now, but hopefully with a long Indian Summer and Fall before that! Thank you to all who showed up to the Shops at Boudreau Grand Opening! It was great to see faces both old and new and for those of you that came into the store for the first time, we hope you come again! September 1 marks the one year anniversary of myself working with Marcia, my manager. We look forward to many more years of a great working relationship! All our events are coming back so make sure you check the website regularly for updates on happenings in and around the store. Also, a reminder that we feature a “Case of the Month” and staff picks each new month!  12 wines in our Case of the month for $250.  Come and try something you may have had before!  Staff picks are located in the “hands” in the upper section and feature products chosen by our staff! First tasting of the month is on September 10.  Don’t miss out as Marcia will talk to us about Merlot.
~Doug Hicks~
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar!
September 10, 2015, 7 pm – Let’s Talk About Merlot…
Sometimes this grape gets a bad rap!  Come and see why this grape is so important and unique to the world of wine!  Taste 6 examples for six different countries and be amazed by this sensational grape! $40pp
September 22, 2015, 7 pm – Pago Ayles Producer Tasting
Join “F & F” (Felix and Fernando), export directors for Pago Ayles, for this producer tasting here at Hicks Fine Wines! You will have a chance to taste 5 exceptional wines from this producer out of the Carinena Region of Spain! It’s always great to have the folks right from the winery and get those special stories associated with the wines! 16 spots available for this tastings, so book your spot today!  Pre-payment of this tasting is required. Call or email to book your spot for this tasting!
September 29, 2015, 7 pm – A Taste of Brazil, Ole!
Ole, Ole, Ole, Oleeee, Brasil, Brasil!!! Yes!  Brazilian wines are coming to Hicks Fine Wines! Ever wanted to know what they taste like? Who knew they made such good wines! Nelson Gomes from Fine Vine Imports will be here to tell you all about them. Come for an evening of nothing but wines from Brazil…rumour has it there might even be a Brazilian brandy, and a cocktail with the famous Brazilian rum Cachaca! Curious? Sign up for this tasting and find out!  Only 12 spots available for this tasting, so call or email the store to reserve yours today!
October 6, 2015, 7 pm – Hicks Fine Wines First Ever Beer Tasting! 
Chris from Craft Beers will lead us through a tasting of 10 beers for fall and winter, including the ever popular pumpkin beers! Your $10 admission will get you $5 off your purchase of beer that night!  Call or email to book your spot and pay up front!
October 8, 2015, 7 pm- Gobble Gobble Glasses – Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner and Beyond $30 pp
October 15, 2015, 7 pm – Dare to Compare $30 pp
November 17, 2015, 7 pm- Riedel Glass Tasting. $125 pp with a set of 4 Riedel glasses to take home.  More details to follow in October and November newsletters.  Tix available at Privada Wine Bar or Hicks Fine Wines
***Keep your eyes on the website for additional events that may not have made it within this newsletter
For the Collector…
2010 John Duval “Eligo” Shiraz
From the Penfolds Winemaker of 29 years, John branched out on his own, not veering from quality fruit to make this stunning Shiraz, highlighting the great fruit from the Barossa. Here is deep purple with blackberry, liquorice and chocolate on the nose, followed by a silky-smooth mouth feel of black fruits, cedar and spice.  The finish is long and lingering and this wine would be even better in a few years time!  If you like Penfolds, try some of John Duval’s wines and you surely won’t be disappointed!
2013 Ken Wright Shea Vineyards Pinot Noirs
With Oregon boasting a terroir similar to Burgundy, it’s Pinot Noirs are gaining a reputation for being soft, supple and long lived.  From Ken Wright Cellars, it’s a “hands off” approach to winemaking.  This is a complex wine that showcases the lovely fruit with hints of earth and spice. Hold this for 10 years in your cellar and you won’t be disappointed.
2010 Clos de Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Although there are 13 allowable grapes in a CdP, most are “classic” GSM and these are no exception.  This wine comprises 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. A great vintage and certainly a keeper in your cellar.  The price is great too!
(please see the website for pictures of these wines)
As you can see, lots happening in the next few months here at Hicks Fine Wines!  We are excited to go through our first fall here at the store, and looking forward to meeting your needs through the fall months, through Thanksgiving and into Christmas!  We look forward to seeing you!  Cheers!