Dark Horse Wines threw a party today at NOVA 535 Unique Event Space in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, to celebrate drinking exceptional wine, enjoying life and Being Bold! Delicious food was provided by Puff n Stuff Catering, Dark Horse and Columbia wines are from the venerable E & J Gallo Winery, touting 80 years of family winemaking.
Their website, DarkHorseWine.com boldly proclaims “At Dark Horse Wines, our passion is crafting bold wines that deliver the unexpected. We marshal the best agricultural and winemaking practices from around the world to guarantee the highest quality.
Our Winemaker, Beth Liston, believes winemaking is a treasure hunt. She is constantly experimenting with different grape varietals and new winemaking techniques. From bold Red Blend to smooth Chardonnay, her passion for creating exceptional wines that outperform their price is unsurpassed.”
“The 2012 Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon has bold flavors of blackberry and cherry supported by firm tannins, brown spice and a dark chocolate espresso finish. This Cabernet Wine was carefully aged to develop dark fruit flavors and dark roast aromas.
Dark Horse Cabernet is made from a blend of hand-selected grapes grown predominantly in the Lodi and Delta winegrowing areas of California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. ”
“The 2012 Dark Horse Chardonnay has rich flavors of baked apple and pear, layered with toasted oak, notes of caramel and brown spice with a smooth, lingering finish. This Chardonnay underwent alcoholic fermentation with hand selected yeast and then a secondary malolactic fermentation to create a round, full mouthfeel.
We selected the ripest fruit from the Lodi, Delta and Clarksburg areas for our Chardonnay wine and we’re proud to offer it as the perfect complement to our red wines.”
The 2013 Dark Horse Merlot has robust flavors of jammy dark fruit layered with toasted oak, molasses and brown spice with a long, plush finish. This Merlot wine was carefully aged to develop dark fruit flavors and mocha aromas.
Dark Horse Merlot is made from a blend of hand-selected grapes grown predominantly in the Lodi and Delta winegrowing areas of California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. As our newest endeavor, this Merlot seeks to excite the tastes and inspire the palates of California wine enthusiasts.
The Dark Horse Big Red Blend has deep flavors of dark berry and black currant, supported by plush tannins, hints of dark roasted oak and a long finish. This Red Blend underwent alcoholic fermentation with hand chosen yeast to provide enhanced color, structure and fruit characteristics.
Dark Horse Big Red Blend is made from a medley of Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot sourced from Argentina, California and Australia. This blend dares to be bold, and serves as an exploration of some of the best varietals red wine has to offer.
There were several games set-up with excellent prizes including GoPros. The “Spin the Dark Horse WHeel” was by far the most popular. I love the sequence of photos (below) that captures a group of contestants and their reactions, especially the gentleman on the right spinning the wheel. PRICELESS!!
This event was brought to us here at wedding and special event venue NOVA 535 via Blaine Reuber and his Hunter Public Relations company on Madison Avenue, NYC. What a delightful guy to work with! Also his team was fabulous. Thanks again Blaine and company! Best of luck with the remaining winter back in New York, please just don’t check our weather report down here in sunny St. Pete, Florida. =D
This gentleman was the winner of the KEY which unlocked a chest full of prizes. He must have answered enough of the questions during the wine tasting presentation. Congratulations! #BeBold
Tonight was about being bold, drinking delicious wine, enjoying tasty food, and understanding that no matter if it’s Chardonnay or Cabernet, Red Blend or Merlot, if it’s from the E & J Gallo family of wines, it’s will be bold and delicious! Bravo to the Gallo family and to drinking fabulous wines!