tis the holidays at 15c

we have a lot coming up! Check out how we roll when it comes to our Burgundy tasting this Wednesday Nov 11th at Clavo. Call now for reservations:

Burgundy tasting
Wednesday Nov 11th


Brocard Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2010 $65

Antoine Petitprez Uliz Bourgogne Rouge 2010 $32

Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits Rouge 2011 $32

Bellene Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2010 $85

L’Arlot Nuits Saint Georges
Clos des Forets 1er Cru 2011 $98

Bonneau du Martray
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru “blanc” 2011 $185

Bellene Meursault Villes Vigne 2010 $65


May Events in 2012~Let the Summer begin!

Wildflower Triathlon May 4-6th
Stop by and visit our wine lounge in the festival area at the Wildflower Triathlon from May 4-6 at San Antonio Lake. 15c will be selling wines by the taste, glass and bottle of our favorite local producers.
15c Wine University May
The 15c Wine University will begin again on May 15th. There are still a few seats available, so call now to reserve your spot! The wine university is a course that covers all the major wine producing regions in the world.  It rivals a college level curriculum and outlines the Court of Master Sommelier & Wine and Spirits Trust educational programs.
May 18th – 27th Wine Festival Garagiste Satellite Tasting Room
Friday May 18th to Sunday May 27th,  15c will act as a tasting room for a select number of small local producers who do not currently have tasting rooms. Come in to taste some limited hidden gems while you enjoy a break between tasting room visits.
Saturday May 20th Meet the Small Production Winemakers
Saturday May 20th from 6-8pm.  $15 at the door gets you a taste of 2 wines from 5 different producers represented at the Garagiste Festival. 
Concours d’Elegance Saturday, June 2nd
On the lawn at the Madonna Inn there will be some amazing award winning collector cars.  For those attending the show, 15c will be pouring in the Connoisseur tent.
Saturday June 9th  Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
The Firestone Beer Fest is taking place this summer in beautiful Paso Robles at the fairgrounds.  Forty of the best breweries in the U.S. will be featured at this first time festival. The event will also feature some of the Central Coast’s finest restaurants and food providers pairing their culinary skills with those of the brewers. Yup you guessed it, beer friendly cheeses by 15c will be present!
Atascadero Wine Festival June 23rd 4-8pm
15c will have a booth at the Atascadero Wine Festival where we will be pouring our signature Cava Cocktails.
Speakeasy Sunday
Details to be announced.  All we can say at this point is there will be some amazing mixology beverages and proper attire is encouraged.  Stay tuned.

Spring Time at 15c!

Boxed lunches and party platters are some specialties offered at 15c.  Call ahead or email us to take some of the most wine friendly food with you on your tasting adventure in wine country. 

I wanted to talk about a new brewery that is gaining respect here on the Central Coast among novice beer drinkers as well as skilled home brewers: Figueroa Mountain.
Fig Mt., as it is referred to around these parts, was established in 2010. With the help of their young brewer, A.J. Stoll, they have already won six medals, four of which were gold. This is quite an achievement for a young outfit – now onto some brew.
Danish Red Lager: The Danish Red has seven different malts that produce a rich layer of caramel maltiness with a medium to full body. The fermentation takes place with euro lager yeast and is cold conditioned for a clean profile.
Davy Brown Ale: This light mocha colored ale combines caramel and chocolate malts with Cascade and Northern Brewer hops for flavors of coffee and chocolate playing against citrus and stone fruit. This is a great beer to take camping and to the beach.
Paradise Pilsner: This lovely pils we only offer on draft, so you will need to stop by and try a glass! With its Euro lager malt and German noble hops, this beer is gaining quite a reputation for a clean and beautiful flavor profile of light hops and honeysuckle.
Medlock Ames Chardonnay 2009
Recently featured in the January Food and Wine magazine, Medlock Ames is a new winery in the Russian River. They focus on single vineyard terroir to produce outstanding quality wines that reflect where they came from and pair well with food.  The vineyard is certified organic, and their devotion to the environment is apparent throughout their sustainable practices.  The Chardonnay is rich and creamy with a minerality and crispness that create balance.  We also carry their Merlot, and it is truly one of the best I have tasted!
La Yunta Torrontes 2011
Torrontes is the main white grape of Argentina. I generally describe it as having the aeromatics of a Gewurtztraminer with lychee nut, rose petals and the crisp citrus fruit of a Sauvignon Blanc.  It is a very intriguing and fun wine to drink on a hot day or to pair with tropical cuisine or seafood.
Domaine Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits 2008
Four separate premier cru vineyards are combined to make this incredible value white Burgundy.  2008 was also one of the best declared vintages for white Burgundy.  It is unmistakably Chardonnay, but with a complexity to it that dries the tongue and makes the mouth water for more.  Flavors include lemon, apricot and other stone fruits and warm vanilla.

Michaud Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir, unlike any other varietal, has the diversity of more clonal research and selection but has really only begun to gain popularity in California since the early 80’s.  Thanks to the devotion and research of the pinot pioneers, we are now producing world class Pinot Noir.   Michaud is one of those pioneers, located in the original Chalone appellation with a vineyard that sits at 1500 feet elevation. It overlooks the eastern skyline that is dominated by the intriguing and mysterious Pinnacles, which are remnants of an old volcano born 28 million years ago.  These wines are beautifully and delicately crafted.
Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2009
The boom varietal! These Argentinian wines are featured in the SLO Film Festival’s wine flick.   Malbec is big, lush and jammy and has similar seductive characteristics of Zinfandel.  It is unmistakable by its color and density – it could even be used to die Easter eggs. 
90 points WS & WA
Durigutti Bonarda 2008
Bonarda is an old Argentinian varietal rarely found outside of Argentina.  It has sweet spices, lots of red fruit and a silky texture.  The grape is known as the sweet black grape with its origination in Italy.  It is known as Charbono in California.
Ca de Calle Reserva Red Blend 2010
Yum!  This wine drinks like a $50 bottle! 70% Malbec/16% Tempranillo/12% Syrah/2% Petit Verdot. “Ca’ de Calle, (Calle’s Place), is named in honor of the lady that shared our vision and helped turn it into reality. In 2001, we sought to recondition a historic winery in the heart of Mendoza’s acclaimed wine district, Luján de Cuyo. This is a small-lot, gravity flow, red wine production studio where we strive to achieve perfection with every successive year. This is just our fourth effort at a Reserva wine and is a delicious blend of the best wines under our roof. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
Peralillo Arenal Carmenere 2010
A good Carmenere is rich and chalky, like a chile relleno smothered with chocolate mole sauce. Intensely dark and violet in color with bold, sweet, floral aromas of blackberry and earthy plum combined with peppery spiciness. It is ripe, structured, and surprisingly complex, with a terrific softness on the palate.  This Carmenere comes from the Colchagua Valley and is aged in French oak for six months.

Sake Tasting-March 1st


Come taste through a selection of premium sakes from Joto imports.  The tasting will be presented by Japanese brewer Kris Elliot. Do not miss this amazing educational experience of tasting pure rice sakes from the premier rice growing regions of Japan.  

$15 gets you a flight of 5 (or more) sakes.  
5-7pm Thursday March 1st, 2012

1221 Rossi Road Suite A, Templeton, CA 



February 26th, 2012~Focus Wine Tasting


I am pleased to announce, after many requests, a continuing education opportunity here at 15c.  Once a month, on a Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:30, we will offer focus tastings.  These focus tastings will have different themes and topics with guest speakers and panelists.  Due to limited space and high demand, the tastings are open first to you, wine connoisseur, and then will become available to the rest of the industry if seats have not all sold out.  

WHEN | Sunday February 26th, from 5:30 –7:30pm

WHERE | 15c Wine Shop and Bar

TOPIC | Pinot Noir from around the world.  We will focus on local Pinots and Burgundy’s and compare them to other California Pinot, Oregon, and New Zealand.

The cost is $75 per person


Ali Rush Carscaden – Owner of 15c and certified sommelier

Stephanie Terrizzi – Viticulturalist and Co-Owner of Giornata wines

Mike Sinor – Rock star wine maker!  Mike Sinor is recognized as one of the Central Coast’s highest-rated winemakers. Wines made by Mike have scored 96 points in the Wine Spectator™, 95 points in Connoisseur’s Guide™, 92 points in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate™ and 95 points in Wine Enthusiast™. The word that best describes Mike is “Fanatical.” He is a self-made winemaker with no formal winemaking education who worked his way up from “cellar rat” through grit, determination, and sheer love of wine. Raised in Visalia, CA, Mike attended California Polythechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with the objective of becoming a high school shop teacher. He financed his college education by working at several local wineries — an experience that ignited his passion for the craft of making wine. Mike met his future wife, Cheri LaVallee, in a chemistry class at Cal Poly (now that’s Chemistry 101). Mike has traveled to France on numerous occasions, delving into the winemaking experiences of Burgunday, Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. He also took a winemaking sabbatical to Australia’s Margaret Rier in 2001. 


February @ 15C Wine Bar & Shop

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and 15c has everything you need for gifts and that special romantic evening you are planning.  Nothing sets the ambiance like a great bottle of wine paired with artisan cheeses and meats.

We recently returned from the fancy food show in San Francisco where we did endless research and development to bring the latests and greatest big city food and wine to Templeton!  Here are just a few things we came up with and you can now find at 15c! 
On our bar menu you can now order fondue pots, house made hummus and pita as well as hollumi cheese.  We have also added a sherry flight perfect for the cold winter weather.
On the gourmet food retail side we are now offering Vermont butter Co. cheeses and butter, 34 degrees thing wafers and artisan domestic creminelli meats.  Stop in and enjoy or take home.  All the foodie ammenitites you could ask for at 15c!

We got a little bit of Pligny the Elder from Russian River so come get it while it lasts.
We have just gotten in three new beers from New Belgium and they won’t last very long.

Cocoa Mole |
Say Hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers. But don’t fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor to our Cocoa Molé. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying, “¡Olé for molé!”

Biere De Mars |
With earthy tones of ripe mango and lemon verbena, this bottle-conditioned ale reflects the hearty character of the southern Belgian and northern French countrysides. Brewed with barley, oats and wheat malt, Biere de Mars’ celestial orange hue inspired the planetary play on words.
Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain, added for bottle-conditioning creates a refreshingly sour flash across the palate. Lemon peel coupled with the lemon verbena imparts fruitlike character and a citrusy finish.

1554 |
Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

The 15c crew did a little research in our own back yard and rediscovered some amazing local wines.  We were also very impressed with our first ever visit at the new DOAU Vineyards:

2010 DAOU Chardonnay
The 15c crew really liked this Chardonnay because it is minerally and balanced yet still rich on the mid palate.  On the nose, aromas of caramelized pineapple, fresh ripe green apples and slight evidence of marzipan. Explosions of super ripe tropical fruits guava and banana lead into intense fresh lemon zest followed by toasted almonds and baked toffee. The long finish will provide tropical fruits for the next five minutes.
90 points – Stephen Tanzer $15
2010 Tablas Creek Patelin Blanc
The latest addition from the local Royal family, Tablas Creek.  A blend of four white Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. The wine incorporates fruit from five top Rhone vineyards in Paso Robles.  Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier added for floral, tropical aromatics, and small additions of Roussanne and Marsanne for structure. $22
2009 L’Aventure Cabernet
Although Paso is not known for their Cabernet it is entirely possible to make world class Cabernet.  Stephan originally came from the Bordeaux region and picked the estate vineyards 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot Dark and inky, with intense aromas of cola nut, black cherry, and cocoa. Cola, blackberry, and cherry dominate the attack, and are joined in mid palate by cassis and licorice notes. Long, resolved finish. Spectacular wine. $85

2009 Lioco Hirsch Pinot Noir
LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O’Connor (wine director at Michelin Two-Star Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true “wine of origin.” This wine is inherently problematic. There is too little of it and nothing behind it in the pipeline. The 2006 bumper crop in David Hirsch’s vineyard provided a once-in-ten-year opportunity to get some of this highly allocated, internationally celebrated Pinot Noir. We got five tons and made 256 cases. Here, Pinot Noir’s orchestral prowess is on display. The seductive Mount Eden clone hits octaves so high, you wonder how such an elixir came from humble grapes. It’s as though a liqueur was made from rose petals and red raspberries. $38
2009 Bodegas Ochoa Tinto
Bodegas Ochoa has been working for over six centuries, thus being one of the oldest wine producers in Navarra.  The origin of our current wine cellar dates back to 1845.  A blend of60% Tempranillo and 40% Garnacha. intense aroma, bright colour, balanced and with good structure. Combines the elegance of the Tempranillo grape with the Garnacha’s fruity. $15
2005 STANGER Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Only 345 cases produced from this amazing West Side estate!
A silky and supple wine with concentrated notes of wild berry, raspberry, and currant flavors that are both intense and persistent.  The palate is then highlighted by accents of clove, tobacco, and espresso bean.  Lavishly oaked and tremendously complex, this estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon is supported by well-integrated, layered, and polished tannins. $38
2010 Clos de Gilroy
A fund wine by Bonny Doon!  The strawberry-rhubarbity of grenache is complemented by a delicate note of kirsch from cinsault and the spicy catch of syrah’s white pepper. Notes of strawberry, raspberry, pepper, and wild herbs. Fruity and spicy but fully dry, this wine is the perfect foil for all manner of grilled meat or vegetables, roasted poultry. $18

2011 Events

February 2012 15c University
15c will close at 5:30 on Tuesdays fro the Wine University class.  Next session will begin in May.
Saturday Feb 11 Date Night
Come celebrate with us or bring a date.  We are offering drink specials and couples deals.  In the past 4 years at 15c we are responsible for 2 marriages (not quite as good a record as those dating sites but not too bad).  Specials include a bubbles bar, oysters, chocolate dipped strawberries and more.  All day, with a DJ that night!
Focus tastings
Sunday Feb 26th Focus tasting 
Meet Mike Sinor, Pinot Noir producer and expert.  Learn about his travels, mentors, and past all while tasting Mikes label, Sinor La Valee, and comparing it to Pinot from different terriors around the world.  Tasting is $45 and will sell out fast.  It is open first come first serve to industry people or graduates of the 15c wine university.  The tasting panel who will be discussing and leading the wines include Ali Rush (owner and sommelier), & Stephy Terizzi (viticulturalist & sommelier).  More to come, we plan on doing tastings with different themes every month.
Every week
Mondays | Industry Night – 20% off at the bar with your business card.  For wine and restaurant industry
Wednesdays| Happy Hour 4 to 7, $5 glasses of wine and $3 beer
Thursdays | Flatbread made with la migliore dough $3 per slice
Fridays| Champagne, oyster and caviar bar all day! Oysters and caviar provided by Pier 46, along with 3 bubbles available by the glass, in a flight or by the bottle
Saturdays| Flight night, featured wineries of regions or varietals as well as our new local wine happy hour from 4 to 7pm.  $5 glasses of local wines and $3 draft beers!
Sundays| Mimosa bar and beer tasting.

February 2012 15c University

The next 15c university will begin in February.  The 15c University is a 6 week class that teaches students how to deductively blind taste wine, provides tasting of wines from all the major wine producing regions around the world and incorporates food pairing suggestions and service.  There is a power point presentation and handouts for students to follow along.  There can be large amounts of wine served so please consider getting transportation after class.  Each class is Tuesday night from 6-8pm at 15c in Templeton. Sign up now, space is limited and the class always sells out.