Friday Tasting - Easton Wines, Owner Bill Easton

Friday, May 24, 2019

Time: 05:00pm - 08:00pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free


Every weekend we have free tastings that give you a chance to explore the wide word of wines! 

Each Friday we try to start your weekend off with a sampling of fine wines and beers that will allow you to relax into your "days off" with a positive note. Always a gathering of friends and neighbors and good conversation.

Come in this weekend and visit with us!


Easton Wines, Amador County
For Amador County grape grower and winemaker William “Bill” Easton, the year was going great until the fall harvest. Then he broke his right arm and sustained a deep gash to his left leg when he was catapulted through the air while unloading by hand a grape-bin trailer from a large flatbed trailer in one of his vineyards.

“Artisan winemaking and wine growing is down and dirty physical work, one of the reasons I like it,” Easton says, patched up and back to overseeing Terre Rouge & Easton Wines, the Shenandoah Valley winery he owns with his wife, Jane O’Riordan. His weekly tennis game, however, remains on hold.

While he sits on the sidelines he can take solace in the volley of acclaim that came his way this year.

In the spring, he received the fourth lifetime achievement award bestowed by the wine trade group Rhone Rangers for his long cultivation in California of grape varieties and wine styles traditionally identified with France’s Rhone Valley.

In the fall, Wine & Spirits magazine named Terre Rouge one of the year’s “Top 100 Wineries.”

And almost simultaneously, Wine Enthusiast magazine revealed that he was one of five international winemakers being considered for its winemaker-of-the-year award, which ultimately went to Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux Family Wines in South Africa. In nominating Easton, the magazine’s editors asserted that he “has been quietly making the best Rhone-styled wines in the state since 1986.”

The Wines!!

Easton Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Sierra Foothills, California) $19.99
The Easton Sauvignon Blanc, is made from estate grapes grown at the Monarch Mine Vineyard, overlooking the American River Canyon at 2,500 feet, near the town of Foresthill in Placer County.  
Complex and exotic fruit flavors suggest among other things: key lime, casaba melon, and papaya.  The wine finishes with brisk mineral notes.  
It is the perfect foil for all seafood, and absolutely satisfying as an aperitif. 

Terre Rouge Viognier 2016 (Fiddletown, California) $21.99
The Terre Rouge 2016 Viognier is organically-grown on our Fiddletown estate in granitic soils.
Zesty fresh, floral, and spicy aromatics with fruit notes that suggest classic white peach and apricot flavors.
This a very balanced example of California viognier that is more like its French counterparts.

Terre Rouge Tête-a-Tête 2013 (Sierra Foothills, California) $19.99
51% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 17% Syrah
Tête-à-Tête (a Tête-à-Tête is a private intimate conversation between two people (literally head to head), have you had a Tête-à-Tête today?
This easy drinking Rhône blend is the perfect wine to have a head to head, or heart to heart conversation with your best friend. 
Fun and easy to drink, this wine is blended from our more forward lots of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache, with meaty, smoky, spicy complex characteristics.
Much like a solid Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages, it is an eminently enjoyable everyday bottle.

Easton Zinfandel 2014 (Amador, California) $19.99
The 2014 has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel.
It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months’ time it receives in, only, French oak barrels.
This wine has become a popular, but serious cru Beaujolais-styled/Rioja crianza-styled Zinfandel that has found its way on to many great restaurant lists across North America where it is often listed “by the glass ”.

It is consistently rated one of the top Zinfandels in its class and one of the best value Zinfandels available. Although drinkable now, it gains complexity with bottle age.
The 2014 vintage has great fruit, richness, balance, and charm. This wine is a great introduction to the EASTON line of five distinctly different Zinfandels.

Easton Fiddletown Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 (Amador, California) $34.99
100% Zinfandel from the Rinaldi Vineyard
The vineyard is about as old as they come in California with vines dating to the original planting in 1865.
The Easton Fiddletown Zinfandel has gorgeous fruit aromas, generous and deep fruit flavors and soft, chocolate accents add up to a very flavorful but relaxed wine.
Touches of clove and cedar pop up with the second sip, while some welcome tannins clean the palate. The fruit flavors come back on the finish. It is full-bodied but very smooth.

The Beers!!

Boulevard "Space Camper Cosmic IPA" (Kansas City), 6 pack $12.99
India Pale Ale Space Camper Cosmic IPA is an exhilarating initiation into a mind-bending alternate universe of India Pale Ales.
Our brewers employ massive hop additions at the end of the boil, and during fermentation, to minimize upfront bitterness and
create a juicy IPA bursting with tropical fruit flavors and aromas of nectar and citrus.

Alewerks "Superb" IPA, 6 pack $13.99
American India Pale Ale.
This particular beer is known as Superb IPA. It's not the first IPA we brewed, and it will not be the last, but it's one we wanted to enjoy all the time. 
Amarillo & Simcoe hops furnish an impression of Mango and Passion Fruit while a touch of Wheat and Oats provide a light, yet full mouth-feel.

Dogfish "Worldwide" Stout, 4 pack $49.99
Single $12.99

A dark, roasty stout aged in oak barrels on vanilla beans. Rare and often rumored about in the darkest corners of the beer community.
Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, World Wide Stout is dark, roasty and complex.
This Ageable Ale clocks in at 15-20% ABV and has a depth more in line with a fine port than with a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer. 
World Wide debuted in the winter of 1999, and the staying power of this brew is undeniable.