Wino’s Wine Picks for February 15 – Through 22, 2016

Wino’s Wine Picks for the week of February 15th – 22nd

E.C. Wino

Wine Trail came and went with the weekend — it’s Monday, and this cat is thirsty. We’re going to take a bit of a detour this week and present our first beer pick of the series: a dark wheat beer from the good folks at Riley’s Brewing Co. For now, though, let’s get to the wine.

Red Wine

Robert Hall Merlot 2013 – Once more, Robert Hall has produced an exceptional Paso wine. This Merlot begins with a cherry wood bouquet and peaks out on the tongue with a bright and pleasant acidity. The finish is long but mellowed, and consistent with the opening bouquet. Bold enough to accompany the richest of meals and mellow enough to sip slightly chilled.

White Wine

Apothic White 2013 – If, perchance, you cannot decide on a white wine, then Wino advises towards this approachable blend. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling give this crowd pleaser a stone fruit bouquet – think apricots. Mellow in body, and slightly sweet — if you can’t decide, let Apothic White decide for you.

Sweet Wine

Saviez Muscat Canelli 2007 – There are some sweet wines out there that have the character of a wet paper bag. One taste, and you’re tongue blind. This Muscat Canelli, however, is on a whole different level. It begins with a bold bouquet of bruléed peaches and toasted almonds. Rich and complex — and easy to match with any sort of food — it’s one of a kind, and a must taste for any dessert wine lover.


Riley’s Brewing Co.Vixen (Dark Wheat) – Madera’s own made this interpretation of a traditional dunkelweisen. Chocolaty, toasty notes come off this beer’s head, like a mild stout, and yet it is surprisingly crisp, bright and easy on the palate.

Wino’s Picks of the Week for February 8-15

Wino’s Picks of the Week

Your tasting list for Feb 8th-15th

E.C. Wino

They call it stormy Monday, but its sunny with a 100 percent chance of wine here at ApCal. As per our top of the week tradition, here is a fresh set of Wino’s Picks.

Red Wines

• Engelmann Cellars (Gravel Pit) Syrah (2012) – Boasting a name that implies grating teeth and truck tire slips over a country road, this Fresno-vinted, full-bodied Syrah boasts a surprisingly smooth and complex palate. A soft and sweet berry finish close off what begins as bright and smoky, with a subtle hint of cocoa. For the geography buffs, “The Gravel Pit” sits on the banks of the San Joaquin River, and are home to the Syrah grapes that make this wine.

• Big Guy Blended Red Wine (2013) – Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot make up the bulk of this blended red wine. Rich with dark fruit characteristics and a subtle, oaky sweetness – complex enough for even the most discerning palate, but gentle enough for weekend wino’s. Pair with a Santa Maria seasoned tri-tip or George Thoroughgood the situation and drink it alone.

•Solitary Cellars Syrah (2013) – Born in the Santa Lucia Highlands, this garnet-hued wine boasts a delicate berry nose and a velveteen finish. Pleasantly dry with a lingering minerality – pairs best with Korean BBQ.

White Wine

• William Hill Chardonnay (2014) – This Central Coast Chardonnay boasts a hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of toasted oak and vanilla add depth and body, leading this crowd-favorite to a balanced, creamy finish.

Sweet Wine

• Allure Bubbly Moscato – Ceres, California born. This lively, floral and fruit-forward carbonated Muscato is a clinical study in “crowd pleasing.” Hints of apricots and pears dominate the front – the sparkling texture and subtle sweetness close out the back. Food-friendly, party-approved.

Quady Electra Giveaway – Closed

Quady Electra Giveaway photo


Enter for a chance to win this bottle of Quady Electra. This is one of the Valley’s best sweet dessert wines. If there was ever a winery out there that makes great sweet wine, it’s Quady Winery. To enter: like, share, and make sure you leave a comment below so we may contact you if you win (be sure to enter an email address so you may be contacted, email addresses will be kept confidential). This contest will run from January 25th to January 31st. (The winner is randomly selected from those who complete: like, share, and comment) We will announce the winner on February 1st.

*Must be 21 years or older to enter.

Good Luck!!

Ficklin Tinta Port Giveaway – Closed

Ficklin Tinta Port giveaway image


Enter for a chance to win this bottle of Ficklin Tinta Port. To enter: like, share, and make sure you leave a comment below so we may contact you if you win (be sure to enter an email address so you may be contacted, email addresses will be kept confidential). This contest will run from January 11th to January 17th. (The winner is randomly selected from those who complete: like, share, and comment) We will announce the winner on January 18th.

*Must be 21 years or older to enter.

Good Luck!!

ApCal 1st Year Anniversary Party

[custom_frame_left]Tall ApCal Backyard Picture[/custom_frame_left]It’s hard to believe, but it’s been one year since I took over ApCal. This year has been full of changes here at the Tasting Room – many that our loyal customers seemed to enjoy! Our wine selection has grown from 15 wines to over 50 wines – ALL local I might add – and we are proud to be providing 7 day a week exposure and sales for all our wine making friends and neighbors. Our gift shop is overflowing with the best locally made products that we could find, as well as fun gifts for the wine enthusiast! Our Friday Night LIVE concerts were a huge hit, with an average crowd of 400-500 people rockin’ out every Friday night by the end of the season. No other venue in the Valley had a crowd like that on a Friday night – THANKS to all of you for choosing ApCal for Friday night fun!

With all the success we had in 2011, we thought it was only right to throw a party for ALL our friends to celebrate! After all the Holiday parties, I’m sure your wine collection is getting a bit sparse, so we want to help you replenish it with a SALE on ALL ApCal wines! During our 1st Year Anniversary Party ONLY, we will be offering ALL our wines at a 25% discount! We have NEVER done a sale like this before, so get all your friends together and come out and party ApCal style AND save some money on great local wines! Buy a bottle or buy a case – it’s ALL 25% OFF!

ApCal 1st Year Anniversary Party
Friday, January 6th 6-10pm
FREE Admission

We’ll have delicious appetizers and the lovely Wine Mavens will be pouring all your favorite wines. Most important – EVERY wine in the house is 25% OFF!

THANKS to all of you for making our first year a great one! All of us here at ApCal wish each and every one of you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012!

December 16th – Christmas Party

[custom_frame_left]Santa Charlie[/custom_frame_left]Hey ApCal Friends! The Holiday season is here, so it’s time for another great party at ApCal! Since I have been such a “Good Boy” this year, the bearded one himself, SANTA, has agreed to join us at ApCal from 8-10pm! Pictures with Santa are not just for the little ones – dress in your Holiday best, bring your camera and snap a fun photo with ol’ Saint Nic! He’s makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice, but a bottle of ApCal wine might turn you from naughty to nice!

We’ll have delicious appetizers, great deals on wine and Holiday gifts and we can even custom make a gift basket while you sip a fine glass of ApCal wine!

So get all your Friday Night LIVE friends together, naughty or nice, and come out to ApCal for an evening of Holiday fun! Santa, the Wine Mavens and I will be waiting for you!

This is a FREE event so we hope to see all of our friends here!

Gift Baskets filled with LOCAL wine and tasty treats!

[custom_frame_left]Two Gift Baskets[/custom_frame_left]Hey ApCal Friends! The Holiday shopping season is officially open and we want you to remember to put ApCal on your “To-Do” list. Whether you are looking a gift for employees (or your boss), friends or family or sweet treats for the home or office, we are sure to have something for everyone’s liking here at APCal! We have beautiful gift baskets ready to go or we can custom make one while you sip a glass of wine. Our gift shop is over-flowing with great bargains on wine gifts and fun novelties for the wine enthusiast. And don’t forget the tasty treats – LOCAL olive oil, honey, raisins, jelly, nuts, boscotti, dried fruit and much, much more! If you are attending any Christmas Parties, there is no better gift for the hosts other than a gift of LOCAL products!

BTW – did I mention we have delicious LOCAL wines too? 25 winemakers represented under ONE roof and 40+ wines available for tasting!

Why shop anywhere else? ApCal has everything you need on your Holiday gift list!

Nov 25th – Black Friday Sale & Party

[custom_frame_center]Black Friday Banner[/custom_frame_center]Hey ApCal Friends! Join us for the 1st Annual “Shopped till I Drank” Christmas Party at ApCal!
The time for the event will be from 6pm to 11pm

After a frenzied day of Holiday shopping, stop by ApCal for a relaxing evening of wine, food, music, fun and friends! We’ll have great deals on wine and our gift shop is overflowing with beautiful gift baskets and lots of LOCAL treats for stocking stuffers. Our special guest, the lovely Marie Wilson, will encourage everyone to sing along to your favorite Christmas carols! Drink some fine LOCAL wine and enjoy delicious appetizers while you “get your Christmas on!” As a gift from us to you, we will be offering FREE gift wrapping for ALL the presents you bought during your day of shopping – how’s that for Christmas spirit!

All of us here at ApCal want to THANK all of YOU, our friends, for a great 1st year! We hope you will stop by and enjoy another fun-filled evening with us. Bring your friends – all are welcome – and you KNOW it’s going to be a party!

November 17th – Le Vin Nouveau

[custom_frame_left]Le nouveau[/custom_frame_left]We invite you to celebrate with us and celebrate with the world. According to tradition, at one minute after midnight on the third Thursday of each November, winemakers from villages in France release their first vintage of the year, Beaujolais Nouveau, with much fanfare. Come to ApCal and celebrate with the Fresno State Winery in the release of the first wines of our 2011 vintage made in the style true to Beaujolais Nouveau!

Thursday, November 17, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tickets Information:
$15 – general admission
$10 – Fresno State wine club, students, alumni, faculty, and staff with I.D.

This festive outdoor event includes wine tasting and food paring. Dancing is encouraged! Wines will be poured by Fresno State Enology students who participated in making the 2011 Nouveau series and in Fresno State’s wine production class with winemaker John Giannini.

Featured Fresno State Wines:

2011 Nouveau Blanc
2011 Nouveau Rouge
2009 Centennial Cuvee
2009 Touriga Nacional (TN)
2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Gibson Farm Market or by phone at ApCal at 559-674-9463. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information please call ApCal at 559-674-9463 or email Jennifer Sobieralski in the Fresno State Winery at

Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Madera Wine Trail November 12th & 13th

Holiday Spirit Weekend

[custom_frame_left]Madera Wine Trail[/custom_frame_left]The Madera Vintners Association’s family wineries are proud to present the Madera Wine Trail’s Holiday Spirit Weekend on November 12th and 13th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit as you taste the award-winning wines of the Madera Wine Trail.

Madera’s warm climate and geographical features give our winemakers the ability to craft wines that offer distinct flavors of unique varietals. Wine Trail visitors will have the opportunity to taste a variety of aperitif, table, and dessert wines that are sure to satisfy any palate! With two new wineries on the Trail, this Wine Trail Weekend is sure to offer more wines and fun than ever before!

Tickets are $25 and available in advance or at the door at or at participation locations.

ApCal is an Associate Member of The Madera Wine Trail and will be pouring a couple of our house wines for those participating in The Wine Trail. So we invite you all to stop on by, enjoy the fun, and support locally grown and locally produced wines!

Birdstone WinerySumner Peck RanchSan Joaquin Wine CompanyPapagni WinesPacific Crest WineryWestbrook Wine FarmQuady WineryIdle HourGolden Valley Grape Juice & WineFicklin VineyardsCru Wine CompanyChateau Lasgoity Winery