Lead Lobo at Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe- John Rayteck


John Rayteck the proprietor of Ceritas Wines and Winemaker at Lioco, formally connected to Rhys and Copain is on fire. Doesn’t hurt that his wife (Phoebe Porter Bass)  who’s legacy precedes herself in her named winery lends a hand to create, maybe the #1 Sonoma coast power couple. 4 wines from Raytek landed this week at Wolfe’s and are in very short supply.

Ceritas Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2011– Complex aromas and flavors of Mirabelle plum, yellow apple, anise, mint, crystallized lemon and saline minerality. Well balanced palate with smoothe texture, vibrant acidity and a very long finish.

Ceritas Costalina Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011– Very bright and nuanced nose featuring blood orange, cranberry, earth, baking spices and violet. Intense, complex and very long on the palate without heaviness, supported by great acidity and very fine tannins.

Lioco Klindt Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2011– Bright ruby-red.  High-pitched aromas and flavors of fresh red berries, floral pastilles and spicecake, with a hint of blood orange coming up with air.  Tangy, sharply focused and pure, with strong back-end thrust and a firm spine of acidity adding structure.  Closes sweet and very long, with resonating spiciness and silky, harmonious tannins.  Very suave and balanced, with great upfront appeal.

Lioco Hirsch Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2011– (made with 25% whole clusters): Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and floral-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry, with a bright mineral note adding energy. Stains the palate with tangy red fruit flavors and picks up a smoky quality with aeration. Lively and focused on the finish, which features Asian spice and rose pastille.

Ceritas Pinotceritas HeintsKlindtLioco HIrsch


Get Naked at Eating House with Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe

“Get Naked” at Eating House with Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe  

& Lioco Wines


passed hors d’ouvres chef’s choice

2011 noco chardonnay, northcoast, california

hamachi corn, popcorn, black truffle

2010 chardonnay, russian river, california

duck smoked beetroot, cherry cola, grapes

2010 ‘indica’ mendocino, california

intermezzo yuzu, buttermilk, cilantro

2011 noco chardonny, northcoast, california

scallop carrot, coffee, port, brown butter

2010 pinot noir, sonoma coast, california

venison burnt yam, cocoa, blueberries

2010 pinot noir, anderson valley, california

elderflower grapefruit, lychee, cucumber

2011 ‘champagne’ eating house, miami

giorgio rapicavoli [eating house]

john mark [lioco wines]

Since we think of the kitchen at the Eating House with Giorgio Rapicavoli as the outboard motor at the front line of exciting food here in Miami, it made perfect sense to continue Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe Dinner Series at the Eating House with the wines of LIOCO.

Sommelier Kevin O’Connor of Spago Restaurant in Los Angeles teamed with former North Berkeley Imports wine importer Matt Licklider to found the LIOCO label, which is a combination of the partner’s last names. With burgundy as their guiding light, LIOCO produces vineyard-designate Pinot Noir along with stainless steel fermented vineyard-designate Chardonnay and a Carignan/Petite Sirah blend.

Reservations are taken only via phone at the Eating House after 5pm Tues-Sat 305-448-6524.  There are only 38 seats available for this 5 course dinner with wines paired with each course. John Mark, the National Sales Director for LIOCO wines, will be at the Eating House for the night along with Anthony Pannone from Florida Wine Company the local distributor, and yours truly, Jeffrey from Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe.

$125 plus tax and gratuity

Wine aperitifs & pass arounds at 7:30 Dinner at 8PM

Exploring Burgundy At Sustain Restaurant Nov 6th

Burgundy Dinner with Sustain & Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe


10 Years & we are “Rising” 9-11-11

So, back from Orlando where the boys had their 1st Universal experience…yes Howarts, Seuss & Spiderman are all alive and kicking.  While getting mom coffee one morning, Jake & I ran into a US service member who was in utilities and was heading to see his family that was already checked in.  Just like on the few opportunities I have to fly, there are usually a mass of service members back from harm’s way somewhere in the world at the airport, I make it a point to take 15 seconds to say thanks to them for their service and keeping me and my family safe…So here again said hello to this young father and thanked him and wished him a good time of catching up with his family…This whole interaction got me thinking about this Sunday 9-11-11….

We cannot bring back the 2996 Americans but I can pay homage to the service men and women who keep us safe, the steel, concrete, plumber and the rest of the building trades that are “Rising” the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center.  So thinking of this weekend with a heavy heart what could I do but pick an American Icon wine and winemaker for our OMG deal.

Ramey Claret, Napa Valley 2007

The entry-level Cabernet blend, this vintage is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This soft, easy-drinking wine is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of four to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term aging. So Drink UP!

Normally $46.00

Btl $36.00

6btls $34.00

12btls $29.00

Service members of the USA military, & union building trades pay 12btl price on 1 bottle with ID.

Not that you need the citic’s notebooks but they are all in agreement…

91  Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June 2010-Deep ruby. Aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, herbs and tobacco, complicated by a subtle smoky quality. Sweet, smooth and fairly full on the palate, showing ripe red- and blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors. Elegant in a Bordeaux style, with chewy tannins and good mineral lift. Finishes with a strong echo of red fruits and a suave floral note. This wine saw no new oak.

91  Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate December 2010, Issue 192-The 2007 Claret, which is Ramey’s easiest to drink and appreciate wine, is a seductive blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec included. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by a velvety textured, plush, round, generous wine with lots of texture and fruit. This high quality effort should be drunk over the next decade.

93  Wine Spectator October 15, 2010-Bordeaux-like in its subtlety and restraint, yet rich, flavorful, full-bodied and expansive, with a mix of cedar, currant, cigar box, tar and mineral. Firm and focused, its elegance and refinement are impressive. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018.

Wolfepack-manners are everything at a wine-tasting!

Five Things NOT to do While Wine Tasting

May 18, 2011 by drinknectar  
Filed under Featured News, Other, Wine 101

Going wine tasting is one of my favorite past times. I love experiencing new wines. There is something very intriguing about how each wine offers its very own unique expression of place, people, and process. As a tasting room owner, it has been fun seeing all sorts of people come through. We’ve enlightened the palates of new wine drinkers and destroyed the preconceptions of many staunch snobs. In a previous post, wine slinger Ben shared some Wine Tasting Tips for Newbies. In today’s installment, I would like to share five things NOT to do while wine tasting.

The following tips come from recent experiences and believe it or not, they are ALL true. Wine is an alcoholic beverage and can be known to turn an otherwise normal person into something very different, as evidenced by the following list. I’m sure every winery owner or wine tasting room owner could add at least five more to this list too…

“Wine – How Classy People Get Trashed”

  • Don’t pour your own wine.

I realize that during large tastings this could be tempting. After all, the wine is sitting on the counter just begging to be caressed and emptied.  The guy behind the bar is busy pouring another wine. You just can’t wait and the magnetic pull of the bottle to your glass is overwhelmingly strong. DON’T DO IT. In addition to being against the law, it’s just a little rude. Yes, I realize we are friends and the space is cozy and you’re feeling pretty relaxed and at home. Be patient, we’ll get to you. I promise, we won’t run out.

  • Don’t destroy my property.

Now this sounds simple enough and hopefully this isn’t a regular occurrence. When cleaning up after a large wine weekend recently, I noticed some weird dots on our nice paper flower centerpieces at one table. “Hmmm, this feels weird,” I thought. “Oh, my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me…GUM!” Who, in their right mind decides it is okay to decorate a paper flower with a little gum stigma? That is all I have to say about that.

  • Keep your drama to yourself.

A day of drinking with the girlfriends can be fun. Unfortunately after about 18 little one ounce pours at 4 locations with little food and zero water, some old she said, she said drama can start to emerge. Come on girls, you’re too pretty to be grumpy. We’re not a bar, in our little space, all the customers are in on your frequent trips to the bathroom and not so hushed jabs. There is no crying in wine tasting. Be friends and save your drama for another time, please.

  • Don’t harass the other customers.

You think I’m kidding with this one, but NO – this actually happened. A group of happy people were enjoying their wine tasting recently when all of a sudden I hear, “What are you looking at b^!ch? I knock your f&*king head off!” Whoa! What the heck. A quick analysis of the situation reveals a stunned group of young girls being accosted by someone from another group that just came in. Smartly the two young ladies didn’t react to the unsolicited abuse and sheepishly left. WAIT, those are my customers you just ran off. This is a winery not a biker bar. If I hadn’t been alone, I would have run off to apologize to the girls. As it was, I politely smiled to the remaining group and tried to give them the best experience I could. Not sure what happened and as the tasting progressed, the group seemed quite pleasant and we hit it off pretty well…hmmm…go figure.

  • Don’t grope or kiss the owner.

I realize after a few glasses of wine and in dim lighting I can look pretty attractive, but kissing the help is generally frowned upon and usually won’t get you a discount on wine. This experience happened within the first three weeks of us being opened and I was thinking, “Oh my, what did I get myself into?” This customer and I can laugh about this now but needless to say I was pretty shocked at the time. Feel free to flirt, get sassy and bat your eyes all you want. It’s great for the ego. But it might be best for everyone if you found someone else to kiss (or spank or grope).

There you have it. I’m sure as time progresses I’ll have many stories to tell in this space. If you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios, don’t worry – your identity is safe with me and I only share because I can laugh about it now, hopefully you can too.

Move over Tang Wolfe’s got the JURA!

Couch potatoes, control freeks, non deviating schedule keepers stop reading-now. However, sky divers, envelope pushers, proverbial I’ll try anything oncer’s you are confirmed for a wild ride and may read on.

Most of the Miami wine community is about as boring as the politics here in the closest state to the US.  Hum drum, mid numbing and rooted in over extracted, unbalanced, looking for big scores, kind of swill.  Saving me from the “suck the life out of my body & brain” is of all things twitter.  Yup, one of the only connections I have to witty wine world outside of the shepards that lead most palates to the same slaughter over and over again here in Dwade county.  Vicariously living or pretending to live in places like; NYC, Chicago, San Francisco and for that matter even Madison saves my cerebral cortex from implosion.

Budding “twitterships” have made me focus on some out of the box growers, regions and importers that have made their mark with wine that is true to one thing…itself!  Hey South Florida, don’t say I told you, but, I introduce you to the wines of the Jura.

Situated to the west of Switzerland, the Jura is a French AOC that is indeed influenced by the soils and weather of burgundy to her immediate west. Slope, southeast exposure, limestone and fossils are truly similar to those of the Cote d’Or.  In the 4 AOC’s; Cotes du Jura, Arbois, L’Etoile & Chateau-Chalon all give Jerez, Montilla and Tequilla a run for their noses from the highly oxidative qualities of this region where it is not uncommon to ferment and then leave Chardonnay, Savagnin & Melon-Queue-Rouge in old burgundian barrels for years while it develops a similar “flor” that contributes to the impressive nuttiness of her whites.  Poulssard, Pinot Noir and Trousseau are the dark skinned Jura grapes that produce super light to deeply colored wines that are super interesting with soft, smooth and a satisfying old world balance.

Friday night after two months of being educated as to where the hell is the Jura actually is, what  grapes are grown here and who are the growers that matter are, we had our first tasting of 3 growers from two AOC’s within the region.  Arbois & L’Etoile, Chardonnay, Melon-Queue-Rouge, Poulssard & Trousseau. 

The wines were opened at 10:30 in the morning, both the whites and the reds to allow for optimum development for the tasting at 7pm.  Not even the most amazing burgundies had a transformation as these did with ample air.   


 Michel Gahier Chardonnay “Les Crets”, Arbois 2007 – throw out  your pre-conceived Chardonnay notions out the window as soon as you take a quick whiff of its slightly oxidized aroma. You might even momentarily mistake it for a sherry–but that’s what makes this low-alcohol, food-friendly Chard as particular, and wonderful, as the place from which it hails. With its aromas of talc, nuts, fleshy, ripe pears, and apples and has a cream-cutting acidity and tanginess on the tongue that begs for a a spoonful of nutty cheese.  

Niocole Deriaux Domaine de Montbourgeau,  L’ Etoile 2008 – Chardonnay-based white a great alternative to white Burgundy. Super crisp flavors and precise aromas, ranging from toasted nuts, to fresh stone fruit, with a supple feel in the mouth and considerable body. 

Nicole Deriaux Domaine de Montbourgeau Cuvee Speciale, L’ Etoile 2005 Attractive golden-yellow with a pronounced sherried nose. It reminds me of late season apple orchard visits, sitting amongst the fallen apples and leaves. Pears, apple cidery tones, caramel, hazelnuts, slightly sweet bouquet. On the palate, bone-dry cider, nuts, earthiness. The oxidation is rescued by razor-sharp acidity and intense minerality that carries through the finish. This wine just oozes individuality and terroir.

Jacques Puffeney, Arbois 2005 Melon-Queue-Rouge loosely translated as “grape with a red tail. This variety of Chardonnay is distinguished by a small pink region at one end of each berry. The wine is fermented in stainless steel then moved to wood for 18-24 months of aging before being bottled. Non-oaky Chardonnay you will have no difficulty appreciating the taste of this wine. Puffeney does not fine or filter his wines; perhaps that shows in the juicy snap and volume of this delicious white wine.  

Michel Gahier Ploussard, Arbois 2009 – A relative value in its category. Quite a light example of this grape variety, the wine shows strawberry, floral raspberry and the faintest hint of red, citrusy blood orange. This was one of the wines that needed a roller coaster of 8 hours to wake up and become a quite lovely bottle of wine. 

Michel Gahier Trousseau, Arbois 2008 – Upon opening  this wine it was like drinking a just tilled garden.  Then 3 hours later this was my tasting note “seems like it went to the circus & played w/ the elephants while rolling in walnut oil.  Then at the tasting the red fruits, pepper and minerality just burst out of the glass. All naturally made with nervous acidity, intense flavors of tart cherry, cranberry skin, hibiscus, cinnamon spice, and a savory finish.