Wednesday December 4th
Winemaker Event with
Entropy Cellars 6-9pm
Entropy Cellars is a small, local gem in the Livermore Valley. Winemaking couple Jeff and Sarah Roberts will be on hand to talk wine and share their latest efforts!
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Swirl's Holiday Schedule
Swirl will be closed for the following holidays:
Christmas Day Wednesday 12/25
New Year's Day Wednesday 1/1
We wish you all the happiest of celebrations!
There are some days that really make me love living in California. How many other places would be warm and sunny on December 1st? My relatives are all on the east coast or in Canada, and they were happy that it was 30 degrees. As the days get (a little) colder, we should enjoy some of the wines of the season. This week I've got the 2012 Lodi 3 Girls Pinot Noir. Some of you may be wondering, "Pinot Noir? Lodi? Yeah, right". I'm here to tell you that this wine will break any preconceived notions about Lodi Pinot.
The nose starts with very Old World flavors. There is a noted difference in winemaking styles between Burgundy, France and California. Pinot Noir (the grape of Burgundy wines) has an earthier and more savory character, while California Pinots (especially the Russian River Valley) tend to have a much more fruit driven character.This wine expresses a coupling of black cherries and mushrooms right off the bat. As you spend more time with it, extra spices and herbs come alive to enhance the base flavors. Tarragon, Thyme, pomegranate, and a light sea-foam saltiness show the complexity of the grape, before final earthy notes of soil and bacon fat round it out. After a sip, the wine takes on a more California personality. Initial pomegranate, cranberry, and raspberry fruits are accompanied by a rose and potpourri floral arrangement. The wine's flavor evolves with some whole black peppercorns, crimini mushrooms, and a light grilled lamb meatiness.
The finish takes on a light yeasty character to couple with some herbs. I thought the flavors together reminded me of dill bread with some rosemary. This finish lasts for quite a long time, and it makes you want to dive back in for another round. I would consider pairing this wine with anything involving mushrooms, like our delicious Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, or lightly flavored meats, like roasted or grilled chicken. Come by and try it out!
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Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
Friday: 3pm - 11pm
Saturday: 3pm - 11pm
Sunday: 3pm - 7pm
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THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS
(available Thursday evening)
Herbed Roast Beef Bruschetta
Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Apple Caramel Crisp
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Saturday: 12 - 8pm
Sunday: 12 - 6pm
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