Patiently lined up outside the front doors, I awaited entrance last night to sample a plethora of wine for little or no money. This was only my second time attending this event but it is obvious that the recurring wine tastings at one of my favorite local wine stores, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits is always sure to deliver. You may remember how this event works from my last ABC posting. Ten dollars at the door awarded me with a tasting glass, bottle opener, and the chance to taste wine from fourteen tables conveniently setup throughout the store. The whole event only cost me $5 since I purchased a bottle using the $5 off coupon I received at the door. Wine wasn�t the only thing to be tasted. All kinds of food and liquor were there to keep you busy between pours. Although last night�s event was fairly crowded, I was able to taste many wines thanks again to the friendly and informative staff there to answer questions and be very generous with the pours.

Some of my favorites from the tasting included:
CHATEAU CONDADO DE HAZA~$28
BRAMBLEWOOD OLD VINE ZINFANDEL~$17
TAMARI MALBEC RESERVA~$14


I was also surprised to try the following wines:
SEVEN DAUGHTERS RED~$14
D�ARENBERG LOVE GRASS SHIRAZ~$19
D�ARENBERG GALVO GARAGE~$28


After almost two hours of solid tasting, I was convinced that there was nothing left to discover. I called it a night after making my purchasing a bottle of CONDADO DE HAZA, my favorite from the evening. As the Wine Whore, this event is always a favorite. Be sure to look for me again at the next local tasting!

For more info, check out their calendar of events.




Additional Links/Information:

Calendar http://www.abcfws.com/ABCHome/ABCWineTastingsSpecialEvents/ABCEventsCalendar/tabid/59/Default.aspx


Website
http://www.abcfws.com/




Listing of Tables and Wines for Tasting

Table 1
BERINGER ALLUVIUM
MONDAVI CARNEROS CHARDONNAY
SANDEMAN MADIERA
ROCCA DELLA MACIE CHIANTI CLASSICO
ANTINORI MARCHESE

Table 2
TAMARI MALBEC RESERVA
SEVEN DAUGHTERS RED
SEVEN DAUGHTERS WHITE
MARKHAM SAUVIGNON BLANC
MARKHAM MERLOT
SANTA MARGHERITA CHIANTI CLASSICO
CUVAISON CHARDONNAY
SANTA MARGHERITA PROSECCO

Table 3
VILLA MARIA CHARDONNAY
DAVINCI CHIANTI DOCG
KENDALL JACKSON VINTNERS RESERVE MERITAGE
MURPHY GOODE FUMEBLANC
GOATS DO ROAM RED
MARQUES DE CACERES RIOJA RED
CAMBRIA PINOT NOIR
CAMBRIA CHARDONNAY
IL MOOLINO DE GRACE CHIANATI
SAUVIGNON REPUBLIC STELLENBOSCH
KENDALL JACKSON GRAND RESERVE CHARDONNAY
DELOACH RUSSIAN RIVER CHARDONNAY

Table 4
D�ARENBERG LOVE GRASS SHIRAZ
D�ARENBERG GALVO GARAGE
D�ARENBERG LUCKY LIZARD CHARDONNAY

Table 5
DSM BRUT
SAINT M REISLING
CSM MERLOT
CSM GEWURTZTRAMINER
COLUMBIA CREST H3 CHARDONNAY
RED DIAMOND CABERNET SAUVIGNON
TOMARESCA NEPRICA
SANTA CRISTINA PINOT GRIGIO

Table 6
FOREST GLEN WHITE MERLOT
FOREST GLEN CHARDONNAY
FOREST GLEN PINOT NOIR
FOREST GLEN MERLOT
FOREST GLEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
REVENSWOOD ZEN OR ZIN
CRISTALINO EXTRA DRY
NOBILO SAUVIGNON BLANC
JUNIOR JOHNSON�S MIDNIGHT MOON

Table 7
LEGADO CONDE ALBARINO
GUELBENZU VIERLAS
CONDADO DE HAZA
TORE D�ALBALA DON PX
BORGO MAGREDO PROSECCO
UMANI RONCHI VERDICCHIO
UMANI RONCHI MONTE D�ABRUZZO
CASTELLANI AMARONE

Table 8
DOM CADAST PICPOUL
ALBERT BICHOT PINO NOIR

Table 9
MASON SAUVIGNON BLANC
LAYER CAKE MALBEC
LAYER CAKE PRIMATIVO
RODNEY STRONG CABERNET SAUVIGNON
RODNEY STRONG MERLOT
RODNEY STRONG RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR

Table 10
DOOLEY�S TOFFEE CREAM
VERDI SPUMANTI
VERDI RESPBERRY SPARKLETINI
VERDI PEACH SPARKLETINI
VERDI GREEN APPLE SPARKLETINI
KIJAFA CHERRY

Table 11
ZONIN BACCOROSA
CAST D�ABOLA PINOT GRIGIO
CAST D�ABOLA CHIANTI
CAST D�ABOLA ELLER
MONTMASSI LE FOCAIE
MONTMASSI SASSABRUNA

Table 12
EVAN WILLIAMS SINGLE BARREL BOURBON
HPNOTIQ
PAMA

Table 13
SKYY PASSION FRUIT
X RATED LIQUOR
JAMIESON IRISH WHISKY
JIM BEAM RYE

Table 14
BRAMBLEWOOD OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
ANGELO BUFANI PINOT GRIGIO
GLADIUS TEMPRANILLO
MUMM EXTRA DRY
RUGGED HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SONOMA RIDGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
YOUNG MEG SAUVIGNON BLANC
THE GIRLS IN THE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SHADES OF AFRICA STEEN







History of ABC
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits was founded by Jack Holloway in 1936 in Orlando, Florida. A cigar store manager, he saw the end of Prohibition as bringing an opportunity to expand from cigars into spirits. In 1950 ABC Liquors was born; company legend has it that Jack Holloway wanted not only a name that local residents would easily remember, but one that would show up first in the phone book. By 1970, the company maintained not only a growing chain of retail stores, but an increasing number of attached �lounges� in styles from basic neighborhood watering hole, to (in later years) country and western dance bars and discotheques. With almost 200 stores, stretching from Tallahassee to Naples and Boca Raton, ABC was clearly the country�s largest privately owned wine and spirits retailer. In 1993, ABC Liquors began using the name �ABC Fine Wine & Spirits� in some of its larger locations to highlight the expanded wine selection.


New stores average 10,000 square feet in size. These often include walk-in cigar humidors, temperature-controlled wine cellars, and massive cold space for imported and micro brewed beers. Some locations also feature a temperature controlled wine vault where customers store their wine and keep the key. ABC carries more than four thousand fine wines, a selection of more than four hundred cigars, and both rare and popular spirits. Our larger stores also offer a variety of gourmet foods, custom gift baskets and gift wrapping.





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