Wine & Beer Samples 8-18-2017

Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel (Germany), This world famous bock from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain is meant to be savored. Pleasantly effervescent, the aroma delights with soft roasted accents and dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel. Embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness.

 

 

Willm Pinot Blanc 2015 (France), Easy going, very approachable wine. Light, pale-yellow color with subtle floral and fruit notes on the tongue. Soft dryness, delicate, well rounded and smooth with medium acidity.

 

 

 

L’Opale de la Presqu’Ile de Saint Tropez Rosé 2015 (France), Deliciously refined nose of spring flowers. On the palate, floral notes and lemon zest. Fresh and pleasing, this rose’ pairs well with pasta and pizza, as an aperitif or enjoy simply on its own.

 

 

 

Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2013 (France), Vidal-Fleury is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Rhône, established in 1781. Rich black fruit and pepper aromas lead into a smooth, juicy palate with a mouth-encompassing attack of black fruits and spice. The finish is savory. Pair with red and white meats, pizza, barbecue, pasta and cheese.

 

 

Roscato Rosso (Italy), Roscato is a delicately sweet, Frizzante ruby red wine from the northern Italian region of Lombardy. With intense aromas of blackberries and ripe wild berries, this wine serves as a wonderful aperitif and is also incredibly food-friendly. Serve chilled.

Wine and Beer Tastings 8-11-2017

Julius Echter Weissbier Dunkel (Germany), Pours a caramel brown color with a small off- white head. Smells of wheat, banana, clove, yeast and dark malts. Tastes of wheat and dark malts with a hint of clove and banana. The malts taste of caramel and raisins. Easy to drink.

 

 

 

La Marimorena Albarino 2015 (Spain), Unoaked and lee aged, the wine shows herbal aromas, scents of citrus and clear notes of apple and pear, fresh and fruitful in the mouth, the finish continues along the mineral and spice theme.

 

 

 

Castillo Monjardin Garnacha 2015 (Spain), This Garnacha’s leathery and bold aromas are rustic and savory. On the palate, it’s dry, with tomato-like acidity, fresh and zesty roasted plum flavors and an earthy note that lingers on the finish.

 

 

 

Mas Buscados Tempranillo/Petit Verdot 2014 (Spain), A succulent, juicy red, bursting with ripe blackberry and a zesty spice character. Criminally drinkable, its vibrant fruit driven style and easy balance make for the perfect anytime red.

 

 

 

 

Lodali Moscato D’Asti 2016 (Italy), A delightfully aromatic wine, with loads of fresh fruit flavors bursting from the glass. It is sweet, but beautifully balanced by the wine’s effervescence and acidity. Being Frizzante, it has only about half the effervescence of a sparkling wine, and is hard to resist. This wine makes a wonderful accompaniment to many desserts, especially those made with fruit such as peach, pear, apple and berries.

Wine and Beer Tastings 8-4-2017

Cael & Crede Whisky Barrel Aged Irish Ale (Ireland), An Amber Ale that is distinctly Irish, the unforgettable flavor comes from its aging in genuine Irish Whiskey oak barrels. Using locally sourced Irish malts and the purest water from River Shannon, Cael and Crede’s remarkable taste boasts rich toffee with a creamy oak and dry whiskey finish.

 

 

Joel Gott Pinot Gris 2015 (Oregon),  Aromas of Fuji apple, ripe peach, and honey with floral notes. The wine opens with crisp flavors of Bartlett pear followed by the light fruitful notes of honeydew melon, and a long, balanced finish with bright citrus flavors.

 

 

Matakana Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 (New Zealand), Aromas of strawberries and cream abound on the nose with hints of rose petal, along with some earthy, savory characters. The strawberry fruit and berry characters explode on the palate, while the finely poised acidity keeps the texture dry and refreshing.

 

 

Peirano ‘Six Clones’ Merlot 2014 (CA), Aromas of raspberries, ripe blackberries, boysenberries and anise join together in a single sensation of olfactory bliss. The mouth is filled with an array of flavors, including red cherries, pomegranates and raspberries, with a lingering hint of dried cherries. Bright red fruit tannins and good acidity leave a pleasing, long lasting, soft finish.

 

 

Cipriani Bellini (Italy), The Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of a famous Bar in Venice, Italy. He named the drink the Bellini because its unique pink color reminded him of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. This cocktail consists of pureed white peaches and sparkling Italian wine. Best served chilled.

Wine & Beer Samples 7-28-2017

Monocacy Brewing Co. Riot Rye (MD)

A Rye Pale Ale, complex in flavor and body. Notes of hoppy bitterness and warm malty tones of locally grown grist create a perfectly balanced flavor profile. Rye adds a robust texture and helps to develop the flavors of the malts and hops. A great find for fans of rich textured beers looking for a great way to cool off in the summer heat!

Bloem White Blend 2015 (South Africa)

A blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier from the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The name comes from the Dutch word for “flower” and truly describes the unique profile of this wine. Aromas of refreshing summer fruits and soft white flowers lead to a clean, creamy palate and a moderate finish with just a hint of exotic spices.

Breaux Vineyards Equation Rosé (VA)

A fruit forward nose of bright cherry and strawberry. Medium-bodied and well balanced, the palate presents velvety, smooth flavors of dried strawberry, crushed cherries, and honeydew with a light, peppery finish. A clean, refreshing blend that is sure to be a mid-summer favorite.

 

Ponga Pinot Noir 2014 (New Zealand)

A fine representation of “New World” Pinot Noir, showcasing notes of red fruits such as cherry and raspberry. These flavors are encased by hints of black cherry, plum, and cola nut. Light and well balanced between fruit and acidity, this wine is an ideal companion for dishes such as roast duck or grilled salmon.

Villa Jolanda Moscato & Passion Fruit (Italy)

Light and sweet with just a touch of bubbles, what more could you want? A classic Moscato with added Passion Fruit juice. Notes of soft white flowers, honeydew melon, and, of course, passion fruit bring this refreshing summer treat to life. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a bit of residual sugar on the finish. The ideal wine for a hot summer afternoon by the pool.

Wine & Beer Samples 7-21-2017

RJ Rockers Son of A Peach Wheat Ale (SC)

An unfiltered American Wheat Ale brewed with South Carolina grown peaches; Golden in color, with the aroma of ripe peaches; A smooth, fluffy, wheat body with a slight tart finish.

 

 

Pomerols Picpoul De Pinet H.B. 2016 (France)

100% Picpoul; The color is a superb pale yellow with bright hues; The nose is elegant, with aromas of fresh fruit and citrus fruit, especially grapefruit; Well-balanced with zesty acidity.

 

Trizanne Reserve Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2016 (South Africa)

51% Sauvignon Blanc, 49% Semillon; Rich aromatics of lime, fresh pear, winter melon, hazelnuts and a touch of herbs; This intensity is continued on the palate with integrated flavors of fruit, spice and minerality; it is luxurious yet finely detailed. The elegance of the savory finish is noticeable as the flavors very slowly fade. A delicious, elegant wine that leaves the drinker refreshed.

 

Rubus Proprietary Reserve Red 2014 (Australia)

The Blend is 44% Rubired, 31% Durif and 25% Shiraz; A flavorful and mouth-filling wine rich in blackberry and plum fruits; Aromas of subtle spice, berry fruits, and fruit cake characters on the nose will have this wine pair well with grilled meats, lamb, duck or barbecue pork.

 

Trizanne Reserve Syrah 2015 (South Africa)

This pure Syrah combines classic pepper spice notes with beautiful underlying structure and subtle oak integration; Freshness and longevity on the finish. A superb refined example of cool-climate Syrah.

 

 

Toso Fragolino (Italy)

100% Muscat; Aromatized drink made of wine and strawberry with fine and fruity flavors; A delicious and captivating sparkling wine with good acidity and refreshing character.

Wine & Beer Samples 7-14-2017

Honey Grail Boudica’s Uprising Craft Sparkling Honey Mead (VA)

The first and only semi-sweet, sparking, 100% honey mead on the market! Aromas of mint and herbal notes with a light palate of minty honey, lime, and apple with good carbonation. An easy drinking adaptation of a classic adult beverage.

 

Fritz de Katz Riesling 2015 (Germany)

A Mosel Riesling with aromas of mild apple and citrus fruits. A light body with crisp fruity flavors at the forefront, followed by notes tangy ripe peach, and a lemon sorbet finish. Great by itself or paired with a summer salad containing plenty of fresh fruit.

 

Rickety Bridge “The Foundation Stone” White 2015 (South Africa)

A blend of Chenin Blanc, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Nouvelle, and Viognier, each contributing their own unique notes to this wine. The nose is full of elegant spring blossom and restrained peach, mango, and stone fruit notes. An expression of subtle oak and refined fruit in the palate. Rich and well-structured with an elegant finish.

 

La Grande Côte Crème Noire (CA)

A Paso Robles red blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, and Roussanne. Nicely balance and age-able. Full of ripe fruit notes of succulent raspberries and luscious blackberries. Tannins help provide structure and balance, leading to a nice finish.

Rickety Bridge “The Foundation Stone” Red 2015 (South Africa)

A blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Tannat create a silky palate with notes of white pepper, black currant, white chocolate, and cherry tobacco. The complex palate is bolstered by succulent tannins and finish that will leave you wanting more. Pair with beef carpaccio or duck.

 

 

 

La Copla Premium Clarea Sangria (Spain)

A lightly sparkling sangria made with organic grapes. An aromatic nose of lemon and orange zest with notes of peach and pear. A medium, fruity body with notes of fresh summer peaches and ripe oranges leads to a crisp and fresh finish.

Wine & Beer Samples 7-7-2017

Baltika Breweries #7  Lager (Russia)

A light, simple lager with good carbonation. Aromas of mild grains and yeast with flavors of sweet biscuit malts. A refreshingly mild beer, perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

 

 

Domain De Le Chande Les Rials 2016 (France)

100% Len de l’El with beautiful golden colors. A nose of white fruits and honey with a nice concentration of fruit scents enhancing a pleasant harmony for the palate. Accompanies a plate of white meats such as chicken or veal, composed salads, or as an aperitif.

Pigoudet Rosé  2016 (France)

A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah.  An expressive, floral, fruity, and fresh nose with hints of white peach and leechy. Good balance on the palate between acidity and fruitiness with essences of citrus, peach, melon, and white fruits. A hint of natural carbon guarantees its aromatic freshness. Great as an aperitif or with fresh white fish dishes.

Hey Mambo Sultry Red Blend  2015 (CA)

The core of this blend is quality Zinfandel paired with Merlot and a handful of other varietals to make a round, fruity win.;  This wine’s aroma is layered with signature vanilla bean and brandy soaked cherry notes that showcase pure boysenberry jam, leading to flavors of cherry cobbler, fresh blueberries, and vanilla crème pie. The finish is reminiscent of fresh coconut milk, fresh cherry, raspberry soda and vanilla ice cream. This vivacious wine would pair best with a simple marinara sauce over your favorite noodle or spaghetti squash.

Eredi Lodali Moscato D’Asti  2016 (Italy)

Lightly sweet and gently effervescent with well balanced acidity. Bursting with fresh fruit flavors of peach, ripe honeydew melon, and a hint of green apple; a delicate floral note balanced out the sweetness. The perfect match for many desserts, especially those made with fresh summer fruits.

Wine & Beer Tasting 06-30-2017

Wells Banana Bread Beer (England)

Tempting “banoffee” aromas tempered by a grassy, lemony nose all lead to a finely balanced, fresh, delicate flavor of peppery hops with a lingering dry finish. Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavor, emphasized by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas.

 

Walsh Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (VA)

Bright, vibrant, and expressive;  Tropical aromatics of mango, pineapple, and ginger, and a richness of texture framed by a tight, refreshing acidity; 100% Sauvignon Blanc

 

 

Talley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2014 (CA)

On the nose, vibrant aromas of pear and stone fruits are followed by a hint of subtle toasted oak. The palate is soft and plush with delicate acidity. Notes of peach, lemon oil, baked brioche and slivered almonds are complemented by minerality true to the Arroyo Grande Valley. Enjoy with light seafood fare, such as steamed mussels or Dungeness crab.

Talley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2014 (CA)

Mineral notes in the aroma are complemented by hints of cranberry chutney and a faint trace of cigar box. On the palate, this elegant and well balanced pinot noir displays notes of bright raspberry and a touch of black pepper. With refreshing acidity and great structure, this wine is ready to enjoy now but will age gracefully over the next decade. Pair with grilled quail or smoked salmon crostini.

Elysium Black Muscat Dessert Wine 2014 (CA)

An aroma of roses accompanies dark fruit – cherry, strawberry – balanced with fruit acidity to finish clean. Wonderful with cheeses, especially goat cheese or Gorgonzola, with dark chocolate and with cream desserts and cheesecake; Makes stunning spritzers and cocktails.

 

Wine & Beer Samples 06-23-2017

Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider (TX)

A zesty, dry cider made with American dessert apples, heirloom bittersweet apples, and Sicilian blood oranges. Effervescent with a prominent tangy, citrus fruit note, balanced by crisp apple freshness and a hint of raspberry and grapefruit flavors. A medium bodied brew that is ultra refreshing and the perfect beer answer to a mimosa. (Gluten Free)

Barão de Figueira Vinho Branco 2014 (Portugal)

A pleasant white composed of 100% Síria grapes. A nose of fresh melon and honeydew mixed with a hint of white pear and soft floral aromas. The palate soft and slightly creamy with fruit flavors of ripe summer melons, followed by a refreshing minerality on the finish. As an added bonus, this wine only seems to get better as a second-day leftover!

Carmen Dolores Rosado de Garnacha 2015 (Spain)

A 100% Garnacha rosé, this wine is sure to be the hit of your next summer outdoor gathering. Notes of bright strawberry and raspberry with a soft hint of apple blossom flowers. Easy drinking and refreshing with just a hint of fruit sweetness on the finish to leave you wanting more! A great wine for outdoor parties or picnics, or as the base for sangria with apples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and a hint of lime.

Barão de Figueira Vinho Tinto 2013 (Portugal)

A blend of Touiriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca. Allow at least two hours for the wine to breath and really open up the flavor profiles. Rich and spicy with a fresh fruit core of red berry and black plum flavors. Light to medium bodied with an earthy, tannic finish. A elegant, daily red at a bargain price. Pair with pulled pork barbeque or juicy burgers.

Cantina Gabriele Vinò Lazio Rosso (Italy)

A light, sweet, effervescent red that is deep ruby in color. The bouquet is enticing with elegant notes of freshly crushed raspberries and strawberries. The palate is refreshingly sweet with prominent fruit notes balanced by soft floral notes. It finishes long and well-balanced between sweetness and acidity. A great match for chocolate cakes, pastries, fruit tarts, or sweet appetizers. (Vegan and Kosher)

Wine & Beer Samples 06-16-2017

Bitburger Premium Pils (Germany)

A pilsner brew, bright gold in color. Aromas of floral and dough hops, with a palate of soft yeast notes followed up by refreshing floral hops. Light and crisp with smooth carbonation, and just enough of a lingering finish to keep you refreshed all day long. A great beer for hot, summer afternoons spent on the river.

McManis Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 (CA)

Cold fermented in stainless steel then aged in new and used French and American oak barrels, this Chardonnay presents a nose of bight pear, melon, and peach notes framed by hints of vanilla, hazelnut, and buttered popcorn. A rich and creamy mouthfeel with a palate of fresh summer fruit notes accented by toasty oak flavors.

Bricco Dei Tati Vino Rosato 2016 (Italy)

A refreshing, everyday, summer rosé with aromas of ripe strawberries, freshly crushed cherries, and subtle notes of rose petals. These characteristics are also noticed on the palate and are accompanied by a delicate finish. A great wine to pair                                       with summer salads, shellfish, grilled chicken, and light appetizers.

Cigar Box Old Vine Malbec 2016 (Argentina)

A traditional, Argentinean Malbec with a nose of ripe plums and violets highlighted by notes of toasted vanilla. This wine’s most notable characteristic is its complex structure – meaty and intense, rich flavors of dark, ripe fruits with a silky, well balanced finish. The perfect companion for that steak you’ve been longing to grill.

 

Villa Jolanda Moscato & Pineapple (Italy)

Sparkling, vibrant, and the prefect summer thirst quencher. Enjoy intense notes of tropical, fresh pineapple with just a bit of frizzante tingle on the tongue. Light and sweet, this is sure to be the star of your outdoor party.