Special Wine Tasting with Don Sebastiani and Sons represented by VanGuard Wines

Join us Tuesday Evening beginning at 5:30pm for a Special Wine Tasting with Brandy Steinhauser of Don Sebastiani and Sons and Sara Nilsson of Vanguard Wines. Featured wines for the evening are Simple Life, Sivas-Sonoma and Custard. I have paired these five wines with various foods being served buffet style. Only $13.75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 937-224-9463 for a reservation (not required but recommended).

In 2001, Don Sebastiani and his two sons, Donny and August, established Don Sebastiani & Sons. Today the company is led by Donny Sebastiani, great–grandson of Samuele the Sebastiani patriarch. “The plan is to continue the progress that previous generations in my family have made,” says Donny. “I want to have a similar impact on the wine industry. We are focusing on appellation-driven wines that appeal to a more wine-savvy audience. These wines, which include B Side, Aquinas, Don & Sons, The Crusher and Project Paso, are sourced from specific wine-growing regions such as Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, Clarksburg and Paso Robles. At the end of the day, I’ve learned that the best thing a winery can offer is well-made wines of consistent quality. That’s our family tradition, and that continues to be our vision for Don & Sons.”

Featured Wines:

2014 Simple Life Chardonnay, California

paired with Cucumber Caprese Salad with Balsamic reduction sauce

Wonderful balance between bright notes of lemon and orange peel along with largely aromatic notes of papaya and nectarine. Rich in pineapple and lemon tart flavors yet crisp and elegant. Malolactic fermentation adds a roundness to the mouthfeel but the brilliant acidity persists and leaves a nice finish.

2014 Simple Life Pinot Noir, California

paired with Salmon cakes with mushroom cream sauce

Garnet in color, aromas of luscious cherries, nutmeg and savory herbs bring the wine to life. Bright flavors of cranberry and ripe plum intermingle with sage and warm baking spices. Notes of vanilla from 100% French oak aging provide a lovely background for the complex and supple tannins. This wine has perfect balance between its dark fruit character and lively acidity.

2013 Sivas-Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel, Sonoma County

paired with blackberry BBQ Brisket sliders

Aromas of blackberry, dried fig, white pepper and cinnamon bark. Scents of nutmeg and warm spices are woven together with layers of dark black fruit flavors, black strap molasses, Mexican chocolate and pomegranate reduction. A hint of dill and black pepper on the palate are rounded out by bold vanilla from American oak aging. The 12% Petite Sirah adds rich color, depth of flavor and a tannic backbone to create a wine with wonderful structure and intensity. Bright acidity complements this vibrant, medium-plus bodied Zinfandel.

2012 Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

paired with Spicy BBQ Pork Shoulder sliders

Aromas of blackberry cobbler, mission fig, sorghum molasses and a touch of cigar box. It unfolds with ripe flavors of blackberry, black plum and black cherry coupled with cocoa and dusty cedar notes. Extended aging in both French and American oak lends subtle hints of vanilla and cardamom. Ripe, velvety tannins are smooth across the mid-palate leading to a pleasant, lingering finish.

2014 Custard ‘Comfort Wine’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley

paired with vanilla curd puff pastry and dark chocolate

Plenty of buttery, warm croissant notes with vibrant aromas of apricot jelly and vanilla complemented by a hint of toasted almond. Fresh pear and apple flavors take center stage while flavors of brioche round out this full-bodied creamy Chardonnay.