Virtual Tastings – Saturday, June 12th

Sales for the Virtual Tastings ended on June 3rd. Please join us for the Livestream Show at 7pm on Saturday, June 12th. The link will be posted on the Manhattan Wine Auction home page.

To set the stage for the Livestream Show, we will be offering a number of unique virtual tasting experiences on Saturday, June 12th. From the comfort of home, guests can enjoy incredible wines, spirits and beers while taking part in an interactive, livestream tasting. Sales will begin on Saturday, May 1st.

5:00PM VIRTUAL TASTINGS

6:00PM VIRTUAL TASTINGS

Sojourn Cellars Virtual Wine Tasting

Join Sojourn Cellars for this once in a lifetime opportunity highlighting the crown jewels of the Sonoma Coast! Erich Bradley, Founder and Director of Winemaking for Sojourn Cellars has selected three of his favorite Pinot Noir bottlings from their library collection. Each of these acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards imparts its own distinctive character to the grapes.

2017 Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast (750ML) (94 pts)
2017 Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast (750ML) (93 pts)
2019 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast (750ML) (94 pts)

As host, Erich will share the story of how these three site-specific wines possess unique and discernable qualities, which could come from nowhere else on earth. Visit Sojourn Cellars to learn more about these incredible wines.

5PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Wine: $260

Sojourn Cellars will ship your wine package directly to your home for arrival the week of June 7th. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Sojourn Cellars.

Donelan Wines Virtual Wine Tasting

Donelan Wines is a small, boutique Sonoma winery producing Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier. They take pride in harnessing the greatest qualities and natural variations in a vineyard and a variety and believe that the best wines are not made but discovered. They make wine with patience, embracing the mystery of what nature gives us. Donelan Wines will focus on their specialty, Syrah, with an exquisite three-bottle tasting. Over the last 10 years, Donelan Wines has earned multiple 100pt scores for their Syrah including three from Robert Parker & one from Jeb Dunnuck.

2017 Cardiac Hill Syrah (750ML) (94-96pts)
2016 Keltie Syrah (750ML) (99pts)
2014 Richards Syrah (750ML) (99pts)

Cushing Donelan, Director of Marketing, will take you through the history of Donelan Wines, and the family philosophy into wine making and why the wines you are tasting are one of a kind. He will lead you into the background on vineyard sourcing, insight on how the wines are produced and stories from each vintage. Visit Donelan Wines to learn more about these exquisite Syrahs you will enjoy.

6PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Wine: $475

Donelan Wines will ship your wine package directly to your home for arrival the week of June 7th. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Donelan Wines.

Zachys Virtual Wine Tasting

Zachys invites you to taste your way through the world’s most popular varietal, Chardonnay. Made in a vast array of styles, ranging from lean and mineral-driven to rich and buttery, Chardonnay transmits its terroir extremely well, which allows producers to mix and match new and used oak or stainless steel barrels to highlight the nuances of vintage and soil. And what better way to understand these nuances than tasting three wines from Chardonnay’s birthplace, France!

M. Morey 2011 Puligny Montrachet Les Referts (750ML) (92 pts)
Dom. des Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2018 Vire Clesse (92 pts)
Dom. Lafage 2019 Novellum Chardonnay (750ML)

The tasting will begin with Domaine Lafage’s 2019 Novellum from the Roussillon region of Southern France – richly textured and similar in style to a Sonoma wine. Moving north, the tasting will include Domaine des Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2018 Vire Clesse from Burgundy’s southernmost wine region, Macon. With 156 years of production under their belts and numerous Grand Cru and 1er Cru plots in their estate, they know great vineyards. The tasting concludes with Marc Morey’s 2011 Puligny Montrachet Les Referts is a 1er Cru wine from a vineyard site that straddles the border of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault. The result is a wine with the former’s rich and concentrated aromas, and the latter’s flinty minerality that comes with years of age (as this one does). Visit Zachys – The Most Trusted Source for Fine Wine in the World” – to find these and other fine wines from around the globe.

5PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Wine: $200

Your Zachys wine package will be available for curbside pickup at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) office in Manhattan Beach during the week of June 7th. We will contact you via email with specific dates and times. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Zachys.

Keplinger Wines Virtual Wine Tasting

Enjoy a virtual tasting of Keplinger Wines with vintner and owner DJ Warner who will lead you through a tasting of their single vineyard Rhone varietal wines. You will taste and hear how each wine shows its unique and diverse personality along with vintage, vineyard, winemaking, and personal food pairing notes.

2018 Keplinger Basilisk, Grenache, Greywacke Vineyard, Russian River (750ML) (94 pts)
2018 Keplinger Lithic, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Shake Ridge Vineyard, Amador (750ML) (96 pts)
2018 Keplinger Sumo, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Viognier, Shake Ridge Vineyard, Amador (750ML) (94 pts)

Founded by Winemaker, Helen Keplinger, who was inspired to make these varietals from her time making wine in Spain & Napa Valley, Keplinger focuses on single-vineyard Rhone and Bordeaux varietal wines that speak of their varietal, terroir and vintage. Keplinger has graced the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine, was named Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine and the wines can be found at some of the countries most notable restaurants including The French Laundry, Meadowood, and Joel Robuchon. Visit Keplinger Wines to learn more about these incredible Rhone wines.

It’s all about the wines, the stories, and your palate in this tasting!

6PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Wine: $275

Keplinger Wines will ship your wine package directly to your home for arrival the week of June 7th. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Keplinger Wines.

Spa Girl Cocktails Virtual Tasting

The Little Can That Packs a Punch. Meet Spa Girl Cocktails, the #1 Best Selling vodka cocktail that makes the party! It is every girl, or guy’s favorite choice for a better-for-you, perfect proof, low-calorie, low-sugar, gluten-free, no artificial, convenient cocktail that delivers on consumer demand for mindful drinking. Your virtual tasting package will include a Spa Girl Cocktails tote filled with the following cocktails to complete the party!

Peach (4-can package)
Pear (4-can package)
Cucumber (4-can package)
Flavor Variety Bottle (750ml bottle)

Join Founder, Karen Haines, as your host for a Spa Girl Cocktails virtual tasting. She’ll be mixing up some classic cocktails with a Spa Girl twist that you won’t want to miss! Visit Spa Girl Cocktails to learn more about this new vodka cocktail!

5PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Spa Girl Cocktails: $115

Your Spa Girl Cocktails vodka package will be available for curbside pickup at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) office in Manhattan Beach during the week of June 7th. We will contact you via email with specific dates and times. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Spa Girl Cocktails.

Laurel Glen Vineyard Virtual Wine Tasting

Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Laurel Glen Vineyard has come to define the Sonoma Mountain American Viticultural Area and set a standard for high quality Cabernet Sauvignon that matures beautifully over time. Join General Manager Mike Wallis and Partner Bettina Sichel for this very special virtual tasting.

2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (750ML) (93 pts)
2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (750ML) (95 pts)
2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (750ML) (95 pts)

Mike and Bettina will guide you through a tasting of three vintages of their flagship Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, 2011 and 2012. Find out how Cabernet evolves with age and how each vintage bears the unique stamp of Mother Nature. Visit Lauren Glen Vineyard to learn more about the flagship wines you will enjoy.

6PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Wine: $325

Laurel Glen Vineyard will ship your wine package directly to your home for arrival the week of June 7th. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Laurel Glen Vineyard.

Nosotros Tequila Virtual Tasting

It’s time to enjoy Nosotros Tequila, a Hermosa Beach-based small-batch agave spirits brand that marries the Pura Vida lifestyle of Costa Rica with the rebel spirit of Mexico, all blended together under the California sun. The name “Nosotros” (us/we in English) is derived from the experience of enjoying the better things in life with family, friends and love ones.

Nosotros Blanco (750ML bottle)
Nosotros Reposado (750ML bottle)
Nosotros Tequila Mezcal (750ML bottle)

Join Carlos Soto, Founder and CEO of Nosotros Life and Spirits, as he brings us together as a community for a tequila and mezcal tasting from your home. Their “World’s Best-Tasting Tequila” and Double Gold award-winning spirit is the result of blending agave from two separate regions to create a taste profile that is unique, balanced and delicious. Sustainably sourced highland agaves give Nosotros its sweet, citrusy introduction, while lowland agaves bring an herbal finish — truly one of a kind. Carlos will take you on a journey to learn about the differences between the two spirits, from agave type, maturity, cooking process and so much more. Visit Nosotros Tequila to learn more about their Blanco, Resposado and Mezcal you will enjoy.

5PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Nosotros Tequila: $165

Your Nosotros Tequila package will be available for curbside pickup at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) office in Manhattan Beach during the week of June 7th. We will contact you via email with specific dates and times. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Nosotros Tequila.

Handcrafted Beer Tasting with Culture Brewing

Culture is more than just beer. Culture is an idea. An idea that we are not all that different from each other and that art, community spaces, and yes… beer too, can bring us together. That is why Culture embodies the ethos of the neighborhoods we call home through monthly art shows featuring local artists, fundraisers, and community events. But also by brewing beer styles that anyone, from beer-novice to beer-nerd, can enjoy.

Your virtual tasting package will consist of two mixed 16oz. four packs including the beers listed below, a 16oz pint glass, a Buy One Get One for a Penny coupon, and a Culture canvas tote.

Manhattan Beach Hazy IPA
Solana Beach Hazy IPA
Encinitas Hazy IPA
Mosaic IPA
Passionfruit Hazy IPA
La Cerveza
American Pilsner
Key Lime Hard Seltzer

Brian Weldele, Cicerone, will guide you through each style commenting on flavor profiles, hop varieties, SRM and IBU education, style education and answer any questions you may have. Visit Culture Brewing to learn more about this new brewery in downtown Manhattan Beach.

6PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Beer: $80

Your beer package will be available for pickup at Culture Brewing in Manhattan Beach on Thursday, June 10th 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, June 11th 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. We will contact you via email with more details. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Culture Brewing.

**Beers are subject to change based on releases closer to June 12th date.

Uncle Nearest Virtual Whiskey Tasting

Join Nick Griffith, Los Angeles native and original Uncle Nearest Brand Steward, as he shares the story of the best whiskey maker the world never knew, Nearest Green. Nick will walk you through the history of Tennessee Whiskey, and why Nearest Green is affectionately known as Uncle Nearest, and the Godfather of Tennessee Whiskey.

Uncle Nearest 1884 (750mL)
Uncle Nearest Rocks Glasses (two)

As host, Nick will lead you through a tasting of Uncle Nearest 1884, a small batch whiskey curated by Victoria Butler, 5th Generation Master Blender, and the great great granddaughter of Nearest Green. After tasting 1884, Nick can walk you through a simple whiskey cocktail to make at home. Visit Uncle Nearest to learn more about this new brewery in downtown Manhattan Beach.

6PM Virtual Tasting Experience with Uncle Nearest: $90

Your Uncle Nearest whiskey package will be available for curbside pickup at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) office in Manhattan Beach during the week of June 7th. We will contact you via email with specific dates and times. The invitation to join the virtual tasting experience on the zoom platform will be sent via email from Uncle Nearest.