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What's New in March


Even with an extra day, February flew right by us. The past month was an eventful time for me, full of travel, education, and even more certifications, but March will be just as exciting while I stay at home for a bit.

I have to jump to the beginning of next month and wish the founders and specifically Mike Gonze a happy anniversary. April 1st Dreadnought Wines is having a birthday! In true Dreadnought style we will be celebrating but the controversy is about age. Mike says Dreadnought Wines will turn 40 this year. A printed coaster tells us that Dreadnought Wines will turn 40 next year…..what to do???? This April 1st we are having a Wine & Cheese class featuring French Cheese because when Mike has a birthday of his own we always put a candle in cheese (not cake) because he likes cheese more than cake. THEN next year (apparently the printed word on coasters carries weight in our decision making), we will celebrate 40 years and we will celebrate the entire year with lots of fun things. ** if you have any old Dreadnought Wines mementos that you would like to share please let us know. We have some price sheets and invoices from a customer who did some cleaning out. We won’t mention who because apparently they don’t deep clean too often. :)

So, if you need motivation to deep clean here it is.

Now back to March….

I’ve taken on Sake with a passion and will share all kinds of good things with that category of sipping! Watch for it to show up in places you never expected and some that are obvious like our Sake 101: Intro to Sake class and WSET Sake level 1 (in May).

The Grape Race is another gem in our schedule that we have found a secret weapon for. Yes everyone can hit 100 grape varieties in an instant. Sign up for the class and watch the newsletter for this secret. If you are over 200 varieties and are struggling, save the date March 18th to join us!

My personal favorite fun eating event is coming up this month. I can’t believe that we are so fortunate to be partnering with what is clearly one of Pittsburgh’s iconic companies. Wine, Pizza & More with Mineo’s Pizza. I moved here in 1981 and the pizza battle was one of the first things I heard about. This series will bring the great food (not just pizza) of Mineo’s and some interesting wine pairings each second Tuesday of the month. Join us this month for Pizza & Bubbles!

Now back to Dreadnought Wines. Take a peek below at what Dreadnought Wines is up to. We have lots of new additions and the Casual Friday event coming up on the 6th will feature a display of some last of stock items that I found in the warehouse.

So many fun things we are working on here there are too many to mention. Keep your eyes looking at your inbox for lots of new things.

Sipping on Sake and Portuguese bubbles (see the Champagne Alternatives Class)



I can’t let you sippers go without listing some new gems that have come in to the Dreadnought Portfolio:

Vadio Vinho Tinto "Grande Vadio" Bairrada DOC $49.64 not the soft entry level Baga that we have been showcasing but the next step up which really shows the depth and potential of the great grape.

Vadio Rexarte Red, Bairrada $115.23 and the real deal big boy that you can open today and sip tomorrow. People always ask when should they open a wine before drinking and I always want an option where I can say today for tomorrow and here it is!! Along with big Barolo this Baga will hang all night long. The question is???? Can you wait that long. (I’d take a sip today and then compare tomorrow)

Vadio Espumante Brut $20.02 A beautiful aroma rises out of the glass to meet your palate with a dance. Yes I just did some wine waxing on here. This bottle of bubble is just a delight. AND there is a rose version made from….you guessed it Baga.

Quinta de Santiago Alvarinho Vinho Verde Blend (Alvarinho / Loureiro) $16.79 A customer favorite is back a new fresh vintage. We are thrilled to have Joana Santiago’s wines back in the US. We have additional wines of hers that we have never had before. Including a bottle of bubbles $27.17.

We have other new goodies that I could wax on about. I will only mention one here because it is of great value and quality.

Fontval Cotes du Rhone $14.97 this wine should be your benchmark for Cote du Rhone. End of statement. This is just a great great example of what a Cote du Rhone should be. We put it in the Wine of the Every other Month Club and ran it on a Friday Casual and people reordered so much if you want some you will have to wait for the next shipment in a couple of weeks. But preorder if you want to sip on this beauty.

Contact us to order: | 412.391.1709

March 2020 Classes & Events

Champagne Alternatives: Sparkling Wine Class Wed. Mar 4, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm $45.00 per person Champagne is the world's most famous region for sparkling wines, but there's so much more to discover! In this class, we'll learn about some remarkable bubblies made from a variety of different regions, grapes, and even winemaking styles to help you find fizz that works for you. Get Tickets Now


First & Third Casual Friday Fri. Mar 6, 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm $12.00 per person Palate Partners First & Third Casual Fridays are the perfect way to kick off your Friday night. Enjoy a sampling of six wines, some bread & cheese from our beloved Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, and a mini-lesson from one of our amazing wine experts. Get Tickets Now


Roots in the USA: Grapes from France Tue. Mar 10, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm $45.00 per person As a nation of immigrants many roots were imported into the US and planted in various states as people moved westward. In this class we will explore the wines that started from significant French varietals, from California's self proclaimed Rhone Rangers and Meritage Society iconic varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Grenache, along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir to Burgundy. Get Tickets Now


NEW! Pizza & Bubbles with Mineo's Pizza House Tue. Mar 10, 2020 at 6:00pm $65.00 per person, tax & tip included* Join us for our first ever Wine & Pizza night! Pizza and other courses will be paired with a selection of beautiful boutique sparkling wines from Dreadnought's portfolio. Deb will guide you through the wine and food pairing process in this fun and interactive dinner! Get Tickets Now *online processing fee of $3.48


NEW! The Incline's Wine-ing About Pittsburgh: Food Waste & Food Security Wed March 11, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM $25 per person In this new monthly series the community will come together to discuss a variety of topics affecting our awesome city! This month’s conversation with focus on food waste and food security with David Neimanis of 412 Food Rescue. Get Tickets Now


Via Italia! Tuscany Thu. Mar 12, 2020 6:00pm - 8:30pm We continue our Via Italia 2020 series with Tuscany. SOLD OUT!


Whiskey Rebellion: Greater Pittsburgh Region Fri. Mar 13, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm $50.00 per person Home is where the heart is - and also the beginning of our exploration of the Whiskey Rebellion Trail. In this first class we'll explore Pittsburgh and surrounding Western Pennsylvania region. You see some new and familiar names in this class! GET TICKETS NOW


Vino & Vinyasa Sun. Mar 15, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm $25.00 per person Recenter yourself with a restorative yoga practice, followed by snacks and a mini wine class with our very own flexible oenophile, Deb Mortillaro. Certified yoga instructor Kristen Lane will lead this class to detoxify your body and spirit, reduce tension, and release stress from your soul. Get Tickets Now - 2 seats remaining


The Grape Race Wed. Mar 18, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm $45 per person Sometimes it's easy to fall into a rut and stick to whatyou already know, but if you're up for a challenge while expanding your mind and palate, The Grape Race is for you! In this class series, we'll be trying as many grapes as possible from that list of 10,000, and we'll give you a handy grape variety check list to chronicle your progress. Get Tickets Now


Wine of California: Petaluma Gap Thu. Mar 19, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm $45.00 per person According to the Wine Institute there are 139 recognized American Viticultural areas in California; in this class led by Wine and Spirits Expert Belinda Alvarez we will explore the Petaluma Gap. Get Tickets Now


First & Third Casual Friday Fri. Feb 21, 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm $12.00 per person Palate Partners First & Third Casual Fridays are the perfect way to kick off your Friday night. Enjoy a sampling of six wines, some bread & cheese from our beloved Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, and a mini-lesson from one of our amazing wine experts. Get Tickets Now or pay at the door!


WSET Level 1 in Wines Saturday & Sunday March 221 & 22, 1:00-5:00 pm each day $275 per person WSET wine certification class perfect for beginner to intermediate level students. This entry-level course provides information on basic grape varieties, introduction to wine tasting, food and wine pairing as well as basic service knowledge. At the end of the final class you will take your exam. Get Tickets Now Deadline for registration: MARCH 6TH


Sake 101: Intro to Sake Wed. Mar 25, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm $60.00 per person In this introductory class led by Sake Sommelier, Deb Mortillaro, you will learn about how sake is made, basic labeling classifications, and what factors are important in the production process that makes certain sakes taste different from others. In this class we will sip our way through different sake styles and explore this versatile Japanese beverage. Get Tickets Now - 7 seats remaining


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